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Israeli filmmaker talks about attitudes toward LGBTQ people - Recently, groundbreaking Israeli LGBTQ filmmaker Gal Uchovsky provided an audience at the Landmark Theatre in Chicago with an intimate and candid look at his work and how film and media in general have helped spur a growing and even right-wing acceptance of the LGBTQ community in his home country. Uchovsky is the writer of the 2002 war drama Yossi & ...


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In entertainment: Elton John; Wanda Sykes; 'American Horror Story' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An on-stage Elton John bio-musical has its eyes set on Broadway and then London's West End, Broadway.com reported. The project, currently titled Rocketman the Musical, will feature the classic rock legend's canon and has Tony-winning Billy Elliot book writer Lee Hall on board. Mad Max: Fury Road's Tom Hardy has been tapped to headline the film version. John, born Reginald ...


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Community briefs: Theater, film, Pride - Goodman expands on education The group at Goodman Theatre had a stellar week in May with Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes opening, a new education center announcement and a "Puttin' on the Glitz" fundraiser. After turning 90 this year the Goodman shows no signs of slowing down. A $15-million project was announced on May 12 with the Alice B. Rapoport ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Rose is still THE Rose - Mary Rose Foster aka The Rose ( Bette Midler ) gives a tour de force performance in Mark Rydell's 1979 movie of the same name, which the Criterion Collection has just released in a new, remastered version. The Rose—a fictional queen of rock loosely based on Janis Joplin—is a cyclone of conflicted feelings as she embarks on what will prove ...


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Entertainment: Robin Williams; Nate Berkus; Jill Soloway; Paris Is Burning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Starz Digital has picked up the North American rights to Robin Williams' final film, Boulevard, according to NewNowNext.com. Directed by Dito Montiel ( A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints ), the film sees Williams as married but closeted Nashville bank manager Nolan Mack, whose life is forever changed when he picks up young hustler Leo ( Roberto Aguire ). However, ...


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TELEVISION Out director Dee Rees talks 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah - Knight at the Movies extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The film world is littered with also-ran second efforts from directors whose debut features took the world by storm but whose follow-ups missed the mark. There are simply too many to count. But with Bessie—the biopic of renowned 1920s-era blues singer Bessie Smith that premieres on HBO this Sunday, May 16—out writer-director Dee Rees can set that worry aside. Rees's ...


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Cinema Q V Film Series through May - The free film series Cinema Q returns ( and celebrates five years ) with four film screenings Thursdays throughout May at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The movies slated to be shown are Violette ( May 14 ), about the personal life and work of bisexual French feminist writer Violette Leduc; Beautiful Boxer ( ...


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MOVIES Thomas Miller creates an unforgettable 'Limited Partnership' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Miller captures the discriminatory nature of U.S. immigration policy against same-sex binational couples in his latest documentary Limited Partnership. The central foci of the feature are Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. Adams and Sullivan were legally wed in Boulder, Colorado, in 1975, making them one of the first same-sex couples in the world ...


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Knight at the Movies: Movies for Mother's Day - As mom's annual holiday approaches, the usual assortment of mother-offspring movies beloved by Our People ( Mommie Dearest, Mildred Pierce, Carrie, The Exorcist, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, Postcards from the Edge, Suddenly Last Summer, The Guilt Trip ) are no doubt being trotted out for giddy viewing. Those are all fantastic choices to put a camp spin on the ...


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Entertainment news: Mariah Carey; Sam Smith; 'Ab Fab'; Joan Rivers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For her grand entrance in Las Vegas, Mariah Carey arrived at Caesar's Palace in a classic 1936 pink convertible trailing behind 18 mobile billboards bearing the titles of her number-one hits, including "Always Be My Baby" from 1996 and "Heartbreaker" from 1999, Page Six noted. Gladiator-clad men took it from there, carrying Carey through the casino on a platform fit ...


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J&R Productions thrives under gay married couple - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jayson Bernard is the CEO and president of J&R Productions, a company he founded with his partner ( now husband ), Roberto. It is a production company that specializes in film, and also has done several pilots for market for television and a couple of indy films—and soon will add theatrical release to that resume, as the company is set ...


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Steven Pasquale rides the 'Carousel' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rodgers and Hammerstein introduced the musical vehicle Carousel all the way back in 1945. It was adapted from the 1909 play Liliom, transplanting it to Maine. The story revolves around a carousel barker named Billy Bigelow who falls in love with millworker Julie Jordan. The Civic Opera House breathes new air into the production starring Steven Pasquale. This actor and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Raul Castillo: From 'Lampshade' to 'Looking' - Teatro Vista is bringing a new production to life with the help of actor/writer Raul Castillo. Set in a trailer home, Between You, Me and The Lampshade tells the story of immigration, ghosts and drugs—complete with a healthy mix of family drama. Castillo comes from a vast theater background including the Goodman Theater and Primary Stages. He is currently developing ...


