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10 BEHIND-THE-SCENES SECRETS ABOUT 'THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATIO…

10 BEHIND-THE-SCENES SECRETS ABOUT 'THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG'<p>From adding characters to making a sexy dwarf calendar, there was plenty going on behind-the-scenes of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'<p>The filming of the soon-to-be-famous barrel scene was very dangerous and star Richard Armitage almost got killed. - "I think the most dangerous part of filming the barrel sequence was when we were in these Flintstone's style barrells powered by our feet. It came together in quite a few …

'The Hobbit' Star Richard Armitage... Nearly Missed Peter Jackson's Audition, But He Doesn't Mind Retiring Now

Richard Armitage, star of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit', confesses he fell so much in love with New Zealand during his time filming the epic, he …

Ratatouille With Fried Eggs Recipe

Every recipe we publish is tested, tasted, and Serious Eats-approved by our staff. Never miss a recipe again by following @SeriousRecipes on Twitter!<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients1 medium-small eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups_1/2 cup olive oil, divided1 small onion, finely chopped …

32 Things Every New Yorker Should Do This Fall

There are crisp days perfect for walks in the park, hot apple cider from local farmer's markets, and football.<p>There are also tons of events and festivals, from the New York City Marathon to the Wine & Food Festival.<p>Autumn officially starts this Sunday on the 22nd, so get ready for the new season …

Miso Ramen With Crispy Pork and Burnt Garlic-Sesame Oil Recipe

<b>Read more: The Food Lab: Miso Ramen With Crispy Shredded Pork and Burnt Garlic Sesame Oil</b><p>Ingredients3 pounds pig trotters, split lengthwise or cut crosswise into 1-inch disks (as your butcher to do this for you)2 pounds chicken backs and carcasses, skin and excess fat removed2 tablespoons vegetable …

Chocolate Chip Cookie No Bake Cheesecake Parfaits

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Parfaits.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> September 20, 2013 101<p>It’s a BIG day.<p>A big birthday day that is. Someone in this house …

24 Iconic Celebrities Photographed During The 1970's

In the 1970's there was certainly a lot of new trends in fashion emerging, but when we look back on patterns, shirts, flares and haircuts some 40 …

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9 Vegetarian Casseroles Even Meat Eaters Will Love

Take veggies, add cheese and your favorite starch (pasta, polenta, rice), and you're in one-dish dinner heaven.<p>Another Reason to Love the Tiny Little …

Photographer Captures New Yorkers Kissing for Past 30 Years

For thirty years, photographer Matt Weber has been capturing candid scenes of romantic passion on the streets of New York City. His <i>Urban Romance</i> collection reveals the numerous tender moments of love that take place between adoring couples throughout the bustling city. Their affection ranges from …

Stunning Photos Of Hot Air Balloons At The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Every year since the first gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico has brought together hot air balloonists and enthusiasts from all around the country and the world in what is the premier hot air balloon event of the year.<p>With the Sandía Mountains as a …

This Stunning Time-Lapse of New York City is a Must-Watch

New York City isn’t what it used to be. Soldiers with M-16s stand guard at Grand Central Station, walking through Times Square feels like you’re on …

8 Essential Fall Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make

Turn fall's bounty into ridiculously good dinners and treats with these apple—and pumpkin-centric recipes.<p>A New Way to Think of Butternut Squash<p>A …

Gallery: New York Comic-Con in pictures

This weekend, we hopped into the car and made the 6-hour trip to New York to check out its fast-growing Comic-Con. Since its founding in 2006, …

The 100 best novels: No 4 – Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (1748)

After <i>Pilgrim's Progress</i> and <i>Robinson Crusoe</i>, the next landmark in English fiction is a towering monument of approximately 970,000 words, <i>Clarissa</i>, the longest novel in the English canon. From time to time, its length is challenged by later upstarts – most recently by Vikram Seth's <i>A Suitable Boy</i> and</i> …

What’s the Absolute Best Price to Charge for a Kindle Book?

That’s the question that is confounding a great many authors who are self-publishing via the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program.<p>I’m one of …

Going Public – What All Authors Fear When Getting Ready to Publish

By Lynn Serafinn on February 5th, 2013<p><i>What holds so many creative individuals back from going public? Author, coach and book marketer Lynn Serafinn</i> …

This Algorithm Distills Your Life Story From Your Twitter Stream

Just how much do your tweets reveal about you? A lot, apparently.<p>Researchers from Cornell and Carnegie Mellon University have created an algorithm …

Children with regular bedtimes less likely to misbehave, research shows

It has long been considered the parental holy grail – a regular bedtime, adhered to by compliant children. But steady bedtimes can mean more than a few hours of peace for the adults, according to research which shows that children put to bed at the same time each day are significantly less likely …

Your Face May Appear in a Google Ad Soon

If you've ever been appalled to see yourself or your friends used in a Facebook ad, then you're not going to like Google's new terms of service.<p>The …

Google will start using your picture to sell products to friends

Google users will soon find themselves unwittingly advertising products for the company, thanks to a massive change Google is making to its terms of service. First reported by the <i>New York Times</i>, the change categorizes a user's follows, comments, and +1s as "shared endorsements" for a product or …

Jane Hughes's vegetarian pad Thai recipe

Pad Thai is the most popular noodle dish in Thailand. Duang garnishes his with an egg "net" – have a go, it's fun and impressive to create. His original recipe also included a tablespoon of chopped salted turnip, which should be fried along with the tofu and shallot at the beginning of the cooking …

How to Write a Novel: Advice For New Writers

<b>1. Write the story you’d most want to read</b>. Don’t write a story just because you think it might be a bestseller or that it would make Great Aunt Edna …

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Top 5 Excuses That May Be Stopping You from Writing a Book

<b>Author and book marketer Lynn Serafinn tackles the most common excuses she hears from aspiring authors, with tips for how to move past them and write</b> …