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Jon’s Picks: ‘Proud Mary’ and the Strongest, Kick Ass Women in Film and Pop Culture

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Today, Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) opens in theaters across America.  Henson plays an assassin for the Boston mafia ordered to kill the parents of a young boy. This latest assignment prompts Mary to want to protect him instead and leave the belly of the underworld as well as her past misdeeds behind; however, the mob bosses have other ideas and put a hit out on Mary.  There are few reviews for this film thus far as Screen Gems, whose parent company is Sony Pictures, opted to not do a pre-screening for the press, but according to the Chicago Tribune, “Taraji P. Henson [is] leading the charge of strong women in 2018 with Proud Mary.” We agree!…

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Is Terminator the Mother of all Feminist Action Movies?

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When I think of a female action hero, my mind does not go to Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, or the few shining moments Black Widow receives in the Avenger movies. No, as a child of the ‘80s and ‘90s, I immediately picture those powerhouse women who didn’t need leather or tight clothes to kick ass. Think Ripley in Aliens, or Sarah Connor from Terminator. It’s no coincidence that both of those characters came from James Cameron films. Not only is he one of the most successful living directors, he’s also the father of the female action hero—one of the first mainstream filmmakers to feature strong women who don’t back down in the face of killer robots or nightmare-inducing…

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Dear readers: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

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For Christmas this year I received one of the best presents ever: a Pride and Prejudice scarf. Yes, some enterprising Etsy artist figured out a way to print pages from my favorite book onto an infinity scarf. I. Am. Obsessed. Amazing, right? Because I love books so much—and television, let’s be honest—I started thinking about other accessories inspired by my favorite novels or TV shows. Here are some of the best I’ve found so far: Sherlock Holmes Necklace A-plus for presentation when it comes to this minimalist quote-based necklace. I love the way it plays with colors…plus it would be an honor to wear something that constantly reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch. “How I Met Your Mother” Necklace  Another quote-inspired piece…

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Need a date (or want to stay single)? Open a book.

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Literature is rife with romantic prospects, as well as those people your mother would tell you to avoid at all costs. When you’re sitting at home, staring at your bookshelf this Valentine’s Day, consider these fictional characters who would arguably make a better (or infinitely worse) date than that one you’re either preparing (or wishing) for. There’s someone here for everyone. Let’s start with the ones in the plus column.     Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice): Everyone’s (or at least most people’s) favorite eligible Austen man, Mr. Darcy is the one you want if you’re into hate-at-first-sight that eventually blossoms into love.         Count Dracula (Bram Stoker’s Dracula): A less obvious choice, but…

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