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'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men — Since their first single 20 years ago, the Backstreet Boys - AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell - have recorded a dozen albums and sold more than 130 million of them worldwide. They've packed amphitheatres, broken records and danced shirtless in fake rain.

Backstreets Boys to Men — It's 10 minutes before I'm going to Skype with the Backstreet Boys, and my 29-year-old self is anxiously pondering a dilemma my 10-year-old self - a BSB superfan - couldn't possibly have imagined: Which wall of my tiny, cluttered New York City apartment do I feel most comfortable letting one of the most successful boy bands in history look at over my shoulder?

The Martian Deserves Everything It’s Getting, Matt Damon Included — The most surprising thing about The Martian isn't that it's going to be a major Ridley Scott film starring [typecast?] astronaut Matt Damon in the leading role. Or that the novel's author, Andy Weir, wrote some 350 page of extremely technical aerospace detail with little more than Google research.

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Bird Box Is Creepy As Hell And I Like It — No one is sure how it started. Or what started it. One day there was a report on the news about a man in Russia who asked his friend to pull over the truck they were riding in and then attacked him, removing his friend's lips with his fingernails.

2 Chainz, Nancy Grace Debate Marijuana Legalization — Rapper 2 Chainz joined television host/justice enthusiast Nancy Grace to discuss the pros and cons of legal marijuana on HLN Tuesday night, and the result was great television. Using the hashtag #Pot2Blame?, Grace tackled marijuana policy at length with a panel of guests that also included addiction specialist Brad Lamm and National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Chair Norman Kent.

Sony Authorizes Christmas Day Screenings of 'The Interview': Report — Looks like The Interview may get its audience. According to the founder of Austin's Alamo Drafthouse theater, Sony Pictures Entertainment has authorized select screenings of the movie on its original release date, Christmas Day.

Cell Phone Video Shows Aftermath of NYPD Shooting — A cell phone video posted by the New York Post on Sunday shows the immediate aftermath of the shooting of two police officers in Brooklyn, who were killed by a 28-year-old gunman while sitting in their patrol car.

The Irrefutable Best Books of 2014, As Determined by Science* — It's been a trying year here on Sorry Television. Sidetracked by work-and, let's be honest, an endless procession of binge-worthy Netflix inventory-I am set to close out 2014 with a mere 32 books under my belt, near enough to bi-weekly that I should probably rebrand as You're Welcome Television (subtitle: Reading Books Every So Often, Like When...

5 Things To Fill The Serial-Sized Hole In Your Life — Between Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad novels, and 156 episodes of Cold Case, you can survive until Serial Season 2.
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RT @elijahwolfson: Thanks @zoeschlanger for being the first reporter on the Monsanto "lobbyist" story to actually report.…

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