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Laverne Cox Stumps for ‘Tangerine’s’ Historic Transgender Oscars Campaign

Laverne Cox Stumps for ‘Tangerine’s’ Historic Transgender Oscars Campaign
Mya Taylor has had a banner fall season as a first-time actress. Her Sundance indie “Tangerine,” where she plays a transgender prostitute roaming through the streets of Los Angeles on Christmas with her pal Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez), earned her a Gotham Award on Monday. A few days before, she picked up an Independent Spirit Awards nomination, and Magnolia Pictures previously announced it’s backing the critic’s darling for an awards season push, the first time in Hollywood history that a distributor has launched an Oscar campaign for transgender actresses. Then came the surreal moment where Taylor came face-to-face with her longtime idol, Laverne Cox.

Cox, a star of “Orange is the New Black,” stopped by a midtown Manhattan theater on Tuesday night to lobby for “Tangerine” to a room full of Oscars voters, because she was impressed by the dramatic comedy directed by Sean Baker. “I often imagine,
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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Celebrates His Bachelor Party

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Celebrates His Bachelor Party
This rock 'n' roller is getting hitched! Drummer Lars Ulrich, one of the founding members of Metallica, celebrated his upcoming nuptials to model Jessica Miller with a boys' weekend in San Francisco. On Saturday, the musician hit up Lucky Strike for a night of bowling in a private room with Bradley Cooper, Ian McKellan and James Hetfield, the lead singer of Metallica. "Bradley was the top bowler," says a source. "They hung out in the private Green Room and ate sushi and spinach dip." Though it was Ulrich's bash, the star took the time to sign a bowling pin
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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Celebrates His Bachelor Party

  • PEOPLE.com
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Celebrates His Bachelor Party
This rock 'n' roller is getting hitched! Drummer Lars Ulrich, one of the founding members of Metallica, celebrated his upcoming nuptials to model Jessica Miller with a boys' weekend in San Francisco. On Saturday, the musician hit up Lucky Strike for a night of bowling in a private room with Bradley Cooper, Ian McKellan and James Hetfield, the lead singer of Metallica. "Bradley was the top bowler," says a source. "They hung out in the private Green Room and ate sushi and spinach dip." Though it was Ulrich's bash, the star took the time to sign a bowling pin
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Former Dodgers Pitcher Justin Miller -- Found Dead

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Former Mlb Pitcher Justin Miller has been found dead  ...  and cause of death is a mystery.The 35-year-old's body was discovered Wednesday night in Palm Harbor, Fl -- where he was living -- but authorities have not said exactly where.   Miller played in the Major Leagues for 15 seasons -- most recently for the L.A. Dodgers back in 2010. He also played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins and Sf Giants. He was best known
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Ready, Set, Fund: Bienvenido a Tejas

"Ready, Set, Fund," is a column about crowdfunding and related fundraising endeavors for Austin and Texas independent film projects.

As the "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin has no shortage of musicians onstage nightly in live music venues, whether it be a jazz lounge, rock club or country/western bar. Often bands can make as much if not more on merchandise sales than on the take from the door, especially if they have extra help behind the merch table. Texas honky-tonk musician John Evans relies on his 18-year-old daughter Abbie (seen above) to fill that role, especially on the road -- despite the challenges as Abbie suffers from the incurable and often painful skin disease epidermolysis bullosa. 

Director/producer Cary Bell and editor/producer Jessica Miller document Abbie's coming of age as a self-confident and passionate young woman in Merch Girl, which is currently funding through Thursday, August 23 on Kickstarter.
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