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Among the stream of television show cancellations, fans of the sci-fi show The Expanse were heartbroken to hear the show would not be getting a fourth season on SYFY. Despite the fact that the show had incredible reviews, the decision was said to be linked to difficulty getting the live-TV ratings SYFY wanted.

The dedicated fan base, however, didn’t want to give up on the exciting, diverse, and vast world The Expanse created, even hiring a plane with a banner reading “SAVE THE EXPANSE”.  These campaigns, as we’ve seen, can be incredibly effective. The clearest example is Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was similarly cancelled, but found a new home at NBC. Now, news has come out that Amazon could be reviving the sci-fi favorite.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the studio is “near a deal to revive the space drama” which is one of CEO Jeff Bezos’ “favorite properties”. Reportedly, Bezos, a fan of James S.A.  Corey story, was “livid that the TV series went to the NBCUniversal-owned [SYFY]. The move is said to have ignited Bezos’ demand that Amazon Studios brass find the company’s version of Game of Thrones.

In the meantime, The Expanse writers encourage fans...

Ava DuVernay appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, her first interview since jurying the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (the first black female director to do so!). The Selma director gushed about watching the films, with a special appreciation for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, which took home the Grand Prix.

The two also discussed Queen Sugar, the show DuVernay created with Oprah based on Natalie Baszile’s books. Specifically, Meyers brings up the character Ralph Angel, a character on Queen Sugar played by Kofi Siriboe who’s a formerly incarcerated single father. “It was so important to have a character in mainstream American television who’s formerly incarcerated,” says DuVernay, “so you can really see what we as Americans do to people who were formerly incarcerated.” The director’s Academy Award-nominated documentary 13th examined the ways the mass incarceration of African American in the United States and the history of the American prison-industrial complex. Her powerful efforts towards prison reform continue in the depth of Ralph Angel on Queen Sugar. She continues:

“You’ve paid your time yet you go out, you still can’t vote, can’t get a job, can’t get a student loan, can’t get public assistance, can’t even reach out to other people who might be in prison. Literally, you can’t even write a letter to another person who might be incarcerated—the rules are so horrible. We really need to change things, so to do that through our story Queen Sugar, to share with people what life is like is a big part of our goal for the...

Barack and Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix. They’re reportedly be putting out a mix of scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features and I can’t wait to see what kind of content they choose to put their names behind. In a statement, Michelle said, “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others. Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

This is a super exciting deal, but there’s one aspect in particular that has Twitter extra fired up. It may be petty, but given Trump’s obsession with ratings, the idea of the Obamas beating him to an Emmy is a pretty delicious concept. (via THR)

It’s hard when someone you care about has done something wrong. No one wants to believe or think too hard about someone they know and love doing something terrible. I understand that. But wanting something to not be true doesn’t make it untrue. In a recent moderated discussion, Retta talked about her friend and former co-star, Aziz Ansari, and didn’t seem to understand what the big deal was. Let me see if I can explain.

At the Vulture Festival Retta gave a talk titled “An Afternoon with Retta,” during which she spoke with Vulture’s Alex Jung about things like her new NBC show, Good Girls, as well as her new book, So Close to Being the Shit, Y’all Don’t Even Know. She also discussed her friend and former Parks and Recreation co-star, Aziz Ansari, and the allegations of sexual misconduct that were brought up against him at the beginning of this year. Her remarks definitely gave me some pause.

“I feel like a lot of people and a lot of other outlets were like, ‘Why did you even run this story?'”, she said, calling into question why Babe.net even ran the story in the first place. “I’m giving my personal opinion, and I don’t want fucking people coming at me. You know what I mean? But I feel like I’ve been on that date so many...

Last week, Donald Trump drew heavy criticism for referring to some undocumented immigrants as “animals.” During a roundtable discussion on immigration with California sheriffs, he said, “We have people coming into the country–or trying to come in, we stop a lot of them, but we’re taking people out of the country–you wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.”

