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The Bachelor Watch: Rose Ceremony, Interrupted

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Plenty of drama and not enough resolution in this week's episode

Welcome back to The Bachelor. This week, Chris Soules a.k.a. Prince Farming is rotating his crops and moving his herd to Santa Fe, because nothing helps move a man and his 11 girlfriends along the path to love like newer, greener pastures, ever closer to Iowa.

Here’s what happened on The Bachelor:

First Date: Chris wants to take Carly on a special date, and what better barometer use for “special” than Heather Graham? So Chris takes Carly to the Love Guru. They chant in unison, they blindfold each other, they wear natural-fiber white linens, they wipe chocolate on each other, and about halfway through, Carly admits that she is terrified of physical intimacy. After rubbing Carly’s thigh chakras, but before removing the physical barriers (read: clothes) that keep them apart, Chris realizes that the so-called Love Guru is actually a sex guru. (If the movie was about a sex guru, it probably would have more than 14% on Rotten Tomatoes.) They both decide it’s too weird to remove their pants in public, but have no qualms about straddling each other and breathing into each others mouths without kissing while a “love guru” monitors them closely. Chris decides he’s ready to take his relationship with Carly to the next level. That’s when Carly admits that her last boyfriend refused to have any type of intimacy with her at all. Chris breaks through that barrier on a pile of pillows with a rose in his hand and The Love Guru on the VCR.

Group Date: Everyone except Britt is invited on a group date that involves white-water rafting down the Rio Grande. All the women (mostly Ashley) pretend they are, like, super excited to go white-water rafting. Whitney somehow manages to get the catbird seat next to Chris on the raft, so he is distracted when Jade falls overboard. Turns out she has a disorder that requires a muscle-bound farmer to rub her tootsies if they get cold, and Chris does his part to help the damsel in distress while all the other women wish they had a disorder too.

The Surprise: After everyone recovers from the horrors of the river, they head to a local hotel for some cocktails and chit-chat. While the women nurse their drinks, Chris “runs into” Jordan in the lobby. What a surprise! Jordan, who is best known for being voted Most Likely to Wind Up Black-Out Drunk on the Kitchen Floor before being kicked off back in Week 2, is loitering in the lobby after driving all the way from Colorado to try and persuade Chris to give her another chance. Chris points out that she was too drunk to form a coherent sentence, let alone a coherent relationship. She makes her pitch, and Chris shrugs and throws her to the sharks a.k.a. the other women. The rest of the cocktail party consists of the women trying to tell Chris that he should send Jordan home without sounding super catty (Ashley fails on that front) until he finally cuts his losses and sends Jordan home. Then he gives the Date Rose to Whitney, which makes Ashley angry, because Whitney wasn’t mean enough to Jordan.

Second Date: If you’ve ever wondered if the Bachelor producers are evil, take the case of poor Britt. Not only is she terrified of heights and her date card clearly implies great heights, but then the producers send Chris into her bedroom at 4:30 in the morning (that’s like 11 a.m. Farmer Standard Time) and she has to wake up with him and a camera in her face. Luckily she sleeps in her makeup. Chris takes her hot-air ballooning and then to his hotel room where they make out in his bed for a while. A long while. Back at the hormone hacienda, the women’s sexy sense is tingling because they seemingly sit around bad-mouthing her until she rolls in with her bedhead and Date Rose and freshly kissed lips.

The Date Thief: Kelsey is sad, because she hasn’t been able to tell Chris about her tragic back story yet. So after Britt’s very successful date, Kelsey puts on her best mom jeans and most serious cardigan, bobby pins back her power bob and goes to tell Chris her story. She tells him all about her husband who died of congestive heart failure during his morning constitutional. Chris makes sad eyes and has no compunction about kissing the tears she shed for her dead husband away, which is some serious sloppy seconds. Then there’s a very odd interview where Kelsey exclaims that her story is “the best.” Uh, O.K.

