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Resident Evil Producers Sued by Milla Jovovich’s Stunt Double Over On-Set Injury

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Stuntwoman Olivia Jackson is suing the producers of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter after suffering major, gruesome injuries in an on-set accident during production in September 2015. Jackson was serving as Milla Jovovich’s stunt double on the most recent entry in the successful franchise at the time. The incident was so severe that Jackson’s left arm had to be amputated.

According to a new report, Olivia Jackson is now suing Bolt Pictures, producers Tannhauser Gate and Jeremy Bolt, as well as director Paul W.S. Anderson for breach of contract. Per a claim that was recently filed, Jackson was led to believe any injuries she sustained during filming would be fully covered. However, the payout was only $33,000. The injuries have made it so Jackson will no longer be able to work as a stunt performer again, per the claim.

Warning: the following details of the incident are graphic. Olivia Jackson was asked to film a fight scene. However, at the last minute, she was then asked to film a complex motorcycle stunt in poor weather conditions. Jackson was to speed toward a camera positioned on a crane, which was to be lifted out of the way before she reached it. The operator didn’t lift the crane in time, per the complaint. Jackson then smashed into it. Here’s what resulted, as stated in the filing.

“As a result, the camera smashed into Plaintiff, slicing through the bone of her forearm and tearing the flesh off her cheek, leaving her teeth exposed. The blow was so forceful that it twisted Plaintiff’s shoulder blade backward, ripping-out five nerves connected into her spinal column at the root. Among other catastrophic injuries, which are too numerous to even summarize here, Plaintiff’s left arm had to be amputated and cerebral spinal fluid seeped from an opening created by the nerves tearing from her spinal column. Plaintiff then had to be placed into a coma while doctors performed life-saving surgery.”

There is no word at this time in regards to how much Olivia Jackson is seeking. The report further states that Jackson wouldn’t have taken the job had she known there would be no liability insurance coverage for her injury claim. In part, because she had already booked a job on Wonder Woman.

“Had such facts been known to Plaintiff, she never would have agreed to perform The Final Chapter, or alternatively, would have secured additional insurance on her own. She had already secured the role of stunt double for a leading cast member in Wonder Woman, and didn’t need the work.”

This is just one of many similar stunt person injuries in recent years. Joe Watts was recently injured very seriously on the set of Fast & Furious 9. Other incidents include Warren Appleby, a veteran special effects coordinator, who died in July on the set of Titans, as well as stuntman John Bernecker, who passed away while filming The Walking Dead in 2017. There’s also Joi “SJ” Harris, who died while performing a stunt on the set of Deadpool 2.

Related: International Resident Evil 6 Trailer Takes Alice on a Wild Ride

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter grossed $312 million globally, and the franchise has earned more than $1.2 billion overall. Olivia Jackson says the producers were “elevating financial considerations over safety.” Milla Jovovich hasn’t responded publicly to the claim as of this writing, nor have the producers. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.

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‘Can’t Handle Rambo?’ New Last Blood Ad Aims To Show Haters As Anti-American Wimps

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The Downton Abbey movie looks like it might kick Rambo: Last Blood‘s ass at the box office, and critics — including Rambo’s own creator — have called Sylvester Stallone’s movie out from the sidelines. So Rambo V‘s marketing team decided to package the film’s antagonists together for a new ad. Taking a patriotic angle, the ad seems to mock the movie’s haters as tea-drinking Downton-loving anti-American wimps who “can’t handle Rambo” and his “disturbing” violence.

Check out the ad Sylvester Stallone shared on Saturday, the day after First Blood author David Morrell said he hated the new Rambo movie and was embarrassed to even be associated with it:

Sly Stallone is famous for playing fighters who beat the odds — his brand is the scrappy underdog who never quits — so this whole controversy is really playing to his strengths.

The ad gets cheeky with the Downton Abbey “cup of tea” pun, but the message is not exactly subtle — loving Rambo: Last Blood is a sign you are a strong red-blooded American. “Can’t handle Rambo?” is like a masculinity challenge. Will you pass or fail? It’s the job of an ad to sell things, and this will probably speak directly to the choir already singing Rambo V‘s praises in defense of critical attacks.

Rambo: Last Blood has a low Metascore of 29 from 26 critics on Metacritic, but that site’s users have given it an average of 8.4/10. Over at Rotten Tomatoes, 89 critics so far have given Rambo V a rating of 29%, with 1,677 RT users giving it an 86% audience score. Not all critics hated it and not all fans loved it, but Last Blood is now the new poster child for the fan/critic divide.

Defending Rambo: Last Blood has become its own movement, and there’s definitely a political edge. Rambo’s creator shared a headline calling Last Blood a “MAGA fantasy.” Sylvester Stallone’s new ad brings in British men as a stand-in for Downton Abbey and to represent a certain type of guy, probably the type who would be mocked as a “snowflake.”

I’m very fond of Downton types myself, but to each his or her own. I also love me some Sly Stallone. I also love honest criticism and think we need more of it, especially if you don’t agree with it. Being free to argue with each other over movies = the true American way.

Based on Rambo: Last Blood‘s opening day box office, it was expected to make around $20 million in its opening weekend, behind Downton Abbey and close to both Brad Pitt’s Ad Astra and the still-slaying It: Chapter 2. Stay tuned for our weekend box office roundup for the full report. And keep up with everything heading to the big screen this year with our 2019 movie release date schedule.

