25 George Takei Quotes About LGBT Rights, Activism, and More

We’ve been anxious to set eyes on the new George Takei documentary, To Be Takei, ever since our own Jason Bailey reported good things from Sundance earlier this year. He wrote: “Director Jennifer M. Kroot’s film mostly aims simply to entertain (and it does so), hopscotching through Takei’s unusual life, complimenting it with his own commentary (often accompanied by his distinctive, throaty laugh), and documenting his relationship with [his husband] Brad.” The actor and activist has been an outspoken voice in the LGBT rights movement, lending his whip-smart sense of humor and wisdom to the running Internet commentary. To celebrate the release of To Be Takei, we’re looking back at some of the former Star Trek icon’s greatest quotes about activism, LGBT rights, and more. … Read More

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Films You Didn’t Know Had Two Directors

This weekend marks the long-awaited release of part two in the Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller Sin City saga, A Dame to Kill For. A bold creative team like Rodriguez and Miller must unify their vision into one cohesive voice in order for their films to be successful. Perhaps this is why siblings or spouses dominate filmmaker duos — they’re used to making compromises. Miller described his process with Rodriguez in an interview with film critic Simon Abrams:

I’ve always preferred my heroes to be grandiose, and think that Robert and I always saw eye-to-eye in that sense. I tended to stay hands-off and let Robert do what he wanted since the process of making movies was so foreign to me. We also didn’t have that many conversations about the characterizations because I trusted him with the material. I grew up with three brothers, and now I have a fourth.

The Coens and Wachowskis have been discussed to death when it comes to filmmaker collaborations. We explored ten other movies you might not realize were made by two directors. … Read More

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Intimate, Nude Self-Portraits of an Artist Every Year for 40 Years

Wearing nothing but a pair of Vanity Fair Lollipop underwear, shoes, and socks, photographer Lucy Hilmer snaps a self-portrait of herself every year on her birthday (April 22). The ritual started on her 29th birthday and has continued over the past 40 years. The intimate photos, which we first spotted on Stylist, chronicle the changing of her body through age and pregnancy. Her husband, daughter, and friends accompany her in several of the pictures, mostly clothed next to the spirited photographer. Her book upcoming book Birthday & Other Suits (and a companion film) was created to “reveal how a woman who came of age before women’s lib used her camera to peel off society’s ‘pretty girl’ label and define herself from the inside out.” Hilmer, who plans to continue her series Birthday Suits for the remainder of her life, told Lens Culture: “Armed with my camera and tripod, I found a way to define myself on my own terms in the most open, vulnerable way I could.” … Read More

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Glamorous Women with Surprising Hobbies

Former Bond girl Honor Blackman celebrated her 89th birthday this week. Her most famous character, Pussy Galore, one of 007’s most interesting opponents (depicted as a lesbian in the Ian Fleming novels and the leader of an all-female team of aviators in 1964’s Goldfinger), was riveting to watch in action. Blackman, the oldest actress to play a Bond girl, has always been full of surprises. In the 1960s, she learned Judo for her role as Cathy Gale in The Avengers. Following her role in Goldfinger (by then, an expert in martial arts), she penned a self-defense book for women. Blackman’s proto-feminist beliefs, penchant for strong female characters, and physical prowess in a male-dominated sport eschewed stereotypical notions of women. Here are ten other glamorous female celebrities who excelled in activities and quirky hobbies that surprised the public (often quick to pigeonhole women). … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Wizards and Wrestlers

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, we’re honoring the August TV doldrums by highlighting the shows you haven’t been watching. … Read More

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Offbeat Adventures in Fort Collins, Colorado

Presented by New Belgium Brewing

It’s hard to go wrong in Fort Collins, Colorado, repeatedly ranked as one of the best towns in America and known as heaven-on-earth for lovers of beer, bikes, bands, and boats — but it can be tough to narrow down the choices on your offbeat adventure to-do list. Named for an old military camp, the charming city marches to the beat of its own quirky drum and is in the midst of celebrating its 150th birthday year. With New Belgium’s Tour de Fat getting ready to make its way home to where the infamous brewery was born in 1991 — ultimately launching the epic, craft-beer boom that now defines the city — you can count on the fiercely proud and eccentric locals going out of their way to ensure that this is the fattest stop on the tour. Hip and adventurous without trying, once you get a taste of FoCo flavor you won’t want to leave. … Read More

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The 20 Sexiest ‘True Blood’ Characters, Ranked

For all that the show originally promised to provide some interesting social commentary and a new spin on the the well-worked trope of vampirism, True Blood‘s charms have ultimately lain in its characters, who are pretty much all unfeasibly attractive and have unfeasible amounts of sex with one another. At least two of Flavorwire’s regular staffers have stuck with the show from start to finish, and yeah, if we’re honest, it was always about the sex. So, in advance of Sunday’s series finale, here’s a lighthearted look back at the sexiest characters on the show, ranked from #20 to… Read More

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Is Netflix’s Least Inspired Original Series

Is a good cast enough to sustain a dull story? That’s a question I think about often while watching pilot episodes like this year’s Selfie and last year’s We’re the Millers or Bad Teacher. I’m more likely to stick around after a lackluster pilot if I like everyone involved. Netflix’s BoJack Horseman boasts the voice talents of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Paul F. Tompkins, Kristen Schaal, and more. It’s a mix of people who are universally adored, but even their presence isn’t enough to push this show above average. … Read More

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No One Writes Utopian Novels Anymore Because Utopian Novels Are Boring

This morning over at Vulture, Adam Sternbergh wrote about the dystopian novel craze — and the fact that we have, in his words, “hit Peak Dystopia.” True enough — even Lois Lowry says so. He suggests that if we’re burned out on dystopian novels, “there might be an opening for a return to Utopian novels — if such a thing as ‘Utopian novels’ actually existed anymore.” Towards the end of the article, he writes, “increasingly my hunch is that the next Great American Novel, or earth-rattling film, will be a Utopian one. Wouldn’t you love to read a modern Utopian vision by Margaret Atwood? Or Zadie Smith? Or Cory Doctorow?” … Read More

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‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ and the Woes of the Long-Delayed Sequel

When the first Sin City movie was released, George W. Bush had just begun his second term. Pope John Paul II died during its opening weekend; Hunter S. Thompson had taken his own life about six weeks earlier. People were talking about Terri Schiavo. Doctor Who had just returned to television after a 16-year absence, and Dan Rather and Peter Jennings had just anchored their final evening newscasts. The #1 single in the country was 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop.” Hitch, Million Dollar Baby, and Miss Congeniality 2 were still in theaters. Sin City opened against the Queen Latifah vehicle Beauty Shop, but neither film’s trailer was unveiled on YouTube, which would not launch until three weeks after their release date. In other words, the first Sin City came out a long, long time ago, and while the duration between that film and its sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For doesn’t fully explain the new film’s flaws, it’s quite instructive when examining the reactions to them. … Read More

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