March Madness: Ultimate LGBT Icon SEMIFINALS

By : Jamie Hyman & Jeremy Williams
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All right readers, we’re getting down to the wire. Last round, you narrowed 16 contenders for the Ultimate LGBT Icon into a scant eight. Two from each category remain: Divas, Film, Television and Sports & Politics.

Fresh bracket and new polls after the jump: 

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Screened Out – Mr. Holmes

By : Stephen Miller
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Ian McKellan, Laura Linney, Milo Parker

“I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for?” – Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of Four.

By playing the famous detective, Sir Ian McKellan proves again why he’s one of the greatest actors of our times.

In Mr. Holmes, England is still recuperating from WWII. The legendary detective is 93 and suffering from the worst disease that could befall him: dementia. He’s taken a trip to Hiroshima, Japan, to find a cure. He comes home to his English countryside house even more feeble and frail. Only the housekeeper (Linney) and her very bright son (Parker) are part of his life now; Dr. Watson and the original housekeeper Mrs. Hudson are dead.

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Screened Out – The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

By : Stephen Miller
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Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Billy Connolly

Eleven years ago, Peter Jackson did a sound job making J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved Lord of the Rings into a thrilling epic – sprawling and yet still focused on character. Arguably, The Hobbit should have been easier; the story is shorter and less complex. Instead, Jackson hasn’t been able to make this trilogy very compelling at all.

The main problem is that Jackson continually loses his protagonist, the diminutive hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Freeman). Bilbo should’ve started out as a scared little guy who learns the powers and dangers of adventure, who gains some life-changing experience. Instead, he is sprinkled throughout the films. This last film is just prolonged, gory battles barely broken up by comic and dramatic bits. There are a lot of bombastic speeches, but Jackson gives us little reason to care.

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Screened Out – X-Men: Days of Future Past

By : Stephen Miller
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Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Parks

Days of Future Past opens in an apocalyptic future, much like the one explored in the Terminator films (and countless others). Robots called Sentinels have hunted mutant humans almost to extinction. After that, the machines have gone after people who may someday give birth to mutants and anyone else sympathetic to the mutant cause. That basically means everyone in the world is in for some serious hurt.

Time to go back into the past to see if we can stop this from happening!

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