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Paramount Pictures Australia made what some Twitter users called a major “PR fail” on Tuesday.
In an attempt to promote the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie, Paramount Australia’s verified Twitter account (@ParamountAU) tweeted a photo of the movie poster with a scene that is eerily similar to the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City.
The poster shows the four turtles jumping from an exploding skyscraper. And, to make it worse, the movie has a Sept. 11 release date in Australia.
"Check out the official poster for #TMNT in cinemas September 11," @ParamountAU tweeted.
Some Twitter users think people are being oversensitive about the incident.
“@paramountau there are some really twisted people that keep associating any exploding building with the 9/11 incident, the TMNT poster is ok,” @DjArthurC tweeted.
But others disagree.
“Going to hope @ParamountAU realizes their insensitivity regarding the TMNT release date and poster,” @rnboskye tweeted.
Paramount has since deleted the tweet.
According to TMZ, a rep for Paramount Australia said, "We are deeply sorry to have used that artwork for the marketing materials promoting the September 11 opening in Australia.”
The movie is expected to hit theaters on Aug. 8 in the United States but it won’t be released until Sept. 11 in Australia.
“Combining that image and date was a mistake,” a rep for Paramount Australia said, according to TMZ. “We intended no offense and have taken immediate action to discontinue its use."
The Hamptons were full of fundraisers this weekend, and big celebrity names were there to both host and attend.
The Super Saturday fundraiser, an event that was hosted this year by Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan, is a world-famous designer garage sale, with luxury name brands discounted up to 50%. Last year, the event raised more than $3 million, with proceeds going to the Ovarian Cancer...Read more »
The Griffins are headed to Springfield, in Fox's highly anticipated "Family Guy," "The Simpsons" crossover episode.
According to a Fox news release, the special one-hour show, "The Simpson Guy," will be the Sept. 28, 2014, season premiere of "Family Guy."
The episode, according to the Entertainment Weekly website, EW.com, will find the Griffin family on a road trip that takes them...Read more »
Planning to sing your heart out when "American Idol" comes to Long Island on Wednesday?
Senior supervising producer Patrick Lynn has some insider tips you should know first.
Lynn, who has been with the show since its debut in 2002, has seen a slew of stars pass through during the 13 seasons of "Idol," so he knows what it takes to make an impression. The two main things they're looking...Read more »
You probably know the actor, who's shown up in just about everything form “Star Trek: Into Darkness” to “August: Osage County.” But who's the guy he's playing?
To computer geeks and World War II buffs, Alan Turing is a heroic and tragic figure. A brilliant British mathematician, he was hired by the government to help crack the Germans' legendary Enigma codes, and in the process helped invent...Read more »
More Long Islanders turned up for the 2014 Great South Bay Music Festival this weekend than ever before in the event's 8-year history. Some 16,000 people attended the three-day concert event at Shorefront Park in Patchogue, and organizers attribute the increase in attendance -- of approximately 6,000 people -- to efforts to make the fest more family friendly as well as by attracting bigger-name...Read more »
Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, best known for her role as Mel Gibson's daughter in the 2000 film "The Patriot" has died. She was 21.
Variety reports Bartusiak was found dead at her home in Texas, but a cause of death has not been determined.
During her career, Bartusiak also starred in small screen series such as "24" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
Fellow actress and friend...Read more »
It seems like just yesterday that the whole world was on royal baby watch, but William and Kate's little prince turns 1 this week, and just hit a major milestone -- he's walking!
In honor of the tiny royal's first birthday on July 22, palace officials have released an adorable shot of Prince George walking around the "Sensational Butterflies" exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.
The...Read more »
It appears accuracy (or at least, fact-checking) took a backseat to speed in MSNBC's coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash Thursday.
Live on the air, host Krystal Ball took a phone call from a supposed eyewitness to the tragedy, who identified himself as U.S. Staff Sgt. Michael Boyd and said he was at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. Describing the scene, the caller said he looked out the window...Read more »
Director Ron Howard has been tapped for the honor of making a fully authorized documentary on the world's most famous pop band, Deadline.com reports.
The Beatles' holding company, Apple Corps Ltd., has authorized the film, and full co-operation is expected from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono Lennon, and George Harrison’s widow, Olivia Harrison.
The...Read more »