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SHOWBIZ Lance Bass, trans actor, Miley Cyrus, 'Queer Eye'
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

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In California, Lance Bass is a co-owner of Rocco's WeHo—the latest iteration in a small chain of establishments that mixes a traditional sports bar with an Italian-American eatery, noted. However, this queer spot also includes a dance floor that's unveiled during the weekends. JC Chasez attended the restaurateur's 40th birthday party, which was held at Rocco's in May, alongside other famous friends like Allison Janney and Lisa Vanderpump.

The first openly transgender actor in the Marvel Universe says there needs to be more representation of his experience, according to Page Six. Zach Barack—who plays a classmate of Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Far From Home—has said said that, to him, superhero movies "always felt like a trans story because it's talking about identity." ( His gender identity is not addressed in the brief role. ) The Chicago-area native, who also appeared in the TV series L.A.'s Finest, said there needs to be more roles for trans people in all sorts of movies.

Miley Cyrus dropped a new video for their song "Mother's Daughter," and it highlights issues of feminism, queer sexuality and gender fluidity, LGBTQ Nation noted. It also features queer female skateboarder Lacey Baker, trans model Casil McArthur, Black trans disabled model Aaron Philip and young Black activist Little Miss Flint, among others. During the video, slogans appear onscreen like "Every woman is a riot," "You are f*** beautiful," "Virginity is a social construct" and "Sin is in your eyes." Cyrus—who identifies as queer, pansexual and gender fluid, and is married to actor Liam Hemsworth—has long spoken in favor of LGBTQ rights and identity.

Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski threw fans into a frenzy on the Fourth of July after Porowski posted a picture of the two co-workers kissing along with the caption: "I guess Amurica's birthday's our anniversary, babe," Queerty noted. Van Ness waited until the next day to clear up the prank, posting another photo with the caption: "it was Antoni's idea, but maybe someday we will fall in love."

Kylie Jenner showed her support for parent Caitlyn in a recent Instagram video, wearing a pair of pink, blue and purple tie-dye sweatpants and Ugg's "Pride Fluff Yeah" slides ( $100 ), which feature fuzzy pink, blue and white stripes and a logo-branded heel strap based on the colors of the transgender flag, Page Six noted. Caitlyn publicly came out about her transition in April 2015 during a highly publicized interview with Diane Sawyer. A few months later, she made her public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair.

The former Massachusetts busboy who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault has abruptly dropped his civil lawsuit against the actor, Page Six revealed. The alleged victim filed a voluntary notice of dismissal in Massachusetts Superior Court, attorney Mitchell Garabedian said. The young man claimed Spacey plied him with alcohol before reaching into his pants to grope him at the Club Car Restaurant in July 2016. Spacey has been charged with indecent assault and battery; that case is still pending. The Oscar winner has denied the allegations.

However, in other Spacey-related news, Scotland Yard investigators have questioned him about the sexual-assault allegations he's facing in London, according to Page Six. The British cops grilled Spacey—who is accused of assaulting six different men between 1996 and 2013—in the United Staes sometime in May, Variety recently reported. The former House of Cards star has not been formally charged over the allegations, which surfaced in late 2017.

YouTuber Phil Lester has come out as gay, The Washington Blade noted. Lester, 32, has more than 4 million subscribers, and his coming-out video has been viewed millions of times. Lester is a frequent collaborator with fellow British YouTuber, Dan Howell, and they are known as the comedy duo, Dan & Phil. Howell also came out as gay last month and hinted in his video that he and Lester were once romantically involved.

Female chart-toppers Bananarama are set to release their first new album in a decade, In Stereo, on July 26 in North America via Bob Frank Distribution ( BFD ) via The Orchard, a press release stated. ( The video for "Stuff Like That" is at ) Bananarama, a British group, have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Bananarama's Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward are celebrating their 37th anniversary as founding members of the group.

HBO's Euphoria aired a soft-core animated sex scene featuring none other than former One Direction bandmasters Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson—and, now, Tomlinson has responded, noted. Many 1D fans were angry, wondering if the scene was created without the musicians' consent—and Tomlinson tweeted, "I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it." n 2017, Tomlinson spoke about the Larry fan-fiction ship, saying it had affected his friendship with Styles.

Lee Daniels' long battle to find a home for his canceled Fox series Star seems to have taken a new twist, Deadline noted. In a video post on social media Friday, the Oscar nominee announced that the axed musical drama will be returning as a "movie of the week to wrap up things up for y'all," after three seasons. Daniels did not reveal any details about where the Star finale would appear.

