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A star is reborn: what we can learn from actor turned director debuts

November 4, 2018

As Bradley Cooper and Jonah Hill step behind the camera for A Star is Born and Mid90s, how do their films benefit from their A-list status? A critic will often watch a directors first film with one eye on what is and one on what might be. For novice feature film-makers, a debut doubles as […]

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Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow to play the Clintons on Broadway

October 25, 2018

Pair will play the couple during the 2008 primaries in Hillary and Clinton with the character of Obama referred to as The Other Guy Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow are set to play Hillary and Bill Clinton on Broadway. In Hillary and Clinton, the two-time Tony award winners will portray the power couple during the […]

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Friendly reminder: There are a lot of soothing dog show videos on YouTube

October 24, 2018

Good dog.Image: ATLGAN OZDIL/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES Hard Refresh is a soothing weekly column where we try to reset your brain and cleanse it of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter. In my opinion, one of the only reasons for YouTube to still exist is animal videos.  Otherwise a cesspool of screaming vloggers and […]

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Why this man went from food stamp ineligible to one of their biggest supporters.

October 22, 2018

Orlando Madison believes in second chances. But for him, a 50 year-old Arkansas native, his second chance has been a long time coming. In 2003, after serving a six-and-a-half year sentence for a drug felony charge, Orlando returned to his hometown of Benton, Arkansas, determined to make some big changes. “I admit that what I […]

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The ‘really start dressing’ meme will get you ready for fall with lots of lols

October 18, 2018

Pieter Hanson, Large Adult Son of the woman who recently made him the reluctant poster boy of the #HimToo movement, is officially on Twitter, and he’d like to set a few things straight. On Oct. 6, Hanson’s mother shared a cheesy photo of her son in uniform explaining he “respects women” but avoids taking them […]

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Brilliant innovation finally allows farmers to ditch the pesticides.

October 13, 2018

Theodore C/ Flickr Since humans began farming over 20,000 years ago, we have had to fight the weather, seasons, and pests while creating irrigation systems to ensure the crops have water. Once company believes they’ve solved humanity’s toughest farming problems by moving the entire operation indoors. 80 Acres Farms is currently building an indoor farm […]

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5 gifts perfect for someone who just landed a new job

October 12, 2018

They got the job! Give 'em a little something to start them off on the right foot.Image: yevu By gum, they did it! They got the job!  Your ol’ pal’s gone and landed themselves a brand new employment situation, and you’re the kind of friend who’ll celebrate their successes with a little something. But what […]

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You may think you know what food insecurity looks like, but you haven’t met this family.

October 11, 2018

Jillian Hollingsworth paid a steep price to stay home while her children were young. With no maternity leave plan at her job in South Carolina and the high cost of daycare, she had quit to stay home to take care of her babies. But, that job had provided health insurance for her whole family, so […]

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Fan Bingbings mysterious disappearance: what it means for Chinas elite

October 8, 2018

Three months ago, one of the countrys best known actors went missing. Now, seemingly chastened, she has reappeared with a bill for 112m in unpaid taxes and fines Imagine if Jennifer Lawrence or Scarlett Johansson went missing and nobody knew where they had gone even three months later. That is what happened to Fan Bingbing. […]

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It’s time to rethink how we view families on food stamps. These programs show why.

October 8, 2018

Unlimited fruits and veggies, breakfast, and after-school supper. These Vermont schools serve it all — for free. No matter what, all students in Burlington, Vermont, get breakfast, even in the hallway if they’re running late to class. They can load up on as many fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables as they want. In other […]

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