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GLAAD-Award-nods-announced

GLAAD Award nods announced - GLAAD has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 2 at The Beverly Hilton, and in New York on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Special honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks. Among the nominees are Academy Award ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Life is a 'Cabaret' for Randy Harrison - Actor Randy Harrison may always be remembered as fresh-faced Justin Taylor on the Showtime drama Queer as Folk. He played the part for five seasons, which led him to being internationally recognized. Many may not know of the thriving theater career that he has hammered out over the years, being in productions of Wicked and Amadeus, among many others. Harrison ...


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Lesbian filmmakers earn Oscar nomination; film at Music Box Feb. 5-11 - by Sari Staver - When San Francisco filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman were nominated for an Oscar for their film Last Day of Freedom, friends started asking one question: "What are you wearing?" to the Academy Awards gala. "That was the last thing on our minds," said Hibbert-Jones, 53, an associate professor of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "I thought ...


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Knight at the Movies: - Hail, zombies! This week, your local Cineplex offers two films of very different genres. We have a black comedy about classic Hollywood and a post-apocalyptic variation on a literary classic, neither of which was screened in time for WCT deadlines. At this point in their career—with an unusually strong track record of more than 15 critically hailed, commercially successful movies—any ...


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SAG Awards the model of diversity - As opposed to the Oscars—which have received a lot of backlash recently over the issue of race—the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) Awards, which took place Jan. 30, was a model of diversity. Idris Elba made his own mark in other ways, winning two awards in the same evening—for best supporting actor in a movie ( for ...


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SAG Awards exhibit diversity - As opposed to the Oscars—which have received a lot of backlash recently over the issue of race—the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) Awards, which took place Jan. 30, was a model of diversity. "Ladies and gentleman, welcome to diverse TV," actor Idris Elba said. Elba made his own mark in other ways, winning two awards in the ...


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Riva Lehrer to give Beauty in Exile talk with clips from film "Self-Preservation" - From a press release - Beauty in Exile: A Lecture and Discussion with Riva Lehrer featuring clips from the film "Self-Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer Tuesday, February 9th, 2:00-4:00pm at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL, 60607 This program is part of EXPOSURE: A Series of New Developments in Disability Arts & Culture We live in a world utterly obsessed with physical ...


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Academy aims to increase diversity - In a response to public backlash regarding the racial makeup of the latest batch of Oscar acting nominees, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences announced what it referred to as "a sweeping series of substantive changes" to its rules Jan. 22 to promote diversity in its membership, TheWrap reported. The board unanimously decided to commit to doubling the number ...


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Entertainment: Caitlyn memoir; Idris Elba; Christian Bale; Jillian Michaels - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Grand Central Publishing announced that it plans a spring 2017 publication for a memoir by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender activist and reality star and former Olympic athlete, the Associated Press noted. The book, currently untitled, will be co-written by Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger, who wrote a Vanity Fair cover story about Jenner. According to Grand Central, the memoir ...


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Knight at the Movies: 45 Years; The Lady in the Van - Dames As lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II once wrote, "There's nothing like a dame." That certainly applies to two of the movies greatest: Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Charlotte Rampling. These legendary actresses couldn't be more different on screen and achieve their mesmerism over audiences in very different ways. Smith is the mistress of annihilating all and sundry with a quickly ...


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Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay Film Festival, lesbian shorts by women. - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces eight short films from four different countries receiving their Chicago premieres during LezPlay Film Festival at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on February 22nd, 2016. Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay Film Festival includes a couple's existential barrage of delusion, a teenage girls search for courage in revealing her double ...


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Lucas Museum founding president: A story through art - With the Star Wars franchise handed over to Disney and its latest installment already smashing box office records for an opening weekend, its creator George Lucas is in production and collaboration on another legacy to be passed down to multiple generations of children and adults. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will not require their imaginations to travel to a ...


