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We are witnessing a rare alignment.

A momentous confluence of events is upon us—one that has only occurred once before in history, and which we will not see again for some time. The media wants to distract you with other stories, about Candy Corn, Kanye West, Donald Trump, and other figures whose prominence pales in comparison to today's true icon.

They are afraid. Terrified of losing control—of the power this event will wield to reshape our entire society. But I refuse to hide it from you. I have a duty to inform the public. Yesterday was National Cat day. Tomorrow is Halloween. Today, Wednesday, is widely known as hump day. These three facts add up to one unavoidable conclusion: It's officially Sexy Garfield Costume Day.

You're probably overwhelmed to have this occasion so suddenly brought to your attention, and you may not know quite what to do. Please remain calm, while I break down the best ways to make your celebration worthy of the moment, and memorable enough to tide you over until the next alignment in 2024.

Dress for Success

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You are no amateur in the world of cosplay: the hair, the make up, the tail. You have an eye for detail, and with this look you can bring all those subtle touches together to create a look that says, "I'm a hungry kitty, and I'm ready to pounce on the next hot dish that walks in the room."

Face Paint

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Ooh, that sultry smile. The cool confidence. The bedroom eyes. Who wouldn't want to lock lips with Garfield? If you won't have the time or the resources to put together a more elaborate tribute to Jim Davis's sexiest creation, this minimalist face paint approach should be just the trick to put you and your favorite kissing partner in the mood to really celebrate. Bonus points if you give yourself lasagna breath.

Body Paint

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If you've already bought the orange paint, but you find yourself with a bit more time on your hands, why not go all out? This is the perfect approach if you don't have a Pooky to cuddle or an Arlene in your nightstand but you can't handle the thought of spending another Sexy Garfield Costume Day as the lonely Jon in the corner at the sexy-Garfield-costume party. With this look, you can show off your assets and your artistic talent all at once, which is sure to win you the companionship you crave on this, the sexiest of holidays.

Just the Mask, Ma'am

You're not the kind of person who's looking to buck conventions or break the mold. Your tastes steer toward the simple and straightforward. You like your beer light, your Mondays distant, and your sexy Garfield costumes classic. This mask pairs beautifully with a red one-piece swimsuit, for a look that's known as "Pam Bod, Garf Head," but it can also be worn with a speedo, or a leather daddy ensemble, and the anonymity it provides will be sure to unlock your inhibitions and tap you directly into Garfield's raw sexual energy for a night you'll be sure to remember for the rest of your nine lives.

Full Body

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You know yourself, you love yourself, and you welcome the rest of the world to love you as much as it loves Garfield. You probably celebrated Sexy Garfield Costume Day back in 2013, and this time around you want to take what you've learned and fully embrace the spirit of the event. There's nothing overtly sexual about this costume—other than the fact that it's Garfield—but you bring the energy that makes this look as hot as a fresh Garfield-shaped pizza. The belly comes with some extra cushion for any of the pushin' you might want to do, and while the costume leaves only your face exposed, there's nothing to stop you from cutting a couple more holes and really multiplying the functionality.

Lose Yourself

You've never done something like this before… You don't usually make a big deal about your sexuality, but something is compelling you to try something new… So why be your usual self when you can be someone better, bolder, sexier. Become the consummate hedonist who knows what he wants and goes after it. Leave your worries and your doubts behind, and become Garfield. With this costume you are guaranteed to do things you never thought possible, but do keep in mind that what happens in the suit stays in the suit, so make sure you have a good dry cleaner in your area before you commit.

Side Characters

Not everyone is a Garfield-type. Is your sexual energy a bit more hyperactive? You're definitely an Odie. Are you into being cucked and humiliated? Change your name to Jon Arbuckle. Or are you an oddly phallic lipstick monster? Welcome to the party, Arlene. If you open yourself up to the entire universe of Garfield canon, you will certainly find your sexual spirit animal and make the most of this historic occasion.

Innovate

This is only the second time in history that the world has celebrated Sexy Garfield Costume Day, and the possibilities are endless. Don't let yourself be constrained by anyone else's idea of sexy Garfield. Take inspiration from the copious fan creations on the Deviant Art, or from your favorite sexy Garfield merchandise, the world is your oyster, and oysters are a cat's favorite aphrodisiac.

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The Sexiest Celebrity Halloween Costumes EVER

Sure, "Trick or Treat" and all that good stuff, but let's be honest, Halloween is all about the sexy costumes.

2019 has been a calamity of a year.

