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'Get Out,' 'Hairspray' part of movie series - Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Affairs announced its lineup for the Millennium Park Summer Film Series that will take place every Tuesday on June 5-Aug. 21, with each screening starting at 6:30 p.m. The Gene Siskel Film Center's Black Harvest Film Festival was chosen as one of 14 of more than 40 annual film festivals presented citywide to ...


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Cinema/Chicago CEO Kutza to step down - Michael Kutza—founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival—will be retiring from his role at the end of 2018. The governing board of directors will pay tribute to Kutza's remarkable career at a special gala, "Celebrating Michael," Saturday, July 14, at Loews Hotel Chicago, 455 N. Park Dr. Kutza founded the Chicago International Film ...


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Annual GLAAD film report finds alarming drop in LGBTQ characters - From a news release - Los Angeles, CA — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its sixth annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2017 calendar year. For the full report visit: www.glaad.org/sri . ...


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SHOWBIZ Donald Glover, Adore Delano, Jason Statham, Jennifer Aniston - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Donald Glover has backed suggestions that his Star Wars character is pansexual—despite a reported zero same-sex interactions on screen, according to PinkNews. Fans accused Star Wars producers of queer-baiting after claims that fan favorite character Lando Calrissian is actually pansexual. Glover ( taking over the role that Billy Dee Williams originated ) told SiriusXM, "Yeah… How can you not be ...


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LGBTQ sports movie premiering June 28 - The documentary Alone in the Game will premiere Thursday, June 28, on the AT&T AUDIENCE Network, according to a press release. The AT&T original feature-length documentary follows a group of athletes and sports figures from the biggest stages in American sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLS, and NCAA, among others, to explore the ongoing struggles LGBTQ athletes are facing at ...


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Chicago-made Freelancers Anonymous film releases teaser - From a news release - Take a first look at director Sonia Sebastian's new comedy feature Freelancers Anonymous, written by Amy Dellagiarino and Lisa Cordileone, starring an ensemble cast of women including: Lisa Cordileone, Natasha Negovanlis, Alexandra Billings, Jennifer Bartels, Mouzam Makkar, Megan Cavanagh, Amy Shiels, Cassandra Blair, Jamison Scala, Grace Rex, Jennie McNulty and Haviland Stillwell. Freelancers Anonymous will have its world premiere at ...


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In "Alone In The Game" LGBTQ Athletes Explore Ongoing Challenges, June 28 - Coming off an official selection at AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington D.C., AT&T* AUDIENCE® Network unveiled its new, exclusive documentary, "Alone In The Game." It will make its premiere on Thursday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Exclusive documentary premieres June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. WATCH THE TRAILER: https://youtu.be/aolQEcFp_QA . The AT&T original feature-length documentary follows a group ...


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MOVIES Director, writer talk star-studded 'Book Club' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cashing in on the book club craze, four seasoned stars have come together to make a movie about relationships and starting anew. Diane Keaton plays Diane who is recently divorced after 40 years of marriage; Jane Fonda, as Vivian, can't settle down with one man; Candace Bergen is Sharon, who is still working through divorce; and Mary Steenburgen's Carol has ...


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SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW Films feature mystery, superheroes and Cher - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This summer Hollywood seems to have learned a lesson on producing overhyped blockbuster movies, films based on TV shows or just too many sequels. There are a few on the roster, though, with The Incredibles 2, A Hotel Transylvania 3 and another Mission Impossible flick to wade through. The LGBT community has plenty to come out and see, with increasingly ...


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SHOWBIZ Charlize Theron, Mapplethorpe, Karamo Brown, ABBA - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Watch What Happens Live, Charlize Theron confirmed that an Atomic Blonde 2 is in development, Deadline noted. The Academy Award-winning actress simply confirmed the buzz around a sequel to the 2017 David Leitch-directed action thriller in which she played super-spy Lorraine Broughton. The Focus Features and Sierra/Affinity film raked in more than $95 million at the global box office. ...


