Suicide Squad surpasses the $300 million mark domestically


Warner Bros.‘ Suicide Squad remained in second place with $10 million for the three days for a total of $297.4 million after five weeks. The David Ayer-directed comic book adaptation is projected to earn $13.6 million for the four days, which puts it over the $300 million mark domestically. Internationally, Suicide Squad added $11.8 million to take its overseas total to $375.5 million and worldwide total to $672.9 million through Sunday.


Made for $175 million before marketing expenses, Suicide Squad stars Will Smith (Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt), Jai Courtney (Insurgent), Jay Hernandez (Takers), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors), Scott Eastwood (Fury), Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns), Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut.


It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super-Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?


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Why Pamela Anderson’s Bizarre Anti-Porn Crusade Does More Harm Than Good


SOURCE: The Daily Beast


The former sex symbol’s condemnation of porn as the source of men’s bad behavior—including Anthony Weiner’s—is based more on hysteria than facts.


It’s been a summer of strange bedfellows, from Jill Stein and Harambe to co-speechwriters Melania Trump and Michelle Obama. But no unexpected union says “the apocalypse is nigh” quite like actress Pamela Anderson and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s recently assembled anti-porn task force. The orthodox rabbi and former Baywatch star took their message to the masses on Wednesday with an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. If there’s ever been a time to email your grandparents and ask them for their WSJ log-in info, this is it.


The odd couple’s anti-porn argument is pegged to the disgraced Anthony Weiner’s most recent sexting scandal. In addition to disqualifying Weiner from any and all future babysitting gigs, the politician’s self-sabotage has made large, far-reaching waves, as illustrated by this surreal op-ed. Boteach and Anderson approach their incendiary subject matter “from our respective positions of rabbi-counselor and former Playboy model and actress.” From these traditionally disparate vantage points, the co-writers have managed to carve out a shared moral code. They write, “We have often warned about pornography’s corrosive effects on a man’s soul and on his ability to function as husband and, by extension, as father. This is a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays.”Pamela Anderson is an icon of sex and screen—which makes her backward, unsubstantiated opinions on pornography even more disappointing. Let’s take on Boteach and Anderson’s diatribe point by point. The article is based on the assumption that Weiner’s multiple digital infidelities offer incontrovertible proof of the nefarious effects of porn addiction. First of all, this is a conflation of porn addiction and sex addiction. The former is the writers’ cause du jour, while the latter is a condition that media outlets have repeatedly used to diagnose Huma Abedin’s husband. It’s true that Weiner seems to exhibit some of the symptoms of a sex addict; however, sex addiction is scientifically controversial and infamously ill-defined. According to clinical psychologist David Ley, “sex addiction” has been used as a lazy umbrella term, a sort of catch-all diagnosis used to explain away men’s bad behavior. “Calling Anthony Weiner a sex addict is a distraction from the important issues of personal responsibility and mindful choice,” Ley explained. “It’s also a sad form of slut-shaming.”
Porn addiction is an increasingly trendy, oft-cited sex addiction spinoff. It’s most recent star turn came courtesy of the Republican Party’s official platform. According to the platform, which names pornography as a “public health crisis,” it “seems to be for young people, they do not have the discernment and so they become addicted before they have the maturity to understand the consequences.” However, researchers have found that easily accessible pornography isn’t the root of this “addiction”; rather, it’s the religiously charged repetition of the term itself that has manufactured a majority of its victims. According to sex researcher Nicole Prause, “The actual inherent ‘badness’ [of pornography] there’s very little evidence for. Those who identify with no religious orientation or are agnostic don’t have porn addiction. The label and shaming has grown out of religious values and beliefs in the culture.” In other words, the more we talk about porn addiction and condemn porn as inherently sinful, the more sinners will start self-diagnosing.


