Ryan Reynolds plays a pansexual in Deadpool, which means his character will sleep with men or women who don't necessarily identify as men or women. It's a little different than being bi-sexual, but it's a lot like bisexuality. It's kind of complicated and I don't want to screw this up, so here's a better definition.
No one in the entertainment industry saw this coming.
Deadpool, the new movie starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed, pansexual anti-hero, shattered February box office records over the weekend with a worldwide gross of an estimated $265 million.
The R-rated film opened at number one in every one of the 61 countries it played in except for Poland.
In the US and Canada, Deadpool grossed an estimated $150 million alone over the four-day Presidents Day holiday for which it set a new record. The previous Presidents Day holiday weekend record was set last year by Fifty Shades of Grey which had grossed $93 million, according to the site Box Office Mojo.
I remember when one of my publishers had a "Pansexual" section on their web site about ten years ago and very people even knew what that was at the time.
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I'm not sure if this means we'll be seeing more films like this in the future. If you recall, Fifty Shades of Grey was a huge hit last Valentine's Day. I just think it's a great weekend for going to the movies for most people. It's a tradition now and it shows at the box office.
Big Publishers, Writers, and Payment Systems
It was hard to title this part of the post today because I've worked with smaller presses who are often struggling just as much as their authors. So I'm making it clear this article is a generalization geared more toward trad publishing and the big five.
The problem is these are age old issues that never, ever change, only a hand picked few make money in publishing, and the rest make practically nothing.
Last month, the Society of Authors wrote an open letter to publishers calling for better, fairer contracts. To quote US media lawyer David Vandagriff, publishing contracts “stand apart from the general run of business agreements as conscience-shocking monstrosities”. Think supermarkets and small dairy farmers. Think, as Philip Pullman recently put it, steamrollers and ants.
The Society called for publishers not to hold on to rights that they don’t actively exploit, not to add crippling restrictions on writers’ other work and to stop insisting that authors contractually indemnify them against all risks. It also wants ebook royalties to rise from 25% to 50%, to fairly reflect the lower cost and risk of digital publication.
You can read the rest here. I think my biggest issue has always been the quarterly royalty statement. It's hard to find any other industry that pays any employee that way. School teachers or any other work force would walk out on the job.
Stephen Fry Leaves Twitter
I think we've seen just how vicious Twitter can be more than once. I remember back in 2009 when a romance review blogger had this scathing hashtag called #romfail. It was a regular Friday night event with a hashtag designed to laugh at romance novels, particularly erotic romance, and it devastated some newer authors to the point where they stopped writing altogether. I've always believed there's a designated place in hell for people who do things like that. You can take any book ever written and make a joke out of it. Any book. It's all about the context in which it is presented.
In any event, Twitter can be a vicious place, and that's why comedian, Stephen Fry, has decided to leave. Fry made a "bag lady" joke and he was attacked by the social justice warriors of Twitter in ways I haven't seen since E. L. James was attacked a few years ago.
After users tweeted him their distaste, he angrily responded in a number of updates, reminding people that Beavan is a close friend of his and she was aware of his intention. He wrote: “Will all you sanctimonious fuckers fuck the fuck off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate. Christ I want to leave the planet”.
Fry continued to argue with users during the night and retweet those who were supporting him. He also shared a picture of himself and Beavan, with the caption: “Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry at the #EEBAFTAs after party”.
I actually wish he hadn't left Twitter. I understand his reasons for leaving, but I wish he'd remained and gone right back after them. Or just dismissed them. That's really the only way to handle a bully. Wear them down until they beg for mercy, which can be amusing. Or, just ignore them.
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