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    Gretchen Smail

    Gretchen lives and works in SF as a freelancer. If not at work, is probably off eating ramen, petting dogs, or attempting yoga. Tweets too much at @ubeempress.

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  • Backlight: Your Movie and TV News Roundup

    Backlight: Your Movie and TV News Roundup0

    • August 25, 2017

    Whew it’s been…a week. Joss Whedon, Hypocrite Preaching Feminist Ideals On Sunday Kai Cole, the ex-wife of Joss Whedon, wrote a scalding essay about Whedon’s multiple affairs with both fans and actresses. “I now see how he used his relationship with me as a shield, both during and after our marriage, so no one would

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  • We Need to Talk About Mantis’ Abuse in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

    We Need to Talk About Mantis’ Abuse in Guardians of the Galaxy 269

    When it was announced that director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would feature Pom Klementieff as Mantis, I was cautiously excited. In the past I had criticized Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy for its moments of casual misogyny, but overall found the film to be a nice change of pace after the middling

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  • Con Diary: ID10T Was Just OK

    Con Diary: ID10T Was Just OK0

    On June 25th I attended Chris Hardwick’s first ever ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival, a festival that combines indie rock, EDM, stand-up comedy, TV, and comics books all into one event. If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it kind of is. “I’ve done comedy at music festivals. I’ve done comedy at comedy

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  • Her (Disney) Universe Fashion Show 2017

    Her (Disney) Universe Fashion Show 20170

    Geeks gone glam: the Her Universe Fashion Show returned to San Diego Comic Con for its fourth year and showcased the work of 25 fashion designers, all looking to win the prize of designing Her Universe’s 2018 clothing line. “If you can dream it, you can do it,” Ashley Eckstein, founder of the brand, told

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