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Caroline Siede

Caroline Siede is a freelance writer living in Chicago where the cold never bothers her anyway. She frequently contributes to The A.V. Club and documents her experiences in the city on her blog Introverted Chicago. When not contemplating time travel paradoxes, she often tweets sarcastic things @CarolineSiede.

Maggie Gyllenhaal told 37 is "too old" to play love interest of a 55-year-old dude


Remember that time Russell Crowe blamed the lack of roles for older women in Hollywood on the fact that they refuse to play parts their age? Well in case you needed any more proof that his statement is absolute crap, look no further than the latest example of egregious Hollywood sexism.

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Here’s Alan Cumming singing a Miley Cyrus song on a mountain in New Zealand

Rehearsal for my show 'Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs' at the Cafe Carlyle next month does not stop just because I am up a mountain on the other side of the world. Quite the contrary!

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Internet star Natalie Tran discusses Asian representation in the media

Natalie Tran is well known for the hilarious, absurd, and relatable observational comedy videos she releases on her YouTube channel CommunityChannel. But she recently stopped by Brown University to give a slightly more serious chat about Asians in media.

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Simon Pegg discusses geek culture and the infantilization of society


Given that Simon Pegg has spent most of his career riffing on and benefiting from “geek culture,” he got in a bit of hot water when he told Radio Times, “Nerd culture is the product of a late capitalist conspiracy, designed to infantilize the consumer as a means of non-aggressive control.”

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Sketch comedy group reveals the real dangers of saying no to drugs

Things get a little out of hand during an anti-drug class in this new sketch video from Stevedore Comedy.

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Ijeoma Oluo: “What You Can Do Right Now About Police Brutality”


In a new article, activist and writer Ijeoma Oluo gives advice those who are upset about the recent public examples of police brutality but feel helpless to do anything.

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Live vicariously through these famous actors dramatically sweeping things off desks

Seth Meyers gathered the likes of William H. Macy, Nathan Lane, Olivia Munn, Jay Leno, and Taraji P. Henson to do that thing people do in movies

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Why do we support Katniss but not Baltimore protestors?


Writer Ashley Nicole Black makes a simple comparison

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Hating your body is a learned behavior

Last year the Jubilee Project gathered 50 people and asked them, “If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?”

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George Takei supports Taylor Swift, throws shade at Marvel

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Party trick: Fill an upside-down wine glass using just a candle

Impress your friends (and yourself) with this super easy trick.

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Check out this fandom-themed short film from promising young director, Yulin Kuang


It’s always exciting to see new directorial talents emerge, especially when they happen to be women of color.

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Racial Bias Watch: How is the media covering the Waco biker gang shootout?

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Thanks to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, there has been a lot of discussion recently about racial bias in the media

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Here’s what happens when gay guys see each other and straight people aren't around

Brian Jordan Alvarez, Mitch Silpa, and Stephen Guarino finally reveal the secret in this delightfully surreal sketch.

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Anna Kendrick is “Indianna Jones” in this Red Nose Day sketch

As part of its Red Nose Day festivities, NBC decided to “reboot” Indiana Jones with Anna Kendrick as its snappy, sarcastic lead.

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President Obama finally gets Twitter, has dorky first tweet

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President Obama launched his official Twitter page today under the handle @POTUS

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The Internet's "awkward older sisters" are creating safe spaces for teen girls

Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart

Our culture is quick to mock and exploit teenage girls (or pit them against one another), but new forces on the Internet are pushing back

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