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If you haven’t acquainted yourself with Anne Flournoy’s The Louise Log, it’s time to get out from under that comfortable rock and smell the awesomeness. After two lovable seasons, the critically-acclaimed NYC web series managed to raise enough moolah through a successful crowdfunding campaign for a third season, which will consist of approximately ten episodes. Slated to kick off this month, The Louise Log can be watched online every Thursday on its official YouTube channel.
The comedy web series is written by writer/director/producer Flournoy and writer Mordecai Mark Green and originally starred Christine Cook as the caffeine-addicted NYC housewife. Her everyday adventures include dealing with a diva husband, an “inner voice” that just doesn’t give up, and life in Greenwich Village. Everyone from Roger Ebert to vagina monologuist Eve Ensler buzzed about the web series, with the latter stating, “The Louise Log is brave, funny, real, deep, clever, poetic, and original. But mainly it is New York. Interior New York. Smart-assed, paralyzing self-analytical neurotic New York. Watch it.” L.A. writer/producer Tom Diggs summed up the series in five perfect words: "Woody Allen without the incest." Boom.
The series started out with literally no budget, but after two seasons (34 episodes), the series garnered a cult following and was nominated for a 2013 Shorty Award. For the third season, creator Anne Flournoy decided to change things up a bit by introducing a new Louise. Fans need not worry, though, as the new Louise (played by Morgan Hallett) is just as epic as Cook's original portrayal. "We knew last summer that the original Louise was not returning, that we'd have to recast her and we did," Flournoy said. "But after one day of shooting with the 'new' Louise, it became clear that we needed to re-recast Louise - and on the double. The next day Morgan Hallett walked in the door, a godsend - brilliant, beautiful, generous, and wicked funny."
Head over to The Louise Log's official website to get yourself acquainted with your new favorite webseries and to catch up on past episodes.
Dylan Mcdermott has been touted as a "vagina warrior", thanks to his mother, popular feminist Eve Ensler. As a teen, the actor was adopted by The Vagina Monologues playwright, just before his father married Ensler in 1978. The two grew close and, as a result, he became more comfortable than most men about discussing women and their sexuality.
In a revealing interview with Queen Latifah on her new U.S. chat show, the American Horror Story star revealed that Ensler's passion for women's rights was definitely passed on to him.
He admits, "I'm very comfortable with the word vagina. I was trained to be, in what we call in my family, a 'vagina warrior'."
But, though he's a big advocate for women's rights, the actor admits he hasn't figured women out: "She's (Ensler) been trying to train me for years on this very topic and I keep failing miserably, but I'm getting better."
In fact, Ensler even decided to use her son's talents to the fullest, when she wrote a play called Scooncat, specifically for McDermott, long before the Vagina Monologues was released in 1996.
He explains, "In this play Styrofoam vaginas would drop from the sky. That was fine I was cool with that, but when they came down and dropped to the floor, I would have to put it on as a hat. So I've been dealing with this for a long time."
Playwright and novelist Larry Kramer has been named the fourth recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which he'll accept at the 67th annual Tony Awards. Kramer, who has been at the forefront of AIDS activism, will be acknowledged as an outstanding humanitarian.
Past recipients have been David Hyde Pierce, Eve Ensler and Bernadette Peters.
Nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards will be announced on Tuesday morning (30Apr13). The awards ceremony will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York on 9 June (13).
Celebrated playwrights Athol Fugard and Eve Ensler will be honoured with special accolades at this year's (11) Tony Awards. Ensler, who wrote The Vagina Monologues, will be given the Isabelle Stevenson Award for her humanitarian efforts and Fugard, author of The Road to Mecca, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jane Fonda turned the air blue on morning show Today on Thursday when she uttered the explicit 'c' word.
The actress, 70, joined Eve Ensler on the show's sofa to discuss the 10th anniversary of the playwright's Vagina Monologues-inspired V-Day when she stunned viewers.
Asked how she got involved in V-Day and the play, where celebrities act out real-life domestic violence and rape scenarios, Fonda explained she wasn't keen on the whole idea at first.
She said, "I live in Georgia; I was asked to do a monologue called C**t and I said, 'I don't think so, I've got enough problems.'"
Fonda said she later saw the play and it "changed my life."
The expletive ran during the live broadcast on the East Coast. It was bleeped out for subsequent broadcasts.
Later in the show, interviewer/host Meredith Vieira apologized to viewers, stating, "We were talking about The Vagina Monologues and Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play that you don't say on television.
"It was a slip and obviously she apologizes, and so do we. We would do nothing to offend the audience. So please accept that apology."
Since her first Vagina Monologues performance, Fonda has become a V-Day champion, travelling the world with Ensler and performing the Vagina Monologues in India, Palestine, Mexico and Jordan.
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Starred on ABC legal drama "The Practice"; Ensler legally adopted McDermott when he was 19 and she was 26; After Ensler suffered a miscarriage, McDermott took on the name Dylan in honor of his stepmother's deceased baby; Ensler divorced from McDermott's father Richard
married in the late 1970s; divorced in the early 1990s