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GLAAD Campaign Faults Movie Studios for Negative Lgbt Depictions

GLAAD Campaign Faults Movie Studios for Negative Lgbt Depictions
Orange is the New Black,” “Modern Family” and other television programs routinely offer up sensitive and fully dimensional homosexual and transgender characters, but on the big screen it’s a much bleaker story.

Movies like “Get Hard,” “Ted 2” or “The Wolf of Wall Street” liberally use homophobic terms or poke fun at gay characters, according to advocacy group GLAAD. Beyond a few jokes and putdowns, most major studio films are entirely devoid of Lgbt figures. In 2014, for example, only 17 of more than 100 studio releases included lesbian, gay or bisexual characters, and most of those roles amounted to little more than cameos.

“We’re still the butt of the joke,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO and president of GLAAD. “We’re still infrequently seen and when we are seen, it’s in a negative light.”

To illustrate movie studios’ lack of progress, GLAAD is launching a new online video campaign entitled “Hollywood Must Do Better.
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Emmys: TV Diversity Still Leaves Much Room for Improvement

Emmys: TV Diversity Still Leaves Much Room for Improvement
When the Oscar nominees were announced on Jan. 15, social media exploded over the fact that not a single performer of color was included among the 20 acting nominees. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag went viral, hitting 95,000 tweets per hour the day of the announcement.

Cut to July 16, the morning of Emmy nominations, when “Orange Is the New Black” Emmy winner Uzo Aduba and “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley read a line-up of names that included 18 black performers across 11 different thesping categories.

There were still Twitter complaints (no “Empire” for outstanding drama!? For shame, TV Academy!), but also no question that television is on a completely different level than feature films when it comes to providing meaningful, complex and high-profile characters for a diverse range of performers.

And the recognition is happening across all scripted categories, from comedy (“Black-ish,” “Getting On”) to drama (“How to Get Away With Murder,” “Orange
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Myth of ‘Liberal Hollywood': TV Makes Strides in Lgbt World, But What About Film?

Major-studio comedies like “The Hangover” and “Get Hard” feature anti-gay jokes, and Lgbt characters are chronically missing from summer tentpoles.

Is Hollywood homophobic?

Kelly Bush Novak, ID-pr founder and CEO, says there is a distinct split when talking about the entertainment industry. “I can’t think of a time when I’ve seen homophobia on television. But I see it in movies all the time. In an industry so well-populated by gay and lesbian filmmakers and producers, we can do better.”

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-aftra chief operating officer and general counsel, says discrimination can happen not just in on-camera depictions, but behind the scenes as well. “The industry has made a big impact in the broader world, but hasn’t done enough to take care of Lgbt people here at home, in the industry,” he says. Stars remain in the closet (see story, page 40), and Crabtree-Ireland says the mood affects working performers at all levels.
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Myth of ‘Liberal Hollywood': TV Makes Strides in Lgbt World, But What About Film?

Major-studio comedies like “The Hangover” and “Get Hard” feature anti-gay jokes, and Lgbt characters are chronically missing from summer tentpoles.

Is Hollywood homophobic?

Kelly Bush Novak, ID-pr founder and CEO, says there is a distinct split when talking about the entertainment industry. “I can’t think of a time when I’ve seen homophobia on television. But I see it in movies all the time. In an industry so well-populated by gay and lesbian filmmakers and producers, we can do better.”

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-aftra chief operating officer and general counsel, says discrimination can happen not just in on-camera depictions, but behind the scenes as well. “The industry has made a big impact in the broader world, but hasn’t done enough to take care of Lgbt people here at home, in the industry,” he says. Stars remain in the closet (see story, page 40), and Crabtree-Ireland says the mood affects working performers at all levels.
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Unscripted Television Led the Charge in Embracing Lgbt Community

Unscripted Television Led the Charge in Embracing Lgbt Community
When Caitlyn Jenner revealed her transgender truth to Diane Sawyer on primetime TV, Lgbt issues were thrown under an ever bigger spotlight than ever before. And while scripted series have sporadically featured gay characters, unscripted television embraced the Lgbt community a long time ago.

Certainly television, in general, is far from having evenly distributed representation, with GLAAD’s 2014 annual report of diversity in television calculating only 3.9% of primetime scripted series regulars as members of the Lgbt community.

On all sides of equation, scripted or otherwise, television is experiencing an influx of Lgbt awareness, including Jenner’s new docu-series “I Am Cait” on E!, Laverne Cox’s recurring role in the scripted series “Orange Is the New Black,” Oyxgen’s docu-series “The Prancing Elites Project,” above, which follows an African-American, gay and gender non-conforming dance team, and TLC’s upcoming show “I Am Jazz” about 14-year-old trans teenager Jazz Jennings.

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NBC Tops Sports Emmys, Extends ‘Sunday Night Football’ Streak

NBC led the field Tuesday with six wins at the 35th annual Sports Emmy Awards, presented at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Gotham.

