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50 Years Of ‘Star Trek’

Star Trek, the science-fiction show about the crew of the starship Enterprise, premiered 50 years ago today on NBC, spawning a cult following and decades of spin-offs. Here are some milestones from the franchise’s 50-year history

How Big-Budget Movies Flop

Despite the recent box-office failures of Exodus, Ben-Hur, and Gods Of Egypt, studios continue to fund big-budget movies they hope will achieve blockbuster success. The Onion provides a step-by-step breakdown of how one of these movies becomes a flop:

Your Horoscopes — Week Of August 30, 2016

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‘Rugrats’ Turns 25

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Your Horoscopes — Week Of August 9, 2016

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Director Has Clear Vision Of How Studio Will Destroy Movie

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Your Horoscopes — Week Of June 14, 2016

ARIES: Once the laughter dies down, the party favors are put away, and the monkeys led back inside their cages, you’ll finally be given a chance to explain your side of the story.

Lost Jack London Manuscript, ‘The Doggy,’ Found

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Guide To The Characters Of ‘The Force Awakens’

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Robert De Niro Stunned To Learn Of Man Who Can Quote ‘Goodfellas’

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NEW YORK—Immediately halting production on his latest project after hearing of the incredible talent, legendary actor Robert De Niro was reportedly stunned to learn Wednesday that Bayonne, NJ resident Eric Sullivan, 33, can quote the critically acclaimed 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas at length.

Timeline Of The James Bond Series

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Magazine Announces Plans For Special 'Sex Issue'

NEW YORK—In an unprecedented move that has sent shockwaves through the magazine industry, Jane announced plans Monday to publish a special "Sex Issue."

Jane Magazine Cover

"When the editorial staff got together to plan our next issue, somebody jokingly suggested devoting an entire issue to sex—a 'sex issue,' if you will," said Jane Pratt, editor-in-chief of Jane, a monthly magazine geared toward hip 18- to 32-year-old women. "After the laughter died down, the room fell silent for almost a minute. It was clear we'd stumbled onto something."

Founded in 1997, Jane has featured articles about sex in previous issues. But never before has it—or any other magazine—published a single issue featuring so many articles on the subject that it could only be called "The Sex Issue."

"The issue will contain all sorts of articles about sex, written by women who've had sex, for women who've had sex," Pratt said. "No doubt, some people out there will think we've gone too far, but we here at Jane have never been afraid to be provocative and really shake things up."

"This is real," Pratt continued. "This is what happens between the sheets. Everyone talks about sex behind closed doors. We thought it was time to break down those doors and bring it out into the open."

While the full content of the issue has not been revealed, Pratt mentioned several of the articles that made the final cut. Among them are "What He's Really Thinking About Your Body," "Seven Ways To Make Him Scream," and "The 'Big O': A How-To Guide."

The September issue of <i>Model Railroader.</i>

"I promise you this is going to be a wild ride," Pratt said. "One of our reporters is doing a story about the 'ins and outs' of vibrators, and another is actually reviewing porn. That should really ruffle some feathers within the more conservative quarters of the magazine world."

Added Pratt: "Some [of our readers] might be a little put off by the idea of an entire 'sex issue' at first. But if they just give it a chance, I'm confident they won't be able to put it down—until their boyfriends get home."

In spite of the enthusiasm among Jane staffers, the decision to publish a sex issue was not an easy one.

"Initially, we were afraid our advertisers were going to shy away from this," advertising director Corinne McHugh said. "It turns out, they were all crazy for the idea. We had to double our page count just to keep up with the ads that came flooding in."

In the wake of the announcement, a number of other publications have announced plans for "sex issues," including Cosmopolitan, Vogue, FHM, Stuff, Men's Health, Esquire, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Harper's, Better Homes & Gardens, Money, Mother Jones, Comics Buyer's Guide, National Geographic, Reason, The Watchtower, Model Railroader, Biblical Archaeology Review, and Cat Fancy.

"I don't know why we didn't think of this sooner," Pratt said. "It's like a license to print money. Sexy money."

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