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Billy Masters - "This is such a loss for the world. But, more importantly, what a huge loss for QVC."—Jimmy Fallon pays tribute to Joan Rivers, who he brought back to The Tonight Show on his first night taking over the venerable talk show. Even in death, Joan Rivers was controversial. One of her biggest passions was Broadway. She wrote and starred in ...


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Gay music legend dies; O'Donnell on Boomer List; Staples honored - Mavis Staples to receive Sandburg Award Oct. 22 Grammy Award-winning singer and civil-rights activist Mavis Staples will receive the inaugural Carl Sandburg Award in the Arts from the Chicago Public Library and Chicago Public Library Foundation at the upcoming 14th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on Wed., Oct. 22, at The Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. Two Carl Sandburg ...


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


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


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Billy Masters - "If everybody likes you—you're pretty dull."—Bette Davis' quote might as well have been directed at Joan Rivers ... or me. Neither one of us has ever been called dull. I first saw Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show and immediately fell under her spell. I followed her every move religiously, sent her fan letters, and even jokes. She always graciously ...


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POV's 'Koch' airs Sept. 22 on PBS - Ed Koch in the office of his campaign manager, David Garth, in 1977. Credit: The New York Post New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut, and they have made legendary use of it. Yet few have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 ...


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Billy Masters - "Usually they're very, very fit. They're usually very 'GQ' looking. They're very poised. Not to generalize, but that's my viewpoint."—Vicki Gunvalson of Real Housewives of Orange County explains what she means by someone "looking gay." I can live with that. This week, Joan Rivers' health crisis weighs heavily on my mind. At the time of this writing, all we know ...


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John Leguizamo 'Klowns' around, talks 'To Wong Foo' - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY - John Leguizamo continues to have a long and varied career. He began on television on Miami Vice in 1984, then had his first movie role that year with Mixed Blood. He then continued on a string of high-profile roles with Casualties of War, Die Hard 2 and Regarding Henry. Carlito's Way moved him into the serious parts; then, he stole ...


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Chicago Fire stars Grand Marshals of Great Chicago Fire Fest - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 3, 2014 ) — Television and film actors Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney, both stars of the hit NBC drama "Chicago Fire," will lend their heat to the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, the free spectacle of fire on the Chicago River set to take place Saturday, October 4. The Great Chicago Fire Festival, celebrating Chicago's grit, ...


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True Trans with Laura Jane Grace on AOL Oct. 10 - From a press release - Today AOL Originals announced "TRUE TRANS WITH LAURA JANE GRACE," a 10-episode series following transgender pioneer and lead singer of the punk band Against Me! who publicly came out as a transgender woman at the height of her music career in 2012. "True Trans" shares the remarkable journey of Laura and other transgender individuals across the country. The series explores ...


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Carell's gay film; Bomer's Horror Story; Gaga joins Lambert - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Steve Carell is joining Julianne Moore and Ellen Page to star in a film based on a landmark gay-rights case, Gay Star News reported. Freeheld, directed by Peter Sollett, will tell the true story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. The couple fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey ...


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Billy Masters - "Rarely."—Larry King's answer when Howard Stern asked if he masturbates. Call me old-fashioned, but I didn't go to my first gay bar until I was 21. This club, where I was soon employed, had several older regular customers who sat together. I recall thinking, "Oh, those poor old men, wistfully looking at all us young guys." These "poor old men" ...


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Emmys program has familiar ring - Despite cable and outlets such as Netflix delivering more original programming, the 66th Annual Emmy Awards ( which aired on NBC Aug. 25 ) featured familiar names as the winners, for the most part. For example, the AMC drama Breaking Bad—which aired its series finale earlier this year—won its second consecutive Emmy for drama series for its fifth and final ...


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Performer from 'RuPaul' in Chicago Sept. 3 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Illinois Humanities Council will present a conversation with controversial performer Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, a runner-up in the fifth season of Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race on Wed., Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Alaska, aka Justin Andrew Honard, is teaming up with soul singer Jomama Jones and the Illinois Humanities Council's Angel Ysaguirre for ...


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Machnik wins Nate Berkus' reality show, looks at future - TELEVISION Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Lukas Machnik, an openly gay Chicago-based artist who owns a successful company called Lukas Machnik Interior Design ( LMID ) and winner of the first season of NBC's American Dream Builders ( ADB ), calls himself a minimalist. "Often enough, people don't get it; they say, 'Oh, it's an empty room,' but it's actually the hardest space to design because ...


