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The New Black to be screened April 26 - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, April 11, 2014 - The Next Movement, a committee of Trinity United Church of Christ's Prison Ministry presents the First Annual ( In )Justice for All Film Festival, ( IFAFF ), Thursday, April 24, 2014, through Saturday, May 3, 2014, featuring a dozen feature length documentaries and topical shorts illuminating the causes and impacts of America's mass incarceration ...


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Pam Grier talks 'Dining Out For Life,' comic conventions - Pam Grier is a Golden Globe nominated actress that began her movie career in 1970s with blaxploitation projects like Coffy and Foxy Brown. Quentin Tarantino brought her back in the spotlight with his film Jackie Brown. The L Word had her supporting our community for six seasons as Kit Porter then she garnered an Emmy nomination for the cartoon Happily ...


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Knight at the Movies: Hateship Loveship; film notes - Like Carol Burnett just after she left her long-running TV variety show and wedged herself into a series of characters without a shred of humor, SNL alumna Kristen Wiig may think that dimming down her natural comedic gifts is what's required when playing "serious roles." Wiig has quickly established herself in movies with a batch of characters who are downtrodden ...


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Talking with GLAAD's Omar Sharif Jr. - From a GLAAD press release. . Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Omar Sharif Jr. may have a well-known name ( since he was named after his actor grandfather, who is in such films as Doctor Zhivago ), but he has also carved his own path as an activist, becoming the national spokesman and strategic giving officer for GLAAD. Sharif shared a little bit of himself in an email interview before stopping ...


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Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox honored at GLAAD Media Awards - From a press release - Behind the Candelabra, The Fosters, Call Me Kuchu, Bridegroom among award recipients at Los Angeles event, LGBT advocates from Uganda and Russia accept awards Los Angeles, Sunday, April 13, 2014 — GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, honored Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox, Norman Lear, and the best in film and television at ...


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'Drag Race' trans controversy; Tonys to honor Rosie - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The show RuPaul's Drag Race will refrain from using an anti-trans slur in the wake of controversy, according to The Huffington Post. During a mini-challenge on the show titled "Female or She-male," contestants were asked to identify whether a photo showed a cisgender ( non-trans ) woman or a former "Drag Race" contestant after viewing a cropped portion of the ...


Five-Worth-Finding

Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Welch's PB&J Snacks ( http://www.welchs.com ): Round, bite-sized snacks with peanut butter-and-jelly centers? Yes, please. They're include 100 percent of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C, so there's a health benefit—but these items have amazing taste. These items retail for $2.79 for an eight-pack. —Oculus ( http://www.oculus2014.com ): This psychological horror film, currently in theaters, is better than I ...


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Knight at the Movies: Captain America: The Winter Soldier - When it comes to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to 2011's Captain America, it's clear from the box-office receipts and its reviews that this is one of those rare times that audiences and critics have both embraced a movie. In its opening weekend the film had the distinction of having the most financially successful box-office opening of any ...


MOMBIAN-Classic-film-about-lesbian-mothers-now-on-DVD

MOMBIAN Classic film about lesbian mothers now on DVD - MOMBIAN - The Fosters, ABC Family's drama about two moms raising their five children, ended its very successful first season this week. But The Fosters—and many real-life two-mom families—owe a debt of gratitude to a film that premiered 30 years ago and is now newly remastered and available on DVD: Choosing Children, the first documentary to look at lesbians who became parents ...


Hooking-up-with-John-Sanders-of-Starcatcher

Hooking up with John Sanders of 'Starcatcher' - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Peter and the Starcatcher is a prequel to the story of Peter Pan. Told cleverly with a talented cast depicting more than a hundred characters, one performance definitely stands out in the crowd. John Sanders, as Black Stache, almost single-handedly steals the show. Playing a comical Captain Hook is just one of the many roles Sanders has brought to life. ...


Chicago-Latino-Film-Festival-turns-30

Chicago Latino Film Festival turns 30 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To mark the 30th anniversary of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, event director Pepe Vargas and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel both made speeches at the AMC Rivers East April 3. Emanuel mentioned being an immigrant and a former ballet dancer, fitting in well with the night's festivities. Hernan Findling and Oliver Kolker, directors of Tango Glories ( Fermin ), both ...


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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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Sally Field pens open letter about gay son - Oscar-winning actress Sally Field released an open letter about her gay son, according to a Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) press release. Field urged people to get behind HRC, and discussed her youngest son, Sam, who is gay. In part, the letter reads, "At 20, long after he beat his brothers at tennis and computer games and knew as ...


