Adele and Jennifer Lawrence whoop it up at NYC gay bar

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NEW YORK (AP) | Bar patrons in New York’s Greenwich Village were in the right place at the right time when Adele and Jennifer Lawrence showed up.

The Daily News reports Grammy-winning singer Adele and her Oscar-winning actress pal hit the gay bar Pieces on March 22, to the delight of the crowd.

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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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Screened Out – X-Men: Apocalypse

By : Stephen Miller
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James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy

Apparently the four horsemen of X-Men: Apocalypse are Too Many Characters, Too Much Exposition, Too Little Joy, and The World Gets Destroyed…Again…

True, there are so many cool people in Marvel’s X-Men universe that sometimes filmmakers don’t know how to focus.

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GLAAD honors the best in LGBT media

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mariah Carey is no stranger to honors and awards, but the pop star said that her GLAAD Ally Award, which she received at the annual event May 14 in New York, was something more.

“Some awards are about statistics and things like that, and some are about like something a little more real. Do you know what I mean?” Carey said on the red carpet. “This feels like one of those moments, so I think it’s great.”

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Screened Out – Joy

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Virginia Madsen, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rosselini, Edgar Ramirez

The mop is made of plastic; the film often feels like it, too.

I admit I adore flicks where a person overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds – The Color Purple, The Shawshank Redemption, Erin Brokovich and even WALL-E. Joy should’ve been another true-to-life version, and another strong feminist flick to boot (which I also love). Too much artifice and sarcasm cheapens everything.

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Screened Out – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin

“It gets a little tedious after all these years,” admits Katniss Everdeen, and I laughed.

Yes, it does! Especially if this is the wussy way they decide to wrap up a multi-billion-dollar franchise with over 500 minutes of celluloid!What started three films ago as a deadly game of 26 people should end as a nation of millions at civil war, fighting for freedom. What began as a deeply conflicted love story now has nowhere to go.

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Screened Out – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Lily Rabe

After a couple successful films, The Hunger Games takes the Harry Potter/Twilight approach and stretches out their finale into two parts. Bad choice. Unfortunately, only about 45 minutes of this murky, listless 2-hour flick advances the plot. This feels more like a cash grab.

So far, The Hunger Games has succeeded as a tweener Brave New World. It’s buoyed a beloved book series with smart adaptation and Lawrence’s strong performance. This installment still explores dystopian themes by combining reality show tactics with classical themes of good versus evil. (Think Gladiator meets 1984.) We’re all ready for war. Instead, Part 1 is a slow, halting stumble . Most of this movie is stuck underground, in dark, dusty tunnels. Audiences have a long wait for the next flick – November 2015 – to see if they finally deliver some epic battles.

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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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Screened Out – American Hustle

By : Stephen Miller
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Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Robert DeNiro, Louis CK

A certain mythology has emerged along with the concepts of United States’  business savvy and ingenuity, that is the legend of the American swindle. Or Hustle, if you prefer. It’s this lawlessness that fascinates us about true stories like the Mizner brothers (whose dishonest land deals filled Florida and built Boca Raton). It’s the reason we love biopics like Catch Me if You Can, the movie about forger and scam artist Frank Abagnale.

American Hustle, set in the late 1970s, is about a whole cast of sneaky Americans. It’s like The Grifters meets a Martin Scorsese film. And if you can wade through the confusing, non-chronological beginning and a few slow spots in the middle, it’s a fun and funny examination of our sordid criminal underbelly.

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