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Warner Bros. Considers Casting A Woman To Play Willy Wonka In New Prequel

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory could be the most recent major motion picture franchise to undergo a gender transition, with reports that the creators of a new prequel film are considering a female actor as the lead role. According to The Sun, movie stars like Charlize Theron have been considered for the lead role of Willy Wonka.

A source told The Sun that, “A female lead is being considered. Film bosses realise it could spark a backlash but believe a female Wonka is a great way to give the classic story a fresh look.”

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If the executives ultimately decide to go with a male actor in that role, some names that have been kicked around are Ryan Gosling and Justice League actor Ezra Miller. Brad Pitt has also expressed interest in the role, but there is no indication that he is being considered.

Paddington director Paul King has been hired to direct the forthcoming prequel, which will be released by Harry Potter producer David Heyman.

The story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was popularized by the late Roald Dahl who first published the book in 1964. Less than a decade later, the book was turned into a film where Gene Wilder played Willy Wonka.

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However, Dahl was reportedly “infuriated” by the 1971 musical rendition because dramatic changes were made to the story. The last adaptation of the film came in 2005, where Johnny Depp,  stared as the leading role, with Tim Burton as the director, but it is not clear what Dahl thought of that version.

In 2016, Warner Bros acquired the rights to the character from the Dahl estate, and began planning the secretive new project.

Not much is known about the plot of the new film except for the fact that it is a prequel, which means that it is set before the events of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

During an interview with Collider in 2018, producer David Heyman said, “We are still trying to figure out how to tell that story, what the story is. It’s a prequel, it’s not a sequel. What makes Willy — when we find him at the chocolate factory doing the golden ticket, where is he before that? What leads him to that place where he’s locked himself away? … It’s how does he get there? So we’re playing around with that.”

The previous two films have been extremely vague about Wonka’s history, with the newest version featuring Johnny Depp offering a few details about his overbearing dentist father. Even Dahl’s original book does not explore Wonka’s backstory, so there is plenty of room for those working on the new project to use their imagination. However, if a female actor is cast for the lead role of Wonka, it is unclear how much this will factor into the plot, if at all.

What do you think about this story? Would it be a welcome change to see a female-identifying actor in the led role of Willy Wonka, or is it a step too far?

Mark Horowitz is a graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in political science. Horowitz could have had a job at one of the top media organizations in the United States, but when working as an intern, he found that the journalists in the newsroom were confined by the anxieties and sensibilities of their bosses. Horowitz loved journalism, but wanted more freedom to pursue more complex topics than you would find on the evening news. Around the same time, he began to notice that there was a growing number of independent journalists developing followings online by sharing their in-depth analysis of advanced or off-beat topics. It wasn't long before Horowitz quit his internship with a large New York network to begin publishing his own material online.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Says There’s “No Difference” Between Him and Tupac

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Tekashi 6ix9ine has claimed there’s “no difference” between him and the late Tupac Shakur.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, the controversial rapper discussed everything from his sentencing, whether he regrets being part of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, to pleading guilty to use of a child in a sexual performance. The latter when he compared himself to Tupac.

The interview came just days before the rapper released his first album “TattleTales,” since being released from prison.

In February of this year, Tekashi was facing years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of – firearms and racketeering; now, more than six months later, he has more than one billion views accumulated on YouTube in just four months.

Tekashi’s real name is Daniel Hernandez. Hernandez said he plans to “just keep dominating” and stay out of trouble.

Tupac came up when Hernandez was discussing his plea of guilty to the use of a child in a sexual performance. He was seen in videos imitating graphic acts and touching a 13-year-old while she performed sex acts on other men around him.

Hernandez who was 18 years old at the time of the situation, expressed that he’s not a “40-year-old Jeffrey Epstein-type.” Adding that he’s now “a true inspiration to the kids.”

Tekashi was then asked, “Do you understand the view that you don’t need to be a public figure, that you don’t deserve to be famous, based on your real-world actions with real human victims?”

In which Hernandez replied:

No, I don’t. Tupac Shakur was convicted of rape. Is Tupac Shakur loved or hated? Loved! What’s the difference between me and Tupac Shakur?

For our younger readers, Tupac Shakur was convicted of first-degree sexual assault in 1994 and was sentenced to 18 months to four-and-a-half years in prison for the offense.

NYT interviewer Joe Coscarelli argued with 6ix9ine that Tupac “tried to give back with his work”. While Hernandez claimed his music was helping the world too. However, Coscarelli closed that discussion calling Hernandez’s songs “turn-up music, but it’s not introspective.”

Hernandez then played Tupac’s Troublesome ’96 to Coscarelli and told him.

“What’s the difference between that and Billy? “A born leader, never leave the crib without my heater!” You’re telling me he gave back through his art? You’re lying to me.”

