Have archaeologists come to a dead end? No remains discovered within Alexander the Great-era tomb – but experts hope the burial room is hidden below ground
I began by applying base coat to protect my nails. Then I used
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Lawyer for Hannah Graham suspect Jesse Matthew requests psychiatric evaluation as he appears in court via video link for 2005 rape case
Facebook starts mining users’ data about political sentiment for ABC News and BuzzFeed’s election coverage
GMA triumphs in Halloween morning show costume war: Prince George and George Clooney lead GMA’s celebrity impersonations
Microsoft has released a new version of Outlook for Mac, available to Office 365 subscribers, with a
Microsoft has released a new version of Outlook for Mac, available to Office 365 subscribers, with a refined interface and better push email support. Read more on the Office blog.
‘I would spit in his face’: Honey Boo Boo’s sister breaks down as she slams Mama June for bringing her child molester back into their lives
In the video above, watch Julie Bowen, Annie Lennox, Angela Bassett, and a handful of others explain just how scared they truly are of their favorite horror films. Perhaps the most impassioned answer came from the boys of Boyz II Men, who offered a thorough play-by-play of a terrifying scene that still gives them chills.
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Try as you might, we know that most waiters are spread too thin to give all of their tables equal service. So, we want to know, what can your guests do to get the best service when dining in your section?
The new material doesn’t disappoint. Not only does Rowling detail the life story of Umbridge, a bigoted and cruel Ministry of Magic official with a surprising penchant for frills and kitten ornaments, she also discusses the inspiration for Umbridge’s character -- a teacher Rowling loathed as a young student, who shared Umbridge’s taste for girly accessories.
“I have noticed more than once in life that a taste for the ineffably twee can go hand-in-hand with a distinctly uncharitable outlook on the world,” noted Rowling, though she also takes pains to point out that her former teacher was by no means as ruthless as the character based on her.
The story, excerpted on Today.com, appears on Pottermore.com, if you have the patience to complete the challenges to open it!
Rowling didn’t stop with Umbridge, also adding new pieces to Pottermore.com about thestrals, Sibyll Trelawney and the Ministry of Magic, among other topics. Though a history of the Ministers of Magic may seem dull, Rowling’s flair for the clever name and kooky detail makes the brief biographies of the past ministers a riotous read. One elderly minister left office after he “attended Queen Victoria’s funeral in an admiral’s hat and spats, at which point the Wizengamot suggested gently that it was time he move aside.” Another lost political favor after introducing too many petty pieces of legislation -- “hat pointiness and so on.”
As with all of Rowling's new Harry Potter stories, a little dedication is required to enjoy the full catalog. The new content has been published on Pottermore.com, where users must register, then explore digital renderings of moments in the Harry Potter series in order to find and unlock the stories. With such a treasure trove of alternately funny and poignant new backstories to uncover, the effort won't be wasted.
At first glance, this could be a line from a dramatic movie about the repression of women in society. It could be a line from a villain in a book who means to undermine free will.
But instead, it's from 5 Seconds of Summer's new music video, "Good Girls."
The first minute of this video seems like a caricature. The slicked grey curls, preppy classical music and scrunched-up face of the generically-named "Principal" against an awkwardly-placed spotlight and dramatic color contrast makes it seem, well, fake. "A good girl is like sweet lemonade on a hot day," a gel-haired member of 5SOS asserts.
"That's correct," the principal agrees.
Then pipes up the sepia-zebra-haired cellist of the group. "A good girl is like when you touch the fret of your cello and you feel the warm embrace."
"Mm-hmm," comes the sound of agreement from the group. "We're to, uh, you know, make the bad girls good girls."
And with that, the principal -- wiping his already-clean glasses with a stark white handkerchief -- decides to top the discussion off with a resounding statement about feminine nature. "It is our view point that all girls are bad. It's just that the good girls haven't been caught yet."
Forget that women, here, are less of people and more of objects meant for pleasure. Forget that their "goodness" can be turned on like a light switch by the boys -- how did they put it -- ah, soothing them with classical music. The environment seems so fake, with violins and handkerchiefs and a pop/rock band praised for their "classical style of music," that this opinion about women can't possibly be real. They're going to mock it later in the song, obviously. The principal is going to look like the bad guy, because these statements are so ridiculous. They're funny. Right?
I have to say, it came as a shock the number of times that the band belted, "good girls are bad girls that haven't been caught" amidst scenes of disciplinary action and teaching balance with books on girls' heads. But then I remembered that the over-the-top nature of this video was intended, what with girls reading hot pink books titled Girls' Guide to Being Good in prim-and-proper cursive. I realized the overall ridiculousness of the girls' rebellions, the principal's demeanor and the school's strictness must translate to the craziness of the lines.
It's all a big joke.
And then it all starts to make sense -- the posters on the wall saying, "Obey, look pretty, stay quiet, cook and clean, smile, be happy, stand straight, do homework" list generic actions that society considers to be "good" in women -- some even outdated, like the '50s concept of cooking and cleaning to be the perfect housewife. And it makes even more sense that the "bad girls'" rebellion was to X out this poster, to run and jump and dance, to take off the glasses of the ever-pompous principal.
It took me three run-throughs of the video to finally understand: 5SOS doesn't mean to show women as objects in this video -- it's supposed to be empowering. "Good girls" are society's image of what women should be; "bad girls" are free to break this image.
5SOS, I see what you mean. But this, my friends, was not the way to portray that message. The beginning scenes of the girls' delinquent behavior really does make them seem... bad. Not nonconformist, not free. Bad. Your tune is lighthearted and fun, contrasting the ridiculousness of the rest of the video. This makes it seem like you are agreeing, quite literally, that good girls are bad girls who haven't been caught -- that they are objects to be controlled, entities to be controlled, lemonade to be drank. And it takes much too long to piece together the ridiculousness caricatures in the video with the very regular way you sing your song.
With just the song, people will think that you are barraging women and showing them as sex objects, cellos to be caressed, soothed, made to remain silent and obey. Even with the video, it's not obvious that you're saying anything different.
And for the sake of women everywhere, I sure hope you are.
Joss Whedon is back in the director’s seat for the movie, which sees the five main Avengers characters return, with a star-studded cast...
Chris Rock, star of the movie "Top Five," made a visit to "The Tonight Show" Thursday to count down the year's top five Halloween costumes. The best part was that Rock delivered the list in the style of a preacher, breaking into dance after each costume was revealed.
The preacher bit, along with the costumes themselves, definitely gives us something to believe in.
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
Practice makes perfect, the old adage goes, and the more you write the better you get at it. Whether you're blogging for money or writing for yourself —perhaps for November's NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month—here are some tips to develop a writing habit.
On Thursday night's episode, Stephen Colbert announced that our beloved "Report" will air its last episode on Dec. 18.
Of course, we'll be seeing more of Stephen when he takes over for David Letterman as host of "The Late Show" in 2015. That date, however, has not been set.
Colbert couched his show's expiration date in a plug for the paperback release of his book, "America Again."
"The point is, Stephen Colbert, the guy you've seen here every night for 9 years, will be gone. And all you'll have left of me is this book," he said.
Considering that Colbert does not plan to bring his signature "character" to his new late night gig, that's unfortunately true.
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