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Anonymous ISIS
When it was reported on this blog that Anonymous is planning a campaign against ISIS, many were skeptical. Coming in the wake of ISIS attacks on Paris, the #OpIsis campaign offered online activists an easy way to fight back against a frightening and genuinely evil group, all without closing their laptops.

However, as the campaign picked up steam, many complained the Anonymous efforts would actually cause more harm in the fight against ISIS. Many feared that it will muddy intelligence sources and flood traditional channels with misinformation. Now, those predictions seem to be coming true.

The bulk of the Anonymous efforts have been directed at taking down ISIS-linked Twitter accounts and websites. But on the Twitter side, those reports have been wildly inaccurate, according to a Twitter employee who spoke to The Daily Dot a few days ago.

Another investigation by Ars Technica found a number of non-ISIS accounts included in recent dumps, included because they had tweeted snarkily at an ISIS account or simply because they had tweeted in Arabic. Another observer found Kurds, Iranian, Palestinian, and Chechen accounts mixed in with the lists. As he noted, "I’m not saying all of the above are good guys, but they are definitely NOT ISIS."

Many actors within the campaign seem to be aware of the problem, and accounts began circulating a message urging participants to remember that "just because a website or post is written in Arabic or is from a person of Muslim faith does not and should not make them a target."

At the same time, the distributed nature of the campaign makes it difficult to enforce such a message uniformly. The missteps have become so pronounced that other Anonymous groups have begun to publicly distance themselves from #OpIsis.

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Iron Fist
With "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" already out in the market, Marvel has two more solo Netflix outings left before the eventual Defenders team-up. The production for "Luke Cage" is already underway, with Mike Colter set to star, but not enough is known about "Iron Fist," the fourth and final piece of the team.

However, because of the mysterious production, several pathetic group espousing "political correctness" to further their selfish interest are proposing that Marvel deviate from the original material and change the race of the martial arts master and make him Asian.

"Iron Fist" is a classic, if not highly recognizable, superhero — a martial arts icon with a deep connection to Marvel's mystical mythos. And according to the decade old canon, he is Caucasian. There was no doubt about his race, but an unqualified group of comic critics want to change all that.

With that in mind, casting for this show is going to be important, and Marvel's head of TV Jeph Loeb recently told Comic Book Resources that news is on the way. Comic purists should pay close attention to what's announced. Considering how loyal and emotional Marvel fans are, it'd be a bad idea for the company to cast its next hero using another race.

Diversity in cinema is good, but it should not be made just because of somebody’s whim or to appear chic. One of the reasons why the rebooted "Fantastic Four" movie was a BIG flop is because it changed the race of Johnny Storm just because the actor was a good friend of the director. Now, they are paying the price of underestimating the influence of comic book aficionados who critically slammed the movie.

"Iron Fist" was created back in 1974 by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, right at the height of the American Kung-Fu craze. People who'd just seen movies like Enter the Dragon wanted to see martial artists in a very big way, so Marvel capitalized on the trend by creating Danny Rand, the legendary “Iron Fist.”

As a boy, Danny found himself in the mystical land of K'un L'un, and, after meeting characters like Yu-Ti and Lei Kung the Thunderer, was trained for years in the martial arts, eventually earning the power of the "Iron Fist." Danny then found his way to New York City, where he'd go on to team up with Luke Cage to take down criminals in the city's gritty underbelly.

Danny Rand is a great character, having enjoyed a popular run during his disco-era heyday before eventually becoming a key Avenger in more recent years. And there's no question that he is a white man whatever the pseudo "political correctness" police are saying.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe does need to address the question of diversity in the industry. That’s not their job. Casting Danny in any other race aside from Caucasian would invite criticism similar to what Fox received when the decided to change the original race of Johnny Storm of the "Fantastic Four."

Now that "Jessica Jones" is getting rave reviews for staying true to the source material, attention is now going to start shifting to Marvel's upcoming projects. The pressure is on for the company to keep delivering quality television. Marvel has already found out what it means to ensure that the original story, character and race with the success of "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones." Nothing less is expected with "Iron Fist."

