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7 items from 2014


It sucks to be the good girl: Songs from Taylor Swift, Drake, One Direction and more

31 October 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The "good girl" is a construct. There is no such thing as a good girl. If you've ever talked to a human female person-thing, you may take notice: none are binary animals, either good or bad. Girls are every shade, and to continue sorting women as "good" or "bad" is reductive to her experience and being.   That hasn't kept the good girl from being defined, reconfigured and held as a nurtured stereotype in our most popular media, frequently in pop music. In folk, blues, jazz, country, dance, rock, ballads and hip-hop, the good girl is rarely explored for her multitudes, but instead for her definitive (and sometimes contradictory) two-dimensional attributes, most commonly associated to her sexuality and her relationship to male or paternal authority (Daddy, Santa, God, etc). This continues to this day, even recently on Taylor Swift's new album 1989. Drake, One Direction, Beyonce, Kanye West, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, »

- Katie Hasty

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Meme: “Reading Rainbow” Returns Via Kickstarter, The Go-Gos Prepare New Album, Senator Orrin Hatch Concedes On Marriage

29 May 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Houston passes anti-discrimination ordinance, Nom gets fined in Maine, Phineas & Ferb combine Star Wars with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter to bring back the Reading Rainbow on the web, including a version for schools. His $1 million goal was reached in less than 24 hours, and the ability to pledge is open until July.

Houston has passed their sweeping non-discrimination ordinance after nine hours of debate. The Hero law passed 11-6 and protects sexual orientation and gender identity but also, as federal laws do, sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy and genetic information, as well as family, marital or military status.

In a surprise move, Justice Kennedy has asked the litigants in Oregon for briefs in the attempt by the National Organization for Marriage to stop equality in the state. Kennedy could dismiss himself or refer the issue to the full court. I »

- Ed Kennedy

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Briefs: Adore Delano is “Dtf,” Adam Carolla Is Afraid Of The Gay Mafia, And The Sex Choreography Of “The Normal Heart”

20 May 2014 1:36 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Timothy Olyphant (above), who is 46, Bronson Pinchot is 55, Mindy Cohn is 48, Tony Goldwyn is 54, and Jane Wiedlin is 56. Here’s my favorite Jane jam.

Florida Lawmaker: Common Core Will Turn ‘Every One Of Your Children’ Gay

Adam Carolla: The gay mafia is real

Jim Halterman talks to Matt Bomer about his life-changing The Normal Heart experience: “I’m still not ready to let go.”

Ryan Murphy on the “sex choreography” of The Normal Heart. “Mark, I believe, had never kissed a guy, ever, on camera,” he said. “And he had certainly never had that level of sexuality. And I don’t think Matt had either. So I had a gay actor [Bomer] and a straight actor. And they were both terrified. But I just threw them into it.”

Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban.

And the best part …

Has Rick Santorum's head exploded yet! »

- snicks

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Re-Viewed: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - The party rages on

23 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A telephone box that travels through time and space? As if the public would buy that bodacious concept. Yet 25 years on from two teenage slackers first thrashing their synchronised air guitars in cinemas, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is largely viewed with fondness by the public. Talk of another outing remains rife, with Keanu Reeves recently confirming that a script exists. But can the original movie - released on Blu-ray to tie in with the 25th anniversary - withstand the ravages of time? It's more 'yes way' than 'no way'...

Watching the movie in 2014 almost echoes the journeys back in time experienced by the dimwitted duo, who are dispatched into historical periods by George Carlin's shady figure from the future in order to pass their history exams and safeguard their destiny as saviours of mankind. Filmed in 1987 and released two years later, it depicts a lost world that exists nowadays only through nostalgia. »

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Looking back at Bill & Ted

4 March 2014 12:39 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Seb Patrick 5 Mar 2014 - 05:55

As Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure turns 25, Seb takes a look back at the duo's outings...

There’s an urban legend that posits that the execrable 1996 Pauly Shore vehicle Bio-Dome was originally written as a third Bill & Ted film, before being turned down by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter and so repurposed with new characters. The rumour has been heavily debunked by many, including Winter himself; but frankly, it says a lot about a person if they believe it ever might have been true in the first place. Specifically, what it says is that that person hasn’t watched, or paid attention to, either of the Bill & Ted films.

What the rumour does play to is a range of assumptions about Bill and Ted: that they’re stoners, or slackers, or surfer dudes. That they’re completely lame-brained idiots who fail to understand anything about the world around them, »

- sarahd

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Briefs: Ben Cohen Has More Bounce To The Ounce, Justin Jaymes Is Truly Unbelievable, And Adam Scott And Paul Rudd Are “Bosom Buddies”

17 February 2014 2:28 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Jerry O’Connell (above), who is 40, Ed Sheeran is 23, Billie Joe Armstrong is 42, and Barry Humphries is 80.

Russia’s Gay Rights Debate Suddenly Lacking Star Quality

Celebrities React To Ellen Page Coming Out In The Most Beautiful, Supportive Way

NFL Camera Operators Prepare For Challenging Year Of Avoiding Offensive Michael Sam Signs. “The cameramen added that they are also proposing a 15-second delay for all games taking place in the South.” Sometimes the line between The Onion and reality is razor thin.

After Simon & Simon, Hart To Hart and Too Close For Comfort, now Adam Scott brings us a shot by shot remake of the opening to … Bosom Buddies! He plays Peter Scolari to Paul Rudd‘s Tom Hanks, with Mo Collins a formidable Holland Taylor

He’s lucky he didn’t break his coccyx.

Just fell through the trampoline and broke it. Lol. #bigkid pic. »

- snicks

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'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Doofus-Duo Comedy Classic

15 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Just as Rufus (George Carlin) predicted, Bill and Ted have had a profound influence on our culture. Maybe not as the rockers who would inspire a utopian global society by the 27th century, but look at how many other dumb-duo movies there have been since the release 25 years ago this week (on February 17, 1989) of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" -- there's "Dumb and Dumber," "Beavis and Butt-head Do America," "Dude, Where's My Car," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "Dick," and all of Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob" offerings, for starters. Plus, "Bill & Ted" launched a franchise and made a leading man out of Keanu Reeves.

Still, as often as you've traveled back in time and revisited the "Excellent Adventure," there's probably still plenty you don't know about the movie, including where it was filmed (hint: Not in San Dimas, California), which historical figures almost found their way into the film, »

- Gary Susman

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