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+ Your girlfriend Kate McKinnon is finally getting her very own movie. She will, of course, be playing a witch. A Lunch Witch. Per Deadline:
It will be intriguing to see what she does with The Lunch Witch, as Grunhilda. For generations and generations, the women in her family have stirred up trouble in a big, black pot. Grunhilda inherits her famous ancestors’ recipes and cauldron, but no one believes in magic anymore. Since her only useful skill is cooking up potfuls of foul brew, she finds herself uniquely qualified to hire on as school lunch lady. Grunhilda delights in scaring the kids until she meets a timid little girl named Madison with a big set of glasses who becomes an unlikely friend. Madison needs help at school and at home, but helping people goes against everything Grunhilda’s believes in as a witch. Will she stir up trouble with her brood?
+ Desert Hearts sure is getting a sequel. NBC Out spoke with Donna Deitch when the film screened last Friday at the MoMA. She opened up about the unusual way she funded and advertised for her first groundbreaking lesbian film. It’s bananas and so inspiring:
In 1986, a bad review from The New York Times was a death sentence for a small indie film with relatively unknown stars, according to Deitch. So the lesbian director again took matters into her own hands with an unorthodox solution: She made leaflets advertising the film and walked around the city with her brother, handing them out to people waiting on lines outside of movie theaters.
+ Kristen Stewart made a short film called Come Swim. St. Vincent scored that film.
+ Elizabeth Banks has optioned Lindy West’s book, Shrill, for television.
+ Tumblr knows your life. They have released their 2016 Fandometrics year in review and I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear it’s basically the gayest lists in history. Biggest ship? Clexa. Biggest animated TV show? Steven Universe. Top actress? Alycia Debnam-Carey (Lexa). Most discussed social issues:
2. Black Lives Matter
3. Police brutality
10. Reproductive rights
+ I love The Weather Channel starting a feud with Breitbart, I really do.
+ Masters of Sex is done. We’ll never know what happened to Betty or her baby or the ghost of her dead beloved Helen. I’ll get Stef to make up an ending for you.
+ If all you want for Christmas is a Sense8 Christmas special, you are in luck!
Queer Humans, Out and About
+ Gaby Dunn’s Bad With Money podcast made NYT’s best of 2016 list.
+ Caity Weaver, who has written some of the best profiles and blog posts the world has ever seen, interviewed Sarah Paulson for GQ. It’s pretty great.