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Things We Saw Today: Little Boy Demands Apology From Mike Pence After VP Accidentally Hit Him In the Face

I'll take my acts of resistance wherever I can get them these days. RESIST, kid. RESIST.

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Shonda Rhimes’ Speech at Planned Parenthood Gala Will Inspire You to Fight at Full Speed

"So … we work. I will do my part. I will do champion-y things. As hard as I can. I will CONSCIOUSLY make an effort to do champion-y things. Because what I did before, that was me at half-speed. Me at full speed? Get out of the way, please."

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The Scandal Cast Assembles to Discuss Olivia’s Abortion, Dropping Columbus Short and More

With Scandal prepping for its 100th episode set in an alternate reality, the cast, crew and creator/showrunner Shonda Rhimes gathered to reminisce about the political drama's most notable moments on and off the screen.

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Make Room for the Frenemy: The Need for Complex Interaction Between Women on Television

The problem that we tend to encounter with the dialogue surrounding female dynamics in television is that it’s often presented in a binary fashion, a clear good (think Abbi and Ilana’s lovingly tight bond on Broad City) versus evil (like Revenge’s Victoria Grayson and Amanda Clarke). There are fantastic stories that exist at both extreme ends of this spectrum; however, that still leaves so much undervalued middle ground, where opposing colleagues and frenemies alike dwell.

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Things We Saw Today: That Photo from Westworld Has a Surprising Off-Screen Twist

If we've learned anything from Westworld, it's to pay attention to every little detail because you never know when it suddenly because a key plotpoint.

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Scandal and Sherlock Director Takes On Luke Cage

Paul McGuigan, who directed films like Lucky Number Slevin and Push as well as the pilot episode of Scandal and several episodes of BBC's Sherlock, tweeted yesterday that he also directed the first two episodes of Luke Cage.

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Kerry Washington Talks About Scandal De-Stigmatizing Abortion

In an interview with WWD, Kerry Washington spoke about election season, her new OPI nail collection, and her role as Olivia Pope on Scandal. Washington specifically discusses a episode from last November, where Olivia makes the decision to have an abortion, the same decision that 3 in 10 women will make by the time they're 45.

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Things We Saw Today: On-Set Photos of AMC’s Preacher Adaptation

Joseph Gilgun looks appropriately blasphemous in his Cassidy costume for AMC's Preacher, adapted from Garth Ennis’ comic book series of the same name.

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Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan Honored, Talk Feminism At the Global Women’s Rights Awards

"I just want those words ‘all of that,’ to apply to all of us.”

Olivia Pope. Annalise Keating. Sophia Burset. Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren. Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes and Orange Is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan are in the business of creating nuanced female characters, which is why they were recently honored by the Feminist Majority Foundation at the 10th annual Global Women's Rights Awards.

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Shonda Rhimes Calls Out “Ignorant” Deadline Hollywood Article on TV Diversity

Who will think of the poor white actors?!

Deadline Hollywood's Nellie Andreeva wrote a post yesterday called "TV Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings - About Time Or Too Much of a Good Thing?" and Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder creator Shonda Rhimes was not having it.

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Kerry Washington To Be Honored With Vanguard Award At The GLAAD Media Awards

This makes us very glaad.

At this year's GLAAD Media Awards, Scandal's Kerry Washington will be receiving the Vanguard Award for making a significant difference in the promotion of equality, and because Kerry Washington is a BAMF. But mostly the first thing.

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Things We Saw Today: Star Wars Landspeeder Kitty Bed

Meow the force be with you.

This bunny is named Benjamin Linus (yes, like that Ben Linus), and he is the best bunny cosplayer in the biz. He even has his own 2015 calendar. We're also partial to the Walter White cosplay. (via Fashionably Geek)

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16 Women on Television Who Challenge The Male Gaze

Orange is the new dismantling male dominated media.

As described in “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” Laura Mulvey’s seminal work on the objectification of women in film, the "male gaze" refers to female characters fulfilling the role of attractive, passive playthings for men. Yet many contemporary shows rebel against this model by presenting multi-layered women who demand the audience’s attention. Here are 16 characters currently on the air who do just that.

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New Study Says Binge-Watching TV Might Kill You, No Matter How Healthy You Are

First the radio us?

Guys, I have some bad news. Are you ready? You might want to sit down, I'm not sure your ticker can handle the shock: according to a majorly depressing new study, our bodies are so profoundly impacted by TV-viewing that watching more than one hour a day is highly likely to have serious health consequences. Better hope there's no buffering in the afterlife.

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[Updated] In Face of Two Scandals, It’s a Bad Week to Be Scientific American

You're better than this, SciAm.

Scientific American isn't having a great week, and from the look of things they have no one to blame but themselves. There are sexual harassment claims against editor Bora Zivkovic, and a separate incident with SciAm blogger Dr. Danielle Lee being silenced after calling out a partner publication's editor for calling her a whore. Get it together.

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Old Dogs, Old Tricks: David Petraeus Used a Tactic Known for Years to Hide His Extramarital Emails

If you're trying to hide an extramarital affair, and you're the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, it's probably a good idea to use a method that hasn't been publicly known for years. Another good step would be avoiding a service, like Gmail, managed by a company that's been known to hand over information to the government when pressured. Perhaps David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell thought they were above all that, or perhaps they somehow didn't care, but the trick they used to hide their emails is old enough to have been included in a 2005 PBS special.

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Report: China Manufacturing Plastic Rice, Selling It as Real Food

In what is the most diabolical thing I have read today, a report from Very Vietnam alleges that some Chinese food producers are creating synthetic rice out of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic. The "rice" is made by mixing the potato material together, shaping it into grains, and then adding an "industrial resin" as a binding agent. Very Vietnam says that these resins can be very harmful if eaten. Going on to indicate exactly how much plastic is involved, the website says:

A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag.
The obvious motivation behind this scheme is money, since the synthetic "rice" is cheaper to produce. This is just another, albeit somewhat more disquieting, in the long line of tainted or defective products apparently coming out of China. These would include the poisonous drywall, and tainted milk. If true, this a cruel, calculated maneuver worthy of Orson Well's character Harry Lime from The Third Man. It's hard not to think of his famous speech atop the ferris wheel, gesturing at the people below:
Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare?
(via Very Vietnam, image via Wikipedia)

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South Korea Shaken by StarCraft Scandal

In South Korea, StarCraft is serious business: Professional players make as much as $300,000 a year from tournaments and endorsements, and StarCraft tourneys pack stadiums with players and fans. (See: this picture.)

But now, the integrity of the game is being seriously called into question: In a scandal that's drawing comparisons to the Black Sox scandals of 1919, which brought down ballplayers like Shoeless Joe Jackson, it's been discovered that top South Korean players have been colluding with StarCraft gambling rings, fixing matches and leaking gameplay footage for insider betting.

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