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Heart-Pounding Trailer for Scout Taylor-Compton Led ‘Diverted Eden’

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Heart-Pounding Trailer for Scout Taylor-Compton Led ‘Diverted Eden’
The first trailer has been released for Diverted Eden, a crime thriller from writer-director Prince Bagdasarian (Abstraction). Halloween native, Scout Taylor-Compton leads the cast as Detective Fini, investigating the kidnapping of 7-year old, Eden. The ensemble cast includes Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Najarra Townsend (Contracted), Jason Stuart (Birth of a Nation), Ken Davitian (Borat), Manu […]

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Outfest’s 2016 Screenwriting Lab Fellows Share Their Transformative and Affirmative Experience

The Screenwriting Lab at Outfest, Los Angeles’ Lgbt Film Festival, offers a platform to tell important stories. In the program’s 19th year, writers Michael Colucci, Kellee Terrell, Chanelle Tyson, Jen Richards and Michael Walek not only got to work with professionals to hone their skills and develop their stories in a three-day, mentor led workshop, but also got to see their visions come to life during the Screenwriting Lab’s Live Stage Reading at Outfest on Tuesday night.

Read More: Outfest 2016 Opens With A Heavy Heart And A Message of Hope

With actors including Elaine Hendrix, Zackary Drucker, Mather Zickel, Jason Stuart, Kym Whitley and Alexandra Grey, the reading presented select segments from each writer’s scripts. From gay ancient Greeks to a young girl exploring her sexuality to transgender women navigating Chicago, it was a powerful and emotional journey through the important and varied stories of the lab’s fellows.
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‘Spotlight,’ ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Win Big at Spirit Awards

‘Spotlight,’ ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Win Big at Spirit Awards
Spotlight” took home top honors at the 2016 Spirit Awards, winning best feature, best director, best screenplay, best editing and best ensemble.

Earlier in the afternoon, Brie Larson took home the prize for best lead female for her performance in A24’s “Room” while Abraham Attah won the best actor prize for his portrayal of a child soldier in the Netflix drama “Beasts of No Nation” — his first acting role.

Castmate Idris Elba won the trophy for supporting actor for “Beasts of No Nation.” The award is a partial redemption for Elba, who was snubbed by the Academy of of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Jan. 14 for his role as a commandant of an African army of child soldiers — a major reason for the #OscarsSoWhite protest about the exclusion of non-white actors from the nominations.

Elba brought on his Ghanian co-star Attah on stage in his acceptance speech. Elba won
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Study Suggests Hollywood Is Not So Gay-Friendly

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Study Suggests Hollywood Is Not So Gay-Friendly
A survey of 5,700 SAG-aftra members has found that more than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual performers “have heard directors and producers make anti-gay comments about actors” and that “53% of Lgbt respondents believed that directors and producers are biased against Lgbt performers.” The study (read it here), conducted by UCLA’s Lgbt think tank Williams Institute and funded by the SAG-Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund, will be presented formally tonight during simultaneous guild town hall meetings in L.A. and NYC.

The study also found that more than a third of respondents reported that they had witnessed “disrespectful treatment” to Lgbt performers on the set. Almost one in eight of non-lgbt performers reported witnessing discrimination against Lgbt performers, including anti-gay comments by crew, directors and producers.

“We found that Lgbt performers may have substantial barriers to overcome in their search for jobs,” said the authors of the study, M.
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Film Review: Sachs' Latest Comparable to Bergman, Godard, De Sica

Love Is Strange’ movie review: Gay romantic drama is ‘beautiful in every way’ (photo: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in ‘Love Is Strange’) Love Is Strange is beautiful in every way that a film can be beautiful, and unabashedly so. Yet, despite its willingness to gild the lily for love of ethereal, aesthetic beauty in all its forms, it is a film that reaches for the truth — the deepest truths of what we often call “the human condition.” For all these reasons I love Ira Sachs’ movie as much as it wishes we would love each other. I love the artistry of it. I love what it has to say and that it’s something seldom said. I love that it is forgiving. Without hyperbole, I tell you that Love Is Strange is the stuff of Jean-Luc Godard (Notre Musique and In Praise of Love), Vittorio De Sica (Umberto D.
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Why It’s Still a Big Deal When Ellen Page Comes Out

Why It’s Still a Big Deal When Ellen Page Comes Out
We’ve seen stars of TV shows come out of the closet, morning and evening news anchors announce they are gay, and actors of all different ages reveal their sexual orientation.

