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: 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

Melissa McCarthy’s Ironic Oscar Nom

Duana Posted by Duana at January 22, 2019 18:14:47 January 22, 2019 18:14:47
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Maybe the title above isn’t fair. Melissa McCarthy got an Oscar Best Actress nomination for playing Lee Israel, an irascible crank in her 50s who pulled off an incredible scam, and Can You Ever Forgive Me is completely worth your time. The nomination is completely deserved and also kind of surprising, since the movie and its buzz faded in the last few weeks, and because McCarthy has been a relatively quiet contender in the Best Actress categories at the Globes/Critics/SAGs – although that may change now?  The irony, though, comes because McCarthy plays not just an unlikeable woman, but a woman who’s trying – and failing – to get acknowledgement for her work, and it’s consistently not working. Full Story

Connie Britton’s Bad Blind Dates!?  

Duana Posted by Duana at January 14, 2019 20:43:00 January 14, 2019 20:43:00
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We live in a time where revealing truths horrify us daily, so I’m just going to lay it on the line: Sometimes Canadians have to do some shady sh-t to watch what we need to see. And we don’t need any judgment about it, okay?  See, Handmaid’s Tale, Queen Sugar, Love Is… and Killing Eve all arrived on Canadian airwaves with a significant delay, well after their buzz was already happening. Full Story

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Elsie Fisher’s Gloriously Awkward Speech

Duana Posted by Duana at January 14, 2019 20:19:31 January 14, 2019 20:19:31
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What’s my cardinal awards show rule? The one I carp about at least once every show? “If we’re watching you at a big glamorous party, look like you’re having fun.” I stand by it, too. Almost unimpeachable. Leave it to Elsie Fisher to break my rule and totally follow it at the same time. Full Story

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Michelle Yeoh: Globes Best Dressed (Duana)

Duana Posted by Duana at January 7, 2019 18:34:00 January 7, 2019 18:34:00
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As Sandra Oh pointed out, this year’s Golden Globes – while still overwhelmingly Caucasian – had exponentially more Asian representation than ever before, due in part to the cast of Crazy Rich Asians, who really didn’t get enough play, but came out hard in the fashion game nonetheless. Full Story

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Julia Roberts at the Globes – Chicken or Egg?

Duana Posted by Duana at January 7, 2019 13:47:09 January 7, 2019 13:47:09
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I’m a Julia Roberts stan. I don’t have anything to hide. One of the saddest moments this fall was realizing she’d had her birthday and I couldn’t pretend to be Oprah interviewing her all “Julia is FIFTYYYYYY” anymore.  I take immense pleasure in everything she does and says (and wears – I’ll get to that in a second). Full Story

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Charlize & Nicole’s Awards Show Sisterhood

Duana Posted by Duana at January 7, 2019 11:23:31 January 7, 2019 11:23:31
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So we’re sitting around LaineyGossip HQ last night, trying to arrange all the articles and picking out the perfect pairings – people who it makes sense to talk about together – all while navigating dogs and narrowly avoiding ‘that person is MINE’ skirmishes. Then someone (Kathleen?) says, “Oh, Duana, you could pair Charlize with your Nicole Kidman article. Full Story

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