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Chicago gay filmmakers Fawzia Mirza, Robert-Carnilius in film series - From a press release - Chicago-based film production company Full Spectrum Features today announced the films included in volume one of Chicagoland Shorts, a new, specially curated collection of short films by Chicago filmmakers. The series highlights the incredible diversity of The Windy City and its surrounding communities, celebrating the vastness of the Chicagoland experience, and providing an outlet for cinematic voices that sometimes go ...


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Entertainment: Celebs on Indiana; Bradley Cooper; Laverne Cox; Annie Lennox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several celebrities have spoken out against Indiana's religious-freedom law that make businesses and individuals immune from lawsuits so long as they are motivated by religious belief, The Huffington Post noted. Among them are Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lance Black, Dan Savage, Miley Cyrus, James Van Der Beek, George Takei and Andy Cohen. Cyrus called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence an "asshole" on ...


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Knight at the Movies: Spring LGBT movie preview - In spring this middle-aged gay man's fancy turns to—what else?—movies. Looking over the crop of releases over the coming season, the number of LGBT-tinged films seems a bit low. But fear not, there are plenty of enticing titles to look forward to ( and a nice group of queer-themed movies is heading our way by the end of the year ...


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'Mahogany' 40th-anniv. DVD out May 5 - Mahogany: The Couture Edition—marking the 40th anniversary of the movie Mahogany—will be out on DVD May 5 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Academy Award nominee and iconic singer Diana Ross stars as a secretary who becomes a high fashion model and world-famous designer in this dramatic tale directed by Motown legend Berry Gordy. This love story—filmed in Chicago and Rome—also ...


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GLAAD honors Kerry Washington, 'Transparent' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Kerry Washington, director Roland Emmerich and TV hits like How to Get Away with Murder were honored in Beverly Hills on March 21, as GLAAD held its annual Los Angeles Media Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, according to TheWrap. Washington accepted the Vanguard Award from presenter Ellen DeGeneres, a prize handed to a significant ally of the ...


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Entertainment: Andy Cohen; Cheyenne Jackson; Chaz Bono; Jussie Smollett - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andy Cohen, popular late-night talk-show host of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, will now also executive-produce an all-new channel featuring entertainment personally curated and presented by Cohen exclusively on SiriusXM, according to a press release. In addition to producing the new SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy, Cohen will also host a weekly radio show exclusively on the 24/7 channel for ...


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Cinema Q V: Free film series celebrates half a decade with screenings - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Queer Film Society ( QFS ) in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and in association with Chicago Filmmakers ( the presenting organization of Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival ), and The Legacy Project present Cinema Q V, the fifth annual film series celebrating outstanding LGBT movies. The free screenings will take ...


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Chicago-made Huntington's doc 'Quicksand' screens April 9 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 18, 2014 ) — Black Cat Productions will be screening the documentary A Mind in Quicksand—Life with Huntington's to promote its May broadcast release to public television stations nationwide. The film will be hosted by Columbia College Chicago at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, April 9 at 6 p.m. Q&A with Huntington's community members will immediately ...


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Into the Woods' out on disc March 24 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The movie Into the Woods will be out on Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Disney Movies Anywhere ( DMA ) on Tuesday, March 24. Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast ( including Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt ) in this twist on popular fairy tales. Iconic characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, ...


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Baconfest hosting Bacon Month events - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In celebration of April being Bacon Month, there will be bacon-related activities throughout late March and all of April. Among some of the activities will be: —Bacon Month Kickoff Party ( March 31, 7-10 p.m. ): Baconfest Chicago and the ACME Hotel Company, 15 E. Ohio St., are hosting the event, which will take place in the Berkshire Room. The ...


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Entertainment: Madonna; Matt Bomer; Billie Jean film; Josh Groban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women," Madonna has claimed, according to Pink News. In an interview to Out magazine, the pop star said: "Women are still the most marginalized group. They're still the group that people won't let change. Gay rights are way more advanced than women's rights. People are a ...


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Entertainment: Kerry Washington; Alexander McQueen;'The Fosters'; Mario Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD will honor Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on March 21, according to a press release. Washington will receive GLAAD's Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, ...


-Still-Alice-writer-Richard-Glatzer-dies

'Still Alice' writer Richard Glatzer dies - Richard Glatzer, who wrote and directed Still Alice with his husband Wash Westmoreland, died March 10 in Los Angeles of complications from ALS, Deadline noted. Glatzer was 63. Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar last month for her role in the drama, about a linguistics professor who struggles with early-onset Alzheimer's. Glatzer and Westmoreland also wrote and directed The ...


