Pop Culture Fix: This New Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Lena Headey Movie Sure Does Not Look Straight

I honestly don’t know if zero minutes or a hundred days have passed since my last Pop Culture Fix, but here’s another one! 

+ Sweet LORD. Gunpowder Milkshake does not look straight. If this movie is straight, I AM SUING.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Sam (Karen Gillan) was only 12 years old when her mother Scarlet (Lena Headey), an elite assassin, was forced to abandon her. Sam was raised by The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for. Now, 15 years later, Sam has followed in her mother’s footsteps and grown into a fierce hit-woman. She uses her “talents” to clean up The Firm’s most dangerous messes. She’s as efficient as she is loyal.

But when a high-risk job goes wrong, Sam must choose between serving The Firm and protecting the life of an innocent 8-year-old girl – Emily (Chloe Coleman). With a target on her back, Sam has only one chance to survive: Reunite with her mother and her lethal associates: The Librarians (Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, and Carla Gugino). These three generations of women must now learn to trust each other, stand up to The Firm and their army of henchmen, and raise hell against those who could take everything from them.

+ Some more news about production starting for Gentleman Jack season two.

+ Grey’s Anatomy‘s stars say that even in these dark days, season 17 of the series will still be everything you know and love about it.

+ Every day I think, “I couldn’t be more excited for Javicia Leslie’s Batwoman” — and everyday, I am proven wrong, once again!

+ Looks like the MCU is finally going to confirm that Loki is bisexual as all heck.

+ Sarah Cooper has offered to stand in for Trump at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration.

+ I am 100% sold on and here for this.

+ You might be wondering why this is gay, and the reason is that Marty McFly is a soft butch fashion ICON  —The future tech of Back to the Future II, ranked.

+ Blue Ivy will narrate the Hair Love audiobook.

+ Fiona Shaw and the stars of Kindred talk the horrors of in-laws and gaslighting.

+ Natalie knows just what you need today and it’s this InStyle profile of Viola Davis with SO MANY PHOTOS.

+ Megan Rapinoe labels Manchester United ‘disgraceful’ after delaying investment in women’s team. (There’s also a video interview of Christian Press and Tobin Heath at this link. 😉)

+ And finally: Twitter was OUT OF CONTROL last week.

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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. Seeing Javicia Leslie bonding with her castmates and wearing the hell out of the Batsuit never gets old! I have a feeling she’s going to bring so much joy to the role, while still holding on to the grit and more serious tone of the show.

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