Stephen King’s It Gets A Creepy New Clip

In addition to the new Spider-Man: Homecoming clip that premiered during the MTV Movie Awards tonight, a brand-new clip from Stephen King’s new It movie was shown during the event.

Like the eerie first trailer, this clip is creepy and unsettling, particularly the final sequence. The young cast, including Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things, come across a sewer tunnel. They explore and find the shoe of a missing girl, leading them to wonder if she’s still alive. A floating red balloon emerges, and that’s where things get scary, culminating with a full look at Pennywise the clown’s face.

Based on King’s novel of the same name, It takes place in Derry, Maine, and follows a group of kids who face off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), who plays on their fears.

It is expected to be the first of two films–in the novel, a group of kids overcome their fears to eventually defeat the creature known as It. Years later he returns, and as adults they must work together to finish the job. The first movie will be about the children’s story, while a second will chronicle the adults’ narrative.

In an interview with USA Today, director Andrés Muschietti (Mama) spoke about the terrifying clown Pennywise. “It’s established that Pennywise takes the shape of your worst fear,” he said. “He doesn’t have a steady behavior, he doesn’t expose how he thinks, and that’s what makes him really unpredictable.

“Pennywise’s character is motivated by survival. In order to be alive in the imagination of children, he has to keep killing.”

It comes to theaters on September 8.

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Open thread for night owls: The corporate disinformation campaign against net neutrality

The nation’s top internet service providers have settled on a strategy for defeating net neutrality. Like most political strategies of the past few years, they’ve decided to simply lie.

A week after FCC Chair Ajit Pai outlined his plan to kill net neutrality, the internet providers who support his proposal are spinning the effort harder than a 20-something at SoulCycle. The basic message from companies like Comcast and Verizon is this: “We don’t want to get rid of net neutrality and/or an open internet itself. We merely want to do away with the rules through which net neutrality was established, because reclassifying broadband providers under Title II was bad.” […]

Verizon, for example, released a sort of slick but mostly bizarre video on the topic last week. The camera starts off behind our host, identified only as Jeremy, who has turned to greet the viewer as if they just wandered into the meeting. Jeremy’s accomplice—Verizon’s general counsel, Craig Silliman—says point blank that the FCC “is not talking about killing the net neutrality rules.” This is an insanely ballsy statement to make, because it’s patently false. He also says that Verizon isn’t asking the FCC to repeal the rules (it is), and that pro-net neutrality groups are just trying to fundraise the issue and “rile up the base.”

The approach being peddled by companies like Verizon and Comcast is straightforward: We love net neutrality, super-duper much, and would ever do anything to harm it. But the rules requiring us to abide by it need to go away, because they make puppies cry. After nobody’s looking anymore we promise we’ll still abide by neutrality rules just as much.

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2002—Bush’s $1 million ‘political stunt’:

Rep. Henry Waxman, one of those rare congressional Democrats with a pulse (along with Sen. Byrd), is demanding the administration account for the costs of Bush’s stunt landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln.The costs reportedly top $1 million, but for me, the biggest cost of the stunt was this:

The Democrats issued a news release headed ‘shameless’ in large red type that cited the ‘nerve required to delay the return of 4,000 sailors to their families after 10 months at sea in order to stage (a) photo-op.’
That’s right—our troops, eager to see their families after a 10 month assignment, were required to spend an extra day at sea in order to accommodate Bush’s campaign appearance.  The Navy’s excuse? The ship made good time on its return trip and the sailors still got into port as previously scheduled, but I’m sure the sailors and their families would’ve loved to have seen each other a day sooner. Too bad their needs were subjugated for Bush’s reelection campaign needs.

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Isaiah Thomas blasted referees after not shooting a single free throw in Game 4

Thomas failed to shoot a free throw for just the fifth time this season.

After the Boston Celtics dropped Game 4 to the Washington Wizards on Sunday, 121-102, Isaiah Thomas had some words for the officiating crew that failed to send the All-Star guard to the free throw line.

“They were very physical. They were very physical,” Thomas said. “The refs were allowing them to hold and grab and do all those things. I think, especially in that quarter, I might have hit the ground five or six straight times. And I’m not the one that likes hitting the ground. So I think it’s gotta be called differently. Not saying that’s the reason why we lost. They went on a 26-0 run, and we can’t have that on the road. I can’t allow to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen and I don’t shoot one free throw. I play the same way each and every night. I think that has to change.”

Thomas scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting in Game 4 and drilled five of his six three-point attempts, but a good chunk of his game is predicated on getting to the charity stripe. The 5’9 guard averaged 8.5 free throws per game in the regular season, making 90 percent of them, and 9.3 foul shots per game in the playoffs.

He also didn’t get to the line in Game 3 of Boston’s first-round series against the Bulls, marking just the fifth time he failed to see a foul shot this year.

Thomas was right. Foul shots weren’t the reason why the Celtics lost. Like he said, the Wizards went on a 26-0 run in the third quarter, dishing out a blow Boston couldn’t recover from. But free throws serve as an opportunity for a team to stabilize itself. They allow a team to reset defensively and calm down as a unit.

Without IT4 getting to the stripe, the Celtics weren’t afforded to do so. And while it wasn’t the reason for Boston losing Game 4, it certainly played a role.

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