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Web series aims to tell realistic trans experiences - The scripted new media Web series Her Story aims to break new ground in Hollywood by offering a realistic glimpse into trans life. The plot involves complex characters who share in life's everyday struggles, opportunities, elations, and fears. Her Story is co-written by Jen Richards ( I Am Cait ) and Laura Zak ( #Hashtag ), is directed by Sydney ...


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Entertainment news: Ellen Page; Bette Midler; Sam Smith; Chloe Grace Moretz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Netflix kicked off a busy month for Sundance acquisitions by beating other companies to the punch for Tallulah—Sian Heder's dramatic comedy starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, according to TheWrap. Page plays a rootless young woman who takes a toddler from a wealthy, negligent mother and passes the baby off as her own in an effort to protect her. Her ...


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World news: Chelsea Manning exhibit; Vietnam and marriage; 'Danish Girl' banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As part of the Victoria and Albert exhibition Future Design curated by Mariana Pestana for the World Economic Forum, U.S.-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg will premiere her work "Radical Love: Chelsea Manning"—full-color life-sized 3-D printed portraits of Chelsea Manning generated from her DNA, according to a press release. The portraits ( to be shown Jan. 20-23 at the World Economic Forum ...


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Women-focused Web series to air Jan. 27 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's a woman's world when it comes to the work of King is a Fink Productions and on Jan. 27 its five-episode original digital series Full Out will premiere on OpenTV. Chicago couple Julie Keck and Jessica King, or the Finks as some call them, own King is a Fink Productions where they write, direct, produce, edit, shoot, and market ...


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Project& earns prestigious MacArthur Foundation Documentary Grant - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, January 14, 2016 — Today the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a $100,000 grant and partnership with Project& in support of Working in America , which takes an intimate look at how we feel about what most of us do all day long: work. Working in America is a multiplatform documentary initiative chronicling the everyday ...


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GMHC: Gervais' Golden Globes comments perpetuate transphobia - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement regarding Ricky Gervais' transphobic jokes at the Golden Globes. STATEMENT BY GMHC CEO KELSEY LOUIE: The trans community had an incredible year in film and television, and countless members of the LGBT community and our allies sat down on Sunday night ready to watch the star studded Golden Globes. ...


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Entertainment: Tom and Dustin; Gervais' barbs; Charlie Carver; Jaden Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar-winning Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black are on the cover of OUT magazine's "Love Issue." Of their relationship's beginning, Daley said, "We spoke every day, nonstop. My phone would buzz, and we'd just be in constant communication; it was kind of insane—like there was nothing else around me." On their initial encounter, Black said, "Tom ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records: showing Jan. 24 and 26 at the Gene Siskel Film Center ( as part of "Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Premieres" ), this Colin Hanks-directed film takes a look at the titular company, which earned an astonishing billion dollars annually in its prime. "All Things" features founder Russ Solomon but ...


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YEAR IN REVIEW Looking back: Entertainment news - —Roller-coaster: Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay man drafted into the NFL in spring 2014, got engaged to his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. However, they apparently ended that engagement in a year that saw him sign with Canadian Football League team the Montreal Alouettes—and later leave that squad, citing mental-health concerns. Sam also competed on TV's Dancing with the ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Revenant; Joy; The Hateful Eight - Near the beginning of The Revenant—set in 1823 in the unchartered winter wilds of Montana and South Dakota—guide Hugh Glass ( Leonardo DiCaprio ) is briefly separated from his party of trappers and hunters. During the separation, Glass is the victim of a vicious bear attack and inexplicably survives. Straggling back into camp, group leader John Fitzgerald ( Tom Hardy, ...


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Entertainment: 'Tangerine'; Colton Haynes; Jussie Smollett; Diana Ross - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Caitlyn Jenner is leading the first-ever Oscar campaign for a trans actress with Mya Taylor's supporting role in Sean Baker's indie drama Tangerine, according to Variety. The Olympic medalist hosted a special screening of the film, which already landed Taylor a Gotham Award for breakthrough actor/actress. She's also nominated for best supporting actress at the Independent Spirit Awards. The Magnolia ...


