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Can This 24-Hour Celebrity Social Media Blackout Get Facebook’s Attention?

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After using their star power to unsuccessfully tackle complicated issues like the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism via earnest straight-to-camera social media videos, celebrities are back at it again. This time famous people are attempting to punish Mark Zuckerberg and protest hate speech by logging off Instagram and Facebook for an entire 24 hours.

If social media seems just a little bit bleaker today, you can chalk that up to a wide range of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ashton Kutcher, Olivia Wilde, Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, and Jennifer Lawrence, logging off en masse. This one-day Instagram and Facebook freeze is part of the Stop Hate for Profit initiative that previously pressured advertisers to stop spending on those platforms. The July advertising pause was considered a great success, with more than 1,200 companies and nonprofits supporting the initiative, including big brands like Verizon, Adidas, Unilever, and Ford.

Campbell explained why she decided to participate in the initiative on Instagram ahead of the pause, writing, “Facebook claims they address #hate, yet they continue to look the other way as racist, violent groups posts, sow division and split the world apart. They only take steps after people are killed or something horrible has happened. They share empty talk about voting, they continue to allow blatant lies and misinformation on every election to spread – undermining democracy globally. That’s why this Wednesday, I am ‘freezing’ my Instagram account to tell Facebook to #StopHateForProfit.”

DiCaprio also Instagrammed about his decision to join the protest, writing, “I’m standing with the country’s leading civil rights organizations – including @ColorofChange, @ADL_National, and the @NAACP – who today have called on all users of Instagram and Facebook to protest the amplification of hate, racism, and the undermining of democracy on those platforms.” This day of silence is accompanied by a week of action that will end on September 18 with a call for people to vote in November’s presidential election.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, it was revealed that a major D.C.-based P.R. firm used Facebook and Instagram to run fake accounts intended to manipulate the politics of Venezuela, Bolivia, and Mexico, so it seems there’s still plenty of work left to be done.

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“I Think…She Would Seriously Consider Running for President”: Inside Meghan Markle’s Political Ambitions

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Her comments about the election may have raised some eyebrows back in Britain this week, but the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle plans to continue canvassing ahead of November’s U.S. presidential election, and hasn’t ruled out a career in politics—including a possible White House run.

Rumors abound that Meghan could run for president in 2024, and she got the attention of the office’s current occupant, who said in a press conference on Wednesday that he is “not a fan” of the duchess. Donald Trump was responding to a video that she and Prince Harry made to promote Time 100’s list of the most influential people in 2020, in which she declared that November’s election is “the most important election of our lifetime.” But it’s possible that 2024 could be even more important for her personally.

“One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up her American citizenship was so she had the option to go into politics,” said a close friend of the royal. “I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president.”

However those working closely with Meghan insist she has no plans to pursue a political career. “While there’s no denying she is interested and engaged in politics as a topic, she harbors no ambition to enter a career in politics herself,” said one well-placed source.

Members of the royal family are expected to be politically neutral, and Prince Harry has always steered clear of politics. Harry and Meghan did not mention any specific candidates in their Time 100 video, but they did emphasize the importance of voting. “Every four years, we’re told the same thing, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is,” Meghan said. “When we vote, our values are put into action, and our voices are heard.”

Harry added, “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity.”

The comments are said to have sparked concern at Buckingham Palace. Courtiers appeared to distance the royal family from the couple’s comments, issuing a statement saying that “the Duke is not a working member of the royal family” and describing his comments as “made in a personal capacity.”

Even before their comments, there was no love lost between Donald Trump and the duchess. In a 2016 interview with Larry Wilmore she called the then candidate “misogynistic, and so vocal about it,” and when informed of her quotes in 2019 Trump responded, “I didn’t know that she was nasty.” She was notably absent when the president and the first lady visited the U.K. for a state visit in 2019. While Meghan was on maternity leave at the time, Harry was with the other royals when they met with the Trumps and “noticeably hung back” from the group.

When she married into the royal family, Meghan was advised that she would have to tone down her political activism and keep her opinions private. In an interview with Marie Claire in August, the duchess referenced her frustration at having to be silenced and said she would be voting in the forthcoming election. “I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless,” she said. “I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard. And that opportunity, that fundamental right, is in our ability to exercise our right to vote and to make all of our voices heard.”

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‘The Boys’ Spinoff Series in Development After Reportedly Massive Season 2 Ratings

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The Boys are heading off to school. The hit Prime Video superhero series is officially getting its own college-themed spinoff, Deadline reports. The upcoming project, which comes from The Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg, was launched into development after the successful Season 2 premiere of the original series, which debuted Sept. 4 as the most-watched global launch of an Amazon Original series ever.

The upcoming series is set to take place at the only college in the nation made for only for young superheroes, which also happens to be run by Vought International. The untitled The Boys spinoff is described as “an irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. Part college show, part Hunger Games — with all the heart, satire and raunch of The Boys.”

Rosenberg will write the pilot and will act as the showrunner and executive producer on the spinoff, which comes from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television in association with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises and Original Film. The Boys creator Eric Kripke and executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will also join the upcoming project.

The Boys, an adaptation of the comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, first premiered on Prime Video in 2019. The second-season returned earlier this month with a three-episode debut and new installments following each week. Season 2 picks up with The Boys in hiding and The Supes on the lookout for them. While Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) are laying low, Butcher (Karl Urban)  has gone off on his own and is nowhere to be found. The Seven is dealing with its own problems, and the addition of a new supe, Stormfront (Aya Cash), doesn’t help.

Season 2 marked an even bigger debut for the series, pulling in almost double the audience of Season 1 in just its first two weeks and continuing to bring in millions of new viewers with every weekly episode. After a successful run on Prime Video this fall, The Boys Season 2 is coming to an end with the season finale on Oct. 9.

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Matthew Modine Talks Full Metal Jacket And Working With Christopher Nolan

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We talk a lot on the ReelBlend podcast about our favorite interview opportunities, and junket experiences that have changed our lives. We rarely lament the junkets we missed out on, or the filmmakers we’ll never get a chance to talk cinema with. The late Stanley Kubrick falls into that category. Imagine getting to chop up film with the mastermind behind Dr. Strangelove, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Full Metal Jacket?

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