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Billy Masters - "He's a lovely boy, but someone's got to tell him."—Lauren Bacall's quip in the wings of an AIDS benefit during Greg Louganis' less-than-inspired rendition of "I Can Do That" from A Chorus Line. RIP, Betty! I can't say that I knew Lauren Bacall very well. But I did know her. During my years working with one of her neighbors, we'd ...


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'Orange' wins Creative Emmys - On Aug. 16, the Television Academy presented the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Jane Lynch, Tony Hale, Amy Schumer, Allison Janney, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum and Joe Manganiello were among the presenters. HBO won the most awards, with 15. NBC was second with 10. Netflix won seven honors, ...


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Billy Masters - "Betty White's a doll—as long as you're not on the same show as her!"—Carol Channing. I just spent a magical weekend in Provincetown, Massachusetts, that certainly didn't start out so promising. Just before I arrived, I got a call from the hunky proprietor of the Crown & Anchor, Rick Murray, informing me that Liza Minnelli had cancelled her appearance in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Chicagoan learns hard Knox of 'Project Runway' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lifetime's hit sewing show Project Runway returns for a 13th season this summer with a Chicago contestant once again making it work. Alexander Knox is only 22 and is originally from Kankakee, Illinois. He is currently attending Columbia College and won the Future of Chicago Fashion Award. His work with drag queens and location in Boystown has made this openly ...


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Billy Masters - "Jesse [Tyler Ferguson] and I call Cam a 'bossy, fussy bottom."—Eric Stonestreet gives the Huffington Post a bit of insight into his Modern Family character. Frankly, I think a better name for the sitcom might be Who's the Top. Why on Earth should I care who Andi chose on The Bachelorette? Ostensibly, it's part of my job to watch it. ...


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Agnes Moorehead to get her due at NRHOF ceremony - Harnessing a talent uncompromised and a career spanning 60 years in the entertainment industry, Bewitched television actress Agnes Moorehead will be honored posthumously at the National Radio Hall of Fame ( NRHOF ) ceremony Sunday, Nov. 9, in Los Angeles. It will mark the first time the induction ceremony has taken place outside of Chicago. Born in 1900, Moorehead began ...


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Billy Masters - "The chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen actually. Which is crazy. Not that it—the chances of it are, like you know, it's like probably 'pigs could fly'. Like, I don't think pigs could fly, but actually sharks could be stuck in tornados. There could be a sharknado."—Tara Reid explains how Sharknado is, in fact, a ...


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GLAAD's index finds lack of LGBT images - LGBT media-advocacy organization GLAAD has released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar year. Among other things, the report found that the most common place to find LGBT characters in ...


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Joan Jett's honor; Nathan Lane's point; 'True Blood' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Transgender Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace made a special appearance the Alternative Press Music Awards at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, to present the first ever "Icon Award" ( presented by Blackstar Amps ) to the legendary Joan Jett, according to a press release. The two also performed the song "Soulmates to ...


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Billy Masters - "I know a lot of secrets about Andy. I guess the one that would most surprise people is he's a top. Believe me, there's nothing wrong with that. But I'm just saying I think that would surprise people. And I don't know this from personal experience, but from conversations I have had. I mean, it surprised me when I heard ...


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Big Freedia Explodes - Who was twerking when Miley Cyrus was still in diapers? Big Freedia, that's who! Known for bounce music based out of New Orleans, this artist brought his unique style of dancing to the mainstream. The second season of the World of Wonder-produced reality show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce is now playing on Fuse. During publicity of the first season ...


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Dustin Lance Black plane scare; Quinto movie news; NeNe vs. Wendy - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dustin Lance Black—the openly gay screenwriter who won as Oscar for his work on the film Milk—has been hired to adapt Paramount TV's event series Lindbergh, based on A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the same name, according to Deadline. Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick will produce the project. The story of Charles Lindbergh—both in his ...


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Rob Ford says he's not anti-gay; Glee trouble in UK - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he not homophobic, according to CBC.ca. There is an ongoing debate over whether Ford is anti-gay after he chose to sit during a standing ovation for WorldPride organizers and he was the lone vote against a study of homeless shelter space for LGBT youth. Doug Ford, the Rob's brother and campaign manager, said the sit-down ...


