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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Reeling LGBT film fest opens Sept. 18 - From a press release - CHICAGO - Celebrate 32 years of The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, Reeling Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 18 at The Music Box Theatre ( 3733 N. Southport ave. ) with a screening of Boy Meets Girl, directed by Eric Schaeffer ( US, 2014, 95 min ). Director Eric Schaeffer is set to attend the screening, along with trans actress ...


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Expendables 3 reveal; Roberts' honor; Cohen on Top Chef - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director Patrick Hughes has said that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li's Expendables 3 characters are gay, according to Digital Spy. Speculation emerged online after the release of the third film, as a scene involving Schwarzenegger and Li sees the pair getting close in a bar. Asked if Trench ( Schwarzenegger ) and Yin Yang ( Li ) are in a ...


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Way-out Wizard World: costumes, characters, artists - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Wizard World Comic Con Chicago hit the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on Aug. 21-24. The front lobby of the convention center started the fun as a place to meet costumed characters upon entering the vast space. Two floors contained numerous vendor booths selling superhero toys, comic books, T-shirts and a variety of novelties. Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell ...


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Machnik wins Nate Berkus' reality show, looks at future - TELEVISION Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Lukas Machnik, an openly gay Chicago-based artist who owns a successful company called Lukas Machnik Interior Design ( LMID ) and winner of the first season of NBC's American Dream Builders ( ADB ), calls himself a minimalist. "Often enough, people don't get it; they say, 'Oh, it's an empty room,' but it's actually the hardest space to design because ...


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Gay superhero event touches on gender stereotypes, diversity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I sit quietly in Dimo's Pizza, 1615 N. Damen Ave., and cut out various articles of clothing to design the outfits of my biologically male and female superheroes. It is fascinating to examine the nuanced characteristics of masculine and feminine heroes, and this is one of several thought-provoking interactive experiences that took place during the Illinois Humanities Council's event "Heroes ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Dog; The Giver; film note - On the sweltering afternoon of Aug. 22, 1972—when John Wojtowicz robbed a bank in Brooklyn, taking hostages and standing off with the police for hours—he entered the legion of New York's most memorable characters. He also became a gay-rights pioneer, of sorts, when the motive for the robbery came to light: Wojtowicz wanted the money to finance a gender-reassignment operation ...


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'Orange' wins Creative Emmys - On Aug. 16, the Television Academy presented the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Jane Lynch, Tony Hale, Amy Schumer, Allison Janney, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum and Joe Manganiello were among the presenters. HBO won the most awards, with 15. NBC was second with 10. Netflix won seven honors, ...


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Film about George Takei to screen at Facets - To Be Takei will screen at Chicago's Facets Aug. 29 through Sept. 4. As Sulu on TV's Star Trek, George Takei boldly went where no man had gone before. Now he is on a new mission. Years after becoming one of the first Asian-American actors to appear on primetime television, Takei is the subject of Jennifer Kroot's documentary, which follows ...


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Iconic actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 - Actress Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced Hollywood icon known for her sultry sensuality, died Aug. 12 at age 89. Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, said Bacall died in New York, CNN reported. Bacall ( born Betty Joan Perske ) started experiencing international fame in 1944 with her first film, To Have and Have Not, which she ...


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Lesbian drama 'Anatomy' on Vimeo - Writer/director Marina Rice Bader ( executive producer of Elena Undone, A Perfect Ending ) has released her feature-length directorial debut Anatomy of a Love Seen as a $5 digital rental on Vimeo via the film's website, http://www.AnatomyOfALoveSeen.com/. Following the July 18 premiere of the lesbian-themed drama at the 32nd Annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Bader immediately gave the ...


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Iconic actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 - Actress Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced Hollywood icon known for her sultry sensuality, died Aug. 12 at age 89. Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, said Bacall died in New York, CNN reported. Bacall ( born Betty Joan Perske ) started experiencing international fame in 1944 with her first film, To Have and Have Not, which she ...


