Pop Culture Fix: Sarah Paulson and Sandra Bullock Are Reuniting to Freak You Out on Netflix

Welcome to your weekly pop culture fix, a sugary snack to get you through your afternoon lull. 

+ Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson are reuniting for a new Netflix thriller called Bird Box, which sadly looks 100 percent more terrifying and 100 percent less gay than Ocean’s 8. The film is directed by Susanne Bier, who is the first woman to win an Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, and European Film Award. Still, though, she could not keep these two clowns under control! “Like between takes, they were talking one time and I was like, ‘Hey girls, I’m actually trying to direct you!’” she told People, with a laugh. Here’s the trailer! It’s spooky!

+ You thought you were done with Nanette thinkpieces, didn’t you? Well, you were wrong!

+ Did you know that Janis is canonically queer in the Broadway version of Mean Girls. It’s true, Valerie Anne told me so. Here is Barrett Wilbert Weed performing Janis’ anthem, “I’d Rather Be Me.”

+ I dare you not to click on this Vulture article that features the following sentence: “Zanaughtti, serving dark magic realness in a goth corset and Hogwarts-chic glasses, also snatched the prize for ‘Baddest Boss Bitch’ at the first-ever Family Awards and Lesbian Ball, a celebration of New York’s queer underground.”

+ Natalie, who somehow manages to watch every single TV show with queer characters on every plane of the space-time continuum on this entire earth, says the Australian show Sisters is not very good, but that there is a lesbian storyline. An American adaptation is maybe coming to Fox.

+ Station 19 got a full season pickup.

+ S.W.A.T. has cast Claire Coffee as a love interest for Chris in what is apparently going to be a bi/poly storyline.


+ Also from Natalie re: Viola: Here’s another wonderful interview with her ahead of Widows! (I was casually searching Twitter for “viola biceps” yesterday and I heard from some critics that they are on full and glorious display in the action sequences in this movie!)


+ This is an interview with Pam Grier! About The L Word! In 2018!

+ There was a Bad Girls reunion last weekend and would you please get a load of these two fictional lovebirds SMOOCHING ON THEIR FICTIONAL LESBIAN MOUTHS!

+ Enjoy this Marvelous Mrs. Maisel trailer and news of the season two premiere date (December 5th).

+ Atypical‘s coming back for season three! Feels like it’s gonna be real gay, after that season two ending!

+ Tracy Chapman is suing Nicki Minaj? I am mostly telling you this so I can link to this Jezebel piece that checks more Tracy Chapman ’80s lyrics than I could have imagined would fit into one 300-word blurb.

+ And finally, the most important pop culture news of the week: Salem the cat walked the red carpet at The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premiere.

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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. even though apparently salem won’t talk in the chilling adventures of sabrina, he certainly does a nice walk!!

  2. I love Sisters. Zindzi Okenyo who plays the love interest is a musician IRL under the name Okenyo. All manner of queer themes. She is amazing.

  3. I am STOKED to see Sandra Bullock in a horror flick. Bummed that the release date is in December though because this would have made a great addition to my October Horrorthon. Honestly, it’s such an odd time to release a horror movie but it’s Sandra Bullock AND Sarah Paulson so I’ll make an exception and squeeze this in, in between all those overly sweet, sometimes ridiculously sad but also sometimes eye-rollingly cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies (past and upcoming) I’m going to binge on obsessively and without shame.

    • ME TOO and I don’t know why Heather didn’t lead with that in the blurb, I would have clicked on the article way faster

  4. barrett wilbert weed has found her niche: characters that shoulda been queer in the original movies but got gayer for the musical version

  5. Glad we have that baffler Nanette piece to fulfill the rarely seen “backlash to the backlash-to-the-backlash” category of hellishly circular culture criticism

  6. I watched the first half season of Atypical a year ago and I’ve been meaning to get back on it, learning that queer content awaits might be what I needed to finally give it a go.

  7. Please note the restraint: I have refrained from doing this post in ALL CAPS. Only just.

    Simone Lahbib and Mandana Jones SMOOCHING?!?!?! OMFG I AM DEAD DEAD.

    Literally the only reason I watched Bad Girls was their romance (and Simone’s accent).

    I’ve noticed that my interest in a show is in pretty direct proportion to their quotient of queer characters. Bad Girls was there way way way before OITNB. AND they got a happily-ever-after.

    I just wish I could find the bloody video that pic was grabbed from!

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