Pop Culture Fix: Ashley Benson’s Back to Getting Slashed in the Woods in “18 & Over”

Hey England, congrats to you and your footballers! What a game! What a tournament! This Pop Culture Fix isn’t nearly as exciting as UEFA European Women’s Championship, but it’s got some good stuff in it anyway!

+ Well here’s a familiar sight: Ashley Benson getting repeatedly murdered in the woods by a hooded and masked stalker. Only this time it also stars Sky Ferreira, Luis Guzman, Winnie Harlow, A$AP Nast, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson — and is being billed as a “sexy pandemic slasher.” Sometimes you poke the bear, and other times the bear pokes you, you know?

+ Harley Quinn‘s creative team says Harley and Ivy are never, ever, ever breaking up. They’re the opposite of a Taylor Swift song, okay? As long as they’re in charge of the show, that relationship is here to stay. FORRREEEVVVEEERRR.

+ I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Nichelle Nichols passed away yesterday. There is truly no way to overstate her eternal legacy, her impact on sci-fi, on television, and on pop culture as a whole. She also transformed NASA. And gave us Whoopi Goldberg, among, I’m sure, countless other beloved Black entertainers! This write-up has one of my favorite stories about her career; it’s about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. convinced her not to quit Star Trek.

Rest well, Lieutenant. May we meet again beyond the stars.

+ Krysten Ritter is your new Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black: Echoes. She’ll also serve as Executive Producer. According to the official BBC America synopsis, Echoes “follows a group of women as they weave their way into each other’s lives and embark on a thrilling journey, unravelling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal.”

+ I’ll never be over how excellent and extremely gay Mitchells vs. The Machines was, so if SlashFilm wants to do a deep dive on the formation of Katie’s queer identity here in 2022, well, I am all for it!

+ They/Them wrestles with its own queer horror identity crisis. (A reader mentioned in the last Pop Culture Fix that They/Them was so disturbing, they walked out, and they noticed other people did as well. Just a heads up!)

+ Ashley Greene on Twilight, pregnancy, and becoming a gay icon.

+ Miriam Margolyes attends her first Pride at 81.

+ Briana Scurry’s on NPR talking about the traumatic brain injury that ended her career and her new documentary, The Only

+ Lesbian wrestler Mercedes Martinez changed the sport forever.

+ Never Have I Ever season three trailer drop!

+ P-Valley is TV’s best depiction of Covid.

+ Niecy Nash has closed a first look deal with eOne. “Under the multi-year deal, Nash will develop and exec produce scripted and unscripted television content for broadcast, cable, and streaming.”

+ How Glee and Pitch Perfect paved the way for Jewish music tradition.

+ A whole new world? Disney after Don’t Say Gay.

+ Kristen Stewart’s Irma Vep appearance isn’t quite what you expect.

+ Did you know Billboard keeps a running list of best-selling Disney songs?!?! Some of the top ones are actually surprising!

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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, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. P-valley has been on my list for a while but good pandemic rep will push me over the edge to actually watch! I’m so over the half-assed or nonexistent recognition of covid on TV, it makes me so angry!!! Yes I want my escapism like everyone, but that’s what the sci fi, fantasy, historical shows, cartoons, etc. are for.

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