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I come not to bury J.K. Rowling, but to praise her. Harry Potter was an honest to god phenomenon, impacting my generation in roughly the same way Star Wars did for the one before us. The world she created fascinated us and the fandom was deeply invested in the story. But in her rush to expand the Wizarding World beyond Wizarding Britain, Rowling has run into the limits of her experience and knowledge. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

It’s been quite a big week for mega-producer Jason Blum. The man behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Split, Get Out and many other horror hits is set to have the biggest opening of his career thanks to Halloween — but in an interview about the film, he made some bad remarks explaining why his Blumhouse Productions hasn’t worked with many female directors. He’s now walked back that statement.

Earlier this year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran suddenly logged off the internet in what appeared to be in response to an outpouring of racist, sexist trolls who felt the need to voice their distaste for her existence within one of the most popular franchises in the world.

Today, the actress decided to pen an open letter explaining her feelings on the matter. And what she said was pretty great.

Between the success of Black Panther and female-fronted projects like Wonder Woman, it seems like diversity and representation in front of -- and behind -- the camera has finally become increasingly important to filmmakers and audiences alike. But self-described "bionic actress" Angel Giuffria is waiting for more. She hopes this will be a tipping point, where eventually people will start to see more characters like herself on the big screen: people with disabilities.

As the hosts in Delos' luxury resorts continue with their plans for a mass robot uprising, Westworld is becoming a more expansive, complicated realm -- especially with the introduction of Shōgun World, a new park styled to look and feel like feudal Japan. But it's important to consider that, on quite a few levels, the very idea of this park is rife with potentially problematic, racist ideas.

Mindy Kaling is one of us. Though she's best known for her comedic work on The Office and The Mindy Project, Kaling is a huge genre fan. When she was growing up, she never felt those genres spoke to her directly. However, working on Ava DuVernay's new Disney movie A Wrinkle In Time, she finally got to let her geek flag fly.