Pop Culture Fix: Ellen Page Is Making a Video Game Comedy, Hoo Hoo! Just What I Needed!

Here’s a Pop Culture Fix if you’re capable of doing anything besides doom-scrolling Twitter right now! 

+ Ellen Page will star alongside Paris Berlec in a new “gaming comedy” called 1Up from BuzzFeed Studios (which will be BuzzFeed’s first feature film).

Berelc will portray a gamer who quits her college esports team due to sexism from her male counterparts. To keep her scholarship, she’s forced to assemble an all-female team and enlists the help of a coach — portrayed by Page — who has a gaming scandal in her past.

+ Lizzo’s “fly on Mike Pence’s head” costume is the only one we’ll be needing this year, thanks.

+ Kate McKinnon brings back her Hillary Clinton for SNL‘s Halloween episode.

+ Lana Parilla is joining Why Women Kill.

+ Shondaland has arrived on Netflix!

+ Lily Singh and Peter Dinklage will voice Hitpig and Pickles in the new animated film Hitpig. Hannah Gadsby will voice a supporting character.

+ This made me feel a teensy bit optimistic for some reason: The Connors falls to an all-time ratings low with its 2020 election episode. (Sorry, Sara Gilbert.)

+ Robyn, Queer Clubbing, the xx, and 6 More Influences on Romy’s Debut Solo Music.

+ 25 feel-good films you’ll want to watch again and again.

+ Garnet’s the star of Cartoon Network’s new anti-racism PSAs.

+ June Thomas chatted with Jane Lynch over at Slate about how she strikes “the perfect level of mean” with her characters and also on The Weakest Link.

+ Sandra Oh and Awkwafina will play sisters in a Will Ferrell-produced Netflix comedy about getting on a game show.

+ Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba on how far Hollywood hasn’t come.

+ The Haunting of Bly Manor guide to every single jump scare and creepy moment.

+ Gillian Anderson is FREAKING ME OUT in this The Crown trailer.

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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 can’t believe ellen page gets to play the ole Scandalized Coach trope but with video games that’s so fucking gay I’m so happy for her 😭😭😭

    • I am also happy for Ellen Page, but the women her character is based on, Zoe Quinn, was neither informed nor asked about this film, so mixed feelings there.

  2. Heather!! Thank you for this Bly Manir guide, it’s exactly what I needed to enjoy watching without feeling Level 10 anxiety the whole time 💕

  3. Regarding Bridgerton, while it’s nice to see more actors of color get roles with the free reins Shonda Rhimes properly has she could have given us actual stories about people of color instead of following this trend of casting POC as white people/characters to make us like them more. Well, maybe she can pull it off, will definitely give it a shot.
    Another thing I noticed is that I only saw a scene of two men making out, no sign of any queer ladies as far as I saw.

    After Why Women Kill Season 1 pulled a Purge on us I will not be watching Season 2.

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