Is Matthew Gray Gubler Coming Back for the 'Criminal Minds' Final Season? –

Dr. Spencer Reid is one of Criminal Minds’ most long-standing characters. Through the ups and downs, the on-screen deaths and dramatic off-screen exits, Reid has remained the same fast-talking genius that fans of the series are still obsessed with years later.

Reid’s real-life counterpoint, Matthew Gray Gubler, is just as polarizing. The offbeat actor is as colorful, interesting, and multifaceted as the fictional BAU special agent. Here are a few fast facts to know about Matthew, 39, and what he thinks about Reid’s future in Criminal Minds’ upcoming final season (still crying).

First things first: Matthew is coming back to Criminal Minds, right?

Don’t worry, Matthew and Reid will be back for the final moments of your favorite crime drama. He even shared a sweet photo of the cast from their last days of filming.

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He’s not just an actor.

Matthew wrote and illustrated a children’s book called Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself, which was released in April 2019. He’s directed several music videos for band The Killers, as well as episodes of Criminal Minds, and has even designed T-shirts, totes, and blankets for charity.

But he’s still appeared in many movies and TV shows.

Besides solving crime with his wildly high IQ, Matthew has played many other interesting characters, too. He’s appeared in 500 Days of Summer, RV, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and more.

His mom is a rancher.

Look out, Yellowstone cast! Matthew’s mother, Marilyn, is our new favorite cowgirl.

“She’s a rancher, a jack of all trades, a brilliant real-estate mind, and most of all, just the most loveliest mom,” he told Glamour. “She’s a beautiful force of nature. She runs a ranch and is on horseback a lot of the day, and she’s just the greatest.”

Matthew isn’t dating anyone—that we know of.

If Matthew is seeing someone, he’s keeping it pretty mum. He was last linked to 2 Broke Girls star, Kat Dennings, who he dated for a “long time.”

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Matthew and Kat in 2007.


“I’m still really good friends with her,” he said after the two split. “Kat is marvelous. She’s one of the funniest people I know and such a talented actress, a brilliant mind, a warm-hearted person, and I love her and her family.”

If you’re looking to impress Matthew, here’s a few tips about what he likes: “I fall in love with wonderful people and people that can’t be replicated. They are completely unique individuals, and those people are really rare and you can’t let them go,” he said. *Jots down details in my diary.*

Reid’s love life, however, is very exciting right now.

Fans were shocked when J.J. (A.J. Cook) admitted she was in love with Reid in the finale, but it’s unclear if the married agent actually meant it, or was lying to save their lives. So, does this mean #Jeid will finally happen in the last episodes of the show?

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“There’s some exciting stuff,” he hinted in an interview with Parade. “All the drama Reid and J.J. have been through together, it will eventually just make their bond stronger.”

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Who's behind the law making undocumented immigrants criminals? An 'unrepentant white supremacist.' – Chicago Daily Herald

The provision of federal law criminalizing unlawful entry into the United States – which some Democratic presidential candidates now want to undo – was crafted by an avowed white supremacist who opposed the education of black Americans and favored lynching, which he justified by saying, “to hell with the Constitution.”

The law, referred to as Section 1325, became a flash point in the first of two Democratic presidential debates this week, when Julián Castro, a former secretary of housing and urban development, challenged his rivals to back its repeal. The measure’s little-known history did not arise on Wednesday night in Miami, where the first cohort of Democrats vying to compete against President Donald Trump took the stage. No one mentioned Sen. Coleman Livingston Blease.

But the legacy of the criminal lawyer and neo-Confederate politician from South Carolina hangs over the 2020 election. Blease was the architect of Section 1325, the part of Title 8 of the United States Code that makes it a misdemeanor to enter the country without authorization.

The statute, adopted in 1929, is the basis for Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which his administration used to justify separating families at the border. And as the contestants in Wednesday’s debates sought to burnish their images as opponents of that policy, it was the call for Section 1325’s repeal that became one of the starkest dividing lines in a crowded field.

Castro’s quest for the statute’s annulment forms part of his “People First Immigration” plan unveiled in April. Some, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey, have backed the idea.

“The reason that they’re separating these little children from their families is that they’re using Section 1325 of that act, which criminalizes coming across the border, to incarcerate the parents, and then separate them,” Castro said from the debate stage. “Some of us on this stage have called to end that section, to terminate it.”