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Disc and That: DVDs to see - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Better Call Saul: Season One ( already out ): This Breaking Bad spinoff is in a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, along with a standalone Blu-ray and DVD, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando and Michael McKean, the show is set six years before Albuquerque's most notorious "criminal" attorney, Saul Goodman ...


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Gene Siskel Film Center hosts 88th Academy Awards Nominations Panel - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ) presents the 88th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel Thursday, January 14, 2016. Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival Alison Cuddy moderates a lively panel discussion about this year's nominees with Chicago film critics Marilyn Ferdinand ( Ferdy ...


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Entertainment: Cheyenne Jackson; Martha Stewart; 'Housewives'; 'Prancing Elites' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cheyenne Jackson will co-star with Audra McDonald in the film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa's 1994 musical Hello Again, according to Playbill. LaChiusa has written new material for the film, including a new song for McDonald's character, and she and Jackson will share a scene together. In addition to six-time Tony winner McDonald and Jackson, the cast features Emmy winner ...


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Unitarian Church of Evanston to screening The Homestretch - From a press release - "The Homestretch puts a face on the reality of teen homelessness often "hidden" in plain sight, sometimes silently sitting in high school classrooms unsuspected by classmates and teachers. The Homestretch is a story of poverty, violence, loneliness, and pain." — Bob Dugan, Big Think Evanston, IL — January 16, 2016: Last year, over 19,000 students were identified as homeless in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Tom Hooper on directing critical fave 'The Danish Girl' - Tom Hooper has come a long way from directing plays and television commercials. These initial jobs led to a 2003 revival of ITV's Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren; he then directed her again for HBO Films in the drama Elizabeth I. On the big-screen front, Hooper tackled The King's Speech ( which won four Oscars, including Best Picture ) and, ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The return engagement of Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience—A Parody by Dan and Jeff was so popular that several performances were added to the run. So if you previously missed this family-friendly, 70-minute spoof of all seven Harry Potter books from its first Chicago visit back in 2012, there's still time to catch it before it disappears. ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'Carol' for Christmas - Few actors could possibly convey as much complexity with a line like "Shall I pay you now?" as Cate Blanchett does as Carol Aird, the wealthy socialite in Todd Haynes' new movie, Carol. Blanchett delivers this line barely 10 minutes into the movie to Therese Belivet ( Rooney Mara ), a would-be photographer working as a temp sales girl in ...


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Entertainment: Bradley Cooper; 'Cards'; NPH; Taylor Schilling; Keke Palmer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bradley Cooper has reminisced on his gay sex scene in Wet Hot American Summer with co-star Michael Ian Black, Gay Times Magazine noted. Appearing on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the actor revealed that the scene wasn't choreographed, and jokingly agreed that they had "instant chemistry." Cooper added, "The joke of that scene was to make it the one serious ...


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Knight at the Movies: 2015 in movies including 10 best LGBT films - Where to begin with the schizophrenic year in movies when it comes to LGBT cinema? One view—mine—would see 2015 as a triumphant one—from Tangerine to Bessie to Grandma to Guidance to Freeheld to The Danish Girl and finally to the forthcoming Carol. The other would tag many of these same films as old-fashioned, out of step, not inclusive enough, politically ...


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'Transparent' creator comes out as lesbian - A feature in the New Yorker paints Transparent creator Jill Soloway's family as very LGBT-inclusive—and details a relationship between Soloway and iconic poet Eileen Myles. At one point, the article states, "In October, Myles and Soloway sat next to each other at a benefit in New York for the Feminist Press, as the city's first lady, Chirlane McCray, accepted an ...


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Director Todd Haynes on 'Carol' - By Nick Davis - Todd Haynes's Carol is more than just a triumph for LGBT cinema. It's at least two triumphs—maybe more. The predicaments of same-sex desire in an anti-LGBT culture—one that antagonizes lesbians and gay men while also pretending we do not exist—have rarely unfolded on screen with such sensitivity and dramatic layering. The two lovers—an upscale suburban housewife named Carol ( Cate ...


