Welcome to your weekly pop culture fix, featuring important news from the last week in pop culture. Surprise!
+ It was announced last week that Alexis Bledel will be playing a subversive and dangerous lesbian in Hulu’s much-anticipated adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. You can read about this and so many other lesbian and bisexual characters in the 2017 Winter TV Preview I published this morning. GLAAD says Samira Wiley is ALSO planning a lesbian so actual dreams will be coming true.
As a queer person working in mainstream entertainment, do you have other reservations, or hopes, about portraying queerness on TV?
My hope is that people, especially young people, have something to look at that makes them feel okay. As a teenager, I googled, “Am I a lesbian?” and “Am I a psychopath?” in the same day. If I had any context for lesbians, I might have known I wasn’t fundamentally broken. My other hope is that it normalizes queerness for people, but that’s my reservation too. I have a fear that instead of queer culture widening the scope of the mainstream, the mainstream will narrow the individuality of queer culture.
+ ‘Moonlight’ was named Best Picture by National Society of Film Critics but Guy Lodge of The Guardian wonders if Moonlight shows that gay cinema has to be sexless to succeed.
+ Lesbian film The Handmaiden leads in nominations for the Asian Film Awards.
+ Indiewire is getting stoked for Sundance 2017 with a list of the films they’re looking forward to. Pretty much all of them look fantastic. Highlights relevant to your interests include:
- Horror anthology “XX” is made entirely by women, including Annie Clark
- Marti Noxon of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “UnReal” tells the story of a young anorexic doing “out of the box healing” in “To the Bone”
- “Noviate” looks at America’s postwar relationship with religion from inside a convent, featuring actresses like Melissa Leo and Dianna Agron.
- A documentary about the Gawker saga: “Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press”
- Strong Island, a documentary from William Ford about the murder of his brother, Yance, who was shot by a 19-year-old white mechanic who claimed self defense against Yance, who was black and unarmed.
- Dee Rees of Pariah and Bessie is getting lots of buzz for “Mudbound,” an epic period drama set in the post-WWII South.
+ The story of the 1964 murder of lesbian Kitty Genovese was the subject of a documentary film, “The Witness,” last year. Today is was announced that lesbian producer Christine Vachon’s production company Killer Films is heading up a narrative adaptation of the documentary.
+ “I Am Not Your Negro” Should Be Required Viewing For All Americans: On the James Baldwin documentary.
+ Lovesong stars Riley Keough as Sarah, who is dissatisfied by her husband and heads off on an impromptu road trip with her buddy Mindy, played by Jena Malone. Eventually, sexual tension builds and queer shit goes down, and it’ll hit theaters February 17th.
+ Syd the Kid dropped a new single called “All About Me.”