Welcome to your weekly pop culture fix, in which we sate our appetites for Heather Hogan’s review of The Favourite with other material related to The Favourite.
+ In a “leading ladies” actresses roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, six women — five white women and one black woman, I absolutely must add, chat on how things are changing, or not, for women in Hollywood. The Favourite, of course, comes up:
RACHEL WEISZ: The Favourite apparently took 20 years to make. Because there is lesbianism and three females at the center of it.
:GLEN CLOSE I would think people would want to see that.
KATHRYN HAHN: Delicious, right? Three women getting it on.
WEISZ: What was wrong with that 20 years ago? I don’t know what’s changed in the culture.
LADY GAGA: I don’t think it has changed.
By the way, I used Hahn’s words in the headline because they’re funny, I know she wasn’t being serious! Also by the way — I’m not sure what Lady Gaga is talking about? It remains true that films about women are very hard to get made (although believe it or not, they were making more movies about women in the ’90s than they were in the mid-to-late aughts), but we didn’t get more than one — if that — studio film with lesbian/bisexual leads per year until, literally, last year. So that, at least, has changed. But it’s still a very narrow demographic of LGBTQ women who have the chance to see themselves represented in these films.
Anyhow, more content on The Favourite:
- Everything You Need to Know About the 18th-Century World of The Favourite
- Dissecting the Real Romantic Rumors Behind The Favourite With a Queen Anne Biographer
“I’m really proud and somewhat surprised by the impact the film has had, in terms of the pride and joy and inspiration I know it’s become for the LGBTQ community. Many people have approached me to express how important this was: a love story between two women which was not about being ashamed of anything. It wasn’t about being gay or bisexual being a problem. It was a love story about souls, and that’s how I always saw it, so I’m super proud. It’s great for a work to be fun, first and foremost, but when it’s got something to say, touches people emotionally, and potentially helps the culture to evolve in terms of how minorities are seen? That’s a very powerful gift.”
+ The Guardian talks to Wanda Sykes about leaving Roseanne, Trump jokes and other important topics.
+ Starz’s P-Town has been on my radar for a while, and it looks like the show has gotten a title change (it’s Hightown now) and also has cast Monica Raymund, a bisexual Latinx actress best known for Chicago Fire, in the lead:
“I’m excited to be a part of something that is rich and complex in character and also dealing with the opioid epidemic. It’s very much deep in the world of that, which is obviously a ubiquitous problem. Also, being able to have the opportunity to play a Latina of color who is also queer. My character Jackie is trying to recover and she’s also dealing with drugs and alcohol. So there are a lot of obstacles to overcome for her. That’s what the most drastic difference is, that with Jackie […], she’s being faced with a lot of obstacles to overcome. Having an opportunity to play that out, someone who’s dealing with issues that are very personal for millions of people in the world, I take it very seriously.”
+ NBD, Broadly made you a documentary about the Magic Mike club for dominant lesbian dancers.
Brown is open about her bisexuality in “Brutally Honest.” Before she began dating Murphy, she writes, “I’d come out of a very beautiful, loving, five-year relationship with a woman (one I will never, ever discuss because she was extremely private and I will always respect that).”
+ Jackie Chan’s daughter, who is 19, has married her Canadian girlfriend, Andi Autumn, in Toronto.