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Advice on Life and Movies - The Best of RuPaul's Reddit Ama

19 September 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »


RuPaul Charles, Supermodel of the World and the mad genius behind the reality TV phenomenon RuPaul's Drag Race, took some time away from myriad hosting/singing/writing/producing commitments to host an Ama ("Ask Me Anything") on Reddit, with predictably delightful results. 

Along with discussing his career and favorite works of art, RuPaul also dispensed words of advice on fashion, confidence, and battling personal demons. Here are some of the best parts:

Why did you decide to go by your real name, RuPaul, instead of taking on a drag name?

Because I was stupid. It's important to use a stage name so that your real name doesn't appear on public records.

What's the fondest childhood memory you have?

The time my sister Renetta took me to the Canyon with a paper bag of cookies and a blanket, and told me "Ru-ru- this is a pic-nic." I was 5 years old. That's »

- Margaret de Larios

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8 Awesome Quotes from RuPaul's Reddit Ama Session

18 September 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Not every Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session can be great, but RuPaul -- the fiercest and funniest queen in the game -- just connected with fans in a major way during his candid chat. The host of "RuPaul's Drag Race" answered questions about drag queen culture, style, self-motivation, and comedy icons. His answers were flawless. Here's the best bits of wisdom from the fab talk. 1. On how drag culture is everywhere "You're born naked, and the rest is drag! Everybody is in drag. Whether you're a man or a woman. It just depends on how extreme you wanna go." 2. On the stuff that makes a gay icon "What makes a gay icon is someone who possesses both masculine and feminine qualities simultaneously. Someone with the power of Judy Garland and the vulnerability of Judy Garland is a shoe-in. The world we live in is made up of polar opposites, black/white, »

- Louis Virtel

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner Tyra Sanchez -- Security Beat Me Up, But I Got Arrested For Assault

11 September 2014 2:20 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The Season 2 winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" got busted for assault ... but he tells TMZ he's the one who got beat down by a security guard during an autograph session.James Ross, who goes by Tyra Sanchez, tells TMZ he was signing autographs at the Rainbow-Cactus Company in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago ... when a guy in the crowd started heckling him.Tyra claims he approached the man to try to calm the situation, »

- TMZ Staff

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Camille Grammer Gets Crazy Makeover for Betsey Johnson's Fashion Show

10 September 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

A few of the "Real Housewives" just got some wild makeovers.Camille Grammer, Cynthia Bailey and Kristen Taekman suited up in extreme makeup, wacky wigs and a whole lotta bling for Betsey Johnson's New York Fashion Week show on Wednesday -- as they hit the runway in a few of the designer's creations.At 46, Grammer is no spring chicken compared to most of the models strutting the catwalk this week, and it's something she was nervous about leading up to the event. In NYC for fashion week. Getting reading to walk the runway for Betsey Johnson. So excited! At my age and after cancer.. A bit nervous »

- tooFab Staff

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Watch Joan Rivers Find a Kindred Spirit in a Drag Queen

9 September 2014 5:52 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I don't know about you, but I can't stop watching the dozens and dozens of Joan Rivers media available on YouTube and Netflix. Right now I'm looking back at "In Bed with Joan," her interview webseries featuring a special guest and a chat in bed. What could be more perfect? In this episode -- the last one Joan filmed -- she interviewed the winner of the sixth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," the hilarious Bianca Del Rio. You'll notice that Bianca is just as fast as Joan, and together they have an extraordinarily fun time. It's a must-watch.  »

- Louis Virtel

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Emmy Aftermath: The Repetitions, The Rules, The Fixes.

26 August 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Well hear we are the day after the 66th Emmy Awards... or was it the 65th? or 62nd? or 60? It gets so hard to tell what with their refusal to spread the wealth. This number may not be 100% accurate but from my rough calculations anyone/anything who won Emmys last night had, on average, two previous statues.

No matter how great any one performance or show is, is it seems downright criminal to only honor that one thing. Think of how many people couldn't have Emmys for acting because of, say, Bryan Cranston's 5 statues for Walter White. I wish more voters would think of it that way. There's no argument among anybody who has watched it, even off and on like myself, that he didn't do great work but is his work 5 times greater than Jon Hamm's best work as Don Draper? 3 times greater than Michael C Hall's work as Dexter? »


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Celebrity Big Brother: Meet the housemates - Do you know these stars?

