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Lars Von Trier’s New Film Is In Trouble With MPAA Over Gruesome Murder Scenes

There are controversial director, and then there’s Lars Von Trier, who seems to court controversy with each new boundary-pushing film he makes. The director’s latest film, the serial killer movie The House that Jack Built is no exception. The House that Jack Built is now in trouble with the MPAA over an unapproved, unrated screening of the ultra-violent and gruesome film.

On Wednesday night, a special, one-night only screening was held in select theaters across the country, showing an unrated, director’s cut of the film. The distributor, IFC Films, is now facing sanctions over the screenings (according to The Hollywood Reporter) for failing to obtain the appropriate waiver. The House that Jack Built violated the MPAA’s rules by holding these unrated screenings in such close proximity to the film’s official release date on December 14th.

The reasoning behind the MPAA’s rules on this is that by releasing an unrated cut so close to the official release, it can create confusion for consumers who rely on the MPAA rating system to make informed choices about the movies they see. An unrated cut of the movie screening could confuse audiences, and theoretically lead to someone not paying close enough attention and seeing a gory film like this that they were not at all prepared for.

The violation of these rules now means that The House that Jack Built could face sanctions that could impact the film itself and its distributor IFC Films.

The House that Jack Built is set to release in select theaters and on digital, with an R rating. Unfortunately, that rating could possibly be revoked as a result of the director’s cut screenings. Another possible sanction would see the ratings process for any IFC films before the Classification and Ratings Administration (the organization that administers ratings for the MPAA) suspended. IFC Films could also be suspended from the ratings system altogether for no more than 90 days.

The specific sanctions against IFC and The House that Jack Built will be determined after a hearing of the Classification and Ratings Administration.

Although this latest trouble could actually impact The House that Jack Built‘s release and its distributor, it is not the first trouble the movie has had– at least not in the court of public perception. The director of Antichrist, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac‘s latest film had people walking out when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where IFC picked it up, earlier this year.

Somewhat surprisingly, the film, which shows animals being mutilated, was actually not rebuked by PETA– because it doesn’t use real animals. The film is also accurate in that it shows how real serial killers often get their start by hurting animals.

The House that Jack Built tells the story of Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer in the 1970s Pacific Northwest. The film follows Jack over the course of 12 years, showing the murders he commits that only add to his madness. If you’re interested, you can check out the trailer below.

The House that Jack Built stars Matt Dillon as Jack as well as Uma Thurman and Bruno Ganz, it hits select theaters and VOD on December 14th. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule for all of the biggest movies heading to theaters (with presumably less controversy) next year.

See All the Celebrity Guests Arriving For Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s Wedding Weekend

We’ve heard all about the first date “back pat”, the romantic proposal, the Amazon gift registry, and the Hindu puja ceremony, but now the Priyanka Chopra/Nick Jonas wedding weekend is kicking into high gear as their celebrity family and friends are starting to arrive in India.

Sadly, there are two very famous faces who won’t be making the journey to Jodhpur to watch the couple tie the knot in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Us Weekly reports that Priyanka’s close friend Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, will not be attendance even though the bride was a guest at their royal wedding back in May. “Meghan will not be going to Priyanka’s wedding, especially now that she is pregnant,” says one of their sources.

While we really wish we’d get to see the Duke and Duchess dressed for a traditional Hindu ceremony, there will be no shortage of A-listers for the nuptials and many of them have already touched down in Jodhpur.

First up, the bride and groom arrived at the airport to massive crowds, but looking happy and radiant.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are all smiles at the Mumbai Airport to depart for Jodhpur

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And what’s a wedding without your family. Nick’s brother Joe Jonas and his fiancée Sophie Turner are obviously on the guest list. Plus, Turner and Chopra already nicknamed themselves the “J Sisters” during what looked to be an amazing bachelorette weekend in Amsterdam.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas touch down in Jodhpur ahead of their grand wedding

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The third Jonas Brother, Kevin, and his wife Danielle also made the long trip. Danielle previously missed out on the bachelorette fun because they were moving into a new house.

