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Bob Iger addressed University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business today, mostly talking about what it’s like being CEO of one of the largest media conglomerates in the world. But in addition to that, he dipped a bit into the forthcoming Han Solo Star Wars Story, sharing some plot details that will make you want to avert your eyes now if you want to avoid even the most innocuous of spoilers.

Ben Fritz, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, tweeted Iger’s comments on the film.

Yeah, I know, nothing groundbreaking. There’s one tiny nitpick, though. Han won the Falcon off of Lando Calrissian in a game of Sabacc (the Star Wars equivalent of poker), he doesn’t “find” it. Yeah. Like I said. Tiny, insignificant nitpick. That’s probably what Iger meant, so, whatever. As many fans already know, Han also saves Chewbacca’s life, which places the Wookiee in a life debt, hence their partnership. I’m intrigued by the “getting his name” part, though. My old EU trivia is lacking, but as far as I know, Han’s always been Han. It would make sense, though, for him to change his name once he becomes a smuggler, what with secrecy and obfuscation being the cornerstone of the profession.

In addition to this, Woody Harrelson showed up on the Tonight Show to chat about his character a bit, which is described as a “mentor” to a young Han. He also revealed his character’s name: Beckett. Honestly, that sounds like the most Harrelson name for a character, and it fits just so well, right? I can just hear him saying it over and over in my head. It works, you know?

As io9 points out, a lot of the Star Wars talk happens in the first half, so. You know. Don’t sit through the whole interview waiting for more bits if you don’t want to.

All of this info is neat and everything, and of course the movie isn’t even close to being out yet so there’s a huge moratorium on revealing details, I know, so please don’t @ me saying that, but where’s my news about Lando?

One of the shining highlights of this upcoming production was the revelation that Donald Glover would be playing Lando Calrissian, Han’s smooth-talking smuggler pal. I seriously can’t think of a better person to inherit the role from Billy Dee Williams, and if I’m being completely, brutally honest, he’s going to be a large part of why I go see this movie. (That being said, I love Han, so, whatever, I’m seeing it anyway.) I await news of Glover’s Lando with bated breath. I mean, it’s totally cool that Williams thinks pretty well of the guy, but… dangit, I want more!

Anyway. If you want to hop into some wild speculation, the comments section is here for you, like it always will be.

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Welcome to Feminism Around the World, a weekly feature here at TMS where we focus on women’s lives and feminist concerns around the world by applauding successes, reporting injustices, and amplifying the conversation around solutions to gender-based inequality. Because “Until we are all free, we are none of us free.” – Teresa

INTERNATIONAL: Economist Analyzes Global Gender Gap In the Workplace Despite Feminist Gains

There’s no question that, in many areas, the lives of women have improved worldwide as more and more women in more and more countries force gender equality to the forefront of the national discussion. However, there’s also no question that “improvement” depends on the sector at which you’re looking, and what you consider positive, feminist change.

Charles Kenny, an economist and Senior Fellow at The Center for Global Development, wrote a piece over at Quartz about how inequality in the workplace isn’t changing as fast as it needs to, or as fast as gender equality is being approached in other areas, which means that the next generation of women and girls will find themselves even more frustrated than we are.

First, the good news! According to Kenny, there’s a substantial worldwide increase in women and girls having access to an education. He says that “The proportion of pupils in high school that are girls has climbed from 42% in 1970 to 48% in 2014,” and that at the college level, “there are now more women enrolled than men. There were three million women college graduates in China in 1990; by 2010, there were 13 million. The proportion of college graduates in the country who are women has climbed from 35% to 46% over that time.” India, too, has seen similar, rapid improvement, and in the U.S, more than half of all college graduates are female.

Sounds great, right? I mean, in spite of the fact that there are many other areas of the world where cultural attitudes keep women and girls from education even if they have legal equality, or else economic inequality does the same. Still, it’s heartening to know that more nations and governments are prioritizing education for everyone, regardless of gender.

Less heartening is what happens to those women once they leave school. That’s where the seeds of inequality they’ve experienced all their lives really begin to grow fruit. The labor force worldwide is only 40% female, and that’s only a 1% improvement since 1990. Depending on what industries you’re looking at, the disparity is even more grim.

According to Kenny, “[T]he gap is bigger in the formal sector where firms are more likely to meet labor standards and minimum wage laws. Looking at the World Bank’s survey of registered businesses, only one third of the full time workers they employ worldwide are women.”

Much of this is tied to those same cultural attitudes that keep many girls from going to school in the first place. Even if girls do go to school, society says that’s the end of their progress when they become women, and they’re expected to return to the “feminine sphere,” which of course includes domestic work and child rearing.