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SHOWBIZ Jake Gyllenhaal, Clay Aiken, Dolly Parton, 'The Handmaid's Tale' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star as Leonard Bernstein in The American, with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing and producing, according to Deadline. Structured in five movements, like a symphony, The American follows Bernstein from conducting the New York Philharmonic at the age of 25 and through a meteoric rise to fame, all while struggling both personally and publicly ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Sebastian Lelio on helming 'Disobedience,' 'A Fantastic Woman' - A new movie called Disobedience is in theaters now, and has an intriguing storyline.  A woman name Ronit Krushka ( Rachel Weisz ) returns to the Orthodox Jewish community in North London after her rabbi father passes away. The story heats up when a romance sparks up with childhood friend Esti Kuperman ( Rachel McAdams ). Director Sebastian Lelio is ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Talking about 'Tully' with director Jason Reitman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The new film Tully, currently out in theaters, is breaking down barriers in the baby world. Postpartum depression, mental health, and a sprinkle of lesbianism is all mixed together in this humorous drama that stars Charlize Theron as Marlo.  Tully is the fourth collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, with others including the hit movies Juno, Jennifer's ...


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WORLD India's Section 377, Stonewall charity, Andy Cohen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In its ongoing deliberations over whether to repeal Section 377 of the India's penal code, the country's Supreme Court asked the Indian government to explain its stand on consensual sexual relations between same-sex adults, Gay Star News reported. It has given the government until July to return with an answer. LGBTI advocates have declared the ultimatum a "watershed" moment in ...


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'SpongeBob,' 'Mean Girls' lead Tony nods - The Tony nominations for the 2017-18 season were announced May 1—and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical and Mean Girls led the way with 12 nods each. Angels in America got 11 nods, edging the almost six-hour-long Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which received 10. A few of the other productions that received nominations include Latin History for Morons, Farinelli and ...


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Chicago Filmmakers cuts ribbon on new home - Chicago P.D. actor Jeff Rogers wears many hats, and he put another one to emcee Chicago Filmmaker's open house and ribbon-cutting on April 28 at 5720 N. Ridge Ave. Formerly a Chicago firehouse from 1928, the Chicago Landmark building will be home to classrooms and a theater for the 45-year-old organization. In his opening remarks, Rogers, who has worked with ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Tales of the City,' Kehlani, Bradley Cooper, Cosby fallout - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Netflix has ordered a 10-episode limited series revival of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, and production is expected to start later this year for a 2019 premiere, Deadline reported. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis will reprise their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal, respectively; Ellen Page joins the cast as Shawna, the daughter of Linney's character, Mary ...


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Film festivals kick off Chicago's spring - Two diverse film festivals kicked off spring in Chicago over the weekend of April 20. On April 20-22, the Define American Film Festival retuned for a third year of programming at Venue SIX10. Since its beginnings, the festival has taken place in a new city every year and sold out all the screenings. Define American was launched by Pulitzer Prize-winning ...


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Siskel showing 'Best of Black Harvest' - The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced increased funding for The Best of Black Harvest West with a grant of $8,000 as part of an overall package of $18,000 from The Allstate Corporation to support the Black Harvest Film Festival. This grant specifically supports the expansion of the Black Harvest Film Festival's ...


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Chicago Filmmakers to cut ribbon on new home - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - While it's been up a flight of stairs on Clark Street in Andersonville for years, Chicago Filmmakers always dreamed of having a different space for themselves. "If you needed to get to the classrooms you had to walk through the theater," said Executive Director Brenda Webb of the old location. "You couldn't do both things at the same time. It ...


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TELEVISION Samira Wiley is back with a bite in 'The Handmaid's Tale' - The Emmy Award-winning dystopian series The Handmaid's Tale returns for its second season on Wed., April 25, with a 13-episode arc. With MGM Television producing, this Hulu original is based on the classic Margaret Atwood 1985 novel of the same name. Although the chilling reality of life in Gilead is fictional, its totalitarian roots are aligned with present day fundamentalist ...


