IMDb changes dead name policy for transgender industry professionals

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The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the largest online resource for film and television, has revised its policy on talent profiles of transgender industry professionals including their birth names.

The controversy began when IndieWire reported that two trans actors with major television credits had their birth names listed on their profiles. Despite lobbying from Hollywood management, talent agencies, and GLAAD for the removal of the names, IMDb refused citing anti-discrimination laws.

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Octavia Spencer to be honored by GLSEN with Inspiration Award

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | Octavia Spencer will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network with its Inspiration Award at a gala later this year.

The group known as GLSEN announced Aug. 13 that the Oscar-winning star of “Hidden Figures,” “The Shape of Water” and “The Help” will receive the honor at the group’s Respect Awards, presented in October in Beverly Hills, California.

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Gay ‘Elm Street’ actor takes charge of his narrative in new doc

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ABOVE: Mark Patton in ‘Scream, Queen.’ (Photo courtesy The End Productions)

When Mark Patton landed his first leading role in a major motion picture, he believed his dream of becoming a movie star was coming true.

That motion picture was 1985’s “A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,” and instead of being launched, his career was destroyed.

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Kevin Spacey makes first public appearance since sex assault case dropped

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Kevin Spacey gave a public poetry reading to a crowd in Rome marking his first public appearance since sexual assault charges against the actor were dropped.

Spacey appeared at the National Roman Museum’s Palazzo Massimo alle Terme on Aug. 2 to recite the poem “The Boxer,” written by Italian poet Gabriele Tinti, next to an ancient Greek sculpture of a wounded boxer.

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Report: Marvel casting for a transgender superhero

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Marvel Studios is reportedly casting for a transgender role in one of its upcoming film projects.

Geeks WorldWide reports that Marvel has sent out a casting call for a character named Jessica. The call is looking for any “transwoman actress of any ethnicity in her 20s to 30s.”

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Tituss Burgess calls Andy Cohen a ‘messy queen’ after awkward ‘WWHL’ interview

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Tituss Burgess called Andy Cohen a “messy queen” following the actor’s tense appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” on July 28.

During the show, Cohen asked Burgess what it was like working with Eddie Murphy on their upcoming film “Dolemite Is My Name.”

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John Waters hits back at Trump over Baltimore comments

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Filmmaker and Baltimore native John Waters clapped back at President Donald Trump over his recent tweets bashing Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and the city of Baltimore.

The “Hairspray” director responded to Trump’s tweet in a statement to Artnews saying: “Give me the rats and roaches of Baltimore any day over the lies and racism of your Washington, Mr Trump. Come on over to that neighborhood and see if you have the nerve to say it in person!”

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Jake Gyllenhaal says Heath Ledger wouldn’t tolerate homophobic ‘Brokeback’ jokes

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Jake Gyllenhaal revealed that his “Brokeback Mountain” co-star Heath Ledger wouldn’t tolerate homophobic jokes about the award-winning film.

“Brokeback Mountain” became fodder for gay jokes after its release in 2005 and inspired the “I wish I knew how to quit you” meme, a line that Gyllenhaal’s character famously tells Ledger’s character.

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Valkyrie named Marvel’s first LGBTQ superhero

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ABOVE: Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. (Screenshot via YouTube.)

Marvel has confirmed that Valkyrie, portrayed by Tessa Thompson, will be the first LGBTQ superhero in its cinematic universe.

Thompson, who is bisexual, first teased the news during Marvel’s announcement of the film “Thor: Love and Thunder” at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday.

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PETA slams gay porn studio for alligator appearing in sex scene

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticized gay adult studio Men.com for an alligator that appears in a scene of its latest porn video.

“The Everglades” stars Diego Sans and Kaleb Stryker share a sex scene together in the Florida Everglades. In the background, an alligator can be spotted. The scene was filmed on location on May 17.

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Scarlett Johansson: Comments on diversity were misconstrued

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Scarlett Johansson says comments she made on the “authentic casting” debate have been taken out of context and asserts that she supports diversity in film.

The actress came under fire in 2017 for playing an Asian character in “Ghost in the Shell” and canceled plans last year to portray a transgender man in the upcoming film “Rub & Tug,” after transgender actors and advocates questioned the casting.

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DCEU gets first gay villain in ‘Birds of Prey’

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The DC Extended Universe (DCEU), the unofficial name used by fans for the Warner Bros./DC Comics’ cinematic universe, will see its first gay villain in Black Mask, portrayed by Ewan McGregor, in “Birds of Prey.”

“Birds of Prey” follows Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) after she splits from the Joker and joins Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to fight off crime lord and primary villain, Black Mask.

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