Sport Health and Newshttps://advice2.topnews from aroundSat, 17 Mar 2018 12:10:43 +0000en-UShourly1 Carter reveals sexual abuse during ‘Wonder Woman’ TV Show, 17 Mar 2018 12:09:45 +0000
Lynda Carter continues to be an enduring source of female empowerment.
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It isn’t surprising that Lynda Carter says she was sexually abused while playing Wonder Woman in the iconic ’70s TV show. But it does perfectly capture the sickening hypocrisy of Hollywood, which has played lip service to women’s empowerment for decades — all while systematically exploiting and ensuring their oppression.

In a Daily Beast interview, Carter discussed the personal experiences that have led her to become such an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo movement, which spotlights women chronicling stories of sexual misconduct on social media. A longtime feminist and activist, Carter was the symbol for female power of her time — even as she endured the industry’s rampant sexual abuse and harassment.

Carter didn’t wish to name names or provide details about the worst of her abusers. Because, “he’s already being done in. There’s no advantage in piling on again,” she said. According to the interviewer, she then added emphatically: “I believe every woman in the Bill Cosby case.” 

When asked for more information, Carter simply said that this predator violated “a lot of people.”

While expressing admiration for everyone coming forward related to her unnamed predator, Carter didn’t feel it was beneficial for her to do so herself. 

“I can’t add anything to it,” she said. “I wish I could. But there’s nothing legally I could add to it, because I looked into it. I’m just another face in the crowd.”

Unable to contribute in a courtroom setting, Carter didn’t want to detract attention from the survivors who could by telling her full story. “It ends up being about me, and not about the people who can talk about it. I don’t want it to be about me, it’s not about me. It’s about him being a scumbag.”

Any consequences he may face legally, Carter said, won’t be sufficient. “Whatever it is, it isn’t enough.”

But he was only one of the many #MeToo experiences Carter survived throughout her career as a young actress. On the very set of Wonder Woman, for instance, she said she discovered that a cameraman had drilled a hole into her dressing room.

Wonder Woman has always stood up for justice, no matter what the patriarchy put in her way.

Image: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images

In this instance, at least, “They caught him, fired him, and drummed him out of the business.” But clear examples of harassment like that one don’t even begin to cover other more insidious, coercive tactics she regularly “fended off.” 

“I’ve been afraid,” Carter said. Even when she’d verbally protest sexual misconduct, the perpetrators would typically laugh it off as a joke, “so there was an element of deniability there.”

Carter described how back then (and to this day), women would have to rely on the “grapevine” to warn each other about which men in the industry they should look out for or avoid working with. “It was everywhere. You’d see girls being shaken in acting classes. And the #MeToo movement is happening not just with actresses but maids and caregivers, everywhere.”

In the wake of the birage of #MeToo stories, people (mainly men, like Woody Allen and Alec Baldwin) have tried to characterize the movement as a witch hunt, implying that the accusations from women have gone too far. 

“There is a difference between a guy hitting on you, which everybody has, and a guy assaulting you,” said Carter, describing men who lock women in a room, or corner them. “There is a huge difference when you can’t speak up, or you get blackballed if you say anything. The repercussion of all this has been #MeToo.”

When asked if she had ever formally reported any of these instances, Carter said no. “Who are you going to tell, your agent? Who’s going to believe you? No one’s going to believe you.”

Perhaps this, then, is partially why it’s mostly men who appear at all surprised by the sheer amount of stories coming out about sexual harassment and assault. 

But, “Ask any woman, they’re not surprised. It’s been going on for years. It’s not news to us [women], but it is news to you [men]. We’ve been trying to tell you. We’ve been trying to tell you for a long time and you haven’t listened,” she said. 

As an icon of female empowerment in the male-dominated system of Hollywood, Carter was forced to navigate playing two contradictory roles. “We were women’s lib, burn the bra. We weren’t going to take any shit from people. So we felt strong in that, but there were still not a lot of parts for us.”

Lynda Carter representing at the world premiere for “Wonder Woman”

Image: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

Ultimately, though, a new era allowed for a much greater revolution — and even then Hollywood needed the perfect storm in order to reckon with the reality of #MeToo. “It took powerful women who are famous to yell ‘Fire’ in a crowded theater full of executives that there was one guy [Harvey Weinstein],” she said. “Someone had the courage to take him to task, and then someone else spoke up.”

During the interview, Carter looked back on her part in creating the lifelong icon of female strength that is Wonder Woman. 

