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Filmmakers' fundraiser April 30 - Chicago Filmmakers will host a firehouse preview event and fundraiser Sunday, April 30, 3-5 p.m., at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. The cinema-oriented organization is attempting to finish renovate the historic-landmark firehouse, located in Edgewater. That site will be the new location and the headquarters for Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival as well as the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Eugenio Derbez speeds into Chicago - Eugenio Derbez has risen to be one of the most influential forces in Latin America as an actor, writer, producer and director. Now he is ready to take the rest of the world by storm. In the Latin market, his Spanish TV shows were incredibly popular and, in 1992, he hosted a variety show called Al Derecho y al Derbez. ...


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RuPaul, Grimm named to TIME 100 list - TIME Magazine named entertainer RuPaul and trans activist Gavin Grimm to the 2017 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. RuPaul is the Emmy-winning host and executive producer of RuPaul's Drag Race, now in its ninth season. Grimm, 17, is a senior at Gloucester County High School in Gloucester, Virginia. He filed a ...


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Entertainment news: 'Feud,' Jackie Warner, Luke Evans, Laverne Cox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fans of Ryan Murphy's Feud: Bette and Joan have come to learn all about the tumultuous and tense relationship between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford—and The Hollywood Reporter reached out to 100-year-old actress Olivia de Havilland ( also featured in the series ) to find out the truth, People.com noted. Asked for her thoughts on the show, de Havilland emailed, ...


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Film with trans teen gets restricted 'R' rating from MPAA, petition launched - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today continued calls for the Motion Picture Association of America ( MPAA ) to reconsider its decision to give the upcoming transgender-inclusive film '3 Generations' a restricted 'R' rating. GLAAD also announced a Change.org petition launched by Blair Durkee, a transgender woman in South Carolina, which also urges the ...


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Sense8 benefit April 23 - Aimee Allegretti and Karin Winslow are hosting a benefit screening of Sense8 for the ACLU on April 23 at 4 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Two new episodes from the second season will be shown, and co-executive producer Lana Wachowski will do a Q&A afterward. ACLU of Illinois Police Practices Project Director Karen Sheley will ...


FILM-REVIEW-Staying-Vertical

FILM REVIEW Staying Vertical - Director: Alain Guiraudie. Starring: Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphael Thiery. Running Time: 98 min. Release date: April 21 ( on DVD May 30 ) The new French film Staying Vertical—by prominent queer director Alain Guiraudie, who also wrote the screenplay—is heading to the Gene Siskel Film Center April 21-27. Leo, played by Damien Bonnard, is a film writer who encounters ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Chad Beguelin helps give 'Aladdin' its magic - The musical version of Disney's Aladdin takes the popular cartoon and gives it even more of a shine. The story follows a young man discovering a genie in a lamp. He uses his wishes to pursue a princess and battle an evil Grand Vizier. The book was written by Chad Beguelin, who also wrote lyrics along with Tim Rice and ...


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FILMS Putting the LGBT in the CLFF - The Chicago Latino Film Festival ( CLFF ) turns 33 this year and there is a big presence planned for lesbians, gays and bisexuals, with a finale involving a famous transgender figure. The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago attained not-for-profit statues in 1987, fulfilling a mission of promoting Latin culture through the annual festival. The organization's goal of building ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Matthew Aaron taps a 'Landline' - Out actor Matthew Aaron wrote, directed, and starred in the new indie film Landline. It stars Tom Arnold, Betsy Brandt, and Jim O'Heir. This the first sports related film that features LGBT leads working with Major League Baseball. Cubs player Ryne Sandberg plays himself in Landline. Aaron has hosted The Matthew Aaron Show, an internet radio gig in which he ...


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Entertainment: VH1 slate, Kristen Stewart, 'Stranger Things,' Morrissey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 has unveiled its 2017-18 slate, Deadline noted. It includes a season-10 renewal of recent transplant RuPaul's Drag Race for premiere in March 2018; five new series, including a project starring Ricky Martin and '90's House, co-hosted by Lance Bass; and 11 returning series. The network also announced a June 5 premiere date for new satirical scripted series Daytime Divas, ...


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Documentary About Long-Lost Opera Premieres at Two Chicago Film Festivals - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 18, 2017 ) — A documentary about the long-lost work of Chicago's first Hispanic composer premieres this month at two prestigious film festivals: the Chicago Latino Film Festival and the Chicago International Music & Movies Festival. Interviews and advance screeners of the film for reviewers are now available. The Way to Andina tells the story of Arlen ...


