Gloria Steinem became famous in 1963 when she published an article called “A Bunny’s Tale” in which she went undercover at a Playboy Club to expose the treatment of its waitresses. In the decade-plus to follow, Gloria became one of the most public faces of the burgeoning “second wave” feminist movement. She fought for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, advocated for abortion to be legalized, pushed the mainstream women’s movement to recognize that lesbian rights were an integral part of women’s rights, and of course was the very first editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine. The heyday for the “third wave” feminist battles have arguably passed, but Gloria Steinem is still kickin’ (enough to put Glenn Beck into a fit, shrieking about how the “’60s have passed”). Any young woman or young man who has discovered feminism in the past 50 years will come across something that has Gloria Steinem’s fingerprints on it. Naturally such an icon deserves, at age 77, to be memorialized in her very own documentary. Keep reading »
What will Oprah do with her days once her talk show ends? She divulged to The Chicago Tribune that, in addition to running her own network, she is planning to head to Broadway. As in, for real deal you’ll be able to see her on the stage soon. “I have a stack of plays in my bag right now that I am reading,” she said. “And just this past weekend, I was in New York meeting with producers. We were just talking about what would be the best route to take. But yes, this is really going to happen. ” Did you hear that? That was the sound of every high-powered theater producer in Manhattan scrambling to bow down at Oprah’s feet.
Acting is apparently high on the Big O’s to-do list. Keep reading »
Watch your back, Tina Fey, there’s a new Sarah Palin in town! The first photo of Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin for the HBO film, “Game Change,” which began production today, is out. Damn, Julianne looks exactly like the pitbull in lipstick: the lady-politician red jacket, the wireless glasses, the squinty grin … it’s all pitch-perfect! Who do you think looks more like Sarah Palin — tried-and-true Tina Fey or new-girl-in-town Julianne Moore? [People] Keep reading »
Some of us haven’t been lucky enough to see Lady Gaga in concert (ahem, Amelia). But fret not! Those of us who fork over the moolah each month for HBO can watch a concert video of Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” show on Saturday, May 7. Sigh. Minus the sweat of 10,000 screaming fans and buckets of glitter, it should be just the same, right? [YouTube] Keep reading »
Everyone’s talking about the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” based on the 1941 novel by James Cain, which ended its five-part run last night. Things really revved up when Evan Rachel Wood entered the scene, playing Mildred’s grown-up and ungrateful daughter Veda. We’re really feeling her ’30s-inspired feminine suits and tailored looks. After the jump, four dresses that conjure Art Deco, F. Scott Fitzgerald and the age of swing. (Merkin not included, FYI.) Keep reading »
Don’t be surprised if you see Chloe Sevigny walking around with a hatchet. The word on the street is that she is getting very method over her newest role, playing accused murderess Lizzie Borden in an upcoming HBO mini-series. In 1892, Borden screamed for her maid, hysterical that she had found her father’s chopped-up body. While her neighbors tried to comforted her, her mother’s body was found in an upstairs room. Only, many people think Lizzie was the one who wielded the hatchet that killed them herself. She was ultimately acquitted of the crime, but acted suspiciously throughout the investigation and became something of a celebrity during the trial.
So how is Chloe preparing for the role? Keep reading »
When “Entourage” first came out, many labeled it a male “Sex and the City.” But now, HBO is working on a series that sounds even more like “SATC For Dudes.” The show, called “40,” is about four male friends in New York who are doing great in their careers and all of the sudden struggle for the first time in a recession. The backdrop of the show is the 2008 economic meltdown, but it won’t be the focus of the show. Nope, the heart of the show will be the four guys “dealing with marriage and friendships.” Sound familiar? Keep reading »
The netherworld between college and actual adulthood can be one of the most confusing times of life. Not yet fully formed, not truly who you’re going to be, you crawl clumsily through jobs, apartments and relationships. Lena Dunham, the writer and director of the new film “Tiny Furniture,” knows exactly what we’re talking about. She made the coming-of-post-college-age film when she was only a wee 24 and manages to perfectly encapsulate the hysterical blindness of it all. The film resonates with so much uncomfortable truth that comic genius Judd Apatow is now producing her upcoming HBO pilot. [NYMag.com
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All right, who is the Frisky reader with HBO who will have me over for the five-night series of “Mildred Pierce”? Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood star as a mother and daughter in a remake of an old black-and-white Hollywood film about spoiled children, indulgent parenting, sex, resentment and redemption. I’ve seen the 1945 original and lemme tell you, it’s juicy stuff, so I can’t wait to see what they do in 2010. Not to mention Kate Winslet in a period piece (lots of red lipstick and finger waves) should give Joan Crawford a run for her money. [Women And Hollywood] Keep reading »