18 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We're not quite sure we're ready for this. We've only just recovered from Helen Wood's Big Brother win, but that's old news now - because 14 famous faces made their way into the Celebrity Big Brother house tonight! But who are they? Read on for everything you need to know about the bungalow's brand new residents...

Angelique 'Frenchy' Morgan

So who is she? Angelique is a model, exotic dancer and, er, 'adult film star'.

What do I need to know? Angelique is nicknamed Frenchy, presumably because she was raised in Paris. She's probably the star who'll get the most 'who?' comments, but if you want to know your stuff, she landed appearances on the Howard Stern Show after being on Playboy TV. Since then, she's been on reality shows Rock of Love, Charm School and I Love Money - oh, and some of you might be pretending you »

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See how you did predicting the TV Critics Award winners

20 July 2014 7:15 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Congratulations to our User cantcomeupwithanything for predicting a staggering 90% of this year's TCA Critics Award winners in 10 categories. Next best were a quartet of our Users -- Josh Labron, Vinicius Pereira, A_Steve_Man, and ConradoFalco. -- with an impressive 80% correct.  Over 450 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year's TV Critics champs, logging more than 4,400 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click TCA Awards 2014. -Break- TCA Award winners leaked early: 'Breaking Bad,' Orange is the New Black' Click here for a breakdown of all top scorers. And to see how we fared collectively predicting each category, click here. The only category missed by our winner was Best Drama Series, which was claimed by "The Good Wife" (which he had in fourth place). That means he made difficult calls like "RuPaul's Drag Race" for Best Reality Pr »

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TV News: Dogs, Prime, Awards, Fall

20 July 2014 11:37 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mad Dogs

Amazon has officially given a pilot order to a U.S. remake of the British black comedy/thriller "Mad Dogs", taking over the production from FX. The original show's creator is teaming with "Last Resort" and "The Shield" show runner Shawn Ryan on the potential series with Emmy winner Charles McDougall set to direct the pilot.

The story follows the reunion of four forty-something guys who visit their now seemingly rich old school friend in an exotic locale. Things soon take an unexpected and dark turn. The original was set in Majorca (and later Ibiza, Morocco and Cape Town). The U.S. version shifts the action to Belize. [Source: Deadline]

Prime Suspect

"Prime Suspect" author Lynda La Plante is penning "Tennison," a new book set in the 1970s dealing with a twenty-something version of Jane Tennison - the iconic character Helen Mirren played on in the various "Prime Suspect" mini-series »

- Garth Franklin

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True Detective and Veep Win Big at TCA Awards

19 July 2014 6:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On Saturday evening, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Terry Crews hosted the Television Critics Association annual secret (meaning non-televised) awards show at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel. While you have the usual winners (Breaking Bad won for best program; Orange Is the New Black won for best new show), there were some great picks that you normally don't hear about around these parts (Emmys, ahem) like The Fosters (!) and RuPaul's Drag Race (!!). See below for the rest of the winners and also-rans.Individual Achievement in ComedyLouis C.K., LouieMindy Kaling, The Mindy ProjectJulia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepJim Parsons, The Big Bang TheoryAmy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Individual Achievement in DramaBryan Cranston, Breaking BadJulianna Margulies, The Good WifeTatiana Maslany, Orphan BlackMatthew McConaughey, True DetectiveMatthew Rhys, The Americans Outstanding Achievement in News and InformationCBS Sunday MorningCosmosThe Daily Show with Jon StewartFrontline60 Minutes Outstanding Achievement in Reality ProgrammingThe Amazing RaceRuPaul’s Drag RaceShark TankSurvivorThe Voice Outstanding Achievement »

- E. Alex Jung

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Shakira's World Cup Costume: Drag Queen or Hunger Games Tribute?

