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Let’s Stop Romanticizing Mr. Darcy When There Are Way Better Options in Literature

Question: What’s more attractive than an intelligent, compassionate, rugged Professor, who has tumbling brown hair, cares for orphans, and loves to hear about your work? Answer: A rich, rude snob, who despises dancing, scoffs at your family, and calls you “tolerable, but not handsome enough,” behind your back, apparently.

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SYFY’s The Magicians Perfectly Channels the Millennial Experience

What TV shows do you think capture the spirit of the Millennial generation the best? The self-absorbed hipsters of Girls? The intricately layered, obscure humor of How I Met Your Mother? You’re The Worst? Master of None? If I named The Magicians, SYFY’s bonkers fantasy series about magic and alternate realities, would you believe me?

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Anti-Abortion Extremist Judge Also Hates Birth Control, Says Planned Parenthood “Kills Over 150,000 Females a Year”

News about abortion dominated the news cycle this week, from Cardi B candidly talking about personally considering abortion—and ultimately deciding against it—to a uniquely invasive anti-abortion bill making progress in Arizona. And then, of course, there was also the unsettling confirmation hearing of a new federal judge nominee who’s claimed Planned Parenthood “kills 150,000 females” annually.

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Agent Coulson Is Back on Marvel Movie Duty in New Captain Marvel Set Photo, and He’s Not Alone

There are so many reasons to be excited for Captain Marvel and all of its '90s glory, which has indeed been glorious so far, and we just got another reason: Agent Coulson's/Clark Gregg's return to Marvel movies.

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Cynthia Nixon Calls Out Racist Inequality in Drug Policy as She Campaigns for Governor of New York

Cynthia Nixon has had enough of bad governmental policy, and she's decided to do something about it: run for New York state governor. Nixon has already been a champion of the Democratic party, an advocate for LGBTQ rights, and a public education activist, and her latest stand is yet another one we can get behind in calling out drug criminalization that disproportionately affects people of color.

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What “Bad” Movie Do You Unironically Love Anyway?

Everyone has at least one.

Movie reviews are inherently subjective things, despite the aspects of a movie you can rank in terms of technical proficiency. At the end of the day, movies are also art, and people like different things and have different levels of tolerance for mistakes or rough edges—technical or otherwise—in general, not to mention how that can fluctuate in relation to the parts of a movie a viewer does like. So when general opinion about a movie coalesces, there will always be people who disagree.

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Everyone Is Dunking on Mark Zuckerberg About His Facebook Congressional Hearing

Group catharsis.

Who would have guessed that a guy who dipped his feet in violating people's privacy for a Hot or Not knockoff in college and faced a disciplinary hearing for it at the time—despite how much he'd like to pretend it's not at all related—would wind up answering for the same lack of (or willful ignorance of) foresight in front of the United States Congress, on the much larger scale of a global userbase?

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Kevin Smith Opens Home to Stan Lee as Video Illustrating Comics Legend’s Condition Makes the Rounds

Over the weekend, fans at Silicon Valley Comic Con noticed that 95-year-old comics legend Stan Lee wasn't quite himself, and then yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter broke a story alleging that he's facing abuse from those closest to him. This all comes on the heels of the bizarre news that Lee's blood may have been stolen for use in comics signatures, but as the story continues to evolve, complete with heartbreaking video, Kevin Smith is providing a bright spot.

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The Queer Women of DC TV Showed the Power of Inclusive Stories at ClexaCon

“It’s all about stories,” said Chyler Leigh at the final panel of ClexaCon on Sunday, April 8th. If there’s one phrase that can sum up the impact of the myriad queer women and characters that were celebrated at the three-day con in Las Vegas, that’s it.

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6 Incredibly Entertaining Movies Based on Video Games

Most movies based on video games are downright bad, but that doesn't mean they're not entertaining.

Since the days of Pong, video games have evolved into works of art, filled with incredible technology, stunning imagery, and amazing storylines. Unfortunately, movies video game movies have failed to capture the same achievements. In fact, most of them are downright bad. Still, there’s something addictively enjoyable about video game films, as these seven incredibly entertaining movies based on video games prove.

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The 7 Best Queer Reads of March 2018

What is a person supposed to do to get herself through this tricky in-between season? Read, of course! And believe me when I say that last month was chock full of some truly amazing queer reads that should be next up in your TBR. From middle grade eye openers to devastating, grief-filled YA, superhero romances, and sobering contemporary fiction, March gave us a wealth of reads that you most definitely need.

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How It Should Have Ended Takes Justice League and the DCEU to Task

As I've said many times before, I want to like the DC movies. I just don't. That, in itself, brings me no joy, but jokes are a way to ease the pain—and How It Should Have Ended has all the Justice League jokes you need to soothe the wounds left by this Franken-movie.

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Westworld’s Elaborate Season 2 Spoiler Prank Video Is So, So Good

Yesterday, the internet was taken aback when one of the most deliberately mysterious shows on television made a strange proposition: Westworld's showrunners offered to give up all of season 2's twists and turns ahead of time, in an effort to avoid trouble with spoilers. If your money was on that being an elaborate prank, congratulations, you've already been right about one part of Westworld season 2 before it even airs.

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5 Things We Learned About Wynonna Earp Season Three From ClexaCon 2018

Queer ladies from around the globe flocked to Las Vegas last weekend to celebrate all things LGBTQIA in media. ClexaCon's Friday headliner was everyone’s favorite crazy chick with a gun, Wynonna Earp. Fans joined showrunner Emily Andras and actresses Katherine Barrell (Nicole Haught), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Waverley Earp), and Tamara Duarte (Rosita) for a standing room-only panel where we got a few tasty teases for the highly anticipated third season.

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New Solo Trailer Shows off Tons of New Footage, With Some Extra Lando and Chewie

A new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story is here!

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Things We Saw Today: It’s Rex Manning Day, and Empire Records Is Getting a Broadway Musical

I don't feel the need to explain my art to you.

As someone whose childhood was pretty squarely within the '90s, the movie Empire Records, which hit theaters in 1995, means a lot to me, and I'm not alone. As fans all over the internet celebrate Rex Manning Day today, there's something unexpectedly new to be excited about for the 20-year-old comedy classic: It's getting a Broadway musical adaptation.

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Everything Sucks Because Everything Sucks Got Canceled

We've become accustomed to a steady flow of particularly bad and/or ridiculous political news breaking on Fridays lately (more so than usual), but the world of politics isn't the only place that likes to bury crappy news on a Friday afternoon. The entertainment industry is well versed in the practice, and this week brought news of the cancellation of Netflix's '90s show Everything Sucks.

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MIT AlterEgo Headset That Listens to Your Thoughts Is Both Amazing and Disturbing

What if, instead of watching you with a camera and filling your head with propaganda through its speakers, the telescreen of George Orwell's 1984 could instead just read your thoughts and tell you what it wants you to hear just by vibrating the bones in your head? If that sounds like an absolutely terrible technology pitch, then wow do I have some bad news for you.

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