5 Must-Follow Celebrities with Blogs

Stars, they're just like us—especially the ones with blogs. My favorite celebrity blogs give behind-the-scenes peeks into the work of making movies, music or television through storytelling and candid shots while also showing the author's interests, writing style and sense of humor. Plus when I read the blog of a celebrity who truly seems to love the platform, I feel closer to her because I know she is one of us. Follow these bloggers who also happen to be megawatt celebrities. ...more

Wednesday Night on NBC is Mom Cop Night

NBC has programmed a night featuring kickass women cops, and I'm all in. Debra Messing's new show The Mysteries of Laura premieres next week in the first primetime slot of the night, perfectly schedule to lead into Law & Order: SVU where Mariska Hargitay will be holding it down again in Season 16 starting next week. The night is closed out by Chicago P.D, which also will be premiering its new season next Wednesday. Tonight NBC will air a preview episode of Laurain the last slot of the night. ...more
Watched the pilot for 'Laura...' and loved it. Tone puts me in mind of humor/drama of shows like ...more

Tig Notaro's "Boyish Girl Interrupted" Tour Kicks Off This Month

Comedian (and BlogHer '14 keynote speaker!) Tig Notaro announces her Boyish Girl Interrupted tour across the U.S. and Australia this fall and winter—including a breast cancer benefit on October 13 at Largo Theatre, where she had her groundbreaking set announcing she had cancer in 2012. ...more
I was SO excited to see this!  And at the Austin theater, there was 1 solo stranded seat in a ...more

Hey, U2, Get Off Of My Cloud

Me in 1991: I spend the night camped out on a sidewalk in the tiny town of Palatka, Florida. The small downtown record store was one of those hidden treasures with an efficient staff where you had a chance to score a spot in the front of the line and therefore a chance to get tickets through their Ticketmaster system. I was fifth in line and I held my power position. Tickets went in a few nerve-wracking minutes.  I scored! I am filled with ecstatic joy from my badassery.  ...more
I don't care about it one way or the other. I'm not a big U2 fan, so it's sitting undownloaded ...more

Mixed Feelings About the Freaks in American Horror Story's New Season Trailer

American Horror Story released an extended trailer for the new season, and I am full of mixed emotions. I am a huge fan of the show, and especially the way it gives powerful women (including superstars Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, Sarah Paulson and Emmy winners Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates) thrilling roles. Inventive concepts and writing by showrunner Ryan Murphy bring decidedly campy, queer, stylish trends to television, and I looked forward to weekly doses of his mad brilliance last season. ...more
There is one mini trailer that has a clown, but that's it :)more

Jennifer Lawrence's Private, Nude Photos Were Not Leaked

Why is everyone saying that the nude photos published this weekend were "leaked?" Does mis-naming horrible things make us feel better about them? Leaking information to the press may happen in politics or business, but that's not what happened here. ...more
Bravo! Leaked? Seriously? Stolen, period. No matter how much coveted these pictures were, they ...more

Only a Few Delights in a Predictable Breaking Bad/Modern Family Emmy Sweep Year

This year's Emmy Awards needed some major fixing by Scandal's Olivia Pope. Or needed to be bailed out by The Good WIfe's Alicia Florrick. Or needed major voodoo from American Horror Story's Angela Bassett. It definitely needed less Seth Myers, more humor. less Weird Al HeCan'tSingovich, and better music overall. It most certainly needed to be commandeered by Tina and Amy, though most things do. ...more

Beyonce's Divine Feminism at the VMAs

What a night! I'm sure many things happened at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, but truly only one part of the event is on my takeaway list. An impossibly hot Beyoncé  at the height of her powers defined feminism as being the epitome of the feminine divine, represented women as ambitious, sexy and maternal, brought author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's incantation about teaching girls to claim success to the massive VMA audience, and all was right with the world. ...more
KaiEl'Zabar I never said Beyonce is under Jay Z's spell. And of course I get Adichie's speech, ...more

With the News On My Mind, Can I Get Excited About the Emmy Awards?

My friend emailed me to remind me to make my Emmy predictions for our annual awards night pool. Money is on the line! Also, the all important bragging rights. I just can't get it up for the game this year, though. ...more
I actually was thinking about going camping this weekend, somewhere there is no social media. As ...more

Robin Williams' Brilliance Broke My Heart and Mended It, Again and Again

Celebrities are our Greek gods. We place them on their Olympus with great intention, collecting constellation stories from our stars, sometimes for a season and sometimes for decades. When life’s big events affect our players with marriages, births, deaths, addiction, tragedy, or crime, we take their stories in more deeply, and notice how their stories are woven fast against the cloth of our own lives. We look for ways to understand our own lives through theirs, because it can sometimes help us more than trying to look headlong into our own. ...more
It is beautiful.more