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Annie Review: This Great Depression Is Just as Upbeat As Ever!

By Janet ManleyDecember 19, 2014
It's been 32 years since the plucky hero of Annie first hit cinemas, and just as long since the word "plucky" was in use (CRUMBS!). BUT ANNIE IS BACK, and she is sweeter than ever. In the new Jay-Z-produced, modernized Annie, our favorite orphan is a "foster child" and streetwise ... More  →
<i>Annie</i> Review: This Great Depression Is Just as Upbeat As Ever!
HERE IT IS: The Best of 2014, Minus Pants

HERE IT IS: The Best of 2014, Minus Pants

By Janet ManleyDecember 18, 2014
IT HAS BEEN A VERY BIG YEAR. We tried and failed to deport Canadian furball Justin Bieber,we wept over the engagement of Sir Cumberbatch, we went pantless, we painted our hair pastel to look like candy/My Little Ponies, we wanted a pet fox, we loved and also hated the casti More  →

Irrigate Your Sinus Area With This Story About a Dog That Got 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs

By Janet ManleyDecember 18, 2014
IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR THIS TO BE YOUR FAVORITE THING OF 2014. Derby the dog was born was malformed front legs, forcing him to get around in a sort of army crawl. Tara Anderson, who works for a 3D printing company, 3D Systems, saw ... More  →
Irrigate Your Sinus Area With This Story About a Dog That Got 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs
Annie Goss: We Interview the Cast and Dance With Brooms!

Annie Goss: We Interview the Cast and Dance With Brooms!

By Janet ManleyDecember 17, 2014
If you ever secretly wished you were orphaned, lovably precocious, capable of hitting a high A, and forced to dance while doing menial labor, YOU LOVED ANNIE as a wee tot. If you had red hair, that went doubly (Annie, and also Pippi Longstocking).In which case you will be VU More  →
Suzanne Collins Knows What's What with Civil Rights; Look at What <i>Mockingjay</i> Can Teach Us About Racism Today

Suzanne Collins Knows What's What with Civil Rights; Look at What Mockingjay Can Teach Us About Racism Today

By Janet ManleyDecember 15, 2014
You probably know the phrase, "Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever." Peeta's face: "... forever is going to su-hu-huck." BECAUSE YOU ARE SMART, you already know that Panem derives from the Latin panem et circenses—"bread and circuses," trivialities doled out by the government to distract citizens from the ... More  →

The New Insurgent Trailer Doesn't Shut Us Down, It Wakes Us Up!

By Janet ManleyDecember 12, 2014
Put on your black puffer jacket, because we are headed back to DYSTOPIAN CHICAGO, aka regular Chicago in winter. The Insurgent trailer has dropped like freezing rain onto the tundra that used to be Lake Michigan, and it is electric as an RCA node to the back ... More  →
The New <i>Insurgent</i> Trailer Doesn't Shut Us Down, It Wakes Us Up!

A List of Celebrities Who Like to Be Carried Around and/or Treated Like Babies

By Janet ManleyDecember 11, 2014
NO ONE LOVES A CRAZY RIDER LIKE ME. When I get my ten minutes of fame-fame, it will be all green M&Ms, corgi pillows and croissant ovens in my dressing room. My staff will speak exclusively to me in Friends quotes and I will have a wardrobe ... More  →
A List of Celebrities Who Like to Be Carried Around and/or Treated Like Babies

Your Fav Celebs Teach You About Kissing

By Janet ManleyDecember 11, 2014
OH THAT'S HIM ALRIGHT. Bennie Cumberbobs taking a bombshelly Reese Witherspoon for a quick hedge makeout after removing his Zorro mask (hedge makeouts should be on everyone's bucket list). Why? As a part of a series of nine web-shorts about kissing produced by the New York Times ahead of ... More  →
Your Fav Celebs Teach You About Kissing

Get Your Dork on With Frank Portman's Hyperrrr Sequel King Dork Approximately, Out Today!

By Janet ManleyDecember 9, 2014
ICYMI, Frank Portman is everything we wish we could be: unabashedly obsessed with Holden Caulfield, cursed with terrible nicknames, suspicious of teachers, and one of the funniest authors OF. ALL. TIME. You may already be in love with his YA creation, Tom Henderson, star of King Dork, ... More  →
Get Your Dork on With Frank Portman's Hyperrrr Sequel <i>King Dork Approximately</i>, Out Today!

THE CRUSH CHRONICLES: TATE

By Janet ManleyDecember 9, 2014
Janet has crushed on just about everything, from boys to rowing coaches to English teachers to ski patrollers to boys with mohawks to Jack Black to Nick Miller. At times, she has worried that her crushability might not have a limit. What next, she has worried, a ... More  →
THE CRUSH CHRONICLES: TATE
About the Author
Janet Manley

Janet's desk was moved into the hall for the duration of coursework on Roman numerals in grade four, and she cannot tell one Rocky from another to this day. Her spirit animal is a wombat, and she has not written a novel. Dauntless, Gryffindor, Mockingjay. She tweets @janetmanley

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