Valerie Arroyo

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Mockingjay: Part 2 Is the Best Hunger Games Film

The blockbuster franchise ends its run with a scary, stirring final film.<p>Five years ago, in a year-end roundup of the best books and articles the staff of Gawker (where I worked at the time) had read in 2010, I listed <b>Suzanne Collins’s</b> <i>Mockingjay</i>, the final book in her <i>Hunger Games</i> trilogy, as one of …

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' stage play will be 8th chapter of saga, J.K. Rowling says

The saga of Harry Potter will get an eighth chapter, and it will take the form of the previously announced stage production titled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," which will tell the story of an adult Potter and his youngest son, Albus.<p>J.K. Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" series, …

Why ‘Hello’ There: Adele Returns to Break Our Hearts All Over Again

It’s been three years since Adele released a single. Finally, “Hello” is here. While the world weeps over Adele’s perfect new song, here’s why it’s …

A Perfect, Picturesque Weekend Drive Through California's Big Sur

As you drive along Highway 1, split off onto Sycamore Canyon Road, seduced by the sights and smell of Pfeiffer Beach. The water flows between large …

25 roads that everyone should drive in their lifetime

Some provide incredible views and others are works of art in their own right.<p>From an oceanside cruise in Hawaii to treacherous hairpin turns in the Swiss Alps, these roads prove that sometimes the journey is much more captivating than the destination.<p><i>An earlier version of this post was written by</i> …

'Minecraft: Story Mode's' adventures have familiar plots but characters worth rooting for

"Minecraft," the video game that can essentially be anything you want it to be, is everywhere.<p>Everywhere, that is, except in my home. It's on laptop computers, mobile phones and video game consoles, and it's in toy stores, bookstores and even baseball stadiums. A Chicago Cubs-branded spongy bat, …