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FILM-REVIEW-Beauty-and-the-Beast-

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


FILM-REVIEW-Logan

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Signature-Move-to-have-world-premiere-at-2017-SXSW-Film-Festival

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Five Worth Finding: Miss Fisher TV show, Keith Haring kid's book - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Set in Jazz Age Australia, this charming, binge-worthy TV series features Essie Davis as beautiful, pro-gay, independent lady detective Phryne Fisher, who solves cases efficiently—and very fashionably. A group of solid supporting actors and guest stars, including lesbian actress Miriam Margolyes, helps even more. —Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing: Aimed at kids, this ...


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Lily Tomlin shines as SAGs gets political - The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honored acting achievements in film and television in Los Angeles on Jan. 29. Out actress/comedian Lily Tomlin took home the SAG lifetime achievement award, presented by her 9 to 5 co-star, Dolly Parton. Tomlin—who thanked wife Jane Wagner ( "My partner, Jane Wagner, are whose shoulders I stand the tallest" )—said, among other ...


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Lesbian film Below Her Mouth, Thom Ford's Nocturnal Animals coming to Gene Siskel - From a press release - The longest-running showcase for Iranian cinema in North America, the 27th Annual Festival of Films from Iran ( February 4-25 ) premieres new work from one the world's most celebrated and awarded national cinemas. This year's festival will focus on women and celebrate the late acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami. http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/iran2017 Spring film/lecture series New Sensory Cinema ( January 27-May 9 ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Deborah Cox and her 'Body' of work - Canadian songstress Deborah Cox is touring the world with the ghost of Whitney Houston by her side. The Bodyguard tells the story of Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect singer Rachel Marron from a stalker. Danger mixes with a love story between the two while classic movie soundtrack tunes are performed. The film version made more than $400 million ...


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Entertainment: Dyllan Murray, Anita Baker, Sharon Gless, Kristen Stewart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Dyllan Murray has released the music video for his new single "No Wrong Way," featuring Kira Kosarin, according to a press release. The song explores equality for love between all races and genders, focusing specifically on the acceptance of love within the LGBTQ community. All proceeds from sales of "No Wrong Way" will benefit GLAAD and The Trevor Project. ...


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Oscar nominations announced - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards Jan. 24. Among the nominees for Best Picture was the Black LGBT-themed film Moonlight, which garnered a total of eight nominations. Director Barry Jenkins was among those who were nominated; he received an additional nomination for his screenplay, which he adapted from the ...


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Racial justice group celebrates diverse Oscar nominations - From a Color Of Change press release - NEW YORK, NY — Color Of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization, issued the following statement in response to announcement of the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards. Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change: "In an extraordinary turnaround after two years of #OscarsSoWhite, the Academy today nominated a field of accomplished Black actors, directors, screenwriters, and ...


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VideoOut hosts story-sharing event - NYC-based nonprofit VideoOut ( created to amplify the voices of LGBTQ people by sharing coming-out stories and building community ) and Chicago-based film-production company Strangewaze hosted Chicago Story Collection Day Sunday, Jan. 15, at Center on Halsted. Pride Action Tank ( PAT ) Kim Hunt ( left, back row ) was one of those who took part. Photo by Gretchen ...


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LGBT critics to announce Dorian Award nods - The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA )—composed of more than 170 film/TV critics and entertainment journalists across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.—revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. The selections come across 24 categories, and are mainstream and LGBTQ-focused, with 20th Century Women and The Lobster among the titles in the ...


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Siskel's Oscar panel Jan. 24 - The Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ), 164 N. State St., will present the 89th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. A reception will follow. Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival Alison Cuddy will moderate a panel discussion about this year's ...


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The Reel Strategy Workshop to train in branding, funding and distributing films - From a press release - In a rare opportunity for the Chicago film community, two principals of Los Angeles' Legacy Entertainment Partners, LLC ( "Legacy" )( with offices also in New York and Budapest ), and Chicago's Benjamin Warsinske, Founder & CEO of BrandedWorld.co, and author of Groundwork: The Foundation for an Unshakeable Brand, have teamed up to offer an intensive training on the latest ...


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NUNN ON ONE: CELEBRITY Meiling Jin travels from China to 'Chop Chop' - Meiling Chin has created an empire in media in just a short time. While born and raised in China, Chin eventually arrived in America to make her mark. In high school she began writing for QQ.com, the sixth-largest website in the world, and by the age of 21 she had garnered 100 million hits on various websites with celebrity interviews ...


