Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Literary Mixtape: Willy Wonka

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Roald Dahl’s most flamboyant factory owner, Willy Wonka. … Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we felt kind of depressed after watching the cast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory reunite on the Today Show, 40 years later. We thought that Ed Harris made a pretty decent John McCain in this still from HBO’s upcoming film Game Change. We were impressed by… Read More

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The 10 Darkest Children’s Movies

Inspired by The Independent’s recent roundup of 10 of the bloodiest bedtime stories, we decided to take a look back into our own childhoods, and came up with this list of 10 of the darkest children’s movies. From more subtly disturbing films like Bambi to the truly gruesome ones, like Watership Down, check out our picks after the jump, and be sure to add your own sources of childhood trauma in the comments. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Kanye West/Lady Gaga tour has been canceled but an official reason has yet to be been given. [via ArtsBeat]
2. David Letterman explains to viewers that he was being extorted for $2 M because of some “creepy stuff” he did — ie., having sex with women who worked on his show.… Read More

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