Forget about “your time of the month,” “the Curse,” and all the delicate and discreet euphemisms for menstruation. Recently, there has been a spate of viral music videos and art from a rising group of female artists who are determined to sing, rap and depict menstruation with (graphic) candor.
From rapping about cunnilingus on their period to putting a full-bush, bleeding vagina on a T-shirt, these musical and visual expressions of menstruation may seem initially jarring and even over-the-top, but they represent a bracing backlash against the blue-liquid marketing culture. Now, a generation of women who began their periods in an age of euphemistic “Mother Nature” ads are embracing menstruation in all of its bloody glory as their way of reclaiming their un-sanitized womanhood.
Case in point, these lyrics from the opening verse of Hand Job Academy’s rap about periods, Shark Week:
Strap on your redwings it’s time to make this bird sing, my bed looks like the elevator from “The Shining” [...]
Bleedin’ since 11, bitch I ain’t new to this feels like a werewolf is living in my uterus
The trio of Brooklyn feminist rappers — Lil T. aka Meg Skaff, Clara Bizna$$ aka Claire Beaudreault, and Ash Wednesday aka Ashley (a teacher by day who doesn’t reveal her real name) — jam-packed their rap, working toxic shock syndrome, Laura Palmer and Carrie into a single song. After an October piece on New York’s The Cut brought attention to “Shark Week,”Jezebel, The Frisky, and a boatload of other sites jumped on the track.
And with good reason. Hand Job Academy shattered every taboo about menstruation in under four minutes, describing in vivid detail every thing you’re not supposed to talk about: the bloodiness, self-pleasure on your period and oral sex on the rag. “I slurp her like spaghetti/got marinara on my lips,” raps Skaff in the final verse.
“Every time we play, the beat drops out around that line,” she says. “You can legit hear people say ‘Wow, eww.’” But that doesn’t offend Hand Job Academy. Pushing the envelope is exactly what they intended. Skaff says she wants their work to have a “shock factor” that makes “people say ‘it’s blowing my mind how ridiculous it is.’”
Rihanna & Katy Perry reunited and posed for a few pictures.
We bet these two have so much fun together! The need to go ahead and drop that collaboration already!
She x She ... always great to see my Lil Kitty cat!!!#Perry
Our thoughts go out to the people of Glasgow tonight. Hoping that no one is seriously harmed #cluthavaults— CHVRCHΞS (@CHVRCHES) November 30, 2013
Let's all say prayers tonight for the brave people in Glasgow #scotlandthebrave— Gary Barlow (@GaryBarlow) November 30, 2013
Thoughts with friends and family up in Glasgow.— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) November 30, 2013
To those injured or bereaved by the tragic Helicopter crash in Glasgow, our hearts go out to you. Bri— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) November 30, 2013
I just woke up to the terrible news in Glasgow. My Thoughts are with all the family's that are involved. John Barrow… http://t.co/kH7GvhBd5Y— John Barrowman News (@Team_Barrowman) November 30, 2013
Horrific scenes from this helicopter crash in Glasgow- just hope the images betray the outcome. Thoughts to all those affected. #clutha— greg mchugh (@gregjmchugh) November 29, 2013
So sad to hear about Glasgow last night, thoughts are with everybody there x— Nina Nesbitt (@ninanesbitt) November 30, 2013
What an appalling tragedy in Glasgow. Thoughts with them all.— Lorraine (@reallorraine) November 30, 2013
Holiday moviegoers remained ravenous for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Friday, putting the sequel on course to score one of the best second weekends in the history of the film business, not accounting for inflation.
The Lionsgate pic grossed $31.3 million from 4,163 theaters for a domestic total of $253.3 million and stunning global haul of $482.3 million. If traffic holds at these levels, Catching Fire is poised to gross $110 million-plus for the five-day Thanksgiving stretch (Wednesday-Sunday) and $75 million-plus for the weekend itself in North America.
