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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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Ferguson: When Social Media Changes the Conversation But Not the Power Structure

Just before he disappointed civil rights advocates — and set off a long night of marches, die-ins, and anger around the country — by announcing a “no indictment” verdict for the officer who shot unarmed teen Mike Brown to death in Ferguson Missouri, prosecutor Robert McCulloch had a message for the media. … Read More

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Watch: Darren Aronofsky Filmed a Monkey and Dog Wrestling and Posted it to Youtube

Darren Aronofsky claims to have only ever posted one video on Youtube: it was, Vulture reports, footage of a… Read More

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Alec Baldwin Returns to the Public Eye by Giving People Relationship Advice in Cabs in New Web Series ‘Love Ride’

You’ll recall that, after a series of media scandals over Alec Baldwin’s tendency to start yelling epithets at people… Read More

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Hulu Makes Straight-to-Series Order of Billy Eichner-Starring ‘Difficult People,’ Executive Produced by Amy Poehler


Just as you were worrying about Amy Poehler’s departure from your weekly routine with the imminent final season… Read More

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That’s Enough, Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat (real name: Tardar Sauce) has been a Famous Cat On The Internet since 2012, when her picture was uploaded to Reddit. The combination of her underbite and feline dwarfism gives Grumpy Cat the appearance of being, well grumpy. That’s it. That’s the whole schtick. This cat looks displeased with the world around her. Sure, some Grumpy Cat memes were funny enough, but the problem is that they kept — they keep — going. … Read More

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‘Paper’ Magazine Founder David Hershkovits on Kim Kardashian’s Internet-Breaking Cover: “It’s Almost Like Israel and Palestine”

Kim Kardashian has appeared on magazine covers nude before. But this week, when Paper Magazine positioned Kim K ass-first on its Winter 2014 issue under the tagline “Break the Internet,” the world took the command seriously — for better and for worse. For a magazine that routinely places movie and music stars on its covers, the Jean-Paul Goude photographs of Kardashian are some of Paper‘s finest visual work. But for a 30-year-old print publication trying to sell its downtown Manhattan view of the arts to an Internet overloaded with pop culture, the Kim K cover was an inspired jackpot. … Read More

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As Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Verdict, “Violence Will Not Be Tolerated” Meme Is a Reminder of How the Protest Started

The grand jury verdict on whether officer Darren Wilson will be indicted in the killing of unarmed teen Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri was supposed to come in October. Then early November. It’s still not here. And though observers and citizens alike have long expected that Wilson will be cleared of wrongdoing, that he will walk free and more protests will ensue, the expanding wait is jacking up tension in Missouri. … Read More

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