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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Blake Shelton

If you’ve ever seen an episode of the reality singing competition The Voice, then you know that country star and co-judge Blake Shelton isn’t afraid to get goofy. His jokes are corny, but Shelton’s aw-shucks demeanor can be charming. He’s charismatic and good-natured about being the target of Adam Levine’s good ol’ boy jokes. Will that make him an engaging host who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty? See how last night’s episode went down, below. … Read More

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Today’s Wisdom Comes from Artificially Intelligent Mario, Kendall Jenner and Leslie Knope: Links You Need to See

Everyone is looking for some form of advice. We as humans will turn to our favorite authors, politicians and directors for inspiration on how to live, love, and find our purpose in life. The Wall Street Journal has decided to collect the wisdom of six people they’ve dubbed “luminaries” on the topic of youth. And one of these luminaries is Kendall Jenner. Calling Kendall Jenner a luminary might seem ridiculous, but if you’ve watched Keeping up with the Kardashians, you’ll see she’s often surrounded by a family of overgrown children, so maybe the Journal is on to something. … Read More

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Guessing Game: Edgar Allan Poe or Goth Song Lyrics?

Monday marks the birthday of O.G. Edgar Allan Poe — original goth (one of them, anyway). Poe’s morose poems and gloomy short tales populate the annals of gothic literature. The master of the macabre’s life wasn’t exactly cheery, either. Drugs, booze, depression, and family tragedy plagued Poe during his day — but in death we celebrate him with a guessing game only a real goth could appreciate. Inspired by the dank darkness of Poe’s danky doom, we present you with: Edgar Allan Poe or Goth Song Lyrics? Look deep into the abyss for the answers (or simply highlight or double-click them to view). … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Kevin Hart

The breathless Kevin Hart kicks off a new episode of SNL after a several-week hiatus. The comedian played the role of host just two years ago, and his star has steadily been on the rise since then. Hart’s delivery is manic, but he can frame a joke like few others. Just like his last stint, Hart’s professionalism and dedication shine in the deadliest of sketches. See what kind of one-two punches Hart delivered in last night’s episode, below. … Read More

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Does Science Prove You Belong in Pawnee? : Links You Need To See

Have you ever felt like you belonged in another city? That your life was drab and boring, and if you could just save up the money and find a way out of this small town that your life would just be so much better? Well, science says you’re right. Some people are apparently more suited to people-watching in a Parisian cafe and others are more suited to a quick stroll in Central Park. Hopefully Buzzfeed is preparing its servers for the inevitable flood of people who’ll want to take their fate-deciding quizzes. … Read More

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Eddie Huang Examines ABC’s Treatment of His Memoir ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

ABC is ready to release their new situation comedy series Fresh Off the Boat, but Eddie Huang — author of the memoir… Read More

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20 Badass Quotes from Cinema’s Tough Guys

No one could have predicted that decorated Irish actor Liam Neeson, star of the Oscar-winning Schindler’s List, would find life as an action hero playing former CIA operative Bryan Mills in the Taken film series. Part three hit theaters this weekend, boasting Neeson’s “particular set of skills.” Neeson’s killer speech from the original film, uttered in his chilling authoritarian tone, remains perhaps the best part of the Taken franchise. A bad-talking line from a movie tough guy always wins the day — and cinema is full of them. Here are some of our favorite fearsome quotes from film bruisers we wouldn’t want to mess with. … Read More

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Complicated Sister Relationships in Cinema

Based on the love triangle between real-life aristocratic sisters Charlotte and Caroline von Lengefeld and rebellious German poet Friedrich Schiller, Dominik Graf’s Beloved Sisters — which opens in theaters this weekend — explores the trio’s playful and complicated relationship. Sororal kinship and all its complexities have been a source of fascination for filmmakers for decades. Here are ten movies that center on the feminine familial bond and rivalries between sisters in compelling ways. … Read More

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Must-Hear Audio Books Narrated by Pop Culture Favorites

“As a narrator, [Edward] Herrmann has presence, and his rich, patrician voice is unmistakable, but he never upstages the text, instead drawing in the listener with authority and calm assurance. He has a voice we love to listen to,” wrote AudioFile Magazine of the famed character actor who passed away earlier this week. Herrmann’s distinctive tones have elevated the art of the narrator. We’re looking at other famous faces who went behind the scenes to give life to the literature we love. … Read More

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