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Five Worth Finding - —The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity: In this very revealing book, writer/activist Joe Wenke interviews a variety of LGBT people about the title subjects, including author Andrew Solomon; comedian Ian Harvie; hip-hop artist Y-Love; Rabbi Amy Bernstein; author and San Francisco Sheriff's Department Captain Kevin Fisher-Paulson; and performer Carmen Carrera, among others. —Food Should Taste Good ...


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Playgirl "Man of the Year" Dirk Shafer found dead - Dirk Shafer, a gay man who, while closeted, posed nude for Playgirl Magazine and won its Man of the Year title in 1992, has died, according to reports. He was 52. Shafer was reportedly found in a car near his workplace in West Hollywood, California. A cause of death had not been determined officially, though a heart attack was suspected, ...


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Local entertainment: Queen Latifah; Madonna; Gay horror-movie screening; gay marriage exhibit - Queen Latifah starring in 'Bessie' May 16 HBO has confirmed the debut date for Bessie, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. CT. Starring Oscar nominee Queen Latifah ( Chicago ) in the title role, Bessie focuses on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of ...


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Local entertainment events: Homestretch; Tret Fure; Louder than a Bomb; African-American films - 'The Homestretch' screening March 14 Community Cinema, WTTW, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Polk Bros Foundation are presenting an advance screening of The Homestretch, a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The screening will take place Saturday, March 14, 2-3 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. ( A ...


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MOVIES Documentary looks at women's-rights movement - As the hot-button topic of same-sex marriage wiggles its way into the mainstream at an ever-hungry pace, there is another movement doing quite the same, albeit with far less fanfare. The women's-rights movement took off in the '60s and yet, nearly 50 years later, female workers still do not get paid the same wage as their male counterparts, their childbearing ...


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MOVIES 'Honest Liar' a revealing doc with gay magician - By Gary M. Kramer - There's a sucker born every minute, perhaps, but there are all too few people who try to expose the swindlers, charlatans and con men who deceive them. A magician, like James "The Amazing" Randi the subject of the fantastic documentary, An Honest Liar, is one such debunker. Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein show how Randi relentlessly challenged the fake ...


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NUNN ON ONE Michael Urie airs his 'View' - Actor Michael Urie brings his past movie, WTC View, back to life this month with new distribution. Originally released in 2005, the film tells the story of gay photographer Eric—who has an apartment with a view of the World Trade Center—searching for a roommate in the weeks following 9/11. Known from his breakout role on Ugly Betty as Marc St. ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Fans of 1980s pop music and films by director John Hughes like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and more won't want to miss the immersive concert experience For the Record: Dear John Hughes. Originally staged in Los Angeles, the Chicago run notably features some Hollywood glamour since Rumer Willis ( daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis ...


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Entertainment: Wanda Sykes; Gaga; Mo'Nique; Eddie Redmayne - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian Wanda Sykes says she was treated like a unicorn after coming out gay, On Top Magazine noted. Sykes, 50, came out as gay in 2008 during a rally to protest passage of California's gay-marriage ban, Proposition 8, which fell in 2013. Appearing on The Meredith Vieira Show, Sykes told Vieira that her coming out was not planned, adding, "Funny ...


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Disc and That: Upcoming and recent DVDs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —50 to 1 ( April 28; $26.99 ): Based on the incredible true story of Mine That Bird—the longshot racehorse who, to everyone's surprise, won the 2009 Kentucky Derby—50 to 1 will debut April 28 on DVD and Digital HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Bonus materials include an in-depth making-of featurette and a blooper reel. —1066: The Battle for ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Betty Buckley puts out haunting 'Ghostlight' - Tony Award winner Betty Buckley has taken on TV, movies and musicals over the years in a very lengthy career that continues to shine. She is also an American Theater Hall of Fame inductee. Her Broadway break came in 1969 for the musical 1776. Sunset Boulevard brought her an Olivier Award then Cats won her the Tony. Movies have included ...