The Trump team insists that the statement wasn’t racist since he wasn’t referring to all immigrants, just specifically the members of MS-13. But that argument ignores a lot of important context. To start, this isn’t the first time Trump has used that word. He has a history of using the horrific crimes of MS-13 as a way to fuel white Americans’ fears around immigration in general. This particular gang is a stand-in for undocumented immigrants, and thanks to the rhetoric coming out of the White House and Fox News, the line between undocumented and legal immigration, in terms of what we’re meant to fear and blame, is becoming increasingly blurred.

All of that is what was being discussed by the public and the media when Trump’s White House defensively doubled down on their usage of...

There is no word in the current lexicon of language that causes as much ire in the hearts of humans as “problematic.” It is the new “politically correct” in the sense that its intention has been lost and all it has been turned into is a repellent for any type of discourse.  I find problematic to be a useful term because racist, homophobic, etc are sometimes too loaded to be passed around. Sometimes things have issues, but not because there is something overtly hateful, but because the writer’s room is clearlbehind the times. Today we hold shows to a much higher standard, but what about the nostalgic shows of the past? How do we deal with them?

The LGBTQ website them published an article last week talking about Friends and its transphobia. The author, Samantha Riedel, states this about watching the show: “It’s a show about being regularly harassed and humiliated for performing a queer sexual or gender identity, mainly by one’s closest confidants. And though it’s tempting to give the show some slack because of its cultural context, that doesn’t actually excuse any of its toxicity. In fact, with the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to see how the show bolstered homophobia...

There’s been a lot of talk about what the newlywed Duchess of Sussex, a.k.a. Meghan Markle, will be giving up as she joins one of the most famous and powerful families in the world, like much of her privacy, her career as an actor, and the ability to express herself without her every word needing to be filtered through an entire team first.

Now, she’s a grown woman choosing this life, and it certainly comes with plenty of perks, not the least of which is being married to a man she clearly adores, so I’m not crying for her, Argentina. Yet the drawbacks are real, and they’d likely be a lot harder to deal with if she weren’t already at least somewhat familiar with being in the spotlight, thanks to her previous career as an actor. That career not only prepared her for the intense glare of the spotlight, but gave her a platform from which she could be of service to others long before she became a royal.

With the passing of Mother’s Day, I found myself thinking a lot about moms and comics. My mom got a “non-compliant” tattoo with me a few years ago, the iconic “NC” logo from the comic book Bitch Planet. My mom reads comics. She’s seen every comic book movie, but sometimes it’s frustrating how little she sees herself represented in comics. Maybe I need to send her Assassinistas, the Black Crown Quarterly book by Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez.

Assassinistas is all about moms. These particular moms are also assassins, but let’s be honest, we all know that moms would make great assassins. You do not mess with moms. The premise here is that, back in the day, Octavia, a.k.a. “Red October,” Charlotte, a.k.a. “Scarlet,” and Rosalyn, a.k.a. “Blood Diamond,” were a trio of ass-kicking assassins. Over the years, each of the women moved on to different phases of their lives, including marriage, babies, and jobs that don’t necessarily involve murder. The gang eventually lost touch with one another, until Charlotte’s young son Kyler goes missing, and Octavia teams up with her college-aged son and his pacifist boyfriend to help bring Kyler home. Along the way, we learn that Rosalyn hasn’t quite disappeared off the radar like everyone thought.

Kendrick Lamar was on stage at Hangout Fest in Alabama this past Sunday evening. During his performance, he invited a young white woman onto the stage with him to rap along to the song  “M.A.A.D. City” with him. It was then, overwhelmed at being in the presence of a Pulitzer prize winner, that she lost her mind and rapped the N-word, immortalizing her oops on hundreds of people’s Instagram stories, twitter posts, etc. Resurrected an age-old question during a recent concert: “If the n-word plays in a song and I’m not black, do I sing along to it?”

In the video, when she is stopped to get “the rules” explained to her, the young fan in question says, “Am I not cool enough for you? What’s up, bro? Wassup?”

