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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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Knight at the Movies: Jersey Boys; film notes - About an hour into Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the jukebox musical sensation Jersey Boys, the introduction of a gay character into the showbiz story of The Four Seasons changes this quasi-musical into a full-blown one. At last, the real emphasis is on the music—the songs, performances, the recordings; the process that helped elevate this early 1960s singing quartet into legendary ...


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French actor Niney portrays fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent - MOVIES - Before he was cast as designer Yves Saint Laurent ( YSL ) in director Jalil Lespert's biopic of the same name, French actor Pierre Niney knew little about fashion. During a recent interview, however, the svelte 24-year-old at least felt qualified to judge fashion dos and don'ts. "What the heck?" he laughed while examining a photo of a primped and ...


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First Chicago Jewish Film Festival thru June 29 - JCC Chicago presents the first Chicago Jewish Film Festival ( CJFF ), "Through a Jewish Lens," through June 29, held at The Music Box Theatre, the Cinemark/Century in Evanston and the Illinois Holocaust Museum, with other performance events at Chicago's Victory Gardens and at the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie. Featured films will include: The Pin ( 2013 ), a ...


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Black Alphabet Film Festival July 2-3 - The 2nd Annual Black Alphabet Film Festival will take place Wed.-Thursday, July 2-3, at the DuSable Museum of African American History and Center on Halsted. Established in 2013 and named precisely because of the mouthful naming LGBTQ/SGL inclusivity can be, Black Alphabet ( BA ) is a non-profit Chicago-based collective of Black sexual and gender minorities committed to art, culture ...


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Moorehead among Radio Hall of Fame inductees - The late actress Agnes Moorehead ( probably best known as Endora on the classic TV series Bewitched ) will be among those who will be honored at the Chicago-based National Radio Hall of Fame's ceremony Nov. 9 in Los Angeles. It will mark the first time the induction ceremony has taken place outside of Chicago. Among the inductees is Moorehead, ...


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Salute to LGBT veterans at Daley Plaza June 30 - With Liberty and Justice for All, Salute to America's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans, the 11th annual Chicago Salute to LGBT Veterans, will be held Monday, June 30, at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. The speaker will be Lee Reinhart, once discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, who returned to military service after the ban was lifted and who ...


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MOVIES Jenny Slate: 'Obvious'-ly funny - Jenny Slate kills it in the new comedy Obvious Child. It's the story about a stand-up comedian name Donna Stern, played by Slate, whose one-night stand with Max ( Jake Lacy of The Office ) makes a baby. Hilarity ensues with the film that was a hit at Sundance, winning the Red Crown Producer's Award, making it one of the ...


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Local theaters screen The Nance starring Nathan Lane - From a press release - In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche. A headliner called "the nance" was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre—usually played by a straight man. Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey ...


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Knight at the Movies: Ten years of KATM; notes - One of the indelible pleasures of having spent 10 years writing movie reviews for Windy City Times is putting together a year-end "Best of" list, something that all film critics look forward to. I have had the additional pleasure of knowing that my list of recommendations really does serve a purpose, as it's the rare list focused solely on LGBT ...


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'Jersey Boys' discuss fifth gay 'Season,' aging in movies - MOVIES - Over the years, Jersey Boys—the musical about the lives of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons—has won multiple Tony Awards and thrilled audiences around the world. The story of four men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who formed the 1960s rock group is now moving to a new medium: film. The legendary Clint Eastwood directs ...


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Plaintiffs, film's director on 'The Case Against 8' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - \The fight for gay marriage has never been more thrillingly recorded than in the exciting and deeply moving documentary The Case Against 8 ( see my review in last week's WCT ), which tracks the course of the legal challenge to Prop 8 spearheaded by AFER ( Americans For Equal Rights ). The film, which won the documentary director award ...


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Jose Antonio Vargas visits Siskel Center - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has come out twice—as a gay male and as an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines. On June 13-14, he attended screenings of his new documentary Documented at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The story follows Vargas' relationship with his mother, who has remained in the Philippines, and the life he's made in the United ...


