Twitter recasts movies without straight, white men

From #OscarsSoWhite to #BaftasSoWhite, it’s fairly well established that Hollywood still has something of a diversity problem. As a recent study that highlighted this exact problem put it, “The film industry still functions as a straight, white, boy’s club.”


On the study, Vulture reports, “In an analysis of the 11,000 speaking parts that appeared in 2014 studio films and live-action scripted TV shows from the 2014-15 season, only one-third were female, and only 28 per cent were nonwhite. When female characters did appear, they were more than three times as likely as men to be sexualised. LGBT representation was even worse, with that community making up only 2 per cent of all speaking parts. Of those, only seven characters were trans ??? a minuscule .06 per cent, one-fifth as much as real-world estimates.”

And that’s leaving alone the white people who have played black roles.

So what can be changed? Well, aside from Geena Davis’ simple and effective advice of first switching some character names to women’s names, and second, making a crowd scene half-female, perhaps the Hollywood bigwigs could listen to Twitter, which, thanks to journalist Brian J. White, has spent the past couple of days brainstorming ways to recast movies with no straight, white men.

White kicked off proceedings like so: This is fun. Guys, recast your favorite movies/shows with the following rules: no straight white men. Genderflipping is encouraged.??? Brian J. White (@talkwordy) April 15, 2017

Young Batman, played by Oscar Issac. Lupita Nyong’o is Robin. Daniel Wu is Lieutenant James Gordan. John Boyega is Assistant DA Harvey Dent.??? Brian J. White (@talkwordy) April 15, 2017

The Justice League, but everyone is Wonder Woman.

Maverick: Felicity Jones Goose: Kate McKinnon Iceman: Zoe Saldana Viper: Cher Guy who says “rubber dogshit out of Hong Kong”: Ian McKellen https://t.co/yfh5ZoNPVS??? Ty Schalter (@tyschalter) April 16, 2017

The A-Team: Hannibal Smith – Janelle Monae Murdock – Kristen Stewart BA Baracus – Rutina Wesley Face – Maggie Q https://t.co/hjQkm0X2uu??? Tristina Wright (@TristinaWright) April 16, 2017

Grace Jones is the goblin queen and she has stolen Blue Ivy from her big bro Alfred Enoch https://t.co/s82fCoksQ1??? SarahTheRebel (@SarahTheRebel) April 16, 2017

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ferris = Rosario Dawson, Cameron = Winona Ryder, Rooney = Samuel L Jackson https://t.co/425TDhR8M8??? SmallRabbit (@smallrabbit) April 16, 2017

Harry: Dev Patel Ron: John Boyega Hermione: Cherrelle Skeete Ginny: Lindsey Morgan Neville: Hayden Szeto Luna: Alisha Boe https://t.co/a3FWjAf99U??? Britt Rivera (@kindamoviesnob) April 16, 2017

Usual Suspects. Viola Davis, Robin Wright, Uzo Aduba, Gina Torres, Kathy Bates.

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Emotions high as Mitchell pushes for first encounter with Hawks

Star West Coast recruit Sam Mitchell is making a rapid recovery from an ankle injury in time for what looms as an emotional first outing against his old club Hawthorn in Melbourne on Sunday.


Mitchell and Eagles coach Adam Simpson are expected to make an early call on whether the highly-decorated former superstar Hawk will be fit to take on his four-time premiership teammates at the MCG.

West Coast is also likely to get Jack Darling back from an ankle injury.

The big forward missed last Thursday’s win over Sydney in Perth with strained tendons in his left ankle he suffered in the team’s round three loss to Richmond in Melbourne.

Simpson said in his weekly Channel Seven interview on Monday night his gun recruit was “touch and go” to play his first game against his old club since his shock trade last October just days after winning his fifth Hawks club champion award.

Simpson said the 10-day break between last Thursday, when Mitchell was kicked in the lower left leg by a swinging foot from teammate Jack Redden, and Sunday’s crucial clash could significantly aid Mitchell’s recovery.

The four-time Hawks premiership midfielder is understood to have undertaken extensive treatment over the Easter weekend, including hourly icing of his lower leg as well as hobbling around on crutches to reduce weight on his injury.

Mitchell reported substantial improvement to Simpson on Monday afternoon.

