“A lot of older fans come up to me and say, ‘I was Peggy’ or ‘my mother was Peggy’. It makes you incredibly grateful for what they put up with. That kind of movement, that bravery, had obviously existed long before the ’60s. It’s hard to imagine how they did it, in a way. I have such admiration for these incredible women. And I don’t think they ever decided, ‘I’m going to break through the glass ceiling.’ The glass ceiling wasn’t invented until later. Peggy just wants to be recognized for who she is. She doesn’t want to be recognized as ‘I am woman, hear me roar.’ She just has good ideas and thinks, ‘Why can’t you listen to my ideas too?’”
— Elisabeth Moss on her “Mad Men” character, Peggy Olson [Times of London UK] Keep reading »
“Girls are immediately going to say, ‘Oh, she’s trying to sell sex.’ Well, I love Zac Efron, but what’s he selling? He’s gorgeous, he’s hot, [but] I don’t go see his movie because I’m like, ‘He’s such a fantastic actor.’ He’s a great actor, but he’s hot. He’s just not in a leotard with his legs out. He has his shirt off. So what’s the difference? In “High School Musical” … he’s in basketball shorts and his cutoff tank top and all the girls are dying. It just isn’t as obvious when guys do it. I was on tour with the Jonas Brothers my first year and boy bands get away with a lot. For girls, it’s always going to be harder. That’s not an excuse, it just means we have to work harder.”
— Miley Cyrus might be the new reigning queen of barely legal publicity stunts, but she still has a point about double standards. [Access Hollywood] Keep reading »
Disaster averted! Sailor Abby Sunderland, 16, who is attempting to set a world record by sailing around the world solo, has been found by aerial searchers in the Indian Ocean. Yesterday, while sailing east of Madagascar, Sunderland had told her father she was experiencing 35-knot winds and 25-foot waves. An hour later, she set off two of her emergency rescue beacons, one on her life vest and one on her lifeboat. Fortunately, the third emergency beacon, which automatically goes off when her vessel is under 15 feet of sea water, had not gone off. Keep reading »
Be still, my heart: “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” might be a made into a movie! Actress Billie Piper told the U.K.’s Sun newspaper that the Showtime show will end after four seasons, but that may not be it for her character Hannah/Belle. “I’m about to start filming the fourth series and then that will be it,” she said. “I’m not sure it has legs past four seasons so we’re trying to develop a movie.” Do it, Billie! Quit while you’re ahead. I’d be first in line when Belle hits the big screen. [The Sun] Keep reading »
Oh, high school, I don’t miss you one little bit.
virgins students at the all-boys Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, organized a “fantasy sex league” where they could earn points for bedding certain girls, The Washington Post reports. The boys planned to “draft” girls they knew onto teams, throw a series of parties which those girls would attend, and then tally up the points.
Fortunately, these Tucker-Maxes-in-training were caught before the first party took place. Three students received an in-school suspension. But after reading the creepy details of what these boys did, that punishment does not nearly fit the crime. Keep reading »
Riddle me this: are the people who design video games all messed up and demented? A new video game called “Hey Baby” lets a female avatar run around with a gun, shooting men who sexually harass her with the usual obnoxious crap, like “You know you want it!” and “I love you!” When she shoots her harassers, headstones rise from the ground with his catcall in place of his name. Keep reading »