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Gay immigrant activist/filmmaker Vargas here June 13, 14 - The openly gay journalist, filmmaker and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas has had a storied career. After graduating from San Francisco State in 2004 he joined the Washington Post covering everything from the video-game boom to the HIV epidemic in Washington. In 2007 Vargas was part of the paper's team covering the Virginia Tech shootings which won a 2008 Pulitzer ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Case Against 8; film notes - As seemingly any politically aware person in Our Community will tell you, the euphoria of election night in November 2008 quickly dissipated with the realization that the anti-gay Prop 8 amendment had passed in California, nullifying and preventing the marriages of same-sex couples throughout the state. It seemed that once again when it came to LGBT rights, we were taking ...


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Second annual Black Alphabet Film Festival July 2-3 - The 2nd Annual Black Alphabet Film Festival will take place Wed.-Thursday, July 2-3, at the DuSable Museum of African American History and Center on Halsted. Established in 2013 and named precisely because of the mouthful naming LGBTQ/SGL inclusivity can be, Black Alphabet ( BA ) is a non-profit Chicago-based collective of Black sexual and gender minorities committed to art, culture ...


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'Bingo' at Skokie this summer - MadKap Productions and Nuns 4 Fun Entertainment will present Movie Bingo: Good, Bad or Condemned?!, by Vicki Quade, for two performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Quade is the co-creator of the comedy Late Nite Catechism. It will take place Friday, June 13, and Friday, July 11, at 8 p.m. All seats are $30; visit SkokieTheatre.org or ...


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Cicero Public Library showing LGBTQ films - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As part of its LGBTQ Pride Month Celebration, the Cicero Public Library, 5225 W. Cermak Rd., Cicero, will show films on Thursdays. On June 12, the library will show Undertow ( Contracorriente ), while Paris Is Burning will be shown June 19 and La Otra Familia will run June 26. All showings are 6-8:30 p.m. There will also be free ...


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Neil Patrick Harris, Audra among winners at Tonys - The Tony Awards took place June 8 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City—and some big stars were honored. Neil Patrick Harris predictably won the Tony for performance by a leading actor in a musical for his portrayal of an East German transgender rocker in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, also named best revival of a musical. Harris' ...


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Pride Films, Plays' Queer Bits Film Fest premiers shorts - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces eight short films and three episodes from Chicago-based webseries receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits Film Festival at the Pub Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on June 30th, 2014. Pride Films and Plays' Queer Bits Film Festival will include a sexy comedy about two straight actors stripping down to rehearse a ...


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Showing of Gen Silent, film on aging LGBTs, discrimination - From a press release - Lincoln Park Village and Center on Halsted will present a rare film screening and panel discussion of Gen Silent on Tuesday, June 17, at 6:45 — 8:45 p.m. and the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. $5 in advance; $10 at the door. Many who fought the earliest battles for LGBT equality are now senior citizens. Gen Silent sheds light ...


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Knight at the Movies: Burning Blue; Exposed; notes - Burning Blue and Exposed could not be more different for a myriad of reasons ( to begin with, the first is a well-made narrative drama while the second is a shockumentary ) but fans of LGBT cinema should make plans to see both of these excellent films when they open this Friday in the Chicagoland area. Together, this disparate duo ...


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DMW Greer helms gay military film 'Burning Blue' - Burning Blue, which features a cast of very talented ( and really handsome ) theatre and television actors ( Trent Ford and Rob Mayes among them )—first debuted last fall during the Reeling Film Festival and is now back in the Chicagoland area—opening this Friday, June 6 exclusively at the AMC Streets of Woodfield Theatre. The movie is a very ...


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Dolly's feat; Larry Kramer vs. Streisand; RuPaul's response - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dolly Parton has added another career milestone to her long list of accomplishments. According to a press release, Blue Smoke ( her 42nd studio work ) is her highest-charting solo album ever. Blue Smoke debuted at number two on the Billboard country chart, and number six on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Parton, amazingly, has only visited the top 10 ...


