Mindy Kaling

Pixar’s Charming ‘Inside Out’ Torpedoes Some Gender Roles, Reinforces Others

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Inside Out, Pixar latest animated film, is as lovely and sophisticated as it is full of contradictions. It both derives its “inside the brain” premise from our era of hyper-technological organization — and undercuts that with its ultimate embrace of inner chaos. Similarly, the film reinforces a white-bread and hetero-normative version of family, while also creating a wild, female-centric road-trip adventure story, a groundbreaking Thelma and Louse for kids that celebrates difference.
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Musical Theater Eats Itself and America Gets a New Poet Laureate: Links You Need To See

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Hey, you, Yuccie. Yes, you. Apparently, there’s a new term in town to describe the “millenn-intelligensia” roaming parts of northern Brooklyn and other major U.S. cities. Characteristics include: believing that your talents aren’t being tapped at your current job and owning multiple copies of Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Yuccies might not be so willing to admit to liking musical theater (but may secretly harbor a flame for it), and thus might allege that they find the musical-theater-is-eating-itself news of Smash‘s fake Broadway musical being performed on Broadway off-putting. They might, however, be more vocally interested to hear that Hillary Clinton has a new Instagram account, which is trying to make #Hillary2016 move from the Internetz into the White House. The first photo? Nine pantsuits.
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Maureen Dowd Stumbles Upon Female “Raunch” Comedy, Proclaims It a Trend

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It is one of the small pleasures of life to see a New York Times op-ed columnist come down from her tower, take notice of a phenomenon in the culture sphere, and proclaim it an actual trend. It is even better when that trend has been percolating for over a decade, as is the case with the subject of Maureen Dowd’s most recent column, “Dirty Words From Pretty Mouths.”
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‘The Mindy Project’ Is Not Rising Above Its Tired Pregnancy Storyline

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As TV pregnancy storylines are wont to do, The Mindy Project’s little bundle of unplanned joy came at a pretty lousy time: Mindy was making plans to establish a fertility clinic on the East Coast, baby daddy Danny was unaware of the pregnancy but had made it very clear that he would never leave New York, and the couple was bickering over whether it’s appropriate to bitch-slap a sullen teenager during a dinner party (the jury is still out on that one). Then Mindy told Danny about the baby, they kissed on a couch, Beyoncé’s “XO” started playing, and we knew that everything was going to work out.
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‘The Mindy Project’s’ Disappointing “Big Twist”

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Because the world is a cruel place, The Mindy Project has never quite managed to draw the audience it deserves. Despite its consistently on-point writing and delightful ensemble cast, the sitcom has suffered from a steady decline in ratings since it premiered in 2012, and Fox’s axe seems to be constantly dangling over the show’s head. But Tuesday’s episode set the Internet a-buzz thanks to a “BIG TWIST” that wasn’t actually all that big or twisty: Mindy Lahiri is pregnant. 
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The Year’s Most Controversial Magazine Covers: 2014

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What did we learn from the controversial magazine covers this year? It was an complicated and tumultuous year politically, although this year that didn’t leave us with boundary-pushing, banned-in-Boston covers like Rolling Stone‘s notorious Boston bomber selfie. We had a lot of conversations about famous women on magazine covers and what it all meant. The themes that keep cropping up, repeatedly, is that controversy comes when issues of class, race, and size are in the picture. Here are some of the covers we couldn’t stop talking about this year.
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