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Ben Cohen issues 50th grant; group seeks to ban 'Warmest Color' - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the world's first anti-bullying foundation, announced it has issued its 50th grant—coinciding with the organization's third anniversary, according to Business Wire. The Foundation is a registered 501( c )( 3 ) grant-making non-profit in the United States and a registered charity in the United Kingdom, and the 50 grants have been given across both countries. ...


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Film on gay rugby star; Oprah tour; Tegan and Sara win - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mickey Rourke has said that his upcoming biopic of Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas will be "10 times better than The Wrestler," according to Digital Spy. Rourke revealed that he has written the script for and intends to star in the project, which will be titled The Welshman and center on the life of the first openly gay professional rugby ...


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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, ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Anita-and-Saving-Mr-Banks-notes

Knight at the Movies: Anita and Saving Mr. Banks; notes - At first glance it might seem rather odd to associate the gracious Anita Hill with P.L. Travers, the famously contrarian writer of the Mary Poppins books recently portrayed by Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks. But consider this: As Freida Mock's new documentary about Hill, Anita, reminds us, it must have taken some kind of courage—built upon an immense set ...


Spring-LGBT-movie-preview

Spring LGBT movie preview - Take heart Chicagoans: The spring thaw is finally here! Film fans can expect plenty of cinematic treats to savor with the usual dose of homoerotic content—both overt and covert—amongst these highlights of upcoming titles. Unless otherwise noted, the opening date listed refers to at least a one week theatrical run. MARCH Cinema Q IV—The fourth annual Cinema Q finishes ...


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Knight at the Movies: Spring LGBT movie preview - Take heart Chicagoans: The spring thaw is finally here! Film fans can expect plenty of cinematic treats to savor with the usual dose of homoerotic content—both overt and covert— amongst these highlights of upcoming titles. Unless otherwise noted, the opening date listed refers to at least a one week theatrical run. March Cinema Q IV—The fourth annual Cinema Q finishes ...


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Divergent star's pro-LGBT statements; Fonda, Tomlin reunite - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a talk with The Advocate, Divergent star Theo James said there's truth in the interviewer's statement that his movie highlights bisexuality. "The five factions represent the basic levels of conformity and a divergent fits into not one of them, but multiple," James said. "Yeah, I can see it. That's interesting." James also praised "shows like Looking, poignant pieces of ...


Sacred-Stages-Local-church-theatre-work-together

Sacred Stages: Local church, theatre work together - From a press release - Sacred Stages: A Church, a Theatre, and a Story ( 28 min, 36 sec ), tells the unique and inspiring story of the relationship between the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple—Chicago's oldest Christian congregation—and Silk Road Rising, a theatre company founded in response to 9/11 and dedicated to showcasing playwrights of Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds. A ...


Reeling-LGBT-International-Film-Festival-calls-for-entries

Reeling LGBT International Film Festival calls for entries - From a press release - Festival Dates: September 18-25, 2014 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 September 18-25, 2014. The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is the second longest-running LGBT film festival in the world and prides itself on showcasing the best LGBT films and videos from ...


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'Jersey Boys' movie; Madonna's 'Game of Thrones' homage - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, which will be in theaters June 20, according to a press release. The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Starring in ...


Lesbian-film-Hannah-Free-showing-March-21

Lesbian film 'Hannah Free' showing March 21 - The Rainbow Alliance of the Unitarian Church of Evanston ( UCE ), 1330 Ridge Ave., will present Hannah Free on Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a dessert and coffee salon. Following the film will be a panel discussion. Admission is a $10 donation. Members of the panel are editor/producer Sharon Zurek, actors Taylor ...


Stars-are-animated-super-heroes-for-Dining-Out-for-Life

Stars are animated super heroes for Dining Out for Life - Celebrities Star in Animated Superhero-Themed PSA for HIV/AIDS Fundraiser #DineOutFightAIDS on Thursday, April 24th with Subaru Designer Mondo Guerra ( Under the Gunn, Project Runway All-Stars ), Ted Allen, host of Food Network's popular show Chopped, Pam Grier ( Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown ) and chef Daisy Martinez from Food Network's Viva Daisy! contributed their images and voices to Dining ...


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Chicago homeless teens depicted in 'The Homestretch' - There are certain things most American teenagers don't have to worry about: the privacy to take a shower; where their next meal will come from; where they will find a quiet spot to study for an exam; what address they can use to put down on a job application so that they can afford to survive; and where they are ...


