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Mommie Dearest: An Interview With Dana Ben-Ari, The Filmmaker Behind “Breastmilk”

"Breastmilk"

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 »

Frisky Rant: “Walk Of Shame”‘s Problematic Plot Shames Sex Workers & Drug Addicts For Cheap Laughs

Frisky Rant: "Walk Of Shame"'s Problematic Plot Shames Sex Workers & Drug Addicts For Cheap Laughs

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 »

It’s Time To Cry: Elliott Smith’s Life & Legacy Explored In The Documentary “Heaven Adores You”

It's Time To Cry: Elliott Smith's Life & Legacy Explored In The Documentary "Heaven Adores You"
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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]

Women Didn’t Fare Well In “Star Wars VII” Casting Announcements

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  • The casting announcement for “Star Wars VII” came out today and while that’s very exciting news indeed, let’s not forget that only one new female actress (Daisy Ridley) has been added to the cast. Don’t women and girls deserve better geeky representation? [io9]
  • Lux Alptraum on why we don’t need fewer rape story lines on TV, we need smarter ones. [Nerve]
  • A new group called the 30% club is pushing to add more women to senior leadership management. [New York Times]
  • Tennessee’s governor is still unsure on whether he will veto a law punishing drug-addicted pregnant women. [Nashville Public Radio] Keep reading »

Amy Poehler & Paul Rudd Spoof Romantic Comedies In David Wain’s “They Came Together”



Hmm, let’s see. A new movie from “Wet Hot American Summer” director David Wain, written by the hilariously funny Michael Showalter, starring the ever-flawless Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, that skewers the romantic comedy film genre? I can’t think of a single reason I won’t be seeing “They Came Together” the second it hits theaters and VOD on June 27. Trailer above!

It’s Time To Cry: Watch The Extended Trailer For “The Fault In Our Stars”

It's Time To Cry: Watch The Extended Trailer For "The Fault In Our Stars"
Hazel Grace + Augustus Waters 4 Ever

Honestly, whenever I see anything related to “The Fault In Our Stars,” it’s time to cry, so this extended trailer for the movie version of John Green’s amazing YA novel about teens with cancer had me reaching for the tissues almost immediately. What I could gather through the tears, however, is the sense that the film is sticking really close to the book, which is sure to come as a relief to fans. The trailer shows brief flashes of scenes that are directly from the novel, including Hazel and Augustus’s swoon-worthy date in Amsterdam and the egging of Isaac’s ex-girlfriend’s car. Just five more weeks until “The Fault In Our Stars” opens in theaters on June 6. I have never been so excited to sob uncontrollably in public.

Meet The Fresh-Faced Cast Of The “Jem & The Holograms” Movie

More than a month after we first reported on the news of a live-action “Jem & The Holograms” movie being inexplicably brought to the big screen by Justin Bieber’s mega-manager, Scooter Braun, new info has been released about the young actresses that’ll be playing the truly outrageous pop singers … and they definitely aren’t the names we were hoping for (i.e. Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Momsen, etc.).

In fact, we barely recognize any of these girls’ names, period. Maybe that’s a good thing, though. If we don’t get our hopes too high, it’s only uphill from here. That said, let’s meet the relatively unknown Holograms cast and see how they measure up to their animated counterparts.

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Last Time I Saw You, Listen To Young Fathers & Sip On Tangerine Mojitos

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Last Time I Saw You, Listen To Young Fathers & Sip On Tangerine Mojitos

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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Aaron Sorkin Man-Splains The Lack Of Good Roles For Women In Hollywood

Not Your Usual Rom-Com: Jenny Slate Is Having An Abortion In “Obvious Child”

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Considering that one in three women will have an abortion during her lifetime, we don’t see too many on the big screen. Even in “Knocked Up” and “Juno,” two of the biggest movies in the last decade about unplanned pregnancies, the characters barely discussed terminations. That’s one of the few reasons I’m very curious to see “Obvious Child,” a new rom-com starring former “Saturday Night Live” star Jenny Slate. She plays an aspiring standup comedian named Donna who has an unplanned pregnancy right around the same time she gets dumped and loses her job. Gaby Hoffman from “Girls” stars as her friend and the flick is written and directed by Gillian Robespierre. Yes, a pro-choice film starring a woman with a lady director!  Everything about “Obvious Child” has “Jessica is going to see this on opening night” written all over it. Check out the trailer above! [YouTube]

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