Please stop dishonoring yourself and your kin in public like that. An unemployed white man just married a gorgeous biracial Hollywood actress this weekend. Why are you undoing all that progress?

The crowd also groaned hearing it, and Kendrick handled...

The Time’s Up movement has brought a great deal of attention to issues of gender inequity, especially those of pay disparity and workplace harassment and assault. Despite the fact that these are global issues–and even though the movement was sparked by an open letter from 700,000 farmworker women–the vast majority of that attention has been focused on celebrities.

While I can’t fault the women (and some decent men) in Hollywood for trying to clean up their own industry, some are using their platform to try to bring attention to issues of inequity around the globe.

The organization ONE, which fights to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, published an open letter demanding world leaders examine and take action regarding the sexism behind extreme global poverty. The letter was published back in March, on International Women’s Day, but since then, it’s gained the signatures of more than 150 celebrities, activists, and other prominent figures. To name just a few, it’s been signed by Chadwick Boseman, Chelsea Clinton, Daisy Ridley, Danai Gurira, David Oyelowo, Emilia Clarke, Gina Rodriguez, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Letitia Wright, Oprah, Thandie Newton, and Zendaya.

The letter reads:

Dear World Leaders,

We’re putting you on notice.

For 130 million girls without an education. For one billion women without access to a bank account. For 39,000 girls who became child brides today. For women everywhere paid less than a man for the same work.

There...

Ahh, the Charmed reboot, the gift that just keeps on giving.

I have had several about faces when it comes to this trailer. When I first saw this I thought “damn this is low-budget.” The special effects are a little cringy, and I watch The Originals so I know that we can do a bit better than that.

At the same time, there is a huge part of me that wants this project to do well. I love the idea of seeing three Latina witches fighting evil, having a sisterhood, and that offers some much-needed diversity that the original Charmed honestly did not have (shout out to Darryl Morris who was the token for way too long).

Still, the more I see from the promotional material and just seeing the atmosphere this show is entering makes me apprehensive. The hate being flooded towards the three actresses in the comments for these videos is intense.

It’s a mixed reaction, with some being hopeful, others being cautious, and the extreme calling them bad actresses and ugly because they are “stomping” on the legacy of the original Charmed.

One taste is all it takes. So goes the tagline for Chocolat, the 2001 movie starring Juliette Binoche as the gifted chocolatier bewitching Johnny Depp, but does that apply to human flesh, as well? It does, at least according to a new wave of TV shows and movies focusing on women and their unusual cravings.

From Sheila (Drew Barrymore) in Santa Clarita Diet to Justine (Garance Marillier) in Raw, the Belgian-French coming-of-age cannibal movie that made audiences throw up at that famous finger scene, these characters’ hunger for human flesh often has erotic connotations. While society might frown upon such an appetite, it stands for an unprecedented, powerful form of female sexual liberation.

“What’s new?” one might ask. Sexual cannibalism—the act of cannibalizing one’s mate before, during, or after copulation—has always been a prerogative of female members belonging to some insects and arachnid orders.

Think of the praying mantises eating their mates’ heads off during sex, a nightmarish image borrowed from the animal realm, scaring men out there ever since that scene in Chris Columbus’s comedy Nine Months, with Hugh Grant imaging Julianne Moore feasting on his brains.

Although this is not a rule during copulation, animal sexual cannibalism is more common in females rather than males. Insects and spiders do so for various reasons—first of all, as a foraging strategy. Females assess the nutritional value of males...

**SPOILERS FOR DEADPOOL 2.**

In the first Deadpool movie, Vanessa was a character I really enjoyed. Very rarely do we see sex workers in movies treated with romantic value that doesn’t revolve around “saving them” from their profession. The fact that Vanessa was allowed to be a prostitute without shame was one of the many subtly progressive things about the first movie. So, when she was murdered at the beginning of Deadpool 2, I wasn’t only shocked. I was really disappointed.

