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9 items from 2015

Beyond Fright: Starz Acquires Crime-Thriller 7 Minutes; Sounds Like A Fast Paced Good Time!

22 January 2015 12:38 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Starz Media’s recent output of great films is seriously rivaling their excellent television programming (seriously, How Good Is Black Sails?! This good), with recent releases like Simon and Zeke HawkinsBad Turn Worse, the excellent George Takei doc, To Be Takei and countless others. Starz is doing one hell of a job creating a solid output of films and series that are heavy on story, and with some Great writing. Adding to their growing roster of films and series, Starz has now announced the North American right to director Jay Martin’s crime thriller, 7 Minutes, a robbery gone wrong film starring Luke Mitchell, Jason Ritter (Freddy Vs. Jason), Leven Rambin (Chasing Mavericks, The Hunger Games), Kris Kristofferson and Zane Holtz (El Rey’s From Dusk Till Dawn series).

Helmed by Jay Martin, a director known for directing music videos for various musicians (the guy directed one of my favorite videos, »

- Jerry Smith

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‘Boyhood,’ ‘Transparent’ Lead Dorian Awards

20 January 2015 12:29 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Richard Linklater’s drama named Film of the Year and Amazon’s transgender comedy picks up five awards from gay and lesbian entertainment critics

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association named “Boyhood” Film of the Year Tuesday, while also honoring Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne with its top acting prizes. Amazon’s “Transparent” picked up five Dorian Awards on the television side, including TV comedy of the year.

Star Trek” star George Takei received Galeca’s Timeless Star Tribute, awarded to “an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit.”

Also Read: 21 Non-White Actors »

- Travis Reilly

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Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Name "Boyhood" Film of the Year! See Complete Winners List!

20 January 2015 12:15 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca) has announced the winners of the annual Dorian Awards! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" took the top honor of Film of the Year. But in a surprising turn of events, Ava DuVernay beat Linklater for her stellar work in "Selma!" Way to go!

Galeca is comprised of over 110 movie and TV critics nationwide, including yours truly, and is one of the few critics associations awarding the year's best in both film and TV.

George Takei took home the Timeless star tribute because, well, he's just pure and simply timeless! This award is given to .an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit.. And we all can agree that Takei takes the cake!

A private Winners Toast will be held on Sunday, March 1, in Hollywood.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Dorian »

- Manny

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Ellen DeGeneres, Hollywood React to Supreme Court Decision to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

16 January 2015 3:19 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Social media also offered an outpouring of support for former NFLer Michael Sam, who announced his engagement on Friday

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to rule on marriage equality, much to the relief of many Hollywood notables including Ellen DeGeneres.

The TV host responded to the news from her seat on a Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, California, which she attended to promote the upcoming NBC series “One Big Happy.”

“It’s about time,” she told TheWrap and other gathered journalists. “The thing that changed the civil rights movement was when white people got involved and started marching. We need everyone on our side. »

- Travis Reilly

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"The Imitation Game," "Pride" Among Dorian Awards Nominees

14 January 2015 1:18 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca), of which I'm a proud voting member, released the nominees for the 2015 Dorian Awards! Among the Film of the Year contenders are "The Imitation Game," "Pride," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Birdman," and "Boyhood."

Galeca also gives love to TV including Music Video of the Year! And this year, the Timeless Award goes to the timeless and witty George Takei.

Here's the complete list of nominees of the 2015 Dorian Awards. Winners will be announced Tuesday, January 20th!

Film of the Year

Birdman - Fox Searchlight

Boyhood - Sundance Selects/IFC

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Fox Searchlight

The Imitation Game - The Weinstein Company

Pride - CBS Films

Film Performance of the Year - Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher - Sony Pictures Classics

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game - The Weinstein Company

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler - Open Road

Michael Keaton, Birdman - Fox Searchlight

Eddie Redmayne, »

- Manny

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'Birdman' and 'The Normal Heart' lead gay and lesbian critics nominations

12 January 2015 4:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The nominees for the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association's Dorian Awards have been unveiled, and on the film side, "Birdman" again leads the way with four nominations. "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game" and "Pride" each landed three, filling out the best picture slate along with "Boyhood." On the TV side, HBO's "The Normal Heart" dominated, also with four mentions. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Jan. 20. Check out the rest of the season's offerings at The Circuit. Film of the Year "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "The Imitation Game" "Pride" Film Director of the Year Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Ava DuVernay, "Selma" David Fincher, "Gone Girl" Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Film Performance of the Year - Actor Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher" Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Micahel Keaton, "Birdman" Eddie Redmayne, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Dorian Awards: ‘Birdman’ and ‘Transparent’ Lead Nominations for Gay and Lesbian Critics (Exclusive)

12 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association film and television nominations have arrived.

For Dorian Awards in film, “Birdman” (Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton) lead with five nominations. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game” and “Maleficent” are also up for awards.

Television nominees include Amazon Studios’ “Transparent,” which snagged five nominations including TV drama of the year and director of the year. Joining the dramedy in nominations are HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Modern Family.”

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- Alicia Banks

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Disney Junior Experiments With Science-Themed ‘Miles From Tomorrowland’

5 January 2015 4:38 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Disney Junior is blasting off with a new science-based adventure cartoon series.

Miles From Tomorrowland” is set to premiere Feb. 6 with four back-to-back episodes, the cabler said Monday.

The half-hour toon incorporates science facts, with the help of consultants from Nasa and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, among other experts, into the journey of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family as they travel the galaxy via the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, an obvious nod to Disneyland.

The series reflects the emphasis in academic circles on the need to pique the interest of more youth in careers centering on science, technology, engineering and math.

Sascha Paladino (“Ni Hao, Kai-lan”) is creator and exec producer of “Miles From Tomorrowland.” Paul Demeyer (“Rugrats in Paris”) is the director.

Cullen McCarthy (“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”) voices Miles Callisto; Olivia Munn (“The Newsroom”) stars as Miles’ mom, Phoebe Callisto; Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) as his father Leo »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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'Ghost in the Shell' casts Scarlett Johansson as their lead, what were they thinking?

5 January 2015 12:27 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I admit it: I love cyber-punk. Mostly of a Shadowrun flavor. But like many geeks who came of age in the early millennium, I also cut my teeth on the burgeoning American fascination with anime. “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “Akira,” "Battle Angel Alita," "Armitage III," and of course, “Ghost in the Shell.” So when rumor had it that Hollywood wanted to bring Motoko Kusanagi, the Puppet Master, and their world of New Port City to life, I was cautious. After all, this was the same town that tried to make “Akira” with Michael Fassbender and Andrew Garfield until George Takei stepped in to point out whitewashing is not okay. And we shall not talk about the "Dragonball" movie. It is stricken from the record. Turns out my caution was well founded. As of today, Scarlett Johansson is officially signed on to play the lead in the live action “Ghost in the Shell. »

- Donna Dickens

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