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Petition to Warner Bros.

Zack Snyder's Director's Cut and Tom Holkenborg's (Junkie XL) Score for Home Release.

To Warner Bros. We, the undersigned, petition to have Warner Bros. release the original Director’s Cut of Zack Snyder’s film, JUSTICE LEAGUE. Summary JUSTICE LEAGUE was released worldwide on November 17th 2017. Fans around the world gathered to see the culmination of a trilogy that Director Zack Snyder started in 2013. To the dismay of many, the film that was released by WB was NOT the film fans were expecting. After a heartbreaking family tragedy. Zack Snyder stepped down from the film and Joss Whedon was brought in to finish post-production. This was an understandable move at the time as fans were assured by Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich that Whedon would follow the vision that Zack has set. “The directing is minimal and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set. We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. The course has really been set by Zack” Only a few weeks after this statement, Joss Whedon fired Junkie XL as the composer of the Justice League score and hired Danny Elfman. This was once again, a red flag for fans. While Danny Elfman is nothing short of a legend in the industry, it was perplexing to make this change when Zack personally chose Junkie XL to score. Soon after, reports came that Zack Snyder had screened a cut of Justice League to WB before his departure and it was decided that some changes were required. While fans expected Whedon would add some of his style to the script, no one expected the overhaul that was ended up being done to Zack’s original film and Chris Terrio’s original script. A few weeks before the film released, fans were treated to another red flag when it was announced that Justice League was going to be under 2 hours, a mandate forced by WB on the film to appeal to a wider audience. Those familiar with the production of the film and the style of Zack Snyder found this troubling. Zack Snyder as a filmmaker is known for longer, grandiose epics that have a wider message speaking to our society. Justice League, which was originally supposed to be a Two-Part film, was reduced to one early in the script stage. Nonetheless, fans still expected a singular Justice League film to have the consistency of length of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. A two-hour film that has to juggle multiple goals did not seem realistic and now that the film has been released, this has been a near universal criticism. One would assume that WB learned from their mistakes when Batman v Superman was underserviced by it’s editing where many issues were solved in the Director's Cut. With Justice League having been officially released, the film has been met with the dismay of critics, fans and most importantly the alienation of it’s original fan base. What fans were treated to in Justice League was a Zack Snyder film only in name and not in quality. Much of the thematic thread of the previous entries was severed and Whedon’s influence on the script seemed to hold a greater impact than Terrio. This included ill-fitting innuendos between Wonder Woman and The Flash as well as a disrespectful use of Lois Lane, both characters who would have never been treated in such a fashion in Snyder’s original cut. Many of the heartfelt, character developing moments by Snyder were cut through jarring reshoots and troubling replacements. This can be seen specifically with the character of Superman. A scene of Clark recognizing Lois’ acceptance of his marriage proposal was replaced with a moment of Clark uncharacteristically feeling “itchy.” Superman seemed to