Television’s Most Realistic Mom-Child Relationships

There was something oddly comforting about watching Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson having an awkward mother-daughter spat with mom Melanie Griffith on the Oscars red carpet. When asked if Griffith had seen the film, in which Johnson plays an oft-nude virginal initiate into the world of BDSM, she said no and that she didn’t need to see it to know her daughter was a good actress. Cue a familiar eye roll and a few fed-up expletives from a bratty Johnson. … Read More

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The Secret, “Dank” Lives of Maraschino Cherries: Links You Need to See

Nostalgia has ruined the world, but what’s a world for if not ruining? That’s the question asked by Cat Frazier, a 23-year-old graphic designer who runs Animated Text, a website capturing the beautiful life of the young Internet, a life which has been flattened and Helvetica-d to death. Her mission is a noble one, and so has been briefly catapulted to “famous for the Coastal few who still read the New York Times” status with this gloriously pre-millennial layout. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Pawnee Forever

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 round, Parks and Rec brings on the tears while the Oscars bring on the facepalms. … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Kanye #ALLDAY Edition

It’s Kanye’s world, we’re just livetweeting it. This week’s best new music includes the redemption of GOOD Music associate Big Sean (with the release of his third album, Dark Sky Paradise, this week), and also Nick Jonas, who did West proud with a killer “Only One” cover. … Read More

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Leonard Nimoy Has Died, But His Beloved ‘Star Trek’ Character Will Live Forever

The first thing I said after the New York Times alert appeared on my phone this afternoon was, “Spock can’t be dead!” And in a way, that’s true. Spock isn’t dead; characters don’t die.

But I struggle, as he struggled, to separate the actor from the role. Leonard Nimoy, who died this morning at age 83, alternately embraced and shrugged off his connection to the iconic Star Fleet officer, from his 1967 record Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space (an album that bears no resemblance to anything the canonical Spock might have created, but which was certainly — and charmingly — from outer space) to his 1977 autobiography, I Am Not Spock, to his 1995 follow up, I Am Spock. He didn’t have the self-seriousness of his friend William Shatner, who felt Kirk hang like a millstone from his classically trained shoulders. Nimoy would never tell a Star Trek fan, even in jest, to “get a life.” I think he understood that this, the world he helped create, was a kind of life. … Read More

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‘Battle Creek’ Tries, But Fails, to Liven Up the Procedural Genre

CBS is mostly known for two things: Generic comedies that tend to last forever and predictable cop procedurals that birth multiple spin-offs. Battle Creek is of the latter variety, a slightly comedic drama about two mismatched officers created by Vince Gilligan and David Shore. It hits all of the expected beats in a procedural, but at the same time, it struggles to break free from the simplistic formula. Based on the pilot, it likely won’t succeed in doing so.  … Read More

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‘Kobe Bryant’s Muse’ Reveals the Widening Gap Between Man and Mythology

Even if you’re not a basketball fan, you know who Kobe Bryant is. He’s perhaps the most polarizing sports star of his generation, one of the last of a breed whose drive to win borders on the sociopathic. For the best part of two decades, he’s been defined by his refusal to compromise. Love him or hate him, his talent has remained undeniable… until the last couple of years, when age and injuries have finally started to overtake him. Quite how Bryant would go out of the game has long been a fascinating hypothetical — how would a man who refused to countenance any threat of mortality deal with the subtle ravages of time? The documentary film Kobe Bryant’s Muse, which airs on Showtime this Saturday at 9pm, is a document of Bryant’s last act, and it’s fascinating because, if nothing else, it illustrates the ever-widening gap between the man and his own mythology. … Read More

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‘Django Unchained’ Plantation Transformed Into Major Slavery Museum With Strange Origin Story

“There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves,” Toni Morrison once said, explaining why she wrote Beloved, in an observation that inspired the Bench by the Road Project, which creates small memorials to African-American history. “There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. There’s no 300-foot tower, there’s no small bench by the road. There is not even a tree scored, an initial that I can visit or you can visit in Charleston or Savannah or New York or Providence or better still on the banks of the Mississippi. And because such a place doesn’t exist… the book had to.”

Decades after Morrison’s call and nine years after the founding of the Bench by the Road Project, a large museum commemorating the horrible realities of slavery has finally been built. Its origin story is fascinating and bizarre. … Read More

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Frank Underwood Finally Gets What He Wants in ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 — and That’s the Problem

House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood gets his fair share of Macbeth comparisons, but the show is something of a tragic figure in its own right. It simply doesn’t know what it wants to be: is it a slick, cynical look at Washington — The West Wing, with pessimism? Or is it a shamelessly over-the-top melodrama that just happens to be set in and around the White House — Scandal, with swearing? House of Cards’ greatest weakness has always been that it tries to be both, and even when it commits to one vision over the other, it’s bound to sacrifice some of its core appeal. In the case of Season 3, that means prioritizing the former over the… Read More

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A Selection of Hitherto Unseen Responses to Famous Songs

The idea of writing a song lyric as a letter is one that’s as old as music itself, but if you’re like Flavorwire, you may have occasionally found yourself wondering: what if the recipient of the song in question wrote back? What might they have to say? Wonder no longer, dear readers, because through the magic of a program that grants access to the the hitherto undiscovered secret archives of rock (aka Photoshop CS5), here are the unseen responses to a bunch of our favorite “letter” songs. … Read More

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