After ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Wonder Woman,’ It’s Time for the Myth of the Fanboy to Fade By Owen Gleiberman

After ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Wonder Woman,’ It’s Time for the Myth of the Fanboy to Fade By Owen Gleiberman

After ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Wonder Woman,’ It’s Time for the Myth of the Fanboy to Fade

Excerpts:

Hollywood studio executives who are overgrown fanboys need to stop using the young-male demo as an excuse to make whatever they want.

….Yet there are, in truth, many priorities in Hollywood apart from greed. People have a bias toward making movies that reflect…themselves.

For years — decades — fanboys dominated the film industry from the ground up. They represented the Force that must be served. And so it only made sense that the powers who were hired to serve them in Hollywood were, themselves, overgrown fanboys.

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Last year (2017) had ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Lady Bird.’ But the number of female leads still went down.

Last year (2017) had ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Lady Bird.’ But the number of female leads still went down.

By Sonia Rao February 22 at 2:27

With the birth of the #MeToo movement and success of movies like “Wonder Woman,” 2017 was an empowering year for women in Hollywood. But the year’s top films may not have reflected as much.

The number of female protagonists in the 100 highest-grossing films fell five percentage points last year, according to a new report from San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

Women made up 24 percent of featured protagonists, defined for the study’s purposes as characters from whose perspective the story is told.

It’s an odd occurrence, given that the three most popular films of last year’s domestic box office list each featured a woman in a lead role: Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” and Diana Prince of “Wonder Woman.”

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Hollywood Celebrities Hurt Liberal Causes As Much As They Help, Political Scientists Say

Hollywood Celebrities Hurt Liberal Causes As Much As They Help, Political Scientists Say

Regardless if they help or harm their liberal causes, I wish they would keep their political opinions to themselves, instead of spewing them in interviews, on social media, and in You Tube videos.

This was written by Christian Toto, who I follow on Twitter:

Hollywood Celebrities Hurt Liberal Causes As Much As They Help, Political Scientists Say 

Excerpts:

Hollywood celebrities once again are gearing up to advocate and agitate for their causes as elections approach, but political scientists and observers say liberal stars do as much to hurt as help their efforts.

…But in the wake of the failure of the full-scale industry push for Hillary Clinton in 2016, political observers are left to assess whether Hollywood’s progressive campaigns do more to mobilize liberals or energize conservatives.

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Top 20 Most-Used Movie and TV Locations

Personally, I am tired – very tired – of New York City being featured in so many shows and movies. I don’t need to see Times Square, MSG, Central Park, or any other New York City locales any more.

Top 20 Most-Used Movie and TV Locations

The top 20 most frequently used movie locations have been revealed – and just one is outside the US or UK.

Central Park in New York City is officially the most popular set location in the film and TV world, appearing 231 times in movies such as Men in Black II, Superman Returns, and John Wick.

The majority of the locations are, as you’d probably expect, in the US – with Venice Beach, Los Angeles coming in second place, followed by Greenwich Village, Astoria and Williamsburg, featuring prominently.

Runner-up Venice Beach sets the backdrop for American Pie andMillion Dollar Baby, while Williamsburg featured in School of Rock and American Gangster.

… See the full list below.

1. Central Park, New York (The Devil’s Advocate, Spiderman 3)

2. Venice Beach, California (The Big Lebowski, He’s Just Not That Into You)

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How to Make Friends as an Adult — and Why It’s Important

How to Make Friends as an Adult — and Why It’s Important

How to Make Friends as an Adult — and Why It’s Important

…. But modern life can become so busy that people forget to keep choosing each other. That’s when friendships fade, and there’s reason to believe it’s happening more than ever.

Loneliness is on the rise, and feeling lonely has been found to increase a person’s risk of dying early by 26%–and to be even worse for the body than obesity and air pollution.

Loneliness wreaks health havoc in many ways, particularly because it removes the safety net of social support. “When we perceive our world as threatening, that can be associated with an increase in heart rate and blood pressure,” says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University and author of the recent study linking loneliness to mortality. Over time, she says, these effects can lead to hypertension, which increases risk for cardiovascular disease.

The antidote is simple: friendship. It helps protect the brain and body from stress, anxiety and depression. “Being around trusted others, in essence, signals safety and security,” says Holt-Lunstad.

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The Now-Removed Tweet Where Sylvester Stallone Sexualizes His Daughters – Yet Again (Feb. 2018)

The Now-Removed Tweet Where Sylvester Stallone Sexualizes His Daughters – Yet Again (Feb. 2018)

I wrote a blog post a few months ago, where I mentioned (about 3/4th down the page) how Sylvester Stallone sexualized one of his daughters in one of his Tweets. That same post also discussed sexual abuse allegations against Stallone by different women, including his now-deceased half-sister, Toni-Ann.

Many men (and I guess a few women) who saw this latest (Feb. 2018) Twitter content from Stallone realized how bad it looked, but Stallone was apparently oblivious to how bad it looks for a father to tweet about how his daughters look “hot” or how they having “bangin’ bods” or whatever the magazine headlines he was quoting were going on about.

But then, when one considers he not only allegedly preyed on teen-aged girls in the 1980s, but that he allegedly repeatedly groped and raped his own half-sister, I guess his moral compass regarding sexual ethics and inappropriate behavior has always been off-kilter.

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The Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance By Alex Hutchinson

The Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance By Alex Hutchinson

The Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance

Excerpts:

New research suggests that even weekend athletes can dramatically extend their physical and psychological limits

By Alex Hutchinson

… All of us, it turns out, are capable of pushing back the physical and psychological limits that we encounter at the gym, on the trails and in our sporting adventures.

The feeling that you can go no further is just that – a feeling. And feelings can be changed.
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