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Billy Masters - "Benedict Cumberbatch—it's not only the most awesome name in show business, it's also the sound you get when you ask John Travolta to announce Ben Affleck."—Neil Patrick Harris' callback to last year's Oscars, and part of his introduction of Idina Menzel and John Travolta. How can I start this column without talking about Lady Gaga. Even I, who knew she ...


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RuPaul's 'Battle' tour comes to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several stars from previous seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race graced the stage at the House of Blues Feb. 19 for the annual "RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons." Among the Chicago line-up were Alaska 5000, Ivy Winters, BenDeLaCreme, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Manilla Luzon and Raja, hosted by Michelle Visage. "I'm happy to be in this frozen tundra with ...


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Entertainment: Darren Criss; Kelly Clarkson; chef Art Smith; Tom Ford - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Glee star Darren Criss is set to replace John Cameron Mitchell in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, according to NewNowNext.com. Mitchell is temporarily stepping out from the show to recover from a knee surgery, but is expected back late in February. After Mitchell leaves the show for good, though, Criss will step into those iconic heels ...


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Billy Masters - - "The audience, for the most part, is awake because they're bobbing up and down all the time. And we sit there, stone-faced, sober judges. But we're not—at least I wasn't—100% sober, because before we went to the State of the Union, we had dinner together."—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explains why she was dozing off during the State of ...


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NUNN ON ONE Vicki Lawrence takes 'Mama' on a road trip - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Vicki Lawrence has entertained generations for decades as a triple threat: an actress, a comedienne and a singer. She began on CBS playing multiple characters on The Carol Burnett Show for its entire run. During the sixth season, Thelma Harper was born, playing Eunice Higgins's mother. Mama's Family eventually got its own show and still remains popular in syndication. She ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV Miss Fame journeys from the farm to 'RuPaul's Drag Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Searching for America's next drag superstar is never easy and now a whole race begins with season seven. RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo continues to grow in popularity on the Logo Channel. Revving up this time is New York candidate Miss Fame. First taking on the modeling world then moving into makeup has not been an easy road. Windy City ...


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Jada Pinkett Smith brings her edge to 'Gotham' - Since the '90s, Jada Pinkett Smith has built a strong movie career from The Nutty Professor to the Matrix and Madagascar franchises. In her spare time she created a production company, sang in a rock band named Wicked Wisdom and authored a book. She also grew a megastar family after marrying Will Smith with two now famous children. She has ...


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Laverne Cox to co-star on CBS pilot - Laverne Cox already made history, becoming the first openly transgender performer to earn an acting Emmy nomination for her breakout role on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. However, she is now looking to break more ground with the first transgender series regular character on broadcast TV played by a transgender actor, according to Deadline. Cox is set to co-star ...


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Billy Masters - "Even though some of your friends might be gay, which is great, they are not 'yours.' You do not own them. We are not cattle. We are not purses. And the next time you feel like saying 'my gays,' replace it with 'my Blacks' and see how that turns out."—Andy Cohen gives The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills a piece ...


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Rosie O'Donnell exiting 'The View' again - Rosie O'Donnell is leaving The View for the second time—this time after just five months—to focus on her family, TheWrap reported. "I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November," O'Donnell's representative told TheWrap in a statement. "Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention. "This has been a very stressful situation. She ...


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Billy Masters - "I don't think Ewan is as proud of his penis as most men who are as well-hung would—or should—or could be. I think that's the greatest demonstration of his innate humility: that he doesn't wear it like a badge of honor."—Colin Farrell talks about the size of Ewan McGregor's penis, which presumably he saw when they were making Cassandra's Dream ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Trai Byers talks about 'Empire' and the film 'Selma' - Andre Lyon roars to life as part of a three-brother clan in the new hit Fox show Empire. Actor Trai Byers is quickly climbing a ladder to success with this juicy role—and he is also in the historical film Selma. Set in Selma, Alabama, the movie shows the racial tension in the South and depicts protests with Dr. Martin Luther ...


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Ovation TV airing "The Art of: Drag" Feb. 4 - From a press release - Ovation TV, America's only arts network, is airing a new episode of its popular original series The Art Of onWednesday, Feb. 4. The Art Of is a weekly half-hour series which focuses on a broad array of alternative and unique art forms. This season, Ovation traveled across the country for a look at eclectic art and artists in Las Vegas, ...


