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David O. Russell, director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, delivers another smash with his new film, American Hustle.  The film takes place in the 1970s, following an eager FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) who is reluctantly aided by two con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) on a quest to expose corruption in Camden mayor Carmine Polito’s (Jeremy Renner) inner circle. Performed by an all-star cast, American Hustle is a cunning tale of survival. “Some of this actually happened,” the film jokes in its opening scenes,...
  A recent Pantene ad titled “Labels Against Women” has sparked a feminist debate: is it okay for the company to use feminism to sell products? Some think that the use of feminism in advertising is a great way to appeal to the masses and to sneak difficult ideas on inequality and wage gaps into pop culture; the ad has been touted as a powerful beacon for women in the workplace. But others have been disturbed, claiming that what advertisers like Pantene do is perpetuate the idea...
  With only 3 weeks left in the year, it’s almost time to start making New Year’s resolutions. There are the typical ones: staying healthy, paying off that pesky credit card debt, or landing that promotion. Why not add a few good books to that list too? Mashable and Goodreads have released their picks for the best 2013 releases. Check out our favorites below!   The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer The Interestings is the tale of six creative teenagers who meet at summer camp and remain friends into their...
  When Nelson Mandela passed away last week, the people of the world collectively mourned and honored the hero. Some of the most poignant moments of grief and gratitude can be found in the most personal and private thoughts. The photographer George Qua-Enoo captured some of these moments in individual lives, asking people on the streets of Cape Town to express how Mandela affected their world. The images and sentiments are all the more moving for the simple way in which they are shot: an individual...
  In Flower Woman, the photographer Eunice Adorno enters the Mennonite community Nuevo Ideal, in Durango, and The Onda Zacatecas, hoping to scratch beneath the surfaces of stereotypes and uncover deeper truths about the women’s lifestyles. The character of the strict and austere Mennonite female is replaced with a more honest and nuanced exploration of female friendships and family.     The images are whimsical, displaying the women sporting smiles and floral prints, enjoying an ice cream cone and playing with one another’s hair. What emerges is a startlingly...
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