No Bang at the Box Office for `Independence Day` Sequel

One might think that the ideal time to release a big-budget summer sci-fi film would be the Fourth of July weekend, particularly when the movie itself bears the holiday’s name.

Not so this time around for Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

The much-anticipated flick underwhelmed the North American box office over the past weekend, with a lower-than-expected take of $41.6 million.

In a typical summer season, an alien invasion blockbuster-in-waiting would draw in audiences like a high-powered magnet, attracting with ease those in search of some mindless relief and knock-out fun.

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Britain`s Brexit Referendum to Bring Back the Nation-state

by James Hirsen and Paul J. Wright*

The news media in the United States are just beginning to pay attention to an important election, which is scheduled to take place this week in the United Kingdom.

On June 23, 2016, British voters will take to the polling booth to decide whether or not to remain  in the European Union (E.U.).

The electoral process at hand is known as the Brexit referendum, with opposing sides being categorized as the Remain and Leave campaigns.

For a number of significant reasons the intelligent decision would be for Britons to opt in favor of the Leave campaign.

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The Democrat Wall of Hypocrisy

One of the key issues that Donald Trump has brought to light during his presidential campaign run is the need for a wall at the southern border in order to bolster national security and ensure the safety and welfare of our country’s people.

That a nation must have in place a framework with which it can regulate the ingress and egress of individuals across its territorial boundaries is fundamental to the notion of sovereignty and has traditionally been a sound practice of virtually every country in the world.

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Matt Damon and Susan Sarandon Play Polar Opposites

It would be hard to dispute that both Matt Damon and Susan Sarandon are bona fide members of the Hollywood left.

However, the political leanings of the movie stars are presently going in two sharply different directions.

Damon has made it clear that he stands solidly behind Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president, while Sarandon is a passionate supporter of Bernie Sanders’s presidential run.

The divergent views of the two celebrities illustrate the very real and expanding rift that now exists within the predominantly liberal Hollywood community and the current base of the Democratic Party.

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Bad PR Causes Johnny Depp to Tank at the Box Office

Johnny Depp has had a week no one would envy.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has had to deal with the passing of his mother, the end of his marriage, allegations of physical abuse, and now a bomb at the box office.

Amber Heard, Depp’s wife of the past fifteen months, just filed for divorce in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences as grounds to end the marriage. Legal papers were filed three days after the death of Depp’s mother.

The Hollywood couple had met while filming the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary,” were married in a private ceremony in February of 2015, and have no children together.

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Zuckerberg Meeting Damages Facebook Brand

Mark Zuckerberg just made a bad problem worse.

The Facebook founder recently held a public relations-oriented meeting with some of the nation’s leading conservative figures to address the bias that was revealed in the social media site’s Trending Topics section.

The meeting with the reported seventeen conservative notables was said to have lasted approximately one hour.

Despite the participants having been bound by confidentiality agreements and the gathering having been off-limits to the press, a surprising amount of information concerning the meeting has leaked out.

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Movie Star Clooney Attacks Political Star Trump

Back in March of 2016, George Clooney slammed then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The left-handed swipe came in the form of an email pitch that was sent to supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“If you listen to the loudest voices out there today, you’d think we’re a country that hates Mexicans, hates Muslims, and thinks that committing war crimes is the best way to make America great again,” Clooney wrote.

The actor claimed that “the only thing that would prevent America from being great would be to empower these voices.”

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Sanders Supporters May Gravitate toward Trump

Protesters recently took to the streets of the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park.

Contrary to what some may be thinking, the demonstration was not yet another attempt to block an appearance by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Rather, it was a protest that was aimed at disrupting a campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Supporters of Clinton’s Democratic rival Bernie Sanders repeatedly interrupted the Democratic  frontrunner as she attempted to deliver a stump speech to her backers.

Protesters chanted, “She’s not with us,” forcing Clinton to abbreviate her speech to a mere 14 minutes.

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Walking the D.C. Red Carpet at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Ever since the Obamas moved into the White House, the image and ambiance of Washington, D.C. has been transformed.

Apart from the policies put forth by the president that have altered the national landscape, the nation’s capital has slowly turned into Hollywood East.

It is not merely that the press has treated the First Family as if they were A-list movie stars, or that the president and his wife have appeared on more entertainment television programs than all of their predecessors combined, it is the manner in which Washington, D.C. has taken on the attributes of the entertainment capital of the world.

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The Donald Trump-Prince Connection

The public may generally have been unaware that a nexus existed between Donald Trump and the late pop icon Prince; however, this certainly appears to be the case.

There are actually numerous links between the two famed individuals, each of their names having recently been brought up in the media and on the Internet following the unexpected passing of Prince.

Trump himself reacted to the death of beloved music artist by posting a tribute to him on the web.

The GOP front-runner surprised his Twitter followers by releasing a statement that read, “I met Prince on numerous occasions. He was an amazing talent and wonderful guy. He will be greatly missed!”

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