Players: James Franco, Hollywood actor who's made a name for himself for being a jack of all trades and the ultimate professional student; The New York Observer, a weekly paper suffering from Franco fatigue.
What seems like progress from the top-down may reveal the problem with Boy Scouts from the inside-out: its first official coming out party is still a microcosm of discord on gay acceptance, especially in Christian America, no matter what polls say today or the Supreme Court declares in a few weeks. Here's a survey of the reaction so far.
Are you done feeling sorry for shafted Facebook founder-turned-Singaporean resident Eduardo Saverin? By renouncing his U.S. citizenship, the new non-American will save at least $67 million in taxes from Facebook's IPO.
It took a month and work from Forbes writer Edwin Durgy, but we now have the best estimate for just how rich Mitt Romney is: the wealth-counting magazine pegs the Republican presidential candidate's net worth at $230 million.
How exactly do you cope with the very real (but unreal) fact that 49 decapitated bodies were found on the side of a road or that your country has a murder training camp? Shrug it off, apparently, as some Mexicans have according to The New York Times.
In some not-so-good news for the Obama and his team, the president's reelection campaign announced today that it and the DNC raised just $43.6 million in April after raising $53 million in March.
Proving that this Facebook IPO, a.k.a. the sexiest thing to happen to Wall Street, just might be unstoppable, Zuckerberg and friends announced today that the company would be selling 25 percent more shares on Friday--421.2 million to be exact.
In your heart-warming, compassionate news of the day-- Jay-Z, H.O.V.A., Shawn Carter, Mr. Beyoncé, or whatever you refer to him as, has come out in support of gay marriage and in support of Barack Obama's recent "evolution" on the topic.
We were prepared to laugh at James Lipton's advice to Mitt Romney about "being human," but the Inside the Acting Studio host actually makes a lot of sense.
What a difference a year makes. On the same day François Hollande was been sworn in as France's President, disgraced ex-IMF chief, possible pimp and alleged gang rape participant Dominique Strauss Khan is suing the Manhattan hotel chamber maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her.
If you were longing to see the day when The New York Times was going to stop hurting and start making enough gains in subscribers to offset its ad losses, so that you could tell your media pundit friends that newspapers aren't dead, you may want to clear your calendar in 2014.
Things can get worse for David Sedaris. Not only has the humor author had his "truthiness" and integrity questioned by the editorial board at This American Life, it now appears that the show's notorious Foxconn fabulist, Mike Daisey, is coming to his defense
If you needed more proof that what you see on Mad Men doesn't really translate into real life (no this isn't about martini lunches), meet Bimbo Olumuyiwa Oyewole, an illegal immigrant who assumed the identity of a murdered man and made his way to becoming a security supervisor at Newark airport.
Don't blame us. Look in the mirror and blame that optimistic, wide-eyed investor who totally bought the hype, looking right back at you. Because of him or her, Zuckerberg and Co. have now raised the price range on their stock to $34-$38
Matt Zames was destined to move up the JPMorgan chain of command one way or another--replacing one of the most respected and well paid executives and making sure there won't be any more $2 billion blunders probably fits into the latter.
While we knew about MegaUpload mastermind Kim Dotcom's fondness for giraffes and bubble baths, we didn't know too much about his wife, Mona Dotcom, and her $202,000 ($155,000 US) Mercedes until today.
We kind of love the meticulous attention and historical accuracy that Matthew Weiner and his team bring to Mad Men, so for your Monday morning reading consideration we present Victor S. Navasky's 1966 New York Times Magazine article on hip (not "hep," Bert) ad agencies which totally ruined Pete Campbell's Sunday.
In a move that will test your Social Network sympathy, shafted Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has decided to renounce his U.S. citizenship just before that vaunted Facebook IPO and save several yachts-ful (heck, planes, too) of money.
If a group of Korean Jogye monks wanted to party, gamble some, throw back some drinks, and smoke some cigarettes with us, we'd probably be down and wouldn't secretly videotape the whole thing. Then again, we aren't members of Korea's buddhist community or a rival, disgruntled monk.