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Jena Malone and Lem Jay Ignacio in 'Shoe' business - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jena Malone, 29, was acting in films at the young age of 12, starting with the Angelica Huston-directed Showtime picture Bastard Out of Carolina. She moved onto more movies with Jodie Foster's Contact, Susan Sarandon's Stepmom and Jake Gyllenhaal's Donnie Darko. Recently, she joined The Hunger Games cast with Catching Fire and will close out the franchise in two more ...


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Knight at the Movies: Into the Storm; film notes - One would suppose that a director with the movies Aliens of the Deep, Final Destination 5 and Surefire ( a film about raging forest fires ) on his resume would be the perfect guy to helm a big-budget tornado disaster movie like Into the Storm. And on that score, Steven Quale, said director, does indeed deliver a film that is ...


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Reeling announces line-up of LGBT films - From a press release - ( August 6, 2014 - Chicago, IL ) - Reeling, the second longest-running LGBT film festival in the world, announces a line-up of groundbreaking LGBT films for its 32nd festival edition, taking place September 18-25. This year's festival selections run the gamut from edgy to adorable, raunchy to contemplative, disturbing to endearing, and heartbreaking to heartwarming. A bevy of special ...


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Knight at the Movies: Violette; The Hundred-Foot Journey - When Barbra Streisand addressed a Women in Film group in 1992 and said, "If a man wants to get it right, he's looked up to and respected. If a woman wants to get it right, she's difficult and impossible," she could easily have been talking about the three female leading characters in Lucy, Violette and The Hundred-Foot Journey. These complex ...


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Jennifer Hudson on family; Turing subject of film - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson has spoken out about the pain she felt following the shootings that killed her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, The Wrap noted. "There would be no point in faith if it wasn't tested. My mother always told me no matter how negative your life seems to be, you must always look for a positive," Hudson told the ...


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Wachowskis host TransLife Center benefit at film studio - The award-winning sibling filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski held a very unique benefit, TransReelization, for Chicago House's TransLife Center Aug. 2. The event took place in their North Side Chicago film studio, Kinowerks. Additional photospread at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-08-03&AGALLERY=TransLife . On display were props and representations from their many films, including the Matrix series ( guests could sit in ...


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Agnes Moorehead to get her due at NRHOF ceremony - Harnessing a talent uncompromised and a career spanning 60 years in the entertainment industry, Bewitched television actress Agnes Moorehead will be honored posthumously at the National Radio Hall of Fame ( NRHOF ) ceremony Sunday, Nov. 9, in Los Angeles. It will mark the first time the induction ceremony has taken place outside of Chicago. Born in 1900, Moorehead began ...


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Knight at the Movies: Marvel's Guardians...; Lucy; film notes - Even the most casual follower of current events must be aware of the plethora of headlines bemoaning the sorry financial state of this year's summer blockbuster season with its nearly 20-percent drop from last year's record setting bonanza. The experts have weighed in with a myriad of probable causes for this fall-off, with consumer fatigue over the usual action-hero-driven fare ...


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Joan Jett's honor; Nathan Lane's point; 'True Blood' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Transgender Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace made a special appearance the Alternative Press Music Awards at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, to present the first ever "Icon Award" ( presented by Blackstar Amps ) to the legendary Joan Jett, according to a press release. The two also performed the song "Soulmates to ...


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Wachowskis to open studio to benefit TransLife Center - Andy and Lana Wachowski ( the award-winning directors and producers of films such as Cloud Atlas, the Matrix series and V for Vendetta ) are offering the chance to join them at their private, 20,000-square-foot industrial movie production studio in Edgewater—all to benefit Chicago House's TransLife Center. The inaugural event, "TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio," will give ...


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Knight at the Movies: And So It Goes; film notes - There is precious little in Rob Reiner's latest film—a golden-years romantic comedy titled And So It Goes—that bears any resemblance to real life. The set-up is that all-too-familiar story of opposites ( eventually ) attracting that has long been a staple of Hollywood; a purposely fake world where the two opposites—she, a would-be cabaret singer dressed to the nines, can ...


