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Hannah and Jessa take a break from their exhausting lives as Professional Semi-Depressed and/or Painfully Writer’s-Blocked Persons to go frolic in the woods upstate. Specifically, they’re going to visit Jessa’s estranged father, because what we all need right now is more forced drama in Jessa Land. Père Jessa, a paranoid, addict-y mess, eventually appears and hauls them back to the family abode. Ka-POW! Suddenly we’ve apparated into The Kids Are All Right. Read More
February 26th is going to be a whole lot of feminist fun. At 8:00 P.M Eastern Standard Time PBS will be debuting the documentary “MAKERS: Women Who Make America.” The film will profile ass-kicking female trailblazers and show how women have taken increasingly prominent roles in political, economic, and social arenas. And how better to introduce a documentary on social revolution than with an interview with Gloria Steinem, the patron saint of American feminism and beloved founder of Ms. Magazine. Read More
Today the Oscars producers released the final list of presenters and performers for the February 24th broadcast. Apparently there’s going to be a celebration of movie musicals featuring Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls, Catherine Zeta-Jones representing Chicago, and basically the entire cast of Les Misérables. As long as Anne Hathaway doesn’t debut her own tearful rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” this should be an all-around win. Read More
C-SPAN has a pretty cool Presidents Day gift for us all. The network, along with the White House Historical Association, is producing a year-long series of documentaries about the first ladies of America. Each woman will have an episode devoted to her life, beginning with Martha Washington on February 25th and finishing up with Michelle Obama in February 2014, with a special preview episode airing tonight at 9 p.m. Mark Farkas, an Executive Producer at C-SPAN, is especially interested in how each first lady has influenced policy and legislation with the power of her position. Read More
Fresh off her completely and totally unrealistic tryst with Patrick Wilson*, Hannah lands a book deal! It’s an e-book, which is whatever, but the deal is brokered by John Cameron Mitchell and she publicly vomits afterward. Can’t keep a good woman down. We then swoop into Capri-Panted Ewok’s Den of Iniquity, where he and Marnie are acting very, very couple-y—but not emotionally stirring, Hannah-and-Adam-in-better-times couple-y, just unselfconsciously naked in the same bed. Read More
Patrick Wilson as Joshua In a recent interview, Lena Dunham stated that Girls is never going to glorify commodified sex: that is, putting the characters in situations where they sleep with someone for status or money or because they have a nice apartment.This is admirable, of course—but so far, this season has been all about status-driven (and usually, super unsatisfying) sex: Jessa and Thomas-John, Elijah and George, and most recently, Marnie and Booth. This week, Hannah tries her hand at the wealthy-and-established-older-dude game. Read More
In her usual funny but pointed way, Ellen has called out the Boy Scouts on their rather un-scout-ly policy of banning gay men from their organization. In a clip from a recent episode, Ellen puts in her two cents about the Boy Scouts' decision to postpone their vote on whether to allow the participation of openly gay members and leaders in the future. Read More
Last month brought us this hilarious Craigslist ad, which appeared to be casting a brand new reality TV show based on HBO’s hit Girls. The ad called for applications from any young woman “seeking fame, fortune, love or even a hookup with potential.” Now The Cut reports that the first girl has been cast, and she’s no stranger to fame (well, of the Lifetime variety). It’s Hailey Glassman, Jon Gosselin’s ex-girlfriend and star of CMT’s Sweet Home Alabama and a Lifetime special, My Life is a Lifetime Movie. Read More
This week, in a spectacularly well-timed episode, RuPaul's Drag Race was all about lip synching—both the normal kind, and the kind where you lip synch to spoken dialogue, like dubbing a movie in reverse. If you thought, "Ru made that up—no one does that," then join me in being wrong, because he also told us about performance artist Lypsinka, whose act consists of lip synching to audio clips of people like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The more you know! Now join me in falling into a Lypsinka YouTube k-hole. Read More
Let’s hop on board the recap train, shall we? As with all things, spoilers abound, so tread carefully if you haven’t yet watched. The episode kicks off with a throwaway exchange between our two favorite self-centered roommates—possibly the least specific category in all of Girls—as Elijah prepares to move out. It’s queeny and funny and honestly, who cares. Let’s move on, shall we? We haven’t heard a whole lot from Jessa so far this season, minus some mindless flower-arranging and puppy-snuggling and prattling on about “the hunt” being over. (The HUNT? Vomit. Everywhere. Read More