Pinterest Files For An Initial Public Offering Of Stock On NYSE

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Digital scrapbook Pinterest has filed for an initial public offering of stock, joining what should be a busy IPO season for tech stocks. Pinterest is a big site for so-called influencers, who use it to tout fashion, interior design, and travel tips, am…

Viacom’s VidCon Returns to Anaheim for Its 10th Anniversary

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Online video lovers clear your calendar. VidCon, the world’s largest multi-day conference celebrating online video, has announced that its 10th annual, three-day event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center starting on July 10, 2019. Detai…

Alex Jones Is Running Out of Platforms to Boot Him: Add MailChimp to List

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At this point, it might be easier to name the platforms Alex Jones still has.

MailChimp, an email marketing service, is the latest to boot the “InfoWars” host who is known for peddling conspiracy theories.

“MailChimp doesn’t generally comment on individual users or accounts, but we’ll make an exception today,” the company said in a statement to Media Matters on Tuesday. “MailChimp notified Infowars that their accounts have been terminated for violating our Terms of Service, which make it clear that we don’t allow people to use our platform to disseminate hateful content.”

Also Read: YouPorn Drops Alex Jones Too: ‘Hate Has No Place on YouPorn’

“We take our responsibility to our customers and employees seriously,” the statement went on to say. “The decision to terminate this account was thoughtfully considered and is in line with our company’s values.”

Jones also reported he was booted off the platform, showing a document during a live stream informing him he was being removed “effective immediately” over term use violations. (See the video below.)

Also Read: YouTube, Pinterest Pull Alex Jones and InfoWars Channels Following Bans by Apple, Facebook

On Monday, Jones social media blackout rippled through the internet, as porn company YouPorn announced that it would no longer host any Jones-related content, and said it had deleted six videos which violated its terms of service. (Yes, you read that right.)

The company’s announcement came after several other major platforms announced they were severing ties with Jones. YouTube, Pinterest, Apple, Facebook and Spotify all removed Jones’ InfoWars pages. YouTube also removed Jones’ personal YouTube channel. Online radio platform Stitcher also removed Jones’ channel.

MailChimp’s move could put more pressure on Twitter to weigh in. The social media network has been one of Jones’ last major holdouts.

Jones has frequently peddled conspiracy theories on his show, saying that the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were staged and that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax perpetrated by anti-gun activists. (Neither claim is true).

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Twitter Won’t Ban Alex Jones, and Debate About It Ensues – on Twitter

Twitter Won’t Ban Alex Jones, and Debate About It Ensues – on Twitter

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After Youtube, Spotify, Apple and Pinterest each removed videos and channels from “InfoWars” host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Twitter became the only major social media platform to continue hosting Jones’ content.

Twitter has no plans to remove Jones from its platform, and a person with direct knowledge of how Twitter is handling the situation said InfoWars is not currently in violation of the company’s policies.

Nonetheless, Twitter’s refusal to kick Jones out has sparked a debate — you guessed it — on Twitter, and the hashtag #BanAlexJones began gaining steam on Monday afternoon, the same day the top Twitter trend for the most part of the day in the U.S. was, more simply, “Alex Jones.”

Also Read: YouTube, Pinterest Pull Alex Jones and InfoWars Channels Following Bans by Apple, Facebook

Here are some of the users calling on Twitter to follow suit with other big tech companies and ban Jones.

If Alex Jones doesn’t violate your rules, you need better rules.

— Mike Monteiro wants @jack fired. (@monteiro) August 6, 2018

YouTube banned Alex Jones.
Facebook banned Alex Jones.
Apple banned Alex Jones.

What’s the deal @Twitter?

— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) August 6, 2018

Twitter has a choice.

They can act with Facebook, YouTube and Apple and ALSO ban Alex Jones.

Or they can do nothing. Which will devastate all the work Twitter has done to combat hate speech on their platform.

The world is watching, @jack. Don’t undermine the work you’ve done.

— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) August 6, 2018

One last thing.

It is unquestionable that banning Milo Yianopoulus from Twitter harmed his career. He’s barely in mainstream media anymore. He lost his platform for shock tactics.

Banning Alex Jones would also affect him. This tactic works.

— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) August 6, 2018

What are you waiting for @Twitter? Ban Alex Jones.

— kob (@kabyber) August 6, 2018

Twitter won’t ban Alex Jones because outrage is the only thing that drives engagement on the platform.

