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Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” Trailer Actually Doesn’t Look Terrible

It pains me to say this, but the trailer for Mel Gibson‘s new film, “The Beaver,” directed by his BFF Jodie Foster, doesn’t look terrible. Mel plays a father and husband who goes under the psychological care of a prescription beaver puppet to “put some distance between himself and the negative aspects of his personality.” It looks like it addresses how a loved one’s mental illness affects a family — a subject that IRL racist, sexist, death threat-making Mel knows all too much about. Will Mel’s abusive craziness towards ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva affect whether or not you watch his movies? Assuming, of course, you watched Mel Gibson movies in the first place. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Robyn Mouths Off On How Women Are Treated In The Music Industry

“I had an idea of trying to make pop music in a way that wasn’t restricted by the structure of how the industry had shaped pop music, but it was hard to do. Now the industry is shrinking back and has regulated itself. It’s good the record companies are having to think about what they are supposed to be doing. … The problem is the narrow-minded and stupid way older generations and structures look at what the differences between men and women are. It’s not politically correct any more to not be a feminist which is good, but for me, feminism is still necessary and that sucks.”

— Swedish pop star Robyn speaks the truth. Maybe she could tutor wayward little Miley Cyrus in a Big Brother/Big Sister program? [AFP] Keep reading »

Mexican Airline Stewardesses Pose In Calendar To Save Bankrupt Airline

Enough with the sexy calendars already! After Mexicana Airlines filed for bankruptcy this summer, air hostesses photographed themselves in a 2011 “sexy stewardesses” calendar to save their airline. They paid $8,000 out of their own pockets to create the $12 calendar, which is on its second printing. Last time I checked, keeping an airline afloat (er, up in the air?) is not supposed to be their problem, so it bugs me they resorted to posing pant-less to stay employed. At least these gals are enterprising, though, right?

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Angelina Jolie Fires Back At Bosnian Love Story Hater

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Angelina Jolie has not had an easy time filming a love story set during the Bosnian war. After rumors circulated that the film told the story of a Serbian rapist and his Muslim victim, a group called the Women Victims of War Association accused Angie of “misleading history.” It’s unclear how large the group is, but they’ve gained international headlines for their complaints. Although she’s denied her flick tells a rapist’s love story, Angelina made matters worse when she did not include a copy of her script when applying for a filming permit in Bosnia, which is required. She tried the diplomatic route — offering to meet with the association — but they still threatened to complain to the United Nations for hiring her as a goodwill ambassador. Surely, that’s a notion Jennifer Aniston could latch onto. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Asked, “Which Designers Do You Prefer?”

  • Speaking on a panel in Kyrgyzstan yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked by a moderator, “Which designers do you prefer?” Clinton asked, “What designers of clothes?” and the moderator answered yes. “Would you ever ask a man that question?” Clinton asked, apparently with a laugh. The moderator responded, “Probably not. Probably not.” Well-handled. [Styleite]
  • Failed Tea Party/Republican Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell — “I’m not a witch!” — has scored a book deal with St. Martin’s. [Gawker]
  • Keith Olbermann slammed Bristol Palin on a recent show, dubbing her “the worst person” for being a spokeswoman for abstinence. Bristol Bristol’s ghostwriter hastily penned a response on Facebook Notes to say “accusing me of hypocrisy is by now an old canard.” One thing is for sure: both of these people are extremely, extremely annoying. [Facebook]

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We See Chick Flicks: “Tiny Furniture”

Starring Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Alex Karpovsky, David Call

Last year I interviewed writer/director Diablo Cody, who said something which has long stuck in my mind:

“Let’s say a woman directs a movie that’s not very good — everybody piles up on her. It’s, like, ‘No! You’re representing us! It has to be perfect!’ And that’s not how it works! Women should be allowed to make bad movies. Good movies. Porno movies. Terrible made-for-TV movies. Women just need to be out there directing as many movies as men do. We don’t all have to be the model woman — what we need is to be more visible.”

The phrase “women should be allowed to make bad movies” echoed in my head as I watched “Tiny Furniture,” the flick by first-time filmmaker Lena Dunham, which was made when she was just 24.

“Tiny Furniture” is not a bad movie in the way “Transformers” or “Showgirls” are bad movies. Keep reading »

Will Bigger Be Better? Plus-Size Women Cast For “Sex And The City”-Type Reality Show

Gone are the days when the severe weight-loss show “The Biggest Loser” or the dating competition atrocity “More To Love” are the only shows on television with plus-size peeps. This past year has brought us “Huge,” a Nikki Blonsky-starring scripted show about teens at fat camp (which has since been canceled), and “Mike & Molly,” a sitcom about a plus-size couple in love (which prompted MarieClaire.com blogger Maura Kelly to pen an embarrassing post about how “fatties” repulse her). Now plus-size peeps may be making what I hope will be a more multi-faceted appearance on reality TV. Doron Ofir Casting is casting a new VH1 show that aims to be the real-life “Sex and the City” with “full-figured, fabulous big girls” in L.A.

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Today’s Lady News: Metal Band Gwar Disembowels Sarah Palin Effigy Onstage

  • The monster-costumed death metal band Gwar disemboweled a Sarah Palin effigy onstage at a concert. I’m no Sarah Palin fan, but that’s hella disturbing even for “death metal.” (Apparently the band “kills” lots of public figures onstage, both males and females. So it’s not necessarily misogynist, but I still can’t help but be freaked out by what kinds of people enjoy seeing her effigy “die” onstage.) [Daily Beast]
  • Crap, how could I have missed this one? Yesterday was the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ historic refusal to give her up bus seat to a white person on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. [ColorLines]
  • A civil union bill passed in the Illinois state senate on Monday that affords gay couples some of the same benefits as married couples, like the right to visit a partner in the hospital. The bill has already passed in Illinois state House. Illinois now joins California, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington in giving civil unions or domestic partnerships to gay couples. [Feminist.org]

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Beauty Test Drive: Dior Holiday Collection Eyeshadow Quad

I’m not the type of woman who spends her money on one high-quality product — no, I’m a lots-of-little-cheaper-things, Forever 21-type of shopper. But when it comes to spending a little more money on much better quality makeup, Dior‘s Holiday Collection Makeup Palette For The Eyes will convert me. At $44, it’s a little pricey. But as a devoted smoky eye fan, it is hands-down the best smoky-eye color palette, as well as the highest quality eyeshadow, I’ve ever used. Keep reading »

Woman Quits Her Job To Become Professional Kate Middleton Look-Alike

Kate Middleton is not the only tall brunette with shiny-shiny hair to die for. A British pharmaceutical assistant, Kate Bevan, 21, who bears a striking resemblance to the princess-to-be, has quit her job to become a full-time Kate Middleton look-alike. “I went out to buy a sandwich and I was stopped four times by people in the street,” Kate Bevan told People. (Because the fiancée of the future king of England totally goes out and buys lunch on her own.) “Nearly everyone who comes through the pharmacy door makes a comment and gawps in total shock,” she added. She is now taking dialect lessons to lose her West Midlands accent and sound more like the posh princess-to-be. We know Elvis impersonators warble “Heartbreak Hotel” and chomp on peanut butter and banana sandwiches. But what does a princess impersonator do — wear big silly hats? Roll around in piles of priceless jewels? [People] Keep reading »

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