It's hard to believe that is was 2009 when a small gem called "Obvious Child," a short film starring Jenny Slate, went viral and stole our hearts.  Finally, after four years of anticipation, "Obvious Child" is receiving  the full-on movie treatment it deserves, but it needs your help to get there. For the few who missed the short film the first time around, it's a romantic comedy centered around a stand up comedian who gets an abortion after a one night ... Read More
  Is it possible that Charles Dickens stole the idea for "A Christmas Carol" from Lowell's mill girls?  That is what Natalie McKnight, professor of English and dean at Boston University, and Chelsea Bray, a Boston College graduate student, are researching for an upcoming book about Dickens in Massachusets. It was 1842, a year before "A Christmas Carol" was published, when Charles Dickens visited the industrial town of Lowell during his American tour. ... Read More
If you are sexually active in New Orleans, this outrageous title could be a reality.  The New Orleans Police Department recently started enforcing a "loitering for prostitution" statute that allows anyone whom the police suspect of prostitution to be arrested if they are carrying condoms.   The ironic part is that this statute was put in place to lower Louisiana's high levels of HIV and AIDS, but all it's doing is scaring sex workers—the very ... Read More
  While I usually cringe at the thought of a Broadway adaptation of a favorite movie-- I'm still recovering from "Bring it On: the Musical"--  I'm surprisingly excited to hear that 1980s cult-classic "Heathers" is receiving the razzle dazzle treatment with it's very own musical.   While the show already premiered in Los Angeles, those of us on the east side can hope to catch it when it premieres at Off-Broadway's New World Stages, with previews ... Read More
With news of Bette Midler playing Mae West in a new HBO biopic based on West's life, it got me thinking of all the other rad films that depict kick-ass ladies and the amazing lives they lead. Here's my list of the top 11 (technically 12) movies based on the lives of amazing women.Image Via Mubi What's Love Got To Do With It (1993) Before Angela Bassett was putting Voodoo curses on Kathy Bates, she sang and danced as the enigmatic singer Tina Turner in this. ... Read More
Could it actually be happening? After more than a year of protests, photo montages, a documentary and a huge cultural uproar, could the phrase "Free Pussy Riot!" actually come to fruition?  Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist performance art group easily identified by their rainbow-colored ski masks, was pushed to the forefront of an international feminist revolt after a peaceful performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior to highlight the corrupt ... Read More
Unless you have been living under a rock with terrible wi-fi connection, you have heard about the new remake for "The Sound of Music" premiering on NBC tonight.  This news, which if it were any other lesser known musical would have been relegated to musical theater geeks and Broadway buffs, has sparked a major conversation about remakes and the classic movies they inspire.   With "Sound of Music," which premiered on Broadway in 1959 with Mary Martin as ... Read More
Like everyone else and their mother, I can't seem to get enough of the reigning teen queen Lorde, who shot to stardom after her song "Royals" went viral this past year.  Her new single "Team" and consequent video do not disappoint, as both serve as a personal and heart wrenching  look at teenagedom with a catchy beat that will lead to one person dance parties in bedrooms across the world. The video follows Lorde as a kind of cult leader for a band of ... Read More
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