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Critic Apologizes for Coining 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl'

Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown/Photo | © Paramount Pictures (2005). All rights reserved.

Editor's Note: In today's roundup, Nathan Rabin apologies for coining the term "Manic Pixie Dream Girl," Weird Al Yankovic returns, and more.

When movie critic Nathan Rabin coined the term "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" (in response to Kirsten Dunst's performance in "Elizabethtown"), he had no idea what he was unleashing upon the world, or how broadly the term would end up being applied. In a new Salon post, Rabin explains his original thought process and apologizes for the trouble his brainchild has caused -- the label gradually became indistinguishable from the very sexism it was intended to point out.

Fans of the DC Comics series "Constantine" have been looking forward to the character's rebirth (after the Keanu incident) as the star of a new TV series. However, first Constantine was stripped of his signature nicotine habit, and now the character's bisexuality has once again failed to transfer to the screen: the show's executive producer has confirmed his disinterest in this angle and stated "there are no immediate plans" to explore it. As one MeFite put it: "How is Hannibal less scary to advertisers than bisexuals? I mean, seriously." Hopefully fans will be able to connect with their hero despite the new family-friendly disguise.

Another familiar character meets a strange end today. Archie Comics has been running a series called "Life With Archie," exploring the later years of the Riverdale High crew. Our red-headed hero's demise was foretold a while back, but now we know the how and why (if not the who). It's been determined that Archie will die while saving the life of Kevin Keller, the openly gay character who was added to the gang in 2010 and who grows up to be a US Senator. It's a move that's bound to be polarizing, but remember this all exists in a theoretical future. We all know that Archie will continue to be a high school student for at least another forty years.

Grammar police have found a lot to love in Weird Al Yankovic's new video "Word Crimes," a spoof of the controversial Robin Thicke hit "Blurred Lines" which harps on some of the more avoidable pitfalls in the English language. Sure to be played in high school English classes all over America once vacation ends! Enjoy below.