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SHOWBIZ Halsey, GLAAD, Jonathan Van Ness, Carol Burnett, 'Stranger Hearts'
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times.
2020-03-10

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Halsey said she won't be touring for a while after the year is over, IHeart.com noted. The singer, who is currently traveling for her "Manic World Tour," made the announcement on Instagram March 1. Posting images from her recent show in Munich, Germany, Halsey told followers, "I think 2020 will mark the end of me touring for a very long time. Thank you for making the memories so special. I am cherishing every single night."

GLAAD announced that recording artist and singer-songwriter Mika will perform at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 16; and stand-up comedian, writer and actress Fortune Feimster will host the Awards, a press release noted. GLAAD also announced that special guests rapper Lil Nas X; actress, producer and director Olivia Wilde ( Booksmart ); singer-songwriter and actress Hailee Steinfeld; showrunner, writer, director, producer and actor Dan Levy ( Schitt's Creek ); radio personality Elvis Duran; writer, actor, director and comedian Ryan O'Connell; actress and artist Amandla Stenberg; and drag superstars D.J. "Shangela" Pierce, Bob The Drag Queen,and Eureka O'Hara will attend. In addition, Taylor Swift will receive the Vanguard Award and Janet Mock will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness clapped back at a now-former Bernie Sanders staffer who tweeted a "joke" about him dying from AIDS-related illness, PinkNews noted. In one 2019 message, Ben Mora shared photos of Van Ness in a modelling shoot, writing: "Jonathon Van Ness trying to look hot while Daddy Ronald Reagan watches him die of AIDS," referencing 2018 comments the Queer Eye star had made criticizing Sanders' style. Van Ness said of Mora's comments, "As an HIV+ queer person IF I do have to support Bernie should he win the nomination I want to experience the 'loving coalition' right here on Twitter. I'm done taking it & not calling it out. Bernie supporters need to check each other."

Carol Burnett and Fathom Events will celebrate the comedic legend's 87th birthday with a fan experience and celebration of The Carol Burnett Show, a press release noted. Coming to movie theaters nationwide for one night only on April 22, the event, "The Carol Burnett Show: Laugh All Night," will feature the premiere screening of a brand new behind-the-scenes retrospective in addition to three classic episodes personally selected by Burnett. Tickets can be purchased starting Friday, March 20, atFathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

Stranger Hearts, a new Dekkoo original series from filmmaker Kevin James Thornton, will debut March 12 on the streaming service, according to a press notice. The series follows three queer characters from wildly different backgrounds, played by Amo ( MTV's The Challenge, The Real World: Go Big or Go Home ), musician Matt Moran and newcomer Qua Robertson Harper. Dekkoo is available internationally via iTunes, Google Play, Xbox, AppleTV, Xfinity X1 and Roku; in the United States and United Kingdom, Dekkoo is also available via Prime Channels.

Cheyenne Jackson will be the male lead opposite Mayim Bialik in Call Me Kat—Fox's multi-camera straight-to-series comedy from The Big Bang Theory alums Bialik and Jim Parsons as well as Warner Bros. TV, Deadline noted. Call Me Kat centers around Kat ( Bialik ), a 39-year-old woman who struggles every day against society and her mother Sheila ( Swoosie Kurtz ) to prove that you CANNOT have everything you want—and still be happy. Jackson will play Kat's ( Bialik ) high school crush, Max.

Following multiple catfishing allegations against RuPaul's Drag Race season 12 contestant Sherry Pie, the New York City-based performer was disqualified from the reality-competition series, EW.com noted. The news came hours before Pie—whose birth name is Joey Gugliemelli—was set to make her debut on the second half of season 12's two-part premiere, which was taped last year. Pie later apologized, according to Billboard, saying on Facebook, ""This is Joey, I want to start by saying how sorry I am that I caused such trauma and pain and how horribly embarrassed and disgusted I am with myself. ... I truly apologize to everyone I have hurt with my actions."

The Washington Wizards hosted its annual Pride Night and made NBA history, as local performer Riley Knoxx became the first openly transgender woman to perform at a league halftime show, The Washington Blade noted. Knoxx told Good Morning America the Wizards "reached out to me, believe it or not. They have been watching for a while and they've been wanting me to perform at their events, but they were just waiting for the right time and space."

Puerto Rican rapper and longtime LGBTQ ally Bad Bunny ( real name: Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio ) told the Los Angeles Times he isn't particularly interested in labeling his sexuality, viewing it as fluid, Queerty noted. "It does not define me," he says. "At the end of the day, I don't know if in 20 years I will like a man. One never knows in life. But at the moment I am heterosexual and I like women."

Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias will make about 20 stops across the United States and Canada in their first joint arena tour, USA Today noted. Combined, the two have dozens of Billboard Hot 100 songs that they'll perform in cities from coast to coast, including "Living La Vida Loca" and "Bailamos." Newcomer Sebastian Yatra will join the Latin superstars on the road. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com .

Danny Tidwell, a finalist on season three of "So You Think You Can Dance?" in 2007, has died at 35, Extra noted. "My heart is broken. Yesterday I lost a brother," dancer/choreographer Travis Wall posted on Instagram. "And we all lost a gift. I'm not ready. But I never think I will be. Because I can't believe this is real. I can't believe you're gone. You were more than my brother. You were my inspiration." So far, no cause of death has been given.

Netflix cancelled AJ and the Queen—which co-starred RuPaul—after one season, Deadline noted. "End of the road for 'AJ and The Queen,'" RuPaul wrote. "Netflix has decided to not extend our trip across America. Thank you for all the love & support. We're so very proud of the work." The series starred RuPaul as Ruby Red, a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990s RV with unlikely sidekick AJ ( Izzy G )—a recently orphaned, tough-talking 9-year-old stowaway.

