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Condensed, or just dense? The apps that turn books into 15-minute reads

Many readers will recoil from these radically boiled-down versions of titles like A Brief History of Time. Me too, until I started reading them<p>Is this reading or “reading”? An app called Joosr, which aims to help users read a book in 20 minutes, has just been launched in the UK. Initially, this …

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Wolverine 3 casts Narcos star in villain role

After the pretty decent <i>The Wolverine</i>, we’ve become that bit more excited than we were previously about the prospect of Hugh Jackman’s return to the …

Iwan Rheon: Ramsay is “massively weakened” in Game Of Thrones Season 6

In a show full of memorable villains, Ramsay Bolton has stood out in the last few seasons of <i>Game Of Thrones</i> by virtual of being horribly sadistic, …

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New Look At Ben Affleck's Dark Knight On Alternate BATMAN V SUPERMAN Banner; Final Trailer Incoming

The <i>Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice</i> Facebook page has updated its cover pic with a cool new banner. Plus, a final 2:12 minute trailer has been …

Will Smith Says He May Be Forced to Run for President

Will Smith already has a diverse and eclectic resume that includes music, film, and television. But in an interview with Tracy Smith for CBS’ <i>Sunday</i> …

Here's the First Full Clip (Not Trailer!) of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Plus another TV commercial, just for fun.<p><i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> comes out in 26 days, and you're just now seeing the first clip of the film. Before this past weekend, all we've seen are the (many, many, many, many) special trailer edits of the movie. Some glorious <i>Star Wars</i> conspiracy …

Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Revisiting parts of the <i>Percy Jackson</i> universe these past months as part of the Percy Pack has been fun. I first picked up <i>Percy Jackson</i> when I was a …

We Tested 5 of the Most Popular "Magical" Recipes on the Internet

<i>So you don't have to.</i><p>Recipes make lofty claims. Too many call themselves the best, while some take it a step further ("the world's best") and some are a bit more humble ("very good").<p>But perhaps the grandest, most far-fetched claims of all are those of "magical" two- or three-ingredient recipes …

The Edge of Horror

The author photograph of William Sloane on the back of the 1964 edition of <i>The Rim of Morning</i> shows a hawk-eyed gentleman with a pipe clamped in the …

Will Smith takes on the NFL in Concussion trailer

Will Smith threatens to give the NFL an almighty headache in the first trailer for Concussion, a new film that paints the league in a harsh light.<p>Directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland), Concussion centers on Dr Bennet Omalu (Smith), the Nigerian forensic pathologist and neuropathologist who …

A Cover Gallery of the Hundreds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Books Due in September

September looks like a busy month for science fiction, fantasy and horror books. There are hundreds of releases here — nearly 400! — in our latest of …

Books

Fall Fashion Trends: Styling Tips for Curvy or Plus-Size Women

If you're not one of the nearly 250,000 people following plus-size blogger Gabi Gregg on Instagram, you are <i>seriously</i> missing out. A quick scroll through her feed offers up scores of killer outfits, glimpses of her enviable girl gang, and insiders-only behind-the-scenes photos.<p>But before she had …

Clothing

Oxford Dictionaries Adds 'Fat-Shame,' 'Butthurt' and 'Redditor'

Bill O'Leary—The Washington Post/Getty Images<p>Brian Harkin—MCT/Getty Images<p>Lucas Jackson—Reuters/Corbis<p>Ulf Andersen—Getty Images<p>Tina Fineberg—AP<p>Haraz …

A Doctor’s Dictionary by Iain Bamforth review – an almost crazily good book

These insightful, erudite and wide-ranging essays illuminate the mysteries of our bodies and our minds<p>First of all, the title is misleading. If you are looking for something that might, say, explain medical terms or those notes on files that doctors use to acronymically conceal their scorn (the …

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Harry Potter re-imagined as the villain of a horror movie is unexpectedly bone-chilling

Remember how the Sorting Hat almost stuck Harry in Slytherin at the start of his first year? Well, maybe it had the right idea after all.<p>The trailer …

Her Story: a compelling murder mystery game with a tragic flaw

It would be wrong to say that the game <i>begins</i> with a murder, since it's hard to say where it begins at all. The first thing you see is a Windows …

Why This Artist Let Her Nude Body Tell The Story of Slave Trading in New York City

Nona Faustine pays homage to her ancestors in a powerful and public way.<p>Nona Faustine's photographs are blowing up on Facebook and no one is more surprised than her. Born and raised in Brooklyn, with a distinct city accent, her tone is as light as her work is somber. In the "White Shoes" photo …

Beware the Dark Side of Sweet Tea

Iced tea on a hot summer day. What could possibly go wrong?<p>According to the U.S. Tea Association, Americans collectively sip, gulp, and guzzle over 80 billion servings of tea each year, and 85 percent of that is iced. Tea at any temperature is generally touted as healthy stuff, laden with …

STORYTELLING STRATEGIES: Inside Out’s Outsized Story

<i>Paul Joseph Gulino is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright, whose book,</i> Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach <i>has been adopted as a textbook at</i> …

9 Diverse Fantasy Books That Will Challenge Your Idea of Fantasy Fiction

Fantasy recommendation lists are characterized by their safety. Curious newcomers to the genre, having enjoyed their sample of escapist literature, …

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