have been completely shifted in Whedon’s reshoots. This is evidenced by the poorly done CGI to his mustache and 180 shift in personality. All this clearly evidences that most of Zack’s footage of Superman was reshot. This is a blatant change for the countless fans across the globe who personally connected with this Superman and his struggles. Zack’s Superman specifically connected with immigrants and marginalized groups. This was the most complex Superman ever put to screen and Whedon’s reshoots did him a disservice. There have been multiple quotes by Zack where he makes clear Superman is on a natural progression to become lighter. After all, this was the purpose of his trilogy since 2013’s Man of Steel. Fans were expecting a lighter and more optimistic Superman and were greeted with a grossly accelerated version of that Kal-El. We feel Zack Snyder’s footage and dialogue of Superman needs to be restored to keep a level of realistic growth. Leaked scenes have shown that the butchering of Snyder’s original cut threads through every cast member. Snyder’s Cybrog had a chunk of development erased which is quite disrespectful when you realize this was a rare moment to have a Person of Color as the heart of a multi-million-dollar blockbuster. Characters like Willem Dafoe’s Vulko and Kiersey Clemons’ Iris West were completely cut from the film that would have successfully developed and expanded the worlds of Aquaman and The Flash, making them more three-dimensional heroes rather than a rushed final product in the theatrical cut. Much of Snyder’s visually stunning imagery was trimmed to fit the mandated two hour run time like the ancient battle sequence and parts of Superman’s return. Finally, the change in score was a disappointing endeavor. To preface these comments, Danny Elfman’s work is great throughout his career. What was deemed troubling by the fan base was the lack of thematic consistency. Junkie XL planned to create themes for every member of the Justice League while implanting the work Hans Zimmer used in both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. As this is a growing universe, fans expect Hans’ iconic Superman score to be used for his return. They expected Junkie’s Batman theme and Hans’ Wonder Woman theme to be used regularly. While it would have been fine to pepper in original themes of Williams’ Superman, it shouldn’t have superseded Hans’ theme for Snyder’s Superman. All of this can be repaired by Warner Bros. by releasing a director’s cut that adheres to Zack Snyder’s original tone and vision, Chris Terrio’s script and Junkie XL’s tone. Recommendation As explained above, we, the undersigned, recommend that Warner Bros. released the Director’s Cut of Zack Snyder’s Justice League for home release. We request that Warner Bros. restores the cut scenes and original vision that Zack had for the film. Much like Richard Donner had a Director’s Cut of Superman II and Zack had a Director’s Cut of Batman v Superman, it is the responsibility of WB to right their wrongs and do good by their fans. This is simply a matter of integrity. Zack Snyder left the film that he put the better half of a decade working towards because of a tragedy. Fans were assured by Executives and Producers alike that Whedon’s addition will only be to service and complete Snyder’s vision and it ended up being a disrespectful overhaul in an attempt to pander to the widest audience. As the Box Office and critical reception has shown, pandering to the masses is not a sound strategy and the greatest stories are the ones told with conviction. Tens of thousands of fans have already signed and that number continues to grow. We implore WB to right this wrong and release Zack Snyder’s Director’s Cut.

