Melissa

Melissa Anelli

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Melissa Anelli runs all the Leaky things: The Leaky Cauldron, LeakyCon, and LeakyNews. Sometime after she became an editor for the Leaky Cauldron, it became a life goal to create safe spaces for geeks and nerds to do their geeky, nerdy things. Her first book, "Harry, A History," about the Harry Potter phenomenon, was a New York Times bestseller. Melissa finds too many ways to shoehorn TV watching into an already jammed schedule, and will be mourning the loss of FIREFLY for possibly ever.

By Melissa

The Best Things We Heard at NYCC’s Anti-Harassment Panel

The increased and welcome push toward a more considerate conference attendance citizenry continued today at New York Comic Con, with the “#YesAllGeeks: Let’s talk about harassment in fandom” panel. Panelists included writer and activist Mikki Kendall, blogger Marlene Bonnelly, Tor.com blogger More…

When YouTube Profits from Sexual Abuse, Who Loses?

Picture via Sam Pepper’s video blog. Truthiness note: Melissa Anelli holds a small percent of a stake in VidCon. However, she’s also a feminist and and advisor to and member of YouCoalition, the task force created by the Green brothers to help More…

The Moms Fannypackin’ Heat: A Live PTA Showdown

Julia Albain and Lauren Lopez’s comedy, The Moms: Fannypackin’ Heat, is going where few plays go tonight: live on the Internet, and Leaky is here blogging and tweeting all about it. Through Gigity.tv, you can watch the broadcast live. We’ll More…

Scarlett Byrne Lands Regular Role on “Falling Skies”

Harry Potter actress and friend of Leaky Scarlett Byrne has been revealed as the newest series regular in TNT’s alien drama Falling Skies, playing a mysterious woman with a connection to the other-worlders. Check out the trailer below: The show indicates that her More…

J.K. Rowling’s New Book: Pseudonym Revealed on Crime Novel

UPDATE (07/15/13, 2:05 p.m. EST) J.K. Rowling’s website has been updated to include the following statement regarding The Cuckoo’s Calling: I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been More…

Smash Producers Double-diss Anjelica Huston?

Two quick (s)mash notes (har har): Entertainment Weekly has noted this afternoon that to add just a couple extra bars of insult to the ditty of injury that Smash has been playing as its swan song, producers/minions/whoever-does-this actually misspelled Anjelica Huston’s name More…

A Smash Must-Read: Marc Shaiman on All the Songs

Woops, you thought we were done writing about Smash? It’s a curtain call! You’ll have to drag me out of this theater with a giant candy cane! Anyway: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. We can call them unsung heroes (and More…

Crazy Dreams Come True: The Smash Finale’s Big Finish

“There is nothing more important or special as live theater.” Only a television show with Smash‘s storied, short history can say something like that and mean it. And only a television show about theater and its denizens would ever say something More…

What would have been in Smash Season 3?

The curtain’s down, but for those of us who loved the show, the ghost light is on, and we wonder: what could have been? What would have happened, had Smash lasted at least one more season? Now that everyone on the West More…

Seven Things We’ll Miss About Smash

Today is the day that Broadway babies say goodnight – to television, at least. It’s the last episode ever of Smash. Whatever you thought of the melodrama, the characterizations, and the Rent-inspired endgame, there is no doubt that a show More…

Would You Actually Pay for Amazon Fan Fiction?

We at LeakyNews are still trying to absorb the idea of Amazon fan fiction. We have a lot of questions about characterizations and who would be the judge of them; about whether it’s right to make money on fan fiction More…