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Remember back in the olden days when we thought women in the workplace were less valuable than men?

LOL.


GIF from "Mad Men."

Oh wait...

Women are still getting paid less than men. Even today.

About 22 cents less for every dollar to be precise. For the most part, the discrepancy exists across all industries that we have adequate data to pull from. Thatincludes Hollywood.

Top-earning stars who are male earn (way, way) more than their female counterparts.

Forbes crunched the numbers back in 2013 after its annual lists of highest paid actors and actresses were released. While it's not particularly surprising that the men out-earned the women (which is sad in and of itself), it is surprising to learn by how much: The men earned nearly 2.5 times more than the women.

Pretty shocking, huh? Probably not to Jennifer Lawrence.

She's experienced the absurdity of pay inequity firsthand.

After hacked Sony emails went public in 2014, the world got a sneak peek into how execs compensated Lawrence in comparison to her co-stars for their roles in "American Hustle." And it wasn't pretty.

Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

Based on those emails, despite her having just won an Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook" and starring in a "Hunger Games" film that set blockbuster records, Lawrence — and co-star Amy Adams — got paid about 23% less than leading men in the movie.

GIF from "Silver Linings Playbook."

But now we have reason to believe that Hollywood maybe — just maybe! — learned its lesson with Lawrence.

Lawrence's latest paycheck isn't just more on par with her male peer's ... it's on par and then some.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony just gave the go-ahead for production on the sci-fi romantic drama, "Passengers," starring Lawrence and fellow industry heavyweight (and dinosaur-fighting) Chris Pratt.

The film's massive budget will reportedly include $20 million for Lawrence and $12 million for Pratt. Yep, you read that correctly: Lawrence — a woman! — will be making $8 million more than Pratt — a man! — on the film.

Jennifer Lawrence photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images. Chris Pratt photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

We love you, Chris. But this is big news. And it comes during a fantastic time for people who like seeing women on the big screen.

If box office results mean anything, things are getting better for Hollywood's leading ladies.

Have you been following which flicks are reigning supreme this summer? Leading ladies are killing it. I mean, where to begin?

There's "Pitch Perfect 2," which brought in more money during its opening weekend than its predecessor made in total. Then there's "Mad Max: Fury Road," which starred Charlize Theron and incorporated feminist story lines into its action-packed plot.

The animated "Inside Out," championed by Amy Poehler (and featuring a truly winning performance by Phyllis Smith as Sadness), had the biggest opening weekend for a non-franchise movie (ever!), and "Spy," starring Melissa McCarthy, is among the top-grossing domestic films of 2015 thus far.

Speaking of Melissa McCarthy, is anyone else stoked about the new "Ghostbusters"?! She's just one of the film's four — four — female leads. Flicks like "Ghostbusters" don't just break down barriers symbolically — they bring more opportunities (and paychecks) to talented women who deserve the spotlight.

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.

We admit it: Jennifer Lawrence's big payday won't revolutionize the industry by itself...

...but it's one $20-million step in the right direction for gender equality.

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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