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  • "Fifty Shades" Casting Update: Charlie Hunnam Will Not Be Playing Christian Grey

    Charlie HunnamCharlie HunnamOh, Fifty Shades of Grey movie. So many questions. So few answers.

    By Natasha Burton

    First, the director's husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, put rumors to rest that he'd be taking on the role, now Pacific Rim's Charlie Hunnam is out too. At this point, we'll take any solid info we can get on the movie's casting, so we were delighted to learn that yet another actor is out of the running to play Christian Grey.

    Related: Meet the (Female!) Director for the Fifty Shades Flick

    According to a statement from Hunnam's rep, the British babe will not be starring in the film/going full frontal to play our fave kinky sex stallion. Which we weren't really all that sad about until we saw the picture above.

    Are you sure you don't want to reconsider, Char? For us?

    Still, any news is good news in our books because…process of elimination, yo. Now, we just need every other adult male in Hollywood to chime in that he's not playing Christian until there is one man left standing: Ryan Gosling.

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  • Millennials Might Not Be the Hookup Generation After All, Says Study

    The college hookup culture has been the same for years.There's been a lot of hand-wringing among a certain faction of the older set about the overly liberal sexual proclivities of the next generation. (I think there has, at least - I feel like I saw a 60 Minutes segment about "sexting" on an airplane once. Hi, I'm old.)

    By Sam Lansky

    And yet! A new study out of the University of Portland suggests that sexual behavior among college students has remained largely consistent over the last 25 years, with recent college students of the so-called hookup era no more likely to have engaged in "frequent sex or more sexual partners during the past year or more sexual partners since turning 18 than undergraduates from the earlier era." Findings are to be presented in full at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, which basically goes down like the movie Caligula because age ain't nothin' but a number - at the end of the day, we all freaks. Am I right or am I right?

    Related: The Big Fat Myth About Friends With Benefits

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  • 5 Sexy Summer Flings—Should You Love Him or Leave Him?

    Your summer fling: a Danny & Sandy affair.Oh, summer flings. They are the best and the worst. It's never easy deciding if you should dump your summer dude or hold on to him through fall. We had dating expert Marni Battista help us figure out if you should ditch his ass or keep him.

    By Dara Adeeyo

    1. The High School Boyfriend

    The Situation: He's the Zach to your Kelly, and you love him and everything, but you're going to different colleges hours apart. Should you try to make it work long-distance or forget it?

    What You Should Do: Ditch his ass.

    Hear us out: It'll be hard, but holding on to your high school boyfriend is like holding on to your past. "College is your time to re-invent yourself, not spend hours on video chat talking to your high school flame while the rest of your dorm is exploring new adventures and making new friends," Battista says.

    2. The Summer Coworker

    The Situation: You bonded over fetching coffees, bitching about your boss, happy hour drinks, and make outs. But should you take Intern Boy

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  • Study Says Drinking Hot Cocoa May Prevent Dementia


    A new study suggests that drinking hot cocoa may prevent dementia.A new study suggests that drinking hot cocoa may prevent dementia.Oh, no! Terrible news! Medical nightmare! Stop your entire life! A new study published by the American Academy of Neurology (via The Washington Times) suggests that drinking hot cocoa may improve memory in patients with impaired blood flow to the brain, which could stave off dementia.

    By Sam Lansky

    (In related news, a new study published by me right here suggests that drinking hot cocoa may improve deliciousness in everyone, especially near the holidays, when you're wearing a cable knit sweater by a crackling fire with your boyfriend while the snow falls delicately outside, or whatever.)

    Related: A Good Excuse to Eat Chocolate

    In the study, 60 people who had never been diagnosed with dementia drank two cups of hot cocoa each day for a month while taking memory and thinking tests; researchers monitored blood flow to their brains. Out of those 60 subjects, 18 had impaired neurological blood flow when the study began; blood flow improved by 8.3% by the end of the study, while their memory

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  • Do Stay-At-Home Moms Want to Go Back to Work?


    Do Stay-At-Home Moms Want To Go Back To Work?Do Stay-At-Home Moms Want To Go Back To Work?It's been ten years since the media highlighted what they called the Opt-Out Revolution, the trend of women with high-paying, prestigious jobs leaving their careers to become full time mothers. Now, a follow-up article in the New York Times magazine revisits the issue after a decade that's seen radical shifts in the economic climate and job market.

    By Sam Lansky

    Surprise! It's tough out there for the opt-out revolutionaries, many of whom were unable to return to their careers with equal success after years out of the workforce. Although most found work, the jobs were more junior and less lucrative than their former posts.

    Related: 10 Success Secrets Bosses Never Tell You but Should

    But the more subtle consequence, as drawn in the piece, has to do with shifts in the power dynamics of their marriages - husbands reluctant to see their wives abandoning responsibilities they've since come to associate with women, but frustrated by their wives' inabilities to contribute financially during

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  • 15 Things You Really Shouldn't Say to an Engaged Woman

    There are some things you just shouldn't say to a recently engaged girl. There are some things you just shouldn't say to a recently engaged girl. After spending nine months as an engaged woman, I've learned that people can say some weird sh*t to you once they find out you've been ringed up. So, here's a little tutorial on what not to say to your just-got-proposed-to pal.

