No romance for Finn and Poe in ‘Rise of Skywalker,’ say ‘Star Wars’ actors

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ABOVE: John Boyega as Finn and Oscar Isaac as Poe. Image via Twitter.

Star Wars” fans hoping to see a romance between dashing fighter pilot Poe Dameron and heroic ex-stormtrooper Finn got some bad news today – it’s not going to happen.

At least, it won’t be happening in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” due to arrive in movie theaters on December 20, according to three people who should definitely know – actors Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, who play Poe and Finn, respectively, and the film’s director, J. J. Abrams.

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Annette Bening says she is ‘proud’ of her transgender son

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Hollywood icon Annette Bening has spoken up about her feelings toward her transgender son.

Bening, who is known for keeping quiet about her personal life, opened up in an interview for AARP, when she brought up a book recently given to her by her son, Stephen Ira. In the novel, “Little Fish” by Casey Plett, a young transgender woman finds out, to her surprise, that her Mennonite grandfather might also have been trans.

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Billy Dee Williams says he sees himself as ‘feminine as well as masculine’

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ABOVE: Billy Dee Williams in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” screenshot via Twitter.

82-year-old actor Billy Dee Williams, known to millions of “Star Wars” fans for playing Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back,” has said that he sees himself as gender fluid – or at least that he sees himself as both masculine and feminine.

Williams, known for his charismatic good looks and suave demeanor, said in a lengthy interview with Esquire that the secret of being “cool” is simply to “be yourself.”

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Johansson admits she was ‘tone deaf’ about trans casting controversy

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ABOVE: Scarlett Johansson in ‘Marriage Story,’ image courtesy of Netflix.

Actress Scarlett Johansson, who last year fell under heavy criticism after being cast as a trans man in the film, “Rub and Tug,” now admits she was in the wrong.

The incident played out after the “Avengers” star was announced to play Dante “Tex” Gill in the Rupert Sanders-helmed biopic in 2018. The real-life Gill was a transmasculine massage parlor owner and gangster who was a major figure in Pennsylvania’s vice rackets before spending 13 years in prison for income tax fraud. He died in 2003.

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Jamie Lee Curtis says she supports outing closeted anti-gay lawmakers

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Actress Jamie Lee Curtis has told an interviewer she supports the outing of closeted lawmakers who advocate for anti-LGBTQ causes.

During an interview in support of her knew film, “Knives Out,” the longtime LGBTQ ally told Chris Azzopardi of Pride Source that she normally views sexuality as a private matter, saying, ““I don’t think it’s anybody’s business what people’s sexuality is, to be perfectly honest.”

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Cannes Queer Palm winner set for wide release in US

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ABOVE: Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire.’ (Image courtesy of NEON)

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” the highly-lauded winner of the Queer Palm prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is getting a wider release than originally planned.

The lush period romance was edged out of competition from becoming France’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Oscar, but the movie’s U.S. distributor, NEON, remains confident enough in filmmaker Céline Sciamma’s lesbian love story to book it for the kind of wide release that few non-English-language films receive.

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‘Atypical’ star comes out as nonbinary

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Another celebrity has joined the growing number of media personalities who have come out as nonbinary.

Brigette Lundy-Paine, known for their role on the Netflix series “Atypical, came out as queer last year – but in a heartfelt admission on Instagram earlier this month, has now officially come out as nonbinary.

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VIDEO: ‘Frozen 2’ cast take to London gay bar to sing ‘Let It Go’

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While doing press on the other side of the pond, some of the stars of Disney’s “Frozen 2” decided to hit up a London gay bar for a little “Frozen” sing-a-long.

Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad — who voice animated characters Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf in the highly anticipated sequel, as well as the original — visited Heaven, a gay nightclub in London to perform (possibly after a few drinks?) the Oscar-winning hit song from the first film, “Let It Go.”

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‘Paris’ will ‘burn’ again, now with unseen footage

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Fans of “Paris is Burning” are about to discover a whole new treasure trove of footage from the seminal 1990 documentary, thanks to Criterion.

The Criterion Collection, which focuses on licensing “important classic and contemporary films,” announced its roster of new releases for February 2020, and one of them will be none other than the now iconic documentary about New York’s underground ballroom culture. It will get the full Criterion treatment, which includes not only a restoration, but about an hour of previously unseen footage.

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Anthony Rapp announces engagement to partner

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ABOVE: Anthony Rapp and Ken Ithipol, photo courtesy Rapp’s Twitter.

Out actor Anthony Rapp is marrying his boyfriend, and he wants everyone to know about it.

The 48-year old Rapp went on social media Sunday to tell fans and followers he had proposed to partner Ken Ithiphol, saying: “So something happened tonight. I asked Ken if he would marry me and he said yes. I am so very happy and I’m so very thrilled to share this news.”

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James Dean to star in new film, courtesy CGI

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ABOVE: James Dean, photo courtesy CMG Worldwide.

Iconic Hollywood heartthrob James Dean may have died in 1955, but that’s not going to stop him from making a new movie.

Dean’s legendary screen career ended abruptly – he starred in only three films – when he was killed in a grisly automobile accident, but the actor is set to return to the screen with a posthumous performance in South African filmmaker Anton Ernst’s Vietnam War action-drama, “Finding Jack.”

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Gay teen claims Netflix outed him to dad

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ABOVE: “Elite,” an LGBTQ-inclusive Spanish teen drama on Netflix. Photo via Elite’s Facebook page.

A 15-year-old Reddit user has told fellow users on the platform that he thinks Netflix outed him to his father.

The poster said it happened when he and his dad were looking for a movie to watch together and he volunteered to use his own Netflix account. It was a decision he quickly regretted.

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