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The Bijou Chronicles Steven Toushin: Matt Revira - Extreme Cheapskate and Hottie Wrestler - For brain candy, I often turn to TLC and its exploitative "reality shows," which seem in some ways to replace the live "freak shows" located outside of circus tents. One of my current favorites is Extreme Cheapskates. Recent exhibitionists include a frowsy, blowsy "hillbilly" woman who makes each member of her family use the same bathwater because it saves on ...


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GLAAD's Vito Russo Test: Offensive film content from largest studios - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 —GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar ...


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Dustin Lance Black plane scare; Quinto movie news; NeNe vs. Wendy - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dustin Lance Black—the openly gay screenwriter who won as Oscar for his work on the film Milk—has been hired to adapt Paramount TV's event series Lindbergh, based on A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the same name, according to Deadline. Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick will produce the project. The story of Charles Lindbergh—both in his ...


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Laverne Cox on 'FREE CECE,' kids and uniting LGBTs - Laverne Cox has changed the world as the first openly transgender person on the cover of Time Magazine this past June. Portraying Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black has brought her into the computers and living rooms of people everywhere. Cox's latest endeavor is a documentary currently in production called FREE CECE, in which she ...


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Film about adoption premieres at Center - Filmmaker Jean Strauss premiered her documentary A Simple Piece of Paper—about Illinois-born adoptees accessing their birth certificates—for the first time at the Center on Halsted this past week. The Original Birth Certificate Access Bill, enacted in 2010, permits increased exchange of information between biological families by allowing adopted adults access to their original birth certificates without obtaining a court order. ...


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Lisa Whelchel sets the 'Facts' straight with new movie - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - They taught us the Facts of Life growing up, and now return for a Hallmark movie titled For Better or for Worse. Lisa Welchel ( as Wendy ) and Kim Fields ( as Roseanne ) have reunited onscreen, this time as wedding planners with a new divorce attorney located next door. Business rivals clash and comedy ensues. Lisa Welchel began ...


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UN music video for gay rights Exceeds One Million Views - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, USA — A Bollywood-inspired United Nations music video with a message of gay acceptance has rapidly become one of the most watched UN videos of all time. "The Welcome", released on 30 April 2014 as part of the UN's ongoing Free & Equal campaign, has been watched by more than a million people on the video-sharing site ...


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NUNN ON ONE Fred Willard returns to Second City - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Actor and comedian Fred Willard will always be remembered for his improvisational skills. This Is Spinal Tap—along with films like Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration—have cemented that. He went on to such movies as WALL-E and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. His television roles have been numerous, ranging from Laverne & Shirley ...


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The White Room with Laura Chernicky at Gene Siskel July 16 - From a press release - The White Room, a short film by Tom Doherty, wins four awards at the Prairie State Film Fest 2014: Best Director ( Tom Doherty ), Best Actress ( Laura Chernicky ), Best Cinematography ( Jayson Phommavongsa ), and Best Prairie State Film. In The White Room, a young man wakes up trapped in a mysterious white room with no recollection ...


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The White Room film heads to the Gene Siskel Film Center - Chernicky nominated for best actress, film nominated for eight awards - From a press release The White Room, a short film by Tom Doherty of Rock Valley College in Rockford IL has received 8 nominations from the Prairie State International Film Festival being held in Chicago, IL this weekend. The film will be shown Saturday, July 12th at 2:30 ( short film block ) at Schurz High School, Assembly Hall 3601 ...


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Movie festival gives voice, vision to Black LGBTQ filmmakers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the second year since its inception, the Black Alphabet Film Festival ( BAFF ) has found a way to creatively tell the stories of the marginalized. This year's festival, which kicked off its event reception at Circuit Nightclub, showcased a myriad of films to festivalgoers—all with the purpose of empowering Black LGBTQ storytellers. Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-07-09&AGALLERY=BlkAkphaWatkins ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Nance; film notes - There is a segment in Rick McKay's wonderful documentary Broadway: The Golden Age in which a bevy of renowned actors talk about the most unforgettable performance they've ever seen: Laurette Taylor as Amanda Wingfield in the original 1945 production of The Glass Menagerie. That same reverence has been ascribed to dozens of other one-of-a-kind portrayals in the ensuing decades that ...