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Grace Jones film running at Music Box - Sophie Fiennes's documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami will run April 27-May 3 at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. This cinematic journey through the public and private worlds of pop-culture icon Grace Jones juxtaposes musical sequences with intimate personal footage. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami came to fruition following Fiennes's first feature documentary Hoover Street Revival ( 2001 ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Brokeback,' Prince memoir, 'Wonder Woman,' Bette Midler - The dust has yet to settle on a bit of back and forth over Brokeback Mountain casting, The Hollywood Reported noted. At Santa Monica's Aero Theatre ( where "Brokeback" aired on a double bill with Philadelphia ), Oscar-winning screenwriter Diana Ossana told Rambling Reporter, "It was the role of Ennis that was the difficult one to cast. It was the ...


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MOVIES Amy Schumer, Aidy Bryant feel 'Pretty' good - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I Feel Pretty is a new film about being single and the challenges that come along. ( It's currently in theaters. ) Amy Schumer plays Renee Bennett, who suffers an injury one day, resulting in her injuries being forgotten and her gaining newfound confidence. Actresses Aidy Bryant and Busy Philipps complete the circle of friends who support each other in ...


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Director, screenwriter Ava DuVernay to be honored at Annual GLAAD Media Awards - From a press release - New York, NY — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced that filmmaker, director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay will be honored at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York at the New York Hilton Midtown on Saturday, May 5, 2018. GLAAD previously announced that Samira Wiley will receive the Vito Russo Award for her LGBTQ ...


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Billy Masters - "You know, and I will get fired for this, but I'm never going to say that I don't. I will get fired for that. By the way, they're both pretty substantial, I think."—Donald Trump Jr. answers Adam Carolla's question, "When you and your pops are in the shower, who's got the bigger package?" In the first place, who is in ...


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Siskel showing 'Best of Black Harvest' - The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced increased funding for The Best of Black Harvest West with a grant of $8,000 as part of an overall package of $18,000 from The Allstate Corporation to support the Black Harvest Film Festival. This grant specifically supports the expansion of the Black Harvest Film Festival's ...


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GLAAD Media Awards honors Spears, Parsons - The GLAAD Media Awards took place April 12 in Los Angeles, with comedian/actress Wanda Sykes as host. GLAAD honored Britney Spears, Jim Parsons and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Halle Berry, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ryan Murphy, Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy, Rachel Bloom, Wilson Cruz, ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Peaches Christ, worshipping at altars of John Waters, Mink Stole - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director John Waters has influenced and created many movie stars over the years with an iconic career. Known as the Dreamlanders, many of his actors were repeatedly used in multiple films, as in the example of Mink Stole.  Her career began as a party guest in Roman Candles and continued to Waters last film A Dirty Shame. The only films ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Beyonce, 'Days of Our Lives,' Serena Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Television audiences got their first glimpse of FX's hotly anticipated, history-making series Pose with the release of the show's first trailer, The Huffington Post noted. The eight-episode season will "explore the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene," ...


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WORLD Anti-gay law, Middle East report, serial killer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Trinidad and Tobago, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act—which prohibited "buggery" and "serious indecency" between two men—criminalized consensual same-sex activity between adults, and were unconstitutional, The Guardian reported. The decision followed a similar ruling in Belize in 2016. "The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago, with this ruling, made a powerful statement that the legal ...


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May Pride Film Fest "Celebrating Who We Are" May 8 - From a press release - Chicago, IL - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pride Films and Plays' eighth monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films will be screened on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The theme for this 82-minute program of nine films is "Celebrating Who We Are." The screening will be held in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, beginning at 7:30 pm. 2000 ...


