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23rd Feb '18 8:37:59 PM MikeK
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* British PowerPop group Tonight had their first single "Drummerman" reach number 14 on the British singles charts - they completed an album in 1978, but it was shelved (perhaps because subsequent singles weren't as successful). The album, also titled ''Drummerman'', finally saw release on an independent label in 2010.
17th Feb '18 3:37:35 PM bt8257
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The movie is finished. The cast and crew have been paid, postproduction is done, all it needs is an advertising campaign and to be sent to the theaters. Except it isn't, at least not at the speed most of its completed brethren do.

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The movie is finished. The cast and crew have been paid, postproduction post-production is done, all done. All it needs is an advertising campaign and to be sent to the theaters. Except it isn't, at least not at the speed most of its completed brethren do.
15th Feb '18 9:44:00 PM jormis29
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** ''Polaroid'' was originally set to hit theaters in August, but The Weinstein Company pushed it back to December. It was then moved up to November 22, but the subsequent meltdown at the company following Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuses coming to light caused the film to be delayed until an unspecified date in 2018.
** The controversy over the company also affected ''The Current War'' with Creator/BenedictCumberbatch, as their OscarBait hopeful had to abort its November 24th release date and move to 2018.

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** ''Polaroid'' ''Film/{{Polaroid}}'' was originally set to hit theaters in August, but The Weinstein Company pushed it back to December. It was then moved up to November 22, but the subsequent meltdown at the company following Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuses coming to light caused the film to be delayed until an unspecified date in 2018.
** The controversy over the company also affected ''The Current War'' ''Film/TheCurrentWar'' with Creator/BenedictCumberbatch, as their OscarBait hopeful had to abort its November 24th release date and move to 2018.
15th Feb '18 9:32:03 PM jormis29
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** ''The Bronze'', a Sundance comedy Relativity bought for $3 million (after a bidding war with Sony, who managed to get the international rights) was set to open on July 10, 2015. It got postponed to October 16, 2015 over concerns of the Summer competition with other raunchy titles like ''Film/{{Ted 2}}'' and ''Film/{{Vacation}}''. Once the bankruptcy protection kicked into high gear, Relativity had no choice but to remove the film from its schedule. Sony Pictures Classics snatched up the domestic rights shortly afterwards, creating a sense of {{Irony}}. Released on March 18, 2016, ''The Bronze'' turned out to have been an [[BoxOfficeBomb embarrassing failure]].
** ''Masterminds'', a comedy starring Creator/KristenWiig and Creator/ZachGalifianakis was supposed to be Relativity's big summer movie with an August 19, 2015 release date. As their financial scars worsen, they pushed it to October 9, 2015 claiming that the studio needed more time to promote the film. Despite Relativity's best intentions to release the film during their potential sale, the plans got thwacked and they were forced to delay the film for the time being. Foreign distributors were miffed on the ordeal. With Relativity exiting bankruptcy, a new date of September 30, 2016 was set. Following poor numbers on opening weekend, Relativity found themselves up for sale suggesting that their financial hopes for the film were a bit too premature.
** ''Kidnap'' was set for an October 9, 2015 release date, which got changed to February 26, 2016 to make room for the aforementioned ''Masterminds'', if it went forward with the release that is. While the film is not off the slate just yet, RKA Film Financing threaten to confiscate the rights to this and three other films from Relativity, only to back out later. The date eventually got pushed back to May 13, only for it to be further delayed to December 2. Eventually, the now flailing Relativity delayed it to March 10, 2017, but that date came and went without any sort of theatrical release. The company had no choice but to let it go and ''Kidnap'' bowed from Aviron Pictures [[http://deadline.com/2017/05/halle-berry-kidnap-david-dinerstein-aviron-pictures-launch-alec-baldwin-drunk-parents-1202089596/ on August 4th]]. The film was only a moderate hit at the box office.
** ''Hillsong: Let Hope Rise'', a concert film covering the Australian Christian rock band, was originally set to be released by Creator/WarnerBros for April 1, 2015. After their partner Alcon Entertainment failed to secure the rights, the film was [[ChannelHop carried over]] to Relativity and they set a September 30, 2015 date. They ended up canceling the release on the eve of their bankruptcy filings and the rights reverted back to the producers. Creator/PureFlix snatched the film up with a September 16, 2016 release and mediocre box office results.

