T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on July 13, 2018

Darlings, before we run headlong into the last few hours of sunlight and a weekend of leisure and glamour the likes of which are entirely imaginary because we’re probably just going to do some housekeeping and go to the gym, we must complete our final task of the work week by dumping a whole bunch of culture on your asses. The following are all the links and articles that piqued our interest this week. Enjoy! We’ll probably be back tomorrow with some Meghan and Cathy coverage.


Strevens reveals that he and Chibnall “saw a few actresses for the part,” but couldn’t stop thinking about Whittaker. “She was just so compelling,” says the EP. “In a way, it was a no-brainer. The fact that we were casting a female Doctor disappeared really quickly from our minds. We were just casting the Doctor and she felt like our Doctor.” Chibnall says that casting Whittaker “was the easiest decision I made in my whole career.”

Time trials: How Jodie Whittaker became the new face of Doctor Who by Clark Collins at EW



I mean, women [laughs] — can we talk about women for a second? The change is slow, but let’s just continue pressing on with the change. I’m not going to say that the tide has changed, no. But what I do feel is that people are more open. And what I mean by people — I think people who have been in power, who have mostly been white men, and people who are white, they listen now. They not only listen and are open, they make the effort for change. I do feel that has changed. I can feel it now because of the way I can push: ‘Hey, what about this? Hey, what about that?’ Trust me, I’m relentless.

“Sandra Oh on ‘Killing Eve’ and Her Historic Emmy Nomination by Aisha Harris at The New York Times



“When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie,” said producer Gareth Neame, “and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production. Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains, and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey film confirmed to shoot this summer with series cast returning by Catherine Shoard at The Guardian



A woman boarded a plane in New York and stepped off that plane in Dallas. She chatted with a stranger, showed him some family photos, brushed his elbow with her own. She wore a baseball cap over her face and followed him back on Instagram. At no point did she agree to participate in the story Rosey Blair was telling. After the fact, when the hunt began and the woman took no part in encouraging it the way Holden did, Blair tweeted a video in which she drawled, “We don’t have the gal’s permish yet, not yet y’all, but I’m sure you guys are sneaky, you guys might…”

Blair’s followers were sneaky. They did as they were told and immediately replied with screenshots of the woman’s Instagram account. They shared links.

When people called Blair out for this blatant invasion of privacy, she blocked them. Because she, apparently, could control her own boundaries. Later she tweeted about wanting a job at BuzzFeed.

We Are All Public Figures Now by Ella Dawson



“I am a young professional woman. On July 2, I took a commercial flight from New York to Dallas. Without my knowledge or consent, other passengers photographed me and recorded my conversation with a seatmate. They posted images and recordings to social media, and speculated unfairly about my private conduct,’ she said via her lawyer.”

‘I have been shamed, insulted and harassed’: Planebae girl breaks her silence after fellow passenger invaded her privacy and shared matchmaking story on social media at the Daily Mail


“I would estimate she makes over $10 million a year through her endorsements, easily,” says Forbes editor Natalie Robehmed. “It depends year to year, but that could be double what she earns from movies.” ($10 million is serious money: For reference, as reported by Variety, that’s the blockbuster paycheck Chris Pratt and Kevin Hart recently earned for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, respectively.)

The Business of Being Jennifer Aniston by Molly Fitzpatrick at ELLE Magazine



Besides the obvious goal of causing distress to queer people, the goal of “clovergender” proponents and of the Oregon Pride trolls seems to be bifold: to get cisgender heterosexual people to associate the LGBTQ+ community with sexual predators, and to get the LGBTQ+ community to mount a genuine defense against the accusation that it is harboring pedophiles within our circles, thus, on some level, validating the assertion. These repudiations, while virtuous in intent, still give the trolls what they want: to use the preexisting stigma against LGBTQ+ people to demonize us.

Behind the Weird Internet Scheme to Associate Pedophiles with the LGBTQ+ Community by J.P. Brammer at Them



It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to anyone that an ex-Hollywood actress is capable of doing her own makeup, especially one who was obsessed with all things beauty long before she ever met Harry. And it also makes sense that Martin, who lives in New York City, wouldn’t be following Meghan from engagement to engagement for the rest of her life.

Meghan Markle Has Been Doing Her Own Makeup Without You Noticing by Chloe Metzger at Marie Claire Magazine



 I do feel like celebrating that our long Modern Family national nightmare is over, insofar as Modern Family is no longer an outstanding comedy series nominee despite, as you say, eight nominee slots in that category. This proves that Emmy voters are capable of reversing their instinctive rubber-stamping sometimes, even if they require 10 years to do so. I’d emphasize that The End of the F***ing World was nominated for cinematography and One Day at a Time was nominated for, um, editing. Dear White People, unfortunately, was completely shut out despite Netflix’s overall juggernaut status, which also somehow failed to get Alison Brie a lead actress in a comedy nomination even though GLOW was nominated for series. 

THR’s TV Critics Debate the Highs and Lows of the 2018 Emmy Nominations by Tim Goodman and Daniel Fienberg at The Hollywood Reporter



“It is a challenge to believe she was interested in the musical prowess of a couple of students at a Belgian music school. Or concerned about strained relationships between longtime allies. Or delighting in the creativity and business acumen of American companies. Or attentive to the protocol of a spouses’ dinner. Or mindful of the historical resonance of a meeting with Prime Minister May. Is she even pleased to be there at all?”

Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again by Robin Givhan at The Washington Post



Although it’s sometimes said that Wojnarowicz’s work turned political only after he received an H.I.V.-positive diagnosis in 1988, the show reveals otherwise. A salon-like central gallery is lined with large-scale pictures from the mid-1980s that are basically the equivalent of the history paintings produced by Nicolas Poussin and Thomas Cole, big-thinking panoramas that addressed contemporary politics in a classical language of mythology and landscape.

He Spoke Out During the AIDS Crisis. See Why His Art Still Matters. by Holland Cotter at The New York Times



The researchers found that about 14 percent of comments for female on-camera hosts were critical, compared to about six percent for male hosts.

They also found female hosts got a much larger proportion of comments about appearance (4.5 percent for women versus 1.4 percent for men) and comments that were sexist or sexual (nearly three percent of comments for women versus about a quarter-percent for men).

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments by Adrianne Jeffries at The New York Times


[Photo Credit: EW]

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