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Showbiz: Princess Di, 'Moonlight,' Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lopez
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2017-07-25

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Two shows about Princess Diana—Diana and the Paparazzi as well as Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye—will air on the Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT, respectively, a press release stated. This year marks the 20th anniversary of her passing. Smithsonian Channel will also premiere a four-part series on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. CT called Inside Windsor Castle.

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has been selected as a keynote speaker at South by Southwest Conference and Festivals that will take place March 9-18, 2018 in Austin, Texas, Page Six noted. Jenkins' feature film debut, Medicine for Melancholy, had its world premiere at SXSW in 2008. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with Tarell Alvin McCraney for Moonlight, which also won Best Picture at this year's Oscars and Golden Globes ( drama ).

Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is playing writer Gore Vidal in a new Netflix original biopic, Gore, which is in production in Italy, according to Page Six. U.S. director Michael Hoffman ( The Last Station ) is helming the 1980s-set film about the late author, playwright and occasional political candidate. Vidal—who died in 2012 at age 86—reportedly resisted to call himself gay, but he did have relationships with men, The Daily Beast has noted.

Jennifer Lopez has received praise for paying tribute to her non-binary relative, PinkNews noted. Her sister's child was sent by their school to take part in the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., and the "Play" singer was overjoyed. Lopez posted, in part, "This is Brendan my sister Leslie's second child!! They were the one person selected to represent their school at #globalyoungleadersconference in Washington DC!!! And I couldn't be more proud!!!" Last month, the pop star spoke out about her late lesbian aunt, who struggled with her own sexuality.

Kim Zolciak-Biermann and NeNe Leakes are officially rejoining the show Real Housewives of Atlanta ( RHOA ) for its 10th season, People.com noted. "As of today my deal is done!" Zolciak-Biermann revealed shortly before Bravo confirmed the news. "I'm coming to play with the ladies over at RHOA." In June, Leakes confirmed her return to RHOA by posting a photo of herself to Instagram in a cleavage-bearing top and crown holding a champagne glass and a peach.

Brad Pitt made a surprise appearance during Frank Ocean's FYF Fest set in Los Angeles, with the actor delivering a piece of performance art while Ocean sang his "Close to You" and a cover of the Jackson 5 classic "Never Can Say Goodbye," Rolling Stone reported. Pitt's cameo came months after the actor admitted in a revealing GQ interview that Ocean's Blonde helped him through a turbulent time in his personal life.

Tony Kushner, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter best known for the AIDS-era epic Angels in America, is writing a new play about Donald Trump, according to TheWrap, citing The Daily Beast. "It feels very soon," Kushner told The Daily Beast, adding that he began work on the project before the 45th president took the Oval Office. "He's the kind of person, as a writer, I tend to avoid as I think he is borderline psychotic," said Kushner, who earned Oscar nominations for his fact-based screenplays for Steven Spielberg's Munich and Lincoln.

Actor Andrew Garfield told BBC's Newsbeat that his comments about living as "a gay man right now, just without the physical act" while performing in Angels in America were "taken out of context" and "twisted," The Hollywood Reporter noted. "That's of course not what I meant at all," said Garfield. "That discussion was about this play and how deeply grateful I am that I get to work on something so profound." Originally, he thanked his LGBT friends who helped him research the role, some of whom also watched RuPaul's Drag Race with him.

Star Trek fans are going to discover something new when the franchise's latest show, Star Trek Discovery, debuts in September on the CBS All Access streaming service: two cast members in a same-sex romance, The Huffington Post reported. Anthony Rapp, who plays Lt. Paul Stamets, made the announcement at the San Diego Comic-Con during a panel discussion on the show—and he added that his onscreen love will be played by out actor Wilson Cruz, who is best known for his iconic turn as Enrique "Rickie" Vasquez on the short-lived mid-1990s TV classic My So-Called Life.