    By Natasha Burton

    1. "Whoa, what size diamond is that?"
    Think of this like asking what your friend weighs-unless she's your BFF since birth, you just don't make the inquiry. Same goes for the specific carats on your friend's new ring. Truth be told, I wouldn't even know what size my own diamond is had I not peeked at the specs on the certificate that came with it, and I assume many other women simply don't even know.

    2. "OMG yours is so big compared to mine."
    Really? Why would you tell a chick something she already knows (because she has eyes)? An engaged friend of mine told me that some girl, within two seconds of meeting her, grabbed her hand, then glared at her own fiancé to say, "Hers is bigger than mine!" Nice way to spread the awkward, and

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  • Autoeroticism: When the Thing that Turns You on the Most Is…You

    Chrisian Bale in Amercan Psycho.Chrisian Bale in Amercan Psycho.When you see yourself naked, are you totally aroused? Do you daydream about hooking up with yourself after work? Are you basically your own definition of slampiece?

    By Natasha Burton

    Related: A Few Notes on Office "Slampieces"

    Working at Cosmo, you'd think that I've heard every sex term written, uttered, or conceived, ever. So, imagine my surprise-and delight!-when I got to add a new word to my vocab list today: Autoeroticism, as in being sexually aroused by yourself. (Which, as it turns out, should not be confused with creeptastic, watching-himself-in-the-mirror-during-sex Christian Bale in American Psycho.)

    A psychologist recently wrote a fascinating a piece for Psychology Today on the term and some of the misconceptions surrounding it. Autoeroticism, like other sexual preferences and sexualities, works in degrees. So, if you enjoy getting down for some solo lovin' from time to time, then you're at least somewhat turned on by your (sexy ass) self. However, full-on autoerotic (or

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  • When's Wine O'Clock? 7 P.M. Says Survey


    When is the best time to drink a glass of wine? When is the best time to drink a glass of wine? When's the best time to wine down? Just around 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, according to a new survey.

    By Natasha Burton

    After polling people about their vino-drinking habits, bottling company Cobevco found that 6:53 p.m. on Wednesday evenings is the ideal time for popping a bottle. This makes perfect sense to us. Mid-way through the week, you're slowly coming undone, but Friday is nigh, so what better reason to take a little wine to the face? Around 75 percent said they prefer to indulge in a glass (or three) at home, and this is a tad disturbing: 37 percent sip away with no accompanying meal. Haven't you guys ever heard of mac and cheese?

    Related: Is Wine the New Diet Drink?

    As far as wine type is concerned, red and white wine each got nearly 40 percent of the vote, while only one in five kick back with a glass of rosé, my personal wine type of choice. (Because it's pink, duh.)

    So, celebrate getting over the weekly slump tonight with a big ol' glass of your fave vintage-hey,

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  • Do Big Breakfasts Really Help You Lose Weight?

    Do big breakfasts actually help you loose weight? Do big breakfasts actually help you loose weight? While we've heard it all over here, from green-juice-as-breakfast to carbo-load breakfast to fruit cup breakfast, the jury's still out whether a big breakfast actually helps or hurts your weight loss journey.

    By Anna Breslaw

    (I admit, I am partial to my personal delusion that if I keep eating my go-to greasy breakfast sandwiches made of bagel, bacon, eggs, ketchup, salt, unicorn horn powder and the dreams of children, I will magically Animorph into Adriana Lima. Shhh, don't kill my buzz)

    ABC News reports that a new study in this week's Journal of Obesity examined the question and came up - huzzah! - in favor of breakfast. Tel Aviv-based researchers split their test group of 1,600 middle-aged overweight women in half, asking one side to consume most of their daily calories at breakfast and the other side at dinner.

    Related: How to Find Your Ideal Weight

    The heavy breakfast eaters lost an average of 20 pounds over the course of three months while the lighter breakfast eaters

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  • Behind-the-Party-Scene at the Wildest College in the USA

    University of Iowa fans party at a Hawkeye football tailgate. University of Iowa fans party at a Hawkeye football tailgate. It's official: The Hawkeyes party hardest. This week, the latest Princeton Review rankings named the University of Iowa the number-one party school in the country. And Twitter goes wild with a flood of #KeepItUpHawks #WeAreNumberOne #ProudAlumnae!

    By Caitlin Scott

    As a rising senior at UI, I can hardly say I'm surprised. The scene at Iowa is definitely cray. This is partly due to the fact that there isn't a whole lot to do on the entertainment spectrum in Iowa City besides hit up one of the many bars.

    The revelry begins with Friday After Class-#FAC-which means going downtown (or DT, as the cool kids say). Iowa kids have their sh*t together and purposefully craft a schedule that features a class-free Friday, perfect for relaxing all day and partying hard all night.

    At 7 p.m., underage students get their pre-game on (drink of choice: disgusting-but-hella-cheap Hawkeye Vodka), get a buzz going, and then flock to the bars downtown, where they party it up until 10 p.m., at

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