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Hermione Granger makes magic and mistakes in new web series


If Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis sounds like fan fiction, that’s because it is. The new web series, which follows an adult Hermione who takes quite a different route than her literary counterpart, does what Harry Potter fans have been doing since the turn of the century: Imagining J.K. Rowling’s world through their own eyes.

2015 was a rough personal year for the series’ creator Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael, and she recalls breaking down early in 2016 while volunteering at the…

Can you trust a press secretary who swallows his gum whole?


Sean Spicer took to the podium to take a variety of questions from key media Monday – calling on Fox Business, the New York Post and the Christian Broadcasting Network for the first three questions – but the internet only had one query on its mind.

Can you trust a man who swallows his gum whole?

The new White House press secretary did his best to focus the news agenda on TPP, Skype seats for remote journalists and…

Google Voice finally gets group chat in its first update in 5 years


Google just delivered a very long overdue update to Google Voice.

The company introduced a set of new apps for Google Voice on iOS, Android and the web — the platform’s first major update in five years. The redesigned apps now support group and photo messaging, voicemail transcription in Spanish and sport a new layout that makes the apps easier to navigate.

The new “cleaner and more intuitive” design ditches Google Voice’s…

‘Smash 64′ tournament ends in a marathon Pikachu duel


The biggest names in Super Smash Bros. fought for glory at Genesis 4 this weekend — the first major Smash tournament of 2017 and a breeding ground for some amazing and memorable matches.

Genesis 4 featured tournaments in Melee, Smash 4 for Wii U and the Nintendo 64 original, and each game showcased some of the highest level of play imaginable. With so many great matches over the three-day tournament, we rounded up some of the best for your enjoyment.

Sundance Film Festival 2017: Day 1


The CineFix gang is at the Sundance Film Festival! Clint and Ti are joined by Josh Dickey to talk about the films they’ve seen so far and the films they’re looking forward to seeing in the coming days. Stay tuned for daily recaps this week.

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Is swallowing gum bad for you? Asking for a friend (Sean Spicer)


It sounds like an “alternative fact“: Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, apparently swallows dozens of pieces of gum every day.

Spicer said he rips through pieces of Orbit cinnamon gum to keep his palate feeling clean, according to an August story in the Washington Post that found a second life on Twitter this week.

“Two and a half packs by noon,” Spicer told the Post in August, when he was still the chief…

The trailer for Lifetime’s Britney Spears movie will just make you sad


Oh baby, baby, Lifetime has released the first trailer for their unauthorized Britney Spears biopic. Key word: Unauthorized.

Britney Ever After will premiere on February 18. British actress Natasha Bassett puts on her best Southern accent to play the troubled pop star as she struggles with fame and toxic relationships.

‘Saturday Night Live’ writer suspended over Barron Trump tweet


Apparently, not everything goes on Saturday Night Live.

Katie Rich, a writer for the longrunning NBC live show, learned that the hard way.

The “Weekend Update” writer has been indefinitely suspended from the show after she tweeted a comment about President Donald Trump’s son Barron, Mashable has confirmed.

In the tweet, which has since been deleted, she wrote Friday that 10-year-old “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter,” per Deadline, which first reported the news…

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Snapchat Discover is cracking down on sex, clickbait and fake news


Snapchat doesn’t need your clickbait.

The mobile storytelling platform, once popularized as a sexting app, is cracking down on sexually explicit and deceptive content within Discover, the publisher section of the app, the company announced Monday.

‘Super Smash Bros. Melee’ God Armada continues his reign at the top


Once again, the no. 1 Super Smash Bros. Melee player in the world, Adam “Armada” Lindgren, went undefeated to win Genesis 4, the first major Smash tournament of 2017.

Armada defeated player after player in the winners bracket to make it all the way to the grand finals for the fourth Genesis in a row and defeated his rival Joseph “Mango” Marquez for the third Genesis in a row, earning first place and taking home $8,520.