Ask The Man Panel: Pencey’s Beguiling Braided Dress

Admittedly, there are a lot of things going on with this Pencey braided dress: The fringe, the spots, the swishy skirt. It’s not necessarily for everyone, but is it boy-friendly and date-appropriate? We asked our panel of chatty dude friends what they thought about this dress, and you better believe they told us. Got a garment you’re not so sure about? {encode=”julie@thefrisky.com” title=”Ask the Man Panel”} what they think! Keep reading »

“There’s A Misogyny In Audiences,” Says Director

“Nicholas Stoller, director of ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘ and ‘Get Him To The Greek,’ says, “There’s a misogyny in audiences, a much higher bar of required likability for women stars. You need to make the actress completely adorable, or else she’ll be thought of as the straight man or the bummer — which is why I focus so carefully on trying to write fully fleshed out roles for women in my movies.” To make a woman adorable, one successful female screenwriter says “you have to defeat her at the beginning. It’s a conscious thing I do — abuse and break her, strip her of her dignity, and then she gets to live out our fantasies and have fun. It’s as simple as making the girl cry 15 minutes into the movie.”

— A profile of actress Anna Faris in The New Yorker by journalist Tad Friend became a larger thinkpiece about the “required likability for women stars,” as one director put it put it. There’s a requirement that women on film are not too threatening to male — and one would assume, as well, female — audiences. You have to wonder why that is. I’ve always said that sexism still exists in 2011, only it is a lot less blatant than in years past. But if you ever needed evidence that sexism is alive and well, there you go. (If you’re curious, I wrote a post back in 2009 on this same general topic.) [The New Yorker via AnnaHolmes.Tumblr.com] Keep reading »

Nude Photo Of Elizabeth Taylor, Age 24, Surfaces

A nude photo of Elizabeth Taylor at age 24 has been released by a “private collector.” Yes, even Liz Taylor had a naked pic! Elizabeth reportedly had her friend Roddy McDowall take the photograph — in which she’s crouched naked on a shaggy carpet — as an engagement gift for her third husband Michael Todd. After Hubby #3 died, a heartbroken Liz reportedly gave the naked pic to her assistant/makeup artist, Penny Taylor. Somehow it found its way to “private collector” (of what, nude pics?) Jim Shaudis, who released the photo after Liz died on March 23. While it’s not exactly classy to bust out nude pics, I guess it’s somewhat more acceptable that the collector waited until her death. And let’s be honest: doesn’t girlfriend look damn fine? [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

For The Week Of April 4-10, 2011

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Sudden offers that come in may leave you staring back with a condescending side-eye, but don’t be quick to judge anything now, as there is substance under the insanity. You know it — miscommunications will be underway and semantics can lead you astray, but experience will explain all, so forget the word, “No,” and make it a, “Yes,” all the way!

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Relationships are a never-ending series of compromises that can tire the soul out and make you wonder what the point is. To say the least, this week that indecision will break you down even further, making you wonder what is so wrong with a life of solitude? However, the cross you bear is you are the sign of partnership, so understand there aren’t any easy answers or exits now.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Passion is going to make you want to leap off the ends of the earth to chase after the impossible, and there’ll be no reason not to. After all, it takes only one dream to lead the way and if you can’t believe in the fantastical, then what exactly are you living for? You are the lady that loves to prove the odds, so trust in them and redefine your limits now!

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Forget trying to make any more excuses! If there isn’t a smile on your face and laughter pouring from your heart, then you aren’t in the right place and it’s time to change your trajectory back to what matters — a happy state of mind that has you feeling hopeful, rather than harmful. If this mean a sudden break, then so be it. After all, nothing beats a clean getaway.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

You can’t always get what you want, so be ready to adapt and be resourceful. Not to say the circumstances that unravel this week are set in stone, but it won’t start off with you at the vantage point. Of course, playing victim does also have its rewards, so choose your position and work it for all you can.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Speak the truth and whatever happens, will happen. After all, you are doing no one any favors, especially yourself, with trying to candy-coat the circumstances if they aren’t for real. Besides, how will anyone learn any better if you can’t even come clean? Time to suck it up and just let it out, fast and straight up. From there, it’s out of your hands.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

The safe comfort zone is not where your best comes out, so time to switch it up and let your creativity open some more doors for you — as in dreaming up new schemes and places to be. Changing things up now will bring on the best rewards, as it’ll take a surprise to activate bigger surprises.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

This won’t be one of the most graceful weeks, but who cares? As long as you stay true to yourself, at the end of the twists and turns, you will come out the winner — and that is all anyone will remember anyway. So, don’t be scared to look the fool every so often now, as a little egg on your face might wind up being a look that works for you.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Let your past teach you something; someone will come back trying to rope you into a not-so-hot deal and if you think back on your history, you will be able to see how this travesty will play out. While compassion may fill your heart, don’t let it drown out your mind, as it’ll be the only thing partially making any sense now.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Who cares what others think or say, as it’s you that has to live with your curiosities and consequences. Yes, no matter what anyone is spewing, it’s you that has to walk through this fire called life. Try all you might to project yourself to what you want, but realize what you conjure up now will lack the real meat you need, so stop avoiding it and take that bite.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

This week, be prepared to defend your turf as another will try to close in on it and take it in as their own — and there’s no reason you need to play that kind of submissive role now anyway (at least not for anything outside the boudoir). Yes, get ready to speak out and act loud, as knowing who you are and what you want will make all the difference between winning and losing.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Forget trying to win every battle, as it’s about seeing the bigger picture now and taking the entire war. Yes, struggles will be happening, as philosophical differences take front-and-center in the drama department and will have you wondering how progressive you have to be. As it goes, there may be only so much rope you can let out before you’ll start to feel choked.

Michelle Williams Goes Commando For “Meek’s Cutoff”

Michelle Williams’ co-star Zoe Kazan revealed some unique wardrobe benefits enjoyed by the female cast of “Meek’s Cutoff,” at a screening Monday night in New York hosted by the Cinema Society and accessories designer Nancy Gonzalez.

Kazan explained her favorite features about their 1845-style dresses with full skirts: “You can wear no underpants and just squat and pee and that’s really useful. You can do it in public and no one will see you. You go out into the fields and cop a squat under your skirt. It’s true that’s what the pioneer women used to do.”

Williams confirmed to StyleList that she also went commando during filming in the Oregon desert. “It’s true. That’s one of the things I missed about those dresses.” Read more… Keep reading »

Prince William Getting Pre-Wedding Jitters

“I did the rehearsal the other day and my knees started tapping quite nervously. It’s quite a daunting prospect but very exciting, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to it … It’s quite good news always to outfox the media, but [my bachelor party] was a military operation and my brother and I are very proud of how it went.”

Prince William fesses up that he is starting to feel a tad nervous about his wedding to Kate Middleton on April 29. Oh, and he’s also feeling happy that none of us got the deets on his bachelor party. [People] Keep reading »

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