Trump thinks the constitution is "phony" and doesn't apply to him because of his wealth, the amazon is still very much engulfed in flames, and global warming is set to decimate humanity in less than a decade. It all seems quite dire, which is why Halloween is welcomed warmly this year. It's time to give 'em pumpkin to talk about that isn't impending doom. It's time to lift your "spirits," realize life is "gourd" and get done up in boo-tiful costumes to help distract from the actual spooky terror going on outside. To get you amped up, here are a few of the sexiest costumes ever!

Kim Kardashian West as Cat Woman

The Kardashian Klan has dawned a lot of gorgeous costumes over the years, but frankly Kim Kardashian's Cat Woman costume of 2012 takes the cake. Kanye as Batman is also additionally something we can't unsee, but for far different, not sexy reasons.

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Hollywood is no exception when it comes to the history of great trauma producing great art.

Unfortunately for Judy Garland, children were far from immune to the predatory behaviors and systemic injustices of early show business. As poignantly displayed in Rupert Goold's new movie, Judy, Garland was a tragic victim of maltreatment despite her many successes throughout the Golden Age of Hollywood.


In the film, Garland (played by Renée Zellweger in a career-high performance) arrives in London in 1968 for a string of sold-out shows at the nightclub The Talk of the Town. Garland is a haggard and unhealthy mother of three whose behavior and unpredictability have put her on an unspoken blacklist back in the States. It's only because she's strapped for cash and increasingly desperate that she accepts the headlining gig in the UK, leaving her kids behind to profit from the European market still pining for more Judy.

From Zellweger's very first scenes, we see the depths of Garland's diminishing mental and physical health, as the actress struggles with pill addiction, depression, alcoholism, and insomnia. But rather than harping on Garland's downfalls, Judy focuses on the cause of her dysfunction, flashing back periodically to her childhood, which, by today's standards, was fraught with undeniable child abuse.

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Garland was only 16 when she was cast as Dorothy Gale in the classic film The Wizard of Oz. The unsuspecting teenager was pumped full of uppers and downers by her mother to control her mood, sleep, energy and ultimately ensure that she'd deliver a dazzling performance. We see a young Judy struggling to hold onto her youth, acting out in protest of the abusive manipulation of her mother, film producers, and handlers. We see them starve her, dangling promises of money and stardom in front of her face while verbally abusing her. They stage photo shoots at burger joints to make her look like the kid she desperately wants to be, but she's cruelly forbidden from eating in order to keep her weight stable (she's given even more pills to suppress her hunger).

Knowing the legend's heartbreaking tale and its fatal conclusion makes it all the more shocking to witness on the big screen. By the time young Judy is reprimanded by Louis B. Mayer, producer and co-founder of MGM, Zellweger is in the thick of depression and self-sabotage, with each night becoming a question of whether or not Garland can continue performing. Zellweger gives an excellent performance, fully embodying the singer's quirks, twisting and stretching her limbs to match Garland's bendy physicality on stage. She nails Garland's signature facial twitches, gait, and cadence. Though her singing does differ in octave compared to Garland's lowered register during that time, Zellweger still sounds angelic, even if blips of Renée break through.

Goold filmed the musical performances live, with Zellweger singing in front of a live band: a decision that paid off, as the authenticity is heard, seen, and felt on screen. The actress wraps herself in the blanket of Garland's sadness, turning heel in the film's climax to deliver a showstopping scene that transforms Garland's trauma into a triumph, reminding us exactly why Garland touched so many of her fans. Audience members are forced to simultaneously mourn and laud the tragedy of Judy Garland, who was a storm of emotions and charisma, on stage and off.

Judy serves up a revelatory performance that not only uncovers the depths of Zellweger's abilities but offers a peek behind the curtain of who Garland was, what drove her, and how she became so tortured and distrusting. With her joy and childlike innocence smothered by bureaucracy and constant stressors, Garland sought love from the only place it was readily accessible to her: the stage. Her audience was key to her survival; their applause kept her from breaking even earlier than she did. By contextualizing Garland's childhood, Judy allows Zellweger to deliver a beautiful testament to an icon who left us far too soon.

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25 movie quotes you can live by

Great movies have great lines, and some of the greatest lines are those that inspire; these are the best

You can have endless conversations with friends about the greatest movie lines of all time, or your favorite character quotes, or the funniest one-liners, or simply Bill Murray's best lines. The same (except for Bill Murray) applies to the worst quotes out there. There are hundreds of nominees for the best or most famous lines in cinema.

Like the best monologues of the theatre, an outstanding line or moment of a character's speech lingers in the ears and on the tongue after the film ends and the audience goes home. Viewers hear the echoes of the line in their sleep and in the world around them. It comes up in conversation. Kids everywhere are saying in their best deep voice, "I am your father." A line from a movie that you haven't even seen might draw you into it.

