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Title: New Movie
Post by: andyg0404 on January 10, 2018, 05:01:21 PM

Bette Midler's new movie, Freak Show, is about a gender bending teen who runs for homecoming queen.  Here's a link to the trailer.

And here's another link with pictures and a different trailer.

And finally, another link with an interview with director Trudy Styler. (Sting's wife)

Betty, when I inserted the above link into this post as it appears on the website and clicked on it during preview it went to the website and said the page didn't exist. It appears that something on the Betty site affected the original URL, perhaps the parens around the word film. I seem to remember another occurrence similar to this not too long ago.

Andy G.

Title: Re: New Movie
Post by: Betty on January 10, 2018, 10:59:40 PM

All the links seem to be working for me. "Site unavailable" could mean the server was just too busy at the time, or the browser just timed out or got disconnected during loading, or their server just detected too many clicks from the same ISP & decided to temporarily limit access. Your browser may have even detected an ad it didn't like or that was served from an untrusted source & blocked it.

I see the NFL claims rights to some audio or visual on 1 of the pages, & may be blocking it from some users or link sources.

Here's at Betty's, if someone clicks around a couple dozen times very quickly on our pages, our servers will say it's unavailable & lock them out for about an hour... as an anti-hack & anti-spam measure. Also somewhere between 3am to 3:20am E. USA time, our newer servers do their regular daily maintenance & limit traffic during that maintenance cycle. If we're getting a lot of traffic at the time (typically we get a lot of our early birds from the UK around then), our servers will give an "unavailable" to some of our visitors to lighten the load during maintenance.

That's on the server company-side of the servers, & I have no control over it. On our older servers, we'd just slow down service during maintenance or updates to lighten the load, rather than limit how many can use the system during maintenance. Pages would just respond & load a little slower during maintenance rather than cut off extra users. Or if I was personally doing maintenance, updates, upgrades, or repairs, I'd just switch everything over to "members only" access to lighten the load if I needed to. I also do that when we run out of money to lighten loads. With a lighter load, I can temporarily switch to our cheaper servers, or downgrade the current server to a cheaper service until I can raise enough to pay for our full normal service.

That's why stories gets restricted to "members only" much more frequently than our other pages & sites. It gets over 3 times the traffic than here, so cost the most in servers to run... especially when you consider running backups & protection for it all too. When you see "members only" access at stories, it may in fact not even be served by our regular stories sever anymore, or I had to temporarily downgrade the server to save costs.

I read something about that movie in early spring. There was little written about it then, no previews, & couldn't find it anywhere, so gave up on it. I just found out now, it only showed in select movie festivals in the world last year, & IFC got rights to the full USA distribution. It looks like it will be a web release on the 18th. So that probably means just about everybody could see it shortly after that.

The previews look pretty cool, so I'll be keeping an eye out for it.
Title: Re: New Movie
Post by: andyg0404 on January 11, 2018, 10:00:25 AM
Hi Betty,

See what happens when you click on this link. (

Andy G.
Title: Re: New Movie
Post by: Betty on January 11, 2018, 02:52:47 PM
For a couple years, a few years ago, it became acceptable to use parentheses in URLs (web addresses). But because browsers, scripts, web protocols, php, malware, & viruses all use coding that contains parentheses, it was discovered it causes programming errors, confusion, browser problems, security problems, & antivirus problems.

So it is no longer considered acceptable to use parentheses in URLs... especially at the ends, unless it's a special URL containing a redirect or special browser instructions within the URL. Unforunately, although special instructions or redirection in parentheses are acceptable inside a URL, they also  could be malicious.  A lot of security software will break a link or redirect in a URL with odd characters or parentheses.

Betty's instructs browsers to open links posted by users in a new window. The script in those instructions contain parentheses which causes conflicts with parentheses in a URL... especially if it's at the end of the address. As a double whammy, security will detect URLs with parentheses or odd characters as potentially dangerous & may block or cut some of them.

The internet would be a lot safer if web protocols entirely banned the use of odd characters used in programing, including brackets, & parentheses in URLs.

Indeed, unless you trust the site, you are at great risk clicking on a URL with odd characters, brackets, & parentheses in it. More often than not, they are used for malicious purposes.
Title: Re: New Movie
Post by: Betty on January 11, 2018, 03:33:53 PM
I fixed the link with a feature we have here. I couldn't show you in text how, because the code would screw up the post, so see the attached jpg.

Our SMF core features provide the solution for odd URLs. Click on our hyperlink feature when posting, insert the url in the code, & you can name the link to anything you want. The visitors just see & click on whatever you named the link.

Although we use extremely modified SMF software as our base system, I've kept most of the original core features. They're very similar to the same features used by PHPbb & vBulletin boards. That way visitors can expect many of the same features, & expect Betty's to function mostly like all popular common forums & boards. I used a lot of coding from SMF, PHPbb, & vBulletin to build our current version of Betty's. So it's like the best of all 3 of them, with a lot of home made stuff thrown in.
Title: Re: New Movie
Post by: andyg0404 on January 11, 2018, 04:48:04 PM
Thanks Betty, I thought it was the parens. I'm just glad we have Tiny URL which seems to fix the problem.
Andy G.
Title: Re: New Movie
Post by: andyg0404 on January 12, 2018, 05:49:32 PM

Here's another new film, Saturday Church.
A 14 year-old-boy, struggling with gender identity and religion, begins to use fantasy to escape his life in the inner city and find his passion in the process.

Here's a review with the trailer.

Andy G.

Title: Re: New Movie
Post by: Betty on January 13, 2018, 06:17:15 PM
Thanks. Not seeing much buzz about it yet, so there probably won't be a web release or torrent for it for a while unless it flops a the box office. They usually rush a movie to disks & web releases faster to recover costs if the don't make it at the box office.

Ack! It's another musical. I like all sorts of music, & a good story, but just can't warm up to musicals or enjoy them a lot. I guess I just don't have the "glee club" musical gene.
Title: Movie added Feb. 10
Post by: Betty on February 10, 2018, 05:04:44 AM
I've added the movie, Freak Show to our movie section at our private viewing area for our members.

I've also added a lot of TV shows, including the most recent episodes to shows that we we already had.

They're in the TV section of our private viewing area for members.