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Watch This 3-Year-Old Become “Action Movie Kid” With Special Effects

A Pint-Sized Megahero

When your dad works for Dreamworks, a few perks come along with it — like being transformed into an action hero. Daniel Hashimoto, a Dreamworks animator, has put together a series of videos of his three-year-old son James that he’s infused with special effects. The videos are an adorably wacky idea, but I’m mostly jealous that James got to play a much more intense version of hot lava than I played as a kid. [Laughing Squid]

Charlie Sheen Is A Game Show Host Now

  • Charlie Sheen will host a new gameshow called “Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence” that quizzes engaged couples on how well they know each other before they get married. Why does he keep getting work? [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Wait, Kris Jenner founded a church?! And it costs money to join?! Is this some kind of tax write-off thing? [NYmag.com The Cut]
  • Kiernan Shipka is finally old enough that her parents let her watch “Mad Men.” [Vanity Fair]
  • Meet a California teen girl who sold pot brownies to pay for her prom dress. #LeanIn! [NYMag.com]
  • Here are some older photos of “Human Barbie” Valeria Lukyanova. [PopDust]


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Rejoice! The First “Girl Meets World” Trailer Is Here!

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Cory & Topanga Are Parents!

Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod, after months of anticipation and Instagram photos from the set that made me blubber like a baby at my desk, we finally have the first official preview of “Girl Meets World.” And it’s really good. I mean, it’s good in a corny kids’ show way, but still really good. E! Online released an exclusive sneak peek at the trailer today, which features Rowan Blanchard’s debut as mischievous Riley (AKA The Girl Who Meets World), and lets us see Cory and Topanga in action as her savvy, loving parents. More good news on the GMW front: Ryder Strong (Shawn), William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), and Lee Norris (MINKUS!!!!) are all set to make cameos in the first season. Uh oh, I’m crying again. [E! Online]

This Kitty Is Obsessed With Tapping On Newspapers

So Bizarre!

Today in Animals Doing Weird But Oddly Endearing Things: Bibia the cat loves tapping his paw on anything made of paper. Once a newspaper or paper bag is in front of him, he touches it over and over and over again repetitively Really, it’s almost like Bibia has got kitty obsessive-compulsive disorder. Maybe Bibia likes the sound of his paw brushing against it? One thing’s for sure:  this kitty can’t stop, won’t stop. [Laughing Squid]

Frisky Q&A: Speak Author Laurie Halse Anderson On RAINN, Rape Culture & Consent

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Every year, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, when many of us participate in Take Back The Night speak-outs and marches to raise awareness about sexual violence in our communities. This year, the beloved young adult novelist Laurie Halse Anderson has thrown her support behind a fundraiser for the Rape Abuse And Incest National Network (RAINN), one of the main resources in our country for survivors of sexual violence.

Anderson is the author of Speak, a YA novel about 16-year-old Melinda Sordino, who is raped by a classmate at a house party the summer before 9th grade. Melinda calls 911, and the police break up the party, but she runs before she can tell anyone about the assault. When school begins, Melinda is shunned by her former friends for getting kids in trouble. Eventually, she stops talking almost entirely, grows isolated from her parents and tanks her schoolwork.

But Melinda is also mentored by a fellow outcast, an art teacher. She is able to name what happened to her and find her voice again. Published in 1999 and sadly still relevant in post-Steubenville, Speak explores the post-traumatic stress disorder that survivors suffer after an assault, but also the social ostracization of victims of sexual violence instead of perpetrators.

Throughout April, donations for RAINN will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Speak‘s publisher, Macmillan, in honor of the book’s 15th birthday. I called Laurie Halse Anderson this week and we spoke about the success of her best-selling book, teaching consent to teens, and recent controversial statements made by the president of RAINN about how “rape culture” doesn’t exist. Our conversation begins, after the jump!

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Funny Ladies: 6 Hysterical Female Comedy Duos You Need To Get Into Right Now

6 Hysterical Female Comedy Duos You Need To Get Into Right Now
Why Funny Women Rule
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John DeVore on why funny women are a natural resource. Read More »

You never forget your first time. For me, it was five years ago. I’d just moved to Los Angeles and wanted to meet new people. I stood in line outside for almost an hour. When the doors finally opened and I settled into my spot, the lights dimmed and “Love Will Keep Us Together” by The Captain & Tennille started playing on the stereo. When the lights came back up, I knew it was show time. I was about to experience Ronna & Beverly live and, after that, I knew nothing would ever be the same again.

If the names Ronna & Beverly, don’t feel bad. That’s why I’m here: To help introduce you to some of the funniest female writing/performing teams this side of the 45th parallel. Some you might recognize from their work on the small screen and others you might know from being scene-stealers on the big screen. Either way, once you discover the comedic genius of these six dynamic duos, everything’s gonna change.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon & Stevie Nicks Recreate “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” Duet On “The Tonight Show”

Flashback!

Last night on “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon continued to just slay at putting his celeb guests to work. This time, Fallon and guest Stevie Nicks recreated Nicks’ 1981 hit “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” with Fallon embodying the role of Stevie’s original duet partner, Tom Petty. Watch above and check out the original music video after the jump! Keep reading »

Watch This: Screaming Goats Cover The “Game Of Thrones” Theme Song

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Screaming Goats = So Much Better Than An Orchestra
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We’ve seen screaming goats cover hit songs by Katy Perry, Celine Dion, and Jay Z. Wasn’t it only a matter of time before someone synced up a bunch of screaming goat clips to recreate the “Game of Thrones” theme song? The surprising thing about this video isn’t so much that it exists, but that it’s fucking perfect. Click play to see for yourself! [Laughing Squid]

Are We Really Surprised That James Franco Has No Space On His Bookshelf For Women Writers?

What Your Bookshelf Says
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James Franco, in addition to being an actor, performance artist, director and avid Instagrammer, is a writer of both fiction and poetry. He’s a big reader too — he’s currently starring on Broadway in “Of Mice and Men” — and one of his many upcoming projects includes a film adaptation of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. In a recent interview with Shelf Awareness, Franco discussed some of the writers from contemporary literature who’ve influenced and had an impact on him, both as a writer and as a person. David Foster Wallace! Cormac McCarthy! Great writers indeed. But of the writers discussed in the interview — including Franco’s Top 11 list of all time faves — not a single one was a woman. (Wait, I lied. Asked to name a book he bought based on the cover alone, Franco offered up Madonna’s Sex. So yeah, let’s not count that one.)

I would sigh, but I am not the slightest bit surprised. Keep reading »

Prepare Your Ears: “Let’s Get Social” Is The “Friday” Of Our Generation

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"My Cat, My Kids, Some Bacon—Let's Get Social!"

Please take this moment to clean out your ears with Q-Tips and emotionally prepare yourselves for what you’re about to see and hear. At this year’s Social Media Marketing World Convention, a woman by the name of Mary McCoy took the stage to sing a little ditty about the power of social media, and it’s basically the new “Friday” (aka that earworm of a song by Rebecca Black). ”Let’s Get Social,” which she also penned, was described by co-writer Phil Mershon as “a humor-laced theme song for this year’s Social Media Marketing World.” And humor it is, Phil. Humor it is. Just when you think Phil’s random yelling of the word “social!” is the bittersweet icing on top of the WTF cake, just wait for his rap solo. LL Cool J would be proud.

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