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Steven Canals on Pose, Billy Porter and the future
Live, werk, pose! Steven Canals, co-creator, executive producer, writer and director of Pose gets deep and meaningful with BL + BW, reflecting on the end of the award-winning series which has been hailed as groundbreaking for trans representation. Steven shares what it was like to be in the room when Billy Porter shared his HIV status with the cast and crew of Pose, and his view of the current TV landscape.
Also, what do we think about the news that a Hollywood feature on the Christchurch terrorist attacks is in the works? The overwhelming early reaction has been ‘too soon’.
And: our nostrils are flared, our orifices clenched at legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin’s return to CNN.
Suspension of Jeffrey Toobin: https://www.vice.com/en/article/epdgm4/new-yorker-suspends-jeffrey-toobin-for-zoom-dick-incident
Pose series finale recap: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/pose-series-finale-recap-billy-porter-fx-1234989297/
They Are Us film makers defend motives :https://deadline.com/2021/06/they-are-us-new-zealand-muslim-tragedy-producers-defend-motives-jacinda-ardern-rose-byrne-1234775194/
Rose Byrne to play Prime Minister Jacinta Arden in They Are US: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/rose-byrne-jacinda-ardern-andrew-niccol-cannes-they-are-us-new-zealand-mosque-shooting-1234965908/
Mohamed Hassan's response on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mohamedwashere/status/1403108587740798982?s=20
Petition calling for shut down of They are us: https://www.change.org/p/filmnation-entertainment-shut-down-they-are-us-movie-which-side-lines-victims-of-the-march-15th-terrorist-attack?recruiter=1210874702&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=402d83f0-cba1-11eb-a45a-3d4cec3f6e2a
Brian Moylan’s Real Housewives tell all
“Everything Housewives becomes Housewives” is the mantra of Real Housewives recapper, scholar and journalist Brian Moylan. Brian’s New York Times bestselling book, The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives is drenched with detail. It answers fans’ burning questions and charts the rise of the Bravo television franchise. Brian joins BL + BW for an extended chat about table flipping, boat rides from hell and who pays for the trips?
OK, see you: Kim’s Convenience cast members Simu Liu and Jean Yoon have gone public with allegations of systemic dysfunction behind the scenes of the hit sitcom. How does this affect our viewing of the beloved show?
Also, Lorde’s solar-powered bum is giving us life this winter and BL meditates on Mad as Hell’s full frontal nudity.
The one about the Friends reunion
In the highly anticipated Friends reunion, the original cast gets together for just the second time since the hit sitcom ended in 2004. They were on a break! BW reflects on the seemingly random assortment of celebrity cameos who dropped in to talk about how much they loved Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Joey, and what, if anything, we learned from the whole episode.
Spoiler warning. The Mare of Easttown finale left us feeling devastated, satiated, hollowed out, pensive, wishing for more Mare! BL + BW take their final opportunity to talk Mare, cheesesteaks, Guy Pearce and murder durdur.
Pallavi Sharda left Australia for Bollywood to chase acting opportunities she couldn’t find at home. Now she’s back in front of Australian audiences, most recently in ABC’s Retrograde and the Audible podcast Slushy. BL talks to Pallavi about her career path and what’s next.
Also, yes we do talk about the Channel 9 snowstorm, er, Covid vaccine ad.
Singapore COVID-19 vaccine ad: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-03/singapore-government-releases-campaign-ad-to-promote-vaccine/13327404
Friends reunion: https://binge.com.au/shows/show-friends-the-reunion!10539
Pallavi Sharda: https://www.instagram.com/pallavisharda/
Slushy podcast: https://www.audible.com.au/pd/Slushy-Audiobook/B093R3GVVP
NYT Kate Winslet profile: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/style/mare-of-easttown-kate-winslet.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes
Come on, Drag Race!
Malcolm Spellman, showrunner and head writer of the MCU’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier talks to BW about his approach to infusing contemporary politics into the superhero TV series.
BW + BL read the entrails of Drag Race Down Under’s latest expulsions and surprise returns.
No Mare of Easttown debrief this week, but BL + BW talk through Andrew Yang on Ziwe, the joy of Art Works on ABC TV Plus, and the third season of Master of None.
Ziwe with Andrew Yang: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV67dJGXACQ
The Guardian review of Friends Reunion: https://twitter.com/AndrewYang/status/1391897869137887234?s=20
Junkee outlines Drag Race Down under episode 4- Art Simone returns: https://junkee.com/rupauls-drag-race-down-under-s1e4-recap/295724
The Linda Lindas performing Racist, Sexist Boy live at the Los Angeles Public Library: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CPExF-YrYl5/
Montaigne’s in Technicolour at Eurovision
Montaigne talks about working through the disappointment of the cancelled 2020 Eurovision Song Contest to come through with a new song, Technicolour, for the 2021 competition, and the process of competing via video from Australia.
Happy 20th, Shrek, it’s time to celebrate millennial culture. Hannah Reich mounts an impassioned defense of the Academy Award-winning film in the face of unappreciative critics.
Finally, BL reviews Underground Railway, the 10-part Barry Jenkins-directed adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel, and *spoiler alert* we pour out a Rolling Rock for Det. Colin Zabel, now resting in the big wawa in the sky.
Montaigne's Eurovision performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX_y759_F_U
Mare of Easttown explainer: www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-20/mare-of-easttown-kate-winslet-tv-miniseries/100145988
Kate Winslet talks wawa, gobbler hogies and : recycling with Guy Pearce: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2lTpXcMABmZkeatdNz23aJ?si=X_Gkx1E4QzORUUzGzIV8oA&nd=1
Angourie Rice on the Screen Show: www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-screen-show/angourie-rice,-pablo-larrain,-alice-rohrwacher/13340690
The Underground Railroad: www.primevideo.com/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.f2bbc210-d908-9560-2a0c-2d8a527c2020?ref_=dvm_pds_tit_au_dc_s_g%7Cm_DGDjjO4Wc_c521246635845
ABC Top 5 Residency: www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/top5/
Kate Winslet is a Philly 40 in Mare of Easttown
Cheesesteaks, vaping, wawa coffee and a Philly 40. Kate Winslet as gritty, grizzled, hard bitten grandma detective Mare Sheehan is out to solve a murder durdur, while juggling many commitments including a fling with hot Guy, Pearce.
BL demonstrates his encyclopedic knowledge of RuPaul’s Drag Race queens AND hear from very special guest, Michelle Visage, RuPaul’s ride or die, and currently judging Drag Race Down Under.
Let’s get loud because Bennifer is rebooting and BW is feelin’ so good. Love don’t cost a thing and we’re all wondering if Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck will go the distance this time around.
Also, whomst is cheugy?
Gwyneth Paltrow on Smartless podcast: https://smartless.simplecast.com/episodes/gwyneth-paltrow
Explainer on all things Drag Race Down Under: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-01/rupaul-s-drag-race-down-under-drag-queen-reality-tv/100091256
Kate Winslet on Mare of Easttown and Mildred Pierce: https://www.indiewire.com/2021/05/kate-winslet-hbo-mildred-pierce-producer-mare-sheehan-interview-1234634521/
Are you cheugy? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/style/cheugy.html