Others, he added, singling out his fellow Texan, former congressman Beto O’Rourke, have not.

That Section 1325 got airtime on Wednesday indicates its significance in American political history, according to Kelly Lytle Hernandez, a professor of history at UCLA and the author of a 2017 book that exposes the explicit racial motivations for the statute.

“I’m thankful to hear it’s being brought to the surface,” Hernandez, author of “City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965,” said in an interview with The Washington Post. “One of the things that this president has gifted us is the opportunity to finally talk about what immigration control and immigration law is in the United States. There is no immigration reform without grappling with the hold that Jim Crow has on our immigration regime.”

The influence of Jim Crow on the nation’s immigration laws is personified by Blease, whom Hernandez called an “unrepentant white supremacist.” His ideas gained currency as part of a larger effort to enforce racial exclusion a century ago, including through national origin quotas and a complete ban on immigrants from Asia. That system was scrapped during the civil rights era, but criminal penalties for unlawful entry remain.

“The world that Blease imagined in 1929 is very much the world in which we’re living,” Hernandez said.

Coleman Livingston Blease was born in 1868 in the foothills of South Carolina, raised near the mill town of Newberry. Tall and slender, he walked with a swift gait. A felt hat with a broad rim covered a shock of dark hair, which matched his prominent mustache.


Asking voters to call him “Coley,” Blease entered politics as a protege of Benjamin Tillman, the white supremacist governor and senator from South Carolina who would go on to denounce his former disciple for his extreme populism, saying, “Catiline among the Romans and Aaron Burr among the Americans are the only other men I have ever read of who were equal to Blease in bamboozling the people.”

“He is a past master in the arts of a demagogue,” Tillman added. “He knows full well that when the angry passions of the masses are aroused they lose their reason.”

Casting himself as an ally of poor whites, including textile workers in upper South Carolina, Blease became a state legislator in 1890 and the governor in 1911. He was a southern Democrat, in favor of segregation, before party realignment in the second half of the 20th century.

Blease defended violence against people he called racially inferior, saying a band of white men had done “exactly right” for whipping blacks, observing that, “the morals and the mode of living between colored people are not up to the standard adopted and lived up to by the white people.”


Blease defended lynching, dismissing legal concerns with vigilante justice.

“Whenever the Constitution comes between me and the virtue of the white women of the South, I say to hell with the Constitution,” he argued.

He had similar scorn for the judgments of courts, which he said served mainly to prop up the rich. Before resigning the governorship in 1915, he pardoned more than 1,000 state prisoners, among them a man convicted of murdering his wife, as well as many of his former clients who had enlisted his services as a well-known defense attorney.

Blease won election to the Senate in 1924, bringing his campaign of racial agitation in Washington. He proposed prohibiting interracial marriage by constitutional amendment. Incensed by the decision of the first lady, Lou Hoover, to invite the black wife of a congressman to tea at the White House, he offered a resolution demanding that the president and his wife “remember that the house in which they are temporarily residing is the ‘White House.'”

Many of his efforts were fool’s errands, Hernandez notes in her book. He was less intent on shaping policy than on riding a “wave of anti-black racism” coursing through the country. One of his biographers wrote that he harbored “Negro-phobia that knew no bounds.”

In 1929, however, as Congress strained to develop a policy on Mexican immigration, Blease became the broker of a compromise between nativists and a faction protective of business interests that required cheap labor.

As a result, he was able to transform American immigration law, which bears his imprint to this day.

“Blease shifted the conversation to controlling unauthorized Mexican migration rather than capping authorized migration,” as Hernandez’s account explains. “Citing the large number of unauthorized border crossings made by Mexicans each year, Senator Blease proposed criminalizing unlawful entry into the United States.”

His bill was approved in March 1929, yielding Section 1325. By 1939, United States attorneys had prosecuted more than 44,000 cases of unlawful entry, as Hernandez chronicles.

In the decades that followed, law enforcement often pursued other priorities, deciding that prosecuting a stream of misdemeanor cases was not worth the time or resources. Immigrants caught crossing the border without authorization could still be returned, as they were before criminalization.

Prosecution was stepped up during the George W. Bush administration, in response to an increase in border crossings. Supporters of such an approach argue that it is necessary to deter unlawful entry, said Tom K. Wong, an associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego and an adviser to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the Obama administration. But the evidence is not conclusive on that point, he maintained, while the costs have been significant.