The American Film Institute's massive survey of the film industry chose Clark Gable's words from 1939's Gone with the Wind as the most memorable movie quote of all time: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

But great movies also inspire. In a list of inspiring movie lines, there are some inevitable sources: Dead Poets Society, Star Wars, and a whole selection of coming-of-age films. Film adaptations of books often feature standout lines because they're pulled straight from the author's hand. A film's power to inspire is immeasurable and impossible to formulate. It happens with or without cliche, in the cheesiest or most poetic circumstances. And often it means the difference between success and greatness for a film.

Here are twenty-five of the best movie lines that you can live by.

Batman Begins

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The Wizard of Oz

Gone with the Wind

The Godfather Part II

Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Gay Divorcee

Harold and Maude

Jurassic Park

The King of Comedy

The Lost Weekend

Now, Voyager

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Aviator

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Good Will Hunting

With its 75th anniversary on Saturday, The Wizard of Oz is still many people’s favorite film of all time and the beloved classic tops the AFI’s fantasy movie list.

Multiple generations grew up watching Dorothy skip down the Yellow Brick Road in her ruby red slippers, singing along with the Tin Man to “If I Only Had a Brain,” and having nightmares about evil flying monkeys and wicked witches.

But did you know that following its premiere on August 16, 1939, the film that molded our childhoods was initially a massive dud for MGM and barely recouped the $2.8 million budget?

Check out Popdust’s secrets behind the Wonderful Wizard of Oz’s curtain.

Toto was paid more than the Munchkins.

We’d argue that Toto was the real star of the film, with that cute little face and great acting chops, but it’s still outrageous that a dog got a better salary than human actors. The female brindle Cairn Terrier (whose real name was Terry) was paid $125 a week, while The Singer Midgets who played the Munchkins got a measly $50-100 per week.

Despite getting her paw broken during filming when a Winkie guard stood on it — possibly in an act of revenge over their own poor salaries? — and having to get a stand in, Terry became a canine celebrity and appeared in 13 different films. Her owner even officially changed her name to Toto and there is a permanent memorial for the pooch in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Was Almost Cut Completely

Even if you hate musicals, we defy anyone not to sing along to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” when Judy Garland belts it out. However, the song almost didn’t make the cut, according to the Huffington Post, as director Victor Fleming thought it should be trashed “because it’s too long and it’s too difficult.” Even the critics initially thought it dragged on too much — but Academy voters disagreed and “Rainbow” won the Oscar for best song.

The Tin Man Cried Chocolate Syrup — Not Oil

If PopDust had been on set, we would have been licking the Tin Man all over his face with the chocolate syrup that was gushing out of his eyes. The dark liquid was meant to be machine oil but it didn’t photograph well, so the filmmakers doused actor John Haley with sweet chocolate tears instead.

The Cowardly Lion’s Costume Was Made From … Real Lion Fur!

PETA would not be happy with the creators of the Wizard of Oz if they knew what was happening in the wardrobe department. If you ever wondered how the Cowardly Lion’s suit looked so convincing, it’s because it was made from real lion pelts. Weighing in at 60 pounds and with a heavy tail dragging behind, actor Bert Lahr melted under the hot lights of the studio while filming and had to drink his lunch through a straw because he couldn’t take his mask off. Oh, the glamorous world of show business!

The Ageless Good Witch

With her flowing red hair and angelic smile, Glinda the Good Witch of the North captured the hearts of many young boys who fell under her spell, but we’re sure they never guessed that she was old enough to be their mom, or even grandmother! Beautiful Billie Burke was 54 when she waved her magic wand in the film, 18 years old than her nemesis, the Wicked Witch of the West, played by Margaret Hamilton.

Tin Man Poisoning

Actor Buddy Ebsen was originally cast as the Scarecrow but then swapped roles to play the Tin Man — bad move. Within days of filming, he began to experience cramps and shortness of breath, which landed him in hospital with aluminum poisoning from the dust used in the character’s makeup. Ebsen was forced to give up the part, which then went to Jack Haley, who was granted a safer form of aluminum paste. Hamilton also got sick when she swallowed some of the Wicked Witch's makeup, causing her face to stay green for weeks. Meanwhile the horses at the Emerald City loved their jelly flavor body paint so much that they tried to lick it off!

Drunken Dwarf Orgies at the Culver Hotel

They may have been small in stature, but the Munchkins could party like rock stars! The little people have sparked legends of drunken dwarf love-ins at the now-historic Culver Hotel in Los Angeles, where producer Mervyn LeRoy said, “They had orgies in the hotel and we had to have police on about every floor,” adding, “to make a picture like The Wizard of Oz, everybody had to be a little drunk with imagination,” … or tequila. 124 Munchkins stayed at the Culver Hotel near the MGM studios lot, and the staff there still tell tales of their antics, along with the legends of secret passageways and illegal poker games.