8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Dec 08 2014

Sometime between playing Effie Trinket and directing Pitch Perfect 2, Elizabeth Banks tackled a starkly dramatic role as the mother of a missing teen in Little Accidents. The film's trailer would move even Effie herself.
More and more protests against police violence occurred across the country this weekend. Meanwhile, students at New York's progressive Union Theological Seminary have turned their school into a hub for protesters, calling it a natural reflection of their faith.
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Are you a career juggler by choice? The New York Times profiles six members of the so-called "slash generation" who balance dream jobs with ones that pay the bills.
Americans might take Sephora for granted, but 100 Australians lined up overnight before the grand opening of their first branch of the beauty store.
On Saturday, Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson became the first black woman to win a world swimming title, completing the 100m breast stroke in just over a minute. Watch the race and her amazed reaction to the win here.
Director Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-worthy (and super upsetting) three-minute documentary on elephant poaching should be required viewing.
"If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don't read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated." This advice on dealing with trolls was written 100 years ago. The recipient? Nobel-prize winner Marie Curie. The writer? Some genius named Einstein.
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Finally, in 1989, a young lawyer in Chicago takes his boss on a date to see Do the Right Thing. They go on to get married and become President and First Lady of the United States. That's the premise of a new independent film about the Obama's first date, Southside With You.
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