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Local Icon cinema to run Focus on Family doc - A downtown theater is currently scheduled for a one-night showing of a film that is sponsored by Colorado Springs, Co.-based anti-gay group Focus on the Family. The film, titled Irreplaceable, is a documentary lamenting the loss of so-called 'traditional' families. While the film's online trailer and promotional materials have no anti-gay content, the connection with Focus on the Family is ...


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Efron's shirtless vow; Diana Ross, Rufus at jazz fest - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zac Efron has promised to accept his 2014 MTV Movie Award without a shirt if he wins, according to Just Jared. "If I beat Thor, I'm accepting the award shirtless on stage. #movieawards," the 26-year-old actor tweeted. Efron is nominated for Best Shirtless Performance alongside Jennifer Aniston ( We're the Millers ), Sam Claflin ( The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ...


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VIEWS Trans roles in Hollywood - Jared Leto was kind enough to mention me in his 2014 Independent Spirit Awards acceptance speech ( as part of a typically "Jared" list of people involved in the film alongside random notable people ). Next, he really surprised me by thanking me in his Oscar acceptance speech. As I've said before, my job was to sit down with him ...


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Elton John movie in Chicagoland March 18, 26 - Fathom Events, CinemaLive and Rocket Music Entertainment Group are bringing Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano to nearly 700 select movie theaters on Tuesday, March 18, and Wed., March 26, at 7 p.m. The movie will show in more than two dozen theaters in Chicagoland and Indiana, including ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd.; River East 21, 322 ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Grand-Budapest-Hotel-film-notes

Knight at the Movies: The Grand Budapest Hotel; film notes - Being in the audience for a Wes Anderson film has become akin to the delicious sensation one felt as a child when movie fever first took hold. There is a certain giddy excitement that has increasingly greeted each of Anderson's movies—at least from hipper, more sophisticated audiences. ( His comedies are not for those who cite Identity Thief and The ...


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tellofilms' #Hashtag explores lesbian love online - From a tellofilms press release - tellofilms presents "#Hashtag", a new web series about the online lives and loves of a pair of lesbian twenty-somethings. #Hashtag stars/writers Caitlin Bergh and Laura Zak, both formerly of Chicago and presently of the West Coast, agree that having their first series produced by tello is "a dream come true": "We can't believe that Liv and Skylar, who've been living ...


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Columbia students demand diversity in film - There was barely a single open seat remaining in the screening room of Columbia College Chicago's downtown campus. On Feb. 26, college president Kwang-Wu Kim and film/video department chair Dr. Bruce Sheridan were part of an audience for one of two screenings of Black Sheep—a documentary the school's Black Film Society made that aimed to send a clear message to ...


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Knight Movies: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me; Grand Piano - It's rather appropriate that Chiemi Karasawa's glorious documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me begins with the legendary "Stritchie" performing a portion of Sondheim's "I'm Still Here" on the soundtrack. The legendary song—with its acerbic, world-weary tone ( written for Follies in 1971 ) and inspired by the long career of Joan Crawford—is the perfect match for Stritch's inestimable talents. Famously contrarian, ...


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Elaine Stritch: Still dancing - The 89-year-old stage and screen legend reveals all in the new film Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me "If somebody doesn't understand me, they can just go fly a kite," drawled Elaine Stritch, star of stage and screen. "Their loss, my gain, because I get rid of them!" While well-known and beloved for her prickly, brassy demeanor; characters like Alec Baldwin's ...


Dustin-Lance-Black-at-Elmhurst-on-May-8

Dustin Lance Black at Elmhurst on May 8 - Openly gay and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black ( Milk ) will be at Elmhurst College's Frick Center Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. In addition to Milk, Black's credits also include the movie J. Edgar and the play 8, which portrays the closing arguments in the federal trial that led to the overturning of California's Proposition 8 and the ...


Hannah-Free-showing-March-21

'Hannah Free' showing March 21 - The Rainbow Alliance of the Unitarian Church of Evanston ( UCE ), 1330 Ridge Ave., will present Hannah Free on Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a dessert and coffee salon. Following the film will be a panel discussion. Admission is a $10 donation. Members of the panel are editor/producer Sharon Zurek, actors Taylor ...


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Oprah, Lindsay clash; Travolta on Menzel's name - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The first trailer for the reality show Lindsay Lohan filmed for Oprah Winfrey's network shows the two stars clashing, according to EW.com. The series from Oprah Winfrey's OWN network promises an "honest, no-holds-barred account" and "an intimate, unflinching look" at the actress after she left rehab last year. At one point, Winfrey says to Lohan, "This is exactly what everybody ...


