7 items from 2015
There’s a vast and growing list of prominent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender media and entertainment figures — just don’t count movie stars among them.
Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Caitlyn Jenner and Neil Patrick Harris have kicked open the closet door with little to no damage to their careers. In some cases, they’ve found themselves more in demand after revealing their sexual preferences or gender identification.
Yet there’s one glass ceiling that remains stubbornly resistant to cracks.
No A-list film actor has yet to come out publicly while at the pinnacle of his or her career. Sure, Jodie Foster gave an elliptical Golden Globes speech about being a lesbian, and out actors Ian McKellen and Zachary Quinto helped anchor the “X-Men” and “Lord of the Rings” series, and the rebooted “Star Trek” films, respectively. Yet despite their prodigious talents, none of them has the power to »
- Brent Lang
'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama "Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient," says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. Senator Hanson should know. In Lurie's political drama, the poor Democratic senator is grilled by a Republican inquisitor with a bad hairdo (Gary Oldman) who wants to prevent at all costs her being confirmed as the next Vice President of the United States. Even if that means destroying Hanson's political career by making public the senator's alleged participation in an orgy during her college days.* Now, why such hatred? Well, the Republican watchdog is certain that the U.S. president (Jeff Bridges) has chosen Sen. Hanson because of her gender instead of her qualifications for the job. Adding insult to injury, »
- Andre Soares
MTV has picked up “Finding Carter” for 12 more episodes set to premiere later this year, the Viacom-owned network announced Monday.
The series focuses on a female protagonist played by Kathryn Prescott who discovers the woman she thought was her mother abducted her when she was a child. The series debuted originally in July of 2014 and was renewed for a second season that began airing in March of this year.
- Brian Steinberg
"The Bold and the Beautiful" ran roughshod over the competition at the Daytime Emmys Creative Arts Awards, held on Friday, April 24. It won a remarkable eight prizes, as many as the other three soaps combined. See the full, official list of winners here. -Break- That included a shocking three-way tie in the new Special Guest Performer race. "B&B's" Fred Willard prevailed despite 16/1 odds from Gold Derby's predictors. Joining him in the winner's circle were our odds-on favorite, Donna Mills ("General Hospital"), and scene-stealing villain Ray Wise ("The Young and the Restless"), whom we'd ranked third with 13/2 odds. Left out of the celebration were Meredith Baxter ("Y&R"), Sally Kellerman ("Y&R") and Linda Elena Tovar ("Gh"). The other seven awards for "B&B" were Technical Team, Sound Mixing, Music Direction and Composition, Origin »
One could easily lump Switched at Birth in among the ranks of the typical melodramatic soapy family dramas, wrought with teen angst, but to do so would be a mistake: Switched at Birth has much more inimitable qualities, placing it above the average-teen centered drama. It’s not only entertaining, but also compelling and thoughtful television. At the core of the series is the unique relationship between the two very different female leads who are both equally the protagonist of the series. Theirs is a relationship unlike any other on TV, as they have essentially been living each other’s life.
The series’ premise is that a girl, named Bay, discovers that when she was born, she was mistakenly given to an upper class family with the surname Kennish, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Is Arrow targeting a nip-and-tuck? Which Chicago Fire-men are clashing? Is Five-0‘s Danny still playing doctor? Does Vikings‘ mystery man make an entrance? When will Syfy get Bitten again? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Young Robert Redford and politics: 'The Candidate' and 'All the President's Men' (photo: Robert Redford as Bob Woodward in 'All the President's Men') A young Robert Redford can be seen The Candidate, All the President's Men, Three Days of the Condor, and Downhill Racer as Turner Classic Movies' Redford series comes to a close this evening. The world of politics is the focus of the first three films, each one of them well-regarded box-office hits. The last title, which shows that politics is part of life no matter what, is set in the world of competitive sports. 'The Candidate' In the Michael Ritichie-directed The Candidate (1972), Robert Redford plays idealistic liberal Democrat Bob McKay, who, with no chance of winning, is convinced to run against the Republican incumbent in a fight for a California seat in Congress. See, McKay is too handsome. Too young. Too liberal. »
- Andre Soares
7 items from 2015
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