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I don’t usually turn to reality contest shows for inspirational stories because it seems that they attract contestants with one caveat and exploit it to gain ratings. Maybe I just have a tooth to grind because I had one very talented friend tryout, but without movie star looks or a heart-breaking past he had no hook to remain in the competition. Sidebar over, I found Anna Clendening’s personal triumph over her anxiety and depression to perform on ... Read More
Irene McCabey (Rachel McKeon) is an Austin punk singer whose position in the band is rapidly deteriorating, and with good reason—Homemakers opens with a scene in which she attacks their accordionist, and she seems to be fueled by the chaos which she perpetually leaves in her wake.  Her bandmates are on the verge of kicking her out of the group when she receives a call that her great-grandfather has died and left her his run-down house in Pittsburgh.  ... Read More
Like most, I binge-watched the first season of Orange is the New Black over a few days last summer. During the bleak winter months without the show in my life, I had time to reflect on its feminist, spunky, exciting and suspenseful moments. However, what I managed to forget was that this show is damnnn sexy.I mean, with a cast that prominently features so many powerful and talented ladies, you can't help but swoon. As I fell down the Netflix rabbit hole of ... Read More
While sitting on the L-train heading to Brooklyn, I found myself completely surrounded by images of the famous Youtubers Michelle Phan and Bethany Mota who are a part of Youtube’s latest commercial campaign to promote successful creators. With over 5 million subscribers each, these “beauty gurus” are making quite a name for themselves, but that doesn’t come without the harsh criticism from many viewers in a dastardly online ... Read More
On the evening of June 5, 2014, the ATAS held a panel appropriately entitled "Women Ruling TV" featuring the women of hit shows House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Jodie Foster directed one episode of each, and Robin Wright directed an episode of House of Cards (on which she plays Kevin Spacey's cunning spouse). Taylor Schilling (Piper on OITNB) and Kate Mulgrew (Big Red) were also present, along with Netflix documentary The Square director Jehane Noujaim. ... Read More
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