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The Great American Read, A New Multi-Platform PBS Series, Reveals List of America’s 100 Favorite Novels

PBS today unveiled a list of America’s 100 best-loved novels, chosen in support of The Great American Read, a new PBS series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love. The Great American Read, hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira, launches with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations and will introduce viewers to the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels selected through a demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGov. The series will also feature interviews with celebrities, authors, superfans and everyday Americans discussing the way particular books have influenced them and their significance in American popular culture. Then, after a multi-platform initiative throughout the summer, which will include live public events, social media components and national reading clubs, the series will resume in the fall with several themed episodes, including an exciting finale, culminating in the first-ever national vote to choose “America’s Best-Loved Novel.” It will be the most expansive national celebration of books and reading aimed at engaging multi-generational readers across multiple platforms ever created.

Voting will open with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode on May 22 and continue throughout the summer, leading up to the grand finale in October 2018. Over the summer, viewers will be able to vote at pbs.org/greatamericanread and through hashtag voting via Facebook and Twitter using #GreatReadPBS. In the fall, viewers will also be able to cast their vote toll-free by phone and through SMS texting.

Authors, celebrities and notables joining the search for “America’s Best-Loved Novel” include Diana Gabaldon, George Lopez, Seth Meyers, Junot Diaz, Lauren Graham, John Green, John Irving, Bill T. Jones, Devon Kennard, Gayle King, George R.R. Martin, Wynton Marsalis, Lesley Stahl, Ming-Na Wen and many more, each of whom will share their personal stories and connections to their favorite book.

Check out the full list of the top 100 books HERE.

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TIME Magazine Announces The 100 Most Influential People of 2018

Time magazine unveiled its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world Thursday, including record numbers of 45 women and 45 people under the age of 40. 

The magazine paired guest contributors to write about each of the 100 people on the list. Former president Barack Obama says he draws inspiration from the Parkland, Fla., shooting survivors turned activists who organized the March for Our Lives rally against gun violence. 

Among the 45 women chosen were activist Tarana Burke, who founded Me Too and human rights activist Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, who has worked to end female genital mutilation in Kenya. 

Six of the top 100 will be featured on covers of the magazine’s special issue, and include: Burke; tennis champion Roger Federer; comedian and actor Tiffany Haddish; actor Nicole Kidman; singer Jennifer Lopez; and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. 

Check out the full list HERE. The list is divided into five categories: pioneers, artists, leaders, titans and icons.

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The Oscars 2018 Winners

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water emerged victorious, winning a total of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Guillermo del Toro, and awards for both original score and production design.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, was the standout in the acting categories, earning Frances McDormand an Oscar for Best Actress, and Sam Rockwell an award for Best Supporting Actor. Gary Oldman’s lead performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and Allison Janney’s supporting turn in I, Tonya rounded out the acting categories.

Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Pixar’s Coco won Best Animated Feature Film.

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which had earned 8 nominations had three wins in technical categories, including sound mixing, sound editing, and film editing. Blade Runner 2049 stood out for its pair of visuals-oriented wins, including Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography, the latter of which earned legendary director of photography Roger Deakins his first Oscar win.

See the full list of the 2018 Academy Award winners HERE.

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3 Kings On The New York Times Top 10 List

Congratulations to the King family. Stephen and Owen’s new novel Sleeping Beauties just hit # 4 on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller List.

Stephen King’s other son, Joe Hill also made the list. His newest collection, Strange Weather is at # 9.

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Amazon Announces 2017 Top 100 Holiday Toys

Amazon has revealed its list of the 100 most popular playthings set to take 2017’s holiday season by storm, with a continued focused on STEM items, pet-themed toys and blockbuster movie licenses.

All products will be available through the online retailer’s website and by using Alexa-enabled devices.