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** ''The Bronze'', ''Film/TheBronze'', a Sundance comedy Relativity bought for $3 million (after a bidding war with Sony, who managed to get the international rights) was set to open on July 10, 2015. It got postponed to October 16, 2015 over concerns of the Summer competition with other raunchy titles like ''Film/{{Ted 2}}'' and ''Film/{{Vacation}}''. Once the bankruptcy protection kicked into high gear, Relativity had no choice but to remove the film from its schedule. Sony Pictures Classics snatched up the domestic rights shortly afterwards, creating a sense of {{Irony}}. Released on March 18, 2016, ''The Bronze'' turned out to have been an [[BoxOfficeBomb embarrassing failure]].
** ''Masterminds'', ''Film/{{Masterminds|2016}}'', a comedy starring Creator/KristenWiig and Creator/ZachGalifianakis was supposed to be Relativity's big summer movie with an August 19, 2015 release date. As their financial scars worsen, they pushed it to October 9, 2015 claiming that the studio needed more time to promote the film. Despite Relativity's best intentions to release the film during their potential sale, the plans got thwacked and they were forced to delay the film for the time being. Foreign distributors were miffed on the ordeal. With Relativity exiting bankruptcy, a new date of September 30, 2016 was set. Following poor numbers on opening weekend, Relativity found themselves up for sale suggesting that their financial hopes for the film were a bit too premature.
** ''Kidnap'' ''Film/{{Kidnap}}'' was set for an October 9, 2015 release date, which got changed to February 26, 2016 to make room for the aforementioned ''Masterminds'', if it went forward with the release that is. While the film is not off the slate just yet, RKA Film Financing threaten to confiscate the rights to this and three other films from Relativity, only to back out later. The date eventually got pushed back to May 13, only for it to be further delayed to December 2. Eventually, the now flailing Relativity delayed it to March 10, 2017, but that date came and went without any sort of theatrical release. The company had no choice but to let it go and ''Kidnap'' bowed from Aviron Pictures [[http://deadline.com/2017/05/halle-berry-kidnap-david-dinerstein-aviron-pictures-launch-alec-baldwin-drunk-parents-1202089596/ on August 4th]]. The film was only a moderate hit at the box office.
** ''Hillsong: Let Hope Rise'', a concert film covering the Australian Christian rock band, church, was originally set to be released by Creator/WarnerBros for April 1, 2015. After their partner Alcon Entertainment failed to secure the rights, the film was [[ChannelHop carried over]] to Relativity and they set a September 30, 2015 date. They ended up canceling the release on the eve of their bankruptcy filings and the rights reverted back to the producers. Creator/PureFlix snatched the film up with a September 16, 2016 release and mediocre box office results.



** ''Before I Wake''. This horror film was originally set for May 8, 2015, only to be pushed back to September 25, 2015. Unfortunately, it could not escape Relativity's perturbation and the release was delayed indefinitely. With the issues at the studio being resolved, a new date for April 8, 2016 has been announced only for it to be pushed back until September 9. Suddenly, the studio delayed the film ''again'' to an unspecified date. This cause some [[http://www.thewrap.com/ryan-kavanaugh-before-i-wake-director-spar-over-another-relativity-date-shuffle/ friction]] between Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and director Mike Flanagan. Given that Relativity is now on life support, they can't set a new date. Though the film did finally manage to get a Blu-Ray and DVD release in Canada and the director of the film encouraged people in the U.S. who wanted to see the film to buy it, as the discs would work on all U.S. media players, the film also got a Netflix release everywhere on April 28th everywhere except the U.S. Fortunately, it seems that Relativity gave up on ''Before I Wake'' and Netflix finally released it in the US on January 5, 2018, barring a theatrical release.[[note]]This is [[{{Irony}} ironic]] considering that Relativity previously sued Netflix as the streaming giant wanted to stream ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'' and ''Masterminds'' ahead of their theatrical releases, and the studio argued that such a move would hurt their revenue.[[/note]]
** Finally, ''Solace'' was picked up by Relativity to be released sometime in 2015. Their bankruptcy ordeal prevented this from happening and once they were released from it they set a September 2, 2016 date for the film. Unfortunately as the year went on, Relativity found themselves unstable again and pulled the release. When their financial issues worsened, they dropped the film completely. Lionsgate/Grindstone [[ChannelHop rescued the film]] and gave it a day-and-date limited theatrical/VOD release in December.

