By now you’ve probably read a news article with the lede: “Ack! The ‘Cathy’ comic strip is ending!” Yes, it’s true. Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite, 60, announced yesterday that she will retire the 34-year-old comic strip in October for the usual reasons: to spend more time with her family and pursue other creative projects.
It’s as good a time as any to put the old girl down. After decades as a
swinging desperate single gal, the Cathy character married her cartoon beau, Irving, in 2005. Cathy’s other trials and tribulations — fending off both unwanted pounds and unwanted mothering — are neuroses she’ll apparently never get over.
As stereotypical as the “Cathy” comic strip (which I’ll admit I haven’t read regularly since high school) was regarding single ladies, I’m not about to say “Good riddance!” Yes, she was obsessed with finding a husband. Yes, she was obsessed with her scale. I’ll just say it: she was annoying. But “Cathy” was also pretty groundbreaking. Keep reading »
“I’m pretty sure we’re going to meet at some point. I’ve sent him over 100 letters saying that I’m pretty sure we’re going to meet. And 100 chunks of my hair. If that’s not a great gift, then one of us is crazy.”
—Tina Fey on her co-star in “Megamind,” Brad Pitt, who she never actually got a chance to meet because they filmed at different times [People] Keep reading »
Every millisecond in Hollywood, movies and TV shows are pitched to networks and studios. Only a handful of them will ever actually being made, and even of those, very few will get me to the theater on opening night or to hit the “record series” button on my DVR. And yet today, I’ve heard about two projects that have me all the way to giddy.
First up, the movie “Mommy & Me.” Sure, it sounds like an ‘80s aerobics video aimed at girls under the age of five, but it’s actually a movie that sounds kind of amazing. This flick will be a mother/daughter comedy starring Meryl Streep and Tina Fey — which is, um, genius! The movie is basically only a zygote at this point. It has no script and no writers yet, but it does have a director—the awesome Stanley Tucci. Keep reading »
“I thought about eating less bread [before the Emmys], and then I decided that I wasn’t going to do that. I think there should be some kind of jumpsuit, like an orange jumpsuit, that you can just wear that just signifies that I’m out. I’m not trying this year. I’m a non-combatant in fashion.”
— Tina Fey, whose show “30 Rock” is nominated for several Emmys, has her priorities. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
If you don’t count “Mean Girls” as one of the best movies of the last decade, then you just weren’t paying enough attention. And now Paramount Famous Productions has given the go-ahead on “Mean Girls 2″ — just a mere six years later. Given the first movie’s superior Tina Fey-penned humor, it would be tragic if this one were anything but fantastic. The proposed plot goes something like this: “A new high school student, Jo, who agrees to befriend an outcast, Abby, at the urging of Abby’s wealthy father in exchange for paying all of Jo’s costs for the college of her dreams. Jo and Abby team up to take on the school’s ‘mean girls,’ the Plastics. The story becomes a high stakes battle of loyalty that ultimately comes to a head when one of our heroines finds out that her friendship has been bought and paid for.” [NY Post]
Because the original cast is either too famous, too old, or too crazy — ahem, Lohan, ahem — to return for the sequel, we’ve recast it to our liking. After the jump, our picks. Keep reading »
“Feminist comedy cannot always take as its targets the Jesse Jameses and the Richard Nixons of the world. Women also have to be able to mock — sometimes harshly, sometimes sexually, sometimes intellectually — the Sarah Palins and the Bombshell McGees, to laugh at our single selves, at our high-achieving selves, at our professional selves and our maternal and sexual and idealistic selves, or we will quickly re-earn a reputation for humorlessness. We can’t expect to escape all the mean jokes, or the mean girls. And we can’t lay the blame for the often ruthless nature of equal-opportunity mockery at the feet of a woman who never promised to do anything but entertain us.”
– Broadsheet’s Rebecca Traister responds to all that “Tina Fey is a bad feminist” nonsense in a blog post that is so dead-on, I almost started cheering. [Salon] Keep reading »
I knew this was going to happen: Tina Fey hosted “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend and yesterday morning, our fellow lady blogs were all abuzz with complain-y posts. Bloggers I read and respect, including Sady Doyle at Feministe, Jessica Grose at Double X, and Irin Carmon at Jezebel, took to their blogs to react to Fey‘s hosting gig. And I understand why women were watching, fingers poised to the keyboard: Whip-smart and witty Fey is a role model for millions of women and girls.
Still, I’ll bet Jude Law didn’t have to deal with being over-analyzed to death the Monday morning after he hosted. Keep reading »
Tina Fey returned to “Saturday Night Live” last night to host with the terrifying musical guest Justin Bieber. She made us long for the days — was it only two years ago? — when “SNL” had Tina every week!
We can’t just pick one a-maz-ing clip from Saturday, so we’re posting three of the best. Here’s Tina in the “Sarah Palin Network” skit and, after the jump, “Brownie Husband” and a “Women’s News” segment from “The Weekend Update.” Enjoy! Keep reading »