Blog Posts by Jessica Ferri

  • Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff: The Anti-Brangelina

    Lena Dunham embraces boyfriend Jack Antonoff at the Grammys. Photo: Getty ImagesLast night Jack Antonoff (better known as Lena Dunham’s boyfriend) won two Grammys for his band fun., thus solidifying their status as the ultimate Anti-Brangelina power couple.

    As Antonoff went up to the stage to accept the award for best new artist, he embraced Lena, who covered her face with her hands in excitement. It was clearly a winning moment for both of them. One person tweeted: “I feel like Lena Dunham won a lot of Grammys last night.” The Grammys themselves tweeted, “Lena Dunham wins best actress at the Golden Globes, and her BF wins best new artist at the Grammys. Not a bad year for them.”

    Earlier in the evening, Buzzfeed tweeted: “Shhh. Lena Dunham’s boyfriend’s band is playing you guys.”

    Dunham met Antonoff through his sister Rachel, who is a fashion designer—Dunham has worn several of her designs. The couple has been dating since September and even sparked rumors of an engagement at the Golden Globes, when Dunham, sporting a diamond ring, acknowledged Jack as part of her

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  • Millennials: the most stressed-out generation in America

    As Girls' Hannah Horvath says,

    With a lack of employment, purpose, and stable relationships, the lives of HBO's Girls are in constant disarray. Now it turns out there may be a reason why they are so dysfunctional: their age.

    “Millennials,” those aged 18-33, are the most stressed-out generation in the country, according to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America survey. The results were discussed at a press conference on Thursday.

    1 in 2 College Graduates are Jobless or Underemployed

    In a survey of 2,000 Americans, Millennials report a stress level of 5.4 out of 10, much higher than the Boomers’ 4.7 and the Matures’ 3.7, and 39 percent of Millennials said their stress levels had risen in the past year. This comes as a surprise, as many might expect that Boomers, who were hit-hard by the recession, to have the highest stress levels.

    In fact higher stress levels were reported amongst every generation, most likely because of the economy, “but the expectations of Millennials are especially

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  • Millennials are the most stressed-out Americans

    As GIRLS Hannah Horvath says, "I am busy trying to become who I am." Credit: HBO

    “Millennials,” those aged 18-33, are the most stressed-out generation in the country, according to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America survey. The results were discussed at a press conference on Thursday.

    1 in 2 College Graduates are Jobless or Underemployed

    In a survey of 2,000 Americans, Millennials report a stress level of 5.4 out of 10, much higher than the Boomers’ 4.7 and the Matures’ 3.7, and 39 percent of Millennials said their stress levels had risen in the past year.

    Higher stress levels were reported amongst every generation, most likely because of the economy, “but the expectations of Millennials are especially high. There’s a huge emphasis placed on school, and once they get out into the workplace Millennials discover that their academic achievements don’t translate,” Dr. Lynn Bufka, one of the psychologists who developed the Stress in America report, told Yahoo! Shine.

    While Gen-X has had the time to reformat their expectations, Millennials are

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    Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After (Ep.1) from Allison Williams

    Somehow Allison Williams has managed to perfect the perfect Kate Middleton royal “thank you” despite her busy schedule playing Marnie on HBO’s Girls. Seriously, tune to the first ten seconds of this video and listen to her say “thank you.” It’s scary.

    Williams was moved to create this royal couple parody for Funny or Die when several people pointed out a physical resemblance to the Duchess of Cambridge. The result is hilarious—at the beginning of the interview we see Williams, sporting Kate’s signature curls and mega bronzer, complaining about her husband's lack of hair. “I had no idea he was so f*cking bald,” she tells the producers.

    Touching on the speculation surrounding Kate’s weight, later in the video William makes Kate a disgusting looking peanut butter sandwich and she refuses to eat it. “Aren’t you going to eat it?” “Oh not now, don’t be silly,” Kate replies. “I’m just not really hungry.” “I want

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  • GIRLS’ Allison Williams as a salty Kate Middleton

    In spite of her busy schedule playing Marnie on HBO's GIRLS, Allison Williams has managed to perfect the perfect Kate Middleton royal “thank you." Seriously, tune to the first ten seconds of this video and listen to her say “thank you.” It’s scary.

    Apparently Williams, daughter of NBC news anchor Brian Williams, was moved to create this Kate and William parody for Funny or Die when several people pointed out a physical resemblance to the Duchess of Cambridge. The result is hilarious—at the beginning of the interview we see Williams, sporting Kate’s signature curls and mega bronzer, complaining about William’s lack of hair. “I had no idea he was so f*cking bald,” she tells the producers.