Women in Refrigerators,” as it was coined by comic book writer Gail Simone, is a concept that is almost 20 years old as of this point and is one of the more common feminist terms known in the comic world. It basically refers to the killing of female characters in order to emotionally motivate male characters. It’s broadly and commonly discussed. That’s why I have some doubts that the writers of Deadpool 2—Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds—had no idea about the concept, let alone the term, as they claim in an interview with Vulture.

When asked if they were worried about criticism for fridging Vanessa, as well as co-anti-hero Cable’s wife and daughter, Reese told Vulture, “I would say no, we didn’t even think about it. And that was maybe our mistake, not to think about it. But it didn’t really even occur to...

Friday brought with it yet another in a line of tragedies we’re getting all too used to in the United States: another school shooting, this time at Santa Fe High School in Texas. It’s true that multiple factors contribute to these large-scale murder sprees in our schools—easy access to deadly guns and misogyny, to name two—but the repeated insistence of blaming anything and everything else, by some members of the public and government officials, has to be the most frustratingly ironic one.

While reports were still coming in of exactly what happened on Friday, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick jumped into the fray to announce that security at schools is the real problem, particularly the number of entrances and exits available. He even went so far as to suggest that the problem could be alleviated if there were only one way (or maybe two!) in or out of the school, which would double as a security checkpoint. Even if you ignore the ludicrousness of that specific suggestion and focus on Patrick’s sentiment that more security is the answer, it’s hard to ignore what a roundabout way that is to address a problem that could be met head on instead.

Luckily, there are plenty of other things—things that are not guns—to blame instead. On ABC’s This Week yesterday,...

Spider-Man: Homecoming knew that we had seen several Spider-Mans (Spider-Men?) before, so the producers and writers mercifully skipped the origin story and brought in Michael Keaton’s Vulture as the main villain. There are plenty of Spider-Man villains to choose from so we don’t have to relive similar storylines (Tom Hardy’s Venom is its own movie!), so who are we going to see Tom Holland fight in the next installment?

Rumors say it’s going to be Quentin Beck, AKA, Mysterio; the special effects wizard/stunt man who becomes a supervillain following a failed acting career. And who will be making their Marvel movie debut? None other than Jake Gyllenhaal—according to rumors that could be nothing. The Hollywood Reporter writes that he’s currently “in talks” for the role. But this is a pretty cool fan-cast regardless, for everyone who thought Nightcrawler was an X-Men movie at first.

A “source” reportedly told The Sun that the first choice for the project was Ryan Gosling, but “Jake is a suitable alternative with experience of playing villainous characters.” It’s true: Gyllenhaal’s villain resume is no joke. OkjaEnemy. Prisoners. Nightcrawler. On the most tiny crumble of disapproval, I just hope they don’t go with his plexiglas helmet? While convenient for protecting oneself from poisonous gasses and other gadgets, it’s outrageously cartoony and Gyllenhaal’s face acting is amazing (and also very handsome).

What do you think about this casting?

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With the recent shooting in Santa Fe High School in Texas, the number of school shootings of 2018 has gone up to 22—that averages to just over one shooting per week this year. (Conservatives are disputing this number, but one is already too many.) The news cycle plays out as predicted: incoming NRA President Oliver North’s deflection is to blame Ritalin, while Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has decided to start advocating for door control (yes, you read that right).

Like many women, we’re furious about how the links between toxic masculinity and mass shooting are being overlooked again, in favor of victim-blaming and stigmatization. The connections between domestic violence and gun violence are a well-documented fact. Most men who commit mass shootings display hostility towards women, a violence bred from a sense of dangerous and deadly entitlement. We see this time and time again, with “incels” who propose women have sex with men so that they don’t kill or news outlets that find out a woman rejected the Golden State killer once.

Reports have since come out that one of the Santa Fe High School shooting victims “had 4 months of problems from this boy,” 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. 16-year-old Shana Fisher was among the first students Pagourtzis...

Tina Fey and Nicki Minaj were the host and musical guest for SNL over the weekend, which meant for some callbacks, a reflection on Mean Girls the Musical featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a cut-for-time sketch where Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Tina Fey sing a song about friendship in the style of pop rock sister band HAIM. The result is a hilarious and infectious beat about how good friends sometimes need to indulge in some petty trash-talking about your friend’s enemies.

