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We See Chick Flicks: HBO’s “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”

Who Are Pussy Riot?
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Meet the feminist punk band from Russia. Read More »
Pussy Riot Found Guilty
The three women were sentenced to two years for "hooliganism." Read More »
Madonna Loves Pussy Riot
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Madonna supports the Russian punk band. Read More »
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Russia's Feminist Punk Rockers!

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is available on HBO Go and select HBO viewings.

HBO Go and HBO are currently airing a film I’d eagerly been anticipating all year: the Pussy Riot documentary. “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”  follows the arrest, trial and incarceration of three members of the Russian feminist punk band who made shockwaves around the world last year for one of their public protests.

Pussy Riot formed in response to the third term of President Vladmir Putin. It’s an anonymous collective who stage guerrilla performances/protests while wearing colorful balaclavas over their faces to hide their identities. Their most famous protest was in February 2012, when several members stormed the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savoir — a space where only the church patriarch is allowed — and briefly performed punk music. The women sang about sexism and spoke out against about President Putin (a major no-no) before getting yanked off stage. The protest lasted a mere 40 seconds long. Keep reading »

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Good Mother Myth, Listen To Mr Little Jeans & Eat Some Pulled Pork

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Good Mother Myth, Listen To Mr Little Jeans & Eat Some Pulled Pork

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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4 Random Things We Learned About Men From “That Awkward Moment”

The upcoming comedy “That Awkward Moment” tells the story of three best friends (Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan) who find themselves at that complicated moment in every dating relationship in which they must decide, “So … where is this going?”

The big takeaway here is that pretty much everything that happens in this film is pretty spot-on when it comes to guy stuff. There’s farting and XBox-playing and and even some sharing of feelings. They’re bros through and through. And we learned quite a bit, though some things definitely caught us off guard. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Joyce Maynard, Author Of Labor Day & Kate Winslet’s Personal Pie Instructor

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Seeing your novel be made into a mainstream film is one thing. But teaching two of Hollywood’s biggest stars how to bake your mother’s pie recipe? Joyce Maynard has the life.

Maynard is the author of Labor Day, a novel about an agoraphobic, fragile single mom  who is brought out of her shell by a fugitive on the run. In the film version, “Labor Day,” which is directed by Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up In The Air”), the marvelous Kate Winslet plays Adele, a divorcée buckled by heartbreak who we desperately want to find love again. We just aren’t sure we want her to find it with Josh Brolin’s character Frank, a prison escapee and big, scary, imposing man sent from Central Casting. Good job on that beard, Josh!

At first Frank forces himself into Adele’s house seeking cover, which she provides under fear of injury. But this hostage situation becomes a love affair when Frank proves himself to be a sensitive and caring individual (despite his murder record) and that’s just what Adele needs. Their unconventional love story is narrated by Adele’s 13-year-old son Henry. He watches Frank with a wary eye — but is happy to have a father figure and delights in seeing his mother smile again.

I spoke with Joyce Maynard about teaching Josh Brolin to make pie (photo proof above!), writing like a 13-year-old boy, and her desire for an unconventional love story. Our Q&A begins after the jump: Keep reading »

“Fifty Shades Of Grey”‘s Year-Long Publicity Campaign Has Begun

Fifty Shades Of Grey's Year-Long Publicity Campaign Has Begun

Sure hope you’re not sick of hearing about the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, because the studio has only just begun it’s year-long campaign promoting the movie, which opens on Valentine’s Day 2015. Here is the film’s first post. Are you ready for the Red Room of Pain?

This Parody Fits Every Indie Movie Cliche Into Under 3 Minutes

Not ANOTHER Sundance Movie!

Remember that Cracked parody about Oscar-nominated movies? Just in time for the Sundance Film Festival, indie movies now have a parody all their own. “Not Another Sundance Movie” was created by the comedy group Tastes Funny, and it’s packed with every indie cliche you can imagine. Vintage pickup trucks. People crying in the front seat of a car. Little children dancing. Depressing landscapes. It’s like attending Sundance without leaving the comfort of your own bed. [Laughing Squid]

5 Dating Lessons From “That Awkward Moment”

What is the deal with guys and “the talk”? If you’re spending all of your free time together and the sex is good, why is the “so what are we” conversation such a freaking issue? To get to the heart of this epidemic and learn how to decipher something real versus someone who just wants to schtup, we decided to take cues from Zac Efron’s latest comedy ”That Awkward Moment.”

It’s the story of 20-somethings navigating the rocky terrain between hooking up and dating, as Efron manages to charm his way out of bachelorhood and into Imogen Poots’ panties. The good news is — spoiler alert! — all the bros eventually get over their irrational fear of settling down and open their hearts to totally cool chicks … but not without breaking a few hearts and some serious boning along the way. So here’s how to be the winner in this scenario, and not the one-night stand. Keep reading »

Here’s Every Famous Hollywood Dance Scene In 5 Minutes

We Can Dance If We Want To!

I love Hollywood dance scenes. Who couldn’t? The final moments of “Dirty Dancing” reduce me to a blubbering mess, and John Travolta’s moves in “Saturday Night Fever” absolutely slay me. One YouTube user did us the favor of combing through cinema’s most famous dance numbers and editing them into one epic montage. The clips are paired with some quality 80′s dance pop and guaranteed to make you want to jump out of your chair and dance your way out of your winter slump.[Purple Clover]

A Sequel To “Life Size” Is On The Way!

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Vintage Lindsay Lohan fans, rejoice! A sequel to the oh-so-fabulous Disney film “Life Size” is in the works, and I am thrilled. The made-for-TV-movie, which came out in 2000, stars Lindsay as troubled pre-teen Casey and Tyra Banks as Eve, a doll that comes to life. It’s every little girl’s dream (or nightmare)! The two ladies go on an adventure of self-discovery and lots of girl talk as Eve faces an existential crisis while trying to accept that she is, in fact, a doll and not a human. Keep reading »

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Salvage The Bones, Watch “True Detective” & Put On Some Blue Eyeshadow

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Salvage The Bones, Watch "True Detective" & Put On Some Blue Eyeshadow

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 »

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