Did you see “The Hunger Games” this weekend? What did you think? I really loved it. I thought it could have been, well, gorier and more horrifying — after all, we’re talking about children fighting to the death for society’s entertainment here. But overall, I was super impressed especially with the casting. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were totally on point as Katniss and Peeta, while Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Wes Bentley, and Donald Sutherland completely nailed their supporting characters. And even though we didn’t get to know them as closely in the film as we did in the book, I was also psyched with the actors who portrayed the other Tributes.
Not everyone who saw the movie was, however. Specifically racists! Keep reading »
The main thing I measure an animal’s cuteness by is its fluff factor. The less you can see of its face, the better. Cody has a great fluff-to-face ratio, which makes him appealing to me. But he has other things going for him, namely his howl. How in God’s name does he make that noise? He sounds like a grown man going bungee jumping. He just sounds absolutely terrified. Which leads me to my secondary measure of animal cuteness: how awkward it is. I feel an intense connection with any animal that’s just a little bit odd. Duh, because I am a little bit odd. Cody, you shall be mine. [Buzzfeed]
Okay, so maybe I’m a little biased, considering The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac happens to be by sometime-Man Panel contributor and friend Kris D’Agostino, but actually? This book is really good. The story of an aimless stoner and his crumbling family, Almanac follows misanthropic preschool teacher Calvin Moretti as he chronicles his father’s illness, his mother’s denial and his sister’s pregnancy. Oh, and did I mention there’s a gun? Even if you don’t believe me, Publisher’s Weekly called it “wickedly funny and as often beautiful as it is meandering.” [$11.04, Amazon]
I’m not sure if I’ll actually watch “The Carrie Diaries,” The CW’s upcoming show about “Sex and the City”‘s Carrie Bradshaw and crew as teenagers, but I am officially impressed with the styling on the show. This first photo of AnnaSophia Robb in costume as young Carrie is pretty damn close to how I imagine the world’s highest paid and most self-absorbed columnist would have looked in her early years. (In other words, not that different from how she looked in her thirties.) [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Walking into a bookstore can be overwhelming. And heaven forfend you go onto Amazon! There are so many books out there that it makes you wonder why they’re always saying the publishing industry is in its death throes. If you know you’re looking for a copy of The Hunger Games, then you’re golden, but lots of readers just like to browse for something good to read. That is, until we start ripping our hair out.
I conferred with The Frisky staff and came up with a list of books we think every woman needs to read in her lifetime. We’ve got novels. We’ve got self-help. We’ve got cookbooks. We’ve got academic-y stuff. And we’ve all been changed for the better and felt a little less alone in life, thanks to this list right here… Keep reading »
I’m not so into recapping shows, but let me just say this of last night’s “Mad Men” season five premiere: I liked it! And what’s more, I liked Megan, Don’s former secretary and the new Mrs. Draper. Don’s still f**ked in the head, of course, but Megan has a certain way with him that I have a newfound appreciation for. Or maybe I was just intrigued by that vaguely sadomasochistic sex scene at the end. Anyway, the highlight of the episode for me — besides deciding that, henceforth, I shall refer to farting as “going to the bean ballet” — was Megan’s rendition of the French tune “Zou Bisou Bisou” at Don’s surprise birthday party. (The clip above is a little crappy, but I’m working on getting a better version.) Enjoy!