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Why Independence Day 2 Is Better Than The Critics Are Saying

 In the days leading up to, and surrounding, the release of Independence Day: Resurgence, there has been a steady stream of disapproval heaped upon the film by critics far and wide. The film currently stands at 34% on Rotten Tomatoes, and only managed to bring in $41.6 million in its first weekend, which is a far cry from its predecessor, which took in $76.9 million when adjusted for inflation. Yet despite the financial and critical signposts, I'm here today to tell you that Independence Day: Resurgence is worth a shot. Before we go any further though, let's refresh your impressions of the new sequel, by watching its trailer.

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Why Playing Katana In Suicide Squad Was So Important To Karen Fukuhara

 With each passing weekend, Suicide Squad looks more and more like a distant oasis in a summer that's a little more barren than some would have hoped. Yet before we know it, we'll see the August blockbuster upon us, and part of the crew coming to rescue entertainment starved audiences is Karen Fukuhara's Katana. And as much as her antics will be just what this summer's movie-goers need, the role of the modern day samurai is just what Fukuhara has been looking for, as it honors her childhood and her heritage.

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Why Ewan McGregor Is Over Being Asked About Star Wars

 Since the successful release of The Force Awakens, Star Wars fandom and mania is the highest its been in years. J.J. Abrams has helped bring a galaxy far, far away to a new generation, and now fans can expect a new Star Wars film to be released every year until Disney decides they're tired. As such, all of the actors who have been attached to the franchise over the years are pretty consistently asked about any plans to return to the universe. One of these actors is Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in all three of the prequel films. And apparently he's not too happy with the questions.

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What To Expect From Suicide Squad, According To Jared Leto

 There is certainly no shortage of superhero films this year. We've already gotten four major hero flicks and the summer has pretty much just started. Luckily, they're all pretty different from each other, both in terms of quality and content. For example, there's the dark Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the lighter Captain America: Civil War _(with _X-Men: Apocalypse falling somewhere in between). But despite their differences, these movies can sometimes feel a little too similar, which is why Deadpool was such a fresh drink of water for viewers. Suicide Squad aims to be fresher than even Deadpool; it's the first time that villains take the spotlight and, according to Joker actor Jared Leto, it makes the movie unique to the genre.

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E-Cigarettes Should Not Be Banned In Public, Medical Experts Warn

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Banning e-cigarettes in public spaces could be "damaging", health officials have said.

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Augmented Eternity: Scientists Aim To Let Us Speak From Beyond The Grave

Would you like a version of yourself to live on after death? A radical new concept called “augmented eternity” could make that fantasy a reality, creating a posthumous impression of our knowledge, opinions and even parts of our personality in digital form.

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Brexit: What Will Happen If Britain Leaves The EU?

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The result itself

Unless the result is very close, we should have a clear idea of whether Britain has voted for Brexit before the official announcement is made in Manchester. This is because individual local authorities will be declaring their results as and when the votes are counted, so we’ll have a good idea of what’s happening up and down the country before an official declaration. This declaration is not expected until about 5am, at the very earliest.

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I Reported Omar Mateen To The FBI. Trump Is Wrong That Muslims Don’t Do Our Part.

Donald Trump believes American Muslims are hiding something. “They know what’s going on. They know that [Omar Mateen] was bad,” he said after the Orlando massacre. “They have to cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad. … But you know what? They didn’t turn them in. And you know what? We had death and destruction.”

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Is The Watch Dogs Movie Still Happening? Here’s What We Know

 Hollywood seems hell-bent on continuing to try and build film franchises out of video game properties. While recent attempts are having a tough time, and more are on the way, some of the titles rumored for the big screen treatment have been MIA for quite some time. However, the game studio behind the upcoming Assassin's Creed film has now reassured us that a film based on the Watch_Dogs (soon to be) series is still on its way.

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Florida Shooting: Why I Quit Social Media, Leaving Behind 50,000 Followers

I used social media pretty well. I strategically built a Twitter following of over 50,000. My LinkedIn has 2500. I kept my Facebook for people I had met, liked and wanted to stay in touch with.

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