Team Festivus vs. Team Treat Yo Self: Pick a Day for Holiday Survival

Alright, all you winter holiday celebrants. I hear your attempts at ho-ho-hoing, but I also hear a backbeat of something else. I hear you desperately trying to do whatever it takes to simply survive the holiday season somewhat whole and unburdened, refreshed instead of exhausted, and ultimately ready to embrace a rad new year. ...more
I guess I'm team Festivus, only because I'm too much like Ben to do Treat Yo'self.  Except I ...more

Entertainment Trend of 2014: The Year We Were Obsessed with Obsession

Obsessives always have found safe harbor on the Internet. You can easily research all day and all night down the lowliest of rabbit holes, or you can find your tribe of geeks who are equally obsessed with your fascination with backyard bantams, Beyoncé or television shows that break the fourth wall. That's what this world wide web of wonder is designed to do. 2014 took the entire concept of "obsession" to the next level, though. ...more

Last-Minute Gift Guide: Best TV and Gaming Subscriptions of 2014

I've streamlined the stuff of my life in the last few years. Blame it on seeing too many Pinterest boards and blog posts showcasing minimalist life in glamorous tiny houses, perhaps. I really don't wish for any more things now that I've successfully purged bags of pashminas and panini makers out of my life. I found that many of the things I needed to let go of had been gifts. No one intends to burden a beloved with that cocktail table book about King Tut or R2D2-shaped Kleenex cozy, but so it goes. We all do it. ...more

December Movie Extravaganza! 10 New Releases I Need To See This Month

Moviegoers can think of December as an Advent calendar dispensing tickets to some of the best movies of the year. The film industry packs the month with Oscar contenders and big screen must-sees right when some of us need a little escape from Christmas, right this very minute. Bored of shopping, partied out, want a break from family obligations, feeling winter sadness pulling you down? Hollywood's got your back. Have extra time to yourself, or with extended family, or while others celebrate a holiday that is not your own? A bounty of new releases await. ...more
Tinseltine I guess that depends on where you went to school. In the UK Alan Turing was ...more

'Mockingjay' Takes Katniss to the Heights of Leadership

I probably don't have to remind you that Mockingjay, Part 1, opens this weekend. You are either more than ready for this third film in The Hunger Games adaptations (in which case you've probably already purchased your ticket), or you just aren't into The Hunger Games.  ...more
You are so, so correct! Everything about this is spot-on. I loved the movie and was so pleased ...more

Don Lemon Joins Whoopi Goldberg in Using Victim-Blaming Tactics to Defend Bill Cosby Against Rape Accusations

Editor's note: NBC has cancelled its planned project with Bill Cosby after accusations that he has sexually assaulted over a dozen women. Yesterday, Netflix announced it is postponing the launch of his comedy special Bill Cosby 77, which was set to release on Nov. 28.—Julie ...more
I would venture to guess Whoopi is a proponent of the idea, "Stand by for your friends, wrong or ...more

Trailer, Glorious "Into the Woods" Trailer Featuring Meryl Singing

The best part of seeing movies in fall might be the previews for the holiday releases.  We have so much truth, beauty, wonder and inanity in store, and I'm happy to sit through many minutes of trailers teasing me about all of the December movies I'm looking forward to.   ...more
I am so excited to see this movie. Love Into the Woods, love Sondheim, love musical theatre. So ...more

Lena Dunham and the Backlash Against Humble Creep Confessions

Have you ever taken an art class with life models? I’m horrible at sketching: my perspective is interminably squashed, but a class with models holding poses on center stage really helped. I thought their nakedness might make me nervous or feel embarrassed to stare at nude bodies, but it wasn’t weird at all. The beauty of diverse nude forms created focus and immediacy, and all of our sketches were better for it. The nudity of the models made sense. They were professionals, mostly artists themselves, and they knew what they were doing. ...more
Kiersten Evan It's such a relief, a BIG one to find other people who aren't on the "Lena is ...more

Easy Pop Culture Halloween Costume Ideas

Bored with being a generic devil, cat or ubiquitous Freudian Slip again this year? I know you are. A costume drawn from pop culture hits all the marks, because it lets you find your tribe of fellow fans and lets you enter a universe you love without the long term commitment of cosplay community forums. Also, pop culture costumes are typically pretty easy to pull off. ...more
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New Pew Research Confirms the Worst About Online Harassment

A new study from Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life confirms the worst news about online harassment. It is pervasive, endemic, and disproportionately levied against women. What we have done so far to deal with it isn't helping. As horrible as these findings are, do they offer ways to help safeguard ourselves, to be better Internet citizens, or to change the onslaught of harassment and danger? ...more
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