New Controversial Series Draws #NoConfederate Tweets During ‘Game Of Thrones’, HBO Responds

HBO’s Game of Thrones is usually met with hashtag anticipation on Twitter, but tonight’s episode was treated to a different kind of hashtag. In response to creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently announced  modern-day slavery series, Confederate, many have taken to Twitter with the hashtag “#NoConfederate” as a form of protest.
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Marvel Editor Cyber-Bullied After Selfie Posted With Friends Drinking Milkshakes

What began as a fun outing with coworkers to grab milkshakes and a quick selfie turned into something ugly when Marvel editor Heather Antos became the target of harassing DMs and tweets.

It seems that there are some out there who aren’t thrilled with the idea of women working in the comics industry, as Antos got insults ranging from “Gee, I can’t imagine why Marvel’s sales are in the toilet” to “fake geek girls” and “the creepiest collection of stereotypical SJWs anyone could possibly imagine.”

The tweet that has caused all the fuss?

It’s the Marvel milkshake crew! #FabulousFlo

— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) July 28, 2017

Horrifying, isn’t it? Not. Antos, who has worked on Marvel titles like “The Unbelievable Gwenpool,” didn’t think so either…

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The internet is an awful, horrible, and disgusting place.

— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) July 30, 2017

How dare I post a picture of my friends on the internet without expecting to be bullied, insulted, harrassed, and targeted.

— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) July 30, 2017

Woke up today to a slew of more garbage tweets and DMs. For being a woman. In comics. Who posted a selfie of her friends getting milkshakes.

— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) July 30, 2017

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… and neither did the scores of supporters who championed her and the “milkshake crew” from Marvel. There were so many supporters, in fact, that #MakeMineMilkshake trended. Here a just a few of the hundreds.

I will buy a milkshake tomorrow or make one myself. In support of @HeatherAntos & all the other women working for Marvel.#MakeMineMilkshake

– Darth_Voider (@Darth_Voider) July 30, 2017

@HeatherAntos Men of quality support gender equality. Oh… and Comics are for everyone! #MakeMineMilkshake #theCovKids

– Nick Shingler (@nickshingler) July 30, 2017

Love seeing the support for women in comics because WE ARE EVERYWHERE and WE ARE KILLIN’ IT! #MakeMineMilkshake

– Shanyce Lora (@ShanyceLora) July 30, 2017

The women who work at Marvel, at all levels, are amazing. Smart, skilled, tenacious, tough. How do I know? Because I get to work with them.

– Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) July 30, 2017

And, of course, we must toss in one of the nasty ones:

Funny that #makeminemilkshake is trending #1 because white knighting for women who make up harassment is extremely popular.

— Capn Cummings (@DoctorDooomile) July 30, 2017

Maybe he’s lactose intolerant.

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Newswire: Bryce Dallas Howard set to make directorial debut with Sorta Like A Rock Star

Having already made it cool to wear heels in dinosaur theme park disasters, Bryce Dallas Howard is moving on to a new challenge. According to Variety, Howard is set to make her feature directorial debut with Sorta Like A Rock Star, a movie based on Matthew Quick’s book of the same name. The story is about an “optimistic high school student” named Amber Appleton who “secretly lives in her mom’s school bus during her senior year after an altercation at home.” (Some rock stars live in a bus while on tour, if you didn’t get the title.)

The Variety story notes that Howard has directed a few short films and a music video in the past, with her first short, “When You Find Me,” making it to the short list of Oscar nominations. It wasn’t nominated, but it came relatively close.

‘Detroit’, ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Dominate Indie Box Office Prior to Wide Release

With their wide releases coming next weekend, Annapurna’s “Detroit” and Paramount/Participant Media’s “An Inconvenient Sequel” made limited releases in New York and Los Angeles this weekend to big numbers at a very busy indie box office.

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power,” the follow-up documentary to Al Gore’s Oscar-winning doc “An Inconvenient Truth,” grossed $130,000 from four screens this weekend to earn the highest per screen average of the weekend with $32,500. The total was buoyed by special in-person appearances by Gore himself, who hosted Q&A sessions at The Landmark Theatre in L.A. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the film premiered at this year’s Sundance and received a new cut following Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Produced by Jeff Skoll, Richard Berge and Diane Weyermann, the film has a 76 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“Detroit” also posted strong numbers from its 20-screen release, grossing $365,455 for a PSA of $18,273. Made by the Oscar-winning director/writer duo of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker”; “Zero Dark Thirty”), “Detroit” stars John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and Will Poulter in an unflinching account of the 1967 Detroit race riots. The film marks the launch of Annapurna’s new distribution wing, with studio founder Megan Ellison producing with Bigelow, Boal, Matthew Budman and Colin Wilson. “Detroit” received critical acclaim, earning a 94 percent “Fresh” RT rating.

Also releasing this weekend is Sony Pictures Classics’ “Brigsby Bear,” which stars Kyle Mooney as a man who spent his childhood sheltered from the outside world who discovers that his favorite show, “Brigsby Bear Adventures,” was made specifically for him by the couple who kidnapped him from the hospital at birth. Now on his own in a world he knows nothing about, he decides to give his show a proper ending. The comedy made $45,060 from three screens and has an 84 percent “Fresh” RT rating. Dave McCary directed the film from a script by Mooney and Kevin Costello.

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A24 also entered a new film this weekend with “Menashe,” a film by Joshua Z. Weinstein about a widowed father in a Hasidic Jewish community in New York who tries to prove himself to his peers after he loses his son to his strict uncle due to religious traditions that forbid a single man from raising a child. Released on three screens, the film has grossed $61,409 and has a 96 percent RT rating. Weinstein wrote the script with Alex Lipschultz and Musa Syeed and premiered at Sundance this year.

Another A24 film “A Ghost Story,” will pass the $1 million mark this coming week after grossing $382,128 from 329 screens in its fourth weekend. It has a running total of $941,347. Sony Pictures Classic’s “Maudie” grossed $348,684 from 227 screens in its seventh week, putting it just $3,000 away from the $2 million mark.

Gunpowder & Sky’s “The Little Hours” stands at $1.2 million after five weekends, grossing $125,334 from 96 screens this weekend. Finally, Amazon/Lionsgate’s “The Big Sick” added $3.37 million in its sixth weekend from 1,589 screens, bringing its total to $30.4 million.

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Tops; ‘’Menashe’, ‘Detroit’ Strong: Specialty Box Office

After a couple of slow weekends, the specialty box office perked up with the release of a couple of anticipated titles, though not all of the luster was concentrated in films with marquis names attached.
Doc An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, which returns former Vice President Al Gore to the big screen over ten years after his Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, had the highest per theater average of any film in release this weekend, grossing $130K in four…