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Rebel Wilson Wants You to Squirm

The rising Aussie comedienne is the anti–Melissa McCarthy

The rising Aussie comedienne is the anti–Melissa McCarthy.

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The well-intentioned people of Southington, Conn., are only going to make things worse.

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The former fake bikini contest judge is now a congressman.

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The Billboard Top 100 is shaking up its chart to include online streaming. What does this mean for music?

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About 10 years ago, something terrible happened: Strangers began to get comfortable with my first name. Throughout elementary school, I suffered mispronunciations (chole, rhymes with coal, was common) and misunderstandings (“What’s that short for?”). But what my name caused me in annoyance, it made up for in distinction. “Chloe” (or “Chloë or “Chloé”) was both classic and uncommon, I came to realize. Cookie-cutter was dull, different was daring—and yet “Chloe” was distinct without being ridiculous or made up. Then, other people caught on.

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Over-Rated Thinkers

Welcome to TNR’s 2011 list issue. Yesterday we named the most powerful, least famous people in Washington. Today’s installment: DC’s most over-rated thinkers. NEWT GINGRICH Maybe it’s the Ph.D., his extensive bibliography, or his constant appearances on Fox News, but Newt Gingrich has held on to his reputation as the “ideas man” of the Republican Party for too long. Last May, when Gingrich was contemplating a run in 2012, Eric Cantor swooned over his intellect and The Washington Post published a story headlined: “Newt Gingrich has Ideas.

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The READ: Washed Up

The more I watch “Jersey Shore,” the more it reminds me of the Stanford Prison Experiment, that notorious episode in 1971 when psychologist Philip Zimbardo selected a group of normal college students and assigned them randomly to act as either prisoners or guards in a mock jail. After only a few days, the “guards” turned cruel and sadistic, and the “prisoners” began to break down mentally. Zimbardo, confronted with this ethical conundrum, was compelled to terminate his experiment early. MTV has different standards.

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The Anti-VMAs

MTV presented the Video Music Awards this week, and as Muhammad Ali said about the Vietcong, I ain't got no quarrel with Taylor Swift and the rest of the ceremony's army of pitiless, desperately clawing pop mercenaries. No one wears a dress sown of meat like Lady Gaga, and it's nice to know that Justin Bieber can play the drums. Kanye West did nothing to prove that the president was incorrect about West's being a jackass, and Usher reminded us that he can dance. What fun!

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The Anti-VMAs

MTV presented the Video Music Awards this week, and as Muhammad Ali said about the Vietcong, I ain't got no quarrel with Taylor Swift and the rest of the ceremony's army of pitiless, desperately clawing pop mercenaries. No one wears a dress sown of meat like Lady Gaga, and it's nice to know that Justin Bieber can play the drums. Kanye West did nothing to prove that the president was incorrect about West's being a jackass, and Usher reminded us that he can dance. What fun!

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Bodacious? Xtremely!

On night one of the Conservative Political Action Conference, as George Will entertained GOP mucketymucks in the Marriott Wardman’s cavernous banquet hall, the next generation of Republicans was downstairs, in the basement, enjoying something more hip. Or, at least, Stephen Baldwin’s idea of hip.   “I know you don’t hear the word gnarly too much in conservative circles, but you’re gonna start hearing it in the future!” the 44-year-old ex-actor told a crowd of about 200 assembled youths.

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