Consumer Reports warns Samsung’s Note 7 ‘recall’ isn’t official

After releasing what many pundits consider the best phone around, Samsung recalled the Note 7 after it started straight-up exploding. Consumer Reports says that’s not good enough.

Though Samsung is voluntarily taking Note 7 handsets back, Consumer Reports notes it’s not an actual recall. From its report:

Samsung said on Friday it had stopped selling the Note7, and would replace models that consumers had already purchased. But the company’s action was not an official recall, which would have involved the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and would have made it illegal to sell the phones. Consumer Reports shoppers checked multiple retailers Friday morning, and found the phone for sale at some of them.

If Samsung was initiating the recall process, its first step would be to immediately report any issues to the CPSC. According to the Consumer Product Safety Act, two of the criteria for reporting are if the product “contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard,” or “creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death.” The CPSC would then evaluate these reports and determine if corrective action is required. The agency also works with companies to determine the scope, hazard, and remedy, and makes recommendations.

An official recall would lay out steps for consumers to take with their Note 7s; much like a recall for a faulty car part details how owners should proceed to have it fixed.

The issue with a smartphone recall is many consumers would have no way of communicating while out and about, and possibly at home. To make us whole again, Samsung would likely have to issue loaner handsets while the Note 7 issue was being remedied.

With its low failure rate — about 35 in every one million handsets actually burn up — the Note 7 recall is unprecedented. Unfortunately, in addition to not issuing a full-on recall, Samsung also didn’t pull the handset from store shelves. Consumer Reports says many retailers and carriers are still selling the Note 7.

Stephen Lang Talks Avatar 2 Delay

Just like Titanic and the first Avatar before it, Avatar 2 is another James Cameron movie that has been constantly delayed. It was originally set for release way back in 2013. But it has now since been pushed to December 2018, nearly a decade after the original debuted in 2009. Villain Stephen Lang is set to reprise his villain role as Colonel Miles Quaritch, a job that is keeping him from becoming Cable in Deadpool 2. In a recent interview with Aint It Cool News, Lang confirmed that the movie will begin shooting early in 2017 to make it’s intended release date. He had this to say about the delay.

“Yeah, the reading of things. We’re getting there. We’re in good shape. We’ll be starting certainly early in the new year. But you know, the thing is, as you can imagine with a film like Avatar, it’s not like the work hasn’t been going on. The design, the production design, the various worlds, and creatures and environments, that’s all being worked on.”

Stephen Lang is quick to acknowledge that James Cameron and his Avatar team have been working on the sequel since the original opened six years ago. And it almost sounds like the actors are an over site. Perhaps, the ensemble cast, which will include returning actors Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver is the least of James Cameron’s problems. It sounds like most of their scenes will be shot as motion-capture against green screen. Lang goes onto say this about the production.

“That’s what he’s done, he creates problems in which he then needs to invent a technology and a new way to do it, and I believe that’s part of the quite perverse joy for him in this is creating these seemingly insurmountable problems, and then bringing aboard people who can be helpful and say, “This is what we’ve got to do.” So it’s a massive effort, but I have every expectation because I’m pretty intimately aware of what’s going. It’s going to be an absolute joy to behold.”

Avatar 2 is coming in December 2018, Avatar 3 will arrive two years later in 2020, and then Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 are arriving back-to-back in 2022 and 2023. While Stephen Land is confirmed to return in Avatar 2, his overall fate in the franchise is not known, and it isn’t clear if he’ll be back for all of these sequels. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more Avatar 2 news breaks. Hopefully, the movie doesn’t get delayed any further.

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New Thor: Ragnarok Costumes Revealed in Latest Set Photos

Since it began shooting on July 4 this summer, we’ve been inundated with a tsunami of Thor: Ragnarok set photos and behind-the-scenes video. Just a few weeks ago, we saw Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston traipsing around Brisbane, Australia, with the streets made up to look like New York City. The actors were draped in cloaks that protected their new superhero costumes from prying eyes. Now, more set photos give us a clear look at what kind of alternations have been made to these iconic getups.

It should come as no surprise that these Norse Gods are getting an upgraded look in Thor 3. With every Marvel movie comes a slight character revamp, helping to keep audiences interested and to sell more toys and action figures. Altering the costumes also allows the designers to figure out better ways to make these sometimes bulky suits of superhero armor more comfortable for the actor involved. And sometimes, the alterations even serve the story, especially when it comes to Tony Stark and his Iron Man upgrades. Here, Thor and Loki get even more immersed in the Asgardian culture.

Also included in these new photos is Sir Anthony Hopkins, who reprises his role as Odin in the movie. Earlier set photos showed that he was now posing as a homeless man on the streets of NYC. Here, he is back in a more traditional get-up, his eyepatch firmly in place. These photos come courtesy of Twitter, but had earlier appeared on various other social media before being pulled down by Marvel Studios. Fans were too quick, and they spread throughout Twitter like wildfire. The other person in the photos has been identified as Juan Miguel, who was previously seen hanging out with Hopkins on the Brisbane set.

All in all, Loki’s costume is not that much different from the last time we saw him in Thor: The Dark World. Though, it appears his clothes are much more casual and less royal than previous incarnations of the green suit. Thor’s new costume on the other hand is very different from what has come before it. And it fits inline with the Planet Hulk storyline that has been rumored, and the fact that he will square off against the green goliath in a gladiator match. At Comic-Con, Hulk’s gladiator armor was put on display for everyone to see.

Two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Carol, Cinderella) joins Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok as the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, along with Jeff Goldblum (the upcoming Independence Day: Resurgence, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jurassic Park) who joins the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson (Creed, Selma) who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban (Star Trek trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King) who will add his might to the fray as Skurge. Rounding out the cast for the film is three-time Oscar-nominee Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight, The Kids Are All Right, Foxcatcher), reprising his role of Bruce Banner/the Hulk from Marvel’s The Avengers and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Thor’s new cast members join returning stars Chris Hemsworth (Rush, In the Heart of the Sea, Ghostbusters) in the title role for the fifth time; Tom Hiddleston (Crimson Peak, The Night Manager, Kong: Skull Island) as Thor’s adversarial, adopted brother, Loki; Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Idris Elba (The Dark Tower, Luther, Beasts of No Nation) as the Asgardian sentry, Heimdall; and Academy Award-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Nixon, Hitchcock) again portraying Odin, Ruler of Asgard.

Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of Marvel’s popular Norse Super Hero, is directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi (Two Cars, One Night, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople). Kevin Feige will produce the film, joined by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee. Production is slated to begin this summer, with Marvel setting a November 3, 2017 release date for Thor: Ragnarok.

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