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Aubrey Plaza Isn’t Pleased With the Big Parks and Recreation Pregnancy

Baby fever has struck Parks and Recreation, what with Diane and Ron having a baby boy, Ann and Chris birthing baby Oliver, and now Dr. Saperstein delivering the news that Leslie and Ben are blessed with triplets (and one smear of cream cheese). But all the fertility in the air … More »

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Mad Men’s Teyonah Parris on Dawn’s Surprise Promotion, Don vs. Lou, and Doing Improv With Amy Poehler

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There were some hard, heartbreaking moments on last night’s Valentine’s Day–set episode of Mad Men. Sally Draper, especially, went through some stuff, but so did office secretaries Dawn and Shirley, who were nearly fired three times between them, merely for being kind. Dawn got dressed down by her new boss, … More »

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion Part 1 Recap: Gloves Off

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Is this the first time a physical assault has happened at a housewives reunion? Plenty of cast members have stormed off to prevent themselves from punching someone, but I think this is the first time actual fisticuffs happened. Everyone looked lovely. NeNe wore a floor-length hot pink gown and her … More »

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Game of Thrones Director: Filming Controversial Scene Was “Great”

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Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones featured plenty of disturbing scenes, but one stood head-and-shoulders above the rest: Jaime and Cersei. In the crypt. With a corpse (or at least next to one).Read more…

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Yes, Of Course That Was Rape on Last Night’s Game of Thrones

[This post contains spoilers from last night's GoT.] Game of Thrones has been a rape-heavy show from very early on. And it hasn’t exactly been progressive in its take on sexual violence — Daenerys falls in love with her rapist, for example. But last night’s rape scene, in which Jaime … More »

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Watch Broad City’s Ilana Glazer’s Super-Weird Short About Love and Sex

Broad City’s Ilana Glazer’s web series “Chronic Gamer Girl” is mostly her getting high and playing games, as the title suggests. However, yesterday, in honor of the holiday (420, not Easter), she released something different altogether. “Sex: A Journey of Love” is a four-minute inspirational (?) short about sex and … More »

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See Our Romantic Mad Men Valentine’s Day Card Tie-ins to Last Night’s Episode

Even though we’re already almost into May, Mad Men characters were only just celebrating Valentine’s Day last night. Even in 1969, February 14 is the perfect time for each character to announce his or her romantic intentions. Surely Megan got flowers off-camera (because Don is nothing if not romantically reliable, … More »

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Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman on Peeing for Daenerys and Being Everyone’s Boyfriend

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When producers cast Michiel Huisman to replace actor Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis for the fourth season of Game of Thrones, it’s unlikely they knew they were getting Hollywood’s “It” Lothario. In addition to Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, the Dutch actor’s shooting schedule last year alone called for him to romance … More »

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Mad Men Recap: I’m So Many People

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“I’m so many people,” Sally Draper tells her father in “A Day’s Work,” the kind of deeply uncomfortable Valentine’s Day episode you’d expect from Mad Men. She’s inadvertently summing up the show’s viewpoint on the human personality — few characters on Mad Men could be said to be one thing … More »

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Watch Bloopers From Inside Amy Schumer’s Perfect Aaron Sorkin Parody

Last week’s Inside Amy Schumer included a flawless Aaron Sorkin parody. That must’ve been fun to make, thought most. And by the looks of these bloopers, it was. Watch Josh Charles curse a lot, Amy Schumer fail to take her headset off, and everyone laugh when someone says “emptied their … More »

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8 of the Most Perverse Moments on Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is a show comfortable with shocking viewers with terrible plot twists. Mostly in terms of killing off main characters, but also liberally employs other nasty and hard to watch moments. On Sunday night’s episode, it delivered one of its worst. (Read on only if you’ve seen this … More »

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Get a Sneak Peek at an Upcoming Adventure Time Episode by Masaaki Yuasa

Even though the popular Cartoon Network series Adventure Time’s long fifth season — comprised of 52 episodes that started rolling out in November 2012 — wrapped up just last month, that’s not going to prevent its legion of hardcore fans from eagerly anticipating tonight’s sixth-season premiere. And there’s more to … More »

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The Vulture Crossword Contest: April 21, 2014

Every other week, we post a new puzzle for readers to download, print, and solve. After you finish, figure out the hidden theme it contains, and e-mail that answer to vulturecrossword@nymag.com. One correct entry, drawn at random, will win a year’s subscription to New York in print, or two years of the iPad … More »

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The Drake and Jay Z Fight Now Involves Fondue

Okay, fine: It was barely a fight to begin with, and the latest Drake jab was made in good fun. But on Saturday, in the middle of a Toronto Raptors–Brooklyn Nets playoff game, Drake (the Raptors ambassador) went in the booth and started talking about how Jay Z (former Nets … More »

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The Good Wife Recap: Chicago Confidential

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If you wondered whether The Good Wife could survive without Josh Charles/Will Gardner, the answer felt evident to me with this episode: Hell yes. This show is firing on all cylinders, in spite of, and possibly now because of, the tragedy of Will’s death. Even better: A longstanding bit involving … More »

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Veep Recap: Children Are of No Value

