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Oh, the Supporting Actress -- country of the comic relief, the villainess, the quirky-girl-with-the-great-personality. It is her grand, historic duty to prop up the neuroses of the Ingenue/Main Homme, or attempt to thwart his or her designs. The supporting actress can have anywhere between eight minutes' screen-time (as did Dame Judi Dench, in her award-winning portrayal of the Queen in 1998's Shakespeare and Love) to several hours' worth of helpful nods. She's weird. She's funny. She's much more like your friends than that fussy main character.  I've...
  Qozop, an Asia-based photographer who describes himself as "nothing special...just an artist who has caught a picture-making sickness," rocked the fashion world this week when he styled a photo series concerning the intersection of age and fashion. His collection, aptly called "Spring - Autumn," first showcases hipster (grand)children standing besides their (grand)parents — then, in a sequential image, the artist has his subjects exchange clothes. The results offer striking comment on our inherited notions of age, fashion and beauty.      Malay mother and daughter   Indian grandfather and grandson Chinese grandfather...
We already know the results of this ever-Sisyphean exercise: no. Surprise, everyone! Neither Martin Scorcese, Scott Rudin (and I wanna say technically) Spike Jonze managed to make films this year in which two even vaguely compelling female characters talk to one another about something that isn't a boy. On the other hand, two other Best Picture nominated films that this snarky viewer considered problematic-re-their-female-portrayals-at-best (Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle) managed to creak by the grand old Feminist Standard Test with a Pass –...
It’s no secret that the members of Pussy Riot have not been warmly welcomed back into Russia. The absolutely repulsive video footage of members being attacked with whips and pepper spray has gone viral over the past couple of days.  Earlier today though, in Sochi, a press conference held by Pussy Riot in collaboration with Cinema For Peace and The Voice Project (organizations that utilize the powers of film and music to create and encourage social change), members spoke about their experiences in Olympic Sochi and...
I was very lucky to attend the Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans this past weekend, a.k.a nerd heaven. If you're not familiar, Comic Con is a popular culture and comic convention held annually around the country. It features a variety of different celebrities, artists, merchants, and most importantly FANS! Thousands of people fond of sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, comic books, anime, and cosplay gathered together at the convention center to hang out, meet some of their heroes, and buy cool stuff. Some of the...
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