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Emmy And Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

The eligibility of documentaries for awardage from both that lusted after winged woman (Emmy) and the coveted naked man (Oscar) is a labyrinthine maze from which we would never exit were we to foolishly enter. In fact, someone needs to make a documentary about That to sort it all out. Documentaries leave strange crumbs all over both the big and small screens on their long walking journey through often complicated and extremely protacted "releases".

I bring this up because a portion of the Emmy nominations were announced today (like The Grammys there are hundreds of categories) in the non-fiction fields of news and documentary. I was surprised, for example, to see Semper Fi: Always Faithful, The Loving Story and We Were Here as nominees. You may recall they were all Oscar finalists (though not nominees) back in 2011 and now they're up for 2013 Emmys! Actual nominees from that Oscar year show up too,
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Morning Brew - Wed. June 26: Heather Locklear and Jane Seymour make out on "Franklin & Bash," Russell Brand likes to "test" lesbians

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Good Morning! It really is an awesome morning with the striking down of Doma as unconstitutional and saying "Peace out, Prop 8!" I'm feeling all:

Turn on Logo for the latest on all these Supreme Court rulings.

Russell Brand was talking about out lesbian presenter Clare Balding on a radio show in the UK when he said he likes to help "test" lesbians.

I just do that with lesbians, like "come on, you’re not that lesbian. For heaven’s sake, you’re just being difficult now." She’s in a happy relationship, isn’t she? I won’t rest, until every lesbian relationship in Britain has been disrupted by an unwelcome boorish Essex boy.

I'm so sure that all the lesbians in the land are like "I guess I could try it with this loud, hairy British man."

Although
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Morning Brew - Mon. June 17: "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" wins daytime Emmys, Naya Rivera and Shay Mitchell at the MuchMusic Awards

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Good morning!

The New York Times wonders if lesbian sex in literature and film is ever really that realistic. The writer finds that we're usually exploited.

The Australian interviewed Gigi Chao, who still loves her dad despite his trying to sell her to a man that could turn her straight. An excerpt:

I don't think you can be certain that homosexuality is something you are born with. I am more of the scientific point of view that sexuality and sexual identity are something that evolves. It is more of a fluid thing. It is like those fish that can change their gender on a whim. I think there is a fluidity in human sexual identity that can be affected by experiences in life. The 'born this way' argument is for Lady Gaga; I suppose it
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Morning Brew - Mon. April 22: Clea DuVall's new film premieres, Sarah Paulson and Evan Rachel Wood at Tribeca

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Good morning!

Sarah Paulson attended the after-party for Trust Me at the Tribeca Film Festival with Amanda Peet and Felicity Huffman.

The next night she was at the screening of Mud.

Also at Tribeca, Evan Rachel Wood for the premiere of A Case of You.

Out Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson was part of a panel on Women in Film at Cinema Con over the weekend. When she was asked about the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation and if it was "the best or worst thing" to happen to women, she replied, "Female desire is a very complex subject." Snaps! Nina also accepted the Fandango Fan Choice Award for the movie Hunger Games.

A site called Business2Community has some ideas on how Lgbt consumers can best be reached. I hope Chik-Fil-a is paying attention.

The New
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GLAAD Media Awards honor President Clinton, 'American Horror Story' and more

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The 2013 GLAAD Media Awards were given out in Los Angeles Saturday night (April 20), with former President Bill Clinton being awarded the Advocate for Change Award. Watch his acceptance speech above.

"The whole history of our country has been sometimes racing, but usually stumbling in the right direction. All of you have helped us to be more worthy of what we said we were about in the beginning," says Clinton.

The full list of winners below, some of which were announced at the New York event March 16:

Outstanding Film - Wide Release

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ParaNorman (Focus Features)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)

Your Sister's Sister (IFC Films)

Outstanding Drama Series

Degrassi (TeenNick)

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

The L.A. Complex (The CW)

Smash (NBC)

True Blood (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Glee (Fox)

Go On (NBC)

Happy Endings (ABC
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Morning Brew - Thurs. April 11: Megan Rapinoe in "The New York Times," Ryan Murphy is doing a sex show for HBO

Tags: Morning BrewKatee SackhoffRyan MurphyJulie ChenThe TalkIMDbOpenSexy Evil GeniusSarah WalshMegan RapinoeAllison Miller

Good morning!