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Two films addressing creative women's movements April 23 - From a press release - April 12, 2017 ( Chicago ) — Announcing the screening of two recently made films that address creative women's movements: The Women's March and Women Mobilized for Change, followed by a panel discussion titled "Women Rise Up / How WE Mobilize; Mothers and Daughters, Intersectionality and an historic movement remembered. How creative movements create change." The film Women's March ( ...


Special-Serial-Mom-Blu-ray-out-May-9

Special 'Serial Mom' Blu-ray out May 9 - On May 9, Scream Factory will present the Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray for a standard retail price of $34.93. It includes bonus content such as new interviews with John Waters, Kathleen Turner and Mink Stole, special featurettes and much more. Available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, this definitive collector's edition contains a collectible cover art ...


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Intersex activist screens their film at UChicago - Intersex activist, artist and filmmaker Pidgeon Pagonis stopped by the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) on April 6 to discuss intersex identity and screen their film The Son I Never Had. After introductions from UChicago graduate students, a friend of Pagonis—who they met after lecturing about intersex identity for the first time—read a piece about being intersex in an ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV Ann Mahoney, from 'Walking Dead' to 'Sun Records' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Ann Mahoney shot into the spotlight on the hit AMC show The Walking Dead, playing the a lesbian character named Olivia. Before meeting an untimely end, Olivia was in charge of the pantry and armory in the town of Alexandria Safe-Zone. Mahoney moved to New Orleans from New York when she was younger. She studied acting at Greensboro College ...


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HUMP! FILM FESTIVAL Ty Wardwell serves 'Breakfast' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dan Savage's Hump! Film Festival is returning to Chicago April 14-15. The concept started out simple with every day people making short, adult videos and sending them to Savage. Everyone was welcome to join the fourth international tour and 22 videos were selected. While discretion and anonymity are important to the filmmakers, the crew that created the segment Breakfast in ...


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Entertainment: '3 Generations,' Elton John, Adore Delano, Britney Spears - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Weinstein Company plans to challenge the Motion Picture Association of America's ( MPAA ) decision to assign an "R" rating to its forthcoming trans-centered film 3 Generations, according to a press release. The film—which stars Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon—"provides an authentic and sensitive portrayal of what it means to be a transgender youth in today's society ...


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Special 'Serial Mom' Blu-ray out May 9 - On May 9, Scream Factory will present the Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray for a standard retail price of $34.93. It includes bonus content such as new interviews with John Waters, Kathleen Turner and Mink Stole, special featurettes and much more. Available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, this definitive collector's edition contains a collectible cover art ...


Trikone-to-show-banned-Indian-film

Trikone to show banned Indian film - Trikone-Chicago will screen Jayan Cherian's Ka Bodyscapes, a movie that India's film censor banned for "glorifying the subject of gay and homosexual relationships." The screening will tkae place Saturday, April 15, 3-6 p.m., at Columbia College of Chicago's 1104 Cneter, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., room 402. The screening will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with the director, Jayan ...


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Actress reflects on transitioning, Marilyn Monroe connection - Born in Erwin, Tennessee, transsexual actress Aleshia Brevard knew that she wanted to be a female from an early age, and began her transitioning in the late 1950s. She also knew she wanted to be a star—and eventually embarked on a journey that involving acting, modeling and teaching. Brevard talked with Windy City Times about her life—and the time she ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Unbuttoning 'Love and Sex' - Director Marti Lyons and actor Travis Turner are both cagey about revealing too much about The Mystery of Love and Sex. The 2015 drama, by lesbian playwright Bathsheba Doran ( Masters of Sex; Boardwalk Empire ), is now making its Chicago-area premiere at Writers Theatre in Glencoe. "One of the keys of the play is to not give too much ...


FILM-REVIEW-The-Assignment

FILM REVIEW The Assignment - Director: Walter Hill. Starring: Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub and Caitlin Gerard. Running time: 95 min. Release date: April 7 at the AMC Woodridge Michelle Rodriguez is no stranger to controversy. When she came out as bisexual in 2013, the only people who were surprised were those of us who had assumed she was totally lesbian. It's Christmas in ...


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Entertainment: 'The Black Penguin,' Alexis Arquette, 'Grease' anniv. - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andrew Evans has written The Black Penguin ( University of Wisconsin Press ), which describes how, as an "awkward, gay kid," he escaped into the glossy pages of National Geographic and the wide promise of the world atlas. The Black Penguin is Evans's memoir, travel tale and love story of his eventual journey to the farthest reaches of the map, ...


