Sony reportedly hires the crisis specialist who inspired ‘Scandal’

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Sony Pictures Entertainment 's not-so-secret weapon against North Korea and bad press? Olivia Pope. Well, sort of. Following a swelling PR nightmare in light of an extensive attack by anonymous hackers, which prompted Sony to cancel the theatrical release of its film The Interview , the company has hired crisis specialist Judy Smith — the woman whose career inspired Kerry Washington's character on hit ABC drama Scandal See also: A complete recap of 'The Interview,' the movie Sony may never show you TMZ broke the news of Smith's involvement with Sony, reporting that she has already begun "quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal." The Hollywood Reporter later confirmed news of the hire Read more... More about Sony , Scandal , Entertainment , Film , and Tv Read more »

DIY the halls with 17 fresh holiday wreaths

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Lights and trees get a lot of hype around Christmastime, but wreaths are an underrated holiday decoration. You can go with the traditional style or customize it to show your personality, whether you're into nature or Star Trek . Plus, they can be fun DIY projects that you can make with kids See also: 21 DIY holiday gifts that anyone would love Check out these tutorials for homemade wreaths that think beyond the traditional evergreen branches Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... Read more »

13 albums we can’t wait to hear in 2015

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New year, new music In 2015, a slew of artists will bless fans with brand new albums. From the surprise return of Modest Mouse to the embattled swan song of Lil Wayne, audiophiles are eagerly awaiting a bunch of new releases See also: 15 visually stunning album covers of 2014 While we can speculate about the potential return of stars like Adele , Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna , here are 13 albums listeners can definitely spin in 2015. Read more... More about Music , Features , Albums , Entertainment , and 2015 Read more »

Top 10 must-play games of 2014

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2014 was an exciting, surprising year in gaming While the new consoles found their footing, game creators also had to wrestle with that new hardware. It was a year of triumphs, experiments and some utter fails. See also: The best mobile games of 2014 As the dust settles, we picked 10 games for consoles and PC worth your time and money Watch the video, above, or read the following list to see the titles that delighted us the most with their creativity and execution. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Entertainment , Gaming , Features , Nintendo , and Playstation 4 Read more »

Dr. Ruth’s tips for jolly sex during the holiday season

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As the holidays approach, people are heading home in droves, often with their significant others in tow. Unfortunately, nothing dampens sexual appetite quite like the thought of having sex in a room that shares a wall with the guest room occupied by grandma. With fears of unwelcome relatives barging in on intimate moments, we turned to a household name known for her candor when speaking on both sex and relationships: Ruth Westheimer, best known as Dr. Ruth See also: 5 Amazon Sex Toy Reviews That Will Tickle You Pink [NSFW] At the age of 86, Dr. Ruth remains a welcome voice in the world of sexuality. Since her early days working for Planned Parenthood and her resulting interest in the study of human sexuality , Dr. Ruth has spent nearly 40 years helping people discover, understand and grow comfortable with their varying sexualities Read more »

Want to know what Virgin Hotels will be like? Check out the membership program

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Virgin Hotels won't launch its first property until January, in Chicago. But that isn't stopping the Richard Branson company from getting its membership program up and running, giving us a sneak peek at how the highly-anticipated property aims to run things differently. "The Know," announced this week, is clearly a Virgin-branded approach to customer service. The sign-up process for the "preference program" — with its questions about minibar preferences, favorite music and cocktails — is less about the hotel room and more about providing an experience. See also: 14 Unique Hotels for an Extraordinary Vacation Read more... More about Hospitality , Marketing , Lifestyle , Travel Leisure , and Virgin Hotels Read more »

Cat travels nearly 700 miles across France to reunite with owner

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Cookie the cat disappeared in March 2013 from the French town of Grasse. Owner Dan Bouchery had brought Cookie with her for a three-month hotel stay, but the cat disappeared when she left him briefly in the courtyard. “I thought someone had stolen him,” Bouchery said . See also: Cats destroying Christmas trees is enough to ruin everyone's holiday She tried desperately to find Cookie, posting fliers and even putting an ad in the local newspaper Nice Matin , but eventually gave up and returned to her home in Calvados, in the Normandy region of France. Then, nearly a year and a half later, Bouchery got a phone call. A veterinarian in the nearby town of Orbec said a woman had brought the cat in. He was dirty, emaciated and a bit worse for wear, but the vet identified Cookie by his microchip. Read more... Read more »

‘The Interview’ won’t open, but its posters are a hit

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They range in price from 99 cents to over $1,000. There are nearly 500 of them available on eBay . We're talking posters from the ill-fated The Interview the most talked-about film that may never be officially released. The movie was scheduled to open Christmas Day, but Sony pulled the release after major distributors decided not to show the film. They were reacting to terrorist-style threats from the Guardians of Peace cyber group which hacked Sony's servers . Read more »

Ho-ho-hair: The 12 beards of Christmas

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'Tis the season for facial hair. In her photo series, "The Twelve Beards of Christmas," Stephanie Jarstad gives a bunch of bearded dudes some festive additions to their impressive facial hair. Available on her Etsy shop , the poster featuring the 12 beards is perfect for any hair-themed holiday party. See also: The Best Type of Beard for Your Face The series does a great job at revealing just how much crap you can stick and/or lose in a beard. Also, all of the men give off a cheery "young Santa" vibe. Better still, sales help to support a Gofundme page for a man fighting acute myeloid leukemia Read more »

Congress blocks feds from meddling with medical marijuana

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In Congress , it's rare for a spending bill to move forward without a deluge of last-minute additions for politicians' pet projects. This year's $1.1 trillion spending bill, signed yesterday by President Obama, is no different. See also: 5 Ways Congress' Proposed Budget Could Affect You But while an amendment to water down banking regulations is drawing scrutiny, two congressmen from California quietly inserted wording that removes funding for the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration to interfere with states where medical marijuana is legal. It's the first legislation enacted by Congress that curtails the government's ability to enforce penalties or intrude on states that permit medical marijuana, a drug that is still considered by federal regulators to be as dangerous as heroin and LSD. Read more... More about Congress , Congressmen , Us World , Politics , and Us Read more »