Safe Nominees in Safe Movies: A Roundtable Discussion on the 2015 Oscar Nominations

by The Hairpin In the week leading up to the Oscars, we decided we wanted to take a critical, nuanced look at one of the most debated set of nominations in recent memory, reviled for its sheer and utter lack of diversity. We gathered pals-of-the-Pin Fariha Róisín, Pilot Viruet, Durga Chew-Bose to discuss. Do the Oscars even matter? Fariha: My initial reaction is: “Nooooooo.” Then of course, ultimately—they do. The rhetoric surrounding the oscar snub of Ava DuVernay and her film Selma (supposedly because of the portrayal of LBJ—NYT reviewerRead More

Glee’s Naya Rivera Has a Devious New Role: Get All the Details!

Naya Rivera has found her next big TV role! The Glee star who made a name for herself playing Santana Lopez has just booked her first role for when the Fox musical dramedy wraps this…

Not The Way White Girls Do

by Fariha Roisin Girls of color don’t have films made about them. Especially not in the way white girls do. There’s no Mean Girls featuring a black co-lead, or a Ten Things I Hate About You where the Stratford sisters are Hispanic. There isn’t even a WOC in either film that has agency over her own life, anything but a buffer for the white kids and their antics. Though I’ll give a shout out to Gabrielle Union, “You can be overwhelmed, and underwhelmed—but can you ever just be whelmed?” It’sRead More

Watch Now! Transparent Star Jeffrey Tambor Will Leave You In Tears, Delivers Emotional Speech at Sundance

Jeffrey Tambor knows his new hit TV show Transparent is making a big difference in people’s lives. The Arrested Development actor stars in the Amazon series as Maura, a transgender…

Angela’s Ashes

by Sarah Liss In the early autumn of 1994, fuelled by a kind of defanged hubris, my friends and I dyed our hair Angela Chase red. To be fair, the particular shade was probably called something like Bordeaux Whimsy or Garnet To Hell. But when, moments into the pilot episode of My So-Called Life, Claire Danes’s 15-year-old Angela Chase looked up from the sink—bewildered and brazen with rivulets of Crimson Glow running down her neck—we found our lodestar. Over the next 18 episodes, we lived My So-Called Life by proxy,Read More

Emily VanCamp Admits the TV Death of Her Real-Life Boyfriend Was “Brutal and Awful”

A funny thing happens when you kill off a leading man on a TV show: The fans get a bit…crankydoodle. Wait, that’s not the word. What is it? Oh yeah…PISSED. Or so says Emily…

The Last Man on Earth Just Cast Another Human Being…and Zombies?!

This is one misleading show title we’re totally OK with! While we love love LOVE (did we mention love?!) Will Forte, we have to admit the concept of an entire TV series with only one…

Weekend Roundup / Open Thread

by Jazmine Hughes I’m really feeling this baby as goat king?????? This was a most excellent week. We ranked all of the Golden Globes dresses, lived alone, asked a queer chick, wrote some horny Orlando Bloom fan fiction, hung out with JANET MOCK DA GAWD, started The Pillow Book, interviewed a punk chocolatier, a anthropologist who studies hacking, and film fatale, learned way too much about our teeth, felt our feelings, ranked Mark Ruffalo’s on-screen kisses, and looked inside Anna Fitzpatrick’s bag of garbage purse. This is embarrassing. Here’s toRead More


by Haley Mlotek I worried that my mother would hang up. Over the previous year, I’d been distant with her, but I knew she was the only one who would understand the fears that had been bubbling inside me, for years. I worried she would ignore my questions, or even pretend that her outrage about my premarital sex was more important than what I was asking. Instead, she told me about how, when she was a teenager, she saved up pocket change for Harlequin romances. “All I wanted was toRead More

We Ain’t Mad At Pretty Little Liars’ Unexpected Hook Up: Our Rants and Raves

Hey did you guys notice that there is a lot of TV on Tuesday nights? The Flash (also known as the love of our lives) isn’t even back yet and we’re still feeling overwhelmed. At least…

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