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SHOWBIZ Nate Berkus, Christina Aguilera, 'Love, Simon,' Samira Wiley
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-03-27

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Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent—who are expecting their second child—were honored by the Family Equality Council at the group's annual gala by good friend Armie Hammer, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Berkus and Brent delivered an emotional acceptance speech about how their show isn't just about design. "What does it feel like for a young gay, transgender or bisexual child to watch a family that looks like them, living openly on television?" Brent asked. "It is not lost on us. It is not lost on us how lucky we are to be a gay family at this moment at this time. ... We know that we now have a responsibility to love visibly."

Christina Aguilera outed an ex-boyfriend, Page Six stated. When discussing the inspiration behind her 2002 song "Infatuation" on RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, she admitted, "It was heartbreaking because I found out he played for your team, not mine." Aguilera, 37, didn't reveal her muse's name, but she previously told MTV News that the track was inspired by her ex-boyfriend, dancer Jorge Santos, who she dated for two years.

Matt Bomer and his husband, Simon Halls, bought out a movie theater in Bomer's Texas hometown of Spring so that anyone who wants to see Love, Simon can watch it for free, according to Page Six. "This is an important movie, and a really good one," Bomer wrote on Instagram of the coming-out story. "I know you'll love it so come watch for free this Sunday! #loveislove." Kristen Bell and Neil Patrick Harris are among others who have bought out theater showings of the movie, People.com noted.

Speaking of Love, Simon, co-stars Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel ( who play the parents of the title character ) told People magazine how they'd react if their kids came out to them. "I truly just want my kid to be happy and passionate about what it is that he loves," Duhamel, 45, said of his son, Axl Jack, 4. "If he came out he was gay, so be it, if that makes him happy." Garner said, "My kids are growing up saying, 'Someday when I get married, I don't know if I'll marry a man or a woman.' That door is open in a way that it never has been and they really do know, 'Oh, this is so and so and this is his husband,' and 'This is so and so and this is her wife,' and that has completely been normalized—at least for my kids and, hopefully, will be for this next generation."

GLAAD announced that Emmy nominee Samira Wiley will be honored at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York at the New York Hilton Midtown on Saturday, May 5, a press release noted. Wiley will receive the Vito Russo Award, which is presented to an openly LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance. GLAAD previously announced that Britney Spears and Jim Parsons would be receiving honors at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

With House of Cards going in a completely new direction this season by axing the star of the show, Kevin Spacey, a newcomer is emerging to deny that the actor was the star of the show at all, Page Six noted, citing an Entertainment Tonight item. House of Cards season-six newcomer Cody Fern suggested that the pivot from Spacey's Frank Underwood to Robin Wright's Claire as the principal star happened well before the actor's recent firing amid public scrutiny. Spacey was let go from his position on the show after allegations of sexual misconduct on the set came out.

The LGBT series EastSiders has been nominated for six Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Daytime Digital Drama Series, Outstanding Writing & Directing for creator/star Kit Williamson and Outstanding Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for Van Hansis, a press release noted. Other accolades for EastSiders include two previous Daytime Emmy Nominations, a Satellite Award Nomination from The International Press Academy, two Indie Series Awards for Best Ensemble, the Queerty Award for Best Digital Series, and the LA Weekly Web Award for Best Drama. The 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will take place April 29.

A California appellate court has halted Olivia de Havilland's lawsuit against FX Networks over its limited series Feud: Bette and Joan, concluding that, "The First Amendment does not require authors, filmmakers, playwrights, and television producers to provide their creations to the public at no charge," Deadline reported. The judges added that Catherine Zeta-Jones's portrayal of the now-101-year-old, Oscar-winning actress in the program "is not highly offensive to a reasonable person as a matter of law."

Aaron Carter is now saying that reports of him being bisexual were "misconstrued," The Gay UK reported. When asked whether he could see himself in a relationship with another man Aaron replied, "Yeah, no. It was more so just a story that happened when I was like 17 with somebody, and I can find men and women attractive, but when it comes down to it, I think it was a little misconstrued." He added, "I see myself being with a woman and having kids. I want to have a family."

Black Panther is now one of the top five highest grossing films in domestic box-office history, and the top superhero film on the charts, MSN.com noted. The latest Marvel movie passed the $623 million made by The Avengers on its sixth Saturday in theaters, grossing $7.76 million to bring its domestic total to $626.5 million. The film is estimated to raise its cumulative gross to $631 million, giving it a sixth-weekend total of $17.5 million. With this result, Black Panther also passed the domestic total of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which made $619 million this past winter.

Cheryl Dunye is set to write and direct The Wonder of All Things for Lionsgate and producers David Heyman and Jeff Clifford at Heyday, Deadline reported. Lionsgate bought the screen rights to the Jason Mott novel four years ago. The Wonder of All Things is a supernatural story that follows 13-year old Ava, who discovers her healing powers after saving the life of her friend Wash following a plane disaster at an air show.

