Edmund White to receive honorary National Book Award

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ABOVE: Edmund White. (Photo by David Shankbone, from Wikimedia Commons)

Winning an honorary National Book Award has Edmund White thinking about the more pleasurable moments of the writing life.

“Everybody always complains about it, but it occurred to me the other day that it is better than working and you meet lots of interesting people,” says White, this year’s recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, an award previously given to Toni Morrison and Philip Roth, among others.

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John Waters hits back at Trump over Baltimore comments

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Filmmaker and Baltimore native John Waters clapped back at President Donald Trump over his recent tweets bashing Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and the city of Baltimore.

The “Hairspray” director responded to Trump’s tweet in a statement to Artnews saying: “Give me the rats and roaches of Baltimore any day over the lies and racism of your Washington, Mr Trump. Come on over to that neighborhood and see if you have the nerve to say it in person!”

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John Waters teases ‘Polyester’ reissue

By : Ed Gunts OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Polyester” is the next John Waters movie that will be released on DVD and Blu-ray and the Baltimore-based filmmaker is hoping an updated version of his Odorama card will go along with it.

“I want to add the 11th Odorama odor: Wig odor,” Waters told an audience in New York City at a Q&A last month. “Hair and sweat.”

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Kat Von D releasing Divine-inspired makeup collection

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kat Von D is releasing a makeup palette inspired by drag legend and John Waters superstar, Divine.

In August, Von D revealed to Hello Giggles that the Kat Von D x Divine collection is in the works.

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Museum: John Waters film fest hails part of collector’s gift

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Museum of Art is about to begin a John Waters film festival to celebrate a gift of photographs and a sculpture by the movie maker.

Waters’ pieces include “Pig Latin,” a 6 1/2-foot-long (2-meter) strip of photos showing eight movie scenes with a pig Latinized line from seven of them, starting with Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront” and “I-way oulda-cay een-bay a-way ontender-cay.” Then there’s “Toilet Training,” a 5 1/2-foot (1.7-meter) strip of photographs showing toilet scenes from nine movies including John Travolta in “Pulp Fiction” and Nicole Kidman in “Eyes Wide Shut.”

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You can’t stop the beat with ‘Hairspray Live!’ telecast

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) – In the steadily escalating battle of the TV musicals, NBC’s Hairspray Live! is the most ambitious contender yet.

It’s got a deep bench of stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Martin Short. It boasts strong themes of racial equality, tolerance and self-acceptance. And it has the outsized, joyful talents of Harvey Fierstein as writer and actor, reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad.

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Ladyfingers: My hatchet list

By : Sabrina Ambra
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I wake-up (1) after pressing snooze on my fourth alarm for the fifth time in one hour (2). My alarm (3) goes off every .306 seconds and yet my body still manages to return to a deep sleep. Once I have gotten out of my bed (4) and untangled my feet (5) from the cord (6) attached to my vibrator, I contemplate a quick dial on the rotary phone (7).

I spend the walk to my bathroom wondering how the fuck my cat has managed to set up such an intricate obstacle course (8) during those few hours (9) I was sleeping. I dry-heave over my bathroom sink 10 for about (10) minutes while simultaneously taking the acid-reflux (11) medication my doctor (12) prescribed years ago.

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Watermark Giveaway: Enzian presents John Waters’ ‘Multiple Maniacs’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Win a pair of tickets to see John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs at Enzian Theater, either Friday August 26 or Saturday August 27 at midnight.

You pick the date and make sure you’re allowed to be out late! Multiple Maniacs is rated X, no one under 18 will be admitted.

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Petition calls for Ginger Minj as the next Edna in NBC’s “Hairspray”

By : Jeremy Williams
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NBC has turned live musical productions into a television event and after the success of The Sound of Music and The Wiz (Peter Pan was a bit of a letdown commercially), they have announced that the next musical to get the peacock network’s stage will be Hairspray.

Hairspray originated as a film by John Waters in 1988 starring Divine and Ricki Lake and became a Tony Award winning Broadway musical in 2003. The musical was turned into a 2007 film starring John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Issue 22.25: Riding Off The Metro

By : Jake Stevens
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Chris Rudisill takes the leap from Metro to Ft. Lauderdale’s Stonewall National Museum and Archives, How your local watering holes are changing with the times, Zebra Youth Council raises awareness, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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John Waters looks to bring all the sin and sex back to the holiday season with his Christmas-themed, one-man show

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Pop culture icon John Waters is well known for many things: being from Baltimore, being THE director of cult classic cinema, that ‘stache! But one thing you may not know that gets Waters excited every year is Christmas. The legendary filmmaker tells the tale of religious spectacle crossed with commercialism in his one-man show, A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier, coming to the Plaza LIVE in Orlando Dec. 8 and in Clearwater at the Capitol Theatre Dec. 16. Waters took a moment away from decorating the tree and hanging the stockings by the fireplace to talk to Watermark on the phone about his upcoming show, as well as a few other holiday topics.

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John Waters talks Caitlyn Jenner

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In a recent interview, legendary film director John Waters asked why isn’t anyone allowed to make fun of Caitlyn Jenner? “Caitlyn’s a Republican, she’s on a reality show and she’s a Kardashian. We can’t make fun of him or her?” Waters said the whole thing was kind of “old hat” to him. “I had a transgender woman in Pink Flamingos.” Waters said he is more intrigued by transgender men. “It seems newer to me. They look like guys I like, so it’s even more confusing.” Waters also said in the interview that fatherhood isn’t for him. “I’m a good uncle – I’ll get you an abortion, I’ll get you out of jail, I’ll take you to rehab.”