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Alfre Woodard talks 'State of Affairs' before local benefit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entering into its 15th season, the Louder Than a Bomb poetry festival is holding a benefit and celebration this March. Bringing in big names to raise awareness of one of the largest youth culture gatherings in the world has the talented Alfre Woodard attending an all day event. She is not only an award-winning actress but a producer and political ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Circle; Maggie Smith - Although a bit clunky in execution, the story related in director Stefan Haupt's The Circle ( Der Kreis ) is nevertheless such a powerful and tender one that it quickly overcomes its minor shortcomings. It's lovely to know that Switzerland thought so highly of the movie it made the film its official submission for both Golden Globe and Oscar consideration. ...


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Oscars: NPH, Lady Gaga and inclusive remarks - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 87th Academy Awards Feb. 22—and most of the wins went as expected. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for her role in the Alzheimer's drama Still Alice (directed by same-sex couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland), Patricia Arquette won for Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and J.K. Simmons (previously known for ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Siskel board member on Oscars party, fave gay movie - Gene Siskel Center board member David E. Martin is throwing an Oscar party and everyone is invited! Known for being one of the more glamorous events in the city, during the event once again promises to throw a great party. "Hollywood on State: A Red Carpet Celebration" happens to be the longest-running award-show viewing party in Chicago. In addition, local ...


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Upcoming events: On the Red Carpet and Oscars party Feb. 22 - 'On the Red Carpet' at Park West Center on Halsted will hold its annual "On the Red Carpet" Academy Awards party Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. The red carpet is at 6 p.m. The telecast will start at 7:30 p.m., with the silent auction ending and event drawing at 9 p.m. There will also ...


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Entertainment news: Ricky Martin; Melissa Manchester; Madonna banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ricky Martin will start his 20-date "One World" tour in North America on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Las Vegas, according to a press release. ( Other stops include Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami, among others. ) The tour is in support of his newest album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar ( To Whomever Wants to Listen ). Speaking of Martin, ...


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Knight at the Movies: A 'Grey' day, Black history and (Oscar) gold - Just in time for Valentine's Day, here comes Fifty Shades of Grey, the dirty-movie adaptation of the dirty-book phenomenon from E.L. James ( a modern-day Jackie Susann of sorts ). Based on the advance buzz, the most interesting things about the forthcoming cinema sexcapade seem to be all the instances of "no" connected with it. There's no NC-17 rating thanks ...


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Movie celebrating Frankie Knuckles to shoot in Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — Feb. 11, 2015 — A new feature film, THE WAREHOUSE, will celebrate the Godfather of House Music, GRAMMY Award-winning Frankie Knuckles ( 1955-2014 ) and Chicago's legendary Warehouseafterhours club, where the internationally recognized House Music genre was born. The film will be produced byBob Teitel ( Men of Honor, Barber Shop ), Billy Dec ( Rockit Ranch/Elston Films ...


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Entertainment: Lance Bass at wedding; Andy Cohen; Lea DeLaria engaged; DGA Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former 'NSYNC member Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin were on hand Feb. 5 as an ambassador at a mass wedding ceremony celebrating 100 LGBT and straight couples in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to NBC Miami. Dubbed "Love is Love," the mass wedding was originally slated to take place on the beach; however, inclement weather forced the couples to an ...


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Music Box gets a new look, addition - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Feb. 2, Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., hosted an open house for its new concession stand and new lounge addition. The multi-use lobby expansion will serve as a space for audiences and an opportunity to program additional special events and film discussions. The hope is that the lounge—which serves espresso drinks, wine, beer, and a full bar ...


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Entertainment news: 'Drag Race'; 'Ghostbusters'; Cumming turns 50 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Logo TV's hit series RuPaul's Drag Race will premiere its seventh season on Monday, March 2, and will include the addition of two new judges: Carson Kressley ( Queer Eye for the Straight Guy ) and Ross Matthews ( Chelsea Lately ), according to a press release. Additionally, this season will feature several guest judges, including Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, ...


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Knight at the Movies: Baby, it's cold outside! - When the weather outside is frightful—as it is these short, frosty days—that's the time when a film fan like myself gets out the winter movies. It may seem perverse but, baby, when it's this cold outside I like nothing more than to shovel down to the frosty depths of my admittedly vast movie collection for some frigid weather favorites. Some ...


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VIEWS Historic Black LGBTQ talk on 'Selma' takes place - If Bayard Rustin were alive today, he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTQ communities held discussions on the film Selma. "Flashback Sunday," a social group for LGBTQ elders of color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition ( HGBC ) convened "an honest and open dialogue" between a generations of LGBTQ activists. Folks who ...