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Patricia Arquette, Moonlight and more rally for change at GLAAD Media Awards - From a press release - Los Angeles, Sunday, April 2, 2017 — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ advocacy organization, honored Patricia Arquette, Troye Sivan, and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will air exclusively on Logo on Thursday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Cameron ...


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William Wellman's silent movie WINGS at Music Box April 9 - William Wellman's silent movie WINGS will be presented at The Music Box Theatre accompanied by a live concert by Prima Vista Quartet on Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. With over 2000 performances to its credit, the Prima Vista Quartet has become a benchmark in the world of film concerts; silent films musical accompaniment. Composer Baudime Jam completed the score ...


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Chicago Humanities Fest to feature Gabourey Sidibe of Precious and Empire - From a press release - The Chicago Humanities Festival is pleased to announce its slate of Summer CHFNow events featuring Gabourey Sidibe, Roxane Gay, Laura Kipnis, and Arundhati Roy. Beginning just two weeks after Springfest/17: Stuff wraps up, CHFNow's Summer programming series will kick off with Gabourey Sidibe, the star of Precious and Empire.Sidibe comes to CHF to discuss her memoir, This Is Just My ...


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Live Table Talks filmmaker Winokur at Center April 5 - From a press release - Award-winning filmmaker Julie Winokur is coming to The Center on Halsted on April 5th, 2017 to present her documentary Bring It to The Table and her critically-acclaimed LIVE TABLE TALKS from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois. Last week The Washington Post featured Bring It to The Table, citing our mission to "set out on a cross-country ...


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MOVIES Terence Davies on his latest 'Passion' - British director Terence Davies has long been praised for his poetic, lyrical films, including 1992's autobiographical The Long Day Closes, 2000's Edith Wharton novel adaptation The House of Mirth and last year's Sunset Song, based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's Scottish novel. Perhaps, then, it's no surprise that the openly gay Davies has crafted another masterpiece with A Quiet Passion, his ...


Special-Serial-Mom-Blu-ray-out-May-9

Special 'Serial Mom' Blu-ray out May 9 - On May 9, Scream Factory will present the Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray for a standard retail price of $34.93. It includes bonus content such as new interviews with John Waters, Kathleen Turner and Mink Stole, special featurettes and much more. Available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, this definitive collector's edition contains a collectible cover art ...


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SPRING MOVIE PREVIEW Spring has sprung at the movie theater - Movies this spring started early in 2017. New films like Get Out, Beauty and the Beast and Kong: Skull Island have people back in the theater right after award season. Superhero films are going to big this year, and Fox's Logan shredded the competition at the beginning of March. Sequels are usually a Hollywood staple and this year is no ...


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WEB New YouTube series tackles less romantic aspects of sex - By Molly Sprayregen - When Shae Spence set out to write Sex, Work—a new web series on YouTube that chronicles the personal and professional lives of a group of sex education workers in Chicago—his goal was to fill a gap. "I felt that there was a sort of void in the entertainment market for stories that portrayed sex as sometimes not sexy [sometimes it's ...


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Five Worth Finding - —Strike a Pose: Premiering April 6 on Logo, this movie catches up with seven young male dancers—six gay, one straight—on Madonna's controversial Blond Ambition tour and her subsequent Truth or Dare documentary. The film is filled with revelations, and shows just how much the tour and movie influenced their lives—for better or for worse. —Office Christmas Party: The raunchy comedy ...


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Entertainment news: Zachary Quinto, 'Walking Dead,' Prince, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts and Julianne Nicholson are set to star in Who We Are Now, the follow-up movie for writer-director Matthew Newton after his SXSW-winning pic From Nowhere, Deadline reported. The drama centers on convicted felon Beth ( Nicholson ), who forms an unlikely alliance with a young public-defense lawyer Jess ( Roberts ), who does everything she can ...


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National: Anti-LGBT bills, Larry Kramer, Grindr mag, trans group's message - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill that allows student groups at high schools and public universities to bar LGBT people from their organizations on religious grounds, according to an Advocate.com item that cited The Washington Blade. Senate Bill 1 came in response to a school's deletion of a Bible verse from a student production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. ...


