1. We remember Philip Seymour Hoffman through his eclectic, iconic filmography.

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  2. Today would have been Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio’s 60th wedding anniversary.

    Here, in photos, a romance for the ages…





  6. As a film critic, I’ve seen nearly 4,000 movies over the last 15 years. Right now, I can’t think of one worse than Movie 43.

    Elizabeth Weitzman at the New York Daily News.

    The 10 worst-reviewed movies of 2013


  7. …”I’ll never take down my Cheryl Tiegs poster” (2:41)

    The poster Sandler is probably referring to is her 1978 “Pink Bikini” shot, which epitomizes the breezy, beautiful, California girl every boy of a certain age lusted after. Sandler would have been 12 when the poster first came out, which seems about right.

    Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song”: Explaining the 20-year-old tune’s pop culture references


  8. The success of The Hunger Games meant that [Jennifer] Lawrence said goodbye to her old life — which allowed her to disappear into roles in films like Winter’s Bone — and embraced life in the spotlight. Thus far, celebrity has been ridiculously kind to Lawrence. Far and wide, people tweet wishes to be her BFF, or pit her against actresses who have fallen out of favor. Her every stumble or statement is fawned over. But the adoration hints at the backlash that will inevitably come when her very human actions fail to live up to the superhuman expectations thrust upon her.

  9. Hugh — and we are speaking here of the ur-character Hugh — traffics in a kind of realism. Ordinariness is taken to an almost painful degree. The characters in these movies appear to have no ambitions besides falling in love. This idea reaches apotheosis in About a Boy, in which Hugh plays an independently wealthy but completely unremarkable man who literally does no work at all. The exception is Bridget Jones, where Hugh plays a successful, Keats-loving publisher who is hounded by gorgeous women — and he’s the bad guy!”

    Why I like Hugh Grant


  10. Do you prefer your feminists near-naked and twerking? Or fully clothed and raging against the twerk?

    Why you should pay attention to the Lily Allen-Miley Cyrus feminist feud



  12. It’s one of the weirdest continuing commercials on the tube today — a crudely animated series of ads that feature Antonio Banderas and his sexy accent as the voice of a bee who is shilling for allergy medicine. Nasonex’s ads are almost too weird to work, and yet they appear to, simply thanks to the unshakeable recognizability of their bee-voice. Banderas? More like Beederas.

    11 actors you might not realize voice commercials


  13. Scientists: Why penis size does matter 

    Women prefer big penises, thunders a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS. (Say it out loud.) Researchers had 105 women rate computer-generated nude images of male bodies on a scale of 1 to 7.

    As you increase penis size, the amount of attractiveness scores gets bigger,” said post-doctoral researcher Brian Mautz. 

    Since early humans didn’t wear clothes, male penises were obvious to women. So if women chose their mates based on the size of their genitalia, it’s possible that these decisions influenced the evolution of bigger penises, according to National Geographic.

    Oh. Thank goodness for clothes, then. And having a face.

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