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How ‘Will & Grace’s’ Relatable Vibe Helped Audiences Accept Gay Characters

30 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

During its eight-season run on NBC, “Will & Grace” was nominated for 83 Emmy Awards, nabbing 16 statues, plus seven GLAAD Media Awards. The comedy was honored in the Smithsonian’s Lgbt history collection, and was recognized by Vice President Joe Biden for helping to educate the American public about the gay community. But getting the sitcom on air in 1998 was an achievement in and of itself.

“It wasn’t easy. You got the sense that there was some anxiety about it,” recalls David Kohan, who co-created the series with Max Mutchnick. “I remember one time our agent asked us, ‘Hey, can you make Will straight?’ ”

Kohan says Showtime’s David Nevins, then at NBC, was an early champion of the project, thanks to the characters’ dynamic — not their sexual identity. “If you set out to make a political statement, you’re just making a political statement, and political statements are boring,” Kohan tells Variety. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

29 June 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

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- Ted Johnson and Brent Lang

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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

Reagan didn’t immediately reveal what he was going to do, »

- Ted Johnson and Brent Lang

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President Barack Obama Delivers Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Leads Charleston Arena Full of Mourners in ''Amazing Grace''

26 June 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

A day for celebration was also a day for mourning, honoring lives lost and remembering that there's still so much work to be done. After lauding the Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama traveled to Charleston, S.C., for the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the 41-year-old pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church and state senator who was one of nine people shot dead inside the historic house of worship on June 17. Michelle Obama was also in attendance, as were Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill, Sen. John Boehner, Hillary Clinton, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and a number of other lawmakers. In between choir hymns and rousing sermons, Obama delivered an emotional, »

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Whoa: Netflix Actually Paid $60M for Brad Pitt's Politically Charged Military Satire

17 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the June 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Adam Sandler is one thing, but how did Netflix land Brad Pitt? Turns out, money talks. In April 2014, actor-producer Pitt announced he would star in Plan B's adaptation of the late Michael Hastings' book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan as Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan who was forced to resign after mocking Vice President Joe Biden

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- Pamela McClintock

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HBO Has Revealed the First Look at Kerry Washington as Anita Hill

16 June 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Kerry Washington is taking a break from Scandal to portray Anita Hill in HBO's biopic Confirmation, and the network has tweeted out the first picture from the set. Hill is known for being a primary figure in Clarence Thomas's 1991 Senate hearings to become a Supreme Court judge. Hill, who was an aide to Thomas during his time at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, publicly accused him of sexual harassment. We have yet to get a look at Wendell Pierce as Thomas or Greg Kinnear as Joe Biden, but just be patient. Check out Washington below! First Look. @KerryWashington as Anita Hill on the set of the HBO Film, Confirmation. pic.twitter.com/Hc98wArzZO — HBO (@HBO) June 16, 2015 »

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First Look at Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in HBO’s Confirmation

16 June 2015 8:46 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

HBO has released our first on-set look at Kerry Washington as Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill, who, in 1991, gave testimony that accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment while she was working for him, derailing his ascension to the highest court in the land. It's the subject of Rick Famuyiwa's upcoming Confirmation, in which Thomas will be played by the great Wendell Pierce, who has a long history with HBO in both The Wire and the superb post-Katrina drama Treme. I wouldn't exactly expect as lovable personages as his beleaguered Baltimore detective, Bunk, or the Trombone-blowing Antoine Batiste in his depiction of the famously flippant Thomas, however. [caption id="attachment_374901" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Open Road Films[/caption] The film, written by Erin Brockovich and In Her Shoes scribe Susannah Grant, will also serve as Famuyiwa's follow-up to his enjoyable, enlivening Dope, which hits theaters in a limited release this coming weekend. »

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First Look: Kerry Washington As Anita Hill In HBO's 'Confirmation' Directed By 'Dope' Helmer Rick Famuyiwa

16 June 2015 7:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Rick Famuyiwa isn't just sitting around basking the critical acclaim of "Dope" which opens in theaters this week. He's already moved on to "Confirmation" at HBO and it tells the sensational true story of a political and legal scandal that made headlines across the nation. Read More: Watch: New Red Band Trailer And 3 Clips For 'Dope' Kerry Washington leads the movie as Anita Hill, who accused Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) of sexual harassment during his Senate hearings to become a Supreme Court judge. The cast is rounded by Greg Kinnear (as Joe Biden!), Dylan Baker (Senator Orrin Hatch), Grace Gummer (Ricki Seidman), and Alison Wright (Clarence Thomas' wife). No word yet on when the film will air but if it captures even half the drama of the real life story, it'll be some compelling stuff.