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Andy Cohen on show; Stevie Nicks; Robbie Rogers TV series - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen recently talked with TV Guide about his show Watch What Happens Live, which is marking its fifth year. Among the things Cohen said is that he feels he can go places nobody else can when interviewing friends such as Kelly Ripa; that he loved Martha Stewart talked about having a threesome and sexting; and that Lady Gaga ...


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Billy Masters - "His coming-out was followed by a marriage. My marriage was followed by a coming-out."—Arianna Huffington quips after being brought onstage by Neil Patrick Harris at the recent NYC TrevorLIVE. Arianna was being honored with the Trevor Hero Award—presumably because she was married to a gay man and wrote a biography about Maria Callas. My critique of a work is often ...


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Chris Colfer signs 'Stories' in Skokie - Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel on the Fox television show Glee, brought tons of fans to Barnes & Noble in Skokie over the weekend. Supporting his latest book The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning the Golden Globe winner arrived on July 12 to meet over 300 people waiting in line. At Anderson's Bookshop Naperville the night before, even ...


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Laverne Cox on 'FREE CECE,' kids and uniting LGBTs - Laverne Cox has changed the world as the first openly transgender person on the cover of Time Magazine this past June. Portraying Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black has brought her into the computers and living rooms of people everywhere. Cox's latest endeavor is a documentary currently in production called FREE CECE, in which she ...


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Laverne Cox makes Emmy history - Orange gets 12 nods - The 2014 Emmy Awards nominations were announced July 10, and there was a lot of love for various TV series. The overall leader was HBO's Game of Thrones, with 19 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Lena Headey. The new FX show Fargo (based on the movie) scored 18 nods, American Horror Story: Coven got 17 ...


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Billy Masters - "When we played in the woods, one of them was Kirk, one of them was Spock, one of them was Indiana Jones and I was Wonder Woman, obviously. And they were like, 'You can't block a phaser with bracelets'. But, uh, you can. Plus I had a lasso!"—Cheyenne Jackson talks about growing up and playing with his brother and their ...


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Chris Colfer at Old Orchard on July 12 - New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe Award winner Chris Colfer will be at Skokie's Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 55 Old Orchard Center, on Saturday, July 12, at 12 p.m. Colfer will sign the third book in his #1 New York Times best-selling "Land of Stories" series for children aged 7 to 12. Land Of Stories: A Grimm Warning ...


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Drag Race in U.K.; Gaga, Judas Priest; Sean Hayes' new gig - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul is interested in hosting a U.K. version of RuPaul's Drag Race, Gay Star News reported. RuPaul confirmed that English television and radio presenter Jonathan Ross has bought rights to do a version of the popular U.S. show in Britain. However, the idea is still in the works and has yet to be formally pitched to a network. Lady Gaga ...


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TELEVISION 'Major Crimes' airing coming-out story July 7 - TNT's Major Crimes has a coming-out storyline airing Monday, July 7. The plotline involves teen Rusty ( Graham Patrick Martin ), who currently lives with Capt. Sharon Raydor ( played by lead Mary McDonnell ). The show itself is a spinoff of The Closer, which starred Kyra Sedgwick. Several of those stars, including G.W. Bailey and Tony Denison ( whom ...


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George Takei: On Trump, Stern and 'Oh, my!' - NUNN ON ONE - The actor that will be forever be known as Sulu from Star Trek has been a pioneer for the LGBT community and boldly gone where many gays have not gone before. Not only has he performed in six Star Trek films but when he came out of the closet he made a big splash for equality. His work with Japanese ...


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Billy Masters - "Celebrity is just obscurity biding its time."—Carrie Fisher. Most television shows don't deliver breaking news over the summer. But most shows ain't The View. During the talk show's 17-year history, most of the explosive moments have taken place when the temperature rises. Original moderator Meredith Vieira left the show amicably on June 9, 2006. Two weeks later, Star Jones ambushed ...


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Moorehead among Radio Hall of Fame inductees - The late actress Agnes Moorehead ( probably best known as Endora on the classic TV series Bewitched ) will be among those who will be honored at the Chicago-based National Radio Hall of Fame's ceremony Nov. 9 in Los Angeles. It will mark the first time the induction ceremony has taken place outside of Chicago. Among the inductees is Moorehead, ...