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Entertainment: Zac Efron; Rain Dove; Lee Daniels; Ruby Rose; Adele - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zac Efron is reteaming with his Neighbors co-star Seth Rogen for The Disaster Artist, New Line's making-of movie about the 2003 drama The Room—widely considered one of the worst movies of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. James Franco is directing and also starring in the movie, which is based on a 2013 book by Greg Sestero, who starred ...


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Golden globe nods announced - From a press release - The day after the Screen Actors Guild nominees were announced, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association ( HFPA ) unveiled its 2016 Golden Globe Awards nominees from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills—and many people and productions have received nods for both awards, according to TheWrap. Dennis Quaid, Angela Bassett, America Ferrera and Chloe Grace Moretz announced the nods. Lesbian-themed ...


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SAG nominees announced - From a press release - Nominees for the the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Dec. 9. On the film side, top male actor nominees include Bryan Cranston, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne ( the latter for The Danish Girl ). Female actor nominees are Cate Blanchett ( for the lesbian movie Carol ), Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Saoirse ...


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Winter LGBT movie preview - With the holidays in full swing, Hollywood is trotting out both its awards contenders and some of their most anticipated mega blockbusters ( Star Wars 7, anyone? ). Though the winter months promise plenty of diverting film fare as well, Our People won't see much representation so movie mavens will be cheered by the nice assortment of forthcoming home releases—highlights ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Danish Girl; films for the holidays - Director Tom Hooper's decision to present The Danish Girl—the story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe's marriage to Gerda Wegener, scripted by Lucinda Coxon from David Ebershoff's book—within the trappings of an old fashioned, lavish Hollywood studio biopic is no doubt going to come in for its fair share of criticism. Hooper's tasteful approach—the same he used to make dull-as-wood George ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Eddie Redmayne explains life as 'The Danish Girl' - Actor Eddie Redmayne is on a roll, and his role in The Danish Girl might win him another Academy Award if all goes well. Lili Elbe was one of the first identifiable recipients of gender-reassignment surgery. Elbe eventually wrote a book about the experience and David Ebershoff's 2000 novel was based on that, becoming a best-seller. The film version stars ...


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Sarah Paulson: On defying labels, pressure to be an LGBT activist - What does Sarah Paulson remember about the first time she kissed a girl? "Nothing that I'm going to tell you!" she teased, laughing as if to say "nice try." Not that the actress' entire life is a secret. It hasn't been. In 2005, when then-girlfriend Cherry Jones was named a winner at the Tony Awards, Paulson planted a sweet kiss ...


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Entertainment news: RuPaul; Alex Pettyfer; Adele; Sting's daughter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Logo announced "Happy Holigays," a three-week programming event that launches Sunday, Dec. 13, with the premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race: Green Screen Christmas, according to a press release. In the new holiday special, RuPaul will duets with Todrick Hall ( "Deck the Halls" ), Big Freedia and Ellis Miah ( "Jingle Dem Bells" ), Michelle Visage ( "From Your Heart" ...


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Knight at the Movies: Tab Hunter Confidential - There have always been movie stars who attained that rarefied status simply because they were drop-dead gorgeous. ( And isn't objectification the primal reason why we go to the movies—or at least, used to )? The list of raving beauties who have lit up the silver screen without much talent is long: Hedy Lamarr, Raquel Welch and Sharon Tate come ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Van Hansis, The name game - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Van Hansis' career started spinning when he landed the role of Luke Snyder on the soap opera As the World Turns. His character came out of the closet in spring 2006, and he did so publicly years later. He went on to perform in several movies such as The Occupant and a short film called Wedding Day. He recently ...


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Entertainment: 'Gotham' actor; Melissa Etheridge; Nathan Lane; Samira Wiley - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gotham actor Robin Lord Taylor ( who plays Penguin ), 37, revealed on The Wendy Williams Show that he's been in a same-sex marriage for five years. Taylor himself has said, "I feel like the landscape has totally changed. Regardless of sexual preference, it's more that as a character actor, the less I reveal about myself, the better. My favorite ...