— Jeremy Kennedy (@Jeremy__Kennedy) August 6, 2018

Do better, @jack.https://t.co/dAjJU5q6Ub

— Rational Agency (@RationalAgency) August 6, 2018

@twitter What say you Jack Dorsey? Its time for all social platforms to ban hate speech from Alex Jones and his type. If you won’t, maybe its time for all of us to delete our accounts. #BoycottTwitter ??? America and the world are watching. https://t.co/cDNXvHAnBT

— Leslie Naples (@NaplesLeslie) August 6, 2018

@Twitter you wanna go ahead and ban Alex Jones InfoWars from this platform too? Aren’t you tired of protecting racist scumbags?

— Anthony ???? 13 (@AdotHam97) August 6, 2018

Morning, @jack. Spotify, Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have all banned Alex Jones. In the interest of transparency, which you are fond of telling us is important to you, please tell us why @twitter has not.

— Mike Monteiro wants @jack fired. (@monteiro) August 6, 2018

Alex Jones has violated policies on hate speech. This is NOT about free speech. His hate towards minorities CANNOT be tolerated. Twitter needs to follow. #BanAlexJones

— Chiara B. Townley (@chiarabtownley) August 6, 2018

Facebook: We have banned Infowars

Apple: We have banned Infowars

Twitter: Your account has been banned for tweeting “Sandy Hook really happened you idiot” at @UnJewTheMedia

— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) August 6, 2018

If I violated the rules of Twitter, Google and/or Facebook because I made vile comments and threats of violence towards the parents of slain children, would the people saying that it is wrong to ban Alex Jones defend me as well? I doubt it — and rightfully so.

— Jeremy Hague (@jedwardhague) August 6, 2018

I feel like Twitter didn’t ban Alex Jones just so we’d have a place to watch him have a meltdown – or maybe because they’re ok with enabling bigotry. It’s one of the two.

— Evan J’daté Kessler (@EvanJKessler) August 6, 2018

@Twitter IF ALL SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS ARE BANNING #AlexJones WHY MAY I ASK, DO YOU ALLOW @POTUS TO STILL USE YOUR PLATFORM, OTHER THAN YOU ARE MAKING PROFIT OF HIS RACISM AND DIVISION OF THE COUNTRY. #BAN_DONALDTRUMP

— GIIOZT (@GIIOZT) August 6, 2018

Others argued that banning Jones would represent a violation of free speech.

It is wrong to ban him, because banning people is stupid and tyrannical. Free speech means the right to say what those in power don’t like, or it’s not free speech at all. It’s not my place to defend Alex Jones, but I will defend free speech and a free society.

— TheRevJamesP (@RevJamesP) August 6, 2018

This is not the first time Twitter has been criticized for how it polices content and behavior on its platform. The company has often been rebuked for allowing white supremacists and other perpetrators of hate speech to maintain a presence on the platform — and verifying them as legitimate accounts. But the platform has also caught backlash for its policing, namely, when it temporarily blocked actress Rose McGowan, an accuser and vocal critic of Harvey Weinstein, after she included a phone number in her tweets.

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Facebook Increases Its Vidcon Presence As The Online Video Conference Draws Broad Participation From Social Media Platforms

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Facebook is increasing its presence this year at VidCon as the annual convention in Anaheim has emerged as the epicenter of the digital video scene.
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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Is Like a ‘Bad Tinder Date That Lasted Three Years’ and 6 Other Shady Reviews

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The third installment of the “Fifty Shades” franchise is upon us, but should “Fifty Shades Freed” have been locked up like Christian Grey’s sex toys?

Critics have been throwing more than 50 shades of shade on the film starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, giving the film a score of 6 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Reviewers have commented on the “ludicrous” plot twist, and the “too-laughable-to-be-hot sex scene,” while one critic even said the film is like a “bad Tinder date that lasted three years.”

“”Fifty Shades Freed,’ the third filmic adaptation of EL James’ briefly popular BDSM erotica series, is marginally better than its predecessor, ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ in much the same way that being shot through the head is better than being guillotined,” Film Ink’s Travis Johnson wrote.

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“Fifty Shades Freed” suffers from a lack of rhythm, moving from plot point to plot point with as much spontaneity as meal-planning for one’s luxury penthouse household with one’s housekeeper. It’s clichéd, stodgy and overly faithful to the original books,” wrote TheWrap’s film critic, Anna Hartley.

Jame Foley directed the third film in a franchise that has made $280 million at the domestic box office. Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes and Arielle Kebbel also star.

See seven of the worst reviews below.

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly:

“Strip the pleasure away from a guilty pleasure and what are you left with exactly? ‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ the third and final cinematic installment in E.L. James’ trashy S&M trilogy, answers that question with every ludicrous plot twist, stilted line delivery, and too-laughable-to-be-hot sex scene… ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is certainly slicker than those carnal cheapies. But it seems embarrassed to embrace its own pervy nature. It’s kitsch that looks in the mirror and deludes itself into thinking it sees art staring back.”

