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Deadfools (Part 2)

Once again, more outcry has arisen around the acclaimed superhero movie Deadpool; this time right here in my very own town, Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control known as the DABC (yes, this is a real department) is tasked with controlling the laws and regulations revolving around drinking. Here in a state where the leaders are part of a religion that strictly forbids the drinking of alcohol, these regulations are numerous. Every bar and restaurant must conform in order to get a liquor license. Alcohol above a certain percentage must be sold in a state-run liquor store. The “sin tax” as it’s known, is astronomical, causing alcohol prices in Utah to be 25% (or more) higher than anywhere else. It’s cheaper to go to neighboring states to purchase alcohol. However, that’s considered smuggling, and very illegal.

What does all of this have to do with Deadpool? Well, In SLC there is a bar/movie theater called “Brewvies”. The DABC allows the showing of R rated movies while alcohol is served. Anything beyond that is right out. Meaning you can’t show full frontal nudity while serving alcohol. This is a rule for strip clubs here as well. Deadpool, although it has an R rating, has both male and female full frontal nudity.  Brewvies decided to play Deadpool anyway.

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In reaction to this, the DABC decided to shut down Brewvies if they kept showing the movie. Brewvies in turn, decided to sue the DABC for being unconstitutional. The legal battle raged on for a couple weeks. This got to be so big that Ryan Reynolds heard about it and decided to donate $5,000 to Brewvies to continue the fight. Most of what happened inside the courtroom was kept secret from the public. The Utah Government is particularly secretive about these sort of legal issues. Hearsay and rumors led Salt Lake residents to believe that Brewvies would lose the fight and shut down.  However, the last thing we heard about was that the DABC dropped all charges against the theater.  Brewvies is still pressing for a restraining order so that they don’t have to go through this kind of thing in the future, as  movies become less and less restrictive about the content shown.

It’ll be interesting to see if this creates any sort of legal precedent. If Brewvies was able to get out of a citation from the DABC and keep their liquor license, other bars or restaurants wanting less restrictive liquor laws might push against the DABC in their time of vulnerability.

In the end, Brewvies held a special midnight event showing Deadpool. The proceeds helped pay off legal fees. Chalk up another victory for Deadpool!

-Jordan Kamm-

Nerd Editorial: Beam me up! A Star Trek themed cruise is here.

enterprise_cloudsTrekkies are ecstatic for the upcoming 50th anniversary of Star Trek and now have another reason to celebrate: in 2017 the first ever Star Trek-themed cruise (well first ever officially licensed one) will sail off for almost a week of fun and excitement for fans to enjoy.

The cruise starts its voyage on January 9, 2017 and lasts for six days and six nights. It will depart from Miami, Florida and have stops in Cozumel, Mexico and the Bahamas. Cast members are joining in on the fun as well: Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Robert Picardo (Lewis Zimmerman), James Darren (Vic Fontaine), Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar), John de Lancie (Q), Johnathan Frakes (William Riker), and of course the host of the event William Shatner.

I’ve been on a lot of cruises before and think this could be really fun for fellow Trekkies. There’s bound to be a ton of fun activities aboard and the possibilities are endless. You could do a form of laser-tag based on the Bajoran resistance to the Cardassian occupation. All of the films could be playing outside on a big screen to be enjoyed by guests lounging around the pool. Endless trivia events where the most minute details of the shows can be fought about for prizes. A green margarita that’s named “Vulcan’s Blood.” I already want to go.

I will say the ticket prices are pretty steep ($975 as the cheapest option) but the actors need to be paid for the amount of entertaining they’ll be doing so I guess it’s fair. I also want way more DS9 actors to get in on this (if I magically had the time and money to take that kind of vacation I’d want to hang out with Avery Brooks), but it still looks really fun with the people going.

With my extensive cruising experience I can offer a few tips to people who have never been on one before but are interested in going on this: bring a lot of extra cash for when you’re on the islands. There are laundry facilities on the ships so if you don’t bring enough clothes for the trip it won’t be the end of the world. The bathrooms are small so bring travel sized shower supplies. Booze is expensive on the ships and it’s totally possible to sneak some onboard but be smart about it-your bags will be checked and you’ll be going through a metal detector so more conventional flasks are out. Bring something for sunburn because it will happen to you or someone you know at some point. Most importantly, relax and have fun. I hope everyone on board the cruise takes plenty of video so the rest of us can see what happens on it to, and the experience is ends up being the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary. You can book your reservation here.

-Bri Nicks-

Haven Editorial: Borderlands Movie?

BORDERLANDSLionsgate has announced plans for a Borderlands movie, and I could go on and bore you with facts about funding and all that jazz. After all, riveting budget numbers are very insightful. However, that you can find anywhere, and it’ll probably become more relevant if the film is ever completed.

Generally speaking, video game movies suck…especially when Hollywood or Uwe Boll is involved. This stems from some very simple facts. Most directors don’t care about the source material, even if said material is a film on it’s own. It’s not rocket science. A very good example of such a movie is Max Payne. The game is about a cop on the run after a junkie kills the cop’s family and partner, and frames the cop for the deeds. So a sensible script writer would just rip the plot and borrow heavily from the action scenes, or even incorporate Max Payne 2 elements. Yet for some unfathomable reason the folks who make these movies can’t do that.

Lionsgate was successful with The Hunger Games (2012), I’ll give them that. But the Borderlands game series has an unusually good plot, colorful characters and wacky humor. I therefore don’t trust them with the movie! Besides, Telltale Games has already released, and is continuing to make episodes of Tales From the Borderlands, which takes a more narrative approach.

Personally, I imagine the Borderlands movie will focus on violence, as well as one or two characters who look nothing like they do in the game…though I guess Vin Diesel or The Rock could pass as Brick. The action will be over the top with few breaks, and focus mainly on the antics of the comic relief: Claptrap. Add to that some Lilith cleavage and things that go boom, and there you have it (but not before turning the violence down to PG-13). Forget about the original story; just sprinkle it with philosophy and some sort of alien invasion. Mind you, this is pure speculation and sarcasm on my part. But from what I’ve learned, sarcasm holds a grain of truth.

Can the production team prove me wrong?

http://www.lionsgate.com/movies/

-Njål Sand-