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Geek Girl in Hollywood: Gender equality in 'Star Wars'

Remember back at Star Wars Celebration when the first “Star Wars” teaser trailer was released? When Kathleen Kennedy talked about how important it was to her that there were more women in the “Star Wars” universe? That moment had me standing up and applauding along with thousands of other women in...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 7:15pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Take your career into your own hands

Living out here in LA, you can pretty much guarantee that all your waitstaff, retail workers and bartenders are actors. Having been an actor a thousand years ago, I know how rough it can be. There are a thousand people who look just like you and had more money to go to school or buy the best...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 8:25am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Let your geek flag fly at a con

I just got back from my 13th comic book convention of the year and it’s not my last before December 31. If I had a dollar for every Deadpool costume I’ve seen this year, I’d be able to buy all the remote control BB-8s! You may have heard me complaining about cons online; eating nothing but pizza...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 7:46am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: On the inspirational nature of #PotterItForward

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time in libraries. A lot of time. I was definitely a social kid; I just loved books. I could escape there. I learned. I would curl up in a ball at the base of the fairy tale section or the science fiction section and read for hours. It seemed like anything I was...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 8:45am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: On gender-swapping roles in Hollywood

Recently, Sandra Bullock was cast in the role that was originally George Clooney’s in “Our Brand is Crisis.” Clooney told ET, “You’ll see this happening a lot, where they talk about how there aren’t a lot of great roles for women. The truth of the matter is there are plenty of these films where you...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 7:00am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: In praise of geekdom post-#ForceFriday

This past Thursday night, I spent hours in line waiting to purchase all the new “Star Wars” toys for #ForceFriday when it opened at midnight. When I brought my new BB-8 backpack to the counter, the guy said, “Oh, your kid is going to be a hit at school with this!” I replied, “You’d think it was for...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 8:00am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: On the sexist 'Star Wars' comment about Captain Phasma's armor

Let’s talk about boob armor. You know: the suits of armor that have clearly defined spaces for breasts. Why? This past week, the official “Star Wars” Facebook page posted a picture of some really cool Captain Phasma fan art, saying, "Feeling inspired by Phasma? Your ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’-...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 4:30pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Ashley Madison and why I'm not laughing

I admit it, I was just as gleeful as everyone else hearing about the Ashley Madison customer leaks. I laughed my butt off, hearing how the company that had been using shady business practices was called out. I made divorce lawyer jokes like everyone else. I also got a little nauseated, realizing...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 5:30pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Why everyone is so excited for Disney's 'Moana'

At Disney’s D23 Expo this past weekend, we saw some amazing things. The new footage from Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.” The announcement of “Gigantic,” the upcoming Disney animated film that will reimagine “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Some gorgeous footage from the live-action/CGI version of “...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 7:37pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: 'Star Wars' is doing fan service just right

This week we got a new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from the “Star Wars” Korea YouTube channel, with a couple seconds of new footage. I, like many of you, watched it over and over again, freezing the frame and speculating about what it all means. I’ve had discussions about this with...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 12:19pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: On Amy Schumer and speaking out against gun violence

This past week I attended a screening of a film that deals with a lot of violence. That screening was the first time I got nervous in a movie theater. I didn’t think about it until I left to grab some popcorn and came back to see everyone being wanded with metal detectors. I actually hesitated...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 10:44am

Geek Girl: Does Hollywood finally know women have sex lives?

I just watched a screening of a film that featured an older female lead who — don’t faint now — actually has a sex life. Why is this so shocking that I’m writing about it this week? Well, it’s part of a change in Hollywood, that, while going far too slowly, is actually, finally happening. We’re...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 1:19am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Movie trailers, stop spoiling twists

I recognize that in the grand scheme of things this isn’t on the scale of ending world hunger or the next Presidential election, but I’m going to talk about it anyway: Please stop giving away your entire film in the trailer.I recently went to see “Terminator Genisys,” knowing the big secret of the...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 6:00am

Well Plated: Lightened up cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole

Every now and then, I catch furtive visions of my life as a mother: dragging kids in and out of the mini-van I swore I’d never own; discovering peanut butter smeared in mysterious places; and casseroles. So. Many. Casseroles.My own mother was the casserole queen. She sported a crown made of Pyrex...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 6:22pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Why SDCC isn't fun anymore

San Diego Comic-Con has begun and I’m dreading it. Let me explain. Comic-Con used to be my Halloween, Christmas and my very nerdy prom all rolled into one. Though I never get to cosplay (can’t really do that when I’m working), I got to see friends, interview celebrities and walk the floor,...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 11:19am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: How to treat cosplayers with respect

The San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner. The studios will be there giving previews of upcoming films and TV shows. They’ll be vendors selling geeky goodness. (I rarely get out of there with my wallet intact. I need those giant Doctor Who slippers!) There will also be amazing costumes....

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 7:42pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: E3 finally treated women right

After last year’s E3, the giant video game expo that takes place in Los Angeles, I spent a lot of time railing at the misogyny of the whole thing, from the way women were treated on stage (if they were there at all) to Ubisoft’s response to the outcry about the lack of a female playable character...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 8:31pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: 'Game of Thrones' lingered too long on Cersei's walk

I didn’t want to write this today. I don’t want to keep piling on a show I used to love about how it’s failed this season. It’s just … “Game of Thrones” has failed this season. It was uneven, and it was bleak, even by the standards of the show. The first seven episodes were boring as hell. It felt...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 6:00am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Katniss Everdeen is still a complex female character

The new trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingly — Part 2” was just released and it once again reminded me how much I love Katniss Everdeen. Jennifer Lawrence plays her perfectly on screen, but it’s not just the films I love. It’s book-Katniss as well. She defies every stereotype of a heroine we’ve...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 3:30pm

Real weddings: A $7,500 brunch party

When I got engaged in the spring of 2008, I found myself frustrated with the lack of online resources for brides who didn’t have a Kardashian-sized wedding budget. I decided to journal my adventures in frugal wedding planning by starting a blog, TheBudgetSavvyBride.com, where I shared tips, tricks...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 2:31am