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A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's premieres on WTTW-11 May 3 - From a press release - Produced by Black Cat Productions, Inc. and presented and distributed nationally by American Public Television ( APT ), A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's premieres on WTTW-11 May 3rd at 2 p.m. May is Huntington's Disease Awareness Month. A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's, is an award winning feature documentary that examines what it is like ...


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BOOKS Actress Maria Bello talks 'Love Is Love' - By Gary M. Kramer - Maria Bello may be known for her roles in films such as A History of Violence, and The Cooler, but she garnered considerable attention for her essay "Coming Out as a Modern Family," when it appeared in the "Modern Love" column in The New York Times. In the essay, Bello explained how she told her son, Jack, about her relationship ...


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Out on DVD: Selma; Masters of Sex - 'Selma' out on Blu-ray May 5 Director Ava DuVernay's drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common's tribute, "Glory." DuVernay chronicles how Dr. Martin Luther ...


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Pride Films to run 'Breakdown' - Pride Films and Plays will celebrate Pride with a 20th-anniversary production of Guillermo Reyes' one-man show Men On The Verge Of A His-Panic Breakdown. The collection of monologues features PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez directed by Sandra Marquez. Performances are at the Apollo Studio Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. The official opening is Thursday, June 25, at 7:30; it runs ...


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Lucas speaks about Israel film - Filmmaker Michael Lucas spoke at Columbia College following an April 23 screening of his 2012 film Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land. The New York-based Lucas, known mainly as an adult producer, director and performer, spoke about the difficulties he encountered getting Undressing Israel—which is non-pornographic and addresses issues such as gay marriage, gay parenting, and the Israeli ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'First Period' and second and third and... - If John Waters were to direct a John Hughes film, First Period would be it. New girl Cassie ( former Chicagoan Brandon Alexander III, who scripted ) and outcast Maggie ( Dudley Beene, who produced )—drag-queen variations on the ditzy duo Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino played in Romy & Michelle—are easily the most awkward pair of girls in high ...


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Entertainment: Andrew Rannells; Cher; Hugh Jackman; 'Orange Is the New Black' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Andrew Rannells ( Girls ) is set to write and star in a new Judd Apatow movie with his real-life boyfriend, Mike Doyle ( Law and Order: SVU; the film Jersey Boys ), according to NewNowNext.com. Apatow is branching out; for example, although he has produced female-driven projects, he recently branched out by directing his very own female-centric film ...


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Documentary drives down memory lane - Greg Salustro fondly remembers road trips with friends in his 1975 Chevrolet Capris Classic to Chicago, when living in the city was only just a dream. His documentary, American Dreaming, which is his first in the works, travels back even further to the cars of the past and the creative minds behind Detroit's automobiles. Salustro grew up in Detroit during ...


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Skilling to receive film honor - Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival announced that iconic WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling will be honored at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Ceremony Wed., April 22, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 N. St. Clair St. Skilling joins previously announced post-production house Whitehouse Post, advertising legend Tom Burrell and investigative reporter Jay Levine as distinguished ...


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Entertainment news: GLAAD Awards; Ellen; Dirk Shafer; Zachary Quinto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New York leg of the GLAAD Media Awards are May 9, and the LGBT watchdog group has just announced Jason Collins, Jeffrey Tambor, Jonathan Groff, Judith Light and Laverne Cox will be in attendance, NewNowNext.com reported. They're among the nominees, as well, with Tambor and Light co-starring in Transparent, Groff appearing in the recently canceled Looking, and Cox producing ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'Boy Meets Girl' and then some - What gives Boy Meets Girl a fresh spin on its Southern-fried, coming-of-age tale from writer/director Eric Schaeffer is not just that Ricky, the teen in question, has already come to terms with her sexuality but that she's also comfortable being transgender. It also doesn't hurt that Michelle Hendley, the trans actress who plays Ricky, is refreshingly down-to-earth. Droll but not ...


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Film about transgender teacher in Hawaii on PBS May 4 - From a press release - ( San Francisco ) - At a time when transgender and gender nonconforming people across the U.S. and around the world have achieved unprecedented visibility in popular culture, but continue to suffer extreme violence, harassment, discrimination, and isolation, Independent Lens presents Kumu Hina, a moving film from Hawaii that offers a bold new perspective on gender diversity and inclusion through ...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







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