Happy Christmas Eve to those who celebrate, and to those who don’t: TGIF, amirite? Here’s hoping that regardless of your plans this weekend, you’re looking forward to some relaxation and/or fun.


And have you read this week’s Book Reports?

Sarah posted a review/drinking game for the movie adaptation of Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game, which goes easy on the sexy times but still hits some excellent rom-com notes. And Stephanie shared a Stream-It for Single All The Way, by far Netflix’s best holiday offering this year.

Book-Related Things

RIP Joan Didion. “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

“Joan Didion’s Greatest Two-Word Sentence.”

Love the idea of making a Christmas ornament of all the books you’ve read in a year.

The books definitely have us.

Onscreen Things

One of our favorite IRL married couples, Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley (RIP, The 100) will co-star in an upcoming sci-fi film called Hera.

Ted Lasso continues to bring the magic.

Here’s an interesting video comparison of the film versions of West Side Story. And, related: A tale of two Anitas.

This deep dive into director Joe Wright and production designer Sarah Greenwood’s partnership has some excellent behind-the-scenes details on Pride & Prejudice.

Rebecca Roanhorse’s Black Sun to be adapted for TV by the author and The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang. (I still really need to read this book.)

Here’s a teaser trailer for Witches and Wizards Cleans Up Messes Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Michael Keaton will reprise his Batman role for the upcoming Batgirl movie starring Leslie Grace.

Multimedia Things

Dare I posit that Jorts are having a … Jortsenaissance? (Friendly reminder that we have I <3 Jorts merch that works for all varieties of Jorts love.)

Where’s the lie?

I’d ignore the red flags for Fassbender, too. #noshame

Too real.

Reminder! We have a Love, Actually drinking game

*endless beleagured sigh*

Miscellaneous Things

Random but EXTREMELY useful for those of us who like a citrus twist in our cocktails: use a cheese slicer!

Thinkpiece on Kirsten Dunst’s career.

“How The Australian Accent Became A Main Character In 2021.”

What’d we miss? Add your fave distractions of the week in the comments.

Mandy (she/her) is a manager at a tech company who lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, son, and dogs. She loves superheroes and pretty much any show or movie with “Star” in the name.