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Veep ventures to some dark territory this week. First we get a glimmer of hope: Selina has values! She has, like, actual political priorities. There are things that she cares about, things of substance, of depth, things that affect the normals! One of those things is universal child care, which … More »

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Kraft Recalls 96K Lbs of Wieners

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Silicon Valley Recap: What’s My Company Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare wasn’t thinking about Richard’s company when he wrote those lines, but the Bard put more thought into naming conventions than Silicon Valley’s budding young CEO did. Not only did Richard fail to … More »

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These shoes are completely made out of recycled trash

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Consumerism constantly promises that THIS ONE THINGIE will make you happy or hot or successful. In that moment of swiping your debit card, it’s hard to imagine ever trashing your new panacea. And yet most things end up in the garbage (even stuff that makes a pit stop at Goodwill). That’s the message behind Everything Is Rubbish, a recycling art project by a trio of British guys. Charles Duffy, William Gubbins, and Billy Turvey wanted to make a statement about the millions of pieces of plastic that end up in the ocean every day. They gathered plastic trash on U.K. beaches, disinfected the crap out of it, heated it up, smashed it into sheets, and created shoes out of it. It’s oddly mesmerizing; watch: So why shoes? The first of our clothing to show signs of damage is footwear. In the eyes of the consumer, a superficial blemish or a shift in the latest trend is all that’s needed to warrant a new purchase. Contemporary footwear spends barely a fraction of its life hugging a foot. For the majority of its life it is rubbish. Whether in a landfill or washed up on a shoreline, the synthetics within the shoes — in addition to the plethora of plastic we discard — will take centuries to break down. Whoa. Who wants their legacy to be litter? The good news is, it’s not too late to change that. Buy less (the Everything Is Rubbish shoes aren’t for sale), buy quality, and fix what’s broken. Then you’ll leave behind something way better, like the memory of you killing it at karaoke.Filed under: Living

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Ask Umbra: How do I fight my city’s terrible litter problem?

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Q. My city is littered with litter! It is all over the place. I try to pick up litter whenever I am outside, but I am only one person. What other methods can I employ to clean up my city? Blakely S. Boston, Mass. A. Dearest Blakely, Of all the environmental issues out there, you’d think litter would be the one we could all agree to fix. After all, when’s the last time you heard someone argue in favor of greasy potato chip bags in the park or cigarette butts in the harbor? But despite the near-universal distaste for litter, there’s still trash flying around town. Go figure. I’m glad to hear you’re concerned. As you may already know, the litter problem does more than make a neighborhood look, well, trashy. Free-range garbage also makes its way into storm drains, and from there, local waterways, where it can end up in the stomachs of turtles and seabirds. It may attract pets and wildlife, which in turn invites the spread of germs. Litter diverts recyclable items from the recycling plant. And in case those reasons don’t move you – personally, you had me at turtles in distress – littering costs businesses and governments billions in cleanup. That’s a high price to pay for the “convenience” of tossing a banana peel out the car window. Your solo anti-littering crusade is no doubt a positive step, Blakely, but you can multiply your impact with a little help from your friends. One person picking up litter can haul a few bags away, sure, but one person inspiring others to pick up litter is what really gets things done. My best piece of advice? Start recruiting others to your cause. This can be as simple as getting a few friends together, handing out bags, and spending a few hours in the sunshine scooping up trash. You might want to add protective gloves, too, just in case. Earth Day is tomorrow – why not celebrate with a spur-of-the-moment cleanup party? If you’re truly moved by this cause, I encourage you to take it a step further and get organized. Community cleanup events that put dozens of locals on the job will have a much bigger impact (and tend to lend a rather festive air to the proceedings to boot). The nonprofit Keep America Beautiful sets up Great American Cleanup events each year, where you can meet like-minded neighbors while hoovering up garbage in your parks, roadways, and community spaces. Connect with your local chapter here. And if you don’t find a ready-made anti-litter event nearby, well, why not start your own? Keep America Beautiful supplies a bunch of helpful tips for would-be litter moguls, from setting up an organizing committee to choosing a date (hint: springtime is great) to getting the word out around town. One of the best ways to add manpower and publicity to a project like this is hooking up with other local organizations: Think schools, churches, nonprofits, service clubs, Scouts, 4-H clubs, college environmental organizations — any group with a track record of community service is a good bet. While you’re at it, talk to your local businesses about donating snacks, tools, or even T-shirts to your volunteers. Before I get too carried away, let me mention one more step: Have your big cleanup be the kickoff for regular anti-trash events! You and your friends, plus any other groups you recruit, can “adopt” particularly litter-challenged spots and make it your mission to keep them wrapper-free. Not only will you be picking up garbage every month or so, you’ll also be instilling a sense of pride and ownership in your community, which is kind of like mosquito repellent for litterbugs. Don’t forget about the power of social media while you’re planning your event, Blakely, whether it’s a simple get-together with friends or a community-wide shindig. Facebook and Twitter can be great ways to spread the word about what you’re up to, and check out what this enterprising man is doing with Instagram. The more people know, the more they’ll be inspired to join your crusade – and the better off your town (and your town’s turtles) will be. Beautificationally, UmbraFiled under: Cities, Living

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