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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Eight Rejection Letters That Will Inspire You To Not Give Up – BBC

Eight Rejection Letters That Will Inspire You To Not Give Up – BBC

8 rejection letters that will inspire you to not give up  

Excerpts from the page:

U2’s Rejection Letter

“Thank you for submitting your tape of ‘U2’…”

U2 were given the generic refusal letter treatment by RSO Records after Bono (Paul Hewson)  mailed the London based label a demo tap in 1979. “We have listened with careful consideration,” the label’s Alexander Sinclair said, and we’ll never known whether that’s actually true. Either way, Mr. Sinclair must be kicking himself now.

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Why Art Shouldn’t Be Separated From The Artist by Sharon Loeffler

Why Art Shouldn’t Be Separated From The Artist by Sharon Loeffler

Why Art Shouldn’t Be Separated From The Artist

by Sharon Loeffler As told to Gene Maddaus

Excerpts:

…Hollywood has always looked the other way when it comes to sexual misconduct. When disturbing stories emerge, we are told to separate the art from the artist. Even last year, the president of the Academy urged people to go see “The Birth of a Nation” and consider it independently of the director’s [Nate Parker’s] past [of allegedly raping women].

But asking us to ignore an artist’s misconduct and focus on the art just protects that artist’s career from the consequences of his actions.

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Women of SNL Issue Misguided, Harmful Statement in Support of Sen. Al Franken by Mattie Kahn

He may be a senator now, but for a number of years, Franken was an actor on the TV show ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Women of SNL Issue Misguided, Harmful Statement in Support of Sen. Al Franken

by Mattie Hahn

Thirty-six women who previously worked with Al Franken during his run on Saturday Night Live have issued a statement of support for the Minnesota senator, following accusations by two women that he kissed or groped them without their consent.

The letter, which was released on Twitter and published in the Boston Globe, summons all the worst ever cliches used to absolve men of despicable behavior and sequences them to horrendous effect.

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