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Gretchen Smail is a TV writer at Bustle, where she writes about Game of Thrones, comic book shows, documentary series, and moving, emotional dramas that often shed light on marginalized creators and/or current day inequalities. Gretchen's bylines have also appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Beast, The Hollywood Reporter, and Nerdist. Much of her work has focused on discussing the positive impact of diversity and representation in TV/film. She earned her bachelor's...
How does one find joy amid unspeakable tragedy? Madeleine Gavin’s documentary City of Joy, about a community built around women who have survived horrific violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), gives us a glimpse at both an incredible injustice still occurring today, and how Congolese women are combating it with their own grassroots movement.
'What's it like to be black in this system?': inside a Chicago high school
The documentary follows the beginnings of City of Joy,...
On the heels of the success of Crazy Rich Asians, Hulu's PEN15 is finding humorous and heartbreaking ways to tell a story far less glamorous, but just as vital: that of a middle-class, second-generation, biracial Asian girl growing up in the 2000s.
With a premise straight from classic literature and fairytales, Crazy Rich Asians is a transportive romcom about a poor girl who finds her Prince Charming – and is then thrown into the extravagant, glitzy, catty world of the Singapore elite.
Awkwafina: ‘I was always the crazy one, the funny one. I’d do anything for a laugh’
The idea that an everyday woman could meet a dashing man and end up marrying into aristocratic society is a well-worn, and well-loved, story convention that has ...
What Is Wesley From 'Queer Eye' Doing Now? He Says Forgiving The Man Who Shot Him Was More About Forgiving Himself
Queer Eye features a lot of deserving heroes, but one of the most inspiring is undoubtedly Wesley Hamilton, a Kansas City resident we meet in the newly released fourth season.
Netflix's Queer Eye may be a fun makeover show at surface-level, but since the start, it's made an effort to highlight deeper, important topics.
It feels like this week, in many ways, will be seen as something of a litmus test for Hollywood with both Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before heading from the bookstore to the screen. Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of Rachel, an NYU professor who travels with her boyfriend to Singapore and learns he’s actually the son of the richest family on the island. To All the Boys … is set to debut on Netflix and is about Lara Jean, a teen romantic who dis...
It’s been a full five weeks since Tidying Up with Marie Kondo debuted on Netflix, yet folks can’t seem to stop airing their distaste for the 34-year-old organizing consultant. What is it about the queen of clean that makes people so consistently messy?
Netflix’s The Witcher fantasy series is aiming to cure your post-Game of Thrones blues, and it’s already clear the cast is just as passionate about the project as the crew is. At the center of this is lead actor Henry Cavill, who revealed during San Diego Comic-Con that he’s very possibly the biggest Witcher nerd of all time.
HBO's Euphoria is an unflinching look at a group of teens all chasing their own highs: popularity, toxic machismo, app hookups, porn. Grounding the tale is Zendaya's character Rue, whose euphoria is much more literal: she's a 17-year-old misusing drugs.
Yoshitaka Amano is a world renowned artist and character designer, with his intricate illustrations gracing the covers of works like Vampire Hunter D, Sandman: The Dream Hunters, and Guin Saga. Alongside designer and director Hironobu Sakaguchi, Amano’s character designs have formed the bedrock for the massively popular Final Fantasy franchise. Through the help of translator Michael Gombos, Director of International Publishing and Licensing at Dark Horse, we got a chance to catch up with Aman...
In many ways, Legion is a show about change and rebirth.
The Council On 'Game Of Thrones' Had Every Opportunity To Bolster The Female Rulers — Instead, It Silenced Them
Game of Thrones is a show that often prided itself on subverting tropes and throwing fan expectations for a loop, with shocking character turns and sudden deaths. When it comes to how the women were treated, though, Game of Thrones unfortunately stayed pretty predictable, all the way until the end.
Jordan Peele is known for how he uses surreal concepts to explore pressing social issues, and this week's episode of The Twilight Zone is no different. "Not All Men" uses a supernatural plot device — a mysterious red meteor that crashes to earth — to explore issues of male aggression, consent, harassment, and how toxic masculinity is pervasive in a patriarchal society.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is heading our way in Spider-Man: Far From Home, but he might not be the villain you were expecting. In fact, he might not be a villain at all.