Sarah Palin stepped down from the Alaskan governorship yesterday. Why? Well, no one's completely sure. Right now, the newsies seem to think she's making time for presidential campaign plans. A female U.S. president? I'm all for it. President Palin? . . . hm. What do you think? Either way, watch the CBS coverage of her final gubernatorial press conference:~Anna C ... Read More
Alice in Wonderland is nothing if not curiously mad, but it's for precisely it's philosophical (and psychedelic) depth that it is one of the most splendid 'children's' books ever written. The new movie version, coming out in 2010, was something I've been really excited about. (Tim Burton directing Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter sounds so irresistibly bizarre.) Yet after seeing the early trailer, I'm not so sure. The first 30 seconds look great (in a ... Read More

Harlequin in the House!

BY Web Intern in General |

Michelle Obama rules: she's super smart, a great mother, a strong force for great causes (support of military families and women's rights), and is totally no-fear when it comes to political involvement. Obama's got some serious celebrity, too. Most press seems concerned with her role as a domestic goddess--what is she wearing, what are the kids doing, how does her garden grow? But today's Huffington Post wonders what is Michelle Obama reading?According to the ... Read More
Is it possible to accidentally like vampires? Because despite no real interest in the mythology (8th grade Anne Rice phase aside), my most recent obsessions are pretty vampire-centric. True Blood. Twilight. Concrete Blonde's The Bloodletting. I really don't seek the stuff out, the list just goes on and on of its own accord. Case in point: Pretty Dead, the forthcoming novel by girl goddess supreme (and my personal fave) Francesca Lia Block. A new FLB tale ... Read More

Girls at the Grindhouse

BY Libby Zay in General |

What do the sexy swamp slasher, prison flick, and biker revenge feature pictured above have in common? They're all made by women, and they're all part of a UCLA-hosted film retrospective that kicks off tonight. No She Didn't! Women Exploitation Auteurs will highlight female-made, low-budget sexploitation flicks from the 60's through the 80's. The women who directed these films found their niche in the sexploitation market, where grindhouse movie-goers didn't ... Read More