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On IFC's Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein lock Steve Buscemi in a feminist bookstore after forcing him to make a purchase for using the customers-only bathroom. Picking up something embroidered with a rotary phone, he says, "I'll take this wristband." "That's not a wristband, that's a coffee cozy," they reply in earnest. From dumpster diving to ear-plugged bike messengers to the Sherlock Homies, a hipster adult hide 'n seek league, the two are funny not just because of the hi-larious writing, but because they get everything so, so right. Read More
In totally adorable news, the next Muppet movie (set for release in February 2012) will see a totally different side to everyone's favorite muppets—Animal's in an anger-management clinic, Fozzie's started a tribute band—including Miss Piggy, who will, in Muppet world, be the new plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris. Read More
Admittedly, tru TV's reality show Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel doesn't exactly broadcast a feminist tone, from the internet tagline "Sexy women in teeny bikinis hang poolside at Las Vegas' hottest party." to the near-constant clips of gyrating ladies and screaming, beefy, tribal-tattooed, shants-clad men. It's probably not the sort of show you'd see a promo for and think, "Gee, that looks worth checking out!" However, we all know that we can find feminism in unlikely places, and clearly, one of those places is Rehab, man. Read More
  In 2010, HBO premiered Afghan Star, a documentary about Afghanistan's version of "American Idol." The movie featured the story of Setara, a young woman whose head scarf slipped off while performing on the show. As you can imagine,  the quick reveal of her hair  sparked a controversy in the country. Read More

Look at the TREE!!

BY Laurie in TV

For me, I really don't get into the Christmas spirit until I've watched this gem at least 3x. I know, I know, I post it every year, BUT, much like a Rankin-Bass Xmas shows, you can never get enough of John Roberts! And now that we have thankfully shipped our Feb. issue off to the printer, I can relax and finish my shopping. Read More