For example, there’s a World Values Survey done every year on which one of the questions is “When jobs are scarce, should men have more right to a job than a woman?” Fewer people globally have agreed with that statement outright over time, but what has increased is the number of people who answer “neither agree nor disagree.” That means that, despite people not wanting to commit to outright sexism, they don’t feel comfortable committing to gender equality, either.

As Kenny points out, the percentage of people who answered “no” to this question “[W]as 40% in China a decade ago and is 37% now. In India, the number dropped from 28% to 23%, in the US, from 81%to 69%. And men remain particularly tepid in this regard: they are 16 percentage points less likely than women to oppose sexist hiring practices in the US, 12 less points in China, and 10 points less likely in India.”

[**Taking a moment to point out that the U.S. had the biggest drop in people willing to oppose sexism outright, as opposed to supposedly “less enlightened” countries like China and India. But please do go on about how women in the United States are totally free and don’t need feminism.**]

In any case, it’s attitudes like that that prevent women from both ascending to management positions. “Women make up only 21% of boards of directors in Sweden,” Kenny writes. “14% in France and less than 2% in a number of Arab states. And the very top of the global economy is still a men’s club. Forbes’ ranking of the world’s billionaires suggests that only 191 out of the World’s list of 1810 billionaires are women.”

He’s quick to point out that this has nothing to do with women’s talent, and that female-run companies are proven to be just as profitable as those run by men. However, women tend to go into less profitable industries that provide more flexible schedules because cultural norms dictate that they’re the ones that have to worry exclusively about child care and domestic work. Those that go into more profitable industries often don’t ascend the corporate ladder for the same reasons. It’s not a choice, it’s a necessity.

So, it seems one of the biggest stumbling blocks to gender equality worldwide continues to be the notion that women shouldn’t work, and if they do, it’s a luxury, or allowing them to do so is a “favor.” Countries are educating girls, then wasting their potential as women.


NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE:

MEXICO:Inside the Border Town That Would Be Split in Two by Trump’s Wall” (Vice, 3/23/17)

RUSSIA/UKRAINE:Eurovision wants barred Russian singer to compete via satellite in Ukraine” (The Guardian, 3/23/17)


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You may have been too distracted with questions like, “Did our president’s campaign collude with Russian operatives?” and, “Will Congress take away my healthcare and replace it with angry bees?” to even bother wondering, “Will the Senate vote to allow Internet providers to sell my private data?” Maybe you weren’t even distracted, and it just seemed too absurd to think about, but it happened!

The Federal Communications Commission had privacy rules set to go into effect that would’ve set up a framework for ISPs to sell user data on an opt-in basis for sensitive information, as well as allowing users to opt-out of the sharing of less important data. The FCC, now under Chairman Ajit Pai during the Trump administration, held up the implementation of those rules, and now the Senate has voted to strike them down with their powers under the Congressional Review Act.

In a letter, Pai told concerned Democratic Senators that he values the privacy of consumers and just wants all companies to play by the same rules, from Google and Facebook to ISPs. He also said, “American consumers should not have to be lawyers or engineers to figure out if their information is protected,” but that rings a little hollow when the case is now that consumers should just assume their information—potentially including health and financial information, information on children, browsing history, and social security numbers—isn’t protected.

The Senate’s 50-48 vote in favor of striking down the privacy rules will go to the House next, but I have trouble imagining House Republicans will do anything to save these rules. The Verge reports that the FCC will then have to craft new privacy rules, which should end thankfully up being similar to the ones just struck down, but still notably lacking in browser history protections.

It could also turn out that Pai really does care about consumer privacy and works something out more in line with his assertion that ISPs should be subject to the same privacy rules as other companies while also making all of our data safer in the process. It could also turn out that we spontaneously evolve into fish people, take to the sea, and never need to worry about this again. You never know.

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I think of him all the time as a smile gone bad—that’s my image for him.”

We were excited to report earlier this week that Tim Curry has signed on to be interviewed for the upcoming doc Pennywise: The Story of IT, and the main source of that excitement is that Curry has seldom talked about the 1990 miniseries over the years. The various home video releases have been bare bones save for a commentary that Curry didn’t take part in, so to hear him talk Pennywise after all these years should be a treat for us all. We cannot wait. But in the meantime, we’ve got a vintage gem to share today that should make that wait a bit more tolerable.

Former Fangoria correspondent Steve Newton, who now runs a blog primarily about music, recently shared a snippet of an audio interview he conducted with Curry on the set of Tommy Lee Wallace’s IT back in 1990. Newton got to share lunch and a quick chat with Curry on the set in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, and we couldn’t possibly be more jealous of him for that.