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2017 Truth Awards honor African Americans in the LGBTQ community - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — In the spirit of awards season, African Americans in the LGBTQ community took their bows and trophies at the third annual Truth Awards Gala on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles. The black-tie affair honored African-American, trailblazing men and women whose personal and professional accomplishments have positively impacted the perception and ...


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Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Fest on international tour with all new films - From a press release - March 24th 2017—Dan Savage—the writer behind the 20-year-running Savage Love advice column, LGBTQ and political activist, and co-creator of the It Gets Better Project —had an unconventional idea back in 2005. He asked people to send him homemade dirty movies, and surprisingly, they did. In droves. His mailbox was brimming with films so hot, so hilarious, and diverse that he ...


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FILM REVIEW Beauty and the Beast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director: Bill Condon. Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans. Running time: 129 min. Release date: March 17 Beauty and the Beast is a "tale as old as time," but this time out there are some new nuances that are expanded on, such as Belle's father Maurice played by Kevin Kline role being meatier. The Beast even sports a man-braid ...


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Entertainment: Laverne Cox, Katy Perry, Justin Hartley, Women's Day backers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox has been tapped as the co-lead alongside Meaghan Rath in ABC's The Trustee, Deadline noted. The show is a comedic one-hour pilot from the Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros. TV, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Cox is coming off CBS' midseason legal drama Doubt, in ...


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'Kiki' showcased at HRW Chicago film-series event - The kiki dance/ball scene was highlighted at the Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) Chicago 2017 Film Series ( in partnership with Black Cinema House ) with a screening of the documentary and a panel discussion March 10 at the Stony Island Arts Bank. The film follows seven people from the kiki scene—Twiggy Pucci Garcon, Gia Marie Love, Chi Chi ...


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Trikone-Chicago to screen banned Indian movie challenging homophobia - From a press release - CHICAGO - Trikone-Chicago will screen Jayan Cherian's "Ka Bodyscapes", a movie banned by the film censor board of India for "glorifying the subject of gay and homosexual relationships". The film, set in present day, narrates the story of three friends - Haris, a gay painter; Vishnu, a rural kabaddi player and their friend Sia, an activist, as they struggle to ...


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FILM REVIEW Kong: Skull Island - Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman. Running Time: 118 min. Release Date: March 10 Originally, Kong: Skull Island was planned to be a King Kong crossover film with Godzilla. This was scrapped, but there are references to the secret government entity Monarch, which was in the last Godzilla film in 2014. Kong instead winds ...


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HRW film series will feature the movie 'Kiki' - Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, will be showcasing the documentary Kiki on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Stony Island Arts Bank. Kiki is one of many films chosen by HRW to screen at its film-festival events in more than 20 cities worldwide. Each city selects the ...


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Amigas Unidas event March 11 - Celebrating International Women's Day, Amigas Unidas: En La Fe will hold "Guiadas For Amor" Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Amigas Unidas En La Fe is "a bilingual group of lesbians and bisexual womyn fostering a spiritual life based on our faith, and focused on our personal, spiritual, emotional and professional growth," according to a press release. For more info, ...


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Entertainment: 'Drag Race,' Whitney Houston, Timberlake, 'Moonlight' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - EW.com revealed that the Emmy-winning reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race's ninth season will debut to a broader audience Friday, March 24, on VH1. The network is set to broadcast each of the series' subsequent episodes for the remainder of the season, marking the first time Drag Race has shifted networks across its eight-year history, having previously aired more than ...


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HRW holding 'Kiki' screening March 10 - The Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, will present a showing of Kiki at Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave., on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. Kiki offers insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youths of color, with the result being a ...


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'Empire' stars visit BYC - MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam/MAC AIDS Fund spokespeople—and Empire co-stars—Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett visited Howard Brown Health's Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) on Feb. 13. After several years in temporary quarters, BYC has a permanent home. BYC held the grand opening of its new Uptown facility at 4009 N. Broadway on Feb. 22. ...


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'In-Betweens' in on VOD March 7 - The award-winning documentary Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens—which focuses on the drag kings, drag queens and transgender performers in Columbus, Ohio—will receive a national VOD launch on March 7 ( including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play ), as well as a limited theatrical release on March 3. Director Gabrielle Burton is a Wexner Center for the Arts artist residency fellow who ...


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Columbia to host Chicago Feminist Film Festival - From a press release - CHICAGO ( Feb. 16, 2017 )—Columbia College Chicago will host the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, now in its second year, featuring 55 short films produced, directed and/or created by individuals of diverse backgrounds from around the world, including seven films from Columbia alumni and students. The festival draws attention to the need for greater diversity and representation of under-represented individuals ...


