We know Ana de Armas fans are serious, but WOW.
Back in January, some big fans of Pull out the knife The star filed a lawsuit that sounds like a crazy lawsuit. They’re basically complaining that they rented the movie Yesterday – you know, the story of the only guy who remembers The Beatles – specifically because they saw her in the trailer.
She’s barely in there, but she’s there. Apparently she appeared in the beginning of the movie, but her scenes were deleted because the test audience didn’t want the lead role to have another potential love interest beside her. Lily James.
The important part here is that these fans were so upset when they saw this movie because of the nuthin’ – that is, not seeing Ana – they sued. universal image!
Universal tried to do away with the wild action, arguing that the trailers were essentially short films created to give audiences the feel of a movie. Lots of use scenes not in the movie. They quote Jurassic Park as a famous example of a trailer using a scene not from the movie. It is quite popular. Because it is an expression of “art,” they argue, it should be classified as a “non-commercial” work — and protected under the First Amendment.
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OK, so here’s the wild part… this federal judge agreed with the fans!
United States District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled on Wednesday that the trailer IS commercial speech – and therefore is subject to California’s False Advertising Law. He declared:
“It is universally true that trailers involve some creativity and editorial discretion, but this creativity does not outweigh the commercial nature of a trailer. At its core, a trailer is an advertisement designed to sell a movie by providing consumers with a preview of the movie.”
We mean… he’s not wrong. But what does this mean for future trailers?
They have never followed false advertising standards before. Will Jurassic Park must be responsible? What do you think about Avengers: Infinity WarThe famous scene showing a massive contingent of all of the Avengers never happened (see above, inside)? Marvel Studios especially secretive and always showing falsehoods. Universal’s legal team said this precedent would jeopardize all future trailers:
“As Plaintiffs argue, the trailer will be stripped of all First Amendment protections and subject to heavy litigation whenever viewers claim to be disappointed in how much they have whether the person or scene they saw in the trailer was in the final movie; with whether the film fits the genre they claim to expect; or any frustration the viewer may claim.”
Oh, that’s a difficulty. Although the judge noted that the false advertising law only applies where a “significant portion” of “reasonable consumers” could be deceived, that is a question that will be answered in court. What prevents lawsuits from happening, whether they are successful or not? Hmm…
In this case, Judge Wilson ruled that to be It is reasonable to assume that Ana de Armas was in the film. But how many other trailers will this apply to? Scenes cut every time!
What do YOU think, assistants of Perezcious?? Is Ana’s army correct? Should trailers be stuck showing only what – and who – is actually in the movie??
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