Scarlett Johansson pulls out of ‘Rub & Tug’ amid casting controversy

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of the film “Rub & Tug” following backlash for accepting a transgender role as a cis-gender woman.

Johansson had been cast as Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man who operated a string of massage parlors that were fronts for brothels in Pittsburgh.

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Scarlett Johansson blasted for being cast as transgender man

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Scarlett Johansson is facing backlash for choosing to play a transgender man in the upcoming crime drama “Rub & Tug.”

“Rub & Tug” is based on the life of Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man who operated a string of massage parlors that doubled as brothels in Pittsburgh.

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03.08.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Many people find the idea of award shows ridiculous. They look at it as a self-serving pat-on-the-back and congratulations generally bestowed in industries viewed as overpaid and as jobs that are easy to do.

I love them though, especially the Oscars. The first time I ever sat down to watch the Oscars, officially called “The Academy Awards,” was when I was 10 years old. It was 1990 and I was watching Saturday morning cartoons when a commercial advertising the Oscar telecast came on.

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Ridley Scott cuts Kevin Spacey from J. Paul Getty film

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NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Damon walked onto the set of “The Martian” one morning to find Ridley Scott speaking into multiple walkie-talkies and directing an army of camera operators.

“He was shooting four cameras at a time. I was skeptical about it, and each frame is, like, a Ridley Scott frame — beautiful,” Damon recalled in 2015. “I said, ‘God, Ridley, each of those shots is perfect.’ He says, ‘They’ve been perfect for a long time!’”

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Cara Delevingne recounts homophobic encounter with Harvey Weinstein

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actress and model Cara Delevingne has added her own account to the numerous sexual assault and harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Delevingne, who identifies as bisexual, detailed her experience with Weinstein in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

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Harvey Fierstein wants everyone to know he is not Harvey Weinstein

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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(Image from Harvey Fierstein’s Instagram.)

Harvey Fierstein found himself having to clear his name after he became confused with Hollywood producer and alleged sexual assailant, Harvey Weinstein.

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Gay, male ‘Golden Girls’ reboot delayed by ‘ageism,’ ‘homophobia’ in Hollywood

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The gay, male reboot of “Golden Girls” has hit a roadblock.

“Golden Girls” writers Stan Zimmerman and James Berg had announced they were pitching a pilot for a show titled “Silver Foxes,” a comedy series about four, older gay men living together.

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Hollywood legend sues Ryan Murphy, FX over ‘Feud’ depiction

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hollywood great Olivia de Havilland is launching her own sequel to the TV series “Feud” – a lawsuit.

The double Oscar-winning actress sued FX Networks and producer Ryan Murphy’s company, alleging unauthorized and false use of her name and invasion of privacy.

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Are ‘Gay Moments’ in ‘Beauty’ and ‘Power Rangers’ Progress?

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A hug. A wink. A dance. A non-answer. These are the so-called gay moments in a handful of recent high-profile studio movies that have sparked both rapturous celebration and startling backlash.

From Sulu in “Star Trek Beyond” to LeFou in “Beauty and the Beast” and now Trini in “Power Rangers,” the latest Hollywood fascination is the subtle nod that a once straight or undefined character is now or has always been gay.

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The Other Side of Life: Totem polls

By : Jason Leclerc
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Who might have imagined that the irrelevance of Hollywood would become a totem to the nation writ large in the age of Trump? When I say totem, of course, I intend to conjure images of poles: the biggest poles, polls that now accurately misstate everything from presidential popularity to Academy Award winners.

We are pole-driven, metaphor-driven partisans who have bought into cults of personality if only for the fleeting moments needed to crush other cults. In 2017, we pit irrelevant reality stars against their replacements as if one were the President of the United States and the other were the former governor of California.

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Evan Rachel Wood gets candid about being a bisexual woman

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Evan Rachel Wood opened up about being a bisexual woman while accepting the HRC Visibility Award at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign North Carolina Gala on Saturday.

The 29-year-old actress confessed she found herself attracted to women at age 12 but didn’t think it was unusual.

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“Moonlight” is one of the most celebrated films of 2016

By : Jeremy Williams
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Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age tale Moonlight is one of the most acclaimed films of 2016 with a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie, which follows a young black man struggling with his sexuality during the “War on Drugs” era in Miami, is appearing on top of most critics “Best of” lists, and it is racking up tons of award show nominations.

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