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Kerry Washington Raises Broadway’s ‘American Son’: Review

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Kerry Washington Raises Broadway’s ‘American Son’: Review
Kerry Washington carries the weight of a nation on her back in American Son, and I’m tempted to say this fine actress makes it look easy. But that would be glib and wrong: Easy is nowhere to be found in her transformative performance of a mother awaiting news about her missing son, news that one way or another will change her life.

More specifically – and American Son, opening tonight at Broadway’s Booth Theatre, thrives on specifics to make its points about the national – she’s the black mother of a 6’2, 180-pound son who wears baggy jeans and his hair in cornrows and has a “Shoot Cops” bumpersticker on his car, a car that the mother has been told by police has been involved in some sort of incident. Washington’s Kendra will spend the wee hours of a June night in a Miami police station waiting for the details that come torturously slow.
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Pride Films and Plays to Host Screening of Terrence McNally's Documentary Every Act Of Life

Pride Films and Plays will host the first Chicago screening of the documentary Every Act Of Life, a feature-length documentary film by Jeff Kaufman about Terrence McNally, one of theatre's most important and prolific playwrights of the last half-century. Every Act Of Life profiles McNally's pioneering five-decade career in the theater, focusing on the struggle for Lgbt rights and his pursuit of love and inspiration at every age. The 93-minute film features Angela Lansbury, F. Murray Abraham, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Edie Falco, Christine Baranski, Patrick Wilson, Billy Porter, and many more artists who have worked with McNally over his career.
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Pose to Make 'One-Year Time Leap' in Season 2, Then Build to 'Vogue' Release

The category is: time jumps?

Season 2 of FX’s acclaimed drama Pose will kick off a full year after the events of Season 1, co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed during the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday. “We’re gonna do a one-year time leap,” Murphy said, adding that the sophomore season will begin in 1989 and “end in March of ’90, when Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ was released.”

That song becoming a worldwide hit was a pivotal moment for the Lgbt and ball community, Murphy says: It “took something that was unknown in the culture and made it mainstream. And [Season 2] will be
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Emmys 2018: Don’t underestimate ‘Howards End’ and ‘Godless’ in the race for Best Movie/Mini Writing

Emmys 2018: Don’t underestimate ‘Howards End’ and ‘Godless’ in the race for Best Movie/Mini Writing
It seems like the writers branch of the television academy keeps us in suspense every year, particularly in the race for Best Movie/Mini Writing, which has given us twist endings multiple times. “The Hour” by Abi Morgan trumped the otherwise dominant “Behind the Candelabra” by Richard Lagravenese in 2013. Then Steven Moffat‘s “Sherlock: His Last Vow” took down “The Normal Heart” and its legendary scribe Larry Kramer in 2014. And most recently Charlie Brooker took home the prize for “Black Mirror: San Junipero” over longtime Emmy favorite David E. Kelley for “Big Little Lies” in 2017.

So what can we expect from this year’s longform writing category? I think we should watch out for these two dark horse contenders.

Godless,” written by Scott Frank

The seven-episode Netflix series focuses on the town of La Belle, which is inhabited almost solely by women after a mining disaster. But they’re not damsels in distress.
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Gideon Glick, Lee Pace, Mark Ruffalo, and More Will Lead a Reading of Larry Kramer's The Destiny Of Me

On Monday, June 25, Ellen Barkin, Eric Bogosian, Edie Falco, Gideon Glick, Josh Hamilton, Lee Pace and Mark Ruffalo will appear in a one-night-only reading of Larry Kramer's The Destiny of Me, to benefit The New Group. Trip Cullman directs with an introduction by Tony Kushner. This special event takes place at 700pm at the Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street.
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Tony Awards 2018: Nick Scandalios to Receive Isabelle Stevenson Award

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Nick Scandalios, the executive vice president of the Nederlander Organization, will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award at this year’s Tony Awards ceremony.