The Peacock’s “Sunday Night Football” (pictured) extended its streak in the live sports series category to a sixth consecutive year. NBC’s other wins included Bob Costas for sports personality in studio, Michele Tafoya for sports reporter and Cris Collinsworth for sports event analyst.

NBC sibling Telemundo also nabbed two trophies, including Andres Cantor’s win for on-air personality in Spanish.

Fox Sports ran a close second to NBC with five nods, including the prize for live sports special for last year’s World Series coverage.

Turner Broadcasting pioneer and former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner was feted with the org’s life achievement award.

Here is a complete list of winners:

Outstanding Live Sports Special

The 109th World Series – Red Sox vs. Cardinals Fox

Executive Producers

John Entz,
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Ellen DeGeneres: The Oscars host who came out of the cold

The Us talkshow host and comedian has overcome adversity to become a bona fide American superstar and a household name

In September, Ellen DeGeneres told the audience of her talkshow about the pros and cons of hosting the Academy Awards: "Pro: a lot of fancy designers will want to approach me and want me to wear a beautiful, expensive gown. Con: ain't no way in hell I'm wearing a gown." The audience erupted in cheers.

Such vocal approval is an indication of how far both DeGeneres's fortunes and Us public attitudes towards sexuality and gender have shifted. At the turn of the century, you could have been excused for thinking DeGeneres was down and out.

After spending two decades establishing herself as one of the most popular comedians in the Us, in 1997 she gambled everything on coming out as a lesbian, both in real life and in character on the
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New Once Upon A Time Season 3,Episode 10 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

New Once Upon A Time season 3,episode 10 official spoilers,plotline revealed by ABC. Recently,ABC dished out the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Once Upon A Time" episode 10 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "The New Neverland," and it sounds like it'll be quite interesting and drama-filled as Peter Pan ,disguised as Henry, continues his plans to shake up Storybrooke, and more! In the new,10th episode press release: The residents of Storybrooke are going to be overjoyed upon the return of Henry and our heroes from Neverland. But unbeknownst to them, a plan is secretly being put into place by a well-hidden Pan that is going to shake up the very lives of the townspeople. In the meantime, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, Snow White and Prince Charming’s honeymoon is going to turn out to be anything but romantic when they go in search
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New Once Upon A Time Season 3,Episode 7 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

New Once Upon A Time Season 3,Episode 7 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC. Recently, ABC served up the new,official, synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Once Upon A Time" episode 7 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Dark Hollow," and it sounds quite intriguing as Ariel helps Bella and the crew search for an artifact that can take down Peter Pan, and more. In the new,7th episode press release: Mr. Gold and Regina will send Ariel back to Storybrooke with an item that will allow Belle to locate a hidden artifact that could help take down Pan. However, unbeknownst to them, two men have broken into the town with the intent to stop them at all costs. In the meantime, Emma, Neal ,and Hook are going to attempt to find Dark Hollow, where Peter Pan’s shadow dwells, in order to capture it. Mary Margaret is going to be upset
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Once Upon a Time First Look: Storybrooke Drama for Belle and Ariel, Neal/Emma/Hook and More

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Once Upon a Time First Look: Storybrooke Drama for Belle and Ariel, Neal/Emma/Hook and More
This Sunday, ABC’s Once Upon a Time travels back to Storybrooke, where things aren’t quiet as one might think.

As previously reported, the show will rewind a bit to when Rumple, Emma et al first set sail for Neverland, leaving Belle in charge of protecting the sleepy Maine burg. Ariel will eventually surface in Storybrooke, sent by Rumple and Regina to help Belle locate an artifact the Dark One can use to trump Pan.

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But it appears that just as Beauty makes friends with The Little Mermaid,
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Fox, ABC Family Rank High in Lgbt Report, History Stumbles

The depiction of Lgbt people on the small screen is rapidly increasing and slowly diversifying, according to GLAAD.

Per annual reports released by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy group GLAAD, primetime broadcast and cable networks are increasing their use of Lgbt images. And for the first time in history, there will be an equal number of male and female Lgbt characters on TV.

Fox leads the broadcast pack in GLAAD’s Network Responsibility Index; 42% of its primetime programming hours include Lgbt characters or storylines. ABC trails behind at 33% and CBS is dead last with 14%. Meanwhile, ABC Family is the most inclusive cable net — half of its original programming included Lgbt impressions — followed by FX at 40%. History and TBS both received failing grades.

In fact, History didn’t air any Lgbt images last season.

