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Siskel showing three LGBT films - The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., is showing three LGBT films of note during January. Until Jan, 18, the center is showing the biopic Tom of Finland. The life behind the legend is the subject of this biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen ( played by Pekka Strang ), who became world famous under the pseudonym Tom of ...


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SHOWBIZ Oprah & RuPaul, Well Strung, Obama film, 'Modern Family' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oprah Winfrey talks with RuPaul in the February issue of O Magazine, NewNowNext.com noted. This isn't the first time the two have crossed paths. In 1995, RuPaul was on Winfrey's daytime talk show and sat down with her to discuss life and his book Letting It All Hang Out for an episode entitled "Look At Me Now." Trevor Wadleigh and ...


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Sarah Paulson to be honored at the Steppenwolf Women in Arts Luncheon Jan. 22 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 9, 2018 ) — On Monday, January 22, 2018, Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly hosts Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Sarah Paulson as the 2018 Honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon. The 9th annual luncheon takes place at 12noon at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel ( 221 N Columbus Dr ). VIP ...


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SHOWBIZ NEWS Sarah Paulson, Amy Winehouse, EastSiders, gay EDM musician - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sarah Paulson told Town & Country Magazine that children just aren't for her, Page Six noted. "I don't want to look at my child and say, 'You're the most extraordinary thing that ever happened to me, but also the death knell,' " the actress ( currently in the Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks movie The Post ) said. "It was hard for ...


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Steppenwolf to honor Sarah Paulson - Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress Sarah Paulson as the 2018 honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, Jan. 22, at 12 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. ( The VIP reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. ) Paulson will join Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Time's Up,' Brad Goreski, 'Hamilton' actor, Kristin Chenoweth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes and more than 300 other women are taking a stand against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry by launching Time's Up—a movement that aims to promote equality and safety in the workplace, E! News noted. In addition to Witherspoon, Rhimes and Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams, Kate Capshaw and ...


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MOVIES Arnaud Valois talks 'BPM,' journalism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - One of the most critically lauded films of 2017 ( including being the recipient of the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival ), BPM ( Beats Per Minute ) focuses on the a group of ACT UP activists in Paris in the 1990s. In the midst of fighting for more funds for HIV/AIDS research, a love story develops ...


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Showbiz: Zac Efron, Gaga, Rafael Nadal, Mariah, Maupin love triangle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zac Efron ( currently in the film The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman ) has joined the cast of Harmony Korine's new film, The Beach Bum, Indiewire.com noted. Efron is set to play a character named Flicker opposite Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Jimmy Buffett and Snoop Dogg. The film—reportedly about a stoner named Moondog ( McConaughey ) who lives life ...


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Hedy Lamarr Story at Music Box Jan. 19 - BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY opens on Friday, Jan. 19 at The Music Box Theatre. Directed by Alexandra Dean, BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day. Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr ( ZIEGFELD GIRL, SAMSON AND DELILAH ) ...


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Chicago film office names filmmakers in residence - The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ( DCASE ) is pleased to announce the producing team of Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri as the 2018 Filmmakers in Residence. The residency is part of the Independent Film Initiative ( IFI ), a first-of-its-kind program from the Chicago Film Office designed to support, promote and provide career-building opportunities for ...


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MOVIES Box office 2017: Comics, beasts, emojis and more - The year 2017 will be remembered as a year with a multitude of superhero flicks, an overkill of biopics and too many unsuccessful sequels. Independent movies rose to the top and summer did not scorch at the box office this time. The challenges of marketing and when exactly the right time is to release a film continue to this day. ...


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BRUJOS, radical queer web series returns - From a press release - In January, on the heels of the Trump inauguration, the first four episodes of the dark, sexy web series BRUJOS debuted online to a cult following. Following four gay Latinx grad students who are also witches as they battle the wealthy, straight white male descendants of the first New World colonizers, villains, BRUJOS seemed more timely than ever. As creator ...


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Uganda Police Raid Queer Kampala Film Festival, Blocking LGBT Cultural Event - From a Human Rights Watch press release - ( Nairobi, December 15, 2017 ) — Ugandan police raided and forcibly closed the Queer Kampala International Film Festival on December 9, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The festival featured films and documentaries portraying the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer ( LGBTIQ ) people. Police offered no formal legal basis for forcibly shutting down the ...


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A #MeToo moment: African American lesbian poet e. nina jay releases DVD - CHICAGO— The work of Chicago-based African American lesbian poet and spoken word artist e. nina jay is featured in the new film Body of Rooms, based on her book of the same name. This is a powerful, dramatic exhibition of an artist, a camera and the raw words and emotions of a Black woman navigating the U.S. during a time ...