The Cocktail Party: Chris kicks off the festivities by killing the mood and telling the women that he and Kelsey had an emotional conversation that really affected him and then he takes a second to himself. He goes to cry in the courtyard about how really real this all is and then Chris Harrison makes his contractually obligated wingman appearance to check on him. The women all speculate that he was going to send Kelsey home but now feels too guilty to do it. Then Chris decides to cancel the cocktail party, because Kelsey taught him that every day is precious, and he doesn’t want to waste any time drinking and making small talk when he already knows who he wants to go home. Ashley and MacKenzie cry about the fact that they have sad stories, but they aren’t as sad as Kelsey’s sad story, and isn’t that sad? Suddenly the halls of the house fill with Kelsey’s disembodied wailing. She is collapsed on the floor and a paramedic is crouching over her. Seems like she is having one heck of a panic attack, but the paramedic may not have a big enough Xanax-Valium eight-ball to fill the void of possibly maybe getting kicked off the path to love. To find out, though … we’ll have to wait until next week. That’s right this episode is to be continued.

The Best Moment: As audience members struggle with the lack of resolution, the producers throw us a bone in the form of boneheaded Megan. “I never figured out why they called it ‘New Mexico’ instead of ‘Old Mexico,'” she says while wearing a sombrero, which is “the fanciest hat” she has ever worn. Megan, FTW.

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Rooster Teeth Animator Monty Oum Dead at 33

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Jeff Vespa—WireImage/Getty Images Animator Monty Oum arrives at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 26, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Austin native was the show creator and animator for the popular series RWBY

Rooster Teeth animator and show creator Monty Oum died at the age of 33 on Sunday from complications stemming from a medical procedure, the company announced on its website.

“As for honoring Monty, we will do that in our own way. In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask that you simply do something creative. Use your imagination to make the world a better place in any way that you can,” the firm said in a statement.

After his hospitalization, a public fund was set up to support Oum, which has now raised almost $210,000. Rooster Teeth said the money will go toward supporting his family.

Oum was best known as the creator of the animated series RWBY, which follows a team of heroes who use an element called “Dust” to battle supernatural forces. The first episode has nearly 4 million views on YouTube.

Rooster Teeth is a growing production studio based out of Austin that focuses on live-action shorts and animation.

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Watch Peter Give Mindy a Checkup in This Mindy Project Sneak Peek

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NBC—NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images The Mindy Project -- "San Francisco Bae" Episode 313 -- Pictured: Adam Pally as Peter.

It's also Adam Pally's last episode as a series regular

Tuesday’s episode of The Mindy Project will be the last time we get to see the hilarious Dr. Peter Prentice, played by Happy Endings star Adam Pally, as a series regular.

But it won’t be the last we see of the doctor, as he will be popping up to make semi-regular guest appearances on the show, Entertainment Weekly reports.

In an exclusive clip of Tuesday’s half-hour episode, Prentice is conducting an intimate examination on Mindy (Mindy Kaling, The Office) while venting his romantic problems with brain surgeon Lauren (Tracey Wigfield).

Watch the clip at Entertainment Weekly.

The Mindy Project airs on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. E.T. on Fox.

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Transparent Creator Jill Soloway Developing Feminism-Themed MTV Comedy

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Jerod Harris—Getty Images Jill Soloway attends the IMDb & Amazon Instant Video Studio on Jan. 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah.

In collaboration with the creators of the web series #hotmessmoves

The creator of Amazon’s original series Transparent is developing a female-driven, feminism-focused comedy for MTV.

Jill Soloway has received plenty of praise—and a Golden Globe—for Transparent, but at MTV she’ll be shining the spotlight on writers Lyle Friedman and Ashley Skidmore, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show will follow two grown women trying to save womankind 10 years after meeting at camp, where they bonded over second-wave feminism and were struck by lightning.

