The company responsible for all our childhood frustrations has filed a lawsuit claiming that Netflix willfully infringed upon the series' trademark in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
The publishers of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series is suing Netflix for $25 million.
Chooseco, the company responsible for all our childhood frustrations, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Netflix willfully infringed upon the series' trademark in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. The publishers allege that Netflix shouldn't have allowed its protagonist, Stefan Butler, to describe the movie's titular novel as "a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' book." In doing so, Chooseco claims, Netflix implies that the book in Bandersnatch is an official part of the series.
It's an interpretive stretch that stems from the company's pre-existing animosity with the streaming service, as Netflix has been struggling to negotiate a license with Chooseco since 2016. The publishers have already sent at least one cease-and-desist letter over a previous instance of a Netflix character uttering the phrase "Choose Your Own Adventure" without Chooseco's permission.
In the lawsuit, the publishers say they're especially taking issue with Bandersnatch because they're "particularly upset" that it's "a dark film" that "can include references to and depictions of a demonic presence, violent fighting, drug use, murder, mutilation of a corpse, decapitation, and other upsetting imagery. Association with this grim content tarnishes Chooseco's famous trademark."
As of Friday, Netflix hasn't responded to the charges.
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Animation is lame and live-action is awesome.
Everybody loves Disney live-action remakes.
In a world plagued by racism, disease, and a seemingly endless bounty of spiraling misfortune, at least we can all agree that Disney knocks it out of the park every time they dredge up an old, animated movie for a live-action makeover because cartoons are for babies.
Sure, some of us thought the original Beauty and the Beast was fine, but could lame, 2D Belle ever hold a candle to 3D Emma Watson? And yeah, the original Lion King was okay, I guess, but there's nobody in the world who preferred cartoon Scar's rendition of "Be Prepared" to the incredible feat of getting a real lion to sing it in the live-action remake.
Being a Disney fan can be hard sometimes, as you have fond memories of beloved childhood movies but also don't want people to make fun of you for liking cartoons. That's why, out of all the corporations in the world, Disney is undoubtedly the most selfless, willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to bring their old, outdated movies into the modern age—all for the fans.
After Halle Berry walked back her consideration of playing a transgender character, we look back at how Hollywood has repeatedly fumbled trans representation.
Halle Berry has made headlines this week after turning down a role in which, had she gone through with production, would have represented a transgender man.
Berry, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films like Monster's Ball, Catwoman, and Gothika, took to Twitter Monday night to apologize for considering the role. "Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I"d like to apologize for those remarks," Berry wrote. "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories."
The post continued: "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."