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  Jussie Smollett back to work; BET+ plans to show his directorial debut

Embattled former Empire actor Jussie Smollett is back to work after being convicted of faking a hate crime in Chicago earlier this year, ABC 7 Chicago reported. Smollett, 39, makes his directorial debut in the movie ...


  Jodie Foster to star in fourth season of 'True Detective'

The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster is to lead the fourth iteration of HBO's True Detective franchise, True Detective: Night Country, Deadline reported. Foster, who will also executive-produce, will play Detective Liz Danvers in ...


  Ricky Gervais courts controversy with graphic anti-trans jokes

(WARNING: There is graphic language in this article.) Yet another Netflix special is courting controversy because of a comedian making anti-trans jokes. Ricky Gervais' Netflix comedy special SuperNature has drawn criticism for a string of grap ...


  Billy Masters: Theater

"Well, thanks Colin. That's the end of my career. Because you know, that role really should have been mine."—Rupert Everett tells Piers Morgan his reaction when he heard Colin Firth would play the lead in Tom ...


  SHOWBIZ Broadway, JoJo Siwa, WEHO Pride, 'Jurassic World,' Madonna

The Broadway League announced that all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City have extended the current mask requirement for audiences through at least June 30, Playbill noted. Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, ...


  Comedian criticized for letting Chappelle open and tell anti-trans jokes [UPDATE]

Comedian John Mulaney surprised his audience—and drew criticism from some fans—when Dave Chappelle appeared as the opener and reportedly told "transphobic jokes," per Variety. Chappelle's opening set occurred during a ...


  TELEVISION Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson and others to exit 'SNL'

In a major shake-up on the long-running hit Saturday Night Live (or SNL), several of the main stars are leaving—including out cast member Kate McKinnon, Deadline reported. McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson (who's ...


  Billy Masters

"Why is that so gross? We kiss each other where we pee."—Sarah Silverman responds to The View co-hosts' disgust that she shares a toothbrush with her boyfriend. Even more priceless is Sara Haines' reaction, which you ...


  TV Writer Joel Kim Booster, director Andrew Ahn take a trip to 'Fire Island'

Based on the classic Jane Austen book Pride and Prejudice, the new Fox Searchlight film Fire Island has an important story to tell LGBTQ+ audiences specifically. In that story, there are plenty of laughs along the ...


  COMEDY Netflix holds 'Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration'

On May 7, Billy Eichner hosted Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival's "Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration" at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The historic celebration featured LGBTQ+ comedy legends and emerging talent. Highlights included ...


  Billy Masters

"Walt Disney is looking down & he's not happy ok? He said whatever happened to my beautiful Magic Kingdom?"—While I am delighted Mr. Trump is communing with the late Walt Disney, I'd much rather hear an ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Hacks,' 'Love, Victor,' Indy 500, Ariana DeBose, queer singers

Queer, non-binary actor Carl Clemons-Hopkins (they/them and he/him) told Out Magazine he is elated with the warm reception received by the show Hacks and his character. "When I started in this years and years ago, there ...


  'Queen of the Universe' winner Grag Queen in Chicago on June 3 and 19

Grag Queen—the Brazilian drag queen who won the reality-competition show Queen of the Universe, and who just released her first English-language single, "You Betta"—will be in Chicago twice next month. ...


  TELEVISION Peacock cancels rebooted 'Saved by the Bell'

Only a month after the reboot of the classic NBC comedy Saved by the Bell won Outstanding Comedy Series at the GLAAD Media Awards, Peacock has canceled the show after two seasons, Deadline reported. The second ...


  Chappelle attacked at Netflix event; man charged with misdemeanors [UPDATES]

Social media exploded overnight on May 3 with reports that comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked at his Hollywood Bowl Show, which was a part of the Netflix Is a Joke Festival, according to Deadline. Apparently, Chappelle ...


  Billy Masters

"I'm super-conscious that I'm close to death. And it doesn't really bother me that much. What bothers me is that my body is, you know, basically not mine! My knees are not mine, my hips are not mine, my shoulder's not ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Broadway Rising,' Webby Awards, 'Kinky Boots,' Tom Ford

The upcoming documentary Broadway Rising will have its world premiere on June 13 at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, Playbill noted. The documentary follows theater subjects—ranging from stage doorman to actors—on their journeys back to the ...


  DeGeneres shares message after taping final talk-show episode

An era has ended as The Ellen Show has officially wrapped its last episode. According to Variety, Ellen DeGeneres announced on an April 29 Twitter thread that her daytime talk show concluded filming its final episode. ...


  TV The CW cancels 'Batwoman,' 'Legends of Tomorrow'

The CW has axed the LGBTQ+-inclusive DC Arrowverse shows Batwoman and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. According to Out Magazine, Batwoman—canceled after just three seasons—introduced the world to lesbian superhero Ryan ...