“You go about and live your life, and feel very fortunate to have had an opportunity to play a great character. She has endured and endured and endured,” Carter said. She has nothing but praise for the way director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot took up the mantle of Wonder Woman, too.

In a moment where the darkness of the entertainment industry is finally coming to light, we need Wonder Woman’s inner light to show us right from wrong now more than ever.

On March 19, Carter will be narrating, Epic Warrior Women, a three-part series on the Smithsonian Channel. As a history documentary, it will also cover the real-life female warriors who inspired the comic book legends, from Amazon warriors to female gladiators.

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Oscars 2018: The Most Criminally Overlooked Performances of the Year, 17 Mar 2018 08:49:58 +0000

Marlow: Well, its finally the week of the 90th Academy Awards, and, given all the insanity in this country, this glitzy diversion couldnt have come at a better time. But unlike years past, I dont feel too invested in many of these categories/performances. A big reason for that, I think, is the uninspired job the Academy did in recognizing this years standout performances, and the incredibly high number of shoo-in winners, e.g. Gary Oldman in Best Actor (for a prestige historical biopic) and Frances McDormand (for a partially tone-deaf, outsiders view of America) in Best Actress, draining the ceremony of any suspense.

Kevin:None of the actors I would choose to win the four performance categories are even nominated, which happens nearly every year. So the more frustrating thing is that, while it at one point looked like these were going to be thrilling two-horse races, with Saoirse Ronan, Timothe Chalamet, Willem Dafoe, and Laurie Metcalf pegged to trade off wins with current frontrunners McDormand, Oldman, Sam Rockwell, and Allison Janney, the final leg of the race to Oscar Sunday has been a big ol predictable snooze. So lets wake ourselves up by remembering our favorite performances that were overlooked this year. Who do you got?

Marlow: There are so many. Where do I start? Well, one of my absolute favorite performances of the year came courtesy of Haley Lu Richardson, who delivered what should have been a star-making (and Oscar-nominated) effort in the little-seen Columbus. Its premise sounds a bit drearya two-hander between a college student (Richardson) and a thirty-something (John Cho) exploring the architecture of Columbus, Indianayet as Richardson slowly peels back the layers of her character, were presented with something profound: an evocative portrait of a promising young woman paralyzed by her circumstances. I was also surprised that Rooney Mara received little to no awards buzz for her work in A Ghost Story. That pie-devouring scene alone is worthy of plaudits.

Kevin: That pie scene was one of the strangest things Ive ever seen on filmand thats high praise.

Marlow: Oh! And while its only a voice role, I found Emma Thompson to be just delightful as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beastto the point where I wished I were a kid again so I could own a talking Mrs. Potts.

Kevin:Ha! While I did not necessarily find anything particularly Oscar-worthy aboutBeauty and the Beastly Cash-Grab, you are correct: Emma Thompson is a delight, and her version of the title song was a cup of hot tea for the soul.

Marlow: That cockney accent! Tale as old as timeI want a spinoff.

Kevin: My favorite performance of the year came from seven-year-old Brooklynn Prince, who does astonishing work inThe Florida Projectas a joy-hunting street urchin making the suburban decay in the shadow of Disney World her dilapidated playground. It was one of the greatest child-star performances Ive ever seen, and theres no doubt that it wasnt a directors edited performance, but an actual acting triumph. Im thrilled to see where she goes next, and wish she had gotten more recognition. Another unsung standout for me came from a film that was released almost a year ago, before last years Oscars ceremony even aired. James McAvoy is transfixing inSplit, playing a kidnapper with 23 distinct personalities and a horrifying 24thon the verge of presenting itself. Its hardly the genre fare Oscars tend to reward, but that was some phenomenal acting McAvoy was doing in that film.

Marlow: Splitalso starring Haley Lu Richardson! I enjoyed McAvoy in that film, though it did recall his problematic split-personality character(s) in Filth. As far as genre fare that the Academy will never recognize in a million years goes, Michael Keatons feral, grizzled CIA spook in the enjoyably farcical American Assassin was a sight to behold. There is a torture sequence where, after his fingernail is ripped off, Keaton roars, I got nine more! I like this! I like it, motherfucker! that had me in stitches. Vince Vaughn, too, has never been more compelling than as an ex-boxer battling his way up to the boss in the skull-crushing Brawl in Cell Block 99, one of the most criminally overlooked movies of the year. And I wish more people took in the Safdie brothers nightmarish Good Time, if only for Robert Pattinsons twitchy turn that, believe it or not, calls to mind a young Pacino.

