Bill Burr On The NBA Being Rigged And Becoming The First Comedian Ever To Perform At Fenway Park

Bill talks about watching the Celtics Game 7 against the Miami Heat, thinking the NBA is lowkey rigged and the refs having too much power, whether or not he has trouble being happy, performing at Fenway Park, throwing out the first pitch at a Red Sox game, being a “Jeopardy” clue, getting his pilot’s license, directing a feature film called Old Dads, and his Slight Return stand-up tour.

Winnie-The-Pooh Officially Stars In Horror Movie After Disney Lets Copyright Expire—The Perfect Example Of The Wrong That Could Come From A Creative Work Slipping Into Public Domain

Last week, Disney+ released the sardonic Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers, a live-action film that unabashedly pokes fun at Disney’s own offerings. A contrast to the picture-perfect personas projected in the classics, beloved characters here appear to be hiding beneath sweet façades while working in the underworld.

This upcoming Winnie-the-Pooh movie, however, isn’t by the unusually self-deprecating Disney. It’s the creation of Rhys Frake-Waterfield and UK movie production studio Jagged Edge, who will soon premiere a horror film featuring none other than Pooh Bear. They aren’t coy about identifying the muse, either, as the flick will be entitled Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.

In case you haven’t heard, Disney lost exclusive rights to author A.A. Milne’s first iterations of Winnie-the-Pooh on the first day of this year, when a bevy of classic works entered the public domain. This permits anyone to reinterpret the 95-year-old edition however they deem.

As Disney can’t honey-coat Winnie-the-Pooh on its own now, this version of the bear is far more sinister. Teaser visuals newly shared by the producers seem to depict him as a human killer wearing an animal mask.

Not only that, but Piglet appears to return as Pooh’s sidekick—or, should we say, partner in crime.

The only other details disclosed so far are the names of the main cast, which include Amber Doig-Thorne, Maria Taylor, and Danielle Scott, as detailed on Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey’s IMDb page. The release date has yet to be announced.

We know for a fact that Tigger won’t be in this movie since he only appeared in Milne’s books from 1928, so he’s still under the shackles of Disney. Christopher Robin and Eeyore are free to go, though, so might they escape into a world of darkness too?

If Disney isn’t careful, Mickey Mouse could be the next to go under the chainsaw. The Steamboat Willie version of its star character is slated to enter the public domain in 2024.

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Disney+ Has Edited Scenes In #FalconAndWinterSoldier To Censor Blood

Disney, its streaming service, and more mature content have been hot topics as of late. Whether it’s the new parental controls because of the Netflix Marvel series bringing their TV-MA rating to Disney+, or a darker MCU outing in Moon Knight finally seeing the light of day, a contingent of parents is worried about their kids falling into mature content on the largely kid-friendly service.

That is not to say the service has lacked any brutal violence or mature themes. Across the MCU, Star Wars, and elsewhere in the Disneyverse, there have been instances of some pretty shocking/adult sequences. Even Disney+ original series like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have featured shots and scenes that would fall into the more adult bucket

TFATWS specifically saw a man beat someone to death with one of the most iconic symbols in Marvel history, which came alongside a number of instances featuring blood and violence. Despite this, in an unprecedented move, Disney has gone back and edited the patriotic series to remove one of its darker scenes.

Brought to the attention of The Direct by Caleb Steel, eagle-eyed Reddit user u/MooninMoulin noticed that Disney has edited/censored The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, switching out a couple of bloody scenes with more family-friendly edits. 

The first of these comes from the death of Hydra scientist Wilfred Nagel in Episode 3 of the series. Where there was once blood painted on Nagel’s face and shirt, there is now nothing. Also, instead of Nagel’s eyes remaining open, confirming his death, they are now closed.

Another altered shot focuses on a bounty hunter who, in the original edit, gets a pipe stabbed into her shoulder after Bucky Barnes throws it in her direction, thus pinning her to a shipping container. However, in the new version, that pipe bounces off the goon and goes flying, no longer piercing her flesh and the steel door behind her. 