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No Straight Lines: The Story of Queer Comics launches fundraising - April 9, 2018, Berkeley, CA — Today, filmmaker Vivian Kleiman and comics artist and advocate Justin Hall announced that their feature-length documentary film, No Straight Lines: The Story of Queer Comics, will launch a Kickstarter fundraiser in late April. This new effort is aimed at completing filming of the project, which tells the story of how LGBTQ comics evolved from ...


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Chicago Filmmakers Ribbon Cutting Ceremony April 28 - From a press release - Chicago Filmmakers invites the public to the opening of its new home, a 1928 Chicago Historic Landmark firehouse purchased from the city of Chicago in 2016. After extensive renovations, Chicago Filmmakers has restored the retired firehouse and developed it into a new space that will be a vital cultural addition to the Edgewater community. The event will take place Saturday, ...


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Gay Asian actor Lee Doud speaks on anti-Asian bias - Racial bias fails to surprise Asian-American actor Lee Doud. Speaking with professor Mark Martell in front of a small crowd at the University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Richard J. Daley Library at an event Martell entitled "No Fats, No Femmes, No Asians: Unpacking the Anti-Asian Bias in the Modern Dating World," Doud outlined the ways in which ...


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Five Worth Finding, books, Phluid Project, restaurants - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Given Up for You: In this honest memoir from University of Wisconsin Press, Erin O. White shares her hunger for love—both religious and secular. A lesbian, she spent time with her girlfriend and in Catholic confirmation classes. This book explores the answer to the question "What does a lesbian believer do with her longing for God?" —Gender Ambiguity in the ...


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Ronan Farrow comes out at Point Foundation event - From a Point Foundation press release - Celebrities and 400 guests experienced an inspiring evening at The Plaza April 9, in support of Point Foundation ( Point ), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) students of merit. The annual Point Honors New York event raises funds for Point's higher education scholarships, as well as mentoring and leadership programs. ...


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LGBTQ documentary film programs to held on April 16 and 17 - From a Pride Films and Plays press release - Chicago, IL - The full-length feature THE LAST GOSPEL OF THE PAGAN BABIES — a documentary about a 150 year old, gender-bending, sexual outlaw community in the American south — will be screened on Monday, April 16. AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL HORVICH AND HIS FILM ALZHEIMER'S: A LOVE STORY — a screening of Horvich's short documentary and a talk by ...


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SHOWBIZ Ryan Murphy, 'Universal Love,' Jay Z, Imagine Dragons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While discussing the theme of the next American Crime Story with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Murphy let slip a development in the cast of American Horror Story, according to Queerty. The Hollywood Reporter stated, "When it comes to Murphy's other FX anthologies, he's currently casting an eighth season of American Horror Story ( and, in classic Murphy fashion, reveals he's ...


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Pride Films and Plays 2018-19 season to feature Southern Comfort, Trevor - From a press release - For 2018-19, its second full season in its home at the two-stage Pride Arts Center, Pride Films and Plays will expand to a five-show season, up from the four-show schedule of 2017-18. Artistic Director Nelson A. Rodriguez today announced the company's lineup of four plays and one musical under the theme "We Are Family." Rodriguez explains, "This season we are ...


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Waithe on cover of Vanity Fair - Out actor/writer Lena Waithe—an Emmy-winning African-American who hails from Chicago and Evanston—is on the cover of the April issue of Vanity Fair. Described in the artilce as "on the butch side of queer but with delicate edges," Waithe, 33, said, in part, "I don't need an Emmy to tell me to go to work. I've been working. I've beenwriting, I've ...


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GUEST COLUMN Casting matters - I want you to think back for me … Think back to first time you felt yourself reflected in pop culture … Remember that joy ... Remember that feeling of being seen … Remember the freedom it embodied … Hold on to that feeling for me. I am asked, constantly, "why do you care so much about casting? Is your ...


