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SHOWBIZ Brandi Carlile, Karamo Brown, campy classic films, Cara Delevingne
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-09-17

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Out Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and performer Brandi Carlile won Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Association Honors & Awards, a press release noted. Carlile also performed "The Mother" at the awards ceremony, which will be broadcast on PBS on Saturday, Nov. 23. The recognition adds to a landmark year for Carlile, who made her sold-out, headline debut at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 14. Also, Carlile has debuted the collaborative movement The Highwomen with fellow members Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby.

Queer Eye star Karamo Brown has said his family received "threats" after he defended his Dancing with the Stars co-star Sean Spicer, who has an anti-LGBTQ record, PinkNews noted. In August, Brown described Spicer as "a good guy, a really sweet guy," before abruptly deleting his Twitter and taking a break from social media amid a wave of criticism. He later returned to Instagram, posting, "My kids/family & I were being threatened by strangers… People who I thought supported & loved me turned their backs on me… saying I was a traitor, a horrible person, delusional and treating me really bad… but as I walk into my first dance rehearsal for @dancingabc No More Tears and No More Holding My Head Low!" Spicer defended Brown in an interview with Us Weekly.

Kino Lorber has released its list of October releases on DVD and/or Blu-ray. They include such camp classics as Stephen King's Storm of the Century ( 1999 TV miniseries ); a new 4K master of the 1989 thriller Nightmare Beach; masters of the 1976 film Nightmare in Badham County, which stars Deborah Raffin, Chuck Connors, Tina Louise and Robert Reed; the 1997 Martin Scorsese film Kundun; the 1993 Michael J. Fox movie Life with Mikey; and the 1980 espionage thriller ffolkes, which stars Roger Moore and Anthony Perkins.

Cara Delevingne opened up in a new interview about how identifying as queer has affected her Hollywood career through the years, USA Today noted. "In the beginning, I don't think it helped," Delevingne said in a new interview with Net-a-Porter. "One of the first things Harvey Weinstein ever said to me was, 'You will never make it in this industry as a gay woman—get a beard.'" Delevingne—now in a relationship with Pretty Little Liars alum Ashley Benson—came forward in October 2017 with allegations against Weinstein, who is scheduled to go to trial in January 2020, where he'll face five charges: two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act, and two counts of rape.

Emmy winner Uzo Aduba ( Orange Is the New Black )—currently filming the FX drama series Mrs. America, opposite Cate Blanchett—has signed on for a lead role in the upcoming fourth installment of anthology series Fargo, headlined by Chris Rock, Deadline noted. Season four is set in 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri. The locale serves as the crossroads and collisions of two migrations: Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, and African Americans who left the South in great numbers to escape Jim Crow—both fighting for a piece of the American dream.

Saturday Night Live has announced three new cast members, including some rising queer talent—and a straight stand-up whose appointment has met with instant controversy, Queerty noted. Gay comic Bowen Yang will now become a series regular for the 45th season; in doing so, he becomes the show's first resident Chinese American cast member. The other two new cast members are improviser Chloe Fineman and stand-up Shane Gillis; however, old YouTube clips of Gillis ( since deleted ) showed him using a racist term for Chinese people as well as the word "faggots." Gillis has apologized on Twitter.

All Male, All Nude: Johnsons—the official sequel to the Gerald McCullouch documentary All Male, All Nude—will be on DVD & VOD via Breaking Glass Pictures on Sept. 24, a press release noted. "Johnsons" takes audiences on a journey into the unique world of male stripping at a small gay strip club, following dancers like 42-year-old Matt and 26-year-old Alexander.

Margot Robbie is reportedly developing a Tank Girl Reboot under her LuckyChap banner, Movieweb noted. Robbie is currently in the middle of some Birds of Prey reshoots and will more than likely officially join the cast of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad at any moment now, so she is keeping very busy. It's been 24 years since the first Tank Girl adaptation ( starring Lori Petty ) hit theaters.

