This is the Pop Culture Fix, your weekly round-up of all the queer bits and bobs of pop culture, and also a place to discuss the burning question: Which team would win at mini-golf — Root and Shaw, or Clarke and Lexa?
In the midst of all the new superhero TV last night, DC dropped a second trailer for Suicide Squad. It’s a complete tonal shift from the first one. Instead of framing it as Just Another Nolan Movie, DC has decided to frame it as Just Another Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel’s Not The Only One Who Can Have Fun, You Guys movie. It’s actually a really good trailer, better than the movie will be, probably, and your girl Cara Delevingne, who plays Enchantress, gets more screentime this time around.
Also, here are the first clips from the new Wonder Woman movie. Enjoy the footage while white men talk over it and tell you why Wonder Woman is so important to you and to women everywhere.
+ Carol may have gotten snubbed for Best Movie by the Oscars, but it sure as Belivet won every single damn trophy at the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Awards. And also its snub led to a lot of great thinkpieces about What The Hell Is Wrong With The Academy. Here’s a great one over at The Atlantic that dares people to call Carol “cold.” And another one about how Carol never wanted to be “the lesbian Brokeback Mountain.”
+ Jada Pinkett Smith is leading an Oscar’s boycott due to the show’s continued lack of diversity. BET founder, Robert L. Johnson, talked to Variety about some actionable ways the Academy can get its shit together w/r/t minorities.
+ As you know, Netflix loves you, and therefore has released: a teaser trailer for season four of Orange Is the New Black, news that Jessica Jones has been renewed for a second season, and promises of a third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt before season two even airs. Kimmy‘s coming back on April 15. Grace and Frankie is coming back on May 6. And Orange Is the New Black is coming back on June 17. So, that’s your summer planned out.
P.S. Our Lady of Most Perfect Smiles, Samira Wiley, says this season is going to be really different than every season before it.
+ Hey remember Adventure Time‘s Marceline-centric mini-series Stakes? Okay, so: 1. io9 has a really cool look at the animation behind the climactic scene of the final episode. And 2. Olivia Olson, voice of the Vampire Queen herself, talked to The Mary Sue about it.
I’ve had so many great fan experiences going to so many conventions. I’ve had girls come up to me and say I love Marceline, because she’s so proud of being different it makes me want to embrace my weirdness and not really care. It’s kind of created this fun rivalry in the fans. A lot of people are like I’m Princess Bubblegum! and other people are like I’m Marceline! And I’m like Team Marceline! Be the weirdo! Be the dark one!
+ The 100 is back tomorrow night(!) and HitFix says this season is the best because it grapples with the question: What if there are no good guys?
+ Here are three shows in pre-production that may interest you:
1. CBS’ all-new Nancy Drew (they promise Nancy Drew won’t be white).
3. Rutina Weasley (who you mostly know as Tara from True Blood) as the lead in Ava DuVernay’s new OWN show, Queen Sugar.
Queer People In The World Doing Things
+ I guess Lady Gaga and Linda Perry are feuding? All the blogs are abuzz with it. Lady Gaga has a writing credit on an Oscar-nominated song, ‘Til It Happens to You, from a documentary called The Hunting Ground about sexual assault — but Perry says Gaga didn’t write shit on that song, that it was all her and Diane Warren, and so Gaga shouldn’t have a writing credit at all. But Warren says that the song was a “special collaboration” and Gaga does deserve writing credit. Anyway, all this happened on Twitter (stars, they’re just like us!), and also Lady Gaga is releasing a new album in 2016.
+ Openly queer Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy has a new project in the works. She’s writing and producing Rachel Kushner’s remarkable novel, Telex From Cuba, for your teevee screen.