And while Pamela Anderson certainly isn’t approaching this topic from the same background as the GOP, her opinion piece is unexpectedly conservative, especially coming from a woman who has long been celebrated as an early symbol of sex positivity and female sexual empowerment. Anderson and her rabbinical consultant focus almost exclusively on men, condemning the nefarious effects of pornography on husbands and fathers. “How many families will suffer?” they ask. “How many marriages will implode? How many talented men will scrap their most important relationships and careers for a brief onanistic thrill?” It’s an outdated, gendered take on pornography consumption, and one that is rendered archaic by the article’s own cited statistics: “According to data provided by the American Psychological Association, porn consumption rates are between 50% and 99% among men and 30% to 86% among women.”


Anderson and Boteach even go on to argue, “The ubiquity of porn is an outgrowth of the sexual revolution that began a half-century ago and which, with gender rights and freedoms now having been established, has arguably run its course.” You heard it here first, ladies: The sexual revolution is over, and it was a huge success! The co-writers’ feminist-unfriendly, heteronormative opining is unabashedly focused on traditional family units and heterosexual men, a highly privileged demographic that they would like to convince us is at risk and under siege.


Apparently, these two are campaigning against pornography on behalf of “men who, by any objective measure, have succeeded yet regard themselves as failures… Men who feel marooned in lassitude because they enjoy physical security, who feel bereft and bored even if they are blessed to have the committed love of a wife or girlfriend… Men who believe that cruising the internet for explicit footage of other women or sharing such images of themselves over the remote communication offered by smartphones are risqué but risk-free distractions from the tedium.” This is ridiculous on multiple levels. It’s incredibly difficult to summon sympathy, let alone be moved to action, on behalf of financially solvent, married middle-aged dudes who are simply “bored.” Additionally, it seems like quite a stretch to cite pornography as the source of these men’s unhappiness. Countless male writers have spent their entire lives writing about middle-class, masculine ennui—Pamela Anderson and her rabbinical partner in crime aren’t going to instantaneously diagnose it away. Lastly, it stands to reason that these suburban discontents won’t be on board with Anderson and Boteach’s plot to take away their PornHub.


Of course, Anderson and Boteach’s ultimately trump card is the staple of any family values based argument: the children. Or as the opinion writers call them, “The crack babies of porn.” “In a world where accessible pornography is increasingly ubiquitous,” they argue, “We must educate ourselves and our children to understand that porn is for losers—a boring, wasteful and dead-end outlet for people too lazy to reap the ample rewards of healthy sexuality.” Anderson and Boteach must be referring to the consumers of disgusting, explicit, online pornography—not the classy pinup spreads of yore. Anderson jumpstarted her career as one of Playboy’s most beloved Playmates through her 1989 cover; her Playboy career spanned 22 years, and she boasts more Playboy covers than any other model.


This is not to say that a former Playmate can’t condemn pornography. Past actions shouldn’t necessarily prescribe one’s political or moral positioning. Furthermore, as Anderson herself would likely argue, Playboy centerfolds are tame in comparison to hardcore pornography. Still, Anderson’s op-ed feels like the outdated moralizing of a former sex icon who’s just a little bit out of touch. Anderson has made a career out of selling sex in moderation, for personal profit. From Baywatch to Playboy and back to Baywatch again, Anderson was the iconic blonde bombshell, and an important prototype for deliberately marketed, unabashedly sexy stars like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj. But with this male-centered, sex-shaming finger-wagging, Anderson has revealed an inability to rebrand. Her condemnation of widely accessible porn might be more internet-phobic than anti-sex; a fear of the unknown consequences of evolving technologies. It seems that the commodification and dissemination of sex, a machine that Pam Anderson was once so tapped into, has gone wireless and high speed, passing her by in the process.


Pamela Anderson’s campaign to make porn tame again isn’t totally out of left field. Anderson is known as someone who has profited off of her body and her sex appeal—however, she’s also an early victim of internet pornography, just one of countless women who have been non-consensually exposed on the world wide web. In 1995, a private sex tape of Anderson and her then-husband Tommy Lee was snatched from their home. Due to the legal issues inherent in the dissemination of stolen property, it took two years for the sex tape to go viral. It made an estimated $77 million in less than a year on legitimate sales alone. The public assumed, as one does in the wake of a celebrity sex tape, that the leak was a deliberate ploy for pocket change or publicity. But as Anderson confirmed years later, “I made not one dollar” off of the stolen footage.


