• The new ladies of the Ghostbusters franchise (Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast)

    Who You Gonna Call?

    The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

    Director Paul Feig teased the cast of his ‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off on Twitter. Looks like Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones are about to make your new favorite movie.

    Who you gonna call? According to Tuesday’s big news, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the four women who very likely going to star in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.

    Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is set to direct the hotly anticipated spin-off, meaning that the film will be far wittier than the lazy lede just written in this piece. Feig also seems to have confirmed the casting, tweeting a photo collage of Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones Tuesday. 

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  • Lena Dunham poses for a portrait to promote the film, "It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

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    Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

    The creator and star of HBO’s Girls sat down at Sundance to discuss her Eloise documentary, Hannah’s Iowa mess, and her legion of haters.

    For female urbanites—and New Yorkers in particular—Eloise represented their wildest fantasy come to life: a free-spirited, wildly independent young girl who lives in the penthouse of the Plaza Hotel and embarks on an endless array of First World adventures.

    And for Lena Dunham, the series of children’s books was her everything. She obtained her first copy when she was just two years old, and consuming the colorful mini-tomes became an addiction.

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    CONSENT

    Broad City Has Thoughts on Rape Culture

    What happens when the guy you’re trying to get some with passes out during sex?

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may have taken the first jab at rape culture at the 2015 Golden Globes ceremony with their Bill Cosby joke, “I put the pills in the people,” but it was Broad City’Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson that took it to the next level with their dyslexic version of “consent.”

    In the first episode of Broad City’s second season, “Heat,” we find Abbi and Ilana suffering through a New York summer without air conditioning. Abbi has dinner plans with a new flame, Stacy, played by Seth Rogen, who she refers to as “male Stacy.”

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    GODDESS WITH A BOLD HEART

    The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

    With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole or conspiratorial fervor over who pooped the bed, the Iranian-Texan fits snuggly with the eclectic cast of ‘It’s Always Sunny.’

    Until recently, Artemis Pebdani was one of the best kept secrets on television.

    Since 2004, Artemis has appeared on a diverse array of network and cable television in supporting roles including Ugly Betty, Modern Family, and How I Met Your Mother. However, it was in her recurring role as Artemis Dubois on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that the actress has been able to flex her comedic and dramatic muscles. With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole or conspiratorial fervor over who pooped the bed, Artemis has proven herself time and again, lending an air of eccentricity to an already eclectic cast.

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    Women’s Empowerment

    Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

    The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

    The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.

    On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward advancing women’s empowerment by working with governments, companies, and colleges—was unveiled at a press conference attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and Watson, who is a UN Women goodwill ambassador and one of many celebrities to work with the UN.

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    WHO RUN THE WORLD?

    ‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

    A computer genius never without pink lipstick and heels, Arrow’s Felicity Smoak is a fully-fleshed out female character amidst a sea of superhero bulge.

    For centuries, the pervasive power of the Madonna-whore complex has dictated society’s view of women, limiting them to the either the role of the nurturing virgin or seductive siren. In the past 100 years, this dichotomy has morphed into the geek-ditz complex.

    The ditz is the stereotypical feminine woman, a voluptuous, dress wearing, shallow, shopaholic and too dumb or fragile to understand or care about anything involving critical thinking. If she achieves any sort of professional success it is only because she seduced her way into positions of power. Sometimes, this woman is also a mother, only concerned with her home, children and, of course, shopping.

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    Growing Up

    How Lena Dunham Gets Dressed for ‘Girls’

    As the ‘Girls’ grow up, so does their style. The HBO show’s costume designer Jenn Rogien reveals the transition from Brooklyn hipster to ‘put together.’

    Girls returns on Sunday night, and with it Hannah Horvath’s head-scratching clothing choices.

    They’re not all grown up just yet, but much has changed for the show’s characters: Hannah’s off to a writer’s workshop in Iowa, Shoshanna’s pounding the pavement for jobs, Marnie’s trying on yet another new identity (this time in New York’s indie music scene), and Jessa’s adjusting to life post-rehab.

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    TV DIVA

    The Fabulousness of Jessica Walter

    The TV diva returns as overbearing spy-matriarch Malory Archer on the sixth season of FX’s hilarious Archer. She opens up about the show, an Arrested Development movie, and more.

