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What’s Your Relationship Status? There’s A Movie For That!

Romantic comedies and dramas that hit close to home can be the best medicine for whatever relationship situation you are in. When you relate to the ups and downs of film characters you’re able to work through your own romantic entanglements, and it makes those movies all the more emotional, powerful, and enjoyable. Who hasn’t felt camaraderie with Bridget Jones at some point? Or balled through “The Way We Were” or “Annie Hall” when your relationship is on the rocks? No matter what your relationship status is — single, married, divorced, or it’s complicated — we’ve got a Netflix streaming movie you can relate to. Check them out now! Read more…

Zoe Kazan On Writing And Starring In “Ruby Sparks” With Boyfriend Paul Dano

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In Ruby Sparks, out today in limited release, two things elude young novelist Calvin (Paul Dano): an idea for his second book and a meaningful relationship. When an enchanting redhead named Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) comes to him in his dreams, she fills both those needs. Calvin starts writing Ruby’s story as fast as he can and even admits to his therapist that he’s falling for this figment of his imagination. His literary muse would be harmless, until Ruby miraculously appears in his apartment as his living and breathing dream girl. Ruby is warm, romantic, and beguiling — everything Calvin made her. Calvin and Ruby go on as an implausible yet happy couple, but when Ruby starts to get restless in the relationship, Calvin is tempted to go back to his typewriter. He created her, and when he continues to write her story, he has the power to change her.

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, the husband-and-wife team behind Little Miss Sunshine, directed Ruby Sparks. They weren’t the only couple working on the project. Zoe Kazan, who wrote the film and stars as Ruby, acts alongside her real-life boyfriend, Paul Dano. Director Valerie told us, “We thought there was a lot that could be borrowed from who Paul and Zoe are. In rehearsals we took them back to how they met and to their first kiss, and we used a lot of that when we were shooting the film.” But there were also layers of Paul and Zoe to strip away. “Zoe is very flirtatious in real life,” Jonathan told us. “And the script actually had her a little more that way. We asked Zoe to trim that and really change her performance. As soon as she did, it was as if Ruby appeared before all of us, and even Zoe felt like: that’s Ruby.” We had a chance to sit down with Zoe Kazan, who at 28 years old has captured many recognizable realities of relationships in her magical story Ruby Sparks. Read more …

9 Books By Inspiring Female Olympians On Age, Body Image, And More

With the opening ceremonies approaching this Friday, we’re celebrating the 2012 Olympics with must reads by some of our favorite female athletes. Inside stories, inspirational tips — these books offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the lives of some of the most popular Olympians. Jennifer Sey writes about controversial issues in gymnastics, swimmer Dara Torres offers tips for getting ahead, and Serena Williams touches on her childhood influences. Read all that and more with these nine inspiring books by female Olympians.

In Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics’ Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympics Dreams, gymnastics champion Jennifer Sey gives a behind-the-scenes look at anorexia, injuries, and coaching drama. Read more …

8 Lessons Learned From Anne Hathaway’s Characters

Today, Anne Hathaway is gracing the silver screen as the sexy and cunning thief Catwoman alongside Christian Bale‘s Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Seeing Anne don the iconic catsuit got us reminiscing about her other films and the variety of characters she’s portrayed. In honor of the alluring actress and her blockbuster role, check out a few of our favorite Anne Hathaway characters and the lessons she’s taught us through her films. Read more…

10 Words That Make French A Language Worth Preserving

I don’t like hearing about any languages disappearing, but the idea of French’s demise seems intolerable. Fortunately, it is also probably impossible, at least in the near future, but French is a language in decline. Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) is an organization dedicated to promoting democracy, peace, and human rights in the 70 French-speaking countries, and also to preserving the French language. In honor of Bastille Day (today!), here are 10 words and phrases with no English equivalents that make the unmistakable case for Français. Read more…

6 Reasons We’re Excited For “Bachelor Pad 3″

After being booted off “The Bachelorette” on Monday night’s episode, Chris Bukowski is confirmed as the final “Bachelor Pad 3″ contestant. Get ready for a heaping helping of drama, hookups, and roses when “Bachelor Pad” returns for its third season on July 23.

This season’s contestants include the standard “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” rejects — some more entertaining than others — but there is a new twist this go-around, as there will also be five “superfans” (including twin sisters who count as one — yeah, I don’t get it either) competing for $250,000, with a possible side of romance. But let’s be honest, what we are really excited for is the crazy, which isBachelor Pad’s claim to fame. Even Chris proved in his final moments on Emily’s season that he had enough edge for the spin-off with his closing statement: “I’m 10 times the man of all those fucking dudes that are still there right now.” And what better way to see what we can expect from this group of rose rejects than to review their best and worst moments on TV? So check out this season’s standout contestants and their most dramatic moments from the “Bachelor” franchise now! Read more…

Erotica Titles For Hot Summer Reading

Fifty Shades of Grey is heating up The New York Times best seller list, making BDSM erotica an official trend of the Summer. But the author, British Twilight fanatic E.L. James, isn’t the first to let the racy sex fetish inspire a novel. That form of fantasy has filled the pages of many books over the years, and in fact, erotic writing dates back at least two millennia to the Greek poet Sappho. If you want to give steamy reading a chance, here are seven titles to try besides Fifty Shades.

Delta of Venus is filled with a wide range of characters and situations. There’s a Hungarian man who seduces rich women only to steal their money, and a Parisian housewife who ends up in Peruvian opium dens. Something for everybody. It was first published in 1977 by French writer Anaïs Nin. Read more …

Autobiographies From Rock N’ Roll Groupies

Rock of Ages is out this weekend, and if there was anything the glam metal rockers of the ’80s were known for — besides their big hair and sweet music — it was their groupies. These half-naked superfans were a lot edgier (and hopefully older) than the Beliebers of today.

We got another glimpse at an even earlier generation of groupies on Mad Men last season. In the Mad Men episode “Tea Leaves,” Don Draper does his best to get backstage at the Rolling Stones concert. Dressed like “the man” in his suit and tie, a look his much younger wife describes as “square,” Don and fellow ad man Harry Crane set out to try to get the Stones to sign on for a Heinz campaign. Instead of meeting the band, the pair hangs backstage with some teenage girls smoking joints — groupies! As we’ve come to expect from Mad Men, the show gave us a glimpse into the 1960s and its defining pop cultural characteristics. But if you want to know more about the real-life ladies who inspired the reference, here are eight groupie autobiographies to get in bed with. Read more …

Our Favorite TV Girlfriends From The ’90s

When we look back on our favorite TV shows from the ’90s, sometimes it’s the romances that stick out, like Zack and Kelly or Rachel and Ross — but what about the female friendships? Memorable girlfriends like the ladies of Sex and the City and the Beverly Hills, 90210 frenemies were always there to watch and relate to. And unlike in movies, TV friendships play out across several years, so we’re able to watch as the relationship grows and evolves. Here are our favorite TV girlfriends from the ’90s!

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The girlfriends: D.J. Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler

Why we loved them: As childhood best friends, these two are there for each other’s every up and down. From boy issues to family drama, D.J. and Kimmy witness each other’s best and worst times. Kimmy’s goofy, happy-go-lucky attitude is the perfect complement to D.J.’s low-key rationality. Read more …

Words Of Wisdom From Mad Women

After an eventful season, the “Mad Men” season finale airs this Sunday. Don Draper might be the star talent of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, but Joan, Peggy, Betty, Trudy, Megan, and the rest of the ladies of the show have always intrigued us, and we love their quippy one-liners on life, love, and sex. Check out some of our favorite words of wisdom from the women of “Mad Men” from all the seasons! Read more…

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