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162,167 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to David Pollack, The Pollack Family Trust

Save Our Historic Fairfield Community Theatre #SaveOurCommunity

THE SHORT OF IT:  The goal of this petition is to facilitate the sale of the Fairfield Community Theatre to a developer or group to provide a center for affordable entertainment, cultural development and community involvement, while contributing to the vibrancy and economic vitality of downtown Fairfield, Connecticut. We call upon the current owners—David Pollack and his family—to sell the property as soon as possible to allow for the theatre's timely redevelopment and restoration as a performing arts space. THE COMPLETE STORY:  We all see it just sitting there, in a sad state of disrepair, our Fairfield Community Theatre. It makes us feel as if the town is also in sad shape—despite the vitality that surrounds it. And why not? When a downtown theatre closes and the theatre remains vacant, it is usually one of the first signs of downtown decay. Collectively, we are saddened that something has been lost here and we can’t help to feel the pain for our children, our community and the future of our town. We drive by and wish that somebody would do something to fix it. We wonder, "who owns it?” And, "why doesn’t the town do something about it?” The truth is that there have been many attempts to revitalize this property since its closing on September 8, 2011—nearly 5 1/2 years ago. In fact, there are many interested property developers and private groups today that would like to buy the property and invest several million dollars needed to revitalize it into a performing arts multifunctional space for events such as concerts, live theatre performances, comedy shows, etc.  You don’t realize it, but it’s a big space; nearly 8,000 square feet seating over 700 people in its current configuration—giving it plenty of space for different uses. Imagine attending a children’s production on a Saturday afternoon or taking-in a comedy act; in a place that was constructed in 1900 and operated continuously at the center of the Fairfield community for nearly 100 years. We all want it fixed and we can envision how it will bring vitality and further economic development to our community—especially at a time when our property taxes continue to rise. In fact, its revitalization has very widespread community support. According to a 2013 survey conducted by students at Sacred Heart’s Jack F. Welch College of Business Graduate Program, 97% of the 1,901 respondents were aware of the theatre and they were overwhelmingly positive about a potential revitalization project. Many respondents wanted to help fund the effort or left comments of general support for the project. Others described their memories of the theatre and noted it as a historical landmark. There was a true affinity for the Fairfield Community Theatre and a strong desire to revitalize the space. Their research and analysis has proven that a multifunctional space is the best analysis and most popular choice from a financial perspective as well as from the community members. If we have nearly full community support and active interest by developers to revitalize the Fairfield Community Theatre, then what’s the problem, you ask? That is the very reason for this communication and petition—we need the current owners to agree to sell the property. The building is owned by The Pollack Family Trust—led by David Pollack, who is a long time Fairfield resident—and to date they have rebuffed all efforts to lease or sell the property despite repeated attempts by First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Mark Barnhart and the Fairfield Economic Development Commission to broker a deal between David Pollack and various developers over the years. David Pollack and the Pollack Family Trust were offered their asking price to lease the theater, but David and his family declined the offer—defying both logic and our collective community interest. And, its costing the Trust money every year to just sit on the property, which I estimate to be greater $500,000 in total lost rental income since the property closed in 2011—calculated using their own reported monthly lease payment for the property. The value to the community is clear and only David Pollack and his family are standing in the way of our community and our children having our Fairfield Community Theatre back. I call upon David and his siblings to have a heart and work with the Town of Fairfield toward the timely sale of the property. Who am I and why am I the ideal person to lead this groundswell of community support for change? I am an 11 year Fairfield resident with 2 children (who attend Sherman and Trinity Pre-school) and a new baby girl on the way later this summer. I was appointed to the town’s Economic Development Commission in late 2016 by the First Selectman and I promised that I would make it a priority to do something about this theatre—selfishly for my children and for the entire Fairfield community. Also, I am Vice President, Brand Strategy and Integrated Communications at Quinnipiac University, so I know something about branding, marketing and audience activation—especially how to leverage social media to drive change.  Simply put, I love our town and like so many others in our community, I'm pained to see such an extraordinary opportunity wasting away.  We can do this together. We know that David Pollack and his siblings are reasonable people, they just need to know how important it is to all of us. Please sign and leave a comment to tell David and his family how you feel.  Or, if you know David and his siblings please tell them in person.  Most of all, PLEASE distribute to everyone you know—through email, through social media and through conversation and with your full support. If you have questions or know of other opportunities to spread the word, I am happy to speak with you. Please email me at mail@keithrhodes.com. Best, Keith Rhodes 

Keith Rhodes
5,966 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Warner Brothers, Viacom, Orange Sky Golden Harvest

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ('90) Special Edition

One the finest movies I've seen as a child was the first live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie released in March 1990. Fans enjoyed it and it amazed me to see their favorite superheroes come to life on the big screen then watched it several times on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray. Since I saw it on DVD, I kinda went curious on the features it has and no others were made for it, so I'm making this petition to ask the company to make a special collector's edition of TMNT (90) with features fans like to see: Deleted/alternate scenes Audio commentary with director Steve Barron TV spots Partners in Kryme "T-U-R-T-L-E Power" Music Video Hi Tek 3 f/ Ya Kid K "Spin That Wheel" Music Video Interviews with the cast & crew Behind the scenes footage Turtle Costume Tests Production Stills Remembering Jim Henson Misc. I know some fans like this movie better than the Michael Bay produced flicks, but who cares what they think? They're nice and this TMNT live-action flick from '90 is one of the best in my books. We all want that movie magic back in this decade, but we'll have to see it to believe it. From all I've learned, it does have elements from both the comics and the cartoon and I think it's very swell for fans like me or you no matter what they say or think around this decade. We all want to know how they've bring the Turtles to life in the first place whether in a special collector's edition, director's cut or extended cut of the movie anyway you'd like. Please sign this petition to get New Line/Warner Bros. to make this happen and we can't be disappointed as shellheads. Sign and share now, dudes and dudettes! #TMNT90

Alex Dillard
64 supporters