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Oct 16, 2012 11:43AM ET
Happy Dictionary Day, word-nerds! This is the official holiday in which we celebrate the birth of Noah Webster, who would be 254 years old if he were still living and breathing on this planet.
Oct 16, 2012 11:11AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Depp to publish "authentic" books; a female version of Holden Caulfield; the First Amendment protects phone books; a Chinese writer receives a prestigious German prize.
Oct 16, 2012 10:50AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: The Twilight twins (ew) are back together again, Jennifer Aniston tearfully speaks about her engagement, and Sarah Palin and Halle Berry are practically sisters from other misters.
Oct 16, 2012 9:39AM ET
Every so often we get one of those articles about how someone more frugal than your average frugal person is living off the land on the cheap, surviving on stuff discovered in Dumpsters and other people's trash. But they have limits, these people do.
Oct 15, 2012 8:48PM ET
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are taking the reins of the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, ending a three year streak by Ricky Gervais and thrilling Saturday Night Live fans everywhere.
Oct 15, 2012 6:30PM ET
Last night's season premiere of The Walking Dead was the highest rated show of the fall, on any channel. Also in showbiz news: Lindsay Lohan is interviewed again for some reason, Aaron Paul gets a big lead role, and Christoph Waltz will lead Russia.
Oct 15, 2012 5:09PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Oct 15, 2012 4:44PM ET
Have you ever noticed that the characters on Parks and Recreation wear a lot of plaid? The obsessive blogger at Parks and Plaid noticed and made this amazing pie chart to show which characters wear the most.
Oct 15, 2012 4:35PM ET
Today, Charlotte's Web, the most famous book by the masterful E.B. White, has turned 60. It is no worse for wear in terms of readability and resonance, even amid a world of dystopias, fantasies, and futuristic plots and themes.
Oct 15, 2012 2:22PM ET
The art world and the Comic-Con world collided Friday night at a party for the New York City installment of the My Little Pony Project, a traveling charity exhibition featuring My Little Pony ponies as envisioned and executed by artists.
Oct 15, 2012 11:38AM ET
A piece in this month's Economist adds fuel to the Anglocreep fire: People who aren't British want butlers now. Some of them can actually afford to hire one.
Oct 15, 2012 11:37AM ET
Today in books and publishing: E-book buyers notified about refunds; de Sade ban struck down in South Korea; California high school bans Stephen King; Ian McEwan likes his books short and sweet.
Oct 15, 2012 11:23AM ET
Oh thank god. Or thank whatever demon sent the zombie plague to Earth on AMC's The Walking Dead, because last night's season three premiere blessedly built on the action of the season two closer and ratcheted up the jangly tension even more.
Oct 15, 2012 10:46AM ET
Today in celeb news: Katie wants to meet artists instead of actors, Jennifer Aniston wants her ex-mother-in-law at her wedding, and Paris Hilton is schooling us all in how to live.
Oct 15, 2012 9:56AM ET
Can a time period be defined by its method of killing the pesky housefly—or the mosquito, the cockroach, the spider, or other unwanted home invaders of the insect variety? Perhaps.
Oct 14, 2012 4:24PM ET
Welcome to the Box Office Report where the movie about a bunch of Canadians was polite enough to let Liam Neeson stay in first place. Typical.
Oct 14, 2012 11:32AM ET
Saturday Night Live is starting to hit its stride. Last night's episode started with an excellent cold open on the Vice-Presidential debate, strayed with a promising-but-flawed tech journalist sketch, and excelled with an appearance from a flirty Arianna Huffington on Weekend Update.
Oct 13, 2012 5:35PM ET
There's a specter haunting Washington, D.C. today. The curse of an old President is torturing legions in the nation's capitol as they try and recover from one of the nation's biggest losses ever.
Oct 13, 2012 4:45PM ET
Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corporation, stodgy old man, is a big fan of the the rude, crude, drug-obsessed hipster bible, VICE.
Oct 12, 2012 6:25PM ET
Today in showbiz news: Oprah brings back some old tricks to save OWN, The CW has a good night, and Jason Schwartzman takes on a thrilling new role.
Oct 12, 2012 6:20PM ET
Stanley Tucci and his mother cook together during an event for the actor's new book. The evening would prove that in the kitchen, it’s still Tucci’s mother who is behind him.
Oct 12, 2012 5:53PM ET
Oct 12, 2012 4:41PM ET
It's hard to stand out in the sensory ping-pong that is New York Comic Con. One way to do so? Be a boy proclaiming your fondness for Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie, two ponies (one a pegasus!) in the My Little Pony universe.
Oct 12, 2012 4:36PM ET
David Mamet and James Foley have created a nearly perfectly constructed film.But hell is still hell. And hell needs a ruler. In a production filled with wonderful roles and actors, it’s Ricky Roma and the extraordinary Al Pacino that brings us back again and again.
Oct 12, 2012 2:30PM ET
Today Rolling Stone is touting its latest cover story, a profile of Taylor Swift timed to the October 22nd arrival of her new album, Red, as the country-pop crossover sensation's "most candid interview ever." Who exactly is this person everyone is talking about, amid Kennedy fanfare and an album's promotional blitz?
Oct 12, 2012 12:10PM ET
Today in celebrity news: A big star slums with the commoners, Tory Burch is way richer than we thought, and Lindsay Lohan makes a phone call.
Oct 12, 2012 10:58AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Bezos confirms Kindles are a loss-leader; critics and publishers respond to Yan's Nobel; Ferlinghetti turns down Hungarian prize; Rich Dad author bankrupt.
Oct 12, 2012 9:48AM ET
Today we review two new films, the political thriller Argo and the dark comedy Seven Psychopaths.
Oct 12, 2012 1:06AM ET
Whether it's fear of the hassle of getting through security or your seats coming loose during a flight, flying is stressful enough on its own. You would think actors would know not to recite lines about murdering people with ice picks mid-flight.
Oct 11, 2012 6:04PM ET
Today in showbiz news: One of the better shows of the new season did only OK in its debut last night, Tom Hanks is officially headed to Broadway, and Jodie Foster is directing another movie.