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Upcoming: Susan Sontag movie; Barlesque 8; HBHC and FFC - Susan Sontag movie event Nov. 18 "Regarding Susan Sontag: Film Screening and Discussion with Deborah Nelson" will take place Wed., Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m., at The University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, 5733 S. University Ave. The event will bring together UChicago alumnae/i interested in gender, feminist and LGBTQ studies to explore the life and ...


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TELEVISION Ilene Chaiken helps to rule an 'Empire' - Ilene Chaiken wears many hats from producer, director, writer, and finally founder of Little Chicken Productions. She co-created, wrote and executive produced the lesbian-centered Showtime drama The L Word. Chaiken's partner is LouAnne Brickhouse, vice president for production of The Walt Disney Company, and has two daughters from her previous relationship. Last year, she executive-produced the huge hit Empire for ...


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Chicago Public Library, Chicago Commission on Human Relations to screen Waking in Oak Creek - From a press release - On August 5, 2012, as the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin prepared for Sunday prayers, a deadly hate attack shattered their lives when a white supremacist fatally shot six worshipers and wounded four others. The violent act was immediately abhorred, drawing responses from President Barrack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and other dignitaries. The shocking accounts of this ...


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MOVIES Out model/actress, director weigh in on 'Liz in September' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sebastian Saenz - Liz in September is the story a womanizer ( Patricia Velasquez ) who celebrates her birthday and life with her friends. However, a beautiful, yet hurt, object of desire ( Eloisa Maturen ) changes her plans, with unexpected results. Velasquez ( The Mummy franchise, The L Word ), an openly lesbian supermodel and the protagonist of this romantic drama, is ...


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Upcoming: Buck Angel; Mitchell/Wachowski; Maserati; Barlesque; Twyla Tharp - TPAN presenting 'Barlesque 8' The Chicago agency Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) has announced the latest edition of its annual online fundraiser with "Barlesque 8: Bedtime Stories." On Nov. 5-22, 16 bartender contestants will raise funds in person and online at Barlesque.org. As money is raised, photos of contestants advance from the contestants being fully dressed to wearing ...


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Knight at the Movies: Suffragette; Nasty Baby - History lessons at the movies are by their nature inherently earnest; it takes a detailed eye to move beyond the familiar bullet points being retold and offer something beneath the surface that can truly moves audiences. Although Sarah Gavron's Suffragette certainly struggles to do that—sometimes succeeding, sometimes not—its central performance by Carey Mulligan elevates the movie beyond its solemn intentions. ...


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Entertainment: James Franco; Selena Gomez; Laverne Cox; Adele - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actors and friends Keegan Allen ( TV's Pretty Little Liars ) and James Franco have released an Instagram photo of themselves in on the set of King Cobra—the film about the murder of Cobra Video owner Bryan Kocis by Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes that Franco's Event Films is producing, Out.com noted. Christian Slater is playing porn kingpin Kocis, and ...


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THEATER David Zak talks theater, film, upcoming benefit - "I believe that the arts are very crucial and can change the world," said Pride Films & Plays ( PFP ) Executive Director David Zak. Zak's long and storied career in the theater can be traced back to his teaching days at Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. One day Zak, who taught Drama and English, told his students what his ...


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Ellen Burstyn on working with Personal PAC - Ellen Burstyn is one of the best-known actresses of our time, appearing in such films as The Exorcist, Requiem for a Dream, and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, for which she won the Academy Award. But she has also long been a champion of reproductive rights. That is why she's teamed up with Personal PAC, a pro-choice organization, to fight ...


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Chicago dancer on Alvin Ailey, film and coming out - As part of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance series, there will be a nationwide showing of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater ( AAADT ) Thursday, Oct. 22. An integral part of AAADT ( which is based in New York City ) is Chicagoan Vernard Gilmore. Having grown up in Englewood, Gilmore has toured globally with Ailey ...


