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The 10 Hottest On-Screen Priests in History, Ranked

Forgive me father for I have sinned...

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What is it about Catholic priests that fill us with thoughts that are anything but godly?

Is it that they're sexually unattainable? That their robes emphasize their shoulders? That they're obligated to listen to our problems? Whatever it is, the trope of the hot priest has become a cultural staple that can be found in myriad of books, movies, and TV shows. Here are 10 of the hottest priests to ever make it on-screen.

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The Sopranos - World Of Trailers


We're now several weeks into self isolation, and if you're like us, you're probably running out of movies and TV shows to binge watch.

If you've already made your way through every halfway decent show on Netflix, don't worry, HBO has got your back. The streaming service just announced that they're making much of their content free to stream in order to encourage people to stay inside. You won't need a subscription or cable login to access the offer and can stream the available series on HBO NOW and HBO GO, both on mobile and desktop.

Here is the full list of free content:




Silicon Valley

Six Feet Under

The Sopranos


True Blood


The Wire


The Apollo

The Case Against Adnan Syed

Elvis Presley: The Searcher

The Inventor

Jane Fonda in Five Acts

I Love You, Now Die


True Justice

United Skates

We Are the Dream



Arthur 2: On the Rocks

Blinded By the Light

The Bridges of Madison County

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Empire of the Sun

Forget Paris

Happy Feet Two

Isn't It Romantic?

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Midnight Special

My Dog Skip

Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase


Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Red Riding Hood



Sucker Punch



Get Well Soon, Little Steven: A Love Letter

Steven Van Zandt is sick. While he recovers, let us pay our respects.

Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt with The E Street Band during a European Tour

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In 2004, music was on the verge of a full-on shift towards pop.

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5 Stupid TV Show Pop-Ups That Would Still Be Better Than the "Friends" Pop-Up Experience

The Friends Pop-Up Experience is stupid and anything else would be better.


Nobody told me life was gonna be this way, and by that I mean nobody told me that every stupid franchise would get a stupid pop-up "experience."

Is Friends the most bland, generic, milquetoast sit-com to ever grace television screens? Yes, of course. Is Joey the most annoying character ever written? Maybe. Do I want to punch David Schwimmer for no good reason? Possibly. Look, people like Friends for some reason, and that's fine. But why would anyone want to pay $29.50 to "experience" walking around a recreation of Chandler's apartment? If you want to walk around someone else's apartment, go to an open house for free. Also, you can "stick a turkey on your head," because dear G*d our entire world is burning.

But hey, if dumb TV show pop-ups are in, let's go all out. Pop-up everything! Here are some other stupid TV show pop-up ideas that people would probably still pay for:

The Office Pop-Up

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At The Office Pop-Up, you get to experience a 9-5 workday like never before! Walk around a full recreation of the Dunder Mifflin Office. Sit at Jim's desk and pick up the phone. It's a client with questions about paper stock. Hope you know what you're talking about or you might lose the sale! For lunch, try some of Kevin's famous chili, but be careful, because you need to eat it off the floor. Attend a meeting where a man in a suit says some racist stuff. Guests are forced to stay for a full eight hours.

The Big Bang Theory Pop-Up


Step out of your living room and into The Big Bang Theory living room. Sit on Sheldon's couch! You can read one of his prized comic books if you want, but make sure not to bend the pages because it could be valuable some day. Best of all, The Big Theory pop-up is fully interactive. Four actors poorly pretending to be on the autism spectrum mill about, confronting guests (especially women) about nerd facts and then awkwardly hitting on them (only women). Just like The Big Bang Theory!

Glee Pop-Up


The Glee Pop-Up experience is kind of like going to a real high school glee club performance, except instead of paying $0, you pay $80. Broadway-level talent was unaffordable, so all of the singers possess roughly the same level of talent as the kids from your real high school glee club, too. In other words, the Glee Pop-Up offers the experience of attending a high school glee club performance because that's exactly what it is. But you still pay $80, okay? The price is justified because it's an experience? How dare you.

The Handmaid's Tale Pop-Up

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Welcome to Gilead: every man's favorite American dystopian nightmare for women that seems closer to reality every day! Guests will be split into two groups: male and female. Anyone who doesn't conform to the gender binary is not allowed to participate. Male guests get enjoy the finer aspects of Gilead, including musty studies filled with books and angry glances from your repressed wife. Men will also enjoy a variety of wines and cheeses prepared by Marthas in Gilead-appropriate attire. Female guests get locked in a room where they can enjoy reciting bible verses for the duration of their time slot.

The Sopranos Pop-Up

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The Sopranos Pop-Up will be held in an Italian restaurant. Guests will be served heaping portions of baked ziti in Tupperware containers. As they eat their baked ziti, overweight Italian men will loudly discuss hits they've ordered using obvious double-speak for plausible deniability. One overweight Italian man might say, "Gino really whacked the ball," and then another overweight Italian man might respond, "Mikey's sleeping as sound as an old cannoli." Not all of these phrases will make perfect sense, but diners should get the gist.

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Michael Gandolfini to Play Young Tony in "Sopranos" Prequel

"It is a profound honor to continue my dad's legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano."

Today in utterly delightful news, Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, is set to play Tony Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark, the feature film prequel to celebrated TV series The Sopranos.

"It's a profound honor to continue my dad's legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano," Gandolfini said in a statement to Deadline, which first reported the news.

According to Deadline, the role was not a sure thing for the young Gandolfini, who had to audition for the part. After an "extensive audition process," the 19-year-old was selected based on his ability to capture Tony's mannerisms, his presence, and, naturally, his likeness. He most recently appeared on HBO's The Deuce as Joey Dwyer.

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The casting announcement comes on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the acclaimed, New Jersey-set series, which ran for six seasons on HBO from 1999-2007. Created by David Chase, The Sopranos, with its rich, complicated depiction of an organized crime boss, his mental health issues, and the family (and "family") that surrounds him, is often considered by critics as the unofficial start of the era of "prestige TV." Gandolfini rose to fame for his portrayal of Tony Soprano, for which he won four Emmys. He died in 2013 of a heart attack.

The Many Saints of Newark was co-written by Chase and producer Lawrence Konner, and will likely be released in 2020. Little is known about the plot, save that it will be set in or around the 1967 Newark riots—a particularly precarious time for both local Italian and African American communities—and will focus on the character Dickie Moltisanti (father of Michael Imperioli's Christopher and played by Alessandro Nivola), mentor to young Tony and friend to Tony's father, Johnny Boy. In addition to Nivola, Michael Gandolfini joins Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll.

The decision to cast the younger Gandolfini in the iconic role originated by his father, in addition to being a bright spot in a week of decidedly less heartwarming news from the film industry, brings to mind what James said about his parents to the New York Times in 2009: "Like I always say, I'm standing on their shoulders; they allowed me to do this silly job."

Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.

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