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Entertainment news: Marc Jacobs, Tituss Burgess, 'Hamilton,' 'Will & Grace'
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2016-09-27

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Designer Marc Jacobs has apologized for having models with dreadlocks at his recent New York Fashion Week show, Page Six stated. "I apologize for the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity," the designer wrote on Instagram. "I wholeheartedly believe in freedom of speech to express oneself through art, clothes, words, hair, music… EVERYTHING. Of course I do 'see' color but I DO NOT discriminate. THAT IS A FACT!" His comment comes days after the internet fumed over images from his spring 2017 show.

NewFest—the Film and Media Arts organization that will present its annual festival of LGBT cinema Oct. 20-25 in partnership with Outfest and sponsored by HBO—announced that Emmy Award-nominated actor Tituss Burgess ( Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ) will be receiving NewFest's very first Voice & Visibility Award during the festival, a press release stated. Burgess will be presented the award by Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Messing ( Will & Grace ). Although Burgess will be receiving NewFest's first Voice & Visibility Award, past Visionary Award recipients from NewFest include writer-director Ira Sachs, producer Christine Vachon and LGBT rights icon Edie Windsor.

Hamilton's America—the documentary film that brings history to life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton—will air on THIRTEEN's Great Performances on Friday, Oct. 21, on PBS as the season premiere of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Hamilton's America delves even deeper into the creation of the show, revealing Miranda's process of absorbing and then adapting Hamilton's story into musical theater. There will also be interviews with prominent personalities, experts, politicians and musicians, including President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Secretary Hank Paulson, Secretary Timothy Geithner, Questlove, Black Thought, Jimmy Fallon, John Weidman, Nas and Stephen Sondheim.

Speaking of Hamilton, some in the crowd reportedly booed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he took his seat at the Broadway smash, Page Six noted. "The show started late because of his arrival—the heightened security slowed down seating," said a theatergoer. "But he still entered and sat down before the lights went down, so everyone was focused on him. There was a lot of applause when he walked in, but definitely a few loud boos."

The cast of Will & Grace—Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes—recently reunited for a political reason, even taking an Instagram photo, CNN reported. A video they filmed takes place in present day and centers on their characters discussing the presidential election. Hayes ( Jack ) reposted the same group photo on Facebook, writing, "We are family...I got all my sisters with me."

The ABC show Modern Family is breaking down barriers again by casting a transgender kid in an upcoming episode, according to PinkNews. In an upcoming episode of the show's eighth season, Cameron and Mitchell's ( Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson ) daughter Lily invites her transgender friend Tom over for a playdate. NewNowNext reported the show has cast 8-year-old transgender actor Jackson Millarker in the role.

Whoopi Goldberg is curating a new exhibition on Marilyn Monroe that will include the Hollywood sex symbol's poetry, watercolors and video footage, as well as the iconic dress she wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to JFK in 1962, according to Page Six. "[Goldberg] studied with [famed father of Method acting] Lee Strasberg," a source said. "When Marilyn [who was also earlier mentored by Strasberg] died, she left all her personal items and clothing to Lee. So he inspired Whoopi's love for, and interest in, Marilyn." The dress will be auctioned off in L.A. in November.

During the Sept. 26 presidential debate, Donald Trump resurrected his beef with Rosie O'Donnell, The Washington Post reported. At one point, he said, "Rosie O'Donnell, I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her." O'Donnell responded by tweeting ""HE WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT" as well as calling him an "orange anus." O'Donnell also issued a call to arms of sorts for others to "shame the donald." The tweet included Hillary Clinton's hashtag #ImWithHer.

Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy has spoken of working with The WB network ( now the CW ) on his first show, Popular, saying they were "very homophobic," PinkNews noted, citing Entertainment Weekly. Murphy pitched Popular to four networks, including The WB, and decided to go with the latter. But the openly gay producer said that working with the network became a "miserable experience" and that he constantly had to fight against executives around the content of the show.

CBS is developing Dr. Death, a drama series starring and executive produced The Good Wife standout Alan Cumming, Deadline reported. It is based on the upcoming book of the same name by James Patterson, who is executive-producing with former Royal Pains executive producer/showrunner Michael Rauch and Alex Kurtzman. Mr. Death centers on a former CIA operative ( out actor Cumming ) who has since built a "normal" life as a gifted professor and writer; he is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose.

Troye Sivan is moving on from a nude photo leak, The Huffington Post noted. Earlier this month, a photo that allegedly showed the pop singer-songwriter au naturel found its way onto the Internet. At first, the openly gay Sivan, 21, responded in jest, tweeting a screenshot of a conversation he had with his management team after the image surfaced. Later, however, he offered a more serious take on the situation, saying it "sucks." Now, however, he's hoping to put it all behind him by temporarily launching a line of unisex underwear.

Stylist-to-the-stars Phillip Bloch had a cop confrontation, Page Six noted. The fashion guru was in a taxi in NYC's Washington Heights when eight patrol cars surrounded the vehicle. The police soon ascertained that the 5-foot-11 former model was not the heavyset 5-foot-7 suspect they were seeking.

