cover altered: "What A Girl Wants"

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  1. Brenton

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    It appears that the cover for the just-announced What A Girl Wants DVD has some censorship. The original poster showed Amanda Bynes holding up a peace sign, while the new DVD clearly does not. I heard that this is because the studio was afraid of the peace sign being misinterpreted as an anti-war statement.

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    Anybody know if this change was made fresh from the DVD, or if there was actually a censored "B" poster that this cover image is from?
     
  2. Randy A Salas

    Randy A Salas Screenwriter

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    The poster was changed just before the movie came out:

     
  3. JohnAP

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    Yeah, this was done on the theatrical posters a couple months ago too. I remember John Stewart making fun of it on the daily show. It is a pretty stupid thing when a peace sign is considered controversial, especially in the context of such an inconsequential movie.
     
  4. Julian Lalor

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    Is the movie about an American peace protester in London? Looks like another one of those "spoiled brat looking for their father (who happens to be some rich, stuffy Lord with disapproving relatives) and finding herself while at the same time changing everyone's attitude of her so that, by the end, all landed gentry in England falls in love with her brash American spunk and elect her Queen" type of trash. The peace sign has, I suspect, little to do with any political beliefs of the protagonist or filmmakers (as if!) but rather is merely a mindless gesture that looked cool at the time. Warners decision to remove the peace sign is not censorship; it is merely a corporate decision not to upset some people over a misleading statement which wasn't a statement at all.
     
  5. Colin Jacobson

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    Gah! Where did her arm go?! [​IMG]
     
  7. David Lambert

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    I agree with Colin that Julian's description of the gesture is pure genius.

    I also agree that this isn't worth getting upset about, there were probably multiple shots taken in the photo shoot, these two looked identical other than the hand being up vs. on her hip, and they originally went with the one that made her look "hippy-er" until the gesture became an issue.

    In the end, this is better anyway. Really, they should have saved the two-fingered shot to indicate any sequel they decided to make! :wink:
     
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    So Amanda, you 18 yet? Allllllll right! [​IMG]
     
  13. David Lambert

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    Oh, I'm certain there was some compositing going on. After all, do you think her hair ALWAYS flys out like that? [​IMG]
     
  14. JohnDMoore

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    I have no interest in this film, but it looks like the pose change leaves some serious space empty in the composition in the shot.
     
  15. Dan Rudolph

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    They could have just put one of the fingers down. No more political message and composition isn't affected.
     
  16. Jonathan Dagmar

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    Well I do not think is was censorship. Censorship is responsible for the American cut of "American Psycho" being several minutes shorter than the Canadian release. Not altering a movie poster to remove a peace sign.

    I do hwoever think that it does qualify as politically correct bull****. But what do I care, it's not like I am going to buy this silly movie anyway.

    *sigh*. PC. I really hate PC.
     
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  18. Dan Rudolph

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    Paul, there woudl still be a message, just not an especially political one.
     
  19. Dean Kousoulas

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    Oh well, at least her head isn't big.

    Dean
     
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    I don't really like the fact that they altered the artwork, Warner was too sensitive about the issue IMO, but at the same time i'm not really concerned with it that much either.

    I find Amanda Bynes to be utterly charming and funny on her sitcom What I like About You, so i'll probably give this a spin.
     

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