Autostraddle’s Pop Culture Fix is a weekly round-up of the queer arts and entertainment news you need in your life.
New York Comic Con
This year was my first NYCC (and also maybe my last because I contracted what I think might be the actual plague there), and I was very pleased with the queer pop culture news that came out of the weekend.
+ Person of Interest is really, truly going there with Root and Shaw in the final season. This is a huge deal! With the singular exception of Santana and Brittany on Glee, no TV show has decided to explore a romantic storyline with two established female characters who accidentally have sizzling chemistry. It happens all the time with male/female pairings when TV writers stumble onto that rare on-screen spark they didn’t anticipate, but for female/female pairings, we get the Rizzoli & Isles treatment.
During the POI panel, Sarah Shahi said:
It’s incredibly important for [the LGBT community] to have role models—to have someone on TV they can empathize and emulate and find strength in. I’m so happy to work with this lovely lady, and I want to thank [the writers] for the storytelling. It has been one of the most fulfilling things, to be a voice I feel is underrepresented.
The future is now.
+ Netflix screened the first episode of Jessica Jones and it was even better than I imagined! Carrie-Anne Moss does, indeed, play a gender-flipped Jeryn Hogarth. She has a girlfriend. Also, she has a mistress. Also, the pilot hints very strongly that Jessica Jones herself is bisexual and was, at one time, in a relationship with Trish Walker. And look at what Moss told Entertainment Weekly about Hogarth’s relationship with Jones:
“They’re not friends but they need each other,” Moss said of Hogarth’s relationship with Jessica Jones during an interview with EW. “They come to each other in these scenes, and there’s a lot of back and forth and bad flirtation at times, in life. They’re funny together and can’t stand each other. It’s interesting.”
The series lands on November 20th!
+ The Pretty Little Liars panel at NYCC was interesting. For starters, someone dressed like Red Coat shoved me out of the way to get my seat. But that wasn’t even the most Rosewood role play of the day. No, the most Rosewood role play of the day came when the 50-year-old men in the crowd started screaming at the Liars to love them and marry them, even though they’re all half those guys’ ages.
Here are the first four minutes of the season 6B premiere; it screened at the panel.
Y’all know I have loved this show and have a lot of affection for so many of the people who make it, but I don’t have a great feeling about what’s coming.
+ Laneia mentioned this in Monday’s AAA, but it bears repeating: Cartoon Network is planning an eight-part Adventure Time mini-series focusing on Marceline the (Queer) Vampire Queen!
+ It feels like this rebooted female-led version of Paradise Island has to include a couple of lesbians, right?
+ Dope is out on Blu Ray, DVD, and VOD today. It’s one of my favorite movies of the year, in large part because it features one of the most refreshing lesbian characters in film.
+ The trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is so much better than it has a right to be!
+ This is a really good interview with Ellen Page. Here is an excerpt:
To experience being in love and get to live my life, hold my partner’s hand, bring her to the premiere of the film, go down the red carpet — it’s all these firsts in my life. I’m like, “This is the first time I’m in an out relationship in an airplane!” That might sound so insignificant to a lot of people, but probably not to a lot of people in the LGBT community because they would understand. I can’t tell you how special it is. It’s really extraordinary, and I feel really lucky.
+ Hey, you can read an excerpt from Carrie Brownstein’s new book, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir, in The New Yorker. It’s about her father coming out as gay and it is some gorgeous prose.