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Billy Masters - "Happy Birthday Russell. Birthdays are like rim jobs—you gotta get involved. Open up and get ready for another great year!"—So said the inscription on the birthday cake of Russell Tovey on the set of HBO's Looking, which just started its second season. He says it's a sign of things to come. We sure hope so! So, I'm having sex with ...


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'Orange' nabs SAG awards - The awards season continued with the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Jan. 25. The Netflix series Orange Is the New Black won twice—once for best comedy ensemble and other with Uzo Aduba ( who portrays "Crazy Eyes" ) winning best female actor in a comedy series. In winning, Aduba edged Modern Family's Julie Bowen, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco, Veep's ...


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PBS series includes 'Limited Partnership' and 'Homestretch' - A film about a couple's decades-long fight for the right to marry and a documentary about homeless Chicago youths are in the line-up of PBS' Independent Lens' winter/spring 2015 season. Limited Partnership, which will air June 15, centers on a gay couple's 40-year fight for the right to marry in the United States. The Homestretch, which will run April 13, ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm not playing the race card. I'm playing the rice card."—Margaret Cho Tweets a response to people who felt her Golden Globes appearance was racist. She also said, "I'm of mixed North/South Korean descent—you imprison, starve and brainwash my people, you get made fun of by me." In a recent interview, Graham Norton discussed how difficult it is for gay ...


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Neil deGrasse Tyson talks science, truth, LGBTs, Kinky Boots - If there's anything one can glean from talking with astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, it's this: He's an extremely thorough fellow—and that's a good thing. One doesn't get the impression that he adds words merely to hear himself; he wants to make sure he explains things clearly for the listener—which may be part of his charm. Tyson ...


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Billy Masters - "You can plow the f*ck out of my fields any day!"—Bachelor hopeful Kaitlyn's greeting to Chris Soules when she gets out of the limo. She may not have gotten the first-impression rose, but she really did make an impression. While we're already two weeks into the new year, in Hollywood the year doesn't begin until awards season. And that gets ...


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Entertainment: 'Queer as Folk' reunion; Sam Smith; Forbes' lists - The cast and writers of Showtime's groundbreaking series Queer as Folk are returning for one-time reunion special at this year's ATX Festival, which begins June 4 in Austin, Texas, The Wrap reported. The award-winning show, which aired from 2000 to 2005, followed the lives of a group of gay friends and their relationships, careers, loves and ambitions. Based on the ...


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Producer Jonathan Murray takes us inside 'The Real World' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - MTV's Real World changed the landscape of television back in 1992 and is the longest-running reality series in history. A PBS documentary series, An American Family, inspired producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray to create a show that made for unforgettable television. By using a cast of regular young people picked to live in a house together the creators didn't ...


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'Transparent' very visible at Golden Globes - Amazon's groundbreaking TV series Transparent snagged two awards at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, which aired on NBC Jan. 11. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation made Transparent the first online show to win Best TV Comedy or Musical. Jill Soloway's show—which is about an older man/father who makes the transition into becoming a woman, and the reactions and lives of ...


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Billy Masters - "I could listen to you and Don Lemon talk sports all night long."—Kathy Griffin's quip about Anderson Cooper and Lemon discussing football. Well, Don was discussing football. Coop was talking about his favorite halftime shows. You might not realize it, but your beloved Billy Masters is a creature of habit ... when it's convenient. New Year's Eve is one of ...


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TLC documentary suggests faith and authenticity are incompatible - From a Truth Wins Out press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out today expressed dismay over TLC's upcoming special, "My Husband's Not Gay," set to air Sunday, January 11, which purports to show the lives of Mormon men who have chosen to marry women despite the fact that they are attracted to men. Advertisements for the show depict a curious look into the unique lives of these ...


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'Facts of Life' box set out on Jan. 13 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The comedy show Facts of Life: The Complete Series is now out on DVD. The set contains all 201 episodes of this 1980s show as originally aired, as well as a disc of bonus features, including the new-to-DVD 2014 Paley Center cast reunion event. Viewers can join Blair ( Lisa Whelchel ), Tootie ( Kim Fields ), Natalie ( Mindy ...


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HBO's 'Looking'; 'Dudes' releases first season - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Second season of HBO's 'Looking' debuts Jan. 11 The second season of the gay-themed HBO series Looking debuts Sunday, Jan. 11, at 9 p.m. CT. The series focuses on the lives of three friends in San Francisco. The poster's tagline is "There's more out there." The show stars Jonathan Groff as video-game designer Patrick Murray; Frankie J. Alvarez as an ...


