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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Reeling LGBTQ film festival announces Sept. 21-28 lineup - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, IL - August 17, 2017 ) Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world, celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the amazing diversity of the queer experience. Chicago's international festival unreels Sept. 21-28 at Landmark Theatres' Century Centre Cinema, with the opening night premiere at Music Box Theatre. Festival passes and ...


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Manolo Blahnik film out Sept. 22 - Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards—an in-depth portrait of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik—will premiere locally at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on Friday, Sept. 22 Growing up on a remote Spanish Canary island, Manolo made shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards that he caught in his family's garden. After opening his first store ...


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Reeling film festival returns Sept. 21-28 - The 35th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival will run Sept. 21-28. The first Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival took place in April 1981 in Chicago Filmmakers' 90-seat folding-chair screening room on West Hubbard Street, according to its website. Opening night will take place at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The rest of ...


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Ken Burns to discuss 'Vietnam War' Sept. 7 - Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will preview their new 10-part documentary, The Vietnam War, with an exclusive screening and discussion at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6:30-8:30 p.m. During this special evening, Burns and Novick will discuss the "making of" of the film, show excerpts from the 18-hour documentary and answer questions from ...


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BLACK ALPHABET FILM FESTIVAL Jewel Thais-Williams and nightclub subject of documentary - By Emagin Tanaschuk - Jewel Thais-Williams is more than the owner of the popular "Jewel's Catch One" night club, in Los Angeles; rather, she is trailblazer, as her nightclub was a place where people of all races and sexual orientations were welcome starting in 1975. After owning the nightclub for 42 years, Thais' work is being showcased in the documentary "Jewel's Catch One" which ...


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George Takei in Chicago on Sept. 7 - In conjunction with its first original exhibition "Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties," Alphawood Gallery is presenting "An Evening with George Takei" at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. When he was incarcerated as a child with his family, Takei lived ...


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MOVIES Filmmakers discuss documentary about Ferguson uprising - Whose Streets? is a powerful documentary about the Ferguson, Missouri, uprising, as told by activists of the movement. An unarmed teenager named Michael Brown is killed by police and left in the street for hours in St. Louis, Missouri. Residents—such as lesbian Brittany Farrell—react and protest along with people from around the country. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis chronicle ...


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Showbiz news: Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle, 'The L Word,' Louis Tomlinson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the middle of her first show on her world tour in Vancouver, Lady Gaga called security—to procure a gay-pride flag, USA Today noted. Gaga—who was standing on a stage in the middle of the floor—got her wish, and she was handed that rainbow flag from the audience. Thousands of fans cheered as the singer posed onstage with the flag, ...


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Ken Burns here to screen The Vietnam War Sept. 7 - CHICAGO — August 2, 2017 — Tickets are available now for an exclusive screening and discussion with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick to preview their new 10-part documentary The Vietnam War, in advance of its premiere on WTTW11 and wttw.com in September 2017. The event is presented by WTTW/Chicago PBS, in partnership with the Auditorium Theatre. The Vietnam War: An ...


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tello Films first lesbian network to receive Emmy nomination - From a press release - Nashville, TN ( August 3, 2017 ) — Last month, tello Films received its first Emmy nomination for their original web series "secs & EXECS." Actress, Mindy Sterling received the nomination for her role in the series. This makes tello Films the first lesbian network to receive such an honor. Sterling, best known for her role as Frau Farbissina in ...


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Black Alphabet Film Festival Aug. 18-19 - After a brief hiatus, the Black Alphabet Film Festival is returning, taking place Aug. 18-19 at the Reva David and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. The festival focuses on films and works highlighting Black LGBTQ and SGL ( same-gender loving ) experiences. The event kicks off Aug. 18 with the short film 90 Days, directed ...


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Showbiz news: Kerry Washington, 'Magic Mike,' Jinkx Monsoon, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN announced that it will honor Scandal actress Kerry Washington with the Inspiration Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards on Oct. 20 in Beverly Hills, California, according to Page Six. GLSEN praised Washington for her work with President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, advocating for marriage equality and championing anti-domestic violence campaigns. Shonda Rhimes—creator of ABC's ...


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Cinema/Chicago honors Jane Fonda - The legendary actress Jane Fonda made a rare appearance in Chicago on July 29 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. In between wrapping up filming her successful Netflix series Grace and Frankie and starting a new movie called Our Souls at Night, Fonda flew into town to attend "A Tribute to Jane Fonda." She walked the red carpet to ...


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FILM REVIEW Atomic Blonde - Director: David Leitch. Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman. Time: 115 minutes Currently in wide release Atomic Blonde is a heavily stylized action picture that is based on the Oni Press graphic-novel series The Coldest City. Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, an undercover M16 agent investigating a murder in Berlin during the Cold War. The story is mainly ...


