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Inside The Year’s Most Shocking Movie Ending

The Neon Demon's writer/director Nicholas Winding Refn and star Jena Malone dissect the film's much talked-about final act. Warning: Spoilers!<p>With his new movie, <i>The Neon Demon</i>, writer/director Nicholas Winding Refn told BuzzFeed News he wanted to make “a horror film about beauty.”<p>He more than …

Under heavy European pressure, Britain accelerates toward a departure

LONDON — Britain on Monday accelerated its possible date with destiny outside the European Union, bringing forward the selection of its new prime minister by a month in a move that may help assuage European demands for a more rapid withdrawal.<p>By picking a new leader in September rather than …

Europe

25 Independent Movies You Should Be Excited About in 2013

With the new year in full swing, eager popcorn-munchers are awaiting the surefire blockbusters and big-deal sequels, namely <b>Man of Steel</b>, <b>Star Trek</b> …

No Boys Allowed! The 20 Hottest Credible Girl-On-Girl Movie Scenes

Much could be said about <b>Darren Aronofsky</b>’s hypnotic and dynamite <b>Black Swan</b>, which hits theaters this Friday. <b>Natalie Portman</b> shines as a tightly-wound …

The 20 Most Gratuitous Girl-on-Girl Scenes in MoviesLeighton Meester and Danneel Harris

<b>Movie:</b> <i>The Roommate</i> (2011)<p>This movie, about college students thrown into shared living spaces in their freshman year, is a tangled web in which every …

The 15 Most Uncomfortable Moments Of Female Nudity In Movies1. "Ass to ass" in <em>Requiem for a Dream</em> (2000)

By the time Darren Aronofsky’s incredibly depressing, but altogether excellent, <i>Requiem for a Dream</i> gets to its “ass to ass” sequence, the film’s …

Are Bond girls sexist?

There’s no doubt that female characters play a central role in the spy film franchise. But are they frivolous fun or worryingly dated? Clementine Ford takes a look.<p>When Ursula Andress strode out of the water in 1962 wearing nothing but a white bikini and a hunting knife, she set the bar for every …

Feminism

Your Complete Travel Guide to Vietnam

By College Tourist; Author: Nicole Darian, University of Iowa<p><b>A Look into Each City, How to Eat, Where to Stay, and Transportation Options</b><p>After spending a few months backpacking in Southeast Asia, I've concluded that Vietnam was my favorite country in the region for several reasons. I fell in love …

Vietnam

Happy 25th Birthday, 'Henry & June' and the NC-17 Rating

As any regular Word & Film reader knows, few things pique our passion quite so much as a movie about writers and writing. But unlike the rest of the …

Box Office

21 Portraits That Gaze Into Your Very Soul

When it comes to portraits, it's hard to argue against the saying, "it's all about the eyes." The so-called windows of the soul can draw you in like few other features have to power to. There's a reason one of (if not the) most popular National Geographic cover ever was Afghan Girl by Steve …

Photography

5 reasons the 'Scream Queens' series premiere had us shrieking with delight

<b>Warning: This post contains spoilers.</b><p>The ladies of Kappa Kappa Tau were under attack in the season premiere of <i>Scream Queens</i> and the suspects were …

Horror

Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

One of the greatest injustices at this year's Cannes Film Festival was the failure of Paolo Sorrentino's vivid, exhilarating film Youth to win an …

9 Seriously Gory TV Shows That (Almost) Make Us Want to Look Away

It often seems like when it comes to blood, guts, and gross-outs, there's almost nothing that can't be shown on TV these days. A lot of horror series, procedurals, or shows that are just chock full of violence are willing to offer what could often be described as stomach-churning. But audiences …

TV shows

The 11 biggest box-office bombs of 2015 so far

But as we hit the halfway point of 2015, we have to address the titles that did not do well.<p>From "Mortdecai" to "Aloha," here are 11 of the biggest bombs so far this year.

