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Gotta Love Wolfenstein II’s Strongly Anti-Nazi, Pro-Nazi-Punching Stance

The main thing Wolfenstein hinges on is fighting Nazis, so you'd think it wouldn't be such a surprise for the newest game in the franchise to take a strong anti-Nazi stance. Then again, you might also think that being strongly anti-Nazi would be implicit enough not to have to be a "stance" in 2017, so here we are.

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Anti-Abortion GOP Rep., Exposed for Pressuring Mistress to Have Abortion, Retires

Wrapping up a tale dripping with all the irony of a literary masterpiece, GOP Rep. Tim Murphy of the House Pro-life caucus announced his retirement on Wednesday after a report that he pressured his mistress to have an abortion was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The report included a couple of text messages between Murphy and Shannon Edwards, the Pittsburgh-based forensic psychologist with whom Murphy admitted earlier this year to having an affair.

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Donald Trump’s Bad Week Just Keeps Getting Worse

It's Friday in 2017, so Donald Trump is wrapping up a bad week. This week was particularly notable for several reasons, though, as Seth Meyers noted last night on Late Night—and it just keeps getting worse.

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Watch Live as TMS Plays the Star Wars Battlefront II Beta!

Welcome, Mary Sue readers! We're taking the Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer beta for a spin this evening!

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Jeff Sessions Wants to Gut Transgender Worker Protections Without Anyone Thinking He Wants That

Trump administration Attorney General/Man Who Permanently Killed Our Appetite for Keebler Products Jeff Sessions has made yet another decision on how the law should be interpreted, and he wants to make it very clear that this isn't because he's a bigot who transparently hides behind "letter of the law" excuses.

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Why We Need to Care That Asian Girl Heroes are Commanding 2017 Films

Beyond superhero and small screen advancements, there are two major performances that have been missing from the conversation—Ahn Seo-Hyun in Okja and Sareum Srey Moch in First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. That’s right, while we were reveling in the delightful Hellboy switch, two young Asian girls have been quietly demanding our attention in major Hollywood films that see both of them as heroes in their own right.

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Netflix Is Canceling Punisher Events at Comic Con and Elsewhere Due to Las Vegas Tragedy

The entire concept of the Punisher as a character has long been on rocky ground, but with the tragic events in Las Vegas last weekend, it feels weirder than ever to celebrate Frank Castle's personal, gun-heavy brand of justice. Despite planned appearances at New York Comic Con this weekend—and elsewhere—Netflix has decided it would be best for everyone if the show were to lay low for a bit.

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The Mary Sue Is Hiring a Video Producer!

The Mary Sue is looking for an internet culture junkie with some serious video editing skills to be our brand new video producer! We need someone who has something to say about the news, feminism, and geek culture, and knows how to turn it into video that our readers want to watch and share.

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Trump Still Living Out Old Tweets With Reports That Tillerson Called Him a Moron

I guess when Donald Trump has spent years having diarrhea of the tiny fingertips all over Twitter, it's not too surprising that his old tweets about politics have been relevant to his new position, but their accuracy is still sometimes startling. Today, news broke that Secretary of State/previous Roxxon—SORRY, Exxon—CEO Rex Tillerson had privately called Trump a moron, which he held a press conference to not deny.

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The Adventure Zone Proves Listening to Criticism Is the Way to Improve Representation, Not Avoiding It

One of a writer's biggest fears is that what they make will end up doing more harm than good in the world. This fear is strongest when it comes to writing about and for marginalized communities. It's easy to come at writing a character or storyline centered around the issues of marginalized groups with the best intentions and end up with a total mess. That potential outcome can leave creators wondering if it's worth writing about those topics if they could end up just hurting people.

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Netflix Has a Creepy Time Travel Original Coming in December

Sadly, it will have missed the Halloween season when it debuts on December 1, but Netflix's Dark looks like some wonderfully creepy time travel shenanigans, and its trailer feels right at home in the current spooky season. And if you're picking up Stranger Things vibes, the new show's creators are more than happy to encourage the comparison.

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Presenting Ryan Gosling’s Hilarious “Just Got Punched by Harrison Ford” Face

A face we all aspire to.

We've heard that Blade Runner 2049 is very good. Our own Vivian Kane is writing up a review right now. But the one question on everyone's mind has been "What did it look like when Harrison Ford accidentally punched Ryan Gosling in the face during a fight scene?" Now we know, and the entire world is better for it.

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Late Night Hosts: “Now Is Not the Time” Means “Never” on Gun Control

The last two days have been terrible due to the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night, which resulted in nearly 60 deaths and over 500 people injured. Those who don't see it as a rallying cry for real legislative attempts to prevent this from happening have already started saying it's too soon after the tragedy to talk about such a thing, which is nonsense for several reasons, including that the U.S. averages one mass shooting per day, with a "major" one about every two months.

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It (2017): The Surprising Subversiveness of Beverly Marsh

Going into It, my expectations weren’t high. After all, it’s an adaptation of a book whose sole female character is largely defined by sexual violence and exploitation through an adult male gaze. Yet, as well as being a surprisingly well-crafted horror movie, this new adaptation reclaims Beverly Marsh’s sexuality as something quietly subversive.

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Some Useful Info on Last Night’s Las Vegas Shooting and How You Can Help

Last night marked another tragic milestone in the history of gun violence, with the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history unfolding in Las Vegas. There's a lot of information floating around, so we've condensed things down to what you need to know, as well as some info on how you can potentially help out.

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DC’s Got the Right Idea in Deviating From the “Shared Universe” Formula, but Will It Work?

Everything is going according to plan!

Cinematic universes are all the rage right now, despite that Marvel is the only company to have really made one work up to their level of scale and success—and even that has its flaws. Meanwhile, the DC Extended Universe, despite being adapted from its own interconnected comic book universe, has struggled a bit to find the same footing, despite some fairly successful franchise entries. Now, it seems like they're thinking that deviating from the Marvel norm might be the way to go.

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Lynda Carter Herself Sticks Up for Wonder Woman Against James Cameron

You might have thought that would be the end of it when Director Patty Jenkins shut down James Cameron's unnecessary trashing of Wonder Woman, wherein he managed to hold himself up as a feminist standard. But he was back at it again earlier this week, so now someone else has stepped up to tell him to stay in his lane: Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter.

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How? How Is This David S. Pumpkins Animated Special a Real Thing?


The star of last year's inexplicable breakout hit "Haunted Elevator" Saturday Night Live sketch, David S. Pumpkins, is getting a half-hour animated special. No, I cannot explain why.

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