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Fans know Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie on Sex and the City—or more recently, as Frances on HBO’s Divorce—but behind the scenes, Parker is working to help other women’s stories get told. She runs her own production company called Pretty Matches (after her one-and-only line in the 1974 TV movie The Little Match Girl), and her publishing imprint, SJP for Hogarth, which will release its first novel, A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, this summer. In conversation with sportscaster Mary Carillo at Tribeca Film Festival last...
  Mary Shelley opens in a goth-as-hell way, showing sixteen-year-old Mary reading a horror novel on her mother’s grave. Elle Fanning, who plays Mary from ages sixteen to eighteen, is well cast: she plays the budding author as smart, stubborn and passionate, a teenager who flirts with her crush by taking him to her mother’s grave and telling him that she learned how to read by tracing its letters. The movie, which premiered at Tribeca Film Fest, focuses on Mary’s life from the time she was sent...
This Saturday, comedian Michelle Wolf performed at The White House Correspondents' Dinner, lambasting Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, and, of course, Trump. She spoke for nearly 20 minutes, and criticized liberals and conservatives alike. But for some, yet unexplained reason, the internet lost its collective mind over one simple joke about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “I actually really like Sarah,” Wolf said. “I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like maybe...
    At a Tribeca Film Festival event, Drunk History co-creators Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner talked about the process of creating the show after showing a series scenes from upcoming episodes (including a brilliant one about the creation of modern-day Halloween). In a talk moderated by frequent Drunk History guest Josh Charles, the Drunk History creators said that they feel a responsibility to tell stories about historical figures who aren’t all straight white cis men. “We want stories to be more inclusive, and as we’ve been finding more stories...
Moms Mabley was…to be blunt...a goddamn American Institution. Gay, black and all kinds of political, she was smashing boundaries left and right. Born Loretta Mary Aiken in May 1894, Moms Mabley would become the first African American female standup who crossed over to mainstream audiences. AND she was an out and proud lesbian. SERIOUSLY, SHE AND HER STORY ARE AMAZING AND I AM RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED TO TELL YOU GUYS ALL ABOUT IT! The gorgeous Jackie "Moms" Mabley. Now the start of Moms' life reads like the worst Shakespearean tragedy. It’s...
With the subtitle Rethinking Barbie and interview subjects including Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay, and Andi Zeisler, you’d think Tiny Shoulders would be an interesting exploration of Barbie as a cultural symbol, balancing her (literally) unobtainable body image and her infamous “math class is tough!” saying with a celebration of President Barbie and a discussion of childhood play. Instead, the new documentary Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie —which premiered at Tribeca FIlm Fest and premieres on Hulu today—is a celebratory look at a recent moment in Barbie history: the launch...

Our April/May 2018 book reviews are now online! Check out BUST’s favorite reads this spring, including new novels by Meg Wolitzer, Melissa Broder, and more. Don’t forget to subscribe here! Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the InternetBy Claire L. Evans(Portfolio) If you’ve seen Hidden Figures (or even if you haven’t), it won’t come as a surprise that the contributions of women have been largely left out of the history of computing. The irony is that “computer” originally referred to a human computer,...
Star Wars has given us some of the best villains in the history of storytelling. You can’t go wrong with space Nazis. Darth Vader’s breathing is so iconic that as soon as we heard it in the final moments of Rogue One, we knew that everyone in that hallway was as good as dead. The Sith lords that wreak havoc across that galaxy far, far away are the ultimate evil. But they also have an everyday kind of evil many of us are more familiar...
Real-life sisters Jemima and Lola Kirke star in the relationship drama Untogether. As in real life, their characters, Andrea (Jemima Kirke) and Tara (Lola Kirke), are separated by about five years and an accent—Andrea has a British accent, while Tara has an American accent. While writer/director Emma Forrest said in a Tribeca Film Fest Q&A that having the actors keep their original accents were simply a practical decision—actors perform better when they’re not thinking about whether they’re doing their fake accent right—the way the sisters...
From The Parent Trap to The Holiday to It’s Complicated, director Nancy Meyers movies' are part of today's comedy canon. And as Meyers' career has grown from her start as a 22-year-old production assistant on the Price Is Right, the world has changed. In conversation with film critic Carrie Rickey during Tribeca Film Festival on April 26, Meyers—now 68—recalled the ridiculously sexist line in her contract during the filming of 1980’s Private Benjamin: although she was a writer and producer on the movie, Meyers wasn’t allowed...
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