New 'Dance Moms' Promo Goes '80s and Takes On A-ha

Lifetime has been marketing Dance Moms so perfectly, giving a little wink to appreciators of camp, who probably make up at least half of the show's audience. In the promo trailer for the new season, Abby and the girls recreate the iconic video for A-ha's "Take On Me." » 12/31/13 12:40pm 12/31/13 12:40pm

Here Are Druggy Highlights of Gina Gershon's Donatella Versace Biopic

Lifetime's House of Versace aired last night, and it was excellent to see Gina Gershon in her old thematic stomping ground of playing a coked-up lady boss set on making everyone's lives miserable. Though critically savaged, I'd wager that Gershon's alternately groggy and raving portrayal of Donatella Versace… » 10/06/13 1:56pm 10/06/13 1:56pm

Look at These Rad Young Ladies from Omaha Girls Rock Rockin' Out

I don’t know about you, but my summer camp experiences were pretty limited to being terrified of daddy long legs, vomitty sunburns and square dances. OK, the square dances were kind-of fun. But not as fun as Omaha Girls Rock. » 8/07/13 10:30pm 8/07/13 10:30pm

At Real-Life Hunger Games Camp, Children Intend to 'Fight to the Death'

Well, we all knew it was only a matter of time before there was an IRL The Hunger Games. Of course, the whole thing is happening in — surprise! not! — Florida. » 8/06/13 9:30pm 8/06/13 9:30pm

There's a Rad Camp for Gender Noncomforming Boys and Their Parents

Photographer Lindsay Morris has been documenting a summer camp for gender nonconforming boys and their parents. The photos are striking, and the whole experience sounds life-changing and life-affirming for the boys and their parents. » 7/19/13 12:00pm 7/19/13 12:00pm

Crazed Puppet Talk Show Host is the Most Powerful Media Figure in…

If you thought Sally Jessy Raphael was something else, wait until you get a load of La Comay! The puppet on top of a person is the star of a talk show in Puerto Rico, where's she's known for asking hard hitting questions and is said to have the "power to make or break someone." » 10/19/12 9:30am 10/19/12 9:30am

Oh, Look, Modeling Camp, Where Girls Spend a Week In a Hotel Conference…

We first wrote about Modeling Camp back in early July after a brief piece about the summer camp where teen girls are taught to model ran in The New Yorker. The camp franchise has actually been in existence since the mid '90s and has locations in several states, but seems to have only recently been picking up press… » 8/28/12 3:40pm 8/28/12 3:40pm

I Was a Grade School Nudist

Yes, I know that every kid is a nudist. But I really was one. Like, officially. As in, card carrying member of the ASA (American Sunbathing Association.) As in going to special places — nudist camps, or if would want to make them sound really creepy and culty, nudist colonies — which were created for no other reason… » 8/09/12 2:00pm 8/09/12 2:00pm

Louisiana Girl Scouts Are Geeking Out This Summer

Something pretty cool is happening in New Orleans at the end of August, something that will help mitigate the unrelenting sorrow and ennui precipitated by the dreaded march back to school — Girl Scouts Louisiana East will partner with the Geek Squad to organize a two-day technology "academy" just for girls. » 8/03/12 10:00am 8/03/12 10:00am

Baptist Pastor Suggests We Round Up the Gay People and Put Them in a…

Wow, when it comes to being bigoted maniacs, North Carolina's Baptist pastors are really on a roll. It was just a few weeks ago that Pastor Sean Harris suggested to his congregation that they beat their kids if they showed any signs of being gay. That seemed like it was as bad as it could possibly get, but,… » 5/22/12 11:50am 5/22/12 11:50am

Woman's Shorts Burst Into Flames After She Picks Up Some Nice Rocks on…

A nice walk on the beach with your family sounds so lovely doesn't it? Strolling by the sea, all of you picking up shells. Heck, maybe your kids even pick up some pretty rocks to take home. You just stick them in the pocket of your shorts and move on, distracted by a little crab or a piece of seaglass. Then an hour or… » 5/17/12 11:55pm 5/17/12 11:55pm

When Do You Realize You're Not At Home Anymore?

I live approximately 2,800 miles away from where I grew up, and I can go months without thinking about the distance at all. Then something jolts me into the recognition that I'm not from here. This summer, it's camp. » 7/20/11 6:55pm 7/20/11 6:55pm

Capture The Flag Puts Our Children In Danger

You'd think traditional kids games that get them moving — things like tag, or kickball — would be an unambiguously good thing. But that would be to underestimate the idiocy of political bureaucracy. » 4/19/11 1:42pm 4/19/11 1:42pm

Watch 15-Year-Old Natalie Portman Play Sally Bowles

We're guessing when it came to casting a Weimar cabaret performer, the camper who'd already been a Lolita-esque seductress in The Professional and Beautiful Girls would have an advantage. » 1/27/11 7:02pm 1/27/11 7:02pm

Shrooms, Gender-Bending, Dumpster-Diving & Spirit Quests On Huge

Even though last night's episode of Huge (created by My So-Called Life's Winnie Holzman and her daughter, Savannah Dooley) was one of the weakest yet, it still managed to be insightful, funny and really heartwarming. » 8/03/10 3:42pm 8/03/10 3:42pm

Four Huge Reasons To Look Forward To A Fat-Camp Show

Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky and Hayley Hasselhoff have been cast in an ABC Family TV series called Huge. This show just might be great, and here's why: » 3/23/10 11:00am 3/23/10 11:00am

Don't Worry, There Will Be Seductions.

The much-discussed remake of iconic Sci-Fi campfest Barbarella is on. "The new take on the iconic character will not be campy, though it will keep the sexuality; there will be seductions, but the focus will be on the adventure." [HollywoodReporter] » 8/07/09 2:20pm 8/07/09 2:20pm