Costing $130 million to produce, Catching Fire could edge out Avatar ($75.6 million) and The Dark Knight ($75.2 million) to boast the top second weekend (three-day) on record after The Avengers ($103.1 million).
Disney's 3D animated entry Frozen, opening Wednesday, also continued to soar, grossing $26.9 million from 3,742 locations for a three-day domestic total of $53.5 million and projected five-day debut in the $93 million range.
Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale The Snow Queen, Frozen -- earning a coveted A+CinemaScore -- tells the story of a fearless princess (Kristen Bell) who sets off on an epic journey to find her sister, whose icy powers have caused an eternal winter. Last weekend, the 3Dpic, costing $150 million to make, did big business when it played exclusively at Disney's El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.
Between them, Frozen and Catching Fire are serving up a record-breaking Thanksgiving. Frozen is poised to score the top holiday debut of all time, eclipsing the $80.1 million five-day debut of Pixar's Toy Story 2 in 1999. It's also destined to score the top opening for a Disney Animation Studios title, besting the $68.7 million debut of Tangled over Thanksgiving in 2010.
Catching Fire, now in its second weekend, will mark the top-grossing Thanksgiving film of any movie, topping previous record-holder Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ($82.4 million). It also nabbed the best gross ever for Thanksgiving day -- $14.9 million from 4,163 theaters -- besting the $13.1 million earned by Toy Story 2.
After Frozen, the news was mixed for the other new holiday films.
Action-thriller Homefront, starring Jason Statham, is expected to post a five-day debut in the $9 million range, a so-so start. Homefront, receiving a B CinemaScore, features Statham as a widowed ex-DEA agent who moves to a small town with his daughter, only to have the decision blow up in his face. James Franco and Winona Ryder also star.
Spike Lee's Oldboy, playing in 583 theaters Wednesday, is bombing in its North American launch and may only gross $1.2 million for the five days. From a script by Mark Protosevich, the remake of the cult South Korean film stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley. Oldboy marks the final release from Peter Schlessel's FilmDistrict before Schlessel officially takes over as CEO of Focus Features on Jan. 1.
Black Nativity, targeting faith-based consumers and earning an A- CinemaScore, got off to a disappointing start on Wednesday, but improved its standing somewhat on Thursday and Friday. The pic, playing in 1,516 locations and facing tough competition from African-American comedy The Best Man Holiday, should earn $5 million through Sunday.
Directed by Kasi Lemmons and based loosely on Langston Hughes' play, Black Nativity's ensemble cast is led by Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige.
Stephen Frears' critically acclaimed Philomena, now playing in a total of 853 locations, is expected to turn in a five-day gross in the $4 million to $5 million range. The awards contender stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
Many of the folks who write her, write not about the science, but about her body, her looks, her clothes, and do so without any apparent embarrassment. She's a science reporter who happens to be a young woman, and her woman-ness is the thing they focus on. The science, to her chagrin, often takes second place.
In her new video, Emily (with help from director and video editor Michael Aranda) gives us samples from her mailbox, She's not mad, not exactly. Instead, she just explains why these matter-of-fact little letter bombs make it harder for her to work, and how they hurt — every single day. And, being Emily, she explains it very well.
Obviously not exactly a gossip topic, however online shows are becoming increasingly more prominent and this seems an interesting discussion on women in media in STEM subjects especially.
Zosia Mamet for ASOS magazine
Jemima Kirke with husband Michael Mosberg at the 2013 American Museum of Natural History Gala
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Lena Dunham with her artist/photographer mom Laurie Simmons at the Women in the Arts Fundraising Luncheon
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sooo excited for this show to be back. i really hope 3rd season will be better than the 2nd one, cause it sucked a lot!
Zosia is really cute in her asos photoshoot, she looks so different with a smile on her face :) and i love Adam forever <3
i love this cast now, the last 2 epi are both enjoyable. do you guys think rosa knows of charles' feeling?
