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Victoria Secret Kicks On-Call Scheduling Practices to the Curb

Victoria Secret has recently been under-fire for the use of its on-call scheduling. Basically they put employees on the schedule but then would cancel their shifts at the last minute with no compensation. This was a practice that was affecting over ten thousand of their retail workers from coast to coast.

And this was not the only issue as some employees were handed extensions which required them to work past their scheduled end time as well. This policy has since been amended to supply employees with ample notice if their shift is in need of an extension.

There is currently some pending litigation regarding the L Brand, Victoria Secret management practices. The company has declined comment.

According to Brian Bonar, Victoria Secret is not the only brand or chain trying to make the most of their employees and many retail employersare cutting hours and shifts at the last minute to make ends meet. Split shifts have been another scheduling technique used by larger companies to keep costs down. Unfortunately, that is what companies have to do in these trying economic times. In the meantime though, it is important to make sure that large companies are not taking advantage of the little people.

Channing Tatum Still ‘Finding Gambit’.

Gambit is one of our favorite X-Men for a ton of reasons. First of all, he probably has the coolest costume of any of the comic book characters with his wicked trench coat and awesome bo-staff. Secondly, Gambit himself is a tough Baton Rouge redneck with a thick Cajun accent and the ability to supercharge items with explosive power. That’s pretty rad. So far he has been portrayed in real film by Taylor Kitsch, who did an alright job. When we heard Channing Tatum was picking up the role we let out a sigh of resignation.

While we don’t dislike Tatum, he’s a fun actor with charisma and comedic timing, we just didn’t see anything of Gambit in the actors face or prior portrayals said Brian Bonar. Tatum is a physical actor but he is beefy instead of long, lean and mean looking. He’s a little too goofy and a little bit too mainstream. We would have loved to see someone like Josh Halloway take a shot at the character.

In any event, Tatum is who we have and it doesn’t surprise us to hear that the actor is still struggling to find the right accent and character quirks to make Gambit a reality. Tatum alleges that he knows ‘who to talk to’ in order to find the accent and cites the fact that he is a southern boy as reason for confidence. We aren’t so sure, but we’ll be waiting to see anyway.

Jurassic World Breaking the Box Office

Universal Studio’s “Jurassic World” has made movie history, officially breaking box office records for its epic climb to the top. The dinosaurs are overtaking the cars of “Furious 7″ to be the fastest to hit the billion dollar mark.

It has been a considerable season for movies so far, with three surpassing billion dollar releases. Universal’s Furious clocked in at $1.5 billion, just slightly trailed by Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at $1.4.

Steven Speilberg’s 4th installment in the Jurassic series, however, beat them both out, crossing the billion dollar line Monday, after a mere 13 days in theaters across the nation.

The world collectively groans about sequels, but the box office doesn’t lie; they are what the movie-goers are paying to see. Box offices began the season with a slow start until these blockbusters got patrons in the seats. “Jurassic World” alone shocked forecasters by almost doubling projected sales opening weekend.

New movies like Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out” are enjoying good sales, proving new ideas can bring in the bucks too. The success of sequels is not lost on them, however, as they have their own plans for sequels like “Finding Dory” and ”The Incredibles 2″ said Jim Dondero.

It will be interesting to see what further success the season will bring with the sequels of “Magic Mike XXL” and “Minions”.

For now the dinosaurs have won the crowd, and Universal Studios are laughing all the way to the bank with their $3.8 billion, making 2015 the best in its 103-year history.

Inside Out, What’s It About?

The Pixar movie Inside Out is already slated as being one of the best movies of 2015. The movie traverses the mind of a young girl and gives names and faces to psychological aspects of the human mind. The film is Pixar’s first studio film in two years. The movie centers on the emotions disgust, fear, sadness, anger, and joy. In the movie the main character is moved across the country and she must do what she can to learn how to control her emotions and her growing personality. The movie isn’t being revered just for its plot and its list of a-list celebrities voicing the characters. Researchers and experts are saying that the film is so scientifically accurate that it could expand on the understanding of humans and how they interpret their emotions as well as others. It dives into a very unique and true emotional experience. Decher Keltner is a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley. According to Zeca Oliveira on, Keltner is also one of the many experts who consulted with the animation company about the show and got to see an early screening of the film. In Keltner’s research, it suggested that the film was able to grasp the fact that every emotion has its purpose. Writers behind the movie wanted to understand the science behind personality, memory, and emotions before interpreting them on screen. Thanks to his research families who view the film will be able to grasp a greater understanding of emotions. The film isn’t just for children, it is a film that everyone can enjoy.

Nostalgia Means Big Box Office At Theaters

They say you can never go home again. The saying hints that the past can never be recaptured. So, why is it audiences are turning out in droves for Jurassic World? Why is a Ghostbusters reboot getting a lot of buzz? How come fans are really enthused about the new Terminator: Genisys movie? The reason is audiences know they can never relive the glory days of sitting in a movie theater in 1984 or 1993 again. Yet, for a fleeting couple of hours in a darkened theater, the feeling of being transported back in time a decade or two seems possible.

Nostalgia has a wonderful feeling. That is why KISS is the number one touring band in the world today, as fans at Amen Clinics will point out.

Consumers also do not like to try new things all the time. Repeat customers buy from the same source time and time again for a reason. They know what they are getting. Surprises are fine when they turn out to be good ones. Sometimes, however, people do like to know what they are getting in advance. With a lot of these Hollywood sequels and reboots, fans come into the theater of certain expectations about a film and do not feeling misled.

