The 15 Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

Cady Lang After an indulgent Thanksgiving feast, there’s no better way to cope with the bloat than to settle in to binge-watch a holiday film marathon. And just like the abundance of side dishes available on the holiday table, there’s a Thanksgiving movie suited to just about everyone’s taste. Those looking to stick to something classic and family-friendly can turn on A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, while those looking for something that mirrors their experiences of family angst during the holidays might prefer the complicated dynamics of the Katie Holmes-fronted indie Pieces of April. For viewers who prefer something adjacent to … Continue reading The 15 Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

Inside the Unlikely Friendship That Inspired A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Rachel E. Greenspan The movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is structured like an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Fred Rogers, whose gentle nature Tom Hanks wears as comfortably as his red cardigan, begins by introducing the viewer to a story about his friend, journalist Lloyd Vogel (The Americans’ Matthew Rhys). Scene transitions show toy cities, just like those used on the legendary children’s show, only Lloyd’s story is unfolding in Manhattan, rather than Pittsburgh. Though Hanks’ Mister Rogers is the storyteller in Marielle Heller‘s new film, the movie’s inspiration, a 1998 Esquire cover story, positions him instead as … Continue reading Inside the Unlikely Friendship That Inspired A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Victoria’s Secret Cancels Fashion Show as Sales Fall

Mahita Gajanan Victoria’s Secret’s annual fashion show, the televised event where world-famous supermodels show off angel wings and colorful, bejeweled bras on the runway, will not be held this year. L Brands, the parent company of the the lingerie purveyor, announced in an earnings call Thursday that it has cancelled the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, following a decline in viewership. The show is usually held around the holiday shopping season, in November or December. “We think it’s important to evolve the marketing of Victoria’s Secret,” L Brands chief financial officer Stuart Burgdoerfer said during the call. When asked if … Continue reading Victoria’s Secret Cancels Fashion Show as Sales Fall

The Best Toys of 2019

TIME for Kids The best toys of 2019 can hatch, tumble, light up, battle, and more. Some of the toys, such as Kano’s coding kits or Lego’s Hidden Side play sets, let users create or discover new worlds. Others, like Pictionary Air or the smART Pixelator, offer a new, high-tech upgrade to timeless kid-approved activities. Here, the editors of TIME for Kids round up the best toys of the year. Jam Session TECH WILL SAVE US Ready to rock out? Kids can build their own mini electric guitar and amplifier from scratch with the Tech Will Save Us Electro Guitar … Continue reading The Best Toys of 2019

FBI Lawyer Investigated for Allegedly Altering Document Related to 2016 Surveillance of Trump Adviser: Reports

Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann / AP (WASHINGTON) — A former FBI lawyer is being investigated for allegedly altering a document related to surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser in 2016. That’s according to a person familiar with the case and published news reports. The Associated Press confirmed reports by CNN and The Washington Post that the finding will be in a report Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz releases Dec. 9 on early stages of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling. The news reports cited unidentified individuals. The conduct of the FBI employee, who was forced out, didn’t … Continue reading FBI Lawyer Investigated for Allegedly Altering Document Related to 2016 Surveillance of Trump Adviser: Reports

Attorney General Barr Says Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Was ‘a Perfect Storm of Screw-Ups’

Michael Balsamo / AP (ABOARD A US GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT) — Attorney General William Barr said he initially had his own suspicions about financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death while behind bars at one of the most secure jails in America but came to conclude that his suicide was the result of “a perfect storm of screw-ups.” In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said his concerns were prompted by the numerous irregularities at the Manhattan jail where Epstein was being held. But he said after the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general continued to investigate, he realized there were a … Continue reading Attorney General Barr Says Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Was ‘a Perfect Storm of Screw-Ups’

The 10 Best Memes of 2019

Raisa Bruner It’s that time again: time to figure out what floated to the top of the internet culture heap over the course of 2019, from Keke Palmer‘s and Nancy Pelosi’s big meme moments to the strange phenomenon of Area 51. It was a year of plentiful celebrity appearances and gaffes, and thanks to the rise of TikTok, also a year of plentiful new content from more anonymous sources that underscores the continuing democratization of our online discourse. Our relationship to social media may be complicated, but at least it gives us new ways to communicate and share jokes. This … Continue reading The 10 Best Memes of 2019