While promoting his new documentary Rodman: For Better or Worse, retired NBA player Dennis Rodman talked about the changing attitudes toward LGBTQ athletes in professional sports and his relationship with gay men over the course of his career, among other things, Queerty noted. "I don't know why people haven't came out before," Rodman told Business Insider. "It's cool that people are coming out being, you know, gay or homosexual or whatever, lesbian and stuff like that." He added, "I wouldn't be surprised, literally—I've said it all along—if 10 percent or 20 percent of people in the NBA, or any sports, [are] gay."

Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper have joined forces to star in a new comedy project that may be heading to Netflix, Variety noted. Lynch said backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys that she and Lauper will co-star in a comedy that she described as "kind of a Golden Girls for today." Writer/comedian Carol Leifer ( Seinfeld ) is behind the show as well.

Fashion designer Christian Siriano teaming with retailer J.Jill on its first designer capsule, People.com noted. Since inclusivity is as the center of Siriano's design ethos, the entire capsule comes in sizes 0 to 28, and in petite and tall ranges. He also tapped 71-year-old model Maye Musk and body positive activist/model Candice Huffine to star in the campaign.

MTV Documentary Films, a division of Viacom's MTV Studios, announced its latest acquisition under Sheila Nevins—Gay Chorus Deep South, one of the year's most award-winning documentaries, a press release noted. Directed by David Charles Rodrigues, the critically acclaimed film premiered at Tribeca, where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature before going on to win 16 additional awards at festivals across the country and around the world. Gay Chorus Deep South is the timely story of 300 brave singers who bravely traveled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas bringing a message of love and acceptance to those fighting intolerance.

Real Housewives of New York's Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley made offensive comments about a trans model at New York Fashion Week, Page Six Style reported. "Who is that?" Morgan can be heard asking Medley in a video she posted to her Instagram Stories of drag queen Miz Cracker on the catwalk. "Oh, that's a guy, right?" Medley can be heard making similar offensive remarks in a now-deleted video of transgender model Yasmine Petty on the runway. "It's pretty disheartening and disappointing, especially this day in age and being in New York City," Petty said. "We have a history as long-standing supporters of the LGBTQ community in many ways and apologize for our offensive comments at the fashion show," Morgan and Medley told Page Six Style in a statement.

Viola Davis was announced as the newest international spokesperson for L'Oréal Paris—a brand that's told women "Because You're Worth It" since 1973, Refinery29.com noted. However, even though her face will be used to sell products like Age Perfect Moisturizers, Davis said she wants to spread the narrative that beauty isn't just the result of a few great products. She said, "The palette that you're starting with is you. The palette that you're starting with is the most beautiful palette. It's 99.9 percent of your beauty. You can't forget it."

Kevin Hart—who previously faced backlash over remarks deemed homophobic—is coming under fire for comments he made to Lil Nas X as the rapper explained why he waited to publicly come out as gay, NBC News noted. Before Lil Nas X could offer an explanation in an episode of HBO Sport's The Shop: Uninterrupted ( in front of a group of men that included Hart and athletes Rob Gronkowski and Kevin Love, among others ), Hart said, "He said he was gay—so what?" Hart's comments as Lil Nas X tried to share his story angered many people on social media, some of whom accused the comedian of being dismissive or gaslighting the rapper.

Virgil Abloh—the busy designer behind Off-White and Louis Vuitton's menswear collections—revealed that he took some time off New York Fashion Week on doctor's orders, Page Six noted. "I'm shifting gears," the creative director told Vogue, adding that he noticed in August he was having a harder time than usual "bouncing back" from a trip overseas. But in terms of his two major fashion shows this month, the designer assured Vogue that everything will be business as usual. "My Off-White team is equipped to handle this, and my Louis Vuitton team is expert-level. The shows will go on," he said.