Nick Cannon and Kanye West are supposed to be ‘friends’, but it’s doubtful that it will stay that way after this latest bit of news. In a [probably drunk or inebriated] rant, Nick took to Twitter to criticize Kanye and his recent comments, pretty much calling Kanye out for his ridiculous ego and his penchant for calling himself a ‘genius’ all the time. No doubt Mariah Carey feels the same way as her husband, after all, isn’t she the biggest genius and goddess alive?
Nick wrote, “I love @KanyeWest like a brother & been one of his biggest fans & friends since day 1, but Genius is eternal patience. @KanyeWest Real geniuses don’t have to tell everyone that they are a genius. Maybe I should’ve just called him and told him that in private. Oops, my bad! Twitter-stream-of-consciousness LOL. I just got online and saw all these @KanyeWest interviews and I was inspired to rant. Oh well, going back to Thanksgiving. We cookin’ son!”
Not only did he decide to publicly diss one his ‘friends’ using Twitter, but he felt the need to tweet Kanye in the comments as well. I mean, I don’t think anybody’s going to disagree with him on his thoughts, but it was probably not the smartest move for him. Kanye holds grudges for a long, long time and you can bet than Nick Cannon has now been added to his list. And not only that, but I’m sure we can now expect an extended rant on Nick in Kanye’s next interview.
See, this is why Twitter is a hazard for celebrities. I guarantee that we’ll eventually see Nick delete all those Twitter comments or take them back in some way, but when you put something on the Internet, it will stay there forever. Think before you tweet should be the new celebrity mantra.
PS: Nick's Twitter been hacked but the rant was his nonetheless
Oh but don't think it was the hacker saying all that crazy stuff about Thanksgiving and Kanye. That was me! LOL— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) November 28, 2013
Ever since Charlie Cox's breakout role in 2007 blockbuster Stardust he's been quietly adding to his CV, chalking up roles in Downton Abbey's pilot episode and a long-running supporting part in HBO's acclaimed Boardwalk Empire. Now he's taking the lead once again in Paula Milne-penned Cold War thriller Legacy, playing trainee spy Charles Thoroughgood who is tasked with re-establishing contact with Victor (Andrew Scott) – a Russian university acquaintance – with a view to 'turn' him.
He certainly looks the part, modelling an almost comically large tie and some rather fetching sideburns. "It feels like a clown tie," he exclaims. "On the first day I said, 'This is a joke. It's not real.' I feel like I should have a squirty nose as well." As for the sideburns, he's quick to point out they're not his off-duty look. "I'm not sporting them, although [Legacy's director] Pete Travis has got massive sideburns so I couldn't really say, 'I hate these, they're ridiculous.'"
But while Cox makes light of his appearance, his role in Legacy – which sees Milne and Travis reunite for the first time since the critically-acclaimed Endgame – is heavy stuff. Once a bomb disposal expert, Charles is recruited by MI6 after his best friend is killed. "He wanted to be more involved in what is referred to as the front line of any war, be it the Cold War or the war in Belfast, and he saw a move to MI6 as the way to go about that."
The story takes a twist when Victor reveals a secret about Charles's father – a revelation that has ramifications both emotionally and professionally. "I think the family aspect to this film is a little unique because when you think about the Cold War and films documenting it, you think about what the implications were in a general sense – as a country. But the case that Charles is working on goes from being a case – exciting but formulaic – to personal, and yet he still has to do his job and treat it as impersonal."
Part of the "personal" exploration is in Charles's relationship with Anna (Romola Garai) – a fellow spy. She's married – to yet another MI6 insider – but her connection with Cox's character soon moves from professional to romantic... "It's beautiful because nothing happens and everything happens between them," explains Cox. "And you're hopefully left at the end wondering where they go from here. It's not a conventional love story – there's so much potential but at the same time so much that is preventing it.
