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Justin Hamaker
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Received an email today where Warner Brothers is asking theatres to pull all one-sheets for GeoStorm with the tagline "Brave the Storm". They are doing this out of sensitivity for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and potentially affected by Hurricane Irma. The studio says new one-sheets will be sent soon.

No indication at this time they are changing the October 20 release date.

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Steve Kraus
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Oh brother.

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Lyle Romer
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How stupid. As somebody about to go through a potentially catastrophic storm, I can guarantee you that a slogan on a one sheet will have less than zero effect on me. Who the hell cares?

If you go through a storm, it doesn't mean that you can never see anything about a storm again. This takes PC over sensitivity to a new level.

The only morons that would complain about something like that are the people that HAVE NOT gone through the storm. People in Texas that were devastated by Harvey and the people in Florida (and possibly more states) about to be devastated by Irma have MUCH more important things to care about.

There was a period where they made a lot of WWII movies. Did the WWII veterans melt or protest? I could be wrong but I don't think so.

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Marcel Birgelen
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You only need to look at the trailer to understand why they need an excuse to pull it from release.

This thing has cluster bomb written all over it with big fat neon letters that you can see from space. Obviously, TV movie director Dean Devlin learned it from the best: Roland Emmerich.

Unbelievable they spent years trying to get it made...

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Martin McCaffery
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Instant collector's items, but probably no Revenge of the Jedi.

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Steve Guttag
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I still have a Spiderman trailer where the web was between the Twin-Towers. Yes, Revenge of the Jedi stuff is collectable.

I think it is silly to worry about a tag line on a movie versus real-life. I'm sure when "Twister" came out somebody somewhere was going through a real one too.

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Leo Enticknap
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A very memorable gaffe along those lines happened the day after the accidental shooting of an innocent man by police officers on a London tube (subway) train that was parked at a station platform. Less than 10 yards from the scene of the shooting was this movie poster. Note the tag line:


Apparently it stayed up for several days before someone pointed out to the station's management that it was in somewhat poor taste, given the recent events.

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Mark Strube
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I still have that Spider-Man trailer myself...

Now what about IT's "You'll float too!" [Big Grin]

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Marcel Birgelen
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You could just put up a blank poster and potentially offend someone, somewhere. Because, you know, why isn't it black? Or yellow or red? Why isn't it a rainbow?

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Bobby Henderson
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I still remember how 20th Century Fox considered whether or not to delay the May 19, 1995 release of Die Hard With A Vengeance.

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City had been truck-bombed one month earlier on April 19 by domestic terrorists. 168 people were killed, including 19 children and 3 pregnant women. Several hundred more people were wounded.

The plot of Die Hard With A Vengeance revolved around a mad bomber wanting revenge for his brother's death from the first Die Hard movie.

Fox went ahead and released the movie on schedule, which is what they should have done IMHO. The movie had been in development for years. Only an idiot could think a movie studio could whip out a Die Hard sequel in just a couple weeks to capitalize on a national tragedy. The same thing goes for people thinking movie studios would time a disaster movie's release right after two big hurricane strikes.

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Jonathan Goeldner
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I don't think I could 'brave' the cheesy looking special effects in this movie...

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Frank Cox
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It must be a regional recall because I just (five minutes ago) received the one-sheets that say Brave the Storm from the film warehouse, and I haven't received any email about it from anyone either.

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Marcel Birgelen
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The Canadian branch just didn't get the memo yet. [Wink]

I still remember there was some serious debate back in 2001/2002 whether the second installment of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings franchise should get a name change. "The Two Towers" was just too confronting, according to some. Never mind that Tolkien came up with the title, long before the WTC Twin Towers were even built...

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Mark J. Marshall
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I remember when Columbia burned up on re-entry I called the theater and told them to pull all the trailers for The Core.


"Just pull them off now."

There was a shot of the space shuttle re-entering the atmosphere in that trailer and it was out of control and starting to burn up.

A few hours later the email came in from the home office... "Pull the trailers for The Core and Paramount will be sending out new ones."

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John T. Hendrickson, Jr
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Have not posted in eons, but I'm still alive and kicking. I remember the Spiderman trailer, and yes, I too saved it and I'm sure many of us who worked 35MM booths did so as well.

I can certainly understand the pulling of that trailer. This recall, not so much.

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