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Microsoft Movies
When a company faces a demand problem, it needs to initiate a couple of promotional programs to attract attention and get things moving … again. This is what Microsoft is trying to do after it tempts more people to upgrade to Windows 10 over the next 10 days.

The software giant is kicking off a huge promotion for its Windows Store, with more than a 1,000 movies, songs, apps, and games discounted down to just 10 cents. There is a wide range of titles available, but everyone won't own movies as they're available to rent for the 10 cents offer. Movies include "Jurassic World," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "The Dark Knight Rises."

Songs like Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean" or John Legend's "All of Me" are just 10 cents, and Microsoft has a variety of Xbox-enabled Windows 10 games available. Hitman Go, Angry Birds Star Wars, Assassin's Creed Pirates, and Reckless Racing Ultimate are some of the highlights. There's even applications at just 10 cents, including IM+ Pro, Sticky Notes Pro, and a variety of unnecessary ZIP extractors.

Microsoft appears to be switching out its movie deals on a daily basis, and they're only rentals so consumers will need to rent them and watch them quickly to take advantage of the offer. To keep track of each daily deal they just need to open the Windows Store on a Windows 10 PC and the home section will list all of the daily movies, games, and app deals. Microsoft's "10 days of 10 cents deals" runs until Sunday, 29 November.

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Zoolander 2
After a 15-year hiatus, Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) will soon walk down the runway yet again. "Zoolander 2" has become one of – if not the – most highly anticipated comedies of the coming year, and the release of its first trailer a few days ago only increased that anticipation.

However, not everyone is thrilled with what they saw when the trailer dropped. A very small lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) group have now called for a boycott of the film due to its allegedly offensive portrayal of the transgender community.

THR reports that the controversy in question stems from a particular character in the film named All, portrayed by geek messiah Benedict Cumberbatch. All – as the name would suggest – is an androgynous supermodel that does not fit into the binary perception of gender.

When introduced to Derek and Hansel, the former asks if All is a male or female model, followed by the latter clarifying with the question, "Do you have a hot dog or a bun?" It's a fleeting moment, but one that did not sit well with a very sensitive small group of people which can be easily ignored.

LGBT activist Sarah Rose – whose petition to boycott the film has received a pathetic 6,000 signatures – spoke out against what she perceives to be an offensive portrayal of trans people in the film:

"Cumberbatch’s character is clearly portrayed as an over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals… This is the modern equivalent of using blackface to represent a minority. Like any rational person, I think there's a place for discourse and humor in society, but the last thing the transgender community needs at this moment is another harmful, cartoonish portrayal of our lives."
This group may be in for a surprise when they learn soon enough that everyone makes fun of the LGBT culture. They can do whatever they want, but one thing is certain; "Zoolander 2" will be a big hit because of that transgender joke.

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Jessica Jones
Netflix has unveiled in an advance screening another kind of superhero drama: Marvel’s Jessica Jones. This one features more violence, more action, more oral sex, more illicit lesbian affair, more hot and steamy casual doggy-style sex between heroine (Krysten Ritter) and her love interest Luke Cage (Mike Colter).

This show is simply about some quippy everyman realizing that he has both the power and responsibility to help people. It is also about a group of sexual victims who decide to rise up and become heroes that fight back against their oppressor. Every choice in the show pushes back against Marvel’s typical pattern.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is based on the Alias comics that debuted almost 15 years ago as a part of Marvel’s MAX line.

It was meant to be the first R-rated comic from the family-friendly publishing house and follows the misadventures of a former superhero-turned-private detective named Jessica Jones. She is, as Luke Cage describes her in the trailer, "a hard-drinking, short-fused, mess of a woman." She’s also one of the most compelling characters created for Marvel in the 21st century.

The new trailer gives us a fuller scope of Jessica Jones' dry wit and kick-ass superpowers. It also reveals more about the plot than ever before.

Fans of the comics already know that Jessica’s main adversary is a man named Kilgrave (David Tennant). He's sometimes called the Purple Man and he has the insidious ability to take over someone’s mind. It seems that Marvel’s Jessica Jones will pick up well after the two’s first encounter and will focus on Jessica’s crusade to not only bring Kilgrave down, but prove that he even exists.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones debuts on Netflix last 20 November.

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