Kevin:Pattinson would have definitely made my Best Actor shortlist. He was unrecognizably good inGood Time. I wonder if its fair to call this next grouping of performances overlooked, per se, given how much they were in the awards conversation all season. Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg forCall Me by Your Nameand Tiffany Haddish forGirls Triplikely came very close to earning nominations, and Im still not over the fact that they didnt. In some ways, Hammer had the toughest role inCMBYN, playing an aloof Adonis who eventually gives way to the throes of passion and unexpected romance. And Stuhlbarg delivered the monologue of the year in the last act of that film with such grace and compassion that we tear up each time we think about it.

Marlow: That Stuhlbarg monologue is stunning. Havent stopped thinking about it. And I also still havent gotten over the way distributor Sony Pictures Classics screwed up the release of Call Me by Your Name, effectively costing it that pair of acting nominations (and Luca Guadagnino in Best Director). I mean, the film opened in limited release on Nov. 24 and didnt really begin expanding until late January! Totally nuts, and the reason why its only made around $16 million so far and didnt travel beyond the coasts. But alas, I digress.

Kevin: Then theres Haddish, a breakout star who spun throughGirls Triplike an unfiltered, relentlessly positive tornado, laying waste to societal expectations not only about how a black woman of a certain age could behave on film, but also as a sexual, unapologetic, joy-filled part of culture as well. Not rewarding her was this years biggest bozo move in our mind.

Marlow: I have seen Girls Trip no less than three times on airplanescup(s) of wine in handbecause of Tiffany Haddish. She is a comedic force of nature in that film, and its a damn shame she wasnt rewarded with an Oscar nod for it (especially considering she had to get up at the ass-crack of dawn to announce the nominations this yearand even managed to make that thankless task hilarious).

Kevin: I really am dying to know how close she was to a nomination. Could you imagine how amazing watching her react to that live would have been?

Marlow: Ugh, dont remind me! Anyway, a few other standout performances this year worth noting: Nahuel Perez Bascayart is the beating heart of BPM (Beats Per Minute), and takes you on perhaps the most heartbreaking journey of any one character this year; though it was released back in February of 2017, and won the Best Foreign Film Oscar at that years ceremony, Shahab Hosseini deserves kudos for the graceful way he negotiates Irans past and future in The Salesman; and, last but not least, the dynamite Algee Smiths (that voice!) swaggering singer whose Motown dreams are shattered by police batons in Detroit.

Kevin: BPM was, in every element of its production, a triumph of filmmaking that should be mandatory viewing. Im still annoyed that it missed out in Best Foreign Language Film. Honestly, I could list favorite performances that I wish were recognized for days: Bridget Everett and Danielle MacDonald in Patti Cake$, Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany in Stronger, Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde, Tilda Swinton in Okja. Complaining is our favorite pastime. And the Oscars? Theyre, well, the Oscars of complaining.

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Photographer Takes Portraits Of Dogs That Are Perfectly Imperfect, 17 Mar 2018 06:00:09 +0000 Bali Pip, the playful pup rescued from the streets of Bali suffering from mange; blind but loyal Shazza; Raul, who takes his partial paralysis in his stride; and many more in a new book by award-winning animal photographer Alex Cearns. Based on an original photo series launched on Bored Panda, these portraits of perfectly imperfect dogs will uplift and inspire, finding a special place in your heart with their ability to overcome physical adversity. Cearns artfully captures their intrinsic beauty and spirit; their sweetness, resilience and strength.

“One of my most passionate aims as an animal photographer is to capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique. I love every animal I have the privilege of photographing, but those perceived as different hold a special place in my heart. These are the canines who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse,” says Cearns. “Most animals with ‘afflictions’ don’t dwell on them. They adapt to their bodies without complaint and they survive with determination. They push on, always, wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able-bodied pet does.”

“The tenacity of animals to overcome adversity never ceases to amaze me. They make the most out of life and from them I have learnt so much about always seeing the positive in every situation and never giving up.”

‘Perfect Imperfection – Dog portraits of Resilience’ and love is available from 19th March 2018 and is a book for everyone who loves dogs; fans of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, or of seeing the beauty in imperfection; and anyone who needs a hit of inspiration. Part proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation to help them work towards finding a cure for canine cancer.

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Google Arts and Culture uses machine learning to make art accessible, 17 Mar 2018 02:37:35 +0000
Google Arts and Culture's 'Art Palette' tool is like a high-end mood board.
Image: Google

Art lovers rejoice: Google is putting its algorithmic might to work on behalf of artistic discovery.

The Google Arts & Culture App released three new Artificial Intelligence “experiments” on Wednesday. The experiments were developed in Google’s Arts & Culture lab in Paris, where Google explores how machine learning can enhance our understanding of and access to art. 

