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+ My friend Anna the Super Sleuthing Lesbian Journalist Genius alerted me to the fact that Booksmart star Beanie Feldman is queer in real life!
“The only love scene in the film is a queer love scene, and that’s so radical. By doing that, you’re asking that to be the norm. By showing queer sexuality, and making heterosexual people relate to it is actually really deeply meaningful… For me in my life, it is a part of who I am but it is not at all my defining feature. It doesn’t mean I don’t love my girlfriend, it’s just part of who I am. And [the character]’s the same way. To see that in Amy and how beautifully Kaitlyn plays her and how beautifully Katie [Silberman, screenwriter] and Olivia [Wilde, director] crafted her, it’s gonna change a lot of people’s lives.”
+ It would appear that Allison Williams and Logan Browning play lesbian cello rivals/axe-murderers in this new Netflix movie called The Perfection that landed on Friday. Valerie Anne is watching it right now to confirm this and will report back in the form of a full review ASAP.
— Netflix US (@netflix) May 24, 2019
+ Claws is back in a little over a week and here’s the trailer for season three!
+ Pose is also back soon! June 11! Al(aina) showed you this new trailer in the Sunday Funday and now I’m showing it to you again because it’s so good!
+ Also, Jessica Jones, which, I’ll be honest with you, every single person on our TV team forgot exists until this trailer dropped.
+ Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has joined the writers room for season two of Good Trouble. (If you missed any of last season, Natalie’s recaps were brilliant and you should check them out.)
Is the film’s portraiture of progressive attitudes among this generation too idealistic? Maybe. (There are, lest we forget, plenty of Trump teens out there.) But what Blockers suggested and Booksmart confirms is you can make a funny movie about people like this; if you set up the right situation, and have Beanie Feldstein delivering it, then “Are you judging me for dabbling in pornography? I thought you were a sex-positive feminist!” can be a huge laugh line. And even better, it might still be funny – and not embarrassing – a few years from now.
+ Regina Hall refused to do a Whitney Houston joke on Black Monday, which she talked about in a recent Hollywood Reporter roundtable with Tiffany Haddish, Jane Fonda, Natasha Lyonne, Alex Borstein, Maya Rudolph and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
+ Gentleman Jack has been renewed for a second season! (Is this my all-time favorite TV show? I think maybe yes.)