From “Mean Girls” and “Looking” to HIV activism and standup comedy, Daniel Franzese talks his iconic roles

By : Jeremy Williams
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Daniel Franzese came into pop culture view for most people after he appeared in the hit movie “Mean Girls.” The 2004 film was written by comedy queen Tina Fey, produced by “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels and starred a bevy of up-and-coming stars including Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Poehler and more.

Franzese starred as Damian, the flamboyant kid at school who was openly and unapologetically gay. His character had most of the film’s quotable lines, taking “Mean Girls” from a hit teen comedy to a cult status movie that is still played to its rabid fanbase nearly 15 years later.

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Rotten Tomatoes releases the Top 10 LGBTQ TV shows for Pride month

By : Colton Adkins
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In celebration of Pride Month, Rotten Tomatoes has released a list with the highest-rated LGBTQ movies and TV shows from the 2010’s. Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” determined the top 10 for each category. The list curated showcases the best TV shows and films that tell the stories of the LGBTQ community.

For those unfamiliar, the Tomatometer score is based on “the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics,” according to the Rotten Tomatoes website. For each movie or show individually, a minimum of five reviews need to be done before an official Tomatometer score can be determined. A rating can be considered “Fresh” or “Certified Fresh.” “Fresh” means that at least 60 percent of reviews are positive, and “Certified Fresh” means the movie or TV show needs a steady score of at least 75 percent. However, to be “Certified Fresh” a film with wide release needs a minimum of 80 reviews, films with limited release need a minimum of 40 reviews and individual seasons of a TV show need to have a minimum of 20 reviews.

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Latinx diversity finds outlet on STARZ show ‘Vida’

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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On Sunday, STARZ breaks down some serious barriers with the premiere of “Vida.” Set on the Eastside of Los Angeles, the series was created by a queer Latinx woman who also serves as showrunner, features a non-binary actor in a lead role and has a writer’s room where the entire staff is Latinx and most of the team is LGBT and/or female-identified.

The series got started when executives at STARZ called Tanya Saracho in for a meeting. Saracho is a Chicago-based writer who has written for “Devious Minds,” “Girls,” “Looking” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” Her plays include “Mala Hierbe” and “Fade,” which was inspired by her experience as a “diversity hire” for a television studio.

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Russell Tovey and his partner Steve Brockman are engaged

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Russell Tovey and his rugby player partner Steve Brockman are engaged.

“Completely unexpected but very very happy and looking forward to having a proper party to celebrate when back in London,” Tovey, 36, told the Daily Mail of his engagement.

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HBO’s “Looking” set to film finale

By : Jeremy Williams
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When the HBO series Looking was cancelled after only two seasons, it left fans without a proper finale and many unanswered questions. HBO promised a 2-hour movie special to tie up the loose ends and it now looks like they are delivering on that promise.

Filming starts Nov. 2 and series star Jonathan Groff will be stepping away from his current role on Broadway in Hamilton to shoot the film. Book of Mormon and Girls’ actor Andrew Rannells will temporarily replace Groff in the musical while filming during the month of November.

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Jonathan Groff on all his gay projects, idolizing Mark Ruffalo and how ‘Looking’ freaked out his family

By : Chris Azzopardi
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Jonathan Groff is remembering a scene he shot for the upcoming HBO adaptation of The Normal Heart. It’s his only part with Julia Roberts, and he doesn’t have a single line with her.

“She plays a doctor and I collapse on the street, and then they take me into her office and she’s like, ‘He’s dying,’” the actor recalls. “So I didn’t get to act with her because I’m, like, hyperventilating on a stretcher. I was foaming at the mouth. She was probably all, ‘This kid is really going for it.’ But she was really nice, very chill, very un-dramatic and easy.”

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