All of the new experiments involve new tools that allow users to search and discover art and photography in otherwise overwhelming or inaccessible artistic archives.

“Each of these experimental applications runs AI algorithms in the background to let you unearth cultural connections hidden in archives,” Damien Henry, the experiments team lead at the Google Arts & Culture Lab, wrote in a blog post.

Google’s art-oriented app gained popularity (and notoriety) when users discovered the feature that matched their selfies with famous works of art. Some of the pairings were spot on, some were hilarious, and some were more than a little bit racist. But the app has many other features that allow users to explore museum collections around the world, learn about art, and more.

The first of Google Arts & Culture’s new experiments called Art Palette may excite fashion, home decor, and design lovers. App users can select several colors as their palette, and the app will then generate classic and modern artwork that conforms to the palette — creating a digital mood board of sorts. Google even got designer Paul Smith to try out the feature to demonstrate how it can inspire fashion design. Smith is famous for color in his own right — the much photographed pink wall in Los Angeles is part of the designer’s flagship location.

The next experiment provides impressive access to American history and culture. From introducing readers to Gandhi to covering the war in Vietnam, LIFE Magazine famously captured some of the most iconic moments of American history over the last century. But according to Google, LIFE has an archive that “stretches 6,000 feet (about 1,800 meters) across three warehouses.” To make these archives more accessible, Google has introduced Life Tags, which allows users to search and find LIFE’s photos by topic. Pretty nifty.

Google image search just got taken to the next level.

Image: google

The last of the three seems like a boon to the art world and to lovers of modern art. Apparently, MoMa has 30,000 photos that document its exhibitions since its opening in 1929. Unfortunately, the photographs don’t actually name the specific works of art and artists featured in the exhibits. So Google used machine learning to identify the works of modern art in the photos, and “helped turn this repository of photos into an interactive archive of MoMA’s exhibitions.”

Are these experiments useful? Perhaps, if you’re looking for something specific, or are searching for inspiration. 

But these tools are also…fun. And engaging with art isn’t usually about utility; instead, it’s about beauty, knowledge, and that intangible something that encountering a stunning work of art inspires. Frankly, it’s pretty awesome that a huge company like Google — developer of some of the most efficient and useful innovations of our time — puts any amount of resources into art for the sake of art, inquiry, and creation.

“We hope these experimental applications will not only lead you to explore something new, but also shape our conversations around the future of technology, its potential as an aid for discovery and creativity.”

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25+ People Who Deeply Regret Shopping Online (New Pics), 16 Mar 2018 23:26:40 +0000 shopping is great! The convenience and prices are second-to-none, and there is a whole world of exciting new retailers to try.

There are downsides too, the environmental concerns of shipping a set of 50 cent hairclips over from China are real, especially if everyone starts doing it. And what about mom and pop’s general store on the high street? What happens to them?

Still, for sheer ease and the added thrill of never quite knowing how it’s gonna turn out, online shopping can’t be beat. Sometimes however, expectations don’t quite meet reality. That dress that looked amazing on a blurry photo of a model, might not look quite so amazing on you. Those $700 sneakers you just bought? They are actually tiny doll sneakers and you just got scammed.

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of all the times when online shopping went hilariously wrong, proving that sometimes, the mall or the high street is better after all.

Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and don’t forget to vote your favorites!

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Excuse us while we sob over Ryan Coogler’s heartfelt letter to Ava DuVernay, 16 Mar 2018 20:19:42 +0000
Directors Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler at the premiere of 'A Wrinkle in Time.'
Image: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Directors Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler are making history in Hollywood, and supporting each other along the way.

Coogler, who recently directed the Marvel hit Black Panther showed some serious love for DuVernay on the opening day of her film A Wrinkle In Time, writing a heartfelt ode to their friendship and the amazing woman she is for espnW.

“Ava DuVernay is someone who makes the impossible look easy. It’s why I feel privileged to call her my big sister. I met her in 2013, but she’s one of those people who you feel like you’ve always known,” Coogler began.

He went on to discuss the early days of DuVernay’s career as an admired Hollywood publicist, noting she’d written, produced, and directed “two amazing films, about black women finding hope while experiencing grief and loss, all while maintaining a production and distribution company to finance and distribute underserved independent films made by women and people of color.”

Coogler shared his praise for DuVernay’s 2014 film, Selma, and the 2016 show, Queen Sugar, for which DuVernay “mandated the use of female directors and key creatives.”

