, the streaming service owned by Walmart, announced a new feature today that will make it easier for viewers to avoid sex and violence in movies.

Specifically, they can turn filters on and off for sex/nudity, violence, substance abuse and language. In the first three instances, Vudu will skip the relevant scenes, and in the case of strong language, it will mute the dialogue. The feature is already supported in more than 500 films.


In a week of hostile news, the £5,000 Klaus Fugge award for illustrated books goes to Jessica Love’s

Chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare said the panel were unanimous in their decision: “Julian Is a Mermaid reminds us that picture books can make us understand the world differently and better; that they are for everyone. It is a groundbreaking book.”


@pink_ink LOL :) I hear ya :) It was an interesting read but it strangely offended me in a way I'm trying to pin down ... ;) Your boosts are always interesting :)

@pink_ink I'm sure it's just me but I would think that by sharing the video it does in fact reinforce the fact that ASL is a "living, breathing language" ???

's new is an amazing tense, beautiful, also scary story about a single African American father and his three kids (one suffers from a and one is ) trying to survive a world where a strange sound wave unleashes humanity’s darkest impulses and plunges the world into chaos. I have a feeling it's going to shape itself into something quite powerful. I'm already impressed with the first two issues.

@lindentreeisle If the end result is that the artists intent and vision is meaningless (and that the artist should expect that simply because they chose to make their work public) then no I can't really get behind that.

@lindentreeisle Always. I don't think having an appreciation for or knowledge of the artists process, intent, or even history is a bad thing. I think it helps in an understanding of what the artist created. I also don't see how having that knowledge has to keep anyone from having their own opinion. If anything, more information can open up the interpretation even further. I think ignoring everything in favor of subjective opinion is disrespectful to the art itself.

@lindentreeisle I have no issue with fanwork ... and anyone in the industry I know only cares as far as copyright. So in my case I'm personally not talking about fanwork ... only how personal opinion taints artistic integrity. I like the idea of art being a conversation that is between the artist and the audience. I also like the idea that the conversation has a life of it's own that shouldn't be controlled. It becomes art in and of itself in that regard which is a cooler evolution.

@lindentreeisle I'm also not even remotely talking about fanwork or fanart or anything remotely relating to how fandom gets shaded by creators.

@lindentreeisle So if I'm understanding you, you're saying that art created and made public will inherently become the emotional and mental "property" of the public that it's presented to and will, in that regard, lose it's artistic integrity and original meaning and that that process is normal and should be an accepted circumstance for artists?

@lindentreeisle When I say lost I mean not just the process ...but the meaning behind that process. No process is empty. There is a motivation and obviously in the case of DC ... that was a labor of love no one around him understood or believed in. The emotional process is valid and important and SHOULD be known at least. I get that most people don't care ... believe me, I'm well aware of the willing ignorance people have regarding art. All they care about is their own feelings towards it.

" premiered in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar at the 2019 Festival, and it deserves to breakout and be adored by moviegoers all over the world because it really is an extraordinary work of cinema. Every single shot is masterful. The score is exquisite. There are frames from this that will be studied for decades. It's visceral, intense, hilarious, terrifying, engrossing storytelling about two men and madness." - Alex Billington


@lindentreeisle It seems just sad to me to lose the heart and soul of an artist and replace it with the ever evolving opinions of people who don't even bother to learn about the art before judging it or deciding what it means or should mean. That shouldn't be "just what happens" or "what artists should expect" for creating art. Just like losing privacy and getting harassed isn't what actors or anyone who chooses acting as a profession deserves.

@lindentreeisle I don't imagine it effects every artist in that way and certainly that's the risk in creating art and making it public. I think it's more SAD to think that someone who put their heart and soul into something for a reason, would lose that reason to outside opinion and other people's desire to see it as something else. I think the process of creating art is just as valuable as whatever that art becomes to the society viewing it.

@lindentreeisle But you can find tons of essays about how the Babadook is somehow a story about homosexuality and acceptance etc ...but, according to Kent, that's NOT what HER story is about. So ... its easy to find what you need in art ... and even to justify it even when that's not what the creator intended. So what's an artist to do? She says "great, I'm glad it resonated with people in such a way", but her own soul in what she CREATED with her imagination and even grief, gets lost.

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