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"The title Public Speaking means that I endorse that I speak publicly," Fran Lebowitz says in the sneak peek of Martin Scorsese's doc about her career, "it's not a general directive… For a general directive, I really advise public listening." I think Fran's on to something. Check out the trailer and her interview with Joy Behar after the jump, and be sure to check out the premiere of Public Speaking, tonight on HBO at 10 PM EST. Read More
The good news is Tina Fey was the youngest person and the third woman ever to receive the Mark Twain Prize for Humor last week, and great comedians like Steve Martin, Amy Poehler, Betty White, and Tracy Morgan had plenty of great things to say about her. The bad news is PBS is lame, and they cut a part of her acceptance speech where she talked about Sarah Palin and the politics of conservative women. The unedited speech leaked, however, and went viral, exposing what the network deemed worthy of censoring editing. Read More
Hats off to filmmaker Cassie Jaye for exposing the truth about abstinence-only programs, the stories of teenagers who buy into it, and its consequences, in her documentary, Daddy I Do. The film provides a range of personal accounts, from unwed young mothers to the founder of The Silver Ring Thing (faith-based abstinence), private interviews, and alarming statistics. We learn that The Purity Ball, for example, a Cinderella-like ball where young girls pledge themselves to their fathers and promise purity until marriage, received over $1. Read More
Because my current sublet has both a big-screen TV and digital cable, I have taken it upon myself to watch as much television as humanly possible- might as well get it while the goin's good, right? Anyway, last woman standing Danielle Keene won the challenge that will bring her into the finale last night on Top Chef: Just Desserts, and I must say, I couldn't be happier. Read More
Last night's episode of Glee spotlighted high-school bullying, in the form of Kurt, McKinley High's only openly gay student, who is physically and verbally abused for his sexuality, and Shannon Beiste, the new football coach who threatens Sue's budget exploitation, being made fun of behind her back for her lack of sexual appeal to teenage boys. Read More
My week has been rather stressful: the election results were distressing, I'm churning out my thesis, and I'm cramming for my GRE next week. This presents a range of emotions that I haven't been able to articulate. Enter Don Draper. I love Mad Men, and had noticed his effective use of "what?" to express a multitude of feelings: astonishment, confusion, disappointment. This video, a compilation of the best Don Draper "what?"s both spoke to me and made me laugh out loud. Enjoy. Read More

Black Girls Rock-ing on BET

BY Mary S in TV

Black women have long been part of rock music’s cultural landscape, from Lauryn Hill to Betty Davis to Tina Turner to Missy Elliot. But mention people who rock, and black girls will rarely show up at the top of a list most likely populated by aging white dudes with expensive guitars. Black Girls Rock Inc., a New York based non-profit whose mission it is to empower young women of color through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service will air a special this Sunday celebrating the history and accomplishments of those who rock now and have rocked before us. Read More

Those Marvelous Maidens of SNL

BY Helen in TV

Who caught last night's salute to the Women of SNL on NBC? It was incredible. It was like one of their many "best of" DVD's that you usually buy for 50 cents at stoop sales (pre bed-bug craze), but instead of only compiling clips featuring one cast member, they spotlighted all the best bits done by these spectacular comediennes over the past 35 years. It's really about time for the show to finally give props to these women who have historically made up less than one third of the cast. Read More
I can't report as to the mood on the ground, but from the view from my television on Saturday, the National Mall looked packed with rationality at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Musical guests ranging from The Roots to Tony Bennett performed, and appearances were made by the MythBusters, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and even R2D2. Read More
“Funny or Die,” Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s infamous website has decided to take on the time-old task of convincing young people to vote. We’ve seen similar campaigns taken up in the past by the likes of P. Diddy (Vote or Die) and Sarah Silverman (The Great Schlep) but this brand new line of video installments will feature dozens of celebrities including Aziz Ansari, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Ron Livingston, Kal Penn, Gillian Jacobs and Criss Angel among others. Read More