POP CULTURE CHEAT SHEET: 5 THINGS TO WATCH, READ, & DO IN SEPTEMBER

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WRITTEN BY MIA QUAGLIARELLO

10:00 am
08/29/17

Mother’s got you covered each month with five nuggets from the world of culture that are worth your precious time and headspace. This month we’ve got a viral art video from an unlikely source, a sweet novel about porn addiction, and a twist to Project Runway that’s a step in a pretty great direction. Read about it all in our pop culture cheat sheet below!

1. Actor Jim Carrey’s had a lot to ponder these last few years, and it seems like he’s found some sort of release in painting—which he is really good at. Carrey stars in a six-minute mini doc called I Needed Color about his work that has gone viral (even LeBron loves it). “A year later, I’ll realize that the painting was telling me something I needed to know about myself a year before,” he explains in the film. Watch.

2. Climbing up the best-seller list is Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta, who’s also the author of The Leftovers and Little Children. The story of a 46-year-old divorcée whose only son has just gone off to college, Mrs. Fletcher is “the sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will probably ever read,” writes The New York Times.

3. Speaking of…the ladies of Broad City have launched a line of sassy sex toys featuring sayings from the show like “Yasss, Kween” and “Carpe Dayum.” That’s some kind of bugle horn welcome for the show’s fourth season, which returns to Comedy Central on September 13 at 10:30pm ET/PT. Expect this season to be infused with Trump-era references and humor—like Ilana’s orgasm drought after the election. (Note: Comedy Central will be running a marathon of every single Broad City episode this Labor Day, in case you need a refresher.)

4. Patti Cake$ is the story of a white Jersey girl who’s desperately trying to make it as a rapper, despite living a dead-end life in a dead-end town. “She’s a Feminem on her own personal 8 Mile odyssey,” writes Rolling Stone, which calls it the underground movie of 2017. (It got much love at Cannes and Sundance, too.) Amazingly, Aussie actress Danielle Macdonald not only had to rock the Jersey patois, but she’d also never rapped on a mic before shooting began. Bonus points: It was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, husband to Mother subject Georgie Greville.

5. August gets a fist-bump for progressing fashion’s march toward body positivity and acceptance of all shapes, shades, ages, and sizes. Mic showcased “The Rise of the Very Short Model” (think 5’1”), while the new season of Project Runway is, for the first time, using plus-size models in its competition, much to viewers’ delight. And Allure declared a ban on using the term “anti-aging” in its pages with an excellent letter from editor Michelle Lee and a cover star who embodies confidence and grace without denying her age: Helen Mirren.

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