‘Come Back Barack’ Is the Perfect ‘Saturday Night Live’ Song for the Times

This is outstanding. Chance the Rapper, Kenan Thompson, and Chris Redd perform a ballad perfect for these times, and by these times, I mean a year since Donald Trump won the election and began chipping away at Constitutional norms and dominating the media, but political and cultural. It’s catchy, and I love the message.

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These Dart Nesting Dolls Are the Perfect Gift For Any Stranger Things Fan

The following contains minor spoilers for Stranger Things season two.

Aside from the weirdly sexy mullet-rocker Billy, our favorite unlikable yet lovable Stranger Things character is definitely D’Artagnan the baby Demogorgon. Like Dustin, we can’t resist Dart’s adorable lil’ face — so when we found out that Funko is debuting a Dart-inspired nesting doll in 2018, we naturally jumped out of our seats.

The plush, as seen above, includes three parts: the youngest, sluggiest version of Dart, smiling tadpole Dart, and then Dart in Demogorgon form. Each of the two smaller plushies fits inside the largest, creating an adorable nesting doll of Upside Down proportions. There is no price listed yet, but the dolls will be available from Funko next year.

Talk about a perfect gift for Stranger Things fans, right? We can’t imagine a better plush to cuddle with while watching Netflix!

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35 Perfect Gifts For the Netflix Addict in Your Life

While the dawn of the Netflix era has been great for entertainment-consumption purposes, it’s made gift giving a whole lot harder. What are we supposed to do now that nobody needs seven seasons of Gilmore Girls on DVD or hard copies of their favorite ’80s comedies? But don’t worry! If you’ve been stressing about what to get your Netflix-addicted BFF for the holidays, we’ve got a whole bunch of ideas for you . . . besides a Netflix subscription, of course.

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Christopher Plummer Is A Perfect Scrooge In ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Clip

When the first trailer for The Man Who Invented Christmas hit, this critic admittedly cried, «Humbug!» But the latest clip from this playful Charles Dickens’ biopic features Christopher Plummer playing the scowling Ebeneezer Scrooge. And as he grumbles about Christmas and the poor, something in my cold, dead heart flutters with excitement.

Could this movie actually be not hokey, but good?!

And I’m here for Dan Stevens, bad wig or no.

The Man Who Invented Christmas opens November 22nd.


‘Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story’: The Perfect Feminist Tale For Our Times

Hedy Lamarr was a conundrum. She was one of the most glamorous icons of old Hollywood, a screen siren who appeared in films from the 1930s through the 1950s. Her face was the inspiration for Disney’s Snow White, and even Catwoman. But she was also an inventor, who patented a secret and secure frequency hopping communication system for use during World War II that now features in modern technology such as WiFi, Bluetooth, and cell phones — and she never earned a dime for it.

She was complex. She was misunderstood. And she never really got to tell the world her story in her own words — until now.

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On the surface, Alexandra Dean, who wrote and directed Bombshell, set out to tell the story of a surprising female role model in STEM. Along the way, she came across four «lost» interview tapes from Fleming Meeks, who had spoken with Lamarr for a Forbes article in 1990, one of the first pieces that acknowledged her surprising scientific accomplishments — and the discovery changed the direction of the whole film. Suddenly Hedy herself could narrate her life story, with contributions from journalists, friends, and admirers (including Mel Brooks and Diane Kruger).

«Nevertheless, She Persisted» could easily be the title of this documentary. And what’s striking is just how much of the feminist narrative strikes home, perhaps better today than it would have even a year ago. Hearing her referred to as «difficult» for standing up for herself in a studio system that wanted to treat her like a piece of meat takes on new resonance today — and don’t even get me started on the dude who argued that she stole her idea for frequency hopping from her first husband, who was an Austrian munitions manufacturer with ties to Mussolini and the Nazis. If he’d come up with a secure method of communications, don’t you think the Axis powers would have used it?

She was the first woman to perform a non-pornographic onscreen orgasm, in the 1933 Czech film Ecstasy, and then had to live down the reputation that performance gave her. What made it all the more infuriating was that it was all constructed in editing. She was directed to take certain poses, but she was alone — she didn’t realize they would make it into an explicit sex scene. She was duped — the reputation for that one role followed her all the way to Hollywood, and she had to spend the rest of her career explaining herself for something she filmed at the age of 19.

She was a struggling single mother with a string of failed marriages. A female film producer in an era when that was unheard of. She was an immigrant and a U.S. patriot, who sold war bonds in order to contribute to the war effort when her inventions were ignored. She even helped Howard Hughes redesign his planes for speed. And like so many stars who survived the studio system at that time, she became hooked on drugs and plastic surgery — though even there she requested new techniques that changed the industry. Even her autobiography, written by a ghost writer, ignored her intellectual pursuits in favor of a salacious tell-all that she went on to denounce.