“He was in doubt over the weekend,” Simpson disclosed.

“But he’s pulled up really well. The 10-day break is really going to help him.

“I don’t think we’ll play any games… If he’s not right we’ll declare it as early as we can.

“But I do want to give him as much time as I can.”

Simpson admitted Sunday’s showdown with Mitchell’s accomplished teammates could prove substantially emotional for the 34-year-old.

“I don’t want to overplay it,” Simpson said.

“It will be a big moment for him.”

Simpson and his Eagles also confront an alarmingly poor win-loss record at football headquarters where premierships are decided.

West Coast has a 38 per cent winning ratio at the “G” after 30 wins and 48 losses.

Since Simpson took over in 2014, the Eagles have notched three wins from eight trips, including successive losses to the Hawks, both by 46 points, in the 2015 Grand Final and last year’s round two re-match.

“More importantly it’s a big moment… travelling to the MCG again and playing a team that is on the ropes,” Simpson said.

“We know how important the game is for both clubs.”

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Australian had ‘no idea’ his book would be read at Trump’s first Easter Egg Roll

It would probably send a lot of other authors hopping mad.


But when Australian children’s author Adam Wallace discovered Donald Trump’s chief spin doctor had co-opted his words in order to project a more family-friendly image during Washington’s Easter celebrations, he was more amused than anything else. After all, any publicity is good publicity.

Every year, thousands of children and their parents flock to the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. As part of the festivities, a number of key players in American politics – including the first lady – read to groups of children.

For Trump’s first Easter Egg Roll, press secretary Sean Spicer ditched the Easter bunny costume in favour of a suit and speckled tie in order to put his communication skills to good use.

Carrying a copy of How to Catch the Easter bunny, Spicer – who is usually in front of television camera yelling at journalists for telling the truth – enlisted the help of a dapper child to read to everyone present.

The book’s author, Melbourne-based writer Adam Wallace, had no idea his book was chosen for the Easter festivities. In fact, he only found out about the picture book being selected after he was contacted by Fairfax Media.

“I had no idea at all,” he said. “It’s a massive shock. My publisher has been really good at getting my books out there… bizarre things are happening that I never would have expected. But this is all a bit out of the blue.”

One of Wallace’s previous books, How to Catch A Leprechaun, was a New York Times bestseller. He suspects this might have something to do with his Easter-themed picture book – illustrated by Andy Elkerton – was picked up by the White House.

Wallace admitted he didn’t have very strong opinions on Donald Trump, simply because he doesn’t watch much news. “It’s too depressing,” he said.

However, he did point out that maybe Sean Spicer is the best person to read How to Catch the Easter Bunny because it “might show a different side to him”.

“As an author, one of the biggest things is just having your books seen,” he said. “I do a lot of school visits and that sort of thing, but you can only go to so many schools over a year. I don’t know if it’s good publicity or bad publicity [to be associated with the Trump administration], but it seems good.”

Spicer appeared initially uncomfortable during the storytime session, but eventually relaxed into his role after commenting on one of the audience member’s bunny ears. But that didn’t stop the press secretary from being roasted on social media, with last week’s Holocaust-gaffe still fresh in people’s minds. Cute of this kid to teach Sean Spicer how to read #EasterEggRollpic.twitter苏州美甲学校/bO4hyFecJv??? Aaron Matthews (@AaronLMatthews) April 17, 2017

“You in the bunny ears stop shaking your head at me. That is how the Easter Bunny was caught!” @[email protected]#EasterEggRollpic.twitter苏州美甲学校/tM4gLUyzmm??? Amelia Rustaey (@RustaeyAmelia) April 17, 2017

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Newcastle Northstars defend AIHL title with new-look squad

IMPORTED: Canadian Felix-Antoine Poulin is a defenceman with a knack of scoring goals. Picture: Skip Hickey/SkipsPics The Newcastle Northstars will chase a third consecutive Australian Ice Hockey League title with a new array of imports, but coach Andrew Petrie says his local players again will hold the key to the club’s fortunes.


Last year’s leagueleading scorer, Connor McLaughlin, and fellow imports Scott Swiston andBrandon Greenside have left the club. In come Canadians Matt Marantz, Steve Kuhn and Felix-Antoine Poulin and American Joe Harcharik.

