Love, loss and what Nora ate
June 27th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Nora Ephron, the prolific essayist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter and movie director, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71.

Some of her most renowned accomplishments include the canon of romantic comedies, "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail."

Her most recent film, "Julie & Julia," follows writer Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams) as she cooks her way through Julia Child's cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," and subsequently, finds a new recipe on life. Meryl Streep earned a 2010 Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the legendary bon vivant, Julia Child.

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May 23rd, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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What happens when people stop being polite and start getting real?

According to the last few seasons of MTV's "The Real World," they get drunk, hook up and make innumerable questionable decisions.

What happens when strangers come to live on a family farm in rural Arkansas, grow their own food, give up modern-day conveniences and attempt zero waste?

While it may not sound like a compelling reality show by MTV's standards, that's exactly the premise of the independent film, "The Garden Summer," which debuted to a sold-out crowd in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 16. It also premiered in Conway, Arkansas, on May 18.

Inspired by the idea of social capital, then-Georgetown graduate student Hailey Wist came up with an idea for a social experiment that would challenge people like her to live off the land. The ultimate goal was "to inspire, not preach."

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The lunch of heroes: 'The Avengers' sparks interest in shawarma
May 18th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Warning: The following contains minor spoilers for "The Avengers."

Odds are if you had never heard the word "shawarma" before this month, you have by now.

Towards the end of the box office juggernaut "The Avengers," Iron Man - played by Robert Downey Jr. - asks the rest of the superhero team if they've ever tried shawarma because he heard there is a good restaurant for it nearby.

In an extra scene that hardcore fans know was shot mere weeks ago, we witness Thor, Captain America, Bruce Banner and the rest of the heroic clan quietly enjoying shawarma after casually saving the world.

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March 26th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
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iReporter kdelizzle says she created a Hunger Games inspired cake for the bakery she works for in Florida. After she created the cake, which took her approximately five hours, she handed out samples at the midnight showing of “The Hunger Games” last Thursday, and says people really enjoyed it.

As for "The Hunger Games" movie, kdelizzle says she was blown away by the movie, and thought it really translated well from the books. Although she loved everything about the movie, she says she did find one particular highlight in the film, "I think Peeta was my favorite my character because he is a baker too," she says.

More from iReport at the movies: 'The Hunger Games' has arrived!

Previously - 'The Hunger Games' bucks hunter stereotypes and Life-sized Stormtrooper cake takes eaters to the delicious side

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