But when Ellen Page announced that she is a lesbian, in a speech in Las Vegas at an event sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign on Friday, it still was a big deal, no matter how fast public opinion has shifted on Lgbt rights, or in the more cynical tendency to just say, ho-hum.

Hollywood has in many ways led the country in public acceptance, featuring gay and lesbian characters in prime time when animosity toward Lgbt Americans was still very much an effective cudgel in a political campaign. Yet it has only been in the last few years where show biz’s household names have started to come out in any significant numbers, casting off notions that it
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Leslie Jordan Goes Bold For Super Bowl Spot

A few weeks ago we showed you a 30 second cut of a Doritos Crash the Super Bowl ad entry written and produced by The Lane Twins and starring fabulous gay fireplug Leslie Jordan. They’ve just released an extended cut of their video and we thought it deserved sharing.

(Excepting a recent, terribly-written voiceover part on Supernatural, just about everything is better with a little Leslie Jordan.)

Eagle-eyed viewers might also spot actor Tim Pocock from NBC’s Camp and male models Joel Rush and Nick Ayler.

Enjoy!

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SAG-aftra Strongly Supporting Lgbt Actors Amid Lingering Bias

SAG-AFTRA leaders have unanimously issued a strongly worded pledge to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender actors in the wake of a study showing that discrimination persists on sets and casting rooms.

The survey, based on responses from over 5,600 union members, showed nearly half of lesbian and gay respondents and 27% of bisexual respondents “strongly agreed” that producers and studio execs believe that lesbian and gay performers are less marketable.

The report, issued at last week’s inaugural SAG-AFTRA convention, also found that over a third of Lgbt performers — as well as some non-lgbt performers — had witnessed “disrespectful” treatment toward these minorities. And 16% of Lgbt respondents reported they had experienced discrimination.

Delegates to the convention unanimously approved a resolution recognizing and supporting the union’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members and their rights to equal employment opportunity and discrimination-free workplaces.

SAG-AFTRA has both the responsibility and the opportunity to take short,
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SAG Applauds Tracy Morgan Apology

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Tracy Morgan's efforts to make amends for his anti-gay comments earlier this month have drawn praise from the Screen Actors Guild. Jason Stuart, co-chair of SAG's Lgbt Actors Committee, issued a written statement today commending Morgan for his apology and for denouncing discrimination. "As a fellow comedian and actor, I applaud Tracy Morgan for his efforts in speaking out against anti-gay rhetoric, which unfortunately is still regularly expressed in some standup comedy acts," Stuart said. "The Screen Actors Guild National Lgbt Actors Committee appreciates Tracy's efforts to both learn from this experience and use this as a teachable moment. We fully support Tracy's message that discrimination has no place in today's society regardless of where it is practiced." At a June 3 comedy performance in Nashville, Tenn., Morgan claimed that being gay was a choice, that being gay is something taught by the media, and that victims of anti-gay bullying...
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Watch Now! "Modern Family" and "Glee" Win Big At The 22nd GLAAD Media Awards

The second leg of the 2011 GLAAD Media Awards was held last night in Los Angeles (the first part was last month in New York, and the conclusion will be next month in San Francisco.).

The big news was that Glee and Modern Family tied for the Outstanding Comedy Series Award. Below you can see Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen and Ariel Winter accept the award from presenter Joel McHale. Jesse is funny, poignant, a bit manic, and totally adorable.