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Gay, HIV-positive filmmaker crowdfunds ambitious movie - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - N. Mabasa-Mathope is a gay, homeless, HIV-positive writer/director/producer from South Africa who was raised as an orphan. Highly educated—he got scholarships to both the University of Cape Town in South Africa as well as the New York Film Academy—the hand that he has been dealt with in life has apparently not deterred him moving forward in his career. Mabasa is ...


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Center on Halsted holds Red Carpet Oscars event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Supporting the LGBT community, Center on Halsted held its Oscar party once again this year. On March 2 at Park West, a viewing party was held on massive television screens for a packed house. "On the Red Carpet" had guests posing in a photo booth, dancing to tunes by DJ Moose, and bidding on a silent auction with packages including ...


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Very gay Oscars has 'Dallas' wins, Ellen as host - The 86th Academy Awards, which aired March 2 on ABC, could have been the most LGBT-oriented Oscars ever. —Start with the show's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Maron—who are both openly gay. ( They also produced last year's Oscars. ) They have also been behind productions such as TV's Smash and the movie Hairspray, among many others. —The host was ...


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Events - 'The New Black' at Facets thru Feb. 27 The documentary The New Black will run at Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., through Feb. 27. The New Black digs deeply into the role of African-Americans in the wake of a successful Proposition 8 in California, which opposed marriage equality, leading many to brand African-Americans as hostile or indifferent to gay ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Oscars (aka gay men's holiday) - In last year's column ruminating on the gay men's national holiday—otherwise known as the annual Academy Awards—I complained that the show didn't have nearly enough queer content. To me, there weren't enough queer-themed movies being honored, enough gay actors and filmmakers amongst the nominated ( were there any? ) and certainly the host and his not very funny hijinks weren't ...


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Black lesbian couple hosts series on TheGrio.com - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.— Married Politicos Danielle and Aisha Moodie-Mills of the weekly politics and pop culture talk show, Politini, are expanding their popular podcast from the airwaves to video with the production of a new series for theGrio.com. The eight-week mini-series will feature Politini's "Poliwood Round-Up," and "Is THIS the New Normal?" segments, staples of their weekly podcast, which covers the ...


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Dustin Lance Black at Elmhurst on May 8 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Openly gay and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black ( Milk ) will be at Elmhurst College's Frick Center Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. In addition to Milk, Black's credits also include the movie J. Edgar and the play 8, which portrays the closing arguments in the federal trial that led to the overturning of California's Proposition 8 and the ...


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Cinema Q IV Film Series: screenings of four LGBT movies - From a press release - 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 ), The Legacy Project, and Affinity Community Services present Cinema Q IV, the fourth annual film series celebrating outstanding LGBT movies. The free ...


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James Franco, Frank Bidart reminisce at NU - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Actor James Franco and poet Frank Bidart have teamed for a film titled Herbert White, which is based on Bidart's 1973 poem of the same name as well as Franco's upcoming poetry collection, Directing Herbert White. The two read from their work at a gathering called "Off the Shelf" to students at the Thorne Auditorium at the Northwestern University School ...


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Black film students at Columbia aim to have work recognized - Raina McKinley and Donavin Whisler are two Black freshman graduate students at the Columbia College school of Cinema Arts and Sciences. They also serve as president and vice president of the Black Film Society at the school. The society has created a documentary called Black Sheep. The film's director, McKinley—who identifies as genderqueer—said it is a film with a purpose. ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Stranger-by-the-Lake-and-Hawaii

Knight at the Movies: Stranger by the Lake and Hawaii - Stranger by the Lake and Hawaii, two sunlit and sex-soaked queer movies, are arriving this week to chase away the winter blahs of this eternal freeze for ice fatigued Chicagoans. Even better: Both films—one thematically dark, the other light—are tremendous. For the entire film, openly gay French writer-director Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake takes place at a nude beach ...


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James Franco at NU School of Law Feb. 19 - The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival will present "James Franco and Frank Bidart: Off the Shelf" at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave., on Wed., Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito will moderate a discussion on film and poetry with Bidart and Franco. The program will focus on Franco's ...


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Julianne Moore, Ellen Page in movie; Out.com's top bachelors - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Julianne Moore and Ellen Page will co-star in lesbian roles in the indie drama Freeheld, and Zach Galifianakis is poised to tackle a supporting role in indie drama, a press release stated. Based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning documentary short of the same name, the film chronicles the true story of the late Laurel Hester ( Moore ), a New ...