Kimber Myers, The Playlist

“The third film in the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy thinks its most shocking moment is when a reluctant Ana (a reluctant Dakota Johnson) opens a drawer full of fancy butt plugs in her new husband’s glam sex dungeon, aka the ‘Red Room.’ However, ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ gets a far bigger WTF when it punishes its audience by making them sit through minutes of Christian (Jamie Dornan, still physically present) playing the piano and singing ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ by Paul McCartney for no particular reason to the inexplicable awe of his wife and friends. You’d think that by the third film we’d be used to this nonsense, but our threshold for pain still hasn’t risen high enough to find this pleasurable.”

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Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

“And so, after three whip-cracking, handcuffing, sleep-inducing chapters of glossy dom/sub drama, the Fifty Shades franchise is finally coming to an end, or, as the wink-wink marketing keeps purring, a climax. In the final chapter, we’re giddy with questions that require an answer. Will two attractive yet underwritten characters keep having mildly kinky sex? And then, ermmmm, oh wait, that’s literally just it.”

Travis Johnson, Film Ink

“‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ the third filmic adaptation of EL James’ briefly popular BDSM erotica series, is marginally better than its predecessor, ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ in much the same way that being shot through the head is better than being guillotined; at the very least, there’s not all that blinking and wondering where your body has gone.”

Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“At least this time, some of the laughs are intentional. These movies have all been slick, with the sheen of high-tone porn about them, which partly explains why the middle aged (and younger) of middle America have flocked to them. James Foley, who sexualized Reese Witherspoon in ‘Fear’ way back in the last millennium, has no new tricks up his sleeve. Thus, more sex scenes, only slightly more titillating than those that preceded it. The soap suds bubble through clearer than ever, the laughably melodramatic twists in the plot, the car chase, the conspicuous consumption of E.L. James’s novels — who knew ‘If you write it, you will eventually own it, when the public eats this soft-core swill up.’”

Ben Croll, Screen International: 

“Less a film than a closing coda buffed up, blinged out and spread thin throughout a feature-length runtime, ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ offers fans of the three-strong series a chance to send off their favourite characters with all the opulence and tastefully soft-core decadence they’ve come to expect from previous installments, gorging on the series’ luxurious embellishments while all but jettisoning any hint of narrative tension or engagement along the way. As the opening titles – which begin with the leads’ picture book marriage and then follows them on a European honeymoon straight out of a Pinterest vision board – make clear, the film knows exactly what its audience wants, and sets out to deliver it on every shallow front.”

Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun Australia

“That’s right, after the first two tempestuous movie kink-a-thons from author EL James seduced the world box-office and made off with over a billion dollars, ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is here to zip up, give you a quick peck on the cheek, and disappear. The whole experience has been like a bad Tinder date that lasted three years. The best that can be said of ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is that it offers the lasting relief of knowing the franchise won’t ever be calling for another hook-up.”

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‘Bad Moms Christmas’ Kicks Off 5-Day Opening With $2.6 Million on Wednesday

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“A Bad Moms Christmas” earned $2.6 million at the Wednesday previews from 3,615 locations.

Getting a one-day jump ahead of “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Bad Moms Christmas” had been projected to earn in the $22 million to $25 million range for the five-day weekend.  However, Wednesday previews indicate that the film is looking at an opening in the high teens instead.

Its predecessor, “Bad Moms” grossed $23.8 million opening weekend and has since grossed $113 million domestically.

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So far, reviews have been mixed. While there is no Rotten Tomatoes score available, Metacritic pits the film at 41 points out of 100.

“Bad Moms Christmas” stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. This time around, the three ladies rebel against expectations of having the perfect holiday while hosting their three mothers, who are played by Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon.

The R-rated film was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who did the original “Bad Moms” as well. Suzanne Todd produced.

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“Bad Moms Christmas” will face stiff competition this weekend when Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” opens on Friday. It is expected to earn more than $100 million its opening weekend, well ahead of its two predecessors.

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston return as Thor and Loki, who team up to fight the goddess of death, Hela (Cate Blanchett). Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo and Idris Elba also star.

The film scored a 96 percent fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, the best rating for a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ahead of “Iron Man” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ Is a ‘Poorly Gift-Wrapped Pinterest Fail of a Movie,’ and 8 Other Joyless Reviews

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The three “Bad Moms” are back in “A Bad Moms Christmas,” just 16 months after the original film  hit theaters — and critics are panning the “rush job” production, saying it misses more than it hits.

“The Xmas edition of ‘Bad Moms’ is OK if not laugh-out-loud, culminating in a grind-and-twerk foursome with a mall Santa,” TheWrap’s film critic Robert Abele wrote in his review. “Ho ho ho-hum. But then the slo-mo gets trotted out again for a dodgeball free-for-all featuring all the families at a Sky Zone trampoline center, and it sinks in just how threadbare the movie is with its mix-and-match family dysfunction comedy.”

