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  1. The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Going against the Hollywood stereotype of a powerless blonde girl getting ruthlessly murdered, the writer/director/producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer wanted to create a hero, someone with the special powers to kick butt and protect others.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Hello Yes I’d Like to Play This Game Now Please

    The princess is in whatever castle she damn well pleases.

    This amazing redesign of Princess Peach (by Kirbi Fagan) is just one of many great female character redesigns in a blog post by Lauren Panepinto about the male gaze in art and entertainment and how including female perspectives doesn't take anything away from anyone else. Give it a read, check out the awesome art, and maybe join the invite-only Women in Fantasy Illustration Facebook group if you're so inclined.

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  3. The Mary Sue Interview: The Winner’s Crime‘s Marie Rutkoski On YA Heroines, Romance, and That Next Book

    If you like YA lit, you should check this one out.

    Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Curse made a huge splash in YA lit when it arrived, and people loved it for Kestral, its strong female lead, and its intricate portrayal of a world embroiled in imperialist politics. The sequel, The Winner's Crime, just released on Tuesday, and I thought it was a great follow-up - and, in fact, a great improvement - on the first. I got the chance to speak with Rutkoski about the new book and her plans for Kestral's future.

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  4. Samantha Bee Will Host New Show On TBS That Is Not The Daily Show

    Oh! Innnteresting.

    Despite many late night TV fans declaring Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee a shoe-in to host the show after Jon Stewart leaves—and despite a vaguely worded tweet about good news that left her Twitter followers speculating wildly—Bee announced today that she will leave will actually be joining her husband Jason Jones in creating a new comedy series for TBS instead. Hoo boy, these are some mixed emotions I'm feeling.

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  5. Twin Peaks Newbie Recap: “Laura’s Secret Diary” & “The Orchid’s Curse”

    Annnnd we're back!

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  6. Walls in Germany Pee Back on Public Urinators With the Most Hilarious Use of Superhydrophobic Coating

    It's peeback time.

    In seriously the best use of superhydrophobic materials yet, the "Community of Interest" of St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany got pissed off that their walls were getting pissed on. So, they sprayed some of the most frequently, er... sprayed locations with a coating to bounce urine back and perfectly peenalize those who dare disobey the warning signs.

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  7. Lily James Defends Her Cinderella Corset, Does Not Instill Me With Confidence

    Back in December we were baffled by this Disney promotional image for the upcoming live-action Cinderella film in which Lily James is either the victim of some over-zealous photoshop or a really weird optical illusion.

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  8. Wil Wheaton To Play President Abraham Lincoln In A Video Game Because Life Is Grand

    OMG.

    Four score and seven years ago, Wil Wheaton recorded a bunch of lines for Codename S.T.E.A.M., and now you will be able to hear him in the game when it comes out next week—as ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Wait, this makes total sense. Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln invented the emoticon, and Wil Wheaton is the current president of the Internet! It fits, I tells ya! It aaaaaall fits!

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  9. If Yesterday’s Ultron Trailer Wasn’t Enough For You, Check Out All This New Behind-The-Scenes Footage

    "What's goin' on?"

    We just can't get enough Ultron in our lives since yesterday's epic trailer dropped. If you feel the same way, you might want to watch these new behind-the-scenes on-set videos that Entertainment Tonight and Cineplex shot as exclusives way back in the summer. We love embargo release days!

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  10. Swedish TV Host Starts Fire Live on Air While Frying Cheese Doodles for Some Reason

    The Muppets would be so proud.

    Today is Cheese Doodle Day, evidently, so this morning Nyhetsmorgon host Jenny Strömstedt asked her viewers for tips on how to best "prepare" them (because I guess just eating them out of the bag with your greasy cheese-stained fingers isn't proper in Sweden). Then her co-host suggested she try to flip them in the air while frying them over a stove, and everything worked out for the best. Wait. Is the best supposed to be on fire?

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