Screen Junkies » horses Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:46:38 +0000 en hourly 1 Horses Euthanized On Set Of HBO’s ‘Luck’ Wed, 08 Feb 2012 16:32:16 +0000 Wookie Johnson The set just isn't as safe as that of 'Tommy the Cool Mule'

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Most episodes of HBO‘s Luck carry the proud disclaimer that no animals were harmed during production. MOST being the key word. Production on both the pilot and the seventh episode ended up with a horse needing to be euthanized. Now PETA is all kinds of mad about animals being harmed, which makes me wonder why they’ve yet to complain about most of the programming on Bravo.

UPDATE: We’ve heard from HBO directly, and they’ve stressed that at the time of both incidents, the production was partnered with the American Humane Association (AHA), and the show adhered to their established safety guidelines. During both of the accidents, “an American Humane Certified Safety Representative was monitoring the animal action and verified that all soundness checks had been performed by the on-set veterinarian.” The network also stressed that after the second accident, HBO worked with the “AHA and racing industry experts to implement additional protocols specifically for horseracing sequences” beyond those set by the AHA.

At any rate, now that these new procedures are in place, it’s just a matter of keeping Nick Nolte away from the horse medicine. (NYO)

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HOLY SH*T: TV’s ‘Mr. Ed’ Is Gonna Be A Movie Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:25:49 +0000 Penn Collins I hope this paves the way for other beloved, irrelevant properties to be made into films, too!

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How crazy would it be if a horse could talk to the guy who owns the horse? 

That is the plot 0f 1950′s TV show Mr. Ed, which revolved around a horse owner (Wilbur) and a horse (the titular Mr. Ed). As best I can tell, nothing else interesting happened. The guy kind of lived a boring life, then he would come home and talk to his horse.

If you have no idea or interest in what I’m talking about right now, get ready to have your mind blown all over your face.

Mr. Ed is going to be a feature film.

If you’re like me, your brain is probably hemorrhaging with questions like:

  • Will the horse be CGI?
  • If the horse IS CGI, what kind of sunglasses will they have it wear to give it “edge?”
  • Who will play Wilbur? Will it be Steve Carell or Steve Carell?
  • Why does God continually shit on film enthusiasts by allowing the people responsible for these remakes to walk unpunished?
  • How many “PETA” jokes will the horse crack?
  • Will the horse benignly flirt with a hot girl in the film?
  • If the horse DOES flirt with a hot girl, will the producers take things a step further by showing the horse f***ing the girl?
Well, these questions will all be answered as time inexorably marches towards the inevitable release date of this film, whenever that may be.
Oh, and because my editor has been wanting me to shoehorn this into a post, here’s a song called “Goodbye Horses” that Buffalo Bill dances to in Silence of the Lambs. I guess it’s not completely irrelevant here.

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