How 'A Wrinkle in Time' is helping women crack a glass ceiling in film.

2016, for all its ups and downs, has brought us some major milestone achievements, especially for women.

In the wake of Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman presidential candidate of a major political party, director Ava DuVernay ("Selma") became the first woman of color to helm a movie with a budget of over $100 million.

DuVernay recognizes this is a huge milestone for women, but has been incredibly humble about being the pioneer for an important reason — there are many other women who deserve recognition alongside her.



Needless to say, shattering this particular glass ceiling in film was long overdue.

Duvernay isn't the only powerhouse woman working on the project either. The film is an adaptation of the beloved YA novel "A Wrinkle in Time" which was written by another woman: award-winning writer, Madeleine L'Engle. The book itself won a Newbery Medal — one of the two most prestigious awards a children's novel can receive.

The film is being adapted for the screen by Jennifer Lee, who you might know as the writer and director of the Academy Award-winning film "Frozen," which was lauded for being one of the first "princess films" to feature two women who were saved by each other rather than by a man.

"A Wrinkle in Time" will also star a woman who's basically a professional at breaking through man-made barriers.

That's right, folks, I'm talking about Oprah (Opraaaaahhhhh!).

Oprah, just being Oprah. Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images.

Oprah is set to play the story's ethereal character, Mrs. Which. For those who aren't familiar with "A Wrinkle in Time," Mrs. Which is the leader of the three supernatural "witches" who lead the children in through time and space. In the novel, she only ever appears as a magical ball of light, which seems apropos, considering Oprah's exuberance and superstardom.

Obviously DuVernay will be in very good company on set, surrounding herself and her cast with some serious wave-makers to bring the film to life.

With "A Wrinkle in Time," Duvernay is joining a rather small pool of women working at the top of the film budget chain.

Kathryn Bigelow was the first to make it past the $100 million line in 2002 for her movie “K-19: The Widowmaker." And Patty Jenkins will soon join them with her adaptation of "Wonder Woman," which will hit theaters in 2017.

Bigelow with her well-deserved Oscar for "The Hurt Locker." Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

If one is groundbreaking, two is a coincidence, and three is a pattern, let's hope this pattern means we'll see this club of three keep growing — especially now that women have proven many times over, they can catapult a movie into blockbuster territory just as well as the next guy.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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