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Facebook Tests ‘Downvote’ Button, But Denies That Means ‘Dislike’

You may soon be able to downvote something you dislike on Facebook. But there’s no actual “dislike” button in the works, according to the social media giant.

A small number of users are test subjects for Facebook’s longest-running request, a way to signal that you do not approve of something.  The test is running on public pages and provides an option to users to hide any post and report it as offensive, misleading or off-topic.

Reports indicate the test has surfaced in the last day, and a company statement indicated that Facebook is exploring the feature to “give us feedback about comments on public page posts.”  The company has reportedly denied that it is also about to institute the “dislike” button, and points out that its selection of emojis can convey disapproval.

The test arrives in the wake of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to show more posts from friends and family on the service and less commercial or sponsored items.

The downvote experiment is not being tested in groups, with public figures, or in comments from friends, according to Facebook. A downvoted comment will also not affect its ranking, the post, or the page. The test is reportedly running for five percent of English-speaking US Android users.

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Masters of the Universe Loses David S. Goyer, Searches for New Director

It has been announced that David S. Goyer will not be directing the Masters of the Universe movie like previously thought. Sony was excited about Goyer directing after he wrote a screenplay that had the studio really excited. Though he won’t be directing the movie, he will stay on as executive producer and the project (if it ever gets made), will be from Goyer’s original screenplay that had Sony excited in the first place. For now, the hunt begins for a new director for Masters of the Universe.

The reasoning behind David S. Goyer’s decision not to direct Masters of the Universe is reportedly because of scheduling conflicts. Sony still has the release date set at December 18th, 2019, but Goyer is currently working on Foundation, which is a mini-series based on Irving Asimov’s sci-fi trilogy and apparently will not be able to juggle both projects. The news comes as a blow for He-Man fans who have been waiting to see the movie finally get into production.

The hype train was getting ready to leave the station for Masters of the Universe late last year when David S. Goyer shared some pictures of himself going over some concept art. One picture in particular teased Teela’s new battle suit and it looked pretty awesome. However, it now seems that it’s back to the drawing board for Sony to find a new director. Casting was rumored to begin soon as well, but that definitely just got pushed back and it would not be surprising to see the Masters of the Universe movie get pushed back to 2020. Hopefully that doesn’t happen, but it’s beginning to look like that might be an option.

Sony is reportedly still confident that they can get the Masters of the Universe movie out in time to, but that will all depend on how quickly they are able to find a director. McG was originally attached to direct the movie, but he left in April of last year, which is when the release date was officially announced. David S. Goyer’s involvement was first brought up late last year and fans were excited to see the Dark Knight writer on board and got even more excited when rumors of a spring production start date began to swirl.

It’s been over 30 years since we last saw He-Man on the big screen and most fans wish that movie had never been made. It took place on Earth and it was a jumbled mess from bad acting to bad special effects and a terrible story. The new Masters of the Universe will hopefully be the He-Man movie that the iconic character deserves, but it looks like we might have to wait a little longer to see it. This is a developing story and more news is expected to drop soon. The original reports comes to us from Variety.

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Jim Carrey’s Behavior on The Grinch Set Sent Makeup Artist to Therapy

Actor Jim Carrey’s on set behavior has been well documented over the years, but makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji recently shed some light on making Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas with the actor in 2000. Tsuji revealed that Carrey’s horrible behavior led him into therapy. The Grinch was not an easy project for Jim Carrey. The actor was suited in a hot, green costume along with a ton of makeup that took hours to apply every day. To make matters worse, Carrey had to wear giant contact lenses that kept getting the fake snow trapped in them, so one can understand a little bit of irritability from Carrey.

The frustrations from the set of the Grinch turned into hostility to the rest of the cast and the crew. Kazuhiro Tsuji took the brunt of the abuse since he had to apply makeup to Carrey every day. Tsuji says that the actor was “mean to everybody” and went into some more detail about what it was like to work with the Dumb and Dumber star, revealing that he would just take off for a few days without warning. He had this to say.

“Once we were on set, he was really mean to everybody and at the beginning of the production they couldn’t finish. After two weeks we only could finish three days’ worth of shooting schedule, because suddenly he would just disappear and when he came back, everything was ripped apart. We couldn’t shoot anything.”