  Billy Masters

"1. Some outfits are never sent to the back of the closet. 2. It's really more of a 'break glass in case of emergency' situation."—Lynda Carter reveals that she has her classic Wonder Woman outfit framed ...


  Billy Masters

"I'd never done that before—on camera, at least. … I don't think."—Harry Styles discussed shooting sex scenes for his upcoming movie My Policeman (with both Emma Corrin and David Dawson) and Don't Worry Darling (wit ...


  FILM/TV New 'Drag Race All Stars' to only feature previous winners

In a watershed moment in "RuPaul's Drag Race" history (or herstory), all eight returning queens on season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars have won previous seasons of "Drag Race" or "All Stars," Variety noted. ...


  Judith Light to receive GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award

GLAAD announced that multiple Tony- and Emmy-winning actress, producer and activist Judith Light will receive the Excellence in Media Award that will be presented by queer performer and Oscar winner Ariana DeBose at the 33rd Annual ...


  Billy Masters

"George Stevens is making The Greatest Story Ever Told, and Jesus Christ is parting the waters out there on Culver."—Lucille Ball discussing one of the various things shot on Desilu soundstages in a 1963 interview. This ...


  'RuPaul's Drag Race British Invasion' show in Chicago on May 21

The queens of RuPaul's Drag Race UK are coming to the United States this May for a week of live shows in six major cities. Produced by Voss Events and World of Wonder, RuPaul's Drag Race British Invasion will launch May ...


  Billy Masters

Trevor Noah wrapping up his monologue at the Grammy Awards: "We're gonna be listening to some music, we're gonna be dancing, we're gonna be singing, we're gonna be keeping people's names out of our mouths ...


  33rd Annual GLAAD awards take place; award recipients include 'Drag Race,' 'Hacks,' Mj Rodriguez

-- From a press release

Los Angeles - Sunday, April 3—GLAAD announced recipients for 16 of this year's 30 categories for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Kacey Musgraves received the Vanguard Award from Ben Platt, and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez received ...


  The dynamic Daniels dig into diversity with Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once is a movie made for everyone that combines science fiction, comedy and drama in a visual spectacle that will certainly leave a lasting impression on viewers. It's a story about a ...


  SHOWBIZ Lil Nas X, out comedian, Ariana DeBose, Abercrombie & Fitch film

Six months after Lil Nas X "gave birth" to his debut album, Montero, his "baby registry" fundraising has resulted in a lot of money raised, Queerty noted. Established in the weeks leading up to Montero's release, ...


  Golden-Con's 'Mother of a Solid Gold Dancer Disco' on April 23

The Golden Gays of NYC and London's DJ Paul Joseph will be part of the first-ever "Golden-Con's Mother of a Solid Gold Dancer Disco" at Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk, 301 E. North Water St., the official ...


  Billy Masters: Oscars, Will Smith, Steve Grand and more

"Imagine this little girl in the backseat of a white Ford Focus. Look into her eyes—you see a queer, openly queer woman of color. An Afro-Latina, who found her strength in life through art. And that's ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Hocus Pocus 2,' 'Moon Knight,' queer dating show, Daddy Yankee

Hocus Pocus 2 is adding RuPaul's Drag Race queens Kahmora Hall and Kornbread "The Snack" Jete, Entertainment Weekly noted. EW has confirmed through a source close to production that the drag superstars joined the Hocus Pocus ...


  FILM/TV Janora McDuffie: Black queer actress set to make Oscars history as announcer

Janora McDuffie has accomplished many things during her career, including being on many TV series, including Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Veronica Mars, Firefly and New Girl. However, on Sunday, March 27, the queer actress will be ...


  Logo announces grant initiative with LGBTQ+ community centers

Ahead of the International Transgender Day of Visibility, and amid the unprecedented political assaults on transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth in the United States, Logo announced its MTV Entertainment ...


  BenDeLaCreme talks about new tour, 'Drag Race'

Drag artist BenDeLaCreme is racing back into Chicago for a solo tour after postponing due to the COVID pandemic. The openly gay RuPaul's Drag Race All-Star is bringing "BenDeLaCreme is…Ready to be Committed" to Thalia Hall ...


  Billy Masters

"I'm proud of whatever small part I've played in continuing Norman's great legacy, but it's mixed with sadness, because I know how many trans and non-binary and queer kids are still having those sleepless nights. I ...


  For Chicago Fire stylist Steykine Wills, the main job is about helping to build characters

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Chicagoan Steykine Wills, a hair stylist who works full-time for the locally-produced television drama Chicago Fire, sees helping to create characters as a central part of her job. "Depending on if a character appears disheveled, for ...


  Nina Escobedo: Bringing a passion for costumes to Chicago's TV and film industry

Content sponsored by DCASE/Chicago Made

Nina Escobedo credits her grandmother for sparking the childhood interests that ultimately led to her becoming a professional costumer working in Chicago. "My grandmother taught me to sew at the age of four," recalled Escobedo. "It ...