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Coming up in film and music - Films on LGBTs and the Middle East on Jan. 31 Silk Road Rising and the Chicago Palestine Film Festival will host "Breaking Borders," an evening of screenings followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St. The films slated to be ...


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Joel Grey officially comes out as gay - Broadway and movie veteran Joel Grey has officially come out as a gay man, according to People magazine. Grey was married for 24 years and has raised two children: actress Jennifer Grey ( of Dirty Dancing fame ) and chef James. However, Grey, 82, recently told People, " I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label ...


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Briefs: Entertainment and news - 'Imitation Game' gets multiple Oscar nods The Imitation Game—a movie about the life of the late gay British codebreaker Alan Turing—received eight Academy Award nominations when they were announced Jan. 15. The film was nominated for actor ( Benedict Cumberbatch ), supporting actress ( Keira Knightley ), director, film editing, original score, production design, adapted screenplay and picture. Birdman and ...


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MOVIES Queer couple addresses Alzheimer's in 'Still Alice' - By Gary M. Kramer - In Still Alice—writer/directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's beautiful, intelligent adaptation of Lisa Genova's novel—Alice ( Julianne Moore ) is a Columbia University linguistics professor who experiences the symptoms of early onset Alzheimer's. This compelling, moving drama shows the effect the disease has on her and her family. Still Alice is all about loss and control as the title character ...


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Jesse Tyler's project; Streisand's honor; an offer to Bieber - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Tie The Knot bowtie collection has released three limited-edition items inspired by Ira Sachs' movie Love Is Strange, which stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, according to a press release. The bowties are "The Sachs-Torres" ( expressing a collaboration between Ira and his husband, Boris Torres ), "The John Lithgow" and "The Alfred Molina." The bow ties, ...


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'On the Red Carpet' Feb. 22 at Park West - Center on Halsted will hold its annual "On the Red Carpet" Academy Awards party Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. The red carpet is at 6 p.m. The telecast will start at 7:30 p.m., with the silent auction ending and event drawing at 9 p.m. There will also be a predict-the-winner contest; ballots will be ...


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Knight at the Movies: Hello, Oscar! - After celebrating my 10th anniversary last year, writing hundreds of in-depth reviews over the years as film critic for Windy City Times, 2015 seems like a good time to introduce a different type of movie coverage. This new version of my column takes into account our speed-of-light lives in which culturally we often prefer to browse; to window-shop through an ...


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MOVIES The perfect 'Match': Sir Patrick Stewart reflects on gay roles - In the new indie film Match, which becomes available on VOD Jan. 15, Sir Patrick Stewart plays queer Julliard dance instructor Tobias, who meets with a couple, played by Matthew Lillard and Carla Gugino, for an interview. However, the interview proves to be a ruse, and Tobias finds himself ambushed and forced to confront the possibility he fathered a child ...


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Entertainment: 'Pride' change; 'Brokeback' author; Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. release of the movie Pride has reportedly removed all references to homosexuality, according to Pink News. The film—about a group of gay and lesbian activists who rallied in support of striking miners in the 1980s in Britain—was released in the United Kingdom to acclaim in 2014. Among other things, the film's synopsis has been changed to state the ...


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Knight at the Movies: The 10 best LGBT movies of 2014 - "The triumphs for LGBT-themed movies in 2012 echoed those of previous years and continued, by their very existence, to blur the distinctions between queer audiences and straight ones," I wrote in December of 2012 in looking back over that year's crop of movies. That blurring between gay and straight has continued with Our People celebrating grand triumphs on the legal, ...


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MOVIES Director Daniel Ribiero on 'The Way He Looks' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Gary M. Kramer - Brazil's Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film, The Way He Looks, is out writer/director Daniel Ribeiro's fantastic feature-length version of his critically acclaimed 2010 short, I Don't Want to Go Back Alone. The Way He Looks—a sweet and sunny romance—opens Jan. 2 at the Music Box theater. The film features Leo ( Ghilherme Lobo ), a blind teenager, whose ...


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Sandra Bernhard; John Waters; Taylor Lautner parties - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In New York City, Sandra Bernhard joined the annual Midtown North Detective Squad holiday party—which had a somber tone this year in light of the killings of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, according to Page Six. Bernhard joined the festivities to support her friend Detective Kevin Schroeder, who organized the soiree to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Margaret Cho chats about sex, Chicago, Bob Mould - Margaret Cho is one of the biggest names in comedy that has led to a multidimensional career that includes acting, singing and songwriting. Along with being a huge LGBT supporter, she is openly bisexual, winning tons of awards for her advocacy work. Cho recently performed in San Francisco with Bob Mould for a homeless crowd raising money for the cause ...


