Bono Reacts To Complaints About Automatic Album Download

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In a recent Rollingstone interview, Bono, the lead singer of the band U2 explained that the giveaway of their new album on iTunes was a “shitstorm.”

Bono claimed to be unaware that the album would automatically download onto phones, comparing the event to putting a bottle of milk in people’s fridge without their permission. The milk, he says, was supposed to just appear on the front doorstep, allowing people to decide whether or not to bring it inside. I don’t Steve Jobs would’ve done something like that, I can’t imagine Laurene Powell Jobs would’ve let him put milk in the fridge.

USA Today chalked up the mass internet complaining fest to a lack of choice. People love to get stuff for free, they said, but only if the decision to accept rests in their hands. Having the album forced onto their phone overstepped the lines.

Despite the complaints, the album itself was a high-quality, well-produced piece of musicianship. In fact, U2 even delayed releasing a finished album produced by Danger Mouse last year, instead bringing on producer Ryan Tedder, the lead singer of OneRepublic to rework the music. Though the project was ready to go, Bono says the band put on the brakes and reworked the music to make it better. The band was after the “big music” that’s the hallmark of their work.


Will Sandman Finally See the Big Screen?

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Sandman is easily one of the most highly respected, award winning titles to come out of the DC Comics stable, albeit under its Vertigo umbrella. Talk of a film alongside the impossibility of a feature has been on the table for decades.

With Warner Bros. officially announcing its slate of comic-based films through to 2020 while Marvel continues to expand its cinematic superhero universe, most recently with Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s not surprising that talk of a Sandman movie has begun anew.

Curiously, while talk is in the air, Sandman was not among Warner’s announcement of upcoming films. This despite the fact that involvement of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and financial backer Sultan Alhokair had already been announced.

But do not despair. Apparently the project was not listed among the films that will feature Justice Leaguers, Supermen and Wonder Women for a simple reason. According to creator and best-selling author Neil Gaiman, it’s because a Sandman movie is not a DC film. It’s a Vertigo film.

There are indeed rumors that Warner Bros is planning a completely different set of films that may focus on a number of Vertigo characters. Gaiman so much has hinted there would be an announcement to that effect.

Of course, how audiences react to any Vertigo-influenced movie remains to be seen. Audiences may have embraced the reboots of the Superman and Batman films and thrown their money at Marvel movies, but a Vertigo film (like Zack Synder’s Watchmen film) won’t be the typical cape fare. Sandman or 100 Bullets may be too dark or involving for audiences that embraced The Winter Solider.


Fashion Icon Oscar de la Renta, Dead at 82

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Known as the “sultan of suave”, legendary designer to celebrities and political figures, Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82. Born in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta became interested in the world of fashion as a teenager. He began his revered career by sketching for Spanish fashion houses under the tutelage of Gianfrancesco Genoso.

He later designed his own haute couture collection including famous pieces worn by first ladies, such as Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton, as well as Hollywood actresses. His most recent design was an exquisite, ivory tulle bridal gown made exclusively for the wife of George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin. The dress and de la Renta were recently featured in Vogue.

Having been diagnosed with cancer in 2006, de la Renta died of complications of the disease at his home in Kent, Connecticut. His legacy will live on through his stylish, classic designs that were inspired by the very women who wore them. His memory will live on through designers who called him “Mr. de la Renta” as a sign of respect for his regal demeanor.


Jennifer Lawrence Finally Speaks Out About Photo Leak

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By now everybody knows about the Apple iCloud hack, in which several celebrities had their personal photos hacked, and released online. Jennifer Lawrence was the most high profile leak, and she’s refused to be drawn on the subject until today.

Speaking to Variety, Lawrence said of the leak:

It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.

I think that’s an important distinction, as this is a matter of consent. Those photographs were privately taken,and were only meant for one person to experience. Therefore, Jennifer Lawrence’s comparing this to a sex crime is accurate.

I had a discussion with several friends. Jared Haftel coming out the most in agreement with me that this is one of the most disgusting things to happen on the internet. The entitlement of so many people to view photographs that were obtained illegally, and the victim blaming that occurs is pretty disgusting.

Assuming that it’s Jennifer Lawrence’s fault that Apple’s iCloud was hacked is pretty ridiculous, and is more of the “boys will be boys” sentiment that’s currently plaguing the United States.

Another example of how rape culture has affected even our pop culture. To the point where we’re not accurately calling out these hackers for what they really are: sex offenders.


Why Warner Bros. chose Ben Affleck to play Batman

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When Ben Affleck was announced as the man to play Batman in the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” film, fan opinion was divided to say the least. Affleck played a similar superhero, Daredevil, in 2003. The movie was a critical failure. In a recent interview, even Ben says he did a poor job.

That was 10 years ago, but it begs the question: Why, out of all of the actors in Hollywood, did they decide to choose Ben Affleck to play Batman? It smacks of the decision to hire on Val Kilmer to play the dark knight in 1995’s “Batman Forever”.

Since the dud that was “Daredevil”, Affleck has been able to establish himself as a top notch director. His film “Argo” did win an Oscar, after all, even beating out Tom Rothman and his nominated films.

Affleck had shown interest in directing the upcoming “Justice League” film. Not only does he have a proven track record as a director, but he is also a comic book fan. He is familiar with the material and has enthusiasm for it.

Warner Bros. lost their distribution partner Legendary Pictures. Legendary has been responsible for the Christopher Nolan Batman films, “300”, “Inception”, and other hits. Warner Bros. feels the need to establish that they can create a hit franchise without Legendary, who is now partnered with Universal. Legendary handed off the “Man of Steel” sequel in exchange for keeping its’ association with Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”.

Seeing how Affleck has clout and Warner Bros. really wants this to be a hit, they feel that getting into bed with Affleck on this project has more positives than negatives. Some feel that this decision conveys a general disconnect with what fans want. The onus is certainly on Affleck to prove that he can pull Batman off.