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31 Movie Bad Girls for Halloween Part 1

31 Movie Bad Girls for Halloween Part 1

Sep 30, 2014

October is approaching fast which means Halloween will be here soon. I thought it would be fun to give you 31 Halloween Movie suggestions for 31 spooky, chilling and most of all, fun October nights. These movies all have one common factor: The ladies in the movies are all Movie Bad Girls and when it gets down to business these movies belong to them! Get ready to meet some bad ass ladies that will help you enjoy the scariest month of the year! This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: The Halloween Movie List Edition!  Here are the first 9. October 1 “Ghost Ship” (2002) Stars: Julianna Margulies, Gabriel Byrne and Emily Browning Rated: R for language, graphic violence, nudity and sexual content Maureen Epps is a member of a boat salvage crew. Through a tip from a mysterious stranger named Jack Ferriman they head out in search of a ghost ship that he spotted on the open ocean. Once they locate the vessel they realize the ship is the Antonia Graza, an Italian ocean liner that vanished in 1962. As Epps and the crew are investigating the ship they go into the cargo hold and find boxes filled with solid bars of gold that is worth millions. Their excitement will be short lived as ghostly things begin to happen. The ghost of a young girl (Katie) is trapped on the ship and makes herself know to Epps. The ghostly girl takes Epps on a journey showing her that something very sinister is happening on board the luxury liner. It will be up to Epps to fight not just for her life but for the lives and very souls of her crew. October 2 “The Descent” (2005) Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza and Alex Reid Rated: R for harsh language, graphic violence and intense scenes of horror and peril (Also available in an unrated edition) We meet a group of six women who are into extreme sports. For their current trip they have decided to go and explore a cave system. They are taken to the entrance by Juno, a beautiful and tough as nails woman when it comes to these outings. The women are enjoying...

Musing #37: Thirty-Five in Los Angeles (or, Parked in a Red Zone)

Musing #37: Thirty-Five in Los Angeles (or, Parked in a Red Zone)

Sep 26, 2014

On the ninth of this month, I turned 35. (I was, obviously, in Los Angeles.) On the thirteenth of this month, from Manhattan Island one year ago, I used this bully bloggish pulpit to comment that my 34th birthday had been “a 2×4 to the [f]ace.” I did not say so at the time, but the fact is that what bothered me most about 34 was its horrifying proximity to 35. In the entertainment business, 34 is the outside of the money-making envelope for most women. The target demographic for advertising is 18 to 34. Salaries for A-list female actors begin to recede once the dreaded 35 threshold is crossed. Plenty choose to lie about that particular rite of passage. (Cough…Rachel McAdams…cough, cough.) And yours truly certainly ain’t A-list! I wrote then about how unacceptable my life was to me at 34. What I was really upset with was graduating unsuccessfully into the next demographic. My week in Los Angeles (during which I crossed that dreaded threshold) had as much to do with business as pleasure. And it was certainly extremely interesting. But I can’t talk about/have no interest in sharing most of it with y’all, love you though I do. What I can say is this: Los Angeles was an emotional, psychological and physiological Tilt-a-Whirl. Don’t get me wrong. The trip was not bad. It was just…a lot. Of life experience. And Murphy’s law. It left with me shitloads to ponder. But it was also a series of personal disasters that are not classified, just hilarious….At least, now. They were decidedly unfunny in situ. And so, for your amusement, dearest readers, below is a timeline of my LA-related tsuris: *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   * Thursday, September 4th Late Afternoon: Wandered aimlessly around downtown NYC, theoretically shopping for sandals, silently dreading my imminent vacation. 5:30PM: Left near-dead iPhone5S in cab on way home from wandering. Knew immediately. Have no land line. Roommate out of town. Freaked the fuck out. Used G-chat to contact a sister, who texted my LA host and wisely suggested purchasing a burner phone. 6:30PM: Ran home from Delancey Street with burner phone. Full-scale panic attack. Called...

