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Knight at the Movies: The Hobbit; The Babadook; film notes - Here at the end of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final film in the trilogy—and the sixth cinematic visit to Middle Earth—there's inevitably the feeling of having survived a very, very long journey. It's been magical and visually dazzling, to be sure, but some of it admittedly has felt like an endurance test as well. ...


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Michael Sam documentary to air on OWN Dec. 27 - From a press release - Los Angeles — OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air the exclusive documentary, "Michael Sam," on Saturday, December 27 ( 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT ). The 90-minute documentary follows the life of Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL. The documentary was originally announced as a multi-part series but transitioned into ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Imitation Game; Exodus; film notes - The oddly handsome Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't look like other film stars and he doesn't act like them, either. His richly resonant, caramel-coated voice is quickly identifiable in the wide range of roles that he has essayed the past few years ( even when it's been electronically altered, as it is for Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit movies ). Sometimes, ...


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TELEVISION Graham Moore talks 'The Imitation Game' - Graham Moore is having one of those meteoric writing careers that inspires others. At 33, the Chicago native has already penned a New York Times best-seller with a fanatical following ( The Sherlockian, in 2010 ), written a screenplay that was the Black List's #1 for 2011 and is now hard at work on the highly anticipated The Devil in ...


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WTTW to air @home; Moraine presents 'Humbug!' - WTTW to air film on homelessness WTTW-11 will broadcast the hour-long documentary film @home Wed., Dec. 17, at 9 p.m., raising awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Chicago area. @home—a film by Susanne Suffredin and produced by Chicago's Kindling Group—follows social-media activist Mark Horvath ( @hardlynormal ) on an 11,000-mile cross-country road-trip into tent cities and under bridges ...


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Sam Smith, Beyonce lead Grammy nods - Out British newcomer Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Beyonce have received the most Grammy nods this year, with six apiece. The nominations were announced Dec. 5. ( All were announced during the morning except the Album of the Year nods, which were revealed on the nighttime CBS show A Very Grammy Christmas. ) Smith is up for key awards such ...


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Chicago, Oak Park screenings of 'Scrooge & Marley' - Chicago and Oak Park libraries will host screenings of the home-grown holiday film Scrooge & Marley this month. The movie, which was entirely shot in the Chicago area, is a modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. The Oak Park chapter of PFLAG, OPALGA ( Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association ) and SAGE ( West ...


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Madonna; Drag Race's new cast; NewNowNext Awards - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Madonna tops a new list of the world's wealthiest recording artists, besting fellow 1-percenters Paul McCartney and Dr. Dre, according to Billboard. Wealth-X's net worth valuation of the pop queen shows that Madge is worth $800 million, putting her ahead of McCartney's $660 million. ( Incidentally, McCartney's wife, Nancy Shevell, is reportedly worth $300 million. ) Others in the top ...


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Knight at the Movies: Have yourself a movie little Christmas - The primary reason I wanted to make a holiday movie was because my husband and I love them so much. And further, because It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, A Christmas Story, Elf and most of our other perennial holiday favorites don't have queer characters or situations, I wanted to create one that did. And whether you're a fan of ...


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Film about race Dec. 6 - ImageNation Cinema Foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council will co-present Chicago premiere of Afraid of Dark at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph St., on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. Afraid of Dark explores the historical context and present implications of two prevalent Black male stereotypes: the "brute" and "Mandingo." Many people are interviewed, such ...


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Ladies Almanack film special event Dec. 7 in Chicago - From a press release - The Nightingale introduces Follow Focus, a new process-oriented screening series that rallies audiences and resources behind a moving-image maker as they complete a feature project. The Chicago event is Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee, 7 p.m., $15. Designed to expand viewership into the production stage, Follow Focus invites audiences to observe a director's process, collaborations, and ...


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'Lucy' out in January - Lucy—which stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman—will be out on Digital HD on Jan. 6. Also, the Blu-Ray combo pack and DVD will be out Jan. 20. The Luc Besson movie focuses on a woman ( Johansson ) altered by a dangerous drug that allows her to use 100 percent of her brain, transforming into a merciless warrior evolved beyond ...


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Orman leaves; Midler talks gays; Gyllenhaal's 'trick' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Suze Orman is leaving CNBC after 14 years for a Telepictures show titled Suze Orman's Money Wars, The Wrap reported. "Money Wars" will focus on families, friends and couples whose disputes about money are affecting their lives. In her new gig, Orman ( the author of nine consecutive New York Times best-sellers ) will settle financial arguments and teach a ...