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Mirza film wins Outfest award - Local Pakistani Muslim lesbian actor Fawzia Mirza stars in a movie, called Signature Move, that won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film in this year's Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, according to AfterEllen. Mirza's relationship with her girlfriend while living in Chicago was her inspiration behind writing the script for the film: "She is now ...


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MOVIES Jane Fonda adding film-festival honor to accolades - Actress and activist Jane Fonda has been in the movie business for more than 50 years and will be receiving the Chicago International Film Festival's Gold Hugo Career Achievement Award on Saturday, July 29. The tribute to Fonda is being held by lead sponsor SAGE Private Wealth Group, with Cinema/Chicago co-chairing. The legendary Fonda is a two-time Academy Award winner ...


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Black Alphabet Film Festival reigniting in 2017 return - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL — July 17, 2017 ) — After a brief hiatus, Black Alphabet ( BA ) returns in August with its signature event, the Black Alphabet Film Festival ( BAFF ). In its fourth outing, the festival has been reenergized and will continue to showcase films and works highlighting and exploring Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer ...


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Showbiz: Princess Di, 'Moonlight,' Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two shows about Princess Diana—Diana and the Paparazzi as well as Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye—will air on the Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT, respectively, a press release stated. This year marks the 20th anniversary of her passing. Smithsonian Channel will also premiere a four-part series on Sunday, Aug. 13, at ...


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MOVIES Jenny Slate, Gillian Robespierre ring a 'Landline' - The new movie Landline, set in 1990s Manhattan, follows life before smartphones with a dysfunctional family. Jenny Slate stars as Dana Jacobs who suspects, along with her sister, that her father is having an affair. Edie Falco, John Turturro and Jay Duplass are all along for the ride as the cast. This is the second collaboration with director Gillian Robespierre ...


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New sitcom stars transgender actors - The Switch is a new sitcom starring five transgender actors in trans roles—making it the first of its kind in television history. The show's tagline is "Work. Love. Mortal Danger," and Amy Fox, one of the show's producers and cast members, said the six-episode first season touches on "urban gentrification, climate-change-driven eco terrorism, and trans Americans fleeing Trump's United States." ...


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SHOWBIZ Thomas Dekker, Linda Perry, Chippendales, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Heroes producer has revealed that the show had to axe a gay storyline, Attitude reported. The popular series, which ran during 2006-2010 before returning briefly last year, launched the career of actors such as Zachary Quinto and Hayden Panettiere. Bryan Fuller, who worked on the show from the start, admitted at Outfest that a gay storyline never went ahead ...


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Showbiz: Archie Comics, Britney Spears, Andrew Garfield, rapper's lyrics - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the new comic, Your Pal Archie, Archie Comics will release a variant cover with gay character Kevin Keller for the debut issue at this year's Flame Con convention, the world's largest LGBT comic con, according to NewNowNext.com. The special cover features members of the Archie gang like Betty, Veronica and Kevin as their superhero alter-egos flying above New York ...


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Tribute to Jane Fonda to take place July 29 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Cinema/Chicago and the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival are proud to announce a special tribute to two-time Academy Award®-winner and three-time Golden Globe®-winning actress Jane Fonda. A Tribute to Jane Fonda takes place on Saturday, July 29 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago and will feature an on-stage conversation with Fonda, giving insight into her experience and ...


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Trans-focused doc has funding campaign - America in Transition—a documentary series exploring community, family, and faith for trans people of color across the United States—is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign that ends Thursday, July 13. Among the individuals profiled are a veteran-turned-activist, a two-spirit dancer and a model navigating family life. The director, Andre Perez, is a latinx, genderqueer transmasculine person from the South ...


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Entertainment news: Sir Ian McKellen, 'Sense8,' Ryan Murphy, Halsey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Sir Ian McKellen said he'd fully support the idea of James Bond being portrayed as a gay man—and he thinks author Ian Fleming, who created the fictional Secret Service agent, would also fully support the thought, The Huffington Post noted, citing Variety. "If you play James Bond as an outwardly camp, silly gay man that no one took seriously," ...


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Studio responsibility index released - GLAAD has released its fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index—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 2016 calendar year. GLAAD found that, of the 125 releases from major studios in 2016, only 23 of them ( 18.4 percent ) included characters ...


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'Lives: Visible' film June 28 at Siskel - Lives:Visible—the new film by Chicagoan Michelle Citron that looks at the working-class butch/fem world of pre-Stonewall Chicago, and the film-based snapshot that recorded everyday 20th-century life—will run at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., on Wed., June 28, at 8:15 p.m. Citron will be at the screening. The filmmaker, whose 1984 meta-documentary Daughter Rite is a classic ...