The Los Angeles Times’ Katie Walsh wrote, “‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is a poorly gift-wrapped Pinterest fail of a movie. The Scotch tape in the equation, bravely straining to hold things together, is the emphatic delivery of lines, made to trick us into thinking lines that are not jokes are, actually, jokes.”

Also Read: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ Film Review: Holiday Sequel Adds Moms, Loses Laughs

“A Bad Moms Christmas” stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, as well as Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines and Justin Hartley. It was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the same writers and directors of the first movie.

Unfortunately, the sequel seems to not bring the holiday spirit to critics.

“The holiday season has barely started and already we have our first lump of coal. ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is not only an insipid, uninspired sequel to last year’s hit comedy, it’s an embarrassment for all parties involved,”  wrote Adam Graham of The Detroit News.

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Of course, there are some positive reviews. The Daily Beast‘s Kevin Fallon, for example, called the film “a masterpiece.” Chicago Tribune‘s Michael Phillips said “a fair number of the jokes hit their targets.”

See 9 of the worst reviews below. The film does not yet have a Rotten Tomatoes score, white Metacritic puts it at 43 out of 100 points,

Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is thin and silly, like an overlong Christmas episode of a sitcom you pair with some reheated lo mein when you can’t figure out what else to do on a stray weeknight. (The fact that it’s opening on November 1 is the real War on Christmas.) It’s a warmed-over repeat, sans the charm.”

Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

“‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is a poorly gift-wrapped Pinterest fail of a movie. The Scotch tape in the equation, bravely straining to hold things together, is the emphatic delivery of lines, made to trick us into thinking lines that are not jokes are, actually, jokes. The bows and trim, attempting to distract from obvious seams, are the endless slow-motion montages of mayhem set to pop tunes.”

Emily Yoshida, Vulture

“‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is a film about women trapped in a bleakly infantilizing suburban hellscape with horrible lighting, whose only idea about how to subvert their situation is to scream and push people and hit each other in the crotch.”

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Kate Erbland, IndieWire

“‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is at its best when its various trios are finally pushed together in wacky circumstances. These comedic trios work, perhaps better than they should and well enough to make even a mostly flaccid followup still feel weirdly appropriate. It seems inevitable that there will be more ‘Bad Moms’ films despite the throwaway feel of this outing, and ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ might be the worst movie to so transparently set up a sequel that nearly demands to be made as soon as possible (yes, it involves the Bad Grandmas). Now that would be a holiday treat worth celebrating…  The cheerless, choppy nature of ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ keeps each storyline feeling oddly singular, and it’s worse for it.”

Scott Mendelson, Forbes

“But as good as all of the actresses are, the characters often don’t talk or react like normal human beings. Moreover, outright pathological behavior is condoned while our heroines (especially Kunis) are flat out punished and condemned for standing up to the madness.  Like the first film, the ‘low point’ involves Kunis being chewed out by her kids for her completely reasonable reaction to what amounts to third-party sabotage.”

Conner Schwerdtfeger, CinemaBlend

“While not great, ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is an above-average comedy sequel/ heartfelt Christmas story kept afloat [by] the charm of the returning leads and their family dynamics. It’s undeniably one of the more fun raunchy comedies of the last few years (particularly one of the more fun Christmas-themed raunchy comedies), but like the moms who populate this ever-expanding universe, it’s far from perfect, and not trying to be.”

Rafer Guzman, Newsday:

“Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as women who decide to rebel against the straitjackets of motherhood — school functions, bake sales, raising perfect children — 2016’s ‘Bad Moms’ was surprisingly funny and, even more shocking, rather sweet. It genuinely empathized with its characters and got us to do the same, a rare quality in an R-rated comedy these days. The magic isn’t entirely gone but it’s in much shorter supply in the inevitable sequel, ‘A Bad Moms Christmas.’ It feels like a bit of a rush job from writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who begin with an appealing idea — what if the Bad Moms’ own moms dropped by for the holidays? — but fall back on formula to execute it. ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is pretty typical of Hollywood seasonal fare: a fine cast and a few passable moments, but the material is more miss than hit.”

Adam Graham, The Detroit News

“The holiday season has barely started and already we have our first lump of coal. ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is not only an insipid, uninspired sequel to last year’s hit comedy, it’s an embarrassment for all parties involved. With no grounding in anything resembling reality, its characters behave like sociopaths while the script wraps them in a blanket of holiday cliches.”

Christy Lemire, Roger Ebert:

“‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ has the shoddy look and frantic feel of a slapped-together, cash-grab sequel, because that’s exactly what it is.”

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