Hollywood and the websites and blogs and magazines that keep their little antenna whirring around Hollywood have mostly been on vacation for the last two weeks but I’m still here to bring you your weekly Pop Culture Fix because a couple of ladies stood very close to each other with their faces almost touching on the cover of a major magazine just two days ago and if I don’t bring that news to you WHO WILL.
+ The trailer for HBO’s Bright Lights is here if you weren’t already at peak sadness about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
+ Reagan’s back on New Girl in an episode titled “Raisin’s Back.”
+ What’s going on here? I literally do not know. I think Ruth Negga and Natalie Portman are about to make out, though. #ContextClues
What is this big queer romance drama and can I have it now pic.twitter.com/5TEWqmUYN6
— Erin Whitney (@CinemaBite) January 3, 2017
What’s disheartening is that the celebration of these projects has to be met with caution, partly because this was a year in which America chose to elect a man who stands in direct opposition to progress. In Hollywood, too, it’s clear that white mediocrity still dominates conversations and capital—see: Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, Nocturnal Animals, etc—and that inclusion across the board remains rare. In our discussion of film and TV in 2016, among other topics, we talked about the fraudulence of The Birth of a Nation, the evolution of the Oscars So White debate, tokenism, minority and LGBT representation, and the challenges of diversity in film vs. television.
+ Did you know that Ben Affleck’s first production was a short film he directed called I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three Picture Deal at Disney? HILARIOUS. I have an idea for a movie called I Grabbed Women By The Pussy, Became Russia’s Obvious Puppet, and Now I’m The President!