Katee Sackhoff talked with Collider about her bisexual psycho role in Sexy Evil Genius. She was asked if her character is actually crazy or just really good at manipulating her exes:

Isn’t that the question, though? Some of the craziest people I’ve met, in my life, are some of the most brilliant people I’ve met. It’s almost as if they get bored in their own brain and they have to come up with this craziness to stay interested in life. So, I don’t know. I still don’t know. I think that’s up to the viewer. I think there’s probably little bits of both inside of her, for sure.

You can find Sexy Evil Genius on DVD, digital download or VOD.

Sally Kohn enjoyed this New York Times profile
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Madonna dons Boy Scout outfit, Honey Boo Boo’s mother delights at the GLAAD Media Awards

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The 24th Annual GLAAD Awards was held at the Marriott Marquis in New York City this past Saturday. This year, considerable buzz led up to the event, as the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna, was scheduled to make an appearance. She greeted the crowd with her trademark brashness and saucy humor.

Source: Grace Chu’s Instagram

Taking the stage in a Boy Scout uniform, pop icon Madonna called for the Boy Scouts to lift its ban on gays. “I think [the Boy Scouts] should change their stupid rules,” she said. She also called for an end to Lgbt bullying, spoke out in defense of imprisoned band Pussy Riot, and called for open dialogue between ideological opposites to end discrimination. Finally, she presented the Vito Russo award to Anderson Cooper. Calling him a “freedom fighter” and “a bad ass motherfucker,” she invited Cooper onstage so she could “grab [his] ass.
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2013 GLAAD Media Award Nominees Unveiled

GLAAD this morning announced 153 nominees in 33 categories for the group’s 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize media for outstanding images of the Lgbt community. Winners will be unveiled in ceremonies March 16 in New York and April 20 in San Francisco. Here’s the full list: Outstanding Film – Wide Release The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures) ParaNorman (Focus Features) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) Your Sister’s Sister (IFC Films) Outstanding Film – Limited Release Any Day Now (Music Box Films) Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films) Mosquita y Mari (Wolfe Releasing) Musical Chairs (Paladin) North Sea Texas (Strand Releasing) Outstanding Drama Series Degrassi (TeenNick) Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) The L.A. Complex (The CW) Smash (NBC) True Blood (HBO) Outstanding Comedy Series Glee (Fox) Go On (NBC) Happy Endings (ABC) Modern Family (ABC) The New Normal (NBC) Outstanding Individual Episode
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GLAAD Media Awards honor 'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' Adam Lambert and more

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GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has announced its annual Media Awards nominations, which recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

The full list of nominees:

Outstanding Film - Wide Release

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ParaNorman (Focus Features)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)

Your Sister's Sister (IFC Films)

Outstanding Film - Limited Release

Any Day Now (Music Box Films)

Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films)

Mosquita y Mari (Wolfe Releasing)

Musical Chairs (Paladin)

North Sea Texas (Strand Releasing)

Outstanding Drama Series

Degrassi (TeenNick)

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

The L.A. Complex (The CW)

Smash (NBC)

True Blood (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Glee (Fox)

Go On (NBC)

Happy Endings (ABC)

Modern Family (ABC)

The New Normal (NBC)

Outstanding Individual
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Morning Brew - Wed. Dec. 19: Naya Rivera in a new music video, Sally Ride has a crash site named after her

Tags: Morning BrewIMDbNaya RiveraMelissa EtheridgeAnne HathawayTig NotaroSally Ride

Good morning!

Naya Rivera guests on the 2Cellos single "Supermassive Black Hole." I will avoid making any jokes about the song title.

Cherry Bomb is making its return on OutTV tonight at 7:30 Est. Here's a look at what you can expect from the lesbian hosts.

Nasa is naming a Grail satellite crash site after the late Sally Ride. MIT's Maria Zuber went on a Nasa TV livestream to say:

We know that Nasa has plans for celebrating Sally's accomplishments in many different areas. But her contributions to education in Grail and more generally to science, technology, and math education, are very, very special to our team, so we're happy to be able to do this for her today.

President Obama greets Sally in 2010

Photo by Mandel Ngan/Getty

Rip Sally. You'll never be forgotten!

