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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Sets Record for Biggest Opening Weekend of All Time

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The second most expensive film of all-time and the nineteenth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Infinity War, is certainly living up to all the hype. Many publications are reporting that the capstone film pitting the Avengers against Thanos had the biggest opening weekend of all time. Domestically, Infinity War surpassed 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its $248 million USD opening by a mere $2 million USD, while its global sales of $630 million USD topples last spring’s The Fate of the Furious and its $542 million USD opening weekend. And that’s without having premiered in China, which is slated for May 11.

According to CinemaBlend.com, Avengers: Infinity War should be the fastest to ever reach $1 billion USD, which is currently set at 12 days by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However it’s hard to say where the numbers will eventually land on the all-time chart, since Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story will be hitting theaters in the coming weeks.

Speaking of Deadpool, star Ryan Reynolds recently offered a congratulations to his Marvel friends.

 

For those that have seen the film, or for those that don’t mind spoilers, watch the post-credit scene from Avengers: Infinity War.

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Kylie Jenner’s Hot Bodyguard Tim Chung Denies He’s Stormi’s Father

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Speaking out. Kylie Jenner’s hot bodyguard, Tim Chung, released a statement via Instagram to deny the rumors that he is the father of the reality star’s baby, Stormi Webster.

“I am a very private person and would normally never answer to gossip and stories that are so ridiculous that they are laughable,” he wrote in a post on Saturday, May 12, after online speculation that Jenner’s 3-month-old daughter with Travis Scott looks like Chung. “Out of deep respect for Kylie, Travis, their daughter together and their families, I would like to set the record straight that my interactions with Kylie and her family have been limited in strictly a professional capacity only.”

He added: ”There is no story here and I ask that the media no longer include me in any narrative that is incredibly disrespectful to their family.”

TMZ caught up with Chung on Thursday, May 10, outside a nightclub in West Hollywood and asked him about the paternity rumors. After the question, he smiled, laughed and said: “I can’t answer that.”

Tim Chung, Kylie Jenner, Bodyguard, Stormi, Travis Scott
The statement comes after the Life of Kylie star’s fans flooded social media with side by side photos of Chung and Stormi to point out the resemblance they saw between them. Some said that they believed the bodyguard, who is also a model, was the child’s real father and not the “Butterfly Effect” rapper, 26.

Fans have also been gushing about the bodyguard’s good looks. One Twitter user wrote: “Whoooo is Kylie Jenner’s bodyguard AND WHY IS HE SO FINE.” Another added: “Sorry I was late to work, I was busy reading about Kylie Jenners bodyguard on twitter.”

The makeup mogul and her boyfriend welcomed Stormi on February 1. After months of keeping a low profile on social media and in the public eye, the reality star announced their baby’s arrival with a post on Instagram. “Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering, and life changing experience I’ve had in my entire life and I’m actually going to miss it,” she wrote on February 4. “I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could. … I’ve never felt love and happiness like this i could burst! Thank you for understanding.”

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Deadpool apologizing to David Beckham is the best thing you’ll see all day

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We’re in the final stretch, Deadpool fans. The movie we’ve all been waiting for will soon be released. That’s right, the sequel is almost upon us, which means it’s time to watch even more hilarious Deadpool shenanigans. After teaming up with Celine Dion for an amazingly hilarious music video, Deadpool now hired David Beckham to promote the upcoming Deadpool 2 movie. Also, to apologize.

In the first Deadpool movie, Deadpool insults the former soccer player in one of the film’s hilarious scenes. “You ever heard David Beckham speak?” Deadpool says. “It’s like he mouth-sexed a can of helium.”

Beckham is watching that particular scene in the new clip when a deluge of Deadpool apologies assault him. First it’s text messages, and when those don’t work, Deadpool himself comes to Beckham’s home.

When all else fails, Ryan Reynolds, in full Deadpool gear and with a soccer t-shirt on top, offers Beckham tickets to the upcoming World Cup. The fact that he’s wearing what appears to be a Canadian soccer team shirt with the name Deadpool and number 2 on it is just glorious.

“I can’t wait to not watch Italy play the Netherlands,” he tells the soccer star, mentioning two countries that recently failed to qualify for this summer’s tournament.

