Kevin Spacey makes first public appearance since sex assault case dropped

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Kevin Spacey. (Screenshot via YouTube)

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

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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 Walking Dead’s Tom Payne ‘disappointed’ in his gay character’s story

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“The Walking Dead” killed off yet another character on its midseason finale on Sunday with Jesus (Tom Payne) dying after a zombie battle.

Jesus is gay in “The Walking Dead” comics but his sexuality was rarely mentioned on the show. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Payne admitted his character’s sexuality was so unacknowledged on the show, some fans didn’t know Jesus was gay.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ sequel is ‘already in discussions’

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“Orange is the New Black” could be getting a sequel.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, producers are already considering a sequel series.

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Cate Blanchett defends straight actors portraying LGBT characters

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Actress Cate Blanchett believes straight actors shouldn’t receive backlash for portraying LGBT roles.

Blanchett, 49, received critical acclaim for her role as a lesbian woman in the film “Carol.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett defended straight actors taking on LGBT roles as she did during a Q&A at the Rome Film Festival.

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Cher wanted Kennedy Center honor during Obama years

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Cher will be a recipient of the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors but the pop icon wanted to receive the honor sooner.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cher says she “wanted to get it so badly” during Obama’s years in office.

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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ earns $126 on opening day

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Kevin Spacey’s latest film “Billionaire Boys Club” bombed at the box office over the weekend pulling in just $126 on Friday (opening day) and $162 on Saturday. The opening weekend total came in at $618, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

This is Spacey’s first film to be released in theaters since his numerous sexual harassment allegations. Vertical Entertainment, the company that produced the film, chose to move forward with the film’s release because of the work of the rest of the cast and crew.

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Kristen Stewart joins ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot

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Kristen Stewart has joined the cast of the Sony Pictures reboot “Charlie’s Angels,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Her fellow angels will be Naomi Scott, who played the Pink Ranger in the 2017 “Power Rangers” and will portray Jasmine in the Disney “Aladdin” remake, and Ella Balinska (“Midsomer Murders”).

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‘9 to 5’ sequel confirmed with original trio on board

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The hit 1980 comedy “9 to 5” is coming back and the film’s original female trio of Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton are all on board.

Rumors of a reboot began in February but Fonda confirmed the new movie this week, clarifying that it will be a sequel rather than a remake.

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Tab Hunter dies at 86

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Tab Hunter, the 1950s’ teen heartthrob who would later become a prominent figure in the gay community, died Sunday night. He was 86.

Allan Glaser, his partner for more than three decades, told the Hollywood Reporter that Hunter passed away in Santa Barbara from a blood clot that caused a heart attack.

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Amazon Studio exec placed on leave for harassing lesbian producer

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Amazon’s programming chief Roy Price has been placed on leave following allegations of sexual harassment against producer, Isa Hackett.

While promoting “The Man in the High Castle,” a series based on the book by Hackett’s father Philip K. Dick, Hackett says she went to a party with Price and Amazon executive Michael Paull. In the taxi, she claims that Price made repeated sexual advances on her.

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