Newton wrote on his blog, Ear of Newt:

As the Vancouver correspondent for Fangoria magazine back in 1990, when the TV miniseries was shot, I got to go on the set in Stanley Park and hang with Curry while he had lunch, to get the scoop on his role. And quite a scoop it was. Curry doesn’t do that many interviews, and I think Fango was the only publication he talked to about IT.

Not one to throw stuff away, I’ve kept almost all of my interviews over the years, and fortunately the cheap-ass, 90-minute, Hong Kong-made cassette I recorded the IT set-visit on still works. So here’s an excerpt of my 20-minute interview with Tim Curry, which begins with me making a major faux pas by calling his character Pennywhistle instead of Pennywise. What a dweeb, eh?

If you’re interested in checking out Newton’s full set report, which appeared in Fangoria Magazine back in 1990, you can read PART ONE and PART TWO over on his blog.

As for the rare vintage audio, you’ll find it below!


Always Shine (2016)

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Sophia Takal’s second feature film Always Shine is a breathless and spellbinding look at the jagged intimacies of friendship and performance.

Caitlin Fitzgerald and Mackenzie Davis play Beth and Anna, both actors in the early stages of their careers, who ditch Los Angeles for a quiet weekend in the lush wilds of Big Sur. With nods to Robert Altman's Images, Ingmar Bergman's Persona, and David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, Takal’s film takes a dark and winding road in its exploration of identity in crisis and performance as power. The main title sequence is a dizzying amalgam of footage and ticker-tape text that sets up these themes and creates an atmosphere of unease.

In the opening moments, Beth (Caitlin Fitzgerald) auditions for the role of a rape victim, watched and evaluated by a group of men. The scene is an extended look at and into Beth – her desire to please, her discomfort, her submission, her resolve. The quick cuts by editor Zach Clark that follow reveal flashes of the film, teasing out vital moments and lending the title sequence the feeling of a trailer. The effect is enticing and mysterious, drawing viewers in. Simultaneously, however, we’re given shots of the film’s clapperboard and camera lenses, reminding us of the filmmaking process and the medium itself, drawing us out. In the very moments that Always Shine begins to build, it also begins to deconstruct, starting a gripping and confident dialogue that warrants our participation. All the world’s a stage.

A discussion with Always Shine Director SOPHIA TAKAL, Editor ZACH CLARK, and Title Designer TEDDY BLANKS.

How soon after your feature Green, which came out in 2011, did you start working on Always Shine?

Sophia: I started coming up with the idea almost immediately after Green premiered at South by Southwest. The aftermath of Green was the inspiration for the movie. Just like, career competition with friends and feeling out of control. My husband Lawrence thought it might be cathartic and productive to turn all those feelings into a piece of art. Tapping into the anxiety I was feeling, I…

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Timeless

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So I started another scifi show... and I really liked it. The pilot blew me away. It succeeds effortlessly where other shows I've started (Killjoys, Dark Matter) just look like they're trying hard and not getting it right anyway.



The setup is this: a time machine is stolen from a science lab. Three people are chosen to find it and bring it back, using the only other time machine available: the prototype. Of course, the situation isn't as clear-cut as it looks: it turns out the time machine thief has a good reason for what he's done. He may not be as evil as they thought, and he carries Lucy's journal that she hasn't written (yet). Intriguing!

The main characters are these: history professor Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer), soldier Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter), and pilot Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett). None of those three are very stereotypical, especially not the soldier, which is what won me over immediately.

Then there's Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic), the agent who stole the time machine. There's also in-over-his-head inventor Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph), government agent Denise Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey), and programmer Jiya (Claudia Doumit). Oh, and an anonymous evil henchman, and scientist Anthony Bruhl (Matt Frewer).

The acting is really good. I don't think there's a single bad actor amongst the main cast. Especially Malcolm Barrett, who plays Rufus, is amazing.

The more I've watched of it the more I like the characters, but unfortunately, the less I like some other things about it. Prepare for a rant under the second cut. Nevertheless, it's still a rec.

First, the non-spoilery thoughts:

+ I love that Lucy is the undisputed main character from the first minute of the pilot. The other characters (especially Rufus) get more screentime and backstory later on, but Lucy remains front and center.

why I love the show, despite a few minor quibbles )

this is not how time travel works! This is a rant! Some minor spoilers, but nothing specific )

Wyatt spoilers! Discuss? )

Phew, that got long. Anyone still willing to discuss this with me after my rant? *g*

After all, I still recommend this show.

Jukebox Exchange

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Nominations for Jukebox are ongoing and will end at 23:59pm EDT on March 25 (a little over 2 days from now).


Poster for the Jukebox exchange, including a picture of a jukebox and URLs for the challenge. Links to AO3 collection


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Nominations are open now.
Sign-ups run from March 28 to April 5.
Works are due on May 27.