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Billy Masters - "Being gay is not a choice, but being a Texas Republican is!"—Jon Stewart's quip after reporting that Rick Perry compared being gay to being an alcoholic. As you probably know, Hillary Clinton is in the midst of her book tour. And she better tour hard because that book ain't selling so well—something that doesn't surprise me since she already wrote ...


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Ricky Martin's change; Cooper's new home; 'Orange' wins - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay musical artist Ricky Martin surprised fans during a live concert in Morocco when he changed the lyrics to a song from "she" to "he," according to On Top Magazine. While performing at the Mawazine Festival ( Rhythms ), an annual music festival which takes place in Rabat, Morocco's second largest city, Martin altered the lyrics to his 1999 ...


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Gay Agenda Episode 5 available online - Part One of Episode Five of the Chicago-based LGBT talkshow The Gay Agenda is now online at http://thegayagendalive.com/ . "Check out Part One to see us discuss different degrees of gayness, high school superlatives and how we can use our different privileges to make a change in the way we view the world ( and the way the world views ...


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Billy Masters - "I went home and I was like, 'Oh my God, I have glitter between my teeth!'"—Jonathan Groff describes the aftermath of making out with Neil Patrick Harris during rehearsal of the Hedwig number for the Tony Awards. During the telecast, the recipient of Hedwig's foreign tongue was NPH's spousal-equivalent, David Burtka. You know something that's changed since I started writing ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV A 'Unique' interview with Alex Newell - Alex Newell entered the limelight during auditions for The Glee Project on the Oxygen Network. The show surrounded a group of hopefuls competing to replace cast members on the successful musical television show Glee. Newell was one of several winners earning a guest shot for two episodes. To his surprise, his character, Wade Adams—also known at Unique—garnered such popularity that ...


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Jenifer Lewis talks versatility, HIV/AIDS, bipolar disorder - ENTERTAINMENT Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - "Am I a great entertainer? Yes I am." These, ladies and gentlemen, are words longtime entertainer Jenifer Lewis said during a recent interview with Windy City Times—and the sentence embodies who she is: confident, independent, sometimes brash and, yes, talented. Lewis has appeared in more than 300 film and television projects, ranging from the upcoming movie Think Like A Man ...


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TELEVISION 'Power' stars discuss Chicago-set show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new series on the Starz Channel called Power that Courtney Kemp Agboh created and rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson executive-produced. It tells the story of James St. Patrick, nicknamed "Ghost," who owns a popular New York City nightclub. Ghost also balances a life in the drug world as well as a family that leads to drama. Omari Hardwick ...


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Billy Masters - "'Casa Valentina, a nominee for Best Play, highlights the tension between married men who cross-dress and the gay community—two sides that never understood each other. It's kinda like people who are against same-sex marriage and people who mind their own business."—Hugh Jackman, at the Tony Awards. Moments earlier, he gave people in the mosh pit "the greatest view of the ...


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A Salute to Dick Cavett at Broadcast Museum June 21 - From a press release - A Salute to Dick Cavett The museum will celebrate Dick Cavett, the television talk-show legend that brought wit and wisdom to late night television. On June 21, Dean Richards, entertainment reporter and critic on WGN-TV and WGN Radio 720 AM, will serve as emcee for the evening's festivities, and the Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra will provide music throughout the ...


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Billy Masters - "I would be thrilled if it's embraced by drag queens. I think we all share a love of this kind of costume."—Angelina Jolie shares her opinion on playing Maleficent. Something tells me we'll be seeing a gaggle of Maleficents on Halloween! I never went to a prom. Don't cry for me, dear readers. I've made up for it by meeting ...


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Laverne Cox to be on Katie Couric show June 10 - From a press release - Katie Couric will sit down for a live interview with actress and LGBT advocate Laverne Cox for her nationally syndicated daytime talk show, "Katie." In this all new episode, Couric will talk to Laverne Cox about her Time Magazine cover story and the new season of the Netflix original hit "Orange Is The New Black." Cox first appeared on the ...


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TV: Nick Cannon, Heidi Klum check out new 'Talent' - NBC's America's Got Talent is now in its ninth season. The variety show that boasts big talent can include singers, dancers, comedians, magicians or other talented individuals competing for a million dollars that an audience vote decides. The four judges from last season have all returned: Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Melanie Brown and Howard Stern. A new twist was added ...