We'd totally love Edward Klein's story of how Bill Clinton called Obama an "amateur" and told his wife to quit the amazing job she was doing as Secretary of State if, you know, the Clintons weren't denying the whole thing and Klein hadn't already written another Clinton-challenged book in the past.
Wouldn't you throw one too if, say, you had to hear how much "fun" Anders Breivilk had when he killed your loved ones?
Truvada is the first drug proven to prevent HIV infection (by up to 73 percent in some cases) and it's won an endorsement by an FDA advisement panel, which means it's expected to get full FDA approval by June 15. Obviously it's a landmark step in our fight against the AIDS epidemic, so why are health officials and heads of AIDS organizations freaking out?
Cartoonist Tom Toles on Obama and gay rights.
What exactly will go down in Hollywood tonight? Only the GIFs know for sure.
They grow up so fast! Riyanna is just 18-months-old, and if you ask the TSA, today she's joined the ranks of suspected terrorists like Jeffrey Goldberg's tiny, 79-year-old mother-in-law, a seven-year old with cerebral palsy, and the four-year old child who likes to hug her grandma.
Snuffing out the op-ed outrage before it starts, it seems President Obama has decided not to take his annual vacation to that playground of the one percent, Martha's Vineyard.
Look, we aren't proud of our high school ways. But it turns out back in the day at the Cranbook School, if you were gay, had uncool hair, were a near-sighted teacher, or weren't rich, Mitt Romney would've probably bullied you for he was a feared "Day Student," a menacing "Cranny" if you will.
Cartoonist Tom Toles laments Lugar's loss.
By no means do we agree with Naomi Schaefer Riley's assertions about black studies. But today we do find ourselves in a weird place where we're actually on the same page with Schaefer Riley, at least when it comes to questions about her editors.
Happening today is a convergence of medicine, technology, social media and a testament ... oh nevermind. You know what? Houston's Memorial Hermann hospital is live-tweeting a brain surgery this morning.
In your silly-amazing, possibly cute (depending on how you feel about orangutans) news of the day, you'll be glad to know that over at Miami's Jungle Island zoo, we're bridging the gap between primates and humans thanks to a pair of twin orangutans, an iPad, and autism software.
There's some troubling news coming from Indonesia this morning where a Russian airliner, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, carrying 44 people has disappeared off the radar during a demo flight near Jakarta.
Forgive us for being jerks and ruining your feel-good meme of the day, but that story about our beloved Abraham Lincoln inventing his own version of Facebook in the 1800s is a hoax.
If you haven't heard, Naomi Schaefer Riley has been sacked by The Chronicle for Higher Education for her two, trolling blog posts about the elimination of black studies in universities. But that hasn't stopped some of her defenders from taking various routes to defend her racist posts.
If you've ever had the inkling to legally hunt down a sasquatch, your best bet will be setting up shop in Texas ... but if you're a bigfoot afraid of humans with guns, run, don't walk, to the safe haven of Tennessee! Or just stay put in Washington.
For the past four years we've watched the media portray of the Obama-Biden ticket as politics' Odd Couple, and thanks to Mark Leibovich's profile on Joe Biden in The New York Times, we now know how hard it is for an alpha dog like Biden to be Obama's sidekick.
It'd be a sad day for all of us if we took Naomi Schaefer Riley's
recent exercise in trolling and race-baiting assertion that universities should eliminate their "irrelevant" Black Studies programs seriously. So we didn't.
Amphon Tangnoppakul won't be able to serve his 20-year sentence for insulting the Thai queen over text message. Reports on Tuesday say the 62-year old has died in jail.
In one of the more disturbing things you'll hear from someone in charge of one America's best papers, it appears that Washington Post President Steve Hills has a solution to the paper's circulation problems: more slideshows.
Why not? Dotcom is blond, has similar interests as a 16-year-old girl, and as of last night, has a song calling out a boy who did him wrong
Here's something to think about: Vladimir Putin was sworn into office today, and if the Russian President completes his six-year term, he'll be Russia's longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin.
In news that will make you want to shut the blinds, go back to bed until next week ... there's disturbing news out of South Korea that since August, officials have found over 17,000 pills filled with human flesh, in particular the placentas and ground up bodies of dead Chinese babies.
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