This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us Michelle Obama’s long-awaited memoir; new seasons of the Great British Baking Show on Netflix; and a queer holiday comedy called Lez Bomb.
Jenna Laurenzo writes, directs, and stars in this comedy about a young woman (Laurenzo) who decides to bring her new girlfriend (Caitlin Mehner) home for the holidays—and come out to her eccentric New Jersey family at the same time. Out Friday, November 9.
This road trip comedy directed and co-written by Hannah Fidell follows a recent high school grad (Tony Revolori) who, en route to LA to study photography, teams up with an impulsive mechanic (Jason Mantzoukas) after his van breaks down. Grace Gummer and Taissa Farmiga co-star. Out Friday, November 9. See BUST’s October/November print issue for review.
Created by and starring British comedian Julia Davis, Sally4Ever follows Sally (Catherine Shepherd), who’s spent the past ten years in an unfulfilling relationship with a man, as she begins an affair with an aspiring singer and actress named Emma (Davis). Premieres Sunday, November 11 on HBO.
My favorite soothing reality TV series, the Great British Baking Show (The Great British Bake-Off in the UK; Pillsbury owns that copyright to the words “bake-off” in the US), drops a new season on Netflix this Friday, November 9—plus an old season is now on Netflix under the title The Great British Baking Show: The Beginnings.
Boygenius’ (made up of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus) debut EP is collaborative and full of feelings. See BUST’s October/November print issue for review. Out Friday, November 9.
Amsterdam-based alt-rock singer Pip Blom’s new EP “shrug[s] off some of her former cheeriness in favor of Brit-pop sardonicism,” writes BUST. See October/November print issue for review. Out Friday, November 9.
“thank u, next” by Ariana Grande
This past weekend, Ariana Grande dropped an empowering breakup song minutes before her recent ex-fiancé Pete Davidson appeared on SNL. “I’m so fuckin’ grateful for my ex,” Grande sings. “Thank u, next.”
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama’s long-awaited memoir follows her life from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her experiences as the First Lady of the United States. Out Tuesday, November 13.
Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood by Karina Longworth
The creator of the popular podcast You Must Remember This examines Hollywood’s golden age through the stories of the dozens of actresses pursued by Howard Hughes. Out Tuesday, November 13.
When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss by Jessica Wilbanks
Author Jessica Wilbanks tells her story of growing up in and leaving the Pentecostal church, and her journey to trace Pentecostalism to its Yoruba roots, in this memoir. Out Tuesday, November 13.
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