Pop Culture's Worst Racial Stereotypes

Charlie Chan might be getting a new lease on life as a popular character, but some storied depictions of minorities in pop culture haven't aged as well. Here are five of the most dated and stereotyped characters in movies, cartoons, and literature.

Tactical Engagement: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston Make an Art of Tabloid War

Like Thucydides, diligently recording the ups and downs of Athenian and Spartan conflict, modern scribes have worked their pens into a frenzy over the War of 2010: Bristol Palin vs. Levi Johnston. But within that bitter battle—now an all-out redneck fracas—is another conflict: the sparring between rivals Us Weekly and People.

Salinger Like You’ve Never Seen Him

In April of 1968, the stamped date of the never-before-seen photograph held by documentary filmmaker Shane Salerno, J. D. Salinger would have been 49 years old. He was recently divorced, and three years into the seclusion that would span the last 45 years of his life. Salerno won't yet reveal any details about the mysterious picture.

The Sugar High of Cake-Themed TV

From 'Cake Boss' to 'Ace of Cakes' to the new D.C. 'Cupcakes', airing Friday on TLC, our television cravings are running from cake, to cake, to more cake. Should we stick a fork in this trend—or embrace this spate of comfort-food TV?

Is ‘Twilight’ Looking to ‘Eclipse’ the Ladies?

"Twilight" is leaving you in the lurch, ladies—at least, that’s what new research is claiming. Ahead of the release of "Eclipse," a new study suggests the third film is suppressing the book’s romantic fervor in favor of action-packed battle scenes and, in the process, devaluing its female fans. Why? As the study puts it, because Hollywood “doesn’t confer cultural legitimacy on texts until they are embraced by men, not just women.”

Movies: Italy Porn (for Ladies Only)

Used to be, summers were for travel. Now they’re for travel movies—ones that assiduously indulge us right here, in the air conditioning, in a reclinable velour chair, with a 64-ounce beverage. And this summer, we’re going to Italy.

'SATC2,' 'Prince of Persia' Bomb at the Box Office

This past weekend was the most sluggish Memorial Day at the movies since 1995—a bad omen for summer business. The 'Sex and the City' sequel—ye of $153 million in 2008—wilted under the critics’ heat lamp. So did Disney’s 'Prince of Persia,' starring Jake Gyllenhaal and his pectorals. What gives?

Video: Surveillance Shows Suspect; Taliban Vid Shows Mehsud Alive

A potential suspect in the May 1 attempted Times Square car bombing is tall, thin, white, and in his 40s, police say, after analyzing tape captured from NYPD surveillance cameras. The man removes a dark shirt about half a block from the Nissan, which was left running, and stuffs the shirt into his bag while glancing over his shoulder multiple times. In response, two videos from the Taliban's sect in Pakistan were posted online: the first claimed responsibility for the attempted attack, and the second featured the country's Taliban leader, long thought to have been killed by a U.S. drone strike.  Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud appears healthy in the video footage, which looks to have been filmed in early April. Per The Washington Post's Foreign Service, "That development was hailed as a huge blow to a militant organization that has carried out a steady campaign of attacks inside Pakistan over two years, and whose previous leader was killed by a U.S. drone last summe...

Obama's Financial-Reform Speech to Be Lean, Mean

Obama's coming north, and he's carrying a big stick: the president is expected to deliver a stern reprimand to the banking sector in his speech in New York Thursday, in the process excoriating some of his biggest financial backers, The Washington Post reports. Executives and employees from Goldman Sachs, the firm that will bear the brunt of Obama's finger-wagging, contributed nearly $1 million to his campaign in 2008. Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told Bloomberg the president's speech will focus on pushing the financial-reform bill, which he advocates as the antidote to Wall Street's "failure of responsibility." "I believe in the power of the free market. But a free market was never meant to be a free license to take whatever you can get, however you can get it," Obama will say, per excerpts released by the White House. His pitch: either Wall Street institutes and adheres to tough rules, or it risks dragging the country into a second...