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Controversy as new Spider Man: No Way Home trailer is released



If your spidey senses are tingling, here’s why – the new No Way Home trailer was just released with a fair share of debate following.

Spider Man: No Way Home promo

A public service announcement to all Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans out there, the official Spider Man: No Way Home trailer has just dropped.

But it doesn’t come without controversy after a trailer with unfinished CGI was doing the rounds across social media prior to the big release.

The much-anticipated trailer was leaked late Sunday night, American time, and was labelled as one of the most significant disclosures in the MCU.

Unlike previous leaks where fans cut, paste and put together segments of already available MCU films, this leak appeared to be the real-deal featuring real Sony and Marvel footage. 

No time for spoiler alerts

Fans who came across the unofficial trailer spoiled some of the teaser’s surprises ahead of time, with Twitter and YouTube both in serious need of a spoiler tag for those who hadn’t viewed the trailer yet. 

And while many fans weren’t phased about the sudden release, the unofficial teaser lacked visual effects components. 

In fact, fans were urged by film and entertainment platform gamesradar to “start putting up filters and stop doomscrolling on Twitter” ahead of the trailer’s official release. 

Alex Zalben, Managing Director of Decider, took to Twitter to warn fans that the real deal was more than worth it.

“Sorry I’m only going to watch the Spider Man: No Way Home trailer the way Marvel intends me to,” Zalben writes, before summarising the thoughts many other fans had on the trailer.

Usually, Sony is quick to put an end to unverified leaks in order to quash spoilers, but this time the official trailer followed shortly after it’s unofficial counterpart and it came without warning.

“You’ve waited long enough… I told you, you weren’t ready,” Tom Holland posted to Instagram alongside the trailer. 

The film is expected to be released in theatres on December 17 this year.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Hollywood set for transformation with new WGA contract



We know what our words are worth at Netflix on 9/20. Photo: J.W. Hendricks

A recently ratified Writers Guild of America (WGA) contract is poised to revolutionise the landscape of Hollywood.

This monumental agreement brings forth fundamental alterations in the way the entertainment industry operates. In a nutshell, the contract redefines compensation structures, solidifying fair pay for writers and creators across various platforms.

One notable change is the integration of more equitable profit-sharing mechanisms, guaranteeing writers a more significant slice of the proverbial pie. Additionally, the contract underscores the importance of proper crediting and recognition for writers, ensuring their vital contributions are acknowledged and duly compensated.

Artificial intelligence was of course another major point of discussion with agreements outlined below stating:

“We have established regulations for the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) on MBA-covered projects in the following ways:

  • AI can’t write or rewrite literary material, and AI-generated material will not be considered source material under the MBA, meaning that AI-generated material can’t be used to undermine a writer’s credit or separated rights. 
  • A writer can choose to use AI when performing writing services, if the company consents and provided that the writer follows applicable company policies, but the company can’t require the writer to use AI software (e.g., ChatGPT) when performing writing services. 
  • The Company must disclose to the writer if any materials given to the writer have been generated by AI or incorporate AI-generated material.
  • The WGA reserves the right to assert that exploitation of writers’ material to train AI is prohibited by MBA or other law.”

The WGA contract also takes steps to address issues of diversity and inclusion within the industry, fostering an environment that welcomes voices from all backgrounds and experiences. This shift towards a more inclusive landscape is seen as a crucial step towards rectifying historical disparities within the entertainment realm.

See a summary of the entire campaign here

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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