James Franco Has Shia LaBeouf’s Back

With his recent streak of bizarre behavior, including last week’s weepy stint at an L.A. art gallery, Shia LaBeouf has done everything in his power to alienate himself from his straighter-edged Hollywood counterparts. However, James Franco isn’t one of them.

In a New York Times op-ed piece published earlier today, our leading meta-celebrity came to LaBeouf’s defense, writing that the actor’s behavior “could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness.” Showing genuine concern, he added: “For Mr. LaBeouf’s sake I hope it is nothing serious.”

Franco has long been exploring his own identity as a celebrity and relationship to the media through a dizzying array of self-reflexive visual art projects, so it’s no wonder that he sympathizes with LaBeouf’s creative plight.

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What’s It Like To Have Sex For Art?

Constance and Eric are a wife-and-husband duo who create art together for a living. Though, it’s not the most typical art. They photograph intimate, abstract portraits of people having sex, using long exposures. As a result, the forms in the portraits are both energetic and fluid. They imply both movement and sensuality without exactly showing it. We know we love their art, but we also wondered what the experience of sitting for these portraits would be. What’s it like having sex in front of someone else? We chatted with one couple, Lily and Tito, about what their erotic portrait session meant to them. Ahead, how being intimate on camera empowered one couple and changed their sex life for the better.

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Sexting Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Well, according to a new Pew survey, if you do dally in sexting, you’re a member of the growing norm. As cited by The Daily Beast, the study found that 74% of all respondents indicated that internet communication — be it email, chat, or, yeah, sexts — has improved their relationships. That’s a somewhat different message from the old, and now probably outdated, notion that digital communication is cheapening the back and forth between couples.

Sexting, too, is now almost fully mainstreamed. In the poll, researchers found that 42% of their subjects have received what could reasonably be called a “sext” while 23% have owned up to sending one. With a little more than half as many giving than receiving, it seems there’s a crucial sext gap. We could surmise that it runs along gender lines, but one never knows, does one?

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The Walking Dead Recap: Of Manhood & Chocolate Pudding

So, where were we before we were so rudely interrupted by the holidays? Oh, that’s right. Everything’s awful.

After a half-season that’s seen more stability and cheer than perhaps any other time in The Walking Dead — and, yes, that is not saying much at all — we were treated to a literal bloody mess of a midseason finale. It was bad. Not Red Wedding bad. But, bad.

Again, the Governor decapitated Hershel (with Michonne’s sword), beat Rick within an inch of his life, and was eventually killed by both Michonne and his newish girlfriend. Also, Tyreese has run off with the three little tweens who should have been protecting Judith but were too busy being brave (that is, shooting Tara’s girlfriend in the face), Glen is wounded and abandoned, Maggie is on a bus with a bunch of senior citizens, Daryl and Beth have retreated to the woods, Judith’s missing, Carol’s still exiled to suburbia, and Bob is probably really desperate for a drink. Rough stuff.

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David Beckham + A Lot Of Leather = Belstaff Spring Campaign

If you needed another reason to start planning the road trip that’s been on your YOLO list since, well forever, click play on this video immediately.

David Beckham, as ambassador to cult fashion label Belstaff, is filmed zipping through the English countryside, clad head-to-toe in leather (of course), with his gang of equally handsome biker chums. The group wears get-ups typical for the brand that made its name in traditional outerwear. Think shrunken moto-jackets, loose-fit leather pants, and biker boots.

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Cancer Cases Expected To Soar by 2035

Do you know someone who’s had cancer? The disease is undoubtedly a serious problem in this country — it accounts for one in four deaths in America. Over 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with some sort of cancer in 2014, and 585,000 are expected to die from the disease. And, while scientific advances have helped save millions of lives, the future of cancer is looking bleaker than ever.

A new report from the World Health Organization predicts a worldwide “human disaster” as the number of new cancer cases soars from 14 million to 24 million by 2035.

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