Mae Whitman is totally going to be in the Valley Girl musical remake

In some totally tubular news, Variety reports that Mae Whitman has just joined the Valley Girl musical remake. Whitman will play a “punk rock lesbian” who is Randy’s (Josh Whitehouse, who succeeds Nicolas Cage) bandmate and best friend. Mary + Jane’s Jessica Rothe is in the role of Julie, who was played by Deborah…

Paget Brewster can’t stop crying about Eleanor Roosevelt on Drunk History

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An episode of Drunk History centered on the Roosevelts is a dream come true. I love the Roosevelts. I watched all 14 hours of Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. I won’t go so far to say that Drunk History’s take on this historical family is more informative than that of Ken Burns. But it’s certainly more…

Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman reunite for adaptation of The Royal We

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Parenthood’s mother-daughter team of Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are getting back together for a new project. (Today’s theme is “Lauren Graham getting back together with people who used to play her daughter,” by the way.) Said project is an adaptation of The Royal We, a book…

What the ATX Festival should renew for next year—and what it should cancel

The ATX Television Festival borrows a vocabulary and a set of customs from its subject matter. Each edition of the festival is a new “season”; the biggest get of any season is usually a reunion of a TV show from days gone by, the live-and-in-person equivalent of ratings-grabbing primetime events like Mary And Rhoda, …

Anna Kendrick is mad that Independence Day 2 recast Mae Whitman’s part from the original

Earlier this week, we reported that It Follows’ Maika Monroe had been cast as President Bill Pullman’s daughter in Independence Day 2. This seemed like pretty standard news, since Monroe has been riding a solid hype wave after her performance in 2014’s The Guest. Also, we’re talking about Independence Day 2 here, so…

The most memorable thing about The DUFF is its ugly-duckling heroine

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A DUFF, in the parlance of this movie (and presumably teens—if they weren’t using it before, they’ll be using it now), is the “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” that pretty, skinny girls rely upon to serve as the metaphorical troll guarding the bridge of their affections. That’s pretty harsh, and the ugliness of the…

Parenthood: “Too Big To Fail”

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Parenthood has this weird ability to take something that completely shouldn’t work in theory—and kind of doesn’t work in execution—and make it, somehow, sort of work in the end. The “something” in this case is the abrupt three-month time jump at the beginning of this episode which serves to speed up stories that need…

Watch Lena Dunham, Mae Whitman, and Natasha Lyonne lip-sync for women’s rights

Lena Dunham, Carrie Brownstein, Mae Whitman, Natasha Lyonne, Miranda July, and a bevy of other famous and somewhat fabulous ladies just got together via the Internet for “You Don’t Own Me,” a new Lesley Gore-endorsed lip-sync clip in support of a woman’s right to choose and/or choose who they vote for this November 4.…