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Voice-of-my-generation Lena Dunham, the creator/star of the relatable flick Tiny Furniture, has something new to be proud of. She wrote and produced the upcoming HBO television series, Girls, set to premiere April 15, 2012. Dunham explained that she was simply writing what she knows. “I felt like there wasn’t a pop culture mirror reflecting girls my age experiencing the trails and tribulation of being female that this specific time." BUST staffers ... Read More
In The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, a documentary airing tonight on HBO, Dee Dee Ricks is a wealthy, materialistic socialite who has everything--including breast cancer. She is lucky to have the money and health insurance to provide herself with her needed health care. But the piling medical bills are a sobering life changer for Dee Dee, as she becomes empathetic to women with breast cancer who aren’t as lucky as she is. Having cancer opens Dee Dee up ... Read More
Clear all of your plans - you and I have a very special date with the TV tonight. At 9pm, HBO will be airing its highly-anticipated documentary on one of the most recognized crusaders of the women's liberation movement, Gloria Steinem. Produced and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Kunhardt and co-produced by HBO's Sheila Nevins, 'Gloria: In Her Own Words' will feature rare photos and press clips from over the decades, as well as in-depth interviews with ... Read More
While most of us are unable to watch Sarah McLachlan’s BCSCPA campaign video without tearing up and frantically changing the channel, there’s a hero out there actually facing the pain and doing everything she can to help diminish America’s growing problem with abandoned pets and shelter euthanization. Laura Flynn-Amato (above), an animal rights crusader hailing from Staten Island, dedicates her life to changing the fate of puppies born in ... Read More
Before The Real World, Horrible Housewives or Jersey Shore Jerks, there was An American Family. Back in the early 70’s, the idea of reality TV was born when a documentary filmmaker decided to ask the Loud family from Santa Barbara California, if he could film their daily lives and air it on PBS. Anyone who grew up in the 70s will remember the long, sometimes fascinating, sometimes boring, grainy episodes of American Family that aired, and the two characters ... Read More
  In 2010, HBO premiered Afghan Star, a documentary about Afghanistan's version of "American Idol." The movie featured the story of Setara, a young woman whose head scarf slipped off while performing on the show. As you can imagine,  the quick reveal of her hair  sparked a controversy in the country.  On January 26th, HBO2 will debut their new documentary Silencing The Song: An Afghan Fallen Star, which follows Setara as "she deals with ... Read More
Lizzy Caplan, who played a vampire blood junkie in True Blood last season and is a co-star of the hilarious Party Down, has signed on to produce a TV adaptation of Julie Klausner's memoir "I Don't Care About Your Band" on HBO. Klausner, Salon's Lady Business columnist, has compared her memoir and the TV show to Sex and the City without Carrie's implausible lifestyle of a freelancer with her own apartment and $40 thou worth of shoes. The show sounds like it will ... Read More
Last week, Deadline.com announced that HBO is currently developing a comedy based on former Village Voice writer, Mara Altman’s memoir “Thanks for Coming: A Young Woman’s Quest For An Orgasm.”   As you can pretty much conclude from the title, the book follows Altman--an attractive a 26 year-old career woman living in New York who has never experienced The Big O--as she launches an entire investigation into getting ... Read More
True Blood-thirsty fans eagerly anticipating the June 13th Season 3 premiere will be pumped to hear of the HBO sponsored screenings all over the United States. At each of the 50 locations, there will be special screenings of the first episode (an extended sneak preview) of the latest season à la movie premiere, red carpet and all. The glitz and glam evening offers attendees the special screening, giveaways, and a live Q&A session with selected cast ... Read More

Women Make Movies

BY Claire Hamilton in Artsy |

  There’s already a buzz around this year’s Academy Awards. Not only is there a woman’s name in the boys club category of Best Director (only the fourth time a female director has featured in that list – go Kathryn!).. but there’s a nomination in the Documentary Feature category which is definitely one to watch. Which Way Home was made by Rebecca Cammisa with help from the organization Women Make Movies. The film follows ... Read More
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