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Friday
Nov252011

"Twilight" Scene Causing Seizures?

Andrew Cooper© 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Fans of the Twilight movies have much more to worry about other than the series of films coming to a close next year, as a scene in the latest installment has reportedly been causing viewers across the country to have seizures.

Several instances of people saying they have developed seizures during the tense birthing scene in Breaking Dawn: Part One have been reported. The in-theater seizures, also known as photosensitive epilepsy, are thought to be a result of the bright flashing of red, black and white during the film’s nerve-wracking scene.

Brandon Gephart and Kelly Bauman had gone to see Breaking Dawn: Part One last Friday when Gephart began “convulsing, snorting, [and] trying to breathe,” according to Bauman. He doesn’t remember anything, he says, but soon awoke on the theater floor and was taken out by paramedics. The remainder of the screening was cancelled.

Instances of the scene inducing seizures have been reported elsewhere across the country. In Utah, a married couple told ABC-4 in Salt Lake City that bright, graphic scene caused the husband, who doesn’t want to be named for fear he could lose his job, to pass out and led to his entire body shaking.

“I didn’t really remember what happened after that. I think I blacked out. According to her, I was shaking and mumbling different noises,” he told ABC-4.

His wife was sitting by his side in the theater.

“He started mumbling and he was blinking on and off with his eyes at that point. I was kneeling in front of him slapping his face,” she said.

The couple said that they left early, and when they returned the next day they heard that it had happened to another girl watching the film too, though the manager of the multiplex where they viewed Breaking Dawn said he doesn’t know of that instance.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep012011

'Heroes' Star Greg Grunberg Calls for Film's Boycott After Seizure Joke

David Livingston/Getty Images for NAMM(NEW YORK) -- There is plenty to laugh at in the trailer for the movie Tower Heist, but actor Greg Grunberg finds nothing funny about one particular exchange between characters played by Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.
 
In the scene, Murphy refers to Stiller as “little seizure boy” not once, but twice, poking fun at Stiller’s character for a childhood ailment. But for anyone who suffers from epilepsy or is prone to seizures, it is no laughing matter.
 
Grunberg’s 15-year-old son Jake has epilepsy. In fact, Grunberg has an organization devoted to raising awareness about epilepsy called talkaboutit.org. So when he saw the trailer for Tower Heist, the former Heroes star was shocked and let his 1.4 million Twitter followers know when he tweeted, “TERRIBLY OFFENSIVE TRAILER for #TowerHeist - Making fun @ people w/ seizures is NOT FUNNY & WRONG! "Seizure Boy!" REALLY? #Boycott RT.”

"Five million people in this country have or are dealing with seizures and epilepsy. Then you look at their caregivers and their family members -- that's a good 20 million people out there who are going to be offended by this line, and it would be irresponsible of me to not say something as the parent of a child with epilepsy to not speak out and say, I think it is absolutely absurd and offensive," the actor told ABC News Radio.
 
“The movie is filled with all of my favorite actors,” Grunberg tells ABC News Radio. “It’s a funny concept for a movie,” but he’s disappointed with a joke he calls “irresponsible, ignorant and not funny.”
 
When discussing Universal Pictures, the film's distributor, Grunberg says, “I love that company,” but he would like an apology.
 
“Just for them to reach out to the epilepsy community and say, ‘We mean no personal harm to anybody,’ which of course they don’t.” He continued, “They probably just don’t even realize the people they are offending and how this could possibly offend people.”

Grunberg says he is also perplexed at how the quip could have been included in the movie’s marketing strategy.
 
“Let’s be honest, these are the top comedy writers in the world, top comedy performers in the world -- this is not the best that they can do. Let's try to be a little more responsible.”

Tower Heist is set for release on Nov. 4, 2011.

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