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Sharp decline in women-led films in 2023 despite Barbie success

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While the film “Barbie” may have been a box office success in 2023, it wasn’t enough to offset a concerning trend in Hollywood: a significant decline in women-led films.

According to a study released by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the representation of women, especially women of color and those over 45, in films reached near-decade lows last year.

The study, which analyzed the gender identity, racial/ethnicity, and age of leads and co-leads across the top 100 grossing films from 2007 to 2023, revealed that only 30% of the films in 2023 featured a female-identified actor as a lead or co-lead.

This percentage marked a substantial drop from the previous year, despite women representing more than half of the U.S. population and the movie-going audience.

Cannot compensate

Authors of the study, Katherine L. Neff, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, and Dr. Katherine Pieper, emphasised that while individual films like “Barbie” may receive attention for their representation, they cannot compensate for the lack of diversity in the broader film landscape.

They urged the industry to move beyond celebrating isolated successes and to prioritize systemic change.

The study also highlighted the scarcity of roles for women over the age of 45, with only three films in 2023 featuring female leads/co-leads in this age group.

This figure represented a significant decline from the previous year and underscored the broader issue of ageism in Hollywood.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Why are Americans moving abroad?

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Inflation and the rising cost of living in the Unites States is motivating Americans to consider moving to other countries.

Have you ever dreamed of working or retiring abroad?

Well, more and more Americans are discovering that their income can stretch much further in other countries, allowing them to save more, pay off debts, and even get ahead financially.

Kelli Maria Korduck a contributor with Business Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss why Americans are deciding that the only way to get ahead is to leave.

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Boston Dynamics’ electric marvel or robot contortionist?

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Boston Dynamics has recently unveiled its latest creation, the electric Atlas robot, boasting enhanced agility and strength.

However, with its uncanny ability to contort and rise from the ground with an almost eerie grace, one might wonder if we’re witnessing the birth of the world’s first robot contortionist.

As this technological marvel flaunts its capabilities, one can’t help but ponder if we’re on the brink of a future where household chores will be effortlessly handled by robots moving like a fusion of ballet dancers and horror movie monsters.

With its cadaver-like movements and illuminated head, it’s hard not to speculate whether Atlas is destined to revolutionise robotics or simply rehearsing for a techno-horror rendition of The Nutcracker. As Boston Dynamics continues to push the boundaries of robotics, the line between science fiction and reality becomes increasingly blurred.

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The Coffee confusion causing health concerns

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As the morning sun peeks through the curtains, many reach for that familiar brew, kickstarting their day with a comforting cup of coffee.

It’s a ritual ingrained in cultures worldwide, offering a jolt of energy to combat the grogginess of dawn.

But when is the optimal time for that caffeine fix? According to registered dietitian Anthony DiMarino, RD, LD, the answer isn’t crystal clear.

Some experts suggest delaying that first sip until mid-morning or later. However, DiMarino reassures coffee lovers that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this dilemma.

Meanwhile, the science behind coffee production unveils fascinating insights into its instant variant. Whether produced through freeze-drying or spray-drying methods, instant coffee offers convenience without sacrificing flavor.

Yet, beyond convenience, recent studies delve deeper into coffee’s impact on our bodies. Research exploring the acute effects of decaffeinated versus caffeinated coffee reveals intriguing findings on reaction time, mood, and skeletal muscle strength.

Moreover, investigations into the gut microbiome shed light on coffee’s influence on liver cirrhosis patients. A study analyzing the duodenal microbiome in this population found correlations between coffee consumption and microbial richness and evenness.

So, as you sip your coffee and ponder the day ahead, consider not just the flavour in your cup but also the subtle impacts it may have on your body and mind.

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