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Legacy LIVE to present Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist, Sotomayor's story - From a press release - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 opens with the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist about the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. Follow his struggle to balance life, death, and protest cast against some of the most explosive footage of AIDS ...


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Music video entries to be considered for Elton John: The Cut - From a press release - Three of today's most innovative minds are lending their expertise to select the final three winning entries for "Elton John: The Cut supported by YouTube" - a global competition to create the official music videos for three of the singer's most iconic songs - "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer." Submissions are open until Jan. 23, 2017. ...


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Lesbian movie to premiere at SXSW - Jennifer Reeder's coming-of-age Muslim melodrama Signature Move, starring Chicago lesbian actress Fawzia Mirza and featuring trans actor Malic White, will have its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. The plot is as follows: A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes ...


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Entertainment: Rosie O' Donnell, Vivica A. Fox, Neil Patrick Harris - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rosie O'Donnell, Debra Messing, Joe Dante and Ed Asner are among the celebrities who have signed on to an anti-Donald Trump effort calling his pending presidency "illegitimate" and for a month of resistance to stop what it sees as a move toward fascism, according to Variety. The group RefuseFacism.org published a full-page ad in the New York Times on Jan. ...


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Evening with Chicago Filmmaker Ky Dickens - From a Chicago Filmmakers press release - The Chicago Filmmakers will present a conversation with Ky Dickens, Chicago director of the documentary Sole Survivor ( 2013 ) shown on CNN; LGBTQ+ festival favorite Fish Out of Water ( 2009 ) and her upcoming documentaries Zero Weeks ( 2017 ) and The City That Sold America ( 2017 ). Dickens will discuss her journey as a documentary storyteller ...


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Entertainment: Matt Bomer, George Michael, 'Sister Wives,' Jillian Michaels - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It now looks like the mother of vamp fiction, Anne Rice, has set her cold-blooded sights on out actor Matt Bomer, MoviePilot revealed. Adapted into 1994's Interview with the Vampire and 2002's Queen of the Damned, it appears the live action versions of Rice's work are far from dead and buried. The vamp-fan and erotic fictional novelist has already confirmed ...


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Knight at the Movies: Best movie of the year and a final farewell - Last year, it was easy to put together a Top 10 LGBT Movie list. With titles like Carol, Grandma, Tangerine, The Danish Girl and others to choose from, it was actually a no-brainer. This year was not the same. Increasingly, queer-themed movies—and there are still a lot of them being made—go the LGBT film-festival route, followed by streaming and DVD ...


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PASSAGE Legendary actress Debbie Reynolds dies - Actress Debbie Reynolds died Dec. 28 at age 84—a day after her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died at age 60. Reynolds starred in dozens of movies. However, she will forever be remembered as Kathy Selden, who wins the heart of Gene Kelly's Don Lockwood, in the 1952 Freed Unit classic Singin' in the Rain. Even her private life ...


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PASSAGES Actress Carrie Fisher dies - Actress Carrie Fisher—known worldwide for portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga and for her reinvention as a novelist and screenwriter—died Dec. 27 at age 60. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. The family issued a statement: "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie ...


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MOVIES Elisabeth Rohm on other side of the law in new LGBT movie - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Many might recognize Elisabeth Rohm from her role as Assistant District Attorney ( ADA ) Serena Southerlyn in four seasons of the TV show Law & Order. ( Southerlyn as revealed to be a lesbian in Rohm's last appearance on the show. ) However, in the LGBT film Love Is All You Need? ( in which heterosexuals are the minority ...


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MOVIES Director, actor take viewers to 'Spa Night' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the new movie Spa Night, the life of main character David revolves around his Korean family, being trapped in the closet, and a mens spa. It is set in Koreatown in Los Angeles and stars Joe Seo as David. Director Andrew Ahn graduated from Brown University and received a masters of fine arts in film directing from the California ...


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Entertainment news: 'Paris Is Burning,' Madonna, Lady Gaga, Thomas Roberts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon's Thelma & Louise, John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club, the Barbra Streisand-starring Funny Girl, the 1990 LGBT documentary Paris Is Burning and Disney's animated blockbuster The Lion King are among 25 films being added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, EW.com reported. The Librarian of Congress chooses the list each year ...


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National Geographic chronicles 'gender revolution' in print, on TV - From a press release - It used to appear so simple for many of us: you were a boy or you were a girl. Girls wore pink, and boys wore blue; girls played with dolls, and boys played with trucks. Yet around the globe, these traditional notions of gender are changing rapidly, and labels are no longer so clear cut. National Geographic sets out to ...


