Nearly forty-five percent of American marriages are projected to end in divorce. It’s sad, it’s unfortunate, but it’s true: failed marriages are a major theme in our current social age. In “A.C.O.D.,” Adam Scott stars as Carter, an A.C.O.D. himself, who must revisit the chaos and confusion of his parents’ bitter separation fifteen years prior when his younger brother decides to get married only to discover that his former therapist, played by Jane Lynch, wasn’t a therapist at all, but a researcher studying the effects of divorce on children … but what of the adult children of divorce, the product of the least-parented generation ever? Director Stuart Zicherman’s debut production also stars Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara as Carter’s parents, Amy Poehler as his stepmother (Dad’s wife #3), and Jessica Alba as his love interest. The promising cast is just the beginning — the trailer in and of itself is at once funny and touching, realistic and poignant. A must see!
The outright coolest mom/lady/feminist/human in Hollywood — nay, on Earth — is Amy Poehler. HANDS. DOWN. The woman is as flawless as they come. There are no improvements to be made upon the Amy model. We were devastated and disoriented when she and ex-husband Will Arnett parted ways, but once we got back on our feet, it was Team Amy all the way. (What? There are no teams? Ugh, sorry, I’m always trying to get on teams. It’s a real problem.)
Fortunately for the future of America, and the entire world, Amy and Will managed to blend their perfect respective genes to create two equally perfect sons, Archie and (Amelia’s Big Serious Baby of choice!) Abel. Every time Amy discusses either of them is a delight, but this clip from Jimmy Kimmel, in which she talks about Archie’s kindergarten stories and Abel’s lisp, is particularly amazing.
“It’s always just been in my nature—it’s just kind of my everyday. Sometimes I access it in a conscious way, but it wasn’t always the headline of stuff that I was doing. We just had Gloria Steinem do ASSSSCAT, which was so great. Kathleen Hanna came, and I’m just a huge Kathleen Hanna fan. She, for me, was closer in age and a practicing and working feminist, at the time, that I related to. When I was in my late twenties and thirties, there were these amazing female musicians, like PJ Harvey and Björk and Kim Gordon.… These musicians are all still around, but, I mean, they were the most popular musicians! Just constant, really interesting women; sex wasn’t their currency, but they were really sexy and sexual. I gave you a long-winded answer. [Laughs] So the answer is: Yes, I consider myself a feminist, and it informs my work only in that it’s just who I am, in the same way that I’m a woman, or I’m 5’2″ or whatever. I was lucky that I came through a system that had many people who did much more hard work and road-clearing before I got there.”
– Not that I had any doubts that Amy Poehler was a feminist, but I’m still glad to hear her say it. [Time Out New York]
As a jobless Master’s graduate swiftly approaching 30 years old, I’ve been seeking whatever sage advice I can get (Susan Miller of Astrology Zone is my most frequent source of guidance). When Amy Poehler’s “Ask Amy” video in response to the Boston Marathon bombing went viral, I decided to perk my ears to the knowledge bank that is every “Ask Amy” video ever.
“Ask Amy” is a series of short advice videos that are part of Poehler’s online network “Smart Girls at the Party”; each is a response to a question that any viewer can leave in the comments section of the Smart GirlsYouTube channel. In the most recent episode, Poehler ruminates on the bombing at the Boston Marathon in the context of the media barrage that is so intrinsic to everyday life.
“I kind of feel like my eyes need a break, don’t you? If you do, take it. It’s okay to not be looking at what everyone is looking at all the time. To know what you’re ready to see and not see, and to be okay with letting some things rest in peace.”
What struck me about the video was Ms. Poehler’s cadence. Not only is she sincere, but so calm and focused on what she’s talking about. Unlike the plastic-sounding replies to Seventeen’s “Why Me?” section, Amy responded to her inquirer with such genuine thought and care (not surprising as the entire Smart Girls enterprise is dedicated to “cultivating the authentic selves of young women”). In an effort to exercise some self-care of my own, I decided to watch the entire series of “Ask Amy” videos to uncover what other gems of advice my favorite TV role model had to offer. Here are some of my favorites. Keep reading »
Amy Poehler was a picture of perfection in her white and blue lace dress at the NBC Upfront Presentation this week. Paired with a bouncy curled bob, bold cobalt pumps, and a slightly mischievous smile, this look is just so Amy. [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
Yesterday I spent a few hours parked on my couch drinking wine and binge-watching “Parks & Rec.” It was glorious. I couldn’t help but notice, over the course of five or six episodes, that Leslie Knope displays a particular fondness for anchor prints, wearing both this Equipment blouse (which is sold out, sadly) and this Madewell anchor sweater (currently sold out on the Madewell site, but available on Shopbop). Since I’m always eager to copy anything and everything Leslie does, I thought I’d round up a few other anchor-themed pieces for anyone who wants to bring a little nautical Knope swagger into their wardrobe. Shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »