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Steven Spielberg's The Post is banned in Lebanon over the film maker's connections to Israel

Link Here 17th January 2018  full story: Banned Films in Lebanon...Beirut Hotel
v1 ux182 cr00182268 alThe Post is a 2017 USA historical biography by Steven Spielberg.
Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Sarah Paulson. IMDb

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

Lebanon has banned Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama The Post a few days before the film is set to premiere in Beirut.

A source involved with The Post's international distribution says the movie was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, which banned it, citing Israel connections that includs Spielberg filming some scenes for Schindler's List in Jerusalem.

The matter has been transferred to Lebanon's Minister of Interior and Municipalities, who could overturn the decision.

A spokesperson for Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment says he cannot comment because the company has not been told officially by the Lebanese distributor that the pic will not be released there because of censorship.


 Updated: Amidst continuing violence...

Padmavat finally passed by India's film censor after cuts but remains banned in 3 states

Link Here 17th January 2018  full story: Padmavati...Indian movie causes trouble in India, Pakistan and the UK
padmavatPadmavati is a 2017 India historical romance by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. IMDb

Rani Padmavati (aka Padmini) is said to be one of the most beautiful women to ever exist. This real life story is epitome of Love and sacrifice between Rajput Queen Padmavati and Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the Rajput ruler of Mewar. Their perfect life took unfortunate turn when Allauddin Khilji's lustful eyes gazed upon Queen Padmavati. Alauddin Khilji is known as one of the most brutal rulers of the Khilji dynasty, who ascended the throne by killing his father-in-law, his brother-in-laws and their uncles. He was known for attacking states, only for their land and women. And, the motive behind the attack on Mewar was none other than royal Rani Padmavati. Chittorgarh fort, today, stands as an epitome of the true Rajputana spirit, loyalty, fidelity and bravery and a symbol of women power.

The controversial historical movie Padmaavat looks all set to arrive in cinemas on January 25 but members of the Bharatiya Janata Party continue to make threats about its release?

The film has now been passed by the Central Board of Film Certification with a U/A certificate and five cuts. The title has been changed from Padmavati to Padmaavat as per the board's recommendation. Viacom Pictures put out a press release on Saturday confirming a worldwide release in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

However, despite the censor board's green signal, the movie has been banned in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, all of which are BJP-ruled states. This is entirely legal. State governments have the power to block a film's release even after censor clearance.

There has been no end to protests by the Rajput Karni Sena, the community organisation that has been leading attacks on the movie since early 2017 on the grounds that it distorts history. On Friday, over 130 Rajput Karni Sena members were arrested in Mumbai for staging a protest outside the CBFC headquarters in Mumbai. The organisation has demanded that the certification be revoked until its leaders have watched the movie, and have threatened to burn down cinemas that screen the film.

Update: Banned in a 4th state

17th January 2018. See  article from timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Haryana became the fourth state to ban Padmaavat. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, which are also ruled by the BJP political party, have already banned the film despite the censor board clearing it. However, the Aditya Nath Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh has decided not to ban the film.

The Haryana cabinet headed by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar formally approved the proposals made by two ministers Anil Vij and Vipul Goel to ban the film in the state.


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London's Windmill lap dancing club closed down after feminists hired private eyes to snitch on touching in private dances

Link Here 17th January 2018  full story: Lap Dancing in London...Predictable nutter outrage throughout London

windmill international logoWestminster Council has shut down the Windmill table dancing club after an anonymous feminist group hired private detectives to snitch on no touch rules being broken for private dnances.

The club has 21 days to appeal.

The Windmill is a relic of the area's colourful past as it was previously the venue hosted a long running erotic show.

The Sun visited The Windmill this week to find its glory days are long gone. Low lighting hides stained carpets and scuffed leather seats. On the stage, Eastern European dancers swayed moodily to music. The Sun noted that a private dance costs £40, and a bottle of Becks beer £8.

Offsite Comment: putting women out of work is about the most un-feminist thing possible.

17th January 2018. See article from dazeddigital.com

east london strippers collective logo I've been dancing in strip clubs since 2006, and I query the method and motives behind campaigns to shut down clubs. Closing down a venue may feel like a victory to those who champion the abolition of the industry, but taking work away from women relying on it is tantamount to taking food from our mouths. Thousands of girls who otherwise have less value in the wider job market (foreign nationals, single mums, anyone with any sort of disadvantaged background) are turning to stripping and other forms of sex work to survive. According to the English Collective of Prostitutes, record numbers have moved into the sex industry under austerity, which disproportionately affects women, particularly single mothers. In fact, putting women out of work is about the most un-feminist thing possible.

... Read the full article from dazeddigital.com


 Offsite Article: Facebook cuts back on news to give you more time with advertisers...

Link Here 17th January 2018  full story: Facebook Censorship...Facebook quick to censor
the conversation logo On censorship, 'fake news' and filter bubbles

See article from theconversation.com


 Offsite Article: A legal hub...

Link Here 17th January 2018
the conversation logo The latest reports from Pornhub and the likes show what types of porn people like but perhaps also a timely reminder about the legalities of downloading porn in the UK

See article from theconversation.com


 Offsite Article: Detecting people who walk side by side...

Link Here 17th January 2018
Facebook logo Facebook's patent applications reveals some of its creepy ideas about working out who you know

See article from gizmodo.com.au


  Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Link Here 17th January 2018
filmFilm Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 January 2018

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Poster Maze Runner the Death Cure 2018 Wes Ball

BBFC cut
advised category cuts
12A 141:35s
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Wes Ball.
Starring Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dylan O'Brien. BBFC link IMDb

UK: 2D, 3D and IMAX versions were passed 12A for moderate violence, threat, language after BBFC advised pre-cuts for:

  • 2018 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by making some changes. The company was advised to reduce moments of threat and 'horror' involving zombie-like characters. When the film was formally submitted, changes had been made and, consequently, the film was passed 12A.
Summary Notes

In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?

Pauline's Diary

paulines diary

BBFC uncut
12A 82:19s Pauline's Diary is a 2017 Ghana / UK drama by Ben Darkwa, Thomas Hauwanga...
Starring Rhoda Okobea Ampene, Elikem Kumordzie and Roselyn Ngissa. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12A uncut for moderate violence, injury detail, language, domestic abuse theme for:

  • 2018 cinema release
Summary Notes

An abusive journey of a young African woman. Domestic violence comes in many forms and starts with put downs or withholding of money or intimacy and is cross cultural. Why did Mrs. Smith take it for so long and how did she survive it to tell the tale to help those going through it.


Poster Thoroughbreds 2017 Cory Finley

BBFC uncut
15 92:38s Thoroughbreds is a 2017 USA thriller by Cory Finley.
Starring Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy and Anton Yelchin. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, threat, bloody images for:

  • 2018 cinema release
Summary Notes

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

videoFilm on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 January 2018

Ali & Nino

BBFC uncut
15 96:51s Ali & Nino is a 2016 UK / Azerbaijan war romance by Asif Kapadia.
Starring Adam Bakri, Marķa Valverde and Mandy Patinkin. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, nudity for:

  • 2018 Thunderbird Releasing [16:9] video
Summary Notes

Ali is an upper class Muslim man, whose family holds a great deal of power in Baku, Azerbaijan. At that time, before World War One, Azerbaijan was part of the Russian Empire. Nino, Ali's lover, is from neighboring Georgia and is Christian, but the two are deeply in love and elope to the countryside. The story follows the two, who get married, through World War One, which only sees some of Ali's friends sent off to war. After the Russians surrender, however, conflict comes to Baku. Ali fights the Bolsheviks with the Azerbaijani militia and Nino helps nurse wounded soldiers during the March Days massacre in Baku.

