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  Today’s been a mishmash of goods and bads, to say the least. Bads: I got my wisdom teeth out and I can’t eat solid food for a few days. Goods: I finally have a medical excuse to sleep, read, drink smoothies, sleep and watch Netflix all day. Very bads: It stings like a beeyotch, and being bedridden during summer vacation is probably the worst fate a free-spirited gal like myself can endure, next to lice during summer vacation (a fate I have also ... Read More
As a die hard, binge-watched-the-second-season-in-13-consecutive-hours Orange Is the New Black fanatic, you can imagine my utter dismay and contrition upon realizing that, unbeknownst to me, the series is actually based on an autobiographical book. How can this be? I’m a fraud,  a poseur, (or as Holden Caulfield would say), a phony. But I resolved, right then and there, not to allow for this shameful instance of ignorance to define me, and promptly made ... 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
Like the rest of you, I was incredibly excited to binge watch (and complete) the second season of Orange Is the New Black on Netflix this past weekend. There has been a significant shift from character-based story lines to episodes revolving around daily prison operations and how they inflict hardships on the female prisoners. The changed not only made sense, but worked very well. While the women of OITNB continue to face miserable conditions at the ... 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
Retta, the comic powerhouse behind Parks and Rec’s indomitable Donna, schools us on everything from owning Twitter to surviving V-Day. If someone asks you who Retta is, and you reply “my imaginary best friend,” you’re pretty much in step with the rest of the world right now. The New Jersey native and hilarious triple threat (actor/comedian/trained opera singer) first became a household name with her portrayal of Donna Meagle, the uber-competent, ... Read More
Are you obsessively checking Netflix to see if "Orange is the New Black" has secretly released episodes from the new season early like we do? Well, even if you don't do that, we know you can't wait for it to start. Check out an interview we did with OITNB star, Danielle Brooks, to get you pumped for season 2, which premiers on Friday, June 6, 2014! By the time Danielle Brooks got the phone call that changed her life, the working stage actor was starting to doubt ... Read More
In case you haven’t hopped on the House of Cards bandwagon yet, here are five reasons why this political drama will tickle your feminist fancy: 1)  It passes the Bechdel test.   Yes, there are scenes with two female characters with names that talk to each other about something other than men. Woo! 2) Robin Wright is a bad-ass in this show.  Her role as Mrs. Claire Underwood is bold, sexy and sometimes pretty darn scary. Also, she ... Read More
Looks like Orange Is the New...back. (Sorry.) Despite the onslaught of other binge-able TV shows in the interim months (True Detective, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, etc.) the absense of Jenji Kohan's sleeper hit Netflix series has been felt. Much has already been written about how thrilling it is to see an unflinching depiction of women – almost exclusively women – moving through the annals of prison. So many former taboos in a single show! In ... Read More
    Former BUST cover-gal Natasha Lyonne has been stealing hearts ever since the days of Pee-wee’s Playhouse stardom. Post Pee-Wee, she has been inspiring women everywhere with her sex-positive, witty, and provocative performances in dramedies like But I’m a Cheerleader, American Pie, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, and Nora Ephron’s play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. The actress has an uncanny ability to portray women ... Read More
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