Wonder Woman salary controversy

 First of all, Wonder Woman is a work of cinematic genius. I originally was going to refrain from seeing it, but a little bird made me see it. I was mad hesitant to see it. I avoided seeing the movie when it first came out, but I try nowadays to keep an open mind. I was blown away. It was really something. I was still thinking about it on the drive home and the score was superb.
The thing is, we worry too much about the wrong things in the West.
In the US, for example, we don't mind it when the government lost 6.5 trillion dollars at the Pentagon. Supposedly, the State Dept. lost money as well. Was it really lost? Ho-hum is the response. You can hear crickets when you ask the hard questions. That's a big deal. That's a lot of the taxpayers' money. The corruption would be laughable if it weren't so genuinely sad.
The first controversy concerned Wonder Woman's origins. Wonder Woman was invented by a man. Her skimpy attire was deemed sexist-- nevermind the fact that Moulton invented the polygraph and many other things. The link between Wonder Woman's lasso and the polygraph is crystal clear. Then, there was this whole controversy about all-woman showings of the movie. Next, there was all this shock and awe that Gal Gadot was a combat veteran. I can't for the life of me fathom how that controversy came about. Military service is compulsory in Israel for both men and women.
The newest one was Gal Gadot's salary. It was a paltry 300,000 dollars-- more than most people on the actual planet can conceive of making in a year. I think that Gal Gadot was being genuine when she said she was grateful. I don't think she was blowing smoke up people's asses. She has thought of "quitting acting". She signed a three picture deal. Worse case scenario she would make 900, 000 before taxes. Let's be honest though. If Justice League makes a lot of money (it will), they will make more Justice League flicks. So bare minimum, she would be making 1.2 million before taxes for four movies. Many foreign actors let alone American actors do not get to be in successful blockbusters that size-- let alone what may soon be one of the biggest movies of all time. "I'm done with it" (Fences).
The controversy nobody ever talks about is how Hollywood studios finance their pictures. They have already made hundreds of millions of dollars of profit before the movie gets released on any platform. Many movies do not get made if everyone does not get paid first. That's why Hollywood favors sequels and blockbusters. Blockbusters are so much easier to finance than small art films. They sell the rights to foreign investors and buy the rights back cheaply. Usually, Hollywood studios operate in countries like Germany or New Zealand where the tax laws are laxer than in the U.S. It's all legal, but the big studios have already made profit way before we have ever heard of the movie in question. The actors are paid out of the studios' cut. Why are movie tickets so expensive? Why are refreshments almost as pricey as a decent meal at a restaurant? That's the real controversy. The house always wins. Just like with everything else, people focus on the small stuff. Don't sweat the small stuff and it's all small stuff. Check out this old Slate article that expounds on movie banking.

Here's an excerpt from the article that breaks down what happens:

"

The Hollywood studio starts by arranging on paper to sell the film's copyright to a German company. Then, they immediately lease the movie back—with an option to repurchase it later. At this point, a German company appears to own the movie. The Germans then sign a "production service agreement" and a "distribution service agreement" with the studio that limits their responsibility to token—and temporary—ownership.

For the privilege of fake ownership, the Germans pay the studio about 10 percent more than they'll eventually get back in lease and option payments. For the studio, that extra 10 percent is instant profit. It is truly, as one Paramount executive told me, "money for nothing." In the case of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Paramount sold the copyright to a group of German investors for $94 million through Tele-München Gruppe, a company headed by German mogul Herbert Kloiber. Paramount then repurchased the film for $83.8 million in lease and option payments. The studio's $10.2 million windfall paid the salaries of star Angelina Jolie ($7.5 million) and the rest of the principal cast.  "

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/the_hollywood_economist/2005/04/how_to_finance_a_hollywood_blockbuster.html

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Tom Holland is Spider-Man

So Tom Holland is Peter Parker!!!

This is not a review. The movie does not deserve me to spoil it. See it on the big screen you want.

All the shows for Spiderman were sold out at the spot. The one at 7:05 p.m. and then the one at 8 p.m. Consequently, I had to wait an extra two hours. When I thought about it, it made little sense. Seeing the movie later in the week would have made everything else mad complicated. I was really into 3-D. This went on for ten minutes. I was going to have to cancel tomorrow's plans. Then I thought, "I need to work". I decided as I looked at my week: "now or never". It was worth it.

I killed time by going to MCDee's and then I talk to friends for about an hour. While I was on the phone, an Uber driver drove on the sidewalk in front of me to the movie theater. It was an obvious area for pedestrians-- a mini park. Me and the teen couple across from me just kind of looked at each other in disbelief.  They kept staring at me and laughing at this guy. I had thought: "what if he had hit someone?" It was actually funny. I later asked the two teens who jumped out if it was 5-star service. They thought at first I was trying to chat them up. They were still in shock.They laughed and intimated it hadn't been 5-star service. Haha!!

This is no spoiler. That's not me. I am way behind with all my shows-- too many spoilers. Dolt!! I will watch them anyway. So like I'm not going to give it away.... But as a Spidey fan, I've waited a long time to see someone actually play Peter Parker. Yeah, there have been lots of close calls but Tom Holland really did it. I wasn't even a teenager when I started collecting Spidey. I almost wrote I was. Haha!!

The whole cast was really really good!!! There were many surprises as far as who actually is in the movie. We'll leave it there. Actually, pleasant surprises they were.... I know it sounds really vague, but I don't want to do a hardcore review and spoil anyone's experience. When I'm considering seeing a movie, I generally go and see it-- unless I'm on the fence. I don't really do a lot of reading about the movie or any kind of prep. The same thing goes for Justice League and Black Panther. There's no talking I need to do about those movies. I am just going to see them.

All the high school hijinks of early Spiderman comics are in the movie. That was really authentic. So many of the other Spider-man movies skip over the high school bit, which gave me no reason to see some of them.
I think I'll probably do a follow up in like a few weeks when more people have seen the movie. Maybe in a couple weeks.... Then I guess I'll spoil it a little bit. I can already see some people will say it's way multiculti. People complain to complain. The core characters are May and Peter. They were most authentic I have seen them in any Spider-Man representation outside of the comic book. Marissa did an awesome job and Tom came off as Peter Parker to the fullest. I can't say anything more without messing up all the surprises.

I would just prefer you guys just go and see it. The writing was really good!! Awesome!!! The beginning for me was a little bit slow. The first 10 or 15 minutes dragged a bit. That's enough for part 1. Homecoming is an apt title. They finally came as close to the comic as they could get. In some ways, Hollywood may do like Star Wars. Stay tuned!!!

Wonder Woman

Wonder fight scene"Masterful".

"Powerful".

I left the theater and had to turn off my phone. I was literally speechless.The score still echoed in my head the whole way home.

I don't know what I expected when I saw this. I hadn't wanted to see it, but a little bird told me to. I'd been pretty much working and learning every chance I get most of the last three weeks. I'd planned to go home and work until 2 am. I may still do so.

Don't worry this is no spoiler blog or post. The movie is worth seeing and is one of the best movies I've seen this year-- if not the best. It has me stoked to see Justice League in November and it's much more than the CGI. The acting was crazy and the score was amazing.

Besides that, Director Malick did a good job of creating a place where faith in humanity might restored. It's like I told fam, "Yo, you got to see Wonder Woman". I followed it up with some texts and it was meant to be. The score is still in my head as I write this and I took so much away.

"I believe".