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Showbiz-news-Nico-Tortorella-Hugh-Jackman-Demi-Lovato-Shaun-T

Showbiz news: Nico Tortorella, Hugh Jackman, Demi Lovato, Shaun T - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since opening up about their polyamorous relationship, actor Nico Tortorella said tensions have been high with partner Bethany Meyers' family, according to Page Six. "Honestly, it's kind of a sensitive topic right this second," he told People at the World Wide Orphans Gala. In 2016, the 29-year-old actor revealed that he was sexually "fluid." This past June, he opened up ...


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Tambor leaving 'Transparent' after accusations - In the wake of two accusations of sexual harassment by members of the Transparent team that he has strongly denied, Jeffery Tambor decided not to return to the Amazon series, Deadline reported. "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," said Tambor of the Emmy-winning role . "What has become ...


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'Sound of Music,' AIDS movie at Music Box Theatre - The Music Box Theatre tradition of "The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long" will return Nov. 24-Dec. 3 at 3733 N. Southport Ave. It all starts before the film, with a vocal warm-up led by the evening's host and our house organist on the famous Music Box organ. Every member of the audience receives a complimentary Magic Moments Pack, containing various props ...


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Jussie Smollett's film, 90 DAYS commemorates World AIDS Day with Harle event - From a press release - ( November 16, 2017 - New York, NY ) — On Friday, December 1, 2017, World AIDS Day, the HIV STOPS WITH ME Campaign presents the African Academy Award and multiple award-winning film, 90 DAYS from writer/co-director, Nathan Hale Williams, co-director, Jennia Fredrique Aponte, and executive producer, Jussie Smollett ( Empire ). The film, which tells the story of a ...


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FILM REVIEW Lady Bird - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director: Greta Gerwig. Starring: Saoirse Ronana, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts Time: 93 minutes. Release Date: Nov. 10 The new movie Lady Bird follows the adventures of a teenager living in Sacramento in 2002. Saoirse Ronan plays the young woman named Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson. Some may know Ronan from the film Brooklyn and Broadway's The Crucible. The camera just loves ...


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Showbiz news: Aguilera, Robbie Rogers, 'Jane the Virgin,' Gal Gadot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Music Awards has a packed performance lineup, including a special tribute to Whitney Houston, ABC13.com noted. Christina Aguilera will commemorate the 25th anniversary of "The Bodyguard." Other big performances include the U.S. television performance premiere of BTS, a mega-popular K-Pop band, and Selena Gomez's television debut of her new song "Wolves." Diana Ross, who is being honored with ...


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Chicago film part of Wayward fest - The neo-noir short film Lakeshore Drive is part of The Wayward Film Festival that runs through Thursday, Nov. 16. The film's plot is as follows: During a routine rideshare experience, the driver discovers his passenger is a transgender acquaintance from high school who is escaping the dark world of prostitution. When her pimp—a crooked cop—demands to know her whereabouts, the ...


-Chicago-natives-launch-LGBTQ-web-series-5A-5B-

Chicago natives launch LGBTQ web series, 5A-5B - Chicago-grown filmmakers Michael Cicetti ( Creator/Director ) and Ella Harris ( Producer ) are filming a new LGBTQ comedic web series titled, 5A-5B. The series follows the lives of two neighbors, a gay academic and a suburban divorcée, who encounter a series of wildly awkward social encounters over the course of one week in Harlem. The pilot episode debuted this ...


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PASSAGES: Documentary filmmaker, activist Debra Chasnoff dies - Academy Award—winning documentary filmmaker and activist Debra Chasnoff, 60, died Nov. 7 of metastatic breast cancer at her home in San Francisco. Known as "Chas" by almost everyone, she was nationally known as a visionary filmmaker and an LGBTQ rights champion as well as a social justice educator. Chasnoff made history at the 64th annual Academy Awards in 1992 when ...


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GLAAD: Broadcast TV has many LGBTQ characters, often lacks diversity and complexity - From a GLAAD press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on TV analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and original streaming series on the services Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix for ...


