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'.


Emmy Noms 2018

Duana Posted by Duana at July 12, 2018 18:59:43 July 12, 2018 18:59:43
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Controversial opinion ahead:  It is bullsh-t that sketch comedy shows get their own category, but then sketch performers are lumped into the Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy category. Not that I begrudge anyone the nominations, let’s get that out of the way, but Leslie Jones and Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson are nominated for a body of work that involves a myriad of characters, against performers who are nominated for one role. Full Story

Cardi B’s Baby Kulture Kiari

Duana Posted by Duana at July 12, 2018 12:47:09 July 12, 2018 12:47:09
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I love it. It wasn’t instant. I had to sit with it for a second, think about it, and then decide. But I love it. I’ll get to the obvious Offset connections in a second, but first … You know that thing where certain names are so singular they become almost unusable, because who wants the comparison? Elvis. Full Story

Pitching Into The Abyss

Duana Posted by Duana at June 15, 2018 17:10:56 June 15, 2018 17:10:56
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It started with one badass. Well. Many badasses.    When Variety published their panelists for “A Night In The Writers Room”, there were 12 showrunners named – including 11 men. Names you know, like Judd Apatow and Michael Schur and David Shore. This was obviously bullsh-t, and was called out as such by women in TV everywhere – including many, many female showrunners. Full Story

In The Heights heads to the Big Screen in 2020

Duana Posted by Duana at June 8, 2018 20:53:29 June 8, 2018 20:53:29
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You don’t need me to tell you about how today feels, and you don’t need me to tell you that Twitter is frequently a terrible, dumpster of a place to be. But what you might not know, and what might help a little today, is the revelation that Lin-Manuel Miranda, in addition to being a massive nonstop creative force, has become a kind of ad hoc Twitter hype person and digital hug. Full Story

“Abhorrent” Roseanne got Roseanne Cancelled

Duana Posted by Duana at May 29, 2018 20:57:23 May 29, 2018 20:57:23
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Mark the date down. Today is an anomaly in the entertainment business – or maybe in business overall.  Today is the day that, when confronted with egregious behaviour on the part of one of its employees, Roseanne Barr, ABC did exactly the right thing. Mere hours after Roseanne tweeted something so repugnant that even she knew and deleted it shortly after, without having to be chided or waffling or prevaricating for two weeks before finally whimpering to the right decision, ABC cancelled her show Full Story

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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