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SHOWBIZ Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith, comic-book movies, 'Drag Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After a booted contestant on The Voice called Kelly Clarkson "small-minded" for comparing her to fellow gay artists, the coach had something to say, People.com noted. Contestant Molly Stevens, who is openly gay, revealed in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was upset by a comparison that Clarkson made during the battle rounds, as Clarkson said Stevens reminded her of ...


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SPRING MOVIE PREVIEW Line-up includes blockbusters, LGBT gems, film fest - Finally, the weather is changing in Chicago and things are heating up in the spring. This year there's not been much of a lull at the cinema after the Oscars, thanks to heavy hitter Black Panther, which has earned more than 600 million dollars ( not including overseas dollars ) and counting. April will shower us with diverse movies and ...


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'No Fats, No Fems, No Asians' forum at UIC with Lee Doud - Actor/creator/producer Lee Doud will speak at the forum "No Fats, No Fems, No Asians: Unpacking the Asian American Dating Experience in the Modern World" on Wed., April 4, 3-4 p.m., at the UIC Richard J. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St. Doud will discuss experiences in Hollywood and dating, as well as examine historical influences on being Asian. A Q&A ...


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SHOWBIZ Nate Berkus, Christina Aguilera, 'Love, Simon,' Samira Wiley - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent—who are expecting their second child—were honored by the Family Equality Council at the group's annual gala by good friend Armie Hammer, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Berkus and Brent delivered an emotional acceptance speech about how their show isn't just about design. "What does it feel like for a young gay, transgender or bisexual child to ...


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WORLD London posters, gay clergyman, 'Call Me By Your Name' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Posters featuring Black same-sex couples are going up on high streets across London, PinkNews reported. The campaign from gay men's health charity GMFA is aimed to reach out at the city's queer Black and minority ethnic ( BAME ) community, who are often not represented in public-health campaigns. The ads—developed by BAME gay and bisexual men for BAME gay and ...


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SHOWBIZ Harry Styles, Wanda Sykes, Anderson Cooper, 'Gotham' co-star - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - During a live performance, Harry Styles debuted an unreleased song called "Medicine," and one set of lyrics in particular has his fans in a whirlwind, Billboard noted. In a verse, Styles appeared to sing "The boys and the girls are here/ I mess around with him/ And I'm OK with it." Twitter users immediately called the song a bisexual anthem, ...


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Billy Masters - "Fuck off Caitlyn—you had your chance."—Kathy Griffin responds to Caitlyn Jenner's sudden realization that "As far as trans issues, this administration has been the worst ever. They've set our community back 20 years, easily." And special kudos to Kathy Griffin—her Carnegie Hall concert sold out in 24 hours! She's back! According to a recent study, the number-one retirement city in ...


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DuVernay's film company acquires disco documentary - Array Releasing—which counts filmmaker Ava DuVernay as its founder—announced the film collective's 18th feature film acquisition, Jewel's Catch One. Marking the second feature from female filmmaker C. Fitz, the documentary explores the legacy of America's oldest Black-owned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman and activist, Jewel Thais-Williams, who provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, Black and AIDS-impacted communities ...


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FILM REVIEW Black Panther - First published at https://medium.com - "Dance the blues. See how she dances. To bring us the news. See how she dances. Ashes and news. See how she dances. Rise from the blues." — Phoenix ( The Amazing Flight of The Lone Star ) performed by Labelle, music & lyrics, Nona Hendryx ( This essay includes spoilers and the entire plot of the film "Black ...


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New film explores legacy of oldest Black-owned disco club, LGBTQ safe space - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA ( March 5, 2018 ) - Today ARRAY Releasing announces the film collective's eighteenth feature film acquisition, JEWEL'S CATCH ONE. Marking the second feature from woman filmmaker C. Fitz, the documentary explores the legacy of America's oldest Blackowned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman and activist, Jewel Thais-Williams, who provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, ...


