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Billy Masters - "Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman."—Harvey Weinstein's justification for his legal woes. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury—the defense rests. I'm mad that after 68 years, the Gypsy Robe will now be called the Legacy Robe. Why? Because ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Jane Fonda, 'Queer Eye,' Queen Latifah - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Janet Mock's directorial debut is one for the history books, NewNowNext.com noted. The writer, TV host and transgender-rights advocate directed the most recent episode of FX's Pose, titled "Love Is The Message"—and it marks the first time a transgender woman of color has ever directed a television show. Mock has also been the first trans woman of color to write ...


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NUNN ON ONE TV Mj Rodriguez strikes a 'Pose' - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Mj Rodriguez plays the character Blanca on FX's Pose, the show set in the '80s about ballroom culture in New York City. Co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals have made television history with the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles. The cast includes Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross. Rodriguez ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Director Bo Burham brings viewers to 'Eighth Grade' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The eighth grade can be a traumatic time for many teens, as shown in the new A24 film Eighth Grade. Actress Elsie Fisher plays Kayla, who navigates her way in life while attending the last week at a suburban school. Bo Burnham writes and directs Eighth Grade—his first feature film. He began his career by making YouTube videos that have ...


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70th Annual Emmy nominations announced - The 2018 Emmy nominations have been announced. Outstanding Drama Series nods went to The Americans, The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld. Atlanta, Barry, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, GLOW, The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, Silicon Valley and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are in the running for Oustanding Comedy Series. The LGBT event The Assassination ...


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SHOWBIZ Pet Shop Boys, Oprah, 'Chicago' suicide, Idris Elba - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pet Shop Boys ( PSB ) will release the final set of albums in their CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums, a press release noted. This fourth batch of releases will see the PSB albums Behaviour ( 1990 ), Very ( 1993 ) and Bilingual ( 1996 ) reissued Aug. 31. The albums have been ...


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Actress Thompson discusses sexuality - Tessa Thompson has spoken out about her relationship with queer musician Janelle Monae JustJared.com noted. The Westworld actress told PorterEdit about Monae, "We love each other deeply, we're so close. We vibrate on the same frequency. If people want to speculate about what we are, that's okay. It doesn't bother me." Thompson added that Monae's Dirty Computer album is important ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Craig Johnson talks directing 'Alex Strangelove' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alex Strangelove is the story of teenager Alex Truelove, played by Daniel Doherty, who is in the process of losing his virginity. Life with his girlfriend becomes complicated when he meets a gay fellow at a party. This new movie is directed by Craig Johnson with Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films as producers. It was released June 8 on the ...


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MOVIE REVIEW Larger Than Life, The Kevyn Aucoin Story - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director: Tiffany Bartok Starring: Cher, Tori Amos and Isaac Mizrahi.Time: 102 minutes. Currently at Gene Siskel Film Center, with digital release July 31 The magic was in the makeup for Kevyn Aucoin as he rose from humble beginnings in Lafayette, Louisiana, to international fame in the new documentary Larger Than Life. The Kevyn Aucoin Story starts with his adoption as ...


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SHOWBIZ Sam Smith, Portia de Rossi, Brendon Urie, Beyonce - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Sam Smith brought his "The Thrill of It All" tour to New York recently—and told the audience he's going through a tough time, Page Six reported. Earlier that day, news broke that the "Too Good at Goodbyes" singer, 26, and 13 Reasons Why actor Brandon Flynn, 24, had split after nine months of dating, and it appeared that Smith ...


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SHOWBIZ Frank Ocean, Amandla Stenberg, Kylie Minogue, anti-hate PSA - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Univ. of California-Berkeley students will be able to take a class about openly LGBT R&B singer Frank Ocean this fall, according to NewNowNext.com. The class is called "Brain Like Berkeley," which is also a lyric from Ocean's song "Novacane." The course will cover the musician's "artistic history, upbringing, background, musical influences, artist identity, and the way he challenges dominant social ...