14 July 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

There' s no denying that Shakira's World Cup fashion made a major statement. That thing flipped around like a third period player after a totally dramatic flop. But what exactly would you call the Charbel Zoe creation? On the one hand we could see this fire red costume slaying on the catwalk of a RuPaul's Drag Race episode, but if Cinna had a little magic kerosene, he could turn those fabric tears into a serious Jennifer Lawrence moment. The piece has all the qualities that make it perfect for both those scenarios and the former Voice judge's main stage moment. It's full of drama, just like a true queen and Hunger Games scene. The color says, look here! as both Ru and Effie always advise. And »

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Bob & Carol & Depp & Tilda

2 July 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The New Yorker on Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice by Paul Mazursky. I love that movie so much

Nyt Rip the influential filmmaker Paul Mazursky (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, An Unmarried Woman, Enemies: A Love Story

THR The Academy sues the estate of art director Joseph Wright. His family auctioned off his Oscar for My Gal Sal (1942) for $79,200. (God, imagine how much an Oscar for a famous movie or actor would get!) But auctioning off Oscars is a big big no-no. AMPAS freaks out every time.

Bryan Singer tweets a treament of X-Men: Apocalypse

Daily Mail Johnny Depp on the set of Black Mass. Lots of old age makeup

X-Finity Matt Bomer implies that his Montgomery Clift biopic is on indefinite delay

The Wire Joe talks that Eric/Jason sex scene on True Blood and what a failure the show has been in terms of the gay. Co-sign every word.

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Is Bianca Del Rio the Funniest Drag Queen Ever?

27 June 2014 3:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Happy 39th birthday to one of the funniest reality TV contestants of all time, "RuPaul's Drag Race" season six champ Bianca Del Rio. The queen has the no-nonsense attitude of Judge Judy, the stank side-eye of Marla Gibbs, and enough lightning-quick wit to zap the bourbon out of Dorothy Parker's hand.  With the possible exception of Bianca's runner-up Adore Delano, it's safe to say Bianca is the funniest queen in the show's history. While season four standout Willam was extremely clever, he lacked a certain empathy with his fellow players. Season two Carol Channing idolator Pandora Boxx was a pure joy, but her kookiness was more quaint than exhilarating. And season five winner Jinkx Monsoon had the comic chops, but her talents were reserved mostly for character roles. Bianca is all of the above, and she manages to be both savage and sympathetic with everything she says. A true »

- Louis Virtel

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James Franco Bares Naked Butt ... for a Good Cause!

23 June 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

James Franco is baring it all ... again!On the heels of his revealing selfie scandal, the "Of Mice and Men" star let a drag queen pull down his pants and expose his naked butt during an appearance at the annual HIV fundraiser, "Broadway Bares."  Just before "RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Bianca Del Rio helped the actor flash the audience, she said, "And just so you know Franco, this won’t be as painful as you hosting the Oscars."Ouch!Franco clearly enjoyed himself as he took to Instagram to share his own photo of the crowd at the event, writing, "Broadway Bares!!!!! Support!!!!! I am. :)."Check out the video above to see his bare bum (just after the 3:00 mark), and click "Launch Gallery" below to see more sexy celebrity selfies! Read more »

- tooFab Staff

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James Franco Flashes Butt At Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!

22 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

James Franco bared his butt in front of a packed house while performing at Broadway Bares, an annual cabaret fundraising event put on by Broadway Cares.

James Franco Performs With Bianca Del Rio

Franco surprised the over 1,000 members of the audience Sunday night when he appeared onstage alongside drag queen Bianca Del Rio, winner of RuPaul's Drag Race. The two performed a skit in which Franco tried to gain entry into a nightclub.

“Don’t you know who I am?” Franco asked. “I’m James Franco… I’ve got like 2 million followers on Instagram, I do topless selfies,” Franco added, poking fun at his infamous nearly naked Instagram selfies.

The bouncer refused Franco entry, and called Rio out on stage to perform a “full body search” on Franco.

“And, just so you know Franco, this is going to be as painful as you hosting the Oscars,” Rio quipped before puling down Franco’s pants, »

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HBO, FX and Netflix Duke It Out At Critics' Choice TV Awards: Who Won?

19 June 2014 7:35 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Some of the biggest shows on television went head to head. Here's who came out on top.

