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“SNL has hired [ten] new writers for season 47: Mike DiCenzo, Billy Domineau, Alex English, Martin Herlihy, John Higgins, Vannessa Jackson, Tesha Kondrat, Ben Marshall, Jake Nordwind, [and] Ben Silva.”
— Vulture, 9/28/21

“for their new writers snl hired more men in the biz via nepotism and men named Ben…

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Good morning again, Janet. Did you rest well? I did not, of course. I remain alert at all times, doomed to be present for every wretched moment of my cursed existence on this refrigerator door. …

Lola Bunny in Space Jam (1996). Fair use, Wikipedia.

“[Malcolm D. Lee], the director of ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy,’ has ‘reworked’ Lola Bunny’s role for the reboot — claiming he wasn’t comfortable with the ‘very sexualized’ way she came off in the original back in 1996.”

TMZ, 3/4/21

Petition for Malcolm D. Lee to DRAW TITTIES ON…

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In this week’s newsletter, we’re so incredibly stoked to TREAT* you to an interview with Jennie Egerdie, author of Frog and Toad are Doing Their Best. (Next week, we’re publishing an exclusive excerpt from her book in The Belladonna, so stay tuned!)

*pun intended

But first, catch up on recent…

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Oh wow, where did the year go? It’s almost November? Really??????

You know what that means…


The Sopranos title screen with a made up tagline underneath, which says “Grab yourself a duck.”
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I fed a bot* every episode of The Sopranos and then asked it to write an episode of its own. This is the first scene:


TONY and CARMELA argue in the pool. JENNIFER sits in her chair and stares at TONY. The pool is her office.

TONY: My father, he…

That may be a minority opinion here at The Belladonna, but two of our Managing Editors will absolutely die on the hill that nuts* don’t belong in Halloween candy. So kindly direct your rage at Alice and Kristen, and spare Ash, Emily, and Heidi.

*peanut butter is fine

For some…

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Hello, and welcome to the first *official* Belladonna newsletter! (Monday’s email was a pre-newsletter palate cleanser, kind of like that weird cold green stuff they serve in The Princess Diaries.)

Let’s get into it!

EDITORS EXPLAIN: What makes a pitch topical?

If the pitch is about a current event — it’s topical!

If we didn’t know it…

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