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Diary: Vampire Week...

March 2021 on Horror Channel


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Time to get the garlic out as Horror Channel presents Vampire Week , a bitefest of vampire movies from 13 - 19 of March, led by the channel premiere of 30 Days Of Night , David Slade's savage riff on the vampire myth, starring Josh Hartnet and Melissa George.

There are also classics and cult favourites to sink your teeth in to, including Matt Reeves' critically-acclaimed vampire fantasy Let Me In , and Tom Holland's voracious teen vampire hit Fright Night , John Carpenter's Vampires , a horror Western starring James Woods, as a vengeful, stake-wielding bloodsucker hunter, and Francis Ford Cappolas powerful Bram Stoker's Dracula , starring Gary Oldman as the immortal Count. Also, Paul Bettany is in fine vampire-killing form in Priest , and a vampire-diseased Milla Jovovich fights for her life in martial-arts futurist thriller Ultraviolet .

Plus, the Brits sharpen their stakes with Tom Paton's nerve-shredding Redwood , a fresh spin on the creature-in-the-woods mythology, and Eat Locals in which actor Jason Flemying makes his directorial debut with a bloodsucking comedy chiller featuring Mackenzie Crook, Dexter Fletcher and Annette Crosbie.

 

 

Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Latest classification decisions


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BBFC decisions from 25 February 2021 to 27 February 2021

 

Coming 2 America

Coming 2 America is a 2021 USA comedy by Craig Brewer
Starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and Jermaine Fowler BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and drug content

Summary Notes

The African monarch Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet this unexpected heir and build a relationship with his son.

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references, violence, drug misuse, language, discrimination:
  • 2021 Amazon Media EU S.Ó r.l. video
 

I Blame Society

I Blame Society is a 2020 USA comedy by Gillian Wallace Horvat
Starring Gillian Wallace Horvat, Keith Poulson and Chase Williamson BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A struggling filmmaker realizes that the skill set to make a movie is the same to commit the perfect murder.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence:
  • 2021 Blue Finch Film Releasing video
   

Sword Of Trust

  • Sword of Trust
Sword Of Trust is a 2019 USA drama by Lynn Shelton.
Starring Marc Maron and Jon Bass and Michaela Watkins. BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this film.

Summary Notes

Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the only item she's received is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, threat, sexual threat:
  • 2021 Blue Finch Film Releasing video
 

Women's Day

Women's Day is a 2019 UK / Germany / Russia / Bulgaria documentary by Dolya Gavanski
Starring Svetlana Alexievich, Dolya Gavanski and Dina Grigoreva BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film.

Summary Notes

The lives of women living through a convulsive era of historical and social change. It provides a unique insight into Russian feminism.

UK: Passed 12 uncut for images of real dead bodies, moderate sex references, domestic abuse:
  • 2021 Miracle Media video
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BBFC decisions from 25 February 2021 to 27 February 2021

 

Escape To The Chateau - Season 7

Escape To The Chateau - Season 7 is a 2021 UK documentary by
Starring Tracy Ann Oberman, Angel Adoree and Dick Strawbridge BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Series following a British family through the process of buying and restoring a French chateau that has been empty for the past four decades. Dick Strawbridge and his partner Angel Adoree's new home has 12 acres of land, nine outbuildings, a walled garden and a moat--but it lacks electricity, heating, and water, and proves to be a far more complicated DIY project than they expected.

  • Episode 1: Supersized Workshop was passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
  • Episode 2: Sloe Gin, Library & Ceiling Rose was passed PG for infrequent mild bad language
  • Episode 3: Wash House, Trench & Vintage Bike was passed U for infrequent very mild bad language
  • Episode 4: Orangery, Daybeds & Unexpected History was passed U for very mild bad language, rude humour
  • Episode 5: Pop-up Restaurant, Orangery, Celebration was passed U for infrequent very mild bad language
  • Episode 6: Escape To The Chateau At Christmas was passed U for infrequent very mild bad language

 

 

Shopping: 2001 A Space Odyssey...

1968 UK / USA Sci-Fi adventure by Stanley Kubrick just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


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2001 A Space Odyssey is a 1968 UK / USA Sci-Fi adventure by Stanley Kubrick.
Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was premiered in a longer version than that Kubrik settled on for theatrical release. All releases are rated 'U' by the BBFC and the equivalent 'G' by the MPAA.

The main feature is U rated so the the 12 rating must be down to disk extras.