    She is television’s reigning diva. And on Thursday, the feisty Jessica Walter made her triumphant return as Malory Archer, the tough-as-nails mom to turtleneck-loving spy-son Sterling, for the sixth season of FX’s animated series Archer.

    And Malory is back to giving everyone in the organization-formerly-known-as-ISIS all kinds of grief, and serving as a martini-soaked babysitter to Archer and Lana’s baby daughter, Abijean. Walter lays down the vocals for Malory at Nutmeg Post, a recording studio on West 45th Street in Manhattan, and says it usually takes about a half-hour for her to knock out an episode (with executive producer Matt Thompson feeding other character’s lines into her ear).

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    WAVE OF THE FUTURE

    Vagercise With the Wii

    The hands-free game controller, developed by physicist Tom Chen, allows you to control a character by flexing your lady parts and is set to launch this January.

    It's the workout no one wants to discuss in public—incredibly boring and with physical benefits that can't be admired in the mirror or photographed for Facebook. Yes, I am speaking of the dreaded Kegel workout. As far as exercise routines go, this one isn't on many ‘favorites’ lists. But new technology hopes to change all that.

    SKEA (Smart Kegel Exercise Aid) is a hands-free game controller that probably won't give Microsoft's Kinect a run for its money, but it might end up in a lot of ladies’ purses. Inserted into the vagina, this particular controller is operated with the pelvic muscles, requiring the user to squeeze in order to play the game. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign launched last summer that exceeded its goal, physicist Tom Chen’s innovative product is already in production with plans to launch by the end of January.

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    Historic

    The First & Last Jewish Miss America

    No Jewish woman has been crowned Miss America since Bess Myerson won in 1945. Is it anti-Semitism, or are less insidious cultural forces at work?

    When I was little I was given Elinor Slater’s Great Jewish Women, an encyclopedia of influential and praiseworthy Jewish women, for Chanukah (twice). Amidst the pages featuring intellectual, political, and business titans, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Golda Meir, Lillian Hellman, Barbara Boxer, and Helena Rubinstein, the appearance of Bess Myerson, a Miss America winner struck me as odd, perhaps antiquated.

    But Myerson more than earned her place on that list. She died on Monday at the age of 90, and her standing as the first Jewish Miss America and, perhaps more significantly, the only Jewish Miss America, provides more than a nostalgic pause.

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    THE BOYFRIEND EXPERIENCE

    Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts

    Yes, hiring an “escort” is no longer just a man’s game. These days, plenty of women are turning to online sites for no-frills male companionship.

    It’s not just for men anymore. Women want a hot, young thing to parade around on their arm, too.

    Sure, career-oriented women have less time for romance, but that doesn’t stop their desire for sex. And in an environment where time is money, hooking up with an escort just might be the sensible thing to do. I mean, who really has time to hang out in a bar sipping cosmos watching the hours tick by in the hopes of a decent one-night stand? Not most. Thanks to a service aimed specifically at women, there’s no need to buy overpriced drinks in the hopes of landing some male companionship. Just rent a stud instead.

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  • Jena Malone attends the World Premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Anthony Harvey/Getty )

    EPIC JOURNEY

    Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

    As a teen, she wowed in films like ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Saved!’ Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and a massive superhero film, all the rage.

    “I’m a total weirdo,” Jena Malone confesses.

    The spritely actress has just returned from the modish milieu of Art Basel, where her experimental music duo The Shoe regaled the annual orgy of art (and cocaine) connoisseurs with selections off their sophomore album, I’m Okay.

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    STAND BY ME

    Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

    Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance. Is this another case of cognitive dissonance?

    As the number of women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault and other misbehavior grows dizzyingly high, it is becoming increasingly hard for all but the most devoted rape denialist to wave the accusations away as baseless. It’s also been hard for many, particularly women, not to wonder how Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, must be reacting to this. Many women like to think that if they were in her shoes, they’d be throwing the bastard on his ass with one hand while calling their divorce lawyer with another, a pleasing fantasy of righteous anger unleashed.

    Camille Cosby didn’t do that. Instead, she released an incredibly manipulative statement trying to link Rolling Stone’s questionable story about rape at UVA to the stories about her husband, even though the two situations have nothing to do with each other. She complained that there “appears to be no vetting of my husband’s accusers,” an accusation that falls flat when you look at how thorough much of the reporting has been on this.

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