FILM-REVIEW-Logan

FILM REVIEW Logan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director: James Mangold. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen. Running Time: 135 min. Release Date: March 3 The Boy from Oz is an old man from over the hill in the new Wolverine flick titled Logan. Our hairy hero jumps into the future and is looking a little worse for wear living in the West. This is the ...


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Entertainment: Dorian Awards, 'All About Eve,' Ricky Martin, 'Biggest Loser' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA.org ) hosted its 6th annual Dorian Awards Winners Toast in Los Angeles, a press release noted. Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes and the film's Oscar-nominated composer Nicholas Britell took a few questions before the crowd before accepting GALECA's Film of the Year award ( as well as its four Dorian honors ) ...


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'Moonlight' mistake part of 89th Oscars - A gasp-inducing snafu and an anger-provoking omission were among the developments that marked an Academy Award event that went smoothly—until the very last moments. In what might be one of the most bizarre endings to any awards show, LGBT film Moonlight won the Best Picture Oscar. But it took a while, as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway actually pronounced ...


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'Moonlight' dominates Indie Spirit Awards - The LGBT movie Moonlight swept all five awards it was up for at the 32nd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, held Feb. 25 in Santa Monica, California. Incidentally, La La Land was not eligible for these awards, which set a budget cutoff of $20 million. Moonlight won for best feature, best director ( Barry Jenkins ), screenplay, cinematography and editing. ...


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Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation does tribute video on her 85th Birthday - From a press release - Los Angeles - February 23, 2017: In honor of what would have been Elizabeth Taylor's 85th birthday on February 27th, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation ( ETAF ) is releasing a short video to celebrate her legacy. The video reflects on one of the most unforgettable figures of the big screen, diving into Elizabeth Taylor's unique and multifaceted fame, and ...


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Academy Awards Sun., Feb. 26 - Drink in the glitz and glamour of the xxth Annual Academy Awards this Sunday. Among the many viewing options around town are: —Sofia Hosts the Oscars at North End, 3733 N. Halsted St. Red Capret commentary beginning at 6:30 pm. Night features Oscar trivia with prizes and beer and drink specials. Hosted by the indomitable Sofia Saffire. —Center on Halsted's ...


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Kevin's Room notes 15 years of Black HIV/AIDS awareness - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Feb. 7 saw a celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the release of the film Kevin's Room. The event was held at the Baton Show Lounge in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Hosted by the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus alongside event sponsors the Chicago Department of Public Health, the evening was as much a joyous ...


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Entertainment news: 'Moonlight,' Colton Haynes, 'In-Betweens,' Abby Wambach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) recently honored Moonlight with its Visionary Award at its Greater New York Gala, On Top Magazine noted. Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Moonlight—written and directed by Barry Jenkins—follows an African-American man ( played by Trevante Rhodes ) who struggles to come out gay over three periods ...


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Human Rights Watch plans Kiki screening, panel Mar. 10 - The Human Rights Watch Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, presents the film Kiki on Mar. 10, followed by a panel. Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting, complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youths of color, who demand happiness and political power. The film is ...


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TELEVISION Gender non-binary actor set to star on 'Billions' - Performer, writer and director Asia Kate Dillon will be debuting in the groundbreaking role of Taylor on Showtime's Billions this season. Both Dillon and the character they ( Dillon's preferred pronoun ) are playing are gender non-binary indentifying. This marks the first time a gender non-binary indentifying actor has ever been cast in a major television series. "I will be ...


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NUNN ON ONE Queen Latifah wishes on a 'Star' - Queen Latifah rules the entertainment kingdom; she acts, wries and is even a label president. Also, she was the first hip-hop artist to gain a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 2006. After her debut on Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, she garnered praise with Golden Globe nominations for the musical Chicago, the life story of HIV-positive Ana Wallace ...


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AIDS film kicks off Legacy LIVE series - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 kicked off on Feb. 5 at the Alphawood Gallery with a screening of the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist. The hour-long documentary, which originally aired on PBS, explores the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. ...


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Streaming service benefits Equality Florida - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's been revealed that hoopla digital—a Netflix-like service that partners with libraries across North America—will be the first digital service to bring IDW'S Love Is Love to library cardholders for free. The program allows library patrons to use their cards to help raise funds for those affected by the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy. As the comics industry unites to honor ...