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BOOKS A chat with author Kathryn Sermak on Bette Davis, the grande dame of acting - Kathryn Sermak was the personal assistant to Bette Davis in the final decade of the celebrated actress's life. Hired at 23, Sermak found a mentor in the 71 year old Davis who eventually considered her more than an assistant, but also a confidant, a friend, and a stepdaughter. Twenty-eight years after the actress's passing, Sermak has released Miss D & ...


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Web series 'Brujos' to premiere Nov. 9 - The web series Brujos will have its world premiere at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7-11 p.m. Open TV, Full Spectrum Features and Cinema Libertad will present this original series that follows the lives of four gay Latino grad students ( who are also witches ) as they try and ...


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Homocore marks 25th anniversary - On Nov. 2-4, founders Joanna Brown and Mark Freitas marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of Homocore Chicago with a three-day retrospective exhibit at Defibrillator Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Ave. The exhibit included rare photographs, vintage zines, live performances, film screenings from past concert events and a closing-night party featuring DJ Larissa. In November 1992, Freitas and Brown launched ...


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Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin to premiere on Independent Lens Jan. 1 - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) —Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, premieres on Independent Lens, Monday, January 1, 2018, 10:30PM ET ( check local listings ) on PBS. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved ...


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Showbiz: Andy Cohen, Cyndi Lauper, allegations/fallout, Scissor Sisters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andy Cohen has denied the allegations made against him by Kathy Griffin recently—but seems most upset that his Mariah Carey impression bombed, according to Page Six. "All I have to say about the mishegas of this weekend, and I only have one thing to say about this bag of bulls—t … it's so funny, because I was on my way ...


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Seeing stars: Patrick Stewart, Mario Lopez, Alfre Woodard - Entertainers have made Chicago an important stop over the years, sometimes to promote a product, speak an opinion or just mingle with fans. Several stars have made statements that involve the gay community recently while visiting the Windy City. Actress and social activist Vanessa Redgrave received the Visionary Award from the Chicago International Film Festival on Oct. 16. This was ...


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LGBTQ comedy feature, Freelancers Anonymous, filmed in Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian ( De Chica en Chica/Amazon ) has teamed with Lisa Cordileone and playwright Amy Dellagiarino on Freelancers Anonymous, a comedy feature highlighting the LGBTQ community and women in tech industries. The cast includes Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ), Natasha Negovanlis ( Carmilla ), Lisa Cordileone ( Easy Abby ) and Jennifer Bartels ( American Woman ...


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Doc looks at trans Tupperware salesperson - ABC News will be releasing a new short-documentary entitled Unsealed: The Story Behind Long Island's Tupperware Queen. It follows Jennifer Bobbi after her transition from Robert Suchan who—by dressing in drag and embodying the outlandish Aunt Barbara—was once North America's top-selling Tupperware salesperson. However, parties were canceled and debts started to mount after announcing his transition to become Jennifer. Now ...


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Brujos, queer-of-color web series to premiere in Chicago - From a press release - The web series Brujos will have its World Premiere at the National Museum of Mexican Art Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. The evening will be a celebration of community—and all that is supernatural and non-normative—and will include a screening of the series, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, and an after-party with music, light fare, and drinks. Open TV, Full ...


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Gay mass murder documentary, Upstairs Inferno, on on DVD, blu ray - From a press release - The Up Stairs Lounge, the New Orleans gay bar that would ultimately become the site of one of the most significant and deadliest events in U.S. LGBT History, opened on Halloween of 1970. To mark the final day of "Gay History Month" and the 47th Birthday of the Up Stairs Lounge, Camina Entertainment is proud to announce the Pre-Sale of ...


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Showbiz news: 'Riverdale,' Ryan Murphy, 'Thor,' Sheryl Crow - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The TV show Riverdale depicts a dark and foreboding place ( as opposed to the town that's portrayed in Archie Comics )—but none of the residents seems to be flirting with danger as much as gay student Kevin Keller ( played by Casey Cott ), TVGuide.com noted. In the Oct. 25 episode "The Watcher in the Woods," Keller developed a ...


