Hollywood Critics Association's 2nd annual TV Awards are taking place next weekend. Over the course of two nights, celebrities from the small screen - across streaming, cable, and broadcast - will unite in Hollywood for a beautiful event which will hand out awards in achievement. Unfortunately, this year, the HCA has decided to celebrate a couple of programs which prominently use fat-suits.
Our very own Yael Tygiel got a chance to talk with some of the dancers from Lizzo's Watch Out For the Big Grrrls and asked them the question that has been keeping her up at night... How Do They Deal with Chub Rub?
See what the professionals have to say below, and catch the Lizzo's Big Grrrls on Amazon Prime.
With the Oscars a day away, quite a few films are continuing to make headlines. On their way to the Academy Awards, the incredible cast of CODA keeps picking up statues, allowing them to remind the industry that representation matters, authenticity matters, inclusion matters. Other films nominated in the Best Picture category have been making headlines for less positive criticism, including Licorice Pizza’s blatantly offensive racism. As with every year, the Oscars drum up discussions about diversity in film, but no one seems to be talking about the fatphobia baked into our entertainment.
Maybe it’s time to start.
Reginald the Vampire, based on the Johnny B. Truant "Fat Vampire" book series, stars Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man's Ned) as Reginald, a fat treadmill salesman who gets turned into a Vampire. Not only did the series just wrap filming this week, but the series be on SYFY this summer. Plus, both Amazon and Hulu have picked up streaming rights for international territories, according to Variety.
I haven't yet read the book series - and based on the description listed on GoodReads, I'm afraid I won't like it - but I'm pleased to see more plus size representation on TV, especially when it's on a channel I tend to enjoy.
Will you be watching Reginald the Vampire on SYFY? Have you read the book series that inspired it? Let me know!
-- Yael Tygiel
Just in case you didn't catch it last month, Amazon released the trailer for the upcoming competition series, Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls.
Watch it below and watch Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls on March 25th on Amazon.
It feels like just yesterday when Sarah Paulson publicly admitted regret in adding padding to play Linda Tripp for Impeachment: American Crime Story. Yet Renee Zellweger, star and producer of NBC's The Thing About Pam, is also fat-suiting up for the title role of Pam.
During NBC's Press Day last week, journalist Whitney Friedlander craftily asked the question many of us have been wondering since the first "Renee Zellweger Unrecognizable" headlines appeared about a week prior: Why cast Renee Zellweger in a fat suit instead of a fat actor?
Actress Danielle Macdonald has a new series for HBO Max coming out, called The Tourist, starring 50 Shades' Jamie Dornan.
The Tourist hits the streamer with 6 episodes on March 3rd, but you can watch the trailer for the series now.
The Tourist: Jamie Dornan stars as a British man who finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian outback being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road. An epic cat and mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes in the hospital, hurt, but somehow alive — except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback.
Remember when Amy Schumer was making a Barbie movie and it looked like it would be body positive? Yes, not everyone was excited about Schumer's involvement, but then we became less excited when she dropped out and Margot Robbie got involved.
Well, after a few years of relative silence on the project, there's news:
Controversial comedian Amy Schumer has a new series on Hulu, Life & Beth, which follows Beth (Schumer), who after an unexpected incident starts having flashbacks to her teen self and learns how she became who she is and who she wants to become. The comedy also stars comedian Yamaneika Saunders, along with Michael Sera and Michael Rappaport.
Watch the trailer for the series below and catch the entire 10-episode series on March 18th on Hulu.
Many of us in the Body Positivity community are familiar with the dance company, Pretty Big Movement, who made headlines when they appeared on America's Got Talent back in 2015.
Looks like they're getting the full Hollywood treatment as Warner Bros. and HBO Max hired Queen of the South co-producer and Queen Sugar producer Tina Mabry to direct and co-write Pretty Big.
Netflix sure does love Nicole Byer as much as we do!
In addition to Byer's recent Comedy Special, "Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo)" as well as her duties as host of Nailed It!, the streaming service is adding another Nicole led project: Bad Crimes.
Even more astonishing, quite a few are premiering in the first couple months of the year! Check out a bunch we're excited about: