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Republican Proposes Yet Even More Restrictions On Birth Control

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  • Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) plans to propose a spending bill that would allow employers to deny health insurance coverage for birth control and other contraception based on the employer’s own “moral reasons.” Rehberg’s proposed bill would also federally defund Planned Parenthood until the organization no longer provides abortions (despite the fact PP does not use federal funds to pay for abortions). Oy, vey. Here we go again. [SlateThink Progress]
  • A lesbian in Louisville, Kentucky, suffered a broken jaw after being assaulted by a group yelling homophobic slurs at her. [Queerty]
  • XX Factor blogger Amanda Marcotte on why it may be wrong to expect Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to identify as a feminist. [Slate] Keep reading »

“The Dark Knight Rises,” Specifically Catwoman, Gets Gloria Steinem’s Seal Of Approval (Spoiler Alert)

Catwoman Facts
Eight things you didn't know about the iconic villainess. Read More »
That Catwoman Suit
Anne Hathaway says she has been "living on kale and dust" to wear it. Read More »
"Dark Knight" Trialer
Watch the trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises"! Read More »

“I saw ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ last night, and among other things, Catwoman is a feminist superhero with a story line and transformation of her own — plus class consciousness, a girl buddy, equal skills with the Batman equipment, and an apartment of her own in Old Town.  And she gets the guy.”

– It’s the movie endorsement you’ve all been waiting for: iconic feminist Gloria Steinem gives a thumbs-up to “The Dark Knight Rises.” Okay, I am pretty sure you were not waiting for that endorsement. [It's worth noting that Steinem's husband was David Bale, who died in 2003, and she is therefore Christian's step-mom, which may make her a tiny bit biased. That said, the movie looks gooood. -- Editor] But I am happy to hear she thinks Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman is a great role. The words “feminist superhero” are ones we can always use to more of in the mainstream! [Women & Hollywood]

Do Not Want: Stuffed Animal Suspender Pants

Stuffed Sneakers
They might look silly. But they sure are cute. Read More »
Weird Sunglasses
Peek-a-boo! These creepy hands are actually sunglasses. Read More »
Just no: Floating Shoes
simone rocha perspex heels
These are an accident waiting to happen. Read More »
Shoes For Dogs
Jeremy Scott's made your pooch a pair of stuffed animal sneakers. Read More »

You’ll think these suspender pants made from stuffed animals are weird until you familiarize yourself with the rest of Jeremy Scott’s weird cool weird stuff. Hey, at least you finally know what to wear with your stuffed animal sneakers.  [Racked]

Zoe Kazan On Critiquing The Manic Pixie Dream Girl Trope In “Ruby Sparks”

Manic Pixie Rehab
Manic Pixie Dream Girl rehab is only for the most whimsical of cases. Read More »
Approval Matrix
Ranking the men of the manic pixie dream girl movies. Read More »
Manic Pixie Dream Guy
Whither the manic pixie dream guy? Read More »
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“Everybody is setting out to write a full character. It’s just that some people are limited in their imagination of a girl. [A character in "Ruby Sparks" named] Cal’s brother says that in the film: “You’ve written a girl, not a person.” I think defining a girl and making her lovable because of her music taste or because she wears cute clothes is a really superficial way of looking at women. I did want to address that. … I am definitely not interested in adding to the genre of Manic Pixie Dream Girl. I’m very happy to have this movie read as a critique of that, if that’s how you want to read it. It’s not how I wrote it — that was not my primary goal. But I really, really think it’s dangerous to reduce a person to an idea.”

– I had no opinion on Zoe Kazan before I saw a screening of her new movie “Ruby Sparks” last week but now I’m in love — in loooooove — with the actress and screenwriter. “Ruby Sparks” is the thinking woman’s summer must-see film for sure. Without giving too much of the plot away, it is about a writer named Calvin (played by Kazan’s real-life boyfriend Paul Dano) who pens a novel about a lovely young woman named Ruby, who magically appears in real life. “Ruby Sparks” fantastically critiques the manic pixie dream girl trope in way that’s satirical but not in-your-face. I love what Zoe Kazan says in this interview here, especially in the full context of the interview where she talks about how reducing a person to an idea is dangerous to a relationship, as well as a film. [Huffington Post]

Make Up For Ever Releasing Madonna’s Personalized Lipstick For The Unwashed Masses

Madonna Loves To Swirl
How Madonna encouraged the writer to try interracial dating. Read More »
Madonna Loves the Gays
She says she owes everything to the gay community. Read More »
  • Make Up For Ever made Madonna her very own high-pigment red lipstick called Aqua Rouge #8 for her MDNA world tour, which is now going to be available in stores this September. Madonna’s personal makeup artists Gina Brooke helped design the shade. [Racked]
  • Sofia Vergara tops the list of Forbes magazine’s highest paid actresses in Hollywood. [Betty Confidential]
  • Russell Brand told Howard Stern he was “really into the idea of marriage and having children” with ex-wife Katy Perry, lending support to the theory that they broke up because she wasn’t ready to have kids. [US Weekly]
  • Here’s that KISS/Hello Kitty toilet paper that you didn’t ask for. [The FW]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to star in a film version of Blood, Bones and Butter, the memoir by chef Gabrielle Hamilton. [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

Kelly Ripa’s Husband Mark Consuelos Headed To Mental Institution (Just On “American Horror Story”!)

"Horror" Casting
American Horror Story
Who is coming and who is going on "American Horror Story" season two. Read More »
Let's Talk "Horror"
American Horror Story
An interview with Ryan Murphy, creator of "American Horror Story." Read More »
Morning Quickies
Justin Bieber Rolling Stone cover
Biebs is on the cover of Rolling Stone's August issue. Read More »
  • “American Horror Story” season two casting update! Mark Consuelos from “All My Children” — aka Mr. Kelly Ripa — is joining the cast. (You should have seen the face Amelia made when I told her this news.) Hottie Mark will play a mental institution patient named Spivey. Here are more deets on casting news for “American Horror Story”‘s second season.  [Celebrity Cafe]
  • Paparazzi who chased Justin Bieber on a Los Angeles highway at 80mph could be the first photogs caught under a new law that seeks to punish paps that endanger the lives of others while trying to get a shot. [PopCrush]
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt has ripped GQ magazine a new one for claiming in its cover story that drugs killed his older brother, Dan, in 2010. In an explanation on his website, JGL has said that his brother’s death was an “accident.” [TMZ]
  • Chocolate as a health food? Tell me more, please … [The FW] Keep reading »
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