If you had any doubt about whether people in advertising can create positive social change, No seems to be the film to watch.
Bernal: I knew about, obviously, Pinochet. I mean, I grew up with a lot of Latin American exiles in Mexico, but I didn’t get a sense, a real sense of the pain, and the deep pain that a dictatorship cost until I arrived to Chile.
Larraín: It’s unique because if you have for the very first time, after fifteen years of dictatorship, you have a little moment on TV when you can express for first time what do you think, and convince people, in order to convince people to vote for the ‘No’ option, the very first thing that you would do is to go, “Pinochet is a bad person, he killed this, he did this.” And then one guy, a couple of guys would come in—and that’s what Gael represents—and they said, “no, no, no, no—that’s not the way. If we do that, they will win because we will spread fear. We have to say, “Man, let’s, you know, the storm is over. Now, it’s the spring coming, the joy is coming.” Let’s spread a positive message.” And they were so smart and brilliant and unique. But these people that were coming from advertising, that were used to sell spaghettis, or pop sodas, or whatever, they changed the history of a country.
A male dental assistant, Mr. Alquicira is in the minority. But he is also part of a distinctive, if little noticed, shift in workplace gender patterns. Over the last decade, men have begun flocking to fields long the province of women.
Mr. Alquicira, 21, graduated from high school in a desolate job market, one in which the traditional opportunities, like construction and manufacturing, for young men without a college degree had dried up. After career counselors told him that medical fields were growing, he borrowed money for an eight-month training course. Since then, he has had no trouble finding jobs that pay $12 or $13 an hour.
He gave little thought to the fact that more than 90 percent of dental assistants and hygienists are women. But then, young men like Mr. Alquicira have come of age in a world of inverted expectations, where women far outpace men in earning degrees and tend to hold jobs that have turned out to be, by and large, more stable, more difficult to outsource, and more likely to grow.
“The way I look at it,” Mr. Alquicira explained, without a hint of awareness that he was turning the tables on a time-honored feminist creed, “is that anything, basically, that a woman can do, a guy can do.”
Tonight’s solar eclipse aligned with the new moon, so she joined a group for an extra special new moon meditation at Venice Beach. They’re sitting on the grass, meditating and singing, and a man nearby starts speaking to them, flatly:
"It’s not going to work. The world is still going to end. It’s not going work. Trust me."
"Who can say that someone flew across the Atlantic just to surprise them?"
Yes, you can, Marwa!
Here’s the story: shortly after visiting us from Amsterdam for the first time, Liza started planning her return to her beloved Los Angeles—without telling Marwa. For more than two months, we kept her trip a secret: figuring out what dates she should come, how we’d get her home from the airport, how we would surprise Marwa. We had to guard our mouths, stop ourselves from saying things like, “oh, we can do that when Liza comes!” and say things like, “So, Marwa, when is Liza coming back..?” instead. ;)
Tonight, Liza walked into the kitchen. Marwa was so shocked, her heart kept racing for the next hour! And we have it all filmed.
Last one, then I’m out. Most broad in its coverage of the different issues at play: how Saverin compares to the rest of the founders, what exactly his investments have been, locals hoping for star sightings, etc.
While Zuckerberg is often spotted walking his dog or driving his Acura, Saverin is a Singapore playboy, Bentley and all. Since 2009 when he moved to Singapore full time as an investor, the man portrayed as somewhat shy and clearly business-oriented has been best known for running up tens of thousands of dollars in bar tabs at clubs. His entry into the city-state had been seen as an avenue to jumpstart the tech startup goals that have been floundering for a decade.
“Eduardo doesn’t invest in much. He doesn’t invest in Singapore companies,” grouses John Fearon, CEO of Singapore start-ups dropmysite.com and dropmyemail.com. “He doesn’t set up his stall and say, ‘come to me’ for investment.”
The other component of his notoriety in the area is a penchant for skipping out on speaking obligations at the last minute. He was scheduled to judge startup pitches at Echelon 2011 but sent a text message hours before he was supposed to be on stage. It’s not the only report of cancellations at the 11th hour.
He has been relatively aloof with the media over the years which may be one of the reasons he went to tabloid-unfriendly Singapore in the first place.
And I was so charmed by Garfield in The Social Network. (Full disclosure, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher are formidable.) Posing the question, once again, on the influence of films on the perception of real-life people and events. TSN also didn’t mention that Parker’s more recent claim to fame is his aggressive philanthropy tactics.
Who’s the real (empty) party boy?
And is everything really “good guys vs. bad guys” anyway?
And so, ironically, we come back to the last lines of TSN:
You’re not an asshole, Mark. You’re just trying so hard to be.
The Harvard classmate of Mark Zuckerberg, Saverin helped provide the financing for the initial founding of Facebook. With the social network giant set to go public, Saverin, who was born in Brazil and moved to the United States in 1992, will become a citizen of Singapore — where he currently resides — and avoid full taxation on the massive windfall he is set to receive from the IPO.
Anyone seen this guy walking around? Say, “Hello, nice to meet you—hope you’re enjoying that Welcome to Singapore package.” Tax breaks are, apparently, our thing (read: “ow-err ting”).
With over $700 million in ticket sales and abounding critical praise, Joss Whedon, now over 20 years into a Hollywood career that’s had its ups and downs, could be excused for basking in the spotlight and even getting a big head. But the writer-director of The Avengersdidn’t build a passionately devoted fan base through arrogance, and in a new letter to those fans, he makes it clear that he isn’t letting the blockbuster success of his Marvel film change him.
Whedon on very early Wednesday posted a long note to his core supporters on the fansite Whedonesque.com, thanking them for their loyalty through thick and thin — with the trademark pop culture references, asides and sarcasm that helped win them over in the first place.
"People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change," Whedon writes. "I am sure that is true. And change is good — change is exciting. I think — not to jinx it — that I may finally be recognized at Comiccon. Imagine!"
"What doesn’t change is anything that matters. What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with ‘peeps’ — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of," he says. "When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all."
"I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating," he writes. "If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here."
Joss Whedon is the Man. Thank you for sharing your endless genius with the rest of us ‘plebs. You and Neil Gaiman, a couple of the finest story-making/telling minds and voices of our generation.