Pop Culture Fix: It’s Always the Right Time to Remember Santana Lopez

It’s Monday and you know what that means: Pop Culture Fix time! It’s also July 3rd and you know what that means: I’m already furious about the fireworks that will terrorize my cats!

+ Beautiful: Over at LitHub, Thea Glassman wrote about Santana Lopez! (Big Songs, Big Emotions: On Glee, Santana’s Coming Out Scene, and Naya Rivera) “It’s hard to fit in every wonderful thing people told me about Naya Rivera. But I’ll try, in their words.” Truly, read this; it will make your day.

+ Good: From has been renewed for a third season (and if you missed Valerie’s review, it’s right here and so forkin’ creepy!).

+ Bad: Freeform cancelled Single Drunk Female.

+ Leslye Headland will direct Netflix’s feature film adaptation of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

+ Production is under way on a second season of lesbian drama Fragrance of the First Flower, an Asian drama series from Taiwan’s GagaOOLala.

+ The Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival is hosting a Female Trouble Retrospective, “a 20-film, century-spanning spotlight built on a French play-on-words that blurs gender and genre.” It follows last year’s wildly successful Scream Queer.

+ Alison Bechdel says The Bechdel Test was really just meant to be a little lesbian joke in the 1980s; she had no idea how widely it would resonate.

+ Queer Arab comedy Cousins explores the ties that bind.

+ Cindy White over at AV Club used Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie, No Hard Feelings, as springboard into a deep-dive on the history of women in sex comedies — ending with this summer’s forthcoming queer romp, Bottoms.

+ No surprise here! Dylan Mulvaney says Bud Light did not stand beside her amid bullying and transphobia.

+ Broadway is awash in bad pop musicals pretending to be about feminism.

+ I didn’t realize Emily St. James is writing for Yellowjackets now! That’s thrilling!

+ Jodi Balfour talks playing powerful lesbians in Ted Lasso and For All Mankind.

+ Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie queer drama Eileen gets year-end release at Neon.

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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, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. I just read the premise for Eileen and feeling a bit frustrated with high profile straight (or at least not out) actors playing parasitic or abusive older lesbians in higher profile queer cinema. Was kinda hoping that the trend of queer person as predator would die out in mainstream cinema.

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