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The 10 Goofiest “Viral” Marketing Campaigns in Movie History

Taken 3 (or, as its ads would have it, TAK3N — which I believe is pronounced “Take-three-en”?) is out Friday, and I can’t tell you anything about it, because (as is so often the case with the little masterpieces we’re given in January) it’s not being screened for critics. But I can tell you that it’s being marketed with a totally awesome LinkedIn campaign! Yes, the year’s least necessary sequel and your most annoying email sender have paired up to create a little bit of online movie marketing magic, reminding us that when it comes to creating film ad campaigns with the express purpose of “going viral,” the occasional Blair Witch or Cloverfield is often counterbalanced by numerous laughable embarrassments. … Read More

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Tinder for Politicos? New Political Dating App Aims at Young Voters

A few weeks ago, I had a discussion with a friend about whether she would venture to go on a second date. She had a nice time and the pair connected well on the first date. The only problem: his views on foreign policy, which were problematic, to put it gently. … Read More

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All the Strange Things We Learned From Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s Reddit AMA

The new season of Portlandia, the little satire sketch show that could, premieres January 8 on IFC. So, in addition to the traditional press tour, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, stars and creators of the show, pandered to the young folks and held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) over at Reddit. As with any AMA, it was filled with innocuous questions about favorite restaurants and foods, but, still, there’s some stuff to be gleaned from it: … Read More

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Why Women Don’t Read the Comments — or Write Them, Either

For women or queer people on the Internet, comment sections — known for being replete with asinine trolls, despite occasional strokes of brilliant insight — mostly exist to be ignored. It’s a phrase passed back and forth like a password, even made into jewelry: “Never read the comments.”

So we’re not reading them. But apparently, women aren’t writing them either. Emma Pierson studied over a million comments at the New York Times and discovered significant disparities. … Read More

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Facebook Apologizes to Those Who Found Their “Year in Review” Painful

At this point, you’ve probably seen your Facebook “Year in Review.” For those of us who aren’t the most avid Facebook… Read More

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Q-Tip’s Knowledge vs. Anonymous’ Sexist Threat: Two Very Different Responses to Igloo Australia’s Twitter Nonsense

One of the delights of living in our modern media age, swept with the equalizing brush of feminism, is that when female public figures say things that are stupid and wrong and immoral, we can freely and vociferously call them on their bullshit. After all, they are full humans who are responsible for their thoughts, and that’s what Mary Wollstonecraft would have wanted. … Read More

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Google vs. Merriam-Webster: 2014 Was a Weird Year for Search Terms

Almighty Google, index of indexes, inventory of human life, infinitely linked panlexicon of terms, has released “A Year in Search,” its booleanized breakdown of World Thought. “In 2014,” Google says, “we searched trillions of times. What do these searches say about us?” Who is us? Maybe the Google “user” is the updated version of the mass consumer? … Read More

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Naked Dresses and Sparkly Beards: Links You Need To See

2014 was an important year for fashion. Oscar de la Renta, L’Wren Scott, and Joan Rivers all passed away, leaving enormous voids in the fashion world. Noted anti-Semite John Galliano was appointed as creative director of leading fashion house Maison Martin Margiela… … Read More

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Uber, Ebola, and Other Evils: Links You Need To See

Welcome back to the real world, weekenders. Remember Ebola? There was a panic here in the States because a handful of people, mostly medical professionals, in major American cities had gotten it–Dallas, Manhattan. There are no known cases of Ebola in the US at present. But there are in West Africa. As of December 4, there were more than 17,000 reported cases of Ebola, spread across Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and will likely blast through the CDC’s prediction of petering out at 20,000. But no one’s really talking about it anymore. Let’s talk about it. … Read More

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A Treasury of Dumb Quotes About Whitewashed Casting From the People Responsible for ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Let’s get this out of the way: I have not yet seen Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott’s big-budget retelling of the Moses story, and God willing, I won’t have to. For starters, it looks like a yet another dirge-like epic on the order of his earlier Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood, and (yes, I’ll say it) Gladiator, a dull slog through the past from a director who works best in the present and the future. But the setting and story aren’t the only elements of Exodus that are tied firmly to the past, as considerable controversy has brewed around Scott’s old-Hollywood decision to cast this story of Egyptian pharaohs and prophets with a cast roughly as diverse as the industry seats at an Eagles concert. And now, facing a backlash from commentators and social media, the people responsible for the movie are in spin mode, prompting a spectacle surely more entertaining than anything Sir Ridley put on screen. … Read More

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