Shortly after having unveiled Jared Leto’s take on the Joker, director David Ayer unveiled now the rest of the costumed Suicide Squad through Twitter. The upcoming DC Comics based feature film is certainly gaining some momentum. From left to right, the characters pictured on the leaked image are Slipknot (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). After Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are launching an entire series of new movie characters with Suicide Squad.
Asian share markets got off to a sluggish start on Monday in a packed week for global economic news that is book ended by the U.S. jobs report, a key input into the Federal Reserve's decision on when to start lifting rates. Australian stocks were a fraction lower on concerns over bank earnings while South Korea's main index inched up 0.2 percent. The HSBC/Markit PMI for South Korea set an ill omen, falling to a six-month trough of 48.8 in April.
Obviously, this generation is entirely too consumed in social media and technology, to the point that we didn’t even see this one coming. Star of the hit Netflix series, Orange Is The New Black, Taylor Schilling didn’t hold her tongue on the topic in the new June issue of ELLE Canada. Schilling expresses that the internet only makes you feel more alone, depending on likes and comments from others about your lifestyle is not the direction for true happiness.
“There is something so sad about going online and seeing almost everyone shouting ‘Notice me, notice me!’ Which is such a human desire—to be acknowledged,” she says. “But me responding to that with some sort of ‘You’re noticed, you’re seen’ only perpetuates the loneliness. Because I’m not seeing you; I’m not noticing you.”
Schilling, 30, believes that validation should not be dependent on social media. Does she have a point? Ladies lets rewind and think about it here – How many time’s have you gone shopping and thought about how many likes you’d get on Instagram with this? Be honest because that’s the problem. Taylor went on in to explain that people on social media sites are not being truthful and she’d rather live in the real world than in these platforms.
“It has almost become a defiant thing at this point because I do not believe this celebrity Kim Kardashian culture is what I signed up for,” she tells the magazine. “I’d rather create something honest than try to create something for a social-media account.”
It’s very unlikely to run into someone without a social media profile regardless of what site. She explains that it takes more courage to be real online than in real life.
“It takes a lot of bravery to be authentic and honest and to take that social mask off in order to connect with another human being. So much of what makes us who we are is smoothed away online. And what truly connects us is the wrinkles, not the smoothness.”
Would you dare putting a photo up where everything wasn’t On Fleek ? Taylor Schilling may be hitting the nail right on the head.
The AFP commissioner, Andrew Colvin, and deputy commissioners Mike Phelan and Leanne Close discuss the force’s controversial role in the case, which culminated in the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran last week
WAWARSING, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — State police say three congregants of a Brooklyn church were killed Sunday morning as the van they were riding in collided with a tractor-trailer in Ulster County, New York.
State police said around 10:30 a.m. the van carrying seven people collided with the tractor-trailer as it attempted to enter Route 209 from Nevele Drive in Wawarsing.
Three passengers were killed, and the driver and one passenger were airlifted to Westchester Medical Center for treatment. The remaining two passengers and the truck driver suffered minor injuries and were taken to Ellenville Hospital for treatment, police said.
The occupants of the van had been attending a religious retreat at the Honors Haven Resort in Ellenville, police said.
Authorities have not identified the three victims or the church.
Police said the accident remains under investigation.
Perhaps there’s been a more underwhelming marquee bout in boxing history than Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, but you’d be hard-pressed to think of any in recent memory. At least Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson had a knockout.
Mayweather coasted to a unanimous-decision victory, taking it 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 on the judges’ scorecards, per HBO Boxing.
Heading into the fight, it seemed like Mayweather and Pacquiao still had enough left in the tank to put on a great show despite both being in their mid-to-late 30s. Neither has noticeably declined, and on The Ring‘s pound-for-pound rankings, Mayweather and Pacquiao sit first and third, respectively.
By the time the final bell rang in the 12th round, it was abundantly clear that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao had long since passed its sell-by date. Mayweather completely dictated the tempo of the fight, and Pacquiao was powerless to stop his movement around the ring and constant clinches.
It played out like seemingly every other Mayweather fight, which is to say that the fans in attendance and those who purchased the pay-per-view didn’t exactly get their money’s worth. Tyson was one of many who felt the event failed to live up to the hype:
Almost from the opening bell, Pacquiao looked out of his depth. He was never going to match Mayweather’s speed, but the expectation was that his constant offensive barrage and punching power might help to slow down the unbeaten champion.
Instead, Mayweather danced around the ring, completely throwing Pacquiao off his game and rendering his strength advantage useless. Mayweather’s style may not make for great theater, but nobody can argue with its efficacy.
Mayweather even managed to outpunch Pacquiao, which seemed like an impossibility going into Saturday. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated provided the CompuBox numbers, and it wasn’t even close:
Pacquiao had an opening in the fourth round as he connected with a couple of significant blows. In retrospect, that round arguably illustrated the gulf between him and Mayweather.