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MOVIE REVIEW Hearts Beat Loud - Director: Brett Haley Starring: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons and Ted Danson. Time: 96 minutes. Currently in theaters In Hearts Beat Loud, actress Kiersey Clemons stars as medical student Sam Fisher—who receives guidance from her father Frank, played by Nick Offerman, to form a band together called We're Not a Band. You can't be more artsy with a name like ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race,' NPH, Lena Waithe, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 announced that Emmy-winning show RuPaul's Drag Race has been greenlit for a new season, a press release noted. The new season will follow a record-breaking season 10, currently the most watched in franchise history. Additionally, the network renewed the aftershow, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, which provides an intimate look into the conversations between the queens as they await to ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Craig Johnson talks directing 'Alex Strangelove' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alex Strangelove is the story of teenager Alex Truelove, played by Daniel Doherty, who is in the process of losing his virginity. Life with his girlfriend becomes complicated when he meets a gay fellow at a party. This new movie is directed by Craig Johnson with Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films as producers. It was released June 8 on the ...


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Gender JUST shows, discusses queer film 'Naz and Maalik' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "It's not a jazzy film," said Gender JUST's Yasmin Nair, in introducing the 2015 film Naz and Maalik as part of an event entitled "Black, Queer and Criminalized," held June 5 at the Chicago Freedom School. "It's a film that really forces you to watch." With a close, realistic focus that spans for a day, or perhaps an evening, the ...


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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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Black Box Acting hires diversity director - Black Box Acting has announced Alex Dauphin as their new Director of Diversity and Inclusion. This role will help solidify and expand Black Box's commitment to diversity and inclusion as the school celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Black Box co-founder, Laura Hooper, said "Black Box believes deeply in the power of our training, but we also recognize that we are responsible ...


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Five Worth Finding - —The Original Island Shrimp House ( http://www.originalislandshrimphouse.com/ ): Did you know that National Lobster Day is June 15? Well, one of the places where you can celebrate it is The Original Island Shrimp House in suburban Palos Park. The lobster roll is sinfully good, thanks to having a lot of lobster and relatively little filler. However, this spot offers a ...


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SHOWBIZ Dolly Parton, 'Orange' premiere, Kate Spade, Ryan Gosling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dolly Parton is working on an eight-episode anthology series for Netflix based on her music, Variety noted. Parton will serve as singer and songwriter for the show, as well as executive produce and co-star. Rumors of the singer's new series swirled recently when Lily Tomlin mentioned Parton's show during a Netflix For Your Consideration panel for Grace & Frankie. When ...


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Siskel to honor Ethan Hawke on June 7 - The Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will honor Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and Tony Award nominee Ethan Hawke on Thursday, June 7, at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., at 6 p.m. The celebratory evening will pay homage to the actor's accomplishments in front of and behind ...


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Pride Film Fest offers ten short LGBTQ+ films from five countries - Chicago, IL - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Pride Films and Plays' ninth monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films will be screened on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The theme for this 91-minute program of ten films is "Summer Shorts." The ten films to be screened were chosen from 105 submissions. The screening will be held in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, ...


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SHOWBIZ Adam Rippon, Celine Dion, Jussie Smollett, George Takei - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Adam Rippon's romance with his Finnish boyfriend is getting serious, Page Six noted, citing People. "We'll live together," Rippon, 28, shared with People confirming news that Finnish boyfriend Jussi-Pekka Kajaala is moving to the United States. "It's like a whole process to move out here—like you're moving countries." Rippon famously ended things with his previous boyfriend of two years just ...


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Billy Masters - "You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."—I came across this quote during my month abroad. My attempt to live by it lasted 24 hours. On the second day, I was annoyed that my traveling companion didn't take a photo of me giving spare change to a homeless woman. If I ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Local producer fights for 'Foster Boy' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out writer, actor and producer Jay Paul Deratany is also an award-winning attorney who has been voted one of the top 100 lawyers nationwide. He was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Best Theatrical Play in 2011 for Haram Iran, which was produced in Chicago, Los Angeles—and will be produced in London. In 2017, he created another play called The ...


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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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