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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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Flavorwire Interview: Mary Shelley Biographer Charlotte Gordon on the Life, Loves, and Legacy of the Influential ‘Frankenstein’ Author

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Happy 218th birthday to Mary Shelley, Frankenstein author, feminist, and daughter of writer and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft. The lives and esteemed works of both Marys were recently explored in the book Romantic Outlaws, a fascinating dual biography written by Charlotte Gordon. Our own Sarah Seltzer called the text “immense, and immensely readable.” Flavorwire spoke to Gordon about Mary Shelley’s creative legacy, her struggles for legitimacy while in a marriage that often overshadowed her literary contributions, and the influence of her pioneering mother on her life and work.
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The Fashions of Cleopatra in Cinema

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It was this month that Cleopatra, the Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt whose story has captivated scholars and history geeks for centuries, ended her life in 30 BCE. Her legacy has played out on the big screen by countless stars. Cinema’s version of the queen often emphasizes her exotic and lavish costumes, as any proper Hollywood spectacle would. We took a look back at the fashion-savvy depiction of Cleopatra in cinema to see how filmmakers have portrayed one of the most powerful women in the world throughout the years.
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Vintage Photos Transformed Into Dreamlike Portraits

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Australian artist Jane Long’s Dancing with Costică series is inspired by the works of Romanian war photographer Costică Acsinte (or Axinte). Long was searching for photos to practice her retouching skills on and discovered an online archive of Acsinte’s images taken during the 1930s and ‘40s. “I will probably never know the real stories of these people but in my mind they became characters in tales of my own invention,” Long said of the work. The artist created an otherworldly landscape for the figures in Acsinte’s images, lending a surreal and dreamlike quality to the portraits. See the before and after, below.
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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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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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MONICA THE MEDUIM - "Blind Date Surprise" - Monica Ten-Kate is a typical 21-year-old college junior, juggling studies, friends, family, bills and boys…all while communicating with the dead. “Monica the Medium,” premieres Tuesday, August 25th (8:00 PM ET/PT) on ABC Family. (ABC Family/Ken White)
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“Dead People Don’t Play Flip Cup”: The Nonsensical Pleasures of ABC Family’s ‘Monica the Medium’

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“I spend most of my time with dead people, and dead people don’t play flip cup,” says Monica, early in the series premiere of ABC Family’s Monica the Medium, which aired Tuesday. If we were lucky, this would be a scripted dramedy about a hard-partying ghost attending a paranormal university. Instead, it’s ABC Family’s most ridiculous currently airing show — and you might love it.
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Watch: Beck and St. Vincent Perform “Dreams” with Taylor Swift

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During her concert in Los Angeles on Monday, Taylor Swift surprised audiences with guest appearances by Ellen DeGeneres and Alanis Morissette; last night’s inclusion of more surprise guests was thus a little less of a surprise — though the guests themselves were, perhaps, more surprising. Beck and St. Vincent joined Swift onstage at the Staples Center to sing Beck’s “Dreams.” 
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