Kazuhiro Tsuji says that working with Jim Carrey was mentally exhausting and admits to wanting to quit some of the days. Tsuji recalls a behavior that Carrey would repeat daily in which he would yell at the makeup artist to fix something with the facial makeup that was already correct. While the detail doesn’t sound that bad, it would definitely add up for it to happen every day. He explains.

“In the makeup trailer he just suddenly stands up and looks in the mirror, and pointing on his chin, he goes, This color is different from what you did yesterday. I was using the same color I used yesterday. He says, Fix it. And okay, you know, I fixed it. Every day was like that.”

Mentally exhausted and ready to quit, Kazuhiro Tsuji says that he spoke with a producer about quitting. Instead they hatched a plan for Tsuji to disappear for a week and not return any of Jim Carrey’s phone calls. The makeup artist hid for a week and did not return any phone calls until director Ron Howard called and begged him to come back, swearing that Carrey had changed. Tsuji reluctantly went back on the condition that they helped him get his green card. However, memories of the abuse still lingered and Kazuhiro Tsuji ended up in therapy over the matter and later retired from the industry all together after a few more movies.

Kazuhiro Tsuji ended up working on Tim Burton’s remake of Planet Of The Apes and later with Rian Johnson on Looper, where he took on the incredible task of making Joseph Gordon-Levitt look like Bruce Willis, which was not an easy feat. Tsuji ended up retiring in 2011, but was convinced to come back by Gary Oldman to work on Darkest Hour and earned an Academy Award nomination in the process. Working with Jim Carrey in 2000 certainly does not sound like a good time at all. You can check out the rest of the interview with Kazuhiro Tsuji over at Vulture.

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Lobo Movie Wants Director Michael Bay

Warner Bros. and DC Comics are looking to revive their long-gestating Lobo movie, with director Michael Bay being eyed to direct. The filmmaker has recently taken meetings with Warner Bros. and DC to discuss the project and give notes for writer Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman) to incorporate in the latest script rewrite. The studio’s plan is to have the writer work on the new script, to see if it is to the director’s liking and try to make a deal.

What’s interesting is this news comes just a month after an unconfirmed report claimed that Warner Bros. and DC were cancelling the movie, along with nixing the rumored Deadshot stand alone movie. While there is no clarification on the Deadshot movie’s status as of yet, it seems that Lobo is still very much in the works, although whether or not it actually goes in front of cameras remains to be seen. Michael Bay joins a rather lengthy list of filmmakers who have attempted to bring this DC Comics character to the big screen, although it’s possible that he could be the first to succeed in doing so.

The project was first put into development way back in 2009, when Warner Bros. brought on Guy Ritchie from a script by Don Payne (Thor). The project was stalled in 2010 when Guy Ritchie parted ways with the project to direct his Sherlock Holmes sequel for the studio, and the project laid dormant for a few years until 2012, when Brad Peyton (San Andreas) came aboard to direct, and, a few months later, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was attached to play the title character. Still, even with The Rock attached, the project didn’t come together, as Dwayne Johnson moved on to attach himself to the Black Adam character in Shazam, before he ended up getting his own Black Adam movie.

Then back in March 2016, Jason Fuchs, who wrote the early draft of the Wonder Woman script and got a story credit on the blockbuster, came aboard to write the script. The writer also made headlines in June 2016 when he sent out an Instagram photo from a four-issue run of the Lobo comics called Portrait of Bastich, which fans took to mean that this story will not be based on the New 52 comics run. That was never confirmed, but with Jason Fuchs still attached to the project, going through another round of rewrites, it isn’t known if this Portrait of Bastich story line is still in play.

There was also a report from 2015, when Brad Peyton was attached to direct, that this comic book adaptation is still in fact happening, but it may not come to fruition for a very long time. Michael Bay is coming off Transformers: The Last Knight, and while he doesn’t have another directorial gig lined up at the moment, he is producing a number of upcoming projects such as A Quiet Place, The First Purge and Bumblebee, all slated to hit theaters this year. He also serves as an executive producer on Amazon’s upcoming Jack Ryan series. The Wrap broke the news on Michael Bay’s potential involvement in Lobo earlier today.

