Happy Birthday to Me

Old Ain’t Dead is now a little over a year old. The accompanying twitter account @OldAintDead is also a year old. It doesn’t feel like a year has passed, but you know how time seems to fly when you get older.

In that year, I’ve published 260+ posts. If you’ve read any of them, if you’ve commented on any of them, if you’ve talked with me on Twitter, I want to thank you. Thank you for your time and attention and for encouraging me along this pop culture journey.

Rachel Skarsten, Anna Silk, and Linda Hamilton in Lost Girl
Rachel Skarsten, Anna Silk, and Linda Hamilton in Lost Girl

My first post was about Lost Girl, and I’ve mentioned Lost Girl 28 times since then on this blog.

Tatiana Maslany as Helena in Orphan Black
Tatiana Maslany as Helena in Orphan Black

I’ve also talked an awful lot about other women-centric TV such as Orphan Black, Last Tango in Halifax, and Orange is the New Black.

Toni Collette in  Lucky Them
Toni Collette in Lucky Them

A whole boatload of movies featuring interesting women have been brought to your attention, and even a few movies featuring interesting men. There have been a few web series that have caught my eye, particularly WIGS, which is only about women.

Once in a while in the past year, I have published opinion pieces about topics such as representation, role-models, feminism, and diversity in pop culture.

Whew, when I write it all down like that, it does seem like a lot. It’s been a busy year after all.

So happy birthday to Old Ain’t Dead. Here’s hoping for a successful year number 2.

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Watch This: Another Trailer for Tammy

The preview made me laugh so much, I cannot wait for Tammy! And, if Melissa McCarthy wasn’t enough to make you love this movie, it also has Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates.

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Watch This: Trailer for Lucky Them

Lucky Them stars Toni Collette as a rock journalist in danger of losing her job. To hang on to it, she’s forced to go after a story involving an old boyfriend.

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Watch This: Teaser Trailer for Tammy

Melissa McCarthy is coming our way again in July in Tammy. The teaser trailer is here now. Not only is McCarthy the star, she’s the writer.

Also starring in this extravaganza of funny are Susan Sarandon, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates. What a cast!

Ben Falcone directs. He’s Melissa McCarthy’s husband.

What do you think? I think it looks fabulous!

Review: Hostages

Hostages got off to a slow start. I’m glad I stuck with it, however, because it builds week by week with unexpected plot twists, character development that throws you off balance, and increasing suspense. Episode 5 (of 13) aired this week, and I’m now well and truly hooked.

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Review: Enough Said

Enough Said met all my expectations. I thought it would be funny – it was. I thought it would be charming – it was. I thought the cast would be superlative – they were. I thought it would be an outstanding example of storytelling from a female writer, a female director, and a female star – it was.

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Enough Said Looks Good

The romantic comedy Enough Said coming to theaters on September 20 looks good. It stars the late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus who get romantically involved as a couple of empty nesters. Look at some of the cast members.

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TV Shows for Fall 2013 that Look Good

Here are some upcoming shows for fall that look pretty good. I’m not aware of everything that’s coming up, so if you know of something good I’ve missed, give me a shout in the comments.

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The Way, Way Back is Way, Way Good

The Way, Way Back opens on the miserable face of Liam James as 14-year-old Duncan, sitting in the way, way back seat of a vintage woodie Buick station wagon. Driving this aging monster is Trent (Steve Corell), his mom’s boyfriend. His mom is Pam, (Toni Collette) and his possible future step-sister filling the middle seat with all her teen-age horribleness is Steph (Zoe Levin). They are on their way to Trent’s beach house to spend the summer.

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The Force that is Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

I remember the speech Jennifer Beals gave in Break a Leg about how a woman has to be both beautiful and as good as Meryl Streep to make it in the movies. (You can catch the speech at the 8:29 minute mark in this video.) It is generally accepted in American culture that Meryl Streep is the greatest actress since the origin of the human race. We don’t even have to discuss it – we’ve seen her prove it time after time.

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