Meanwhile, abandoning the criminal classification of unlawful entry, and treating it instead as a civil infraction, could be “immensely consequential for undocumented immigrants,” Wong said. For one, it would prevent large-scale detention and end the practice of separating children from their parents, as the adults would no longer face criminal proceedings.

Critics of Section 1325 also argue that the statute deters migrants from turning themselves in to immigrant officials, which is necessary to claim asylum. Those who do not favor its repeal say it is possible to overhaul the country’s immigration system and do away with “zero tolerance,” while maintaining criminal penalties.

“You’re looking at just one small part of this,” O’Rourke told Castro. “I’m talking about a comprehensive rewrite of our immigration laws. And if we do that, I don’t think it’s asking too much for people to follow our laws when they come to this country.”

Hernandez sees benefit in the discussion, which could cast light on the “extraordinary power of federal law enforcement” in the area of immigration, she said, where “what we presume to be people’s constitutional rights can be violated.”

But she is ultimately skeptical about the likelihood of ambitious changes.

“I think it’s more likely that we would satisfy ourselves with fairly moderate reforms to our immigration laws rather than thinking more broadly about how the economic system, political system and military system dictate the flow of human beings around the globe,” she said.

Blease’s transgressions are easy to recognize today. And yet, Hernandez said, “there are many Bleases.”


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Attorney arrested on child sex crimes still representing others with similar accusations – KWTX

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A week after a Waco lawyer was arrested on child sex crimes, he’s still representing clients charged with similar crimes.

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Attorney Kyle Layman’s defense attorney Robert Callahan says Layman has the right to keep practicing.

“He is still allowed to practice law at this point he still has the same rights that are afforded to every other person under the constitution.”

Layman is facing three charges of criminal solicitation of a minor for sex.

Arrest affidavits showed some graphic text conversations that he allegedly was having with the 14-year-old daughter of one of his clients, which was later taken over by a sheriff investigator.

“While these are very serious allegations and they’re very strong allegations and he is obviously taking it very seriously, they remain allegations at this point,” Callahan said.

Judge Matt Johnson of the 54th District Court says a group of judges agreed to remove Layman, at his request, from the public defendant appointment list.

“We conferred via phone, via text message and we had to make a quick decision and had to be informed quickly of what Mr. Layman’s decision was,” the judge said.

A week long KWTX investigation with open records documents revealed Layman continues to represent 16 felony clients who retained his services…five of those cases are defendants also facing child crimes.

Court records reveal Layman also has over 40 misdemeanor clients. Some are court appointed.

Johnson says Layman still has the right to practice, while his case makes it way through the legal process.

“I mean we can’t just go in and remove him from all the cases he’s been appointed on. Once the attorney client relationship is established, you can’t separate the attorney from the client unless it’s at the request of the client or at the request of the attorney,” Johnson said.

Defense attorney Callahan says Layman has contacted his clients and filled them in on what’s going on, “He’s just contacting the clients and letting them know, ‘Ok you have the option if you want to of staying with me, or you have the option of retaining new counsel.’”

If layman is convicted on the three counts of child sex charges, he faces two and 10 years in prison on each count, a $10,000 fine, and discipline from the Texas Bar Association.

“It is a serious allegation,” Johnson said.

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The Final Season of Criminal Minds Is Approaching, and Here's What to Expect – POPSUGAR


Criminal Minds is returning for its 15th season, which will be — as most Criminal Minds fans know — its last. Seeing as we were introduced to the many memorable members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit nearly 14 years ago (the series premiered on CBS in September 2005, if you can believe it), it’s not going to be easy to say goodbye. With that said, we do know that the series will be going out with a bang, featuring some exciting guest stars and a (hopefully) satisfying end for all. Here’s everything we know so far about the last season.

Who Is Returning For Season 15 of Criminal Minds?

All of your favorite current cast members will be included in the 15th and final season, including series vets David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau (A.J. Cook), and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). The cast photos shot for the July/August issue of CBS’ Watch! Magazine also include Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez), and Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney).

Who Will Guest Star on Season 15 of Criminal Minds?

Joining the cast is Hallmark Channel star Rachel Leigh Cook, who will play Spencer Reid’s love interest, Max, a “quirky, kind-hearted, candid woman” who will no doubt instigate a love triangle between her, Reid, and J.J. (who very recently confessed her love to Reid).

