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Posted in: Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes See in context

Poor George. He sold out and his creation has now been relegated to a joke. Now he has to deal with answering ignorant questions about diversity when the answers are obvious. He had a slew of aliens present and a woman in authority but gets accused of lack of diversity. Watch their recent Acolyte sink like a rock.

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Posted in: Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes See in context

Bob FosseToday  09:11 am JST

Disney is just one casualty.

But it isn’t. As already established Disney has continued to return record profits.

Their Star Wars, Marvel, and related streaming services have posted record losses to a tune of $4.0bil. https://cosmicbook.news/bob-iger-confirms-marvel-stars-wars-disney-plus-failure-4-billion-loss

Star Wars films and shows a record loss of $2.8bil. https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinereid/2024/04/14/disneys-star-wars-box-office-profits-fail-to-cover-cost-of-lucasfilm/?sh=4e003f806bb7

These numbers are directly related to this article on Star Wars not the corp in general as theme park revenue remains strong and which are not connected to Star Wars and Marvel divisions.

As usual, you tell half the story to suit your rhetoric and ignore the direct facts.

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Posted in: More companies in U.S. offer on-site child care, but is it a long-term fix? See in context

ArtistAtLargeToday  09:28 am JST

It's no fix at all. What about the millions of people who do not work for those companies?

This is a drop in the bucket.

More private, corp services will free up availability for public and noncorp private services. Those millions who don't work for those companies will have an easier time to enroll or how about trying to get a job at one of those companies. It's a step in the right direction and has cascading benefits but I guess some will still complain because not everyone is able to work for those companies. Nanny state thinking.

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Posted in: Cannes gets steamy with strippers and sex motels See in context

I see there is one movie about sex change and another that is supposedly a 'feminist' horror film whatever that means. The rest are about prostitution and the sex trade industry. I think even the Critical Drinker would hesitate to call any of this woke.

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Posted in: Coppola's long-awaited epic 'Megalopolis' divides Cannes See in context

Visually it certainly has some similarities with Metropolis but sounds more like a battle of elites and not focused on class struggles like in Metropolis. Coppola is eclectic and often takes big risks. He doesn't back down from his creative visions which translates into masterpieces or flops, not much in between. But I'd rather have a director who puts it all on the line versus one just going through the motions making hackneyed mediocrity which Hollywood has been relegated to lately.

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Posted in: Celebrities face digital backlash over Gaza silence See in context

Maybe some of them are more knowledgeable and aware about the details of the conflict and its history so choose not take sides on a very complicated issue with no clear right & wrong rather than be clued out SJWs who pretend that they know everything about a long, long conflict with deep sociopolitical, historic, and religious factors.

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Posted in: Grammy-winning sax player David Sanborn dies at 78 See in context

Aside from his phenomenal saxophone skills, what made Sanborn unique was his willingness to play all kinds of music with different people. Truly eclectic. RIP. Now I'll go listen to Young Americans.

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Posted in: Army whistleblower who exposed alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan is sentenced to prison See in context

Special operators are rightfully expected to maintain higher standards than the average foot soldier but what we're seeing in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US are several units operating with impunity, committing atrocities thinking that they will be protected and immune from prosecution. The whistleblowers should be revered not condemned. What a travesty.

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Posted in: Japan's bullet trains host wrestling, dining events in new travel trend See in context

Not a wrestling fan so I obviously wouldn't buy a ticket for that train car. But for once, JR is trying to be innovative by offering different, customized travel experiences. I prefer to have a drink and nap on the shinkansen but if something caught my interest like a wine tasting car, I'd pay extra.

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Posted in: 'Foreign travelers are Japan’s guests' – Governor against charging tourists more than locals See in context

duckToday  05:35 pm JST

c'mon guys let's be honest, how many times have we heard tourist, mostly Japanese, being scammed in Europe's tourist restaurants (Italy, France etc..) by being even charged for something never ordered.

As it's illegal in those countries, tourists have the right to refuse to pay the extra charges. When I was in Italy speaking in English, I noticed that we had a different menu. After eating, I took a menu from the table next to us and though I couldn't read most of it, I could see price differences when matching them up. I told them that we'll pay the regular price. They didn't oppose it.

