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From ‘MacGruber’ to ‘Wayne’s World:’ the best and worst ‘SNL’ movies

Arts, Culture & Media

In honor of ‘MacGruber,’ which hits theatres nationwide today, we look at the best and worst movies based on Saturday Night Live sketches ?- from “The Blues Brothers” to “It’s Pat” and ask, what makes for a good SNL movie?

Critic doesn’t object to Time breast feeding cover, but rather to words that accompany it

Global Politics

Vote 2008: Xtreme Polls

New York City Marathon Will Go on as Planned

TIME’s Controversial Cover

Follow Friday: George Zimmerman’s Facing Charges, Santorum Exits the Race, Ann Romney Defends Motherhood and More

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week’s big stories. This week we hear more about the arrest of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, Rick Santorum’s exit of the GOP presidential nomination race, Miami Marlins’ Ozzie Guillen’s foot-in-mouth disease, and more. This week we’re joined by Mary Elizabeth Williams, staff […]

Ashley Judd’s Puffy Face: Why Do We Care?

Actress Ashley Judd is again in the media spotlight for slamming the media spotlight.  This week, Judd penned an  article in Daily Beast about her appearance – specifically her so-called “puffy face” – and the media’s obsession with it. Judd writes that she chose to address the criticism because it was “misogynistic and embodies what all girls […]

Friday Follow: Super Tuesday, al-Awlaki Defense, Rush Limbaugh and the Contraceptive Debate

This week saw the not-so-super Super Tuesday primary, a break in silence from the White House on the targeted killing of an American national overseas, and Rush Limbaugh with his foot in his mouth in the national debate over contraceptive use. Those and more are the stories we followed with our panel of political and […]

Cancer Veteran or Cancer Survivor?

For individuals facing cancer, the battle is a personal one, and whether one lives or dies, the experience is always traumatic. Mary Elizabeth Williams, a staff writer for Salon, has been sharing her own cancer story on the website over the past several months. Last month, after undergoing experimental trials for her metastatic Stage 4 […]

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Big in 2012: Our Predictions

Lifestyle & Belief

Kurt Andersen, Mary Elizabeth Williams and Paul Rudnick prognosticate.