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'.


Tatiana Maslany w/ Special Guest Star Tiffany Haddish: Emmy Best Dressed (Duana)

Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 16:37:00 September 18, 2018 16:37:00
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I liked quite a few outfits last night. Kristen Bell might have had a personal best, I loved what was happening on Sandra Oh, I enjoyed Regina King and the aforementioned Samira Wiley – but when I mentioned a fifth name on top of all those, Lainey told me to f-ck off. Full Story

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KERI RUSSELL ROBBED, Matthew Rhys Cute

Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 15:22:45 September 18, 2018 15:22:45
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The Americans won for best writing in a Drama Series, and my Twitter exploded like it was my birthday and my wedding day both. We got excited, because awards so rarely go the way they’re supposed to, and The Americans won for the best finale of the best season of the best show.    And then Matthew Rhys Full Story

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Bill Hader, One Emmy

Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 13:28:07 September 18, 2018 13:28:07
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Like everyone else in the world, I have a lot of shows I need to watch, and a lot of shows I wish other people would watch so we could talk about them. But even though I nag Lainey and Kathleen and anyone else who will listen about every show under the sun, I don’t mind that I have Barry to myself. Full Story

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Dunst and Landry Emmy Night

Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 11:27:20 September 18, 2018 11:27:20
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There are three reasons to write this post. I have struggled with the order of them, but I am very certain there are exactly three. They are all based on the below photo below, and they are as follows:   Full Story

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Handmaids Cuteness at Emmys

Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 10:47:46 September 18, 2018 10:47:46
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Maybe the key to this year is that the real awesomeness happened at the Creative Arts Emmys 10 days ago. Because Kenan Thompson won an Emmy, finally, and the shot of him kissing it is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, and then Samira Wiley Full Story

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Rachel Brosnahan and the Top Hat Surgeon

Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 09:34:40 September 18, 2018 09:34:40
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Have you watched it? Probably. Did you like it? I’m gonna wager that you did, for reasons I’ll get to in a minute. Were you happy with all the wins?  Yeah I didn’t think so either. What is that? Look, the show is great. It’s funny and surprising and it hits every note perfectly. Full Story

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How Angela Bassett Emmys

Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 07:38:00 September 18, 2018 07:38:00
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August 16, 1958. That’s her birthday. She turned SIXTY. Angela Bassett is six decades old. She is the same age as Madonna. She is the sleekest, most stylish woman at these awards and nothing as petty as a live television show, or mispronouncing a name, or even genuine joy at presenting with Tiffany Haddish, who was overjoyed to do the Wakanda salute with her, is going to interrupt her ridiculously sleek style. Full Story

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That’s How You Open the Emmys?

Duana Posted by Duana at September 18, 2018 05:17:49 September 18, 2018 05:17:49
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Credit where credit is due – the way the nominees, then presenters, then winners were announced was so inexplicable and utterly confusing that it probably made people pay a lot more attention. To the point where, when Kate McKinnon Full Story

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Olivia Munn, alone at TIFF

Duana Posted by Duana at September 10, 2018 19:18:29 September 10, 2018 19:18:29
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A few weeks ago, before The Predator was to make its international debut at TIFF, Olivia Munn discovered that Steven Wilder Streigel, an actor she shared a scene with, was a registered sex offender. That phrase should stand on its own, but if you need more, he pleaded guilty to luring a minor over the internet, the details are predictably horrible, and LA Times writer Amy Kaufman Full Story

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Who’s Gonna Watch You

Duana Posted by Duana at August 24, 2018 18:45:04 August 24, 2018 18:45:04
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The Affair, Season 4.   My feeling at the end of Season 4 of The Affair, beyond that it was bleak, and beyond the Ruth Wilson Cryptogram, was that we now officially have less than we started with.  That is, for all the risks they took and all the passion and romance that fuelled Noah and Helen and Cole and Alison all this time, none of them, at the end of this season, has any love to speak of, after all that. Full Story

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