Beckham accepts the apology with a huge twist. In his opinion, Reynolds should really apologize for a slew of movies he made before Deadpool. The whole thing is hilarious, and you can watch it in full below:

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More Women at Nike Reveal They Felt "Ignored, Harassed and Stymied in Their Careers"

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News of the harrowing mistreatment of female employees at Nike‘s corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon became public when CEO Mark Parker‘s likely successor, Nike President Trevor Edwards, resigned amid allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior the second week of March. A small exodus, as some are calling it, ensued, in which Nike’s vice president of footwear, its head of diversity and inclusion, a senior director for its basketball division, and Edwards’s “lieutenant,” Jayme Martin, who oversaw much of the brand’s global business, all resigned as a result of gender discrimination.

According to a new article from The New York Times, which published yesterday, Nike’s inevitable clash with the Me Too Movement came when a small group of women, fed up with HR’s inability to act on formal complaints, began covertly surveying their female peers, asking whether they had been a victim of sexual harassment and/or gender discrimination. Those findings soon landed on Mark Parker’s desk on March 5.

For this piece, The Times interviewed more than 50 current and former Nike employees, as well as viewed copies of complaints to human resources, to provide the most thorough account yet of “how disaffection among women festered and left them feeling ignored, harassed and stymied in their careers.” You can read some of the quotes below, before reading the entire article, titled “At Nike, Revolt Led by Women Leads to Exodus of Male Executives.”

“I came to the realization that I, as a female, would not grow in that company,” said Francesca Krane, who worked for five years in Nike’s retail brand design area before leaving in 2016. She said she grew tired of watching men get promoted into jobs ahead of women she felt were equally or better qualified.

Many of those interviewed, across multiple divisions, also described a workplace environment that was demeaning to women. Three people, for instance, said they recalled times when male superiors referred to people using a vulgar term for women’s genitals. Another employee said that her boss threw his car keys at her and called her a “stupid bitch.” She reported the incident to human resources. (She told her sister about it at the time, the sister confirmed.) He continued to be her supervisor.

For Amanda Shebiel, who left Nike in September after about five years at the company, the promise to address longstanding systemic problems is welcome, but late.

“Why did it take an anonymous survey to make change?” she asked. “Many of my peers and I reported incidences and a culture that were uncomfortable, disturbing, threatening, unfair, gender-biased and sexist — hoping that something would change that would make us believe in Nike again.”

“No one went just to complain,” Ms. Shebiel added. “We went to make it better.”

Nike is also struggling to get traction in women’s categories, the fastest-growing segment of the market.

Some of those interviewed by The Times said the weakness in women’s products in part reflected a lack of female leadership and an environment that favored male voices. Nike’s own research shows that women occupy nearly half the company’s work force but just 38 percent of positions of director or higher, and 29 percent of the vice presidents, according to an April 4 internal memo obtained by The Times.

The culture that evolved could be belittling to women. On the way to a work dinner in Los Angeles, two senior men debated whether Los Angeles or Portland had better strip clubs, according to a person who attended, as the women traveling with them in the van stared out the windows.

One current employee said a supervisor pushed his way into a bathroom and tried to kiss her, according to a copy of her complaint that was viewed by The Times.

Over time, many women developed a deep skepticism of Nike’s human resources services. Some avoided the department altogether, fearing retribution or convinced that nothing would happen. Those who did seek help said they often came away frustrated.

“I was looking for help and they just totally shut it down, like ‘You’re the problem,’” said Marie Yates, a former retail designer, who said she went to human resources seeking help with issues she was having with a manager. She left the company in 2016.

A senior manager who mentioned a female employee’s breasts in an email was not terminated, but rather given a verbal warning, according to a former staff member in the human resources department.

In one complaint reviewed by The Times, a woman described her manager bragging about the condoms he always carried and the magazines he kept on his desk with scantily clad women on the covers, despite being told to remove them. She reported him to human resources, and was told she had made a mistake by not confronting him first, she said.

Amber Amin said her manager routinely belittled her with sexist and dismissive comments but still worried about what would happen if she reported him.

“I think his general attitude toward women was just, subtly, that we were less capable,” said Ms. Amin, a junior designer on one of the Nike apps, who added that she had received positive performance reviews since becoming an employee in 2014.

She eventually sought help from human resources, which told her that corrective action would be taken. Two days later, she was part of a round of layoffs.

The article ends with a focus on Mark Parker, and the pressure on him to make a serious change, despite what some perceive an indifference on the matter. According to The Times, at least a dozen current and former employees could not see how Mr. Parker was not aware of the problems with his top leaders, unless information was deliberately kept from him.

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