UK: Passed U uncut for some mild horror:

Promotional Material

Stanley Kubrick's dazzling, Academy Award winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a sunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonised space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Kier Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even immortality. "

Extras

Open the pod doors, HAL." Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin. Commentary by Kier Dullea and Gary Lockwood. Channel Four Documentary 2001: The Making of a Myth. 4 Insightful Featurettes: Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The legacy of 2001. Vision of a future passed: The Prophecy of 2001. 2001: A Space Odyssey- A look behind the future. What is out There? 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork. Look: Stanley Kubrick! Audio-Only Bonus: 1966 Kubrick Interview Conducted by Jeremy Bernstein. Theatrical Trailer.

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Latest


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Hellraiser: Judgment

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Hellraiser: Judgment is a 2018 USA horror by Gary J Tunnicliffe.
Starring Randy Wayne, Heather Langenkamp and Rheagan Wallace. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:
  • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 1st March 2021
  • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 1st March 2021

Promotional Material

The dreaded Pinhead returns in the classic Hellraiser series. Three detectives trying to stop a diabolical serial killer are sucked into a maze of otherworldly horror, where hellish denizens including the Auditor, the Assessor and the Jury await to pass judgment.

Extras:

Deleted and Extended Scenes
Gag Reel

 

 

 

Fast tracked porn censorship...

Australian internet child protection bill inevitably slips in censorship capability to block adult consensual porn


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Fast-tracked internet censorship legislation could ban all adult content online and force sex workers off the internet, sex workers and civil liberties groups have warned.

The Online Safety bill is supposedly aimed at giving powers to Australia's eSafety commissioner to target bullying and harassment online, extending existing powers protecting children from online bullying to adults.

It increases the maximum penalty for using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence from three to five years in jail, and allows for the removal of image-based abuse and other supposedly harmful online content.

The legislation also promotes the the eSafety commissioner to a new post of Internet Censor and gives her the power to rapidly block sites hosting violent and terrorist content. But the proposals go further. The bill carries over existing powers under the Broadcasting Services Act which allow for content with a rating of R18+ (equivalent to the UK 18 rating) to be blocked or for removal notices to be issued, and goes much further by giving the Internet Censor sole discretion over whether the content is rated R18+ or over and therefore should be removed.

A Sex Work Law Reform Victoria spokesperson, Roger Sorrenti, said the legislation's effect would be to effectively censor adult online content that could potentially have unintended consequences for the sex industry and porn industries and have a devastating impact on the ability of sex workers to earn a legitimate income.

Consultation for the draft legislation attracted more than 370 submissions between 23 December and 14 February, none of which the government published before the communications minister, Paul Fletcher, introduced the legislation into parliament 10 days later. The bill has been referred to a Senate committee, with submissions due on Tuesday. The government has decided to fast-track this bill despite repeated calls for caution by the industry and civil liberties organisations, as well as a parallel review currently occurring into Australia's classification scheme.

The eSafety commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, claimed to Guardian Australia that she didn't intend to use her powers under the legislation to go after consensual adult pornographic material online. But she ominously pointed out that hosting explicit adult sexual content is prohibited in Australia. Guardian Australia has also seen a notice sent by her office in January to adult websites requesting that content be removed for being R18+, X or refused classification.

 

 

Ethical snooping...

GCHQ discusses the ethics of using AI and mass snooping to analyse people's internet use to detect both serious crime and no doubt political incorrectness


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Full story: Snooper's Charter Plus...2015 Cameron government expands the Snooper's Charter
The UK snooping agency GCHQ has published a paper discussing the ethics of using AI for analysing internet posts. GCHQ note that the technology will be put at the heart of its operations.

The paper, Ethics of AI: Pioneering a New National Security , comments on the technology as used to assist its analysts in spotting patterns hidden inside large - and fast growing - amounts of data. including:

  • trying to spot fake online messages used by other states spreading disinformation
  • mapping international networks engaged in human or drug trafficking
  • finding child sex abusers hiding their identities online

But it says it cannot predict human behaviour such as moving towards executing a terrorist attack.

GCHQ is now detailin how it will ensure it uses AI fairly and transparently, including:

  • an AI ethical code of practice
  • recruiting more diverse talent to help develop and govern its use

The BBC comments that this maybe a sign the agency wants to avoid a repeat of criticism people were unaware how it used data, following whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations.

