27Feb

Going Back in Time with Netflix

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One of the things I love about Netflix is that it takes me back in time to my own childhood. We’ve already watched many of my own favorite films from childhood like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and I’ve recently come across a whole slew of films based on books I grew with like A Wrinkle in Time, The Babysitters Club, Hugo, The Babysitter’s Club, James and the Giant Peach, Escape to Witch Mountain and Goosebumps. We've also watched some of my favorite shows like Gilmore Girls, a show that I loved (but after rewatching nearly 200 Read More

23Feb

The Beauty of #AskHerMore

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Last night my dear friend and fellow blogger, Aliza Worthington, invited me to join a group on Twitter called "AskHerMore". At first, I was confused by its meaning, but once I figured it out, I was overjoyed. For years, women have been complaining about news reporters the red carpet, having primarily been asked about their gowns rather about the hard work they've put in to make it where they are. It looks like times are changing, and E's Fashion Police should be very interesting tonight! Last night Reese Witherspoon posted the image above on Read More

20Feb

FlashBack Post: Do Women Want to be Submissives? A Look at Fifty Shades of Grey.

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(This post is nearly three years old but I feel compelled to post it again, in light of the recent release of the film, as well as the most interesting comment I got at the end - so scroll down. I haven't seen the film...yet.) On a recent trip to London, I took a trip to my favorite UK bookstore, Waterstone’s, and roamed the shelves. As I searched for books to bring home that I can’t get in the U.S., a book caught my eye that I had been hearing a lot about.  Yes, Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James.  I had been following the talk about this book for some Read More

15Feb

Fund The Skinny and Get People Talking About Eating Disorders

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A little over a year ago, I wrote a piece on Jessie Kahnweiler. Her video series called Meet My Rapist spoke to me on many levels. It was a blunt response to her own rape that occurred as a college student while in Vietnam by playing herself being followed by her rapist. She took an extremely bad moment in her life and used it to teach people through storytelling and it was really powerful. Since then, Kahnweiler has gone on to do more great things that wake people up, including me, every single time. Using the power of comedy and video, she produces Read More

09Feb

Highlights from the Athena Film Festival

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This past weekend I had the ultimate experience for a female culture vulture like myself at the Athena Film Festival. Several days prior to the festival, I interviewed Melissa Silverstein, editor of Women & Hollywood and co-founder of the festival,  about the event. We were talking about why there is a need for a festival for and about women's equality in 2015 and she told me this: “There is not a lack of talent for women in film, there’s a lack of opportunity.” She and her co-founder, Kathryn Kolbert, weren't the only ones aware of the lack of Read More

25Jan

Up Close and Personal with Paddington’s Nicole Kidman

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When I had a last minute opportunity to interview Nicole Kidman a few days ago to promote her new film, Paddington, I was thrilled. A long time fan, I have been following her career of superb performances in some of my favorite films such as To Die For, The Hours, Rabbit Hole, Far and Away, The Portrait of a Lady, Moulin Rouge, The Birthday Girl, Dogville and so many others. She's been in the public spotlight for years, and we all feel like we know her. We've seen her go through a very public break-up, move on to marry a very famous country singer and Read More

22Jan

Something to Get Excited About: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt #StreamTeam

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I've written about Netflix often here on ye olde blog. I've written about my binge watching habits, getting my Indie film fix, what I watch with my tween and my deep, fervent love for Orange is the New Black. In a piece on The Broad Side, I wrote that Netflix is championing women's voices: With a staff full of female executives starting from the top down, Netflix is producing original programs that truly are telling important stories about women and raising the bar like no other network to date. Now I'm excited about another one of their Read More

20Dec

Annie: A Very Modern Take on a Beloved Story – Does it Work?

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Last weekend my 11 year-old daughter and I headed to NYC to catch a preview of Annie the Movie. She had extremely high hopes about the movie and I was excited to see this seemingly very modern update of a story I have loved all of my life. From the original version starring Andrea McArdle to the 1982 film directed by John Huston to the Broadway show my daughter and I saw last year, the story and songs from Annie have been a staple in my life for just about ever. But after seeing this new film, it's hard to give you a fair opinion on whether it's a Read More

15Dec

Interview with the Cast of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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The other day I spent a half-hour with some of the greatest names in show business: Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and director Shawn Levy. I was invited as part of a group interview promoting their new film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which I had screened the day before. As expected, the group had a synergy and spirit for the film, including Wilson and Stevens, the newest cast members, proving how much they enjoyed making the film together. Upon meeting them, I immediately felt a tremendous need to vocalize how I Read More

13Dec

What My Tween Watched on Netflix in 2014

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My daughter turned 11 this year and her TV viewing habits and desires certainly changed. As a matter of fact, they started catching up to what I like to watch and her viewing patterns became my viewing patterns. What she watched, I watched. We must have binged several shows for hours and hours, not only on the TV but on the iPad and computer. Netflix changed the landscape of television for all of us and gave us the ability to watch whatever we want, whenever we want. My daughter and I curled up many the night in my bed with the iPad and binged several Read More