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Guess What Movies These Minimal Posters Represent

Today’s movie posters tend to be just as overdone with effects and Photoshop work as their big screen counterparts are in the green screen and CGI departments. Spanish design studio Atipo decided to go the complete opposite route with its <i>Papeles de cine (“papers for character”)</i> promotional campaign …

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Dame Maggie Smith's Best One-Liners From Downton, As Told By Gifs

Happy birthday Dame Maggie Smith -- or should we say Lady Grantham? The Dowager Countess turns 80 on Sunday and though her "Harry Potter" days are over, we thank our lucky stars we can still get our weekly dose of her sharp wit and biting humor when "Downton Abbey" returns for its fifth season on …

Public Marriage Proposals Must Die

“Don’t say no,” Jimmy Kimmel says to a woman about to be proposed to on his live show last week. Pretending to send her, a “random” audience member, …

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches.<p>"We just showed up in the …

The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician

It is impossible to talk about Dr. Strange without mentioning soap, apple juice, and suicide.<p>The comic book character was created by Steve Ditko in …

Google Tricks That Will Change the Way You Search

Google Search's learning curve is an odd one. You use it every day, but still all you know is how to search. But the search engine has plenty of …

Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

When children reach 6 years old, their drawings matter.<p>Not because of those purple unicorns or pinstripe dragons but because of how kids sketch themselves and the very real people in their lives.<p>In a new study, researchers found that children who experienced chaos at home — including high levels of …

In Florida, ’Tis The Season for Satan

Thanks to the right-wing “religious liberty” movement, you’ll be seeing a lot more of Satan this season.<p>As reported in Slate this week, the Satanic …

This Is America, As It Is

At 14 or 15 years old, I was with my father when he got pulled over by a police officer. The cop, much younger than him, spoke to my dad like he was trash — I swear the cop called him boy — but my father was cool. He said "Yes sir," and "No sir" and dealt with this young cop's horrible …

What I'm Watching Now: 'Black Mirror,' the best sci-fi show you've never seen

<i>If you’ve already bingewatched every single critically acclaimed show out there, and you’re wondering what to watch next, TV critic Melissa Maerz has</i> …

Natalie Dormer Talks ‘Hunger Games,’ Feminism, and Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs More Dick

“I love those women that I play that have sexual power,” says Natalie Dormer. “But I’m trying to step away from it for me, and for my artistic …

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

A lot of us make the assumption that there are two kinds of drinkers: moderate drinkers who have a glass of wine with dinner, and on the other end of the spectrum, alcoholics.<p>But this is not an accurate picture, according to researchers.<p>"The reality of the situation is that most adults who drink, …

Is Obama Overreaching on Immigration? Lincoln and FDR Would Say 'No'

Last night, President Obama announced new steps that will allow about five million undocumented immigrants to obtain work permits and feel free of …

John Cleese Chooses His Top 5 Sketches

In the course of John Cleese’s interview this week for TIME’s 10 Questions, the British comedy icon named the top five sketches he has written and/or …

Pope Francis Demotes Outspoken Conservative Cardinal

Pope Francis has demoted a conservative American cardinal who has criticized his leadership of the Catholic Church.<p>The pontiff removed Cardinal …

Meet the Future Mrs. Benedict Cumberbatch

It was a quintessentially British way of announcing an engagement—a six-line entry in the ‘forthcoming marriages’ section of <i>The Times</i> newspaper this …

Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose

Making license plates is the stereotypical job for a prisoner, but in California's Central Valley, a group of inmates are doing very different work, supplying milk to almost every prisoner in the state system.<p>They earn just 35 to 95 cents an hour, but inmates at Corcoran state prison say the job …

Benedict Cumberbatch Knows Exactly How Sherlock Would Be in Bed

Do not challenge Sherlock Holmes on his lovemaking abilities.<p>An <i>Elle UK</i> interviewer unwisely suggested to Benedict Cumberbatch that his BBC character …

50 Amazing Wines for $15 or Less

Wine editors Ray Isle and Megan Krigbaum tasted hundreds of wines to find these 50 bottles.<p><i>Wine editors Ray Isle and Megan Krigbaum tasted hundreds</i> …

Tribeca Film acquires Big Bird doc for 2015 release

The next <i>Sesame Street</i> character to receive his own documentary for the big screen is about as big as they come.<p>Tribeca Film announced today that the …

Sweat It Out: These New Fitness Sites and Apps Will Upgrade Your Workouts

Ready to break a sweat? Whether you’re looking to squeeze in a few minutes of yoga or get your cardio on in the comfort of your own living room, …

Are we all numb to the atrocities of 'Walking Dead'?

<i>The</i> <i>Walking Dead</i> is a cable-TV show about the zombie apocalypse and the brave band of survivors who are barely clinging to hope and their humanity. It …

A $12 fitness band? Yep. And it looks good.

SAN FRANCISCO — What would it take to get you to wear a fitness band? How about one that costs $12?<p>Entrepreneur David Donovick's Pivotal Living startup is taking on market leaders Fitbit and Jawbone with the Life Tracker 1 — a wristband and smartphone app that promise to do the things modern …

10 Totally Unexpected Ways to Cook with Pumpkin

Put down the pie and pick up the waffles: This nutritional powerhouse and quintessential fall and winter ingredient can be a star at breakfast, …

Untruth and Consequences in Ferguson

It’s time we admit something: Increasingly, it’s starting to look like Officer Darren Wilson acted appropriately that fateful day in Ferguson.<p>Now, …

Meet Your New Pet, A Domesticated Fox

Thanks to Russian scientists, a new breed of fox is available. And it’s pretty darn cute.<p>Dogs have been evolving as human companions for at least about 14,000 years. Cats have lived with us for 12,000. But if you want something a little more cutting edge–and you’re willing to pay up– a pet fox …

Disney to introduce new heroine, 'Moana'

Get ready for another addition to the line of Disney heroines: Moana, an ocean adventurer.<p>"Moana," a film about a teenage girl in "ancient Oceania," according to the plot description, is scheduled to make its debut in late 2016.<p>Moana, who is described as a "born navigator," sets out on a voyage to …