Vince Gilligan, Matthew Weiner and More Hollywood Leaders Share Their Favourite Books


Thirty-five industry heavyweights name their favorite reads and explain their picks. From classics like The Great Gatsby to buzzy new novels like The Girl on the Train (and even a YA trilogy), check out Hollywood’s library.

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Hardee’s New Patriotic Thickburger Looks Like a Delicious Monstrosity


There’s nothing more patriotic than a beef patty, a split hot dog and handful of greasy potato chips coming together to form a giant, caloric bomb. At least, that must be the thinking behind the new “Most American Thickburger,” coming soon to Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.

In addition to combining three sports stadium staples that are generally bad for you, the burger will also include ketchup, mustard, tomato, red onion, pickles and cheese. All for the low, low health cost of 1,030 calories and 64 grams of fat, according to the Associated Press.

The company is using sexual-but-patriotic imagery to promote the new meal, which arrives at restaurants May 20. The burger will cost $5.79, while a combo with fries and a drink (which will probably approach the total caloric intake a normal person is supposed to have in an entire day) will cost $8.29.

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I Don’t Want to Have Children and That’s OK


I have known that I didn’t want to have kids for a long time. Like, a long time. My determination to eternally keep my womb as empty and barren as the surface of the moon predates the birth of both of Britney’s babies, the premiere of Gilmore Girls, and the entire existence of nearly-adult human being Elle Fanning.

But I never felt like not wanting kids made up the core of my identity or anything — it was just a thing, like enjoying The X-Files or having an strong aversion to mayonnaise; a small aspect of my overall self. I never felt the need to consult with other women who didn’t want kids because, well, who needs a support group for not liking mayo?

That was, until I hit my 30s — a time when many of my peers were, if not already actively reproducing, at least engaging in…

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This Giant Squid Will Haunt Your Dreams


A New Zealand aquarium has shared photos of a giant squid that washed up on a beach in Kaikoura on the South Island of New Zealand on Tuesday.

The Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium has put the sea creature in a freezer with glass windows that is on display for visitors. The mantle is about 6.5 feet long, while the longest tentacle is about 16 feet long. Parts of it will be donated to Auckland and Otago universities for research, according to Facebook posts.

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The New True Detective Trailer Teases a Gritty Season 2


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The latest trailer for True Detective doesn’t say much about the plot—aside from a mention of a missing girl—but it does have a hefty dose of the show’s trademark nihilism. “Sometimes your worst self is your best self,” Vince Vaughn’s Frank Semyon says.

Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams all get a bit of screen time in the one-minute trailer as do vistas of highways and various seedy locales. The brief time spent with McAdams’ knife-wielding Ani Bezzerides should be encouraging for those who were hoping the show’s portrayal of women would grow in the second season. McAdams recently told Marie Claire, “I love that she’s not the girlfriend or the wife. She doesn’t really care what everyone thinks; she feels no responsibility for other people’s feelings. She’s not trying to be charming, which isn’t always the case with a leading lady.”

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How Dogs Are Giving Veterans a Reason to Live


Phil Ruddock had trouble adjusting when he returned home to rural Louisiana, disabled by a traumatic brain injury he received during an Air Force tour of duty during Desert Storm. He had all the classic symptoms of PTSD: “I drank all the time, I couldn’t get along with anyone, I kept checking every room in the house to make sure it was clear every time I came home, I got up and checked the locks on the doors and windows too many times to count, I was always depressed and pissed at the world, and I never slept. I drove my family so crazy that they wanted to leave,” he says with a country twang. “I still do some of those things,” he adds, “but it’s getting better.”

Sit. Stay. Lie down. They’re the words that helped him through his recovery.

Ruddock’s now assisting other veterans afflicted with post-traumatic stress…

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