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Emile Hirsch Does Hamlet, Plus Other Teen Takes On The Bard

“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwick has a new angst-ridden project in the works: a remake of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Emile Hirsch is the tasty choice picked to play the passionate Prince. We can’t wait to see him strut and fret in ye old tight pants. While we’d happily watch the grass grow if irresistible Emile were lying in it, it’s a total bonus that this just happens to be one of our favorite sub genres—a twisted teen take on a Shakesperean classic. Since there’s nothing like a hunk who wants to school us in the ways of love, here are other modern blockbusters that have helped us avoid actually reading Shakespeare.
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Rejected Dude Gives Away Engagement Ring In Treasure Hunt

A New Zealand man wants to dispose of an engagement ring he gave to a woman who spurned him. Anthony Gardiner, 29, couldn’t return the ring and didn’t want to sell it, so he came up with the novel idea of a treasure hunt. “I met this girl I thought was pretty cool, bought a ring, turns out she wasn’t as keen,” said Gardiner to the Dominion Post newspaper. Anyone who wants to hunt for the diamond ring, valued at NZ$5,000 ($3,268), needs to be in Wellington, New Zealand, this Saturday. He will post clues to the ring’s location via his Twitter page on Saturday at 8 a.m. local time. Gardiner says he’ll post clues all day, but if the ring isn’t found by the end of the day, then he’ll start posting directions. Some would wonder why he doesn’t just hold onto the diamond ring until he meets the right woman. “Obviously, it’s been a pretty unlucky ring for me,” Gardiner said. But he hopes the lucky treasure hunter is someone who has “found a cool chick and who wants to give them something they normally wouldn’t be able to afford.” [Reuters] Keep reading »

Barbie Says Math Is Hard; Researchers Say Girls Can Handle It

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that gender inequality is the cause of the “math gap” between boys and girls—not just girls sucking at math.

The study looked at countries in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index and found that girls score better at math in countries where there is more freedom, better education and financial opportunities for females. For example, girls in Iran, that beacon of women’s rights, scored low in the International Mathematical Olympiad—but in the U.S., girls are taking high school calculus at the same rate as boys. Keep reading »

U.S. Journalists On Trial In North Korea

Today, the trial for American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee began in North Korea. The two women, who work for Al Gore’s Current TV, were arrested March 17 near the North Korean border on accusations of illegal entry and “hostile acts.” If convicted, Ling and Lee could face time in a labor camp — some reports say as long as 20 years. Since the two were arrested nearly three months ago, communication with them has been difficult because the United States and North Korea don’t have diplomatic relationships. Now, tensions have increased as a result of North Korea testing missiles and nuclear weapons. Ling’s sister, National Geographic Channel “Explorer” correspondent Lisa Ling said she hopes her sister and Lee aren’t being used as bargaining chips in a bigger debate. Keep reading »

Shopping For A New Face? Read A Magazine.

Looking for a new face? Glance no farther than the pages of your bedside reading. Lifestyle Lift and Quicklift, two “minimally invasive” facelift procedures, have been branded and advertised as if they’re comparable to L’Oreal and Nivea. Keep reading »

Facebook Is The New Closet, When It Comes To Coming Out

According to the LGBT community, Facebook is useful for more than just sharing photos and favorite pastimes; it’s also great for coming out. Instead of doing it the old fashioned way—face to face—coming out of the closet now only entails checking a box on your Facebook profile page. Friends can then discover your sexual status at the comfort of their own computer, and you can avoid spending precious time engaging in what could be uncomfortable exchanges.

Gays, lesbians, and bisexuals talked to Time about the new Facebook trend, explaining that it has turned what used to be a tedious process into a convenient and liberating one.

“I just came from a courthouse where they practically want you to undress to be approved for official gender reassignment,” said Herrald, a practicing bisexual. “But on Facebook, I could do it myself and under my own terms. I made that announcement in my own town square.”

Oh Facebook, how we rely on you.
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Harvard Endows LGBT Professorship Role

The Ivy League is making waves toward greater acceptance this week. First, Katie Couric was the first woman to give a commencement speech at Princeton. Now, Harvard University has become the first institute of higher education to create an endowed professorship in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies. Although other colleges and universities offer courses and degree programs in sexuality studies, Harvard is the first to set up an endowed professorship on the subject. Visiting scholars will teach on sexuality and issues affecting sexual minorities for one semester each.

The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus raised $1.5 million to fund the role, which is named after F.O. Matthiessen, an American studies scholar and literary critic who kept his homosexuality a secret while chairing a Harvard undergraduate program. “It’s not so much that we’ve been able to raise this money, it’s that Harvard and the faculty at Harvard have accepted this perpetual endowment for gay and lesbian studies,” said Mitchell Adams of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Now, if we could only get same sex marriage legalized across the board, we’d be one progressive society. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Sexism In Advertising: Axe Thinks A Real Man Is Into Banging Relatives

Oh Axe, will your sexist ads know no bounds? This time around, the male product line is shilling its tire-shaped “Detailer Shower Tool” (that’s the manly name for a loofah, FYI) by implying the user is washing off the perfume scene left by a chick (on his ear) and her mother (on his knees). Because he was doin’ them at the same time, get it?! As Context.org asks, have threesomes become so commonplace that companies like Axe need to take it up a notch by titillating their audience with mother-daughter sex? Keep reading »

Cartoon Shows Sonia Sotomayor Strung Up Like A Piñata

So, I really couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a new cartoon that ran in The Oklahoman. “Fiesta Time at the First Confirmation” oh-so-inappropriately depicts Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor… strung up like a piñata. Cameras and microphones look on as a sombrero-wearing President Obama asks, “Who wants to be first?” to a bunch of bat-toting elephants.

Whoa! I have some issues. (1) Lets start with the fact that Sotomayor is Puerto Rican, not Mexican. (2) A woman hanging from a rope while men watch just conjures up dark images in my mind. Who wants to go first? I won’t even say what that makes me think. (3) The elephants—representing conservative America—are facing Obama and Sotomayor with baseball bats. Can you say lynch mob reference? I’m not usually overly sensitive about these things—I am a freedom of speech supporter and always appreciate a good envelope pushing—but really?

So what do you think? Am I overreacting or does this cartoon suck? [Huffington Post]

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Man Uses Craigslist To Find A Guy To Rape His Wife

I am definitely a big fan of Craigslist—it’s helped me get rid of a bunch of old crap and even led me to the cute couch that’s now sitting in my teeny apartment. But it’s another bad PR day for the site. A man in North Carolina posted an ad on Craigslist to find someone to rape his wife. This is already wrong in so many ways, but the worst part is, someone responded. He came to the man’s house armed with a knife and assaulted the wife, while the husband watched and their two children slept in another room. The attacker was arrested Sunday—and the husband was led out in handcuffs on Wednesday. Hopefully his wife will be okay. And will instantly file for divorce.

All I have to say is, people, please stop using Craigslist for evil. Keep reading »

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