Pop Culture

The Many Moods of Al Pacino’s Hair

One of cinema’s living legends, Al Pacino has played a wide range of roles in his movies that the talented actor pushes to the extremes with his unique characterizations. Pacino is also known for his flamboyant hairstyles, which have changed from film to film — and sometimes they’re a little distracting. But one can’t deny the power in Pacino’s dark poof, which has become his signature, revealing the many moods of his iconic characters. The styles only seem to get wilder with time, too. On his birthday, enjoy this brief survey of Al Pacino’s hair in some of his most famous roles. … Read More

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You’ve Saved The Internet, But Will It Save You?: Links You Need to See

The Internet was not always this Thing that it is. At first, it was a little baby idea, a thing with great potential but which had no body or mind to substantiate any greater visions of importance. Slowly, that changed. … Read More

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Crispr and Chipotle Modify the World: Links You Need to See

What a day! #WorldBookDay is in full swing (at least on Twitter), and, more importantly, Loretta Lynch was just confirmed by the Senate, in a 56 to 43 vote, as the first female African American U.S. Attorney General. That’s one small step for mankind and one giant leap — wait, there’s still a way to go, at least in Hollywood. In a panel discussion with Meryl Streep, directors Ava DuVernay and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, moderated by Jon Stewart, Streep explained the pervasive sexism in the film industry and said that the hardest thing for an actress to do is to get men to identify with them onscreen. … Read More

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Sesame Street Is Not a Nice Place: Links You Need to See

Sesame Street has been home to lovable, diverse puppets ever since 1969. Over those 46 years, Big Bird and his buddies have done some cool stuff, mostly singin’ about numbers and letters and playin’ street ball with kids and elderly neighbors. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Margot Martindale, ‘Variety’ and Emily Schultz’s ‘The Blondes’

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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The Apartment Atop the Eiffel Tower: Links You Need to See

Did you know that The Eiffel Tower was also an apartment building? At least, it was home to one small apartment, which designer Gustave Eiffel used to get away from — or at least above — it all. If you’re getting jealous, as the Parisian elite did at the time, and pining after a secret place of your own, you could always go on a scavenger hunt for secret bars hidden across Britain.  … Read More

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Imagining a World Without Work

At the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, someone asked American suffragette and political activist Mary Elizabeth Lease what she thought the world would be like in 100 years’ time. Lease had a bold answer: “By the end of the next century,” she predicted, “three hours will constitute a long day’s work. And this work will liberally furnish infinitely more of the benefits of civilization and the comforts of life than 16 hours’ slavish toil will today.” As we say here in the 21st century: LOL. Sadly, Lease’s prediction hasn’t exactly come true. But you can see why she made it: she imagined that in the 21st century, we’d have all these wonderful machines that make our lives easier! Instead, it’s one of the paradoxes of capitalism that while the amount of labor dedicated to keeping us alive is growing ever smaller, the amount of work we’re actually doing is growing ever larger. … Read More

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The Internet Gets Baked and Fries Oreos in Bacon: Links You Need to See

It’s the other most wonderful time of the year, so if you’re not celebrating the… certain holiday that today happens to be for reasons of disapproval, feel free to skip to the next paragraph. To get the full range of the holiday experience, start off with a compilation of Abbi and Ilana’s “weed genius” moments from Broad City, and follow it with some nightmarish moments people have had under the influence. Relive your first experiment with these tales about some “first times” that may have been a little too intense. Pair all of this with bacon-fried Oreos. … Read More

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The Stoner Canon: Essential Weed Movies, Books, Music, and TV Shows

Pot-smoking and pop-culture consumption go hand in hand: do the former, and you run the risk of only wanting to partake in the latter. So it makes some sense that pop culture has taken ample advantage of pot. At its funniest, it’s given us the stoner comedy of Richard Linklater, the Coen Brothers, Amy Heckerling, and Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. At its trippiest and most philosophical, it yielded some of the greatest art of (and set in) the ’60s and ’70s, from The Beatles to Dylan, Fear and Loathing to Inherent Vice. Then there are the more lively party-stoner creations, represented here by hip-hop touchstones The Chronic, Missy Elliott, and The Beastie Boys. Farther afield, we get the inadvertent stoner favorite, a diverse subset that ranges widely, from Adventure Time to David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Each of these categories is well represented in Flavorwire’s Stoner Canon, which we’re proud to present in celebration of… Read More

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