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TV 'Love Boat' actress Jill Whelan sets sail, talks Cosby - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Best known for her roles as the sick girl in 1980's hilarious film Airplane! and as captain's daughter Vicki on TV's The Love Boat, actress Jill Whelan will be doing her one-woman cabaret show aboard the RSVP Gay Cruise on Princess Cruise Lines from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during Valentine's Day week, co-hosting ship entertainment along with actress Kathy Najimy. Windy ...


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TV Denis O'Hare: Out gay actor helps tell a 'Horror Story' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - American Horror Story: Freak Show has kept audiences guessing this season with an all-star cast, including Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates. Another mastermind behind the drama is the well-endowed character of Stanley, played by openly gay actor Denis O'Hare. This Irish actor came out while attending Brother Rice High School in Michigan and studied theater at Northwestern University. He later ...


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VIEWS: Why Laverne Cox should be fifth 'View' co-host - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Frank McAlpin - The brilliant and amazingly talented Laverne Cox co-hosted The View recently, and let me just say Ms. Cox was everything! She was a breath of fresh air, keeping it oh so real. I have always been a huge fan of The View, as I love outspoken women discussing current events and pop culture. I mean, what gay man doesn't? However, ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's that time again—a time of reflection, a time of hope, a time to laugh, a time to weep. Turn, turn, turn. In the close to two decades I've been writing this column, it's been one of the most eventful years. The year started with someone asking me why it is taking so long to legalize gay marriage in more ...


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World news: Burger King kiss-in; British poll; 'Doctor Who' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A protest was held at a Burger King in Madrid, Spain, in response to an incident where a same-sex couple were kicked out for kissing, the UK Independent reported. A security guard told the couple, aged 18 and 19, to leave the Plaza de los Cubos restaurant after families allegedly complained that they were setting a "bad example" to children. ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Straight men, I think, like to look sexy, too ... especially if they're going on a date with potential of, you know, whatever, having fun in the back later!"—Isaac Mizrahi explains to a designer that just because a man is straight, he still wants to look good. Of course, we know gay men like to look sexy—especially if there's the ...


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Entertainment: Sir Ian's 'Street' moves; Audra on HBO; FCKH8 calendar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen, 75—who plays the wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films and the mutant Magneto in the X-Men movies—appears in a new Sesame Street video in which he defines for Cookie Monster a word that goes against his very nature: "Resist," according to E! Online. The furry, blue critter, who calls ...


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Billy Masters - "U can put a cherry on a pile of sh*t but it don't make it a sundae."—Shonda Rhimes weighs via Twitter with her opinion about the email exchange between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin where they joke that President Obama probably likes movies like The Butler and Django Unchained. You mean he doesn't? Believe it or ...


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NUNN ON ONE Kathy Bates has hairy good time on 'Horror Story' - Kathy Bates is one Oscar winner who shows no sign of stopping. She won many awards for her horrifying portrayal in Stephen King's Misery then tackled him again in Dolores Claiborne. She followed her success with films like Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Primary Colors, and About Schmidt. Most recently Bates took on Tammy, Melissa McCarthy's starring cinematic vehicle, playing a ...


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Golden Globe nods: 'Transparent' in, 'Modern Family' out - Groundbreaking Amazon Studios series Transparent ( which focuses on a father and his journey toward becoming a woman ) was among those projects receiving Golden Globe nods. However, established comedy Modern Family was completely shut out. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's nominations were announced Dec. 11, the day after the Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) nods were revealed. Like ...


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TELEVISION Graham Moore talks 'The Imitation Game' - Graham Moore is having one of those meteoric writing careers that inspires others. At 33, the Chicago native has already penned a New York Times best-seller with a fanatical following ( The Sherlockian, in 2010 ), written a screenplay that was the Black List's #1 for 2011 and is now hard at work on the highly anticipated The Devil in ...


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WTTW to air @home; Moraine presents 'Humbug!' - WTTW to air film on homelessness WTTW-11 will broadcast the hour-long documentary film @home Wed., Dec. 17, at 9 p.m., raising awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Chicago area. @home—a film by Susanne Suffredin and produced by Chicago's Kindling Group—follows social-media activist Mark Horvath ( @hardlynormal ) on an 11,000-mile cross-country road-trip into tent cities and under bridges ...