Tig Notaro has joined the cast of
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Afternoon Delight: Rosie joins forces with Nene Leakes, Lady Gaga gets freaky with a cake

Tags: Afternoon DelightRosie O' DonnellLady GagaNaomi WattsFortune FeimsterChely WrightIMDb

Good afternoon everyone!

Happy birthday to Sean Young and Bo Derek!

Mulholland Drive actress Naomi Watts will be honored at The 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival. On January 5, 2013 Watts will received Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at the festival for her role in the disaster film The Impossible.

Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images

In case you were wondering, bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood is not pregnant. Carry on.

Out country star Chely Wright tweeted the Showtime air dates for her documentary Wish Me Away.

Wish Me Away this week on Showtime. Tue, Nov 20 4:40 Pm Showtime Showcase-Wed, Nov 21 1:00 Pm Showtime-Fri, Nov 23 5:25 Pmsho 2

Chely Wright (@chelywright) November 19, 2012

As mentioned in yesterday's Brew, Rosie O'Donnell will join forces with Nene Leakes to host Anderson Cooper's talk show Anderson. Here here are two promo stills of O'Donnell and Leakes in action.
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Afternoon Delight: Helen Mirren guns for ScarJo in "Hitchcock," a "Guiding Light" actress comes out

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Good afternoon!

Happy birthday to Michelle Trachtenberg, Emily Deschanel, Joan Cusack and Jane Krakowski!

Emily Deschanel in Los Angeles

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) is teaming up with Liam Neeson for the thriller Non-Stop.

Jennifer Lawrence is Vogue UK's November covergirl.

Meanwhile, Glee's Lea Michele is gracing the cover of Marie Claire UK. Apparently metallic dresses are in this season.

EW singled out Angelina Jolie's accent in the epic Alexander for their horrible dialects list. Did you hate Jolie's Olympias accent too?

Did you catch the lesbians on Modern Family last night? Here's a clip:

Notoriously private Guiding Light veteran Maureen Garrett recently came out in an interview with Out magazine, discussing her 20-year relationship with her partner, Janet Morgan.

Olivia Wilde gave a shout out to beauty-counterpart Emma Stone on Twitter.

Just
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Afternoon Delight: Ilene Chaiken talks “accurately representing lesbians,” Sarah Silverman is "Punching the Clown" for Showtime

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Good afternoon everyone! If you live in the States, Happy Labor Day!

Oprah Winfrey will be filling in for Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts while she's on medical leave. (Please send good vibes to Roberts for a speedy recovery.)

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Outspoken comedian and gay ally Sarah Silverman is heading to Showtime. Silverman will serve as co-executive producer (along with Arrested Development's Chuck Martin) for the small screen adaption of the film Punching the Clown.

The 2012 RightOutTV Music and Video Awards is accepting submissions for songs and videos. "Openly queer singer/songwriters from around the globe may submit songs as well as music videos in a variety of Indie-friendly categories such as 'Best Video Diy' for the more homegrown project, and 'Best Song So Far' for those masterpieces written years ago that still deserve recognition." For submission information head to RightOutTVAwards.
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Retweet @Shockya to Win a Bunch Of Cool Stuff from Movies On Demand

Retweet @Shockya to Win a Bunch Of Cool Stuff from Movies On Demand
Movies On Demand is starting summer early with their upcoming list of new movie releases this month. Famed movie critic and ReelzChannel “Maltin on Movies” host Leonard Maltin is helping Movies On Demand with their summer celebration by reviewing the Oscar-nominated foreign film “In Darkness,” calling it “an incredible story based on real world events from World War II…Director Agnieszka Holland paints an all too vivid portrait of this incredible experience.” You can see “In Darkness” on Movies On Demand as well as these films: Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (started 6.1, Same Day as Theatrical)—starring Chely Wright, Rosie O’Donnell Anderson Silva Like Water (started 6.1, Same Day as Theatrical)—starring [ Read More ]
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Inside Out 2012 Roundup: The Top 10 Films of Toronto’s Lgbt Film Festival

After ten days of film, I have compiled a list of the ten best at this year’s Toronto Lgbt film festival. Every bit as fearless, shameless, and timeless as the adverts suggest, Inside Out 2012 was an unmitigated success.

Honourable Mentions

Hit So Hard

Although the film initially struggles to find its objet d’art, it eventually concentrates on Schemel’s inherently engrossing story. With amazingly detailed file footage of Schemel’s personal and professional life, and a strangely hallucinogenic aesthetic, Hit So Hard is a powerful and personal documentary about a woman who’s unquestionably likewise.