In the wake of her infamous sex tape, Anderson and her explicit antics quickly became the butt of the joke. This was years before the mainstreaming of the notions that even a Playmate can be violated, and that posing as a nude model doesn’t mean that your body becomes public property. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee were both victims of a crime, but Anderson undoubtedly paid the higher price, as her status plummeted from icon to punchline. The Baywatch star’s personal experience as an unintentional video vixen might clue us in to the origins of her controversial, anti-porn politics. Then again, as Anderson herself hypothesized in a March interview, “Maybe this was performance art all along.”

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Combichrist Tour and shows with headliners Max and Iggor Cavalera


ATLANTA, Ga. – Norwegian-American electronic hard rock/heavy metal group, Combichrist, has announced a handful of headlining U.S. shows and several “Return to Roots” off-dates with All Hail The Yeti this September/October. 


The North American “Return to Roots” tour, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the legendary Sepultura album Roots to be played in its entirety each night, will kick off on September 12 in Las Vegas. The Black Dahlia Murder, Allegaeon, All Hail The Yeti and Oni join Combichrist and headliners Max and Iggor Cavalera to round out the line-up on select dates. Tickets are on sale now; head over to: for all the info.


“Being able to do this Roots tour is a huge deal for me,” said Combichrist founder and frontman Andy LaPlegua. “That album changed everything for me when it came to music, both in the freedom to mix genres and how I wrote metal riffs. I can’t express how stoked I am about this tour.”


Combichrist is touring in support of its eighth studio album This is Where Death Begins, which released in June on Out of Line Music. An apocalyptic behemoth of guitars, electronica, infernal drums and dark elemental force, This is Where Death Begins was produced by Oumi Kapila (Filter) plus Combichrist’s own Andy LaPlegua and mastered by the legendary Vlado Meller (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slipknot). The 15-track album also features guest vocals from Chris Motionless (Motionless in White) and Ariel Levitan (MXMS).


“I finally feel like we came full circle with this album, considering we’re all from the punk rock, hardcore and metal backgrounds,” commented LaPlegua. “Call it whatever you want, but, for me, it’s industrial metalcore. Every style of music that I have done through the last 25 years has some kind of presence on this album.”


This is Where Death Begins is available now via Out of Line Music on CD, deluxe double-CD, double-vinyl and as a strictly limited fan box containing the double-CD plus an exclusive DVD of the Combichrist performance at the Summer Breeze Festival 2015 in Germany. Purchase This is Where Death Begins in multiple formats on


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Ghost are ‘too funny’ for metal puritans




A Nameless Ghoul says Ghost use blasphemy and humour to entertain fans – tools which he says were historically considered the “craft of the devil”


Metal purists think Ghost are “too funny” to take seriously, according to one of the band’s Nameless Ghouls.


But he explains that in medieval times, humour and laughter were believed by some to be the work of the devil – and hints they also use these tools to “screw” with people.


The Nameless Ghoul tells Live Nation: “A couple of record pressing plants didn’t want to print our previous record. it was not the upside-down cross or anything, it was a vagina. They just couldn’t stand to look at that – that was just too downright blasphemous.


“I do think to a certain degree that we are misunderstood. We started off doing this with the intention of becoming this small horror rock band. It was supposed to be entertaining.


“The more puritan sort of metal people think we’re too funny, or too this or that. We want people to be happy.”


He adds: “We represent humour and happiness. It’s quite commonly known that laughter, satire and humour – at least from a medieval point-of-view – was very much regarded as a craft of the devil.


“I’ve been listening to ‘devil music’ ever since I was a kid. For me it’s so natural, but its rock’n’roll. The tool of the devil is to trick with you to screw with each other.”


Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that Ghost’s upcoming covers EP will help them experiment with the new direction they’re taking for the full-length follow-up to last year’s Meliora. It’s due out later this year.


