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The 22 Celebrity Names You’re Probably Saying Wrong

The world is still recovering from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ pronunciation flub earlier this week. Isaacs misspoke while announcing the nominees for Best Cinematography, calling Mr. Turner’s Dick Pope, “Dick Poop.” The Internet went wild, but Pope had a great attitude about the whole thing. “I’ve been called a lot worse,” he said. Isaacs is hardly alone when it comes to mispronouncing the names of celebrities. We can think of all the cringeworthy moments someone handing out an award at the Golden Globes or Oscars did the same — like that time John Travolta totally butchered Idina Menzel’s name, making it sound like some kind of Satanic incantation. Avoid those awkward moments by studying our handy Hollywood pronunciation guide, and learn about the names you’ve been saying wrong this whole time. … Read More

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“The Moon Is A Planet, Darling”: Links You Need to See

Every week, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi sits on the judging panel of Project Runway: All Stars and tries to be as clever as Michael Kors, but every week he just comes off sounding offensively opinionated. He also likes to use the word “darling” a lot, and not in an affectionate way, but in the best, bitchiest way, which results in the faux-affection and condescension characteristic of all the best deconstructive criticism. … Read More

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The Oscars, Orgasms, and Other Secrets: Links You Need to See

Ah, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that tricksy little hobbit. The shortlist of Oscar nominees released this morning made it clear that it would take a modern-day Alan Turing to decode the mysterious workings of the collective mind of the Academy (The Imitation Game, incidentally, managed to score eight Oscar nods). I can’t even talk about the injustice that is the Academy’s decision to leave Ava DuVernay out of the Best Director race. And The Lego Movie snub! Well, I’m ambivalent about that one, to be honest, but my Twitter feed tells me it is an outrage. … Read More

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David Chang Mourns Ramen and Reddit Idolizes Beshine: Links You Need to See

Winter is good for very few things: cuddling, gaining weight, crying about gaining weight, wearing sweaters to hide gained weight, and, most importantly, eating soup. All soup is good. I mean, you got your matzoh ball soup, your chicken noodle, your bisque, your clam chowder, your kale and squash, your wedding, your minestrone, your lentil — there’s a lot of different kinds of soup! (TMI: I totally snagged my boo by mentioning that soup was my favorite food in my OKCupid profile.) Anyway, all soups are good, but ramen is perhaps the king of soups at the moment, especially in New York City (so, basically, the world). … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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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Does Science Prove You Belong in Pawnee? : Links You Need To See

Have you ever felt like you belonged in another city? That your life was drab and boring, and if you could just save up the money and find a way out of this small town that your life would just be so much better? Well, science says you’re right. Some people are apparently more suited to people-watching in a Parisian cafe and others are more suited to a quick stroll in Central Park. Hopefully Buzzfeed is preparing its servers for the inevitable flood of people who’ll want to take their fate-deciding quizzes. … Read More

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Robin Wrights and Golden Globe Wrongs: Links You Need to See

Unless you’ve spent the day blissfully ignorant of the dissonant post-awards-show chorus of snark, you know that yesterday, the Golden Globes happened. Amidst everyone commenting on which celebrities did and didn’t deserve a few seconds to thank God/casting agents (and occasionally actually say something meaningful), there have also been people commenting on the commentators. Alessandra Stanley, the New York Times TV writer whose work was subject to a great deal of criticism last year, has written another awkwardly worded article that once again sounds like a snide, subtle belittling of a TV show’s minority main character. Slate author J. Bryan Lowder notes how she seemed to suggest that Transparent won Golden Globes for Best TV Show, Comedy or Musical and Best Actor in a TV Show, Comedy or Musical for reasons of “political correctness.” At least we’ll never run out of thinkpieces for as long as she’s writing. … Read More

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Carly Rae Jepsen Is Collaborating with Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid

Carly Rae Jepsen posted some interesting photos on Instagram revealing her collaboration with Ariel Rechtshaid and Dev Hynes of… Read More

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The Weirdest Advice from Vintage Lit

Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami can now add “advice columnist” to his list of credentials. As we mentioned earlier this week, Murakami is launching an advice column on a new website called “Mr. Murakami’s Place” (“Murakami-san no tokoro” in Japanese). The news inspires visions of an old-school Dear Abby column — but with more man-eating cats and Norwegian wood. We expect unusual and eloquent words of wisdom from the postmodern author. Advice columns have dished out some pretty strange tips over the years. We’ve collected a few favorites for your perusal. Share any doozies you love, below. … Read More

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The End of the Charlie Hebdo Manhunt and Joe Sacco’s Cartoon Commentary on Satire: Links You Need to See

Since Wednesday, the Internet has been overrun with coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and the subsequent manhunt that ensued. Now that the manhunt has ended with the death of three suspects and an uncertain amount of hostages, it would seem that even more coverage is unnecessary. Maybe it is, but the discussion around satire and free speech — and satire’s place within free speech — is an important and ongoing one. … Read More

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