    Perhaps touching on the speculation surrounding Kate’s weight, later in the video William makes Kate a disgusting looking peanut butter sandwich and she refuses to eat it. “Aren’t you going to eat it?” “Oh not now, don’t be silly,” Kate replies. “I’m just not really hungry.” “I want to watch you eat it,”

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  • Finally! The Fashion Commerical Parody We've Been Waiting For

    We've all been victims to the drive-by fashion commercial. You know, you're sitting in the movie theater minding your own business, and a trailer comes on for an interesting looking indie romance starring Olivia Thirlby.

    What is this? You wonder, as you innocently stuff Sour Patch Kids into your mouth. Then something horrible happens. IT'S NOT A MOVIE TRAILER, STUPID. IT'S A TARGET ADVERTISEMENT. PRABAL GRUNG FOR TARGET. YOU'VE BEEN HAD.

    We can all work out our frustration on the super-high budget fashion commercials with this delightful parody starring none other than one of our favorite comediennes, Lizzie Caplan. (You may remember Lizzy from TV's Party Down or as Lindsay Lohan's sidekick in Mean Girls.)

    In the video, Caplan lazes about her apartment in a Zooey Deschanel like daze, looking through a flip camera and telling us how much she loves to collect things and think to herself in French and wondering "what she will be

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  • Will Bridget Jones Get a Modern Makeover in Her New Novel?

    Bridget's back! Credit: CorbisIt seems like only yesterday we were dog-earring our copies of Bridget Jones’ Diary, relishing her misadventures as she struggled with embarrassing situations at work (drunk at the holiday party) and a flat-lining love life.

    But believe it or not, it’s been 14 years since that novel was published, selling 15 million copies, spawning a sequel and two successful movie adaptations. On Tuesday, the news broke that Bridget will return in a third installation to publish this November.

    "Few writers can rival Helen Fielding when it comes to fully capturing the modern woman," said Sonny Mehta, the editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf, Fielding’s publisher.

    Undoubtedly fans will rejoice, but where will the calorie-counting, cigarette-smoking Bridget Jones fit in this brave new world of yoga, gluten-free diets, and juicing?

    “Sunday, January 1. 129 lbs (but post-Christmas), alcohol units 14 (but effectively covers 2 days as 4 hours of party was on New Year's Day) . . . cigarettes 22, calories 5424.”

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  • Boy meets girl, tattoos name on her face.

    When it comes to face tattoos, a serious lapse in judgment is definitely at work—but this one takes the cake.

    After meeting his Internet girlfriend in real life for the first time, tattoo artist Rouslan Toumaniantz did what any young man in love would do: he tattooed his name across her face.

    Toumaniantz fled Russia after a legal battle with a disgruntled client (a Belgian girl inked with a face full of stars) tarnished his tattoo parlor's reputation. In exile, he started an Internet relationship with an 18-year-old girl named Lesya.

    Lesya’s tattoo is gigantic. Because she couldn't fit "Toumaniantz" across her face, she went with her new boyfriend's first name. “Ruslan” is inked in thick black letters across her cheeks. It looks like she’s sporting Bane’s face-mask from the last Batman movie.

    If getting a face tattoo wasn't impulsive enough, consider the fact that Lesya had only met her facial inspiration twenty four hours before she decided on the permanent look.  It makes Kim

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  • Happy Birthday Rosa Parks – Who was Tougher Than You Think

    Rosa Parks riding at the front after segregation on the bus was declared illegal.Monday marks the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon who ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott when she refused to give up her seat and move to the "blacks-only" section on December 1, 1955. Though Parks' actions that day undoubtedly took an enormous amount of courage, she is often described as "quiet" and even "polite." A new book, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Parks, focuses on Parks' more aggressive (and lesser known) activism. Here are a few things you might not know about Rosa Parks, before the bus:

    Rosa Parks was raised by her grandparents, who believed in self-defense.


    When a white man taunted a young Parks, she threatened him with a brick. When her grandmother reprimanded her, she responded, "I would rather be lynched than run over by them." Her grandfather would sit on the porch of their house armed with a rifle in case the Klan showed up. Rosa would often sit with him because "I wanted to see him kill a Klu Kluxer."

    She worked for the civil rights cause for two

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  • How NOT to Choose a Husband: New cringe-worthy advice book for women

    Unhappy? Maybe you're just not committed to your outdated gender role.Ladies, you can relax now. According to author Suzanne Venker to find a husband all you need to do is "just be nice, cook, and have sex!"

    That's just part of the no-hassle formula Venker prescribes young women in her new advice book, How to Choose a Husband, out next week. As it turns out, being completely submissive and giving up on your dreams to marriage and motherhood is the best way to maintain a healthy relationship.

    This appears to be the message behind Venker's latest book. The author, considered by some the Ann Coulter of relationship advice, has built a writing career on challenging feminism and questioning contemporary female freedoms. That's gotten her attention, and some enemies in the past. With this book, she'll probably make some new ones. Slate writer Allison Benedikt has already taken Venker to task in her book review published Friday.  "Venker thinks women like me—working mothers who expect things from their husbands—are unhappy, and are making their spouses and

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