After transgender New York nightlife fixture Amanda Lepore dished in her new memoir, Doll Parts, about a relationship with an unnamed rapper, sources have speculated the hip-hop maven in question could be Kanye West, Page Six noted. A pal of West shot down any such rumors by saying, "That is not within the realm of possibility." Lepore did not get back to Page Six to confirm or deny the identity of the rapper.

Director Kevin Smith said that Ben Affleck didn't feel like a true actor until he locked lips with another guy, Page Six reported. Smith, Affleck's director in 1997's Chasing Amy, screened the movie for its 20th anniversary at the Outfest film festival in Los Angeles, where he dished on Affleck kissing Jason Lee onscreen. "A man kissing another man is the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face," Smith recalled Affleck telling him, according to Gay Star News. Queerty noted that Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood was unimpressed by Affleck; Wood, who's been openly bisexual since 2011, suggested the Gone Girl star should "try getting raped in a scene," tweeting, "Grow up, Ben."

TLC will take a closer look at teen singer Jackie Evancho and her family in Growing Up Evancho, a one-hour special that will take place Wed., Aug. 9, a press release noted. Among the family members who will be seen is Jackie's older transgender sister Juliet, 19, who is hoping to pursue her dream to be a model and continue as an LGBTQ activist. Both sisters utilize their platforms to speak out against President Trump's rollback of transgender rights while still trying to maintain a balance within their careers and family life.

While promoting the movie Girls Trip with Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah spoke on the feud between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj, BET.com noted. "These b*****s need to calm down is what I feel like," Latifah said with an accent, while Pinkett Smith laughed beside her. "Why can't these b*****s get along? We is all in this together. Together! Now let's play nice in the sandbox, 'cuz that s**t hurt my feelings." The actresses also spoke on their favorite qualities about one another and explained why they think Rihanna would be the perfect addition to their girl group ( "the Flossy Posse" ).

Three decades after he became a household name playing Winnie Cooper's beau on The Wonder Years, Fred Savage is in the new Netflix comedy Friends From College, Out.com noted. He stars as Max, a late-30s gay literary agent reliving his glory days with his writer pal Ethan ( Keegan-Michael Key ) as they try to pitch a YA book about sexy werewolves. In addition, Billy Eichner plays Max's fertility-doctor boyfriend, Felix.

During a recent episode of Nick Grimshaw's BBC Radio 1 show, the host had singer Harry Styles hooked up to a heart monitor as he showed the singer/actor several images—including a shirtless photo of Gosling from the 2004 film The Notebook, People.com noted. Styles' heart rate seemed to jump when he saw the picture, as he declared that Gosling looked "very handsome." Styles added, "It's a good scene," before denying that his heart was racing. "He's great. He's great." Gosling told Extra that the incident had him worried about Styles' health more than anything.

Former America's Next Top Model judge Nole Marin has declared bankruptcy, reportedly angering the models who are suing him for $500,000 in lost wages, The New York Post noted. "I saw this coming," fumed Yves Saint Laurent model Devon White, who said Marin can't pay him but "was buying f—king Louis Vuitton dog bags!" A 2016 lawsuit claims that Marin paid models White, Iana Khanashevich, Louisa Warwick, John Paul Pfeiffer, Patrick Kinnane and Laura O'Neall a fraction of what they should have received from jobs.

Coming off the heels of headlining New York, Denver and Houston Pride events, two-time Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes has garnered her third number-one dance single, "LovE is LovE is LovE," which topped the Billboard Dance Chart recently, a press release noted. "LovE is LovE is LovE" is being called "an anthem for equality," and is o featured in the upcoming Steven Soderbergh feature film Logan Lucky that stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig.

Vogue has apologized for "missing the mark" by saying singer Zayn Malik and girlfriend Gigi Hadid were "embracing gender fluidity," BBC News noted. In an interview, the former One Directioner and the model talked about borrowing each other's clothes, and were photographed in colourful, fairly androgynous clothes. However, readers mocked the magazine for its definition of the phrase, pointing out that what you wear does not make you "gender-fluid."

