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Archie Panjabi is not your puppet, girl, and she is not gonna let the below fiction stand:

“It was shot the way Robert wanted to shoot it, and the story line, too,” Margulies went on to say, before arguing that Panjabi had scheduling difficulties because she was also filming The Fall. “I went along with whatever Robert asked me to do and I did it happily.”

“Case closed,” Vulture wrote. As if!


Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the critically acclaimed new musical Hamilton, hopes to film the Broadway production with its current cast, according to a Tweet posted by the Tony-winning composer Oct. 5.

Miranda’s Tweet clarified a posting on in which the composer-lyricist reportedly said the production would be filmed before June 2016, adding, “You-couldn’t-make-it-up filmmakers have been coming to the show…I have talked to producers about filming this cast before this cast moves on.”


Upon his death, Fiorina praised Shumate as “the heart and soul” of her team. She issued a news release praising him as a person who believed in “investing in those he worked with” and offering her “sincerest condolences” to his widow.

But records show there was something that Fiorina did not offer his widow: Shumate’s last paycheck, for at least $30,000. It was one of more than 30 invoices, totaling about $500,000, that the multimil­lionaire didn’t settle — even as Fiorina reimbursed herself nearly $1.3 million she lent the campaign. She finally cleared most of the balance in January, a few months before announcing her run for president.

“Occasionally, I’d call and tell her she should pay them,” said Martin Wilson, Fiorina’s former campaign manager, who found Shumate after the pollster collapsed from a heart attack. “She just wouldn’t.”


“People are just upset and angry and throwing her under the bus,” said Jon Cross, Fiorina’s operations director for her Senate campaign. “If we didn’t win, why do you deserve to get paid? If you don’t succeed in business, you shouldn’t be the first one to step up and complain about getting paid.”

Anti-vaxxers are mad that the primate study they funded did NOT show a link between autism and vaccines:

She added that all of the researchers, technicians and behaviorists involved in collection and analysis of data did not know which of the monkeys were in the vaccine groups or the control group. The researchers also implemented a “chain of custody” protocol once the data were collected, in which they reviewed chronological documentation that shows the control, transfer and analysis of all data sets. Hewitson says that her team used an independent statistical consultant for all data analysis, and that two additional outside investigators from two other academic institutions confirmed their findings.

how did no one tell them not to do this

The inner lives of animals:

The best wolves are brilliant leaders that pursue lifelong strategies in order to lead their families to success. According to wolf watchers, the greatest wolf Yellowstone has ever known was Twenty-one (wolf researchers use numbers rather than names for individuals). He was big and brave, once taking on six attacking wolves and routing them all. He never lost a fight, but he was also magnanimous, for he never killed a vanquished enemy. And that made him as unusual among wolves as did his size and strength. He was born into the first litter of Yellowstone pups following the reintroduction of wolves in the park. Twenty-one’s big break came at age two and a half when he left his family and joined a pack whose alpha male had been shot just two days earlier. He adopted the dead wolf’s pups and helped to feed them.

A telling characteristic of Twenty-one was the way he loved to wrestle with the little ones and pretend to lose. The wolf expert Rick McIntyre said, “He’d just fall on his back with his paws in the air. And the triumphant-looking little one would be standing over him with his tail wagging.” “The ability to pretend,” McIntyre said, “shows that you understand how your actions are perceived by others. It indicates high intelligence.”

I am heartened that Isabella Cruise at least married out of the cult.

Every five years, someone writes about Times Square, so here we go (I used to work on 45th St btwn 6th and Broadway and it was…invigorating. Once I came back to the office from getting my pupils dilated at the optician’s, and it was like being in Tron):

When the Times Square Alliance commissioned a survey in 2012 and asked respondents for the word that best describes the area, the top three negative answers given by New Yorkers were “touristy,” “crowded,” and “noisy.” (The top three negative words among respondents nationwide: “crowded,” “touristy,” and “commercialized” — even the tourists like to complain about the tourists.) These are the exact sentiments that the Times Square Alliance is hoping to change. Its recent mandate, in part, is to give Times Square back to New Yorkers — or, at least, to reimagine Times Square as something New Yorkers might embrace. “It’s the geographical center of the city and a huge transportation hub,” says Sherry Dobbin, who was hired by the TSA in 2012 as its director of public art. “So the idea is: How do we also make it a cultural hub?” Sure, there’s Broadway, but there’s also no reason why you can’t stage cultural happenings in Times Square that New Yorkers would actively seek out. To that end, Dobbins has instituted events like the Midnight Moment, when most of the billboards are given over for three minutes to a visiting artist. In a larger sense, the mandate is about reinventing Times Square in people’s imaginations as a place to gather in and enjoy, rather than to avoid or endure. “We want to have a larger conversation,” Tompkins says. “What’s the vision for this public space? What can Times Square be?”

What Tangerine gets right about sex work and trans friendships:

Trans sex workers’ rights activist Morgan M. Page points out that it’s also one of very few films that portrays trans women in relationships with other trans people. “Most films produced by and for cis people presume that trans people are islands, unattached to communities of other trans people, drowning in a sea of cis people,” she explains. “In this way, Tangerine succeeds where nearly every film and book featuring trans characters written by cis people has failed for the past one hundred years in Anglophone culture.”

Please enjoy a depressing piece about the future of recycling:

IF you live in the United States, you probably do some form of recycling. It’s likely that you separate paper from plastic and glass and metal. You rinse the bottles and cans, and you might put food scraps in a container destined for a composting facility. As you sort everything into the right bins, you probably assume that recycling is helping your community and protecting the environment. But is it? Are you in fact wasting your time?

My friend Carrie’s new puppy is ready to play cards:

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