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    Michael Arbeiter
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Do any of these make your list of Top Five Favorite High Fidelity Facts?  1. JOHN CUSACK DIDN’T WANT TO BREAK THE FOURTH WALL.  In order to capture the contemplative persona of the novel’s main character, the film’s writing team suggested modeling its narration after the Michael Caine film Alfie, in which Caine regularly addresses the audience straight on. Cusack was hesitant, telling The New York Times in 2000, “I vetoed that idea. I thought there'd just be too much of me.” It was only after director Stephen Frears joined the team that Cusack regained confidence in the device. …
  • Now You Can Own Harry Potter's 'Monster Book of Monsters'

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    Erin McCarthy
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    When Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid took over the schools Care of Magical Creatures course in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he picked a very unusual textbook: The Monster Book of Monsters, a furry, fanged, four-eyed tome that would aggressively attack anyone who tried to open it. They key was to stroke the book along its spine, after which it would shiver and open calmly. Now, fans of the Harry Potter films looking to spruce up their bookshelves can buy an their own copy of the book, created by Sideshow Collectibles, for $295. According to CNET, the 12 inch by 9.25 inch by 2.25…
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    30 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    How to Converse Properly: 18 Tips From Old Etiquette Books"Don’t say gents for gentlemen or pants for pantaloons. These are inexcusable vulgarisms. Don’t say vest for waistcoat."
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  • 13 Things You Might Not Know About 'High Fidelity'

    Michael Arbeiter
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Do any of these make your list of Top Five Favorite High Fidelity Facts?  1. JOHN CUSACK DIDN’T WANT TO BREAK THE FOURTH WALL.  In order to capture the contemplative persona of the novel’s main character, the film’s writing team suggested modeling its narration after the Michael Caine film Alfie, in which Caine regularly addresses the audience straight on. Cusack was hesitant, telling The New York Times in 2000, “I vetoed that idea. I thought there'd just be too much of me.” It was only after director Stephen Frears joined the team that Cusack regained confidence in the device. …
  • 15 Women Who Deserve Their Own Biopics

    Kristy Puchko
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We've got a slew of suggestions for heroines whose lives would make great movies.
  • The Most Secretive Book in History

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    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Image Credit: The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Digital Studio A bizarre medieval manuscript written in a language no one can read has baffled the world’s best cryptologists, stumped the most powerful code-breaking computers, and been written off as a masterful hoax. Can the hive mind finally unlock its secrets?  The breakthrough, when it finally came, happened in a most unremarkable way. Stephen Bax was in his home office late at night. It was April 2013, and he’d spent the previous 10 months poring over reproductions of a 15th-century manuscript bursting with bizarre…
  • Video Premiere: Richard Feynman on Understanding

    Chris Higgins
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    "My father, you see, interested me in patterns at the very beginning, and then later in things, like we would turn over stones and watch the ants carry the little white babies down deeper into the holes. We would look at worms. We’d go for walks and we’d look at things all the time: the stars, the way birds fly. He was always telling me interesting things."
  • 11 Ways Technology Will Keep You Safe

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Advancements of modern technology are actually making us safer—not only can new forms of password protection help to safeguard our digital files and documents, advances in voice recognition and gesture control also create a heightened degree of security for our devices and homes. 1. DATA ENCRYPTION KEEPS YOUR INFORMATION FOR YOUR EYES ONLY As remote computer hacking becomes a greater concern, the marriage of data to a local hard drive—or better yet, to a small set of drives—can be the best course of action for any individual or company hoping to keep information safe. Hardware- and…
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  • Now You Can Own Harry Potter's 'Monster Book of Monsters'

    Erin McCarthy
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    When Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid took over the schools Care of Magical Creatures course in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he picked a very unusual textbook: The Monster Book of Monsters, a furry, fanged, four-eyed tome that would aggressively attack anyone who tried to open it. They key was to stroke the book along its spine, after which it would shiver and open calmly. Now, fans of the Harry Potter films looking to spruce up their bookshelves can buy an their own copy of the book, created by Sideshow Collectibles, for $295. According to CNET, the 12 inch by 9.25 inch by 2.25…
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  • 13 Things You Might Not Know About 'High Fidelity'

    Michael Arbeiter
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Do any of these make your list of Top Five Favorite High Fidelity Facts?  1. JOHN CUSACK DIDN’T WANT TO BREAK THE FOURTH WALL.  In order to capture the contemplative persona of the novel’s main character, the film’s writing team suggested modeling its narration after the Michael Caine film Alfie, in which Caine regularly addresses the audience straight on. Cusack was hesitant, telling The New York Times in 2000, “I vetoed that idea. I thought there'd just be too much of me.” It was only after director Stephen Frears joined the team that Cusack regained confidence in the device. …
  • 15 Women Who Deserve Their Own Biopics

    Kristy Puchko
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We've got a slew of suggestions for heroines whose lives would make great movies.
  • Video Premiere: Richard Feynman on Understanding

    Chris Higgins
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    "My father, you see, interested me in patterns at the very beginning, and then later in things, like we would turn over stones and watch the ants carry the little white babies down deeper into the holes. We would look at worms. We’d go for walks and we’d look at things all the time: the stars, the way birds fly. He was always telling me interesting things."
 
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  • How to Converse Properly: 18 Tips From Old Etiquette...

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    How to Converse Properly: 18 Tips From Old Etiquette Books"Don’t say gents for gentlemen or pants for pantaloons. These are inexcusable vulgarisms. Don’t say vest for waistcoat."
  • 20 Things You Might Not Know About The Care Bears MovieThe Care...

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    20 Things You Might Not Know About The Care Bears MovieThe Care Bears Movie won Canada’s Golden Reel Award, given to whichever Canadian film earns the most at the box office for any given year. Although the award is now given out by the Canadian Screen Awards, in 1985, it was still part of the Genies, which function as the country’s own version of the Oscars.
  • Peeps in Space!

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
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  • 12 Works of Literature That Were Featured On ‘Mad...

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    12 Works of Literature That Were Featured On ‘Mad Men’The Inferno follows Dante’s journey through hell as he is guided by the poet Virgil. Don is seen reading The Inferno while on a beach in Hawaii with his second wife, Megan; the opening lines are narrated: “Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood.” The book was a gift from his neighbor, with whom he is having an affair. Though he once told her he wanted to cut the affair off, he continued to see her, proving that he is often unable to navigate back to the…
  • Emotionally Scar Your Typophile Friends With Comic Papyrus

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Emotionally Scar Your Typophile Friends With Comic Papyrus
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