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'.

Best Of The Globes: Michelle Williams’ Acceptance Speech

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 18:07:00 January 6, 2020 18:07:00
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Michelle Williams ruined my plans.  I listened to a great podcast with Busy Philipps the other day, and knowing she’s always Michelle Williams’ date to awards shows, I really wanted to write about some of the ways Busy described her on the podcast (which were also in her book, This Will Only Hurt A Little Full Story

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I Finally See Gwyneth Paltrow

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 16:17:28 January 6, 2020 16:17:28
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I’m married to a wonderful person, but naturally, he has flaws. One of them is that he doesn’t like Succession.  I know. We watched the whole first season, he said he was out, but I wheedled, ‘maybe you’ll like it this season, everyone says it’s so great!’ He gave it two episodes, but can’t do it. Full Story

Cate Blanchett is Underused at the Golden Globes

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 15:46:07 January 6, 2020 15:46:07
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By virtue of appearing here in the middle of the day (night? What time is it?), Cate Blanchett is neither mine nor Lainey’s Best Dressed of the night. Which is kind of bizarre, because this dress is utterly fantastic. It’s Mary Katranzou, one of my all-time favourites, but not a real red carpet staple – which is unfortunate, but not a surprise. Full Story

Cynthia Erivo & Scarlett Johansson: Globes Piercing Pals

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 14:45:00 January 6, 2020 14:45:00
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I am a garden-variety internet addict who loves clothing and spectacle, so during or after an awards show, I obviously search obsessively to find out who designed the outfits I love (or despise). I used to be better at the ‘I can guess that designer just by looking at it’ game, but that was in the mid-2000s, when red carpets were reliably covered in Valentino, Dior, Prada, Chanel… maybe some Gucci and the occasional Louis Vuitton. Full Story

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Globes Talent Sorceress

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 14:23:20 January 6, 2020 14:23:20
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I spent the last 10 minutes looking for a word to describe what Phoebe Waller-Bridge is to the entire entertainment industry. ‘Seductress’ is wrong, ‘enchantress’ is too froofy, ‘Jedi’ is embarrassing. I actually flirted with ‘Veela’ but I couldn’t live with myself if I used it. Full Story

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Globes’ Biggest Surprise: Ramy (and Rami, and Lucy)

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 12:35:09 January 6, 2020 12:35:09
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As Lainey says, this is what the Golden Globes does well – maybe even reliably: they pick up on small interesting shows and, by awarding them or their stars, bring them a much bigger audience. Just off the top of my head, The Affair, Jane The Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Donald Glover in Atlanta, The Marvelous Mrs. Full Story

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Saoirse Ronan’s Globes Protest?

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 11:05:42 January 6, 2020 11:05:42
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Anyone who reads us knows I’m hopelessly biased about Saoirse Ronan. But with good reason - she’s charming, smart, and frequently makes amazing red carpet choices. In 2016 I called her Oscar dress Full Story

Hot Dads of Hollywood, Golden Globes Edition

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 10:36:55 January 6, 2020 10:36:55
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As you may have seen on Instagram, Lainey’s been going deep into the processes of both her TV life and lining up the site. And because we can’t physically write the 90 pieces we’d like to if we were addressing every last thing about the show, we have to be brutal, cut where we don’t have to talk about people, argue about whether or not they in fact need to be covered, and/or, when that’s too painful, group them together. Full Story

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Bill Hader & Rachel Bilson’s Globes Debut

Duana Posted by Duana at January 6, 2020 09:49:16 January 6, 2020 09:49:16
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The Golden Globes are supposed to be about offbeat, surprise choices, and while there were a couple, I felt like we lacked the usual amount of utter absurdity, with the exception of how much attention was paid to 1917.  So it’s maybe fitting that the night’s biggest surprise came via Bill Hader, representing one of last year’s biggest onscreen surprises, Barry, and then showed up on the carpet with Rachel Bilson, in a way that makes it pretty positive they’re dating. Full Story

Duana Names: Wherein French Food Is My Albatross

Duana Posted by Duana at December 20, 2019 20:47:38 December 20, 2019 20:47:38
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Hi Duana, Have LOVED the column for years and worried that my decision not to birth any more humans might mean I never get to seek your advice. However, the time has come to add to our family in puppy form, and I have 1) a philosophical question and 2) a request for name suggestions for the dog we will bring into our home this Christmas. Full Story

Duana Names: Let Them Both Be Your Star(s)

Duana Posted by Duana at December 18, 2019 22:10:33 December 18, 2019 22:10:33
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Hi Duana, My partner and I had a name locked down in a minute. And now that her due date has been bumped up (just four weeks from now), I'm second guessing...her middle name of all things. Originally, we had two middle names - Alexandra Marie - an ode to each of our mothers. Until I started filling out her benefits forms and realized that two middle names is kind of a pain. Full Story