Pop Culture Fix: Tessa Thompson Is Heading Back to Space in Sci-Fi Thriller “Ash”

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Last night I dreamed that Natalie and I went hunting for Pokemon. We were sneaking through the tall grass and riding out bikes through the open fields. In my dream, I was like, “Natalie, you don’t even like fantasy!” And she was like, “But I love playing ball with you.” A perfect dream, and here is a perfect Pop Culture Fix.


+ Tessa Thompson is heading back to space in the sci-fi thriller Ash. She’ll PRESUMABLY be playing a human space explorer who has to interact potentially nefarious super-human beings. When she wakes up on a distant planet to find that the whole crew of her space station has been murdered, she’s got to figure out if she can rely the guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who’s been sent to rescue her. He doesn’t trust her! She doesn’t him! One of them probably will be an alien! Maybe both! According to Deadline, “the Grammy-winning musician and filmmaker Flying Lotus — otherwise known as Steven Ellison — will direct as his sophomore feature.” Whatever happens, I hope they give her a laser gun! Or a lightsaber!

+ Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney will star in the new short film Mars.

+ Black Film Archive wants to fill your streaming gaps.

+ Here’s a sneak peek at Alice and Sumi’s storyline on this week’s Good Trouble.

+ And speaking of Good Trouble, Sherry Cola will star in Randall Parks’ directorial debut.

+ Batgirl’s Ivory Aquino implores Warner Bros. Discovery to release the damn movie!!!!!!!!

+ Looking to support trans art? Check out this project created by and starring trans actors. “A playful, sexy romance-drama by trans people of colour about a trans man overcoming heartbreak”  It’s SO close to its goal!

+ Here’s how fans reacted to Married at First Sight UK’s first lesbian couple.

+ Here’s everything we know so far about Dead to Me season three.

+ The queer horror of Dracula.

+ Behind the scenes of South Korea’s first LGBTQ reality shows.

+ Barbie Ferreira will star alongside Ariana DeBose in the upcoming thriller House of Spoils.

+ Megan Thee Stallion will appear in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

+ Freeform’s new docu-reality series looks gay and Rent-y.

+ Variety’s list of worst series finales of all time might appeal to you!

+ HBO Max has renewed Harley Quinn for a fourth season.


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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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