In honor of the season four premiere of “Mad Men” on Sunday, July 25th at 10/9 Central on AMC, this weekend The Frisky is re-posting a few of our favorite “Mad Men”-inspired essays.
It’s one thing to switch on the TV for “Mad Men” each week, vicariously sip whiskey and smoke stogies with Don Draper and Co., and experience (or re-experience) life in the 1960s. I, like most other women in America, jumped at the chance to give my look a makeover complete with red lips, the pencil skirts, the swooping coifs, and the tight cardigans that give Joan, Betty, and Peggy their sexy, vintage sizzle. Hell, I even found myself harboring the urge to tie on a frilly apron and bake something wholesome for my husband. It’s fun, escapist even, to dabble in outdated social stereotypes and play the victim to those womanizing ways that dominated the “Mad Men” era. We’re safe in the knowledge that times have changed, and we can go back to being empowered, successful, respected alpha-females whenever we feel like it. Or so I thought. Keep reading »
We asked last week for you to share with us the most memorable book you read in your high school English classes for a chance to win a special 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The Frisky had no idea we had such bookworms reading our site. We’ll reveal our winner, after the jump: Keep reading »
When you’re still in school, the summer seems to arch into this glorious never-ending sunset; while in adulthood, it’s more like a few months where it’s a bit hotter and maybe you drink slightly more often. This is why you have to take miniature vacations for yourself, despite the fact that you might not have enough money to actually go anywhere. Movies are my solution because it’s good to get out of my head sometimes and it’s a helluva lot safer than a lobotomy. This week, “Salt,” “Ramona and Beezus,” “Life During Wartime,” and “Countdown to Zero” are your mind vacation options. Don’t forget to pack snacks! Keep reading »
Twitter user Medlar wants to share his thoughts with the world. Yesterday he Tweeted, “I don’t think big turtles ever sleep.” Okay. I guess I’ll take his word for it considering he is um, a turtle, and a common, snapping one with impaired vision at that. His @turtlefeed has 368 followers. That’s like hundreds more than I have! He’s a pet turtle fahchrissakes and he’s somehow managed to gain fame on the interwebs. That’s not fair to us humans who do have very important and funny things to say. Keep reading »
Maybe two years ago, a strange word came out of my mouth: “dude.” I don’t know why it came to mind or what inspired me to use it exactly. But next thing I knew, the word was back in full force and, oh, pretty much everyone was saying it. So I was very excited to see a piece titled “History of the ‘Dude’” on a website called Good today. The piece charts the different uses of the word, and shows that it has gone through quite an evolution in the years. It started off in the 1800s being a word to describe a man who went slightly overboard with his penchant for fashion, kind of like the word “dandy.” Then in the American West, it took on the new connotation of a city dweller visiting a ranch. Keep reading »
Everyone who’s seen “Inception” seems to agree that the flick is both trippy and mind-bending. And depending on whom you talk to, the whole thing either did or didn’t make sense. But writer Adam Vary over at Entertainment Weekly wondered how the movie affected the dreams of the people who made it. After the jump, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt let you into their REM sleep. [EW] Keep reading »
“Ramona and Beezus” opens today, and even though I loved the Ramona books, I’m feeling apprehensive. Ramona came in second only to Nancy Drew
for me when I was a kid, and I tore through all seven books in the series in rapid succession. (An eighth book was released in 1999, but I’ve never checked that one out.) I loved Ramona for being a tomboy who tells it like it is, who isn’t afraid to get dirty, and who regularly exercises her out-there imagination. I loved that she butted heads with her too-sensible, too popularity-focused big sister, Beezus. And I guess that’s what has me nervous here. From the previews, it looks like these two get along way, way too well. Aren’t they supposed to be at odds until those special moments when (a) they realize the other is truly hurting and come together or (b) are trying to pull a fast one on their parents?
I guess the other issue here is that I loved the television version of “Ramona,” starring a very young Sarah Polley. Keep reading »
Angelina Jolie looks so femme fatale-tastic staring out from the poster for “Salt,” with her black wig and heavily lined eyes, that it’s hard to imagine that the title role in the movie was actually written for a guy. But, yes, it’s true—Evelyn Salt was originally scripted as Edwin Salt. And lame name aside, the role was intended for Tom Cruise. It was only when Cruise backed out that the movie’s makers rethought the part and decided to cast Angelina instead. A seriously good move. [NPR]
Interestingly, this is not the first time a woman has played a role originally envisioned as a man. After the jump, some of our favorite examples. Keep reading »