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Knight at the Movies: Happy Valley; film notes - Amir Bar-Lev's documentaries My Kid Could Paint That and The Tillman Story brilliantly illuminated the real stories behind the media's pumped-up coverage of their subject matters—and he does much the same in Happy Valley, his documentary about the fallout that befell Penn State University and the school's beloved football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child ...


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Afraid of Dark to premiere at Chicago Cultural Center - From a press release - Chicago, IL ( November 11, 2014 ) — ImageNation Cinema Foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council will co-present Chicago premier of Afraid of Dark at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph St.,on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1 p.m.. The event is free. Attendees rvsp at www.imagenation.us . Afraid of Dark explores the historical context and ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I'm the only artist who needs a leash! I'm King Kong's mother!"—Susan Boyle reveals her struggle with Asperger's syndrome. I've known many people who have been on a leash, but that's another story. One of my best friends is constantly enraged when Barbra Streisand is referred to as an EGOT winner—winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Why? Because ...


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Cher cancels; Michael Sam's honor; Andy Cohen outs Spacey - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cher has cancelled her "Dressed to Kill" tour on doctors' orders, Gay Star News noted. The legendary gay icon said she was "devastated" and has pledged to finish it next year. The 68-year-old "Strong Enough" singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection. Almost 30 dates were cancelled, including shows in ...


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Film events: Scrooge & Marley; Indie film fest - 'Scrooge & Marley' has local screenings The holiday season moves into high gear on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, when the Chicago holiday film Scrooge & Marley returns to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., a little more than two years from the date of its red-carpet premiere at the historic venue in 2012. Both screenings ...


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Knight at the Movies: Foxcatcher; film notes - Foxcatcher left me feeling tremendously unsettled. It's eerie, pervasive undertone fills one with a sense of dread—not unlike Sean Durkin's Martha, Marcy, Mae, Marlene and Alexandre Moors' Blue Caprice. That's reason enough for a lot of folks to take it in. And the arresting performances of Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, as its three leading characters, certainly help ...


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Culture Club comeback; Ariana Grande's change; Mark Wahlberg - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Grammy winner Culture Club announced that its sixth studio album, Tribes, will be out in early 2015 in North America on Different Man Music ( via Kobalt Label Services ). The first single, "More Than Silence," which the original band members ( including Boy George ) performed on The View Nov. 6. The band is also touring North America throughout ...


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Knight at the Movies: Interstellar; The Theory...; film notes - Somewhere deep in the inner recesses of Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar, there's a halfway decent movie just waiting for liftoff. But good luck finding it within the depths of the movie's interminable 168-minute running time and good luck hearing it after being driven nearly deaf by Hans Zimmer's rumbling, ear-splitting score. Thank God it wasn't in 3-D, too—I don't ...


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Movies upcoming: Homeless teen film, Indie film fest - Screening of homeless teen film Nov. 13 A free screening of The Homestretch—a film about three homeless Chicago teens, one of them LGBT—will take place Thursday, Nov. 13, at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N. Leavitt St., at 7 p.m. A free-will offering to benefit The Night Ministries will follow the screening, the Gay Liberation Network and Berry United ...


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NUNN ON ONE Lea Delaria talks 'Orange Is the New Black,' trans backlash - Lea DeLaria is a lady of many talents. She is a comedienne, jazz musician, and actress. She has appeared in movies like The First Wives Club along with television shows like Comedy Central's all-gay special Out There. It was Orange Is the New Black's role as Carrie "Big Boo" Black that has put her on the map and now moves ...


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Upcoming in film: Homeless teen film Nov. 13; Indie films - Screening of homeless teen film Nov. 13 A free screening of The Homestretch—a film about three homeless Chicago teens, one of them LGBT—will take place Thursday, Nov. 13, at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N. Leavitt St., at 7 p.m. A free-will offering to benefit The Night Ministries will follow the screening, the Gay Liberation Network and Berry United ...


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Knight at the Movies: Dear White People; Nightcrawler - This is the time of year that all film critics love: the time when Hollywood brings forth its awards contenders, its artistic secret weapons—the movies that rely on great performances, great writing and great directing instead of a battering ram's worth of special effects. It seems that just about everything I'm seeing now has at least two of those elements—and ...


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Film shines spotlight on gay White Sox fans - Although the LGBT night in mid-August at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, went off without incident, there were plenty of negative reactions on social media. "LGBT Pride Night: Out at the Sox"—an event co-presented by the major league baseball team and Equality Illinois—turned ugly online before the first pitch was even thrown, with numerous anti-gay comments ...