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'Don't Give Up' is Maggie Szabo's song dedicated to transgender youth - From a press release, video below - Maggie Szabo is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has been winning over audiences worldwide with her stunningly soulful vocals and empowering pop anthems. Hailing from small town Ontario, Szabo is now an accomplished musician living in Los Angeles and is using her music to conquer social injustice. After quickly becoming one of the most sought after songwriter/vocalists for DJs and notable ...


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African American lesbian poet e. nina jay releases DVD - The work of e. nina jay, Chicago-based African American lesbian poet and spoken word artist, is featured in the new film Body of Rooms, based on her book of the same name. This is a powerful, dramatic exhibition of an artist, a camera and the raw words and emotions of a Black woman navigating the U.S. during a time of ...


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MOVIES John Ridley covers L.A. Riots, lesbian officer in 'Let It Fall' - Although he has been a part of Hollywood for some time, John Ridley cemented his status as a force to be reckoned with when he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film 12 Years a Slave. Now, he's back, as the director and screenwriter of the documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982—1992—an unflinching look at ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Michael Stuhlberg, Making his 'Name' known - Actor Michael Stuhlbarg has two new movies with gay content debuting this month at Landmark Theatre in Chicago: The Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name. Back in 2009, he rose to attention playing a university professor named Larry Gopnik in A Serious Man. Notable parts in the movies Blue Jasmine, Trumbo, Steve Jobs and Doctor Strange followed. ...


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Showbiz news: Laverne Cox, 'Queer Eye,' Patti LaBelle, Rogers-Berlanti wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Emmy Award nominee Laverne Cox is set to host the Lifetime beauty-competition series Glam Masters, set to air Wed., Feb. 28, a press release noted. The eight-episode series ( which has Kim Kardashian West and Diana Madison as executive producers ) puts beauty influencers through themed challenges in order to impress Cox, celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, YouTube makeup expert ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Lois Smith In her 'Prime' - The legendary actress Lois Smith continues to have a career that just keeps getting better. She trained at the legendary Actors Studio, with Lee Strasberg, and she made her Broadway debut at age 22 in the play Time Out for Ginger. She returned to Broadway with The Iceman Cometh; then, The Grapes of Wrath earned her a Tony Award for ...


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MOVIES In good 'Shape': Richard Jenkins on his latest film - Director Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is a loving, emotional, witty and sometimes gory homage to old Hollywood creature features and romance with its 1962-set tale of a mute cleaning woman, Elisa ( Sally Hawkins ), who falls in love with a Creature from the Black Lagoon-like monster ( played by Doug Jones, Star Trek: Discovery's alien Science ...


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NUNN ON ONE: WEB Kit Williamson experiences L.A. in 'EastSiders' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Set in Los Angeles, the series EastSiders is the story of Cal, played by Kit Williamson, who learns that boyfriend Thom, actor Van Hansis, has been cheating on him. They continue in the relationship afterwards and the show follows the adventures of their surrounding friends who tag along for the ride. First presented on YouTube, then streaming on Logo TV's ...


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Showbiz news: Ryan Murphy, Mariah Carey, MIssy Elliott, Armie Hammer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Producers Guild of America ( PGA ) has selected Ryan Murphy as the recipient of its 2018 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Variety noted. Murphy will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. He has won four Emmys and two PGA Awards; also, he was the recipient ...


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Five Worth Finding: Holiday edition - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Canada Goose ( CanadaGoose.com ): Now open at the Park Hyatt, 800 N. Michigan Ave., Canada Goose brings its well-known parkas to a Chicago flagship store. ( And with those coats having been tested in arctic climes, they should have no problem with wintry Lake Michigan winds. ) There are also other pieces ( from caps to hoodies ) available, ...


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Siskel to show drag-ballet film, plus 'Tom of Finland' - The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., is presenting the Chicago premiere of Rebels on Pointe through Nov. 30. Rebels on Pointe is a 2016 documentary about ihe New York-based Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—the gay, all-male dance troupe that has, for 40 years, satirized ballet classics. Clips provide a look at the onstage action as the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Stephen Cone and the 'Cyd' effect - After Stephen Cone moved to Chicago in 2004, he taught himself to make movies and changed the course of his life. He began by writing the short film Church Story; then a medium-length film called The Christians came next. Several more followed, with In Memoriam, about a group of students; then, The Wise Kids, a coming-of-age drama that did well ...


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Showbiz news: Armistead Maupin, Wendy Williams, Taylor Swift, 'House of Cards' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, will premiere on Independent Lens on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, a press release noted. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the Tales of the City storyteller, following his evolution from a conservative ...


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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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pregnantish magazine hosts 'Vegas Baby' screening, talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The magazine pregnantish hosted a screening of Amanda Micheli's film, Vegas Baby, and discussion on infertility Nov. 14 at theWit Chicago. Vegas Baby is an award-winning documentary following the lives of aspiring parents of all orientations who are struggling with infertility issues and the costs associated with those treatments. The documentary follows a single lesbian woman ( Athena Reich—a Lady ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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