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First Look: Kerry Washington As Anita Hill In HBO's 'Confirmation' Directed By 'Dope' Helmer Rick Famuyiwa

16 June 2015 7:46 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Rick Famuyiwa isn't just sitting around basking the critical acclaim of "Dope" which opens in theaters this week. He's already moved on to "Confirmation" at HBO and it tells the sensational true story of a political and legal scandal that made headlines across the nation. Read More: Watch: New Red Band Trailer And 3 Clips For 'Dope' Kerry Washington leads the movie as Anita Hill, who accused Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) of sexual harassment during his Senate hearings to become a Supreme Court judge. The cast is rounded by Greg Kinnear (as Joe Biden!), Dylan Baker (Senator Orrin Hatch), Grace Gummer (Ricki Seidman), and Alison Wright (Clarence Thomas' wife). No word yet on when the film will air but if it captures even half the drama of the real life story, it'll be some compelling stuff. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Photo: Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in HBO’s ‘Confirmation’

16 June 2015 7:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Here’s photographic proof that Kerry Washington’s latest role comes with just as much scandal.

HBO has released the first photo of the Gladiator in Chief as Anita Hill in “Confirmation,” its upcoming biopic about Clarence Thomas’ Senate hearings to become a Supreme Court judge. Hill was Thomas’ aid at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who accused him of sexual harassment.

The cast also includes Wendell Pierce as Thomas and “Americans” actress Alison Wright as his wife, Virginia. Greg Kinnear plays Joe Biden, who at the time served as chairman of the Thomas’ Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Other cast members include Dylan Baker as Senator Orrin Hatch, who also served on that committee, and Grace Gummer as Ricki Seidman, the Ted Kennedy aide to whom Hill confided about the harassment.

Confirmation” is directed by Rick Famuyiwa and written by Susannah Grant. Michael London, Grant, »

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Kerry Washington as Anita Hill: Get a First Look at HBO's Confirmation

16 June 2015 7:18 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Anyone else wondering what Olivia Pope might have to say about this first look at Kerry Washington fielding questions in HBO’s Confirmation?

The Scandal star will play Anita Hill — a lawyer who worked as an adviser to the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and who later was called upon to testify about reports he had sexually harassed her — in the upcoming dramatization of Thomas’ 1991 confirmation hearings.

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Wendell Pierce (The Wire) will play Thomas in a cast that also includes Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) as current United States Vice President Joe Biden, »

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First Look at Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in HBO's 'Confirmation'

16 June 2015 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Looks like Kerry Washington's Anita Hill could use a little help from Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope.

On "Scandal," Washington plays a master fixer who can elect senators, clear innocent prisoners' names, and bring a president to his knees (literally). If only Anita Hill could call on her in the upcoming HBO movie "Confirmation."

HBO released the first image of Washington as the lawyer who testified in 1991 that she had been sexually harassed by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. The movie follows the confirmation hearings that took place before Thomas ascended to his seat on the highest court in the land.

Wendell Pierce ("The Wire") plays Thomas, and he and Washington are joined by a star-studded cast including Greg Kinnear as Joe Biden, Jennifer Hudson as witness Angela Wright, and Jeffrey Wright as Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree. HBO has yet to set an airdate for "Confirmation."

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Chris Martin Performs At Beau Biden’s Funeral, Sings ‘Til Kingdom Come’

7 June 2015 9:57 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Chris Martin performed at the funeral of Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden in Wilmington, Del., over the weekend. Chris Martin Sings At Beau Biden Funeral Martin, upon learning that Beau was a fan of his band Coldplay, offered to play at the late politician’s funeral Saturday. Playing his acoustic guitar, Martin sang Coldplay’s 2005 song […]

The post Chris Martin Performs At Beau Biden’s Funeral, Sings ‘Til Kingdom Come’ appeared first on uInterview. »

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Chris Martin Performs "Til Kingdom Come" at Beau Biden's Funeral