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Homestretch screening features homeless Chicago youth - From a press release - "The Homestretch" follows three homeless Chicago teens, one of them LGBTQ, as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. The free screening of this new film will take place at 7 PM, Thursday, November 13 at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago. The following night, one of the teens, Kasey White, will be ...


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New film with Gale Harold begins fundraising - From a press release - ( October 6, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, CA ) "Kiss Me, Kill Me" stars Van Hansis ( "As the World Turns," "Eastsiders" ) and Gale Harold, who is playing a gay character for the first time since his legendary role as Brian Kinney on Showtime's ground-breaking "Queer as Folk." Directed by Casper Andreas ( "Going Down In LA-LA Land," "The ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Judith Light gets 'Transparent' about show, LGBT activism - Actress Judith Light returns to living rooms in another television show that's already garnering huge praise. The new series Transparent is offered by streaming Amazon. It tells the story of the coming-out process of transgender parent Maura, played by Jeffrey Tambor, and the family that is affected. Light plays the Jewish wife and mother, Shelly Pfefferman, who has an outspoken ...


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Chicago fundraiser held for film with trans* activist - To raise funds for the upcoming documentary "Alexis" featuring trans* activist Alexis Martinez, Chopin Theater in collaboration with Contexture TV held a fundraiser at the Chopin Theater Oct. 21. The documentary, which Inkspil Films produced, will feature both Martinez's personal life and her activism work. Co-hosted by NIC Kay ( teacher and artist ) and Owen Daniel-McCarter ( attorney and ...


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Jane Anderson talks about HBO miniseries 'Olive Kitteridge' - MOVIES - Jane Anderson's name may not be immediately familiar to gay audiences. However, a quick glance over just a few of the credits on her resume ( playwright-screenwriter-director-executive producer ) spark instant recognition: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, The Baby Dance, When Billie Beat Bobbie, Normal, It Could Happen To You, How To Make An American Quilt, The Positively True ...


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Knight at the Movies: Olive Kitteridge; To Russia with Love - With his star turn in Birdman, Michael Keaton is deservedly this year's comeback kid at the movies, with both critics and audiences lining up to praise his exceptional performance and the movie's creative audacity. On the home screen, if there's any justice, Frances McDormand is going to receive all that and more when Olive Kitteridge, the miniseries in which she ...


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Neil Patrick news; 'Freeheld' has problem; 'Divas Simply Singing' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Neil Patrick Harris was not the Academy's first choice to host the 2015 Oscars, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron first begged last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, but she was firmly against hosting the ceremony for a third time. The producers next had comedian Chris Rock on their list, but a deal failed to materialize. ...


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Knight at the Movies: Nightbreed; Advanced Style; film notes - Like many other writers, horror ( and gay ) literary icon Clive Barker has seen one of his books drastically altered when it reached the silver screen. Barker himself wrote the script adaptation for his novella Cabal ( which Morgan Creek, the studio that financed the movie, renamed with the more commercially friendly title Nightbreed ). However, Barker's vision—he also ...


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Johnny Weir: Bringing the 'Love' in new documentary - During the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, figure-skating champion Johnny Weir came under fire for opposing a boycott of Russia despite Putin's virulent anti-gay laws and an increasingly dangerous, violent environment for LGBTs. Activists were stunned and appalled: In an OUT Magazine opinion piece, a disgusted Michael Lucas wrote, "[Weir] only cares, as usual, about himself. ...


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Knight at the Movies: Dracula Untold; film notes - How differently would audiences respond to Dracula Untold—Universal's latest attempt to reboot its classic monsters franchise—if the actor playing Dracula was openly gay? Would it diminish their ability to immerse themselves into the filmmakers attempt to explain the origins of vampire lore that is the basis of the film? Would they ascribe some sort of underlying queer symbolism to Vlad ...


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MOVIES Rory Kennedy re-creates 'Last Days in Vietnam' - Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy, 45, is the youngest of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy's 11 children. Born a mere three months following RFK's assassination in 1968, Rory's personal history has long been laden with the remnants of Vietnam ( her father was campaigning for president on the anti-war platform when he was killed ), and now she's taking ...


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Alan Cumming on his memoir, acting - Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has been celebrated for his work in such films as Any Day Now, garnered a Tony Award in Broadway's Cabaret and currently appears on TV in The Good Wife. In his memoir, Not My Father's Son, Cumming details his tragic childhood growing up in a household filled with abuse at the hands of his late ...