Melting Away

With so much heart tugging and fifty different kinds of cheese, Melting Away eventually succeeds in its war of emotional attrition. We know exactly how the film is going to play out, and how Anna’s story will come to an end, but despite this, there’s still an inexplicable urge to cheer for her.
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Inside Out 2012: ‘Wish Me Away’ will break your Achy Breaky Heart

Wish Me Away

Directed by Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf

USA, 2011

For country superstar, Chely Wright, her art has always been cathartic. As a high-profile member of the Nashville country music community, she has had to hide her homosexuality in fear of scorn and rejection from the very people she held in the highest esteem – her peers, family, and fans. To truly articulate her tortured anima, Wright continually turned to her music as recompense, manifesting in profound, soulful pieces of expression. So it’s no surprise that in Wish Me Away, a documentary about her life and coming out, the artistry is equally lyrical.

The film documents the coming-out experience of Wright. Shot over a period of two years, the film, utilizing private video diaries, news reels, and unposed footage, details the intricacies of her childhood, rise to fame, and the emotional torment of her private life, while, at the same time,
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The Canadian Comedy 'Starbuck' Wins the Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Canadian Comedy 'Starbuck' Wins the Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
Starbuck, a Canadian comedy directed by Ken Scott about a class action suit against a sperm donor, claimed the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature as the Palm Springs International Restuarant held its awards ceremony at Spencer’s Restaurant in Palm Springs on Sunday. Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come as You Are was runner-up in the category. The Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature resulted in a tie between Judy Chaikin’s The Girls in the Band, which looks at female jazz musicians, and Wish Me Away, Bobbi Birleffi and Beverly Kopf’s portrait of country singer-songerwriter Chely Wright. Photos: Palm

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'Starbuck' Wins Top Palm Springs Fest Award

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'Starbuck' Wins Top Palm Springs Fest Award
The Canadian comedy "Starbuck," about a class-action lawsuit against a prolific sperm donor by 142 of the children he fathered, has won the Palm Springs International Film Festival's audience award for the festival's best narrative feature, Psiff announced at an awards luncheon on Sunday. The documentaries "The Girls in the Band," about female jazz musicians, and "Wish Me Away," about country singer Chely Wright's decision to come out as a lesbian, tied for the audience award for documentary. The films were chosen from the Palm Springs lineup of 188 films from 73
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Top Awards at the 2012 Palm Springs Film Festival Include 'Starbuck' and 'The House'

Top Awards at the 2012 Palm Springs Film Festival Include 'Starbuck' and 'The House'
At the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards, French-language sperm donor comedy "Starbuck" won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, while "The Girls in the Band" and "Wish Me Away" tied for the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. Directed by Ken Scott, "Starbuck" is a Canadian production that centers on a class action suit filed by 142 adults against their prolific sperm donor dad. Directed by Judy Chaikin, "The Girls in the Band" is about the hidden history of women jazz musicians, while Bobbi Birleffii and Beverly Kopf's "Wish Me Away" profiles singer-songwriter Chely Wright, a devout Christian who also happens to be a lesbian. The New Voices/New Visions award, which recognizes an international film that does not have U.S. distribution, went to the Slovak Republic title "The House," directed by Zuzana Liová. The winner receives a $60,000 Panavision camera...
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2011 Cinema Arts Festival Houston, Highlights Films and Live Performances Including The World Premiere Of ‘Art Car: The Movie’

Texas is known for some great film festivals. apart from SXSW and Fantastic Fest, both held in Austin – Houston also hosts some wonderful events. Among them is the Cinema Arts Festival. This year’s line-up is extremely strong, with titles that include Pina, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, The Artist and the World Premiere of Art Car: The Movie. Sadly we do not have any contributors over in Houston, but I did feel the need to quickly promote the festival. Here is the press release.

Houston – Now in its third year, Cinema Arts Festival Houston, which runs from November 9 to 13, 2011 will bring an ambitious program of films by and about artists to the vibrant Texas city known internationally for its dynamic art scene. From painting and dance to classical music and multimedia work, this edition will also include appearances by directors, actors, musicians, and special tributes to Ethan Hawke and documentary master Patricio Guzman.
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