Jon Prasida on Ryan’s Love Life and His Fighting Hopes for ‘Kung Fu’ Season 3

In the second season of Kung Fu, Ryan (Jon Prasida) goes through a lot. The fresh-out-of-med-school youngest Shen sibling was healing from the break-up with Joe (Bradley Gibson) from the end of season 1, but finds love with Sebastian (JB Tadena), the new head chef of Harmony Dumplings.

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‘Fire Island’ is a Queer Rom-Com Take on ‘Pride & Prejudice’

Love doesn’t come easy, especially for queer characters of color. Either we have stories that consists of “coming-of-age” or “coming-out” — both of which are completely fine and beautiful — but there never is a unapologetically queer movie about finding love through the chaos of one hot summer. That is where Andrew Ahn’s Fire Island comes in.

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‘Batwoman’ Stars Know Great Romance Comes with Great Responsibility

There’s a lot of responsibility for “firsts” for representation in the media.

For The CW’s Batwoman, actresses Javicia Leslie and Meagan Tandy definitely feel the pressure to get their characters and their romance right. As the first queer superhero Black couple*, Leslie and Tandy understand their responsibility.

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‘Euphoria’ Promises More Drama and Trauma This Season


Directed by show creator Sam Levinson, the season 2 premiere, “Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door,” transports viewers into another night of Euphoria. That title does more than reference the show’s heavy inclusion of sex, drugs, and more sex and drugs, it’s a nod to its most central theme — that feeling of euphoria is a treasure sought out by most everyone in the series.

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NOC Spoiler Chat: ‘The Matrix Resurrections’

The Matrix is back, baby! Last week The Matrix Resurrections hit theaters and HBO Max just in time for the holidays. And our very own Lauren Lola shared her thoughts on the film in her spoiler free review here on the site. But now that everyone has seen it, it’s time to go deeper, and break down the film and all its kung-fu goodness!

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NOC Review: A Unique Premiere for a Unique ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Season

“The Bullet Blondes” shows our heroes in a dire place. When we left our lovable band of time-traveling misfit superheroes at the tail end of Season 6, the unthinkable happened. Their precious Waverider ship was blown up by another Waverider that simply appeared and left! Now stranded in 1925, the Legends must figure out how to time-travel out of this period and make sure they don’t mess up history along the way.

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Emma Mieko Candon on Continuing ‘Star Wars: Visions’ in New ‘Ronin’ Novel

Emma Mieko Candon likes to write stories that pull from her love for ‘90’s action movies. Being a fan of film franchises like The Mummy and Star Wars, she likes stories that can be quippy and fun, but she also cleaves on philosophical angst. As a new author on the scene, she wants to write action adventures, filled with a lot of queer people of color and an underlying current of a fraught metaphor.

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Colman Domingo and Chris Rock Lead the Cast of ‘Rustin’ Biopic

Many heroes are lost to time, but legends never die. Bayard Rustin isn’t a name people know as well as Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X. But much like his fellow Freedom Riders and speakers for justice, that kind of notoriety probably wouldn’t have interested Rustin all that much. Nevertheless, it’s a name we’ll all hopefully be getting more familiar with thanks to a new biopic from the ingenious mind of George C. Wolfe.

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‘The Flash’ Returns This November with Five-Part “Armageddon” Premiere

Even though The Flash only ended this July with a wonderfully splendid renewal of the WestAllen vows and a family team-up against an army of Godspeeds, fans won’t have to wait long for the Season 8 premiere! And it’s going to be an action-packed doozy.

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Loki’s Bisexuality and How to Move Forward in the MCU

With three episodes in and I’m already obsessively hooked on Marvel’s Loki, even more than the previous two Marvel Disney+ shows. The first episode, and every episode after, has gotten me into a new little weekly routine.

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The Middle Geeks Interview: Amin El Gamal of ‘Breaking Fast’

For Pride Month, we are so excited to have on Amin El Gamal, who plays Sam on the amazing queer Ramadan rom-com Breaking Fast, which is now on Hulu! We dig into what drew Amin to acting, the experience of filming Breaking Fast and working with Mike Mosallam, their thoughts on the current landscape of MENA and queer stories in film and, what he’d love to see more of in the industry, and much more!

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‘The Little Prince(ss)’ Director on Femininity, Toxic Masculinity, and Finding Acceptance

Growing up in a conservative town like Hunan, China, Peng was met with discouragement from the neighborhood over their femininity. As a queer and non-binary filmmaker who grew up in China, their focus has always been to address the working class and the intersectionality of the queer community. Peng was fortunate to have supportive parents who love them and always encouraged Peng to be who they were. The same could not be said of the parents of their friends. This is how The Little Prince(ss) was developed.

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‘Growing Fangs’ Director Anne Marie Pace on Finding Your Place in the World

Growing up Mexican American and bisexual in a family of anthropologists, Pace wanted to showcase what it meant to be an outsider and finding your place. She also is a huge fan of the supernatural. So, why not put the two and two together? That’s exactly what she did.

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Lukita Maxwell on That Shocking ‘Genera+ion’ Finale

HBO Max’s hit show Genera+ion is finally coming back this Pride month! Season 1 is finishing up its second half, starting with episode 9 today!

The NOC got to talk to some of the cast in anticipation of the second half’s premiere, including Lukita Maxwell, aka Delilah herself! Delilah had one of the most shocking and tear-jerking plotlines during the first half of the season, and I got to (virtually) sit down and talk with Lukita about it as well as what we can expect to see when the show returns.

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Nathanya Alexander on How ‘Genera+ion’ Speaks to Gen Z

The NOC is celebrating Pride month as loud as we can, and as part of that celebration, I got to sit down (virtually of course) with Nathanya Alexander, one of the stars of Genera+ion! Nathanya plays Arianna, the bold and perhaps a little too honest member of the gang. 

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Zendaya Teases the Return of HBO’s ‘Euphoria’

June 16 marked the two year anniversary of HBO’s hit drama, Euphoria. The first season debuted in June 16, 2019 and the season finale followed in August. To hold fans over until season 2, the show returned with two special episodes that aired in December 2020 and January 2021. The talented cast includes Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, Algee Smith, and Sydney Sweeney.

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Frankie Rodriguez Represents on ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’

If you have Disney+, you might have heard of a little show called High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. That tongue twisting title, which will be abbreviated to HSMTMTS from now on, headlines the story of the next generation of Disney’s premiere high school musical group.

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HBO Max Celebrates Pride 2021 By Shining A Light On LGBTQ+ Representation

Happy Pride month everyone! Like most month-long celebrations of a minority group, Pride really is something we should be appreciating all year round. But a month with the spotlight shining on the LGBTQ+ community around the world is definitely something to get excited about.

We still have a long way to go before anyone can say that LGBTQ representation in media is as present as it is not, but if you’re looking for some incredible examples of Pride in entertainment, all you need is an HBO Max subscription.

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