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Alexander Skarsgard: 'Sexism Is a Big Problem in Hollywood'

Alexander Skarsgard arrives at LAX Airport to catch a flight out of town on Wednesday (July 29) in Los Angeles. The 38-year-old actor recently opened up to the London Evening Standard about sexism in Hollywood. “Sexism is a big problem in Hollywood,” Alexander said. “Boys can talk about sex and have sex in films and [...]

NFL Team Says 7.8 Billion Unique Visitors Saw Coverage of Its 2014 Training Camp

Washington's NFL franchise has a notoriously troubled relationship with the concepts of facts and honesty, but this—via the DC Sports Bog—is a pretty good one even by their standards: With the help of third-party media monitoring services Meltwater and TVEyes, the team put out a fancy 13-page report on its findings. Show More Summary

Four unintended consequences of using student test scores to evaluate teachers

As any even semi-regular reader of this blog knows, the practice of using student standardized test scores to evaluate teachers is riddled with problems. I’ve written before about some of the more ridiculous consequences, such as teachers being evaluated by students they don’t have and/or by subjects they don’t teach. (See here and here.) There […]

Donald Trump exaggerated his wealth, analysis finds

A new analysis by Bloomberg challenges Donald Trump's claim that he is worth more than $10 billion. Based on the company's standardized method for estimating billionaires' wealth, Trump is worth only about $2.9 billion, even less than Forbes's estimate of $4.1 billion. Bloomberg's estimate includes Trump's share of various skyscrapers in cities around the world, […]

Movie Review: Brando’s extraordinary career gets an ordinary treatment in Listen To Me Marlon

Documentaries that avoid the standard talking-heads approach are always welcome, even if they sometimes turn out to be less innovative than they initially appear. Listen To Me Marlon, a sort of biographical collage, opens with theseShow More Summary

T-Mobile HTC One M9 To Get Android 5.1 Lollipop Update

The unlocked HTC One M9 is a flagship device that is certainly worth checking out back when it was released, and it still ain’t too shabby of a handset even by today’s standards. The unlocked model, its developer edition, as well asShow More Summary

A Texas test for critics of judicial activism

Even by Texas Republican standards, the state Supreme Court's actions against Houston's anti-discrimination law were bizarre.

'Pixels' Bombs: Is it Game Over for Adam Sandler? ?

Nobody expected "Pixels," Adam Sandler's homage to Pac-Man and other vintage video games, to gobble up dollars the way Sandler's movies used to. Yet "Pixels" still disappointed, even by Sandler's declining standards. Predictions were in the range of $25 to $35 million for the debut of the action comedy. Show More Summary

Five Reasons to Buy the Galaxy S6 Active Instead of Standard Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a great phone; there is no question there. However, even a great phone like the S6 could use some alternations. In the past few years, Samsung is releasing an Active version for all Galaxy S flagships, the S6 is not the exception. Show More Summary

The mega-yacht could have 2 pools, 2 movie theaters, 2 helipads and cost over $1 billion

Even by the outlandish standards of the mega-yacht world, the Admiral X Force 145 could set a new standard for opulence. The 465-foot vessel takes luxury to eye-popping new heights. Not only is the yet-to-be-built boat huge; its lavish...Show More Summary

Music, state and venture capital: A tech guide to Austin

Texas and California — even by U.S standards — are states situated virtually worlds apart, both in distance and culture. It may come as a shock that even well-established companies like Websense and Toyota (along with Google’s Americas Operation Center) have made the move to Texas. Show More Summary

Today's Best Gaming Deals: Wii U Bundles, Resident Evil, and More

We see the Wii U Deluxe marked down to $260 fairly often, but this deal from Best Buy might be even more enticing. You’ll pay the full $300 MSRP for either the standard Deluxe bundle (which includes Super Mario 3D World and Nintendoland), or the new Splatoon bundle, but you’ll get a Wii U Pro Controller and an essentials kit thrown in for free. Show More Summary

Amazon's Founder Made $7B in 45 Minutes Yesterday

Jeff Bezos is having a pretty good month, even by the standards of stratospherically wealthy tech tycoons. Last night, just days after the founder celebrated the company's 20th anniversary, he made $7 billion in under 45 minutes as the company's share price soared in after-hours trading, reports the...

Arsenal set to move for £14m Ligue 1 midfielder star?

Arsenal set to move for £14m Ligue 1 midfielder star? - originally posted on According to London Evening Standard, Arsenal are set to move for Monaco midfielder, Joao Moutinho. Joao Moutinho has struggled to settle into...Show More Summary

ThinkGeek keeps us in uniform at all times

ThinkGeek, ever keen to maintain the standard of dress for Starfleet officers in the 24th century, have already offered us socks, ties, T-shirts, hoodies, dresses, pajamas, and even baby-clothes, all inspired by the TNG uniform. NowShow More Summary

Beautiful video of Iceland

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Garðar Ólafsson has been "around Iceland the last few months" shooting video. The results are spectacular, even by the high standards of Iceland Vimeo. Bonus points are awarded for not using Sigur Rós as the soundtrack.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Mocks Republicans' Endless Paranoia on Iran

Even by their own standards, Obama's nuclear deal was a success. Jon Stewart took a brief, if not entirely total, break from mocking the Donald on Wednesday night to turn his sights on the rest of the GOP field and their cheap clamoring...Show More Summary

How to Save and Invest for a House Down Payment

Getty Images By Donna Fuscaldo Rising home prices and stricter borrowing standards have put saving for a down payment back on the agenda for many homebuyers. The days of low or no down payment borrowing are gone, even as mortgage rates have remained low for the time being. Saving to buy property can be tricky, however. Show More Summary

Reducing poetry to a science

Is it possible to tell a good poem from a bad one? To put the question another way: are there objective, even scientific, standards for evaluating literature? Helen Vendler has… Read more The post Reducing poetry to a science appeared first on The Spectator.

'Sharknado 3' tosses all standards overboard and sinks anyway

Having now watched "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!," which premieres Wednesday on Syfy, I find myself in the position of having to write about it. And I am not sure which is worse, really, or even how to proceed - what standards to hold it to when an utter lack of standards is its raison d'etre.

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