Celebrity guests arrive in Jodhpur for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' grand wedding

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Nick’s parents, Denise and Paul, along with Priyanka’s mother, Madhu, and other members are her family were also spotted on arrival. Actor Jack McBrayer of 30 Rock fame is in town for the wedding and while Armie Hammer and his wife Elizabeth Chambers have not yet been photographed, it would be a surprise if they weren’t in attendance. Chambers was photographed at the bachelorette weekend with Chopra in Amsterdam.

We’ll keep you posted as more guests roll in for what is shaping up to be a heck of a party.

Greatest Showman’s Keala Settle Had A Stroke One Week Before Performing At The Oscars

While this Holiday season will bring highly anticipated projects like Mary Poppins Returns and Aquaman to theaters, last year provided a new classic movie musical: The Greatest Showman. Starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, the film centered around the formation of Barnum’s circus, with amazing tunes accompanying the story, sung by the impressive cast.

Chief among the cast is Keala Settle, who played Bearded Lady Lettie Lutz in The Greatest Showman. Settle got a ton of notoriety for her beloved song “This Is Me”, which she also got to perform at last year’s Academy Awards. But it turns out that Settle actually suffered a mini-stroke due to undiagnosed and ultra rare Moyamoya disease. The actress/singer recently told the horrifying story, saying:

What a harrowing account. There was no way that Keala Settle could have predicted having a rare disease like Moyamoya, which results in small mini-strokes. Instead, Settle simply called for help, with just one week left until she was set to perform “This is Me” at the Academy Awards.

While The Greatest Showman has plenty of songs that moviegoers have already come to know and love, “This is Me” is perhaps the film’s most iconic track, and one that fans have taken as an anthem. It seemed like an obvious choice to submit and perform at the Oscars, with Keala Settle taking her years of Broadway experience to one of the biggest stages ever.

This timing was obviously worrisome for Keala Settle, who had to grapple with her new medical diagnosis while also preparing for the opportunity and performance of a lifetime. As Settle told People about the incident,

Ultimately Keala Settle was able to balance her personal and professional life, and belt out “This Is Us” at the Academy Awards. The song got a nomination that night, but didn’t win. But “This Is Us” did win Best Song at that year’s Golden Globe Awards, giving Settle an extra boost of notoriety and recognition in the wake of such a terrifying medical experience.

You can own a copy of The Greatest Showman now, and she’ll once again be using her powerful voice in RENT: Live on January 27th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

The Peter Parker In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Isn’t Exactly The Tobey Maguire One

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gives us a nearly infinite number of versions of the web-slinger, but are any of them one we’ve met before? We’ve seen many different versions of Spider-Man on the big screen alone, so are any of these animated Spider-Men (Spider-Mans?) supposed to be one of the previous live-action versions? Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were recently asked if Sam Raimi’s version of Spider-Man can be found in the film. According to them, the Peter Parker that we meet in Into the Spider-Verse isn’t any one previous Spider-Man, but is a new character influenced by all that came before him. According to Chris Miller…

While Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brings us a multitude of Spider-Man versions, from Spider-Gwen to Noir Spider-Man to Spider-Ham, there is actually only one proper Peter Parker credited to the film, voiced by Jake Johnson. Rather than make him an animated version of Tom Holland or Tobey Maguire, this Spider-man is designed to remind you of every version of Spider-Man you’ve known before, but isn’t actually designed to be any one of them.

Of course, there’s a perfectly good reason that one might make a connection between the Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man, and the version of the character that we see in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as the film makes a direct reference to that movie, though, as Chris Miller implies to Fandango, the reference is slightly twisted. According to Phil Lord…

The entire premise of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is that there are an infinite number of parallel dimensions in which different versions of Spider-Man exist. As such, while one could certainly suppose that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man exists in one of them, there’s no reason that we need to meet any version of the character we knew before, as there are an infinite number of versions we’ve never met who we can be introduced to here.

