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'.


What’s In JLo’s Oscar Mirror?

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2019 18:44:39 February 25, 2019 18:44:39
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Let’s get one thing very, very clear here. Jennifer Lopez looked stunnnning last night.  It’s not just that she’s beautiful, which she is – but that dress is a treat for the eyes. I never, ever got tired of looking at it, from every multi-faceted angle, which of course is the point but also because a lot of the dresses worn to the Oscars are designed to be analyzed and debated and seen as an indication of the wearer’s confidence in winning or not, and I know we do some of that here, and I know we all enjoy it – after all, fashion is expression and art – but when so many dresses are taken so seriously, it’s a joy to see one that’s a little more lighthearted, a bit more playful. Full Story

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Melissa McCarthy Won’t Let Me

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2019 15:15:35 February 25, 2019 15:15:35
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I wanted to be annoyed.  Melissa McCarthy was the long-shot nominee for a fantastic performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me, and even though I knew, and you knew, and she knew, that it was never going to happen, I wanted more people to treat it like it was a possibility.  She was wearing a really incredible… ‘ensemble’ is the only word, because it wasn’t a dress, and calling it a jumpsuit neglects the incredible cape that fit perfectly over her shoulders and looked rich. Full Story

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Rami Malek’s Epic One-Night Story

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2019 14:28:29 February 25, 2019 14:28:29
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God, that kiss was hot. We’ll get to the kiss, I promise.  On Show Your Work, and here, I’ve wished nominees would prepare their speeches, have something to say if they get up there and win – not everyone can be flummoxed as adorably as Olivia Colman.  But they don’t. Full Story

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We Don’t Deserve Best Actress Olivia Colman

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2019 11:51:00 February 25, 2019 11:51:00
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I really don’t understand Twitter sometimes.  I know a statement like that makes me sound too young, naïve, sheltered and privileged to be allowed chocolate milk, let alone unaccompanied access to one of the internet’s most reliable joke factories that sometimes doubles as a dumpster fire. Full Story

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Sarah Paulson, Queen of the Not-Pretty Pinks

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2019 10:45:48 February 25, 2019 10:45:48
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You will not catch me complaining that the surprise trend colour of the night was hot pink. There were furrowed-brow debates on the pre-shows as experts discussed which would be the surprise colour of the night, earnestly wondering whether navy’s time had come or if it might be a silver-grey year. Full Story

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Amy, Tina, and Maya MeanGirled the Academy

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2019 09:20:25 February 25, 2019 09:20:25
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You may think that term has been overused and doesn’t mean much anymore, but how often do you get to use it on the O.G.s anyway?  As Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey pointed out, they were not the Oscars hosts, despite being the first people to actually speak live on air, not counting Queen/Adam Lambert and the Smoke Machines. Full Story

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Show Your Work: How Sean Penn is Like The Worst Kanye

Duana Posted by Duana at February 13, 2019 20:14:31 February 13, 2019 20:14:31
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We’re back! Thanks for bearing with us during our unscheduled break due to various Crimes Of Winter. After a quick announcement about some big moves in my appearance (Megalyn Echikunwoke was the actress I couldn’t think of here, btw), we get to the truth – the balmy weather of LA and the Oscars are so, so close… Which means it’s high time to be talking about the nonsense that Sean Penn penned in Deadline Full Story

Sandra Oh Surprises at SAGs

Duana Posted by Duana at January 28, 2019 14:46:51 January 28, 2019 14:46:51
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They say the mark of a good actor is that they’re able to continually surprise you. It’s not surprising that Sandra Oh won the SAG award last night, as she has swept every award this year, and I’m sure there are people who want to retroactively go back and award her the Emmy last year, too. Full Story

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#RentLive, brought to you by Vanessa Hudgens

Duana Posted by Duana at January 28, 2019 13:25:48 January 28, 2019 13:25:48
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Here’s what Kathleen and I decided, after we wiped our tears, yelled at each other, and squeezed hands with all of our new virtual bffs on the LiveBlog: there was the show we were supposed to see…and the show we actually saw. And she wrote about the former Full Story