Scandalios — a longtime exec at Nederlander, the producing organization and Broadway landlord — will take home the honor for his dedication and contribution to the work of the Family Equality Council, which advocates on behalf of Lgbtq families around the country. He joined the council’s board of directors in 2008 and became the board chair in 2014, along the way contributing to the organization’s push for marriage equality.

The Nederlander Org owns nine Broadway venues as well as theaters in other U.S. markets and in London. Scandalios, who’s worked at Nederlander for 31 years, is also on the board for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the former chair of the board of governors at the Broadway League.

Past recipients of the Stevenson Award, named after the
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GLAAD Media Awards: Ryan Murphy To Honor Jim Parsons; Halle Berry To Make First Appearance

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GLAAD Media Awards: Ryan Murphy To Honor Jim Parsons; Halle Berry To Make First Appearance
Exclusive: The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles has added Emmy Award-winning mega-producer Ryan Murphy to its roster of guests. The American Horror Story creator will present Jim Parsons with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. The ceremony will take place on April 12 at the Beverly Hilton.

In addition to Murphy, Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will sashay into the GLAAD Media Awards this year, marking her first appearance at the annual ceremony hosted by Wanda Sykes. Other guests scheduled to appear are Rachel Bloom, Lena Waithe, Wilson Cruz, Anthony Rapp, Ben Feldman, Adam Rippon, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Gigi Gorgeous. In addition, the Princess of Pop herself Britney Spears will be honored with the Vanguard Award.

Murphy will present Parsons with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to an Lgbtq media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting Lgbtq acceptance. The two worked together
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Review: "Women In Love" (1969) Starring Oliver Reed, Alan Bates And Glenda Jackson; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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“Or Is It About Men?”

By Raymond Benson

Ken Russell’s controversial but widely-acclaimed adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s novel, Women in Love, might have had a better and more appropriate title—Men in Love. While touted as being an examination of the nature of love and sexuality between two men and two women, in the end we are left with the more potent notion that there is a love that can exist between two males—as friends—that is more powerful and “eternal” than the love a man will have for a woman.

Released in 1969 in Britain and in 1970 in the U.S. (hence, its four Oscar nominations for the year 1970), Women in Love has not aged well in terms of its arty and borderline pretentious direction… but as I tell my Film History students, “judge a film within the context of when it was released.” In that regard,
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Women in Love

Finally — a satisfying home video edition of Ken Russell’s absorbing, argument-starting classic, in which D. H. Lawrence’s quartet of bohemians attempt to live out their progressive theories about love and sex. The intellectual arguments may be cold but the characters are warm and vivid. Exceptional performing from all — Alan Bates, Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed and Jennie Linden, and outstanding cinematography from Billy Williams.

Women in Love

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 916

1969 / Color / 1:75 widescreen / 131 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date March 27, 2018 / 39.95

Starring: Sir Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, Jennie Linden, Eleanor Bron, Alan Webb, Catherine Willmer, Vladek Sheybal.

Cinematography: Billy Williams

Film Editor: Michael Bradsell

Original Music: Georges Delerue

Written by Larry Kramer

Produced by Larry Kramer, Martin Rosen

Directed by Ken Russell

In college, this one was guaranteed to keep couples up all night, debating the merits of each character’s notion of what constitutes a good relationship.
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The Hobbit Star Lee Pace Says He's Dated Men and Women: 'I Don't Know Why Anyone Would Care'

The Hobbit Star Lee Pace Says He's Dated Men and Women: 'I Don't Know Why Anyone Would Care'
Lee Pace has opened up about his sexuality, saying he has dated both men and women, but stopping short of labeling himself as gay or straight.

The actor, best known for Guardians of the Galaxy, Pushing Daisies and The Hobbit, is gearing up for his part in the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels In America.

