Truth be told, the last 10 months of my life have been pretty difficult. I’m talking sucky… Real craptastic…. A fucking turd parade. In nearly every area of my life—personal or professional—nothing’s been going my way. Sure, I have my health and all my basic needs are accommodated blah blah blah, but I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been the hostess of many-a pity party thrown in my honor.
So when I curl up on the couch, sporting the pajamas I’ve been wearing non-stop for the past three days and momentarily pausing to think how long it’s been since I’ve taken a shower or talk to a real human being, I like to put something on the television that’s going to be comforting. Soothing, even. Something that’ll make me feel just a centimeter better about my stupid, no-good, very bad life—and that, my friends, is usually a documentary about unsolved murders, substance abuse, undiscovered pedophilia and/or other light-hearted areas of interest. Keep reading »
The full trailer for Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming film ”Tammy” has arrived and, surprise, surprise, I was sold within just a few seconds of watching the hilarious comedienne strut her Croc-clad feet to the tune of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Donning a fast food bag on her head, the titular character bossily robs a fast food joint and then has to deal with the fallout of this sloppily performed heist, going on the run with her drunk grandma. (The grandma is actually played by Susan Sarandon, and I can’t help but hope her performance is an octogenarian take on her character in “Thelma & Louise.”) “Tammy” is co-produced and co-written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, who also directed, and opens on July 4. Consider it your patriotic duty to laugh your ass off. [NYMag.com]
Lupita Nyong’o has it all as Hollywood’s “It” girl, but her film resumé is kind of lacking. Besides playing Patsey in “12 Years A Slave” — for which she won the Oscar – the 31-year-old actress only has two other roles to speak of. She was a flight attendant in the Liam Neeson thriller, “Non Stop,” and will voice a wolf mother in the upcoming adaptation of “The Jungle Book.”
So, why can’t Hollywood find that stellar leading role for this year’s Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner? Is it sexism? Is it racism? Or is it because Hollywood’s run by a bunch of idiots? We’re going with a mix of all three, because we can think of at least seven different plum parts that Hollywood could cast Lupita Nyong’o in right now. Keep reading »
Breastfeeding: it’s one of those heated topics of motherhood where everyone has an opinion and they’re not afraid to share it. For me, nursing was just something that was a part of having a baby. I was breastfed, I grew up among women who breastfed, and it was assumed that I would as well when the time came. After a bit of a rocky start, I got the hang of it and had a successful three-year run nursing my son.
Personally, I’m a proponent of breastfeeding, as there are numerous benefits to it for both baby and mother. But I’m also fully aware that we live in a society that is not set up to help support women who want to breastfeed. When debates surrounding breast milk versus formula arise, I’d rather attack the system rather than individuals. That’s why I appreciate the new documentary “Breastmilk” by filmmaker Dana Ben-Ari, which follows a handful of new mothers to learn more about their breastfeeding journey and the challenges they face. There’s no stigma or judgment about choices here. Instead, it’s a refreshing look at breastfeeding in today’s society and the challenges and joys that come along with it.
I had the pleasure of talking to Ben-Ari about the film to learn more. Our conversation, after the jump: Keep reading »
Oh, I wanted to like “Walk Of Shame.” I wanted to love it. What’s not to love about a movie starring Elizabeth Banks, Gillian Jacobs and Tig Notaro? I was ready for a hilarious rom-com starring several of my favorite funny ladies.
Instead, in the screening room, I sat next to my friend who runs IndieWire’s Women And Hollywood blog and we spent the entire moving grabbing each other’s arm in the dark and incredulously whispering, “This is so fucking offensive.” And not edgy-funny-offensive. Like, ew-offensive.
Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, where do I start? (Spoilers ahead, obviously…) Keep reading »
In October 2003, singer-songwriter Elliott Smith died as the result of two stab wounds, believed by many to have been self-inflicted (though the autopsy report was inconclusive and his death has never been officially ruled a suicide). Despite his lengthy history of drug and alcohol addiction and depression, his friends, family and fans were shocked by his sudden death. Many believed Smith was on a healthier, saner and happier path, excited to be recording new music after garnering such critical acclaim for his previous albums, specifically Either/Or, XO and Figure 8. His passing was a devastating loss. A new documentary about the musician, called “Heaven Adores You,” debuts May 5 at the San Francisco Film Festival and features interviews and tributes from friends, family and and fellow musicians, as well as soundbites from Smith himself. Elliott’s music has always tugged at the heartstrings, but hearing it in the trailer for “Heaven Adores You” brings on all the feelings. Watch the trailer above and then get “Ballad of Big Nothing” on the stereo ASAP. [Indie Wire]