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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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The 7 Ages of the Boy Band

Yes, One Direction have a new album, and yes, suddenly respected music writers (both here and elsewhere) are adamant that the band has graduated from genuine teeny cultural phenomenon to, um, genuine non-teeny cultural phenomenon. Of course, if you’re old and jaded, you’ve seen this trajectory play out many times before. One Direction are just progressing through The Seven Ages of the Boy Band, a series of phases that lead from insane popularity through break-up, obscurity, and redemption. Here’s our definitive account of exactly how this narrative arc works! … Read More

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Haim Sisters Are Almost as ’90s as the ’90s in New Video

Haim’s videos have often placed the three sisters in nostalgic environments from their Valley upbringing, which they so often hark… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were happy to hear that the Bronx Zoo’s missing cobra had been found, but the fact that it inside the zoo’s Reptile House this whole time leaves us wondering if this was all just a brilliant publicity stunt. We read some spoilers for the unpublished fourth book of the… Read More

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Now Even Fake Boy Bands Are Reuniting

Remember O-Town? Vaguely? Yup, they were the boy band MTV put together on the first season of Making the Band, and they were kind of a joke but kind of not and it was kind of hard to figure out whether we were supposed to take them seriously or not. Well, get ready to pick up where you left off with your confusion, because O-Town is back. The new group will include four of the original five band members — minus Ashley Parker Angel, whose name is the only one we actually recognize.

In a year that also promises a summer tour co-headlined by O-Town’s more popular contemporaries, Backstreet Boys, and early ’90s heartthrobs New Kids on the Block, we have to wonder: are boy bands back? Already? And if so, good luck to the fellows in *NSYNC with their inevitable attempt to get JT back on board. Meanwhile, if you still can’t recall who O-Town are, watch a few clips after the jump to jog your memory. … Read More

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The Best ’90s Pop Star Daytime TV Appearances

The flurry of band reunions reached amazing(ly terrifying) new heights when the recently reformed Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block announced a boy band supergroup tour at last week’s American Music Awards, much to the delight of every teenybopper between the ages of 20 and 40. Justin Timberlake and Mark Wahlberg must be feeling pretty smug right about now, but we think this is a great opportunity to relive the heyday of ’90s pop stars. Since their strangest and funniest moments often came not on MTV but on the talk shows where they connected with the stay-at-home moms of Middle America, we’ve compiled 10 of our favorite moments from when Oprah and Ricki met TLC and Britney. … Read More

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A Compendium of Pop Culture-Theme Cruises

If you prefer your vacations to be on palatial boats crammed with like-minded tourists and you have an obsession with 1980s boy band heartthrobs, then you’re in luck! The New Kids on the Block just announced that they’re hitting the stage cruise-style with a four-day vacation from Miami to the Bahamas, packed with NKOTB performances. Tickets start at a mere $700 per person, which is like, totally worth it to see Donnie Wahlberg walk past your cabin. But the NKOTB cruise is merely one in a long line of increasingly specialized cruises. There are now cruises for Star Trek enthusiasts, Twihards, and Elvis believers. Click through to see our compendium of pop culture cruises. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Rachel Weisz and director Darren Aronofsky — one of our favorite Hollywood power couples — are separating after nine years together. She has recently been linked with Daniel Craig, who has way less indie cred. [via Jezebel]
2. Good news: Thanks to great ratings out of the gate, AMC’s new zombie… Read More

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This Week in Buzz

This week at BuzzFeed, we supported the protesters for Sanity and More Tortillas With Your Fajita Order. We believed that sane-ish Americans outnumber insane Americans. (Until we saw the election results.) We blamed the New America on these guys, and we thanked Barry for all his fucking work. Then we made… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we wished that we had the endurance (and money!) to party like Iron Maiden. We crossed our fingers for a possible Pinkerton tour from Weezer to help promote the reissue. We wondered if eating a sandwich containing five layers of fried chicken skin could make you drop dead… Read More

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