Pop Culture Fix: Evan Rachel Wood’s Madonna Is a Hit With Weird Al Fans at TIFF

I have decided to make the annual switch from iced coffee to hot coffee, even though it’s less gay, because I’m trying to coax fall into really getting here. In the meantime, I made you a Pop Culture Fix while wearing a hoodie and sitting directly in front of the air conditioner.


+ Danielle Radcliffe’s Weird Al biopic apparently received nonstop cheers and laughter at the Toronto International Film festival, which is of interest to this Pop Culture Fix because Evan Rachel Wood plays Madonna “on a lot of cocaine” in it. Wood told reporters at TIFF: “She’s very conniving and completely just using Weird Al, and everything she does is a pathological lie to get ahead in her career. So it was basically taking the genius that is Madonna and turning her into a sociopath that ends up running a drug cartel.” Okay then! The reviews have actually been pretty great for this thing, with IndieWire calling Wood’s performance “a fun gum-snapping vixen role” and Radcliffe saying she gave “a thousand percent” and was “fucking game” for anything. Am I going to have to watch it now?

+ Something gay’s gonna happen on Disney+’s Big Shot this season!

+ 66 thoughts Emma Specter had rewatching The Kids Are All Right.

+ Beanie Feldstein signs on for Ethan Coen’s new solo project. Related-ish: A complete timeline of the Lea Michele-Beanie Feldstein-Funny Girl casting controversy.

+ The six best podcasts for queer gamers.

+ Prime Video has cancelled Paper Girls FOR NO REASON.

+ Queen Sugar is the most luxurious show on television.

+ Queer Christian artist Semler wants to attend the Dove Awards as somebody’s plus-one.

+ EORTV’s web series I Love Us 2 will show the first lesbian wedding sequence on-screen in India.

+ It’s winter at Essex in first-look photos from Sex Lives of College Girls season two.

+ Sara Quin is so excited to be a parent!

+ Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe defined the concept of a gay sports power couple.

+ I spy Janelle Monae finally in the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery teaser trailer.

+ Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin will be back for a second season, hopefully with ONE HUNDRED PERCENT LESS FUCKING EZRIA.

+ Looks like Ginger Gonzaga and Tatiana Maslany improvised that “hetero life is grim” line in She-Hulk last week??? Gonzaga says her character is bisexual, though!

+ Los Espookys’ cast dish on an even spookier and queerer season two.

+ Meet the queer voices taking the Canadian Country Music Awards by storm.

+ Tender mercies: Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for one more season only.


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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter, and Instagram.

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6 Comments

  1. Upset about the Paper Girls cancelation. It was such a nice show and all 4 main protagonists were wonderful on their own and especially with each other.
    Plus, it had a cliffhanger. I wanted to see more of that world.

  2. I am so bummed about Paper Girls being cancelled! It is such a cute, fun show. I just told my wife and she said “Of course they’d cancel a show about girls.” Gawd, if there wasn’t more of a reason to hate Amazon.

  3. ‘Big Shot’ is way too heterosexual for a show about women’s basketball.

    Horribly disappointed to see that ‘Paper Girls’ was cancelled, I was so looking forward to watching KJ and Mac’s relationship develop further. The studio behind the show is apparently shopping it but I’m not optimistic.

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