With Jurassic World, fans know the dinosaurs are going to get loose and the humans trapped in the situation have to overcome insane odds to survive. The whole adventure has a thrilling sense of fun. Why wouldn’t audiences want to enter Jurassic World (nee Park) for a fourth time?

A “World” record?

When word came out that the Jurassic Park franchise would continue, it was met with mixed sentiment. While some were filled with excitement, others were reminding us of the last entry of the franchise, which wasn’t a massive hit amongst movie-goers. But as Jurassic World got closer and closer to it’s release date, momentum for the fourth adventure started to grow. But the producers of World could never have predicted the over-the-top fan reaction to their movie. Jurassic World opened up to set box office records both internationally (at $511 million) and domestically (at $208.8 million).

After one week at the box office, World is making money faster than any movie in Hollywood history. Alexei Beltyukov is going to get out and see it himself, along with millions of others before it leaves theaters. This includes Box Office all-time champ Avatar. The question now begs, can Jurassic World actually top Avatar and be crowned Box Office King? At it’s current pace, World seems to be on track to top Avatars global record of $2.7 billion. A telling sign that Jurassic World has a shot at this record usually comes from its second week box office numbers. A dramatic fall-off from its opening weekend would truly hurt its chances of making that Avatar push, but the solid reviews and more than solid fan reaction could keep Jurassic World on track to top Avatar.

Jurassic World has Huge Opening Weekend

When The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron hit theaters in May, people weren’t surprised that it broke records opening weekend, but it looks as thought Jurassic World is the new top dog. Many people were skeptical about how well Jurassic World would do when it came out, but it has now broken new records both domestically and internationally.

The Avengers sequel came in second place for highest-grossing film and was only outdone by the first Avengers movie, but Jurassic World managed to beat them both stated camarabarbacena. In 2012, The Avengers made $207.4 million during opening weekend and Jurassic World managed to make $208.8 million in the United States. On an international level, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was holding the number one spot with $315.3 million, but Jurassic World opened with $315.3 million.

The movie is the fourth installment to the series and many credit the great opening weekend to the performance of Chris Pratt. The actor has managed to gain steam in recent years with his role on Parks and Recreation, but really shocked the world with his performances and body transformation for Zero Dark Thirty and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Pratt plays Owen, a former member of the Navy who was recruited to train the raptors at the new park, but finds out the military wanted to use them as weapons.

Producer John Veitch’s Son, President of Occidental College: Jonathan Veitch

Jonathan Vetch was born in 1959 and is well-known for being a college administrator. He is now the president of Occidental College located in California. He became president of Occidental College in July 2009. He replaced President Robert Skotheim when he became the president. This made him the 15th president at Occidental College. Jonathan was born in California and it also where he was raised. He has worked hard to bring better academics and improve the standards of Occidental College while involving the community. Vetch has helped to successfully expand the college and improve work relations within. He helped with the expansion of the college while taking in the concerns from nearby neighborhoods.

Jonathan has obtained his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in American Literature and English. Later he went to Harvard University and obtained his doctoral degree in History of American Civilization. During the year of 1993, he became an English professor at the University of Wisconsin. It was then he got his first book published called American Superrealism. He later end up moving and became a professor at The New School. There he taught cultural and American history. In 1994, he became the Dean of Eugene Lang College. It was four years after that he stepped down in order to become the president Occidental College. He has allowed the college to expand making it where 33 percent or more of the students can have housing while attending college. A solar array was also installed to help conserve energy. The solar array provides eleven percent annually of the schools electricity consumed. Occidental College is the only liberal arts college within the Los Angeles area. He makes sure that the college is involved with the community to discuss the future of the community. Jonathan has improved relations with the college all around.

Christopher Lee Passes at 93

Movie buffs are in mourning today. Actor Christopher Lee passed away at 93 due to heart and respiratory problems. Lee spent a period of time in the hospital for treatment but unfortunately succumbed to heart failure. As a huge Star Wars fan, my friend Steve Murray is sincerely upset to hear this news.

Christopher Lee was widely known for his roles in massive movie undertakings. He played Sauron in Lord of the Rings as well as Dracula. His wife held off on releasing the information to the public to allow the family some time to hear the news and grieve.

While alive, Lee released heavy metal albums and was even knighted for his contribution to the performing arts. He began his film career in 1947 in the gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors. From there he continued onward to do many classic movies that granted him his fame. As time went on, he partnered with Tim Burton for multiple movies including The Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland. Even Star Wars had a place for this phenomenal actor as Count Dooku.

Lee was like an on screen magician that stole the hearts of countless people across the globe. He continued to work right up to his death on June 7th. This has been a massive lost for the cinema community and he will be remembered for all the great roles he played.

Canadian librarian finds original Star Wars script

Debates about the infamous Cantina Bar duel in Star Wars A New Hope have raged Online and at fan conventions for many years, but could now have been solved by a librarian at the University of New Brunswick. Business Insider reports librarian Kristian Brown had been given the task of digitizing the science fiction collection of the Canadian library and uncovered a fourth draft of the Star Wars movie dated from 1976. Brown states the script includes many changes to the completed movie that was not released until 1977 and filmed in London with a cast and crew with little faith in the project.

The Cantina Bar scene has always been a source of controversy for fans who have always questioned whether Han Solo or bounty hunter Greedo fired first in their fight. Greedo famously hunts for Solo on the orders of Jabba the Hutt who Solo is supposed to owe money to. Brown states the script held by the University of New Brunswick shows Harrison Ford’s Han Solo fires first, which has always been difficult to determine in the finished movie. Other changes include the name of Luke Skywalker being changed from Skykiller and is said to be important by the librarian for showing how the creative process evolves over various drafts of the script. Sam Tabar certainly learned a lot.