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Spacey accused of abuse by Rapp, comes out as gay to distract - Two-time Oscar winner and House of Cards star Kevin Spacey has come out of the closet as gay ( an open secret in Hollywood )—but only after apologizing to actor Anthony Rapp for an alleged sexual advance that happened when Rapp was 14, several media outlets have reported. Rapp—who plays Lt. Paul Stamets on the CBS online series Star Trek: ...


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Fed. of Actors calls for an end to sexual harassment - From a press release - Zagreb, Croatia, Oct. 26, 2017 — The International Federation of Actors ( FIA ) Executive Committee unanimously approves a Declaration on sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the entertainment and media industries. The Declaration, authored and sponsored by the American performers union Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists ( SAG-AFTRA ), recognizes the rights of all performers ...


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Showbiz news: Diana Ross, 'Drag Race' cast, Frank Ocean, Sam Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ABC and dick clark productions announced that music superstar Diana Ross will be honored at the 2017 American Music Awards with the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, a press release noted. In addition to attending the very first show in 1974 and leading several performances throughout the years—including a star-studded performance of "We Are the World" in 1986—Ross hosted ...


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53rd Chicago International Film fest announces awards - From a press release - The Chicago International Film Festival today hosted an awards presentation, sponsored by Sound Investment AV, at the AMC River East 21, celebrating the films that chosen by the Festival juries to receive awards. Prizes were awarded to films in the following categories: International Competition; New Directors Competition; International Documentary Competition; Out-Look Competition; The Chicago Award; and Short Film Competition. Taking ...


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Chicago-made Signature Move returns to theaters this weekend - Chicago-made Signature Move will be back in theaters this weekend The made-in-Chicago-by-Chicagoans movie Signature Move returns for a limited engagement starting Friday, October 20 at the Regal Webster Place 11 and at the Wilmette Theatre. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Narrative Feature at Outfest. 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes! "Very compelling…poignant…a gem" says Bill Zwecker in ...


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Film festival to honor Alfre Woodard - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced that actress Alfre Woodard will be honored with a Career Achievement Award as part of the 21st edition of the Festival's Black Perspectives Program. The award will be presented Saturday, Oct. 21, at a special event during the Festival to be held at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. ...


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Kathy Bates gets personal at Lynn Sage event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Kathy Bates was the guest speaker at the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation's 32nd annual luncheon on Oct. 2 at the Hilton Chicago. Earlier in the day, the Purse-Sue The Cure purse auction filled the ballroom with items, including more than 200 handbags. During the luncheon, Bates described hearing the news of her cancer and concerns of lumina ( ...


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'50s return in Pride Films' 'Arrangement' - Pride Films and Plays is now presenting Perfect Arrangement, by Topher Payne, through Oct. 22, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. It's 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There's just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and ...


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FILM Big names show up for 'Marshall' event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival opened Oct. 12 with a red-carpet event before the screening of the new flick Marshall at AMC River East. It is based on the true story of young lawyer ( and eventual U.S. Supreme Court justice ) Thurgood Marshall defending a Black chauffeur accused of sexual assault. Star Chadwick Boseman, who plays Marshall, reflected ...


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Showbiz news: Anderson Cooper, Kelly Clarkson, Shaun T, Coming Out Day - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andy Cohen will co-host CNN's New Year's Eve celebration with Anderson Cooper, Deadline noted. Cohen—best known as host and EP of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live—will join Cooper in Times Square in New York City on "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen" on Sunday, Dec. 31. CNN terminated its agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear in ...


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Freelancers Anonymous LGBTQ comedy feature filmed in Chicago - Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian ( De Chica en Chica/Amazon ) teams up with Lisa Cordileone and playwright Amy Dellagiarino on Freelancers Anonymous, a comedy feature highlighting the LGBTQ community and women in tech industries. Featuring a top-notch cast including Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ), Natasha Negovanlis ( Carmilla ), Lisa Cordileone ( Easy Abby ), Jennifer Bartels ( American ...