You can also expect to see some familiar faces from past seasons returning. In an interview with Parade, Gubler revealed Jane Lynch, who plays Reid’s mother, Diana, will make an appearance this season. As Gubler cryptically said, “I see a happy ending in store for Reid, which is something that we’re all looking forward to, including with his mom.”

But as far as other guest stars — such as Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), or Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) — we’ll just have to wait and see. In an interview with Deadline, executive producer Erica Messer spoke about the possibility of including old favorites in the final season. “I am very hopeful that we can honor all of those characters who have been beloved and with this team, with the audience for years,” she said, though she didn’t reveal any more than that.

When Does Season 15 of Criminal Minds Take Place?

Though the 14th season ended with J.J.’s unexpected confession, viewers won’t be brought right back to that scene at the beginning of season 15. Instead, there will be a time gap of six months between the two seasons’ storylines. “We kick off the final 10 with a two-parter, basically,” Messer explained of the 10-episode final season. “Whether they’re aired at the same time or not is unclear, but it’s a two-hour story. The emotional journey of our heroes [picks] up about six months after this finale has aired, and chasing the Chameleon.”

What Will the Story Be For Season 15 of Criminal Minds?

We know that the chase for Everett “Chameleon” Lynch — the bad guy that was introduced at the end of season 14 that Rossi is hell-bent on taking down — will continue this season. As Messer explained, she loved actor Michael Mosley’s character so much that she felt he would be a “worthy adversary” for both Rossi and the rest of the cast. She went on to say, “We pick up with Rossi’s obsession in catching him in the final ten, and then that will play throughout, which is, you know, not a usual thing for us.”

Not much else has been revealed — except for the fact that the final season will also feature a few surprising personal stories from the characters — though we do know that the series finale will be a “tear-jerker.” “I think in honoring the series and saying goodbye, it’s probably going to feel like a little bit of a eulogy,” Messer told Dateline. Though don’t worry about her killing off any of your favorite characters — she has no plans to say goodbye to anyone for good. “These people are family and friends to us at this point,” Messer said. ” . . . I know a lot of shows, when they find out it’s going to be over, then characters are killed off or something like that. That’s not my instinct . . . So the jet won’t crash, I can tell you that.”

When Will Season 15 of Criminal Minds Premiere?

The 15th season of Criminal Minds is being held for a midseason premiere (probably due to the shorter 10-episode season), though CBS hasn’t yet announced an official premiere date.

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A Florida city was forced to use pen and paper and pay a $500,000 ransom after hackers took control of its computers

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  • A Florida city was hit by a ransomware attack that forced the city to use pen and paper instead of its computer systems to conduct its work.
  • Lake City, Florida, paid the hackers the ransom that’s estimated at around $500,000. The ransom was paid in Bitcoin, so the exact amount is dependent on the price of Bitcoin at any given time. 
  • It’s unclear if the city’s main network was protected by sufficient layers of security. 
  • Several US cities have recently been hit by ransomware attacks, highlighting how US cities are poorly prepared against cyberattacks
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The Lake City, Florida, administration agreed on Monday to pay hackers almost $500,000 to release the city’s computer files in a ransomware attack that occurred on June 10, local media reported.

Before it decided to pay the ransom, the city had to use its back-up systems to conduct its work, which included paper receipts and hand-written building permits.

Utility payments can still be made in-person at City Hall, however credit card payments are currently not available,” the city said in a press release on June 10, when the city said it was hit by the ransomware attack. 

“While other City networks are currently disabled, Public Safety networks are isolated and protected by encryption,” the city said in its press release.

It’s somewhat reassuring that Lake City’s public safety networks are encrypted, but it suggests that the city’s main governmental network was not protected, or it didn’t have the same layers of protection as its public safety network. The burning question is why the city’s main network was not protected by the same layers of security as its public safety network. 

A spokesperson for Lake City spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

Read more: A massive, ongoing hack has been compromising cell service providers around the world without them even knowing, a new report says

The cyberattack on Lake City is the second in Florida in just a few weeks, which further highlights how unprepared US cities are in dealing with cyberattacks. 

Just last week, the city of Riviera Beach, also in Florida, was hit by a similar cyberattack. The city also paid a ransom to the hackers to the tune of $600,000. Both ransoms were paid in Bitcoin.