This documentary doesn’t have to work hard to surprise and enthrall you, simply because Hedy herself is so intriguing and so largely unknown. And sure, this is an inspiring tale of the power of intellect and inquisitiveness. It’s proof that women have always belonged in science and technology, and that even the most beautiful of women have more to contribute to society than just their looks. It’s an immigrant story. A behind-the-scenes-in-Hollywood tale. It’s even a cautionary tale, exploring the impacts that a life of disappointment can have on a person who seemed to shine so brightly, only to end up living on social security with her real contributions going unrealized. But more than all that, it’s a portrait of an incredible, imperfect woman — a powerful tribute to complexity in the face of a society that found different ways to try to force her into somebody else’s box. While there is justice to the fact that we are finally learning more about Hedy Lamarr’s real story, even after her death, I think it’s equally satisfying that her story is being told this year. Because damn, do we need more stories like this one.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring, and opens in NYC on November 24th. It was executive produced by Susan Sarandon’s Reframed Pictures, as well as PBS’s American Masters Pictures.


Ed Sheeran’s «Perfect» Music Video Will Make You Feel All Warm and Fuzzy Inside

Ed Sheeran really knows how to pull at our heartstrings with his sweet love songs. Just a day before the release of his collaboration with Taylor Swift for her album Reputation, the English singer dropped the music video for his hit song, «Perfect,» and it’s just that. The video, which stars actress Zoey Deutch as his love interest, tells the heartwarming story of two childhood friends falling deep in love. From the picture-perfect snow to the cozy sweaters and cute kittens, this video will instantly make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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‘The Post’: The Perfect Oscar Bait For Tr*mp’s America

Steven Spielberg. Meryl Streep. Tom Hanks. «Oscar» may as well be an honorary producer on The Post, Spielberg’s latest drama inspired by a true events. So it says a lot that all of that pedigree is playing second fiddle here. The most impressive part of The Post is instead the true story that inspired it — and the way that historical event is being leveraged like a shot across the bow of the Tr*mp White House.

The Post of the title is in fact The Washington Post, and the true story is one of the great exercises in the importance of a free press in our nation’s history. Streep plays Post publisher Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Hanks portrays editor Ben Bradlee as they race to bring their paper up to speed with The New York Times, exposing a massive cover-up of government secrets around the Vietnam War that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The fight to bring the Pentagon Papers to light became a court case pitting government against journalist, one that tested our First Amendment. I’m getting tingly just thinking about it. Take a look at the trailer!

«The way they lied — those days have to be over.» PREACH IT, HANKS.

And if all that hot Streep/Hanks action weren’t enough, the film’s ensemble cast is seriously exciting: Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods all lend their FX/AMC/HBO gravitas to the proceedings. Though Odenkirk’s «It’s just government secrets» line delivery while patting the box made me think of this Mr. Show sketch (in the best possible way):

Anyway, The Post will hit theaters on December 22, 2017. Take the whole family — it’s sure to be the perfect warm-hearted holiday fare for anyone hoping the new year will bring down another lying sack of shit thanks to the efforts of some classic journalism. Or anything really. If it takes a bout of explosive diarrhea to clear out the Oval Office, I won’t argue.


The POPSUGAR Editors’ Gift Guide Is Here! Find Perfect Presents For Everyone in Your Life

It’s time to dive into the holiday season! Here at POPSUGAR, we have been preparing for months. Our editors came together to curate the site’s annual gift guide — this year, it’s better than ever. Prepare to shop through the hottest presents for your parents, siblings, significant others, coworkers, and BFFs. We hand-picked everything, so we guarantee these goodies will be a thrill to unwrap.

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18 «Perfect» Gifts For Ed Sheeran Fans

Calling all Ed Sheeran fans: we have a real treat — or technically, a gift — for you! With Christmas just around the corner (yes, it’s true, just let it happen), it’s time to treat yourself and your loved ones to all the Ed gear your heart could ever desire.

The «Shape of You» singer might not be your real-life best friend like he is Taylor Swift‘s (it’s sad, we know), but that doesn’t mean your love for the singer isn’t worth celebrating. In fact, we’ve found a lot of amazing gifts that are perfect for the Ed-lover in your life.

Maybe you’re the one who knows every word to the redhead’s latest album, or perhaps your best friend is his ultimate fan. No matter who in your life is obsessed with the «Supermarket Flowers» singer, we’ve got you covered with so many fun, witty, and beautiful Ed-inspired gifts. What are you waiting for? Get shopping!

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You’ll Barely Recognize Ellie Goulding in Her Downright Perfect Dolly Parton Costume

Ellie Goulding pulled out all the stops for her Dolly Parton costume on Saturday night. The British songstress shared a photo of her spot-on look via Instagram, writing, «I love you Dolly!» before hitting the red carpet for amfAR’s Fabulous Fund Fair in NYC. Ellie channeled the country legend in a blue dress emblazoned with hearts and fringe, complete with sparkly boots and a big blonde wig — and we barely recognized her! Keep reading to see her look, then check out more times celebrities dressed as other celebrities for Halloween.

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