While Nri looks back at the 2012-2013 season, GLAAD’s second survey, Where We Are on TV,
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GLAAD Unveils First Studio Ranking of Gay Characters in Film

This story first appeared in the Sept. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When it comes to presenting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters, the six major film studios are lagging far behind their counterparts in TV. Watchdog group GLAAD, in its first survey of the movie industry, found that of the 101 studio releases in 2012, only 14 contained Lgbt characters. While Universal led the list with a record judged adequate, Disney and Fox got failing grades. Photos: My Big, Gay Hollywood Wedding (Finally!) "Film is in many ways quite behind the curve," says Matt Kane, GLAAD's

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Paul 'Ask Me Anything' Kupperberg & Dan Parent GLAAD about Kevin Keller

As part of the Reddit session Ask Me Anything, Archie Comics writer Paul Kupperberg will be participating in the online discussions where fans will get an opportunity to ask him about a wide range of topics such as the young adult novel Kevin and the Eisner Award nominated Life with Archie series.

For those trying to think up some further questions you may be interested to know that Kupperberg has written over 1,000 comic book tales dealing with varied characters like Batman, Bart Simpson, Superman and Scooby Doo as well as authored a comic book themed mystery novel The Same Old Story which arrives in August 2013 from Crazy8Press.com.

Paul Kupperberg’s Q&A will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 2pm.

Archie Comics is GLAAD to announce that the ongoing Archie Comics series Kevin Keller was the winner for Outstanding Comic Book at the media awards ceremony which honours
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Exclusive: Jeff Lewis On GLAAD Drama: "I Don't Understand What's Going On Over There."

Most of the drama we usually see interior designer/house flipper Jeff Lewis involved in pertains to his reality series Flipping Out, which returns for its sixth season tonight on Bravo. Recently, however, Lewis’s trademark brutal honesty landed him in some hot water with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and there’s been a brouhaha building.

Lewis brought up the situation in an August 23rd press call promoting Flipping Out’s new season…

"I used to be really involved with GLAAD and I would go to their functions and I’d donate money and this is part of a - I guess, when I - when we talk about how I’m so upfront and honest, how it gets me in trouble…I was talking about a transgender person and I did not - was not aware of all - I try to keep up with all these politically correct terms,
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What to Buy this Week: Game releases 18th June – 24th June

Each week we bring you news on what is being released into the gaming world…. So lets get it started! Kicking off this list of games which will be released 18th June – 24th June 2012 is:

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii / 3Ds / DS / PSP / PC):

Batman and Robin return in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, the highly-anticipated sequel to the best-selling Lego videogame of all time, which to date has sold more than 11 million units worldwide. This time the Dynamic Duo join forces with other famous DC super heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to stop the notorious villains Lex Luthor and The Joker from destroying Gotham City. Batman fans of all ages will enjoy a new and original story filled with classic Lego videogame action and humor as players fight to put the bad guys back behind bars. Free roam through an expansive lego-ized Gotham City,
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Project of the Day: How Far Will One Man Go to Survive?

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Dawn of Man Tweetable Logline: Our environment and the instinct to survive shapes us, but how would you develop completely secluded from the world? Elevator Pitch: It is a short film that takes place on one set built to be a 'habitat' where our main character has spent his entire life unaware of what lies beyond his reflection in one way glass through which he is studied. His first encounter with another human is when a woman is introduced to the environment. He is put through a series of tests to determine how far the man will go to survive, and if he will take the life of
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Groups slam ABC cross-dressing comedy 'Work It'

Groups slam ABC cross-dressing comedy 'Work It'
ABC should have known that airing a cross-dressing comedy was going to draw controversy.

The upcoming series Work It — about two men who disguise themselves as women to land jobs — is taking fire from two organizations that say the show is offensive to the transgender community. “During a period in which the transgender community now routinely finds itself in the cultural crosshairs, the timing couldn’t be worse for a show based on the notion that men dressed as women is inherently funny,” writes Matt Kane, the associate director of entertainment media at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

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'Dancing with the Stars' eliminated contestant: 'I am not leaving this show bitter or angry'

'Dancing with the Stars' eliminated contestant: 'I am not leaving this show bitter or angry'
For many celebrities who participate on Dancing with the Stars, making it beyond the halfway point is an accomplishment in itself. But when an exit is predicated by some particularly harsh words from the judges, leaving the ABC show can feel pretty bittersweet.

Fortunately for Chaz Bono – who was told by Judge Bruno Tonioli that he looked like a “cute little penguin” on Monday – the author and activist harbors no ill-will toward the show that ricocheted him back into the spotlight this fall. “I was quite angry last night,” Bono told reporters on Tuesday. His tango, which he performed with
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Tyler, The Creator MTV Vma win criticised by anti-homophobia group GLAAD

Tyler, The Creator's MTV Vma win has been criticised by an anti-homophobia group. The Odd Future rapper won 'Best New Artist' at Sunday night's awards ceremony in Los Angeles, but the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has since spoken out against the win due to his homophobic lyrics. Writing on the organisation's official blog, associate director of entertainment media Matt Kane explained: "MTV didn't choose the winner of the 'Best New Artist' category (that's chosen by public vote) on last night's show, but they did decide to nominate Tyler in the first place and put him on stage. "We hope in the future they will think more carefully about the message they're sending to their young audience before giving him another platform." (more)
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