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Show Your Work: Negotiating the Oscars

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 12, 2020 20:52:13 February 12, 2020 20:52:13
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On this week’s bonus, special episode of Show Your Work, we take you BTS – and I don’t mean the band, but behind the scenes of our Oscar coverage and how Duana and I negotiated and bargained with each other through the process of selecting which celebrities to write about and how we split the assignments, similar to what we did after the Golden Globes last month Full Story

Show Your Work: Miss Americana and The Assistant

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 5, 2020 19:18:38 February 5, 2020 19:18:38
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On this episode of Show Your Work, we’re talking about Taylor Swift’s documentary, Miss Americana, and whether or not it meets Taylor’s objective: to reach beyond her fanbase, to people who don’t care about her, haven’t followed her career, are relatively unaware of much about her beyond the headlines and the biggest hits. Full Story

Show Your Work: The Joy of Cheer

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 29, 2020 20:28:58 January 29, 2020 20:28:58
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On this week’s episode of Show Your Work, Duana and I debate the word “nice”. This is because Aidy Bryant talked about “nice” in her recent interview with Vulture. Is niceness a work asset? Or is it a detriment? Is it a compliment? Or is it an insult? Can you be nice and still be good at your job? Who gets to be nice and still respected at work? Or, rather, who HAS to be nice to be respected at work?  Is “nice” a word you’d use to describe Alison Brie? She too spoke to Vulture Full Story

Show Your Work: On Brand With Brad – and with Beyoncé?

Duana Posted by Duana at January 22, 2020 20:40:55 January 22, 2020 20:40:55
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The SAG Awards didn’t even used to be a thing. Do you remember this? They were industry-only and non-televised, like the Independent Spirit Awards, until super-recently. But now they’re such a factor they might be accurate predictors of the Oscars in a few weeks’ time…  …and they have other benefits. Full Story

Show Your Work – Oscars Fool Us Again Edition

Duana Posted by Duana at January 15, 2020 22:13:02 January 15, 2020 22:13:02
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We always planned to talk about the 2020 Oscar nominations on this week’s episode, since an Oscar nod obviously has a huge impact on the careers of anyone nominated.  Instead, we wound up talking about how obvious the Academy’s blind spot is: since once again white men vastly dominate the nominations is it time to stop caring what Oscar thinks? That’s what Alma Har’el, director of Honey Boy, recommends:  Thank you to everyone that’s speaking up about today’s nominations. Full Story

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Show Your Work: LIVE from the Golden Globes! 

Duana Posted by Duana at January 8, 2020 20:18:48 January 8, 2020 20:18:48

We are back, and thrilled to bring you this special episode of the podcast LIVE (ish) from L.A., where Lainey was on the Golden Globes red carpet in the dress heard around the web! The red carpet is a strange beast, and fresh from what Lainey calls one of her best carpets ever, we dig deep into the world of awards show arrivals – what makes a great carpet or a bad one, who’s an all-time favourite interview, and what are the pitfalls that can befall rookie interviewers and veterans alike? We discuss why Tiffany Haddish really is as great as she seems, why Kerry Washington might have a bone to pick with Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Aniston, and my most pressing red carpet question of all, even atfer all these years – what happens when you have to pee?! Especially in clothing that was never meant to go anywhere as unglamorous as a public bathroom? Then, the dresses come off, and as Lainey shifts back into ‘writer mode’, we bring you inside our  ‘writers room’ (in this case, our alternately freezing and boiling hotel room at the Beverly Hilton) as we dig into a candy-and-beef-jerky fuelled debate about our Golden Globes coverage on the site on Monday Full Story

Show Your Work: Scarlett Johansson’s most iconic role 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 18, 2019 21:54:57 December 18, 2019 21:54:57

On the last episode of Show Your Work , Duana had a conspiracy theory about Scarlett Johansson hosting Saturday Night Live. So on this episode we’re doing a report card on that conspiracy theory and get into Scarjo’s work overall – because Duana has taken a position: that Scarjo does not have an iconic role (and, yes, this means that she doesn’t consider Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff to be iconic)…why is that? Here is the highest grossing female actor in Hollywood but there’s not one performance we strongly associate her with, one where we say, yeah, no, no one else could have done that. Full Story

Show Your Work: Saturday Night JLo

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 11, 2019 21:23:47 December 11, 2019 21:23:47

On this episode of Show Your Work, we get into the various award show nominations leading up to the Oscars and what they mean. Are there some that are more “important” than others? And which award is the “Andrea Zuckerman” of award season? Beverly Hills 90210 analogies aplenty are coming at you. Full Story

Show Your Work: America’s Got Gabrielle

Duana Posted by Duana at December 4, 2019 20:25:59 December 4, 2019 20:25:59
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If Lainey were writing this, she’d undoubtedly point out that some stories are gifts that keep giving or that gain momentum when you least expect it. It’s been a full week since the story broke that Gabrielle Union spoke up about various issues at America’s Got Talent – and was released from her contract Full Story

Show Your Work: What is Ryan Reynolds? 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 28, 2019 20:05:56 November 28, 2019 20:05:56
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Did you see Ryan Reynolds on Saturday Night Live last weekend? Will Ferrell hosted – and Ryan showed up in the opening monologue and on Weekend Update and Duana sent me a note at 140am, after the show ended, and this was her question: What is Ryan Reynolds? The next day, it was announced that he’s become an owner in Mint Mobile. Full Story