GCHQ reports that a growing number of states are using AI to automate the production of false content to affect public debate, including "deepfake" video and audio. The technology can individually target and personalise this content or spread it through chatbots or by interfering with social-media algorithms. But it could also help GCHQ detect and fact-check it and identify "troll farms" and botnet accounts.

GCHQ speaks of capabilities in terms of detecting child abuse, where functionalities include:

  • help analyse evidence of grooming in chat rooms
  • track the disguised identities of offenders across multiple accounts
  • discover hidden people and illegal services on the dark web
  • help police officers infiltrate rings of offenders
  • filter content to prevent analysts from being unnecessarily exposed to disturbing imagery

and on trafficking:

  • mapping the international networks that enable trafficking - identifying individuals, accounts and transactions
  • "following the money" - analysing complex transactions, possibly revealing state sponsors or links to terrorist groups
  • bringing together different types of data - such as imagery and messaging - to track and predict where illegal cargos are being delivered

Now doubt these functionalities will also be used for more mundane reasons.

 

 

User control...

Twitter is set to introduce a voluntary censored 'Safety Mode' that blocks accounts that Twitter thinks you won't like


Link Here1st March 2021
Full story: Twitter Censorship...Twitter offers country by country take downs
Twitter is planning to roll-out a new feature that would allow users to auto-block or mute certain accounts that Twitter deems as abusive.

The new safety mode will further the company's efforts in censoring under the guise of protecting users from supposedly offensive content.

Twitter announced the new feature during its Analyst Day presentation . Documents from the presentation suggest that the feature will be available through Safety Mode, a setting the company is yet to roll out.

Twitter explained that once a user turns on the feature, it automatically blocks accounts that appear to break the Twitter Rules, and mute accounts that might be using insults, name-calling, strong language, or hateful remarks.

Twitter already allows users to block or mute accounts that the user selects but the latest censorship extension allows Twitter itself to do the selecting.

 

 

'Go fund yourself'...

Indian Netflix rolls back its censorship of a crude joke in South Park


Link Here1st March 2021
Full story: Netflix Censorship...Streaming TV to a variety of censorship regimes
An episode of the animated comedy series South Park was previously censored on Netflix in India (and nowhere else). A crude drawing of male genitalia and breasts was blurred out from a scene in Go Fund Yourself , the first episode of the show's eighteenth season.

Netflix removed the censorship after MediaNama asked the company about it. As is often the case with internet companies, when they are embarrassed by caught with their hands in the censorship cookie jar, they respond by claiming it was all some sort of a ghastly mistake.

And again in this case, Netflix claimed it was an incorrect version and replaced it with the uncensored version.

Interestingly the censorship incident has revealed that it may be possible to work around local censorship by selecting a different interface language. It was reported that the blurring wasn't present for users in India that selected French language.

The censored episode lampoons the Washington Redskins, an American football team that recently changed its name to Washington Football Team following renewed outrage over its name, which was criticized for using an offensive slur referring to Native Americans. In one scene from the episode, which was aired in 2014, a character responds to calls to change the team's logo by simply adding a drawing of male genitalia and breasts to the imagery.

 

 

Stamping on people when they are down...

Bristol's mayor and police commissioner seek to get lap dancing banned


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Full story: Lap Dancing in Bristol...Lap dancing rejected in Old Market
Bristol City Council, Bristol's mayor and the Avon & Somerset police commissioner are all uniting in a proposal to ban lap dancing in Bristol.

Councillors will be asked to approve a new draft policy that would ban lap dancing venues from operating anywhere in Bristol. The proposed ban, which would go out to a 12-week public consultation, appears in an appendix of an item to be considered by the licensing committee on Monday, March 8.

It seems heartless to ban workers in a sector that has been forced to close during the last year due to coronavirus lock downs. Especially as surveys show most Bristolians are happy with them as long as they are away from certain areas, including schools , housing estates, parks, women's refuges and places of worship.

The prominent proponents of the mean minded proposal are Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, Avon & Somerset police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire .

If the policy is adopted by the council, both of the existing venues -- sister venues Urban Tiger and Central Chambers -- would be forced to close. At the two clubs' annual licence renewal hearings in 2019, pole-dancers said they were feminists also and had a right to choose how they earned a living.

The draft policy also includes the licensing of sex shops but no there no plans to change the current maximum of two each in both the city centre and Old Market/West Street and zero in other areas.

 

 

Offsite Article: A dangerous rap...


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Like Pablo HasÚl, Spain wants me jailed for rap lyrics. By Valt˛nyc

See article from theguardian.com


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