CHAVELA-Film-looks-at-chanteuse-and-sexual-outlaw-Chavela-Vargas

CHAVELA Film looks at chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas - by Sari Staver - There is a stunning new documentary about the life and times of iconic chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas. Vargas, who died in 2014 at age 93, was a darling of Mexico City's bohemian club scene in the 1950s, when she challenged mainstream Mexican morals by dressing in men's clothing while she sang songs intended for men to woo women, ...


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Queer Brown filmmakers collaborate with CPS students - Video below - Vincent Martell didn't find himself inspired by filmmaking until he went to college in Barcelona. There, Martell, who now runs VAM Studios ( which has been around for just two years ), was inspired by the local film scene. "I kind of wanted to find the edginess within my art culture back home in Chicago," Martell remembered. "I looked around ...


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Social-change film festival Oct. 13-15 - The national nonprofit organizaiton Social Change will host its social-change film festival, #ChangeFest, in three states: Illinois, California and New York. In Illinois, it will take place Oct. 13-15 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Martin Luther King Dr. The festival will feature: —29 films, including 16 world premieres—one of which is from first-time filmmaker Monica Raymund, who ...


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Five Worth Finding: Monteverde, Chicago Ideas Week and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Monteverde: Monteverde Executive Chef Sarah Grueneberg won Best Chef Great Lakes at the James Beard Awards this year—and for good reason. Her West Loop restaurant draws people in droves, thanks to a menu that embraces the different ( skate schnitzel ) and displays what turns out to be the flavorful ( gnocchetti con pesto ). —Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher: ...


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SAG-AFTRA comments on safety of women in entertainment and media - From a press release - SAG-AFTRA today released the following statement on the safety of women in the entertainment and media industry. "We commend the courage and candor of every woman who has spoken out about the disgraceful, aggressive and inappropriate behavior they experienced with prominent industry employers. We support their right to speak out and we lift up their voices so that their truths ...


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Showbiz news: Jared Leto, Cher, Wanda Sykes, Weinstein fallout - Jared Leto has landed a new role: playing the late Hugh Hefner in an upcoming biopic, Just Jared noted. The Playboy icon passed away recently at the age of 91, and Brett Ratner has a biopic planned. "Jared is an old friend," Ratner, who will direct the film, told The Hollywood Reporter. "When he heard I got the rights to ...


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National roundup: Rainbow flag, gay Vegas connections, HIV-exposure law - The rainbow flag—the international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride—was unveiled in a special ceremony on Wed., Oct. 11, at the historic Stonewall National Monument, where, because of the efforts of activists, it will claim a permanent home, a press release noted. This historic event marked the first time that the LGBT flag will wave over federally funded land, under ...


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MOVIES Sean Baker on his newest 'Project' - After studying film at New York University, Sean Baker wrote and directed his first film, Four Letter Words. He followed that with Take Out, and then created the game-changing sitcom Greg the Bunny. He showed the hustler way of life in several films such as Prince of Broadway and the transgender-focused iPhone-made feature Tangerine. His latest production, The Florida Project, ...


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FILM REVIEW Professor Marston and the Wonder Women - Director: Angela Robinson. Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote Time: 108 minutes. Release: Oct. 13 Professor Marston and the Wonder Women tells the story of psychologist William Moulton Marston and the progressive relationship between him, his wife and mistress. The Wonder Woman comic book is created in the process and what goes on behind closed doors at Harvard's Radcliffe ...


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'Hello Again' and 'Signature Move' screen at Music Box - Chicago's Music Box Theatre has held several recent red-carpet events to premiere exciting new LGBT films. Opening night for the Reeling Film Festival screened the musical Hello Again on Sept. 21. While guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the lounge nearby, several of the stars and production team stopped to talk with Windy City Times before entering the theater. ...


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Horror-film marathon Oct. 7 at Music Box - The 24-hour horror-movie marathon known as "Music Box of Horrors" will return to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 7, at noon. Along the films that will be shown, there will be tributes to horror-film directors George Romero and Tobe Hooper. Some of the movies slated to run include Land of the Dead ( 2005 ...