Upright Citizens Brigade alumni Friedman and Skidmore, who will executive produce, are staff writers on the TV Land comedy Younger, and the creators of the web series #hotmessmoves. Though Soloway is also an executive producer, she described her role as a “godmother” in a statement.

“Lyle and Ashley have a magical ability to tap into the female psyche, and through their own special brand of truth and humor they absolve us of our most humiliating moments,” she said.

[THR]

TIME Opinion

How to Make History by Tweeting an Old Photo

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Arthur Brower / Getty Images Civil rights activists Norman Hill, Bayard Rustin and Frederick D. Jones, in 1964

Why I started the hashtag #HistoricPOC: to prove that people of color are part of the past

Recently, a Tumblr discussion of Agent Carter — the post-World War II Marvel miniseries currently airing on ABC — turned to the fact that the cast is predominantly white. Unsurprisingly, opinions ran strong. But according to some, there was no reason to get worked up: after all, life in 1940s New York was so segregated that — even in superhero-based fiction — no person of color would be present in the same working or living spaces as a white woman, unless they were a servant.

But, in reality, President Roosevelt’s desegregated Federal employment by executive order in 1941.

That’s why I started the hashtag #HistoricPOC on Twitter and Tumblr. I encouraged fellow users to post pictures of people of color (POC) throughout history. Whether they posted family photos or links to famous images, I wanted there to be an easily accessible visual historic record. It doesn’t matter if someone had any training in history; all that was required were photos and some idea of when they were taken. Users of the tag posted pictures of family members’ celebratory moments, important events and even some of the truly mundane aspects of day-to-day life. All of that history is relevant. All of it is important. All of it is proof that they were there too. We cannot erase the people who lived through the past from the spaces they inhabited, and it is incredibly important not to whitewash the past as that can only lend itself to racist myths about the roles of POC in creating and sustaining society.

At the time Roosevelt wrote Executive Order 8802 and established Fair Employment Practice in the Defense Industries, federal employment was not fully segregated despite the best efforts of some of his predecessors. People like Mary Church Terrell and W.E.B. DuBois had fought President Woodrow Wilson’s efforts to implement Jim Crow laws in the federal service. Black men (like Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and William Dawson) were in the House of Representatives at a time when current popular media — in a bizarre reflection of the Jim Crow mores that made Blackface more popular than Black people in many movies — would have you believe that the past was all white, unless the topic is the oppression of POC. There is more to our history than the pain of legally enfranchised brutality depicted in Roots, Selma, or The Help. To show only show those aspects of history might make a modern viewer think that the people of color of the past had no power to effect change. Nothing could be further from the truth: the roots of any liberation enjoyed by modern marginalized people can be found in the work done by those who came before us, who (whether we are taught it or not) stood up against oppression in ways that are still impacting us today.

Was the agency of Black people — the agency of all people of color — limited during Jim Crow? Absolutely. It is still limited by structural racism. However, a history that paints us as objects with no power is a false one indeed. Erasure is not equality, and we need to see what happened in the past, to know how we should engage in the present and the future. There is an old saying that history is written by the victors. It’s a great shorthand for the reality that what we think we know of the past is framed by the people teaching us about it, whether with a textbook that skims right over the details of life in between major events like slavery and the end of Jim Crow laws, or media that portray the past as the province of a particular ethnic group. The reality is most people only know as much history as they’ve been taught before the age of 18. After high school, any further study of history is largely optional; interests can be heavily slanted towards one area with no need to learn more about anyone or anything else.

Thus, the fact that Martin Luther King Jr. was born only six months before Anne Frank escapes most people simply because the two icons are never situated in the same lessons. Others who were instrumental in changing the world are erased simply because they aren’t spoken of at all in textbooks. We may hear more about Rosa Parks than Claudette Colvin, but both were instrumental in effecting change. The same is true of Bayard Rustin, whose sexual orientation meant that even those who worked directly with him rarely spoke publicly about the importance of his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. We may know that Josephine Baker danced in a banana skirt while never hearing that she was awarded the Croix de guerre (Cross of War), or that she was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by General Charles de Gaulle for her work with the French Resistance during World War II.

