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50 Visually Stunning Horror Movies for Twisted Aesthetes

Lumbering weirdos in hockey masks and pizza-faced serial killers have their place in the world of horror, but body-count movies can quickly wear out their welcome if you aren’t a slasher-film lover. Sometimes the greatest menace is something we can really get lost in, visually — like the atmospheric halls of a haunted house and the unexplained dangers lurking in the dark. In celebration of those films that lure us closer with their breathtaking set designs, rich palettes, and captivating images, here is a visual chronicle of horror cinema’s most stunning… Read More

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8 Cinematic Caricatures About the Absurdity of Pop Culture

Federico Fellini introduced us to the “sweet life” in his 1960 comedy La dolce vita, which received the Criterion Blu-ray treatment this week. The distributor writes: … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Jim Carrey

Lucky for us, Jim Carrey’s publicity rounds for Dumb and Dumber To just happen to coincide with SNL’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The rubber-faced funnyman auditioned to be a cast member during the 1980-1981 season, but was turned down for the part. He has, however, hosted the show twice before, so he’s in familiar territory. And let’s not forget his stint on another sketch comedy series, the Wayans brothers-created In Living Color. Iggy Azalea joins Carrey on the SNL stage, performing “Fancy” sans Charli XCX (and true Clueless attire) and her recently debuted single “Beg for It” (which contains a little Notorious B.I.G. reference). This is also Leslie Jones’ first appearance as a featured player, and we expect greatness as usual. See how the evening played out, below. … Read More

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Don’t Panic: Why Pop Culture Wants You to Freak Out About Ebola and Pandemics

Since the terrifying pandemic known as Ebola is officially in the United States, the news has gotten more and more insane by the hour. A nurse diagnosed with Ebola took a plane flight, and tried on wedding dresses in Ohio. A health care worker (also related to the Dallas case), is now on a Carnival Cruise Ship, officially quarantined. It’s enough to make the average person hearing about Ebola through 24-hour news stations, blogs, and radio, liable to freak out. … Read More

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The Most Memorable ‘SNL’ One-Liners

We’ve been enjoying Saturday Night Live’s 40th season celebrations so far. And today marks another important moment in the show’s long-running history: the series anniversary has arrived. NBC aired SNL’s very first episode on October 11, 1975. The late, great George Carlin was the host, with musical guests Billy Preston and Janis Ian. Chevy Chase was the first person to announce, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” Network execs only intended to air six episodes, but SNL’s provocative humor, pop culture prowess, and rotating players had audiences hooked. Through the best and worst of times, SNL was there with a snappy, smart-ass one-liner to see us through. Here are ten of the most memorable. Keep the list going, below. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Chris Pratt

Happy 40th, Saturday Night Live. Let’s cut right to the chase with the inaugural episode, hosted by Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and featuring musical guest Ariana Grande. There are a few new faces this season, including “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che (no worries, Cecily Strong is still here) and newcomer Pete Davidson. Live TV watchers will be immediately reminded that Darrell Hammond has taken over announcer duties, as the late, great Don Pardo—who was the voice of SNL since it premiered in 1975—passed away in August. Lorne Michaels waved goodbye to John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan, but former featured player Mike O’Brien resumes his spot in the writer’s room. Lastly, Nasim Pedrad left SNL to star in Fox’s Mulaney. But the show must go on. We have high hopes for some big surprises this season. Here we go. … Read More

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Bill Murray’s Best ‘SNL’ Sketches

NBC confirmed this week that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will kick off Saturday Night Live’s 40th season as the series’ host. Rumors have been swirling about other potential hosts for the upcoming season, including a report that Bill Murray could make his return to Studio 8H for the first time in 15 years. Murray joined the SNL cast in 1977, lasting three seasons, and he’s a member of the show’s Five-Timers Club. Until the rumor is proven true or false, we’ll be wringing our hands in anticipation of a Murray/SNL reunion — so here are ten of Murray’s greatest moments on the series to tide us over until… Read More

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Hilarious GIFs That Make Us Miss ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

When news hit earlier this week that Seinfeld co-creator Larry David would be headed to the stage for his Broadway debut — Fish in the Dark, written by David and starring the comedian as a very Larry David-ish character — it sparked sheer dread in the hearts of Curb Your Enthusiasm fans everywhere. According to the report, David hasn’t ruled out doing a ninth season of Curb, but he’s “not going to mentally do that to [himself] right now.” Even if he did do another season, “this play would push that schedule back.” Doesn’t David realize this Broadway gig is basically a rehash of Curb season four and the Producers storyline? While we pine for more shenanigans from everyone’s favorite social assassin, here are some hilarious Curb GIFs to soothe the pain (and few stills for good measure). We’re lamenting a serious lack of Cheryl, Susie, and Leon GIFs out there. Internet: you’re about three years late, but you have a job to do. … Read More

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20 Photos of Prince Making Inanimate Objects Sexy

Pop culture royal Prince turned 56 over the weekend, but the singer shows no signs of slowing down. One of the central components of his oeuvre has been his sexually frank lyrics. That alone might be enough to make audiences swoon, but his flamboyance, confidence, ridiculous talent, seemingly ageless beauty, cleverness, and attitude basically make him a magical unicorn wrapped in a double rainbow. The sexy knows no bounds — and that the performer largely remains a mystery only intensifies his allure. Prince even has the power to make inanimate objects… Read More

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Pictures of the Eternally Unsmiling Bob Dylan Being Silly

Happy birthday, Bob Dylan. The singer-songwriter turns 73 today. Dylan is as busy as ever, having just teased his cover of Frank Sinatra’s 1945 hit “Full Moon and Empty Arms” in anticipation of a new album due out later this year.

The craggy-voiced icon is known to be a straight-faced, serious performer, rarely smiling on stage or in photos — the perfect accompaniment for his somber lyrics and political anthems. “It’s hard not to feel that the sense of Dylan’s music as so very deep and meaningful would be so persuasive if it didn’t issue from the pouting sloucher on the record sleeves,” pondered The Guardian’s Lindesay Irvine.

Dylan’s stern facade has occasionally cracked to reveal a lighthearted artist who indulges in random headstands, goofy antics, and toothy grins. Check out the photo evidence in celebration of the counterculture poet’s birthday. … Read More

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