Erin Whitney Biography

Erin Whitney is a senior editor at ScreenCrush. When not talking Game of Thrones theories or waiting for the next Terrence Malick film, Erin’s probably having an SVU marathon. Erin was formerly an entertainment editor at The Huffington Post and has also written for Variety, New York magazine, Indiewire, Moviefone, and Backstage.

Riz Ahmed Almost Played an Entirely Different Character in ‘Rogue One,’ and Had a Different Fate

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by Erin Whitney 2 days ago
Lucasfilm
If you didn’t already guess by the Star Wars news this week, Rogue One was almost very different. Ahead of the film’s digital video release on Friday, Entertainment Weekly has been dropping tons of exclusives about the spinoff that could’ve been. We learned that Darth Vader almost killed off a major character, the film’s original happier ending, then another crazy alternate ending, and a backstory for Jyn’s mom. Today brings news not of a scrapped scene, but a scrapped character.

Director Brett Ratner Says Rotten Tomatoes Is the ‘Destruction’ of the Movie Business, Criticism Is Dead

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by Erin Whitney 2 days ago
Sean Gallup, Getty Images
With the rise of digital platforms and social media, the state of writing that originated in print was bound to change. We don’t pick up a newspaper anymore to look for movie showtimes, and we certainly don’t wait till the Sunday edition drops on our doorstep to read the latest reviews. Most American audiences want immediate, digestible analyses of the art they consume, and nowadays that means checking a movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score before forking out cash. For director and producer Brett Ratner though, the review aggregation website is biggest evil in the entertainment industry.

Aquaman Takes a Dip in New ‘Justice League’ Footage Teasing Second Trailer This Weekend

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by Erin Whitney 2 days ago
Warner Bros
It’s finally spring, or at least according to the calendars we’re three days into spring despite what the weather is telling us. And what do we all want to do when the seasons finally turn warm? Take a tip in the ocean, of course. That’s probably what’s on Aquaman’s mind in the new footage Warner Bros. dropped on TV this week to tease the upcoming Justice League trailer.

The Xenomorphs Are Everywhere in the Freaky New ‘Alien: Covenant’ Poster

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by Erin Whitney 2 days ago
20th Century Fox
The last Alien: Covenant poster 20th Century Fox released should have been enough of a warning. A demented egg bathed in eerie green light sat in the midst of shadows in the one sheet, an image that begs you to turn around and run away. In case you didn’t get the hint of the dark and dangerous creatures that lurk on other planets, this new poster will remind you.

‘Power Rangers’ Review: A Surprisingly Fun Superhero Reboot

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by Erin Whitney 3 days ago
Lionsgate
The joy of the Power Rangers TV series was how campy it was. It was pure fun to watch teenagers jump around in nerdy spandex suits, fly giant robot machines, and fight ridiculous monsters (one was called Mr. Ticklesneezer, another was, I kid you not, Chunky Chicken). To make a modern Power Rangers movie you can either embody that wacky spirit, scrap it for a gritty reboot, or try to do both with middling results. Saban’s Power Rangers takes the latter route, updating the ‘90s series as an edgier, darker origin story with shards of silliness. The problem is, Power Rangers is never quite sure if it wants to distance itself from the source material or embrace it.

A Teenager Finds A Mysterious Notebook In First Teaser for Netflix’s ‘Death Note’

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by Erin Whitney 3 days ago
Netflix
What would you do if you mysterious notebook fell into your hands and gave you the power to kill anyone? Maybe you’d write the name of a high school enemy or a crappy ex in the notebook just for giggles, then realizing its murderous magic is for real, quickly toss it out the window and run away. But for Light Turner, he decides to use that notebook for all the power it gives him.