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One of Adult Swim's newest shows, Cheyenne Cinnamon (short for Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge), follows the title character (whose speaking voice, not singing voice, belongs to alt-country crooner Neko Case) as "she comes into Detroit and helps solve problems of racism and teen pregnancy with the power of love and teen pop songs." Created by Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), the program also features the voices of ... Read More
  In Part I of Shaming Famewhores, I talked about going on Vh1’s reality dating series Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair as a performance art piece to explore firsthand this decade’s “famewhore” phenomenon. In Part II of Shaming Famewhores, I discussed how my attempts at being a famewhore ultimately failed. In an effort to rupture production’s veil of realism and to expose their narrow portrayals of women I decided ... Read More
      You may know Toni Collette as Sheryl Hoover, the mom who keeps that whole van moving West in the indie comedy hit Little Miss Sunshine.  Or you may know her as Cameron Diaz’s sisterly keeper from In Her Shoes, or even as ABBA-enthusiast Muriel, her breakout role, in the Australian Muriel’s Wedding.  I know Toni Collette because I saw The Sixth Sense as a middle-schooler in 1999, and it haunted me most of the way ... Read More
If you were up watching CSPAN last night while the House of Representatives were debating, then voting on, the latest health care reform bill, you might have seen the latest in a disturbing trend of interruptions by Republicans. Bart Stupak, a Democratic representative from the state of Michigan who came under fire for his amendment to the health care bill, was speaking about how he felt the bill wasn’t pro-life, and Republican Randy Neugebauer, a rep from ... Read More
“Transform Me,” the latest entry in the crowded reality TV show market, may actually bring something new to the field. Each half-hour episode features a subject badly in need of a makeover—inside and out. Who better to perform this task than three women who grew up feeling that the person they were on the inside didn’t match the person they were on the outside. That’s right, this time the fearless makeover team is comprised of three ... Read More