Source: The Direct

Police Bodycam Footage Shows ‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Being Mistakenly Detained As A Bank Robber Because He Wanted A Discreet Withdrawal

The Atlanta Police Department released bodycam footage Wednesday that showed its officers detaining Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther, after they mistook him for a bank robber in January.

Police showed up to a branch of Bank of America on Jan. 7 after Coogler requested to withdraw $12,000 from his bank account, according to an incident report also released Wednesday.

The 35-year-old director showed his California ID, his bank card, and gave his PIN number, but the bank teller became suspicious when Coogler wrote on the back of the deposit slip to be discreet with the money.

“My stomach started turning,” the bank teller, who was pregnant, told police in the bodycam footage, adding, “I have to protect myself. I have to protect my child.”

Coogler was wearing sunglasses, a hat, and a face mask. Both Coogler and the bank teller are Black.

The bank teller told police on the video that Coogler’s account showed an alert indicating it was a “high-risk transaction.” That’s when she told her manager that she was uncomfortable. She called 911.

Coogler said he was waiting for the bank teller to bring him his money when suddenly he heard the sound of guns being pulled from holsters behind him.

Bodycam footage shows police officers handcuffing Coogler inside the bank, with a close-up of the back of his sweatshirt, which reads “Fear of God.”

“What’s going on?” Coogler asks as he put his hands behind his back.

The officers then bring him outside and put him in the back of the police car.

Coogler explains to officers that the money was for a medical assistant who works for his family who prefers to be paid in cash. He adds that he didn’t want the people around him to know how much money he was taking out and that he regularly gives bank tellers a note when withdrawing cash.

“She got scared when a Black dude handed her a note,” Coogler says to police in the video. “If she was scared, she’s got to admit that.”

While Coogler explains what happened, he also tells officers that he feels he’s about to have a panic attack and is trying to manage his emotions.

“Y’all explaining y’all’s perspective, right,” Coogler says to the police. “Y’all the ones with guns and vests. Y’all understanding what I’m saying? What’s my perspective? What’s my perspective? At the bank, she never shared there was a fucking problem, bro.”

Two people who were waiting for Coogler in a black SUV outside the bank are also handcuffed. After everyone is questioned and the police seem to determine there had been a mistake, Coogler asks for everyone to be removed from handcuffs. The police oblige.

Coogler asks for all the officers’ names. When an officer suggests he write it down, the director says he wasn’t going to reach in his car for a pen or piece of paper.

“I’m not reaching in there, bro,” Coogler says to the police. “I ain’t had guns drawn on me in a while, bro. Y’all understand what I’m saying? I’m trying to get my own money out of my own account. … It’s a major problem, man.”

Police wrote down a list of all the officers involved in the incident as well as the case number and provided it to Coogler, the footage shows.

In the 911 call, the bank teller tells the operator that when she asked Coogler a question about how he wanted the money, he told her to look at the note on the deposit slip.

“I asked for his ID and he handed me his ID,” the teller tells the operator in the 911 call. “It’s a California ID, but I didn’t look at his name because I’m just, like, so shook up. I don’t know what he’s trying to do.”

Coogler is a writer and director whose Oscar-winning and -nominated films include Black Panther and Creed. He is currently in Atlanta filming the sequel to his Marvel hit, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, set to premiere on Nov. 11.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson for Bank of America said, “We deeply regret that this incident occurred. It never should have happened and we have apologized to Mr. Coogler.”

Chata Spikes, the public affairs director for the Atlanta Police Department, told BuzzFeed News that the department did not have an individualized comment but sent a link to an updated statement saying that the department had received “many requests” for comment.

“The responding officers acted appropriately given the information they had at the time, and quickly resolved the situation with no injury to anyone involved,” the statement reads.

Coogler did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement reported Wednesday by the New York Times, he said the situation “should never have happened,” but that Bank of America “worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on.”

Source: BuzzFeed News