  Chicago Made brings film and TV production opportunities to residents

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Chicago is continuing to boom as a center for film and television production. Last summer alone, some 15 productions added nearly $700 million to the city's local economy. This was due to filmmakers, studios, and networks ...


  Alex Diamond learns from Chicago P.D. work for filmmaking future

Content sponsored by DCASE Chicago Made

Assistant Director Alex Diamond jokes that his professional abbreviation, "A.D.," should really stand for "Anxious Director." "We always have to think of what could go wrong, and what could be an issue," explained Diamond, a graduate ...


  TELEVISION 'The Queerties' award show premiering on Revry, YouTube on March 16

The Queerties 10th-anniversary award show will begin streaming on Revry and YouTube on Wed., March 16—the first time in its history the fully-produced live show ceremony will be viewable on national TV. The Queerties is a ...


  Billy Masters

This is how Simon Rex started his acceptance speech for Best Male Lead in Red Rocket. The only person he neglected to mention was the one who revealed his real penis to the world in 1996: ME! Yes, his infamous jerk-off ...


  Out actress Raven-Symone finds a new 'Home' for show's fifth season

Raven-Symone Christina Pearman-Maday started her career as a child actress on The Cosby Show and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. At the age of 16, she graduated to be the first Black woman to have her name ...


  Billy Masters

When I'm at my Hollywood home, I often get invited to swanky soirees like seeing Taylor Dayne at Herb Albert's Vibrato in Bel Air. The talented Taylor calls these intimate gatherings "Dayne's Den," and it was a ...


  Five Worth Finding: Horror film, fantasy series, 'Women in Wine'

The Last Thing Mary Saw: Offered exclusively on Shudder, The Last Thing Mary Saw (directed by Edoardo Vitaletti) is an engaging treat. In 19th-century New York, Young Mary, blood trickling from behind the blindfold tied around ...


  Hulu to stream Ryan Murphy projects 'Pose,' 'AHS' and 'Crime Story' starting March 7

Hulu will stream three of out gay producer Ryan Murphy's most acclaimed and award-winning hit shows from FX and 20th Television: American Crime Story, American Horror Story and Pose, a press release noted. For the very ...


  Pose' actress Angelica Ross to deliver Logo's 2022 'LGBTQ State of the Union' March 1

-- From a press release. Video below

New York, NY (Feb. 28, 2022) Ahead of President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, Logo today announced that actress, entrepreneur, and transgender activist Angelica Ross (Pose, American Horror Story) will deliver its 2022 ...


  Billy Masters: Tom Holland, Todrick Hall and more

"I hope I shaved my nipples on those days because I have the most embarrassing chest hair!" Tom Holland discusses seeing his bare areolae in Uncharted in IMAX You know how I relish sharing stories of woe, ...


  SHOWBIZ Da Brat, French movie, fashion show, Niecy Nash, 'Idol' alum

On Feb. 22, the stars of WE tv's series Brat Loves Judy—Da Brat and Jesseca "Judy" Dupart—were married in a romantic wedding ceremony and reception in front of family and friends at Horse Mansion in Fairburn, ...


  'Wendy Williams Show' ending; Sherri Shepherd talker to replace it

A daytime syndicated talk show hosted by Sherri Shepherd (The View; Dish Nation) will succeed The Wendy Williams Show, which is ending, Deadline reported. Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury, the producer-distributor of The ...


  Billy Masters: Olympians, Channing Tatum and more

Finland's Remi Lindholm after completing the 50-kilometer cross-country skiing event at the Olympics. Perhaps his penis wouldn't be so cold if he hadn't finished 28th! Getting indoors didn't help much. "You can guess which body part ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Doctor Strange,' 'Harlem,' 'Peacemaker,' Harry Hamlin, Dionne Warwick

A trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness, out May 6 only in theaters, shows the character of lesbian teen hero America Chavez in action, per In January, ...


  Ginger Minj paints on 'A Little More Mascara' in La Cage aux Folles

Joshua Allen Eads took the world by storm as drag artist Ginger Minj on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race. After being the runner-up for that season, Minj returned to the franchise for the second ...


  GLAAD report: LGBTQ representation on broadcast TV reaches record high

-- From a press release

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced the findings of its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on ...


  GLAAD to honor trans actress Michaela Jae Rodriguez

The LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization GLAAD announced that it will honor award-winning actress, singer and activist Michaela Jae (Mj) Rodriguez with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles ...


  Billy Masters: Adele, drag queens and more

Helen Mirren responds to criticism that she should not play Golda Meir, the late prime minister of Israel: "You know, if someone who's not Jewish can't play Jewish, does someone who's Jewish play someone who's not ...