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** ''Before I Wake''.''Film/BeforeIWake''. This horror film was originally set for May 8, 2015, only to be pushed back to September 25, 2015. Unfortunately, it could not escape Relativity's perturbation and the release was delayed indefinitely. With the issues at the studio being resolved, a new date for April 8, 2016 has been announced only for it to be pushed back until September 9. Suddenly, the studio delayed the film ''again'' to an unspecified date. This cause some [[http://www.thewrap.com/ryan-kavanaugh-before-i-wake-director-spar-over-another-relativity-date-shuffle/ friction]] between Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and director Mike Flanagan. Given that Relativity is now on life support, they can't set a new date. Though the film did finally manage to get a Blu-Ray and DVD release in Canada and the director of the film encouraged people in the U.S. who wanted to see the film to buy it, as the discs would work on all U.S. media players, the film also got a Netflix release everywhere on April 28th everywhere except the U.S. Fortunately, it seems that Relativity gave up on ''Before I Wake'' and Netflix finally released it in the US on January 5, 2018, barring a theatrical release.[[note]]This is [[{{Irony}} ironic]] considering that Relativity previously sued Netflix as the streaming giant wanted to stream ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'' and ''Masterminds'' ahead of their theatrical releases, and the studio argued that such a move would hurt their revenue.[[/note]]
** Finally, ''Solace'' ''Film/{{Solace}}'' was picked up by Relativity to be released sometime in 2015. Their bankruptcy ordeal prevented this from happening and once they were released from it they set a September 2, 2016 date for the film. Unfortunately as the year went on, Relativity found themselves unstable again and pulled the release. When their financial issues worsened, they dropped the film completely. Lionsgate/Grindstone [[ChannelHop rescued the film]] and gave it a day-and-date limited theatrical/VOD release in December.
15th Feb '18 4:32:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Dead of The Brain 1 & 2'', a PCEngine port of two {{visual novel}}s originally released for the UsefulNotes/PC98, was initially scheduled to be released in 1994, but shelved due to the declining support for the PC Engine in Japan. ''Dead of the Brain'' was eventually released in 1999 in limited quantities, more than two years after the previous PC Engine release (''Hataraku Shojo''), giving it the distinction of being the final official game for the system. It also came out a year after the final PC-FX game, which meant that the PC-Engine technically outlived its successor.

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* ''The Dead of The Brain 1 & 2'', a PCEngine UsefulNotes/PCEngine port of two {{visual novel}}s originally released for the UsefulNotes/PC98, was initially scheduled to be released in 1994, but shelved due to the declining support for the PC Engine in Japan. ''Dead of the Brain'' was eventually released in 1999 in limited quantities, more than two years after the previous PC Engine release (''Hataraku Shojo''), giving it the distinction of being the final official game for the system. It also came out a year after the final PC-FX game, which meant that the PC-Engine technically outlived its successor.
11th Feb '18 8:08:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Dead of The Brain 1 & 2'', a PCEngine port of two {{visual novel}}s originally released for the PC98, was initially scheduled to be released in 1994, but shelved due to the declining support for the PC Engine in Japan. ''Dead of the Brain'' was eventually released in 1999 in limited quantities, more than two years after the previous PC Engine release (''Hataraku Shojo''), giving it the distinction of being the final official game for the system. It also came out a year after the final PC-FX game, which meant that the PC-Engine technically outlived its successor.