“Ava is a pioneer. She makes the most distant dreams and ideas a reality,” Coogler wrote. “Ava is inclusion, equity and representation.” 

Then Coogler got especially deep, recalling when DuVernay lost her father a few years ago and used her pain to make even more impressive art. “Ava, the warrior, weathered that loss while making 13th to show everyone with a Netflix subscription that American slavery never ended — it had only morphed.”

“Ava is inclusion, equity and representation.”

When DuVernay set out to bring A Wrinkle In Time to the screen, Coogler said he watched while working across the hall on Black Panther.

“…My big sister inspired her crew with love and navigated the challenges of studio filmmaking, adapting a book that many people called unfilmable into a movie that explodes with hope, with love and with women warriors.”

Coogler described A Wrinkle In Time as “a film about a little black girl with glasses — like my mom, like my wife, like my big sister Ava — who refuses to accept that her dad is lost.”

“The main character in the film, Meg, uses her love, her hope and her kickass skills as a scientist to bring him back, and maybe she saves the universe along the way,” he wrote to end the letter.

If you need us, we will be sobbing over this beautiful friendship.

On Saturday it was announced that Black Panther officially hit $1 billion worldwide after having only been in theaters for four weeks. Coogler and DuVernay are also set to claim the first and second slots at this weekend’s box office rankings, with Black Panther taking top spot and A Wrinkle In Time following behind.

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American Wealth Gone Wild: A Blistering Takedown of Greedy Kardashian Culture, 16 Mar 2018 17:17:48 +0000

AUSTIN, Texas In Generation Wealth, Lauren Greenfields latest, the documentarian and photographer behind 2012s award-winning Queen of Versailles lets her ambition run wild.

In many ways, Wealth is a natural extension of Versailles, a cautionary tale about one familys efforts to build the largest home in America. This newest documentary widens the scope, taking on a world made sick with overconsumptionbut thats an oversimplification given how much Greenfield takes on in this 106-minute manifesto and career retrospective. The film is, at once, a look back on 25 years worth of Greenfields work, a deep dive into the lives of her subjects, captured over decades, and a meditation on consumerism, Kardashian culture, and the rise and fall of the American empire.

As a point of access to all of this decadence and decay, Greenfield returns to her early work and her early life: photographs of L.A.s wealthy and tanned teenagers, inspired by her own private school days. From prepubescent boys surrounded by hired dancers at bar mitzvahs to a high school-aged Kim Kardashian mingling at a dance, these photos capture both a moment in time and a gathering momentuma trend towards growing up too fast and too rich to function. These escalating displays of wealth and excess are tempered by the teens visible expressions of insecurity and self-consciousness. At once, Greenfield managed to showcase these normal, angsty teens and their singular environment. Girls preened in bikinis for boys and kids flashed hundred-dollar bills at the camera.

Unsurprisingly, years later, Greenfield finds her grown-up subjects almost unanimously traumatized by their lavish childhoods. Generation Wealth doesnt go about trying to garner sympathy for the children of the rich and famous; instead, it opens up into a larger conversation about, as Greenfield intones, our collective greed, and its price.

I was a hamster in a diamond-studded gold wheel…

Greenfield goes on to weave together the various strands of her career, drawing connections between L.A.s youngest power players and the subjects of her series on eating disorder patientsbetween celebrities, strippers, and the plastic surgery-obsessed. Some of these linkageslike Greenfields recollection of an anorexic womans desire to damage the property that was her bodystick. Others are less convincing. Still, looking at images of men throwing cash on naked women or socialites posing with their countless luxury bags, its hard to deny that Greenfield is on to something.

With the help of experts and Greenfields former subjectsthe faces and victims of 25 years of American excessGeneration Wealth argues that our shared aspirations are in direct conflict with the stagnation of social mobility. As the American dream has gotten further and further out of reach, the material possessions and markers that constitute that dream have gotten increasingly outlandish. These are vast expanses to cover, and the movie, like so many of its subjects, takes on much more than it needs, jumping between economic explainers, eating-disorder theory, global warming, the rise of Trumpism, cosmetic surgery tourism, meditations on pornography, and personal reflections. This gluttony has resulted in an admittedly overlong film thats as overwhelming, fascinating, and rich as the photographs themselves. While the execution may leave somethingsuch as a harsher editto be desired, these are all fascinating subjects, and Greenfield is an insightful and appealing guide across the flashy surface and through the dark underbelly of consumerist culture.

The films theses, like the sad fact that young girls are oversexualized or the even sadder one that wealth and its relentless pursuit are unlikely to result in true happiness, might seem obvious. But interviews with the people whose lives have been malformed by these truisms are far more compelling than any clich.

