Octavia Spencer, Dulé Hill and More Stars React to the Death of True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis

Octavia Spencer, Dulé Hill and More Stars React to the Death of True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis
Celebrities, friends and former costars are remembering actor Nelsan Ellis, who People confirmed died after complications with heart failure at the age of 39.

Known for his breakout role as Lafayette on HBO’s True Blood, Ellis had a number of high-profile credits to his name — including parts on the big screen in The Help, Secretariat, and Lee DanielsThe Butler (where he portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr.).

His Help costar Octavia Spencer — who also starred alongside Ellis in the James Brown biopic Get On Up — was one of the first celebrities to react, writing a post on Instagram, “Just got word that we lost @nelsanellisofficial,
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Outrage Watch: ABC slammed over 'Carol' nude scene flap

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Outrage Watch: ABC slammed over 'Carol' nude scene flap
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not feeling anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. If you haven't seen Todd Haynes' excellent, Oscar-nominated Carol yet, you should know: there is a sex scene between Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. A tasteful, passionate, low-lit sex scene between two women in love. ABC has a problem with this! Or, more accurately: ABC has a problem with a snippet of said scene playing in the Weinstein Co.'s new TV spot for the acclaimed drama. Indeed, according to a new item in Page Six, the home of steamy fare like Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder is allegedly refusing to play the spot on their network until the ad "provides more coverage on" both actresses (a request the Weinstein Co. is reportedly complying with
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Eating Out: The Open Weekend

Four gay men figure out their romantic and sexual desires.

“I will never truly understand the gays,” murmurs Penny, the only anatomically correct female in Eating Out: The Open Weekend. She is watching as, at a neighbouring table, her best friend’s double brunch date turns porno. Watching the fifth sequel in Q Allan Brocka’s comedy film series left me feeling equally unenlightened about the gays. Every character is reducible down to a variation on the theme of sexually open, pop-culture-quoting and hot.

Which isn’t to say this 79-minute soap opera is unentertaining....
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Kashish 2011- Mumbai International Queer Film Festival to focus on Israel

The second edition of Kashish- Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will focus on Israel, screening more than seven films from the country.

The Lgbt film festival will present 124 films from 23 countries, out of which 34 are in competition. The festival received more than 200 entries from around the world this year.

Kashish will be held at Cinemax Versova from May 25-29, 2011 and Alliance Francais from May 26-28, 2011.

There will be a special package of films on Anti-Bullying and gay bashing in schools followed by a panel discussion. There will also be a program called ‘Indian Masala Mix’ to showcase and promote Indian queer shorts and short filmmakers.

A new competition section for Best Narrative Feature has also been introduced in the festival besides the other competitive categories awarded last year: Best Docu Feature, Best Docu Short, Best International Narrative Short and Best Indian Narrative Short. The Best Indian queer short film at
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Top 50 Favorite Gay Films

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A few weeks ago we asked readers to submit up to five of their favorite movies in our third annual favorite gay film poll. We wanted to see which older gay films have timeless appeal and which recent gay films you judged important enough to register in the rankings.

After voting closed we sorted through the nearly 15,000 nominations (representing over 500 individual titles) to identify your top fifty favorite gay films.

Tabulating this data is actually a bit harder than it sounds. For instance, do you know how many different ways our readers can type/abbreviate "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?" We counted about a dozen!

But we're not complaining, because the list that resulted this year is actually rather interesting.

Nine new films made their way into the rankings, and five of these are of very recent vintage. This represents a strong showing for current queer cinema.
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Best. Gay. Week. Ever! Who Deserves the "Gay" Emmy? Plus, Am I Part of a Conspiracy?

And According To Me, The Winner Is!

Since every media outlet in existence including American Woodworker, Embalming & Burial and Prison Guard Weekly has already weighed in with their Emmy pics for this Sunday's award show, I thought I'd do something different. Like … take the week off. But the rest of the staff objected to that for some reason.

So instead , since this column is called the Best.Gay.Week.Ever!, I thought it would be fun to look back to the dawn of time and name the gay shows, characters, actors, writers I think most deserving of, well, let's call them the Gay Emmys, or following the lead of Kathy Griffin, the Gemmys!

Here are the categories for which I'll be selecting winners as if these nominees were competing against each other for an Emmy: Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series, Best Gay Actor Comedy, Best Gay Actor Drama, Best Writing Drama,
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“Eating Out 3” Makes for a Mostly Unsatisfying Meal

A movie franchise is like a shark. For it to stay alive, it has to move forward. It’s a lesson that the Eating Out franchise would do well to learn.

I liked 2004’s Eating Out a lot. The campy gay sex farce was downright revolutionary coming after decades of earnest, angsty coming out dramas (and two years before Another Gay Movie).

2006’s Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds wasn’t as successful, but it wasn’t a disaster.

But Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat, now playing in limited release, is the weakest entry in the series so far. It’s not that parts of it aren’t funny. It’s just that the movie takes absolutely no chances, choosing instead to change a few details and repeat what came before in the first two movies.

Q. Allan Brocka, the creator of Logo’s Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay
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Power Up expands board

Power Up expands board
Power Up, founded in 2000 to promote the visibility of gay women in the entertainment industry, is going co-ed by adding men to its honorary board of directors.

Joining its honorary board are "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, filmmaker Q. Allan Brocka, producer Bruce Cohen, Indie PR president Jim Dobson, Showtime's Robert Greenblatt, HBO's Michael Lombardo and actor-director Peter Paige.

A nonprofit film production company and educational organization, Power Up develops, finances, produces and distributes Glbtq films and conducts educational programs, consisting of filmmaking classes, workshops and seminars.

"With the current climate, Power Up saw this as a time, more than any other, where our Glbtq community -- women and men -- needs to be unified to help achieve our collective goal of equality, representation and acceptance," said Stacy Codikow, the organization's founder and executive director. "Although our mission was geared to gay women, the reality is that Power Up
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Tribeca dispatch #5

  • [Pierre-Alexandre Despatis suffers for his cinema. Now covering his second edition, our official festival reporter and multi-function human cyborg will provide us the sights (plenty of cool pics!), the sounds, the reviews and the occasional interviews of the still very young 5th edition of the Tribeca film festival. Below are some of Pierre-Alexandre’s reviews in easy to read, insightful capsule form. Enjoy!] Boy CULTUREBased on the acclaimed novel by Matthew RettenmundMatthew Rettenmund
[/link], Q. Allan Brocka's second feature Boy Culture relates the story of mr. X, a very successful hustler, or rather, 'a hustler with morals' as he labels himself. At age 26, and after a 10-year long career that started with his dentist at the time, mr. X is faced with a new complications ... emotions! From the opening credits the style of the film is very sleek and original, while being down-to-earth enough to make us feel uncomfortable as the main character is slowly falling apart and loosing grip on everything he has. The tag line of the film is "Sex pays . Love Cost". More complex than most gay romances that are often based on a guy-meets-guy, guy-loses-guy, guy-gets-back-with-guy schema, Boy Culture has a very complex and multi-faceted narrative that is greatly enhanced by the almost continuous narration of the film. Civic
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