In March, the city of Atlanta, Georgia, was also hit by a ransomware attack that forced the city to shut down municipal courts and prevented residents from paying certain bills online. 

Cyber security research firm Recorded Future published a review of ransomware attacks of state and local governments, where three US cities were affected by cyberattacks since April, including Lynn, Massachusetts; Cartersville, Georgia; and Baltimore, Maryland. The report said that Baltimore had been hit at least twice with ransomware attacks. 

Recorded Future said in its report that ransomware attacks against state and local governments are “not going away anytime soon.”

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Criminal Minds' Season 15: What Fans Can Expect in the Final Season – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Criminal Minds has been around for so long that it seems like the FBI procedural is always on somewhere if you flip channels long enough. So it’s hard to believe that the upcoming 15th season will be the last

TV Line caught up with the show earlier this month as part of a publicity push for the final season. Viewers may be a little disoriented beyond their favorite show ending: when it comes back in the fall, there will be a time jump, and the final season will be a little short, at ten episodes.

We’ll take not only look forward to the last season, but also look back at how the show became a long-running hit. 

What awaits ‘Criminal Minds’ in its final season

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Showrunner Erica Messer revealed to TV Line the final season will pick up following a time jump and feature “a little more serialized storytelling” as well as “a couple of personal stories that might be surprising to people.” 

The show will also feature the return of a couple of Lynches. Castle alum Michael Mosley will continue playing Everett Lynch aka The Chameleon, a serial killer who caused quite a bit of trouble in season 14. Meanwhile, Jane Lynch will return to her role as Reid’s mother. Rachael Leigh Cook will appear in several episodes as a kind-hearted woman who strikes up a relationship with Reid.

The season finale title will be “And in the End,” which, depending on your frame of reference, could be a quote from either Abraham Lincoln or the Beatles. Lincoln said, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” In one of their final songs, the Beatles sang “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” 

The return date of the final season has not been set yet, but Criminal Minds is expected to return mid-season.

How ‘Criminal Minds’ got its start 

Criminal Minds creator Jeff Davis came up with the show as an answer to an Oscar-winning movie about catching serial killers. He told the podcast Influencers

When I was coming up with Criminal Minds, I really just wanted to do the TV version of Silence of the Lambs. I wanted to do a thriller. But in doing the research, it was reading all about behavioral profilers in the FBI that actually made me realize there’s real science and unbelievable amount of thought being put into this. The idea that these guys went into prisons and interviewed serial killers to come up with a questionnaire, to come up with a way to hunt these guys from their perspective, a way to get into their minds.

Current and former cast members included Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore, A.J. Cook, and Kirsten Vangsness. Other recognizable names dropped in and out, including Jeanne Tripplehorn and  Jennifer Love Hewitt. The show steadily gained traction until it became the number 8 program on TV in its tenth season from 2014 to 2015. After that, the ratings steadily dropped with season 13 ranking number 25.

‘Criminal Minds’ leaves a legacy 

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Although the show’s ratings have fallen, it cannot be disputed that Criminal Minds has been a major success for CBS  It has spawned two spinoffsCriminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, as well as a video game. And it will probably play in syndication forever.

Amy Reisenbach, a CBS Vice President, said to Deadline: “We wanted to make sure Erica had the time and ability to write a season (14) finale that honors the characters and the fans. We discussed wanting to keep the show in continuous production so 10 felt like the right number for us to roll straight into and give Erica enough episodes to end the series the way she wanted to.”

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'The world is not yet ready for DeepNude': The disturbing deepfake app for making fake nudes of any woman with just a few clicks has been shut down

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  • DeepNude, a web app that used deepfake artificial-intelligence tech to turn any photo of a woman into a realistic-looking nude image, went viral this week after much news coverage.
  • The team behind DeepNude announced on Thursday on Twitter they were shutting down the app for good, saying “the world is not yet ready for DeepNude.”
  • DeepNude has been offline for some time because its servers haven’t been able to handle the crazy the amount of traffic brought to the app. The app creators said the decision to permanently shut down was because of concerns the technology would be misused.
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A web app called DeepNude, which could turn any photo of a woman into a realistic-seeming nude image, is shutting down after a short stint of going viral.

DeepNude caught major attention from the public after Vice’s tech vertical, Motherboard, published a story about the web app on Wednesday evening. People raced to check out the software, which harnessed deepfake technology to let users generate fake, yet believable, nude photos of women in a one-step process.

