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The Bling Ring is based on a true story so strange, it could only have happened in the moneyed ’burbs of L.A. Five teens—four girls, one guy—take their obsession with luxe living to the next level by burglarizing celebrity homes for thrills, bills, and prescription pills. In Sofia Coppola’s retelling of the crew’s crimes, Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, and Israel Broussard play teens as familiar with couture fashion and exclusive nightclubs as they are with drugs and gangster rap. Rebecca (Chang) charms...
  Who IS that girl?  We know all about how kids’ toys are divided by gender in really icky ways. Why can’t a boy use an Easy Bake Oven? Why aren’t girls playing with those trucks in the commercials? And the issue goes far beyond surface advertising – “boy products” often encourage building, activity, and adventure, while “girl products” usually emphasize appearance and foster skills like nurturing and cooking. These are all great qualities, but dividing them by gender is bad news for any kid. From even before...
Oh, BBC America. I expected more from you. I mean, you're all British and everything, and as every dumb American knows, that means you're more sophisticated than we are. Especially when it comes to your TV shows (hello Downton Abbey).  But it looks like America may have rubbed off on the BBC in their new series for BBC America, Copper. "1865, New York. There are no city limits" reads the subway poster promoting the second season of this Gangs-of-NY style drama, while a whole bunch of...
'Tis a sponsored post The first rule of quitting smoking with NJOY e-cigs: bring it with you. It helps. Tuesday, the FIRST day of this experiment I referenced in this post, I orphaned my NJOY King e-cig on my desk. In my rush to catch the shockingly beautiful performance of Lily and Madeline (video below) at Joe’s Pub and then the launch of photographer Ben Watt’s new wine company WineAwesome, I doomed myself to straight-out-of-the-gate failure. Luckily, my plus one for the evening, indie actress, filmmaker...
  With the news that the government is monitoring our phone calls, emails, and other private information through a program called PRISM, Americans (both citizens and lawmakers) are engaged in a debate over the merits of giving up individual freedom to protect against a greater threat: terrorism. Throughout our country's history, and especially in the last six months since the shootings at Sandy Hook, similar debates have emerged surrounding gun control laws. An article on opposingviews.com combines the two threat’s statistics over the last year:     The single terrorist...