'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
Yes! I love these movies so much! I already look forward to seeing Mockingjay again (just saw it ...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've been completely over Whoopi Goldberg ever since her comments on how it wasn't "rape rape" ...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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Best New Books to Read This Fall

So Pumpkin Spice Latte has become the contemporary North American symbol for autumn, has it? Well, that's all fine and good: I love a good PSL as much as the next person, and fall is the best season of all. But why does the story stop there? After you buy or brew a PSL, fall doesn't stop there. What do you do next, when you have your beloved PSL in hand?  You have three options: rake leaves, find your way out of a corn maze, or read. The first two sound hard and boring after you Instagram one good shot. ...more
Blog titles with best books to read ALWAYS catch my eye. Thanks for the recommendations. I added ...more

I Can't Trust John Grisham After Hearing Him Defend Pedophiles, Can You?

John Grisham : former attorney, best-selling author, apologist for sex offenders who watch child porn. Grisham recently gave an interview to The Telegraph discussing the U.S. legal system, including what he sees as harsh punishments against men who "got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn." ...more
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Ben Affleck Ruined 'Gone Girl' by Being Himself

Ben Affleck is why we can't have horrible, fiendish things. He's just impossibly Ben Affleck-y, Hollywood handsome on the red carpet with Jennifer Garner, a known humanitarian, a dad who got himself sober—he's ridiculously accomplished but so affable he seems almost incompetent. He's almost unhateable. He's no one's favorite, but he just keeps showing up, looking good, being nice, and throwing it down—he's Ben Affleck, after all. He carried Gone Girl, the faithful film adaptation of the complicated Gillian Flynn bestseller, with ease, because of course he can. ...more
I read the book, as soon as I heard he was cast as nick I felt they couldn't have picked a ...more

5 Must-Follow Celebrities with Blogs

Stars, they're just like us—especially the ones with blogs. My favorite celebrity blogs give behind-the-scenes peeks into the work of making movies, music or television through storytelling and candid shots while also showing the author's interests, writing style and sense of humor. Plus when I read the blog of a celebrity who truly seems to love the platform, I feel closer to her because I know she is one of us. Follow these bloggers who also happen to be megawatt celebrities. ...more
I would read all except for Beyonce's. Maybe I'm getting old, maybe I just don't see the point ...more