Spice Girls Reunions and ‘Furious 7’s’ Chances at a Best Picture Oscar: Links You Need to See


The seventh time might be a charm for the Fast & Furious action film franchise. At least Vin Diesel seems to think so, telling Variety with an intense enthusiasm this week that, “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.” Diesel wasn’t joking, but we’re not holding our breath that the Academy will come around — just in case, however, Slate has made a “For Your Consideration” ad.

Onto serious matters. Rumor has it that the Spice Girls might be reuniting. But, what would the crowd at Madison Square Garden look like? I ask myself. Wannabe turns 20 next year. Would anyone under fifteen right now go see them? Does this make me old? Things are also getting serious on Yelp, as the trend of restaurants shaming 1 star reviewers continues; and serious in Russia as someone with power in that country has actually proposed a vague plan for a massive trans-Siberian highway that would link Russia’s eastern border with Alaska; and serious-er still in Florida as the southern half of that state considers seceding “to get away from Gov. Rick Scott” over climate change policy. And while we seem unable to solve climate change, someone has just invented an alarm clock that also makes coffee.

And, in the arena of things that seriously can’t be happening right now, but actually are: Girls star Lena Dunham has just released an online quiz via The New Yorker called, “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?” The quiz has statements like, “He doesn’t tip” and “He’s really more of an ass man.” Some folks on the internet are already up in arms at this latest seeming attention-grabbing attempt. At least when Kim Kardashian-West vies for attention, she simply dyes her hair (back to black today).