Good news, heathens! The pope just said we don’t have to believe in heaven to get a permanent retirement plot there. Which is nice, I guess? Also super patronizing in dismissing the beliefs of atheists, because yes they ARE valid beliefs and not the misguided lack thereof, but sure. Nice. (Independent)
Chloe Sevigny’s wardrobe choices were the gift that refused to stop giving in 2015. (Go Fug Yourself)
Carrie Fisher’s Force Awakens press tour and publicity surge has been the other, much more unironically enjoyable gift this year. (Dorkly)
California Governor Jerry Brown surprised Robert Down Jr. with a Christmas Eve pardon for his 1990s drug charges. Troubled teen heartthrob to billionaire superhero is the ultimate Hollywood rags-to-riches story. (Celebitchy)
In an issue that is definitely not black and white (pun absolutely acknowledged as unavoidable), here’s an interesting perspective on colorblind casting, and the dangers of “non-ethnic” characters. (The Atlantic)
Are you surprised by the result of this poll of favorite new Star Wars characters? You’re not, are you? But it still warms my heart. (Vanity Fair)
Oh look, it’s a brand new Orphan Black teaser, here to creep you out.
Whoa, behold the Tarantino/J.J. Abrams ’90s anime collaboration that almost was. (Uproxx)
Actually, it’s about ethics in video game military training. (Inverse)
Legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler passed away this weekend. If you don’t know his name, you definitely know his work. (NPR)
Stephen Colbert just gave the most accurate description of Donald Trump we’ve heard yet. (Mediaite)
I’ve been wanting to get in on the adult coloring book craze, but I think maybe I’ve been waiting for something as hilarious and subversive as these early ’60s coloring books. Paint the businessman’s suit gray or he’ll lose his job! (Atlas Obscura)
Cannonballers have accomplished some amazing things this year. They’ve earned advanced degrees, given birth, and moved their families to different continents. Original Cannonballer Prisco wrote and published the first in a series of books, Boogeymany: The First Boogeyman Collection, by Brian J. Prisco. Then he reviewed it for Cannonball Read 7. It all started with a post on Pajiba…What will Cannonballers accomplish during Cannonball Read 8?