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Curtis Cook Weighs In On Bill Cosby

"I don't know that I want to look someone in the eyes and tell them that a rapist is the reason I've been trying to be funny my entire life."

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In the wake of the multiplying rape allegations against Bill Cosby, lots of people have been weighing in. (Not, notably, Cosby himself.) Entertainment reporters have written “woulda coulda shoulda” pieces about years-old interviews th...   More
 
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Wildfang's Emma McIlroy Found a Dinosaur Skull

That was a long time ago, but the CEO of tomboy-inspired fashion company Wildfang made it the subject of a just-released children's book.

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As co-founder of Wildfang, the locally based, uber-popular tomboy-inspired fashion company—adored by the likes of Ellen Page, Tegan and Sara and Evan Rachel Wood—Emma McIlroy keeps plenty busy. But that didn’t stop the 31-year-old from finding time to write a children’s book. Emma’s A Gem, which comes out Wednes...   More
 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Force Majeure

On thin ice.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The family of four lies on the bed, limbs intertwined. They’re Swedish. So of course they’re gorgeous—they look ripped from a Hanna Andersson catalog, down to their matching thermal underw   More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Tig Notaro

Answers the comedian didn't copy and paste from elsewhere.

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Tig Notaro has been doing a lot of email interviews lately.
That was pretty clear when I received the comedian’s answers to the questions I’d emailed her weeks ago. Some were carbon copies of responses she’d given to publications elsewhere in the country. A few answers were identical to those published in ...   More
 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

One Day in 1996: Michael Powell tells Jeff Bezos, “Thanks, but no thanks…”


40th Anniversary
In 1996, Amazon nearly swallowed Powell’s Books. Sometime that year—Michael Powell of the venerable Portland bookstore, doesn’t remember so much as which season—Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos cal   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sept. 8, 1997: The city agrees to tear down the old viaduct and sell the rail yards…


40th Anniversary
Only 20 years ago, inner Northwest Portland was a tangle of dirt streets, railroad tracks and warehouses. Train traffic contaminated much of the land with lead and creosote. A few people lived i   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Jason Bateman to Make Movie About Portlander Who Sold Stock in Himself

The film, IPO Man, is based on Mike Merrill, a tech entrepreneur who put himself on the open market in 2008.

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Back in 2008, Portlander Mike Merrill launched a novel project: The tech entrepreneur, then 30, sold shares of himself on the open market. Now his stunt will become a movie, directed by and starring Jason Bateman.
According to Deadline, Fox Searchligh...   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Fuss and Feathers

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman can’t quite take flight.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In Birdman, our protagonist is Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up actor who once wore wings as the titular superhero. But in this film, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Poe Must Go On

Masque of the Red Death does more than justice to the master of the macabre.


Theater
Entering the brightly lit studio space, we’re handed delicate white party masks. Some are decorated with spiky branches, others with snakelike scales. Tinkly music plays. Some people waltz and   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Color Line

Dear White People is for everybody.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When Justin Simien began work on Dear White People, early drafts of the screenplay included an over-the-top college party featuring white students in blackface. But at some point, he ruled it    More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
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