Cyndi Lauper Fights for Help for LGBT Homeless Teens

Grammy-winning superstar and mother of a teen Cyndi Lauper says "we gotta hear what's going on, gotta give a damn."This week I got to hear Lauper talk about some of the things she gives a damn about. She spoke with earnestness, intelligence, humor, and candor. Some of the things she was passionate about weren't surprising, but one was: Lauper was an enthusiastic proponent about the power of the blogosphere. In fact, she challenges us to "Blog it big."...more
I feel a little scared today.  Just putting it out there.  As an antidote, I plan to walk in ...more

Oh Sookie! Just a Few Dreadful Hours of Daylight Until New True Blood Season Starts

If you are like me, your fangs are out and you are hungry for Sunday's premiere of the 5th season of HBO's True Blood. Just two more sleeps--or in the case of some of our Bon Temps friends, two more long days waiting silently below the cold dirt. ...more
I don't have HBO anymore but I am going to find a way to get my True Blood fix. I love this show.more

Snow White and the Huntsman Promises Fierce, Sexy Examination of Female Power

I've waited months for Snow White and the Huntsman to open, and finally on Friday it's time to find out who is the fairest of them all. I'm excited because the extended release trailer shows a rich visual landscape worthy of escape. I don't know about you, but I am ready for a summer flick that sucks me into an alternate universe full of action, adventure and fantasy. ...more
I saw it this afternoon, and I think that it does all that you hoped. Great commentary on ...more

Weeping at What John Cusack Did to Poe in "The Raven"

I apparently have to break my Friday night date with John Cusack. And I'm not happy about it.I mean, what do you do when a long-awaited movie rakes in horrible reviews? At this point all I know to do is wallow in melancholy and longing, mourning my lost love John-Cusack-as-Edgar-Allan-Poe. Or at least my lost Friday Night Movie Date John-Cusack-as-Edgar-Allan-Poe. Nevermore, John, Nevermore....more
Follow your instincts. See the movie! I have been a student of film for decades, and I have ...more

All Hail (McHale) Community's Return to Thursday Nights

Community-fans, rejoice!  The phoenix is rising and Greendale Community College is finally cracking open the book on 12 new episodes starting this Thursday night. ...more
I'm so excited that Community is back!  We've missed it!  In my quick brush with celebrity file, ...more

I Will Dance with Ellen, and I Will Shop at JC Penney

I had lunch with a friend a few weeks ago. She was struggling with legal difficulties years after an adoption, with health insurance woes because of a budget-cut job loss a year ago, with money hemorrhaging everywhere. Problems many of us have, but in her case each of those particular problems wouldn't exist if her female partner (a stoic, strong, hardworking, cute medical professional who bakes Alaskans, could lift a truck off of your chest and who's got moves like Jagger) were a man and therefore someone my friend could legally marry in Florida....more
Hey, I never shop at JC Penny's but I just bought a %100 percent cotton sweater there!more

Cut Coupons All You Want, But Don't Be a Cheap Date

As a single mom, I bow down before the frugalistas who help us trim costs on everything from housekeeping to vacations to running a business on a dime. Budget ninjas wield coupons, savvy lifestyle choices and negotiation strategies to reduce the cost of everything, and regular folks like me learn a lot from them. Hurray, frugalistas, with your 10 Tips to Save When Shopping For (Blank).  Thanks for leading the way....more
@TW You are right that a long-term relationship requires more nurturing of romance than a first ...more

New NBC Show Pushes Buttons by Putting "Lesbo" in the Title

It's been a long time since I've been called a "lesbo." Perhaps the last time heard it, it was from my 7th-grade friend Andrew when I admired his Farrah Fawcett locker poster a little too hard? It's certainly not a contemporary word, and it's usually not a compliment -- though it's hard to take seriously as a pejorative. So not being used to hearing "lesbo" in day-to-day discourse, I raised my eyebrows and made a characteristically queer smirk at this week's news that NBC is developing a sitcom pilot called My Best Friend is a Lesbo....more
Hmmm....... If I am in a group of other Lesbians or Gays, the tag of "lesbo" goes without ...more

Friday Night Lights and Damages Were Saved By DIRECTV, So Who's Your Daddy Now?

I pay a lot of money for cable television because I love it. Well, not all of it--I don't part with my hard earned green because I want my MTV--at least not anymore. I want my HBO. And I want first access to all the other fine programs that the other networks offer. Mad Men, Rescue Me, True Blood, Entourage, Dexter, Weeds, Breaking Bad. I don't only want my favorite networks, I love them and my favorite shows with all of my heart, and cable makes it easy, so I've been married to cable for decades. ...more

New Season of Weeds Has Nancy Fired Up and Rolling in NYC

Oh Nancy Botwin, Nancy Botwin, you didn't take any Parenting classes during your unfortunate incarceration, did you?   Lucky season number seven of Weeds has kicked off with a bang: after only three episodes Nancy's already rejected her very forgiving kids, traded a suitcase full of grenades for Afghanistan marijuana and taken a lover.  So Nancy's far from reformed, operating from new turf in New York City, and the season is looking like it's rolled pretty tight....more