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  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
BUST helps present the 3rd annual Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POW!). They  announced their full festival lineup, which includes 44 films from all over the world. The fest will run March 18-21 at the Hollywood Theatre. Join BUST there and pick up a free issue of the magazine! The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POW Fest) places a spotlight on women filmmakers by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women ... Read More
Yes! Betty White will be a more permanent fixture on TV, this time as a recurring character in a new series premiering on TV Land in June, “Hot in Cleveland.” According to a company press release, White will play the “snarky but loveable…property caretaker” to a home of other bankable small screen names—Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. If only the premise of the show felt a little less ... Read More
  We've known for some time that Betty White would be on SNL, we just didn't know when. Or if she would actually be hosting. Now it's confirmed, the 88-year-old actor will have her day on May 8, 2010.   SNL Executive Producer Lorne Michaels told USA Today he was moved by the Facebook group, "Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!" group. We're thrilled Lorne noticed its nearly half a million fans.   What we didn't know, till a quick search of the ... Read More
While I appreciate a good serious film as much as the next guy, I can't help but be enthralled when a dance sequence shows up in a movie. Flavorwire apparently thinks the same way--so they put out this list of their 35 favorite dances on film. Present are the obvious musicals (I have such a soft spot for West Side Story, so I was pleased to see three clips on the list) but also unexpected dances like the one in Pulp Fiction.   You need to a flashplayer ... Read More
Heck yes. According to People, last night at a post-Oscars party, Betty White confirmed what millions on the internet had been speculating about: she will appear on Saturday Night Live sometime in the near future. Though she didn't specify a date (and Lorne Michaels, the show's executive producer, already dismissed claims that she'd be co-hosting a special "Women of Comedy" episode) and it isn't clear if she'll be actually hosting, this is certainly awesome. Aside ... Read More
I do love me some Will Forte and I'm feeling his feminizle vibes on this "Good Job Women' skit from last weekends Saturday Night Live. I think he's probably pretty excited about being included in our "Men we Love" issue! (that's at the printer right now). I know I am. Here's his tribute to women's herstory month. [video: ... Read More
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