L.A. muralist paints Freddie Mercury on side of Floyd’s in Mills/50

By : Amanda Espinosa
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ORLANDO | Jonas Never, an artist and muralist from Los Angeles, brought his art skills to Central Florida to paint a pair of murals of cultural icons on the outside walls of two Floyd’s 99 Barbershops in Orlando.

Never painted a large mural of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury at the Mills/50 Floyd’s 99 located at 842 N Mills Ave.

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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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Rami Malek says working with Bryan Singer was ‘not pleasant’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rami Malek opened up for the first time about his experience working with Bryan Singer on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” calling his time with the director “not pleasant.”

Malek was honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last week for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Malek was asked about Singer’s numerous sexual assault allegations from men who were, at the time of the alleged assault, underage.

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‘The Favourite’ leads LGBT-inclusive Oscar noms

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 91st Academy Awards announced the nominees for its class of 2019 with “The Favourite” and “Roma” tying for the most recognition with 10 nominations each.

“The Favourite” earned nominations for its three lead actresses with Olivia Colman scoring a Best Actress nomination for portraying Queen Anne and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz receiving Best Supporting Actress nominations.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Versace’ and other LGBT Golden Globes wins

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 76th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, recognized the best in film and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 6 with some prominent awards handed to LGBT projects.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Queen biopic starring Rami Malek as queer frontman Freddie Mercury, won Best Motion Picture Drama. Malek’s portrayal of Mercury was also honored with the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. Before raking in the accolades, the film was already a box office hit becoming the biggest-selling music biopic in history.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

By : Jeremy Williams
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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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Golden Globes 2019: ‘Versace,’ ‘Boy Erased’ and more LGBT noms

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards for best in film and television on Thursday and some prominent LGBT projects made the cut.

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” received the most television nominations (four) including for Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and a Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television nomination for Darren Criss’ portrayal of Andrew Cunanan.

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Queen and Adam Lambert ‘Rhapsody’ tour dates include stop in Tampa

By : Jeremy Williams
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TAMPA | Queen and Adam Lambert are hitting the road together again for a North American tour called “The Rhapsody Approaches,” the band announced on its website Dec. 3.

The six-week tour will hit 23 cities starting in July 2019 and has two planned stops in Florida — the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale Aug. 17, 2019, and the Amalie Arena in Tampa Aug. 18, 2019.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ dominates box office with $50 million opening weekend

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Bohemian Rhapsody” was the number one movie over the weekend bringing in an estimated $50 million in North America and $141.7 million internationally, according to CNN.

The film was expected to earn $35 million in U.S sales but the Queen biopic, which stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, drew in the crowds.

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Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee talk portraying rock superstars Queen in new biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

By : Gregg Sharpiro
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First things first, for all of those concerned about the way that Freddie Mercury’s homosexuality is depicted in Bryan Singer’s Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” you can relax.

From the minute you first see Mercury, played brilliantly by Rami Malek (complete with prosthetic teeth), there is no doubt that the king of Queen was, in fact, a queen. Yes, his relationship with “fiancée” Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) gets a fair amount of screen time. But, so do his same-sex attractions, from being cruised by a trucker outside of a men’s room to his relationships with manager Paul (Allen Leech) and later his lover Jim (Aaron McCusker).

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Rami Malek goes viral for declining to record a video for a fan

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rami Malek, who stars as Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” unexpectedly went viral after he declined to record a video for a fan.

According to Vanity Fair, 19-year-old fan Xan Black bumped into Malek on the street and started recording their interaction. Black asks if Malek would record a video for her friend and Malek says no but offers to take a picture instead. When Malek reaches to take the photo, he discovers that the conversation was recorded.

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Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ releases first teaser

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Rocketman,” a biopic about Elton John, gave a sneak peek of Taron Egerton as John in its first teaser.

The film follows John from his youth through his evolution into a musical idol in the 1970s as he prepares for the release of his critically-acclaimed album “Honky Chateau.”

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