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'.

Show Your Work LIVE: Beyoncé Homecoming Edition

Duana Posted by Duana at April 17, 2019 19:09:51 April 17, 2019 19:09:51
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If you’re on the internet at all today, #BeyoncéHomecoming is all there is, but just in case you’re somehow avoiding all of it except this post, SPOILERS abound below:  Lainey and I are joined by very special guest/official provider of waterworks Kathleen for what might be our most anticipated podcast of the season – by us, at least. Full Story

Yes and No – Season 2 Trailer of Big Little Lies 

Duana Posted by Duana at April 15, 2019 19:42:47 April 15, 2019 19:42:47

There is nothing that makes me feel more ‘yes and no’ than the trailer for Season 2 of Big Little Lies. I specifically don’t mean ‘conflicted’, which at least to me means that you’re so full of all kinds of back and forth feelings that you can’t decide how you feel. Full Story

Zendaya Angsts in Drake’s HBO Teen Series Trailer

Duana Posted by Duana at April 12, 2019 15:04:29 April 12, 2019 15:04:29

You know that idiom in fashion that says if you wore a trend the first time around, it’s not for you the second time? I mostly think that’s dumb, but watching the trailer for Euphoria, the new HBO teen series starring Zendaya from executive producer Drake, I started to understand, for the first time, where it came from. Full Story

Duana’s Best Of Thrones: Mockingbird

Duana Posted by Duana at April 11, 2019 20:20:08 April 11, 2019 20:20:08
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(For previous posts in our Best of Game of Thrones countdown, please visit the GoT main page here.)   “I’m sorry it has to be this way.” “Why are you sorry? Because you’re an evil bastard with no heart? That’s what I liked about you in the first place. Full Story

The Filthy Tragedy of Operation Varsity Blues

Duana Posted by Duana at March 13, 2019 15:41:29 March 13, 2019 15:41:29
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“This is a story made for you,” Lainey wrote. Truer words have never been spoken.  I’m obsessed with schools, with education, with the way wanting ‘the best’ shapes and justifies people’s choices. I’m obsessed with the fetishization of the Ivy League and other ‘elite’ colleges. Full Story

Luke Perry Gave 90s Kids High Standards

Duana Posted by Duana at March 5, 2019 19:14:21 March 5, 2019 19:14:21
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Yesterday, like everyone else who came of age in the 90s, I mourned Luke Perry. He was beloved for his arc on Oz, his self-deprecating appearances on The Simpsons and SNL, and his fully-realized three-dimensional Fred Andrews on Riverdale – but, as he said himself, he was, and forever will be, linked to Dylan McKay. Full Story

Welcome Back to West Beverly High 

Duana Posted by Duana at February 28, 2019 17:14:50 February 28, 2019 17:14:50
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The video teaser I’m posting below is only 10 seconds long. It has exactly zero familiar faces in it.  So how, exactly, is it so satisfying?    Kathleen and I were talking this weekend about songs that get stuck in your DNA. Mostly Christmas carols or hymns – and pop songs that mimic those same chord progressions. Full Story

Show Your Work: How To Be Joe Zee

Duana Posted by Duana at February 27, 2019 18:54:30 February 27, 2019 18:54:30
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You guys. We have been so excited to share this episode with you, and it’s only the first of two delicious, long, fast-as-hell-paced deep-dive conversations with the incredible Joe Zee. Part of the reason we started Show Your Work is because, especially (but not only) in show business, people tend to imply everything is easy, or that it all comes together seamlessly when everyone loves a project, or that having talent and skills in place means it all goes smoothly…  This Is Not That. Full Story

Awkwafina: Oscar Best Dressed (Duana)

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2019 21:45:33 February 25, 2019 21:45:33
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I loved this the moment I saw it, and then it grew on me from there. It was kitschy! It was sparkly! It was totally Awkwafina, and also not like anything we’d seen her wear before – or, if it is, it feels new, and that’s part of it.  I remember thinking last night how lucky it was that Awkwafina didn’t happen to wind up in the trend of pinks. Full Story

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Lady Gaga: Oscar Worst Dressed (Duana)

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2019 21:39:38 February 25, 2019 21:39:38
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Yes, it is glamourous. Some would say it’s a 7-year-old girl’s version of glamorous, what with the long gloves, but let’s not quibble.  Yes, it is ‘appropriate’ to win your first Oscar in, as proven.  Yes, it is slightly more unusual because it has the black ‘hips’ on it. Full Story

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Chadwick Boseman Knows What Oscar Wants

Duana Posted by Duana at February 25, 2019 18:56:19 February 25, 2019 18:56:19
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Everyone on social media is using the same picture of Chadwick Boseman on the red carpet, in front of that weird corridor-photo wall they had this year. It’s this one:   Full Story

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