Jennifer Beals is Overall Better at Life Than You, Prettier, More Holistic

JENNIFER BEALS: We were strolling through the checkout aisle at Walbaum’s when we spotted, buried beneath Drop 12 Pounds Every Week, a curious kitten wondering if we are getting the SUPPORT WE DESERVE, a one-pot Winter Tiredness Cure, some new Health Discoveries, how to end carb cravings and achieve Instant Bliss — the dear, eternally lovely Jennifer Beals. Magazines like First don’t do their own photoshoots, so instead they used a classic J-Beals photo that could’ve been taken any time between 1999 and yesterday. In fact, they liked it so much, it seemed to us that they used it twice!

However, we were wrong. It was not the same photo. Clearly they ripped this shit off Photohunt:

Jennifer Beals was also featured in natural-living publication Viva Magazine, sharing more of her secrets of perfection. The intro is a bit odd:

Long before Jennifer Beals was crowned the unofficial spokeswoman for same-sex partners by starring as Bette Porter on The L Word, a Showtime drama about lesbians and their relationship woes, before graduating from Yale with an honours graduate degree in American Literature and before becoming mom to her four-year old daughter, came a small 1983 movie about a small-town dancer you might have heard of — Flashdance.

And from there on out, Beals essentially continues to encourage speculation: is she a real person, or a Supreme Being created by some higher power to bless the human race? Evidence that Jennifer Beals has special magical powers:

1. “I found if I can give birth without any drugs, I could get through a triathlon.”
2. She travels with a brown bag that she received from her acupuncturist, where she keeps magical holistic tea which “helps maintain a balance in the body so it can heal itself.”
3. Her dermatologist wanted to remove a potentially cancerous mole but Beals was shooting that week, so instead she just cured it by taking vitamins.
4. Her family doctors are TCM practitioners and homeopaths.
5. She meditates regularly.
6. She fixed her energy-zapping Epstein Bar disease by cutting sugar, wheat and caffeine from her diet.
7. She eats only organic foods, and teaches her daughter “eco-friendly” living. In fact she recycles SO MUCH that she worries her neighbors must think they never “keep anything.”

You know how sometimes we rant about how the casual popping of pharmaceuticals, general overmedicating of our everyday lives, copious alcohol consumption and other coping mechanisms of modern life wouldn’t seem so necessary if we all had the time & money & support to truly take care of our bodies, get sleep & excercise, eat healthy foods, read books, get lots of fresh air and do work that we love? Jennifer Beals is proof.

THE REAL L WORD: Someone we know was at a hot sceney WeHo restaurant with someone else we know and so was the cast of The Real L Word and they asked the people we know if they could film them and the people we know said “Hell to the No” because they didn’t want to “support IFC,” which is amazing. OH REALITY! (@peopleweknow)

SUNDANCE: The Kids Are Alright is getting a bunch of buzz out of Sundance this week. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a lesbian couple in the film, which is mostly about their kids’s reconnection with their biological father (Mark Ruffalo). The movie is from Lisa Cholodenko, who also brought us Laurel Canyon and High Art (!!!). Here’s a bit more about the couple:

“Nic (Bening) is a doctor, intensely driven and controlling, who’s sliding into that polite, socially acceptable, four-glasses-of-red-wine version of alcoholism. Jules (Moore) has a succession of failed careers and businesses behind her, and now Nic’s bankrolling another one, an eco-conscious landscape design business. They’ve slightly and subtly drifted apart — they just don’t put on that secret DVD of gay male porn that much anymore!” (@salon)

There’s apparently a bidding war going on for the distribution rights to this sucker. So you might actually get to see this in a real theater instead of waiting for it to come out on DVD so you can buy it from Wolfe Video like every other lesbian movie ever! (If it’s good you should buy it from Wolfe anyway.) (@latimes)

NOT SUNDANCE, BUT SIMILAR: In other film festival news, ” Charlotte’s Gay and Lesbian Community Center was so pleased with the turnout for last April’s Gay Charlotte Film Festival that it didn’t wait a full year to have another one. All these films have been made, and we knew nothing of it, like the Robert Pattinson – Javier Beltrán film abotu Fredrico Garcia Lorca (“Little Ashes”) and a romantic comedy called Drool starring Laura Harring (“Mulholland Drive”) and Jill Marie Jones.

The expanded second festival runs Thursday through Sunday. It’s billed as having “hot, gay guy flicks, lesbian romantic comedies, general audience documentaries, even gay-themed movies guaranteed to appeal to our straight allies.” (@charlotte observer)

BRING IT ON: Bring it On: How a sleeper hit about cheerleading became a direct-to-DVD franchise. Remember how perfect it was when Eliza Dushku walked into the gym for cheer tryouts and went off on Kirsten Dunst? Is there a point in watching a cheerleading movie without either of them?

Fun fact!: this article about Bring it On is written by Marisa Meltzer, who also wrote How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time, which is more or less the bible on which Autostraddle was built. (@slate)

MADONNA: Madonna, a Gospel Choir & The Gays: “Somebody should have told Madge she’d never be able to compete with the stage presence of black church queens. Watch the kids church clap all over Madonna beginning at the 0:16 mark.” (@livingoutloud)

INDIE: Is Indie Dead?: It stands among the most important, potentially sustainable and meaningful movements in American popular culture—not just music, but for the whole cultural landscape. But because it was originally sculpted more in terms of what it opposed than what it stood for, the only universally held truth about “indie” is that nobody agrees on what it means. (@pastemagazine)

HAITI: Lady Gaga Raised over $500,000 for Haiti (@ontd)

THE QUEEN: Queen Latifah told The Today Show last Thursday that she wants to “just go down [to Haiti] and get some of those babies. If you got a hook up, please get me a couple of Haitian kids. It’s time. I’m ready. I got two arms, I can handle at least two. I can take a third in a backpack, and one in the front, we could just wrap it in some swaddling cloth … give me four.” Props for using “swaddling cloth” in conversation, best term ever. (@nydailynews)

RACHEL: Aw, Tracy Ullman does Rachel Maddow and it’s funnies!