But DeepNude, which was relatively unknown until the Motherboard story, was unable to handle the traffic. The team behind DeepNude quickly took the app offline, saying its servers “need reinforcement” and promising to have the app up and running “in a few days.”

But the team announced Thursday afternoon on Twitter that DeepNude was offline — for good. DeepNude said it “greatly underestimated” the amount of traffic it would get and decided to shut down the app because “the probability that people will misuse it is too high.”

“We don’t want to make money this way. Surely some copies of DeepNude will be shared on the web, but we don’t want to be the ones who sell it,” DeepNude wrote in a tweet. “The world is not yet ready for DeepNude.”


Read more: This controversial deepfake app lets anyone easily create fake nudes of any woman with just a click, and it’s a frightening look into the future of revenge porn

DeepNude is just the latest example in how techies have been using artificial intelligence to create deepfakes, eerily realistic fake depictions of someone doing or saying something they have never done. Some have used the technology to create computer-generated cats, Airbnb listings, and revised versions of famous Hollywood movies. But others have used the technology to effortlessly spread misinformation, like this deepfake video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which was altered to make the House representative seem like she doesn’t know the answers to questions from an interviewer.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at a conference on Wednesday that deepfake technology was such a unique new challenge that it would require special policies different from the ones in place for traditional misinformation.

And indeed, DeepNude shows how quickly the technology has evolved, making it ever easier for non-technically savvy people to create realistic-enough content that could then be used for blackmail and bullying purposes, especially when it comes to women. Deepfake technology has already been used for revenge porn targeting anyone from people’s friends to their classmates, in addition to fueling fake nude videos of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson.

DeepNude brought the ability to make believable revenge porn to the masses, something a revenge-porn activist told Motherboard was “absolutely terrifying” and should not be available for public use.

But Alberto, a developer behind DeepNude, defended himself to Motherboard: “I’m not a voyeur, I’m a technology enthusiast.”

Alberto told Motherboard his software is based off Pix2Pix, an open-source algorithm used for “image-to-image translation.” The team behind Pix2Pix, a group of computer-science researchers, called DeepNude’s use of their work “quite concerning.”

“We have seen some wonderful uses of our work, by doctors, artists, cartographers, musicians, and more,” the MIT professor Phillip Isola, who helped create Pix2Pix, told Business Insider in an email. “We as a scientific community should engage in serious discussion on how best to move our field forward while putting reasonable safeguards in place to better ensure that we can benefit from the positive use-cases while mitigating abuse.”

And if you’re wondering why DeepNude undressed only women and not men, according to the site, it’s because there is a much larger number of photos of naked women to train the AI with, compared with photos of naked men.

SEE ALSO: The AI tech behind scary-real celebrity ‘deepfakes’ is being used to create completely fictitious faces, cats, and Airbnb listings

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Gallagher defense team goes on the offensive during war crimes trial –

SAN DIEGO — Defense lawyers went on the offensive Wednesday in the murder trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a wounded Islamic State prisoner in Iraq and shooting at civilians.

The prosecution rested its case a day earlier in the San Diego court-martial of Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher.

Also on Tuesday, the judge in the case rejected a defense request to issue a summary judgment finding Gallagher not guilty of murder and attempted murder.

Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Vanderpool testified for the defense that he never heard Gallagher talk about hurting civilians or stabbing anyone. He said Gallagher had an intense style and would get on his SEAL teammates for not cleaning their guns and not understanding their weapons equipment.

Some fellow SEALs didn’t share Gallagher’s aggressive attitude, and Vanderpool said he sensed the team was starting to “fracture.”

The defense also planned to show jurors videotaped testimony from an Iraqi general who handed over the fighter to Gallagher for medical treatment after the adolescent was wounded in an airstrike. The general gave videotaped testimony in June when he visited San Diego.

Prosecution witnesses, including a fellow Navy SEAL, testified that Gallagher stabbed the prisoner twice in the neck in May 2017 and that the attack could have been fatal.


Defense lawyers say testimony from the Iraqi general and other witnesses will show Gallagher isn’t guilty. They already have contended that the witnesses against him offered tainted or even false testimony. They have questioned the methodology of the chief investigator and noted the lack of a body or other physical evidence.

Prosecutors called seven SEALs from the platoon to testify in the court-martial at Naval Base San Diego that started a week ago.

