Wonderfully Absurd Family Vacation Photos That Snub Stereotypical Gender Roles

Art director, performance artist, and photographer Suzanne Heintz, who we first learned of on Lost at E Minor, had a... Read More
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The Memorable Last Words of Literary Characters

Today, we’re celebrating literature’s first detective story, which became a prototype for the greatest modern mystery tales and the analytical sleuths that investigated them. This weekend marks the 173rd publication anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, which first appeared in Graham’s Magazine back in 1841. Protagonist C. Auguste Dupin, a Parisian man who becomes embroiled in a bloody case, solves the bizarre murder mystery surrounding two women without the help of the police force. The story’s final line comes from a puffed-up Dupin, who after ruffling the prefect of police’s feathers, snarkily states: “I like him especially for one master stroke of cant, by which he has attained his reputation for ingenuity. I mean the way he has ‘de nier ce qui est, et d’expliquer ce qui n’est pas.’ (‘To deny what is, and to explain what is not.’)” We felt inspired to look back on some of the most memorable last words of literary characters — those that mark a character’s journey, several closing quips, and a few dying utterances. Add your favorite quotes, below. … Read More

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12 Riveting 2014 Cannes Film Festival Titles to Watch

The most exciting time of the year for cinephiles has arrived. The 2014 Cannes Film Festival slate was announced earlier this week. This year’s lineup will surely be a feast for the eyes with auteurs new and old returning to the French Riviera red carpet. Opening the fest will be Olivier Dahan’s much-talked about Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the movie star turned princess — but there are a number of titles that have merely been hinted at leading up to the announcement. We took a look at 12 of the Cannes features to watch in the coming weeks as trailers and stills continue to roll out in anticipation of the May 14 festival — all absolute must-sees when they arrive in a theater near you. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: “Su-zakana”

With four episodes to go until the Jack-Hannibal blowout this season’s opening scene promised, Hannibal has briefly opted to return to its status quo. “Su-zakana” hews the closest to the show’s first-season procedural format than any episode since Will was imprisoned. Our protagonist isn’t just out of prison: he’s back in the field, assisting Jack Crawford, and back in the patient’s chair, consulting with Hannibal. The case of the Chesapeake Ripper is temporarily solved, and Will’s entrapment of the real killer has moved from a high-speed chase to a slower-speed seduction. Conveniently, though, as soon as Will and Hannibal stop duking it out for real, they find a couple of foils—perfect for a proxy war. … Read More

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Classic Album Cover Remixes Created By a Music-Loving Dad, Starring His Adorable Sons

Take heed Lunchbox dads and fathers of cute Internet dogs: classic album cover remixes starring your two adorable sons are the new thing. Dad Lance Underwood recreates famous album covers and casts his sons Taj and Amar in the roles of musicians such as Bob Dylan, Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, and more. Judging by the amount of old-school hip hop, jazz, funk, and soul on his Tumblr, we’d say that Underwood’s sons are getting a fine education in music history. See more of Underwood’s fun album cover remakes, starring his extremely photogenic kids, below. … Read More

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Miley Cyrus Is Wising Up. Sorta: Links You Need to See

Happy Friday! This Easter weekend has really brought us some true miracles, like Jaime Lannister regrowing his hand and Miley Cyrus growing a dash of common sense. But just a dash. Let’s not get crazy. … Read More

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The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Lykke Li, Lana Del Rey

As much as I secretly love the Pharrell-Johnny Marr-Hans Zimmer salute to Celine Dion, otherwise known as their Amazing Spider-Man 2 song, there’s better stuff for your ears this week. Some options: … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: RIP [Redacted]

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, Scandal and Community end their seasons, and Game of Thrones introduces a major twist just as it’s getting started.  … Read More

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Tracy Morgan’s New Special Reminds Us of What He’s Best At: Stand-up Comedy

Every now and then, a stand-up comedian who finds fortune and glory on television or in the movies returns to the form that made him or her famous. Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, for example, don’t really need to get back on the stage, but they do it any chance they can get. While Seinfeld is, well, still Seinfeld, forever doing his clean “What’s the deal with…” routine, Rock’s stand-up tours are a chance to witness a comedian who is literally one of the best ever do what he does best. Rock is so good when he gets the microphone in his hand, you can forgive him for all the fluffy movies he makes with his less-talented former SNL cast buddies. … Read More

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The Future of Music Festivals: 5 Experts on Drugs, Young People, and an Overcrowded Landscape

Music festivals. How could an innocuous phrase that essentially boils down to “a collection of concerts” inspire such polarizing opinions in music fans? Much of what differentiates festival culture from show-going culture has little to do with the music itself. Live music remains one of the few communal experiences in our digitally-minded world. What the rise of national music festivals has shown us is that we have different views about what constitutes ideal conditions for a shared musical experience. It’s a “duh” kind of statement, but go to a festival — any festival — and watch it play out. These differences are never more apparent than when you shove people of all different ages and lifestyles into a fenced-in park for three days of extreme heat and $6 bottled water. … Read More

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WGN America’s ‘Salem’ Manages to Make Witch Trials Boring

WGN America is mostly known for airing baseball games and syndicated sitcom reruns. It’s a network that you only half pay attention to, putting on old 30 Rock episodes or edited versions of movies like Fast Five in the background while making dinner. It’s not a network that you would expect to run a gruesome, sexually charged supernatural drama about witches, but, well, here we are. On Sunday night — unfortunately opposite Mad Men and Silicon Valley/Veep — WGN American will premiere its first original scripted series, the period drama SalemSalem, as you may gather from the title, is loosely based on the Salem witch trials. It’s obvious from the pilot that WGN America took notes from networks like FX and AMC, but Salem is hardly a worthy contender.  … Read More

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