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Truth In Progress launches kickstarter campaign for film - From a press release - Two filmmakers documenting the link between the Civil Rights movement and the LGBTQ Equal Rights struggle have turned to Kickstarter to raise funds to complete their film. "All stories about human rights are stories about everyday people, so we want to give as many people as possible a chance to participate in this project," said Marilyn Bennett of Truth In ...


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Film highlights Birth Certificate Access Law - From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill. — Marking the 4th Anniversary of the Original Birth Certificate Access Law, which granted Illinois-born adoptees the opportunity to receive a copy of their original birth certificate for the first time, adopted state Representatives Sara Feigenholtz and Ann Williams will screen the film, "A Simple Piece of Paper," a film about Illinois-born adoptees who were affected by the ...


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Hollywood luminary talks lesbians, drag and Uma Thurman - Long before dishing lesbian wisdom to Melissa McCarthy's mess of a character in this summer's road-trip comedy Tammy, Kathy Bates had the gay community in shackles. It didn't take a sledgehammer to maintain our obsession with her—it just took the Hollywood icon's every turn on television ( Six Feet Under; American Horror Story ), Broadway ( 'night, Mother ) and ...


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George Takei: On Trump, Stern and 'Oh, my!' - NUNN ON ONE - The actor that will be forever be known as Sulu from Star Trek has been a pioneer for the LGBT community and boldly gone where many gays have not gone before. Not only has he performed in six Star Trek films but when he came out of the closet he made a big splash for equality. His work with Japanese ...


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Patrik-Ian Polk's Blackbird screening at local film festival - MOVIES - Chicago's Black Alphabet Film Festival presents Blackbird, a film directed and co-written by openly gay filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk. Blackbird is a coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old choir boy in Mississippi who struggles with his sexuality while living in a conservative religious community. The film stars Oscar winner Mo'Nique, Isaiah Washington and newcomer Julian Walker, and is based on the novel ...


-Burger-King-unveils-film-celebrating-self-expression

Burger King unveils film celebrating self-expression - From a press release - MIAMI — July 2, 2014 — Burger King Worldwide, Inc. ( NYSE: BKW ) is broadcasting a widespread message in support of self-expression with a digital film launching today on Youtube.com/BurgerKing. The film was created at a BURGER KING® restaurant at the heart of the San Francisco Pride Parade route where a limited edition PROUD WHOPPER® Sandwich was added to ...


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Reeling set for in Sept.; call for entries - Reeling 2014: The 32nd Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is now accepting film and video entries for this year's festival, which will take place Sept. 18-25. The event will screen approximately 75-100 independent films and videos during that span. To download a PDF of the entry form and guidelines, visit http://reelingfilmfestival.org or submit online through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. The entry ...


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'Normal Heart' DVD out on Aug. 26 - The Normal Heart—HBO's adaptation of the Larry Kramer play about the early days of the AIDS crisis—will be out on DVD ( $19.97 ) and Blu-ray ( $24.99 ) on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The all-star cast includes Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo ( The Kids Are All Right ), Academy Award winner Julia Roberts ( Erin Brockovich ), Matt Bomer ...


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Knight at the Movies: Tammy; All Night Long; Gore Vidal - About three-quarters of the way through Tammy, which stars Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, the movie finally finds its footing with the arrival of Kathy Bates. In one brief monologue Bates whips both the film and McCarthy's character into shape, providing depth and adding some much needed dimension to what to that point has been an amiable but rather thin ...


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Jose Antonio Vargas on being gay, immigration reform - NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES - Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and activist who can add filmmaker to the list now with the documentary Documented. Raised in the United States from the age of 12 after immigrating from the Philippines, Vargas has made a life entirely on his own. He's written for The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, ...







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