With lines that could come from a regular pop song like “When you are down in the dumps/I’ll join you there” mixed with SNL lyrics like “And he’s always talking about Paris (croissants)/ It’s like dude you did not invent Paris”, it’s a mystery why the sketch was cut (while “Royal Wedding” had some great moments, it could definitely have done with some trimming). The song ends with the amazing line, “You think we’re toxic, but no bitch that’s you/Don’t you know talking sh*t is how, we all get through.”

“Friendship Song” is in the same spirit as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s ridiculously catchy 80’s style  “Let’s Generalize About Men“, and I’m all for this becoming it’s own genre of music.

If you’re not familiar with HAIM (where have you been!?) give “Little of Your Love“, “The Wire“, and “If I Could Change Your Mind” a listen and then watch the SNL parody....

Iris Bainum-Houle and Virginia Bauman; image: screencap

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled adorable animals to bring you some adorable people building community for queer folks in Los Angeles.

Iris Bainum-Houle and Virginia Bauman have taken what started in 2015 as a monthly warm, queer pop-up event called “Queers, Coffee, and Donuts”, and turned it into a brick-and-mortar business that has become the only non-alcoholic, inclusive, explicitly queer meeting space in Los Angeles.

Cuties Coffee is a bastion of love, acceptance, amazing coffee, and Virginia’s so-good-they-should-be-criminal donuts located in East Hollywood. While the coffee and nibbles are great, what truly makes Cuties special is the space it provides for queer and trans people to simply be themselves in an environment that centers them. Even their logo (which is this post’s featured image on the TMS home page) is gender-fluid!

Even better, it provides opportunities for connection and community during daylight hours, whereas most other queer spaces are nightlife/bar-oriented, which might not be every queer person’s cup of tea (or coffee). And it’s not just about socializing. It’s also about political action, and Cuties hopes to be a space where the queer community can organize to make their voices heard in a safe environment. It’s a community newsletter, it’s events, it’s a safe meeting space. Cuties is a movement.

Now, they...

SHOGUN WORLD! Hell, yes! This week, Westworld finally takes us into Shogun World, and we learn that it’s…basically almost exactly like Westworldsame stories, different tropes. “Akane No Mai” also finds both Dolores and Maeve exercising control over fellow hosts in increasingly questionable ways. Oh yeah, and there’s an awesome use of Wu-Tang Clan. [**SPOILERS AHOY!**]

“Akane No Mai,” Westworld‘s fifth episode of the season, delivers a simple back-and-forth narrative that takes us from Dolores and efforts to figure out what to do about her relationship with Teddy to Maeve and Co. entering Shogun World and getting embroiled in their drama caused by Ford’s narrative and whatever is “infecting” all the hosts.

But before it gets to those stories, we start with a glimpse of Bernard standing by as Karl Strand and the Delos team rounds up dead hosts and examine them, trying to figure out what caused the hosts to rebel, and if they’re salvageable. Strand learns that one-third of the hosts have “virgin” brains, meaning that not only have their brains been wiped, but it’s as if they’ve never been used before. There’s no previous user data. What’s more The Cradle (where the drone hosts were) has been destroyed, complete with all the host back-up information. So, Delos has essentially lost a third of its IP.

Strand asks of Ford’s final narrative, “How...

We here at The Mary Sue love some good Photoshop shenanigans, but this latest effort is truly impressive. Los Angeles filmmaker and artist Kieran Murray has created Ryan Godzilling, a series of travel photos where Murray Photoshopped his plastic toy Godzilla figurine (named Ryan) into his photos. The results are hilarious:

It’s a dangerous game to sneak one of Ryan’s chips… Luckily he was distracted because someone had just put Rock Lobster on the duke box. A post shared by Kieran Murray 🗽 (@ryangodzilling) on Nov 8, 2017 at 2:16pm PST