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Memory Hole: Warner Brothers Officially Renames 'Edge of Tomorrow'

Noah Taylor, Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’/Image © Warner Bros

Editor's Note: The renaming of "Edge of Tomorrow," Chris Pratt's workout advice, Penny Marshall on Robin Williams, and a new iteration of "The Devil's Advocate" -- all in our daily roundup.

One of the terms George Orwell invented for Nineteen Eighty-Four was"memory hole," a way of disappearing inconvenient information. This week we got to witness it in action as Warner Brothers officially changed the title of "Edge of Tomorrow" in anticipation of its wider home video release -- the film's new title, even on its IMDB page, is "Live, Die, Repeat." While the new title is definitely much better in terms of communicating the movie's premise, it's very rare for such a high-profile film (even a low-performing one) to attempt such a major rebranding in mid-flight. What's next -- digitally inserting better actors if the original performers get bad reviews?

"Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt's physical transformation into action her0-material has been a subject of discussion since long before the movie's release. Lest the masses imagine such an undertaking is hopeless without the aid of a trainer and the incentive of a production deadline, Pratt gave advice at a panel recently, which he meant to inspire hope in fans who are struggling with their weight. Six months from now, we had all better have at least one visible abdominal muscle.

Many Robin Williams tributes have been posted, but I was especially happy to see this one in The New Yorker featuring his old television cohort (and "Awakenings" director) Penny Marshall. Her insights touch on so many details from the world they came up in together, such as: "He was one of those people who can't be alone, who have to entertain you. And the truth is it's dull, just sitting around -- this is why people do drugs!" As long as we still have Marshall, we're doing all right.

The latest unlikely film-to-television adaptation is the 1997 Keanu Reeves vehicle "The Devil's Advocate." Before you get too excited, know that Reeves is not involved. It will be like embracing a stranger in the role of a lawyer who discovers his boss is literally the devil! Honestly as a film-lover this trend is so fatiguing -- I barely have time to catch up on all the movies I want to see, let alone the dozens of TV episodes inspired by those movies. Okay fine, but this is the last one.

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