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* ''The Dead of The Brain 1 & 2'', a PCEngine port of two {{visual novel}}s originally released for the PC98, UsefulNotes/PC98, was initially scheduled to be released in 1994, but shelved due to the declining support for the PC Engine in Japan. ''Dead of the Brain'' was eventually released in 1999 in limited quantities, more than two years after the previous PC Engine release (''Hataraku Shojo''), giving it the distinction of being the final official game for the system. It also came out a year after the final PC-FX game, which meant that the PC-Engine technically outlived its successor.
4th Feb '18 10:39:15 AM Armadus
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* ''Renegades'', a $75 MILLION action film directed by Steven Quale, completed filming in 2015 and was going to be released on July 15, 2016, but the release has been pushed back multiple times and was going to be released on September 1st, 2017, but due to the commercial failure of ''Film/ValerianAndTheCityOfAThousandPlanets'' and financial problems in July, Europacorp decided to shelve the U.S. release to an undetermined date. The movie has eventually been released in Europe, the UK, and Japan with horrible box office results only gaining $600,000, as of this writing, it has not been released in the U.S.
3rd Feb '18 2:49:59 PM nombretomado
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** The Weinstein Company strikes again! They originally set an April 2015 release date for the animated film ''Underdogs'', but they pushed it back to August 14, 2015 to take advantage of the late summer season. Then the Weinsteins delayed it indefinitely ''a mere week'' before it was set to open for unknown reasons. it wound up going to DirectToVideo and {{Netflix}} on July 19.

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** The Weinstein Company strikes again! They originally set an April 2015 release date for the animated film ''Underdogs'', but they pushed it back to August 14, 2015 to take advantage of the late summer season. Then the Weinsteins delayed it indefinitely ''a mere week'' before it was set to open for unknown reasons. it wound up going to DirectToVideo and {{Netflix}} Creator/{{Netflix}} on July 19.
3rd Feb '18 10:57:47 AM nombretomado
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* ''Little Fockers'', the second sequel to ''Film/MeetTheParents'', was released in 2010, however it was filmed in late 2008/early 2009 (in fact, AOL News at the time had posted on-set photos of the film). Primarily the reason for the delay was due to Dustin Hoffman changing his mind about appearing in the film (originally he opted not to), so the release date was pushed back so scenes with Hoffman's character Bernie could be filmed. The only thing that really sticks out related to the delay is Creator/RobertDeNiro's character being shown using MySpace, a social networking site that had lost a good chunk of popularity to Facebook by 2010.

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* ''Little Fockers'', the second sequel to ''Film/MeetTheParents'', was released in 2010, however it was filmed in late 2008/early 2009 (in fact, AOL News at the time had posted on-set photos of the film). Primarily the reason for the delay was due to Dustin Hoffman changing his mind about appearing in the film (originally he opted not to), so the release date was pushed back so scenes with Hoffman's character Bernie could be filmed. The only thing that really sticks out related to the delay is Creator/RobertDeNiro's character being shown using MySpace, Website/MySpace, a social networking site that had lost a good chunk of popularity to Facebook by 2010.
3rd Feb '18 6:20:22 AM Packer
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** Speaking of ''Gambit'', CBS Films initially planned a October 2012 release date for the film only to shelve it without explanation. It ended up bypassing a theatrical run and went DirectToVideo in April 2014.

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** Speaking of ''Gambit'', CBS Films initially planned a an October 2012 release date for the film only to shelve it without explanation. It ended up bypassing a theatrical run and went DirectToVideo in April 2014.



** ''Polaroid'' was originally set to hit theaters in August, but The Weinstein Company pushed it back to December. It was then moved up to November 22, but the subsequent meltdown at the company following Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuses coming to light caused the film to be delayed until an unspecified date in 2018.

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** ''Polaroid'' was originally set to hit theaters in August, but The Weinstein Company pushed it back to December. It was then moved up to November 22, but the subsequent meltdown at the company following Harvey Weinstein’s Weinstein's sexual abuses coming to light caused the film to be delayed until an unspecified date in 2018.



