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My “Peak TV” Life Crisis

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How many television shows is too many? Too many to casually watch? To obsess over? To write about? To simply exist? There is no definitive number, but there is one thing we can all agree on: There is a hell of a lot of television out there these days, and sometimes it can be downright anxiety inducing.
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10 Songs About Classic Hollywood Icons

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An international star who excelled in Hollywood roles as well as those in her native Sweden, actress Ingrid Bergman would have turned 100 years old today. Bergman was recently honored during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, an image of the Notorious star (photographed by David Seymour) used for the poster.
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10 Amazing Treehouse Hotels With a View

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Thrill-seekers, nature lovers, and people who prefer unusual vacation destinations require something a little more exciting than the average hotel room when they take a holiday. These treehouse hotels evoke childhood days of hanging out in treetop clubhouses with friends — but their designer looks and exotic surroundings make them perfect for adults. Venture to these treehouse hotels with us, and consider sleeping sky-high for your next getaway.
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What It’s Like Working Backstage at the VMAs

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The MTV VMAs are known for their outrageous moments. Sometimes they’re planned, like the Madonna and Britney Spears kiss that Christina Aguilera never got over, and sometimes they aren’t, like Kanye’s “I’mma let your finish” moment that Taylor Swift will never get over. But some of the most telling moments of the show happen off-camera, where the online streams are off-limits and celebrities get real. The audience never sees them. Although the stories get told within a certain segment of the music industry, the average Joe doesn’t hear a peep about them. But I do.
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The Inner Life of Toronto Mannequins Revealed

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Toronto-based artist Mikäel Surget, who we learned about on Ego-AlterEgo, took a trip to Kensington Market for his birthday and found himself inspired to search for mannequins to photograph. “I know they are inanimate objects, but I see pain and struggle,” Surget wrote of his excursion. The artist transfers the photos with mixed media on wood, referencing the materiality of the object and highlighting the surface imperfections of his canvas. Surge calls them “damaged mannequins,” deconstructing the image and exposing emotions — “like I have deconstructed myself and rebuilding it to represent the beauty that lies beneath.”
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Enhance Your Lunch Break With A Custom Playlist [Sponsored]

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This summer, we’ve teamed up with Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water to help cubicle dwellers in four cities ditch their desks for an extraordinary Lunch Break with DJs like Questlove, Nadastrom, and SoSuperSam. But if you’re not in LA, NYC, Chicago, or Miami, or if you just can’t bring yourself to cut the cord and come dance for an hour, we have a cool consolation prize.
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The Only Good Binary Is an Exploded Binary

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There’s been a ruffling of feathers in England over the results of a recent British survey, which asked a bunch of respondents to plot their sexuality somewhere along the Kinsey scale. Less than half the respondents — 46%, to be precise — between the ages of 18 and 24 defined themselves as exclusively heterosexual, leading to hand-wringing headlines proclaiming that “1 in 2 young Britons say they aren’t heterosexual.”
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Miley Cyrus Disguises Herself as an Australian Reporter to Ask People What They Think of Miley Cyrus

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Jimmy Kimmel Live, perhaps more than any other late night show, is known for bringing celebrities into a variety of pranks and games, and last night’s was pretty peerless: in anticipation of Miley Cyrus’ VMAs hosting gig, the show had the pop-star go incognito as an Australian reporter named Janet to ask pedestrians what they think of…Miley Cyrus.
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Before You See ‘Z for Zachariah,’ Revisit the Dark, Creepy YA Novel It’s Based On

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Critics, including our own Jason Bailey, are praising this weekend’s forthcoming release, Z for Zachariah, a creepy dystopian film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine, Margot Robbie, and directed by Craig Zobel. I’m particularly excited to hear the title bandied about, as I may be part of a select group who hears it and immediately recalls a beloved YA book of the same name.
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Robert Pattinson to Play an Astronaut in Zadie Smith’s Sci-Fi Movie: Links You Need to See

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The headline above is not an excerpt from a MadLib. It was first announced a couple months ago that Zadie Smith was writing a sci-fi movie with director Claire Denis, and it turns out you can now say this bizarre sentence truthfully: A Zadie Smith-written sci-fi film will star Robert Pattinson as an astronaut who’s journeyed beyond our solar system “in a future that seems like our present.”
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Lunch Break DJs Recommend the Best Clubs in the World [Sponsored]

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Right now in NYC, LA, Miami, and Chicago, we’re offering extraordinary office escapes — with help from Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and some serious DJ talent (Yo, Questlove!). Lunch Break parties are bringing desk jockeys to the club for an hour of dancing, a custom Perrier cocktail, and a classic bagged lunch to take back to work. Beats your sad desk lunch, right? And you can still RSVP to this Friday’s party in Chicago with Nadastrom and Miami with BRENMAR.
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