When fiercely talented vocal powerhouse Amy Winehouse died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning, she joined the exclusive “27 club.” This tragic pantheon of rock royalty who crashed and burned at only 27 years old includes Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. But while substance abuse loomed large in all these lives cut short, in Winehouse’s case, there was an extra element that contributed perhaps more than any other—over a decade of anorexia and bulimia. Read More
These days, farmers’ markets are bursting with glorious greenery. And this easy recipe from Annie and Dan Shannon’s new cookbook, Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking, delectably combines the best the season has to offer—namely, asparagus, baby spinach, green onions, and basil. Whip up a batch for dinner, or pack it for lunch, since it also tastes great at room temp. Read More
The long, dark night of the soul known as life P3R (Post-30 Rock) is finally getting a little lighter today thanks to Netflix. The streaming service is now unveiling its latest original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the show is everything a smart, lady-centric-comedy lover could hope for. Read More
OK, so it's January. The holidays are over, and in much of the country, snow and ice are harshing our collective mellow. It's time for a pick-me-up, and what  better way is there to banish the winter blahs than with a super-duper warm 'n' cozy breakfast? This Peanut Butter Pie Oatmeal recipe from Kathy Hester's new book Oatrageous Oatmeals is so delish, it'll have you jumping out of bed ready to start your day: Peanut Butter Pie Oatmeal  This oatmeal will remind you of silky peanut butter pie, complete with a graham cracker “crust” sprinkled on top with chopped peanuts. Read More
Review by Jenni Miller: Reese Witherspoon gets admirably down and dirty in this adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir about her trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s a trip she’s barely prepared for; unlike the more experienced hikers she meets along the way, her bag is unwieldy and full of things she doesn’t really need, and she’s not nearly ready for the physical travails of the task, from bloody toenails to crapping outside. Read More
It’s often said that, “age is nothing but a number.” But in the inspiring fashion documentary Advanced Style, the golden years are elevated to such enviable heights, younger viewers may actually walk away biting the styles of the seniors in their midst. Based on photographer Ari Seth Cohen’s popular blog and book of the same name, and directed by Lina Plioplyte, the film is a vibrant celebration of elderly New York women and the wardrobes they’ve been carefully curating for decades. Read More
  This deceptively delicious green shake from the new cookbook The Blender Girl by Tess Masters is the perfect treat to whip up when you want your food to BE healthy but not necessarily TASTE healthy. When a recipe for kale is this good, it's easy to eat leafy greens every day! Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale SunCafe, my favorite local raw restaurant, won SeriousEats.com’s Best Smoothie in L.A. award for a blend that’s similar to this one. I’m not sure exactly what they put in their award-winner, but this is pretty close. Read More
Even before the harrowing details of his daughter’s sexual-abuse allegations against him were published in The New York Times last February, Woody Allen’s work was getting tough to take. His annual offerings more often than not obsessively orbit around not-quite-appropriate relationships between fresh young ingénues and much older men. Infidelity runs riot through his narratives, as does an uncomfortable undercurrent of lady-bashing. Read More

Movie Review: Tammy

BY Emily Rems in Movies

Co-written by Hollywood power couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, directed by Falcone, and starring McCarthy as the titular Tammy, this rowdy road-trip flick is everything female fans hoped it would be. Most scenes pass the “Bechdel Test” with flying colors (meaning they involve at least two women talking to each other about something other than men). The script maximizes McCarthy’s supernatural physical comedy abilities while minimizing the kind of lame fat jokes that have plagued her in less shrewdly scripted projects. Read More
The search for the 234 teenage girls who were kidnapped from their school in the Nigerian city of Bornu while taking their exams on April 14 is still dragging on. At this time, it is assumed that they were taken by the Boko Haram—a local Islamic extremist group whose name means “Western education is forbidden”—sold into marriage, and some moved to the nearby countries of Cameroon and Chad. In the face of such an extreme act of violence, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. Read More