-Philomena-A-Tale-in-Two-Tellings

Philomena: A Tale in Two Tellings - by Angie Koenig - Philomena, the movie, is not that unusual for being loosely based on the book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, but the difference between the two highlights how a shift of focus obscured an unusually clear insight into recent American politics. Rarely since the fate of nations ceased being subject to the whims of princes has one life shown so ...


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Free Havana: Six LGBT Cubans speak openly about their lives - From a news release - Chicago - In partnership with the Center on Halsted, Facets is pleased to announce a special screening of the documentary Free Havana on Sunday, March 2nd at 3 p.m. at the Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. This special event will include a Q&A and reception with Cuban Director Eliezer Perez Angueira and Chicago-based Producer Leigh Jurecka following the film. ...


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'Hannah Free' March 21 at Unitarian Church of Evanston - From a news release - The Rainbow Alliance of the Unitarian Church of Evanston presents Hannah Free Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a dessert and coffee salon. Following the film will be a panel discussion. Admission is $10 Donation. Members of the panel are editor/producer Sharon Zurek, actors Taylor Miller and Maureen Gallagher and producer Tracy Baim. The ...


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Actress Ellen Page comes out as lesbian - Actress Ellen Page came out as lesbian in a speech to the Human Rights Campaign in Las Vegas on Valentine's Day, according to TheWrap.com. "I'm here today because I am gay," the 26-year-old star of Juno and Hard Candy told the audience. "Maybe I can help others to have an easier time. I am tired of hiding." The actress delivered ...


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The New Black: Chicago Theatrical at Facets Cinematheque - The New Black, directed by Yoruba Richen and produced by Yvonne Welbon, is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize ...


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Lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye courting Chicago on V-Day - Cheryl Dunye has mastered the art of storytelling in a multitude of viewpoints pertaining to the Queer spectrum as it pertains to the African-American lifestyle within the rainbow. Dunye received her BA from Temple University and her MFA from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, but it was the school of life that most impacted the Liberia native. ...


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Director Giuraudie dishes on erotic French film thriller - MOVIES By Gary M. Kramer - Writer/director Alain Guiraudie's film Stranger by the Lake depicts a love triangle that develops at a cruising area as Franck ( Pierre Deadonchamps ) befriends Henri ( Patrick d'Assumcao ), but lusts after Michel ( Christophe Paou ). Even though Franck spies Michel drowning his boyfriend, Ramiere ( Francois-Renaud Labarthe ), he can't resist coupling up with the murdering hunk. ...


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Oprah on Broadway; Cheyenne Jackson is engaged - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway acting debut in a revival of 'Night, Mother, according to Deadline. The TV legend and OWN founder would star opposite Tony winner Audra McDonald in a new production to be helmed by Broadway veteran George C. Wolfe that's targeting the 2015-16 season. Marsha Norman's Pulitzer-winning drama about a woman trying to ...


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David Hyde Pierce to teach class in Wisconsin - Ten Chimneys Foundation reports that Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce will serve as the master teacher for the 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program. During July 13-20, 10 of the nation's top regional theater actors will join Pierce for an intensive weeklong master class and immersion experience at Ten Chimneys, the estate of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn ...


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'On the Red Carpet' March 2 at Park West - "On the Red Carpet"—Center on Halsted's annual Academy Awards viewing party—will take place Sunday, March 2, at 6 p.m. at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. Tickets are $40 ( "Paparazzi" level ), $75 ( "Spotlight" ) and $125 ( "Celebrity" ). Celebrity tickets come with premiere booth seating, VIP champagne service, four drink tickets, tableside cocktail service and ...


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Knight at the Movies: Reaching for the Moon; The Monuments Men - When Lucy Barreto met U.S. poet Elizabeth Bishop and her Brazilian landscape architect lover Carlota "Lota" de Macedo Soares at a cocktail party at their shared home—Soares' estate Samambaia—in the lush countryside outside of Rio in 1959, she never forgot the encounter. If this power couple—portrayed by Miranda Otto and Gloria Pires, respectively—were anything in real life like the duo ...


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'Yellow Brick' re-released; Sidibe apologizes for slur - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Elton John will re-release his 1973 double-album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on March 25 as a deluxe edition on CD, vinyl and limited-edition yellow vinyl, according to Rolling Stone. It'll also be released as a box set with a DVD of the long out-of-print 1973 Bryan Forbes film Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other ...