“Our understanding of what it means to be gay is just so different,” Pace, 38, told W magazine of the current climate for the play as opposed to nearly seven years ago when he starred in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, which also
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Ken Russell’s Women In Love Coming To The Criterion Collection? New Restoration Hitting NYC’s Metrograph This Weekend

There are few things that bring joy to this young writer’s eyes than the monthly “wacky drawing” found in the Criterion Collection newsletter. Be it the small pieces hinting at a single pending release, or the one found in each New Year’s letter that leaves nerds searching for answers for the subsequent 12 months, these are exciting little puzzles that leave social media a buzz. And that’s ostensibly what happened once again, this time with some interesting twists.

Earlier this week Criterion sent out their newsletter with a drawing of two women playing a game of tennis, with the score tied at love-love. Now, some have seen this as a hint towards a pending release of the great Milos Forman picture Loves of a Blonde, but the more enticing possibility and the one that seems to be a better fit, Ken Russell’s Women In Love has a particular wrinkle worthy of note.
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‘Women in Love’: Ken Russell’s Relentlessly Electrifying, Unorthodox D.H. Lawrence Adaptation

Ken Russell’s reputation as a stoker of controversy and flamboyant provocateur in extremis largely precedes his voluminous body of work. His best-known film, The Devils – condemned by the Catholic Church and edited significantly by the film’s producers before finally being released by Warner Bros. in 1971 – continues to uphold a sorcerer-like allure due, in part, to still-relative absence on home-video platforms and repertory circuits. It seems that, in some ways, Russell’s notoriety stems from how much censorship succeeded – an infamy bolstered by the continued inaccessibility of his most notorious efforts, even in the on-demand era, despite the loosening of moral standards since his films first passed through ratings boards. It’s hard to believe that, as far as content is concerned, a modern audience would still find his depictions of sexuality and religion so morally beyond the pale. But from a stylistic perspective, much of Russell’s formal
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‘(Bpm) Beats Per Minute’ Is the Most Authentically Queer Film of the Awards Season

‘(Bpm) Beats Per Minute’ Is the Most Authentically Queer Film of the Awards Season
These days, it’s safe to assume that at least one gay-themed film will make its way into awards season. There is no shortage of options among the quality queer cinema set to release this year: Luca Guadagnino’s dreamy romance “Call Me By Your Name” has been an early Oscar contender since its Sundance debut, Joachim Trier’s cerebral sci-fi “Thelma” is Norway’s official entry for Best Foreign Language film, and British filmmaker Francis Lee made a splashy debut with the austere romance “God’s Own Country.” In other words, “Moonlight” was just the beginning.

Queer cinephiles and others can now enjoy a bevy of films that celebrate, investigate, and make poetry from the Lgbtqia experience. Despite the heavy competition, however, Robin Campillo’s exquisite “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” stands out as the most authentically queer film of the bunch. Campillo writes from his lived experience, turning a
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Pride Month Doc Corner: 'Political Animals'

We are continuing this Pride Month series of documentaries about queer issues. After last week's look at the life of Armistead Maupin, we detour into politics with Political Animals.

It’s just a matter of fact that men are the predominant voice of cinematic history. This is hardly surprising given that men are the predominant voice of history in general, but this of course means that the stories of women make up a frustratingly small portion of those told on the silver screen (even if we may curate our own viewing experiences to counteract this). The same can sadly be said about queer cinema where films about Lgbtiq women and by women (gay or otherwise) are without a doubt outnumbered by those by and about men.

It’s wonderful then to see Political Animals, a film that seeks to take a side-step away from the more famous names of gay
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‘Gently Down the Stream’ Theater Review: Harvey Fierstein Throws a Pity Party

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‘Gently Down the Stream’ Theater Review: Harvey Fierstein Throws a Pity Party
Harvey Fierstein plays the Zelig of the gay world in Martin Sherman’s new play, “Gently Down the Stream,” which opened Wednesday at Off Broadway’s Public Theater. His character, a cabaret pianist named Beauregard, appears to have been at every significant Lgbtqa happening in the last 60 years. Along the way he bumped into (or drops the names of) Larry Kramer, Truman Capote, James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams, Mabel Mercer (he was her pianist for many years) and a few other gay icons whose tales he tells. These anecdotes don’t come easily. No, Beauregard refuses to reveal his tortured gay past at just.
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90 Playwrights and a Nikon: Susan Johann’s “Focus on Playwrights”

"I'm the end of the line," Arthur Miller once asserted. "Absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime."

