In the midst of awards season, you would think that the movies coming out now would be palate cleansers—lightweight feel-good movies that aren’t necessarily vying for recognition. But some of this week’s movies, the foreign ones in particular, are totally killing it. So get thee to an indie theater and shake off some of that Hollywood-hating mojo that’s been going around! Catch this week’s new movies after the jump. Keep reading »
Call girls: they’re talented writers! First there was Dr. Brooke Magnanti, whose identity only became known after her blog, Diary of a London Call Girl, became wildly famous and spawned a book and TV series. Now there’s an anonymous East Coast-based woman going by the nom de plume “Charlotte Shane.”
“Charlotte Shane” pens a blog called Nightmare Brunette about her experiences in sex work. In a stellar piece on Salon.com, “Charlotte” explains she tries her hardest not to glamorize prostitution like Hollywood. “I never intend to glamorize my profession, and I don’t list expensive gifts I receive or lavish items I buy for myself,” she wrote. “I avoid rhapsodizing about exotic vacations or name-dropping hotels. I never disclose my rates and I don’t claim every encounter ends in mind-blowing orgasms — or any orgasm at all. That type of sensationalistic hype is really only good for selling books or selling face time on TV shows, neither of which I’m interested in.” She tries to be honest about what working as an escort really is: a job. Keep reading »
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“Infographics” are the big buzzwords on blogs. They’re funny! They’re brightly colored! They go viral! Even when they go viral for the wrong reasons ’cause they’re sexist and offensive! Yesterday, an infographic called “Which Female Tech Influencer Are You?” from something called WPromote hit the web. Following the chart and answering questions like, “Which hairstyle do you prefer?”, “White wine or tequila with worm?” and “Who is your dream man?” you find out which well-known woman in tech you most resemble. Your options are Marissa Mayer, Google VP; Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; Natalie Messenet, founder of Net-A-Porter; Caroline McCarthy, tech writer for CNet,com; and Sarah Evans, a PR pro.
Something tells me the COO of Facebook and a VP at Google have more on their mind than their “dream man” or their favorite type of footwear. Keep reading »
Look, it’s not like I want
to be posting Ryan Gosling
videos every day — they just keep appearing and it’s my duty as his unofficial fan club president/lover to present them to you. In this clip, also from his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this week, Ryan shows footage he shot in Africa — for a documentary I believe — featuring a group of orphan children dancing to Rihanna’s “Rude Boy.” One girl in particular caught his eye with her “wildly unique” dance moves. I am also impressed and really think this cutie needs to be on “Toddlers & Tiaras,” stat. She would completely smoke the competition. Ryan, on the other hand, needs to rehearse a little more. [via Buzzfeed
] Keep reading »
It’s always fun to peek back into the lives of reality TV stars and see what they were like before they were famous. Er, “famous.” One reality star — whom we’re a big fan of here at The Frisky — was a student at the New York Institute for Technology and posted a dozen of his or her art projects online. There are paintings, still lifes, human figures, and sketches. Some of it’s quite good!
Can you guess who the reality star can be? Hint: on last night’s show, this person bailed their best friend out of jail. Keep reading »