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For the better half of this year, Donald Trump has continuously shown flashes of governing America like an authoritarian ruling over a failed state: the commander in chief had peaceful protesters tear-gassed right outside of his residence; he commanded violent far-right gangs to “stand by,” presumably to await his future orders; and he knowingly downplayed the deadly nature of a virus weeks before it began a kill streak that has taken 225,000 American lives and counting. After months of these disturbing moments that have resulted in an increasingly polarized electorate, one of the most crucial channels of communication in the U.S. is preparing to take some of the same pre-election precautions only utilized in “at-risk” countries.

With the presidential election less than two weeks away, Facebook is reportedly preparing to take steps to quell conflict that seems likely to arise in the aftermath of November 3—the kind of political turmoil that, in the past, has been stoked on social media before spilling out onto the streets. The social media giant’s set of election contingency policies includes limiting the speed at which viral posts spread among its users; reducing standards for what the platform deems too inflammatory to remain on its site; adjusting what kinds of content appear on users’ timelines; and vigilantly looking out for software that could be used to promote potentially dangerous content, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. In the past, Facebook used these policies in countries like Sri Lanka and Myanmar—though, in the latter case, the company was accused of allowing its platform to be used in the incitement of genocidal violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson, explained the company’s election contingency plan in a statement on Sunday. “We’ve spent years building for safer, more secure elections,” he said. “We’ve applied lessons from previous elections, hired experts, and built new teams with experience across different areas to prepare for various scenarios.”

While Facebook has been criticized by Democratic lawmakers and left-leaning pundits for not doing more to limit the spread of disinformation in the aftermath of the 2016 election, it seems that the company’s primary critics this time around are on the the right. Most recently, the platform was pilloried after it restricted the New York Post’s dubiously sourced report on Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell.” Last week, Facebook also took down 48 of the Trump campaign’s reelection advertisements that claimed “your vote has not been counted.” Both moves came after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged in an Axios interview that his company needs to be “doing everything that we can to reduce the chances of violence or civil unrest in the wake of this election.” Additionally, Zuckerberg recently announced that the platform is prepared to reject election-victory claims made by campaigns before an official decision is declared. But the Facebook founder did note last week that he does not “expect that we continue to adopt a lot more policies that are restricting of a lot more content” once the election and its results are solidified.

Amid one of the more contentious elections in modern U.S. history, a once-in-a-century global pandemic, and months of continuous political unrest, Facebook has taken several steps to contain misinformation and calls for political violence. Over the summer, the company banned a network of accounts affiliated with the anti-government Boogaloo, a right-wing movement of violent accelerationists who were linked to the killings of law enforcement officers. In August, the site also deleted a post by Trump that touted unproven and ineffective cures for COVID-19. And early this month, it took action against one of its worst scourges, finally removing the QAnon pages and groups that had been allowed to fester and multiply unabated for years.

Still, critics worry the tech giant’s blind spots could allow some things to slip through the cracks. Its announcement banning new political advertisements in the week leading up to the election left a pretty big loophole: Ads already approved for that week can still run. And in late August, it was reported that the platform failed to take action around militia group Kenosha Guard, several members of which maintained a presence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, despite receiving at least two reports about the group. (In a comment to The Verge, Facebook said its investigation produced no direct link between Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot two protesters, and the militia group.) The aftermath of the 2020 election will represent a challenge unlike any the company has faced thus far.

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DR. DRE ‘ANGRY’ AFTER BEING SERVED WITH $1.5 MILLION DIVORCE PAPERS AT FUNERAL

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DR. DRE ‘ANGRY’ AFTER BEING SERVED WITH $1.5 MILLION DIVORCE PAPERS AT FUNERAL

According to TMZ, Dr. Dre and Nicole Young’s seemingly never-ending divorce has taken a tragic turn after Dre was served with divorce papers while attending his grandmother’s funeral.

On Monday (October 18), the music producer was reportedly at a cemetery in Los Angeles to lay his grandmother to rest when a process server for his ex-wife handed court documents.

Sources close to Dr. Dre say he was approached at the burial site while standing near his grandmother’s casket, while Nicole Young says he was served at the cemetery’s parking lot after the burial.

Being served in these circumstances, understandably, did not go down well. Dr. Dre is said to have “recoiled in anger” and refused to accept the documents in person. According to Dre sources, the documents were placed near the tomb, whereas Young sources claim they were dropped at the parking lot.

