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Apple Pulls Movie From Film Festival Over Unspecified Concerns

Apple Pulls Movie From Film Festival Over Unspecified Concerns

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 08:26 PM

Apple Inc. canceled the premiere of the movie “The Banker” at the American Film Institute’s annual festival, citing unspecified concerns.

Apple acquired worldwide rights to the film in July, and scheduled its release for December, in the thick of the Hollywood awards season. The picture stars Anthony Mackie as Bernard Garrett, an African-American who built a small financial business using a white man as a front.

“Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention,” Apple said Wednesday in a statement. “We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps. In light of this, we are no longer premiering ‘The Banker’ at AFI Fest.”

The company hasn’t announced any changes to the planned commercial release. “The Banker” is scheduled to be one of Apple’s very first original films, along with “Hala,” which is also due out next month.

Apple has told producers that it’s sensitive to programming that could tarnish its brand, and has in the past delayed the release of shows due to foul language or other concerns. But Apple’s new original series “See” includes sexual content.

“We purchased ‘The Banker’ earlier this year as we were moved by the film’s entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy,” the company said.

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Apple Inc. canceled the premiere of the movie "The Banker" at the American Film Institute's annual festival, citing unspecified concerns.Apple acquired worldwide rights to the film in July, and scheduled its release for December, in the thick of the Hollywood awards season....
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