"I've worked with Romola before and I introduced her to her husband. He's one of my best mates so before I found out she was doing Legacy, I got a text from him saying, 'Buddy, you're going to be kissing my wife.'"
But Cox's admiration for his co-stars isn't limited to Garai... "Andrew Scott happens to be one of my favourite actors of all time – I saw him on stage a few years ago and we share the same agent so I got his number and texted him saying, 'I really hope we get to work together one day'. And then literally six months later this came up. He's just extraordinary."
So, forty years on, why does Cox think TV and film audiences are still so fascinated by the Cold War? (Legacy is part of a BBC2 season focusing on the period.) "The nature of there being no actual fighting that people were really aware of is kind of intriguing. Impending doom is so much worse than when something actually happens because at least when it's happened you can rationalize it in some way and take some action. When you're waiting for something that could happen, that's really hard to deal with because your mind goes into all the different scenarios."
Would he have made a good spy? "No, I'd make a terrible spy and I discovered this because I have a friend who comes around before I start working and we go over the script and talk about things. I got a text from him saying, 'Osterburg rendezvous in Highbury fields. Third bench from the ice cream truck. Find note. Remember code. Destroy note. Follow instructions'. He’d set up some sort of spy thing.
"So I set off from my house and there were people on the bench. I went up there and said, 'I dropped something'. It was taped to the bench so they immediately looked at me like I was an absolute lunatic. Then I went to a bin and got out my lighter and lit it and the plastic that was sticking it came off and attached itself to my hand. I was trying to be really covert and there was smoke coming out!
"Eventually I met up with him and he had photos of me from the moment I left the house. I was the worst spy ever. It was so nerve-wracking – it made you think that if you were doing something like that for real it would be a real buzz. These people are living on a knife edge every single day and I think that’s quite an interesting thing to remember. Their daily life is a thrill."
Some would say the same about the cutthroat acting industry where a promising acting career can easily stutter and stagnate. Cox has tasted success, but equally struggled with a feeling of worthlessness. "I'm not very successful in LA. I don't tend to work there and I thrive on confidence and feeling like I have a valid interpretation of a character or a role.
"In London – because things happened rather quickly for me when I started – I go in and the casting directors know me, I'll often meet the director and be given time and that really helps me. In LA, I got there and they couldn't give a s**t. I was auditioned by one of the casting director's assistants and never hearing anything. It's all heat and what you've done and if there's a buzz around you."
bb is aging pretty well. sucks that the talent agencies in LA don't recognize his perfect talent...
NOAA Could Undermine State Shark Fin Bans
James Arthur should be banned from performing on the 'X Factor' this weekend after making homophobic remarks, an online petition has demanded.
So far over 6,000 people have signed up to the 'Drop Homophobe James Arthur from XFactor' Facebook page, following his spat with former friend and 'X Factor' 2012 contestant Lucy Spraggan.
The 'Impossible' singer first sparked outrage when he performed a rap and used the term "f***ing queer".
He then reportedly sent abusive text messages to Lucy, who is openly gay, after she challenged his views.
In a statement to The Metro, ITV said: "Following his comments James has since apologised last week, making it clear that he did not mean to cause any offence and explaining the context behind his remarks".
Last week we reported James has been diagnosed with acute exhaustion, with all of his public appearances and performances cancelled for a week.
"Unfortunately James Arthur has been diagnosed with acute exhaustion and instructed to rest for several days by his doctor," a statement on his Facebook page read.
However, it seems he is now well enough to sing on the show that made him famous.
smolderhotter is not here, make her proud
Chris Brown had at least has one thing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving — the unwavering support of on-and-off girlfriend Karrueche Tran.
On Thursday, Tran posted an Instagram photo (larger picture below) of herself with Brown, along with the message, “happy turkey day.”
The model was also with Brown a little more than a week ago when the singer was in court and ordered to an anger management rehab facility for 90 days.
