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SHOWBIZ Tegan and Sara, 'The Boys in the Band,' Charlize Theron, Janet Jackson
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-04-23

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Twins/indie band Tegan and Sara are releasing their memoir, High School, EW.com reported. It tells their coming-of-age story: growing up in Alberta, Canada, grappling with their sexuality, and facing the pressures of adulthood as the end of adolescence loomed. High School publishes Sept. 24 and is available for pre-order; visit https://www.mcdbooks.com/high-school/.

Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer and the entire Broadway cast of last year's The Boys in the Band will reunite, along with director Joe Mantello, for a Netflix film adaptation, Deadline noted. Also reprising their roles from the star-packed production are Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington and Brian Hutchison. "The Broadway cast of Boys was so important to me," producer Ryan Murphy wrote in an Instagram post, "and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley's seminal work." Murphy will be produce the film with David Stone and Ned Martel, with a debut on Netflix in 2020.

Actress Charlize Theron said that her 7-year-old daughter, Jackson, is transgender, LGBTQ Nation noted. "Yes, I thought she was a boy, too," Theron told the Daily Mail. "Until she looked at me when she was 3 years old and said, 'I am not a boy!' ... I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that." Theron said that she accepts her daughter.

On June 7, A&M/UMe is set to release Janet Jackson's iconic mega platinum-selling third album, Control, on single vinyl in two different color options: black and translucent red, a press release noted. This will be the first time Control has been reissued on vinyl since the album's initial release on Feb. 4, 1986. Led by five hit singles—"What Have You Done for Me Lately," "Nasty," the title track, "When I Think Of You" and "Let's Wait Awhile"—Control became Jackson's first number-one pop album. The album can be pre-ordered at https://ume.lnk.to/ControlVinylPR.

The Met is putting on a new exhibit—and it's getting some help from actors Ezra Miller and Keiynan Lonsdale, Billboard.com noted. On April 16, Vogue published a feature on The Met's new spring exhibit "Camp: Notes on Fashion," based on Susan Sontag's seminal 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp.'" The exhibit will take a look at camp fashion throughout history in the context of Sontag's definition of the style, exhalting its "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration." The exhibit will also provide the theme for this year's annual Met Gala, which is co-chaired by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, Anna Wintour and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele.

Madame X—Madonna's follow-up to 2015's Rebel Heart—will arrive June 14, Variety noted. The video for the single "Medellin" ( recorded with Maluma ) will arrive during an MTV special called "MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: 'Medellin Video World Premiere," that will air April 24. Along with Maluma, the album features guest spots from Migos' Quavo, Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee, Brazilian singer Anitta. A few of the other songs on Madame X include "Killers Who Are Partying," "Come Alive," "Dark Ballet" and "God Control."

Tyler Blackburn—an actor best known for his roles on Pretty Little Liars and Roswell, New Mexico—recently came out as bisexual, LGBTQ Nation noted, citing an Advocate.com interview. He said, "I'm queer. I've identified as bisexual since a teenager." However, after being bullied for effeminacy during his 10th grade year, he stopped exploring many things he loved out of a "soul-crushing" self-hatred and shame. He dated a few long-term female partners during his 20s, but says he always had an "underlying curiosity" about men.

Missy Elliott has teased new music after revealing that she had recently finished work on a "big project, NME.com noted. Elliott's last full-album release was 2005's The Cookbook. Elliott wrote on Instagram: "I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood 'Keep On Movin' I'm bout to show yall I'm on some next ish." The post also featured a clip of Elliott dancing to Soul II Soul's "Keep It Moving."

The award-winning documentary The Lavender Scare will open theatrically in New York ( Cinema Village ) and Los Angeles ( Laemmle Music Hall ) on Friday, June 7—timed to the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots—with a national release to follow, a press release noted. The 75-minute film focuses on the era involving the witch hunt and the mass firings of gay people in the 1950s from the United States government.

After more than four years in the works, Netflix's TV adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham—from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. Television—is set to come to the streaming service in the fourth quarter of this year, Variety reported. The series will feature voice talents of Adam Devine ( as "Sam I Am" ) and Michael Douglas ( "Guy I Am" ), along with Diane Keaton, Ilana Glazer, Eddie Izzard, Tracy Morgan, Keegan-Michael Key, Daveed Diggs, John Turturro, Jeffrey Wright and Jillian Bell.