5 Tips For Sanity In A Crazy Busy Life

5 Tips For Sanity In A Crazy Busy Life

Sep 25, 2014

From juggling to balancing–how can we maintain our sanity and health with a crazy busy lifestyle? By Jen Kahn We’ve all been there. Something big changes in your life and suddenly it’s front and center; all other parts of life fade into the background. Like a new job, a new relationship, a move, a health-kick, a health issue, break-up, even a new puppy. Sometimes the focus can grow so big as to obliterate healthy choices we might otherwise make: like getting enough sleep, recuperation between workouts, maintaining relationships, making time for fun! Suddenly it’s six weeks later and you don’t know who you are anymore, and life feels out of control. You know it’s time for a change before one of the balls you are juggling crashes to the ground and takes something out – possibly even you. So how CAN you turn your life from a juggling act to a balance, where all important needs are getting some sort of time and attention? It begins with slowing down enough to pay attention. With pulling back in your viewfinder so you can see a bit more of the whole picture, and with regularly spending time with yourself, by yourself, listening. Slowing down, you ask? How can you slow down when there’s so much to get done! The key to slowing down is not necessarily in doing less, or moving more slowly, it’s in taking a few extra minutes, or seconds, to breathe, and be, and check in with yourself, as often as you can. In my life lately I have been in the midst of moving for a month. I work for myself, and sometimes with or for other people, for the most part on my own schedule. I’m also in the last recovery stages from a long-term illness, building my business, finishing up a yoga therapy certification, and oh yes – I have a relationship to spend time on, an apartment that usually needs cleaning, cats who need love and attention, friends and family to keep up with. At the moment I also have boxes piled all over my living room and belongings in three different states (did I mention I move a...

Bad Girl Movies That I Love

Bad Girl Movies That I Love

Sep 23, 2014

Weekly I write about a particular character in a particular film. This week I wanted to throw some titles out there containing characters and movies I have not written about that are fun films to watch. Eventually these ladies will end up with their own columns but in the meantime check out these fun flicks. “Run Lola Run” (1988) Rated:R “Run Lola Run” has one of the simplest plots in human history and the story takes just slightly more than 20 minutes to tell. Lola’s boyfriend Manni is in a bad situation. He is a small time criminal and is on the way to take money to his boss Ronnie. He was relying on Lola to get him there but her Moped was stolen so he is forced to take the subway. On the subway he is frightened when he sees the police and accidentally leaves the bag containing the money on the train. As the train is pulling out Manni notices a bum checking the bag out. He races to catch the train at the next stop but the bag containing the money is gone. Manni in desperation calls Lola telling her that if he does not come up with 100,000 marks in 20 minutes he will be killed. He wants to rob a supermarket he is near. Lola convinces him to wait and says she will be there with the money. She asks her father, who is a banker and he refuses to help her. Lola rushes on foot (without the money) in an attempt to reach her boyfriend and hopefully save his life. There you have it. I said it takes just over 20 minutes for the story to unfold on screen and this is the truth. The magic of this film is the story is told 3 different times and the timeline is skewed by just a few seconds changing the story each time. (Example: Version 1: Lola almost collides with workmen carrying a plate glass window, Version 2: Lola crashes through the plate glass window, Version 3: Lola runs by just after the plate glass window has passed). This movie works on a unique level where the outcome is...

The Day Facebook Made Me Change My Name

The Day Facebook Made Me Change My Name

Sep 22, 2014

It seems like it started with Sister Roma,  a member of the performing drag troupe Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. She went online only to find out she had been locked out of her account. This happened to several other performers as well. Facebook sent each of them a notice stating per their name policy that they would need to change the name on their account to their given birth name and if they wanted a page with just their stage name they would need to make a fan page. Anyone who knows Facebook knows a fan page doesn’t give you the options to stay connected the way and regular profile page does. The second option offered was that a stage name can be used as an alias on the page and it will show up for people seeking them out. Shortly after this no less than 100 performers found their pages gone altogether. Those pages have been put back up since then and Facebook has granted a 2 week grace period for performers to make the proper adjustments to their profiles. Needless to say this has caused an outrage in the drag and LGBT community. The biggest question was “Why are only Drag Queens being targeted at this time?” A group of entertainers did meet with Facebook to discuss this issue. Facebook is sticking with it’s decision saying that the terms of use are set in stone. This has so many female impersonators upset for many reasons. The performer may be transgender and only identify with her stage name. In the case of many performers this is the only name that people may know them by. Say you are friends with Kitty Fontaine and she changes to her legal name Phillip Jarvis (If you are Kitty Fonataine or Phillip Jarvis I apologize, I made both names up off the top of my head). Is this going to cause some confusion when you see a post from her or receive an invite to an event? It would confuse me because the alias does not show up in your feed and would leave me wondering who the hell this person is. Another reason performers use their stage name may be...

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