** The found-footage horror film ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes'' was originally scheduled for release in February 2008, but its release was delayed indefinitely a month before it was to come out, with no explanation given by its distributor. Given that that distributor was MGM, which was just starting to fall apart at the time, it's not difficult to guess why. The film finally saw a VOD release through [=DirecTV=] in 2014, but was pulled shortly thereafter, meaning that the film was not available through any legal channels for the longest time, being only available through bootlegs and festival screenings. Scream Factory will finally release it on DVD and Blu-ray [[https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-poughkeepsie-tapes?product_id=6373 Oct 10]].

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** The found-footage horror film ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes'' was originally scheduled for release in February 2008, but its release was delayed indefinitely a month before it was to come out, with no explanation given by its distributor. Given that that distributor was MGM, which was just starting to fall apart at the time, it's not difficult to guess why. The film finally saw a VOD release through [=DirecTV=] in 2014, but was pulled shortly thereafter, meaning that the film was not available through any legal channels for the longest time, being only available through bootlegs and festival screenings. Scream Factory will finally release released it on DVD and Blu-ray [[https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-poughkeepsie-tapes?product_id=6373 Oct 10]].



** ''The Bronze'', a Sundance comedy Relativity bought for $3 million (after a biding war with Sony, who managed to get the international rights) was set to open on July 10, 2015. It got postponed to October 16, 2015 over concerns of the Summer competition with other raunchy titles like ''Film/{{Ted 2}}'' and ''Film/{{Vacation}}''. Once the bankruptcy protection kicked into high gear, Relativity had no choice but to remove the film from its schedule. Sony Pictures Classics snatched up the domestic rights shortly afterwards, creating a sense of {{Irony}}. Released on March 18, 2016, ''The Bronze'' turned out to have been an [[BoxOfficeBomb embarrassing failure]].

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** ''The Bronze'', a Sundance comedy Relativity bought for $3 million (after a biding bidding war with Sony, who managed to get the international rights) was set to open on July 10, 2015. It got postponed to October 16, 2015 over concerns of the Summer competition with other raunchy titles like ''Film/{{Ted 2}}'' and ''Film/{{Vacation}}''. Once the bankruptcy protection kicked into high gear, Relativity had no choice but to remove the film from its schedule. Sony Pictures Classics snatched up the domestic rights shortly afterwards, creating a sense of {{Irony}}. Released on March 18, 2016, ''The Bronze'' turned out to have been an [[BoxOfficeBomb embarrassing failure]].



** ''Hillsong: Let Hope Rise'', a concert film covering the Australian Christian rock band, was originally set to be released by Creator/WarnerBros for April 1, 2015. After their partner Alcon Entertainment failed to secure the rights, the film was [[ChannelHop carried over]] to Relativity and they set a September 30, 2015 date. They ended up canceling the release on the eve of their bankruptcy fillings and the rights reverted back to the producers. Creator/PureFlix snatched the film up with a September 16, 2016 release and mediocre box office results.

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** ''Hillsong: Let Hope Rise'', a concert film covering the Australian Christian rock band, was originally set to be released by Creator/WarnerBros for April 1, 2015. After their partner Alcon Entertainment failed to secure the rights, the film was [[ChannelHop carried over]] to Relativity and they set a September 30, 2015 date. They ended up canceling the release on the eve of their bankruptcy fillings filings and the rights reverted back to the producers. Creator/PureFlix snatched the film up with a September 16, 2016 release and mediocre box office results.



** ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'' was another victim of Relativity's financial collapse. It was supposed to come out on September 25, 2015, but the release was quietly canned. It was set for March 25, 2016, but that date had to pushed back now that Relativity has emerged from bankruptcy with a sure fire date of November 18 announced. Later on, the film was moved up to September 9th and replaced the following title. Upon release, the film was [[EpicFail nothing short of a disappointment]] [[BoxOfficeBomb at the box office]].
** ''Before I Wake''. This horror film was originally set for May 8, 2015, only to be pushed back to September 25, 2015. Unfortunately, it could not escape Relativity's perturbation and the release was delayed indefinitely. With the issues at the studio being resolved, a new date for April 8, 2016 has been announced only for it to be pushed back until September 9. Suddenly, the studio delayed the film ''again'' to an unspecified date. This cause some [[http://www.thewrap.com/ryan-kavanaugh-before-i-wake-director-spar-over-another-relativity-date-shuffle/ friction]] between Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and director Mike Flanagan. Given that Relativity is now on life support, they can't set a new date. Though the film did finally manage to get a Blu-Ray and DVD release in Canada and the director of the film encouraged people in the U.S. who wanted to see the film to buy it, as the discs would work on all U.S. media players, the film also got a Netflix release everywhere on April 28th everywhere except the U.S. Fortunately, it seems that Relativity gave up on ''Before I Wake'' and Netflix will finally release it in the US on January 5, 2018, barring a theatrical release.[[note]]This is [[{{Irony}} ironic]] considering that Relativity previously sued Netflix as the streaming giant wanted to stream ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'' and ''Masterminds'' ahead of their theatrical releases, and the studio argued that such a move would hurt their revenue.[[/note]]

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** ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'' was another victim of Relativity's financial collapse. It was supposed to come out on September 25, 2015, but the release was quietly canned. It was set for March 25, 2016, but that date had to pushed back now that Relativity has emerged from bankruptcy with a sure fire sure-fire date of November 18 announced. Later on, the film was moved up to September 9th and replaced the following title. Upon release, the film was [[EpicFail nothing short of a disappointment]] [[BoxOfficeBomb at the box office]].
** ''Before I Wake''. This horror film was originally set for May 8, 2015, only to be pushed back to September 25, 2015. Unfortunately, it could not escape Relativity's perturbation and the release was delayed indefinitely. With the issues at the studio being resolved, a new date for April 8, 2016 has been announced only for it to be pushed back until September 9. Suddenly, the studio delayed the film ''again'' to an unspecified date. This cause some [[http://www.thewrap.com/ryan-kavanaugh-before-i-wake-director-spar-over-another-relativity-date-shuffle/ friction]] between Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and director Mike Flanagan. Given that Relativity is now on life support, they can't set a new date. Though the film did finally manage to get a Blu-Ray and DVD release in Canada and the director of the film encouraged people in the U.S. who wanted to see the film to buy it, as the discs would work on all U.S. media players, the film also got a Netflix release everywhere on April 28th everywhere except the U.S. Fortunately, it seems that Relativity gave up on ''Before I Wake'' and Netflix will finally release released it in the US on January 5, 2018, barring a theatrical release.[[note]]This is [[{{Irony}} ironic]] considering that Relativity previously sued Netflix as the streaming giant wanted to stream ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'' and ''Masterminds'' ahead of their theatrical releases, and the studio argued that such a move would hurt their revenue.[[/note]]



* ''Film/SuperSizeMe 2: Holy Chicken!'', the follow-up to Morgan Spurlock’s critique of the fast food industry, [[ArtifactTitle this time focusing on chicken]], premiered at TIFF and was picked up by Creator/{{YouTube}} Red. Unfortunately in December 2017, Spurlock committed [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor career suicide]] by confessing to past acts of sexual misconduct on Twitter. As a result, YouTube dropped the film and it was pulled from a planned screening at Sundance. Whether it will see the light of day at all is anyone’s guess.

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* ''Film/SuperSizeMe 2: Holy Chicken!'', the follow-up to Morgan Spurlock’s Spurlock's critique of the fast food industry, [[ArtifactTitle this time focusing on chicken]], premiered at TIFF and was picked up by Creator/{{YouTube}} Red. Unfortunately in December 2017, Spurlock committed [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor career suicide]] by confessing to past acts of sexual misconduct on Twitter. As a result, YouTube dropped the film and it was pulled from a planned screening at Sundance. Whether it will see the light of day at all is anyone’s anyone's guess.
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