You have to speak up and refuse this illegal practice.....after you finish eating.

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Posted in: ‘Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum’ in development with Andy Serkis to direct and star See in context

Serkis as director? Haven't been overly impressed with his work but errr.....okay. It all depends on how well they'll develop the story and how many cast members they can lure back. Bring back Mortensen and McKellen and they may have something. It'll certainly be better than the Amazon travesty but that won't be hard to accomplish.

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Posted in: Japan to start hunting large fin whales See in context

Mr GoodmanToday  06:40 pm JST

Japan has already decided that it doesn’t like eating whales.

The above comment is ridiculous

Did you even read the headline or the article at all ?

Your not the voice for all Japanese in japan haha !

I eat minke occasionally and lots of Japanese do

Whale is even available in vending machines

Actually your comments are ridiculous.

'Whale represents only 0.1 percent of Japan's meat consumption.' From Reuters.

'People eat only about 40 grams a year per capita, about the size of a slice of ham.'

'Consumption is already so low, it’s not suddenly going to skyrocket.'

'In January, 2019, the stockpile of whale meat reached 3,700 tons'

'Still, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s government continues to support whaling, to the tune of nearly $50 million this year 2019.'

https://theworld.org/stories/2019/04/16/whaling-japan-2

The reason you sometimes see it at supermarkets, in vending machines, and in some unfortunate children's lunches is because there is huge frozen stockpile that they are desperate to get rid of. Yet nobody wants to eat it. Yet it costs taxpayers $50mil every year to support something that nobody eats.

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Posted in: Japan to start hunting large fin whales See in context

Daniel NeagariToday  06:07 pm JST

'Whale represents only 0.1 percent of Japan's meat consumption.' From Reuters.

of course is so low, becasue there was no offer of whale meat... specially if Japan was following the guidelines of IWH, of course there will be no catch, that result in no offer that result in no comsuption... that one argument is mute

Really? But you and other proponents of eating whale and it's supposed long history in Japan, say it is readily available in supermarkets and restaurants. So according to you and them, it is readily available.

So if it's ready available as claimed, why aren't more people eating it? It makes more sense that people prefer beef, pork, chicken, and fish because whale and dolphin were never that popular to be begin with. Consider that a positive as much of it is contaminated with mercury and other toxins.

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Posted in: Japan to start hunting large fin whales See in context

For those who falsely claim that lots of Japanese eat whale.

'Whale represents only 0.1 percent of Japan's meat consumption.' From Reuters.

For those who claim that eating whale is a nationwide, cultural tradition. Not true. There were a few rural, coastal communities that had the historical tradition but it only became popular after WWII when other meat was unavailable or too expensive.

But go ahead and enjoy whale and dolphin meat which often contains high levels of mercury. Especially dolphin, It's criminal that in some areas, children are encouraged to eat dolphin meat when it has consistently been shown to contain some of the highest levels of mercury among sea animals.

And we're not talking about Iceland. We're talking about Japan. It means diddly squat if just two other countries among hundreds continue to hunt and eat whale. Norway, Iceland, and Japan.

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Posted in: Luggage manners See in context

I guess the way people handle their bags, etc., can be improved but not a huge problem for me. It would be nice if more used the overheard racks but I think people are worried about forgetting their bags.

The issue for me is the use of smartphones on trains and in stations. How many times do I have to move to avert those walking with their eyes fixed on their smartphones and it's often not work related but personal in nature or...dumb games. It isn't pleasant having a smartphone inches from your face when you can't move. People sticking their elbows out jabbing my arms when sitting so they can watch netlfix or chat on LINE. And it's only going to get worse.

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Posted in: Sony Pictures, private equity firm interested in buying Paramount for $26 billion, source says See in context

Samit BasuToday  01:49 am JST

Not sure if Paramount is worth $26 billion.

But if Sony takes over Paramount, this means a flood of more Top Gun, Transformers, Mission Impossible reboot, and Star Trek to make the money back.

Look what happened to Marvel and Star Wars after Disney bought them out.

Aside from Top Gun, all those IP's are on the decline. Even the last MI underperformed at the box office. Star Trek is in limbo after a great season 3 of Picard that probably can't be continued. Transformers are.....a bad joke. Unlikely that a Top Gun 3 will ever be made at least for the next 3-4yrs.