One witness, Corey Scott, a medic, shocked the courtroom last week after he admitted to the killing, saying he plugged the militant’s breathing tube after Gallagher stabbed the boy as an act of mercy because he feared he would be tortured and possibly killed by Iraqi forces if he survived.

Defense attorney Timothy Parlatore told the judge Wednesday that he received an email from the convening authority — the Navy’s chain of command — stating that fellow SEALs who had taken the stand could be prosecuted for earlier acts despite being granted immunity.

The judge, Navy Capt. Aaron Rugh, said those who had testified could only be prosecuted if they lied on the witness stand, and not for any other statements.

“I think it’s pretty clear that those statements can’t be used for any purpose other than perjury that occurred in this courtroom,” Rugh said.

On Tuesday, a computer specialist testified that Gallagher had texted a photo to a comrade in which he clutched the hair of the dead captive in one hand and a knife in the other.

The specialist also linked Gallagher to a text message sent to a comrade that bragged: “Got him with my hunting knife.”

Parlatore called the photos of Gallagher posing with the corpse in poor taste but not criminal. Several of the same SEALs who had testified against Gallagher also posed with the dead body in a platoon photo, he noted.

No blood was found on the knife.

Gallagher, 40, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the case of the prisoner and attempted murder for his alleged shooting of a young girl and elderly man in separate incidents outside Mosul. The defense said the shooting incidents were based on the accounts of one SEAL and one former SEAL who never saw Gallagher pull the trigger.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher in a sniping position in Iraq. (Photo provided) Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher in a sniping position in Iraq. (Photo provided)
Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher in a sniping position in Iraq. (Photo provided)

Fellow defense lawyer Marc Mukasey suggested earlier Tuesday that the lead investigator, a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Joseph Warpinski, befriended witnesses and encouraged them to speak with each other and go after Gallagher in violation of standard investigation practices.

Warpinski acknowledged making some mistakes in the hundreds of text messages he exchanged with witnesses, but denied making friends with them or encouraging them to discuss the case to get their stories straight or to target the chief. He said he had to build rapport with members of the insular special forces community to earn their trust and cooperation.

Mukasey also suggested Warpinski had not asked pertinent questions of witnesses, such as the cause of death of the captive fighter and why Gallagher, an 18-year veteran and trained corpsman, would suddenly kill a patient he was treating for battle wounds.

Scott testified that he thought the patient would have survived the stabbing, despite previously telling the prosecution his life could not have been saved.

Associated Press reporters Christopher Weber and Brian Melley contributed from Los Angeles.

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Criminal Minds And Star Trek: Discovery Stars Just Joined Showtime's Penny Dreadful Sequel – Cinema Blend

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The Penny Dreadful spinoff continues to build its cast. This time, with an array of talent joining the horror series and previously announced stars Nathan Lane and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. The new stars hail from Criminal Minds to Star Trek: Discovery and beyond. Here are the latest actors to join the ensemble.

For some background, the Penny Dreadful spinoff will take place in Los Angeles circa 1938. It will center on Detective Tiago Vega (Fear the Walking Dead’s Daniel Zovatto). Tiago becomes ensconced in investigating a grotesque murder that sends the city reeling in shock.

Powerful forces are at play, and they threaten to tear Tiago and his family apart. The series is entitled Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Now that you are up on the show’s premise, it is time to get into these castings.

Among the new additions is Criminal Minds’ Adam Rodriguez, who plays Luke Alvez on the CBS series. The actor’s long-running show has finished filming its final season and Rodriguez has already found his TV follow-up. He has signed on for the recurring role of Raul Vega on the Penny Dreadful spinoff, per TVLine.

Adam Rodriguez’s Raul is the oldest son in the Vega family and therefore the big brother of the lead character, Tiago. As a union leader, Raul is described as “righteous,” as well as an “advocate for his people.” Using his wisdom, he tries his best to be a father figure to his younger brother.

Also joining the cast is Star Trek: Discovery’s Ethan Peck. Peck played Spock in the second season of the CBS All Access series. While fans wonder whether Spock will ever be back on the series, they do not have to wonder about Peck’s upcoming television role. He is headed to the Penny Dreadful spinoff as Herman Ackermann.

Ethan Peck’s Ackerman is the second-in-command at the German American Bund organization. Ackerman is said to have a “personal magnetism” that combined with his “aggressive politics” and “heated rhetoric” create tension within the group. On a related note, original Penny Dreadful actor, Rory Kinnear (The Creature), will star in a new role in the spinoff. He will play the leader of the group that Ackerman is in, per TVLine.

