Jump Aboard The Michael Moore Bandwagon, Err, Gondola


Michael Moore tops my list of favorite documentary filmmakers I wouldn’t want to snog but would totally marry. I love a juicy oversimplification applied by the left, and nobody does it like Moore. First he took on the ailing auto industry in “Roger & Me,” then violence in “Bowling for Columbine,” then the reaction to September 11th in “Fahrenheit 9/11,” then the healthcare industry in “Sicko.” Remember when Moore provoked Charlton Heston to slam a door in his face (on tape!) for a poignant ending to “Bowling for Columbine”? Sigh.

After the jump, see what industry insiders are saying about Moore’s latest lament, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in late August, plays at the New York Film Festival next week, and opens in theaters on October 2nd. Keep reading »

Puckerin’ Up In Public: When PDA Isn’t Okay

I was at brunch with my girlfriends this past weekend when we spotted a beautiful, newly-in-love couple. They were sitting across from each other holding hands and staring adoringly into each other’s eyes. He leaned over and whispered something into her ear … she giggled and scooted closer. His hands started wandering … she tilted her face in; before we could swallow our Eggs Benedict, they were swapping saliva and grabbing each other’s unmentionables. I felt like I was watching a particularly graphic and bloody open-heart surgery on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Keep reading »

10 Shirtdresses That’ll Button-Up Your Wardrobe

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If summer is the season for dressing all relaxed in your flip-flops and your muumuus (that might just be me), fall is the time to pull yourself — or at least your clothes — together. Button-up a bit with one of these 10 shirtdresses, which Annika recommends wearing to a job interview if you work in a field that doesn’t require strict business attire: “It’s a polished style for any situation without looking overdressed,” she advises, and she would know since she’s been hired twice after showing up to an interview in one. Dress your shirtdress up with a pair of wedges, or keep it laid-back in flats. And if you feel shapeless wearing one, belt it!

Inside The National Cougar Convention

When Courteney Cox is banking her post-”Friends” career on a show titled “Cougar Town,” you know the trend of older women dating younger men has reached its tipping point. The term cougar isn’t just a punchline anymore. And why should it be? As Demi Moore might say, “what’s wrong with women asserting their sexual needs and romantic desires with younger partners?” Keep reading »

No Impact Woman

Last night, I saw a preview screening of “No Impact Man,” the documentary about Colin Beavan. Chances are you know him as the guy who gave up everything from toilet paper to electricity for a year, on a quest to make himself and his family have absolutely no negative effects on the environment. After an article about him ran about him in the New York Times, a media blitz ensued and Colin became something of a celebrity (though a polarizing one), landing on “Good Morning America,” “The Colbert Report,” etc, etc, etc.

But while he may be the titular No Impact Man, the real star of the documentary is Colin’s wife, Michelle Conlin. Keep reading »

10 Things We Learned About Men From Romantic Comedies

I may be unpopular for saying this, but I kind of hate romantic comedies. If they are supposedly targeted to women, they somehow missed my demographic. Why are they so often inane dribble? Sure there are a few greats (“When Harry Met Sally,” “(500) Days of Summer”) that are not to be missed, but for the most part I wouldn’t be caught dead watching a Sandra Bullock flick unless the movie theater has the world’s best popcorn. That’s why a got a really good chuckle reading Asylum’s list of “7 Things Romantic Comedies Taught Us About Women.” It got me thinking. There must be some really important lessons for us ladies to learn as well, right? After the jump, the 10 oh-so-realistic things that rom-coms have taught us about men. Keep reading »

Charlotte Ronson Proves Just How Skinny Models Really Are

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We love, love love seeing Annabelle Dexter-Jones — Charlotte’s lil’ (step) sis — walk in Ronson’s runway shows. And she’s fairly tall and quite thin so she fits in with all those Amazonian goddesses (or starving teenagers, depending on your perspective) just fine. In fact, it’s so very refreshing that this season we noticed how cuckoo bananas it is that, despite her petite frame and not being a total shrimp, she still looks like a healthier, more normal version of the models she was surrounded by. That’s just how mind-bendingly skinny these girls are. We know that Charlotte doesn’t have enough siblings and half-siblings to supply an entire runway show, but how much cooler would it be if she just started using “real” girls instead of models. It might even help sell more clothes.

And moving on to the threads, they were very, well, Charlotte Ronson-y. Hip, fun, girly yet edgy, you know the shtick. But there was definitely some kind of rock ‘n’ roll geisha meets fitness instructor situation going on that was slightly confusing, but whatever. One thing’s fo sho: Those shoulder pads we’re seeing everywhere for fall? Well if Ronson has any say in the matter, she’d like to see girls rockin’ the glam-rocked quarterback look well into next spring. (I, personally, am OK with that, but I know a lot of people will beg to differ — and that’s OK, too.) Her signature jumpsuits are here to stay. Besides the ’80s workout video headbands and leather obi belts, the see-through knee-length leggings were, well, they were certainly something. I’d pop ‘em under a skirt; why not? After the jump, more looks from the show.

Oh. And one more question to no one in particular: What was Erin Wasson doing there when she should have been crazed prepping for her show (a few hours after Charlotte’s. Note to celebs/models-turned designers: At least try to look like you’re actually working!

Quick Pic: Half And Half Hair

A model sports a half-crimped, half-straight ‘do at Valencia (who knew?) Fashion Week. Is this something we might actually attempt at home kids? [FashionIndie.com] Keep reading »

Where Do Designers Get Their Inspiration? Kids!

According to Loic Prigent, director of the fashion documentary “The Day Before,” there’s one question designers never want to answer: “”What is your inspiration?’ is the number one enemy in fashion journalism now. They really hate it when you ask it,” Prigent admits. [Wall Street Journal]

Yet, while Marc Jacobs might be dodgy about his collection’s meaning, other designers are just fine accrediting their fuel for creativity—teen fashion bloggers. The group has gained momentum in the past year to become the new power youth, with 13-year-old Tavi as one at the forefront (pictured above, and, BTW, she looks like she also enjoys putting cute crap on her head). After the Rodarte designers saw Tavi’s blog, they started corresponding with the teenager, and Tavi has become the label’s muse. Says co-designer Kate Mulleavy, “Tavi makes you think about things differently, makes you see things differently.” Also cited as sources of inspiration were Bryan Boy and Jane from Sea of Shoes.

Well, you know what they say—the children are our future. And in this case, they’re telling us what we’ll be wearing tomorrow. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »

The Friday Roundup: It Happened This Week On The Frisky

The joys of Beatles Rock Band consumed our lives at night, we confess. But during the daytime, we poured our heart and soul into bringing you all the news that’s fit to be blogged, dear reader. We wrote about how Tila Tequila accused her football player boyfriend, Shawne Merriman, of choking her; how DNA tests have shown that South African runner Caster Semenya is allegedly “intersex,” with both boy and girl parts; we even hit the town for Fashion’s Night Out here in New York City! Here’s a recap of this very busy week here at The Frisky … Keep reading »

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