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Entertainment: Ezra Miller; 'Ab Fab;' Lee Daniels; Lupita Nyong'o - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer actor Ezra Miller ( The Perks of Being a Wallflower ) has landed a role in the new Harry Potter prequel, PinkNews noted. Filming is currently underway on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first follow-up to the successful wizard film franchise. Although the Fantastic Beasts film is set in the same universe as Harry Potter, it ...


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CIFF: 'Mia Madre,' LGBT films and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago International Film Festival ( CIFF ) said "Ciao" with an Italian offering called Mia Madre, starring John Turturro, that was screened opening night at the Auditorium Theatre Oct. 15. Terisa Griffin, known for competing on The Voice, sang a few cover songs at the opening-night ceremonies. Unfortunately, the film broke at the screening, had to be rewound back—and ...


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MOVIES Talking with 'Big Eden' director Thomas Bezucha - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After writing about queer cinema for more than a decade, it's probably no surprise to learn that one of the most frequent questions I'm asked is what my favorite gay movie is. Without hesitation I answer "Big Eden," out writer-director Thomas Bezucha's delightful 2000 debut feature. ( My favorite gay documentary is 1995's The Celluloid Closet, by the by. ) ...


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Knight at the Movies: Chicago Internat'l Film Festival LGBT highlights - The 51st anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival is being celebrated as the fest kicks off Thursday, Oct. 15, with the Chicago premiere of the wacky French-Italian comedy Mia Madre, from actor-director Nanni Moretti—a movie that stars John Turturro ( who are both expected to attend the gala red-carpet event ). The fest, which continues through Oct. 29, includes ...


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Reeling announces festival winners - Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival has announced its jury- and audience-award winners. They are: —Narrative features: Fourth Man Out ( Film ), Ellen Page ( Best Actress, for Freeheld ) and the male ensemble in Beautiful Something ( Best Actor ) —Documentary features: Tchindas ( Best Documentary Feature Film ) and A Sinner in Mecca ( Documentary Activism ...


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Upcoming film, music: I Am the Queen; Homolatte - 'I Am the Queen' out on DVD, On Demand Four women preparing for a transgender beauty pageant in Chicago's Humboldt Park, a predominantly Puerto Rican community, share their unique stories, in I Am the Queen. The 75-minute documentary, co-directed by Henrique Cirne-Lima and Josue Pellot, was an official selection at the Chicago Latino Film Festival and is now out DVD ...


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Entertainment: 'Model'; Lance Bass; ABC Family; Madonna & Prince - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The first deaf contestant on America's Next Top Model may be the first to come out as sexually fluid as well, Spectrum noted. Breakout model Nyle DiMarco was recently asked about his sexuality by a fan on Twitter and responded by letting the world know he is fluid. According to Everyday Feminism, the article DiMarco linked, "sexually fluid" is a ...


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Queer Bits Film Festival becomes two programs of international LGBTQ+ shorts - From a press release - Chicago, IL -Pride Films and Plays announces eleven short films from nine different countries receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on November 9th, 2015. Because of the quality and number of films submitted, the evening will be — for the first time — divided into ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH P.L. Travers: A spoonful of speculation - By Gary M. Kramer, LGBT HISTORY PROJECT - P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins, was born Helen Lyndon Goff on Aug. 9, 1899, in Maryborough, in Queensland, Australia, ( not in England, as many assume ). She moved to England in 1924, and used the name P.L. Travers—an abbreviation of her pseudonym, Pamela Lyndon Travers, which she used in her days as a dancer and Shakespearean actor on ...


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First UK LBQ Web series makes transatlantic debut - It's same-sex in a different city in the newly launched Web series "She's in London." UK-based production company Planet M and Chicago-based production company and subscription streaming service tello Films collaborated on the project that takes viewers across the pond to contemporary London to see the love, sex friendship and drama within LBQ life. The six-episode, weekly Web series, which ...


