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Here’s How You Can Help Make “Fattitude,” A Documentary About Sizeism, A Reality

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"A Body Positive Documentary"

Fat people can’t win in popular culture. Either they are the subject of reality TV shows about often-extreme weight loss (“The Biggest Loser,” “Heavy, “I Used To Be Fat”), they’re headless bodies in news segments about obesity (or chunky cheerleaders), or they’re the butt of some hack’s lame joke. Fortunately, one new documentary currently raising funds on Kickstarter is looking to add something more thoughtful into the cultural discussion about size. “Fattitude,” an independent documentary by Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman, will explore the warped sizeism within our culture, from TV shows and movies to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. It will also address misunderstandings around health and BMI (body-mass index) and misinformation surrounding the “obesity epidemic.” Watching the trailer for “Fattitude,” it occurred to me that even being someone who is generally aware at how society privileges thinner bodies, there is still so much prejudice against larger people that I don’t even notice.  If this project sounds as important to you as it does to me, consider giving it your support. [Kickstarter]

Sky Ferreira Goes To Compton, Dances Her Ass Off In Shoppable Video For “I Blame Myself”

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Sky Ferreira’s new video for her song “I Blame Myself” is a fun one to watch, but it’s even more fun to shop. Shot in Compton, this ode to “early ’90s gangster rap videos” features the pop singer as the neighborhood’s queen bee, driving around with her crew in a hydraulic car. But she’s still got plenty of time for a dance breakdown or two. What makes this video extra special, however, is that absolutely everything Sky wears is available for purchase through SSENSE. Hmm, I’m feeling that red blouse. BRB… [SSENCE via Idolator]

Domino’s Breaded Chicken Crust Pizza & 13 Other Crazy And Sort Of Disgusting Fast Food Innovations

I don’t eat a ton of fast food, but I do pay close attention to the fast food industry’s attempts to one-up each other with crazier, weirder and, if you ask me, more disgusting food innovations and hybrids. Take, for example, Domino’s new pizza with a breaded chicken crust. Excuse me, “speciality chicken” crust, whatever that means. (I’m guessing genetically engineered chickens with no heads and 17 breasts, but I could be wrong.) Initially I was picturing a pizza pie with crust made out of, I dunno, minced chicken cooked and shaped into a circle — GAG — but it turns out that this chicken pizza more closely resembles that pull apart garlic bread. Each “pizza” is comprised of 12 chicken bites that, uh, are sort of stuck together in an oblong shape, and topped with various pizza toppings. When you really think about it, this is not altogether different from, say, chicken parmesan … except Domino’s is going a little nuttier with their “flavors.” They’re launching with four varieties: Crispy Bacon & Tomato, Spicy Jalapeno-Pineapple, Classic Hot Buffalo, and Sweet BBQ Bacon. I dunno, sounds like overkill to me. This is one fast food innovation I’ll be saying NO to. [Eater]

And lo and behold, here are 13 others! Hot dog pizza? Pasta bread bowls? God help us…

The 12 Most Quintessential Don Draper Expressions Of All Time (So Far)

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It’s the final season of “Mad Men”. Ever! This means we only have one more season of looking at Don Draper. Frankly, this depresses me. To get through this scary time, let’s pay tribute to some of the very best Don Draper looks from seasons passed on College Candy…

Life Dream Status: Hogwarts Courses Are Now Available Online

Good news for modern witches and wizards who don’t have time to pursue a traditional magic education: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry now offers an online option. The tech-savvy training program, called Hogwarts Is Here, was dreamed up by a group of enthusiastic Harry Potter fans who wanted to give people the experience of Hogwarts (without the need to ram yourself repeatedly into the brick wall at Platform 9 & 3/4). Here’s the lowdown from the site: Keep reading »

Would You Watch A Documentary About Blogging?

So Many Bloggers, So Little Time!

Filmmaker Christopher Wiegand drove all over the United States interviewing bloggers (mostly of the “mommy blog” variety, it seems) about why they do what they do, and I’m cautiously curious. As someone who is a bit infatuated with the land of blogging — I even wrote my thesis on it! — I’d like to see if Wiegand has revealed anything groundbreaking about this bizarre industry. The film’s description is confusing at best. According to Wiegand:

The name “American Blogger” came not because I am representing all of America but because I am traveling America (40 states)  in my airstream and telling the story of the Blogger. This film is not supposed to be, nor is it, representing bloggers or America as a whole by any means. These are the women that said yes to my request, they knew my wife and trusted that I would tell this story in a positive way.

Um. Not what I was expecting. The film will be released on iTunes in early June, so you can find out for yourself just what this film is all about. Maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised? [IndieWire]

Report: Beyoncé & Jay Z Teaming Up For A Tour

  • Beyoncé and Jay Z are teaming up for a 20-city tour this summer beginning in late June, Page Six is reporting. Jayonce will be the must-have tickets of the summer for sure! Amelia is all the way in California, but I can hear her screaming “YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS” from here. [Page Six]

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Watch Conan Give Himself “American Hustle” Hair

Nice Hair, Conan

Am I the only who didn’t love “American Hustle”? [Nope! Oveeeeeraaaaaated. -- Amelia] Thankfully, Conan O’Brien gave me a reason to like the movie when he showed us his own take on its opening scene at the MTV Movie Awards. Christian Bale’s meticulous hairstyling routine in the film is funny and all, but Conan’s is a home run. [Laughing Squid]

 

 

Meet Catherine Wolters, The Real-Life Alex Vause From “Orange Is The New Black”

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If you read Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is The New Black or binge-watched the Netflix adaptation (and who hasn’t done that?), chances are you have wondered about the real-life woman behind Nora (in the book) and Alex Vause (the character in the show). For the first time ever, 51-year-old novelist and PhD student Catherine Cleary Wolters has spoken to Vanity Fair about her relationship with Kerman, their mutually-assured-destruction as cash smugglers for an African drug lord, and her side of their love story. Keep reading »

Doc To Watch Now: “Bombay Movie” Spotlights An Indie Filmmaker Struggling To Make It In The Shadow Of Bollywood

Doc To Watch Now: "Bombay Movie" Spotlights An Indie Filmmaker Struggling To Make It In The Shadow Of Bollywood
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We’re big documentary nerds here at The Frisky and one doc I’m dying to see is “Bombay Movie,” directed by my friend and former coworker Alex Eaton. The film follows independent filmmaker Raja Menon as he sets out to make a movie that India’s song-and-dance-friendly Bollywood would never support — “ a true story about India’s working class, about the men and women who quietly serve Bombay’s wealthy and are treated as second class citizens.” Without industry support or financial backing, Menon is determined to turns his vision into reality, corralling two foreign producers and a talented group of actors to bring his script to life — but the question asked throughout the film is, “Will anyone want to see it?” More specifically, will Menon be able to convince people — who have endured these hardships in real life — to watch them depicted on screen? You’ll have to watch to find out — and lucky for you, “Bombay Movie” is available on iTunes today! And if you’re in New York City and have no plans tonight (or ones you can cancel), you can attend a screening of the documentary at IFC Center at 6:15. Get tickets here! [Bombay MovieiTunesFacebook]

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