Film Industry

Beyond “The Overnight”: 8 more great movies about swingers

Partner-swapping and four-gies pop up in dramas, farces, black comedy and more<p>The new film “The Overnight” shows just how close two couples can get when they meet and spend an evening together. The shenanigans that unfold are part of a long history of films about swingers. Yet while the genres …

Box Office

How Isis crippled al-Qaida

The inside story of the coup that has brought the world’s most feared terrorist network to the brink of collapse<p>On 5 February, Jordanian officials confirmed that the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, had been released from prison. Though he is little known in the west, …

Islam

The Chambermaid - Trailer 1

Lynn, a shy hotel maid, hides under the guests’ beds to live vicariously through them until one day she encounters a dominatrix in an S&M session who …

15 movies you should see this summer

While you may have your tickets ready for the "Avengers" sequel, "Age of Ultron" is just the start.<p>More than 100 movies will be released between Friday and the end of August.<p>From comedies to big-budget sequels, we've rounded up this summer's biggest movies you should check out.

Movies

Outlander Recap: Wives Obey Their Husbands

You can’t say Caitriona Balfe didn’t warn us.<p>Claire (Balfe) and Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) wedding bliss came to a swift halt when <i>Outlander</i> finally …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

University of Michigan

It Follows, Catch Me Daddy, Focus: this week’s new films

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | White God | The Boy Next Door | The Tales Of Hoffmann | Hinterland<p>It Follows (15)<br>(David Robert Mitchell, 2014, US) Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto. 100 mins<p>Teenage sex never felt so perilous as in this brilliantly understated (and therefore …

Dev Patel

The Duke of Burgundy review – erotic, neurotic and utterly individual

Peter Strickland’s beautifully shot, highly atmospheric pastiche of 1970s European sleaze is a delight<p>Given our nation’s much-vaunted penchant for “eccentricity”, it’s strange that we tolerate so little of it in British cinema. We’re happy enough to see aesthetic or imaginative dissidents at play …

Love Stories

A Woman Was Arrested For Allegedly Masturbating While In Handcuffs During ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

An unidentified woman in Mexico has been arrested for allegedly masturbating in a movie theater during a screening of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>. She was sitting in the 12th row and was said to be wearing handcuffs. There’s no word yet on if the woman was aware that pornography exists and that it is …

Shades of Grey

6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

By: John Marshall<p><i>Credit: Justin Sawn/Flickr</i><p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small problem: that's very expensive. Or is it? (That's our sweet rhetorical way of saying maybe not.) Check this list of 12 shockingly …

Couple Busted Having Sex in Public While Holding a Baby

It was all caught on video, of course.<p>Well, this is awkward.<p>According to <i>The Mirror</i>, a couple was busted on a subwayescalator having very public and obvious sex. Sure, that's happened before. Most of you are probably getting a little jaded about these lusty displays of affection in public. But this …

Pregnancy

Date-Night Battle: Fifty Shades Versus Kingsman

As two very different films debuted at the box office, we asked N.Y.C. couples on dates which film they selected, and why.<p>We were on hand at New York City’s AMC Loews Lincoln Square for the epic battle of opening-weekend opposites—<i>Kingsman: The Secret Service</i> versus <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>. We polled …

Movies

DVDs and downloads: The Babadook, Olive Kitteridge, Game of Thrones, The Book of Life and more

Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook may be the finest horror film in a decade. And Frances McDormand hits a career high in Olive Kitteridge<p>In the long and not entirely illustrious history of horror cinema, there can’t have been many examples of the genre with a less scary-sounding title than <b>The Babadook</b> …

Game of Thrones

Apple: First U.S. company worth $700 billion

Everything is sunny at Apple (AAPL).<p>The company added to its trophy case Tuesday when its value surpassed $700 billion. That wasn't just a record for Apple, it was a new record for any U.S. company.<p>(Applebriefly touched this valuation in November, but Tuesday marked the first time it <i>closed</i> at that …

Apple Pay

Seven Habits of Optimistic People

Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and …

Happiness

Hilarious “Fifty Shades” parody reveals exactly what the movie is missing: Steve Buscemi

Buscemi gives Jamie Dornan a run for his money<p>By now you're probably familiar with the complaint that there isn't enough sex in the new "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation. Even more disappointing, however, might be this: There is no Steve Buscemi whatsoever in the new "Fifty Shades of Grey" …

Shades of Grey