7 June 2015 3:05 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

One week after his death at age 46, Beau Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, was laid to rest on Saturday, June 6, in Wilmington, Del. Beau's two-hour funeral was an emotional affair that included a moving performance from Coldplay rocker Chris Martin and a 25-minute eulogy delivered by President Barack Obama. Delaware Online reported that Gwyneth Paltrow's ex voluntarily stepped up to perform at Beau's funeral after hearing that the former Delaware State attorney general was a fan of his band. Martin played on [...] »

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Chris Martin Performs at Beau Biden's Funeral After President Barack Obama Delivers Emotional Eulogy

6 June 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Chris Martin showed his support for Joe Biden as the Vice President laid his son Beau Biden to rest Saturday afternoon in Delaware. Close to 1,000 mourners inside St. Anthony of Padau Catholic Church enjoyed a performance from the Coldplay frontman who delivered an acoustic version of "Til Kingdom Come." "For you, I'd wait 'til kingdom come," he sang in front of guests including Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama and his family. "Until my days, my days are done." According to Delaware Online, Martin heard about Beau's love and appreciation for Coldplay music. As a result, he volunteered to fly in and sing for the emotional memorial. The »

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Chris Martin Performs “Til Kingdom Come” At Beau Biden’s Funeral – Watch Video

6 June 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | GossipCop | See recent GossipCop news »

Chris Martin sang Coldplay's "Til Kingdom Come" at Beau Biden’s funeral on Saturday. The rock star gave an emotional performance at the packed service, which took place at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware. The former Delaware Attorney General and son of Vice President Joe Biden died of brain cancer last week. Watch the video here. »

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Barack Obama and Joe Biden Share an Emotional Moment at Beau Biden's Funeral

6 June 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

President Barack Obama delivered a powerful eulogy at Beau Biden's funeral on Saturday. Addressing fellow mourners at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, De, the president's eyes welled up with tears as he recognized the son of Vice President Joe Biden. "You know, anyone can make a name for themselves in this reality TV age, especially in today's politics," he said. "If you're loud enough or controversial enough, you can get some attention. But to make that name mean something, to have it associated with dignity and integrity, that is rare." At one point, the president walked over to the vice president and hugged and kissed him. It's been one week since Beau died of brain cancer at the age of 46, after which the White House released moving statements from Obama and Biden. Keep reading to see video from the tribute on Saturday. »

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Coldplay's Chris Martin Performs "Til Kingdom Come" for Beau Biden's Funeral (Video)

6 June 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Friends and family of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden gathered together Saturday morning in Delaware to mourn the death of Vice President Joe Biden's son. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin performed an emotional acoustic version of the band's song "Til Kingdom Come" for attendees before a concluding prayer ended the ceremony. Martin sang solo on the Catholic church's pulpit, which was decorated with white flowers. Before taking his seat following his performance, Martin hugged both Joe and his wife, Jill. Read More Joe Biden's Son Beau Dies at 46 Both Hunter Biden and Ashley Biden, Beau's siblings, delivered euologies for

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President Barack Obama Embraces Joe Biden at Son Beau Biden's Funeral: Read His Tearful Eulogy

6 June 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Vice President Joe Biden and his family received support from President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and thousands more at his late son Beau Biden's funeral in Wilmington, Del., on Saturday, June 6. During the emotional service, Potus gave a tearful eulogy before embracing his longtime friend. "Anyone can make a name for themselves in this reality TV age, especially in today's political world. If you are loud enough or powerful enough you can get some attention," Obama, 53, said at the podium, via CNN. "But [...] »

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Kerry Washington's new Confirmation co-stars are Treat Williams and Bill Irwin

5 June 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kerry Washington's HBO movie Confirmation is adding two new cast members in Treat Williams and Bill Irwin.

The television movie dramatizes law professor Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against would-be Us Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas.

Joining Washington as Hill and Wendell Pierce as Thomas is former Everwood star Williams as Us senator Ted Kennedy.

Irwin, perhaps best known as Sesame Street's Mr. Noodle, has been cast as political operative and Thomas ally John Danforth, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Confirmation's all-star cast will also include Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Alison Wright and Greg Kinnear.

Kinnear will be playing future Us vice president Joe Biden, who along with Kennedy was on the Senate committee investigating Hill's claims.

HBO has not yet set an air date for director Rick Famuyiwa's Confirmation. »

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