Ghost in the Water

BBFC uncut
12 49:06s Ghost in the Water is a 1982 UK family fantasy drama by Renny Rye.
Starring Judith Allchurch, Ian Stevens and Jane Freeman. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate threat, suicide references for:

  • 2018 Simply Home Entertainment [Full Frame] video
Summary Notes

Teresa and David, two young history fanatics, have been copying inscriptions from gravestones at the local Church. At a later meeting of the school history society, Teresa happens to mention that she has in her house an old piece of embroidered cloth signed by an Abigail Parkes, and David immediately connects the name with one he had seen on a grave. They are further intrigued by a part of the inscription that states Abigail died 'Innocent of All Harm'. Together they set out to discover what happened to Abigail Parkes and why she died so young. Teresa discovers that she is a blood relative of Abigail and, as the story progresses, she seems to become almost possessed by the dead girl's spirit. It's a somewhat tragic tale, depicting Abigail as a girl ruined by the death of her beloved in a mining accident. The poor girl swears after his death that she will wear his ring always but accidentally drops it into a canal. Distraught at the loss she attempts to retrieve the ring but drowns in ...


Poster Queerama 2017 Daisy Asquith

BBFC uncut
15 70:06s Queerama is a 2017 UK documentary by Daisy Asquith.
Starring Victoria Cruz, Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong sex, nudity, language for:

  • 2018 BFI Video [Full Frame] video
vodVoD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 January 2018


BBFC uncut
15 89:18s Loev is a drama by Sudhanshu Saria.
Starring Dhruv Ganesh, Siddharth Menon and Shiv Pandit. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for sexual violence, strong language for:

  • 2018 Netflix Services UK Limited VoD
TV CensorshipTV on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 January 2018

After Trek

BBFC uncut
After Trek is a
Starring Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones and Shazad Latif. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 10 Passed PG for mild fantasy violence, language, sex references
  • Season 1, Episode 9 Passed 12 for moderate violence


BBFC uncut
15 178:20s Delicious is a drama by Clare Kilner.
Starring Dawn French, Emilia Fox and Tanya Reynolds. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 2, Episodes 1-4 Passed 15 for strong language, nudity


BBFC uncut
Loudermilk is a drama by Peter Farrelly.
Starring Ron Livingston, Will Sasso and Laura Mennell. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1, a Girl in Trouble is a Temporary Thing Passed 15 for very strong language, strong sex, nudity, drug references
  • Season 1, Episode 10, Bourbon Street Passed 15 for very strong language, strong sex, drug references
  • Season 1, Episode 2, Shark Week Passed 15 for strong language
  • Season 1, Episode 3, You're Only As Sick As Your Secrets Passed 18 for very strong language
  • Season 1, Episode 4, It's All About the Beans Passed 15 for strong language, sex references
  • Season 1, Episode 5, There's a New Kid in Town Passed 15 for strong language, sex references
  • Season 1, Episode 6, Lay Lady Lay Passed 15 for strong language, sex and drug references
  • Season 1, Episode 7, Father of the Year Passed 15 for strong language, sex, sex references
  • Season 1, Episode 8, Invitation Only Passed 15 for strong language, sex, sex references
  • Season 1, Episode 9, Highway 10 Revisited Passed 15 for strong language, sex references
  • Season 1, Episodes 1-10 Passed 18 for very strong language

Star Trek: Discovery

BBFC uncut
15 49:24s Star Trek: Discovery is a Sci-Fi fantasy drama by TJ Scott.
Starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones and Shazad Latif. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 11, the Wolf Inside Passed 15 for strong violence


BBFC uncut
15 43:07s Taken is a action drama by Romeo Tirone.
Starring Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals and Gaius Charles. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 2, Episode 1, S.e.r.e. Passed 15 for strong violence
PreviewComing Soon Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 January 2018


  • Bring It On
  • Macbeth
  • Operation Red Sea
  • Walk Like a Panther


  Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA...

Latest classification decisions

Link Here 17th January 2018
Cuts Cert Run Time MPAA Bulletin 2510, 17 January 2018

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

G rated
  Rated G


Early Man

Poster Early Man 2018 Nick Park

  Early Man is a 2018 UK / France family animation comedy by Nick Park.
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Eddie Redmayne. IMDb

Rated PG for rude humor and some action.