Global-accommodation sharing service Airbnb's first documentary feature film, Gay Chorus Deep South, will have its world premiere at the 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival, RealScreen.com noted. The 100-minute film developed and produced by Airbnb documents the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus as they travel through Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina on its Lavender Pen Tour. Gay Chorus Deep South premieres April 29 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

The fifth and final season of Broad City will arrive on DVD on July 9, along with a new Complete Series collection, a press release noted. Executive-produced by Amy Poehler, Broad City stars series creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. The pair navigate their 20s in New York in "an ingenious love letter to friendship and the city" ( New York Times ) through various antics. The show's many guest stars have included Fred Armisen, Amy Sedaris, Seth Rogen, RuPaul, Kumail Nanjiani, Kelly Ripa, Jane Curtin, Fran Drescher, Whoopi Goldberg and more.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge will reprise their sold-out off-Broadway double bill of solo one-act plays Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway this summer, Deadline noted. Originally presented in February at the Public Theater to strong reviews, Sea Wall/A Life will begin performances on Friday, July 26, at Broadway's Hudson Theatre, with an opening night set for Thursday, Aug. 8. The strictly limited engagement will play through Sunday, Sept. 29.

Phylicia Rashad will make her Broadway directing debut next spring with Charles Randolph-Wright's play Blue, featuring music by Nona Hendryx, Deadline noted. Although Blue will be Rashad's Broadway directing debut, she has directed productions of four August Wilson plays. She's also directed at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and New York's Signature Theatre.

On the NBC show Good Girls, Sadie ( Isaiah Stannard ) tells mom Annie ( Mae Whitman ) that she is a boy—and Annie accepts her child, a press release noted. Last season, there were subtle allusions that Sadie was exploring her gender identity. Sadie is played by Isaiah Stannard, who is an out trans boy and uses he/him pronouns.

Former Vanity Fair interviewer George Wayne finally celebrated his latest book, Anyone Who's Anyone, with a swanky party at Russian Samovar—after the work was published in 2017, Page Six revealed. Village People cowboy Randy Jones led a toast, belting the theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Wayne's book features interviews with Faye Dunaway, William Shatner, Farrah Fawcett, Kate Moss and Jon Bon Jovi, among others.

Tennis champ Serena Williams took to Instagram to announce her own venture-capital firm—Serena Ventures, AdAge reported. Williams wrote in a post to her 10.9 million Instagram followers that she's been quietly investing in a variety of start-ups through the firm since 2014. The firm's website lists the 30 start-ups in the VC's portfolio; they include cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, women-focused razor-subscription service Billie and financial software company Propel, among others.

Beyonce has landed a $60-million deal with Netflix for three projects, Page Six noted. The first of the three specials is Homecoming, the behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling her 2018 Coachella performance—a massive spectacle of dance, visuals and music—that premiered April 17. According to Vulture, HBO was also interested in the project, having had a long relationship with the singer.

Emmy-winning producer Ryan Murphy and husband David Miller are planning a high-profile industry fundraiser for Buttigieg's campaign on June 19, according to NewNowNex.com, citing The Hollywood Reporter. The co-hosts include Billy Eichner; Matt Bomer and husband Simon Halls; Love, Simon director Greg Berlanti and husband Robbie Rogers; CAA partner Bryan Lourd and husband Bruce Bozzi; former People editor Jess Cagle and husband Matt Whitney; and CAA partner Kevin Huvane.

Adele and her husband, Simon Konecki, have split after more than seven years together, EW.com noted. The "Hello" singer first addressed their relationship in a blog post in January 2012, the same month they were spotted on an airboat ride in the Everglades. The couple have a 6-year-old son, Angelo.

Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams and indie-musician husband Phil Elverum have separated after less than a year of marriage, EW.com reported. The Fosse/Verdon star first revealed their romance in a cover story for Vanity Fair last July, when she confirmed her marriage to Elverum for the first time. Williams is mom to 12-year-old Matilda ( with the late Heath Ledger ); Elverum has a 3-year-old daughter from his first marriage.

Britney Spears' mom continues to fan the flame of hysteria over the star's mental health with cryptic online behavior, Page Six noted. Fans searched for answers about the "Toxic" singer's admittance into a mental-health facility, Lynne Spears whipped them into a frenzy by liking Instagram comments from fans, such as, "I really hope you are supporting Britney in trying to end [her] conservatorship. I really hope your ailing ex husband isn't keeping your daughter somewhere against her will."

A New York judge has agreed to let a class-action lawsuit proceed with a sex-trafficking claim against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, The Hollywood Reporter noted. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein eliminated all of the other claims. The lawsuit ( one of several against Weinstein ) was first filed in late 2017 and had 10 plaintiffs alleging he harassed and assaulted them from 1993 to 2011; he is also set to stand trial on criminal sexual assault charges. Weinstein has denied the allegations.

T-shirt designer Mossimo Giannulli—who's married to actress Lori Loughlin and who's been accused of paying bribes to get his daughters into the University of Southern California ( USC )—has spoken out about how he lied to his own parents about attending the school while pocketing their tuition payments, Page Six revealed. Back in the 1980s, Giannulli convinced his dad that he was a college student by making bogus report cards. USC confirmed to CNN that Giannulli attended during the spring semester of 1984, but not as a fully matriculated student.


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