‘Love, Simon’ TV series coming to Disney’s streaming service

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Love, Simon” is headed to the small screen.

Disney+, the company’s new streaming platform, has picked up a straight-to-series order of Greg Berlanti’s 2018 coming-of-age film “Love, Simon,” Deadline reports.

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‘Rocketman’ star Taron Egerton says he feels ‘at home’ at gay clubs

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Taron Egerton, who stars in the upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” opened up about how he feels more “at home” going to gay clubs than he does going to a football match in a new interview for GQ UK.

Egerton says he’s always felt “like something of an imposter” as “The ‘guy,’ the ‘bro,’ the ‘stunt guy’” like his role in “Kingsman.”

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10 LGBTQ films you need to see at the 2019 Florida Film Festival

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We covered six LGBTQ short films that are looking to win a jury prize at this year’s Florida Film Festival (FFF) in order to get them one step closer to the Holy Grail of film recognition—an Academy Award. You can read about those films here.

While not “going for the gold,” these 10 FFF LGBTQ-themed film offerings—both feature-length and short subject—are sure to have all the festival goers buzzing. Make sure to get your tickets and check them out at this year’s festival.

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6 LGBTQ short films among those competing at the 2019 Florida Film Festival for a chance at some Oscar love

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For most, talk of the Academy Awards is a once-a-year event where people comment on who is or isn’t hosting, whether the films up for Best Picture are deserving and who wore the best dress; but for filmmakers the road to winning an Oscar is a lifelong quest for recognition from their peers and to be honored as the best at their field for that year.

Hollywood producers and big-name directors going for Oscar gold can easily get their films in front of voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, but smaller filmmakers—especially those who make short films and documentaries—would find it near impossible to have their works seen by the right people without Oscar-accredited festivals like the Florida Film Festival (FFF) in Orlando, which runs April 12-21.

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Chinese viewers balk at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film censorship

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BEIJING (AP) | A huge fan of rock legends Queen, Peng Yanzi rushed to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about the band’s late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, while he was traveling in Britain last October.

It was a touching film that made him cry hard, Peng says. He loved it enough to watch it a second time in his home city of Guangzhou after the film garnered a surprise China release.

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Julianne Moore was fired from ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ over fat suit, fake nose

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Julianne Moore was fired from her role as lesbian biographer Lee Israel in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” because she wanted to wear a fat suit and prosthetic nose.

Moore told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” that she was fired from the film by screenwriter Nicole Holofcener who was the director at the time.

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Paramount wants to edit Elton John’s gay sex scene in ‘Rocketman’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Paramount Studios wants to censor a gay sex scene featured in the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” to help the film achieve a PG-13 rating, according to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail.

Bamigboye reports that Paramount Studios are pressuring director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn to edit down a gay sex scene featuring Elton John (Taron Egerton) and John’s manager and lover John Reid (Richard Madden). The 40-second scene shows the couple’s “fully exposed white derrieres” but Bamigboye says the scene is “tastefully done.”

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ director wants to include LGBT rights movement in new film

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Mary Poppins Returns” director Rob Marshall would love to include the LGBT rights movement in the third “Mary Poppins” film.

Marshall, who is gay, told the Advocate if he had his way the next “Mary Poppins” film would tackle LGBT rights.

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China to release ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with LGBTQ content censored

By : Mariah Cooper of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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“Bohemian Rhapsody” will be given a limited release in China staring mid-March but the film will be censored for LGBTQ and drug content.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, footage of Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) kissing other men will be removed from the film. Scenes depicting drug use will also be edited out of the film. Overall, an estimated one minute of footage will be cut.

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‘Green Book,’ Rami Malek and more of the 2019 Oscar winners

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 91st annual Academy Awards became a historic night on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles as the golden statues were handed out to first-time winners for both Hollywood newcomers and overdue veterans.

Queen, fronted by singer Adam Lambert, kicked off the show with a melody of Queen songs including “We are the Champions.” The hostless show was sped forward simply by presenters and kicked off with the comedian trio of Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler.

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Ellen Page claims Hollywood forced her to stay closeted

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ellen Page opened up to PorterEdit about the early days of her career when she claims Hollywood execs forced her to stay in the closet.

The 32-year-old actress gained fame from her major film debut “Juno” in 2007. As she went on to appear in other films such as “Whip It,” “Inception” and “The East,” Page says she “was distinctly told by people in the industry,” that “‘People cannot know you’re gay.’”

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Local LGBTQ film ‘At the End of the Day’ gets digital release date

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LAKELAND, Fla.| Local filmmaker Kevin O’Brien’s religious LGBTQ film “At the End of the Day,” about a conservative professor going undercover in what turns out to be an LGBTQ support group, is being released on digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play on Feb. 26.

The award-winning film was written, directed and co-produced (along with his wife, Teresa) by O’Brien and stars Stephen Shane Martin, Danielle Sagona, Tom Nowicki, Chris Cavalier and Susan Mulholland.

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