Queen of Versailles follows the lives of the billionaire Siegel family, documenting its journey from riches to rags, but the movie reaches further than the confines of the Siegel's massive home. The affecting film ultimately examines the American Dream, and reveals the outcomes and consequences of blindly chasing success. Originally meant to chronicle the construction of the Siegels' 90,000 square-foot home (the largest house in America) in Florida, the ... Read More
“I think most people haven’t seen sexy in a wheelchair” –Mia  The Sundance Channel’s new series, Push Girls, documents the lives of four friends living in Hollywood--Angela, Auti, Tiphany, and Mia. No, they aren’t rich housewives, celebrities with a sex tape, or former B-list actors trying to make a comeback: they are paraplegic and quadriplegic women, and they are out to dispel any of your previously contrived notions ... Read More
Vegetable broth is a staple for home cooking. Essential for soups, it also adds flavor to things you might otherwise just cook in water, like beans, quinoa, and rice. Canned or boxed stock can get a little pricey (especially if you want something organic). Bouillon is cost-effective, but I always feel like it ends up giving all of my dishes the exact same flavor. These days, I rely on a great trick I learned from my cooking-savvy friend: save your scraps to cook ... Read More
In my head, the executives of movie and TV studios are conniving, soulless people who tap their fingers together while squashing creative ideas and forcibly removing the soul of every good show. Turns out, they are less "evil Mr. Burns from The Simpsons" and more "Ministry of Truth from Nineteen Eighty-Four," carefully misleading the public with euphemisms and propaganda. When the news broke last week that Sony Pictures had fired Dan Harmon as the showrunner of ... Read More
After reading every day about more backwards policies being advocated across the U.S., it’s easy to forget that progressive and liberal agendas sometimes succeed, too (just not here, lately). Earlier this month, Argentina passed a thoroughly modern law that changes many of the restrictions transgender individuals previously faced. Now, individuals can apply to change their gender on official government documents (namely IDs) without first undergoing a ... Read More
Over the last several months, we’ve seen one example after another of Republican politicians introducing (and passing) bills that strip away women’s access to affordable birth control, abortion, equal pay, and more. Still, this weekend, former news anchor Campbell Brown, apparently spurred by Obama's commencement speech at Barnard, accused him of adopting a condescending tone while trying to court women voters. What's more, she questioned whether or ... Read More
Last week, we heard that the next season of 30 Rock will be its last. What’s more, the season will be short—only 13 episodes. But don’t worry: if you are experiencing the early stages of Tina Fey withdrawal, The Nerdist podcast has the remedy. This week, host Chris Hardwick shared an hour-long interview with Fey, which can be streamed online or downloaded for free on iTunes. Fey is possibly the most famous guest to ever appear on the weekly ... Read More
 Yesterday evening, the White House released a statement saying that the President will likely veto HR 4970, the House Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill. The Senate recently passed its version of the VAWA, updating it to include protection for Native American women, LGBT victims, immigrants, and college students. The Senate’s bill was passed 68-31, with 15 Republicans voting for it. The House bill will not only retract these ... Read More
Mother’s Day is only a couple of days away, but there's still time for you to make a crafty, handmade gift for the moms in your life. Here are some great tutorials for gifts that can be made after a quick trip to the craft store (or your craft closet). 1.  Easy, breezy summer scarfThis only requires some scissors and a soft, large T-shirt! A few snips and you have a stylish scarf. 2. Pretty framed chalkboardIt’s surprisingly simple to ... Read More
For many of you, summer means lazy days at the park, beach, or rooftop. (Or, as Dr. Spaceman once prescribed for Liz, "a little R&R. Rum and Ritalin.") For me, it means another three months of summer reruns. It also means that the major TV networks are finalizing and announcing fall lineups and dragging me down a hole of anxiety, relief, and disappointment. (It’s possible I’m far too emotionally invested in TV.)We told you yesterday about Mindy ... Read More
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