Pop Culture Fix: Ali Liebert Is Making the Hallmark-y Lesbian Christmas Movie of Your Sugar Plum Dreams

Welcome, welcome to another Pop Culture Fix! 

+ “Jane [played by Bomb Girls‘ Ali Liebert] is a farmer in rural Michigan and a single lesbian mom, about to be the ‘best woman’ for her ex-husband who is planning a Christmas wedding to his new bride. They remain best friends. A woman called Sue is his wedding planner, but he doesn’t have much time to plan anything, so leaves the wedding cake tasting and everything else to Jane. And when Jane and Sue’s eyes meet, the real romance begins… Yes, there is snow, and there are copious Christmas lights, scarves, and gloves. And a super-happy, super-gay ending.” Sold? Let’s hope Netflix is too!

+ This is honestly the most exciting movie news I have seen in a very long time: Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct Viola Davis in Woman King: “The film is a historical epic inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. The story follows Nanisca (Davis), general of the all-female military unit, and her daughter Nawi, who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.” (Last we heard, Lupita Nyong’o will play Viola’s daughter.)

+ Speaking of Viola Davis.

+ Robin Thede chatted with IndieWire about her “bittersweet accomplishments” with A Black Lady Sketch Show.

+ Sarah Paulson talked to The Wrap about how her Mrs. America character was an homage to her grandmother.

+ Glee‘s cast remembers Naya Rivera. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan also released a statement about her death, saying her greatest Glee legacy was the humor and humanity she brought to Brittana.

+ The best and worst of The Chicks, according to Natalie, Martie, and Emily.

+ She-Ra showrunner Noelle Stevenson came out as non-binary on International Non-Binary People’s Day!

+ HBO Max is developing a film adaptation of Camille Perr’s When Katie Met Cassidy.

+ Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts‘ showrunners on positively portraying gay characters in all-ages animation.

+ Velma was a lesbian (but not confirmed on-screen) in Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated. Enough of that! Make it visibly gay!

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. I knew Velma was a lesbian before I had the words to articulate it — I just knew I was like her (some 45 years ago).

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