Pac-Man probably hit Mayweather with his best stuff, and it did little beyond stunning Money for a split-second and sending him against the ropes with his gloves up. The loss of Pacquiao’s knockout power was never more evident than on Saturday night.
Having seen Pacquiao’s best stuff, Mayweather then reverted right back into his defensive shell and sucked the life out of the fight. He exerted more and more control that by the time the ninth round arrived, the final outcome felt inevitable.
After the fight, Pacquiao revealed that he had suffered a shoulder injury during training that limited his effectiveness in the ring.
“It’s part of the game,” he said, per ESPN.com. “I don’t want to make alibis or complain or anything, [but] it’s hard to fight one-handed.”
Maybe things would have gone differently if Pacquiao was 100 percent for Saturday’s fight. However, it’s not like his performance was out of the ordinary. He has aged less gracefully than Mayweather, and his last knockout victory came in 2009.
Mayweather is simply the better fighter.
The one-sided nature of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao would seemingly eliminate any need for a rematch. The demand might be somewhat high, though, and money talks.
With that said, why would anyone expect a return bout to go any differently?
Mayweather will be remembered for winning this fight, even though this fight will not be remembered. There will be no Mayweather-Pacquiao II, no further collaboration between HBO and Showtime, two competing networks that make the interactions between the Montagues and the Capulets look civil by comparison. Mayweather and Pacquiao will go their separate ways, and they should: As much as everyone wanted to see it happen, no one wants to see that again.
Ultimately, it’s good that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao happened, even if it was a few years too late and a largely dull affair. It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.
Maybe we should temper expectations for boxing’s next superfight.
God wants us to be sincere. He makes this point very clear. He wants us to have a “sincere heart” (Ephesians 6:5), a “sincere mind” (2 Peter 3:1), a “sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5), a “sincere wisdom” (James 3:17), a “sincere devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3), and a “sincere brotherly love” for other Christians (1 Peter 1:22).
So what does “sincere” mean? The English word has its origin in Latin, though etymologists have a few different theories as to the root words. Here is the one I find most convincing:
The English word sincere comes from two Latin words: sine (without) and cera (wax). In the ancient world, dishonest merchants would use wax to hide defects, such as cracks, in their pottery so that they could sell their merchandise at a higher price. More reputable merchants would hang a sign over their pottery — sine cera (without wax) — to inform customers that their merchandise was genuine. (Taking Hold of God, 69–70)
It is a powerful illustration and, I think, gets closest to what the biblical authors meant: let your heart, mind, faith, wisdom, devotion and love be genuine, the real thing, “without wax.”
Hard to Live Without Wax
We all know insincerity when we see it. Most of really don’t like it when we see it in others. And we roundly condemn misleading marketing by mendacious merchants.
But most of us also find it hard to fully live “without wax” ourselves. I know this by observation and experience. I know it mainly because I know me. I am a clay jar (2 Corinthians 4:7) — and one that is quite flawed. And my sin-nature is a mendacious marketing merchant. It does not want you or anyone else to see my defects. It wants to hide the defects behind a deceptive wax and sell you a better version of me than is real.
Multiply me by about seven billion, and you get a real waxy mess of a world. The serpent gave Eve the “wax treatment” in the garden, and we’ve been “waxing” our wares for each other ever since.
The Gospel for Waxers
But Jesus came to transform selfish self-sellers like us into sincere lovers of others. He came to cleanse us dishonorable jars and transform us into honorable jars (2 Timothy 2:20–21). On the cross, as Jesus became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), all wax was removed and our sin was revealed for what it really is: death and destruction. And then he took these sins away (1 John 3:5).
This means that Christians have nothing left to hide. We have no reason to wax ourselves to impress others. No, the one we want others to be impressed with is Jesus. And Jesus, in all his glorious genuineness, covers our sins in such a way that we don’t wax them over (Romans 4:7) and our weaknesses serve to show how gloriously powerful he is (2 Corinthians 12:9–10). Our insincere wax would simply cover up his glory.
Isn’t that good news? We can put the wax away!
But our remaining, prideful sin-nature does not want to put the wax away. It wants to dress up the grace of Christ with the wax of self-exaltation and promotion. So we will be repeatedly tempted to rub a little wax on our Facebook post, or why we’re running late, or why the assignment didn’t get done, or why we lost our temper, or how old we are, or how much we know, or what’s really the condition of our heart. But let us not listen to our mendacious marketing merchant sin-nature.
Instead, let us seek to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit” (Philippians 2:3) and to love each other with a “sincere brotherly love” (1 Peter 1:22). Let us be real so that the reality of Jesus can be most clearly seen in us.
Writer and Director David Ayer released the image of the whole crew on Twitter on Sunday, and we have to say, Margot’s Harley Quinn is by far the stand out — she’s conveying so much character in one still image!
Suicide Squad also stars Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney and is scheduled to hit theaters in 2016!