Morning Links – 9/18/2015.

A new report from the US Department of Education shows that the alumni of the most prestigious schools experience the starkest gender wage gaps. Quelle surprise.

The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has ruled that the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act—which allows employers to opt-out of paying for contraception, while still making it available without cost to employees—violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by making religious employers complicit in the supplying of contraceptives that they consider to be abortifacts. These motherfuckers. It’s not enough that they themselves don’t have to pay for contraception; they actually want to make it impossible for their female employees to get contraception without paying for it themselves. I think it’s time that someone sued their employers for violating their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to not have to comply with other people’s bullshit religious beliefs. In the meantime, this fucking awful (and misogynistic) ruling will most likely mean that the issue will be taken up by the Supreme Court.

Guillermo del Toro is confident that Pacific Rim 2 will still be coming to theater near you, though not as soon as previously projected. Nerds everywhere breathe a sigh of relief.

Since the release of the Extraordinary X-Men no. 1 preview, the rumors have been flying that Marvel is going to kill off (or sequester) the beloved mutant characters once and for all in order to hinder the creative endeavors of the Fox film franchise. This, of course, remains to be seen.

In what is probably no surprise to anyone, Max Landis—writer of the film Chronicle and massive Superman fan—has a pitch for his ideal sequel to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel that sounds a million times better than what we’re probably going to get with Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Seriously, the sooner everyone gets over this grimdark bullshit, the better comic book media will be.

The curious biography of Samuel Beckett’s one and only film, film, starring legendary silent-film luminary Buster Keaton.

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