Here’s a great, in-depth look at why we draw the arbitrary line at January 1st for the date when we’re going to reinvent ourselves as shiny, healthy, organized bastions of perfection. (BBC)
I had no idea Anna Camp and Skylar Astin were even dating, and now they’re engaged. That’s just— and yes, I’m cringing and sorry but can’t help myself— acadorable. (Celebitchy)
Mel Gibson has just been announced as a presenter at the Golden Globes (which are this Sunday— why does time refuse to stop moving so fast?), and Ricky Gervais is already beside himself with excitement. If Gervais goes overboard and makes me feel bad for Mel Gibson, I’m going to have a whole mess of anger and conflicting feelings I’m not going to want to deal with. (Lainey)
Wow, Helen Hunt’s daughters REALLY love their mom.
My daughters got henna tattoos. My life is so good. pic.twitter.com/q60jAjOImt— Helen Hunt (@HelenHunt) January 3, 2016
Someone here needs to buy this Poe Dameron body pillow and report back as to whether or not your sleep is then forever as deep Oscar Isaac’s smoldering eyes. It has to be, right? (Nerdist)
We’re in the countdown to the return of Better Call Saul, and AMC has released some pretty cool promotional photos. For those of you anxious to see how Jimmy becomes Saul, there’s a nice little hint at some set-up here. (Uproxx)
Remember Patton Oswalt’s brilliant Parks and Recreation filibuster, in which he improvised his proposed plot of Star Wars: Episode VII? Well, Brock Wilbur went through and analyzed what he got right and (mostly) wrong. I’m honestly surprised it took someone this long. (Inverse)
Well, this is just adorable. The MRA dbags who boycotted The Force Awakens think they actually made a difference. A BIG difference. (Superficial)
Apparently John Stamos asked Elizabeth Olsen to play Michelle Tanner in Fuller House after the twins realized they’re not actors anymore. Shocking, I know, but Elizabeth turned the show down. I guess she’s too busy being in movies and stuff. (DListed)
You’re the biggest bunch of language-appreciators I’ve ever met (and yet you don’t shun me for using stupid terms like “language-appreciators”— you’re kind), so I think you’ll dig this. So much of what we consider universal norms are actually highly culturally specific. Which is why this look into the actually universal “conversation gap” is completely fascinating. (The Atlantic)
Starting as she means to go on, new Cannonballer ChainedVase’s first review is the deceptively simple Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Most of us are familiar with Max’s night of naughtiness and journey away from home. ChainedVase assures us the central message of Sendak’s story, “even when you are a massive jerk and threaten to eat people, they still love you…” applies to adults to. This is a picture book she gifts to anyone who might need it. Is there a picture book you think we should all appreciate? Register for Cannonball Read 8 and tell us about it.