They’re blue, da ba dee da ba die
Have you longed to see the giant, blue nature-loving Na’vi tribe tangling tails since seeing them in James Cameron’s 2009 smash hit AVATAR? If so, you are not alone. The high flying acrobats of Cirque du Soleil are joining Cameron to bring the alien race to life with their new show TORUK – The First Flight, and they just announced they are coming to the Amalie Arena in Tampa March 17-20, 2016. Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale of two male friends on the brink of adulthood set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR. Make sure to get your tickets to what is sure to be the best show this side of Pandora.
Overheard in Tampa Bay: Avatar acrobats, a Pride cruise, Christmas in Ybor and LGBT library collection at USF
They’re blue, da ba dee da ba die
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan, Anthony Mackie, Michael Shannon, Mindy Kaling, Tracy Morgan
What an ugly Christmas sweater of a movie! It’s both hideous and hilarious – an endearing model of bad taste and charm combined. Sure the filmmakers are stitching everything they can find into this one! They refer to Christmas classics and other buddy flicks, rewrapping it all in a tacky stoner film meant to create a holiday high.
The people here aren’t terribly interesting. The plot is scattershot, and the theme is downright shallow. But as Roger Ebert said, I laughed. I didn’t feel good about myself, but I laughed.
Once again, it’s here, it’s queer, and FULL of holiday cheer! Read our best holiday guide yet!
After the June 26 Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land, 2015 will mark many same-sex couples’ first Christmas together as a legally hitched couple.
Are you one of those couples? Watermark would like to hear about your holiday plan, new traditions, and anything else you are doing to mark this special occasion. If you are chosen, you could see your story and photo printed on the glossy pages of Watermark’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.
Email email@example.com with your names, phone numbers and emails where you can be reached. Hurry – deadline to be considered is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.
For the first time in the 88 years the Academy has handed out Oscars, a movie distributor is pushing for nominations for transgender actresses.
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor star in Tangerine, a Sundance hit about two transgender prostitutes on a Christmas Eve adventure through Los Angeles. The campaign, from Duplass Brothers Production who produced the film and Magnolia Pictures who distributed it, will push for Rodriguez for Best Actress and Taylor for Best Supporting Actress.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kim Davis’ lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage.
The crowd erupted.
It wasn’t true.
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, James Ransone, Karren Karaguilian
Tangerine – which opens this Friday, Sept. 5 at Enzian Theater in Maitland – is rough, rough, rough, and so are its sad, funny, and desperate LA streetwalkers, working on Christmas Eve.
After one transgender prostitute beats up a female compatriot, her best friend objects: “You didn’t have to Chris Brown the bitch!”
Whether you’re a gay bartender, a lesbian veterinary technician, a bisexual electronics engineer, or a transgender guest services manager, did you know Mickey Mouse is quietly helping to make your workplace a safe environment for being out and equal? A place where you can bring your true authentic self to work every day?
Last month Walt Disney World sponsored and hosted an LGBT workplace equality conference in conjunction with Out & Equal, the two-decade-old non-profit devoted to just such issues. The Out & Equal Equality Institute, held at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort in July, brought over 650 business men and women from 300 different organizations together to share strategies and build networks in the efforts to achieve workplace equality. For Disney, the day-long symposium was a dry run for the 2016 Out & Equal Summit, a similarly-themed four-day convention set for October 2016 at several WDW resorts with an expected attendance of nearly 4000.
In yet another week of banging our heads against the figurative political firmament, we’ve come to learn a few things about Florida’s state governance we’ve suspected but weren’t necessarily choosing to believe. Yes, we’re aware that the swamp dense with horny toads and sprawl-makers who pretend to be concerned about the Everglades. We understand that there’s a secret pipeline that funnels cash from private prisons and their health-care mechanisms, a pipeline that effectively fuels campaigns of ignorance. We get that #Floridaman is less a Twitter distraction that a symptom of a state that just doesn’t take care of itself or scrub in the right places. We get it.
But what we weren’t ready for, at least in the past couple of weeks, is the witch-hunt switch on the back of our dear leader Gov. Rick Scott. You’ve likely already heard the news and its requisite fallout. Scott decided to take a hard stand on Planned Parenthood after the reproductive health organization was pinned into a corner for something we don’t care to talk about.
“Just to reiterate, you’ll be speaking with the band,” a publicist tries to coyly clarify before a scheduled telephone interview with a member (or several members) of classic ‘80s swaying drama phenomenon Culture Club. Boy George, the veritable foghorn of Culture Club’s legendary pop-cultural reign, is not doing publicity today, nor was he the previous week when we were first attempting to connect. Presumably he’s saving his voice – his vocal troubles nixed the band’s big British Christmas comeback tour and album launch late last year – or, more than likely, he’s still not comfortable sharing a soapbox with his reunited bandmates after years of acrimony and stop-and-start reunion volleys. Least of whom among the instrument-wielding contenders, we can only assume, is the man who inspired lovelorn hits like “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Karma Chameleon” and “Victims,” drummer (and former lover) Jon Moss.
“Roy Hay [the band’s guitarist] is sitting next to me eating his eggs if you want me to pass the phone over,” Moss jokes. No, you’ll do just fine.
“I’m like the dorky kid on the bus who’s like, ‘Hiiii.’”
Wait a minute. Is that you, Lizzie McGuire? Maybe? No.
ORLANDO | Watermark Media and the Orlando International Fringe Festival are teaming up to resurrect Movies Out Loud for a new audience (and the old one too). The first one will be July 8 and continue on the second Wednesday of each month, but instead of a roaming venue, they have found a permanent home at The Abbey.
“The Abbey has stepped up as sponsor and it really is the perfect location,” said George Wallace, executive director to Fringe, via email.