  Out Magazine unveils annual Hollywood issue featuring 'Star Trek' actors

Out Magazine released its annual Hollywood issue, featuring the LGBTQ+ cast and crew of CBS Studios' Star Trek: Discovery, per a press release. The first LGBTQ+ Star Trek Collector's Edition, the issue includes four different collectible ...


  Billy Masters: Whoopi, L.A.'s mayor and more

"You all saw the news. Whoopi will be back here in two weeks."—Joy Behar addresses Whoopi Goldberg's suspension from The View. And that's the way it is. When Sharon Osbourne was pushed off The Talk for ...


  SHOWBIZ Lil Nas X, TV series, Lea DeLaria, trans models, Dan Savage

TidalWave Comics announced the addition of Lil Nas X to its "FAME" comic-book series that's focused on personalities who impact the world, a press release noted. Written by Darren G. Davis and illustrated by Victor Moura, ...


  Showtime orders third season of 'L Word: Generation Q'

Showtime has ordered a third season of The L Word: Generation Q—the sequel to the groundbreaking drama series The L Word, per a press release. Generation Q follows the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), ...


  MUSIC Janet Jackson auctions merchandise to help Girls Leadership

Janet Jackson—on the heels of her record-breaking documentary premiere event on Lifetime and A&E and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her first studio album, Janet Jackson (1982)—has collaborated with ...


  Billy Masters: Spotify, Michael Phelps and more

"My husband's reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive. The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Smothered,' LGBT sprinter, 'Work in Progress,' Cher, Bravo

Prime Video has renewed Smothered a comedy that centers on longtime gay couple Ralph (Jason Stuart) and Randy (Mitch Hara) for a second season, a press release announced. Stuart recently appeared opposite ...


  MOVIES/TV The curious life of Jonathan Van Ness

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness (they/them) is a new television show spinning off from the star's podcast of the same name. This documentary series began streaming six episodes over starting Jan. 28; the show ...


  Smollett to be sentenced March 10

On Jan. 27, a judge set an in-person sentencing hearing for March 10 for embattled actor Jussie Smollett (Alien Covenant; TV's Empire), who was convicted by a jury last December of faking a hate crime attack ...


  Trans Jeopardy! champ's win streak ended by Chicago-area librarian

All good things must come to an end—including Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider's win streak. Schneider, a transgender engineering manager from Oakland, California, lost her 41st game to Chicago Ridge multimedia librarian Rhone Talsma in an episod ...


  Billy Masters: Adele, 'Pam & Tommy,' and more

"Yes, it is true—for over a year, we have been trying to film a script called My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3. What is also true, we are not filming; when we get film insurance, we are going to Greece to ...


  Billy Masters: Colton Underwood, Golden Globes and more

"I was not prepared to receive death threats over a fictional character's fictional relationship choices that are fictional which means not real."—A writer on the Sex and the City sequel And Just Like That describes feedback ...


  NBJC celebrates Mj Rodriguez on Golden Globes win

—From a press release

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) congratulates Michaela Jae "Mj" Rodriguez on earning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama during the 2022 Golden Globe Awards. Rodriguez won for her role as Blanca ...


  Billy Masters: Andy Cohen, SJP and more

The virus hit us both like a freight train. Thankfully, we were both triple vaccinated and the vaccinations did their job, which kept us out of real danger and out of the hospital… [We're] still isolating and waiting to see until we test ...


  Trans actress Rodriguez makes history at quiet Golden Globes

On Jan. 9, Michaela Jae "Mj" Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama for her role as Blanca on the FX show Pose, according to media reports. The awards were announced on social media, as the Globes were not broadcast or live-streamed ...


  Jason Lee talks Kevin Hart, Jussie Smollett and 'Hollywood Unlocked'

In just a few years, LGBTQ+ media personality Jason Lee's star has shone brightly in Hollywood. In 2015, Lee started appearing on the reality show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood as well as the MTV improv ...


  Transgender 'Jeopardy!' contestant passes $1-million mark

Transgender Jeopardy! contestant Amy Schneider passed the $1-million mark on an episode that aired Jan. 7, becoming the first woman (cis or trans) to do so, The New York Times noted. Schneider—who's from Oakland, California—marked he ...


  Billy Masters: Lindsay Wagner, Andy Cohen and more

"You spread misinformation about the safety of vaccines. You're a danger to public health. Get fucked."—Meghan McCain's tweet to commentator Candace Owens, after Owens did what Meg calls a "post-[Trump] ...


  SHOWBIZ JoJo Siwa, Jeopardy! champ, director dies, Frank Ocean

TikTok fans of LGBTQ entertainer Jojo Siwa said her new teenage girlfriend, Katie Mills, is a supporter of anti-LGBTQ Republican former President Donald Trump, per LGBTQ Nation. Mills also once questioned if transgender women are "actually" ...


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