Pop Culture Fix: Kristen Stewart’s Charlie’s Angels Are Here, Surely One Is Queer

It’s Wednesday; you’re fixin’ to get pop cultured!

+ Kristen Stewart’s new Charlie’s Angels, a thing I have refused to believe is real until someone provided photographic evidence, has made a strong case for its existence this week by releasing some stills. According to Entertainment Weekly, “[Charlie’s] expanded roster includes the crew at the center of Elizabeth Banks’ story: Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart), the hard-partying, highly skilled wild card; Jane Kano (Ella Balinska), the ex-MI6 muscle of the group; and Elena Houghlin (Aladdin’s Naomi Scott), the MIT-trained scientist who, Banks says, serves as ‘the heart of the movie.'” Also if Kristen Stewart isn’t gay in this film WHAT’S THE POINT.

+ The Guardian is curious why Coronation Street keeps exploding its lesbians.

+ Rafiki hits theaters this weekend in the United States for the first time! Here’s an excellent interview with director Wanuri Kahiu.

+ You know GBBO‘s Prue Leith? She writes an epic novel series about chefs, I guess? Well, her next book has lesbian sex in it and apparently she chatted up Sandi Toksvig’s wife for some pointers on writing about it. (I need to warn you: If you click on that link, about 25 autoplay videos of Paul Hollywood are going to start blaring at you. Maybe he even reaches through the screen and tries to give you a handshake if you leave the tab open long enough, I don’t know, but I wouldn’t risk it.)

+ Kate McKinnon will star and executive produce the new Hulu series The Dropout, about the life of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

+ Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights just keeps getting better and better. This week: Stephanie Beatriz is Carla!

+ DERRY GIRLS IS COMING BACK FOR SERIES THREE. (Also thank you to Natalie for this deep investigation into what happened to Michelle’s mam’s big bowl.)

+ Shay Mitchell is joining Hulu’s Dollface and 100% of our TV team agrees this means her character will be gay.

+ Paula Pell plays a lesbian in Netflix’s new SNL lady-helmed comedy, Wine Country.

+ Jeffrey Tambor’s getting killed off the final season of Transparent I guess. 

+ IDW is feeling more and more confident about season four of Wynonna Earp.

+ Sony Pictures Television Studios’ Jeff Frost said he feels “reasonably confident” they’ll find a new home for One Day at a Time!

+ Shrill’s coming back for a second season.

+ Lena Waithe’s queer girl comedy, Twenties, is coming to BET.

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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. New Charlie’s Angels sounds like it might actually be good???

    But personally, it will never be gayer than when bitty me became obsessed with a fairly subpar trilogy of films because of Lucy Liu.

  2. Thank you for the link about the big bowl! It was bothering me as much Ma Mary not learning the identity of Keyser Soze.

  3. I mean, this is the biggest stretch in the history of stretching, but KStew’s character is called Sabina, and her name in that amazing(ly gay) SNL Totinos commercial is Sabine, sooooooooooooooooo

    • In the movie version of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, isn’t the character named Sabina bisexual? Or Tereza is infatuated with Sabina? Maybe (huge speculation) GayStew was/is influenced by her. I haven’t seen it in about 20 years so I can’t remember for sure. I do know that Sabina read as mighty queer to tiny teenage me back then. All that business with the bowler hat…

  4. I finally watched Derry Girls yesterday, after putting it on my list based on Heather’s review, and I legit cried laughing at the end of the first episode. So good! Excited that there will be more seasons.

  5. I read “Jane Kano (Ella Balinska), the ex-MI6 muscle of the group”….and then I looked at the photo and was disappointed that Ms. Balinska biceps, triceps, traps,nor delts are ripped. Do I just want too much?

  6. They can’t make Kristen Stewart straight with that look. If they try I will fight Charlie myself.

  7. I made the mistake of reading the comments on that EW article about Charlie’s Angels and now I need a shower pls

  8. I like the cast of Wine Country as I grew up watching most of them on SNL. The only person it seems like missing would have been Molly Shannon(who is very good in the Other Two).

    • Yes! WC looks fab but Molly Shannon would’ve made it better. She is in a film with similar themes: Fun Mom Dinner, which wasn’t as funny as I’d hoped, but still pretty good.

  9. YAY Stephanie Beatriz! I’m so glad that movie is happening!

    and lol Prue Leith, thanks for the warning about the link, Heather. :)

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