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Jennifer Lawrence Is a Golden Goddess, America Confirms Last Night at the Critics' Choice Awards

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 11, 2013
Last night at the 18th annual Critics' Choice Awards—a yearly opener to the Winter 'Ward'show Wipeout that culminates in February with the Oscars Ceremony and a festive virgin sacrifice—passed judgment on their favorite films and actors of the year from a wide berth of genres ... More  →
Jennifer Lawrence Is a Golden Goddess, America Confirms Last Night at the Critics' Choice Awards

Is 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II' the Worst Movie of the Year?

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 10, 2013
Seriously, is it? We didn't see it. Hot on the heels of this year's Oscar noms (om nom nom), the crack team of satirists and sociopaths who put together the annual RAZZIE Awards for Worst Achievements in Film just released their list of 2012 dis-honorees. Defying ... More  →
Is 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II' the Worst Movie of the Year?

12-Year-Old Willow Smith Just Released the Saddest Song of the Year so Far

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 9, 2013
I was crying alone in my apartment, scooping Chunky Monkey ice cream into my mouth with a gardening spade, when I heard Willow Smith's newest song. It's called "Sugar and Spice," and it's pretty sad. I cried for five more hours, then wrote these helpful ... More  →
12-Year-Old Willow Smith Just Released the Saddest Song of the Year so Far

4 Simple Secrets To Being The Next Music Superstar

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 9, 2013
Note: This post comes with a nifty Spotify Playlist, because we were too lazy to hyperlink everything! The year is done, and the results are in: Adele is STILL the top-selling musician in America. 21, Lady A's musical chronicle of what is quickly becoming the most profitable ... More  →
4 Simple Secrets To Being The Next Music Superstar

"YOLO" and 15 Other Words That Need To Die Right Now

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 7, 2013
Tell us what you think of our new digi-slang, guys: #YOBYOLOO…H (You Only Banish YOLO Once…Hopefully) Lake Superior State University just published its 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness. Since its first appearance on New ... More  →

4 Nerdy Party Games You Can Play Without a Board

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 2, 2013
Monopoly sucks. We're just gonna say it. The pieces are too small and too many, it takes a flogging fortnight to complete a single match, and the ONLY possible outcome is one annoying winner dancing the cancan on the tabletop while everyone else in the ... More  →
4 Nerdy Party Games You Can Play Without a Board

What Are Your Social Media Resolutions for 2013?

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 27, 2012
Lose 15 pounds. Read 100 books. Do something about the Minotaur. It seems we prescribe ourselves the same lofty resolutions for change every year, and somehow always come up short. Maybe we're just too ambitious with our year-end goals, or maybe we're just compensating for all ... More  →
What Are Your Social Media Resolutions for 2013?

The Year in Celebrity Baby Names (a Matching Game!)

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 21, 2012
Celebrities are people, too—and, like, people, they sometimes hook up with other people to produce entirely NEW people. (The age we live in!) 2012 was a banner year for new people with famous parents and kooky birth-names, bonding famous rappers and famous reality show punchlines alike ... More  →
The Year in Celebrity Baby Names (a Matching Game!)

Music Exclusive: American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips had a Crazier Year than You Did

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 19, 2012
For the first time in weeks, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is well-rested. "I just slept like 11 hours, man," he says over the phone from the bed of an LA hotel room, some lingering grogginess compounding the natural ooze of his Georgia drawl and general ... More  →
Music Exclusive: American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips had a Crazier Year than You Did

The Ten Best Songs of 2012

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 17, 2012
Let's be real here. Viral tunes are dandy—but they don't need us anymore. The Internet spent a solid year pitching woo to "Call Me Maybe," so why belabor the point again? And there's nothing more any of us need to do for the YouTube-topping tyranny ... More  →
The Ten Best Songs of 2012