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Knight at the Movies: Into the Woods; Mr. Turner; film notes - From the first moment when Anna Kendrick as Cinderella sings the words "I wish," the palpable excitement that has been building for months takes fanciful flight. Is it possible? At long last, have they really made a movie from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods?! And such a good one, too?! Is my showtune queen heart about to ...


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Entertainment: Sir Ian's 'Street' moves; Audra on HBO; FCKH8 calendar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen, 75—who plays the wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films and the mutant Magneto in the X-Men movies—appears in a new Sesame Street video in which he defines for Cookie Monster a word that goes against his very nature: "Resist," according to E! Online. The furry, blue critter, who calls ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Hobbit; The Babadook; film notes - Here at the end of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final film in the trilogy—and the sixth cinematic visit to Middle Earth—there's inevitably the feeling of having survived a very, very long journey. It's been magical and visually dazzling, to be sure, but some of it admittedly has felt like an endurance test as well. ...


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Michael Sam documentary to air on OWN Dec. 27 - From a press release - Los Angeles — OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air the exclusive documentary, "Michael Sam," on Saturday, December 27 ( 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT ). The 90-minute documentary follows the life of Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL. The documentary was originally announced as a multi-part series but transitioned into ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Imitation Game; Exodus; film notes - The oddly handsome Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't look like other film stars and he doesn't act like them, either. His richly resonant, caramel-coated voice is quickly identifiable in the wide range of roles that he has essayed the past few years ( even when it's been electronically altered, as it is for Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit movies ). Sometimes, ...


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TELEVISION Graham Moore talks 'The Imitation Game' - Graham Moore is having one of those meteoric writing careers that inspires others. At 33, the Chicago native has already penned a New York Times best-seller with a fanatical following ( The Sherlockian, in 2010 ), written a screenplay that was the Black List's #1 for 2011 and is now hard at work on the highly anticipated The Devil in ...


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WTTW to air @home; Moraine presents 'Humbug!' - WTTW to air film on homelessness WTTW-11 will broadcast the hour-long documentary film @home Wed., Dec. 17, at 9 p.m., raising awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Chicago area. @home—a film by Susanne Suffredin and produced by Chicago's Kindling Group—follows social-media activist Mark Horvath ( @hardlynormal ) on an 11,000-mile cross-country road-trip into tent cities and under bridges ...


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Sam Smith, Beyonce lead Grammy nods - Out British newcomer Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Beyonce have received the most Grammy nods this year, with six apiece. The nominations were announced Dec. 5. ( All were announced during the morning except the Album of the Year nods, which were revealed on the nighttime CBS show A Very Grammy Christmas. ) Smith is up for key awards such ...


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Chicago, Oak Park screenings of 'Scrooge & Marley' - Chicago and Oak Park libraries will host screenings of the home-grown holiday film Scrooge & Marley this month. The movie, which was entirely shot in the Chicago area, is a modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. The Oak Park chapter of PFLAG, OPALGA ( Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association ) and SAGE ( West ...


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Madonna; Drag Race's new cast; NewNowNext Awards - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Madonna tops a new list of the world's wealthiest recording artists, besting fellow 1-percenters Paul McCartney and Dr. Dre, according to Billboard. Wealth-X's net worth valuation of the pop queen shows that Madge is worth $800 million, putting her ahead of McCartney's $660 million. ( Incidentally, McCartney's wife, Nancy Shevell, is reportedly worth $300 million. ) Others in the top ...


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Knight at the Movies: Have yourself a movie little Christmas - The primary reason I wanted to make a holiday movie was because my husband and I love them so much. And further, because It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, A Christmas Story, Elf and most of our other perennial holiday favorites don't have queer characters or situations, I wanted to create one that did. And whether you're a fan of ...


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Film about race Dec. 6 - ImageNation Cinema Foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council will co-present Chicago premiere of Afraid of Dark at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph St., on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. Afraid of Dark explores the historical context and present implications of two prevalent Black male stereotypes: the "brute" and "Mandingo." Many people are interviewed, such ...


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Ladies Almanack film special event Dec. 7 in Chicago - From a press release - The Nightingale introduces Follow Focus, a new process-oriented screening series that rallies audiences and resources behind a moving-image maker as they complete a feature project. The Chicago event is Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee, 7 p.m., $15. Designed to expand viewership into the production stage, Follow Focus invites audiences to observe a director's process, collaborations, and ...


