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Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway dress in drag for Jenny Lewis' new music video

Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway dress in drag for Jenny Lewis' new music video

Read the personal and female-centric lyrics to the Beck-guesting tune

Today, Jenny Lewis' premiered the music video for her Beck-produced song "Just One of the Guys." It is silly to perfection. And it has more than just Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson in drag to unpackage.

I think of Jenny Lewis as an artist whose spent a career surrounded by dudes. She started up with in Rilo Kiley at the age 22 with all-guys, toured with the Postal Service, written and recorded music with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice as Jenny & Johnny, works in an indie rock industry that is male-dominated. In her earliest career, she was a child actress, and now she writes scores and soundtracks for film. (Though, don't discount: she also recorded and toured with ladies The Watson Twins, who helped launch her as a solo act, a wonderful ensemble.)

In a lot of industries, being "just one of the guys" holds serious social capitol as a woman. This can take a variety of forms, but I think it whittles down to having a voice and being a hang that isn't perceptively different from males around you. The stereotypes: farting, drinking whiskey, talking about hot girls, low self-maintenance, Chuck Taylors, whatever.

In Lewis' video, dressing in drag means lampooning these cliches, but also offers social commentary to what the content of her song actually speaks to: "No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys / there's a little something inside that won't let me... There's only one difference between you and me / when I look at myself all I can see / I'm just another lady without a baby."

Lewis is 38 years old. The video shows her taking a pregnancy test, she makes reference to her "ticking clock" and how "all our friends they get it on / But the girls are still staying young." Her age and her want/ability to bear children weighs on Lewis in this song, who acknowledges how "hard" she wants to be one of the guys while at the same time shrugging off the ageist tendencies of her "friends" as so-typical at best and sexist at worst. There are those outside forces and there are those inside her, as the "sister to my own sorrow."

And I don't think Lewis' selection of talent for her music video directorial debut is coincidence, either. Brie Larson, Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway (and collaborator-drummer-actress Tennessee Thomas) are fans of Lewis' work, but they can also be stand-ins for industry double standards. I think of Hathaway as ultra-feminine, and her famous tears for "Les Miserables" are recreated here as she apes as a dude. "Twilight" franchise star Kristen Stewart is an accidental celebrity in a lot of ways, and took the brunt of attacks over her romantic life's foibles. Brie Larson is a comedic and dramatic actress, who so far seems to actively avoid compromising roles that box her into one type of character or another.

So, yes, dressing them in (tacky) drag is funny on its face; it makes light what is heavy. But it's also a shot back at baby-making, "having it all" notions, topics rendered inapproachable "if I were a boy..." They're a crop of what ladies do and do not do, as the last lines of the song suggest.

Which takes it to some next-level sh*t debuting it on GQ, the self-proclaimed "authority on men." It's a deliberate choice -- a little bit of punking, a little of education, a little subtext, a little empowerment. (I find that emphasis of the article is on the "fun" of the shoot, and a light mention of how good Brie Larson looks as a bro.)

Aside from/because of/despite all that, it's a great tune to boot.

"Just One of the Guys," produced by and featuring Beck, is on Jenny Lewis' next solo album "Voyager," out on July 29.

Read the full lyrics below the video.

All our friends they get it on
But the girls are still staying young
if I get caught being rude in a conversation
with the child-bride on a summer vacation

No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys
there's a little something inside that won't let me
no matter how hard I try to have an open mind
there's a little voice inside that prevents me

And how I live you got me here
locked in this bathroom full of tears
and I have begged for you and I have borrowed
but I've been the only sister to my own sorrow

No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys
there's a little something inside that won't let me
no matter how hard I try to have an open mind
there's a little clock inside that keeps tickin'

There's only one difference between you and me
when I look at myself all I can see
I'm just another lady without a baby

No matter how hard I try to be just one of the guys
there's a little something inside that won't let me
no matter how hard I try to have an open mind
there's a little cop inside that prevents me

I'm not gonna break for you, I'm not gonna pray for you, I'm not gonna pay for you
that's not what ladies do

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<p>Cristela</p>

Cristela

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Press tour: ABC goes diverse with 'Black-ish,' 'Cristela' & more

Not just minority stars, but minority creators like Shonda Rhimes and John Ridley

"If you look at shows now that seem to lack diversity, they actually feel dated. America doesn't look like that anymore, and people want to see an America that looks like where they live."

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ABC unveils fall premiere dates

ABC unveils fall premiere dates
“Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” return Sept. 25, and “Selfie” premieres Sept. 30.

