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Broad Sheet: Hot Lesbian Rockers, Project Runway's New Girl, and More Lesbian Sex

Broad Sheet: Hot Lesbian Rockers, Project Runway's New Girl, and More Lesbian Sex

In this, our newest recurring feature, you'll get you the low-down on all the can't-miss, female-centric entertainment highlights coming up this week. Just think of it as our list of Totally Awesome Things That Will Remind You Why It Rocks To Be A Woman. Don't worry, you can thank us later.

10. TV: Masters of Sex

Entertainment Weekly may have captured it best when it called Masters of Sex a “smart show that plays dumb at first, just to get your attention.” Well, it has definitely got ours. Masters is clever insight into America’s shifting values in the 1950’s, driven by compelling relationships, depth of character, sly humor, and of course a healthy dose of nudity. Based on the real lives of sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), the show is certainly equal parts sex- and character-driven. The beauty of the show is that just like the characters the sex is not just superficial. It’s also not without humor and fear. Breaking free from the norm and separating itself from the usual male-driven, testosterone-imbalanced shows that seem to dominate the time slot, Masters embraces the female side of the story as much if not more than the men’s. It also doesn’t shy away from homosexuality, showcasing prostitute Betty DeMilo (Analeigh Ashford) in the first few episodes, proving that sex and love are two completely different things. Though not available on Netflix, this might just be the show to hold you over until Orange is the New Black returns for the second season. Masters airs on Showtime 10 p.m. ET Sunday. Michael Regula

9. Film: Carrie

Stephen King’s original manuscript for Carrie was rejected 30 times before he gave up and canned it. His wife, Tabitha, saw such potential in the story of a bullied and sheltered teen with telekinetic powers that she fished it out of the trash, and eventually, in 1974, it became King’s first published book. Many agreed that the novel reflected the struggle between feminists and antifeminists in the 1970s, as well as the contemporary male concern with women’s rising power at the time. And though director Brian DePalma’s male gaze offered up some expected slo-mo locker room scenes, it was still a pretty forward-thinking flick. Now lesbian filmmaker Kimberly Peirce (of Boys Don’t Cry and Stop-Loss fame) has remade the horror classic 40 years after women’s lib inspired King. Under Peirce’s lesbian lens, it’s still the girls that root Carrie, which comes out today, including actress Julianne Moore as Carrie’s Christian fundamentalist mother, Margaret, and Chloë Grace Moretz as the title character (“a teen playing a teen,” Peirce lauds, adding, “The central character is a woman, the central relationships are between women — between a mother and a daughter and between a girl and all these other girls.”). And yes, there’s still a hell of a lot of blood. Diane Anderson-Minshall

8. Book: Val McDermid's Cross and Burn

It’s not an exaggeration when I say that Val McDermid is the best lesbian crime writer ever. She’s one of the best crime writers of any orientation, but her lesbianism just makes her all the more compelling to me. And her work, including the internationally best-selling series that inspired my favorite British TV series, Wire in the Blood, has never been better. In this latest, Cross and Burn, we catch up with Wire in the Blood’s crime-fighting duo, clinical psychologist Tony Hill and police detective Carol Jordan, for another creepy but thrilling page-turner. Get your copy here. Diane Anderson-Minshall

7. TV: Ari South on Project Runway All Stars

Andy South, a finalist and fan-favorite on season 8 of Project Runway, is back for season 3 of Project Runway All Stars, with a new name — Ari South — and a newly revealed gender identity. South has already found success in the fashion field, with designs picked up by Neiman Marcus right after season 8, and she shares the following on the Project Runway website: “In the windstorm that my life has become since the show, I have also decided to live my life as a woman, transitioning to my core-identified gender. I hid it while I was on season 8, but after garnering immediate success as a new business owner, I knew that I needed to be completely happy, and that meant making my transition. I have changed my legal name to Ariyaphon, a name given to me by my own mother; Ari for short. … I realized that it would be a life lived in the public eye, and I like that I can change people’s perception of what it means to be transgender.” The new All Stars season starts Wednesday on Lifetime; more info here. —Trudy Ring

