Usually we don't have anything good to say about traditional lady mags (or for that matter, Fox News), but this month, Glamour's finally on to something -- plus-size models! Plus-size really meaning 'normal-size,' 'healthy-looking,' and 'totally beautiful.' Glamour's November issue, out on Tuesday, will feature a photo shoot with plus-size models Kate Dillon, Crystal Renn, and Lizzie Miller, and in honor of the occasion, Fox News has compiled a slideshow of several plus-size models looking just as fly as 'regular-size' models. Read More
Ladies and gents, put your thinking caps on! Our own Crafty Lady Callie Watts runs a girly porn magazine called Ligerbeat, but thanks to some boner killers over at a certain teen magazine that sounds a lot like Ligerbeat, the magazine needs a new name, pronto. According to the top brass over at Boner Killer Central, the name Ligerbeat sounds too much like the name of the teen magazine, thus confusing young children who don't know their alphabet and causing them to look at pornographic images. Read More
A friend of mine has been trying to get me into La Roux for several months now, and I just kept saying no. The music was too cutesy, her voice was annoying, and I had enough Europop on my iPod already. But this week, thanks to a free iTunes download of the single 'Bulletproof,' I'm ready to stop denying it and admit that I'm totally hooked. La Roux is made up of epically-coiffed singer Elly Jackson and synth-player/producer Ben Langmaid. Read More
Do you know what happened yesterday? The Madonna: Celebration DVD dropped. Okay, so if you're not as big of a Madonna fan as I am, you probably weren't looking forward to this event as much as I was. I had it marked on my calendar: buy Madonna DVD! I didn't even wait until after work was over -- I bought it on my lunch hour and proudly displayed it to my fellow interns upon my return. They were, um, not quite as interested. But if you are a Madonna fan, then Celebration has all you could ask for. Read More
In anticipation of this week's release of Whip It, starring BUST cover girls Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat, we interns caught some serious flat-track action at the Gotham Girls Roller Derby bout Saturday night at Hunter College. Neither of us had any derby experience under our belt, so neither of us knew quite what we were in for. But by the end of the night, we had cheered our heads off, found about 20 more girl crushes, bought tons of derby merch, and were pretty convinced we had just discovered the greatest sport ever invented. Ever. The line around the block (for will call alone... Read More
Unless you've been under a rock for the past couple of days, you've probably heard about the Roman Polanski drama currently blazing here and across the pond. Here are the basics: back in 1977, Polanski was arrested for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. He arranged a plea bargain with the judge, but when it seemed like the judge was going to throw him in jail longer than he expected, Polanksi fled the United States and since then has carefully avoided visiting any countries that might send him back. Read More
Looking to add a new instrument to your musical repertoire? If you live in NYC, this weekend you can learn to play the mbira, a traditional instrument of the Shona people from Zimbabwe. Patience Chaitezvi and Erica Azim will be leading an intensive mbira workshop on Saturday and Sunday. Or if you're a little less musically inclined, head on over to the Calvin-Morris Gallery and catch their performance. Erica and Patience are part of MBIRA, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving traditional Shona music and raising money for Zimbabwean musicians and instrument makers. Read More
I've never been a big fan of musicals, but this is one I can get behind. On Tuesday, Variety broke the news that plans for Bring It On: The Musical are under way! And surprisingly, there are some legitimately talented people behind it. Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer of recent hit In the Heights, will co-write the music, and Jeff Whitty, Tony winner for Avenue Q, will write the book. And it gets better still -- two other In the Heights alums will take on choreography and music supervising duties. Now before you say 'that sounds like a terrible idea,' just think about it. Read More
Remember Victoria Woodhull from your U.S. History classes? I vaguely recall my textbook briefly mentioning her in some catch-all section about other female rabble rousers of the 19th century. Well, in case you missed the one completely inadequate sentence about her, now there's a whole movie dedicated to her life, achievements, and general badassery. Did you know she was the first woman to run for president? In 1872, no less? Yeah, that's right, before women could even vote for her. Read More
Carrie Brownstein just doesn't stop! We recently posted clips of her hilarious work with Fred Armisen as one half of Thunderant, and now she's back again with a more serious turn in the film Some Days Are Better Than Others. The trailer premiered today on the film's website, which offers this bit of tantalizing information: Corin Tucker, also formerly of Sleater-Kinney, will be making an appearance as 'soccer mom.' Ladies, you're obviously still hanging out. Can't you just get the band back together already? Pleeeeease. Read More