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MOVIES Susan Nussbaum on Hollywood's 'Code of the Freaks' - It's Oscar-baiting season—the time of year when Hollywood heaves out its best scripts, actors, directors, costume, set and make-up artists all in the hope of winning the statue next February. Some of Hollywood's most exploitative Oscar-beggars have discovered that if you make a film about a person with a disability starring a cisgender A-lister who Method acts their way through ...


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MOVIES Out in 'La La Land' with Damien Chazelle, Rosemarie DeWitt - There's a new musical at the theaters this season and it's set in L.A. Damien Chazelle wrote and directed this tale about a musician named Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling, and an actress named Mia, played by Emma Stone. The movie is a love letter to Los Angeles, relationships and jazz music—all with the feel of an old-school musical. Chazelle ...


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Knight at the Movies: Winter LGBT movie preview - It must be December: Movie award contenders and some of their most anticipated mega blockbusters are here, along with the usual holiday trappings. Just like last year, unfortunately, although the winter months ahead promise plenty of diverting films, Our People won't see much representation among them. Take heart: When spring arrives, so will a slew of LGBT-themed movies as well. ...


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'Moonlight' gets SAG nominations; Tomlin to be honored - Nominations for the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) Awards were announced Dec. 14 at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Among other things, Lily Tomlin will receive a lifetime achievement award. Again, LGBT film Moonlight has received multiple nominations, following its several Golden Globe nods. Moonlight has received noms for Best Ensemble, Outstanding Performance by a ...


Animated-movie-features-LGBTQ-storyline

Animated movie features LGBTQ storyline - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While Frozen fans are still holding out hope that Elsa gets a girlfriend in the Disney film's pending sequel, animation students Esteban Bravo and Beth David are putting a gay character front and center in their short film. Bravo and David are fourth-year computer-animation students at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida, and they are collaborating on ...


Golden-Globe-nods-announced

Golden Globe nods announced - The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards nominations ceremony were announcned Dec. 12 at the Beverly Hilton. LGBT film Moonlight received three nominations, including Best Motion Picture-Drama ( alongside Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water and Lion ), Best Original Score-Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Openly gay fashion designer/director Tom Ford also received a nod, for ...


SheFest-Dec-12

'SheFest' Dec. 12 - Pride Films and Plays will host SheFest at The Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway, on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. SheFest is a one-night variety show which celebrates queer, female-identified artists through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. It is co-produced by PFP company members Carolyn Reynolds and Kenzie Seibert, with Tess Guilfoile directing. Tickets are $10-$15; call ...


New-documentary-tackles-disability-cliches-in-Hollywood

New documentary tackles disability cliches in Hollywood - Silence is not an option when it comes to disability exploitation in Hollywood films and the new documentary Code of the Freaks sets out to expose this as it begins its Kickstarter campaign. Code of the Freaks will be a 90-minute documentary featuring local, national, and internationally known artists, activists and scholars with disabilities who critique Hollywood's ( mis )representations ...


America-in-Transition-launch-Dec-8

'America in Transition' launch Dec. 8 - The official launch of the series America in Transition will take place at Reunion, 2557 W. North Ave., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 7-11 p.m. Director Andre Perez has been traveling across the country to film and share stories of transgender people from marginalized communities. Organizers will be screening the first two episodes, talking about what it all means with Andre ...


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Entertainment news: Jodie Foster, 'Moonlight,' Mandy Moore, Cory Monteith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jodie Foster has come aboard to star in Hotel Artemis, Drew Pearce's directorial debut that Simon and Stephen Cornwell are producing for The Ink Factory, Deadline reported. The original script from Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, Godzilla), described as "a thriller in its own, distinctive crime universe," is being produced by Adam Siegel and Marc Platt via Marc ...


National-roundup-Apple-Native-Son-Awards-Pulse-Nightclub

National roundup: Apple, Native Son Awards, Pulse Nightclub - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reuters noted that Apple Inc is expanding its support for the fight against AIDS through the ( RED ) charity founded by rock singer Bono, CEO Tim Cook said in an interview ahead of World AIDS Day. The company expanded its line of ( RED ) products and donate $1 for each transaction made using mobile payment Apple Pay in ...


The-Trans-List-to-air-Dec-5

'The Trans List' to air Dec. 5 - HBO Documentary Films will debut The Trans List Monday, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. CT, on HBO. Directed by portrait photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ( HBO's The Black List, The Out List and The Latino List, among others ) and featuring interviews by Janet Mock, The Trans List shines a light on prominent members of the transgender community. Individuals such as Amos ...







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