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Crafts for a Cause, a project benefitting Artists for Peace and Justice, is auctioning off custom made crafts and artwork by some of our favorite artists and musicians.  Featuring pieces created by Le Tigre, Cat Power, Aziz Ansari, Feist, Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, Tegan & Sara, and Vampire Weekend just to name a few, all proceeds will be donated to Artists for Peace which covers all of their overhead expenses and donates 100% of what they raise to relief efforts and long term sustainability in Haiti. Read More
             If you don’t know Erin Cressida Wilson by her name, you may know her by her characters.  The sweet, hurt, hopeful secretary played by Maggie Gyllenhaal in Steven Shainberg’s Secretary—the one who’s into spanking—she is partly the product of Erin’s imagination.  Diane Arbus was, of course, a living person, but the “imaginary portrait” of her displayed in Shainberg’s Fur was also done by Erin. Read More
This is not your mother's Ramona. Watching the trailer for Elizabeth Allen's upcoming Ramona and Beezus made me feel tingly all over. Not in a good way. check out the trailer, below. There’s something hyper-sexualized about Beezus (Disney darling Selena Gomez) that is nothing like what I remember from Beverly Cleary’s books. This leaves a lot of work for Joey King as Ramona. But maybe it's just this clip. They sure have ample time to tweak it--this film isn’t due out till July. Must Disney turn every story into a run-up for heterosexual marriage? Oh wait, of course they must. Read More
Written and directed by Bradley Rust Gray, The Exploding Girl is an understated character study of an epileptic college student named Ivy who is spending her spring break back at home in New York City. Her buddy Al is also home for the week, and the two spend their time walking around the city, drinking beers, reading books, and playing card games with Ivy’s mom—typical home-for-a-week activities for the Liberal Arts crowd. Read More
Yesterday Kotex launched a new ad campaign lampooning, well, itself. The first ad for U by Kotex parodies the super slo-mo, twirling in circles, running on the beach, practicing ballet in white spandex, pristinely clean genre of femcare ads that have been advertising staples for decades. The commercial is funny, smart, snarky—it’s already got people talking, tweeting, blogging, posting. It’s a step in the right direction. But the hill it’s going up is incredibly steep. I know how hard it is to talk about menstruation in mainstream media. Read More
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