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Summer LGBT movie preview - Hollywood has for many years now subscribed to the idea that young, heterosexual men with an excess of testosterone are the prime audience for its summer offerings—and perhaps the billions of dollars that the studios have raked in from the blockbusters that feed this particular audience segment has something to do with that. But increasingly, studios have also once again ...


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Black Alphabet Film Festival July 2-3 - The 2nd Annual Black Alphabet Film Festival will take place Wed.-Thursday, July 2-3, at the DuSable Museum of African American History and Center on Halsted. Established in 2013 and named precisely because of the mouthful naming LGBTQ/SGL inclusivity can be, Black Alphabet ( BA ) is a non-profit Chicago-based collective of Black sexual and gender minorities committed to art, culture ...


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X-Men: Everything old is new again-and gayer, too - SUMMER MOVIES - The new X-Men film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, goes to some pretty dark places, with some iconic comic book/movie heroes meeting gruesome ends within the first bombastic 10 minutes alone. How does one prepare for these sorts of scenes and tone? "Well, James McAvoy the other day claimed he heard Hugh Jackman warming up in his trailer singing Les ...


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Knight at the Movies: X-Men: Days of Future Past; Black Box - It makes perfect sense to me now after seeing X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest installment in the superhero series, why I found Captain America: The Winter Soldier so bland: The X-Men mutants are so unabashedly … gay! And fantasize as much as we might, those straight, testosterone-heavy superheroes from the other end of the Marvel universe found in ...


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Siskel Film Center to honor Morgan Freeman June 7 - The Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ) will continue in its legacy of saluting important leaders in cinematic achievement by honoring Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, Saturday, June 7, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St. The evening will culminate with the presentation of the Gene ...


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'Human Library' coming to Printers Row Lit Fest - The Human Library will hold its first-ever event in Chicago at the 2014 Printers Row Lit Fest on June 7-8. The library, which originated in Denmark in 2000, is designed to break the barriers that separate people by enabling dialogue. Individuals from typically marginalized groups act as human books. Participants in the event can "read" these books through speaking with ...


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CPL observing Pride Month - The Chicago Public Library continues its "Celebrating Diversity" series in June with the observance of LGBT Pride Month. Co-sponsored by the library's Pride Month Committee, the opening program features a screening and discussion of the documentary film Living With Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100, with director Yvonne Welbon. The film spotlights the life of Ruth Ellis, who was thought ...


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HBO hosts screening of 'The Normal Heart' in Chicago - About 200 people attended an advance screening of HBO's The Normal Heart in Chicago May 22 at the Venue Six10 room at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Representatives from HBO were on hand for the screening, along with representatives from AIDS and LGBT groups. On display were Chicago panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Additional photos ...


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The New Black premieres on PBS Independent Lens - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) - From church pews to the streets to kitchen tables, The New Black follows the African-American community as it grapples with the gay rights issue in light of the recent same-sex marriage movement. The film follows the struggle over marriage equality in the state of Maryland, where the battle for the hearts and minds of ...


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A closer look at 'The Normal Heart' - Fate has played an interesting part in bringing Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart to the screen. After nearly 30 years of a fractious, circuitous journey that included 10 years in the hands of Barbra Streisand, Kramer's searing play about the onset of the AIDS crisis in New York City has somehow ironically ended up with the perfect director for ...


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Neil Patrick items; Whoopi's sexuality; more Weir drama - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Before Stephen Colbert was officially named as the replacement for David Letterman, CBS CEO Les Moonves called in Neil Patrick Harris for a meeting in a room off his office, Harris told Howard Stern, according to ABC News. But Harris, 40, was not interested when he said Moonves asked whether he'd be interested in taking over for Letterman—and he also ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Normal Heart; film note - Fate has played an interesting part in bringing Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart to the screen. After 30 years of a fractious, circuitous journey that included 10 years in the hands of Barbra Streisand, Kramer's searing play about the onset of the AIDS crisis in New York City has somehow ironically ended up with the perfect director for the ...