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Extended edition of 'Dreamgirls' out Oct. 10 - Winner of two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, Dreamgirls arrives Tuesday, Oct. 10, in a Blu-ray Combo gift set with a Digital HD copy and on Digital HD featuring a director's extended edition and never-before-seen bonus features from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The Blu-ray Combo gift set is presented in new collectible book-style packaging with images of the musical ...


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Showbiz news: Vegas responses, Ricky Martin, Gloria Steinem, Outfest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lady Gaga, John Mayer, The Chainsmokers and many other musicians have taken to social media to demand stricter gun control laws in the United States in the wake of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured, Billboard reported. Gaga tweeted, "Prayers are important but @SpeakerRyan @realDonaldTrump blood is on the ...


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Alfre Woodard to be honored at Chicago International Film Festival - From a press release - CHICAGO — The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced today that acclaimed actress Alfre Woodard will be honored with a Career Achievement Award as part of the 21st edition of the Festival's Black Perspectives Program, which is generously supported by AARP Illinois. The award will be presented on Saturday, October 21 at a special event during the ...


Fall-LGBT-movie-preview

Fall LGBT movie preview - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - This fall, queer cinema has some interesting offerings, like Beach Rats in September, God's Own Country in October and Call Me by Your Name in November. For the mainstream, it is a mixed bag of tennis matches, nightmare-inducing clowns and a tied-up wonderful woman. It's Oscar time so prepare for lots of true stories, with big names trying to grab ...


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Signature Move to debut this week at Music Box - Mirza movie to debut Sept. 28 at Music Box - The lesbian-themed movie Signature Move—starring local Pakistani Muslim lesbian actor Fawzia Mirza—will have a special screening at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., starting Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. ( Co-star Shabana Azmi is slated to appear. ) The official Chicago premiere is Friday, Sept. 29. Signature Move won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature ...


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MOVIES Gender politics focus of 'Battle' royale - There's a scene toward the end of 1970s-set Battle of the Sexes in which gay fashion designer Cuthbert Collingwood "Ted" Tinling tells closeted tennis champ Billie Jean King that the times will change and, eventually, queer people shall live and love openly: After all, she was one of the people changing them. How prescient Tinling was. Directed by Little Miss ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Elisabeth Shue talks 'Battle of the Sexes, career, 'Babysitting' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Elisabeth Shue began acting in commercials at an early age then landed major movie roles in The Karate Kid and Adventures in Babysitting. She graduated to grown up material in Cocktail, Soapdish, and The Marrying Man. The movie Leaving Las Vegas brought her many awards and nominations leading to parts in Deconstructing Harry, The Saint, and Hollow Man. Her latest ...


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Showbiz news: Morrissey, Bette Midler, Liam Hemsworth, 'The Voice' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Morrissey has unveiled "Spent the Day in Bed," the debut single from his new studio album Low in High School ( out Nov. 17 on Etienne/BMG ), a press release noted. The song features electric piano, synthesizers and acoustic guitars; in the song, the singer urges listeners to focus on their own strengths and to "stop watching the news because ...


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Reeling film festival concludes Sept. 28 - The 35th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival will conclude Sept. 28. The first Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival took place in April 1981 in Chicago Filmmakers' 90-seat folding-chair screening room on West Hubbard Street, according to its website. Reeling 2017 closes Thursday, Sept. 28, with Saturday Church, the coming-of-age story of a young Black ...


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Two projects of lesbian-owned tello Films nominated for honors - From a press release - Nashville, TN ( September 20, 2017 ) — Lesbian-owned filmed production company, tello Films recently received news that two of their projects have been nominated for International Academy of Web Television ( IAWTV ) Awards. Maybelle received a nomination for Best Writing ( Bridget McManus ) for a drama and Best Original Song ( Karman Kregloe ). After the death ...