6. Book: Simpsons and their Mathmatic Secrets

The Simpsons is well known for its myriad political and pop-culture references, but according to author Simon Singh, the beloved animated sitcom and its sister show, Futurama, are a treasure trove of “subtle references to mathematics, ranging from well-known equations to cutting-edge theorems and conjectures.” Singh notes that many of the writers on the programs have advanced math degrees, and in his new book he interviews several of these brilliant and funny people while also pondering such questions as whether braniac Lisa Simpson is the best female mathematician ever. The book is out October 29. —Trudy Ring

5. Blu-ray: The Heat

Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock and one of my favorite funny ladies, Melissa McCarthy, star in this funny, female-centric buddy-cop flick that proves you don't need a dick to kick some criminal ass. Bullock plays Sarah Ashburn, an uptight FBI agent sent to Boston to find a killer; McCarthy is Shannon Mullins, an anything but by-the-book Boston cop who’s sort of a female Dirty Harry with a heart. The Heat offers a high-octane, profanity-laden good time, blissfully free of the classic dame-in-distress tropes that plague so many chick flicks and woman-centered films. Neither lead gets the geek-to-goddess makeover a la Miss Congeniality; nobody falls for the guy and has an emotional awakening a la The Proposal; neither realizes that all they ever needed was a man a la any Meg Ryan movie. In fact, the unlikely odd-couple learn that maybe all they really needed to reach their full potential was each other. Bring The Heat home on DVD and Blu-Ray today from Amazon. Sunnivie Brydum

4. Radio: Lesbian Lounge

The popular Lesbian Lounge show has undergone a major format change, ending its weekly Internet livestream to become a direct-to-podcast program, but hosts Denise and Donna promise it will be as hilarious and informative as ever. “Just because we’re going to record the show, it doesn’t mean we’re editing out anything, so if we fall off a chair, you’ll hear it, if we spit soda out of our noses from laughing, you’ll still hear it,” says Denise. The ladies will record Lesbian Lounge on a more limited basis, but their team, in conjunction with ReallyWow Productions, will also be producing some new podcasts with exclusive, extended interviews with LGBT notables as well as emerging artists in film, books, music, comedy, and other fields. To subscribe, visit iTunes or Podbean. —Trudy Ring

3. DVD: New Girl: The Complete Second Season

This season featured not only the antics of the adorable Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and her motley crew of male roommates, but also welcome appearances by Jess’s lesbian gynecologist pal, the smart, formidable Dr. Sadie, played by June Diane Raphael. You can catch Raphael and other guest stars including Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner, and Dennis Farina on the DVD set, which includes an exclusive extended version of the hugely popular “Virgins” episode, with each of the regulars talking about their sexual debut. Available now at Amazon. —Trudy Ring

2. Video: Charie XCX's Superlove

The super hot 21-year-old Charlotte Aitchison (aka Charli XCX), who wrote Icona Pop’s smash hit “I Love It,” has released her new video for her single “SuperLove,” coming out December 1st on Asylum UK/Atlantic. Charli XCX, who is backed up by an all-female band, takes her inspiration from ‘80s bands such as The Waitresses and Bow Wow Wow and the French Ye-Ye scene from the early 1960s. And this super-fun video filmed in Tokyo’s famous Robot Restaurant, includes lots of hot chicks, quirky Japanese things, and a local bike gang. It’s a taste of what’s to come from LP 2, which will be released in 2014. “SuperLove is a song about running away and falling in love with someone and it being really dangerous and bad for you but still amazing, romantic and wonderful. SuperLove is the best drug and this song is about overdosing on it and falling in real deep,” Charli XCX says. Since she rides away with another woman on that motorcycle, that has to be a good sign. Check out Charli XCX’s website. —Diane Anderson-Minshall

1. Music: The Locals' Stereostatic Funicular

It’s hard not to fall for Yvonne Doll, the sexy, in-your-face badass lead singer/guitarist, and aggressively sexy bass player Christy Nunes, of The Locals, a three-member, guitar-heavy alt-pop rock band from Chicago. Doll and Nunes are a couple, and their off-stage intensity comes across on-stage, too. Their alt-rock cred is cemented with their newest album, Stereostatic Funicular, their sixth album and a worthy follow up to their breakthrough, 2010’s Salt, which garnered this analogy from critics: “Think The Pixies meet the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Breeders.” Well-crafted, energetic, and wait, did I already say sexy? Find out more on their website. —Diane Anderson-Minshall

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