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PASH: Olivia Newton John’s daughter has been caught at clubs (gasp!) kissing girls! Err, while falling down drunk! Does that count? The Herald-Sun called it “another blow to her long-suffering mother.” Ouch! How cute is the word pash, though? (@defamer)

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  1. I want JBeals to teach me how to deliver a biting, articulate and devastating Bette Porter-style takedown of an ignorant asshole. I think this would make my life EXPONENTIALLY better. How many times have I wished I was Bette Porter for exactly this reason? Many.

  2. I fell in love with Jennifer Beals when (as Bette Porter) she so convincingly delivered the line, “Bring it on you fuckin’ dwarf!”

  3. I just want to note that the minute I realized the iPad (terrible, terrible name) had been officially released I hopped, skipped and jumped over here and I will wait patiently for what I hope is the delightfully snarky commentary to come.

    • No USB, no SD card slot,no built in camera, all in all it’s a no space, underpowered netbook with an attachable keyboard. And they want you to pay 500 dollars for it. And it’s called the IPAD. Clearly no ladies were consulted.

      Granted, I could cover one of my turds in white plastic, slap an apple logo on it, claim Steve Jobs is ‘revolutionizing poop’, call it the iShit, charge 600 dollars for it, and a bunch of Applephiles would buy it.

      • And then claim that, like their MacBook/iPhone/iPod, it can walk on water.

        There really is no USB?? That is insane. So it’s a fancy flat netbook/ipod that I have to buy a special port to attach anything to? If my co-worker were here with his touch, I’d borrow it so that I could have the lil’ John app say it for me. But he’s not, so it’s just me: WHAT?!

        • Yup, you have to buy a special kit for USB connectivity. $$$$$$$$. I’m pretty much convinced that anywhere from 80%-90% of Mac’s appeal is a status thing.

          • I thought it was going to be a tablet laptop. Guess I didn’t do enough/any research beforehand. To me, it just sounds like a really big itouch. Not impressed.

            ipad… so, so wrong.

          • I thought it was going to be a tablet laptop too. It IS a giant Itouch. With an ebook reader. Woo.

            Also, is everyone forgetting the HP touchsmart? Apple is not the first to do this, guys. And theirs is a desktop, but it’s also a real computer.

        • Also no flash, can only run on application at a time, no Photoshop support, and only 64 GB storage.

      • I was hoping that it could be used to read comic books like an advanced color Kindle but the price and the storage don’t sound very appealing.

    • Right!! But I heard iTampon was a Trending Topic which totally makes up for the Awesome the terribleness of iPad was lacking.

    • That reminds me of the time my dad’s wife was having trouble with her asthma, and someone said her asthma would go away if she just “Didn’t eat that terrible fast food and things” GUYS, MY STEPMOM IS A VEGAN WHO EATS MOSTLY ORGANIC FOOD. If food could cure disease, she’d be fine, trust.

    • yeah, seriously. also epstein barr is a virus so diet wouldn’t really have ‘fixed’ that, come on.

  4. The Kids Are Alright will be more popular with straight audiences than LGBT audiences. The primary focus of the film is a romance between one of the two women, Jukes, and the sperm donor. The two women are meant to be shown as having no real link together while Jules and the sperm donor are sexy, hot and would be together if Jules didn’t feel so bad about hurting Nic. A big disappointment.

  5. Guys, I’m sorry, I just have a lot of feelings about Bring It On 3. IT WAS SO GOOD OHMIGOD, the original will never measure up in my eyes. Sorry KDunst. SOLANGE 4 EVA.

    • OMG, I thought I was the only one! I watch Bring It On 3 more than I’ve ever even seen the original Bring It On. 3 has Rihanna, Solange, and Hayden. All three women are beautiful and hilarious in this movie. It’s <3

  6. Just a few things:
    1) I love “pash”! They use it all the time in Australia and it’s pretty awesome.
    2) I feel like crying about Howard Zinn and need somewhere to vent, so hello Autostraddle you awesome news source you, this is a very sad day and it’s important to pause and appreciate/continue his fight against injustice.
    3) I imagine the AS team to be a bunch of geniuses so this may have already been thought of but there should be some sort of Autostraddle comment thing on the main page or under its own heading or something where people can just talk and share ideas. Like chat sorta, so if thoughts aren’t entirely relevant to the articles (see point #2) we could put em there. Yes, no, maybe?

  7. “Her dermatologist wanted to remove a potentially cancerous mole but Beals was shooting that week, and instead just cured it by taking vitamins.”

    Who is she, Chuck Norris?? Jeez. This headline could not be more true.

  8. Love Jennifer Beals, but there’s one thing about your article:

    1. If your doctor tells you that you have a potentially cancerous mole, saying that you don’t have time “because you’re shooting a movie” and that you’ll just take vitamins for isn’t smart at all….in fact it’s potentially dangerous.

    Other than that it’s obvious JB is very healthy and takes great care of herself.

  9. I think all it is said here about her is more than possible…I am the same age than her and even look younger, funny I do practice almost the same things, no alcohol, I sleep my 10 hours a day, exercise a lot swimming , kayaking,water skiing and snowboarding,eat healthy foods,meditate, , get lots of fresh air I live in the moutains and work when I want just like her! LOL People give me 33 when I am almost 50 and my body is lean no ounce of fat! I am no god I just don’t take any shit in my body not even medication in drug stores, I heal with time and herbs if sick!

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