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'.

Duana Names: Names You Would Hear On ‘Call The Midwife’

Duana Posted by Duana at January 24, 2020 20:50:59 January 24, 2020 20:50:59
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Hi Duana, I have followed your column since the very beginning. We are less than three weeks away from meeting our baby boy and we have made zero progress in naming him. Our daughter, Mathilda, took a few days to name after she arrived, but at least we had a short list heading to the hospital. This time around we can't make headway or agree on anything. Full Story

Show Your Work: On Brand With Brad – and with Beyoncé?

Duana Posted by Duana at January 22, 2020 20:40:55 January 22, 2020 20:40:55
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The SAG Awards didn’t even used to be a thing. Do you remember this? They were industry-only and non-televised, like the Independent Spirit Awards, until super-recently. But now they’re such a factor they might be accurate predictors of the Oscars in a few weeks’ time…  …and they have other benefits. Full Story

Duana Names: Newly In Name Need

Duana Posted by Duana at January 20, 2020 21:44:57 January 20, 2020 21:44:57
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Dearest Duana, I’m writing to you in a panic as we thought we had a name for our second daughter and now we’re not so sure. Okay, totally not sure. Our first born is Margaret “Maggie” Claire (now 21 months). Margaret is in honor of my husband’s beloved great grandmother, and Claire just because we think it’s pretty and it went well with Maggie. Full Story

For the Nth time…

Duana Posted by Duana at January 17, 2020 21:06:53 January 17, 2020 21:06:53
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Hi Duana,   I have two daughters, Neve and Neko, expecting my third daughter in a few weeks. Having two girls whose names begin with 'N' was not intentional, and it seems I am landing on 'N' names again. I will feel like a Duggar or cheeseball when I call to them in the playground, but here we are. Full Story

Show Your Work – Oscars Fool Us Again Edition

Duana Posted by Duana at January 15, 2020 22:13:02 January 15, 2020 22:13:02
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We always planned to talk about the 2020 Oscar nominations on this week’s episode, since an Oscar nod obviously has a huge impact on the careers of anyone nominated.  Instead, we wound up talking about how obvious the Academy’s blind spot is: since once again white men vastly dominate the nominations is it time to stop caring what Oscar thinks? That’s what Alma Har’el, director of Honey Boy, recommends:  Thank you to everyone that’s speaking up about today’s nominations. Full Story

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Duana Names: Pragmatic, Practical – and Perfect? 

Duana Posted by Duana at January 13, 2020 21:55:09 January 13, 2020 21:55:09
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Hi- hoping a note from a dad might be a fun change of pace for you.  My wife and I are expecting a girl in 2 wks and are at loggerheads on not just a name, but a process to even get to a shortlist to find something mutually acceptable if not beloved. I'll be stereotypical and say my approach is logic and criteria-based (in my opinion), while hers is shall I say, more emotionally based: "I just have to like it and I'm the one going through labor and nursing. Full Story

Duana Names: How Do You Rate Alliteration? 

Duana Posted by Duana at January 10, 2020 21:58:48 January 10, 2020 21:58:48
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Hi Duana, We are expecting a girl in January and need some name help!  For the last several years (as we have been thinking about and trying to get pregnant) I was sure I was set on Eleanor, but now I'm less excited about it, especially because of it's rise in popularity (having spent my life being one of a million Saras, I don't want her to have to live in a sea of Ellies and Ellas, although I like the option of Leni as an alternative nickname). Full Story

Duana Names: Name her like Greta Gerwig Did! 

Duana Posted by Duana at January 8, 2020 20:52:02 January 8, 2020 20:52:02
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Hi Duana, Hoping to follow-up on my e-mail from August as my husband and I are still having trouble and baby's arrival is a few short weeks away!  We're essentially in the same spot - we know we'd like Jack Frances for our son and ____ Elizabeth for our daughter. For purposes of flow, I think I'd like the name to be 1-2 syllables (so no Josephine Elizabeth) as it gets to be too much of a mouthful! In terms of progress, my husband has come around on Alice as a first name so that's the front runner, but we both have issues with the potential nickname our daughter would get. Full Story

Show Your Work: LIVE from the Golden Globes! 

Duana Posted by Duana at January 8, 2020 20:18:48 January 8, 2020 20:18:48

We are back, and thrilled to bring you this special episode of the podcast LIVE (ish) from L.A., where Lainey was on the Golden Globes red carpet in the dress heard around the web! The red carpet is a strange beast, and fresh from what Lainey calls one of her best carpets ever, we dig deep into the world of awards show arrivals – what makes a great carpet or a bad one, who’s an all-time favourite interview, and what are the pitfalls that can befall rookie interviewers and veterans alike? We discuss why Tiffany Haddish really is as great as she seems, why Kerry Washington might have a bone to pick with Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Aniston, and my most pressing red carpet question of all, even atfer all these years – what happens when you have to pee?! Especially in clothing that was never meant to go anywhere as unglamorous as a public bathroom? Then, the dresses come off, and as Lainey shifts back into ‘writer mode’, we bring you inside our  ‘writers room’ (in this case, our alternately freezing and boiling hotel room at the Beverly Hilton) as we dig into a candy-and-beef-jerky fuelled debate about our Golden Globes coverage on the site on Monday Full Story

Charlize Theron: Golden Globes Best Dressed (Duana)

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 20:27:11 January 6, 2020 20:27:11
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All right… let’s do this.  I even cracked my knuckles in anticipation.  Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘best dressed’ as…  Yeah, yeah, okay. Tired joke. But, knowing that I was gonna choose this look, and also knowing how many people already hate it, I wanted to actually try to do a bit of homework-slash-introspection, and figure out why I thought this was the best dressed of the night. Full Story

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Renee Zellweger: Globes Worst Dressed (Duana)

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 18:56:43 January 6, 2020 18:56:43
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Okay, let’s get this out of the way first. Nobody wants to be mean to Renee Zellweger. It’s unthinkable, like kicking a bunny rabbit. Moreover, I’m not using ‘worst dressed’ just to be a dick, it’s – you know what? Let’s call it ‘least favourite’ and go from there, yes?  I didn’t hate this look right off the bat, or even necessarily dislike it. Full Story

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