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30 Dashing ‘Doctor Who’ Tattoos

Happy birthday to the Tenth Doctor, Scottish actor David Tennant. “So few shows run beyond a few series and 50 years’ worth is quite a legacy, so I’m very honored to be part of that,” the star told the BBC in a recent interview. Disney-XD just announced that the network would be airing seasons two through four of Doctor Who this summer — the David Tennant-starring episodes — introducing the character to a whole new generation of viewers. It seemed a good a time as any to celebrate our love for the show by looking at some inky tributes to the Time Lord and gang. Here are 30 dashing Doctor Who tattoos to tide you over until the series airs on Disney-XD on May 9. … Read More

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Tatiana Maslany’s Omnipresence and Mike Leigh’s Cinematic Omnipotence: Links You Need to See

Some of today’s most interesting stories covered news deeply rooted in history, while other stories were, as usual, unsettlingly current (diet whiskey is now a thing). News of a new Mike Leigh movie is often good news, though it’s also often a reminder of some bleak historical (Vera Drake) moment, or an evocation of a bleak personal (Naked, Another Year) one. Today’s Mike Leigh-related news is no exception, as the director — who most recently made Mr. Turner — is now working on a film about the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, during which troops attacked a crowd of 60,000 protesting for parliamentary reform in 1918. Given the director’s knack for highly personal storytelling created through a writing process founded in improvisation, it’s certain this won’t be your typical, point-by-point historical drama.  … Read More

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From Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ to ‘It Follows': Tracing the Evolution of STD as Metaphor

When Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts — whose main characters include adulterers, syphilitics, and, worst of all, cowardly priests — first premiered in 1882, it elicited an uncannily perfect critical response. The play, which is a virulent attack on the hypocritical moralities of the devout Victorian Norwegian bourgeoisie, had detractors competing to embody that which it critiqued: the surprisingly uncritical rush to stifle public (and blasphemous forms of private) sexuality. These responses to the play were so condemnatory that you’d think Ibsen had catapulted used, syphilis-smeared condoms into the audience. … Read More

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Newspaper Reporting Once Again Ranks Below Pest Control as “Worst Job”: Links You Need to See

Today is many things. It’s both #TaxDay and the day in history that the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic. It’s the day when CareerCast’s new rankings are making the rounds, and “newspaper reporter” yet again edges out everyone else for first place on the Worst Jobs Ever list. No longer revered as the Bob Woodwards and Carl Bernsteins of the world, reporters are now on the down and out, below funeral directors, garbage collectors, and pest control workers. I should have listened to my parents, who advised me that the world will, after all, always need morticians. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Christoph Waltz, ‘Faking It,’ and ‘Diablo III’

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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10 Badass Princesses You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Everyone knows that princesses are really lame. That is, the typical pop culture princess — all baubles and fancy dresses and complete lack of agency — is really lame. But luckily, some princesses break the mold (or even break the bones of their enemies). This week, we’ve been hearing a lot about The Princess Who Saved Herself, a book that “reinvents the princess myth” for the modern girl, so it seemed like a good time to take a look at a few other badass princesses you might not have heard of (yet). Sound the royal trumpets and make way: here come ten princesses who are the opposite of lame — some fictional, some historical, all… Read More

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Family Feuds and Celebrity Tirades: Links You Need to See

Dennis Quaid (who, once upon a time, starred in classic family movies such as The RookieFootloose, and The Parent Trap) overwhelmed the Internet after having a meltdown on set and going off on an expletive-packed tirade. Rumors are already circulating that the whole thing might have been a hoax, but only pure hatred could produce the creative insults Quaid hurls at “Dopey the Dick” — to give an example. Take a peek at these four other ridiculous on-set rants and recall pre-Kimmel era, when we could wholly enjoy an outburst, free from the uncertainty that the ubiquity of pranks has produced.  … Read More

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Holographic Protests and “Natural” Slang: Links You Need to See

Every day, there’s an abundance of new writing with the familiar complaint about how technology is turning us into rude and inconsiderate zombies who eschew human contact in lieu of constantly gazing into the backlit depths of our smartphones. One of the main selling points of the Apple Watch is the gadget’s potential to alleviate this problem, and of course there’s been a ton of writing on that, too. This essay argues, for example, that its marketing as a corrective tool for the way technology makes us behave is even ruder than the rudeness former technologies create: it makes those who don’t own it feel like they’re not part of a societal solution. Meanwhile, this short and witty piece about being “too old” for Instagram supports the widely agreed-upon theory that technologic socializing tends to bring out people’s ruder sides. If any of this is disheartening, you should definitely avoid this article illuminating the dangers of data collection through the recent AI-flick Ex Machina. It contains major plot spoilers but the article is still worth the read. … Read More

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The Weirdest Vintage ‘SNL’ Musical Performances

Contemporary Saturday Night Live doesn’t always have its finger on the pulse the way it should. It’s done a few things wrong, like the ongoing race debacle that creators tried to make right with the recent hiring of more diverse cast members. SNL also isn’t nearly as edgy as it used to be, during the days of Eddie Murphy and John Belushi. But Studio 8H has, at least, always featured a wide variety of musical guests — some stranger than others. Dangerous Minds dug up a video of hardcore band Fear playing the SNL stage in 1981. Inspired by Lee Ving and company’s wild performance, we rounded up some other weird vintage musical… Read More

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Guessing Game: Anton LaVey, Nietzsche, or Ayn Rand?

All the hails belong to today’s birthday boy, pop culture icon of evil and Satanist Anton LaVey. The eccentric Church of Satan founder constructed his organization based on principles of individualism, egoism, and atheism — a few traits he shares in common with abyss-ful philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and creator of Objectivism, the evil-obsessed (and just plain evil, to many) Ayn Rand. In fact, LaVey once said: “My religion is just Ayn Rand’s philosophy with ceremony and ritual added.” Sometimes it’s hard to tell the three wearers of black apart when judging by their words — which is why we decided to have a little fun with the deeply cynical trio (we can already hear Rand protesting that term from beyond the grave) with a guessing game. Who said it: Anton LaVey, Nietzsche, or Ayn Rand? … Read More

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