Selena Gomez secretly checked into a top rehab on the East Coast in early September in a last-ditch attempt to help her get a handle on an emotional and health crisis, RadarOnline.com revealed. Gomez cancelled her Revival tour in late August, saying she was taking time off to focus on herself and her health, and insiders told Radar that the pop star—who has battled lupus—is going to extraordinary lengths to get her life back on track." A source told Radar that Gomez is NOT being treated for drug-related problems, and the root cause of her issues are related to her medical diagnoses, as well as depression.

A popular adult film website purchased an alleged sex tape featuring Alexis Arquette but promptly destroyed the footage in an effort to preserve the transgender actress's memory, The Huffington Post noted. Porn site xHamster paid $25,000 for the tape, which was reportedly being sold by one of Arquette's former lovers, and then obliterated it. Arquette, a transgender actress best known for her roles in Last Exit to Brooklyn and The Wedding Singer, died at age 47 of complications related to HIV/AIDS; her siblings are actors Richmond, David, Patricia and Rosanna.

Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck is the person behind From This Day Forward, a documentary about her experiences as the daughter of a transgender father and a mother who remain committed to their marriage, a press release noted. The film has its national broadcast premiere on Monday, Oct. 10, on the PBS series POV ( Point of View ). It will be shown with Eric Rockey's award-winning short film Pink Boy, a portrait of a gender-nonconforming child growing up in conservative rural Florida.

Paul Dano is set to make his directorial debut with Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan in a period drama based on Robert Ford's 1990 novel, Deadline noted. Co-written by Dano and Zoe Kazan, the film centers on a teenage boy who witnesses the decay of his parents' marriage after their move to Montana. Production is set to launch in November for June Pictures and Nine Stories.

Curtis Hanson—whose adaptation of the noir classic L.A. Confidential earned him an Oscar and vaulted him to A-list status as a screenwriter and director—has died at age 71, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hanson, who also helmed movies such as the Rebecca De Mornay horror thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle ( 1992 ), the Michael Douglas movie Wonder Boys ( 2000 ) and the Eminem hip-hop drama 8 Mile ( 2002 ), died in a home in the Hollywood Hills. Hanson most recently directed the 2012 surfing movie Chasing Mavericks but left the production because of an undisclosed illness; Michael Apted completed the picture, and Hanson never directed a film again.

Antiques Roadshow said that a pair of dime-store panties Andy Warhol bought in 1982 is now worth six figures, according to Page Six. Warhol drew an image of Mickey Mouse on the frilly drawers and gave them to his friend Titti Wachtmeister. Wachtmeister died in 1992, but her sister Anna Wachtmeister took the undies to a recent taping of the TV show, and explained why Warhol was beholden to her sister: Titti as well as Richard and Robert Dupont introduced Warhol to liquor importer Michel Roux, leading to the artist's Absolut Vodka campaign.

Exploding cellphones affected Lady Gaga's plans to sing at Manhattan Center, Page Six revealed. Fans who had bought $4,500 tickets to the Samsung Hope for Children Gala were told the day before that it was canceled. The company is recalling 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones because of the danger of exploding lithium-ion batteries. A Samsung spokeswoman said the company canceled the charity gala, set to be hosted by Bravo's Andy -Cohen, "to fully focus on our current business environment."

Verve will celebrate the late singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone with the release of her entire Philips catalog on vinyl, according to a press release. Released earlier this summer as a box set titled The Philips Years, the seven LPs—Nina Simone In Concert ( 1964 ), Broadway-Blues-Ballads ( '64 ), I Put A Spell On You ( '65 ), Pastel Blues ( '65 ), Let It All Out ( '66 ), Wild Is The Wind ( '66 ) and High Priestess Of Soul ( '67 )—will be available individually Sept. 30 on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl in facsimiles of the original sleeve art. Among the songs featured are "I Put A Spell On You," "Feeling Good," "Wild Is the Wind" and Simone's version of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit."

An Atlanta federal judge has ruled that R&B act TLC's creator and former manager Perri "Pebbles" Reid can proceed with a case to sue Viacom for allegedly defaming her in a 2013 VH-1 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, Page Six noted. Viacom filed a motion last year stating Reid had no case, but the judge ruled against it. Reid signed the band in 1991, and TLC went on to become one of the biggest-selling female acts, with hits like "Waterfalls." They later filed for bankruptcy, and the film claims Reid only paid the group $25 a week. Reid is seeking $40 million in damages.

One-time The Hills star Brody Jenner, 33, launched into an expletive-laden tirade at the Laguna Hills Marriott, Page Six noted, citing TMZ. Jenner allegedly tried entering his manager's hotel room to retrieve personal items, which the hotel staff said wasn't allowed. Jenner was infuriated and a staffer called security to kick ut the former reality star. Jenner's tantrum took a turn for the profane when the security guards allegedly entered his room without knocking. "I will press charges on your f—king ass," he fumed at one employee. "I'm calling my lawyer right f—king now. How dare you come into my room?!"

Showtime will give viewers an early opportunity to sample the season seven premiere of the network's top comedy series Shameless, ahead of its linear premiere on Sunday, Oct. 2, according to a press release. Consumers who do not subscribe to Showtime can watch the season seven premiere for free on YouTube and SHO.com . The episode is also available for download as a free video podcast on iTunes. Viewers can also sample the premiere of Shameless for free across multiple television and streaming providers' devices, websites and applications and free On Demand channels.


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