‘The Affair’ Season 1 Episode 3 Recap: “3”

This week on The Affair: Joshua Jackson is shirtless. Affair-ing continues. Coincidentally: your humble recapper was in Montauk last weekend, and had a really wonderful hot lobster roll at The Lobster Roll, the restaurant where Alison works on the show. The placemat had a list of “celebrities who have eaten there,” which had a lot… Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Series Finale Recap: “Eldorado”

For a show that’s so tied to The Sopranos—in a way, Boardwalk Empire is both that show’s successor and predecessor—Boardwalk couldn’t have ended more differently. Where The Sopranos was maddening in its ambiguity, Boardwalk comes to a definitive conclusion; where The Sopranos threw the idea of dramatic exits, or thematic unity, or even karma in its audience’s face, Boardwalk Empire embraces them all. “Eldorado” is an episode dedicated to tying up loose ends, with last week’s ending montage serving as a mission statement. And it does an incredible job, wrapping up eight episodes of looking back at Nucky’s past while pivoting towards a look forward at the future of what Nucky’s left behind. … Read More

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13 Spooky Vintage Board Games

The verdict is in: films about possessed board games sell a lot of movie tickets. The Michael Bay-produced horror movie Ouija, about a group of friends who confront a dark supernatural force after playing with an ancient spirit board, topped the box office this weekend. As anyone who has frequented slumber parties or had a lonely high school goth existence knows, the Hasbro game — which uses a plastic planchette to spell out messages from the afterlife — has scared curious players since it was first introduced in 1890. In the spirit of all things spooky and vintage, here are other horror-themed board games to satisfy your inner Halloween geek. … Read More

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8 Cinematic Caricatures About the Absurdity of Pop Culture

Federico Fellini introduced us to the “sweet life” in his 1960 comedy La dolce vita, which received the Criterion Blu-ray treatment this week. The distributor writes: … Read More

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Creepy Historical Drawings of Skeletons Contemplating Mortality

This fascinating collection of historical skeleton drawings from the Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine reveals attitudes about death and the preoccupations of artists during the time period. Curator Anne Garner introduced us to the series of morbid drawings and engravings:

The tradition of portraying skeletons as living, emotive beings has been long-established. The first full-scale attempts to accurately represent the human body beginning in the sixteenth century featured skeletons and partially dissected figures, sometimes called “muscle men.” These images, first produced in Italy and later, in the Dutch centers of Leiden and Amsterdam, were the result of close collaboration between anatomist and a hired artist, who worked together to accurately render the human form. Many of these depictions, innovative in their presentation of bones and muscle groups, were concerned not only with perfecting the body’s representation, but also with the moral condition of being dead and dissected. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Jim Carrey

Lucky for us, Jim Carrey’s publicity rounds for Dumb and Dumber To just happen to coincide with SNL’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The rubber-faced funnyman auditioned to be a cast member during the 1980-1981 season, but was turned down for the part. He has, however, hosted the show twice before, so he’s in familiar territory. And let’s not forget his stint on another sketch comedy series, the Wayans brothers-created In Living Color. Iggy Azalea joins Carrey on the SNL stage, performing “Fancy” sans Charli XCX (and true Clueless attire) and her recently debuted single “Beg for It” (which contains a little Notorious B.I.G. reference). This is also Leslie Jones’ first appearance as a featured player, and we expect greatness as usual. See how the evening played out, below. … Read More

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25 Oscar de la Renta Quotes on the Power of Fashion and Women

He dressed some of the most powerful women in the world — including Jacqueline Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey. He championed the independent, modern woman—reflected in the strength and femininity of his stunning gowns and sought-after fashions. Oscar de la Renta passed away this week, but his grace and sophistication — as a designer and a man — live on through his words about the industry he helped build and the women he loved to dress. … Read More

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Heartwarming ‘Old Faithful’ Photo Series Proves Senior Dogs Have A Lot of Love Left to Give

“Senior dogs end up in shelters for a variety of reasons, sometimes because of neglect or abandonment, sometimes because their owners simply cannot care for them. The health of older dogs is at high risk in a shelter environment, and as a result, they may be less adoptable then the younger dogs (or perceived as such by the public),” reports senior dog advocates and all-volunteer group The Grey Muzzle Organization. Photographer Pete Thorne, who we discovered on Co.Design, puts a spotlight on the senior dog community in his series Old Faithful. His portraits capture the character and determination of old dogs — from a bone cancer survivor and several blind pups, to those abandoned in shelters and passed around puppy mills during their lifetime. These dogs have seen it all and their faces tell many stories. Meet some of the pups in Pete’s photos series in our gallery. Visit the artist’s website to stay up to date on how you can purchase his planned book. … Read More

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The Best Pop Culture-Inspired Halloween Makeup Tutorials for 2014

We’ve reached peak party time in the Halloween season, which means you’re either fretting about getting a costume together or putting the finishing touches on something amazing you’ve been planning for months. Either way, here is some inspiration from this year’s pop culture moments. From film and television to fashion and more, these dramatic makeup looks are as amazing as they are… Read More

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The Apocalypse is Coming, But At Least We Can Hug: Links You Need to See

It’s going to be really difficult to write something uplifting here, guys, regardless of the fact that it’s Friday. Ebola has come to New York and everybody is being so dumb about it. Amazon is getting what it deserves and losing money, which is fine, but what will we do if Bezos’ behemoth crashes and we have to go to the store for something? That sounds like the apocalypse to me. True horror. This is also horrible, but luckily fictional: Someone has cut together all of these nice, awful cinema deaths for you to watch and be conveniently grossed out over. … Read More

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