And of course, by using new characters, the movie can set up sequels that go off in any number of directions, something that is reportedly already being planned. Unsurprising considering that the initial reaction to the first film is absolutely off the charts.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse arrives in theaters December 14.

Hospitals Billed Sexual Assault Survivors for Rape Kits. Now They’re Paying the Price.

The cost of rape may be incalculable — but this wasn’t supposed to be part of it.

New York hospitals illegally billed survivors for hundreds of forensic rape examinations, a new investigation by state Attorney General Barbara Underwood finds.

In a deal first shared with Glamour, seven hospitals have signed a settlement with Underwood’s office to pay back sexual assault survivors who were charged for their rape exams and set up new policies to keep it from happening again.

“Survivors of sexual assault have already gone through unfathomable trauma; to then subject them to illegal bills and collection calls is unconscionable,” Underwood said in a statement provided to Glamour. “Hospitals have a fundamental responsibility to comply with New York law. My office will continue to do everything in our power to protect survivors and their rights.”

The seven hospitals in the settlement, according to the attorney general: Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Columbia University, Montefiore Nyack Hospital, NewYork Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Richmond University Medical Center, and St. Barnabas Hospital.

Settlement documents reviewed by Glamour said the hospitals didn’t admit or deny breaking the law, but that they agreed to repay patients who got improperly billed and also to adopt written policies which make clear that survivors are not to receive bills for rape exams.

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“Survivors of sexual assault have already gone through unfathomable trauma; to then subject them to illegal bills and collection calls is unconscionable,” says New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

New York law says hospitals that provide services to sexual assault survivors — including forensic exams, commonly called “rape kits” — are supposed to send bills directly to the state Office of Victim Services (unless a patient chooses otherwise).

That system is supposed to protect survivors’ privacy by making it less likely that a relative or employer might learn they sought medical help. The added layer of confidentiality ideally encourages more people to agree to undergo rape exams — which means more physical evidence that can help police find attackers.

But the new investigation found that in the case of these hospitals, that process went awry.

Instead, at least 200 forensic rape examinations conducted by the health care providers were billed to patients or their insurance companies. Amounts ranged from approximately $46 to $3,000, an Underwood aide said. The hospitals also repeatedly failed to inform survivors about their billing options, according to the settlements. In some cases, the bills were sent to collection agencies whose job it was to chase down the outstanding balance.


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Forensic rape examinations at seven hospitals got wrongly billed to patients or their insurers, Underwood’s office says.

Last year, the New York attorney general’s office settled with Brooklyn Hospital after an investigation that started when a patient came forward to say she had been billed — not once, but seven times — for care associated with a sexual assault case.

Underwood is the first woman to serve as New York attorney general. She took over the state’s top law enforcement job on an interim basis earlier this year after Eric Schneiderman resigned amid a flurry of accusations of abusing women, which he publicly contested. In this year’s midterm elections, New Yorkers elected Letitia James to become the first black woman in state history to fill the role. James will take office in January.

It remains to be seen whether the New York settlement will encourage fresh investigations or changes in hospital and clinic rape kit billing elsewhere, but the problem is not new, with past controversies reported from Arkansas to Alaska.

For now, Underwood’s office encourages anyone with questions about their New York hospital billing to contact its health care bureau at 800-428-9071.

Celeste Katz is senior political reporter for Glamour. Send news tips, questions, and comments to

Gotham’s David Mazouz Shares Heartfelt Post After Filming Final Bruce And Alfred Scene

When Gotham first kicked off in 2014, few elements within the show were as instantly believable and enjoyable as the relationship between David Mazouz’s tragedy-stricken Bruce Wayne and Sean Pertwee’s gruffly stoic Alfred Pennyworth. This week marked the beginning of the end of the two characters’ relationship, as Mazouz shared a heartfelt post celebrating the two actors’ final days working together.

Those are powerful words from the still-youthful David Mazouz, who truly does come off as one of the more professional and sure-footed “child” actors on television these days. Perhaps that came from years of playing a billionaire proto-playboy as Bruce Wayne, whose behavior almost always needed to be overtly serious and carefully manicured in front of others.

Or perhaps it came from years of working with Sean Pertwee, a British actor who always looks like he’s got every situation under control. (Even in Dog Soldiers, somehow.) Mazouz and Pertwee have seemingly maintained as close a relationship over the years as Bruce and Alfred have themselves, with the elder actor taking on something of a fatherly and mentor-esque role. So I’m betting their relationship has done more for Mazouz’s own personality than Bruce has.

Let’s all be thankful that David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee’s close ties aren’t directly reflective of Bruce and Alfred’s, since those two characters can occasionally be at major odds with one another. Sometimes Alfred can be a little strict, and sometimes Bruce will just straight up stab Alfred to death at the behest of an immortal villain. You know, typical shit.

You can take a look at David Mazouz’s Instagram post below.

David Mazouz also recently shared pics of himself next to Sean Pertwee as the Gotham cast was taking on the show’s final script table-read. It’s clear that saying goodbye to Gotham is a hard maneuver for the actor, who experienced his teen years as one of fiction’s most popular characters. It’ll be very interesting to see where his career takes him next, especially after audiences get to finally see him rocking a proper Batsuit.

We don’t have too much longer to wait to finally get our eyes back on the chaos reigning in Gotham for its fifth and final season. Bane and all the rest will arrive on Fox on Thursday, January 3, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Keep your TV viewing habits strong until then by staying current with the fall TV premieres and the upcoming midseason debuts.

14 Tuxedo Dresses Inspired by Meghan Markle—and Just in Time for the Holidays

In the year since Meghan Markle announced she’d be joining the Royal Family, much of her wardrobe has incorporated sophisticated, Duchess-approved pieces like suiting separates and sheaths, many of them. But Markle is something of a nonconformist when it comes to palace “protocol” (her messy buns!)—and that has become clear through her fashion choices, namely her love of the red-carpet-worthy blazer dress. The Duchess of Sussex has worn the celebrity-beloved style everywhere from formal events to a royal tour (and sans stockings—gasp), in a range of colors and lengths. And while they’ve come from the likes of designer labels, the tuxedo dress can be yours for $200 or less. So consider the Markle-inspired ensembles ahead for your next holiday party (or royal engagement, we don’t know your life.)

It Took A Lot For Rami Malek To Transform Into Freddie Mercury For Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody is by far the highlight of the film. Even those the critics that have were largely unimpressed with the film as a whole had a tendency to praise the actor’s transformation into the Queen frontman. However, it turns out, unsurprisingly, that getting there wasn’t easy as the result made it look. Rami Malek spent a year learning everything he needed to know in order to become Freddie Mercury. Malek says he worked with the film’s producer Graham King on more technical skills, but he also spent time learning how to project the attitude that Mercury was known for. According to the actor…

Actors frequently need to spend a lot of time in pre-production working with various specialists in order to gain the skills necessary for a role. In action movies, an actor may need to learn to fight or use particular weapons properly. If you’re going to play Freddie Mercury, you need to be able to look like you know what you’re doing when you sit down in front of a piano.

Of course, what might be more interesting than the lessons that Rami Malek took in order to learn some of Freddie Mercury’s skills might be the specialist that he decided not to hire. Malek tells THR that he actively chose not to bring in a choreographer to help him with moving like Freddie Mercury because such a thing would not help get the proper performance. He felt Mercury’s movements were much more spontaneous than that, and so in order to do the role justice, he had to figure out how to do that himself.

While Rami Malek doesn’t go into detail on exactly what he did in order to make it all work, it does seem quite clear that it did. Rami Malek absolutely transformed into Freddie Mercury for Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s certainly true that nothing we see Malek do, even while performing on stage, looks like it was choreographed. The presence and attitude that Mercury had come through even when the character is just standing there.

Some think the performance is so good that Rami Malek deserves an Oscar nomination for it, and while that might be an uphill battle, it’s certainly not outside the realm of plausibility. We’ll find out when the Oscar nominations come out early next year.

