Now let's look at the box office from over the weekend via THENUMBERS.COM:
|(1)||Black Panther: Wakanda Forever||Walt Disney||$45,583,904||-31%||4,258||-138||$10,705||$367,471,452||3|
|2||N||Strange World||Walt Disney||$12,151,384||4,174||$2,911||$18,855,156||1|
|3||N||Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery||Netflix||$9,200,000||696||$13,218||$13,300,000||1|
|5||(2)||The Menu||Searchlight …||$5,478,956||-39%||3,228||+17||$1,697||$18,944,605||2|
|6||(4)||Black Adam||Warner Bros.||$3,255,486||-29%||2,664||-708||$1,222||$162,836,860||6|
|8||(-)||Bones and All||United Artists||$2,258,562||+1,767%||2,727||+2,722||$828||$3,763,099||2|
|9||(5)||Ticket to Paradise||Universal||$1,863,860||-42%||2,238||-1,030||$833||$65,087,250||6|
TICKET TO PARADISE will not be making $100 million. Told you Julia Roberts didn't have the staying power of Sandra Bullock. As I noted last week:
"Told you TICKET TO PARADISE didn't have legs. George Clooney isn't likeable. Any money the film brought in was thanks to Julia Roberts. But Julia, especially all these years after PRETTY WOMAN, is not Sandra Bullock. She's burned too many bridges with the public. She's the best thing about the movie but it likely won't even see $70 million at the box office. It could have gone to $100 million but that depended on people like her co-star. Channing Tatum, Richard Gere. anyone like that and it would have been a blockbuster. "
I can't get that paragraph to bold so I'm just putting quotation marks around it -- oh great, now things start bolding.
SHE SAID is a bomb and deserves to be. Never got a chance to note the piece we did last week at THIRD:
I enjoyed doing that roundtable and wish the four of us would do more of them on films.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Chasten Buttigieg hit back at Tucker Carlson after the Fox News host bizarrely chastised his husband, out Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, for “lying” about his sexuality.
Pete Buttigieg “always wants to talk about identity!” Carlson squawked last week on his show as the chyron blared, “PETE: ANTI-GAY VICTIMHOOD NARRATIVE? COUNT ME IN.”
“He hid that! And then lied about it for reasons he has never been asked to explain,” Carlson said excitedly, as if he had never heard of the concept of coming out. Pete Buttigieg came out as gay in 2015 when he was the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. “Why not?”
While talking to CNN’s Don Lemon, Chasten Buttigieg explained using small words that “my husband served under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the policy that banned gay and bisexual servicemembers from serving in the military openly.
“This kind of rhetoric is easy,” he said. “It’s so easy to attack people and to go on your talk show and fire people up about something that’s not actually happening.”
“I love my husband deeply. I know he’s a committed public servant, and he has everyone’s best interests at heart.”
“I just think these people, again, with these megaphones… they have to have a big platform and rather than focusing on real issues, people’s lives, making them better, they’ve decided to focus on hate.”
“I’m grateful that the team continues to dedicate themselves to the organisation and the queer community,” Amir explained to GAY TIMES Magazine in the December 2022 issue. “But my hope for the organisation is that it will just not need to exist one day. I want to live in a world where we don’t have to advocate for queer people. Where we just exist as people and have our rights because we’re humans.”
Sadly, things have not improved for LGBTQ+ people in Iraq since the inception of IraQueer and members of the community continue to face discrimination in the country.
The work Amir started is therefore as important as ever and functions across education, advocacy and direct services by sharing multilingual resources, providing safe housing and engaging with international bodies to advance LGBTQ+ rights.
GAY TIMES Honours sponsored by Meta Quest celebrates the individuals and organisations who have had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ+ people over the past 12 months.
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The new digital edition of GAY TIMES magazine spotlights this year’s winners and is available to read now on the GAY TIMES app, Apple News +, Readly and Flipster.
“The competent authorities have been able to retrieve a first tranche amounting to 182.6 billion Iraqi dinars,” Mr Al Sudani said in a televised speech, surrounded by piles of Iraqi and US banknotes.
He called on those responsible to hand themselves in.
The scandal — revealed last month and labelled the “heist of the century” — involved 3.7 trillion Iraqi dinars ($2.5 billion) fraudulently paid to five companies by the General Commission of Taxes.
The money was paid through 247 cheques between September 9, 2021, and August 11 from the commission's account at the state-run Rafidain Bank.
Since then, an investigation has been under way. A number of government officials and two businessmen have been arrested and some of the money recovered, although no senior politicians have faced official accusations.
