Duana Taha

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Duana is a television screenwriter whose credits include Degrassi: The Next Generation, Lost Girl, Lost & Found Studios, and many more. On LaineyGossip.com, she raves about television, feminism, and "Hamilton", and writes the popular name column "Duana Names". She also hosts the hit podcast 'Show Your Work' with Elaine Lui, and is the author of the bestselling book, 'The Name Therapist'.


The Joys of Dragging Miles Theodore Stephens’ Dad

Duana Posted by Duana at May 21, 2018 17:17:32 May 21, 2018 17:17:32
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The problem with adoring a celebrity couple is not that you might go too easy on them. The problem is that you collect up all kinds of information, in kind of the same way you did about an eighth-grade crush, and can’t keep yourself from spitting it out at the least provocation.  For example, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen had a baby boy last week and named him Miles Theodore Stephens (because ‘Legend’ still isn’t their real last name, even if it should be). Full Story

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Kirsten Dunst and Landry name their baby! 

Duana Posted by Duana at May 14, 2018 19:40:48 May 14, 2018 19:40:48
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I know. I know it’s not fair not to not name Jesse Plemons in the headline, especially since a lot of outlets are referring to it as “Kirsten Dunst’s baby” and leaving Plemons out of it altogether.  But I have to chalk it up to the power of defining names. Landry is one of those names that had never been heard, and then was utterly made by Jesse Plemons’ performance, making him an utterly real three-dimensional person. Full Story

Jennifer Lopez: Met Best Dressed (Duana)

Duana Posted by Duana at May 8, 2018 16:18:46 May 8, 2018 16:18:46
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I checked and checked myself. Is she really my best dressed? Is this really the most arresting look of the night? But it is undeniable. This is the one I loved best.  I think I might be grading on a curve again, but the overall look is like nothing we’ve ever seen from Jennifer Lopez Full Story

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Zendaya: Best Met Armor

Duana Posted by Duana at May 8, 2018 15:13:48 May 8, 2018 15:13:48
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I mean, God. She could have also been best Joan of Arc cosplay, best imitation of metal, best custom Versace any of us can remember. It’s truly spectacular. I can’t stop looking at it. And to top some of her previous Met Gala looks is an extremely high level of difficulty. Maybe, if I’m being really really critical, I wish the shoes had been a little more aggressive, but that’s really petty. Full Story

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Donald Glover: Met Weekend Winner

Duana Posted by Duana at May 8, 2018 14:51:59 May 8, 2018 14:51:59
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Is it weird to say that Donald Glover ‘won’ the weekend considering what he won with? I hope not, because to not do so would take away from how… everything he is.    So yesterday Kathleen asked ‘HOW is he so good at everything?’ and I self-importantly texted her to tell her it’s because he believes he’s a literal genius, as per the incredible New Yorker profile Full Story

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Michelle Williams & Emma Stone: Met Worst Effort

Duana Posted by Duana at May 8, 2018 14:04:52 May 8, 2018 14:04:52
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It’s a THEMED Gala! Where the theme is about what you wear! THEEEEMMME!  Do these two really deserve to be yelled at in the same breath? Maybe not, though I think putting them in the same category is understandable… and yes, they’re both wearing Louis Vuitton, but that’s not what the issue is here. Full Story

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"Pretty Girl" Crowns: The Met’s Most Overdone Accessory

Duana Posted by Duana at May 8, 2018 13:27:30 May 8, 2018 13:27:30
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They just kept piling up. When Lily Collins arrived in what I described as her “Wednesday Addams First Communion” outfit, I was stunned by the spiky saintly halo. Even when she posed with Hailee Steinfeld, who had the whole ‘Heavenly Angel’ interpretation going kind of literally, it was kind of a neat dark/light coincidence. Full Story

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Sarah Jessica Parker: Best Met Royalty

Duana Posted by Duana at May 8, 2018 12:28:25 May 8, 2018 12:28:25
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I’m mad now. I went to google how long SJP and Andy Cohen had been friends and got sucked into a long chain of Plead The Fifth segments (which I am going to make all of our friends play next time we’re all together) and wasted an obscene amount of time because it’s the middle of the night and nothing seems real. Full Story

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Zoe Kravitz: Met’s Best Literal Interpretation

Duana Posted by Duana at May 8, 2018 12:15:23 May 8, 2018 12:15:23
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There is nothing that makes me more mad than people who don’t lean into the theme of the Met Gala, except maybe people who decide they’re going to wear a straight up costume. More on both those offenses later.    But there is a way to break the rules. First you make sure you’re going in a direction nobody else will, and second, make it an obvious move, not like you’re hiding from the theme. Full Story

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