These worthy subjects include a Toddlers & Tiaras cast member, a former porn star who got plastic surgery in an attempt to escape her own fetishized image, and an ex-hedge fund manager who cant return to the U.S. for fear of prosecution. His disgust at his former selfI was a hamster in a diamond-studded gold wheelis parroted by many of Greenfields subjects, who overspend or overindulge only to find themselves longing for the life that they had before the surgery or the loan or the seven-day work week; the life that never seemed good enough.

While Greenfields most compelling photographs capture true excess, Generation Wealth takes on the inevitable aftermath of pursuing wealth for wealths sake. Its a film about addiction, not only to money but to all of the other false currenciesbeauty, fame, followersthat inevitably fail to buy happiness. Greenfield is clearly arguing that our collective greed has gradually gotten worsethat our highs are higher, our desires more superficial and our consumerism more ravaging than ever before. Its one thing to intellectually reckon with the societal consequences of consumerism and objectification gone wild, but quite another to watch a four-year-old in flippers and a full-face contour gleefully squeal out what beauty means to her: That I get money, and Im gonna be a superstar.

In the midst of putting together her photographs for a career retrospective, examining her own ambitions and failings as a mother, interviewing a decades worth of subjects and making some pretty sweeping statements, Greenfield also finds time to pull the Kardashians into the conversation at regular intervals. The reality TV stars are symbols of the gold standard that we all try and fail to measure up towealthy, beautiful, and endlessly gifted in the art of flaunting their status and superiority on social media.

While it seems like a stretchor maybe just a tad harshto use the famous family to illustrate these larger societal ills and addictions, its hard to disagree with the basic premise that, while past generations only had to worry about the Joneses, were now compelled to keep up with the Kardashians, endlessly hooked to the reality show and social media feeds of a family that has accumulated wealth by trading in images of the unattainable. Greenfield effectively argues that aspiring to Kardashian-levels of fame and attractiveness inspires bad values and disappointment, not hard work and achievement. This is all made a bit softer both by the force of Greenfields empathy for her subjects and the experts shes brought in, who shift the blame from grasping individuals to cultural trends and societal forces beyond our control.

Greenfields expansive film culminates in the exhibition of her work. As her subjects, many of whom have moved on from their addictions and denounced their former appetites, mingle and take in the photographs, were left with an underwhelming conclusion in the form of Greenfields personal and professional triumph. It feels like a tidy bow that is struggling to contain all of the big ideas that Greenfield just spent almost two hours putting forward. Then again, perhaps the inclusion of the prestigious exhibition, a true accomplishment for a self-proclaimed workaholic like Greenfield, is a sly commentary on achievement. Even after spending a lifetime studying the negative effects of greed and ambition, Greenfield still wants more.

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Justin Theroux Loves The Bachelor! Watch Him Do His Own Rose Ceremony AND Learn Whose Team He Was On!, 16 Mar 2018 14:01:30 +0000

Maybe it’s because he is a bachelor now?

In the caption, they also revealed whose team they were on — and it was not new Bachelorette Becca Kufrin!

Ch-ch-check it out (below)!

Team Tia! You hear that, gurl?

Justin would be quite the consolation prize…

CLICK HERE to see who else is in Hollywood loves the franchise!

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Another piece of your childhood bites the dust. Goodbye, Claire’s., 16 Mar 2018 10:43:39 +0000
Claire's, a critical piece of my childhood, will close its stores.
Image: Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

As a child, when my mom finally let me roam the mall alone with friends, the first and only stop that mattered was Claire’s.

The hip AF store was the go-to place for accessories you definitely didn’t need, and jewelry that was very, very cheap and ~extra~. It’s where you got your feather-covered slap bracelets and rainbow knee socks. It was the land of statement chokers and press on nails. If you were especially cool, it’s where you got your ears pierced… FOR FREE.

Image: Claire’s

Claire’s was and still is all that, but according to Bloomberg, the company is prepping to file for bankruptcy — a sign of possible doom for its stores across 47 countries.

Please hold my fake eyelashes while I cry! 

Claire’s played an iconic part in young girls’ (and boys’) lives, and I, a 24-year-old woman, was so shook upon hearing the news that I shrieked in horror at my desk.

Claire’s is where I bought make-up for the first time, and my mom was totally OK with it because IT DIDN’T EVEN SHOW UP ON MY FACE. It’s where I purchased blueberry scented roll-on body glitter that I used exclusively for dance recitals in to feel fancy. It’s where I got my first bottle of mood-changing nail polish, ugh! This is the Limited Too fiasco all over again.

