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Yep, There’s A Donald Trump Connection To ‘Suicide Squad’

This is Steven Mnuchin. Donald Trump just named him finance chair of his presidential campaign.

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It is this man’s job to raise as much money as possible for Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Mnuchin recently told Bloomberg that his operation expects to raise $1 billion.

Mnuchin also happens to be one of the executive producers of “Suicide Squad,” DC Comics’s latest cinematic effort.

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In other words, someone who is raising a lot of money so that Donald Trump can become president would financially benefit if “Suicide Squad” makes a lot of money.

If a film hopes to be successful at the box office, it needs to capture the Latino audience. Latinos go to the movies. A LOT.

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“Hispanics are far and away the most important consumer at our cinemas,” National Association of Theatre Owners CEO John Fithian has said.

The people behind “Suicide Squad” know this. That’s why they send the film’s stars to appear on shows like Univision’s “Despierta America.”

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To be clear, this isn’t meant to tell you that you shouldn’t see “Suicide Squad.” You’re grown-ass people capable of making your own choices.

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You love superhero movies, which means that your mind is pretty much made up on this matter. And that’s OK. It doesn’t make you a bad person. You want to see Margot Robbie play Harley Quinn. You’re curious to see how Jared Leto does as the Joker, and how it compares to Heath Ledger’s and/or Jack Nicholson’s performances. You’re probably mildly annoyed about Diablo, the cholo character that *SPOILER ALERT* accidentally kills his wife and kid because he can’t control his anger.

But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t change the fact that someone who wants Donald Trump to be president will likely make money off of you.

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This doesn’t mean that you paying money to go see “Suicide Squad” is the same as endorsing Donald Trump, nor does it mean that the Trump campaign will actually be getting your money. It’s just stating this very simple truth: Steven Mnuchin, who will raise millions and millions of dollars to try to elect a candidate who secured the Republican nomination by saying racist things, could make money if “Suicide Squad” does well at the box office.

Hopefully it’s worth it.


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There’s A Major Update About The ‘Avatar’ Movie Sequel And It Will Seriously Send You To The Moon

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There’s A Major Update About The ‘Avatar’ Movie Sequel And It Will Seriously Send You To The Moon

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If you’re a fan of the 2009 film “Avatar” by James Cameron, you’re likely a little over movie updates promising you that it will hit theaters soon.

In December 2009, the film smashed box office records and wrangled in a total of $2.7 billion worldwide. Soon after, Cameron revealed his plans for unleashing several sequels that would surmount the technological groundbreaker, and we were beyond elated. Which brings us to 2020.

For a literal DECADE, we’ve seen the film’s release date pushed further and further away from us and the current COVID-19 pandemic has put the fate of the franchise’s future up in the air once again.

Still, recent updates are giving us hope and some insight into what to expect.

Recently, the official Avatar Twitter account posted a new behind-the-scenes photo of Avatar 2 actors.

The new post features Zoe Saldana alongside Sam Worthington. Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet. If you’re a TRUE fan of Avatar you’ll know that the upcoming sequels will feature an underwater world. The latest reveal from the Twitter account gave us a pretty fun hint at what the work going into that will look like. After all, the film’s performance capture scenes that are taking place underwater are a cinematic first!

“From the set of the sequels: Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, and Cliff Curtis taking a break from underwater performance capture for a quick photo,” the official Avatar movie account tweeted shared in a tweet from last week. “Fun fact: Much of the performance capture took place in this 900,000-gallon tank, built specifically for the sequels.”

Saldana, Afro-Latina Sci-Fi Queen, will reprise her role as Neytiri in the new series.

She is set to play alongside Worthington who will return as Jake Sully. Actress Kate Winslet joins the cast as the new character Ronal, and Curtis will play a new lead role.

Production for the first Avatar sequel was shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In May, Deadline announced that production was picked back up in New Zealand. The decision was made because the country has new health and safety production protocols concerning COVID-19. “The country’s lockdown has been gradually eased in recent weeks and further significant relaxation is expected next week, including the permission for gatherings of up to 100 people. Domestic travel and office work is also due to resume,” Deadline reported in a piece about the sequel’s relocation. “The country has restricted international travel and required arrivals to quarantine for a period of time so the teams behind major international productions may need to wait a while longer but the path to a return is becoming clearer.”

After Avatar 2 is released on Dec. 17, 2021!!!

And the fun won’t stop there. Three more Avatar movies are expected to debut in 2023, 2025 and 2027. All featuring Saldana.

The New Mel Gibson Movie Is The ‘Tone-Deaf’ Portrayal Of A Puerto Rico Hurricane We Did Not Ask For

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The New Mel Gibson Movie Is The ‘Tone-Deaf’ Portrayal Of A Puerto Rico Hurricane We Did Not Ask For

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We’ll need to take a trip down memory lane for this one.

In the late 2000s to early 2010s, Mel Gibson’s career was tanking thanks to a series of controversies that were related to his homophobic, racist, and antisemitic outbursts.

In 2006, the Oscar-winning actor had been convicted of drunk driving and it had been reported that during the arrest he unleashed a “barrage of anti-Semitic remarks.” During his arrest, he accused Jewish people of being “responsible for all the wars in the world.” In July 2010, a leaked phone call between Gibson and his then-partner Oksana Grigorieva had revealed that he’d suggested that if she got “raped by a pack of n******”, it would be her fault. At the time, Gibson was barred from coming near Grigorieva or their daughter due to a domestic violence-related restraining order.

And yet, in 2020, it seems all is forgiven and Lionsgate has so wiped the racist, homophobic, and sexually abusive comments from their memory that they decided to crown him a hero.

Gibson is set to star in a heist film featuring minorities as criminals and himself as the white savior.

Recently it was announced that Mel Gibson will star in a film that features a hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico. “Force of Nature” stars Gibson as a “retired officer refusing to leave his apartment even as a category-five hurricane begins to hit Puerto Rico.” The twist? Gibson’s character is out to stop a group of local men planning to steal $55m during the catastrophe.

Seems kind of right up the alley of Alt-right men…

Soon after the trailer dropped users on Twitter were quick to slam its premise calling it “tone-deaf” and disrespectful.”

While the new film doesn’t reference the devastation of Hurricane Maria specifically, many were offended by the decision of the production company, Lionsgate, behind the film to produce it in Puerto Rico and make the islanders the villains in poor taste.

“It’s outright disrespectful to the people who went through the traumatic experience that was Hurricane Maria, for Mel Gibson and any Hollywood company to come to Puerto Rico and make a movie where the islanders are the bad guys, and he and the white people are the good guys,” one user tweeted in response to the film.

“So I just saw that Mel Gibson is trending and why… ” another user tweeted. “Dude, if you’re going to do a movie about PR being hit by Cat. 5 hurricane, could actually make it something meaningful, revolving around Boricuas that had to suffer through that kind of disaster, and not whatever this shit is?”

Many were quick to describe the film as exploitive.

Even if the film wasn’t exploitive, it is, it’s certainly a completely tone-deaf mess.

Check it out now.