Many might argue otherwise. In fact, the best proof that theatre is still alive and kicking is Focus on Playwrights, the new coffee-table book, the cover of which showcases the life-crinkled face that once overlooked the birth of A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and The Crucible. Yes, photographer Susan Johann’s scintillating collection of over 90 playwrights, whom she’s shot over 20 years -- and the inclusion of sharply revealing interviews with some of the same, is the best retort to anyone ready to cremate modern drama.

Some of those captured for publications such as Vogue and the New Yorker are now deceased (e.g. August Wilson, Edward Albee, and Joe Chaikin) while others are very much functioning (e.g. David Henry Hwang,
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The Bonfire of the Vanities getting a TV adaptation from Chuck Lorre

Two and a Half men and The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre is switching gears, with the producer set to try his hand at drama with an event series adaptation of the 1987 Tom Wolfe novel The Bonfire of the Vanities for Amazon Prime Video.

Variety reports that the project is being eyed as an eight-episode limited series, with Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) writing and executive producing alongside Lorre.

The Bonfire of the Vanities explores the ambition, racism, social class, politics and green of 1980s New York, and revolves around three characters: Wasp bond trader Sherman McCoy, Jewish district attorney Larry Kramer and British journalist Peter Fallow.

The novel was previously adapted for the big screen in 1990 by Brian De Palma, who directed a cast that included Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith, but despite the success of the novel, the film was both a critical and commercial flop.
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‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ Series From Chuck Lorre in the Works at Amazon

‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ Series From Chuck Lorre in the Works at Amazon
Chuck Lorre is developing a limited series adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s “Bonfire of the Vanities” at Amazon, TheWrap has learned. The series is described as a drama about ambition, racism, social class, politics and greed in 1980s New York City. In the novel, there were three main characters: bond trader Sherman McCoy, assistant district attorney Larry Kramer and journalist Peter Fallow. The Tom Wolfe novel, “Bonfire of the Vanities,” was previously adapted into a feature film (pictured above) in 1990 starring Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith and Bruce Willis. Also Read: Chuck Lorre Pot Comedy 'Disjointed' Gets Series Order at Netflix Margaret Nagle,
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HBO’s Lgbt History: Game of Thrones (2011-)

Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.

Last week we looked at the legacy of Larry Kramer via the rather hagiographic doc Larry Kramer in Love and Anger. And from the Lgbt frontlines to the land of Westeros, we pause this week to talk about Game of Thrones which returns later this weekend. There’s obviously plenty to discuss in the George R.R. Martin fantasy series since sex and sexuality (not to mention its contiguity with violence) has been so central to debates surrounding the show. So I’m opting to focus instead on a minor character to single out perhaps the most underrepresented group of sexual minorities: asexuals.

When I taught gender and sexuality to college students, one of the things I’d often get asked when dealing with the ever-growing Lgbt acronym was to explain all the letters. L, G, B, and T have
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HBO’s Lgbt History: Larry Kramer in Love and Anger (2015)

Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.

Last week we looked at the recent doc Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures which works as a nice primer on the famed photographer and, as is par for the course for films on gay icons from a certain era, as a portrait of a man working tirelessly to make the most of his ever winnowing time: Mapplethorpe died at age 42 of AIDS complications. We’re not going too far afield this week, as we’re focusing on a documentary on “America’s angriest AIDS activist” in Jean Carlomusto’s Larry Kramer in Love and Anger.

Kramer should be familiar to you. We’ve previously encountered him and talked about his righteous anger when we talked about The Normal Heart, and by that point he had already made HBO appearances in The Out List, Vito, and Outrage. That enough should
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