The Hobbit Movie Release Date: Why Some People Will Be Boycotting the Film

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" premieres on December 14 amid PETA accusations that 27 animals were killed during production of the prequel to "The Lord of the Rings."

Stark Trek Into Darkness: Spock Actor Zachary Quinto Will Only Star in One More Film

The upcoming 2013 "Star Trek Into Darkness" will have Zachary Quinto most likely playing Spock for the last time. The franchise will continue without him, but will audiences accept a replacement?

You Think You Know Somalia? Meet Somaliland

Somaliland is a little-known country rebuilding out of the ashes of a ruined failed state. Why this country isn't getting international recognition, and why it should.

Popular Vote 2012: Why Romney Did Better Than McCain in 2008, But Still Got Crushed

As of Friday, Romney had a total of 60,221,746 votes. McCain received 59,948,323 popular votes in 2008.

Walmart Strike: Why the Black Friday Labor Protests Were an Epic Failure

That less than 1% of Wal-Mart stores were affected by protests, and fewer than 1 in 1,000 employees participated in the walkouts, shows that the union bosses keep failing.

Powerball: Why the Lottery is Idiotic

States should abolish lotteries like Mega Millions and Powerball. Lotteries take advantage of those who least understand the odds and can least afford to pay.

Justin Bieber: In Oprah Interview, Bieber is Compared to Michael Jackson

On Sunday, Justin Bieber's 90 minute interview with Oprah will air around the world. Oprah has called it her "biggest since Michael Jackson in 1993." Can the Biebs live up to that billing?

Why The Efficiency of The Free Market is a Myth

Belief in the efficiency of free markets is not more scientific than a belief in God or Santa Claus.

Marco Rubio Creationism: What Rubio Earth Comment Says About the GOP and Science

In a recent interview with GQ, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that he doesn't believe we know how old the Earth is. What does that say about faith and science in the United States?

Walmart Strike: Black Friday Labor Protests Could Help Unions Make a Comeback

Across the country thousands of Walmart employees are on strike to protest poor wages and conditions. Do Americans support them? It's hard to say.

Rihanna New Album Review, Gangnam Style Beats Justin Bieber, and the Top Culture Stories of the Week

The top PolicyMic culture stories from this week. What does English sound like? The 10 most viral videos of 2012, and why everyone is talking about the new "Star Trek" movie.

Life of Pi Movie: Ang Lee Visual Splendor Will Not Live Up to the Book

The novel is all about the internal life. The meditative state that the reader is propelled to along with Pi simply can't be replicated with film.

Obama Priorities Through 2016 Must Include Immigration, Welfare and Tax Reform

Energy, climate change, drug policy and gun control legislation are important issues, but they are not going to define Obama’s second term.

Metropolitan Opera Review: A Failed Aria in Un Ballo in Maschera is No Laughing Matter

When sharing a stage with the Metropolitan Opera choir, the singers bringing "Un Ballo in Maschera" to life needed to deliver a strong performance. With one very notable exception, they did.

New Chinese Passports Cause Uproar: Map Includes Disputed South China Sea Territory

Countries such as Taiwan, the Philippines, and Vietnam have strongly protested against new Chinese passports with maps that include disputed territories in the South China Sea.

Benghazi Cover Up: Why Attacks on Susan Rice Will Backfire on Republicans

Democrats are ready to tell the electorate that Republican attacks on Rice have nothing to do with her qualifications. They are going to present it as an attack on black women.

Chelsea Clinton Gay Marriage Ad: NBC Should Let Chelsea Clinton Have Political Opinions

NBC seems to want it both ways: the celebrity correspondent who people will tune in to see because of her political connections, and a news team that’s considered objective.

Why Nauru is Australia's Guantanamo

Australia is now sending refugees again to Nauru. Accommodations there are makeshift tents with little ventilation and very basic conditions.

Eurozone Crisis: Why the Issue is Overblown and the EU Will Persevere

The European Union is going through tough economic signs, but all the indicators show that there is no reason to believe that the union will be leaving anytime soon.

Liz and Dick Trailer: Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor on Lifetime is Must See Television

The reviews are in and the critiques agree, Lindsay Lohan's Lifetime extravaganza "Liz & Dick" is just terrible enough to be hilarious must-see television.

Hamas Twitter Ban is a Bad Idea: Censorship is Not the Solution to the Gaza Conflict

If governments start deciding who is and is not allowed on Twitter, it will lose its value as a tool for people to inform each other.

Where to Watch Online The Packers vs Giants Game

The Packers and Giants will face off tonight at 8:20 p.m. (EST) from East Rutherford, New Jersey. Here's where you can watch offline and stream online.

Mannequin Cameras Are Watching You Shop: This is Creepy and Probably Illegal

Remember that "Twilight Zone" episode about the mannequins that came to life? I do, because it gave me nightmares as a kid. And now it’s real.

Small Business Saturday and The Fiscal Cliff: Shopping Holiday Really About Estate Taxes

Small Business Saturday is actually a campaign pioneered by a very large company, American Express. So what common interest does a mega-corporation have with a mom-and-pop store? Taxes.