August 5, 2012 |
LONDON - Here's a bit of trivia worth hanging on to since it might win you some big bucks on "Jeopardy" one day. When women's boxing made its Olympic debut in these Games on Sunday, the first bout, a flyweight fight, was won by Russia's Elena Savelyeva, who beat North Korea's Hye Song Kim, 12-9. And for those doubters who said women's boxing wouldn't be competitive or compelling, Savelyeva won three of the four rounds by just a point while the final round was scored even. Then her coach celebrated the win in a way he probably never tried in a men's fight - he reached over and kissed his fighter.
July 18, 2012 |
If this were a more enlightened world I wouldn't even be writing this. Because the news of a pregnant woman becoming a CEO wouldn't be news. At least the "pregnant" and "woman" part wouldn't be. But this is the United States in 2012 and Marissa Mayer's ascent to become the chief executive of Yahoo Inc. is still a novelty on a couple of counts. PHOTOS: Female tech executives of Silicon Valley First, of course, she's a girl in a guys' world. If Google mapped nerd testosterone zones, Silicon Valley would be the virtual Himalayas.
June 26, 2012 |
Proving that some musical phenomena can stay dormant for only so long, the Spice Girls are set to make a comeback of sorts with a new musical that's set to open on London's West End on Dec. 11. But before you imagine the lattice-work plot of the 1997 film "Spice World" being reworked for onstage audiences, Judy Craymer (creator of "Mamma Mia!") reportedly has something different in mind for the similarly exclamatory "Viva Forever!," which will prominently feature the sounds of Sporty, Ginger, Posh, Baby, Scary, Bashful, Sneezy -- wait, how many were there again?
December 29, 2011 |
Dear little girls and Gleeks of America: You can't have "Wicked. " Give it back, OK? When I first saw "Wicked" on Broadway in 2003, it seemed clear that the show was a subversive satire designed expressly for disillusioned middle-agers like me. With metaphorically disturbing scenes of mob rule, and intimations of fascism and genocide, the show sent the audience home thinking about an angry, ignorant, violence-prone populace running roughshod...
September 8, 2010 |
Having wrung what girl power can be gained from psycho-sexual manipulations ("Gossip Girl," "90210") and monster love ("Vampire Diaries"), the CW is getting physical. Though aimed at slightly different demographics, "Hellcats" and "Nikita" both celebrate long-limbed, well-toned females vigorously kicking butt. Starring Disney alums Alyson Michalka and Ashley Tisdale, "Hellcats," which premieres on Wednesday, is an energetic and occasionally sophisticated fish-out-of-water mash-up of "Glee" and "Bring It On" with top notes of "Flashdance," aimed squarely at audiences perhaps too young for "Gossip Girl" but seriously too old for " Hannah Montana.
August 15, 2010 |
Decades before the phenomena of Candace Bushnell's "Sex and the City" would redefine girl power in such sexually assertive terms, there was Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Girlfriends," a brisk tale about a clique of fashion-forward, independent-thinking young women in Turin, who went to all the best parties and slept with the men they wanted to. The year was 1955, the legendary Italian filmmaker was 43 and just 13 years into a career that would have a...