Genderqueer personality Jacob Tobia explains what being gender-nonconforming really means in latest episode of Allure's "Dispelling Beauty Myths" series in partnership with StyleLikeU, a press release noted. Among other things, Tobia says, "I just want us to take gender from two dimensions and to give it so many dimensions that it's like an extravagant jewel that just shimmers everywhere and captures the light and plays with it in a way that we can't understand is possible right now." The video is at Allure.com/story/gender-nonconforming-video-jacob-tobia.

American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy tweeted that Girls star Lena Dunham is joining the latest installment of the FX anthology series, reportedly for one episode, according to Deadline. Now in production, the new AHS stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Cheyenne Jackson, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes and Adina Porter. Murphy also has hinted at the return of Twisty the tortured clown from season four, played by John Carroll Lynch. Dunham bid farewell to her and Jenni Konner's HBO series Girls in April.

After 154 stadium shows, Justin Bieber is bowing out of the remaining 15 dates of his "Purpose" world tour, Variety reported. According to a source, the pop star made the call on his own after much consideration. Bieber's called off dates follow a similar move by Adele, who called off the last two shows of her world tour scheduled for London's Wembley Arena, where 100,000 fans were expected nightly. However, her move was medically advised.

During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the creators of The Simpsons revealed that they once forbid President Trump from making a celebrity appearance on their show,according to Mediaite. TheWrap.com noted that executive producer Al Jean was taking audience questions when he was asked whether the show ever turned down a celebrity who wanted to voice a guest character. Jean's response: "Let's just say he's the president of the United States."

In a tweet, Kosine—half of the production team Da Internz, who had been working with Christina Aguilera on new music as recently as 2015—responded to a question asking when the new tracks would be coming, PopCrush noted. He posted, "I gotta be respectful of her art. Yea I'm a producer, but I'm a fan as well. Time to just work with artists who are ready." Aguilera's last release was the track "Change" back in 2016, but before then, her last LP came in 2012.

Wonder Woman is the highest-grossing film of the summer, and the second-best to date this year after Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Deadline noted. In doing so, Wonder Woman surpassed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Last summer, Captain America: Civil War was summer's top grossing live-action title, edging Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Motown Records revealed the track listing for Detroit original motion picture soundtrack, a press release noted. The record features original architects of the "Motown sound" as well as a new song from Grammy-winning hip-hop icons The Roots entitled "It Ain't Fair ( feat. Bilal )." A few of the classic songs on the soundtrack include "Your Precious Love," "Jimmy Mack" and "Heaven Must Have Sent You." From Kathryn Bigelow ( two-time Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty ) and Annapurna Pictures, Detroit ( which will be released July 28 in select cities, including Chicago ) focuses on the riots that took place over five summer days in 1967.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" has officially surpassed Justin Bieber's 2015 hit "Sorry" as the most streamed track of all time, Page Six reported. The song has been played over 4.6 billion times across different streaming platforms, Universal Music Latin Entertainment announced. ( There's also a remixed version of "Despacito" that features Bieber. ) The song's success also helped Daddy Yankee claim the title of first Latino artist to lead in Spotify streams.

Speaking candidly to Entertainment Tonight, embattled singer Aaron Carter, who was busted for a DUI in Georgia recently, discussed his declining health, according to Page Six. "I have a hiatal hernia, I have a stress condition; it's an eating disorder," the 29-year-old said. He's suffered from a hiatal hernia for a decade, resulting in a 20-pound weight loss.

Ryan Seacrest is returning to host the rebooted American Idol," Page Six noted. Seacrest, with Kelly Ripa's help, announced the news on Live With Kelly and Ryan. 'American Idol' ended in April 2016 and will be rebooted in the fall on ABC. Katy Perry is joining the show as a judge and will be paid $25 million for the gig; she congratulated Seacrest online.


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