I didn’t realize until this second how much I’ve missed “Orange Is The New Black,” but the new season two trailer has me seriously so pumped. Piper is in solitary! Crazy Eyes has a new bunkmate name Vee, who seems to have preexisting beef with Big Red! Tastee is still amazing! Oh look, there’s Alex, trying to seduce someone with her sexy spectacled eyes! Sophia lookin’ fierce! Ack, let’s go, June 6, let’s go!
If you read Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is The New Black or binge-watched the Netflix adaptation (and who hasn’t done that?), chances are you have wondered about the real-life woman behind Nora (in the book) and Alex Vause (the character in the show). For the first time ever, 51-year-old novelist and PhD student Catherine Cleary Wolters has spoken to Vanity Fair about her relationship with Kerman, their mutually-assured-destruction as cash smugglers for an African drug lord, and her side of their love story. Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »
Ugh, wheeeeeennnnnnn is Netflix going to announce a premiere date for “Orange is the New Black”‘s second season? This new photoshoot of the cast — in the February 2014 issue of ELLE – has got me all hyped to find out what’s going on with my favorite lady prisoners. What’s going to happen between Piper and Alex? Is Pennsatucky gonna survive? What will become of Daya and the Hot Guard’s baby? Netflix, don’t hold us in suspense for much longer!
Meanwhile, click through to see more photos of the “OITNB” cast like you’ve never seen them before. [ELLE]
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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Like many of you, one of my favorite new shows from the last year is Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” based on the memoir of the same name (by Piper Kermen) that I read a couple of years ago. While I enjoyed the book, I love that the show has become a vehicle for telling all the prisoners’ stories, not just the main protagonist’s, and as a result, I think it’s one of the most successful character-driven narratives on the small screen. All of the characters are interesting and engaging to watch, so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I have been totally fascinated by Pennsatucky, the meth-addicted Christian evangelist played by Taryn Manning. Last week, I got a chance to sit down for a few minutes with Manning at an event honoring beauty industry icon Beth Minardi (who gave Taryn that awesome shade of auburn in the photo above), and she gave me further insight into what makes Pennsatucky tick. Check out Q&A after the jump! Keep reading »
I don’t know about you guys, but I always have big plans when I click on my Netflix bookmark. I’m going to finally watch that documentary that will make me sound smart when I reference it at parties! I’m going to get caught up on the heavy British drama that’s supposedly really good! I’m going to check out that offbeat comedy I jotted down the name of months ago! But I’ve found that no matter my intentions, all of my Netflix surfing always plays out in the exact same way. As follows: Keep reading »
I’ve been willfully chained to my television for the past week, tearing through episodes of Jenji Kohan’s latest, “Orange Is The New Black” — and I highly recommend you do the same. For the uninitiated, this is the story of Piper Chapman, a bougie, well-meaning white lady who is plopped into a minimum security prison for a year to serve time for a brief incident as a mule for her drug-trafficking ex-girlfriend. I was reluctant at first to watch this show, my mind clouded with the memory of the last few seasons of “Weeds,” but after some urging from a trusted friend, I settled in and was instantly hooked. Here’s why.
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Before I tell you why you should watch the BBC 7-part miniseries “Top of the Lake” — available in full on Netflix streaming right now — I’ll tell you why you might not want to. It’s a tad depressing––okay, maybe really depressing, and there’s a whole child rape/pregnancy plotline in it, so it’s not for everyone.
But if you like compelling, well-written drama with incredible acting (and magical scenery), you’ve gotta give it a try. The story, produced by BBC and originally airing on the Sundance Channel, centers on the attempted suicide, rape and disappearance of 12-year-old Tui Mitcham, who lives in secluded Laketop, New Zealand. Tui’s family is embroiled in the local drug industry, and everyone’s got a past, including Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss), the tireless detective who’s working to solve Tui’s case. As Robin contends with Tui’s mystery, her father Matt butts heads with enigmatic guru G.J. (played by Holly Hunter in a striking grey wig) and her band of female followers, who’ve taken over a plot of land named, ironically, Paradise.
After the jump, 7 reasons to check out “Top of the Lake.” Keep reading »
One of the more enjoyable and interesting memoirs I’ve read in recent years is Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black, which is about the 15 months the author spent in prison after she was convicted of money laundering and drug trafficking. Kerman committed the crime in her early-20s, but wasn’t arrested, convicted and sent to prison until many years later, after she had cleaned up her life and had a professional career. (Check out an interview The Frisky did with her here!) The book was a fascinating look inside what it takes to get by as a woman in prison and is filled with an incredible cast of characters, which is why I’m seriously psyched that Netflix has turned the book into their third original series (after “House of Cards” and the return of “Arrested Development”), with Piper being played by doppelganger actress Taylor Schilling. Check out the trailer for the show above! Looks so good!