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Knight at the Movies: Pride; film notes - Given the improbability of the true story that is the basis for director Mathew Warchus' Pride, it makes perfect sense why everyone involved realized this would make a great movie. In England, in 1984 two disparate groups—a small faction of the gay community and a tiny segment of the enormous and mostly conservative striking miner movement—found solidarity under the oppressive ...


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CIFF's LGBT highlights: Week one - The 50th anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival is being celebrated as the fest kicks off tomorrow night, Thursday, Oct. 9, with the Chicago premiere of Miss Julie, which stars Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell and was directed by Liv Ullmann. ( Ullmann and Farrell will attend the gala red-carpet event. ) The first week of the fest ( ...


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NUNN ON ONE Gay actor from 'Nurse Jackie' shows theater chops - Chicago Cabaret Professionals ( CCP ) will celebrate in a big way this October with an anniversary gala at Park West. Performer Stephen Wallem will be the organization's national honoree. The Rockford, Illinois, native is known for playing the role of gay jack-of-all-trades Thor Lundgren on the Showtime feature Nurse Jackie. However, he also has extensive theater experience; he has ...


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Alan Cumming in Conversation at Music Box Theatre Oct. 13 - From a press release - Join us October 13 at 7pm as Unabridged Bookstore hosts Alan Cumming in conversation with former Chicago Magazine editor-in-chief Dick Babcock at The Music Box Theatre. Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled ...


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Documentary on telephone hotlines out in November - From a press release - NEW YORK — At hotlines across the country, the phones never stop ringing. People call to confide in strangers - looking for advice, entertainment, or simply to connect with someone they don't know. HOTLINE is a documentary about telephone hotlines, the people who call—and the people who answer— and the ways human conversation and contact can fight isolation and alienation ...


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Knight at the Movies: Last Weekend; Hunted; notes - Over the last decade, the openly gay novelist Tom Dolby has won literary acclaim for his queer-themed novels and other writings. He now makes his feature debut with Last Weekend. Dolby scripted the movie, and his college pal Tom Williams co-directs. Based on Dolby's own privileged upbringing, the story focuses on the Labor Day weekend gathering of a dysfunctional family ...


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Disc and That: Upcoming and recent DVDs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season One ( already out; $29.99 ): Andy Samberg ( formerly of SNL ) won a Golden Globe Award for his lead role in this Fox comedy, which I have to say is one of the funnier shows on television. Set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn, the single-camera series ...


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Knight at the Movies: Two Faces; This Is Where...; Devil's Door; Innocents - Movie-wise, we're in that pocket between summer blockbusters and meaty awards contenders—that time of year when most of the movies are "medium" rather than "good" or "bad." And even with audiences finding new ways to watch movies, sidestepping the Cineplex altogether, the majority of what they're being offered—whether it be in theaters, On Demand, at a streaming site or on ...


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Bjork film screening; Chely Wright campaigns on Kickstarter - Bjork film screening in U.S. starting Sept. 26 Bjork: Biophilia Live—the documentary film capturing the concert centered on Bjork's eighth studio album—has begun a limited series of premiere screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, galleries and cinemas worldwide. Furthermore, screenings in the United States begin at the IFC Center in New York Sept. 26, with further screenings in cities such as ...


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Festival 'Reeling' in audiences 32 years later - For more than 30 years, Reeling has housed some of the best international LGBT films in history. This year is no different, as Reeling32 covers drama, horror, comedy and documentaries, among other genres. Centerpieces throughout the run of the festival highlight every letter in LGBT for inclusion of everyone. Opening Sept. 18 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport ...


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Director talks dynamics of trans-focused film 'Boy Meets Girl' - REELING FILM FESTIVAL Extended for the online version of Windy City Times by Gary M. Kramer - Boy Meets Girl is a sweet, sensitive drama about sexual fluidity has Ricky ( Michelle Hendley ), a transgender teen, grappling with her feelings for Francesca ( Alexandra Turshen ), who is engaged to David ( Michael Galante ). Ricky gets some support from her best friend Robby ( Michael Welch ), who also feels slightly jealous toward Ricky and ...


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REELING FILM FESTIVAL Max Adler of 'Glee' runs amok in Saugatuck - NUNN ON ONE: Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Reeling Film Festival returns Sept. 18-25 as the second-longest running LGBT film festival in the world. One film, Saugatuck Cures, contains an original plot about a gay man ( played by Max Adler ) posing as an ex-gay minister curing homosexuals in churches around the Midwest to raise money for his sick mother. Before spoofing conversion therapy, Adler kicked off ...


