While we’ve been covering all of the fashion at Cannes, there seems to be a more unsavory undercurrent on the scene: in the 64 years of the festival, just one woman has claimed the most esteemed Palme d’Or award, and this year’s total lack of female directors in the awards’ lineup has sparked international backlash among feminists. Whether Cannes has provided warranted grounds for contention is still up in the air. A petition hosted on Change.org entitled “Cannes Film Festival: Where Are The Women Directors?” has garnered over 2,000 signees, with feminist icon Gloria Steinem, “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler, and award-winning Australian director Gillian Armstrong among them. However, last year’s nominations for the top prize featured four movies by women, while last month’s Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan had a heavy female presence, with many of the event’s 90 films both focusing on female protagonists and directed by women. At the time, Daryl Wein, the director of “Lola Versus” starring Greta Gerwig, said, “It’s a moment happening now for women in film.” Keep reading »
Congratulations to the participants of the Zip and Dash to Los Angeles sweepstakes presented by Kia Rio! Four lucky winners went on the ultimate Geocache race around Los Angeles to discover clues and eventually meet Christina Milian at the finish line. Check out the video above to see who crossed the finish line first! [Kia Rio Zip & Dash] Keep reading »
Well, goddamn, some names definitely seem to lead you down certain life paths, don’t they? Having a name like Fokken might have had a tad bit of influence in convincing these two feisty broads — twin sister prostitutes — into getting into the biz. Identical twin sisters Louise and Martine Fokken have worked Amsterdam’s Red Light District for more than 50 years, first under the control of pimps and then as independent contractors, running their own brothel. They also helped set up the first independent union for prostitutes, so they’re kind of amazing, no? We can’t wait to see the full-length doc about their lives, but we’ll settle for this trailer clip for now. [Meet The Fokkens]
As a kid, before I understood the concept of carbs, I used to make myself delicious spaghetti sandwiches. That’s where I would pile a bunch of spaghetti and sauce onto two pieces of garlic bread and chow down. Of course, eating pasta on bread is kind of a gross thing to do (just kidding, it’s totally delicious). But it’s nothing compared to the awesomely gross thing my boyfriend used to eat as an after-school snack as a child. Each afternoon he would pour himself a bowl of croutons and douse them in ranch dressing. When he ran out of croutons, he would sub in Cheese-Its. I really think this snackovation makes him my soul mate, but I know some of you have some awesome snack recipes, too. Tell me all about them in the comments!
I love Sunday night television. “Game of Thrones” with a “Mad Men” chaser, nothing is more satisfying! But in the last few weeks, I’ve noticed something. Theon Greyjoy on “Game of Thrones” is basically the Pete Campbell of Westeros. Think about it. Both are so pathetic you might feel sorry for them, if they weren’t so loathsome. They both walk around with a chip on their shoulder and a gross sense of entitlement, and are nowhere near as awesome as their constant peacock-ing would have you believe. See what I mean? Henceforth, I’ll just call them both Peon Campjoy! [Ed. Note: I know Theon's sister is named Asha in the books, but for the TV show, which is really what we're comparing in this context, her name was changed to Yara.]
This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” was a bittersweet finale, as one of our favorite funny ladies, Kristen Wiig, said farewell to the show after being on the cast for seven years. While we can’t wait to see more of Kristen on the big screen — especially after she killed it in “Bridesmaids” — we will miss her hilarious “SNL” characters and impersonations. As we wish Kristen luck on her new chapter, let’s look back at some of the best lines from her ladies, like Surprise Party Sue, Target Lady, Kathie Lee Gifford, Penelope, and “Tan Mom” Patricia Krentcil. Read more …