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Lgbtq Audiences See Themselves More Onscreen but Financing Can Be Tricky

Lgbtq Audiences See Themselves More Onscreen but Financing Can Be Tricky
Recently, after seeing “Love, Simon,” filmmaker Xavier Dolan wrote on his Instagram page, “Let’s not discuss the movie itself, but rather focus on its existence, and the fact a major studio has released a film on a teen coming out. A door has opened, which has opened before, but this time, I can see the light pouring in.” He praised the film for being a huge step towards building narratives around Lgbtq protagonists instead of relinquishing them to comical supporting roles. When “Call Me by Your Name” was shown to festivalgoers at Sundance, the film immediately picked up momentum, building on its initial buzz to receive several Academy Award nominations, including best picture. It was a coming-of-age love story, which happened to have two male leads.

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Wanuri Kahiu’s lesbian love story, “Rafiki” (pictured) premiered in Un Certain Regard to strong reviews.
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Video: Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, & Andrew Rannells Chat The Boys In The Band on The Today Show

Kathie Lee, Hoda and John Cena welcome actors Zacahry Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells, who in addition to being friends are co-stars in the 50th anniversary edition of The Boys in the Band, the groundbreaking play about a group of gay men who gather for a friend's birthday party. To get to do it with these guys is just a dream, Bomer says.
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‘Anything’ Review: Matt Bomer Tries His Best in Transgender Role, But This Melodrama Is Offensive

‘Anything’ Review: Matt Bomer Tries His Best in Transgender Role, But This Melodrama Is Offensive
Since his breakout role in “Fargo,” John Carroll Lynch has brought depth to projects like “Jackie,” “The Americans,” and “American Horror Story.” Specializing in menacing to sad sack, Lynch has steadily become one of those ubiquitous character actors able to inhabit roles from beat cop to Lyndon B. Johnson. In “Anything,” Lynch imbues small town widower Early Landry with poise and depth, but unfortunately Matt Bomer’s swishy transgender caricature completely distracts from his performance. It’s a double shame, as the story of a widower who moves to Hollywood after a suicide attempt is told with enough warmth and precision that “Anything” might have been a halfway decent movie with a transgender actress in the role.

The movie opens with Early hollowly going about his routines in his small Mississippi town, his grief apparent in every plodding step, even in a crisp white suit and yellow bowtie. As shot by “Moonlight” cinematographer James Laxton,
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Busy Philipps To Host Uplift Family Services 7th Annual Norma Jean Gala

The generosity of Hollywood will once again be on display this May 19, 2018 as the community comes together to celebrate Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove’s 7th Annual Norma Jean Gala, presented by Houlihan Lokey, under the stars at the beautiful Hollygrove campus against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign, an event to benefit the agency’s behavioral and mental health programs that provide help and hope to more than 1,200 at-risk children and their families in the Hollywood and South Los Angeles communities.

This year the gala proudly honors the agency’s friends and champions Ike Barinholtz and wife Erica Hanson with the Ambassador of Children Award, and will also bestow the agency’s first-ever Volunteer of the Year Award to CAA’s Chris Andrews. Ike and Erica were selected to receive this honor because they, through deed and example, embody the values of the organization’s mission, share its passion
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YouTube Originals Boss Susanne Daniels on How ‘Cobra Kai’ Signals Its Evolution in the Streaming Wars

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When YouTube’s Susanne Daniels first heard the pitch for “Cobra Kai,” she wasn’t thinking “game changer” for YouTube Red, the company’s subscription programming service. “Maybe I should have been,” she said. “But I was just thinking, ‘amazing, incredible pitch.’ The stars don’t always align in a pitch and you don’t get to check off all the boxes when you hear a pitch. But in this pitch, you just did. They just came in with everything that you could want.”

