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  Tom Volf talks Maria by Callas

Maria by Callas filmmaker Tom Volf recently chatted with the Windy City Times ahead of the film's Chicago release. Featuring footage from the Chicago Lyric Opera, the documentary focuses on legendary opera singer Maria Callas. Sony ...


  Black Alphabet Film Festival Nov. 16-17

Black Alphabet returns Nov. 16-17 with its signature event, the Black Alphabet Film Festival ( BAFF ). It will take place at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., and the Reva and David Logan Center ...


  Alyson Stoner, actress/singer/dancer on Ms. Jackson, acting, coming out

Being in the glare of the spotlight—especially for those who have been in the public eye since childhood—can be harsh. However, Alyson Stoner, 25—who many may remember as the dancing girl in Missy Elliott's videos such ...


  Director Borden to appear after Born in Flames screening

Film director Lizzie Borden will appear during a question-and-answer session following a free screening of her 1983 feminist classic Born in Flames on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Northwestern University campus in Evanston. Shot by Borden ...


  Tig Notaro adopts a new role in 'Instant Family'

Out comic, actress and writer Tig Notaro has a new movie this November called Instant Family. The film also stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer, telling the story—based on director Sean Anders' real-life experiences—of ...


  SHOWBIZ Rihanna, 'Riverdale,' Glenn Close, Ezra Miller

Rihanna reportedly sent President Donald Trump a cease-and-desist letter after learning that her music was being used to hype up the crowd at his political rallies, noted. According to Rolling Stone, the singer's legal team ...


  Dear Ex Debuts in the US

The Asian Pop-Up Cinema is currently running through Nov. 14 in Chicago with screenings at AMC River East 21. One film from Taiwan with gay content is called Dear Ex. It tells the story of the ...


  Billy Masters

"God's greatest gift to me."—Tim Cook tells Christiane Amanpour how he views being born gay. I couldn't have said it better myself. Some of our queer celebs had inventive costumes this year. The one that stuck ...


  SHOWBIZ Streisand, GLAAD book, Spice Girls, Boy Erased, Rhapsody

Barbra Streisand has released an LGBTQ anthem that doubles as a statement against President Trump, reported. The legendary singer's latest album, Walls, includes plenty of shots at the current administration, including the title track. The ...


  Flawed 'Rhapsody' features champion Malek performance

Freddie Mercury is figuratively thrown under the tour bus in the new biographical film about the legendary band Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody, but still comes out a champion. The cast and crew were plagued with problems ...


  Jenna Laurenzo talks 'Lez Bomb'

Lez Bomb writer-director-actress Jenna Laurenzo recently spoke with the Windy City Times ahead of the release of her new film. If you're looking for a dysfunctional family comedy set during Thanksgiving with an LGBTQ twist, Lez ...


  Conversion-therapy film 'Boy Erased' hits the big screen

The new film Boy Erased tells the story of Jared Eamons, the son of a Baptist pastor, who goes under conversion therapy after being outed at age 19. The head therapist is played by Joel Edgerton, ...


  New Nutcracker film not quite sure of its realm

If you've been longing to see a movie with Dame Helen Mirren cracking a bullwhip, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is your must-see movie of the fall. Otherwise, you might come away completely bewildered by ...


  Wachowskis to sell Chicago studio space

Lilly and Lana Wachowski—transgender sibling filmmakers behind the Matrix trilogy and the lesbian-themed thriller Bound—are attempting to sell their Ravenswood Avenue studio space, Crain's Chicago Business reported Oct. 22. The Chicago-based filmmakers' family-owned firm, Kinoworks, is ...


  Montgomery Clift films at Siskel in Nov.

Showcasing noted filmmakers and actors, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State St., celebrates gay icon Montgomery Clift as part of its November Spotlight along with ...


  Deconstructing spaces to include LGBTQ, minority architects

Architecture is gaining diversity from women and minority professionals. In 2016, 36 percent of newly licensed architects were women and 15 percent of new architects and 30 percent of new exam candidates identified as non-white, according ...


  Video program explores Art, AIDS and activism in Chicago

Documents: Art, AIDS & Activism in Chicago—a traveling screening that Visual AIDS and QUEER, ILL + OKAY presented—was showcased Oct. 20 at Pride Arts Center. The video program showed the history of fighting AIDS and HIV ...


  Billy Masters

"I actually feel bad for him. What I saw was a minstrel show today. Him in front of all these white people—mostly white people—embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans, because every one of them ...


  Rupert Everett, having a Wilde time with 'The Happy Prince'

At the height of Rupert Everett's stardom, he was co-starring alongside Julia Roberts in My Best Friend's Wedding ( 1997 ) and opposite one of his best friends, Madonna, in The Next Best Thing ( 2000 ...


  'The Last Session' musical tackles AIDS

More than 675,000 people in the United States have died of HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the '80s according to the Center for Disease Control. Another 1.2 million Americans currently live with ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Orange' ending, 'Tales of the City,' Rihanna, Jussie Smollett

Lionsgate's Orange Is the New Black, which streams on Netflix, will end with season seven in 2019, reported. Season six dropped in its entirety on June 27. Creator Jenji Kohan said in 2017 that she ...


  Monthly Pride Feil Fest returns on election night with LGBTQ independent short films

Pride Films and Plays' monthly festival of LGBTQ independent short films will return for its second season on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Ten films chosen from over 120 entries will be screened. In honor of the ...


  Chicago-made "the T" Wins Best Indie Series in Streamy Awards

Chicago, IL - The winners of 24 Streamy Awards were unveiled this past weekend, including Chicago-made web series "the T" ( Full Spectrum Features and OTV ), which won for Best Indie Series. The 8th Annual ...


  Lesbian CEO takes reins at New Thought Channel

At New Thought Channel, Paula Langguth Ryan serves as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer, marketing director and promotions manager. Now, has taken on yet another role: CEO. In Indiana, Ryan was born on the ...


  CIFF names winners; LGBT movies named

The 54th Chicago International Film Festival ( CIFF ) hosted its Awards Ceremony at AMC River East 21, on Oct. 19, celebrating the films chosen as the award winners by the Festival juries. Prizes were awarded ...


  Doc explores Art, AIDS and activism in Chicago

Documents: Art, AIDS & Activism in Chicago—a traveling documentary that Visual AIDS and QUEER, ILL + OKAY presented—premiered Oct. 20 at Pride Arts Center. The documentary showed the history of fighting AIDS and HIV in Chicago ...


  The Boogeyman comes for the adults in new Halloween film

Late in John Carpenter's 1978 classic Halloween, young Tommy Doyle—whose babysitter, Laurie Strode ( Jamie Lee Curtis ), has just fended off one of multiple attacks from Michael Myers, a.k.a. "The Shape"—hurriedly sums up that film's ...


  Billy Masters

"Shit, I'm attracted to everything."—Jake Choi expresses his sexual orientation. If only I could place him. If only I could place him, although the nudes on sure look familiar. Melania Trump recently declared, "I'm the ...


  CIFF: LGBT movies, star-studded premieres

The Chicago International Film Festival ( CIFF ), the longest-running international competitive film festival in North America, turned 54 this year. With screenings at AMC River East 21 in Chicago, the festival runs now through Oct. ...


  Entertainers come out for Michigan Avenue event

National Coming Out Day, observed Oct. 11, had the crowds coming out to AT&T's downtown flagship store, 600 N. Michigan Ave., for an event celebrating people being their authentic selves. LOVELOUD and The Trevor Project joined ...


  Sisters in Cinema planning media center

The Chicago-based non-profit Sisters in Cinema has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the rehab and building of the Sisters in Cinema Media Arts Center. Founded by award-winning filmmaker Yvonne Welbon, the center will be located on ...


  SHOWBIZ Michael Urie, Todrick Hall, Streisand, Met Gala

Torch Song Trilogy is back on Broadway, with Michael Urie in the starring role ( and Mercedes Ruehl as his mother ), Vulture noted. Torch Song is a condensed version of Harvey Fierstein's trilogy about a ...


  Illeana Douglas

Illeana Douglas is a renaissance woman. Her distinguished career includes theater, standup comedy, movies, including several Martin Scorsese films, TV, writing, music and producing. She exemplifies an artist who never stops creating and generating her own ...


  Jill Soloway looks ahead to celebrating new book in Chicago

Jill Soloway spoke with the Windy City Times ahead of the release of their new book, She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy. Soloway celebrates the book's launch during a sold-out event Oct. 18 ...


  Sisters In Cinema Campaigns to Build Media Arts Center In South Shore

Chicago - October 9, 2018 - The Chicago-based non-profit Sisters in Cinema has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the rehab and buildout of the Sisters In Cinema Media Arts Center. Founded by award-winning filmmaker Yvonne Welbon, ...


  Gay film wins top award at CSAFF

The Indian feature film Evening Shadows won the audience award for Best Feature Film at the recently concluded Chicago South Asian Film Festival ( CSAFF ). "We are happy that our film Evening Shadows is being ...


  Personalities speak against anti-LGBTQ bullying for Spirit Day Oct. 18

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New York, NY, Monday, October 11, 2018 — GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ( LGBTQ ) media advocacy organization, today recognized National Coming Out Day with a launch the official countdown to Spirit ...