The Bentonville Film Festival ( co-founded by Academy Award winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater ) announced that its sixth annual event will take place April 29-May 2, 2020, in Bentonville, Arkansas, a press release noted. The 2019 festival featured speakers such as Jason George, Jamie Brewer, Frankie Grande, Jackie Cruz, Jon Cena, Kim Bass, Jordana Spiro, Noelle Stevenson, Sandra Gonzales and more.

The hashtag #MeanGirlsDay is trending to help mark the 15th anniversary of the film Mean Girls, a press release noted. The movie is now available in an anniversary Blu-ray that includes collectible pink packaging, deleted scenes, bloopers, featurettes and more. Mean Girls Day is Thursday, Oct. 3.

Cirque du Soleil continues its partnership with Fathom Events to bring the Cirque du Soleil show LUZIA to cinemas across the country on Oct. 29, following a nationwide in-cinema broadcast of Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS-Cabinet of Curiosities last year, a press release noted. Fathom Events and Cirque du Soleil will present LUZIA in nearly 800 select movie theaters on Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. local time, through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. See FathomEvents.com for a list of locations.

Saturday Night Live is officially cutting ties with Shane Gillis, Variety reported. He posted, "I'm a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL. That can't be taken away. Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction." Gillis was one of three new cast members announced for the long-running NBC sketch comedy show's upcoming 45th season; but shortly thereafter, clips began circulating from Gillis' podcasts and other media in which he repeatedly used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language.

Courtney Love took a stand by refusing to take $100,000 to attend Joss Sackler's Fashion Week show, and has received an outpouring of support, Page Six noted. For shunning OxyContin heiress Sackler, Love was praised on social media by many, including artist Nan Goldin, who famously campaigned for the Sackler name to be removed from cultural establishments whom they paid for social validation. The two have continued their feud on social media.

Nearly 50 years after its release, Marvin Gaye's classic "What's Going On" has a video release, with the project helmed by Savanah Leaf, a Motown press release noted. "What's Going On" is the first video from Universal Music Group's "Never Made" project, a series that creates compelling content for songs that never had an accompanying music video. It was screened at the 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference ( CBC ALC ) following the panel discussion "'What's Going On' to 'Let's Get Going': Building a Social Movement through the Arts." The video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5TmORitlKk.

In what could become a new trend for artists, pop legend Madonna is banning cellphones entirely from her upcoming tour, CBS Los Angeles reported. The Material Girl will require that attendees put their phones and accessories in secure pouches ahead of the concert. Several fans took to social media to post the phone-ban message they received from Ticketmaster after getting their tickets. "This event will be a phone-free experience," it read. "Use of cellphones, smart watches, smart accessories, cameras or recording devices will not be permitted in the performance space."

HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order to Americanah, a long-time passion project of Lupita Nyong'o, Deadline noted. The Oscar-winning 12 Years Of Slave standout will star in and executive produce the limited series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's best-selling novel of the same name. Nyong'o's Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner on the 10-episode limited series.

Shameless returns to Showtime for a 10th season starting Sunday, Nov. 10, a press release noted. Among other plot developments, Ian ( Cameron Monaghan ) and Mickey ( Noel Fisher ) rekindle their romance in prison as both cellmates and lovers; and emboldened by the $50,000 left to her by Fiona ( Emmy Rossum ), Debbie ( Emma Kenney ) has stepped in as the family's new matriarch. The trailer is at https://youtu.be/8WhFwSy62xk.

Grammy-nominated multiplatinum artist Halsey will release Manic—the follow-up to her chart-topping 2017 album, hopeless fountain kingdom—on Jan. 17, 2020, on Capitol Records, a press release noted. She recently won the Hal David Starlight Award, presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, plus a VMA and two Teen Choice Awards.

Chance the Rapper—who has worked with Cardi B and Nicki Minaj on separate occasions—opened up in an interview with Big Boy about why he believes that situation was orchestrated by everyone but the rappers themselves, Complex.com noted. "A lot of that stuff is produced," he said. "We live in... A lot of everything is curated before we get to see it. Like, all the information, the way that they phrase it to us... The way they put people against. It's made for you to like, accept it a certain way, so a lot of people had to choose a side." Chance also praised both women, adding, "Just being honest, they are two of the greatest recording artists."