Coscarelli responded to Hernandez and said he has only “one type of record” while Tupac was “multifaceted” with different types of songs. Tekashi answered, “I got to feed what, in 2020, is relevant. I got to feed the masses. There’s no difference between me and Tupac Shakur.”

Hernandez ended the interview with, “Keep hating me, because you’re going to keep tuning in.”

It’s very interesting to see Takashi compare himself to Tupac Shakur and make a mention of Jeffrey Epstein in the interview. Although, Hernandez seems to be one of the most hated in rap for his snitching and flaunting it. He has turned his life around somewhat and has managed to release a new album featuring big stars, including Nicki Minaj, Smilez, and Akon.

Maybe, Hernandez can learn from Akon (Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam) who is using his influence to help and give back to the world, mainly Africa by building the world’s first crypto city, as Anewspost previously reported.

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Sony Offering Gamers Jobs To Play Video Games

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If you are not entertaining enough for using Twitch.tv, or one of its alternatives, fear not, Sony wants to hire gamers to test its video games for a living.

Sony PlayStation are on the lookout for gamers to test their games as they prepare to release the latest version of their flagship console the Playstation 5 (PS5.)

Job listings for ‘Localisation Testers’ has appeared on Indeed, with one of the requirements being: “Passionate games player.”

There’s just one catch, you will need to be able to speak Portuguese, Russian or Arabic as well as English, Okay, two catches, you need to be based in Liverpool, UK too.

The three positions listed are for a Brazilian, Russian, and Arabic tester to translate the games and make sure they have proper subtitles as well as menus in other languages, and audio.

A good level of knowledge for the required language (grammar, spelling, and punctuation) are all key skills, along with having good attention to detail according to the description of the job.

The candidate is also required to have knowledge of games across various platforms, and know-how to use MS Office, as well as a basic understanding of the development cycle and constraint.

Sony says they want to hear from anyone who has a passion for languages and games, enjoys finding linguistic mistakes in video games, and likes being part of an international team that impacts players around the world.

The role description reads:

As a Localisation Tester, you will be making sure the audio and text in a video game are correct. You will need to have native level knowledge for the required language (grammar, spelling, and punctuation) and good attention to detail to find and provide corrections for errors. Occasionally, you will translate text for a video game or marketing.

Do you have a passion for languages and games? Do you enjoy finding linguistic mistakes in video games? Would you like to be part of an international team whose work has impact on players around the world? Then we would love to hear from you!

Accepted candidates will be required to complete a mandatory translation test to see if they qualify for the job. If you do end up qualifying and getting the job, the hours are 37.5 hours per week, working 9 am to 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday.

If this sounds like you and you live in the UK, then get to applying soldier. If you’ve always wanted to play video games all day long for a living then what are you waiting for? Now is your opportunity and this might not happen again for a long time. Click here to apply.

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Kanye West Tweets About Divorce And Claims Movie “Get Out” Was About Him

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After entering the race for the presidency extremely late, rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West appears to be in the midst of a mental breakdown, and is going through some difficult times with his family as a result.

During his first campaign rally in South Carolina, West became very emotional and started discussing some very private things about his personal life, including the fact that he considered having one of his children aborted. His family reportedly wanted to have him committed to a mental hospital because they were so concerned about his mental health as they were watching the rally. West says that this is not the first time something like this has happened, and later posted to Twitter that the movie “Get Out” is about him.

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After getting home from the event, West posted a rant about his family on Twitter, but later deleted it. In the posts, he revealed that he and Kim had been considering getting a divorce for a while now. He also called his mother in law “Kris Jong-Un.”

Sources later confirmed to the media that Kim Kardashian, has begun contacting lawyers about a divorce. However, Kardashian later made a post on her Instagram page asking for privacy and compassion, and discussing her husband’s mental health issues.

In the post, Kardashian wrote:

“As many of you know, Kanye has bipolar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand. I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health. Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor. People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”

In the days that followed, a long list of celebrities made appearances at West’s ranch in Wyoming to offer support and see how he was doing.

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In an interview in 2018, Kanye admitted that he became addicted to opioids when they were prescribed to him after he got liposuction. The addiction may have contributed to his nervous breakdown in 2016. He has also said that he has been suicidal at times. In a 2019 interview with David Letterman, he said that he has bipolar disorder.

Kanye is also promoting a new album, and some people have suggested that his recent antics have been some sort of a publicity stunt, but anyone with a friend or family member who suffers from bipolar disorder can recognize the telltale signs of a mental breakdown, and West is clearly in the midst of one. Luckily, it appears that he may have recognized the error in his ways, because he later posted an apology.

As for West’s presidential run, it seems that there is no chance of him qualifying in any of the 50 US states, but it is still possible for him to make outrageous statements on his Twitter account.

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