Because of how history is taught, we tend to think of it as discrete events, even though it is all interconnected. #HistoricPOC isn’t a comprehensive look at history, but an effort to use social media to bring out more facts that might otherwise be ignored. History was written by the victors, but now anyone can document the past, and because Twitter and other social media sites are being archived, the use of the hashtag can make that data more accessible to the casual researcher. To know your history — to really know it — is to be proud of where you came from, and to be equipped with a certainty that even the smallest of steps forward can make a long term difference.

As events unfold in the current fight against police brutality in marginalized communities, a truer representation of history can be inspirational — and, more importantly, it can show us how communities worked together to achieve common goals. There is no fairness in the workplace without the labor movement and the Civil Rights Movement making their individual and joint contributions. Nor does any movement happen solely because of the efforts of one person. Rosa Parks, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, James Boggs, Grace Lee Boggs, Josephine Baker, Ozzie Davis, Ruby Dee and Harry Belafonte are the names you might recognize, but there were thousands of people working together to make change happen. A history that erases the importance of money contributed by entertainers, domestic workers and policy players is one that dehumanizes and demeans their sacrifices. Respectability might make some historical figures more appealing than others, but as we are seeing right now in Ferguson, Ohio, Chicago, New York, and so many other places, respectability isn’t required to do good and meaningful work against institutional oppression.

#HistoricPOC is written by all of us who want to participate, about all of our ancestors — not just the ones who made it into the history books.

Mikki Kendall is co-editor of hoodfeminism.com, cultural critic, historian by training, and occasional feminist by choice.

TIME Sports

5 Things We Learned from Katy Perry’s Palm Tree Dancers’ Reddit AMA

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Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images Katy Perry performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz.

Appearing in the Super Bowl halftime show was a teenage dream

While Katy Perry’s left shark was busy becoming an Internet meme, the palm tree dancers from the singer’s halftime show—students from Arizona State University in real life—took to reddit for an Ask-Me-Anything Q&A. Here are some of their most interesting answers:

1. They weren’t paid.
“I volunteered and I’m not upset that I didn’t get paid. It was a great experience and I got to work with some great people. Definitely worth it. I may have been a little greedy though and tried to keep what I could from the performance.” They were, however, fed “at all but one rehearsal.”

2. Katy Perry had an outfit pit crew.
“There was an entire wardrobe crew dressed in white haz-mat-like [sic] outfits devoted to sprinting on/off the stage and changing her clothes, which were, for the most part, snap-on.”

3. The sharks were Katy’s actual dancers.
The users doing the AMA were part of the Arizona State Marching Band, while others from the props cast were from the Mesa Community College — except the sharks. “The sharks were originally supposed to be dancers from Mesa Community College, but 2-3 days before the performance Katy decided she wanted her own people in costume. The worst part is the MCC dancers had been practicing it for much longer and definitely knew it better at least in my opinion. My friend had a pretty good attitude about it and didn’t let it get to him too much.”

4. They weren’t naked underneath, but…
“We were in unitards with only boxer-briefs or compressions shorts on underneath, so pretty close.” They didn’t get to keep the costumes.

5. They did not get to meet Katy Perry.
“She showed up to our Props Cast rehearsal on Monday and said hi. That’s the closest any of us got to meeting her. She seemed nice, bubbly personality. Also she has the cutest damn dog, it looks like a teddy bear.”

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Super Bowl XLIX Was the Most-Watched TV Show Ever in the U.S.

114.4 million people watched the game, with even more tuning in for the halftime show

Super Bowl XLIX was the most-watched television program in U.S. history with over 114 million viewers, NBC announced Monday.