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REELING FILM FEST The movie 'Lilting': Lost in translation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Language isn't the only barrier that stands between a gay man and the non-English-speaking mother of his dead, closeted boyfriend in Lilting. The feature debut of Cambodian-British writer/director Hong Khaou, this elegant chamber drama stars acclaimed UK actor Ben Whishaw as Richard, who enlists a translator and attempts to forge a bond with Cambodian-Chinese Junn ( Hong Kong actress Cheng ...


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'Queers in the Kingdom' filmmaker on movie, Wheaton College - REELING FILM FESTIVAL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Documentarian Markie Hancock's Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine will be featured at the Reeling LGBT Film Festival Sept. 20. A prolific filmmaker, Hancock has produced both personal projects and contract work for education, non-profit and corporate entities for 18 years. She spoke with Windy City Times about her life, career and evangelical Christianity as well as what ...


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Five Worth Finding: West Loop restaurant, steamy film - —Packing House ( http://packinghousechicago.com/ ): This West Loop restaurant occupies the old Municipal space, and offers such mouth-watering dishes as crab spaghettini, ceviche, roasted chicken and pork chicharrones ( a fancy take on pork rinds ). However, not only is Executive Chef Amanda Barnes talented, but she is one of the most down-to-earth people you'll ever meet. —Panes Bread Cafe ...


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Ugandan documentary screens at church - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Lauren E. Childers - Renowned documentary Call Me Kuchu was screened at Broadway United Methodist Church and hosted by partner organization CLASP ( Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program ) on Sept. 12. The documentary was shown to the congregation to talk about how in many parts of the world new anti-gay laws have been passed, provoking violence, and highlighting the need for community organizations ...


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Pastor/CTS student in trans* documentary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Lauren E. Childers - Rev. Kevin Downer, a doctoral student at Chicago Theological Seminary ( CTS ), will be featured as a religious expert in the upcoming documentary TRANSit. This film has been produced by and about trans* activist and filmmaker Rachel Lauren Clark. Clark included Downer to be a voice from the religious community to give merit to trans* experience and identity. Downer ...


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Reeling Film Festival overview - One of Chicago's most valued cultural institutions, Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, returns from Thursday, Sept. 18 to Thursday, Sept. 25. This 32nd edition of the festival—the second oldest of its kind in the world—offers more than 100 feature and short films from 19 countries. Programming Director Alexandra Ensign ( ably stepping into the shoes of yours truly ...


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Roosevelt doc sidesteps Eleanor's sexuality - Filmmaker Ken Burns unveiled his latest documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" to a crowd of about 900 people at the Francis W. Parker School Sept. 9. The 14-hour PBS documentary ( which began Sept. 14 on WTTW ) chronicles the lives of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt over the course of about 100 years—from Theodore's birth ...


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Screenings: Bjork film, Ugandan LGBT film - Bjork film screening in U.S. starting Sept. 26 BjÃśrk: Biophilia Live—the documentary film capturing the concert centered on BjÃśrk's eighth studio album—has begun a limited series of premiere screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, galleries and cinemas worldwide. Furthermore, screenings in the United States begin at the IFC Center in New York Sept. 26, with further screenings in cities such as ...


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Reeling Film Festival at Century Centre Sept. 20 - From a press release - Saturday, Sept. 20 Reeling Film Festival: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival will take over Landmark's Century Centre Cinema ( 2828 N. Clark Street ) with screenings of multiple LGBT oriented films. These film screenings include LOVE SQUARED, QUEENS & COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO, ANATOMY OF A LOVE SEEN, CLUB KING, and THE 10 YEAR PLAN. ...


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Skrebneski unveils Chicago International Film Fest poster - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( September 11, 2014 ) — Bold, symbolic and undeniably unlike anything seen before from the world-renowned photographer Victor Skrebneski, The Chicago International Film Festival unveiled its 50th anniversary reimagining of the iconic 1974 Festival T-shirt poster on Wednesday, September 10 at Expo 72 ( 72 E. Randolph St., Chicago ). Famed Chicago photographer Skrebneski attended the unveiling ...


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Fall LGBT movie preview - By Richard Knight Jr. With the release of the indie romantic drama Love is Strange, the dog days of summer have given us one of the year's best gay-themed movies—and with The Skeleton Twins opening this week ( see my review in this issue ) the fall season is off to a promising start. A random sampling of what lies ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Skeleton Twins; The Homestretch; film notes - Sibling rivalry and revelry has long been a great basis for movies of nearly every genre ( The Savages, Conviction, and In Her Shoes immediately spring to mind ). And with The Skeleton Twins, from out director Craig Johnson, we have another strong example. What makes Johnson's movie—a sometimes uneven but ultimately winning black comedy that he co-wrote with his ...


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Pride Films, Plays' Women's Words Film Fest premieres shorts - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces seven short films and two episodes from "Lesbian HBO" inspired website — Tello Films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on September 15th, 2014. Films chosen for the fest include an innocent teenage story of breaking ...


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Women's Film; Martina proposes; Sky finals; AIDS Run, Walk - Women's Words Film Festival on Sept. 15 Pride Films and Plays has announced seven short films and two episodes from tello films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., on Monday, Sept. 15. The screening will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by ...


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'The Roosevelts' avoids Eleanor's sexuality - Ken Burns' latest PBS opus, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, runs 14 hours and aims to cover previously unexplored areas in the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. However, The Hollywood Reporter noted that the miniseries won't make any definitive statements on the much-speculated-about sexuality of the longest-serving first lady in U.S. history. At a recent project for TV ...


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Alan Cumming in Conversation Oct. 13 at Music Box - From a press release - Unabridged Bookstore will host Alan Cumming in conversation with former Chicago Magazine editor-in-chief Dick Babcock at The Music Box Theatre, Oct. 13 at 7p.m, Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto ...


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POV's 'Koch' airs Sept. 22 on PBS - Ed Koch in the office of his campaign manager, David Garth, in 1977. Credit: The New York Post New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut, and they have made legendary use of it. Yet few have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 ...


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ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS Women's Words Fest; Queer poetry; Reeling - Women's Words Film Festival on Sept. 15 Pride Films and Plays has announced seven short films and two episodes from tello films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., on Monday, Sept. 15. The screening will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by ...


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John Leguizamo 'Klowns' around, talks 'To Wong Foo' - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY - John Leguizamo continues to have a long and varied career. He began on television on Miami Vice in 1984, then had his first movie role that year with Mixed Blood. He then continued on a string of high-profile roles with Casualties of War, Die Hard 2 and Regarding Henry. Carlito's Way moved him into the serious parts; then, he stole ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Last of Robin Hood; film notes - Kevin Kline—who came to prominence playing the lead in a revival of The Pirates of Penzance and has played many larger-than-life characters in his subsequent film and stage roles—is an inspired choice to play the king of classic Hollywood swashbucklers, Errol Flynn. And then, of course, there are the physical and vocal resemblances that, even at the end of the ...


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Carell's gay film; Bomer's Horror Story; Gaga joins Lambert - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Steve Carell is joining Julianne Moore and Ellen Page to star in a film based on a landmark gay-rights case, Gay Star News reported. Freeheld, directed by Peter Sollett, will tell the true story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. The couple fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey ...


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Gay Asian website to debut 'Break-up King' - From a press release - CHICAGO—When Mr. Bacon, a gay Asian man, is faced with having to break off his many, ongoing relationships, it makes for a very uncomfortable day. That's the premise for "Break-up King: It's Not You, It's Me," the latest webisode from GAM-TV, www.gamTVusa.com, a website that produces content focusing on the lives of gay, Asian men. It will debut in its ...


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Women's Words Film Fest premieres shorts - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces seven short films and two episodes from Tello Films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on September 15th, 2014. Films chosen for the fest include an innocent teenage story of breaking boundaries, a sexy 30 year ...


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Knight at the Movies: Love Is Strange; To Be Takei; Yves; film notes - This week in Chicago theaters it's a queer movie trifecta—a rare occasion indeed for Our People and one that shouldn't be missed out on. Love Is Strange, from out director Ira Sachs ( who co-wrote the movie in collaboration with Mauricio Zacharias ), lives up to the sensational advance word following its Sundance premiere while Jennifer M. Koot's To Be ...


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Director Ira Sachs, star Alfred Molina on 'Love Is Strange' - Love Is Strange, which opens in Chicago this Friday, Aug. 29, has been receiving critical acclaim since its Sundance debut early this year. It's the story of Ben and George, two elderly gay men whose 39 years together are put to the test after they marry and lose their Manhattan apartment—thanks to George losing his job at a Catholic school. ...







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