But “Cobra Kai” could indeed be the breakthrough for YouTube Red in what has already been a transformative year for the platform. YouTube Red launched in October 2015 as an ad-free service to watch YouTube videos, as well as a home for exclusive, premium content starring many of YouTube’s top creators and personalities, like Lily Singh, MatPat, DanTDM and PewDiePie (whom the company later distanced itself
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Bankside hires Sophie Green as head of acquisitions and development (exclusive)

Green joins from WestEnd Films.

UK sales outfit Bankside Films has appointed Sophie Green as its head of acquisitions and development.

Green joins from WestEnd Films where she held the same position since 2016. Before then, she had roles at Studiocanal, literary agency David Higham Associates, and TV companies Tiger Aspect and Company Pictures.

During her time at WestEnd she worked on Sophie FiennesGrace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami, Vicky Jewson’s Close starring Noami Rapace which was recently picked up by Netflix, and Agnieszka Holland’s Gareth Jones starring James Norton and Vanessa Kirby.

Green joined Bankside this week and
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Jon Jon Briones (‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’) on ‘the dark sides’ of playing a serial killer’s ‘delusional’ father [Exclusive Video Interview]

Jon Jon Briones (‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’) on ‘the dark sides’ of playing a serial killer’s ‘delusional’ father [Exclusive Video Interview]
“He knows what he wants and he thinks he knows how to get it,” reveals Jon Jon Briones about his critically-acclaimed role as Modesto Cunanan, the father of serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” for FX. In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), Briones discusses how his childhood growing up in the Phillipines, and his work in the theater prepared him to play the “delusional” father of a serial killer.

In “Versace” he portrays a family man obsessed with two things– success and his youngest son Andrew. Those obsessions drive Modesto inflate his own sense of self-worth while lavishing attention on Andrew at the expense of the rest of the family. Briones, who grew up in poverty in the Philippines, identified with Modesto’s drive for success: “Wanting what you don’t have, and wanting to be somebody is something that is
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The 'Magic Mike' Cast Can Still Work It Six Years Later!

It seems like just yesterday we were planning movie night with our girls to watch Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey take it all off in Magic Mike. However, six years later, we are still guilty of watching the guilty pleasure from time to time — and Tbh, we're still keeping our fingers cross for another sequel. Based on Channing's experiences as a stripper in the early '00s, it was no surprise the actor had all his sexy moves down pact. And his back-up dancers, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, Adam Rodriguez, and Kevin Nash were just as impressive. Along with the guys, Cody Horn and Olivia Munn also held their own in the midst of all that testosterone — making it the perfect chick flick in our opinions. (Photo Credit: Warner Bros., Giphy) It's also no surprise the film inspired its very own Las Vegas show, which was just extended.
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Film Review: ‘Anything’

Love, companionship, healing and deliverance often come from unexpected places, but in movies, it’s far too easy for out-of-the-blue twists of fate to feel creakily contrived. That fact is born out by “Anything,” a romance between a recent widower and a transgender woman that, at nearly every turn, operates in schematic fashion. Though the film’s heart is in the right place, writer Timothy McNeil’s directorial debut (an adaptation of his play) hits so many familiar notes that it undercuts its compassionate lead performances, in the process rendering it merely a superficial tale of unlikely amour.

The casting of Matt Bomer as Freda Von Rhenburg, a Hollywood transgender sex worker, was greeted last year with criticism from some online quarters for being insensitive (if not worse). As it turns out, however, the most problematic thing about the character ultimately has far less to do with Bomer’s sincere
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Britney Spears Honored At 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD, the world’s largest Lgbtq media advocacy organization, honored Britney Spears, Jim Parsons and outstanding Lgbtq images in film and television at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Video: Britney Spears sends message of acceptance & love | 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the Lgbtq community and the issues that affect their lives.

Logo will exclusively air the ceremony on April 18 at 8pm Et/Pt.

Comedian Wanda Sykes hosted the event that included a smash performance by Superfruit. Halle Berry, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ryan Murphy, Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy, Rachel Bloom, Wilson Cruz, Trace Lysette, Anthony Rapp, Jazz Jennings, Tommy Dorfman, Zeke Smith, and Ben Feldman were among the special guests.

