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2015 in Photos: The Most Beautiful Things That Happened This Year

These snaps are worth way more than a thousand words.<p>Over the past 365 days, many unique and gorgeous moments have occured. So to celebrate this year, we've collected some of our favorites images to help us reminisce about the beautiful weather, art exhibits, architecture, pop culture moments, and …

Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie is a brilliantly gory revenge tale that could win him his first Oscar

It has gotten to a point where it's hard for any new movie in that setting to deliver anything that surprises the audience.<p>But then Alejandro González Iñárritu went and made "The Revenant," which proves there's still new ground to cover in the frontier movie, and that he's one of the best directors …

Snowstorms

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

“Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. <b>The Top Ten: Writers</b> …

We went to see Love with our 55-year-old mother

It was the talk of Cannes for its protracted, unsimulated sex scenes, and now Gaspar No's 3D sex film <i>Love</i> - about a young couple's affair - has a UK …

The top ten strangest conspiracy theories in history

The much anticipated debut thriller <i>Fever City</i> links a sensational kidnapping to the assassination of JFK. A majority of US citizens still believe …

Al-Qaeda

Marilyn Monroe’s Unpublished Poems: The Complex Private Person Behind the Public Persona

Did you ever begin <i>Ulysses</i>? Did you ever finish it? <b>Marilyn Monroe</b> (June 1, 1926–August 5, 1962) did both. She took great pains to be photographed reading or holding a book — insistence born not out of vain affectation but of a genuine love of literature. Her personal library contained four hundred …

You'll Never Forget These Images of the "Golden Hour" Around the World

It may be the most beautiful time of day: The "golden hour" just after dawn and just before sunset, when the light turns, well, y'know... Here, some …

All 24 James Bond theme songs, ranked from worst to best

In some cases, these tracks have been so popular that they extend past the movie and end up as chart-topping hits that win Grammys and Oscars.<p>But they can't all be hits. And like the more forgettable Bond flicks, there are title songs from the movies that you never want to listen to again.<p>Here …

James Bond

60 Epic Celebrity Halloween Costume Ideas

From Jessica Rabbit to Marie Antoinette...<p>BAZAAR looks back at some of our favorite celebrity Halloween costumes for all your dress-up inspiration from sultry to spooky.

President Obama says novels taught him how to be a citizen

In a second live public interview with novelist Marilynne Robinson, the US premier says fiction helps us to find truth in a complex world<p>Barack Obama has said that novels taught him “the most important” things he has learned about being a citizen.<p>Interviewing Marilynne Robinson in the second …

The 10 Countries You Absolutely HAVE To Visit In 2016

Most of us are lucky if we can escape our desks long enough to visit one country per year... but it never hurts to have a list of 10 dazzlingly perfect options.<p>Today, Lonely Planet announced its Top 10 Countries for 2016, employing expert analysis to make travel recommendations for the year ahead …

Top 10

13 Best Steven Spielberg Movies, Ranked

Steven Spielberg's movies, including the upcoming "Bridge of Spies" (opening October 16), so routinely receive rave reviews that it's easy to forget that critics once dismissed the director as a maker of rosy childhood fantasies and formulaic blockbusters about sharks, aliens, and dinosaurs.<p>If …

Steven Spielberg

12 Stunning Never-Released Images From Disney’s Animation Studio

Didier Ghez's They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age gathers rare and previously unseen images from four of Disney's trailblazing artists in the studio's formative years.

15 Best and Worst Johnny Depp Roles: From Scissorhands to Sparrow

'Black Mass' star's career highlights — and lowest of the lows<p>Once upon a time, Johnny Depp was synonymous with artistic integrity, a heartthrob who …

How to sneeze in Japanese. LOL (or, as they say in Indonesia, wkwkwk)

A new book aims to illustrate all the eccentricities of international onomatopoeia<p>“I want Meryl Streep crying in five different accents.”<p>Joan Rivers’ parting shot was one of her finest.<p>This, she said, was the ostentatious melodrama she wanted at her funeral. Even as her casket made its way down the …

Language

Banned, burned, or simply life changing: what are the best dangerous books?

Authors including Patrick Ness, Melvin Burgess, Tanya Landman, Louise O’Neill, Bali Rai, Candy Gourlay, James Dawson and Leigh Bardugo share the books they probably weren’t meant to read that either rocked their world or rocked the world<p>• Plus what’s coming in our joint Amnesty International and …

Books

The 17 Most Memorable VMA Moments of All Time

From Madonna's scandalous "Like a Virgin" performance to "I'mma let you finish...," these are the highlights that stuck with us through 31 years of awards. We can only imagine what this year's ceremony and host Miley Cyrus have in store...<p><b>1) Madonna performs "Like a Virgin" as a less-than-virginal</b> …

12 Things We Learned From Tom Ford

In honor of the legendary designer's birthday today...<p>In honor of the legendary designer's birthday today...

40 great quotes about marriage

My Strangely Amazing Year of Living Gratefully

Do you show enough gratitude, or do daily slights and frustrations wear you down? The author set out to test her own positivity.<p>At a dinner party in …

Happiness

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

<b>1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)</b><p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.<p><b>2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)</b><p>By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had …

Literature

Ex-Indonesian leader Suharto's family ordered to pay back millions | Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia’s Supreme Court has ordered the family of ex-president Suharto to pay back millions in embezzled funds to the state, a spokesman said on Tuesday.<p>A statue of former Indonesian president Suharto is pictured at the Suharto museum in Yogyakarta, March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dwi …

Asia

Pop icon: the Coca Cola bottle celebrates its 100th birthday with a year-long campaign

The brief for designing the original Coca-Cola bottle was to create something 'so distinctive that it could be recognised by touch alone and so unique that it could be identified when shattered on the ground.' First brought to life by Indiana-based Root Glass Company in 1915, it's safe to say that …

7 Essential Meryl Streep Performances You Have to See

Meryl Streep has ruined us.<p>She's so routinely nominated for Oscars (19 times so far, more than any actor in history) that it's almost shocking when she's not. In recent years, she's taken on more musical parts, proving to us that, not only can she sing beautifully, but she can even shred on rhythm …

Meryl Streep

Kate Foley Shops for Vintage

The contributing fashion director to Vestiaire Collective takes a look back…<p>Kate Foley is a Londoner-turned-New Yorker with a penchant for Miu Miu, Fendi, a good, ethereal white dress and platforms for days. In her new role as Vestiaire Collective's contributing fashion director, she takes a break …

Cinematic Style: The Chicest Wes Anderson Fashion Moments

As a new pop-up exhibition comes to New York City, we remember the director's best looks on film.<p>Throughout his career, director Wes Anderson has become as well known for his cinematic style as he is for the characters he creates through interesting fashion. Watching a Wes Anderson film is like …

Bill Murray

13 Books You'll Want to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

By Emma Volk | Off the Shelf<p>In classic Hollywood style, everything old is new again. They say the book is always better than the movie, but I'm of the mind that nothing's better than experiencing your favorite stories first on the page and again on the big screen. So grab some popcorn, dim the …

Books