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Tarantino Apologizes to Polanski Rape Victim for Insensitive Comments

A 2003 interview on the Howard Stern Show has gotten Quentin Tarantino in some hot water over the last week, prompting the director to release a statement, apologizing for his behavior 15 years ago. The interview in question features Tarantino talking about the Roman Polanski rape case and implying that Samantha Geimer, who was 13 at the time, was not raped, but instead was a willing participant. Quentin Tarantino is now apologizing for his comments and says that he was only playing “devil’s advocate” during the appearance.

Quentin Tarantino’s statement claims that he was trying to be provocative while on the Howard Stern Show, but now realizes that he was wrong. He went on to say that he did not think of Samantha Geimer’s feelings at the time. Tarantino now, 15 years later, believes that Samantha Geimer was raped by Roman Polanski. He explains.

“I want to publicly apologize to Samantha Geimer for my cavalier remarks on The Howard Stern Show speculating about her and the crime that was committed against her. Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was. Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski. When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil’s advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative. I didn’t take Ms. Geimer’s feelings into consideration and for that I am truly sorry. So, Ms. Geimer, I was ignorant, and insensitive, and above all, incorrect. I am sorry Samantha.”

While talking on the Howard Stern Show in 2003, Quentin Tarantino had a pretty different story, but you can hear that he was more than likely playing devil’s advocate like he claims. Tarantino is always a wild and outspoken guest while talking to Howard Stern, but he did go a bit too far on this occasion. He went as far as to call 13-year old Samantha Geimer a “party girl.” He had this to say in 2003.

“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape. He had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down. It’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.”

When asked about Quentin Tarantino’s comments, Samantha Geimer was calm and collected, but made sure to point out that the director’s comments were false. She says that she would feel a little better if Tarantino realized the error of his statements. However, she said that in the end, she really doesn’t care what others think about her, which echoes statements that she has made in the past in regard to the incident. She explains.

“I’m not upset, but I would probably feel better if he realizes now that he was wrong, after 15 years, after hearing the facts. Nobody has to be pissed off on my behalf. I’m okay… It’s not a big deal to me what people think. It doesn’t make a difference in my life. I know what happened. I do not need other people weighing in on what it’s like getting raped at 13.”

Oddly enough, Quentin Tarantino is reportedly looking to cast an actor to portray Roman Polanski in his upcoming untitled movie. Tarantino’s next movie will start Leonardo DiCaprio as a washed-up actor trying to get back into the business in 1969 with the Manson Family murders as a backdrop. Polanski was famously married to Sharon Tate when she was brutally murdered by the Manson Family while she was pregnant. You can read Quentin Tarantino’s full statement at Deadline.

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What Does Mark Hamill Think of the Han Solo Trailer?

A lot of people in the Star Wars universe have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to social media, but perhaps the person closest to fans is Mark Hamill. The Luke Skywalker actor uses social media pretty often to connect with fans and also uses it to troll certain factions of elitist hardcore Star Wars groups. So it came as no surprise when Hamill was asked about the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story and already knew about the divisive fan reaction online to the first trailer.

The very first footage from Solo made its official debut earlier this week and in true Star Wars fashion, people either love it or they hate it. There’s not a whole lot of middle ground and one over enthusiastic “fan” made a Solo Bingo game that predicts the major plot points of the movie. Fans are already angry that the movie might have Jabba the Hutt in it or that it might have carbonite mentioned in it. Basically, Lucasfilm is damned if they do and damned if they don’t at this point.

In a recent interview, Mark Hamill addressed the reactions to the Solo trailer and spoke about the online culture of Star Wars. Like the criticism for The Last Jedi, Hamill claims to have been taken aback by the divisive and negative response that the new trailer has received. He had this to say.

“This is the only franchise where you go on Twitter and they say, If such and such happens, I am so out! It surprises me, but, look, you can’t please everybody. You just have to try and make the best story you can. I was sort of taken aback by it, but who knows? Not everybody likes broccoli. Some people like carrots or Brussels sprouts better, you know, that’s just the way life is.”

It’s safe bet that Hamill has seen the Solo Bingo game and more than likely that’s what he’s referencing when talking about fans hating the movie if “such and such happens.” In the end, the actor says that “you can’t please” everybody, which is especially true with the Star Wars fan base. As far as Mark Hamill’s opinion on Solo: A Star Wars Story, the actor says that he can’t wait to see it. Hamill says that he was impressed by the trailer. He explains.