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'Lucy' out in January - Lucy—which stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman—will be out on Digital HD on Jan. 6. Also, the Blu-Ray combo pack and DVD will be out Jan. 20. The Luc Besson movie focuses on a woman ( Johansson ) altered by a dangerous drug that allows her to use 100 percent of her brain, transforming into a merciless warrior evolved beyond ...


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Orman leaves; Midler talks gays; Gyllenhaal's 'trick' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Suze Orman is leaving CNBC after 14 years for a Telepictures show titled Suze Orman's Money Wars, The Wrap reported. "Money Wars" will focus on families, friends and couples whose disputes about money are affecting their lives. In her new gig, Orman ( the author of nine consecutive New York Times best-sellers ) will settle financial arguments and teach a ...


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Knight at the Movies: Happy Valley; film notes - Amir Bar-Lev's documentaries My Kid Could Paint That and The Tillman Story brilliantly illuminated the real stories behind the media's pumped-up coverage of their subject matters—and he does much the same in Happy Valley, his documentary about the fallout that befell Penn State University and the school's beloved football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child ...


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Afraid of Dark to premiere at Chicago Cultural Center - From a press release - Chicago, IL ( November 11, 2014 ) — ImageNation Cinema Foundation and the Illinois Humanities Council will co-present Chicago premier of Afraid of Dark at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph St.,on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1 p.m.. The event is free. Attendees rvsp at www.imagenation.us . Afraid of Dark explores the historical context and ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I'm the only artist who needs a leash! I'm King Kong's mother!"—Susan Boyle reveals her struggle with Asperger's syndrome. I've known many people who have been on a leash, but that's another story. One of my best friends is constantly enraged when Barbra Streisand is referred to as an EGOT winner—winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Why? Because ...


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Cher cancels; Michael Sam's honor; Andy Cohen outs Spacey - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cher has cancelled her "Dressed to Kill" tour on doctors' orders, Gay Star News noted. The legendary gay icon said she was "devastated" and has pledged to finish it next year. The 68-year-old "Strong Enough" singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection. Almost 30 dates were cancelled, including shows in ...


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Film events: Scrooge & Marley; Indie film fest - 'Scrooge & Marley' has local screenings The holiday season moves into high gear on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, when the Chicago holiday film Scrooge & Marley returns to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., a little more than two years from the date of its red-carpet premiere at the historic venue in 2012. Both screenings ...


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Knight at the Movies: Foxcatcher; film notes - Foxcatcher left me feeling tremendously unsettled. It's eerie, pervasive undertone fills one with a sense of dread—not unlike Sean Durkin's Martha, Marcy, Mae, Marlene and Alexandre Moors' Blue Caprice. That's reason enough for a lot of folks to take it in. And the arresting performances of Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, as its three leading characters, certainly help ...


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Culture Club comeback; Ariana Grande's change; Mark Wahlberg - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Grammy winner Culture Club announced that its sixth studio album, Tribes, will be out in early 2015 in North America on Different Man Music ( via Kobalt Label Services ). The first single, "More Than Silence," which the original band members ( including Boy George ) performed on The View Nov. 6. The band is also touring North America throughout ...


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Knight at the Movies: Interstellar; The Theory...; film notes - Somewhere deep in the inner recesses of Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar, there's a halfway decent movie just waiting for liftoff. But good luck finding it within the depths of the movie's interminable 168-minute running time and good luck hearing it after being driven nearly deaf by Hans Zimmer's rumbling, ear-splitting score. Thank God it wasn't in 3-D, too—I don't ...


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Movies upcoming: Homeless teen film, Indie film fest - Screening of homeless teen film Nov. 13 A free screening of The Homestretch—a film about three homeless Chicago teens, one of them LGBT—will take place Thursday, Nov. 13, at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N. Leavitt St., at 7 p.m. A free-will offering to benefit The Night Ministries will follow the screening, the Gay Liberation Network and Berry United ...


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NUNN ON ONE Lea Delaria talks 'Orange Is the New Black,' trans backlash - Lea DeLaria is a lady of many talents. She is a comedienne, jazz musician, and actress. She has appeared in movies like The First Wives Club along with television shows like Comedy Central's all-gay special Out There. It was Orange Is the New Black's role as Carrie "Big Boo" Black that has put her on the map and now moves ...







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