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Xfinity, Tom Lenk part of Center's 'A Night with Oscar' - Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor and Instagram star Tom Lenk as the perfect choice to critique the looks at the 90th Academy Awards. In recent years, Lenk's online following exploded after he began sharing shots of his re-creations of red-carpet looks with household items. "I did it as a joke," Lenk ( who said he watches a lot of Project ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Greg Berlanti shows the 'Love' in newest film - There's a new gay coming-of-age drama called Love, Simon that has the potential to cross over to straight audiences. Simon Spier has one big secret in his otherwise perfect life. Set in a high school where social media opens communication in unexpected ways, Simon will have you guessing what will happen until the end. Will his secret destroy his relationships ...


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Siskel to show Black Harvest fest - The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced increased funding for The Best of Black Harvest West with a grant of $8,000 as part of an overall package of $18,000 from The Allstate Corporation to support the Black Harvest Film Festival. This grant specifically supports the expansion of the Black Harvest Film Festival's ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Glee' reunion, Charlie Carver, Michael B. Jordan, Whitney Houston - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The cast of Ryan Murphy's musical series Glee reunited in Los Angeles a little over a month after their disgraced former cast mate Mark Salling committed suicide, Page Six noted. "It's a GLEE-Union!!" Matthew Morrison wrote alongside a photo of the crew, which included Jane Lynch, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Becca Tobin ...


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EU Film Festival through April 5 - The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., is holding its 20th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival through April 5. This anniversary festival will run Chicago premieres of 61 new feature films that represent all 28 EU nations. On Friday, March 9, the evening's host will be Dr. Ivan Anchev, consul general of the Republic of Bulgaria in ...


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SHOWBIZ Elton John, RuPaul, Marilyn Monroe, Lena Waithe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While performing his hit "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" during his Million Dollar Piano concert residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Elton John regularly invites a group of fans to gather around his grand piano—but he recently stormed off a fan got too overzealous, NewNowNext.com reported. The legendary singer-songwriter eventually returned to finish his set. "No more coming on ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Oscar night at Sidetrack - Oscar gold. Photos by Jed Dulanas Other Oscar night coverage at http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Diverse-Oscars-has-a-night-of-firsts-/62118.html . ...


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LGBTQ Programming At Cinema Chicago's TV Festival - From a press release - CHICAGO —The 54th Chicago International Television Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, will celebrate extraordinary American and International television programming, web series and television commercials over a three-day period, March 20 —22 at the AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois. Event tickets are now available at chicagofilmfestival.com. The Television Festival will feature emerging talent from Chicago, as well as critically hailed audience ...


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Diverse Oscars has a night of firsts - The Academy Awards turned 90 on March 4 at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, with host Jimmy Kimmel keeping things moving from the jump and humorously offering a jet ski for shortest acceptance speech (and Dame Helen Mirren presenting the item, with Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges eventually winning it). White House jokes, animal stories about Barbra Streisand's clones and ...


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Gene Siskel Film Center lists March screenings, events - Festival 21st Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival ( March 9-April 5 ), the nation's largest showcase of EU cinema, features 61 premieres from all 28 EU nations. March 9 marks the opening of the festival, featuring Directions from Bulgaria, bringing poignancy and a zesty sense of humor to an episodic drama set in the streets of Sofia and ...


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Center's Oscars party March 4 at Park West - Center on Halsted's annual event "A Night with Oscar" will take place Sunday, March 4, at 6 p.m. at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. At 6 p.m., there will be the live red-carpet arrival and auction, with the Academy Awards telecast beginning at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m., the silent auction will end and the event drawing will ...


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'Hollywood on State' Oscars party March 4 - On March 4, the Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ), 164 N. State St., will host Chicago's longest-running awards show viewing party, "Hollywood on State: Where You're the Star." Guests are invited to celebrate the 90th Academy Awards as they dress in their finest Oscar fashions, and ...