The Christians of Iraq are considered to be one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world. The vast majority of Iraqi Christians are indigenous Eastern Aramaic-speaking ethnic Assyrians who claim descent from ancient Assyria, and follow the Syriac Christian tradition. Some are also known by the name of their religious denomination as well as their ethnic identity, such as Chaldo-Assyrians, Chaldean Catholics or Syriacs (see Terms for Syriac Christians). Non-Assyrian Iraqi Christians are largely Arab Christians and Armenians, and a very small minority of Kurdish, Shabaks and Iraqi Turkmen Christians. Most present-day Iraqi Christians are ethnically, linguistically, historically and genetically distinct from Kurds, Arabs, Iranians, Turks and Turkmens (as well as from fellow Syriac Christians in Western Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and South Western Turkey). Regardless of religious affiliation (Assyrian Church of the East, Chaldean Catholic Church, Syriac Orthodox Church, Syriac Catholic Church, Assyrian Pentecostal Church, etc.) the Eastern Aramaic speaking Christians of Iraq and it's surrounds are one genetically homogeneous people. They identify themselves as being a separate people, of different origins and with a distinct history of their own harking back to ancient Assyria and Mesopotamia (see Assyrian continuity and History of the Assyrians). Christian Assyrians also have communities in northeastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, and northwestern Iran as well as in the wider worldwide Assyrian diaspora.
Syriac Christianity was first established in Mesopotamia, and certain subsets of that tradition (namely the Church of the East and its successor churches) were established in northern and central-southern Iraq, and would eventually spread to becoming one of the most popular Christian churches in the Middle East and Fertile Crescent Region, and would spread as far as India and China.
Iraq plays a rich and vital contribution to Christian history, and after Israel, Iraq has the most biblical history of any other country in the world. The patriarch Abraham was from Uruk, in southern Iraq, modern day Nasiriya, and Rebecca was from northwestern Iraq, in Assyria. Additionally, Daniel lived in Iraq most of his life. The prophet Ezekiel was from southern Iraq and his shrine is located there. Shrines of the prophet Jonah and Saint George are also located there, and various other biblical prophets and saints are said to have been originally from there as well. Adam and Eve are also widely thought to have hailed from Iraq, as the biblical Garden of Eden is largely attributed to have been located in southern Iraq.
Prior to the Gulf War in 1991, Christians numbered one million in Iraq. This may be an undercount by half as seen in the 1987 census numbers. The Ba’athist rule under Saddam Hussein kept anti-Christian violence under control but subjected some to "relocation programmes". Under this regime, the predominantly ethnically and linguistically distinct Assyrian people were pressured to identify as Arabs. The Christian population fell to an estimated 800,000 during the 2003 Iraq War.
During the 2013–2017 Iraq War, with ISIS rapidly sweeping through Iraq's western lands, Christian Assyrians and Armenians fled as they feared persecution by the terrorist organisation, as they were to ‘execute’ any person who did not believe in their Sunni sect. Thousands of Iraqi Christians fled to the nation's capital where they found refuge and adequate housing, some of whom have chosen to make Baghdad their new permanent home following the full defeat of ISIS in Iraq. Thousands have also fled to other parts of southern Iraq, such as the Shia-majority city of Najaf which housed thousands of Christians in holy Islamic shrines once they fled from ISIS, which sought to exterminate them. A large population have also returned to their homes en masse following the defeat of ISIS and were able to celebrate Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter in safety with the protection of the Assyrian Nineveh Plain Protection Units and its allies.
The current number of Christians of Iraq is said to be at around 500,000, according to the EU Research Services on minorities in Iraq, although numbers vary from source to source due to the last Iraqi census having taken place more than 30 years ago. A census is scheduled to take place in 2020 in which the numbers of Christians in Iraq will be clarified.
Iraq, Latin Church in Baghdad in 1930s. pic.twitter.com/iJjlfEBaFG— Old Iraqi Pictures (@IraqiPic) July 6, 2017
President Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister Al-Sudani on Monday completely agreed and reiterated that no threat or military action will be allowed from within the borders of Iraq to foreign countries.
"They continue to offer support to refugees and asylum seekers, but no armed groups will be allowed to operate in the Kurdistan Region," the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region said in a statement.
Moreover, Erbil and Baghdad agreed to "work together to protect the security of the borders, and they will also coordinate with neighboring countries and take necessary measures."
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shia’ Al-Sudani reportedly on Monday will visit Iran to discuss mutual relations.
President Nechirvan Barzani ensured that the Kurdistan Region will remain a factor of peace and stability for Iraq, neighboring countries and the region.
According to a joint statement from Iraqi PM Mohammed Shia al-Sudani’s and President Nechirvan Barzani, one of the topics of the meeting focused on discussing security on the Iraqi border areas.
“They emphasized cooperation to protect Iraq's sovereignty, reject repeated violations, and work to prevent using Iraqi territory as a platform for attacking any neighboring country,” the statement read.
The meeting comes as the Kurdistan Region’s borders have become an arena of instability with Turkish bombardment in the north and Iranian drone and missile attacks coming from the east.