“The trailer looks fantastic! I don’t know what anybody’s complaining about. The trailer makes you want to see the movie and I’m dying to see it, so it worked.”

While there are certain fans that can’t wait to watch the movie fail, there are probably more who are genuinely excited to see what Alden Ehrenreich does with the young Han Solo character. Ehrenreich has a tough job ahead of him.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25th, which is only a few short month away. So until then, Star Wars fans will be complaining about what they see in trailers, leaks, and promotional material. Regardless, this is a Star Wars movie and it will undoubtedly be a hit at the box office no matter what the fans have to say about it. You can read more of the interview with Mark Hamill via Entertainment Tonight’s YouTube channel.

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Deadpool Creator Calls Out Sony’s Venom Trailer: It Sucks

Sony’s Venom trailer dropped today, but was it too soon? Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld believes that Sony should have waited a bit longer before releasing the first teaser for the highly anticipated movie and even went on to say that it flat out “sucks.” Liefeld is not alone with his negative feeling about the Venom teaser, as many fans have taken to the internet to voice their dissatisfaction. The main gripe: Where’s Venom? The teaser mostly showed off Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock with a teeny tiny nod to the symbiote.

In addition to calling out the Venom trailer for being Venom-less, Rob Liefeld also insinuated that Sony has been contacting web sites over the negative coverage that the teaser trailer has received. This has not been confirmed, so we’ll have to take Liefeld’s word on the matter. Liefeld’s main point seems to be that the movie was not ready to be previewed. He had this to say.

“Sony, stop calling bloggers and expressing your dissatisfaction that they are reflecting the truth. You ran that teaser that wasn’t ready for prime time! Look in the mirror.”

There are plenty of fans who agree with Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld and they have been all over the internet posting about their disappointment. While some fans defended the Venom teaser on Liefeld’s social media post, he shot a few of them down by saying, “BS, It sucks.” While the trailer is dark and mysterious, it may be a little too mysterious, which is weird because it’s a little on the long side of the teaser world. Many were shocked to see that the clip was nearly 2 minutes long and were ultimately let down when the symbiote was not shown.

The announcement of the Venom teaser trailer came yesterday with the debut of the first official poster and even then, people were wondering if it was too soon to release some footage. Tom Hardy announced that production had wrapped a few weeks ago after filming began in October, so nobody was quite sure what we were going to see. As far as a Eddie Brock heavy teaser is concerned, the studio might have been better off showing half as much footage with a tease of the symbiote, not a full-blown shot of Venom, but a tease.

The decision to not show Venom in the teaser trailer ultimately makes the movie look confusing and like a normal action movie with a hint of sci-fi, which could lead to some confusion for people who are not aware of the character. Sony will definitely be going back to the drawing board when it comes time to promote Venom after this snafu because this was probably not the best way to introduce the movie. As for Rob Liefeld, he really didn’t like the teaser trailer at all and is joined by a ton of fans who feel the same way. You can check out some of the comments below, courtesy of Rob Liefeld’s Twitter account.

Sony, stop calling bloggers and expressing your dissatisfaction that they are reflecting the truth. You ran that teaser that wasn’t ready for prime time! Look in the mirror.

— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) February 8, 2018

BS. Sucked.

— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) February 8, 2018

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Joaquin Phoenix Wanted for DC’s Joker Origin Movie

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker Origin Movie. The project is reportedly set outside of the DCEU where it will be a standalone movie. It had previously been reported that Leonardo DiCaprio was in serious talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime, but sources close to Warner Bros. now say that Joaquin Phoenix is the frontrunner. After the failure of Justice League at the box office, many assumed that the Joker movie wasn’t going to happen anymore, but it appears that the movie is still very much in development.

Though Leonardo DiCaprio’s involvement always seemed too good to be true, it appears that he was closer than we previously thought. A new report states that Todd Phillips met with the Academy Award Winning actor 4 times before Joaquin Phoenix became the frontrunner for the Joker origin movie. Phoenix is reportedly in talks and is close to making a deal with Warner Bros., which is huge news for the project and for the new label of DC Films that the Joker origin movie will reportedly be under.

