Screened Out – The Witch

By : Stephen Miller
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Ralph Ineson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw

It’s easy to sense the research and commitment that went into the horror movie The Witch, the debut full-length by NYC stage talent and shorts director Robert Eggers. The flick – set in 17th-century New England – follows a Puritan family thrust out into the wilderness, where they battle evil forces that come from the gnarled woods around them.

Alas, the sum here is more mood than sense. By the end, all the dark foreboding, meticulous academics, commentary on fundamentalism, and self-flagellating religiosity has less witchy magic. It devolves into gory absurdism.

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Uprisings: Six as a weapon

By : Billy Manes
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As if the holidays weren’t already filled with all the comfort and joy and everything else that could potentially cause side-eyes or horror, just before Christmas, your favorite hoard of aberrant Republican reindeer decided – well at least six of them did – that they would sign on to enact the First Amendment Defense Act (SB 1598, HB 2802) within their first 100 days in office. We would laugh, but this isn’t funny. The bill, which was excreted by Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, R-ID, and his sidekick Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, seemed a bit like a lark when introduced over the summer. Who does that? But now, with Republicans desperate to distinguish themselves from the Trump or the kindness, we have a situation.

What the First Amendment Defense Act does, effectively, is allow businesses (and lobbying groups, as we’ve seen) to discriminate against gay people. You know the words: “Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman,” “sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” Oh, fuck off.

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Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley announce engagement

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LONDON (AP) – British Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black have announced their engagement.

The announcement was published in The Times newspaper Oct. 1, but did not disclose a date for the marriage.

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Wayne Brady gets ready to model some Kinky Boots

By : Danny Garcia
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Starting in November, Orlando’s Wayne Brady replaces Billy Porter, donning the kinkiest boots on Broadway when he takes over as “Lola” on Broadway’s Kinky Boots.

Wayne Brady attended school in Orlando and performed at SAK Improv theater. He gained notable fame when he appeared on the U.S. version of Whose Line is Anyway?

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Harvey Milk Festival receives $5K grant

By : Valentina Bore
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The Harvey Milk Festival is the recipient of a $5,000 grant, which will take a chunk out of the $40,000 required to put on the festival every year.

In its sixth year, the three-day festival honors Harvey Milk, his legacy, and awareness of any legislation important to the LGBT+ community, according to Shannon Fortner, Harvey Milk Festival founder and president.

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Condensed Milk: Harvey Milk Fest fundraiser raises $500

By : Billy Manes
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“This year was like a $40,000 cesspool,” Sarasota’s Harvey Milk Festival President Shannon Fortner says, nearly two months after the festivities meant to honor the San Francisco (and global) legend of gay rights activism. This year’s party, featuring electro-pop emotion-driver Bright Light Bright Light (Rod Thomas), who recently opened for Elton John out west, was practically ruined by Florida’s fantastic flirtations with precipitation deluges. Though raw estimates of attendance were somewhere in the 2,000 to 5,000 range in its sixth year (a wide berth), inclement weather hindered the nonprofit from making up its financial losses, Fortner says.

“This is our sixth year and we’ve never had a rain problem,” she says. “And we already had our first protesters this year. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing … That, and the rain was a distraction.”

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Editor’s Desk 07.02.15

By : Billy Manes
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BillyManesCapGood afternoon and welcome to my gracious drawing room.

I’m not certain who is or who isn’t aware of my past journalistic ridiculousness in Central Florida, because the wind blows and the rain falls and we all have our own lives to pin ourselves to. I am aware, however, that if you are reading this, we have a common purpose: love.

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Laverne Cox cast as wax museum’s first transgender figure

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Actress Laverne Cox is being cast as the first transgender person with a wax figure at a Madame Tussauds museum.

Merlin Entertainment spokeswoman Kari Martin says a life-sized likeness of the Orange is the New Black co-star is scheduled to be unveiled at the Madame Tussauds’ in San Francisco on June 26, two days before the city’s annual LGBT pride parade.

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Una Voce introduces new director

By : Krista DiTucci
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Tampa – Una Voce: The Florida Men’s Chorale, welcomed Joseph Caulkins as their new director in February 2015. But as the group’s summer concert approaches, its members are excited to introduce the native Iowan. Caulkins studied at the University of Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois University and has 30 years’ experience working as an artistic director and conductor.

From 2001 to 2010, Caulkins directed the Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers. Most recently, he was artistic director for Key Chorale in Sarasota.

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Screened Out – Limited Partnership (Florida Film Festival)

By : Stephen Miller
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Sun, April 12th 9:15PM @ Regal Winter Park Village and Thu, April 16th @ Regal Winter Park Village. More information at www.FloridaFilm Festival.com

One of the great signs of spring here in Central Florida is the Florida Film Festival. This celebration and competition of all things film is recognized by the Academy Award committees, garnering its winners consideration for Oscars. It’s also often full of LGBT content. You’ll get to meet new filmmakers and other film afficianadoes. The conversations waiting for the lights to go down or in line at concessions (or at Enzian Theater’s Eden Bar) are half the fun. Limited Partnership is one of the festival’s offerings. It’s only shown twice, though, so make sure you make it.

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First same-sex couples legally marry in Florida

By : Jamie Hyman
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Marriage equality is officially a reality in Florida – the first same-sex couples have legally tied the knot.

At about 1 p.m. EST Jan. 5, Miami-Dade District Judge Sarah Zabel married Todd and Jeff Delmay, plus Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello. Both couples are plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in January of 2014 by six same-sex couples in South Florida and the Equality Florida Institute, fighting for marriage equality.

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Miami Dade judge lifts stay on same-sex marriage

By : Jamie Hyman
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A Miami-Dade Circuit judge has lifted the county’s stay on same-sex marriage licenses, which means same-sex marriage will begin at 2 p.m. today in Miami-Dade County.

Judge Sarah Zabel’s ruling was in response to a Dec. 22 motion by Miami Dade Clerk Harvey Ruvin requesting the 11th judicial circuit court clarify and expedite the details of the stay’s expiration.

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