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MOVIES Pratibah Parmar discusses Alice Walker's 'Truth' - Pratibha Parmar is an acclaimed filmmaker, among the first of a generation of queer British filmmakers who were also people of color. Among her many noteworthy films are Reframing AIDS ( 1987 ) and Khush ( 1991 ). In 1993, she made Warrior Marks, a film about female genital mutilation, based on a book by Alice Walker and Parmar. Warrior ...


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Knight at the Movies: Pit Stop; film notes - It's early morning in a rural, small town in Texas. As usual, Gabe ( Bill Heck ) is stopping by the local convenience mart/gas station in his red pick-up to fill his coffee thermos before heading off to work. As Gabe leaves, he doesn't take notice of Ernesto ( Marcus DeAnda ), who is pulling next to him in the ...


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Dan Savage's porn fest in Chicago Feb. 15 - Gay activist Dan Savage—known as the writer of internationally syndicated relationship/sex advice column Savage Love and as the co-creator of the It Gets Better Project—is taking the HUMP! Festival ( which features amateur porn ) on the road. The festival started in 2005; this year, the 18 shorts consist of Savage's personal favorites, mixed with some of the most popular ...


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'Dallas Buyers Club' on DVD, Blu-Ray out - The film Dallas Buyers Club—which features Golden Globe winners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto—is out on Blu-rayâ„¢ Combo Pack including Blu-rayâ„¢, DVD, DIGITAL HD with UltraVioletâ„¢ and On Demand, courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In the movie ( based on a real-life situation ), Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof ( McConaughey ) sees his life overturned when he's diagnosed as ...


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'Easy Abby' has IndieGogo campaign - The producing team behind the award-winning lesbian Web series Easy Abby has launched an IndieGogo campaign to fund Easy Abby the show's second season. "We are intending to raise close to $100K for the second season of Easy Abby and we are extending our seven-minute web episodes to 22-minute episodes," said writer/director Wendy Jo Carlton ( Hannah Free, Jamie & ...


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Britten Film Festival at Columbia College - The Benjamin Britten Film Festival, presented by The Chicago Chamber Musicians ( CCM ), continues its 2013/2014 centennial birthday celebration for the composer on Thursday, Feb. 6, with a free showing of Moonrise Kingdom at 7 p.m. at the Columbia College Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., on the eighth floor. Often considered the most prominent British composer of ...


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Stranger Inside screening with Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye - From a news release - Chicago, IL — Center on Halsted is pleased to welcome renowned filmmaker Cheryl Dunye on February 14th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for a screening of Stranger Inside with a conversation following afterwards. Stranger Inside is the story of Treasure Lee ( Yolanda Ross ), a young African American woman who has moved out of 'juvenile' prison to the State Pen ...


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Greg Kinnear: Playing a tool on 'Rake' - Greg Kinnear joked his way onto television way back in 1991 as the first host of Talk Soup on E! He began a movie career three years later on Blankman, then followed that with a remake of Sabrina but it was his role as gay painter Simon Bishop that got him Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actor in James L. Brooks' ...


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Filmmaker James Franco, poet Frank Bidart, Feb. 19 - From a news release - Poetry Foundation and Chicago Humanities Festival Present James Franco and Frank Bidart in Conversation with Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito. Polito Discusses Film and Poetry with the Actor and the Poet CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival will present James Franco and Frank Bidart, Off the Shelf at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 ...


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Gay, lesbian critics honor 'Slave,' Franco, Tomlin - The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA ) has announced the winners of its annual Dorian Awards Jan. 21 in Hollywood, Calif., according to a press release. The winners were in 21 categories spanning film and television. In the area of film, 12 Years a Slave was named Film of the Year over such competition as Dallas Buyers ...


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MOVIES Gay director talks about Oscar-nominated documentary - By Gary M. Kramer - Edgar Barens' Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall is a somber and fascinating short documentary film that explores a unique hospice center at the Iowa State Penitentiary. Chronicling the last two weeks in the life of Jack Hall, a decorated soldier who went to prison for 21 years for murdering a drug dealer, Barens' film prompts a ...


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Vin Diesel dances; 'Sean Saves the World' shuts down - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fast and Furious actor Vin Diesel posted a video to his Facebook page early Tuesday, Jan. 28 of himself singing, dancing and doing the "Surfboard" to the powerhouse singer's hit single, "Drunk in Love," according to US Magazine. "You know I love music…" he shared with his 63 million-plus fans on Facebook, along with a seven-minute, 29-second long video. He ...







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