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KNIGHT AT THE MOVIES 'Freeheld' kicks off fall - Freeheld In 2007, director Cynthia Wade's documentary short Freeheld—which recounted the story of police detective Laurel Hester and her fight to leave her pension to her partner Stacie Andree when she was diagnosed with incurable cancer—was released to critical acclaim and went on to win an Oscar. Laurel—who lived in the blue-collar town of Freeheld, New Jersey, with Stacie—came up ...


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THEATER All Girl Dracula: Interview with the vampire and a director - The Chicago Mammals takes a bite out of Bram Stoker's Dracula with cross-gender casting that features women in roles generally reserved for men. "One of our biggest inspirations is the alien from [film director] Ridley Scott which is, at times, beautiful, but also a terrifying, very determined killing machine," said Sarah Koerner, who plays the title character. In the novel, ...


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MOVIES Talking with 'Freeheld' screenwriter Ron Nyswaner - Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner worked on any number of interesting films ( Mrs. Soffel, Love Hurts, Gross Anatomy ) before his 1993 breakout movie, Philadelphia, brought him notoriety and critical kudos ( including an Oscar nomination ). Philadelphia was the first mainstream Hollywood film to tackle AIDS, bringing Tom Hanks an Academy Award for Best Actor and helping to kickstart a ...


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IMPACT seeks persons for HIV video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program—from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago—is seeking local actors and community members for HIV-awareness videos. The videos will be aimed at young, LGBT individuals with information about living with HIV. People sought are LGBTQ individuals who are 18-24 ( or able to pass for those ages ). Diversity is wanted regarding ...


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Entertainment news: Gaga; Ian McKellen; Ruby Rose; Matt Damon - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lady Gaga has released a hard-hitting music video for her song "'Til It Happens To You," PennLive.com reported. The song and video depicts some of the types of sexual assault that takes place on college campuses across the nation. "'Til It Happens To You" was created for the documentary The Hunting Ground. On a related note, singer/actress Tisha Campbell-Martin ( ...


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PASSAGES Honey Lee Cottrell - Honey Lee Cottrell ( 1946-2015 )Honey Lee Cottrell, a visionary photographer and filmmaker who pioneered lesbian erotica in the 1980s through her contributions to the women's erotica magazine On Our Backs, died on Monday, Sept. 21, in Santa Cruz, California. The cause was pancreatic cancer. She was 69 years old. Cottrell revolutionized the female nude, validated women's right to pleasure, ...


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Trans groups, allies protest Stonewall screening - More than a dozen transgender and gender-nonconforming people and their allies lined the entrance to the Century Landmark Cinemas, 2828 N. Clark St., on Sept. 20, asking audiences attending the 2015 Reeling LGBTQ+ International Film Festival if they were planning on seeing Stonewall—the festival's centerpiece presentation. Stonewall director Roland Emmerich's credits include Independence Day, 10,000 BC, Godzilla and Eight Legged ...


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Knight at the Movies: Fall LGBT movie preview - The end of September means that fall movies and award season is just about here. This year, the studios have a healthy crop of LGBT-themed movies in contention—from the polarizing Stonewall to the heartbreaking true story of a lesbian couples struggle for financial parity in Freeheld to the trans-themed The Danish Girl to Todd Haynes' lesbian romance Carol. That, and ...


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MOVIES Stonewall: Brick layers - Below: Two Stonewalls, two controversies - The issue of who threw the first brick at 1969's Stonewall Riots, which launched the modern LGBT-rights movement and annual pride parades, has been a point of controversy and disagreement long before director Roland Emmerich's new film of the same name. Yet Emmerich, best known for bombastic, special effects-laden Hollywood disaster blockbusters like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, ...


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1985 MOVIES - Windy City Times 30th anniversary issue - Though the biggest movie of 1985 was Back to the Future, which cemented Michael J. Fox's movie-star status, it was really the year of Sylvester Stallone, who cracked the top-10 with two films, both of them infused with '80s hyper-patriotism: Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. One film with some lesbian content did become the year's fourth-highest grosser, ...







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