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka,
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The Author of Love, Simon Calls the Film's Popularity "a Shot of Hope"

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After a long wait, Love, Simon has hit theaters, arriving in the Us in March and now finally being released in the UK. The film is the first from a major studio to focus on a gay teenage romance, and it features a cast of familiar faces from some of our favorite teen fandoms, including 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford, Everything, Everything's Nick Robinson, and Dance Academy's Keiynan Lonsdale.

The film is based on the much-loved Ya novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, a former clinical psychologist who spent years working with young children and teenagers. Her novel has been incredibly important to many young adults, and the film has only increased the number of people who've taken Simon and Blue's story into their hearts. It comes as no surprise that Albertalli is feeling quite overwhelmed at the moment.

While speaking to us by phone,
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Matt Bomer & John Carroll Lynch in Trans Love Story 'Anything' Trailer

"I don't know a lot of things, but I know what it means to love someone..." Paladin has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Anything, from writer/director Timothy McNeil. Anything is a story about the infinite possibility of love. Matt Bomer plans a transgender woman who meets a middle-aged man who moved to Los Angeles after his wife's death, played by John Carroll Lynch. They strike up a relationship, and together experience the turbulence and challenges that come with falling for each other. The film's cast includes Maura Tierney, Margot Bingham, Michael Boatman, and Tanner Buchanan. This looks like a compelling, modern look at the complexities of romance, putting a trans relationship front and center. It's particularly impressive to see how talented Bomer really is. Take a look and let us know your thoughts. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Timothy McNeil's Anything, direct from
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‘Anything’ Trailer: Matt Bomer Is a Transgender Sex Worker in Controversial Love Story (Exclusive) — Watch

‘Anything’ Trailer: Matt Bomer Is a Transgender Sex Worker in Controversial Love Story (Exclusive) — Watch
When Matt Bomer was announced as the star of Timothy McNeil’s film “Anything” in August of 2016, the choice to cast a cisgender man as a transgender sex worker riled many in the Lgbtq community. Some took to social media to air their disdain, most notably transgender actresses Jamie Clayton, of “Sense8” fame, and Jen Richards, who tweeted that she had actually auditioned for the role, and unspooled a passionate thread as to why it’s important to cast trans actors in trans roles. Trans musician Mya Byrne penned an open letter on HuffPo that pointedly asked, “Why Is Matt Bomer Playing A Trans Woman?”

The outcry was enough to grab the attention of producer Mark Ruffalo, who responded with his own Twitter message, which read in part, “To the Trans community. I hear you. It’s wrenching to you see you in this pain. I am glad we are having this conversation.
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‘American Horror Story’: Which was the scariest season of ‘Ahs’? [Poll]

‘American Horror Story’: Which was the scariest season of ‘Ahs’? [Poll]
We just got word that season 8 of “American Horror Story” is in production and should debut on FX this fall. All we know about this eighth edition of this franchise is that it is set in the future and will star Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Emmy winner Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. The latter two have been with the show since it kicked off in 2011 while Bates appeared in seasons three through six.

Other commitments kept Bates from appearing in season seven, “American Horror Story: Cult,” which aired last fall and focused on the 2016 election. That is the one that TV academy voters will be considering this summer. The first six seasons of “Ahs” reaped 81 Emmy nominations and 15 wins, including one for Bates (“Coven”).

