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Ghost in the Shell producers reportedly tested visual effects to make white actors appear Asian

Paramount Pictures recently gave us our first look at Scarlett Johansson in her role as the Major in the live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation. The picture divided the community, some were cautious over the film and others were wondering why they hadn't hired an Asian actor for the film.

According to sources close to ScreenCrush, Paramount Pictures used visual effects to alter Johansson's face in post-production to "shift her ethnicity" from Caucasian to Asian. Apparently, the idea was "immediately" rejected once tests were reviewed.

When asked whether or not visual effects were used to change alter a characters racial appearance, specifically Johansson's by ScreenCrush, Paramount Pictures acknowledged that they had tested the effect, but not on Johansson:

"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."

A summation of this very short statement is yes, Paramount tested the effects to alter ethnicity in some way. No, it wasn't on Johansson. 

The tests either came out looking bad or they decided that it felt racist.

Rumor: PS4.5 codenamed 'Neo,' specs and details leaked; 'Confirmed' by alternate sources

Previous rumors the the upgraded PlayStation 4 console suggested that the console would be priced anywhere between $399 and $399, will feature a GPU twice as powerful as the standard PS4 and will upscale games to 4K.

New sources have revealed themselves through GiantBomb via leaked documents, which have been confirmed by Digital Foundry – who claims to have access to the very same documents. These leaked files detail the hardware specifications for the new PS4, how Sony expects to make the console work and its apparent codename.

Before we dive in, take a look at the supposed specs for the console codenamed 'Neo':

Original PS4 NEO
CPU 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz
GPU AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz
Memory 8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s

How the console is expected to work:

The upgraded PS4 will offer better performance, power and graphics than the current version of the PlayStation 4. The documents suggested that Neo will feature the rumored 4K resolution for games that support 4K, without losing out on framerate.

According to the documents, Sony will not compromise framerate for resolution – games must meet or exceed the framerate of the original PS4's games.

Sony does not intend to split the PlayStation community with the two consoles. There will be no Neo specific games and no separation in online play between the two consoles. In addition to that, the upgraded console will not feature exclusive PlayStation VR modes.

How games will be affected:

Starting this October, every PS4 game will need to ship with two mods: Base Mode and Neo Mode. The Base Mode will run on the original PS4 with no alterations, while the Neo Mode will offer enhanced graphics and performance on the upgraded PlayStation 4.

Games that release in late September will require day one patches to upgrade them to Neo-worthy titles. Unfortunately, shipping a game with two versions sounds like adding additional development time to PlayStation games.

AMC cancels their own plans to allow texting in theaters

It recently came to light that AMC Entertainment was considering allowing texting in their theaters. The reasoning behind the move was the belief that "You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s not how they live their life."

The statement came by CEO Adam Aron, who is now backtracking on that thought.

That idea has quickly been shut down by avid movie goers. AMC has released a statment saying that they were going to listen to their audience and keep the texting ban active.

20th Century Fox will not hold a Hall-H Panel at Comic-Con 2016

Comic-Con is notorious for showing exclusive trailers for upcoming blockbusters to attendees, but some of these exclusive trailers have a tendency to leak onto the vast realm that is the internet. Of course, some of the studios behind these trailers get pretty upset. And who can blame them? No one wants the first impression of their film to come from a off screen recording of a movie that isn't even completed.

According to The Wrap, 20th Century Fox is taking action against these leakers by pulling out from the legendary Hall-H schedule. Hall-H is where all the big studios show off all their big films, so the fact Fox is pulling out is a very big deal.

Last year, Fox showed a trailer of X-Men: Apocalypse to Comic-Con attendees but the effects weren't completed so they had no plans to release it online, but fans of course pulled out their phones and recorded the whole thing for the internet.

Fox has a pretty big schedule lined up for the next year with a film adaptation of Assassin's Creed due out at the end of 2016 and a third and final Wolverine standalone film currently in production, so it's upsetting to know we may not get any panels with the cast of these films or see any footage.

Is Fox right to pull out or should they accept the way things are now and just release their trailers the moment they show it at the panel to avoid frustration? Let us know in the comments below.

Fox's next movie X-Men: Apocalypse releases May 27th, 2016.

Overwatch's Tracer to join Heroes of the Storm

Tracer, the time-jumping British lass from Blizzard's Overwatch, will be the first Overwatch character to join Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm.

Tracer will bring all her skills from Overwatch to the Nexus of Heroes of the Storm on April 19. She will come "equipped with the chronal accelerator designed by her gorilla scientist pal Winston and a pair of deadly pulse pistols" making her a fast, Assassin-type character perfect for ambushing unsuspecting enemies.

This new hero brings many unique abilities and talents to the Nexus, and she is the first ever Heroes of the Storm hero that can move and attack at the same time. Tracer only has a single Heroic ability to use but she can customize it by upgrading it in three different ways.

Those who pre-purchased the digital version of Overwatch: Origins Edition for Windows will have access to HotS Tracer on April 19. She will become available for purchase for everyone on April 26. Players who pre-purchased Overwatch: Origins Edition on Xbox One or PS4 will receive their HotS Tracer when they pick up their copy of the game starting May 24.

Overwatch will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC May 24.

Source: YouTube

Marvel Studios has complete creative control over Spider-Man: Homecoming

In an interview with the folks at HeyUGuys.com, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that complete creative control over the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming movie rests entirely with Marvel, not Sony. Feige confirmed the news at the premiere of Captain America: Civil War over in the UK.

He said:

"Well, I’ve known all those people for a very long time. Amy Pascal, Tom Rothman, who runs Sony now, I’ve known for years. So, it’s been great. They really are supportive in allowing us to make the creative decisions to make [Spider-Man: Homecoming], but they’ve been great partners. So far so good on that movie."

Marvel appears to making all of the right moves for Spider-Man: Homecoming between casting all all new face for the wall crawler to the inclusion of an established favorite in Iron Man. Only time will tell if the decision making pays off, but I think Marvel fans can allow themselves to get just a little bit excited.

Source: [heyuguys.com]

Camp Pokémon comes to Android devices

On the heels of the Android versions of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online and Pokémon Co-Master, the Pokémon Company today announced the Android release of Camp Pokémon, which originally released for iOS devices in October 2014.

Camp Pokémon is something of a sim game in which players take part in a summer camp designed for Pokémon. By completing Pokémon-themed activities like a “battle matchups quiz” and a “Poké Ball Throw” contest, players unlock pins and stickers which can be used to decorate photos taken with their phone’s camera.

“The Pokémon world is full of mysterious creatures that you can learn all about through Camp Pokémon’s fun activities,” the app's page reads. “Explore an immersive island filled with activities that will help you learn what it takes to become a Pokémon Trainer!”

Camp Pokémon is available for download via Google Play and for Kindle Fire devices via the Amazon Appstore. The 170MB app requires Android 2.3 or newer.

Source: The Pokémon Company

Via: Gamespot