An Interview With Céline Sciamma, Director of Girlhood

With Girlhood, filmmaker Céline Sciamma has brought to the screen the delicate, joyful, beautiful coming of age story of Marieme (Karidja Toure), a black French teen girl, who is fed up with her abusive home life. She turns to a group of new friends for comfort, strength and finding her voice. It's a film that … » 2/03/15 12:30pm 2/03/15 12:30pm

Girlhood: Finally, a Film About Black Girls Strengthening Each Other

I met my two teenage best friends at the start of high school, but our affections didn't crystallize and become epochal until two years later, on the very first day of eleventh grade. All three of us had grown up in an ethnically diverse Toronto suburb and chosen to attend a performing arts high school in the… » 1/27/15 3:50pm 1/27/15 3:50pm

J.Lo, My Queen, Blasts the 'Cougar' Double Standard on Ellen

Jennifer Lopez is on the stump for her new film The Boy Next Door, and currently rumors abound that the divine 45-year-old is dating her 27-year-old costar, Ryan Guzman. On Ellen, she denied it, but went on to lodge a brilliant complaint against the dumbass notion that an older woman dating a much younger man is a… » 1/21/15 11:50am 1/21/15 11:50am

American Sniper Promotes Unrealistic Beauty Standards for Babies

Much has been made of American Sniper, the Oscar-nominated, Clint Eastwood smash about a Navy SEAL with boy-band good looks and the cunning mind of a serial killer. But thus far obscured in the meditative pieces from media thought leaders about "the thrilling anticipation of gunplay" and how it is "doing amazing… » 1/19/15 11:34am 1/19/15 11:34am

Hello, Kit Harington in This Jimmy Choo Ad, You Exceptional Human You

Male actor Kit Harington has been tapped to model for a vaguely confusing but ultimately highly satisfying Jimmy Choo ad, in which the indubitably fly Harington is perched, Spider-manlike, atop a car windshield. It is beautiful, and it is essentially a parody of what many people consider high fashion to be. » 1/15/15 2:30pm 1/15/15 2:30pm

The Annie Remake Was Not Nearly As Bad As You've Heard


While it might feel like the bro-farce The Interview was the only movie that came out in December 2014, Christmas week also saw the release of another high-profile film made for actual children: the Jay Z/Will Smith-produced remake of Annie, the musical about a gutsy 10-year-old orphan adopted by a billionaire… » 12/30/14 3:30pm 12/30/14 3:30pm

Bitter Honey Tackles Polygamy in Indonesia From Women's Perspective


American pop culture has recently framed polygamy as the domain of Mormons (think Kody Brown of TLC's creepy Sister Wives) and Chloe Sevigny going plain-Jane prairie-style in HBO's Big Love. But a new documentary, Bitter Honey, set in Bali, examines the Indonesian tradition of men having multiple spouses—a practice… » 11/07/14 4:30pm 11/07/14 4:30pm