What even is the point of malls now? I can’t even imagine such a joyous place filled with brightly colored stuffed animals, fuzzy sleep masks, irrelevant coin purses, scrunchies — even though they went out of style — tiaras, and cat ears closing. My gosh, where am I supposed to buy cat ears YEAR ROUND, now?

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The simple act of stepping foot into a Claire’s was like floating on a damn cloud connected to a rainbow — and now you’re telling me that rare feeling is going to be stripped away from the world?

Much of the Mashableoffice was also shook by news of Claire’s imminent death, including my colleague Proma, who fondly recalled getting her ears pierced there at age nine, a second piercing at 14, and a cartilage piercing at 17. 

“It’s sad that Claire’s is closing,” she said. “However, this is probably the best sign for me to stop shopping there as a 27-year-old woman.” 

With that said, our hearts goes out to all the current and future teens in the world who may not get to experience this joy. I honestly have no idea how middle school students today will form solid relationships without Claire’s exclusive line of Best Friends jewelry to gift each other, so good freaking luck out there.

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Trash Pizza, ranked, 16 Mar 2018 07:28:34 +0000

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You can learn a lot about a person based on where they fall in life’s big debates: Coke vs. Pepsi, Triscuit vs. Wheat Thins, Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry.

But there is one question that is perhaps the most decisive, the most controversial, the most revealing of what type of person you are: What is your favorite Trash Pizza?

Let’s get this out of the way — pizza is a gotdamn national treasure.

If I had a Personal Brand™, it would be pizza. I frequently wear a pizza sweater, which matches my pizza bow tie, which matches my “pizza fund” change jar on my desk at work, which one time, I cashed out and got $71 for pizza.  Every year for Christmas I ask for “pizza and/or pizza related items,” which is how I now have a pizza-shaped phone charger. And I used to have a Friday night ritual where I would grab a bottle of wine, a book, and eat a whole pizza by myself in bed while reading. (Helpful tips for how you too can live your best pizza life here.)

But the beauty of pizza is that there are so many types of pizza. There are good pizzas for when you want to feed your body and Trash Pizzas — that cheap, greasy goodness — for when you want to feed your soul. And the Trash Pizzas are the best.

But with so many types of Trash Pizzas out there, which one reigns supreme? Domino’s? Pizza Hut? Papa John’s? 

Let’s settle the score. Here are your favorite Trash Pizzas, ranked.

8. Last place, the worst Trash Pizza: Little Caesars

Story time, folks. One time, when I was in college, I went to my friend’s St. Patrick’s Day party, which was probably bad idea #1 given that, overall, I didn’t drink very much when I was in college. Because this was a college party where the name of the game was get the most alcohol for the cheapest price, people were drinking this concoction where you put a whole bunch of beer in a bucket, spike that with liquor, and then throw in edible glitter so it sparkles. (Bad idea #2)

I wish I could say I looked into that bucket and said “lol there’s no way I’m putting that into my body,” but, dear reader, I did not say that. I drank that drink, which in hindsight, might have been literal poison. Somehow, in a very surprisingly, totally unforeseeable turn of events based on the safe and mature choices I was making, I got drunk. Like incredibly drunk. Like so drunk out of my mind that I decided it would be a good idea for me to pick up Little Caesars on the way home.

And let me tell you, friends, that was NOT a good choice. I have a very distinct memory of sitting down at home, pulling up the first episode of Lost on Netflix, taking a bite of that Little Caesars pizza and thinking “Wow, this shit is not edible.”

That’s how bad Little Caesars is. It’s the clear loser of the Trash Pizzas.

7. Those heat lamp pizzas they have at gas stations sometimes

Public service announcement: Gas station pizzas are a trap! 

In my wayward youth, I have been ensnared by the weird allure of gas station pizza. Why? Because they look so much better than everything else in a gas station. They’re like a prize to be won. After you pass the register, go through aisles of motor oil and other car goods, skip over the combos, there, shining under a bright heat lamp, perhaps rotating gently, is the gas station pizza.

But it’s all a ruse, like those beautiful outdoor lamps that attract insects and electrocutes them. A gas station pizza will ruin your life. Unless you want to soon be spending 20-30 minutes in a gas station bathroom, avoid the gas station pizza. 

(They’re still better than Little Caesars tho.)

6. Hot Pocket Pizzas

Lol! Nope!

Jim Gaffigan has said everything you need to know about hot pockets.

