Cameron Crowe offers apology for casting Emma Stone in his latest movie

Allison Ng, one of the major characters in Cameron Crowe’s recently released Aloha, is Asian-American. Emma Stone, the actress the director chose to portray her, is not. The casting decision raised eyebrows and drew criticism from groups who said that by using Stone to play a character who explicitly states her racially mixed background throughout the movie, Crowe was whitewashing the role. Now Crowe, in a post on his own site, has offered a “heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice.”

The director says that he was “grateful for the dialogue” the backlash provided, but also took the time to defend his decision to cast Stone as Ng. “As far back as 2007,” Crowe writes, “Captain Allison Ng was written…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Uber’s 5th birthday party was pure theater, and here’s our review

Travis Kalanick was choking up. On stage at Uber’s birthday party, looking out on a audience that included drivers, employees, the press, and his parents, Uber’s pugnacious CEO found himself overcome with emotion. “I realize I can come across as a somewhat fierce advocate for Uber,” Kalanick would go on to say, as the crowd chuckled appreciatively. I also realize some people have used a different ‘A’ word to describe me.” More laughter. “I’ll be the first to admit I’m not perfect, and neither is this company. Like everyone else, we’ve made mistakes. But at Uber, we’re passionate about learning from them.”

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Author: Casey Newton

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Dish and T-Mobile in talks to merge: WSJ

Dish Network and T-Mobile US are considering a merger, according to The Wall Street Journal. Discussions are said to be at the “formative stage” and may yet fall through, but the two parties are reportedly in “close agreement” about the big picture. T-Mobile CEO John Legere (above) would be CEO of the new company, with Dish CEO Charlie Ergen as chairman, according to the WSJ‘s sources.

Although T-Mobile has increased its subscriber count significantly under Legere’s “Uncarrier” strategy, it hasn’t been able to compete on a larger scale with AT&T or Verizon. The company has been the source of acquisition speculation for some time; Reuters reported interest from Dish in 2013, and all the way back in 2011 former Dish CEO Joseph Clayton…

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Author: Sam Byford

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Pentagon may have accidentally mailed live anthrax to 17 states

The number of labs that the Pentagon unknowingly mailed samples of live anthrax continues to rise. According to Reuters, the Department of Defense said today that it suspects 51 government and private labs may have received live samples of the potentially lethal bacteria — up from 28 yesterday — and that the number of labs is only expected to rise. Those labs include locations in 17 US states and three foreign countries, including South Korea, Australia, and Canada. The Pentagon reportedly says that there’s no danger to the public and that no one has become infected.

The anthrax samples, sent from a US Army base, were believed to be inactive. As the Pentagon has been discovering over the past two weeks, that’s not the case. Additional…

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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Furious 7 director James Wan will direct Aquaman and Robotech

The Fast and the Furious franchise may have given birth to the next big action director. The Hollywood Reporter reportsthat Furious 7 director James Wan has just inked a deal with Warner Bros. to helm the Aquaman film starring Jason Momoa. Wan is also set to direct Sony’s upcoming Robotech adaptation, which the company hopes will be the start of a whole new franchise.

Aquaman, which has Momoa playing what might be a more brutal take on DC comic’s ruler of Atlantis, currently slated to hit theaters in 2018, along with The Flash. Warner Bros. is moving at a swift clip with its comic book adaptation to keep up with Marvel’s own schedule, with Suicide Squad already filming for release next year. Aquaman will make his film debut next year in…

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Author: Kwame Opam

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