Yup. Highly likely that Sony may experience a Disney-like failure.

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Posted in: What is the average salary in Japan in 2024? See in context

nonu6976Today  10:16 am JST

I don’t believe these numbers at all. Finance only 6.5m? - you will not find a salary that low at any investment bank. Even new grads start higher than that.

University grads for entry level positions often don't even make 3.5mil/yr even in finance. Unless you studied hard sciences, IT, or engineering, often your major has no connection with the your first job. I knew a lot of entry level grads at Nomura and their majors weren't finance or economics. They're hired more based on the name of their university and not their major. If they're not even specialized, it means years and years of training. So there's no reason to pay them a lot because expectations are low.

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher arrested for hugging young boy See in context

Sounds harmless and innocent but as a teacher, you need to be professional. Considering that this is Japan where physical contact is not common and actually frowned upon, as a teacher he should've known better. Best policy, don't initiate close contact with your students like a hug, A pat on the head or shoulder may be as much as you can do.

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Posted in: Thousands rally in Australian capitals to demand gender violence justice See in context

owzerToday  05:22 pm JST

'On average, one woman in Australia is killed by a current or former partner every nine days.'

And one man every month.

Currently, about 56% of Australians are married or partnered up. That means about 14,565,600 people, or 7,282,800 men and 7,282,800 women.

That works out to about 0.00040369% of women and 0.00016477% of men. A difference that is basically statistically insignificant.

Yet, this article is about people "rallying" to demand gender violence justice. How about you just apply the law whenever someone is violent toward another person?

'It is estimated that of all Australian adults: 11.3% (2.2 million) had experienced violence from a partner (current or previous cohabiting) 5.9% (1.1 million) had experienced violence from a boyfriend, girlfriend or date. 7.0% (1.4 million) had experienced violence from another family member (ABS 2023c).'

Your stats don't match.

One man every month vs. one women nine days.

Yes men are violent to each other as well but how many are the results of fights and criminal connections.

In most cases where women are victims, the perps are often men not other women. Are women in general as physically strong as men? When men murder men, is there also a prevalence of sexual assault or rape involved.

Nobody is saying that men aren't violent toward other men or that they are not victims. But comparing them to women solely based on the numbers and % doesn't tell the the real situation.

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Posted in: Thousands rally in Australian capitals to demand gender violence justice See in context

owzerToday  03:38 pm JST

The rallies also followed a mass stabbing in Sydney this month that killed six people, including five women.

Seems a bit of a stretch to tie that to an attack on women. Or did the killer announce otherwise?

'On average, one woman in Australia is killed by a current or former partner every nine days.'

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/much-loved-emma-bates-becomes-26th-woman-killed-by-violence-this-year/

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Posted in: 'Deadpool & Wolverine' almost ready to shake up Marvel Cinematic Universe See in context

Previous Deadpool flicks did well at the box office mainly for its humour, f-bombs, and violence. R-rated comic books have some appeal. The first one was alright. The second......not so good. Bringing back Wolverine from the dead will make 3 popular. Jackman is a decent actor. But it remains to be seen how good the story will be. It will surely do better than the latest: the Marvels, Madame Webb, Aquaman, Suicide Squad 2, the Flash....LOL!!!

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Posted in: Mary J. Blige, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, A Tribe Called Quest and Foreigner get into Rock Hall See in context

collegepark30349Today  09:51 am JST

I wonder what the issue is with legendary Carol Kaye. She should have been in as a contributor long ago. She's 89 now and not much longer for this world I'm afraid. She deserves so much more than a posthumous induction.

Because she's not well known enough to the general public regardless of her impact on all kinds of bassists and all her studio work. That's the R&R Hall of Fame for you. Ignore someone who had real impact on rock music but induct people Mary J. Blige, Cher, and Kool & the Gang who while impressive artists, never really played R&R.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating elementary school daughter See in context

Jonathan PrinToday  10:14 am JST

I will not judge this man because he did the right thing to bring her to hospital and they are not saying anything else than just 2 week injuries (which is hardly that bad) and not general physical abuse.

