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Scarlett Johansson Almost Got To Be A Different Race Thanks To CGI And Hollywood

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Oh, Hollywood. You’re so crazy (and by crazy I mean racist and ridiculous).

Ghost in the Shell was originally a Japanese manga comic series about a fictional counter-terrorism unit, and though I’m pretty unfamiliar the series it is incredibly popular; Paramount and Dreamworks eventually picked it up to make a live-action film based on the anime. Late last year, they cast Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi, the lead character and a role obviously written for an Asian (specifically Japanese) woman.

Last week, Paramount released the first image (above) of ScarJo as the character and obviously, people again fell critical of the production for casting a white woman. The criticism allegedly got to producers, so the rumor is that they might CGI-ing the white actors to make them look “more Asian.” Which I doubt is true, but it still incredibly ridiculous.

After the backlash surrounding Johansson’s role in the film, producers reportedly attempted to quell the controversy with an old standby Hollywood uses to fix a lot of problems: CGI. According to multiple independent sources close to the project, Paramount and DreamWorks commissioned visual effects tests that would’ve altered Scarlett Johansson in post-production to “shift her ethnicity” and make the Caucasian actress appear more Asian in the film.

It’s the latest, and most extreme, case of “beauty work,” the new trend in Hollywood to discreetly use visual effects to tweak an actor’s appearance, making them thinner, younger or stronger. The Ghost in the Shell tests were conducted by Lola VFX, the same company that aged up (and down) Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and is considered the industry leader in so-called beauty work. Though the tests were requested by the production team, once they were developed and reviewed, the idea was rejected “immediately,” says an insider.

We reached out to Paramount Pictures who acknowledged the tests, but refute the claim that Johansson was involved: “A test was done related to a specific scene for a background actor which was ultimately discarded. Absolutely no visual effects tests were conducted on Scarlett’s character and we have no future plans to do so.”

Our sources maintain Johansson’s character was specifically the focus of these tests, though they were done without her participation or knowledge.

(Via Screen Crush)

Ugh, I don’t know how true this is. I believe dumb execs probably panicked at some point because they realized that hey, they could CAST actual ASIAN PEOPLE but didn’t and wanted that money and then got all pouty because, I DON’T KNOW people got ANGRY (and for good reason).  Th fact that this was even talked about seriously shows just how racially insensitive and clueless Hollywood is.

BTW, I seriously doubt Scarlett would have been on-board with CGI-ing her face.

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Posted Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 9:09am
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Kesha Appeals Judge’s Denial of Dr. Luke Injunction!

Kesha Makes An Appearance At New York State Supreme Court


Kesha filed paperwork on Monday to have a New York appellate court weigh in on her dispute with producer Dr. Luke, because New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich denied a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Sebert to record outside of Dr. Luke’s purview. Turns out, that’s not a good enough answer for the musician.

Mark Geragos, Sebert’s attorney, wants another opinion. and according to The Hollywood Reporter, thinks that Kesha’s contract is akin to slavery:

“Plaintiff seeks reversal of the Order on the following grounds,” state her latest court papers. “First, the Court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald. Although it recognized that ‘slavery was done away with a long time ago’ and that ‘[y]ou can’t force someone to work … in a situation in which they don’t want to work,’ the Court’s ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald’s companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that.”

Dr. Luke’s legal team thinks Kesha wants money, and have been pursuing its own claims against her for breach of contract. Sony Music, on the other hand, wants to allow Sebert to record without Dr. Luke’s involvement. Geragos considered this to be an “illusory promise.” He doesn’t understand why the balance of equities favors the other side:

“The Court did not explain, nor could it, why any potential harm to SME could not adequately be compensated by money damages if it were to prevail in the litigation,” he writes in his pre-argument statement. “Indeed, SME, Gottwald, and all the related entities are each free to make music (and money) with other young talent. In the event they prevail in the litigation, they can recover money damages from Kesha for her breach of contract.”

This is going to get even more confusing and heated. But I think we’re all going to learn the importance of persistence and empowerment from it. DANG.

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Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 at 12:12pm
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Amanda Seyfried’s New Boyfriend Might’ve Still Been Married When They Got Together

'Wild' Los Angeles Premiere

Just one pesky little detail…

As we reported, Amanda Seyfried is currently dating this dude (above)  an actor named Thomas Sadoski. The official story is that Thomas and Amanda “reconnected” on the set of their new movie, The Last Word, after first having met during a play they did together in April of 2015 when Thomas was married and Amanda was with Justin Long.

Well…Thomas filed for divorce from his wife around August of last year, the divorce got finalized a few months later and then he happened to work with Amanda again and that’s when they got romantic, just “during the last few weeks,” according to US Magazine. Only Radar calls BS, since Amanda split with Justin Long right around the time that Thomas split with his wife. BUSTED.

Seyfried, 30, and Sadoski, 39, met on the set of their off-Broadway show The Way We Get By in April 2015. At the time, he was married to his wife of eight years, Kimberly Hope, and Seyfried was in a relationship with movie star Justin Long.

Sadoski filed for divorce from Hope on August 14, 2015, and Seyfried announced her split with Long just a few weeks after that.

Hope did not answer Sadoski’s petition, nor hire a lawyer, and so the divorce went into default and was granted on December 14, 2015, court records state.

Sadoski and Seyfried then reconnected while filming The Last World in recent weeks, Us Weekly reported.

(Via Radar)

This seems a LITTLE sketch, doesn’t it? I like Amanda but I wonder what the REAL story is here. I know it’s not just what’s being reported- either these two were banging/flirting/promising bangtimez or they just “happened” to reconnect…

What do YOU think the story is with this new couple?

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Posted Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 11:11am
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Do you Think These Ads Are “OFFENSIVE?”

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Lane Bryant is trying to roll out a sexy new ad starring Ashley Graham and other plus-sized models wearing almost nothing … but tv spots aren’t having it. Yes, networks including ABC and NBC are rejecting a sexy plus-sized TV Ad, which is basically a video version of what you see here.

TMZ has obtained the un-aired commercial, which you can check out HERE.  Nobody knows specifics of what made the commercial un-airable, though sources firmly believe it’s a size issue and not nudity, since thinner women frequently appear in commercials where they’re half-naked and objectified.

All I have to say is how disappointing.  These are major networks and should absolutely be promoting body equality and body positivity. It feels like major networks want to go far…just not far enough for true equality.

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Photos: Lane Bryant

Posted Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 8:08am
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