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NUNN ON ONE: FILM Fawzia Mirza shows viewers 'Signature Move' - Signature Move—a new film directed by Jennifer Reeder and written by Fawzia Mirza and Lisa Donato—is a much-anticipated Chicago-made lesbian feature film that has been garnering praise this year as it tours the festival circuit around the world. The film tells the story of a thirtysomething lesbian lawyer named Zaynab ( played by Mirza ) living in Chicago who starts ...


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Reeling 35 LGBTQ film fest in Chicago offers variety Sept. 21-28 - Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world, celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the amazing diversity of the queer experience. Chicago's international festival unreels Sept. 21-28 at Landmark Theatres' Century Centre Cinema, with the opening-night premiere at Music Box Theatre. Reviews to just a few of the films are below: HELLO ...


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Showbiz news: 'Will & Grace,' drag show, Mario Lopez, Rosie's ex dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In addition to Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally returning to reprise their roles on Will & Grace, the cast of the classic sitcom has been teasing the return of guest actors from the original run like Minnie Driver and Harry Connick Jr., according to NewNowNext.com. Recently, Messing posted an on-set Instagram with Bobby Cannavale, announcing the ...


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REELING FILM FESTIVAL Nelson Rodriguez tackles immigration, love in 'En Algun Lugar' - In the movie En Algun Lugar—which will be shown at the Reeling Film Festival on Sept. 22-23—Nelson Rodriguez and Andrew L. Saenz play a Chicago couple ( Abel and Diego, respectively ) who face a complication when it turns out that one of them is an undocumented immigrant. Rodriguez—a local actor and recent Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Rumer Willis spins tunes and tales at Hard Rock - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actres/singer Rumer Willis has carved out a strong career on her own, apart from being the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. She made her film debut on her mother's film Now and Then and later with her on Striptease. She worked with her father on two films also The Whole Nine Yard and Hostage. She stood out in ...


Indie-film-raises-awareness-of-dangers-of-sex-trafficking

Indie film raises awareness of dangers of sex trafficking - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ric Morgan never imagined he would become an actor. He had dabbled in acting in his middle school days, but, in his "previous life," as he calls it, he focused on public safety. Morgan worked in law enforcement, most notably as a bomb technician. "You wouldn't think that art and paramilitary law enforcement would jive," he said. "They seem to ...


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Politics, diversity dominate Emmys - The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sept. 17, was historic in several ways—and, with Stephen Colbert hosting, featured a mix of humor and politics. One of the historic developments that happened was out scribe Lena Waithe becoming the first Black woman to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Writing ( winning with Aziz Ansari for the show Master of None ...


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Reeling LGBTQ film festival kicks off Sept. 21 at Music Box Theatre - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, IL — September 13, 2017 ) Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world, kicks off its landmark 35th anniversary festival next Thursday, September 21 at Music Box Theatre with the Chicago premiere of Northwestern University alum Tom Gustafson's HELLO AGAIN. The sex-fueled all-star screen adaptation of the 1994 Off-Broadway musical stars Pretty Little Liars heartthrob Tyler ...


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Mirza movie to debut Sept. 28 at Music Box - The lesbian-themed movie Signature Move—starring local Pakistani Muslim lesbian actor Fawzia Mirza—will have a special screening at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., starting Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. ( Co-star Shabana Azmi is slated to appear. ) The official Chicago premiere is Friday, Sept. 29. Signature Move won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature ...


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Showbiz news: Todrick Hall, Ellen Page, Jake Gyllenhaal, immigration projects - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dancer/YouTube personality Todrick Hall—who appeared in Taylor Swift's "Look What Your Made Me Do" video—has spoken out after he was criticized for taking part, The Independent reported. Hall was featured as one of the dancers in the clip, and found that he was instantly trolled as a "sellout." Hall, who is openly gay, claims he was accused of betraying both ...


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MOVIES Del Shores film a 'Sordid' affair - Del Shores' sequel to his wildly successful cult hit Sordid Lives will be shown at Center on Halsted on Sunday, Sept. 17. The new film, A Very Sordid Wedding, is already a runaway success, with 25 sold-out premiere events since it opened in Palm Springs earlier this year. It reunites the cast from the original story, which Shores has turned ...


