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Love, Lust, Legos and, of Course, Ron Swanson: Links You Need to See

Today is Tuesday, which means it’s time for Parks and Recreation. While watching the newer episodes may be a bittersweet experience — as the show’s final season winds its way to completion — there will always be deleted scenes to look forward to. Here, for example, is a deleted scene of Ron Swanson doing what he does best: using a series of clues, each more intricate than the next, to solve a puzzle. Though the meaning of a “mental sextant” remains unclear, it seems completely relevant, in that it sounds like something you might see in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, out this Friday. … Read More

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10 Famous Artists Who Were Actually Decent Romantic Partners

Everyone knows that artists make for notoriously bad romantic partners; from John Mayer to Jack White, new examples of what Dept. of Speculation author Jenny Offill cleverly deemed the “art monster” pop up in the blogosphere nearly every day. (Not that bad behavior is by any means limited to men — Susan Sontag was many things, but Mother of the Year wasn’t one of them — but with folks like Norman Mailer setting the bar nice and low for their gender, men do make up the majority of this list.) So for your convenience, we’ve rounded up cultural icons past and present who managed to make it big and be decent spouses, partners, and sometimes parents to the people in their lives. Quality crushing material, right this way. … Read More

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Steve Buscemi Becomes a Sexual Powerhouse and Taylor Swift Experiments with Modern Dance: Links You Need to See

Recently, Tom Petty sued Sam Smith over the purported similarities between Smith’s hit “Stay With Me” and Petty’s “Won’t Back Down,” and is now reaping 12% of his royalties. The people at Funny or Die, however, noticed some similarities between Petty’s songs and other artists’ hits, and decided to let the world know about them. Surely Petty will do the right thing and pay 12% royalties to anyone whose songs came first and bare any resemblance to his?  … Read More

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15 Valentine’s Day Presents for Cinephiles

The best Valentine’s Day gifts come from the heart, and speak to your partner’s passions and the special relationship you share. While February 14 often feels like a gross Hallmark holiday, there’s nothing wrong with getting the one you love a little something — especially if it’s inspired by their fascination for film. After all, true love is still alive on the big screen. Here are some great Valentine’s Day gifts that will win points with the movie maven in your life and elevate you to leading lady/man status. … Read More

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Today’s Collection of Things That Are or Aren’t Related to Vampires: Links You Need to See

Just when, after over a decade of excessive vampire romanticism in film and TV, you thought you were ready to declare the undead dead, information started trickling out (like blood, you might say!) about Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement’s vampire mockumentary, What We do in the Shadows, and you probably thought, “If they’ll make me laugh and they’re from New Zealand, how can I say vampires are dead, quite yet?” Indeed, since they’ll surely outlive all of us, it’s best we continue to get acquainted, not only with our fictional vamps, but also with the real ones. Inspired by True Blood, Vice’s series The Real, which explores the real-life versions of Hollywood phenomena, has filmed a short doc about a vampiric subculture in the American south. … Read More

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Kangaroos Love Big Macs Too: Links You Need To See

If you’re ever looked into the eyes of a dog, or a cat, or any critter that is near and dear to your heart, you’ll know that the existential differences between humans and animals aren’t all that vast. Our furry friends feel love, and pain, and joy, and excitement. They also, as it turns out, enjoy wearing PJs and eating the occasional Big Mac. A onesie-clad joey named Jimmy (I can’t even) recently tried to get his burger on at a McDonald’s in Wisconsin, but was promptly evicted from the premises because he’s a kangaroo. Fortunately, not all institutions exhibit such blatant anti-marsupialism: Jimmy’s human, Dina Moyer, told the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen that the kangaroo is her constant companion: … Read More

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‘Broad City’ Routinely Demolishes “Hot Take” Culture With Absurdity

Unpaid internships. Gentrification. “Butt stuff.” Rape culture. Embedded within each half-hour episode of Broad City Season 2, there has been a nugget or two of relevance. Fortunately for us, though, it’s remixed to the point of near or total absurdity. … Read More

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The Brilliant Social Satire of Fox News’ ‘Frozen’ Misandry Segment

I never thought I would say this, but here we go: Bravo, Fox News. Bravo, standing ovation, etc. I had no idea you were playing such a long game — nearly 20 years now — nor that you would so slyly, casually reveal said long game in a three-minute segment on a Wednesday morning. It’s sort of brilliant! Yet in a Fox & Friends discussion of “the Frozen Effect,” the network (accidentally, perhaps?) let the cat out of the bag. While working up a lather of faux-outrage over Hollywood’s insistence on “turning our men into fools and villains,” host Steve Doocy all but winked at the camera. It hit me like a ton of bricks — that’s what Fox News has been doing all this time! Satirizing male stupidity and villainy by crafting comically transparent personas of male stupidity and villainy! They’ve out-Colbert’ed Colbert! … Read More

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Woo Your Tinder Date with Your Encyclopedic Knowledge of Cinematic Corn: Links You Need to See

Having an intense emotional response to a Vine may make you wonder about what type of person you’ve become — are we now so firmly in the clutches of these dictators of brevity that 6-second videos made for the purpose of virality are just as moving as a film or a book? And is it worthless to ask these questions, because of course we are? Beware: clicking here will confirm the medium’s emotional authority, as well as, in a lovely twist, its emotional legitimacy. Scrolling through animator Ian Padgham’s “2014 in 60 Seconds” — featuring 10 Vines that best captured the artist’s year — will give you a life-affirming, joyous feeling underscored by a life-questioning, technologic unease, as though you’d just watched Black Mirror’‘s reinterpretation of Stepmom. Surely this stimulating review of 2014 will lend you plenty to talk about on, say, Tinder — unless, of course, you feel comfortable simply using these magic words. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Marching Church, Tori Amos, and Reading Two Books at Once

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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