After a 10-year hiatus, the home-design show Trading Spaces is returning to TLC on Saturday, April 7, according to a press release. Host Paige Davis is returning, and designers Doug Wilson and Hildi Santo Tomas as well as seasoned carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse reunite.

An animated film project starring the Spice Girls is being shopped to potential production partners, Page Six noted, citing Variety. All five members of the group have signed off on their likenesses being used for a superhero-themed movie working off of the "girl power" message. The news followed recent rumors that the British girl group, founded in 1994, planned to stage a reunion tour.

Former The Wonder Years actor Fred Savage issued a strong denial of assault and other accusations made against him, saying that the allegations contained in a lawsuit filed by a crew member on his now-defunct show The Grinder are "completely without merit and absolutely untrue," TheWrap reported. "I was made aware that a woman working in the costume department of a show I was on almost three years ago has claimed that I treated her harshly on set simply because she was a woman. These accusations are completely without merit and absolutely untrue," Savage said. 20th Century Fox Television, which produced The Grinder, came to Savage's defense with its own statement.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey has denied reports of multiple sexual-harassment complaints made against him, TheWrap reported. In a memo to staff obtained by TheWrap, Bailey said three reported harassment accusations were defamatory and false. Only one account of inappropriate touching from over a decade ago on a movie set was logged, he said, which Bailey also denies.

Toni Braxton announced the release of her ninth studio album, Sex & Cigarettes, via Def Jam Recordings, a press release stated. The album includes hit singles "Deadwood," "Long As I Live" and the title track. This year commemorates 25 years in the music business for Braxton, since the release of her eponymously titled debut album in 1993, on Arista Records.

Sex educators Nina Brochmann, MD and Ellen Stokken Dahl have written The Wonder Down Under ( through the publisher Quercus ), about the female genitalia. A press release noted that the book tackles several issues, including the hymen and its myths, the vagina, Disco Mice and more.

A toxicology report from Prince's autopsy that The Associated Press obtained shows he had what multiple experts called an "exceedingly high" concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died, Time reported. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. Public data released six weeks after his death showed he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl—a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Actor Colton Haynes-Leatham's mother, Dana, has passed away, according to Instinct magazine. He first shared about her grim diagnosis a month ago, where she was suffering from advanced cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure. He shared a collage of the two of them on his Instagram, where he penned a heartfelt tribute to the woman he called "momma."

DuShon Monique Brown—known for her role as Connie, assistant to Chief Boden, on NBC's Chicago Fire—died March 23 at age 49, Deadline noted. Brown had played the key recurring character since the series launch in 2012. She previously recurred as Katie Welch on Fox's Prison Break and recently guest-starred on Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, for Amazon.

Caitlyn Jenner shared a warning with her fans after having a skin-cancer scare, US Weekly noted. "I recently had to get some sun damage removed from my nose," Jenner, 68, captioned an Instagram photo on March 20. "PSA- always wear your sunblock!" The mark on Jenner's nose is visibly red where the skin was removed. The I Am Cait star's stepdaughter Khloe Kardashian revealed she had a skin cancer scare of her own in August 2016.

Multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Josh Groban has announced his fall arena tour, a press release stated. This is Groban's first tour since his sold-out Stages Tour 2015/2016—and joining him throughout the tour is Tony-Award winning artist and actress Idina Menzel. Josh Groban: Bridges Tour kicks off in Duluth, Georgia, on Oct. 18 and will hit almost 20 cities around the country before wrapping up in New York City at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 18; some of the other stops will include Nashville, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Phoenix.

Just two years after Lindsay Lohan got off probation for the first time in eight years, the actress has announced that she is the new spokesperson for Lawyer.com, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In a new video for the lawyer directory service, Lohan says, "When Lawyer.com first reached out to me, I was confused, a little scared, because I thought I was in trouble. But when they asked me to be their spokesperson, I was intrigued. After meeting with the team, I realized Lawyer.com is just about helping people."

GWS Auctions announced a record breaking final price for a pair of Elvis Presley's glasses that sold for a final price of $159,900, a press release noted. The pair of personally owned Elvis Presley "Last Hawaiian Vacation" 14-karat chrome and plastic custom sunglasses represented the highest price ever paid at auction for a pair of Presley's glasses. He was photographed wearing the glasses on multiple occasions, including on his last summer vacation in Hawaii in 1977.

FX is not going forward with its Marvel's Deadpool animated adult action-comedy series, from Atlanta creator/executive producer/star Donald Glover and writer Stephen Glover, Deadpool reported. The project, an adaptation of the hit Marvel character, received a 10-episode straight-to-series order last May to premiere in 2018 on FX Networks' comedy-focused FXX.

Producers Ken Davenport ( Once on This Island ) and Kurt Deutsch announced that they have optioned the rights to develop a stage musical based on the Vacation film franchise by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, TheWrap noted. No composer or book writer has yet been announced for the adaptation, which is in the early stages of development. The producers hinted that the film's suburban Griswold family may be bound for a vacation in New York City—a departure from the original 1983 comedy.


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