All the hottest names in TV turned out for the 2014 Critics Choice Television Awards on June 19, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Cedric the Entertainer hosted the gala event presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, and the night was really a battle between two cable channels.

Premiere pay-cable network HBO had a whopping 18 nominations, but in a show of strength for a smaller cable channel, FX topped that with 19. Meanwhile, the big contenders for individual shows were the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, the CBS drama The Good Wife, FX's crime dramedy Fargo, Showtime's drama series Masters Of Sex and HBO's The Normal Heart, all getting five noms each.

Also, Netflix struck a blow against the traditional television hierarchy with their original series Orange Is The New Black competing in several key categories.

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Here Are the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Winners

19 June 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hollywood's brightest small screen stars stepped out on Thursday night to honor TV's finest at the Critics' Choice Television Awards. The ceremony, an important precursor to the Emmys, awarded trophies to a mix of newcomers on the rise and past winners, and was not without a few surprises (there was even a tie!).

FX was the one to beat -- the network took home five wins. HBO followed by receiving four awards, even though "True Detective" was taken out in the Best Drama Series category by "Breaking Bad." "Orange Is the New Black" won Best Comedy Series, and its cast members Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew both walked away with trophies.

Here is the full list of nominees and winners:

Best Drama Series

"Breaking Bad" (AMC) *Winner

'"The Americans" (FX)

"Game of Thrones" (HBO)

"'The Good Wife" (CBS)

"Masters of Sex" (Showtime)

"True Detective" (HBO)

Best Actor In A Drama Series

Matthew McConaughey, »

- Alana Altmann

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Broadcast Television Journalists Association Announces Nominations for 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards

28 May 2014 2:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) today announced nominations for the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, which will be broadcast live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 19, 2014 (8pm Et/8pm Pt) and hosted by actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer. Nominees of note include: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Keith David, EnlistedLaverne Cox, Orange Is the New BlackUzo Aduba, Orange Is the New; James Earl Jones, The Big Bang Theory; Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire; Joe Morton, Scandal; The Trip to Bountiful; Luther; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge; Whoopi Goldberg, A Day Late and a Dollar Short; Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful; Blair Underwood, The Trip to Bountiful; RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag Race; and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. FX leads the networks in nominations with 19, followed closely by HBO which garnered 18. Topping the list of nominated series are The Big Bang. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Links: Daredevil Casting, Cage Laughing, Maleficent Building, X-Men Griping

28 May 2014 11:26 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today's Picture To Gawk At

This one goes out to my podcast pals via Theater Mania because we know you've always wanted to see a photo of Julianne Moore with Sophie Okonedo!

Juli with the cast of the 2 millionth revival of "Raisin in the Sun"


New York Times Maya Angelou, the famous author and poet, sometime actress, and one time director (Down in the Delta, 1998) has died

Pajiba Charlie Cox, who killed my beloved Pfeiffer in Stardust will be the new Daredevil for 2015's Netflix series. I haven't seen him in act in like seven years (no really)... so I have no idea what to say about this. Kept a low profile he has as a once rising star. Thoughts?

Playbill Best Picture winner The Sting (1973) will become a musical on Broadway. (That's mandatory now for famous movies)

Av Club HBO going further back with its gay content and »


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"True," "Wife," "Thrones," "Bad" Top TCA Noms

27 May 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Television Critics Association nominations have been announced with HBO's "True Detective" topping the run with four nominations. "The Good Wife," "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones" tied for second with three nominations apiece.

All four shows, and Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," are vying for the top prize of 'Program of the Year'. Other shows to do well include "The Americans," "Louie," "Fargo," "Veep," and "The Big Bang Theory". Here's the full list:

Program of the Year

"Breaking Bad" (AMC), "Game of Thrones" (HBO), "The Good Wife" (CBS), "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix), "True Detective" (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

"The Americans" (FX), "Breaking Bad" (AMC), "Game of Thrones" (HBO), "House of Cards" (Netflix), "The Good Wife" (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox), "Louie" (FX), "The Mindy Project" (Fox), "Veep" (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

"American Horror Story: Coven »

- Garth Franklin

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