Thursday, February 02, 2012

Things I enjoyed today

While I wait until the weekend and time to catch up on current films, please enjoy Mary Elizabeth Winstead discussing her role in Smashed. This drama of addiction and marriage was a well-received entrant in the recent Sundance Film Festival and co-stars Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad. (Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally also appear.)

On a more serious note, I applaud the decision by The Decemberists to withdraw their support for the Susan G. Komen foundation in light of that group's recent severing of ties with Planned Parenthood. Alyssa Rosenberg explains why the band's actions matter.
What’s particularly nice about the Decemberists’ action is that they’re not withdrawing the fight—they’re just giving their money to a direct service provider instead. Susan G. Komen for the Cure has a long list of bipartisan celebrity supporters, some of whom—like Neil Patrick Harris and Cynthia Nixon—have bigger national platforms than an indie band. Let’s hope some of them make the same decision, and help make it so Planned Parenthood is better off after losing Susan G. Komen’s support than they were before.