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Recent articles by Kristy:

16 (Supposedly) Cursed Objects and Places

From chairs and cars to mummies and creepy paintings, these supposedly cursed things are said to bring death, doom, or bad luck upon anyone within reach. → Read More

15 Amazing Facts About Betty White

Betty White, star of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and 'The Golden Girls,' passed away on December 31, 2021 at the age of 99. Here's what you should know about her life and legacy. → Read More

11 Fascinating Facts About Denzel Washington

Since making his acting debut in 1977, Denzel Washington has appeared in more than 50 movies, where he has awed audiences and garnered critical acclaim by delivering one powerful performance after the next. But there’s much more to the man than his movies. → Read More

8 Fresh Facts About Rotten Tomatoes

Find out more about how Rotten Tomatoes has become the premier destination for movie and TV reviews online. → Read More

9 Juicy Facts About the McDonald's Big Mac

You can probably recite the ingredients (and the original jingle) by memory, but how much do you actually know about the iconic Big Mac from McDonald's? → Read More

15 Facts About 'Flowers for Algernon'

Daniel Keyes’s 'Flowers for Algernon' is a poignant science-fiction novella that has won critical acclaim and popularity around the globe. → Read More

11 Facts About Napster

Napster forever changed the way we listen to music. Here are 11 facts about this industry-changing computer software. → Read More

10 Facts About The Go-Go's That Can't Be Beat

You know "We Got The Beat," "Vacation," and "Our Lips Are Sealed," but do you know the story of The Go-Go's—the history-making all-girl band behind the hits? → Read More

12 Facts About the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Robbery—the World's Biggest Art Heist

On March 18, 1990, two men—dressed as police officers—talked their way into the side door of Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Less than 90 minutes later, they had pulled off the largest art heist in history—which remains unsolved to this day. → Read More

Twitter Makes Four Seasons Total Landscaping A Literary Meme

Four Seasons Total Landscaping will go down in history as a stranger-than-fiction footnote. In an effort to delegitimize our democracy, the Trump Administration hastily planned a press conference in Philadelphia, not at the grandeur of the Four Seasons hotel. No.... → Read More

Take a Zombie Movie World Tour From the Safety of Your Couch

Four years ago, horror fans screamed with joy over Train To Busan, a brutal zombie movie splattered with blood, dripping in scares and throbbing with... → Read More

Just How Close Was the Crappy Comedy ‘Bio-Dome’ to the Real-Life Biosphere 2 Experiment?

In 1991, “a gleaming marvel had grown in the desert.” Biosphere 2 was constructed as an earthbound vivarium, intended to build a better future for... → Read More

As cinephiles shelter, studios are catching on to virtual movie nights

Compared to a Twitter Watch Party, a Netflix Party is a more intimate affair. → Read More

Why streaming isn’t the savior of canceled film festivals

Another suggestion called for a major streaming platform (Hulu, Amazon, Netflix) to play savior by creating an online space to screen all of SXSW's 2020 slate. Imagine if one of these platforms was game to purchase all 135 films on the SXSW line-up. That's no quick fix as it'd take time to sort out 135 contracts. Such a big buy would likely mean lesser-known filmmakers getting paltry offers for… → Read More

DARIA Creators Celebrate the Show's 12 Best Episodes

It was love at first smirk. On March 3, 1997, Daria hit MTV, sending shockwaves of sarcasm and snark across teen culture. With incendiary wit and a razor-sharp insight, this side-eying high schooler proved an inspiration to a generation that had the world at their feet, but suspected that was a trap. With idealism edged by cynicism, Daria … → Read More

O'Shea Jackson Jr. Is a Seriously Huge GODZILLA Fan

O'Shea Jacskon Jr. is a megafan of Godzilla so it was a dream come true for him to work on Godzilla: King of the Monsters. → Read More


Godzilla was one of 2014's most surprising blockbuster films, so how does Godzilla: King of the Monsters compare? Think of it like Aliens to Alien. → Read More

10 Exceptionally Clever Female Con Artists

These deceitful dames used their lies to achieve great wealth, fame, and even the advantages of the aristocracy. → Read More

14 Facts About The Muppet Christmas Carol

'Tis the season to be jolly, joyous, and watch 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'—the first Muppet movie made without Jim Henson. → Read More

21 Fun Facts About Elf

Everyone knows the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! But the second best way is to enjoy 'Elf.' → Read More