Summit Entertainment

Summary Notes

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Hunter Killer

Poster Hunter Killer 2017 Donovan Marsh

R rated
  Hunter Killer is a 2017 China / USA action thriller by Donovan Marsh.
Starring Gary Oldman, Gerard Butler and Michael Nyqvist. IMDb

Rated R for violence and some language.

Millennium Films

Summary Notes

An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.

Leaning Into the Wind

  Rated PG for brief language.

Magnolia Pictures

Old Man and the Gun


  Old Man and the Gun is a 2018 USA crime comedy drama by David Lowery.
Starring Elisabeth Moss, Robert Redford and Casey Affleck. IMDb

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

Summary Notes

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Pad Man

  Rated PG-13 for thematic material.

Sony Pictures Releasing

The Strangers: Prey at Night

Poster Strangers Prey at Night 2018 Johannes Roberts

R rated
  The Strangers: Prey at Night is a 2018 USA horror by Johannes Roberts.
Starring Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Martin Henderson. IMDb

Rated R for horror violence and terror throughout, and for language.

Aviron Pictures

Summary Notes

A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive.

Welcome Home

R rated
  Rated R for sexual content including graphic images, nudity, language and some violence.

Star Thrower Entertainment Voltage Pictures


 Shopping: Phenomena...

1985 Italy crime Sci-Fi horror by Dario Argento just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray

Link Here 17th January 2018
Phenomena Blu-ray Phenomena is a 1985 Italy crime Sci-Fi horror by Dario Argento.
Starring Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence and Daria Nicolodi. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

UK: The Italian/Integral Version was previously passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2018 Arrow Video Special Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 15th January 2018
  • 2018 Arrow Video Special Edition R2 DVD via UK Amazon released on 15th January 2018
Cuts and Versions
Exists in three versions, a shortened version, a Director's Cut and an Integral Version. Furthermore the shortened version was further cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema and VHS releases. The cuts were waived for DVD releases of the Director's Cut and Integral Version.

Promotional Material

From master of horror Dario Argento (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) comes Phenomena one of his most eccentric and unique thrillers, featuring telepathic insects, maggots galore, and even a razor-wielding chimp!

Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly, Labyrinth), daughter of a world-renowned movie star, arrives in the so-called Swiss Transylvania to attend an exclusive girls school. However, a vicious killer is targeting the pupils, and sleepwalker Jennifer finds herself in the assassin s headlights when her nocturnal wanderings cause her to witness the death of a fellow pupil. Aided by paraplegic entomologist John McGregor (Donald Pleasence, Halloween) and her own uncanny ability to communicate telepathically with insects, Jennifer sets out to track down the killer before she herself becomes the latest victim...

Released in 1985, towards the end of Argento s decade-long golden age as a director, Phenomena co-stars Dalila Di Lazarro (Andy Warhol s Frankenstein), Patrick Bauchau (Clear and Present Danger) and Daria Nicolodi (Tenebrae), and features lush cinematography by Romano Albani (Inferno) and a pounding prog rock score by Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria). Presented here in a sumptuous new 4K restoration of the film and with a newly created hybrid English/Italian audio track, this is the definitive release of Argento s creepy classic.


  • Brand new 4K restoration of the full-length 116-minute Italian cut of the film from the original camera negative
  • New 5.1 surround mix of the Italian soundtrack, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
  • New hybrid English/Italian soundtrack in lossless 5.1 and 2.0 stereo*
  • Italian soundtrack in PCM 2.0 stereo
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Of Flies and Maggots, a new feature-length documentary including interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiore Argento, Davide Marotta, Daria Nicolodi and Fiorenza Tessari, co-writer Franco Ferrini, cinematographer Romano Albani, production manager Angelo Jacono, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci, underwater camera operator Gianlorenzo Battaglia, and composers Claudio Simonetti and Simon Boswell
  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Jennifer music video, directed by Dario Argento
  • Rare Japanese vintage pressbook
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

    * The 116-minute Italian cut features approximately six minutes of footage for which English audio does not exist. In these instances, the hybrid track reverts to Italian audio with English subtitles.


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