Ghost North American tour dates 2016
Sep 16: Rochester The Armory, NY
Sep 17: New London Revolution Rock Fest, CT
Sep 18: Chester Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival, PA
Sep 19: Pittsburgh Stage AE, PA
Sep 21: Cleveland Masonic Auditorium, OH
Sep 23: Memphis Minglewood Hall, TN
Sep 24: Fort Worth Texas Munity, TX
Sep 25: Houston Open Air, TX
Sep 27: Tulsa Brady Theater, OK
Sep 28: St Louis The Pageat, MO
Sep 30: Kansas City Midland Theatre, MO
Oct 01: Janesville Sonic Boom, WI
Oct 02: Louisville Louder Than Life Festival, KY
Oct 03: Detroit The Fillmore, MI
Oct 04: Kalamazoo State Theatre, MI
Oct 05: Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre, IA
Oct 07: Denver Paramount Theatre, CO
Oct 08: Salt Lake City The Complex, UT
Oct 09: Missoula The Wilma Theater, MT
Oct 11: Calgary MacEwan Hall, AB
Oct 13: Vancouver The Vogue Theater, BC
Oct 14: Seattle The Moore Theater, WA
Oct 15: Eugene McDonald Theatre, OR
Oct 16: Portland The Roseland Theater, OR
Oct 18: Riverside Municipal Auditorium, CA
Oct 20: Los Angeles The Wiltern, CA
Oct 21: Los Angeles The Wiltern, CA
Oct 22: Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl, NV
Oct 23: Sacramento Discovery Park, CA
Oct 25: Phoenix Comercia Theatre, AZ
Oct 27: Lubbock City Bank Auditorium, TX
Oct 28: San Antonio The Aztec Theater, TX
Oct 31: Little Rock Metroplex, AR
Nov 02: Orlando The Hard Rock, FL
Nov 03: Miami Beach Fillmore Miami Beach, FL
Nov 04: Jacksonville The Florida Theatre, FL
Nov 05: Charlotte The Fillmore, NC
Nov 07: Raleigh The Ritz, NC
Nov 09: Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre, ON
Nov 11: Montreal Metropolis, QC
Nov 12: Brooklyn Kings Theatre, NY

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Illinois man agrees to plead guilty in celebrity hacking case

An Illinois man accused of breaking into the Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts of celebrities to obtain their private photos and videos has agreed to plead guilty to a felony computer hacking charge, prosecutors said on Friday.


Edward Majerczyk, 28, facing up to five years in prison, is the second man charged in a federal investigation into the leaks of nude photos of several Hollywood actresses, including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, in September 2014.


According to a plea agreement signed by Majerczyk, he illegally accessed Apple iCloud and Google Gmail accounts belonging to more than 300 people, using an email “phishing” ploy to obtain their user names and passwords.


Through this scheme, Majerczyk was able to access full iCloud backups belonging to numerous victims, including at least 30 celebrities, many of whom reside in the Los Angeles area, the plea agreement stated.


“Many of these backups contained sensitive and private photographs and videos,” it said.


Under his deal with federal prosecutors, Majerczyk, a Chicago resident, will formally plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Illinois to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.


A 36-year-old Pennsylvania man, Ryan Collins, pleaded guilty in March to the same offense in a case stemming from the same investigation.


Like Collins, federal authorities said they had found no evidence linking Majerczyk to actual public circulation of any of the photos to which he gained access.


While no victims were named in court documents, the investigation began after Lawrence and other celebrities, including actresses Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union and model Kate Upton, complained in interviews about having their private photos end up publicly disseminated online.


A Florida man was sentenced in 2012 to 10 years in prison for hacking into email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera to leak private information and explicit photos. Pop star Taylor Swift said her Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked in January 2015.


More recently, a Bahamian man in New York pleaded guilty in May to charges of hacking into celebrities’ email accounts to steal unreleased movies and television scripts. And a Filipino man was charged last month in New Jersey with running a scheme to hack into the bank and credit card accounts of celebrities.

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