Flavorwire Interview: Ava DuVernay on 'Selma,' 'The Interview' Controversy, and Her Addiction to 'The Knick'

Considering that she just put the finishing touches on the year’s best film, is busy preparing for its Christmas Day... Read More
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Your Holiday Helping of Home Cooked Food (and Sex Robots): Links You Need To See

Calories are not the first thing on my mind during the holidays—but maybe they should be. The “average” amount of calories the “average” person should eat daily is approximately 2000; younger people should eat more than older people, and men typically need more calories than women. At The New York Times‘ blog The Upshot, Claire Cain Miller, David Leonhardt, and other writers put together the multimedia story “What 2000 Calories Looks Like” to give you a better idea of just how much you’re consuming every day. To be honest, Shake Shack isn’t as bad as I thought. … Read More

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Literary T-Shirts for Last-Minute Holiday (or Treat-Yourself) Gifts

I’m obsessed with literary T-shirts because they’re my version of band T-shirts — exactly the kind of geeky, nerdy, not-quite-hipster item that fits my personality. I won’t mention how many I own. And a Jane Eyre T-shirt was my most treasured MFA graduation present. So, in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d honor night seven of Hanukkah and the penultimate eve before Christmas Eve by sharing a few perfect literary T-shirts to purchase for yourself or a loved one before the year ends. … Read More

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Now on Netflix, ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ Christmas Special Is Just as Great as You Remember

For a certain generation of now-adults, the name “Pee-wee Herman” carries with it a certain hint of magic. Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee was a clean-cut young man in a nice suit who started out as a Groundlings character, starred in the anarchic Tim Burton film classic Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, and hosted a hilarious TV show for children, the Emmy-winning Pee-wee’s Playhouse that ran from from 1986 through 1991 — a run cut short when Reubens was arrested in Florida for masturbating in an adult theater. … Read More

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How ‘Unbroken’s’ Laura Hillenbrand Writes Her Epic Nonfiction

Laura Hillenbrand has written two nonfiction books: Seabiscuit: An American Legend and Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Each is a major work, and they’ve sold ten million copies between them; they’ve also both been turned into movies, the latter serving as the basis of this year’s Angelia Jolie-directed Oscar-bait. I wrote earlier this year that Hillenbrand is the greatest nonfiction writer working today, and I stand by that assessment. … Read More

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Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ Makes a Fascinating True Story Bland

Let’s be honest: the Tim Burton of the 2000s and beyond is a much different director than the goth weirdo we all fell in love with from the days of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Ed Wood. Artists have to eat, but the Tim Burton of the last ten years has been mostly using his visual acuity to bring big-budget hackwork to the screen, with most of it starring Johnny Depp. … Read More

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The 10 Best International Films of 2014

In surveying some of the best foreign-language films of the year, it’s become clear that many have common themes. Some are about the primacy of family and crises in masculinity, while others center on rehabilitating the past and finding spiritual meaning in the secular world. But all of these films follow characters whose basic needs — familial and romantic stability, sexual fulfillment, and creative expression — question just how progressive modern society really is. Here are ten essential international films from the past… Read More

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Q-Tip’s Knowledge vs. Anonymous’ Sexist Threat: Two Very Different Responses to Igloo Australia’s Twitter Nonsense

One of the delights of living in our modern media age, swept with the equalizing brush of feminism, is that when female public figures say things that are stupid and wrong and immoral, we can freely and vociferously call them on their bullshit. After all, they are full humans who are responsible for their thoughts, and that’s what Mary Wollstonecraft would have wanted. … Read More

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Flavorwire Staffers’ Favorite Books of 2014

We’ve already published our official lists of the best novels, poetry books, and nonfiction books of 2014. Not everything that stuck with Flavorwire’s writers made it onto those lists, though — which is why we’ve collected our personal favorite reads of the year for your perusal. From Hollywood histories to graphic memoirs, here’s what the Flavorwire staff couldn’t put down in the last 12 months. … Read More

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Where Did Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’ Go Wrong?

My first exposure to Into the Woods came as a high school theater student, shuttled in with my fellow drama nerds to the auditorium of a nearby university for a “preview” of their forthcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s Brothers Grimm mash-up. The preview consisted, as such things often do, of half the show — the first act, with the assumption that you’ll be so hooked, you’ll return (and buy a ticket) for the second. But that proved rather a dicey proposition for Woods, whose first conclusion seemed, to us high schoolers, perfectly satisfactory. … Read More

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‘The Affair’ Season 1 Finale Recap: “10”

This week on The Affair: we are all done! And Whitney, that truth-teller, sums up the series like so: “Were you screwing my dad? Why? He’s so old and your husband’s so hot.” This is also the week when the he-said/she-said memory games that made sense in the context of characters telling a detective different stories officially revealed themselves to just plain make no sense at all (although here’s creator Sarah Treem’s perspective on it) — they’re loose enough that it’s hard not to think of Noah’s cockamamie perspective as his shitty, shitty novel. Moral of this show: May Maura Tierney get all the Emmys. … Read More

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