  SHOWBIZ Madonna, Matt Bomer, bullying movie, Janelle Monae

In a new interview with WWD, Madonna talked about her MDNA Skin lineup—and confirmed that a new album of music is on the way, reported. "I'm finishing my record, which I'm going to release next ...


  The many lives of A Star is Born

Director Bradley Cooper's 2018 version of A Star is Born, reviewed by Jerry Nunn this week, is the fourth—and some fans would say the fifth—version of the classic story that asks the question, what price Hollywood? ...


  MOVIE REVIEW 'A Star is Born' is born again for the 21st century

The fourth version of the classic tale titled A Star Is Born is belting it out for a new generation in 2018, following versions that were released in 1937, 1954 and 1976. The first two films ...


  Rebecca Root discusses new film roles

Actress and stand-up comedian Rebecca Root—known to British audiences for her work on the BBC series Boy Meets Girl—appears in two new films, Colette and The Brothers Sisters. Root, who is also a prominent voice coach, ...


  SHOWBIZ Aretha, Justin Bieber, Wanda Sykes, 'Wicked,' Robin Williams

The American Music Awards will honor Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on Oct. 9, according to Page Six. Dick Clark productions said that Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and musical director Rickey ...


  Chicago International Film Fest to screen Widows

CHICAGO — The 54th Chicago International Film Festival plans a gala presentation screening of Widows on Saturday, Oct. 13 at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois Street. Co-written by Chicago-based author Gillian Flynn and co-written and ...


  Aleks Paunovic

10 Questions with Vic

Aleks Paunovic is not a stereotypical tough guy. He is a refreshing anomaly as an actor and a man. He may have started as a bass guitarist in a rock band and as a champion boxer, ...


  Reviewing the movies of Reeling

Reeling—Chicago's film festival dedicated to illuminating the diverse facets of the LGBT community—kicked off its 2018 edition on Thursday, Sept. 20, and festival organizers are promising a wide range of entries this year. The following are ...


  Fall movie preview

Movies fall into award season with Oscar-pleasing true stories from around the world and a lineup that will captivate many cinephiles in the upcoming months. Among them are Ryan Gosling walking the moon in First Man ...


  CSO performing with 'Bride of Frankenstein' screening Oct. 26

Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform Academy Award-winning composer Franz Waxman's score to Bride of Frankenstein at an Oct. 26 screening of the film at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. The 1935 film, ...


  New movie reclaims voice of 'Colette'

Telling the story of French literary icon Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Colette is a film that is appropriate for this new era following the start of the Times Up movement. The film starts as Henri Gauthier-Villars, best known ...


  SHOWBIZ Greg Berlanti, Rihanna, 'Downton Abbey,' Ralph Lauren

Producer Greg Berlanti has taken on a side project—a one-night-only reading of Paramount Pictures' Terms of Endearment at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles on Monday, Oct. 1, to benefit Stand Up To Cancer, noted. ...


  MOVIES 'Freelancers' screens at Reeling's opening

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival kicked off its 36th year at The Davis Theater on Sept. 20. The movie Freelancers Anonymous screened after a red carpet with several members of the cast and crew. ...


  Wash Westmoreland creatively connects to 'Colette'

Independent film director Wash Westmoreland continues to take on new endeavors that push the mainstream idea of cinema, such as The Fluffer and the doc Gay Republicans. He paid his dues as a camera assistant on ...


  Aptly named Lila Star takes Chicago scene by storm

The multitalented Lila Star is the mother to the House of Escada and currently lives in Chicago where she performs regularly. Star is known as the first, Latina trans rapper and nothing can take away that ...


  LGBT vampire film has Shakespearean twist

A dark Shakespearean love story hits the homes of millions with cable, satellite and telco operators including iTunes, Amazon, Direct TV, and more. Ronnie Kahlil, an award-winning producer, writer, and director of the new film, With ...


  NUNN ON ONE, REELING The Queens film holds court at Reeling

The Queens will be coming to Reeling Film Festival this year in a new film about the Miss Continental Pageant. Filmmaker Mark Saxenmeyer takes viewers behind the scenes as a camera crew documents the trials and ...


  2018 Reeling film fest lights up Chicago screens

Reeling—Chicago's film festival dedicated to illuminating the diverse facets of the LGBT community—kicks off its 2018 edition on Thursday, Sept. 20, and festival organizers are promising a wide range of entries this year. Festival founder Brenda ...


  Billy Masters

"Makeup. Five pounds of makeup."—Cher explained why she looks so good in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. She added, "Also the director really liked me. I think he took extra special care to light me." ...


  Sykes, Rippon speak at Chicago House event

Being one's "authentic self" was the theme as comedian Wanda Sykes and athlete Adam Rippon headlined Chicago House's 2018 Speaker Series and Luncheon entry on Sept. 14 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan ...