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Entertainment news: Ryan Phillippe, Queen Latifah, Glenn Close, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Ryan Phillippe, while promoting the movie Wish Upon, said that he's "proud" to have played daytime television's first gay teenager, according to NewNowNext. Phillippe played Billy Douglas, a high school student who comes out as gay, on the series during 1992-93. "There had never been a gay teenager portrayed on television at that point. It was before Will & ...


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'Lives: Visible' film June 23, 28 at Siskel - Lives:Visible—the new film by Chicagoan Michelle Citron that looks at the working-class butch/fem world of pre-Stonewall Chicago, and the film-based snapshot that recorded everyday 20th-century life—will run at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., on Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. and Wed., June 28, 8:15 p.m. Citron will be at both screenings. The filmmaker, whose 1984 meta-documentary ...


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Gender JUST double feature June 23 - Gender JUST will be camping out at the Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State St., and showing back-to-back screenings of masterpieces of radical queer cinema from directors Eric A. Stanley and Chris Vargas on Friday, June 23, 5:30-9 p.m. The organization will be screening the anti-marriage extravaganza Homotopia ( 2007, 27 min. ) and its anti-prison sequel Criminal Queers ( ...


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Entertainment news: Male model comes out, Laverne Cox, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Model/fashion and lifestyle blogger Carl Cunard as come out as gay, Queerty noted. On his YouTube channel in a video entitled "Coming Out The Real Me," the 26-year-old Brit describes the first time he realized he was gay, his first relationship with a man ( with a guy who was 18 years older than him ), and how he came ...


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The Naked Truth: China Queer film looks at being queer in China June 26 - JUNE 15, 2017 — "Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights," former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared during a 2011 speech in Geneva. While the LGBTQ movement in the U.S. has great momentum, in places like China, those who advocate for gay rights and speak out can be harassed, intimidated and detained. Gatherings are banned, ...


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Entertainment: Cher, Wanda Sykes, 'Guardians' star, Scissor Sisters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A musical based on Cher's life is slated to debut on Broadway in 2018, Rolling Stone reported. The singer confirmed the news on her Twitter account. "Just got off phone w/Writer & Director of musical," Cher wrote. "There will [be] performance in theatre with actors, dancers, singers!! It'll be on Broadway 2018." News of a possible musical production tracing Cher's ...


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TELEVISION Harry Shum Jr. talks motivation, 'Shadowhunters' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the Freeform ( formerly ABC Family ) show Shadowhunters—loosely based on Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments—the title beings protect regular humans from demons ( also called "Downworlders" ). Glee alum Harry Shum Jr. plays Magnus Bane, a centuries-old bisexual warlock who is currently in a relationship with Alec, a fighter played by Matthew Daddario. Shum talked about the show, ...


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MOVIES 'Real Boy' spotlights transgender boy's family journey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2012, director and producer, Shaleece Haas chronicled the journey of Bennett Wallace, a then-19-year-old transgender teen and his mother, Suzy. In the documentary film Real Boy, mother and son navigate through their relationship, his gender-reassignment surgery and Suzy's eventual acceptance of her trans son. Haas talked with Windy City Times about the family dynamics, the challenges of making the ...


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MOVIES Oscar winner Rachel Weisz: On new role, LGBT films - Actress Rachel Weisz has come a long way since her first minor role in 1994's Death Machine. She began staking her claim to big-budget Hollywood with Chain Reaction, a few Mummy movies, About a Boy and The Runaway Jury. She later won an Oscar for her role in The Constant Gardener. In live theater, she revived Design for Living and ...


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MOVIES Matt Wolf aims to tell Bayard Rustin's story - Matt Wolf is an award-winning filmmaker based out of New York. His most recent work, Bayard & Me, details the story of the late civil-rights activist Bayard Rustin and Rustin's partner, Walter Naegle. Wolf's films have earned recognition at festivals and focus on untold but remarkable stories. His previous projects include, Wild Combination, Teenage, I Am Rebel, The Face of ...


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Queer Film Society series in June - The Queer Film Society, in association with The Chicago Public Library, is presenting "Celebrate Queer Pride Worldide," a free film series examining the lives of LGBTQ people globally ( in honor of Gay Pride month ). The series has free screenings taking place at 6 p.m. ( doors at 5:30 pm ) at various branches of the Chicago Public Library: ...


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'America in Transition' breaks convention, crosses boundaries - In his groundbreaking award-winning series of documentary films America in Transition, director André Pérez takes viewers on a visceral journey through the heart of the country. Pérez and the transgender and gender nonconforming individuals of color whose stories form the nucleus of each episode serve as resilient guides through often misconceived geographic and human terrain which is breathtaking in beauty, ...


