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'Strong Women' Do Like Movies—Good Movies

Female protagonist is a poor argument for stodgy Amelia

(Newser) - This weekend's battle at the multiplex, where sci-fi trounced Amelia Earhart, has carried over into the world of virtual opinion. Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday fired the first shot, and Sady Doyle fires back, explaining that she senses a “note of condescension.” See Amelia, Hornaday implores. “No... More »

Eminem: Serial Killers 'Inspire' Me

Rapper talks about how he's never been in a better place

(Newser) - Where has Eminem been since his last album hit the shelves in 2004? At first, mostly drowning in a sea of depression and prescription drugs, the rapper says in an interview with the Guardian. But for a year now he's been clean and focused on getting back to his roots—... More »

Michelle Obama's Brother Will Pen Memoir

Craig Robinson hopes to inspire with book due next year

(Newser) - Craig Robinson, brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, is working on a book to be published next year, the AP reports. Robinson, who coaches the men’s basketball team at Oregon State, hopes the book—entitled A Game of Character—will be part memoir, part inspirational guide. More »

Can Obama Be the New FDR?

Nation needs Roosevelt's action, inspiration

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s call yesterday to “act swiftly” to address the economic crisis clearly echoed Franklin Roosevelt’s inaugural address during the Depression: “action, and action now.” But while Obama's “crisp competence” was welcome, he wasn't particularly inspirational, and, Joe Nocera writes in the New York ... More »

Madge Makes 50 Look Good

Madonna becomes poster child for fans at half century mark

(Newser) - The Material Girl may be adding a new role in her career: poster child for the 50-and-fabulous, the AP reports. She's athletic, ambitious, kicking off a world tour next month—what more does an aging fan need? "I just think she's awesome," a 55-year-old mom said. "Here's... More »

Living Life While Facing Death

Professor's 'last lecture' inspires millions through viral Internet video

(Newser) - Professor Randy Pausch may be dying of pancreatic cancer, but a video of his “last lecture” continues to inspire millions around the world, the Independent reports. Pausch delivered his speech, titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” to laughter and tears at Carnegie Mellon in September. Picked up... More »

She's the Real 'Sweet Caroline'

Neil Diamond says JFK's daughter inspired his famous song

(Newser) - Neil Diamond ended decades of mystery about his most famous song by confessing to JFK’s daughter that she’s the “Sweet Caroline” in question—and then serenading her via satellite at her 50th birthday bash. “I’ve never discussed it with anybody before,” says Diamond, who... More »

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