While attending Savage x Fenty show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Rihanna told Entertainment Tonight that performing at the upcoming Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show was not on her to-do list, People.com noted. "I still got an album to finish," she told the outlet. "You gonna ask me about Super Bowl? My fans about to have my neck." In October 2018, it was reported that the "Love on the Brain" singer had "declined" the opportunity to headline the NFL's biggest night this year.

Alex Trebek released a video on his game show's YouTube channel saying that the Jeopardy! host will need to endure another round of chemotherapy for his stage 4 pancreatic cancer after a health downturn over the summer, Deadline reported. Trebek reveals that while doctors are "re-examining" his situation, he expects to have "more chemo treatments ahead."

Producer Sam Raimi ( Evil Dead ) and director Alexandre Aja ( The Hills Have Eyes ) are behind the thriller film Crawl, coming to Digital Sept. 24 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Oct. 15, courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment, a press release noted. The Digital and Blu-ray releases have more than 45 minutes of special features, including an exclusive motion comic of the film's alternate opening. In addition, there are deleted and extended scenes, a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible visual effects, interviews with cast and crew, and more.

Wendy Williams' wig stylist, Robyn Michele, has quit after working on the host's daytime talk show for years, saying, "Yes, it was my choice," Page Six reported. Though her departure is bittersweet, Michele said there's no "bad blood" between her and 55-year-old Williams. Williams has since hired Dominic Santiago for her wigs. Page Six previously reported that Williams show staffers were secretly looking for new jobs amid rumors the show will be canceled after this upcoming season, which premiered Sept. 16; however, Deadline reported that the series has been renewed for two more seasons, through 2021-22.

NBCUniversal's Kelly Clarkson premiered to a 1.9 household rating across primary runs in the metered markets, Deadline noted. That marked the highest debut rating for a first run syndicated show in seven years, since September 2012, when Katie Couric's Katie and Steve Harvey premiered. Kelly Clarkson got a lot of attention when her first scheduled guest, Kevin Hart, had to pull out after a car accident and pal Dwayne Johnson stepped in to replace him and provide an update on his condition.

Black-ish will host a Girlfriends reunion this season, with Jill Marie Jones, Persia White and Golden Brooks set to rejoin their former co-star Tracee Ellis Ross in an upcoming episode of the ABC family sitcom, Yahoo! noted. Ross announced the news on the Black-ish Twitter account, revealing the foursome on set for the Oct. 8 episode titled "Feminisn't." Girlfriends ran for eight seasons between 2000 and 2008, with the first six airing on UPN and the final two on successor network The CW.

Live with Kelly and Ryan, as part of the show's "Record Breaker Week," earned a new Guinness World Record title for most ballet dancers en pointe simultaneously, a press release noted. "Live" danced its way into the record books as 306 participants—including Ripa herself—rose to the occasion and went en pointe for a full minute, beating the previous record of 245.

An English stuntwoman who suffered severe injuries filming a motorcycle stunt for 2016's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter claimed she hasn't received needed medical support and is suing the film's producers, Yahoo! Entertainment reported. A lawsuit stated that Olivia Jackson—stunt double for star Milla Jovovich, who plays Alice—was filming a scene in South Africa in 2015 when the motorcycle she was riding crashed into a camera that wasn't raised in time. The lawsuit said Jackson suffered "catastrophic injuries," had to have her left arm amputated and "had to be placed into a coma while doctors performed life-saving surgery."

Bruce Beresford-Redman, a former producer on the reality series Survivor, has been released from a Mexican prison after spending years behind bars in connection with the death of his wife, Deadline noted. The TV producer was convicted in the killing of wife Monica Burgos during a family vacation with their two children at a Cancun resort in 2010. Her naked and beaten body was found in a septic tank on what would have been her 42nd birthday. Beresford-Redman maintained his innocence throughout the case.


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