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Lesbian filmmaker readies final episodes of Riley Parra web series - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA ( September 13, 2017 ) — Christin Baker, owner of tello Films will release the final two episodes of her hit web-series Riley Parra on Sunday, September 17 and the finale on September 24. Riley Parra, which was modeled after a series of books is about a detective struggling to do the right thing in a corrupt ...


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NUNN ON ONE George Takei gets political, talks future plans - "Oh my!" George Takei's coming back to town and he's talking exclusively to Windy City Times before he gets here. Best known for playing Hikaru Sulu on the television series Star Trek, he has gone where no man has gone before on social media. His TV resume is lengthy with shows like Heroes, The New Normal and Hawaii Five-0. Movies ...


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Showbiz: Reese Witherspoon, Tyra Sanchez, Aaron Rodgers, Whitney Houston - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reese Witherspoon has signed on to a project about the life of Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, The Huffington Post noted. The film, titled This Above All, will focus on Phelps-Roper's life as a member of the anti-gay hate group, according to Variety. Phelps-Roper—who is the daughter of WBC's spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper—grew up in ...


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Mirza movie to debut Sept. 28 at Music Box - The lesbian-themed movie Signature Move—starring local Pakistani Muslim lesbian actor Fawzia Mirza—will have a special screening at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., starting Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. ( Co-star Shabana Azmi is slated to appear. ) The official Chicago premiere is Friday, Sept. 29. Signature Move won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature ...


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MOVIES Alt-wrong: Bridget Evertett breaks through - Singer-comedian-actress Bridget Everett likes to call her act "alt-cabaret" thanks to its mix of raunchy song, storytelling and audience interaction. ( Sitting on a face is not outside the six-foot-tall performer's repertoire. ) She's attained cult status and a significant LGBT following in NYC thanks to performances at Joe's Pub, while she's reached larger audiences via touring, the Comedy Central ...


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Scenes from forthcoming film Take Me to Church to be presented live - Full Spectrum Features will present Take Me to Church, a one time sneak peek in blasphemous live performances by cast and crew of scenes from the forthcoming film Holy Trinity. The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., Chicago. In the film, a queer girl named Trinity huffs the contents ...


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Showbiz news: Laverne Cox, Logic, Gloria Estefan, 'Teen Wolf' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Laverne Cox casually dropped the news that Beyonce asked the Orange Is The New Black star to collaborate on a new project, The Huffington Post noted. Cox broke the news on Access Hollywood, where Cox discussed the first time she met the singer and her Emmy nomination for "Orange." Cox said, "So, I have no idea [how this came about] ...


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Comic Con has another banner year - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Thousands of pop-culture aficionados poured into Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Convention Center for Wizard World Comic Con on Aug. 24-27. It was the 20th year the venue hosted the event. Among the many celebrity guests were out actor John Barrowman ( Arrow; Torchwood ), Paul Bettany ( Vision in the Avengers movies ), Summer Glau ( Firefly; Arrow ), ...


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Pennycuff apartments featured in film short - An upcoming LGBT-friendly housing project takes center stage in a new short film submitted as part of an architectural-themed film contest. The three-minute film, entitled John Pennycuff, focuses on the creation of the John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Castillo Plaza, a Logan Square development set to open in 2019. Named after the late activist John Pennycuff and his husband, Robert ...


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Showbiz news: George Michael, Oprah, Adore Delano, Imagine Dragons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - George Michael—the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who died last Christmas at 53—was honored in Los Angeles for his decades of humanitarian work with Project Angel Food, the L.A. non-profit that delivers meals to people who are critically ill, Billboard reported. The occasion was Project Angel Food's 27th annual Angel Awards, during which Michael won the Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award. Adam Lambert, who ...


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Madonna concert film out Sept. 15 - Eagle Vision will release the film of Madonna's record-breaking Rebel Heart tour on Friday, Sept. 15, on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray. It will come complete with bonus content as well as a live album featuring 22 songs from the Rebel Heart Tour, available on double CD and digital download. Some of the songs she performed on the tour include ...







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