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FILMS Gay duo discuss 'Rogers Park' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new movie in town and its set in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago. Directed by Kyle Henry and written by his partner Carlos Trevino, Rogers Park delves into the lives of two opposite-sex couples and their relationships with each other. Henry's debut, Room, was nominated for the two Independent Spirit Awards. Trevino brings ...


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SHOWBIZ Madonna, David Bowie, Jennifer Lawrence, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Musical anniversary: Twenty years ago, Madonna released her seventh studio album, Ray of Light, according to Advocate.com. The album would win three Grammys, sell 16 million copies, expose a growing spiritual side to the pop queen, and endear her even more to her legion of gay fans. Produced by British musician William Orbit, Ray of Light contained songs more electronica-infused ...


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Center's Oscars party March 4 at Park West - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL (February 20, 2018) — Center on Halsted is proud to announce celebrities and LGBTQ community supporters will be joining them on the red carpet for a Night with Oscar at the Park West on March 4, 2018. a Night with Oscar has been a staple in Chicago for more than ten years and is renowned for its fun ...


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'Hollywood on State' Oscars party March 4 - On March 4, the Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ), 164 N. State St., will host Chicago's longest-running awards show viewing party, "Hollywood on State: Where You're the Star." Guests are invited to celebrate the 90th Academy Awards as they dress in their finest Oscar fashions, and ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES David Levithan brings 'A' game in new movie - Every Day is a new movie based on the novel by out writer David Levithan. It follows the story of a 16-year-old girl named Rhiannon searching for her soulmate. She becomes involved with a soul described as A, who wakes up in a different body each day. The spirit crosses genders in the process, and a challenging romance blooms along ...


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SHOWBIZ Ryan Murphy, Lena Waithe, Big Freedia, 'Kinky Boots' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Another TV mega-producer is leaving their longtime studio home to head to Netflix, Deadline noted. In what is believed to be the biggest TV pact ever, Ryan Murphy—an Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning producer, director and writer—has signed a five-year overall deal with Netflix that could reach as high as $300 million, sources said. It starts July 1. Netflix ...


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'Hollywood on State' Oscar party March 4 - On March 4, the Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ), 164 N. State St., will host Chicago's longest-running awards show viewing party, "Hollywood on State: Where You're the Star." Guests are invited to celebrate the 90th Academy Awards as they dress in their finest Oscar fashions, and ...


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Film 'Guys Reading Poems' out Feb. 20 - Gravitas Ventures will release the award-winning, neo-noir feature film Guys Reading Poems on Tuesday, Feb. 20, across digital platforms. The film features out actress Patricia Velasquez, who plays an avant-garde painter whose sanity dissipates when she's abandoned by her lothario husband ( Alexander Dreymon ) for his mistress ( Lydia Hearst ). The film, shot in black and white, uses ...


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SHOWBIZ Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roxane Gay, 'Wicked,' Britney Spears - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Award-winning actor, writer, composer and humanitarian Lin-Manuel Miranda will unveil a new salsa-music remix of "Almost Like Praying"—his all-star benefit single recorded last fall to benefit the Hispanic Federation's "Unidos" Disaster Relief Fund—for hurricane recovery and rebuilding initiatives in Puerto Rico, a press release stated. Spanish Broadcasting System teamed with Miranda to premiere a one-of-a-kind, historic radio launch of the ...


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Chicago Filmmakers moves into new home - Chicago Filmmakers has moved to its new home—a historic 1920s firehouse, fully renovated with classrooms, a screening room, office space and projection facilities—at 5720 N. Ridge Ave. The organization purchased the building from the City of Chicago in February 2016 and—after extensive renovation, remodeling and construction—moved into its new home in late December 2017. All classes are now held in ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Sebastian Lelio's 'Fantastic' project - The new movie A Fantastic Woman stars Chilean transgender actress Daniela Vega, who plays Marina, the survivor of the death of her lover, Orlando. His family wants her to just go away quietly while she wants to fight for the right to mourn Orlando in this unpredictable story about discrimination. This movie is currently nominated for an Oscar after the ...







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