Fresh from playing Jace Herondale on the fan favorite Shadowhunters, Dominic Sherwood has also found his next role via Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Sherwood has signed on to star as a chauffeur and bodyguard named Kurt. He works for Richard Goss. More on Goss in a minute. Kurt is described as coming from a “surprising background” and possessing an “unexpected depth.”

Signing on for Penny Dreadful after Shadowhunters keeps him genre adjacent. The Freeform series also featured horror elements, and Dominic Sherwood previously starred in Vampire Academy. It is safe to say that the Penny Dreadful spinoff will arguably go more hardcore than that movie or the Freeform show.

Since we are on Dominic Sherwood’s Kurt, let’s transition into the casting of his boss. That would be Richard Goss, who will be played by Dracula’s Thomas Kretschmann. Goss is a mysterious German aristocrat and architect. He is said to have “grand plans” for Los Angeles’ future. In related news, he also has disturbing City Hall connections.

Speaking of Los Angeles politics, Mad Men’s Michael Gladis (he played Paul Kinsey) will star as the ambitious Councilman Charlton Townsend. He is a powerful man. The head of the Los Angeles City Council’s Transportation Committee, Townsend is said to be armed with “killer instincts” and “ruthless political wiles.”

Rounding out the fresh round of casting is Feed the Beast’s Lorenza Izzo. She will star as the sister of a pivotal player in the Penny Dreadful spinoff. Early in the casting process, Natalie Dormer, who played Margery Tyrell on Game of Thrones was cast as the demoness, Magda. Izzo will play her sister, Santa Muerte, the Angel of Holy Death.

I recall Lorenza Izzo giving an intense turn in the Knock, Knock remake, so this should be pretty interesting for her to play. There is a murder mystery edge to the Penny Dreadful spinoff. Something that new cast member, Adam Rodriguez, is familiar with playing on Criminal Minds. Whether his character’s story will directly intersect with the core murder mystery is, well, a mystery.

It will not be one forever. Production on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is set to commence later this year. When it does premiere, it will do so on Showtime. To pass the time, enjoy what summer television has to offer.

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Gigi Hadid says she has rights to paparazzi photos with an argument that threatens to change the way Instagram reposting works (FB)

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  • Gigi Hadid is fighting a copyright infringement lawsuit alleging she posted a paparazzi photo on her Instagram that she didn’t have the rights to use.
  • Hadid’s team says she has rights to the photo because she contributed to it by smiling and posing for the camera.
  • The “fair use” argument threatens to affect the legality around using the Instagram reposting feature for both celebrities and fan accounts.
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Model Gigi Hadid is fighting a copyright infringement lawsuit over an Instagram photo she posted by arguing she has rights to the picture by posing and smiling for the photographer.

A paparazzi agency sued Hadid in January for copyright infringement involving a photo the model shared to her more than 48 million followers on Instagram. The lawsuit alleges Hadid doesn’t have rights to the photo, and that she posted the photo to her social media in violation of the photographer’s copyright claims.

However, Hadid’s lawyers say the model does have rights to the photo because she contributed to it: She posed and smiled for the camera, chose her outfit, and even cropped the picture before posting it. Hadid is arguing that because of that, the image is fair use, and she didn’t need to obtain permission to use the photo.

The photo in question has since been deleted from Instagram, but it reportedly showed Hadid posing in a denim outfit on the street in New York City.

Pictures of high-profile celebrities, singers and actors are highly covered shots that can rake in hundreds of thousands for well-placed photographers.

Hadid’s argument has the potential to affect the way both celebrities, and their fans, share paparazzi photos online. Making coveted celebrity photos “fair use” would open the field for who can repost certain photos, and could potentially breathe new light into popular fan accounts that have thus far been limited in what they can post because of copyright claims.

It’s the reason why Kim Kardashian said in February that she hired her own personal photographer to take images of her that she has the full rights to, and that her fans could repost on social media without fear of copyright laws.

Hadid has been sued before for copyright infringement for sharing a photo without paparazzi permission, and she isn’t the only one: Ariana Grande, Khloé Kardashian, 50 Cent, and Jennifer Lopez have all been recently sued recently for posting paparazzi images to social media.

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