Below you can see Glee stars Mike O'Malley and Chris Colfer accept their award. Mike rocks that train conductor cap, while Chris is looking more and more like Roger Federer.

Surprise guest Dolly Parton presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to out NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt. Dolly was her usual faboo, irrepressible self, and Robert speaks eloquently about his history in media, including dealing with that infamous Melrose Place gay non-kiss.
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Name Dropping with Jason Stuart... Alexandra Paul

Hello Again it’s Jason Stuart!

This month’s guest Alexandra Paul, best known for playing "Stephanie Holden" on Baywatch. This beautiful actress has had many lives in show biz and is still going strong. A bonafide movie star, she has starred in such hits as Dragnet opposite Tom Hanks, Eight Million Ways To Die opposite Jeff Bridges and the horror film classic Christine.

Alexandra is currently the queen of Lifetime movies, having appeared in so many of them. She has been an advocate for the electric car for over 20 years. You can check out her website alexandrapaul.com to read her blog and learn more about her adventures with the new Chevrolet Volt.

Here's some of the highlights in this interview...

• Being cast as an ex-wife on the Emmy Award winning Mad Men

• Playing a crazy nun in the last season of Melrose Place

• Playing lesbians in indie films
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Hottie Haylie Duff Hits Up New Doug Campbell Home Invasion Horror

Hilary Duff's eldest sister Haylie has been hitting the genre creds hard of late. With not only 'Backwoods', 'Fear Island' and of course the upcoming Michael Rooker helmed horror 'Pennhurst' (currently in post) already under her belt she's now signed up for 'Home Invasion'. The simple titled flick, helmed and penned by Doug Campbell, will star Haylie Duff (below) alongside 'The Hitcher's C. Thomas Howell and Jason Stuart. It's certainly going to be one hell of a horror year for sharks, aliens and home invasion flicks. Amongst the other Hi flicks you should look out for are 'Stash House', 'Kidnapped', 'The Replicas, 'Mothers Day' and a sequel to 'The Collector'!...
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Name Dropping with Jason Stuart... Doug Spearman

Hello Again it’s Jason Stuart!

This month’s guest is Doug Spearman, best known for playing Chance on the first TV series with about gay black men... Noah's Arc.

Doug is a ground breaker for out gay men in our industry. He'll give us the dish on Noah's Arc from an insider's point of view.

Here's just part of what's covered in this two-part extended interview...

How he got cast in the groundbreaking Noah's Arc Working with Jet Li in Cradle To The Grave Being on the cover of the Advocate magazine The dish on being an alien Star Trek: Voyager

All that and so much more! Check it out…

Part 1

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Name Dropping with Jason Stuart... Judy Tenuta

Hello Again it’s Jason Stuart!

This month’s guest is the legendary Judy Tenuta! She's a comedy icon who won the first American Comedy Award for best female comedian.

Judy has had two HBO stand up comedy specials and one on Showtime & Lifetime and has been converting her fans to her signature religion "Judyism" for years. She's the self proclaimed "Love Goddess" with an accordion!

Her latest CD is The Best of Judy Tenuta...Buy This Again Pigs available on Amazon.

Here's just part of what's covered in this two-part extended interview...

On Joan Rivers being so supportive to her and women in comedy. On spitting gum at Betty White. Flying in from above in the opening of the first American Comedy Awards. Being nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album. Working with Weird Al Yankovic in his music videos.

Check it out!

Part 1

Part 2
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Name Dropping with Jason Stuart... Jon Polito

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Veteran Character Actor Jon Polito

Hello Again it’s Jason Stuart! Welcome to our third episode, this time with Jon Polito, a veteran character actor best known for playing gangsters. He has been in over 200 films & TV shows.

Jon is savvy and charming, and chats with us about his experiences forging a career in film and television as an out gay man. He also shares some great anecdotes about working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood!

Name Dropping with Jason Stuart is directed and edited by David Avallone
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Name Dropping with Jason Stuart... Peter Paige

Hello Again it’s Jason Stuart!

