'I Can't Believe These Chicks Think We Should Take A Chance On Them' — Some Hollywood Finance Dude

As a sexism critic, I give this two thumbs down. I can count myself as a sexism critic, right? I don't know, but the important thing is, I wonder how many stellar movies I'm not getting to see because of the blatant double standards here.My special commentary on these figures...YELLOW: So almost 15% of the 400 top-grossing movies are directed by women. That's an awful ratio to begin with.GREEN: The number of movies directed by women plummets to about 4% in 2011 when you're looking at just the top 200 movies.PURPLE: And it absolutely tanks when you're looking at how many movies in the top 100 were directed by women.Hollywood bigwigs might want to shrug and say, "There just aren't as many female directors," but what's actually to blame is an inequity in financing for movies directed by women. They often don't get the support needed to become major commercial breakthroughs.

'I Can't Believe These Chicks Think We Should Take A Chance On Them' — Some Hollywood Finance Dude

"Most observers agree that the lack of movies directed by women isn’t necessarily due to a shortage of female directors. A vicious cycle of financing is the primary reason — studios and producers are hesitant to hand big budgets to female directors without proven track records. But if they can’t get funding, they can’t get a track record to begin with. There’s no doubt that good old-fashioned sexism also plays a large role here.” — Washington Post

'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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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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