Today's Five Best Columns
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Sep 8, 2012 2:59PM ET
The Golden Lion is the name of the award given to the best movie at the Venice Film Festival. This year, Paul Thomas Anderson's hotly anticipated The Master was set to receive the award until the panel of judges realized it was too good and changed their minds.
Sep 7, 2012 8:35PM ET
Ten years after someone first wrote a Wikipedia entry for Philip Roth's best-selling novel The Human Stain, published in 2000, the great author has discovered the latest entry and he is not happy. As with many Wikipedia articles, this one includes details that are not wholly agreed upon by all—or, necessarily, any—of those involved.
Sep 7, 2012 6:16PM ET
An '80s and '90s queen is getting back into the business, American Idol makes a big offer, and Nicolas Cage books a promising new movie.
Sep 7, 2012 5:03PM ET
The Inbetweeners Movie, a hit British comedy that is just making its way to American theaters today. It's based on a TV show which we've mentioned before, as part of a general statement about our burgeoning (or enduring) anglophilia. But let's take a moment to talk more in-depth about this wonderful, disgusting show.
Sep 7, 2012 4:44PM ET
Andy Warhol is once again in the news, with a major show of his works at the Met and an upcoming Christie's auction of his works.
Sep 7, 2012 4:30PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Sep 7, 2012 4:18PM ET
Candy corn is neither beast nor fowl, neither corn nor candy. And yet, it possesses such potent favorability, in fact, at least among the people of Nabisco and Kraft Foods, that they are offering a limited-edition Oreo with a candy-corn flavored-and-colored filling
Sep 7, 2012 1:24PM ET
Soon there will be pumpkins in the streets and root veggies in the green markets; Halloween decorations in the drugstores; an array of soups available from your lunchtime establishment; a certain renewed vigor in the air. Better prepare for fall while you still can. Here's how.
Sep 7, 2012 11:52AM ET
Joe Biden said literally quite literally a lot last night, which was fodder for much semantic mockery around the Internet. If there's one thing moderately word-nerdy folks (folks, he said that, too) hate, it's the repeated and possibly improper use of one of those crutch words.
Sep 7, 2012 10:59AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: Ryan Lochte's TV gig isn't going so great, Rob and Kiki step out separately, and Amanda Bynes can't drive anymore.
Sep 7, 2012 10:47AM ET
Today in books and publishing: a Japanese man stole 1,170 library books; Zadie Smith profiles Jay-Z; Proust audiobook coming; DJ Junot Díaz.
Sep 7, 2012 8:53AM ET
Labor Day has come and gone, it gets dark slightly earlier every day, and all the kids are back in school. Meaning fall is basically here (actual solstice be damned), and with the season come fall movies.
Sep 6, 2012 8:48PM ET
Oi, this is a hard one. Us Weekly reports the first couple of comedy, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, are separating after nine years (!) together.
Sep 6, 2012 6:46PM ET
Today in showbiz news: The CW is the latest to take a crack at the world's most famous lady superhero, Katey Sagal could have a fun new project, and Renee Zellweger switches careers.
Sep 6, 2012 6:04PM ET
Sep 6, 2012 4:13PM ET
One of the highly anticipated Y.A. novels this fall is by 22-year-old debut author Jessica Khoury. Out this week from Penguin's Razorbill imprint, it's called Origin, and, with the film rights acquired by Scott Steindorff, it's getting a lot of buzz. It may even be your Hunger Games replacement read of the season.
Sep 6, 2012 3:52PM ET
You, American Downton Abbey fan have a dilemma: Do we seek out bootlegs and torrents and all that illegal dirty business to watch the show in real-time with the Brits and thus (hopefully) when it airs next week avoid any spoilers, or do we patriotically wait to watch with the rest of our countrymen in January?
Sep 6, 2012 2:39PM ET
Tonight we see the confluence of three major, celebrity-filled, potentially world-changing events: the final night of the Democratic National Convention, the MTV Video Music Awards, and Fashion's Night Out.
Sep 6, 2012 10:52AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: Kristen Stewart may still be sending signals to Robert Pattinson, learn more about Alec Baldwin's daughter than you ever needed to know, and be horrified by how much money The Situation makes.
Sep 6, 2012 10:42AM ET
Today in books and publishing: the Portnoy's Complaint author will be profiled; lit-trolls run amok; Kobo announces new e-readers; a debate on bookselling economics.
Sep 6, 2012 10:33AM ET
You might say, haven't there always been men's departments? Do not underestimate the power of the new gender-based selling. As Eric Wilson writes in the New York Times, "it would seem that the fight for gender equality has finally come to the place where one might least expect it."
Sep 5, 2012 11:02PM ET
Oh yes. ITV released the full trailer for series 3 of Downton Abbey late Wednesday night, and now we're left with only one question. Is it September 16* yet?
Sep 5, 2012 6:43PM ET
Three beautiful, award-winning actresses will be appearing at one of Hollywood For Ugly People's biggest events. Elsewhere in showbiz news: Showtime gets in the Bob De Niro business, Vivica A. Fox gets in the Lifetime business, and Richard Linklater pulls a fast one on us.
Sep 5, 2012 5:54PM ET
Discovered: The functions of 'junk' DNA; time slows for athletes; tigers go nocturnal to live alongside humans; and, no, we can't see the future.
Sep 5, 2012 5:48PM ET
Sep 5, 2012 4:29PM ET
There's much to learn about the way we dine from a piece in today's New York Times by Susanne Craig. It follows an awesome linguistic restaurant chart from Ben Schott that appeared in the paper in early August listing a variety of the terms and acronyms assorted restaurant waitstaff use to describe guests.
Sep 5, 2012 4:24PM ET
American Pie star Jason Biggs tweeted some nasty things about Paul Ryan's wife Janna during the RNC. It did not go over well with conservative media site Twitchy.com, a Twitter curation site owned by pundit Michelle Malkin.
Sep 5, 2012 4:20PM ET
The organizers behind the disastrous Bloc music festival in London last July are finally talking about what went wrong. Their statement reads like a how-to guide for ruining music festivals.
Sep 5, 2012 2:47PM ET
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo — the TLC reality show about pageant child Alana and her proud redneck family — has become a viral sensation and gained ratings success, but how much is the family actually getting?
Sep 5, 2012 1:57PM ET
Judy Blume, formative author for generations of girls and boys, is 74. She's still writing and she's still teaching us lessons, this time, about breast cancer in the form of a blog post, that went up today, titled !@#$% Happens.