Jared Leto was the last to portray the Joker for some limited screen time in Suicide Squad and was blindsided by the news that someone else would play the character in a different movie, put out by the same studio. However, Leto is reportedly in talks to make a return as his version of the Clown Prince of Crime for Suicide Squad 2 along with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, but nothing has been officially announced at this time. When asked recently about when we’d next see Harley Quinn on the big screen, Robbie admitted that she wasn’t sure.

It will be interesting to see how Warner Bros. handles an announcement of the standalone Joker movie with talks of Suicide Squad 2 starting to ramp up. Two movies with two different Jokers does seem a bit like how DC Films would run things before the restructuring that took place behind-the-scenes earlier this year. It’s going to be a tricky situation to say the least. Additionally, it will be interesting to see which movie gets announced first. Will it be Suicide Squad 2 where fans are clamoring for more Harley Quinn, or will it be the standalone Joker origin movie?

The talks of a new DC universe that is separate from the DCEU seems reminiscent of the standalone Star Wars movies, which have worked out thus far for Lucasfilm and Disney. The new DC banner may be just the shakeup that Warner Bros. needs to get back on track and make some truly awesome comic book movies. For now, we can speculate about how cool Joaquin Phoenix will be as the Joker in an origin story. We know the acting will be top notch, but where will he take one of most famous villains of all time? You can check out the original report over at Variety.

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Kim Never Told One Kardashian Family Member She Was Having Chicago

One member of the family was seriously out of the loop.

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Marvel 10th Anniversary Class Photo & Video Unites the Entire MCU

Today Marvel Studios kicks off the year-long Marvel Cinematic Universe 10-Year anniversary celebration with an iconic class photo featuring talent and filmmakers from over the last ten years. On October 7th, 2017 a group of more than 80 actors and filmmakers all came together in secret in Atlanta, Georgia, on the set of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War to memorialize the last ten years with a photo and to celebrate the accomplishments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

An impressive group of Super Hero talent assembled, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Chadwick Boseman, Brie Larson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Holland, Sean Gunn, Hannah John-Kamen, Zoe Saldana, Angela Bassett, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kurt Russell, Danai Gurira, William Hurt, Karen Gillan, Emily VanCamp, Tessa Thompson, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Frank Grillo, Letitia Wright, Laurence Fishburne, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Stan, Ty Simpkins, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Wong, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeff Goldblum.

Filmmakers from the past 10 years of MCU film joined the festivities, including Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stan Lee, Scott Derrickson, Trinh Tran, Alan Taylor, Brad Winderbaum, Louis Letterier, Jon Watts, Sarah Finn, James Gunn, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Joss Whedon, David Grant, Mitchell Bell, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Jeffrey Ford, Peyton Reed, Jonathan Schwartz, Stephen Broussard, Ryan Coogler, Jeremy Latcham, Nate Moore, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Taika Waititi, Erik Carroll, Ryan Meinerding and Craig Kyle.

Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary begins with the release of Avengers: Infinity War and covers an impressive decade of Marvel Studios’ blockbusters released from 2008 through the Avengers untitled film in 2019. In celebration of the anniversary, fans can expect exclusive consumer products and collectibles, along with in-theater events and much more in the coming months.

Marvel Studios’ unprecedented success over the last ten years is reflected in its cumulative box-office receipts of over $13.5 billion worldwide. Legions of fans-both old and new-have enjoyed the live-action exploits of favorite Marvel Super Heroes in films that express the unique vision and creativity of the filmmakers, and deliver spectacle and thrilling action with relatable characters.

The Marvel 10-Year Sweepstakes will take place across social media and last for five weeks, from February 8 to March 15. Each week of the sweepstakes features a different Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Fans can post a photo of themselves on Twitter or Instagram and/or tweet their favorite personal memory from the film of the week using the film hashtag and #Marvel10YearSweepstakes to be entered for a chance to win.

Each week, a drawing will take place and a winner will be selected. The weekly winner will receive the Ultimate Marvel Fan prize package, including Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel set visit; Marvel Studios visit and tour; tickets to Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War premiere; all transportation and lodging; and more. Full prize details, information on how to enter and official sweepstakes rules can be found at Marvel.com/10YearSweepstakes. Take a look at this epic class photo below, along with a behind-the-scenes video showing all the stars and filmmakers coming together.

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