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Black Ensemble Theater to screen Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Black Ensemble Theater proudly announces a special, one-night-only event to screen Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project( LLCVP ), which features interviews with BE Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor. The event will be held at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, on Monday, February 27, 2017, with a reception at 6pm ...


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Casting call for boy in Spielberg film Feb. 12 - Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment is hosting open casting calls for the role of Edgardo in the film The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. An area casting call will be held Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Dr., Northbrook. Online video submissions also accepted; visit https://www.castittalent.com/TKOEM by Friday, Feb. 10. No acting experience ...


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Signature Move to have world premiere at 2017 SXSW Film Festival - From a press release - SIGNATURE MOVE is a hilarious and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab ( Fawzia Mirza ) is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma ( Sari Sanchez ), a confident and vivacious Mexican-American woman. Zaynab's recently widowed mother Parveen ( Shabana Azmi ...


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FILM REVIEW Below Her Mouth - Director: April Mullen. Starring: Erika Linder, Natalie Krill, Sebastian Pigott. Running time: 94 min. Chicago release date: Feb. 10 Canada Serendipity Point Films and Distant Horizon present the indie flick Below Her Mouth. Before we are even finished with the credits the sounds of sex are heard, setting the tone for the story. For date night this Mouth warms up ...


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LGBT critics award 'Moonlight,' Davis - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Moonlight has been named film of the year by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA ), composed of more than 170 film and TV critics and entertainment journalists across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. GALECA announced the winners of its annual Dorian Awards on Jan. 26. Moonlight also won several other awards, including Best ...


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Entertainment news: RuPaul, Jodie Foster, Ryan Reynolds, 'Watermelon Woman' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul's new album, which is now out, is called Remember Me: Essential, Vol.1, NewNowNext.com noted. The album features new tracks as well as some of Ru's biggest hits, like "Supermodel" and "House of Love," with new featured performers like Matt Pop, Ellis Miah, Kummerspeck and Skeltal Ki. Lionsgate has boarded international sales on The Ink Factory-financed and -produced action thriller ...


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Hate-crimes drama 'Deep Water' out on DVD Feb. 14 - Inspired by the true events of hate-crime murders in Australia in the 1980s, Acorn DVD and Blu-ray debut the Aussie detective drama Deep Water on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Yael Stone ( Orange Is the New Black ) and Noah Taylor ( Game of Thrones ) star as detectives assigned a brutal murder case in Bondi, where they begin to discover ...


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Entertainment news: Alan Cumming, Carrie Fisher, 'Queer Eye' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - CBS has given pilot orders to two projects featuring key auspices from the network's legal drama The Good Wife: crime drama Killer Instinct, starring and executive produced by The Good Wife cast member Alan Cumming; and Perfect Citizen, a legal drama written and executive produced by former Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk, Deadline reported. Killer Instinct centers on a ...


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Siskel running 'Loving,' 'Nocturnal' - The Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., is running a few films of interest over the next few weeks. Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star in Nocturnal Animals ( Feb. 3-9 ), in which the two worlds of Tom Ford—elite fashion designer and rough-edged Southwestern boyhood—collide in this thriller. Also, there's Below Her Mouth ( Feb. 10, 13 and ...


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'Kevin's Room' to mark 15th anniversary - As both a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the groundbreaking film Kevin's Room and in honor of National Black/HIV AIDS Awareness Day, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus alongside event sponsors the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) will hold a Feb. 7 screening of the film at the Baton Show Lounge in Chicago's River North neighborhood. ...


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FILM REVIEW I Am Not Your Negro - "To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time."—James Baldwin I Am Not Your Negro—nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and opening at the AMC River East Theater, 322 E. Illinois St., on Friday, Feb. 3—is based on 30 pages of the unfinished work ...


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FILM REVIEW Nocturnal Animals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Like a chef who's too proud of his special sauce, director Tom Ford makes it difficult to appreciate the meat and potatoes underneath in his second feature, Nocturnal Animals. Adapted by Ford from the Austin Wright novel Tony and Susan, it's far more complex than Ford's debut, A Single Man; and the director's arty touches make it more confusing than ...


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DVD Tuc Watkins talks politics, family and the new movie 'Retake' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The new movie Retake ( now out on VOD and DVD ) takes on issues involving memories and obsession as a handsome businessman ( played by Tuc Watkins ) hires a male hustler ( portrayed by Devon Graye ) to role-play as his long-lost love. Watkins has an extensive background. Many were introduced to the openly gay actor when he ...







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