Review: Jane Eyre

BY Emily Rems in Arts

No matter how many screen adaptations are made of Charlotte Brontë’s mysteriously romantic 1847 novel Jane Eyre (and there have been a lot) it’s always fascinating to see each new director’s take on this intriguing tale. Read More

R.I.P. Tura Satana

BY Emily Rems in Arts

Back when I was in high school, my brother from another mother was a kid named Rufus who would invite me over to his house every day after school to watch cult movies. We watched tons of deranged shit, but my favorite film he showed me by far was the Russ Meyer classic Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! The film’s star, Tura Satana, with her sneering lips and skin-tight cat suit, was such a powerful presence, she seemed almost superhuman. So when I heard that she’d passed away over the weekend at age 72, I was totally bummed and wanted to reach out to my old pal Rufus to share the pain. Read More
The brand new Feb/March issue of BUST is on newsstands now! And this is one y'all can't miss, 'cause we're exploring the carnal side of love with a Sex Issue that pushes all the right buttons! In our cover interview, blond bombshell Portia de Rossi of Arrested Development fame proves that in her case, beauty and brains go hand-in-hand. Read More
When it comes to Pee-Wee Herman, either you get it, or you don’t. As a die-hard fan who was 11 when his Saturday morning children’s show hit the airwaves, I was nothing short of obsessed when I heard he was re-mounting his original 1981 stage production on Broadway this fall. And when I finally got to see it for myself, the experience literally took my breath away. Read More

Go Greene!

BY Emily Rems in Arts

I’m ashamed to admit it, but even though I’ve been doing movie commentaries for NPR’s New York affiliate, WNYC, for the past six months, I didn’t know until a couple of weeks ago that they had a live performance venue. Some friends tipped me off to a great show that was going on at WNYC’s Greene Space—a “new destination for artists and audiences created for live performances, signature WNYC radio shows, and video webcasts” at 44 Charlton Street—so I headed over there on Friday, Oct 22, for a taping of the normally L.A. Read More

Review: Eat Pray Love

BY Emily Rems in General

If you enjoyed Sex and the City 2  for the friendship-centric, over-the-top fantasy romp that it was, then think of Eat Pray Love (opening today) as Sex’s more bookish, solitary, and endearing kid sister. This film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling post-divorce travel memoir, starring Julia Roberts as Gilbert, has equally eye-popping exotic locales (namely Italy, India, and Indonesia), sumptuous natural scenery, and decadent attention to detail. Read More

Is "Huge" A Big Deal?

BY Emily Rems in TV

So far, online reactions to last night’s premiere of the new ABC Family teen fat camp series Huge are mixed—and for good reason. Created by Winnie Holzman of My So-Called Life and her daughter Savannah Dooley, the show stars Hairspray’s adorable Nikki Blonsky (right) and the gorgeous Hayley Hasselhoff (David’s daughter, left), and is being touted as the antidote to all those skinny teen ensemble shows that relegate fat girls to the margins. Read More
 I didn’t discover the great filmmaker Agnès Varda; she discovered me, staring at the posters in the window of her editing suite on the Rue Daguerre in Paris. A tiny, quizzical old lady, she approached, smiling and asked, “Have you discovered something interesting?”  Indeed I had! “La Varda” is one of the brilliant filmmakers to have emerged from the French “nouvelle vague. Read More
If you lived in the NYC Metro area in 1987, you may remember the media blitz that surrounded the search for a missing 12-year-old Staten Island girl with Down syndrome named Jennifer Schweiger. The frenzy only escalated with the grisly discovery of her remains near an abandoned Staten Island mental institution called Willowbrook. Read More
For fans who have been following the lives of fictional friends Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha for the past 12 years, through an HBO series and a big feature film extravaganza two years ago, the release of Sex and the City 2 this weekend is a very big deal. Rarely do large studios invest so much time and money in creating fantasy worlds of the magnitude of this sumptuous sequel solely with the desires of women in mind. Read More