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Collins' new gig; Broadway news; Kelly McGillis dishes - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins will be a part of Marriott Hotel's newest ad campaign that targets LGBT individuals, known as "#LoveTravels," according to NetsDaily.com. Collins, who was the first openly gay NBA player, spending some of this past season with the Nets, will be featured in ads for Marriott to help promote the campaign. On the campaign, Collins called ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV 'Bad Girl Club' comes to Chicagoland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Season 12 of the hit Oxygen television show Bad Girls Club just began—and this time it's set in Chicago. Seven short-tempered young females live under one roof, hoping to make a change while being filmed for a reality show. Jonica Booth ( also known as Blu ) is from St. Louis, Missouri, and arrives with a big personality and a ...


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Documentary: Businessman's search for gay brother's killer - From a press release - Boston, MA…..What would you do if your gay younger brother was found dead at the bottom of a cliff 10,000 miles away in Australia, and authorities told you he had killed himself and closed the case? What if, 17 years later, a police investigation lifted the cover on a deadly Australian "sport" popular at the time of your brother's death, ...


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Billy Masters - "Anything but Johnny Weir. Leave me alone with that faggot. Anything but Johnny Weir and his divorce!"—Harvey Fierstein is asked if any topics are off-limits. Apparently he has no love for ice skating—or for being politically correct. We live in an age of political correctness. As luck would have it, the world got more politically correct just around the time ...


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Billy Masters - "This is like the Last Supper with Barbara as Jesus!"—Joy Behar gets in one last joke on Barbara Walters' final day on The View. I began writing this column in August 1995. Two years later, I moved to L.A., since work necessitated me being in Hollywood more and more. My apartment had a pullout sofa and my trusty television. On ...


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Neil Patrick items; Whoopi's sexuality; more Weir drama - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Before Stephen Colbert was officially named as the replacement for David Letterman, CBS CEO Les Moonves called in Neil Patrick Harris for a meeting in a room off his office, Harris told Howard Stern, according to ABC News. But Harris, 40, was not interested when he said Moonves asked whether he'd be interested in taking over for Letterman—and he also ...


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Oprah to air show on Sam - Update below: Oprah postpones show - Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League by the St. Louis Rams, will be the subject of documentary that will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network, the Wall Street Journal reported. The documentary is expected to take a "deeply, personal and up-close" look at the life of Sam after the football player made history ...


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Bearded drag queen wins Eurovision contest - One of the many eye-catching acts that this year's Eurovision Song Contest ( this time in Copenhagen, Denmark ) was winner Conchita Wurst—the bearded drag-queen alter ego of 25-year-old Austrian Thomas Neuwirth, according to Yahoo! News. Performing in a skintight dress with long hair and a full beard, Wurst scored 290 points to become Austria's first Eurovision winner since 1966, ...


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Billy Masters - "Lainie Kazan couldn't be here tonight. On her way to the theater, she passed a Sizzler!"—Frank DeCaro's quip about our dear friend Lainie, who had to cancel her appearance at the annual STAGE gala because she was shooting a film. Sadly, it also robbed us of the opportunity of dousing her with water and re-enacting her Playboy pictorial. Who are ...


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Joan Rivers gets animated in new show - There has never been an animated cartoon aimed at female viewers—until now. Comedy icon and fashion know-it-all Joan Rivers is launching her newest project, an animated series titled Fashionista and Glamour Girl, on Thursday, May 15, at www.FashionistaandGlamourGirl.com . "We took a superhero, made her a woman and a sidekick who is woman, and that is who Fashionista turned into," ...


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Tim Gunn vs. Anna Wintour; Antonio Banderas defends gays - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Project Runway guru Tim Gunn says Anna Wintour is still angry at him for comments he made about her years ago, according to Page Six. The bad blood runs so deep, when Gunn sees Wintour, "I don't look her in the eyes, because I will be turned into stone," he said. The brouhaha began in 2010, when Gunn wrote in ...


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Billy Masters - "Great to meet the strong & brave young women from #PussyRiot, who refuse to let their voices be silenced in #Russia."—Hillary Clinton's tweet after meeting Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina backstage at the Women in the World Summit. Am I the only one who loves that Hillary is tweeting the word "pussy?" Sometimes when I cover a story, I feel ...