Florence + the Machine will celebrate a decade since the release of the band's seminal album Lungs with a re-release on Aug. 16, a press release noted. There will be a special collectors' box set and digital package that offer a number of unheard songs, B-sides and rarities including two unreleased demos—"My Best Dress" and "Donkey Kosh"—that are now available. In addition, there will be a clothbound deluxe box set that includes the original Lungs album on pink vinyl, as well as an LP of bonus material that has been curated by Florence herself that has never been available on vinyl before.

The documentary Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise is now available to own ( $14.99 ) or rent ( $5.99 ) on Amazon Prime Video Direct and, a press release noted. The film aims to look into the truth of women's experiences in the world, using Ridley Scott's landmark film as a touchstone. Clips from Thelma & Louise serve as a catalyst for personal stories by viewers who were impacted by the film in 1991, as well as two of the male actors ( Christopher McDonald and Marco St. John ) and film editor Thom Noble.

Iggy Azalea's sophomore album, In My Defense, will be released July 19, a press release noted. The four-time Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum artist will celebrate this release with a headline show at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on July 19, in partnership with TIDAL. Her debut album, The New Classic, featured the hit "Fancy."

There will be a fourth season of Wynonna Earp, the popular series based on the IDW comic created by Beau Smith, Deadline noted. Season four is scheduled to begin later this year for premiere in summer 2020 on Syfy in the United States and Space in Canada. That will make for a two-year gap between seasons three and four. The fourth season of Wynonna Earp was delayed by issues with funding at IDW Entertainer, which said earlier in the year that it was in danger of losing money on the show.

Vin Diesel announced on Instagram that Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are returning for Fast & Furious 9, Deadline reported. In 2017's Fate of the Furious, Theron played cyberterrorist Cipher while Mirren played Magdalene Shaw, the mother of Deckard ( Jason Statham ) and Owen ( Luke Evans ). Mirren will be seen again as Magdalene in the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw on Aug. 2.

FX has set September premiere dates for its Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans M.C.; Mr Inbetween; the ninth installment of the American Horror Story franchise American Horror Story: 1984; and the 14th season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Deadline noted. American Horror Story: 1984 will debut Wed., Sept. 18, while Tuesday, Sept. 3, is the start date for Mayans. Australian drama series Mr Inbetween will premiere Thursday, Sept. 12, while FX's first hit comedy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will premiere its 14th season Wed., Sept. 25.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds are joining forces to film Red Notice, noted. The film will follow Johnson's character —an Interpol agent tracking the world's most wanted art thief throughout the globe. In February 2018, Universal Pictures acquired the project with a record $20-million payday for Johnson, according to Variety; but now, Deadline reported the project has switched studios, now moving to Netflix.

An assault case against Kevin Hunter Jr.—the son of talk-show host Wendy Williams—has been dismissed, reported. Prosecutors said they'd reviewed the case and decided to no longer pursue charges against him for allegedly punching his father in the face during a parking-lot scuffle. Kevin Hunter Sr. walked into the New Jersey court with his son and told the judge he agreed with the prosecutor's decision not to pursue charges.

Kim Kardashian West is calling the decision to name her shapewear brand Kimono "innocent" in a new interview for WSJ. Magazine's first-ever all-digital issue, noted. "You would think we would have obviously thought it through a little bit deeper," Kardashian West said. After facing accusations of cultural appropriation for naming the forthcoming brand after a traditional Japanese clothing item, she announced plans to change the name.

A SAG-AFTRA disciplinary committee has found actor Kip Pardue guilty of "serious misconduct" in relation to a sexual harassment complaint filed by actress Sarah Scott, noted. Scott accused him of masturbating in front of her shortly after filming a scene together on the indie TV project Mogulettes. In a statement to the Times last October, Pardue said: "I clearly misread the situation during a sex scene on set and have apologized to Sarah. I never intended to offend her in any way and deeply regret my actions and have learned from my behavior."

Harvey Weinstein's newest and latest defense lawyers won't be asking a New York state judge for another delay in the start of the Oscar winning producer's rape trial, Deadline reported. Led by recently hired Chicago attorneys Damon Cheronis and Donna Rotunno, the re-revamped team was officially confirmed as Weinstein's reps at a July 11 hearing in front of New York Supreme Court Justice James Burke. The trial is scheduled for Sept. 9.

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