  Reeling 2018 reviews

For complete festival information including locations, and to buy tickets, visit . Canary ( HHH ) ( Sept. 21, 7 p.m. ) In South Africa in the mid-'80s, a smalltown boy ( cue Bronski Beat ...


  LGBT films at CSAFF 2018

Evening Shadows explores how a mother, Vasudha, copes with her young gay son's revelation of his sexuality in a small town in Southern India. Bound by traditions and morality, she has no one to turn to ...


  LGBT-themed films abound at 2018 CSAFF

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival ( CSAFF ), founded in 2010 and organized by the Chicago South Asian Arts Council, takes place this year. This festival, the largest of its kind in the Midwest, will ...


  NATIONAL Third-gender option, HIV+ military, intersex guide, West Hollywood

People born in New York City who don't identify as male or female will have the option of changing their birth certificates to "X'' under legislation the City Council passed, a U.S. News & World Report ...


  GLAAD celebrates LGBTQ-inclusive 70th Annual Emmy Awards

September 18, 2018, New York, NY — GLAAD today celebrated the LGBTQ-inclusive winners of the 70th Annual Emmy Awards, while encouraging greater diversity and LGBTQ representation throughout the entertainment industry. GLAAD's President and CEO, Sarah Kate ...


  'Kevin's Room' screening Sept. 15

A viewing of the local groundbreaking film Kevin's Room will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m., at Optima Signature Apartments, 220 E. Illinois St., 20th floor. The award-winning film Kevin's Room premeired on television in ...


  'Kevin's Room' screening Sept. 15

A viewing of the local groundbreaking film Kevin's Room will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m., at Optima Signature Apartments, 220 E. Illinois St., 20th floor. The award-winning film Kevin's Room premeired on television in ...


  Gene Siskel Film Center's Panorama Latinx to present Cortadito short film showcase

Chicago—Eight films have been selected out of over 40 entries to create the Gene Siskel Film Center's first ever Panorama Latinx Short Film Showcase, Cortadito, which will take place at 7:15 pm on Saturday, September 22, ...


  SHOWBIZ Sia, Rain Dove, Justin Bieber, Grace Jones, Kathy Griffin

Australian singer Sia told Rolling Stone about that one time she refused to get her picture taken with Donald Trump, citing her queer and Mexican fans, LGBTQ Nation noted. In 2015, she performed on Saturday Night ...


  Comic Con big on celebrities, fans and ghostbusters

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con was once again held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on Aug. 23-26. Bigger than ever, the programming and layout of the convention continued to grow for ...


  NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Akhavan on helming 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'

Iranian-American Desiree Akhavan wears many hats, including director, producer, screenwriter and actress. After graduating from New York University's Tisch School of Arts, she appeared regularly in her work. She was in the lesbian-themed web series The ...


  Oscars producer Zadan dies at 69

Craig Zadan—the prolific producer behind movies, TV projects and Broadway musicals—has died at 69. The cause involved complications related to shoulder-replacement surgery. Along with his producing partner, Neil Meron, Zadan produced the Oscars 2013-15, earning an ...


  SHOWBIZ Cher, Hayley Kiyoko, 'Book Club,' EJ Johnson

Cher recalled when actor Jack Nicholson and director George Miller made her feel insecure about herself, deeming her "too old" and "not sexy" enough to star in the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick, Page Six ...


  Reeling 36th Edition Lineup Highlights LGBTQ+ Culture Then & Now

Rupert Everett and Scud Scheduled to Attend

( August 22, 2018 - Chicago, IL ) English actor/director Rupert Everett and Hong Kongfilm director Scud are among the special guests expected to attend the 36th edition of Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in ...


  NUNN ON ONE MOVIES 'Crazy Rich Asians' actor Nico Santos speaks out

Out Filipino-American actor Nico Santos started in the stand-up circuit, took on television and is now on the big screen. After performing as a comedian he was noticed by the Chelsea Lately television show and became ...


  SHOWBIZ John Waters, Garrett Clayton, Terry Crews, Katy Perry

COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Polyester is the next John Waters movie that will be released on DVD—and Blu-ray and the Baltimore-based filmmaker is hoping an updated version of his Odorama card will go along with it, ...


  REELING film festival announces 36th edition lineup kicking off Sept. 20

( August 20, 2018 - Chicago, IL ) English actor-director Rupert Everett and Hong Kong film director Scud are among the special guests expected to attend the 36th edition of Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival ...


  Ruby Rose to play lesbian superhero Batwoman

Orange Is the New Black alum/LGBT actress Ruby Rose has been cast to play lesbian superhero Batwoman ( a.k.a. Kate Kane ), Entertainment Weekly reported. The character will be introduced in the network's annual DC crossover ...