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Comedies Are Literally Good For Your Heart

You know how sometimes you crave a night of Chinese takeout and a comedy you would never spend $12 on at the movie theater? And meanwhile, you’d rather take bath in wall spackle than see the serious, heart-wrenching Oscar contender? Well, there might be a scientific reason for this. Apparently, watching a funny movie is good for your heart. Researchers at the University of Maryland studied bloodflow while watching movies and found that when a comedy was on—they used “There’s Something About Mary”—the lining of blood vessels expanded, leading to improved blood flow. Meanwhile, when they had participants watch a war movie (“Saving Private Ryan”), the opposite happened—blood vessels constricted and reduced blood flow. The difference between the two was significant—30 to 50 percent of the blood vessel’s diameter. Interesting. That is the sound of me giving myself permission to watch a marathon of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Best In Show,” and “Bridesmaids” rather than going to to the gym. [Newser, Daily Mail] Keep reading »

“Work-Coms”: They’re Rom-Coms, Only Light On The Romance

The discerning female film viewer has long trained herself to separate rom-coms from reality when it comes to her love life. He’s probably not going to win you over with a grand romantic gesture, he’s probably not going to beat up some loser just to impress you, and he’s probably not going to have Matthew McConaughey’s abs. But that’s why we watch those flicks, isn’t it? It’s like porn for women’s emotions — or at the very least, something light and fluffy to entertain you when you’re lying at home on a Saturday night with cramps.

Romantic comedies about romance will always be made. Hey, something’s got to keep Jennifer Aniston working. However, in recent years, a new breed of romantic comedies has come around: work-comedies. Instead of McConaughey’s abs, we’re lusting after the woman on the big screen with the great hubby, the cute kids, and the important job. Keep reading »

Culturista: Your Guide To The Week From “Shark Night 3D” To Beirut’s New Album

Sadly, it is the last week in August. The past few weekends have been nasty out (thanks a lot Irene) and thus, I’m starting to get a little depressed about the fact that summer is slipping away. But never fear. As a friend reminded me the other week, this amazing season actually lasts until September 23rd. So schedule in a few last barbecues and a beach trip. And check out this week’s best movies, TV shows, albums and more. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Netflix Queue, My Future

I never thought it would get this serious. First it was an after-work thing. Then it was weekends. Eventually we were seeing each other anytime I had two hours to spare. This is the story of how I fell in love with Netflix. Keep reading »

First Look: “The Hunger Games” Teaser Trailer


Let the games begin! I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins young adult book series, so imagine my excitement at finally getting a sneak peek at the first film during last night’s VMAs. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen in the film, introduced the clip, my palms started to sweat, and then … this was it? I know they’re slowing starting to build anticipation, but this “teaser” was barely a tickle. Meh. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Here It Is: The Trailer For “The Rum Diary”


A shorter version of this trailer aired on TV this week, and since I don’t watch as much network television as I used to, I wasn’t sure how new the trailer was. Turns out it’s brand new—and it’s news because Johnny Depp has been working on “The Rum” Diary since 2007. The movie itself has reportedly been locked in pre-production purgatory since 2000; Hunter S. Thompson, frustrated by the slow development of “The Rum Diary,” famously called the project a “waterhead **karound.” Read more… Keep reading »

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