In 1956, Grace Metalious wrote Peyton Place, an immediate best-seller about the scandalous secrets of a small town in New England. One of its inspirations was the real-life case of 20-year-old Barbara Roberts, who shot her father in December 1946 while defending herself and her younger brother.
Contemporary politicians do their best to supply us with a steady stream of scandals. But the strange case of New Jersey State Senator—shot by his mistress, Ruth Jayne Cranmer, in 1931—would grab headlines even today. This was during Prohibition, of course, but it started with lots of gin.
As far as I can tell, there's a stark difference between a "feminist character" and a "character who is a feminist." While there certainly can be overlap, there rarely even seems to be, and I can't understand why there seems to be so much confusion.
Harvard's media-friendly evolutionary psychologist Marc Hauser, famous for his 2006 book Moral Minds, is under investigation for misrepresenting research on morality in primates. Students asked Harvard officials to raid Hauser's lab three years ago; they didn't like what they found.
Did a widely publicized plagiarism scandal help make Tite Kubo's Bleach a hot movie property? Hot on the heels of accusations that Gene Simmons' kid ripped off Bleach for his own comic Incarnate, Warner Bros. purchased the Bleach movie rights.
Actress Julia Benson just started blogging and Twittering, and she addresses the uproar surrounding Stargate Universe's last episode, which many claim went a little nuts with the breast happy camera angles, "for all the talk about my natural (and believe me they are 100%) assets I promise you that there is much more…