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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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Upcoming in film: Homeless teen film Nov. 13; Indie films - 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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Knight at the Movies: Dear White People; Nightcrawler - This is the time of year that all film critics love: the time when Hollywood brings forth its awards contenders, its artistic secret weapons—the movies that rely on great performances, great writing and great directing instead of a battering ram's worth of special effects. It seems that just about everything I'm seeing now has at least two of those elements—and ...


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Film shines spotlight on gay White Sox fans - Although the LGBT night in mid-August at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, went off without incident, there were plenty of negative reactions on social media. "LGBT Pride Night: Out at the Sox"—an event co-presented by the major league baseball team and Equality Illinois—turned ugly online before the first pitch was even thrown, with numerous anti-gay comments ...


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Homestretch screening features homeless Chicago youth - From a press release - "The Homestretch" follows three homeless Chicago teens, one of them LGBTQ, as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. The free screening of this new film will take place at 7 PM, Thursday, November 13 at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago. The following night, one of the teens, Kasey White, will be ...


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New film with Gale Harold begins fundraising - From a press release - ( October 6, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, CA ) "Kiss Me, Kill Me" stars Van Hansis ( "As the World Turns," "Eastsiders" ) and Gale Harold, who is playing a gay character for the first time since his legendary role as Brian Kinney on Showtime's ground-breaking "Queer as Folk." Directed by Casper Andreas ( "Going Down In LA-LA Land," "The ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Judith Light gets 'Transparent' about show, LGBT activism - Actress Judith Light returns to living rooms in another television show that's already garnering huge praise. The new series Transparent is offered by streaming Amazon. It tells the story of the coming-out process of transgender parent Maura, played by Jeffrey Tambor, and the family that is affected. Light plays the Jewish wife and mother, Shelly Pfefferman, who has an outspoken ...


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Chicago fundraiser held for film with trans* activist - To raise funds for the upcoming documentary "Alexis" featuring trans* activist Alexis Martinez, Chopin Theater in collaboration with Contexture TV held a fundraiser at the Chopin Theater Oct. 21. The documentary, which Inkspil Films produced, will feature both Martinez's personal life and her activism work. Co-hosted by NIC Kay ( teacher and artist ) and Owen Daniel-McCarter ( attorney and ...


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Jane Anderson talks about HBO miniseries 'Olive Kitteridge' - MOVIES - Jane Anderson's name may not be immediately familiar to gay audiences. However, a quick glance over just a few of the credits on her resume ( playwright-screenwriter-director-executive producer ) spark instant recognition: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, The Baby Dance, When Billie Beat Bobbie, Normal, It Could Happen To You, How To Make An American Quilt, The Positively True ...


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Knight at the Movies: Olive Kitteridge; To Russia with Love - With his star turn in Birdman, Michael Keaton is deservedly this year's comeback kid at the movies, with both critics and audiences lining up to praise his exceptional performance and the movie's creative audacity. On the home screen, if there's any justice, Frances McDormand is going to receive all that and more when Olive Kitteridge, the miniseries in which she ...


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Neil Patrick news; 'Freeheld' has problem; 'Divas Simply Singing' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Neil Patrick Harris was not the Academy's first choice to host the 2015 Oscars, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron first begged last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, but she was firmly against hosting the ceremony for a third time. The producers next had comedian Chris Rock on their list, but a deal failed to materialize. ...


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Knight at the Movies: Nightbreed; Advanced Style; film notes - Like many other writers, horror ( and gay ) literary icon Clive Barker has seen one of his books drastically altered when it reached the silver screen. Barker himself wrote the script adaptation for his novella Cabal ( which Morgan Creek, the studio that financed the movie, renamed with the more commercially friendly title Nightbreed ). However, Barker's vision—he also ...


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Johnny Weir: Bringing the 'Love' in new documentary - During the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, figure-skating champion Johnny Weir came under fire for opposing a boycott of Russia despite Putin's virulent anti-gay laws and an increasingly dangerous, violent environment for LGBTs. Activists were stunned and appalled: In an OUT Magazine opinion piece, a disgusted Michael Lucas wrote, "[Weir] only cares, as usual, about himself. ...


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Knight at the Movies: Dracula Untold; film notes - How differently would audiences respond to Dracula Untold—Universal's latest attempt to reboot its classic monsters franchise—if the actor playing Dracula was openly gay? Would it diminish their ability to immerse themselves into the filmmakers attempt to explain the origins of vampire lore that is the basis of the film? Would they ascribe some sort of underlying queer symbolism to Vlad ...


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MOVIES Rory Kennedy re-creates 'Last Days in Vietnam' - Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy, 45, is the youngest of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy's 11 children. Born a mere three months following RFK's assassination in 1968, Rory's personal history has long been laden with the remnants of Vietnam ( her father was campaigning for president on the anti-war platform when he was killed ), and now she's taking ...


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Alan Cumming on his memoir, acting - Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has been celebrated for his work in such films as Any Day Now, garnered a Tony Award in Broadway's Cabaret and currently appears on TV in The Good Wife. In his memoir, Not My Father's Son, Cumming details his tragic childhood growing up in a household filled with abuse at the hands of his late ...


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Knight at the Movies: Pride; film notes - Given the improbability of the true story that is the basis for director Mathew Warchus' Pride, it makes perfect sense why everyone involved realized this would make a great movie. In England, in 1984 two disparate groups—a small faction of the gay community and a tiny segment of the enormous and mostly conservative striking miner movement—found solidarity under the oppressive ...


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CIFF's LGBT highlights: Week one - The 50th anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival is being celebrated as the fest kicks off tomorrow night, Thursday, Oct. 9, with the Chicago premiere of Miss Julie, which stars Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell and was directed by Liv Ullmann. ( Ullmann and Farrell will attend the gala red-carpet event. ) The first week of the fest ( ...


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NUNN ON ONE Gay actor from 'Nurse Jackie' shows theater chops - Chicago Cabaret Professionals ( CCP ) will celebrate in a big way this October with an anniversary gala at Park West. Performer Stephen Wallem will be the organization's national honoree. The Rockford, Illinois, native is known for playing the role of gay jack-of-all-trades Thor Lundgren on the Showtime feature Nurse Jackie. However, he also has extensive theater experience; he has ...


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


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Documentary on telephone hotlines out in November - From a press release - NEW YORK — At hotlines across the country, the phones never stop ringing. People call to confide in strangers - looking for advice, entertainment, or simply to connect with someone they don't know. HOTLINE is a documentary about telephone hotlines, the people who call—and the people who answer— and the ways human conversation and contact can fight isolation and alienation ...


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Knight at the Movies: Last Weekend; Hunted; notes - Over the last decade, the openly gay novelist Tom Dolby has won literary acclaim for his queer-themed novels and other writings. He now makes his feature debut with Last Weekend. Dolby scripted the movie, and his college pal Tom Williams co-directs. Based on Dolby's own privileged upbringing, the story focuses on the Labor Day weekend gathering of a dysfunctional family ...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







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