Catherine Hardwicke Was Told She Couldn’t Direct “The Fighter” Because She’s A Woman

“I couldn’t get an interview even though my last movie made $400 million. I was told it had to be directed by a man — am I crazy? []The Fighter‘] is about action, it’s about boxing, so a man has to direct it. … But they let a man direct ‘Sex and the City’ or any girly movie you’ve ever heard of.”

— “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke exposes sexism in Hollywood against female directors and this notion that they can only direct certain types of films. The directorial job on “The Fighter” went to David O. Russell and Hardwicke agreed he did a good job. But it’s complete BS, as she said, that she was told “The Fighter” had to be directed by a man. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Robyn Tells Us What It’s Like To Be A Fembot

Robyn has been called everything from the “queen of icy hotness” to the “Europop antidote to Lady Gaga.” I just call her awesome. In 2010, Robyn toured up a storm and released three mini albums: Body Talk Pt. 1, Body Talk Pt. 2, and finally Body Talk on Cherrytree/Interscope and Konichiwa Records, the label she established in 2005. After the jump, Robyn talks to The Frisky about time machines, how she picks the perfect stage outfit, and the TV show she’d like to write the theme song for. Keep reading »

Vanity Fair Unveils Their 2011 Hollywood Issue Cover

Behold, Vanity Fair‘s 17th annual Hollywood Issue cover. Anne Hathaway is front and center of the first gatefold, which is the section you’ll see on newsstands, and she’s surrounded by guy candy Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and her Oscars co-host James Franco. Some other things I’m noticing here: Olivia Wilde and Mila Kunis look almost identical thanks to barely-there black dresses and similar hair styling. Also, how cute that Rashida Jones is bottle-feeding that little lion cub. [Oh nice. A tiny bit of diversity! -- Editor] I give big props to VF for including Noomi Rapace, of the Swedish “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” movies. And that older bartender who’s barely visible? It’s Robert Duvall. Click here to see the image larger, so you can study it in detail, too. Keep reading »

Barbara Bush Makes A PSA Supporting Gay Marriage


Barbara Bush is best known for getting busted trying to use a fake ID while her papa was still in the White House. But with this new public service announcement supporting gay marriage, she may just change that. Barbara now lives in New York and is the president of a health nonprofit, Global Health Corps. And is it just me, or does she have really pretty blue eyes? Her mom, Laura Bush, is also an advocate for gay marriage. Could you guys not have decided this when you lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and had a little more sway? [Newser] Keep reading »

The 28-Day Meditation Challenge: Can Focusing On Breathing Change Your Life?

I am the opposite of new-agey. I have only gone to a psychic once, in New Orleans, and tuned out immediately when it was obvious that homegirl had no idea what she was talking about. I have never been very interested in horoscopes, mostly because the attributes ascribed to my sign, Taurus—stubborn, down-to-earth, bullheaded—never seemed particularly embraceable. And neither Madonna‘s biceps nor all my friends who adore it have been able to convince me to try yoga—mostly because my parents are devotees (in fact, my dad quit his job as a stockbroker to teach yoga) and whatever your parents do just isn’t cool. So when Sharon Salzberg, a friend of a friend and a meditation teacher for more than 30 years, asked me to be part of the 28-day meditation challenge outlined in her new book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, for the month of February, I wanted to run. Like, fast. Keep reading »

Inspiring Love Stories: Emilie Gossiaux And Alan Lundgard

When you haven’t been in love for way too long, it’s hard to remember what it feels like or if it even exists at all. As another Valentine’s Day approaches, my knee-jerk reaction is cynicism. But it seems so cliche to be that person. I am desperate for proof that I should keep on believing in LOVE. I’ve collected some epic stories that are sure to keep my single, weary heart a-beating. Check out the story of Emilie and Alan after the jump. Keep reading »

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