If you offered, requested, wrote, or read fic about songs or music videos for Yuletide, consider checking out Jukebox. Jukebox is in its 5th year.

Sedan or crossover for 30k?

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Looking for a daily use crossover or sedan for 30k or under. New, used, leased I'm open to any option, as long as its not completely boring to drive and has a backseat people can actually use.

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Hello Friends!

I'm graduating college this May and I wanna buy a car for my commute to work. My commute will most likely be around 90 miles round trip daily. With my financial situation and my need to save up money I think getting a CPO for around 10-15K would be right for me. So I would like something that can take the mileage, possibly be awd, and be able to hold my hiking gear, bike, etc.

  I think my best bet may be an Impreza hatch, civic, Elantra GT, or a focus. I enjoy driving and would prefer a manual transmission but with almost a 100 mile commute I'm just not sure. Any advice would help. :D  

tl;dr Got a job out of college. I need a reliable and enjoyable car to rack up miles for around 10-15K.

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GUFF Interview: Alexandra Pierce

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The Get Up-and-over Fan Fund is designed to promote connections between fandoms in Australasia and Europe. This year GUFF will send one delegate from Australiasia to Worldcon in Helsinki in August. Voting is open to all interested fans, regardless of nationality. It closes 17 April.

Deciding how to rank the candidates can be a pretty daunting prospect, so over the next few weeks Earl Grey Editing will be featuring an interview with each candidate. So far I’ve interviewed Belle McQuattie, Donna Maree Hanson and Sam Hawke. Joining me today is Alexandra Pierce.

First and most vital: What’s your favourite beverage?

My favourite hot beverage is black tea; I go in for flavoured ones like Earl Grey or some of the fruity ones from T2. Cold well, I have a weakness for elderflower cordial and New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Of course.

Yum. Elderflower cordial with tonic water is one of my Christmas traditions.

Oh nice! I have Plans to investigate elderflower as an ingredient.

How did you come to be involved in Australian SFF fandom?

Through Alisa Krasnostein! A friend got me reading the Aussie magazine Andromeda Spaceways; Alisa was interviewed and said she was looking for reviewers for her review site at the time (Australian Spec Fic in Focus), I emailed her and then all of sudden I was going to cons and the rest of it.

You host a feminist SFF podcast called Galactic Suburbia with Alisa Krasnostein and Tansy Rayner Roberts. Your seventh anniversary was earlier this month. What has been the most memorable part of the podcast for you?

Whoa seven years. Thats amazing. At the Australian Worldcon in 2010, we were at the Hugos ceremony and someone behind us said “Hey, listening to you two is like being on my commute!” We love feedback and feeling like part of a community. Also, winning a Hugo Award was pretty memorable. Plus, I get a regular date with two awesome women. Weve talked about some amazing stuff.

Winning a Hugo Award is definitely something that’s going to stick in the memory.

I was watching the live stream. It cut out as they said our name and then our acceptor was on the stage. I cried.

In addition to the GS podcast, you also teach, review books, write a column for Tor.com, and run a couple of blogs, as well as another podcast (on cooking). Have I missed anything? How do you manage to juggle it all? Do you have any tips on how to steal a TARDIS?

Uh yeh ok, when you put it like that it sounds like I do a lot! I also cook and occasionally do house work; I try to get away for astronomy occasionally, too. How do I fit it all in? Well, I dont have kids or pets. That certainly helps. I also work part time as a teacher and have done for a while, which gives more time not only during the week but also at night and on weekends when otherwise I would be planning or marking. I dont always manage to juggle everything – sometimes I drop balls all over the place. I guess I keep doing the things Im doing because theyre all things I WANT to be doing, so doing them is (usually) enjoyable. That definitely helps. As for using a TARDIS I think of Hermione and her time-turner and I think that would be a very bad idea. Id just end up confused.

What’s coming up next for you?

I’m editing a collection of non-fiction in honour of Octavia Butler, which is tremendously exciting; I’ll also be hosting a Facebook book club, on the first Sunday of the month from March to June, on a few of Butler’s books.

I loved Letters to Tiptree, so I’m really looking forward to this new anthology.

Were excited! Its called Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler.

Wow, what a great title!

What are you most looking forward to about Worldcon 75?

Meeting people! At the 2010 Worldcon I was very new to the scene and very shy. I’m still very shy but at least this time I have had contact with people who will be there, so I’ll feel more like I’m *allowed* to talk to them!

Alexandra Pierce, Galactic Suburbia

Alexandra Pierce reads, teaches, blogs, podcasts, cooks, knits, runs, eats, sleeps, and observes the stars. Not necessarily in that order of priority. She is a Christian, a feminist, and an Australian. She can be found at her website, and on the Hugo-winning Galactic Suburbia podcast.

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