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<p>Paul Lee</p>

Paul Lee

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Press Tour: July 2014 ABC Executive Session Live-Blog

Expect Paul Lee to dodge questions and talk about the ABC Brand and whatnot

Generally one of the most elusive of TV executives when it comes to TCA press tour candor -- The CW's Mark Pedowitz is a worthy challenger -- ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee may or may not have been saved by the success of "Resurrection," which somewhat salvaged a dismal spring of replacement failures.

Now Lee and ABC are looking forward to a fall that lacks a clear presumptive hit, though presumptive hit status only did a little for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." last year. And probably "How To Get Away With Murder" has the pedigree to succeed, while "Black-ish" has the lead-in to succeed.

Click through and follow along for Lee's full discussion of why the ABC Brand is still strong and why we're overstating the network's struggles last season.

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<p>&quot;Land Ho!&quot;</p>

"Land Ho!"

Exclusive: Listen to the 80s-inspired title track from Sundance hit 'Land Ho!'

Plus: Keegan DeWitt talks inspirations, from Billy Ocean to Fine Young Cannibals

We've only recently begun dusting off the Best Original Song contenders section and filling it out with prospective players in the upcoming Oscar race (though the ranking is arbitrary for the moment). You can bet the wonderful "Lost Stars" from "Begin Again" will be a force, and I imagine Stephen Sondheim's original offerings for "Into the Woods" will be in play, too. But another song that deserves to be in the thick of it is "Land Ho!," Keegan DeWitt's title track from Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz's Sundance sensation.

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<p>&quot;24: Live Another Day&quot;</p>

"24: Live Another Day"

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TV Ratings: '24: Live Another Day' finale rises for FOX Monday

'Under the Dome' rises, 'Backpackers' and 'Seed' tank

Fast National ratings for Monday, July 14, 2014.

The season finale for FOX's limited "24: Live Another Day" rose on Monday and combined with a solid episode of "MasterChef" to help the network win primetime in all measures.

The bump for "24" made up for a very small dip for FOX's "MasterChef."

CBS' "Under the Dome" dropped in overall viewers, but rose a bit in the key demo and actually ranked as Monday's top individual show in both measures and moved back ahead of "American Ninja Warrior" among young viewers. [CBS changed the lead-in for "Dome," going with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat instead of "Mike & Molly," which almost certainly helped.]

Among other notables, The CW's "Backpackers" and "Seed" got off to weak starts, squandering the audience from a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

On to the numbers...

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'24: Live Another Day' wraps with 6.5 million viewers

“24: Live Another Day” wraps with 6.5 million viewers
The finale was up 8% from last week.


TV binge-watchers are more receptive of ads, study finds
Binging viewers are apparently more tolerant of advertising — as long as it lowers their subscription rate.


Craig Ferguson to also moderate “The Big Bang Theory” panel at Comic-Con
"My system for getting a hotel room during #SDCC2014 is becoming known,” tweeted Ferguson, who will also moderate the “Game of Thrones” panel.


“The Strain” debuts to 3 million viewers
That’s 42% better than FX’s recent premiere of “Tyrant.”


How other fired “SNL”-ers bounced back
Everybody from Sarah Silverman to Damon Wayans to Robert Downey Jr. has been fired by the NBC sketch comedy show.


Pierce Brosnan teams with Spike TV on “The Crusaders”
The event series follows two different knights who visit the Holy Land from Scotland for different reasons.


Adult Swim inks a new deal with Aaron McGruder
The cable network calls “The Boondocks” and “Black Jesus” creator "very instrumental in the success of Adult Swim.”


Creator of the fake “American Horror Story: Freak Show” teaser says “it was a total blast”
Kellen Moore, who began work on the 20-second promo in March, says "it was a total blast having the opportunity to put my stamp on a brand and television show I love and respect.”


“Gotham” will spend each week teasing The Joker
Each episode will introduce a character who may or may not be The Joker.


“Teen Beach Movie 2” cast revealed
Which of the stars will be back from the original Disney Channel movie?


Watch a “Game of Thrones” visual effects reel on the finale fight
Here’s how the snowy finale fight scene was made. PLUS: Check out a mind-blowing theory on Jon Snow’s parents.


Judge tosses lawsuit from the Kramer who inspired “Seinfeld”
Kenny Kramer had sued fellow comedian Fred Stoller, whom he accused of defaming him as a homophobe in his memoir.


“Sharknado 2” previewed with "Shark-tinis" and inflatable sharks
Critics at the press tour were treated last night to a “Sharknado 2” pool party.

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'24' seriously considered killing off Jack Bauer

“24” seriously considered killing off Jack Bauer
As exec producer Howard Gordon explains, "This has always been a show that is really about the days and the life of this man and no day is probably as intense as a person’s last day. So killing Jack was something that was intriguing to us all but it had to be done just right. And that didn’t present itself to us.” PLUS: How producers arrived at that ending, Tzi Ma says: "You couldn't ask for anything better,” “Live Another Day” was a terrific season of TV, Kiefer Sutherland deserves credit for the powerful finale, and this season played like “Jack Bauer’s Greatest Hits."