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TELEVISION The Kevins of 'Marry Me,' Tim Meadows and Dan Bucatinsky - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NBC's new television show Marry Me has become a breakout hit this season. Set in Chicago, the series follows longtime couple Annie and Jake ( played by Casey Wilson and Ken Marino ) on their way to the altar. Annie has two gay dads with the same first name. Kevin 1 is played by Tim Meadows, who some may know ...


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Billy Masters - "I want Allison Williams as a boy to take my gay virginity."—Zach Braff chimes in with his positive comments about the latest Peter Pan. Clap if you believe in fairies. The column for this same week in 2013 opened with me talking about The Sound of Music, starring that thespian, Carrie Underwood. And here we are in 2014, opening the ...


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Whitney film premieres Jan. 17, 2015 - From a press release - Multi-Grammy® Award-winning singer and musical icon Whitney Houston was said to be the voice of a generation and a movie has now been made about her life. Directed by Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett, the much-anticipated world premiere of Whitney will be Saturday, Jan.17, 2015, at 8pm ET/PT. When casting began, the whispers started and everyone ...


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Billy Masters - "Basically, gay sex, especially for the first time, is really fucking painful."—Daniel Radcliffe discusses playing poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Of course, it's not that painful to simulate gay sex on film—unless you're a Method actor. Joan Rivers' favorite holiday was Thanksgiving. Each year, she would begin the day by delivering food for God's Love We Deliver ( ...


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Orman leaves; Midler talks gays; Gyllenhaal's 'trick' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Suze Orman is leaving CNBC after 14 years for a Telepictures show titled Suze Orman's Money Wars, The Wrap reported. "Money Wars" will focus on families, friends and couples whose disputes about money are affecting their lives. In her new gig, Orman ( the author of nine consecutive New York Times best-sellers ) will settle financial arguments and teach a ...


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WTTW to premiere @home with social media campaign - WTTW-11 announces the broadcast of the hour-long documentary film @home Wed., Dec. 17 at 9 p.m., raising awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Chicago area this holiday season. After meeting homeless individuals and recording their stories, Mark Horvath often tweets that a homeless person's situation or story "wrecks" him, and this compelling documentary evokes a similarly emotional response ...


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TV veteran Verica to direct film in Chicago area - Television veteran Tom Verica ( How to Get Away with Murder ) is making his feature directorial debut with the indie Building Bridges, which is slated to film in the Chicago area next spring, ReelChicago.com noted. Verica plays Viola Davis' husband on ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, but is also a resident director and co-executive producer on lead-in ...


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Richard Simmons; Anderson Cooper pranked; Hot in Cleveland ending - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Richard Simmons' spokesperson that although the exercise guru is "sad" that a knee injury has sidelined him professionally, he is hardly a recluse, The New York Daily News reported. Longtime spokesman Thomas Estey was responding to reports that Simmons, 66, has been a shut-in for almost a year due to paralyzing depression over his health and the death of his ...


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Billy Masters - "What I say in the book is, 'A BJ a day keeps the divorce attorney away.'" —Niecy Nash shares her secret for a successful marriage. Who am I to argue with someone who fixed Sherri Shepherd up with her most recent husband? I love the Internet—not just because of the juggernaut BillyMasters.com has become, but because: 1 ) virtually anyone ...


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AOL True Trans concludes first season - By Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer In the late 1990s, America Online's ( AOL's ) chat rooms were havens for transgender people to meet and talk with others secure behind the relative anonymity of a screen name. Within that microcosm, there were still plenty of bullies, a fair amount of intolerance ( depending upon which room one visited ) and predators on ...


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John Ritter's son plays gay character on CBS' 'The McCarthys' - On Nov. 10, Windy City Times participated in a conference call with actor Tyler Ritter ( son of the late, great John Ritter ) and show creator Brian Gallivan, where they discussed their new comedy on CBS, The McCarthys. The McCarthys is "based on Brian Gallivan's real-life Boston family, and [Ritter] plays the character inspired by Brian's life, Ronny McCarthy. ...


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Billy Masters - "They don't come onto me. I've never been propositioned. Fellas, you're dropping the ball."—Jon Cryer reveals that he's never been hit on by a guy. However, he claims to have been often mistaken for being gay—a confusion he chalks up to coming off as an "effeminate heterosexual dork" and his "encyclopedic knowledge of showtunes." His marriage to Ashton Kutcher on ...