This month’s guest is Peter Paige, best known for playing “Emmet” on the American version of Queer As Folk. Peter is smart, funny and sexy! He shares dish on Qaf and on many of the shows he’s guest-starred in… such as Veronica’s Closet, Will & Grace and more.

Here's just part of what's covered in this two-part extended interview...

How he got cast in the groundbreaking Queer As Folk His first acting job with on TV in Suddenly Susan with Brooke Shields & Kathy Griffin Directing his first film with Kathy Najimy and Anthony Clark Working with mercurial David Caruso on CSI: Miami Acting nude and what its like to have sex on camera The dish on Grey’s Anatomy casting process

Check it out!

Part 1

Name Dropping with Jason Stuart is directed and edited by David Avallone

Part 2
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Name Dropping with Jason Stuart... Leslie Jordan

Hello, it’s Jason Stuart! This is my new online talk show! It’s Actors' Studio meets Comics Unleashed meets imdb.com.

Our first guest is the Emmy winner Leslie Jordan, who you might know as “Beverly Leslie” from Will & Grace or as "Brother Boy" from Sordid Lives. Leslie is hysterical and tells stories like no one else. In this wide-ranging interview he talks about...

The night he spent in a jail cell with Robert Downey, Jr. How he lost his virginity. Why his Emmy statuette is broken. What it's like working with the exacting and reclusive writer/producer David E. Kelly. How he got his break on Will & Grace.... and who was supposed to play the part of Beverly Leslie!

That and so much more. Check it out!

Name Dropping with Jason Stuart is directed and edited by David Avallone
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SAG Slams Anti-Gay Newsweek Piece

The Screen Actors Guild has spoken out about a controversial Newsweek article that has drawn fire from advocacy groups and the entertainment industry. In an April piece entitled "Straight Jacket," writer Ramin Setoodeh criticized the performance of actor Sean Hayes in the current Broadway revival of "Promises, Promises," asserting that the openly gay Hayes can not play a convincing heterosexual because of his sexuality."Intentional or not, Ramin Setoodeh's wrongheaded argument sends a damaging and false message that we are limited in the roles we are able to play," Jason Stuart, chair of the SAG National Lgbt Actors Committee, said in a statement from the guild. "This committee was formed to provide support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender actors so that they no longer need to feel as if they must hide who they are in order to work in this business. Unfortunately, harmful attitudes like those of Setoodeh
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Complete List of 50+ Upcoming Horror Remakes

Horror remakes are definitely the hot new trend in Hollywood and I had no idea just how many remakes were being planned until I sat down and drew up a list of as many as I could find. I stopped at 7 pages and needless to say it seems that just about every movie you can imagine is getting a remake-prequel or reboot into 3D.

Here is a pretty complete list of upcoming horror remakes as of today in alphabetical order. Note: There are a few on this list that are only in the early phases of discussion and in some cases I included franchise reboots as well.

13 Tzameti: Starting the list off 13 Tzameti is more thriller then horror but still worthy of making the list. The film which started filming in New York awhile back will star Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham. The original film is a tale of Russian roulette with gruesome outcomes.
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Linked In

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"You need to use the Internet to have any career at all," says actor David Blue, who plays the recurring role of Cliff, Marc St. James' (Michael Urie) love interest on Ugly Betty. What was once the domain of paper and ink now fills cyberspace. Casting has gone from the hand-to-stack exercise of sorting through headshots to the click-and-scroll of digital images and videos. And in direct response, actors are turning to the Internet for support, social networking, and self-promotion. They are creating new roles for themselves: that of a "cyber self." Blue uses his MySpace page combo-style — personally and professionally. "MySpace has acted as a site where fans and people interested in keeping up with me can hear what's happening on a regular basis," he says. Actor and comedian Jason Stuart, who played the recurring role of Dr. Steven Michael Thomas on My Wife and Kids and co-stars in
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