Facebook to begin tracking its users’ TV habits for Nielsen
Starting this fall, Facebook will track users who watch TV via their cellphone or tablet.


Judd Apatow tells fired “SNL”-er Brooks Wheelan he’ll have a Robert Downey Jr.-type post-"SNL" career
Downey was let go from “Saturday Night Live,” too. Wheelan’s response: "thanks man! I'm gonna take this time to formally submit myself for the Ironman reboot in 2021 and the Chaplin reboot in 2032."


Matt Lauer & Savannah Guthrie did the “Today” show this morning from Howard Stern’s studio
Matt and Savannah did a simulcast this morning from the shock jock’s couch.


Jenny McCarthy calls “The View” a “stepping stone,” reveals she’s been unhappy on the panel
McCarthy said in an interview with Howard Stern: “I’ll tell you something Howard, it’s like halfway into it, it was probably around February, I went, ‘God I’m not allowed to be the best of me here.’”


Ian Ziering helps promote Sprout’s “Sharknado” week
The channel for preschoolers is having a "Sprout-Nado” this week.


HBO developing a movie with Frank Gifford on the 1958 Giants-Colts NFL Championship game
The overtime game that put the NFL on the map is the subject of Gifford’s “The Glory Game,” which HBO has optioned.


Conan O’Brien buys a billboard to promote his cameo on “Sharktopus vs. “Pteracuda"
“I’m going to be a movie star,” says Conan.


Kate McKinnon: I got into a little bit of trouble over my “SNL” cat shelter sketch
McKinnon tells Seth Meyers she had been at a real cat shelter the week before, and was accused of doing research.


“Switched at Birth” boss explains last night’s sad episode
"I shied away for the longest time for all the obvious reasons,” says exec producer Lizzy Weiss.


Lena Dunham going on tour to promote her book
The “Not Kind of Girl” tour will include a stop in Iowa, where her “Girls” character is attending college.

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<p>Syfy&#39;s &quot;12 Monkeys&quot;</p>

Syfy's "12 Monkeys"

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Press Tour: Syfy's '12 Monkeys' isn't a cover version of Terry Gilliam's movie

Series creators discuss making their own choices on the 2015 drama

The first thing I'd tell you about Syfy's "12 Monkeys" is that it isn't Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys." 

Fortunately, that's one of the first things that the people being the new Syfy time-travel drama would tell you as well.

"I think it’s a complete sort of reimagining," co-creator Terry Matalas says at Monday's (July 14) Television Critics Association press tour panel for "12 Monkeys." "We were all very, very big fans of the original film and had a deep love and respect for that material. So when we came together with Richard and talked about this, we didn’t want to just re do what the movie does. We changed the rules in the movie. Can’t actually change time, and here you can. So everything from the top down changed, from Cole’s character to Dr. Railly’s character to some new characters, Ramse and Aaron. So the story, while it has a lot of the same themes, it’s very different."

Adds co-creator Travis Fickett, "Wouldn’t make sense to tell the same story again."

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<p>&quot;The Hundred-Foot Journey&quot;</p>

"The Hundred-Foot Journey"

Credit: DreamWorks Studios

'Hundred-Foot Journey' producer's first film finds Spielberg and Winfrey along for the ride

Juliet Blake discusses the themes that spoke to her in Richard C. Morais' novel

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — If you're going to make your first foray into producing feature films, you can do a lot worse than to have Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey by your side. That's just how things turned out for Juliet Blake, a content producer for TED Talks who has been with "The Hundred-Foot Journey" since before the book was even published.

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<p>24: Live Another Day</p>

24: Live Another Day

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Season finale review: '24: Live Another Day' - '10 p.m. - 11 a.m.'

Jack races to prevent war with China, and the series finally jumps ahead in time

"24: Live Another Day" has concluded, and I have thoughts on the finale and the season as a whole coming up just as soon as I explain that it is NOT pronounced "nucular," Mr. President...

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Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery takes a beach break in new video for 'Feelin' It'

'American Idol' winner heads for the surf in summertime ode


It feels like Scotty McCreery has grown up in front of our eyes since winning “American Idol” a few years ago. Now he’s hanging out in the beach with his buddies, enjoying the summer in his new video for “Feelin’ It.”

The summer ode is an easy, breezy track that has the great feeling of letting your cares go, but never resorts to bro country. It’s the perfect tune for the last half of summer.

McCreery shot the video in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the beautiful barrier islands that are very special to all  NC natives. Enjoy and don’t be surprised if you hear the roar of the surf and feel the sand between your toes. 

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