Last night, Suzanne Braun Levine, author of the new book, 50 is the New Fifty, joined feminist icon Gloria Steinem, famed actress and director Isabella Rossellini, editor-in-chief of More magazine Lesley Jane Seymour, and congresswoman Donna Edwards for a panel on the book’s subject matter, life after 50.
I didn’t intend for this to be a personal post, yet the fact that I now sit here writing in the first person and with the aid of some scotch suggests all did not got as planned. When I saw the advert for the event in my local B&N last week, I thought the panel would make for a good piece of reportage for The Frisky. Yet, it would also have been something I’d have considered going to on my own if only to see Gloria Steinem, a woman I’m proud to call a fellow graduate of my Smith College, and who also spoke at my graduation in 2007, delivering what was surely the greatest commencement speech a young woman could hear. Keep reading »
The second round of Isabella Rossellini’s Sundance Channel series “Green Porno” is now online, and we recommend that you watch all six short episodes. Not only will you learn all about how anglerfish reproduce, but Rossellini is hysterical, and you get to see her dressed up as a barnacle, starfish, and a whale. Plus, hearing her say “penis” in her gorgeous accent is amusing.
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In our science classes growing up, we learned about cell reproduction, animal reproduction and, of course, human reproduction. We wish Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno” had been around back when we were in seventh grade so we could have learned the birds and the bees while having a laugh, rather than squirming in our seat every time our teacher said the word “sperm.”
“Green Porno” is a series of short films, all two minutes or shorter in length, that show Rossellini dressed up as various creatures (including a whale with a six-foot dick) and explaining in her beautiful Italian accent the various details about how they procreate.
Rossellini has always been interested in animal behavior, ever since she was a little girl, and she decided to focus on the sex lives of animals in her short film series because, well, sex sells. “Not many people are interested in animal behavior, but everyone is interested in sex,” she tells us. So, she decided to make the series about how animals have sex, because it would be “varied, and scandalous, and different.” The short films aren’t meant to illuminate us on our own sex lives — after all, a barnacle probably doesn’t share the same sexual problems as you — but Rossellini does want you to learn something. “It’s supposed to be funny,” she says. “I would like the first reaction to be a laugh, and the second reaction to be, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that about animals!’”
The second season of “Green Porno” starts April 1, but if you haven’t seen the first season, catch up on it now at SundanceChannel.com/GreenPorno. Seriously, you should watch it. Sex hasn’t been this comical since your first time. Keep reading »
While Isabella Rossellini may be known for her roles in Alias and Death Becomes Her, she’s now helping to answer the question people have been asking since the beginning of time — how do insects do it? Isabella’s short film series Green Porno will get to the bottom of this. Personally, we’re hoping the film delves into which insect has the best sex life — our guess is that spiders might have a tough time wrapping their…err, legs around it, with all of those appendages getting in the way. But check out these beetles doing it doggy style — sensual! Green Porno will be available on iTunes and streaming on sundance.org/festival beginning January 18. [Yahoo News]
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