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‘Peter Rabbit’ filmmakers apologize for ‘food allergy bullying’ scene

Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

FILE - This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Peter Rabbit, voiced by James Corden and Cottontail in a scene from
FILE - This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Peter Rabbit, voiced by James Corden and Cottontail in a scene from "Peter Rabbit." The filmmakers and the studio behind it are apologizing for insensitively depicting a character's allergy in the film that has prompted backlash online. Sony Pictures said Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in a statement the film "should not have made light" of a character being allergic to blackberries "even in a cartoonish" way. (Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP, File)(Courtesy of Sony Pictures/AP)

Parents of children with food allergies are criticizing Sony Pictures’ new movie, “Peter Rabbit,” saying it makes light of such allergies and encourages bullying.

The New York Times reported that the movie, based on the Beatrix Potter children’s book, features an animated rabbit and other animals trying to get access to a garden from a garden owner, played by a live actor. 

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Domhnall Gleeson plays Tom McGregor, the owner of the garden. In the film, McGregor is allergic to blackberries. The animals rig a slingshot to get him to eat some of the fruit. The actor is seen choking, and he collapses as he struggles to get an EpiPen. The rabbits cheer as he lays on the ground.

“I’m pretty sure Beatrix Potter will be turning in her grave about now,” Sam Rose, of Surrey, England, told The New York Times. “Allergies are often not taken seriously enough anyway. To have them trivialized on the big screen by such a popular character is immensely disappointing.”

Rose says her son, who has food allergies, loves Peter Rabbit, but she won’t be taking him to see the film.

People reported that some responded on Twitter with #BoycottPeterRabbit.

Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, said the film’s mockery of food allergies is harmful.

“Making light of this condition hurts our members because it encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously, and this cavalier attitude may make them act in ways that could put an allergic person in danger,” Mendez wrote in an open letter Saturday.

Sony Pictures issued an apology in a statement to The New York Times, attributed to the film’s director, writers and producers.

“Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit’s archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way,” the statement said. 
“We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize.”

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What Had Happened Was podcast: The Fosters’ Sherri Saum on super hot husband and having her magazines confiscated in Kettering

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:37 PM

Kettering native Sherri Saum
Kettering native Sherri Saum

She didn’t wear combat boots — and maybe that made all the difference. 

Amelia Robinson chatted with actress Sherri Saum for the latest episode of the What Had Happened Was podcast. 

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The world knows Saum best for her role as Lena Adams Foster on the groundbreaking TV show “The Fosters,” but many in these parts know her best as the daughter of former “Dayton Daily News” copy editor Lois Saum of Kettering.  

Amelia and Sherri chat about Sherri’s upbringing in Kettering and how her fashion magazines weren’t exactly safe at Fairmont High School.

They also dished about the Fosters (and what Sherri is doing now), the parking situation in Dayton and the general hotness of Sherri’s husband, Kamar de los Reyes of “One Life to Live” fame. 

Amelia’s grandma Nellie, a major “One Live to Live fan,” would be proud. 

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“What Had Happened Was” is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio. 

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Lois Saum accepts tulips on Easter from her daughters Sherri (on the left) and Lisa. Their cousin, Brian, is also in the photo.

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Kate Spade funeral to be held in her hometown of Kansas City on Thursday

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:19 PM

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The funeral for fashion designer Kate Spade will be held in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reported that a funeral Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church.

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According to Spade’s father, Frank Brosnahan, the funeral will be in the same church where her grandparents were married.

Spade, who co-founded the fashion brand Kate Spade New York with her husband, Andy Spade, died by suicide at age 55 in New York. 

People reported that Spade’s family has asked for donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Wayside Waifs, a no-kill animal shelter in Kansas City, in lieu of flowers.

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Legendary WWE wrestler Big Van Vader dead at 63

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

WWE wrestler Big Van Vader in 2015 at a WWE Hall of Fame Induction. Vader died at age 63 in 2018. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
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WWE wrestler Big Van Vader in 2015 at a WWE Hall of Fame Induction. Vader died at age 63 in 2018. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)(Jed Jacobsohn /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Former WWE superstar Big Van Vader has died after battling congestive heart failure, according to a Twitter post from his son. 

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TMZ reported that the athlete's son confirmed the news, saying, “Around a month ago, my father was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia. He fought extremely hard and clinically was making progress. Unfortunately, on Monday night his heart had enough and it was his time.”

 

The WWE also confirmed the news. 

 
Vader, whose real name is Leon White, started out in national sports in 1978 when he was drafted by the Rams. He played in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He retired from the NFL in the mid-1980s due to injury and joined the WWE roster in 1996. He also had a recurring guest role on the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World” during that time.

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AMC Theatres offering $20 movie subscription plan to rival MoviePass

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 2:50 PM

AMC Theatres Announce MoviePass Competitor

AMC Theatres has announced it will offer a movie subscription service that will compete with MoviePass.

Variety reported that the service will allow guests to see up to three movies a week for $19.95 a month through AMC’s loyalty program. Called AMC Stubs A-List, the price point is higher than MoviePass’s $9.99 plan. On the MoviePass service, customers can see one movie a day.

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"We believe that our current and future loyal guests will be interested in this type of program, as AMC Stubs A-List rewards guests with something that no one else offers: the very best of AMC, including IMAX, Dolby Cinema and RealD 3D up to 3 times per week, for one simple, sustainable price," AMC Theatres CEO and president Adam Aron said in a statement, likely referring to MoviePass.

AMC Stubs A-List subscribers can also see all three movies in one day, see the same film more than once and get tickets in advance. MoviePass subscribers must be within a certain range of the theater to book tickets to 2D movies and cannot buy tickets for the same film. However, they can see a movie anywhere Mastercard is accepted. The company provides the service through a MoviePass-enabled Mastercard.

Related: MoviePass brings back movie-a-day monthly plan

"AMC Stubs A-List is being taken to market at more than double the price of that charged by some of our competitors," Aron said in a conference call with investors, according to The Associated Press. "A good deal to consumers to be sure, but being done at a sustainable price point where we can be very confident that we will be profitable across the membership base and in turn, that we can share that increased profitability with our studio and premium format partners." 

"Other discounters, by contrast, will continue to be hemorrhaging cash."

The latter comment is likely another dig at MoviePass, which was the subject of an April Business Insider report. In the report, an independent auditor for the company’s owner expressed doubt that MoviePass could stay in business.

CNN reported that, according to AMC, MoviePass will still be accepted at all its locations. 

MoviePass responded to the news in a couple of tweets, saying, "Heard AMC Theaters jumped on board the movie subscription train. Twice the price for 1/4 the theater network and 60% fewer movies. Thanks for making us look good AMC!

"AMC has repeatedly disparaged our model as a way to discourage our growth because all along they wanted to launch their own, more expensive plan. We want to make movies more accessible, they want more profit."

AMC’s AMC Stubs A-List program starts June 26.

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