While awards are nice, the real measure of success for the series is the number of goosebumps it raised. After reading our recaps of the seven
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Matt Bomer Buys Out Hometown Movie Theater To Screen ‘Love, Simon’

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American Horror Story and Magic Mike actor Matt Bomer has rented out an AMC Theater in Spring, Texas, so residents can watch the new coming-of-age movie Love, Simon. Matt Bomer Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos The movie is about a gay teenager has been struggling to come out to his friends and family after he falls […]

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Matt Bomer Buys Out Texas Movie Theater for Free 'Love, Simon' Screening

Matt Bomer Buys Out Texas Movie Theater for Free 'Love, Simon' Screening
Matt Bomer is buying out an AMC theater in his hometown of Spring, Texas so that residents can watch Love, Simon. The American Horror Story and Magic Mike star, who publicly acknowledged his sexuality for the first time in a 2012 speech in which he thanked his husband Simon Halls, has been an outspoken fan of the movie.

Love, Simon follows a gay teenager who struggles to come out to his friends and family after he falls for an anonymous stranger he knows only as "Blue." Released on March 16, it's the first mainstream gay teen romance movie to hit...
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Matt Bomer Buys Out His Hometown Theater for Love, Simon Screening: "This Is an Important Movie"

Grab some popcorn and head over to the Spring, Texas AMC because Matt Bomer just bought out a whole theater for you to watch Love, Simon for free this Sunday.  The actor and humanitarian took to social media to spread the news and encourage people to come out and watch the film. He posted on Instagram telling his fans that he and his husband, Simon Halls, bought out the theater in Bomer's hometown.  "Please come see @lovesimonmovie in my hometown of Spring, TX for free!" Bomer wrote on his post. "This is an important movie, and a really good one. I know you'll love it so come watch for free this Sunday!" The post includes further instructions on how and when to...
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Matt Bomer Buys Out His Texas Hometown Theater for Love, Simon: 'This Is an Important Movie'

Matt Bomer Buys Out His Texas Hometown Theater for Love, Simon: 'This Is an Important Movie'
Matt Bomer wants to make sure everyone in his hometown of Spring, Texas, watches Love, Simon.

In a heartfelt message on Instagram Thursday, the actor revealed he and his husband, Simon Halls, bought out the movie theater for locals to watch the coming-of-age love story between two teenage boys. Bomer, 40, offered free movie tickets to anyone who was available to see it.

“Please come see @lovesimonmovie in my hometown of Spring, TX for free! @halls.simon and I bought out the whole screening for you,” he wrote in the caption. “This is an important movie, and a really good one.
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Party Report: Inside Darren Criss, Ricky Martin’s ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Finale Celebration (Photos)

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FX threw a “finale” celebration for the hit “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” at the DGA on Sunset Blvd. on Monday night (Mar 19). Why don’t more TV shows do this? A few hundred guests (and Emmy voters) got a sneak preview of the last episode and some face time with the stars, writers, and directors (including director Matt Bomer, far right) but unfortunately no Ryan Murphy. Multiple media outlets tried to pry a St. Patrick’s Day-hued Judith Light for commentary on her other series, Amazon’s “Transparent”. The accusations against Jeffrey Tambor and his subsequent exit scrambled the show’s future, but...
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Kathy Bates returns to ‘American Horror Story’ Season 8: What’s her best character so far? [Poll]

Kathy Bates returns to ‘American Horror Story’ Season 8: What’s her best character so far? [Poll]
Kathy Bates, welcome back to “American Horror Story”! When FX’s anthology series returns in the fall for Season 8, the award-winning actress will star alongside fellow cast mates Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, producer Ryan Murphy confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. This marks Bates’ fifth season on “Ahs” following “Coven,” “Freak Show,” “Hotel” and “Roanoke.” Bates didn’t star in last year’s “Cult” because she was otherwise occupied on Netflix’s “Disjointed,” a comedy that has since been canceled. To celebrate Bates’ return to “Ahs,” we want to know which former character You think is her best so far. Vote now in our poll below.

SEEEvan Peters (‘American Horror Story: Cult’): ‘The seductive side, the crazy side, the manic side, the evil side’ [Complete Interview Transcript]

“American Horror Story: Coven” (Season 3)

For her debut season on the show, Bates wound up winning an Emmy for playing the devilish Madame Delphine Lalaurie. Over
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