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
A couple of years ago, whilst browsing in a store, a man suddenly came up to me and put his hands on my shoulders. I was shocked, but managed to say, "What are you doing?" "And he said something like, "Oh, you were in my way," as if that made any sense. I wish I had come up with something more cutting in response, but the experience really rattled me, and I just walked away. Of course, sometimes I actually am in people's way, and, as a small female, I am constantly getting touched, generally by men. Read More
This past December, I saw Prince for the first time at Madison Square Garden. For those of us used to seeing indie rock shows in a half-filled dive bar, there is certainly something eerily futuristic/Matrix-y about a concert in a vast, jam-packed arena complete with video screens, nausea-inducing bleachers, 20,000 seats, and nine dollar domestic beers. A smallish sized city of people had assembled and paid at least ninety dollars to see the man- just one of many sold-out shows- which must be some kind of ego trip. Read More
Craftacular-bound company Painter Girl Chocolates was born when President and “Chocolateuse” Monica Passin created a chocolate version of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”- how’s that for inspiration? Monica’s edible chocolate art includes a line of sassy animal print bars, warmly spicy ginger fudge, Frida Kahlo portrait chili-cinnamon dark chocolates and more. Read More
Jack Black is said to be developing a new show about adolescent girls with the foreboding title of Tiny Monsters. (Apparently, the working title was Little Bitches, but, unsurprisingly, that one never got off the ground.) Working with him is Ali Rushfield, who previously wrote for Fox’s Undeclared, which was a pretty funny show with pretty weak female characters.   Why be wary? Consider the facts:-It’s on Fox, home to the sad, sad, 21st century The Simpsons, as well as Family Guy and its never-ending supply of creepy spin-offs. Read More
  Since I’m a big fan of both eating and food, there is nothing more enjoyable than perusing the (web)pages of a good food blog. Read More
Oh, Margaret Cho! The first time I ever saw a BUST magazine, my friend held up a copy with Cho on the cover and told me, “You would love this.” Since Margaret went to my high school (briefly, anyway), and grew up in my hometown of San Francisco, I kinda feel like I grew up with her. Her never-ending career remains impressive, especially considering she always does her own raunchy, unique, non-typical famous lady thing. And now she's just gotten her second Grammy nomination, for the 2010 musical comedy CD “Cho-Dependent. Read More

So Long, Billy Crystal

BY Mary S in TV

Not only have the holidays arrived, but the equally glittery awards-show season lurks just around the corner. Say goodbye to the classic comedian host, though, because word on the street's (meaning, of course, the internet) that Anne Hathaway and James Franco will be MCing instead. Both are potential 2010 Oscar nominees- James Franco for that movie where he has to cut off his own arm, and Hathaway for Love and Other Drugs, the movie which she promoted on this romance-novel esque Entertainment Weekly cover. (I wanted to paste James Franco's face over Jake's, but it seemed like a lot of work. Read More
After the box-office failure of Disney's The Princess and the Frog, rumor was that Disney decided that fairy tales were a thing of the past; according to the LA Times, targeting only the little-girl market just wasn't enough. The studio's latest offering, Tangled, combines a take on a classic fairy-tale princess story with more modern elements, like CGI and wacky wise-cracking sidekicks, in order to attract a broader audience. Read More
For several years, my BFF and I have vaguely planned to make a road-trip reality TV show, where we travel around in an RV and find deals at various thrift stores, antique malls, and shuttered local department stores filled with dead stock. Of course, we never really got that off the ground, and now the inevitable has happened: Alexa Chung stole our idea. According to the New York Times, "On Thrift America, scheduled to be broadcast on PBS next summer ... Read More
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