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First Name Ellen, Last Name Greatest
Do you ever wonder if Ellen DeGeneres has a Time-Turner? I mean, obviously she doesn’t or she’d be able to zip on back to 1997 and tell herself not even to worry about the coming out backlash because one day she would grow up to host the most popular daytime TV show ever and win a thousand Emmys and be married to her soul’s true match and be America’s best friend and also like a bazillionaire, probably. I’m only asking about the Time-Turner because how does she do so much? This year, alone, she did her talk show, released multiple clothing lines, published a book, and I honestly can’t even remember what else. Flipped a dozen houses. Built a rocketship to gay colonize Mars. And she’s not done yet: The first Finding Dory trailer is here! (And I’m crying already.)
She also fixed the Starbucks Christmas’ cups (aka “Satan Sipper”) controversy with a new invention called HolidayVision.
+ I got my heart broken to the max this week when I thought Vulture was telling me Mindy Kaling is writing a new lesbian buddy comedy. Sadly, what they were really telling me was The Mindy Project‘s Ed Weeks is writing a new TV show about “a co-dependent relationship between a lesbian lothario and her cautious, straight male best friend.” Feels a lot like One Big Happy, right? I prefer my imaginary Mindy Kaling scenario.
+ The first trailer for Transparent‘s second season is here. It returns to Amazon on December 11th.
+ And also the new trailer for Jessica Jones. You know it lands on Netflix the same as Carol comes to theaters, right? If this is the future, I’m feeling just fine.
+ Ryan Murphy gets to keep making TV for reasons I will never understand.
+ I wasted too much time this weekend talking about fucking Donald Trump and now it is my goal to never engage in a conversation about him for the rest of eternity. If you want to watch Cecily Strong play Rachel Maddow on this weekend’s SNL cold open and Kate McKinnon reprise her Hillary Clinton, though, here you go.
+ Here’s a weird thing: Freeheld director Ron Nyswaner told a crowd at the Vanguard Awards that the movie was “de-gayed” and he wasn’t happy about it.
One of my recent gay-themed projects had a lot of potential. But the producers became fearful. The gay characters were idealized. Their edges were smoothed out. The conflict between them was softened. Over my vigorous objections, by the way, for the record. [The main characters were] turned into Lesbians with lower-case ‘l.'”
+ Ruby Rose and Draco Malfoy are teaming up for a cartoon movie about wolves written by the guy who did Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. (Best sentence ever written, probably.)
Queer Ladies Doin’ It For Themselves
+ Many of your favs attended the Glamour Awards this week: The entire USWNT, Billie Jean King in some fly specs, Caitlyn Jenner, and lots more. This is a nice gallery of the ladies.
+ Patricia Velasquez talked to The Mary Sue about coming out and also her new movie Liz In September, a film I liked but did not love because of (SPOILER ALERT!) another lesbian movie with a doom-and-gloom ending.
+ I don’t know what section to stick this in. President Obama is on the cover of the Out 100. Hopefully Riese’s prediction comes true next year.