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Gay 'Biggest Loser' star to participate in Ride for AIDS Chicago - Raheel "Bobby" Saleem is ready to tackle his next physical challenge, anchored by the confidence he found within during his just-completed season on The Biggest Loser. Saleem, a gay man who turned 29 last November and lives in west suburban Elmhurst, lost 188 pounds ( 52 percent of his overall body weight ) during the nationally broadcast TV show. He ...


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GLAAD honors Takei - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD honored George Takei as well as the best in film and television at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New Yorkon May 3, according to a press release. Takei received the Vito Russo Award, which is named after one of GLAAD's co-founders and the author of The Celluloid Closet. Naomi Watts, Kylie Minogue, Emmy Rossum, ...


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Laverne Cox with MTV, Logo; Elton John; Oprah's tea - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - MTV and Logo TV are partnering with actress Laverne Cox for a forthcoming documentary, Trans Teen: The Documentary, that will air simultaneously on MTV and Logo in the fall, according to a press release. This one-hour documentary will take viewers inside the lives of four trans youth. Ranging in age from 14 to 24, and hailing from diverse neighborhoods across ...


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Soap stars get Sapphic in web series 'Beacon Hill' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Crystal Chappell has portrayed a handful of daytime television's most beloved leading ladies, from Carly Manning on Days of our Lives (1990 to 2012), to Maggie Carpenter on One Life to Live (1995 to 1997), Olivia Spencer on Guiding Light (1999 to 2009) and Danielle Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful (2012-2013). Chappell's groundbreaking role in Venice The ...


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Billy Masters - "I think Tara and Johnny should replace David Gregory on Meet The Press!"—Someone online posts an opinion after the announcement that Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir would be hosting the Kentucky Derby for NBC. I have a feeling Johnny's big hats would get kinda tired after a few Sunday mornings. In an interview with Details, Matt Bomer revealed that he's ...


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Franco, Quinto selfies; Ellen's new HGTV show - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor James Franco took a photo of himself in bed—with a man, according to the New York Daily News. "Bed selfie with Keegan Allen!!!!! Time to go nuts!!!!," Broadway's Of Mice and Men star captioned an Instagram photo in which he is lying shirtless under a blanket with the 24-year-old Pretty Little Liars actor. Franco, 35, had been dealing with ...


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Billy Masters - Have you heard about Bryan Singer and the underage teen? In 1999, Michael Egan was 17. He claims Marc Collins-Rector lured him into a world of alcohol, drugs and gay sex. Collins-Rector was the chairman of Digital Entertainment Network—a proposed gay Internet site that would stream videos to subscribers. In the complaint, Egan claims that Collins-Rector facilitated a meeting with ...


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'Drag Race' trans controversy; Tonys to honor Rosie - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The show RuPaul's Drag Race will refrain from using an anti-trans slur in the wake of controversy, according to The Huffington Post. During a mini-challenge on the show titled "Female or She-male," contestants were asked to identify whether a photo showed a cisgender ( non-trans ) woman or a former "Drag Race" contestant after viewing a cropped portion of the ...


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Billy Masters - "I have no problem with your pelvis at all, actually."—Bruno Tonioli disagrees with the other Dancing with the Stars judges, who complained that James Maslow's bottom half was somewhat out of sync. Then again, I'm sure Bruno never met a groin he didn't like. Can I tell you a secret? Shhhh, don't tell anyone, but one of my life's ambitions ...


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RuPaul's Drag Race changes course on slur word - From GLAAD - After hearing the concerns of many people in the transgender community, Logo today announced that the network will stop using the phrase "You've got she-mail" on its hit series RuPaul's Drag Race, according to GLAAD. Additionally, the network said it has removed from its platforms an episode of the series which featured a segment called "Female or She-male." In a ...


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Sharks bite for Chicago businessmen - They got the deal—with two Sharks, no less. Fun Time Express, the Chicago-based, gay-owned business, appeared on the nationally-broadcast TV show Shark Tank on April 11, seeking a $125,000 investment in exchange for 20 percent equity in their trackless train business. Sharks Kevin O'Leary and Lori Greiner joined forces and struck the deal with life and business partners Kevin Ullery ...







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