The top 25 holiday toys and games include:

– FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger
– LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 (847 Piece)
– Fingerlings Glitter with Blanket – Interactive Baby Monkey Rose – Amazon Exclusive
– Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen Vehicle
– Melissa & Doug Star Diner Restaurant
– Soggy Doggy Board Game
– Disney Princess Dance Code Belle – Amazon Exclusive
– Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower with Exclusive Vehicle, Rotating Periscope and Lights and Sounds
– Nerf Nitro FlashFury Chaos
– Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway Playset
– FurReal Makers Proto Max – Amazon Exclusive
– LEGO Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty 70618 (2295 Piece)
– Enchantimals Panda Tree House Playset
– DropMix Music Gaming System
– Cozmo
– Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby (Brunette)
– Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle Toy – Amazon Exclusive
– Tegu Travel Pals Building-and-Stacking-Toys (6 Piece)
– Seedling Littles Galaxy Rocket Adventure Cape Kit
– Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio
– Just Play PJ Masks Headquarters Playset
– Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game
– Osmo Genius Kit
– Automoblox Mini SC1 Chaos & HR5 Scorch, 4.5″ x 1.75″
– Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Check out the full list HERE.

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TIME Reveals The 2017 TIME 100

TIME reveals the 2017 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue features five worldwide covers, each featuring a member of the TIME 100: John Legend, Viola Davis, Jeff Bezos, Melinda Gates, and Riz Ahmed.

See the 2017 TIME 100 full list, tributes, videos and photos: http://time.com/collection/2017-time-100/

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The 25 Best Inventions of 2016

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Every year, TIME selects the best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. In the past, they’ve featured everything from the real-life hoverboard to the desktop DNA lab.

Here’s which ones made this year’s list.

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The 50 Scariest Books of All Time

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The air is getting crisper, the nights are getting longer, and All Hallow’s Eve draws near. You know what that means: it’s time to curl up with a book guaranteed to give you the shivers — or at least make you check the locks twice.

Here, for your horrifying pleasure, are 50 of the scariest books ever written in the English language, whether horror, nonfiction, or speculative futures you never want to see.

One caveat: the list is limited to one book per author, so Stephen King fans will have to expand their horizons a little bit. Check out 50 books that will keep you up all night after the jump, and add any other scary favorites to the list in the comments.

See the list HERE.

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50 Most Powerful Superheroes Ever: Entertainment Weekly Ranks The Top 10

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We are living in the age of superheroes. Caped crusaders have smashed the confines of their comic-book cages and now dominate almost every corner of global pop culture. But who among them truly rules?

To create this ranking of the 50 Most Powerful Super­heroes, Entertainment Weekly devised a 100-point system that rated each character in nine categories: Cultural Impact, Bankability, Design, Modern Relevance, Mythology, Nemeses, Originality, Personality, and Powers. We gave each category a maximum score of 10 points, with one exception: Cultural Impact.

The power of a superhero is defined most by this quality, so EW measured it on a 20-point scale to weigh the final list in favor of characters who have the deepest cultural footprints.

EW’s hardcore superhero experts assembled and individually scored 155 characters in each category. Those composite category scores were then added together to create an overall power total for each character. This determined the final 50 and each character’s position on the list.

The result is the most precise and comprehensive superhero ranking ever created. To see the full rundown, pick up EW’s special double-issue on Friday. See the top 10 Superheroes as ranked by Entertainment Weekly HERE.

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The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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There’s never been a creative boom for TV like the one we are living through right now. Ever since The Sopranos changed the game at the turn of the century, we’ve been in a gold rush that gives no signs of slowing down. What better moment to look back and celebrate the greatest shows in the history of the art form?

So Rolling Stone Magazine undertook a major poll – actors, writers, producers, critics, showrunners. Legends like Carl Reiner and Garry Marshall, who sent us his ballot shortly before his death this summer. All shows from all eras were eligible; anybody could vote for whatever they felt passionate about, from the black-and-white rabbit-ears years to the binge-watching peak-TV era. The ratings didn’t matter – only quality. The voters have spoken – and, damn, did they have some fierce opinions. On this list you’ll find vintage classics and new favorites, ambitious psychodramas and stoner comedies, underrated cult gems ripe for rediscovery, cops and cartoons and vampire slayers. You’ll find the groundbreaking creations of yesteryear as well as today’s innovators. (There was nothing like Transparent or Orange Is the New Black or Game of Thrones a few years ago, but who could imagine this list without them?) The list is guaranteed to start plenty of loud arguments – but the beauty of TV is how it keeps giving us so much to argue about.

Check out the list HERE.

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