The American Film Institute is postponing its 48th annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute honoring Julie Andrews in an apparent response to the new coronavirus outbreak, Page Six noted. The organization originally planned to give Andrews its Life Achievement Award on April 25 in Los Angeles; it will be rescheduled for early summer. Andrews will be the 48th recipient of the prestigious honor from the AFI, joining Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Denzel Washington.

Showtime released the official trailer for the drama Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, premiering Sunday, April 26, a press release noted. The series stars Tony and Emmy winner Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, Kerry Bishe, Rory Kinnear, Adriana Barraza, Michael Gladis, Jessica Garza and Johnathan Nieves. When a grisly murder shocks Los Angeles ( in 1938 ), Detective Tiago Vega ( Zovatto ) and partner Lewis Michener ( Lane ) become embroiled in a story that reflects the history of the city, including Mexican-American folklore.

UFC twosome Amanda Nunes and Nina Ansaroff have a baby on the way, Extra noted. The same-sex couple opened up to TMZ about their baby plans in December. Ansaroff explained, "I'm taking a year off," but planned to move up a weight class and return as a 125-lb flyweight.

Wendy Williams claimed that she, Nene Leakes and Marlo Hampton were followed around Bergdorf Goodman by security on a recent ultra glamorous shopping trip in New York City, Essence.com noted. "We not just shopped, we went upstairs and had lunch—the whole bit. The three of us take over. And can I tell you something about security. They treated us like 'the hood' that they treat us," she revealed. Essence reached out to Bergdorf Goodmans and its parent company, Neiman Marcus, who had no comment. Still, a rep said in an email: "We take each of our customers' concerns seriously and we regret not meeting … expectations."

Love Is Blind cast member Carlton Morton told CNN he's gotten death threats because of a controversial, explosive fallout he and fellow cast member Diamond Jack had on the Netflix reality show. Morton and Jack seemed on their way to the altar until he shared with her that he identifies as sexually fluid, and has dated both men and women. What followed was an argument in which she removed her engagement ring, he then tossed it and used the "b-word." On the show, couples "date" for 10 days by sitting in individual pods that allow them to speak with but not see each other; if there is a proposal, they meet face to face afterward for the first time.

Concerns over the coronavirus led organizers to cancel the 2020 South by Southwest music and film festival, EW.com noted. The city of Austin issued an order March 6 effectively forcing the gathering's cancellation, Mayor Steve Adler announced in a press conference. Festival organizers said in a statement, "SXSW will faithfully follow the City's directions." Local officials said there were no confirmed cases of coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, in Travis County, where Austin is. SXSW had been planned for March 13-22.

Following former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay's appearance on the Women Tell All special—where she joined the stage for an important conversation about online harassment and hate—Lindsay told the Associated Press that she thinks "diversity" is currently the franchise's biggest problem, People.com noted. "You're just now having in Bachelor in Paradise your same-sex relationship and they had to bring someone who wasn't a cast member on the show in to make that happen," Lindsay, 34, added, referring to BiP season 6 stars Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty, who became the first same-sex couple in the franchise's history before they eventually split.

Transmasculine pop artist Jakk Fynn ( he/him ) released the song and video for "Heal," a press release noted. "Heal" is the latest release from Cancelled, a five-track EP. Fynn said of the latest single, "Not being true to yourself in a relationship can feel like suffocation, like death. 'Heal' is a chance to do just that—heal—by embracing the vulnerabilities that make me who I am."

The Crown may be ending after five seasons on Netflix, but producer Andy Harries has suggested that the show may have life beyond the streaming service, Deadline reported. This comment came after it emerged in January that The Crown was set to end with its fifth season with Imelda Staunton playing Queen Elizabeth.

Katy Perry and fiance Orlando Bloom are expecting, and Perry shows off her sizable baby bump in her new music video for "Never Worn White," WUSA9.com reported. Through most of the video, Perry is shot from the front wearing a dress that hides her pregnancy; however, at the end, viewers see her from the side without the dress, showing her bump. She also confirmed the pregnancy on Instagram, indicating the baby is due this summer.

James Franco fired back against an October lawsuit in which two of his former acting students accused him of sexual misconduct, USA Today noted. The plaintiffs, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, accused Franco and his partners of "sexualizing their power as a teacher and an employer by dangling the opportunity for roles in their projects." In response, the actor's legal team filed a demurrer in Los Angeles Superior Court calling for the dismissal of three causes of action against their client. Franco's lawyers Debra Ellwood Meppen, Laurie DeYoung and Gene F. Williams praised the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, but slammed the women's lawsuit as "a travesty of justice."

Nicki Minaj's husband, Kenneth Petty, registered as a sex offender in the state of California following his arrest, Page Six noted. Petty, 41, was placed in federal custody earlier this month for failing to register as a sex offender in California following his move to the Golden State from New York, where he is already registered. He was convicted in 1995 of attempting to rape a 16-year-old girl.

Dylan Farrow—the daughter who accused Woody Allen of molesting her decades ago—said she was "in awe and so very grateful" to protesting staffers of the publisher set to put out the Oscar-winning director's now-canceled memoir, Deadline reported. Hachette Book Group announced it had axed Allen's Apropos of Nothing book following a March 5 employee walkout. Also, the move followed assertions by Dylan's brother, Ronan Farrow, that he would no longer work with the company that put out his best-selling Catch & Kill after learning of the Allen deal.


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