The documents in question concern Young’s attorney costs and contain the judge’s ultimate order of $1,550,000. According to reports, $325,433 has been paid, but Dr. Dre believes this is an error and that he has already paid the full sum. According to Young, another $1,224,567 is still owed.

Nicole Young filed for divorce in June 2020, and the procedure was fraught with complications. Dr. Dre was accused of having a child with Kili Anderson, one of three alleged mistresses in the divorce lawsuit, earlier this month, with their relationship allegedly dating back to 2013.

According to the records, Anderson “to have been in a relationship with the famous rapper Dr. Dre, with whom she had a child, and therefore she required all at-will employees to sign a confidentiality agreement that they would not pry into her life and would keep all things that they learned about her life private.”

“Plaintiff constantly violated this term of his employment by asking other employees what they knew about Ms. Anderson, her child, and what was the nature of her relationship with Dr. Dre.”

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Teaser of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ has been released by Netflix

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Teaser of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ has been released by Netflix

Cowboy Bebop, the first live-action adaptation of the influential and well-loved anime series from the late 1990s, is one of Netflix’s most anticipated shows for 2021. So far, the reaction has been enthusiastic with the recent revelation of the Netflix series’ opening credits, which recreate the original Tank introduction from the anime. Nonetheless, there is some doubt about Netflix’s attempt to remake Cowboy Bebop.

Fortunately, Netflix has just published a teaser   ahead of the show’s Nov. 19 premiere, which provides us our first look at the wonderfully stylized action while also revealing the crew of dysfunctional space-traveling bounty hunters in their environment. The show’s Twitter also indicated that the first trailer will be released in one week.

The brief episode, titled the Lost Session, follows Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda), and Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) as they pursue a fleeing target while squabbling about how best to fulfil the mission. This special session (the original series’ term for episodes) effectively captures the original’s rapid, sleek aesthetic. It was also exciting to see the cast’s chemistry for the first time. So far, they’re doing fantastic, capturing the characters’ banter and bickering.

While the bite-sized plot in this episode is a new perspective, there are some references to the original. Along with a glimpse of Spike’s enemy and major antagonist Vicious (played by Alex Hassell), we also get a brief interlude with the song Green Bird, which was used in the original show’s most iconic episode, Ballad for Fallen Angels. The brief episode concludes with our first glimpse of the crew’s starship, the Bebop, in space.

One thing that surprised was the quick pacing and flow of the action. This show, thankfully, is not a more grounded take on the original Cowboy Bebop, which always had the tempo and flow of a Hong Kong action film choreographed to the beat of a rollicking jazz band. It appears to be faithful in that aspect, albeit it may be a little too similar to the original programme in certain ways, which will attract awkward comparisons.

So far, what we have seen has piqued our interest. Although live-action anime and manga adaptations fare significantly better than most live-action video games, there is still some scepticism regarding Cowboy Bebop. And it’s easy to see why, given the tradition that this live-action show must uphold. Shinichiro Watanabe, the creator of the original anime/manga, is serving as a consultant on the series, and original composer Yoko Kanno has returned to score the programme as well. So there’s some legacy talent behind the show’s rebirth.

So far, the programme appears to strike a good mix between literal adaptation and intelligent reworking of what made the anime so entertaining and exhilarating. As a fan of the original, I’m excited to see how this version reinterprets the programme for a new medium, but I’m hopeful the series doesn’t go too far in attempting to recreate the original’s glory.

Cowboy Bebop’s live-action version will release on Netflix on November 19, with the complete 10-episode season available for bingeing.

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Zombie is directing a new film adaptation of the 1960s sitcom.

The first image of The Munsters’ cast has been released. Rob Zombie (Halloween, The Devil’s Rejects) is directing the remake of the popular 1960s sitcom.

Zombie shared the photo on Instagram. It depicts the three main characters, notably Herman Munster played by Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lily Munster played by Sheri Moon Zombie, and Grandpa Munster played by Dan Roebuck. The three are posed in front of the set of their landmark home at 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Check out below:

The film is now in production in Budapest, Hungary. Over the last two months, Zombie has been releasing a constant stream of behind-the-scenes footage, including these makeup experiments, clay makeup for Herman Munster, and a plan for the Munsters House. The Munsters does not yet have a premiere date, but it is rumoured that it will be a Peacock streaming exclusive.

The Munsters, which debuted in 1964, was about the family lives of a gang of affable monsters. It aired for 70 episodes over the next two years, and was followed by a number of made-for-TV features. The Munsters Today, a four-year-long sequel show, premiered in 1988.

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