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NUNN ON ONE Ryan Seacrest talks 'Idol,' clothes, Kardashians - Macy's on State Street kicked off the holidays with a tree-lighting in the historic Walnut Room Nov. 8. This year marks the 107th lighting of the tree in the Walnut Room with 3,000 ornaments and 6,000 LED lights. During the event, carolers and a 4-year-old from the Make-A-Wish campaign lit the tree along with host Ryan Seacrest and American Idol ...


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NUNN ON ONE NeNe Leakes lets it all hang out - Linnethia Monique ( or "NeNe" ) Leakes is not scared of controversy. She has built a career with the franchise The Real Housewives of Atlanta on the Bravo channel that has possibly outgrown the drama. A health scare this season led her to not attending cast member Phaedra Park's birthday party in the Philippines. The reality show documenting women in ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."—Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses his sexual orientation publicly for the first time. I suppose I'd get more excited if I owned an iAnything. But as a PC devotee, the best I can muster up is "Welcome." Anytime I get to write about ...


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NUNN ON ONE Lea Delaria talks 'Orange Is the New Black,' trans backlash - Lea DeLaria is a lady of many talents. She is a comedienne, jazz musician, and actress. She has appeared in movies like The First Wives Club along with television shows like Comedy Central's all-gay special Out There. It was Orange Is the New Black's role as Carrie "Big Boo" Black that has put her on the map and now moves ...


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Vicious on PBS; I'm from Driftwood Nov. 13 - 'Vicious' coming back to PBS PBS and Shine International announced that the second season ofurn ITV's acclaimed British sitcom Vicious will be coming to PBS in summer 2015, kicking-off a line-up of British programming on the U.S. network. Following a re-commission by UK broadcaster ITV, the show will return with Freddie ( Sir Ian McKellen ) and Stuart ( Sir ...


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Discovery OKs docu-series on group of transgender friends - From a press release - ( Silver Spring, Md. )—As its first original commission, Discovery Life Channel commenced production on the docu-series, Those Girls( wt ). Produced by the newly launched Conveyor Media, Those Girls is a documentary series that offers an authentic look at a group of transgender friends living in Kansas City, Mo. The series will premiere on Discovery Life Channel in March, ...


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Whitney-Manilow duet; LGBT Starbucks ad; GLAAD vs. Wendy Williams - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The powerful voice of Whitney Houston was brought back to life on The View during a live performance from Barry Manilow, The Wrap noted. Using Houston's original vocals from her song "I Believe In You And Me," Manilow re-recorded the song with his voice entwined with the late singer's. Manilow's new album, My Dream Duets, has the singer-songwriter teaming with ...


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Billy Masters - "As a joke at the end of one take, Burt leans over and kisses you square on the mouth. The crew thinks this is very funny, but makes you uncomfortable. Uncomfortable and, it will ultimately turn out, gay. Burt Reynolds' kiss makes you gay."—Neil Patrick Harris talks about appearing with Burt Reynolds in B.L. Stryker. If there's one thing Burt's ...


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'Modern Family' star pops up at pop-up store - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Men's accessories store The Tie Bar has opened a pop-up shop in Lincoln Park at 918 W. Armitage Ave. The store celebrated its opened Oct. 23 with a closed "Tie the Knot" event—and an appearance by Jesse Tyler Ferguson ( from ABC's Modern Family ) and his husband, attorney Justin Mikita. Among other things, the event featured a space where ...


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TELEVISION RJ Mitte of 'Breaking Bad' wants you to 'Cut the Bull' - TELEVISION Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Best known for his role as Walter White Jr. on "Breaking Bad," actor RJ Mitte talked with Windy City Times about his work to end bullying and his upcoming projects. Windy City Times: You were diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 3, but I've read that portraying Walt Jr. on Breaking Bad involved quite a bit of preparation ...


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Billy Masters - "You might get AIDS in Kenya. The people have AIDS. You got to be careful. I mean, the towels can have AIDS."—Pat Robertson gives advice to a woman going to Kenya to do missionary work who was concerned about Ebola. Thank God she asked Robertson, who is clearly an authority on infectious diseases. Who knew you could get AIDS from ...