A total of 114.4 million people watched the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24, some 2.2 million people more than watched last year’s game, according to data from Nielsen.

That makes it the highest-rated Super Bowl in 30 seasons. (Its 47.5/71 rating puts it behind only the Super Bowls from 1982, 1983 and 1986.)

But even more people tuned in for Katy Perry’s halftime show, which drew 118.5 million viewers — 3 million more than last year’s Bruno Mars halftime show, and the most-watched halftime show ever (at least since the current version of the show, featuring popular performers, began in 1991).

Mark Lazarus, the chairman of the NBC Sports Group, called the Super Bowl “the most dominant and consistent property on television.”

That historic audience also paid off for NBC’s The Blacklist, whose post-Bowl telecast drew a series record of 26.5 million people. That makes it the network’s most-watched scripted program in a decade behind ER, which averaged 28.3 million people on the night of the Friends series finale.

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See the First Trailer for J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

TV miniseries will air in U.K. in February

J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy could not be further away in theme from Harry Potter, but diehard fans of the famed book series will appreciate the upcoming television adaption’s main star – the actor who plays Dumbledore, Michael Gambon.

The first trailer for J.K. Rowling‘s inaugural foray into TV has arrived, and it offers a glimpse into the small English town of Pagford, where the series is set.

Seemingly idyllic on the surface, “Everyone’s got skeletons rattling in their cupboards,” a voiceover intones.

“Behind the pretty facade,” reads the show’s official description, “is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. Pagford is not what it first seems.”

Ominous!

The project was announced back in December 2012, but details surrounding the miniseries were scant until casting was announced last June.

Filmed in Painswick, Gloucestershire, The Casual Vacancy stars Gambon, Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful, Emily Bevan (In the Flesh, Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) and more famous faces from the BBC.

Though she wrote the source material, Rowling did not adapt the screenplay for the miniseries. However, she was “happy and confident to hand over the job of crafting my novel for the small screen,” having spoken with writer Sarah Phelps extensively about the adaptation of her work.

The Casual Vacancy premieres Feb. 15 on BBC One.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Oprah Reunites With Selma Director for Queen Sugar TV Drama

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Mark Davis—Getty Images Oprah Winfrey attends the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival Montecito at the Arlington Theatre on Feb 5, 2014 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

An adaptation of Natalie Baszile's novel Queen Sugar is headed to OWN

Oprah has never acted in a program on her own network, but that’s about to change.

The media mogul is teaming up with Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, for a new drama series inspired by the Natalie Baszile novel Queen Sugar.

The series, which will air on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, is the first television series for DuVernay, who will write, direct and executive produce the show. Winfrey, who has recently acted in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Selma, will appear in a recurring role and executive produce.

“I loved this book and immediately saw it as a series for OWN,” Winfrey said in a statement. “The story’s themes of reinventing your life, parenting alone, family connections and conflicts, and building new relationships are what I believe will connect our viewers to this show.”

The adaptation of Baszile’s novel follows a Los Angeles woman who reconnects with her Southern roots after she and her daughter move to Louisiana to claim an 800-acre sugar cane farm her father bequeathed to her. Production is scheduled to begin later this year.

“From the moment I was introduced to the book, I was captivated by the idea of a modern woman wrestling with identity, family, culture and the echoes of history,” added DuVernay, the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe for her directing. “To bring this kind of storytelling to life alongside Oprah for her network is wildly wonderful. I’m excited about what’s in store.”

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Watch The Simpsons Totally Reimagined as Stunning Pixel Art

This will reinvigorate your love for the show

Here’s the iconic opening to The Simpsons with a bizarre twist: it’s done entirely in pixel art, complete with old-school video game gags and sound effects.

The video is not affiliated with the actual show, but it was created by well-known pixel artists Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon. It packs in plenty of references to the show, and is more elaborate than the standard opening scene.

Mostly, this is just going to make you want to play a Simpsons-themed video game.

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