Birds Of Prey’s Margot Robbie Wants Poison Ivy And Harley Quinn Together

The Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it is ending with Avengers 4, but thing on the DC side of things are just heating up. Despite missteps with Justice League and Suicide Squad, the DC Universe is moving full speed ahead. Aquaman and Shazam! both have positive buzz, but there’s another project in development at Warner Bros: Birds of Prey.

Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey movie is another vehicle for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who made her debut in Suicide Squad. The film is actually subtitled (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), so it’s clear that Joker’s boo is going to have a major role. But it turns out there’s another DC femme fatale Robbie wants to team up with: Poison Ivy. When recently asked about the fan favorite Harley/Ivy comic book pairing, Robbie said:

Talk about exciting. While Poison Ivy likely won’t pop up throughout the course of Birds Of Prey, it seems that Margot Robbie wants the Batman rogue to team up with Harley on the big screen. It’s a pairing that has enthralled the fandom since the 90s, and Cathy Yan’s upcoming blockbuster would have been a logical place to introduce them in live-action.

Margot Robbie’s comments to Pride Source further illustrate how major Harley Quinn is going to stay within the DC Universe. While David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was a critical disappointment, Robbie’s Harley was a scene stealer who helped buoy the uneven project. There have been a variety of projects announced for the character, including a possible solo movie, a movie with Joker, and Suicide Squad 2, in addition to Birds of Prey. The actress is planning ahead, so perhaps one of these movies will also bring Poison Ivy into the narrative.

Like Harley herself, the relationship between Margot Robbie’s signature character and Poison Ivy has its roots in Batman: The Animated Series. The beloved 90s cartoon featured Harley’s debut, and her friendship with Ivy was born in the appropriately titled episode “Harley and Ivy”. They meet trying to rob the same place, and the duo of villains became buddies in the wake of Harley’s temporary breakup with Joker.

Unfortunately, Poison Ivy isn’t one of the characters announced for Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Instead, Harley will be interacting with Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya. Plus Ewan McGregor’s villainous Black Mask.

Birds of Prey is currently set to arrive February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Just Revealed How He Proposed, and It’s So Romantic

You’ve probably heard that Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are getting married this weekend in India. I mean, we haven’t seen wedding hype quite this loud since Priyanka’s BFF Meghan Markle was about to walk down the aisle with Prince Harry.

Sure, Meghan and Harry had a literal royal wedding, but Priyanka and Nick do have a lot in common with them: Both include a celebrity-filled guest list, international travel, and a very romantic proposal story at the start. In a new interview with Vogue, Priyanka and Nick open up for the first time publicly about how it all went down.

It happened this July, when Priyanka and Nick took a vacation to Crete in Greece. She thought it was simply a birthday trip, but he had other plans in mind—in fact, Nick had already shut down a Tiffany & Co store in London weeks prior (with his brothers) to pick out a ring.

“I got down on one knee, again, and I said: Will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?” Nick says of the moment. “No joke—she took about 45 seconds. Forty-five seconds of silence.” Priyanka says she was speechless, hence the silence. But Nick would not be deterred, saying, “I’m going to put this ring on your finger now unless you have any objections.”

As for how she knew he was the one…she says it was a moment on a date in Los Angeles when he told her, “I love the way you look at the world. I love the drive you have.” She explains, “As a girl, I’ve never had a guy tell me, ‘I like your ambition.’ It’s always been the opposite.”

Once they were engaged, the couple continued the celebration with a traditional Hindu engagement ceremony called a roka in Mumbai in August. “It was such an incredible coming-together of two really ancient cultures and religions,” Chopra says. “Nick did the Hindu prayers. The prayers are in Sanskrit. Even I can’t say them. But he did it in Sanskrit. The Indians were so impressed with their National Jiju [Jonas’ nickname in the Indian press, meaning ‘brother-in-law’ or ‘sister’s husband’].”

Next up? Not one but two ceremonies this week honoring both their religious backgrounds. We can’t wait.

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