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Sophia Bush on 'Chicago P.D.' and being an LGBT ally - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Sophia Bush really puts her money where her mouth is. Originally starring in the hit TV series One Tree Hill brought Bush in the spotlight for almost a decade. She followed up the role with several movies, including John Tucker Must Die, which stars Jesse Metcalfe as the title hunk. She was in the short-lived Partners, from the creators ...


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Erica Ash and Teyonah Parris have 'Survivor's Remorse' - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Starz just debuted a new series titled Survivor's Remorse this month. The half hour scripted show tells the story of the world of professional basketball and the drama behind the scenes. The show comes from the producers of such hit shows as The Cosby Show, Roseanne and Glee. Erica Ash plays M-Chuck, the lesbian sister of star Cam Calloway. Viewers ...


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Nigel Barker gives 'Face' time to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, photographer and reality television star Nigel Barker surprised Michigan Avenue shoppers with a pop-up selfie opportunity. Art Van Furniture teamed with the sharp-looking man to strike a pose on one of its couches plopped down in Pioneer Court. Referred to as a "sofie," fans were encouraged to sit on the couch with the host of The Face on the ...


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Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars - Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards for the first time, Variety reported. Although this will mark Harris' first time hosting the Oscars, he has plenty of hosting experience, having hosted the Tony Awards four times as well as the Emmy awards twice. Harris also performed the opening musical number during the 2010 Oscars. The 87th Annual Academy ...


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Billy Masters - "I've got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives."—Tom Brady describes the unique relationship he has with his teammates on the New England Patriots. Well, what's a little pigskin between friends... It's nice to know that even in my mid-40s, I can still have new experiences. But here's one I didn't see coming. Last week, someone admitted ...


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Laverne Cox talks about 'The T Word' - From a press release - MTV and Logo TV have joined forces to simultaneously premiere Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word on Oct. 17. The 60-minute documentary highlights seven transgender youths from varying walks of life with one of the world's most famous trans icons in the center of it all—Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox. The Emmy-nominated actress recently made history when she ...


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Billy Masters - "I have been given a lot of roles that are downtrodden, mammy-ish."—Viola Davis explains her zeal for landing the lead in How To Get Away With Murder, the best performing new one-hour drama of the season. Of course, would it kill anyone to give this woman a Kleenex? She's made a career out of close-ups of her snot. No time ...


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Bennett and Gaga's CD; Melissa on marriage; Laverne in Vegas - Showbiz news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's acclaimed jazz album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album, the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts, according to a press release. With the release of Cheek to Cheek, Bennett breaks his own record, set in 2011 when Duets II debuted at number one at the age of 85. ...


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GLAAD rates networks in Network Responsibility Index - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA — GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today released its two annual television reports - the 8th annual Network Responsibility Index ( NRI ) and the 19th annual Where We Are on TV report. The reports map the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBT representation on television. To view ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Yu Tsai's 'Model' behavior - Tyra Banks is back with cycle 21 of her hit show America's Next Top Model. Miss J and Kelly Cutrone both have returned as judges from the past and there's a new kid on the block with mentor Yu Tsai. Not only does he guest-judge on the panel at times but is the photo shoot creative consultant. This openly gay ...


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Octavia Spencer: 'Red' is the new black - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Academy Award-winning Help actress Octavia Spencer has paid her dues in the business. She started as a nurse in A Time to Kill that led to Bad Santa and Spider-Man. Her television roles have included ER, Becker and Ugly Betty. Recently, she was in the James Brown biopic Get on Up as well as Fruitvale Station, which is about the ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I am not gay, with the exception of him. He is an angel. He's not a terrestrial mortal. This is someone who has fallen from the stars and occasionally treats us to his image on these flickering images in the silver screen."—Dax Shepard tells Ellen DeGeneres about his love for Brad Pitt. I don't believe he's ever been as effusive ...


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Billy Masters - "And I really like her, I swear to God. I really like her."—Rosie O'Donnell comments on her new View co-host, Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace. Let's see how long this lasts. We'll start an office pool at BillyMasters.com. Since I'm on the tail end of my travels, I now feel comfortable revealing that this column is coming to you from Istanbul, ...


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'Magic Mike XXL' news; Stevie Nicks; Ricky's new single - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director Gregory Jacobs confirmed that Matthew McConaughey will not reprise his role in Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to Magic Mike, E! Online noted. "It's a road-trip movie and—put it this way—it's different enough that once you see it, you'll understand why we made a sequel," Jacobs said of the sequel. "No one will be accusing us of making the ...







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