What do you think about Brown and Tran spending Thanksgiving together?
"Fruitvale Station" co-star Melonie Diaz hasn't been mentioned as a possible Oscar contender for Best Supporting Actress as often as category favorites Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence and June Squibb, but that could change after Tuesday's Spirit Awards nominations. Diaz, who plays the significant other of deceased Bay Area resident Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) in the film, scored a surprise Best Supporting Female nod from the Film Independent voting body, putting her up against Nyong'o, Squibb, "Blue Jasmine" co-star Sally Hawkins and "Go For Sisters" co-star Yolonda Ross for the Spirit Award.
"I was surprised!" Diaz told HuffPost Entertainment on Tuesday afternoon, hours after being nominated, and 10 months after "Fruitvale Station" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. "It's really rare when you get to be a part of something that has such legs. I've done a lot of independent films throughout my career, and sometimes these movies pop for a second, and then go away. So for 'Fruitvale' to have the life that it's had so far [is incredible]."
Diaz, 29, has found herself quite busy since "Fruitvale Station" premiered on a cold January night in Park City, Utah. She's filmed a guest appearance on HBO's "Girls" and landed a co-starring role opposite Adam Sandler in "The Cobbler," an upcoming comedy-drama that also features Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi and Dan Stevens.
"'Fruitvale Station' has already opened up so many wonderful opportunities for me. It's been such a lovely ride," Diaz said of Ryan Coogler's film, which was released by The Weinstein Company in July and earned more than $16 million at the box office. "Never did I think I would be a co-star with Adam Sandler. I feel like it has given me so much that I don't really need anything else. I've been given the opportunity to read much more interesting material and I'm getting to work with cool people. It's definitely changing things in a great way."
As such, Diaz said she isn't thinking ahead to what might happen at the Academy Awards. ("There's enough pressure being an actress that I don't want to put more pressure on myself," she joked.) Instead, the New York native plans to enjoy celebrating the success of "Fruitvale Station" at the Spirit Awards, where Coogler's film was also nominated for Best First Feature and Best Male Lead (for Jordan).
"I just like to go and have a good time," Diaz said, before recalling what happened the first time she was nominated in the Best Supporting Female category, when she was honored for 2006's "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints."
"I went with my sister. She's a teacher and she's not involved in the industry at all, and she really thought I was going to win," Diaz said. "I was like, 'Mercedes, you don't get it. It's not going to happen.' The camera was on me, and they announced somebody else. She looked at me, gave me a big hug, and was like, 'It's OK!' I was like, "We're on national television! No, chill out.'"
Who would you take with you if you were nominated?
Doing projections on Black Friday is like a blind man playing darts with his back to the board--things can land anywhere. Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Justin Timberlake, among others, are all on sale for $7 at Walmart and Target. Meanwhile, Amazon and Google are waging an online battle, with digital albums as low as $1.99, including Avicii, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy and Kanye West. This makes things a little difficult to pin down. One thing’s for certain, though: One Direction will debut at #1. Here's how it looks going into Black Friday.
*One Direction (SYCO/Columbia) 550-575k
Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 180-190k
Katy Perry (Capitol) 130-140k
The Robertsons (EMI Nashville) 115-125k
Lady Gaga (Interscope) 105-115k
Kelly Clarkson (RCA) 90-100k
*Garth Brooks (Pearl) 80-90k (Walmart Exclusive)
Miley Cyrus (RCA) 80-90k
Now 48 (UMe) 75-85k
Justin Timberlake (RCA) 65-75k
Drake (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) 65-75k
Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville) 65-75k
Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville) 50-60k
Imagine Dragons (KidinaKorner/Interscope) 50-60k
*A Day To Remember (ADTR) 45-55k
Susan Boyle (SYCO/Columbia) 40-50k
Mary J. Blige (Verve) 40-50k
Lorde (Lava/Republic) 40-50k