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UN video marks Int'l Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY — Today, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) released a new video in honour of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia ( IDAHOT ). The video, entitled "The Power of Sharing," has been produced as part of the OHCHR-led Free & Equal campaign, which is aimed at raising ...


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Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black talks Prop 8, Harvey Milk - Harvey Milk, Proposition 8 and me was the theme of openly gay screenwriter, producer, and social activist Dustin Lance Black's lecture May 8 at Elmhurst College. Winner of the Academy Award and two Writers Guild of America Awards for Best Original Screenplay for the Harvey Milk biopic Milk, Black is also a founding board member of the American Foundation for ...


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Reeling to take place 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. Entries are eligible for audience awards and juried cash awards in the categories of Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best ...


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'God Loves Uganda' director on the risks in making the film - From the moment Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Roger Ross Williams premiered God Loves Uganda it has drawn raves from critics and audiences, cries of outrage from queer activists, and has been a touchstone for human rights advocates worldwide. The film, which premieres on PBS on Independent Lens on Monday, May 19 ( the day it also arrives on DVD ), details ...


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Knight at the Movies: God Loves Uganda; Big Joy - After making the festival rounds last year and winning kudos from critics and audiences, two tremendous queer-themed documentaries are reaching Chicago audiences this week: God Loves Uganda via broadcast on PBS Monday, May 19 ( and DVD release the same day ), and Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton via a theatrical run at Facets Cinematheque beginning Friday, May ...


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CIFF to honor Kevin Kline - Celebrating its 50th anniversary of saluting cinematic talents, The Chicago International Film Festival will honor Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Kline with a Career Achievement Award on Saturday, June 28, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl., at a special summer gala celebration. Past honorees include actors Sigourney Weaver, Liv Ullman, Shirley MacLaine, Faye Dunaway, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, ...


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Tim Gunn vs. Anna Wintour; Antonio Banderas defends gays - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Project Runway guru Tim Gunn says Anna Wintour is still angry at him for comments he made about her years ago, according to Page Six. The bad blood runs so deep, when Gunn sees Wintour, "I don't look her in the eyes, because I will be turned into stone," he said. The brouhaha began in 2010, when Gunn wrote in ...


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The New Black screening May 17 - The New Black will be screened Saturday, May 17. 2:00 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. During the follow up panel, Affinity Community Service's executive director Kim Hunt will moderate a discussion on youth experiences with organized religion and spirituality. The New Black is a documentary that examines how the African-American community is grappling with LGBT rights ...


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Knight at the Movies: Neighbors; Stage Fright; film notes - How many dick jokes can you get into one frat comedy? That's like asking how many clowns can you get in one clown car or how many crazed frat guys can you stuff into one phone booth. ( Anyone else remember phone booths? ) The latter analogy is particularly apt in reference to Nicholas Stoller's new movie Neighbors, the latest ...


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MUSICALS 'The hills are alive' with Edward Hibbert - NUNN ON ONE - Starting at the very beginning, a very good place to start, actor Edward Hibbert was born in New York but raised in Britain, hence the charming accent. He returned to the United States in the '80s where his career took off. He won an Obie Award for his part as Sterling in Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey. He has numerous television appearances ...


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'Legends of Oz' film out May 9 - Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, a new family-friendly animated feature, opens May 9 in theaters. The film is based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel by L. Frank Baum and the continuing adventure books by his great-grandson, Roger Stanton Baum—both Chicago natives. The movie features the vocal talents of Lea Michele ( Glee ), Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Bernadette ...


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UN's pro-LGBT Bolly-style video; rugby player on gays - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - World news: UN's pro-LGBT Bollywood-style video; rugby player on 'accepted' gays COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ( OHCHR ) launched the first ever Bollywood-style UN music video at a press conference in Mumbai, India, to promote its Free & Equal campaign for LGBT equality, according to a press release. The two-and-a-half ...


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GLAAD honors Takei - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD honored George Takei as well as the best in film and television at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New Yorkon May 3, according to a press release. Takei received the Vito Russo Award, which is named after one of GLAAD's co-founders and the author of The Celluloid Closet. Naomi Watts, Kylie Minogue, Emmy Rossum, ...







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