About Chanel Lee

Chanel Lee grew up in New York City and read everything she could get her hands on as a child, from daily newspapers to her father's medical books. She studied literature at the University of Virginia and planned to go to law school until she joined the college newspaper and decided to become a writer instead. After graduating from Syracuse University with a master's degree in magazine journalism, she went on to write for several publications, including Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice and The Source. At HowStuffWorks.com, she edits articles covering a wide range of topics, from history to health to automobiles. When she's not doing that, she's still reading everything she can get her hands on. You can find Chanel on Twitter at @FanStuff and on Facebook at the official FanStuff page.

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As Charlie Jane Anders at io9.com said, “Beetlejuice” is “one of the world’s most perfect movies,” so why would such a perfect movie — with such a perfect ending — need a sequel more than 20 years after the fact?

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Once upon a time, it seemed as if I spent most of my time on this blog bemoaning the sudden ubiquity of Hollywood remakes. I thought that the critics were with me on this one — until today, when I saw that Salon has basically surrendered to the remake juggernaut. The title of the article? “Why We Should Give Remakes a Chance.” Et tu, Salon? It sure seems so.

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It isn’t all that hard to count the clichés in your standard Hollywood movie, but a New York-based ad agency has made it much, much easier for fans to do so. Why? To get people out to the movies, of course! Wait … what?!

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Spoiler alert: It turns out that people don’t really care about spoilers all that much.

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If you grew up in a tough neighborhood, chances are you’ve gone to see a scary movie and came out talking all kinds of trash. You probably went home yelling, “I wish those so-and-sos would try something like that around here!” at anyone within earshot, right? Well, what if an alien invasion popped off in the middle of your ‘hood? Think very carefully before you answer, because that’s the basic plot of the movie “Attack the Block.”

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Have you ever started researching something cool and come across something even better? As I delved into yesterday’s post, I spied a truly mind-blowing tidbit: In April, the marketing firm that partnered with Reed Street Productions to put together the “Run for Your Lives” 5K race instituted the world’s first zombie marketing division. I would say “my head just exploded” or something like that, but I think the zombies would like that just a little too much. So, who are these guys?

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If you like your zombies more “28 Days Later” than “The Walking Dead,” then you’d probably love something like the “Run for Your Lives” 5K race. If you’re wondering what competitive running has to do with zombies … well, not much, unless you’re running from them, of course. This October, however, 10,000 brave runners will test that theory by running a standard 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race that just so happens to be riddled with undead creatures that want to eat them.

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To the casual observer, it may seem as if the fanboy’s smug superiority and angry online screeds are little more than the product of rage, obsession and a notable lack of impulse control. However, the casual observer would be wrong: Writer Cyril Kowaliski explains that “various scientific studies have pointed to the existence of a basal process that, when one chooses between two roughly equally desirable items, causes the brain’s perception of the two items to change significantly. The rejected item appears less desirable than it did before, while the chosen item is suddenly viewed as more desirable.” Put more plainly, “fanboys aren’t just raving fools.” So … what are they?

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I’m sure a fair number of you have already seen “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” but if you have yet to say farewell to the Boy Who Lived, there’s a slew of articles, slideshows and interviews hitting the Internet today that should help you put off the inevitable for just a while […]

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I don’t know how to feel about the fact that one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard for a television series found a home on the Internet, but there’s no denying that “Pop Pilgrims,” the AV Club’s “take on a travel show,” is pretty darn cool. The show’s hosts take pilgrimages to various pop culture Meccas to see if movie and television fantasy can hold a candle to reality. So far, the show has explored the Nakatomi building from “Die Hard,” the diner from “Twin Peaks” and the Initech headquarters from “Office Space,” among others. However, it took a visit to the gritty Baltimore setting of one of my favorite dramas for “Pop Pilgrims” to get my attention.

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