Doesn't make it look like he is a monster being objective and he shall have learned his lesson. Now neighbours and school will watch out I hope and everything will be fine. Ask about his wife too in particular if everything is fine.

If he carries on, that is another problem.

Please don't destroy his family by revealing his name in such case. This is a story that does not need national coverage at all.

Man slaps a girl under 10yrs old so hard in the face that injuries need 2 weeks to heal. Do you have any idea how hard you need to slap to cause that much injury and healing time. If this doesn't, what exactly constitutes general physical abuse to you? I really hope you don't have kids.

Oh but since he brought her to the hospital we need to cut him some slack.

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Posted in: Allman Brothers Band co-founder and legendary guitarist Dickey Betts dies at 80 See in context

Such a great band that stuck together for so long yet ended with much acrimony and never got resolved before all their deaths. Betts and Gregg really were the heart and soul cause Duane died too early. Deserves more credit as a great guitarist and not considered in the shadows of Duane.

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested for molesting 1-year-old girl in Kyoto park See in context

AlongfortherideToday  04:27 pm JST

MilesTegToday  03:34 pm JST

He shouldn't be touching the baby at all. So you're saying he was arrested for touching the baby's knees???

Yet again someone makes judgment before knowing the facts. Have a read of all the comments before you make any comments. It just makes you look foolish.

People get arrested for touching a baby's leg, knee, or foot? He was arrested. You look foolish for saying he got arrested for touching her leg, knee, or foot. And the man said it was wet. More likely the diaper was wet not the leg, knee, or foot and where do babies wear diapers? On the knee? LOL!

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested for molesting 1-year-old girl in Kyoto park See in context

AlongfortherideToday  07:46 am JST

MilesTegApr. 15  09:37 pm JST

There is absolutely no reason or justification to touch anyone's, let alone a baby's, lower body which refers to her pubic area. Do you think the mother would've called the police if he just touched her leg. You shouldn't even be touching her leg.

Since when does "lower body" refer to the pubic area? I would call my knees and calfs and ankles lower body.

Again, you are making judgement on things you don't know.

He shouldn't be touching the baby at all. So you're saying he was arrested for touching the baby's knees???

Do you seriously think what you said makes any sense. LOL!

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested for molesting 1-year-old girl in Kyoto park See in context

ushosh123Today  10:03 pm JST

One year old in a park should have all of the attention of the mother, and I can't really think of a reason the opportunity for this to happen arises.

Why are you blaming the mother? Did you read the article? She was right there but obviously never expected the man to touch a baby in that area.

'The man said to the girl, “You’re wet. Are you alright?” and touched her lower body before the girl’s mother could push him away.'

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested for molesting 1-year-old girl in Kyoto park See in context

AlongfortherideToday  07:02 pm JST

Lets not judge this guy yet. None of us know the full story. The girl was only 1 so it id very possible a very young Mother and the guy may have thought he is helping pointing out to the Mother she needs a daiper change. Or he could in fact be the other. But none of us know. JT should not even be reporting these stories until THEY know the facts. It only encourages bitter violence. JT please take note! Don't report things until you know what you are talking about

There is absolutely no reason or justification to touch anyone's, let alone a baby's, lower body which refers to her pubic area. Do you think the mother would've called the police if he just touched her leg. You shouldn't even be touching her leg.

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Posted in: Cannes announces lineup with Lanthimos, Coppola and Trump film 'The Apprentice' See in context

Quite a few interesting ones. Love Lanthimos' films. Coppola has made some unremarkable films lately but intrigued by him tackling sci-fi. Cronenberg returning to horror. Been of fan of Paul Schrader ever since I saw his Mishima flick. Parthenhope also sounds interesting. There's more than just blockbusters and every once in a while we get a blockbuster gem like Dune 2.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

Ohtani is from a small town in Tohoku and ever since he was a boy, all he thought about and did was baseball. Even today, we hear that he's still the same: baseball, sleep, eat, baseball, rinse and repeat. He doesn't sound like he's well versed or interested in many things that most are. Very sheltered life so not surprising quite naive and unware of many things. I don't find it hard to believe that he was clueless about money siphoning out of his bank account. I think he's clueless about many things as he's only focused on baseball.....and now...his wife.

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