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Lives:Visible lesbian film at Siskel June 23, 28 - The new film by Chicagoan Michelle Citron, Lives:Visible, is an elegy for two cultures—the working-class butch/fem world of pre-Stonewall Chicago, and the once ubiquitous film-based snapshot that recorded everyday 20th Century American life. The film screens twice during Pride month at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. and Wed., June 28, 8:15 p.m. The filmmaker will ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Darren Criss, 'Supergirl,' Wendy Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nick Jonas talked with Extra about the Met Gala and the possibility of a Camp Rock sequel. Regarding the latter, he joked, "Obviously, I hate working with Demi and Joe and Kevin, so it's going to be really tough. There's a lot of talk about this. The first two were beloved by the fans, who are now kind of millennial ...


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James Ivory reflects on legendary career on 30th anniv. of 'Maurice' - Ismail Merchant and James Ivory. These two legendary names emblazoned on a movie poster or trailer instantly lit fires of anticipation inside any cinephiles of the 1980s and early 1990s, myself included. This label was always good news, for it heralded a new offering in the works by the master producer/director team: Merchant and Ivory. Think A Room With a ...


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Entire 'Boystown' series released - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Boystown series author Jake Biondi has announced that he is re-launching his entire book series with an entirely new look just ahead of the release of his seventh Boystown book on Friday, July 7. Biondi will unveil the new covers one at a time beginning in June. Biondi has teamed with designer Anna Crosswell of Cover Couture to create Boystown's ...


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New lesbian Midwestern drama Heartland out on digital - From a press release - New lesbian Midwest set drama Heartland will be released June 6 in the U.S. and Canada via Wolfe Video on DVD and VOD. In the film, a young Oklahoma artist struggling with a recent death finds escape in a reckless affair with her brother's beautiful girlfriend. Heartland tells the story of Lauren ( Velinda Godfrey ) a beautiful and vibrant ...


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FILM REVIEW Wonder Woman - Director: Patty Jenkins. Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright. Time: 133 minutes. Release date: June 2 A movie version on the Wonder Woman saga is finally flying into theaters—this time with no invisible jet. This fictional DC Comic heroine has been swinging her magic lasso for more than 75 years in different formats, from Saturday morning cartoons to the ...


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Entertainment news: LA gay chorus, 'Wonder Woman,' Scruff event, 'Arrow' star - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles ( GMCLA ) hosted the 6th Annual Voice Awards celebration May 20 at the J.W. Marriott in Los Angeles to honor members and allies of the LGBTQ community who use their voices to promote social change and equality, a press release stated. Some of those who attended included Lisa Vanderpump, Lance Bass, Stephen ...


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Serial offender: John Waters on Trumps, 'Serial Mom' and more - It's been a prolific springtime for John Waters. Although it's been about 13 years since the Baltimore-born, openly gay cult-movie icon unleashed a new feature film, Waters' 1994 classic Serial Mom—about a suburban housewife, played by Kathleen Turner, who murders people that offend her sensibilities—just received a spiffy, extras-loaded Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory. In April, he popped up on ...


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Chicago Underground Film Festival May 31-June 4 - The Chicago Underground Film Festival will showcase more than 100 unique visual works May 31-June 4 at the Logan Theater, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. Among the LGBT movies that will part of the festival are Whatever Happened to Gelitin, The Magic Hedge and Cruising Elsewhere. "Gelitin" ( 82 minutes ) features artist/art dealer/actor Salvatore Viviano setsting out on a cinematic ...


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Power couple Mirren, Hackford hit Chicago gala - Cinema/Chicago and the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival held its spring gala at the Loews Hotel Chicago on May 24. After cocktails and appetizers, two of the celebrity hosts walked the red carpet to answer a few questions for Windy City Times. Academy Award winners Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford met after he directed her in the 1985 White Nights ...


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MOVIES 'Finding Kim' details trans man's journey - by John Cummings - Finding Kim follows the life of 48-year-old trans man and his journey though surgery, testosterone, friendships and his relationship with his family. Set in Seattle, the film invites audiences to see gender in a different light through Kim's transition. From a very early age, Kim ( who requested his last name not be used in this article ) always felt ...


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Transgender documentary Finding Kim on digital platforms and VOD - From a press release - Los Angeles, Calif, — May 2017 — Finding Kim, an honest, intimate and inspiring documentary that follows three years of a transgender man's journey as he transitions from female to male, makes its debut on Digital platforms on June 6, 2017, from Random Media. The groundbreaking film showcases the incredible and honest story of a truly remarkable individual managing the ...


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Web series looks at South Side, queer women of color - Quare Life is a comedy web series centering the lives of a group of Chicago queer women of color on the city's South Side. The series centers on Michelle Jones ( played by Ambria Sylvain ) who has a nice home, a girlfriend, and a foot on the rung of professional ascension. When her marriage proposal is rejected and work ...







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