The club has also lost goaltender Dayne Davis but recruitedAustralian representative Charlie Smart from Sydney Ice Dogs to compete with fellow youngster Nick Mizen for a starting role.

Newcastle, who have changed their nickname from North Stars to Northstars, had five players in the Australian Mighty Roos squad thatwon silver in the Division II Group A world titles this month in Romania.

Captain Bert Malloy, Mat Lindsay,Beau Taylor, Pat Nadin and Smart were in the squad. John Kennedy Jr, who became an Australian citizen in January, was picked but hadfamily commitments.

The Northstars have won six Goodall Cups in 14 seasons, a consistency which suggeststheir success has as much to do with their cast of Australian players as the star qualities of their imports.

“That’s precisely what the key to the success is,” Petrie said.“You want to build a working culture of success and camaraderie, and then complement that with the right set of imports.

“Seeing so many of them get called up to the national team is really gratifying.”

Marantz, a six-foot criminology graduate from Calgary, is a centre who playedfive years with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs and a close friendofKuhn’s.

Kuhn played last season with Neuilly-sur-Marne Bisons in the French second tier with former Northstars MVP Geordie Wudrick.

Poulin is a goal-scoring defenceman whohas two seasons of pro hockey behind him, in the East Coast Hockey League withAlaska Aces and in the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League with Dundee Stars.He ledthe EIHL in goals for all defencemen with 17 and had32 assists.

“Felix has good size, great mobility and vision and has an elite-level shot,” Petrie told the AIHL website.

“He’s got a natural flair for jumping up into the offence.”

Harcharik, who will miss this weekend’s season-opening double-header in Adelaide and Perth, was sixth on the AIHL offensive charts when he played with the Sydney Bears in 2015.

The Northstars will launch their season with a Skate with the Champions evening on Wednesday from 6 to 8pm at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium. Stadium entry and skate hire will be free.

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Bendigo District RSL outraged at ‘silent disco’ on Anzac Day eve

RSL outraged at ‘silent disco’ on Anzac Day eve The flyer posted to the Universal Bendigo Facebook page.


The post on the Universal Bendigo Facebook page.

The flyer posted to the Universal Bendigo Facebook page.

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappA “silent disco” planned for the eve of Anzac Day has sparked debate in Bendigo with the Bendigo District RSL labeling the promotion as “inappropriate”.

Theevent at Universal Bendigo was described on the nightclub’s Facebook page as “A Minute of Silence… No… It Deserves a Night of Silence!!! ANZAC EVE…. SILENT DISCO!!!”

It is scheduled for the evening on Monday, April 24, with “three DJs to choose, hundreds of tunes and complete silence!”.

Bendigo District RSL president Cliff Richards said the way animageof a soldier and poppies was used in the flyer promoting the event was “disgusting”.

“It’s highly inappropriate this company has done this,” he said.

“As far as theBendigo District RSL is concerned, it’s certainly an inappropriate act to use the word ‘Anzac’ and images of poppies when promoting a disco.”

Mr Richards said Anzac Day was a day of national pride, not a day to advertisea disco.

The Universal Bendigo nightclub in McCrae Street.

The Facebook post, which was removed this morning, wasslammed by users when the event flyer was posted just after 5pm yesterday.

“Absolutely despicable. Me and my comrades are offended for those who lost their lives for this country. It’s not party time. Disrespectful and ignorant,” one Facebook user wrote.

“Come to the war memorial and talk about the 102,000 Australians that have lost their lives and talk to their families.”

Another called for the Universal to remove “this entire joke of a post” and make a formal apology.

Not everyone was offended, with a number of Facebook users tagging people and saying they would attend.

Comments on the post on the Universal Bendigo Facebook page.

Penalties apply for the incorrect use of the word ‘Anzac’ under theProtection of Word ‘Anzac’ Act 1920 actand permission from the Veterans’ Affairs minister is generally required to use the word in a commercial context.

However, the words ‘Anzac Day’ may be used in connection with certain events or entertainment held on April 25, or on consecutive days including Anzac Day, withoutpermission.

The Bendigo Advertiser is seeking comment from Universal Bendigo.

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