5. The little pizzas that come in Lunchables

Let’s be clear from the start: those pizzas that come in Lunchables are not good. They’re tiny so they aren’t filling, the “cheese” only tastes like salt, and literally what is that tomato paste they put in a pouch and call pizza sauce?

And yet those gross lil’ Lunchables pizzas have a fond place in my heart. They feel like a nostalgic relic from my childhood, a rite of passage that made me the person I am today. And if you rolled up to lunch in your first grade cafeteria with a Mega Deep Dish Lunchable pizza, you were basically a god for the day. God bless Lunchable pizzas.

4. DiGiorno

DiGiorno pizza is solidly middle of the pack. It’s not the worst. It’s not the best. It just is. But here’s the thing about DiGiorno pizza: it’s work. 

DiGiorno’s whole pitch is it’s there when you want it. “It’s not delivery. It’s DiGiorno.” But if you read between the lines, what they’re really saying is “make the gotdamn pizza yourself.” So then you have to pre-heat the oven, bake your pizza for 20 minutes, sometimes the cheese drips and you have to clean your oven grill, then you have to grab dishes, and then you eat your pizza and it’s not even good. AND WHO WANTS TO DO THAT WORK FOR BAD PIZZA? Literally no one.

The Venn diagram of when I want Trash Pizza and when I want to pre-heat an oven feature completely separate circles. Those two feelings never intersect.

I don’t want to have to work for my Trash Pizza. I want someone to hand me a box and say “stuff this in your face.”

3rd Place: Domino’s

It might be controversial that Domino’s appears in the middle of this list since, according to a very scientific study featuring 45 votes and conducted by my friend and colleague Damon Beres, Domino’s is the best pizza.

But everyone is wrong. Domino’s is trash. And not in the good way. In terms of flavor, Domino’s is fine. It’s not great and not the worst, it’s just fine. To be totally honest, it tastes mostly like grease, like all proper Trash Pizzas should.

However, we need to talk about that crust.

The default Domino’s pizza crust is their “hand-tossed” pizza crust, which is “garlic-seasoned, with a rich, buttery taste.” No, I’m not buying it. What they’ve really done is taken a gross pizza and then made it bougie. (Don’t start actin’ all brand new, Domino’s.)

The major crime with the crust is that their garlic “seasoning” is grainy and falls off everywhere, which makes a huge mess.  It’s the Hansel and Gretel of pizza — it leaves a trail of crumbs wherever it goes, WHICH IS NOT HOW A PIZZA SHOULD WORK. Domino’s has taken the concept of pizza, which is a handheld affair, and transformed it into a more complicated endeavor.

That’s some bull -ish, Domino’s.

2nd Place: Papa John’s

Papa John’s used to be my favorite Trash Pizza, which may be surprising because Papa John’s is objectively bad pizza. I openly acknowledge that. In fact, when I did eat it, I called it “pizza product” or “imitation pizza.” But the thing about Papa John’s is that it is the perfect vehicle for grease and of course, their butter garlic sauce. And that butter garlic sauce is magic. (Side note, have you noticed that the sauce comes in two different consistencies, a creamy sauce and an oily sauce? It’s so wildly inconsistent which makes the garlic sauce feel like a game every time you order.)

It’s some type of alchemy. The butter garlic sauce is bad. The pizza is bad. But put them together and they are the best damn trash pizza experience you can find. Whenever I ate a Papa John’s pizza, I felt like I could physically feel my heart slowing in my body. It was fucking great.

But I stopped ordering Papa John’s because papa John is a bad man. And though he is no longer the CEO of Papa John’s, his business cannot have my dollars anymore. 

The Winner, the best Trash Pizza: Pizza Hut

Everybody sleeps on Pizza Hut and it’s absolutely tragic. 

Pizza Hut gave us stuffed crust pizza, arguably the greatest innovation in pizza history. You take a pizza and its crust and then YOU PUT MORE CHEESE IN IT. Tbh, I am surprised that whoever thought of that idea didn’t win a Nobel Prize.

And who can forget Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! program, which gave children free pizzas in exchange for reading books. 

Listen, I get it. Pizza Hut pizza is NOT great. Nobody says, “you know what I want right now. A Pizza Hut pizza.” And Pizza Hut knows that, so they leaned into that brand. Why else would you stuff hotdogs onto the end of a pizza. Why else would you partner with Taco Bell to create the promised land of trash food, the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

Pizza Hut knows it’s trash so it turned everything surrounding the pizza great so that you can have the best possible Trash Pizza experience for as little money as possible. And for that reason, Pizza Hut is top of the list.

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