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Watch: ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Trailer Recut as Romantic Comedy

Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’/Image © MGM

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‘The Silence of the Lambs’ as you’ve never seen it before, the worst reason for an ‘R’ rating ever, and more. It’s all here in your Daily Blunt.

You’d think that retooling a classic thriller like “The Silence of the Lambs” as a rom-com would result in something oddly endearing, like that trailer for “The Shining” that kicked off this whole trend more than a decade ago. Oddly, as Esquire notes, something about pairing Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter as the ultimate odd-couple romance just makes the whole thing even more unsettling — and that’s before you factor in Thomas Harris’s sequel to the original plot, in which the pair really do end up together, albeit by means that even Ridley Scott dared not attempt to re-create onscreen. Watch the new trailer below!

This week Harvey Weinstein is going to bat for the film “3 Generations” (originally “About Ray”), which has drawn an R rating from the MPAA for no apparent reason except the existence of Elle Fanning’s central character, a trans teenager (played by Elle Fanning) who struggles toward achieving his male gender identity. Weinstein wants the world to know this is more than a publicity stunt, stating: “When the movie has something of social importance to say, I think it’s important that we stand up. I admit that I’m temperamental but nevertheless I try to fight for good. This is insane.” Giving the movie an R rating means that a teenager going through the same issues as Fanning’s character would be barred from seeing this movie without a parent present; what’s a kid to do when one’s very existence can be censored on the basis of “sexual references”?

Once upon a time, it seemed possible to re-create a publicly accessible electronic library on the scale of Alexandria’s — but the technical revolution that put this goal within reach has also doomed it to a legal limbo. The Atlantic has an excellent long form article about the inception of Google Books, and the bizarre trail that tech innovators tried (and failed) to blaze. The result: “Somewhere at Google there is a database containing twenty-five million books, and no one is allowed to read them.” Here’s hoping they have backed up that hard drive.

If you told Toni Morrison that it’s too late for you to become the next literary giant, she’d probably laugh in your face — as Hyperallergic’s infographic series “It’s Not Too Late” points out, Morrison didn’t publish her first book, The Bluest Eye, until she was forty. Martha Stewart was a year older than that when she sold her first cookbook. The lesson here should be obvious: Don’t let your anxieties be preyed upon by the internet’s abundance of “30 Under 30” lists (these have mostly been cobbled together by freelancers who were living with their parents within the last decade).