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  1. On The Importance Of Leslie Knope, Friendship, and Feminism

    And waffles. Don't forget waffles.

    There are some things that I will defend with my life about Parks and Recreation: that Donna Meagle is an inspiration for all women; that the Leslie/Ann friendship is unsinkable and beautiful like a butterfly; that April Ludgate was the best thing that could have possibly happened to Andy Dwyer. Parks and Rec ended less than a week ago and I can safely say it was one of the best series finales in television history.

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  2. Here’s 20-Year-Old Amy Poehler Hacking, Rapping and Being Super ’90s in a Previously Unreleased TV Pilot

    She's a beautiful, naïve, sophisticated newborn baby.

    Galentine's Day foreshadowing: she quotes Queen Latifah's "Ladies First."

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  3. HBO Offers New Writing Fellowship for Women and People of Color, Seeks Diverse Emerging Talent

    May the odds be ever in your favor.

    HBO has just announced its inaugural HBOAccess Writing Fellowship, an 8-month (plus) program designed to bring more diverse voices to HBO and Cinemax programming and give emerging talent a leg-up into the industry.

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  4. “Hey, Academy!” A Musical Oscars Season Reminder that Women Make Movies, Too

    Twenty-six individual nominees. Zero women.

    Damn, the ladies of KimAndoComedy can sing. And contrary to what the current state of women in film and the Academy's priorities might suggest, they also can and do make movies.

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  5. SNL’s 40th Anniversary Show: Female Comedians, Diversity Jokes, and Lots of Awkwardness

    Or Sunday Night Live, if you want to get pedantic.

    There were cast members reprising classic roles, actor cameos, musical performances and more during the three and a half hour long Saturday Night Live anniversary special last night which opened with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Did it live up to expectations?

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  6. We Want to Live in Hot Tub Time Machine 2‘s Version Of the Future, If Only For Jessica Williams As Daily Show Host

    Give us this.

    The Hot Tub Time Machine franchise doesn't tend to be my aspirational jam, except in one area: The area in which Jessica Williams is the host of The Daily Show in 2025.

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  7. Ernie Hudson Deletes Tweet, Does 180 on Female Ghostbusters Opinion, Totally Available For Interviews and/or Jobs Now

    Really? REALLY? Really.

    Ernie Hudson, stop. Just... stop.

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  8. Dan Aykroyd Says He’s “Delighted” by the Female Ghostbusters; Take That, Haters

    But what about Feig's plans to destroy all evidence of the original's existence? Or this Pandera Ring thing people keep mentioning?!

    You know what I like about the upcoming Ghostbusters movie? (Aside from its great representation and stellar cast, that is.) I love that, while it's exciting to hear that original Ghostbuster and co-writer of the 1984 film Dan Aykroyd is down with some lady-busters, at this point it also doesn't really matter what he or any other dude thinks.

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  9. The Best and Worst Reactions to Yesterday’s Female Ghostbusters Casting News

    Mother pus bucket!

    Yesterday was a time of much rejoicing at The Mary Sue HQ: the cast for Paul Feig's lady-centric Ghostbusters reboot was finally announced after months of rumors, and turned out to be way more diverse than expected. Of course, for every Internet user excited for Feig's addition to the franchise, there was a self-appointed gatekeeper to the Ghostbusters legacy terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought that an all-female film will be a gimmicky, pandering disaster.

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  10. Mass Hysteria! Paul Feig’s Female Ghostbusters Have Been Cast

    This is big, Peter, this is very big.

    AH! IT'S HAPPENING!

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  11. Bojack Horseman Writer Brilliantly Explains The “Male As Default” Problem In Comedy Writing

    It's also just a super great show you should watch.

    For a show about a washed up horse actor who lives in a world where animals and people coexist as sentient clothes-wearing beings, Netflix's Bojack Horseman is surprisingly good with representation for its humans. I'm not even talking about the show's recurring cast, either—there's a pretty decent amount of minor background characters who are female, POC, or both. According to the show's creator, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, that's all intentional.

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  12. Youtube’s Grace Helbig Will Star in Her Own TV Show on E!

    We are really excited about it, but the channel name also just ends with an exclamation mark.

    The Internet's own Grace Helbig, who first rose to prominence with her "DailyGrace" web series through the My Damn Channel network and later through her own "It's Grace" channel, is now officially making the jump to actual television. You know, that thing where you don't get to click through the ads after five seconds.

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  13. Paul Feig Talks About Ghostbusters Reboot, Continues to Insist It’s Not a Gimmick

    Didn't you guys hear him the first time?

    In a recent interview, he also told Empire Magazine about why he's choosing to aim for a PG-13 rating with his upcoming all-female Ghostbusters team, and why a hard reboot interests him more than a Jurassic World-style sequel. Oh, and it's going to be scarier than the original, too. A lot scarier.

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  14. Enter Our Broad City Giveaway To Win A Copy Of The Season One DVD

    Plus other awesome prizes!

    Next thing you know, you're backstage at Barclays with RiRi and BeyBey and then you are just laughin', sippin' on champagne with, like, candelight.

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  15. Lauren Graham, Ellen DeGeneres Joining Forces On Late Night-Based Comedy Show

    Your move, actual Late Night.

    According to Variety, "the project touches on the network late night talk show changeover and its failure to produce a female host."

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  16. Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Lesbian Answered Sarcastically as Hell By a Lesbian

    Cameron Esposito, you're my hero.

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  17. Paul Feig Says Having Women Ghostbusters In His Reboot Is Not A Gimmick, Reveals His Plan

    "I ain't afraid a no girls."

    Yesterday we finally got confirmation of Ghostbusters 3 featuring women as the Ghostbusters. Today, Paul Feig informs us the film is absolutely a reboot and fills us in on what he has in store.

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  18. White Male Comedians Aren’t Funny

    But there sure are a lot of them.

    Are women funny? Are black comics funny? These are both questions I hear discussed fairly regularly, usually at comedy shows, usually by white male comics. It's kind of a topic I'm sick of hearing about, because it's stupid to make assumptions about someone's comedy based solely on gender or race—especially because white male comedians aren't funny.

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  19. Sookie StackHouse Drops In On the BAMF Girls Club For Some Vamp-Loving and Mind Reading [VIDEO]

    "I love gettin' involved in other people's problems!"

    It's been a while since we've checked up on the girls of Comediva's BAMF Girls Club, but we're glad we did: this is the best Sookie Stackhouse impression we've ever seen. Watch as SOOKEH invades the thoughts of everyone in the house with her delightful Southern charm, and bonds with Lisbeth over how awesome Swedish people are.

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  20. The Mary Sue Interview: Director Gillian Robespierre On Her Non-Traditional Rom-Com Obvious Child

    Today in "movies you should see."

    Obvious Child starts with its heroine, stand-up comedian Donna Stern (Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate) telling a joke about vaginal discharge. I could write pages about how this movie isn't your average rom-com—how it has a frankness that a lot of its Hollywoodized brethren don't, how its characters feel real—but that opening joke says it all. Director Gillian Robespierre took the time to chat with us about the film, the genre, and that opening scene.

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