Reviewing 'Bessie' on HBO: The Good, The Bad and The Naked

There’s a scene in the new HBO film Bessie where Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah), legendary Empress of the Blues, is putting on a tent show for a packed house when a group of Klansmen drive up and threaten to burn the place down.  Bessie jumps ...more

The 'Jem and the Holograms' Reboot Trailer Is In, and It Looks Awful

I discovered the magical hair bleaching properties of peroxide the summer of 1987. We started out using Sun-In, but soon discovered that peroxide was way cheaper. This a vital detail. Remember it. We'll come back to it in a minute.  ...more

'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Will Keynote #BlogHer 15!

We're thrilled to announce today that Ava DuVernay, the award-winning director of Selma, will be the closing keynote speaker at #BlogHer15! Image: © Jens Kalaene/DPA/ZUMA Wire ...more

10 Books to Read This Spring

When it comes to selecting reading material, sometimes I feel like I suffer from an abundance of riches. There is just so much choice. There are so many wonderful books being published all the time. When I feel like this, I turn to my friends for ...more

Director Brett Morgen on Creating 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'

In 2007, Courtney Love gave filmmaker Brett Morgen the keys to the kingdom — the kingdom of Kurt Cobain. Cobain’s clothes, toy collection, journals, artwork, videos, recordings, and other possessions were all being kept in a non-descript storage ...more

An Open Letter to 'Grimm:' Victims Don't Fall In Love with Their Rapists

I watch very few TV shows. One of the few is Grimm. Yes, it has some uneven plotting but I don’t care; I dig it like a backhoe. Even when I roll my eyes at some of the stupid decisions made by characters to force a story-arc, I keep watching because I love the relationship between Rosalee and Monroe. I love that Sargent Wu is a short, Filipino badass. I love that Hank is the practical one and holds his own despite being without any supernatural skills. I love Truble despite the wretched moniker the writers came up with. ...more

The Perfect Harmony of the 'Mad Men' Finale

The Mad Men finale felt absolutely perfect to me: uneven, repetitive, gorgeous, tedious, predictable, rich, rewarding, infuriating, full of visual puzzles and Easter eggs (or more specifically, Halloween pumpkins), and buoyed by exquisitely-crafted narrative. Most importantly, it was true to the universe of characters it has given us.  It even ended with a sickly sweet, iconic commercial that evoked both nostalgia and revulsion at the same time. Perfectly Mad Men. ...more
Well said, Deb Rox! "Mad Men helped me understand America, capitalism, media, friendships, ...more

Queen Latifah Stars as 'Bessie' on HBO: The Good, The Bad and The Naked

There’s a scene in the new HBO film Bessie where Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah), legendary Empress of the Blues, is putting on a tent show for a packed house when a group of Klansmen drive up and threaten to burn the place down.  Bessie jumps off the stage, confronts them and kicks one, snatching his ax and threatening him with it.  “Better pick up your sheets and run!” she says, before returning to the stage and finishing her show to rapturous applause. ...more
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This week from Walt Disney Pictures and director Brad Bird comes the anticipated looking into TOMORROWLAND. This film tells the story of Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), a very smart young woman who is trying to save a launch platform from destruction. Causing her father Eddie (Tim McGraw) a bit of trouble, she also is being watched by younger brother Nate (Pierce Gagnon). When Dad bails her out of the latest jam, Casey is given her belonging with something extra, a button that she doesn’t recognize. When she picks it up Casey is transported to a place she doesn’t recognize. ...more

SONS OF LIBERTY Show Our History on DVD!

Coming to Bluray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment in time for the Memorial Day and coming Fourth of July is the epic story of our American history with SONS OF LIBERTY. In the streets of Boston the British are crowding in. The colonists are not happy with the way they are being treated; one in particular citizen is Sam Adams (Ben Barnes). Trying to help where ever he can, Sam is often seen as a troublemaker, especially by brother John (Henry Thomas). ...more

Hello, Pen

By Sarah Reichert I’ve made a shift from composing most of my work by hand with 50-cent notebooks and a collection of specially bought pens, to battering away at the keys of my laptop....more


With Jenise Jacquin Coming to theatres this Friday from director Gil Kenan and 20th Century Fox comes a home filled with POLTERGEIST. This film tells the story of the Bowen family, led by Eric (Sam Rockwell) with wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) they move into their new home. Immediately, Griffin (Kyle Catlett) knows something is wrong but he doesn't know what. Going into sister Maddie's room (Kennedi Clements), he sees her talking to nothing. ...more

Jeon Ji Hyun Wows the Cannes Red Carpet in a Glorious Couture Gucci Gown

I would take one Jeon Ji Hyun over a hundred wannabe actresses any day. She’s old school glitz and glamour, talent and charisma, the collective bundle of everything dazzling onscreen. The screen goddess that is Ms ....more

Listen Up! My Podcast List

I’ve had several requests for a list of the podcasts I listen to, so, here we go! I listen to a LOT of podcasts (we’re talking more than 40) (I know), so I’m going to divide this post into sections. This post will feature the Book podcasts I listen to ....more

‘Mad Men’ Recap: Person to Person – 7×14

In the hours leading up to Sunday’s airing of Mad Men’s finale, someone tweeted that they’d read that the show filmed in Big Sur, California, last year. I remembered reading that, and realized that Big Sur must figure in the finale, since we hadn’t seen anything remotely resembling the place in these episodes. So, was that how “Mad Men” was going to end? ...more

5 reasons you should watch CSI:Cyber (the Best Worst Show on TV)

Yes, I know this show is terrible. It’s probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen on TV. But, God help me, I also love it. It gives me the same self-indulgent feeling as getting stuck into a bag of BBQ chips, if chips had the power to make me laugh hysterically at their poor construction. So really, this show is infinitely better than a bag of chips...which might just be the highest praise I’ve ever bestowed upon anything. So without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons that you, too, should indulge in CSI:Cyber. ...more

The Girl Who Sees Smells Episode 16 Recap

Another drama has come to a close and this conclusion brings a mixed bag of opinions forming one general takeaway. All in all, I really liked The Girl Who Sees Smells, half-developed plot lines and spotty police investigating and all … Continue reading → ...more