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The director of Jane Austen’s House, a museum in the English village of Chawton, announced they are going to update their displays to include the author’s family’s ties to the slave trade. (The New York Times)

Call me crazy but this jet pack should have existed and become available to everyone by now. The Jetsons really hyped up the future for us. (TikTok)

Alexander Skarsgård is joining the cast of Succession for season 3. Remember him? He fell off the stairs and died in Big Little Lies. (Variety)

I am obsessed with “Japan Pom Pom” a cheerleading squad of women age 60 to 98. They are literally squad goals. (Reuters)

Croatia is now open to vaxxed travelers. That’s 4,000 miles of Adriatic! (Thrillist)

I’ve come across an invention that is so brilliant, simple and obvious that I’m amazed how it’s taken humanity so long to discover it. Behold, the wearable chopstick for clean eating while multitasking. This must be how humans felt when they finally discovered the wheel. Maybe not that life changing but still pretty great. (Core77)

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard (better known as Kristen Bell’s husband) is everything from uncomfortable to powerful to entertaining. (Plex)

Nerds rejoice. Director Jonathan Goldstein announced on Twitter that the Dungeons & Dragons film is underway as we speak. (Collider)

Rapper Big Sean and his mom, Myra Anderson, are launching a video series every Saturday in May for Mental Health Awareness month to help “attain and maintain emotional balance.” (Complex)

May is also Asian American Pacific Islander heritage month, and you should definitely check out this handy list of great books about the Asian experience. (Esquire)

I was today years old when I learned “in June of 1991, Julia Roberts called off her wedding to Kiefer Sutherland and a few days later, ran off to Ireland with … Jason Patric, which made Roberts’s 1999 hit, Runaway Bride, a little too on the nose.” But the dudes are still BFF. (Pajiba)

Plex has you covered for Mother’s Day with Fishtales Presents: Mother’s Day where for 70 minutes these cute fish kids shop for their mom (while you nap) or if you’re more into thrillers, Mother’s Day starring Rebecca De Mornay, is about three incompetent mama’s boys whose ride-or-die mom does everything she can to keep them out of jail. (Plex)

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How the SWU is starting to take shape. (Den of Geek)

I’m no expert but I think P1Harmony is going to be all the new rage in Kpop. (Tidal)

In case anyone’s wondering what nonsense rich people are up to these days, check out this hammock bathtub. (House Beautiful)

Twelve-year-old me is nerding out to this interview by Dorian Parks with Lewis Tan and Mehcad Brooks from the newly released Mortal Kombat movie. (Geeks of Color)

We’re all guilty of spending money on something we don’t need during quarantine (I’m looking at you, bundt pan). But we’ve all been outdone by this town in Japan that invested in a giant $228,000 squid to boost tourism. (Boing Boing)

Phantom of the Opera is returning to Broadway in October. I’m really rooting for a new happy ending for the Phantom. He deserves it. (Vulture)

Rapper Lil Yachty is dropping his new line of neutral nail polish, Crete, geared towards men “Because bro… come on, what are barriers? We still have barriers?” (Mic)

Who wants to watch my former Equinox instructor Kupah James take off his shirt in slow motion to Marvin Gaye? Anyone? No, just me? Ok. (Instagram)

Here’s the trailer for Jean Dujardin’s Deerskin, which looks nutty in the best ways.

Godzilla vs. Kong Director Adam Wingard wants to clarify some things…including Mechagodzilla’s consciousness. (The Gamer)

Not enough people miss Juice WRLD. He had so much talent and we lost him so early. (GQ)

Every time I listen to “Wishing Well” and hear these lyrics? Oof.

This is the part where I tell you I’m fine, but I’m lyin’
I just don’t want you to worry
This is the part where I take all my feelings and hide ’em
‘Cause I don’t want nobody to hurt me

I can’t breathe, I’m waiting for the exhale
Toss my pain with my wishes in a wishing well
Still no luck, but oh, well
I still try even though I know I’m gon’ fail

It’s stress on my shoulders like a anvil
Perky got me itching like a anthill
Drugs killing me softly, Lauryn Hill
Sometimes I don’t know how to feel
Sometimes I don’t know how to feel

Let’s be for real
If it wasn’t for the pills, I wouldn’t be here
But if I keep taking these pills, I won’t be here, yeah

The whole song is straight up amazing. Listen for yourself. (Tidal)

We can’t end on that note so let’s switch gear to ridic first world problems, how irritating is Edward, and will no one think of the Baristas? (Vice)

That’s a lot of sticker, Eddie. Five bananas? For real guy?

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Orly Minazad is freelance writer and regrets it every day of her life. She moved to the States from Iran in 1991 with her family seeking better opportunities only to waste them earning a Masters in Professional Writing degree from USC which no longer exists, cost a lot of money and for which she has nothing to show. No, she is not bitter at all. Why do you ask? Oh you didn't, ok. She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles where she spends the day loading and unloading the dishwasher.

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