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Wait, Did IT Chapter Two Have An Alternate Ending For Richie?

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Spoilers ahead for IT Chapter Two.

The horror genre has been through an exciting renaissance over the past few years, with plenty of new and exciting projects hitting theaters and raking up dough at the box office. But the genre has always been one that relied heavily franchises and sequels, and a fair amount of reboots have accompanied new original stories. Stephen King’s IT was recently given the movie treatment, with a pair of horror flicks by Andy Muschietti. The sequel delivered an emotional ending for Bill Hader’s Richie Tozier, but was there an alternate (and sadder) ending for the fan favorite character?

Richie was the scene stealer in IT Chapter Two, as Bill Hader had an endless supply of one liners for the members of the Losers’ Club. Andy Muschietti made a narrative choice by deepening the bond between Richie and James Ransone’s Eddie. It turns out that Richie’s feelings for his friend were romantic, and ultimately left unexplored in the wake of Eddie’s death. But Ransone recently shared a photo from the set of Chapter Two, which is going to start endless fan theories about an alternate ending. Check it out.

Um, what? Is there a version of IT Chapter Two that ends with Richie’s death? My head is spinning, and fans of both the franchise and Stephen King’s beloved novel are likely doing the same.

This image comes to us from James Ransone’s personal Instagram page. The image shows what appears to be a prop table on the set of IT Chapter Two. Included is a photo of Bill Hader’s character, which says “In Loving Memory of Richard Tozier”. As such, fans are wondering if an alternate ending for the movie saw Richie dying at the hands of Pennywise, rather than Eddie. But would the ending have been as powerful?

Eddie sacrifices himself during the final battle with Pennywise, but being killed by the demon after saving Richie. Bill Hader’s character was shown weeping and mourning for his fellow Loser, with the movie later revealing that his feelings were actually romantic in nature. Eddie’s death gives Richie the final motivation to destroy Pennywise, with the remaining Losers’ bullying the monster until he was small enough to kill.

The strength Richie has to stand up to Bill Skarsgard’s villain comes with the realization and memories of his time with Eddie. The movie ends with the comedian seemingly coming to terms with his sexuality, re-carving his and Eddie’s initials before leaving Derry. But could the above photo indicate an alternate, sadder ending for the character?

It’s unclear, as James Ransone didn’t offer any type of context with the photo. It’s more than possible that it was an inside joke on the set, and was not actually a prop for the horror sequel. But with Andy Muschietti willing to make some changes to Stephen King’s original story, it seems just about anything is possible.

Killing Richie off would have presumably given Eddie the chance to survive, and possibly come to the same realization that Bill Hader’s character did during IT Chapter Two‘s conclusion. The hypochondriac Loser was shown having the same problems he did as a kid during adulthood. While no longer under the thumb of his abusive mother, Eddie’s relationship with his wife had a similar power dynamic. Unfortunately, he ultimately died before being able to make a real change.

We’ll just have to wait and see if Andy Muschietti ends up commenting on this photo, and whether or not IT Chapter Two had an alternate ending for Richie. Perhaps the answers will arrive with the supercut of both movies, which the director has shown an interest in.

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Megan Fox Says She And Amanda Seyfried Were ‘Horrified’ To Make Out In Jennifer’s Body

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Throughout Hollywood’s history, there have been tons of movies that originally slipped through the cracks before being embraced by audiences years later. Such is the story with Jennifer’s Body. The horror film starring Megan Fox opened in theaters ten years ago to poor reviews and fell flat with audiences with its $31 million box office earnings.

Jennifer’s Body writer Diablo Cody, who famously wrote hit comedy Juno before the now cult horror classic, cites some unfortunate marketing as the reason for Jennifer’s Body flopping. Since Megan Fox was at the height of her sex symbol status, the studio focused on objectifying the actress to sell tickets to young men over the film’s target to women on themes of female sexualization and queer representation. Perhaps it was ahead of it’s time?

Thinking back, Megan Fox remembers her and Mamma Mia’s Amanda Seyfried being timid to film one scene in Jennifer Body where the two friends make out on a bed, revealing a rare instance of bisexuality on the big screen. In Fox’s words:

Now these are the behind-the-scenes things you don’t think about! Make-out scenes such as the one between Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried in Jennifer’s Body have the camera getting as intimate with the viewer as the actors on screen. And for the two young women, the idea of baring all their blemishes was the most terrifying aspect of filming the sequence.

Counterpoint, I don’t think anyone was looking for chin acne or even thinking about that during the steamy sequence! However, it was scenes such as this one that was particularly used in the marketing of Jennifer’s Body to entice male theatergoers and largely ignore the film’s intended audience. Megan Fox told Variety in the tenth-anniversary interview that the film was sold as the ‘Megan Fox is sexy, come see this movie,’ when there was more than met the eye.

Diablo Cody also remembers predicting the film’s flop fate during a test screening with the film’s marketing target. She has one of the responses saved to this day, which read “needs moar bewbs.” Since 2009, Hollywood has certainly shifted its focus and a movie like Jennifer’s Body may have been marketed different and reached its intended audience.

Since the failure of Jennifer’s Body, Diablo Cody has moved on with critically-acclaimed projects such as Young Adult, Tully and television show United States of Tara, while Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried have found successful careers, with Jennifer’s Body remaining a deep cut (hidden gem?) during their acting beginnings.

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