Greg Berlanti tapped to direct Rock Hudson biopic

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Greg Berlanti has signed on to direct a film biopic about actor Rock Hudson.

Deadline reports the story will be based on the memoir “All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson” by Mark Griffin. It tells the story of Hudson’s struggles as a closeted actor and Hollywood heartthrob of romantic comedies for Universal during the ’50s and ’60s. He died from AIDS-related complications in 1985 at the age of 59.

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Indie-folk band Rainbow Kitten Surprise gets personal during concert at The Beacham

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ORLANDO | Indie-folk, rock band Rainbow Kitten Surprise (RKS) paused to explain the meaning of the song “Hide” to their fans during a concert at The Beacham in Orlando Sept. 18.

“Homophobia is everywhere, and homophobic violence is felt throughout the world,” says Charlie Holt, band’s openly queer bassist.

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‘Deadpool 2,’ ‘Isle of Dogs’ among summer streaming movie options

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Luckily, during those dog days of summer when it’s too hot to go outside you can stay inside and enjoy some of the new releases on DVD/Blu-ray or a variety of channels for streaming or download. Here’s a small sampling to get you started for movies on DVD summer 2018.

A fitting movie for the dog days of summer is the quirky but entrancing “Isle of Dogs” by visionary director Wes Anderson, who returned to the intimate world of stop-action animation for his latest movie. After an outbreak of canine flu, the mayor of Megasaki, Japan, exiles all dogs to a barren island. His nephew Atari rescues the family dog and the brave duo lead a rebellion against the mayor and his corrupt cronies.

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New ‘Hocus Pocus’ novel features lesbian love story

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Disney’s cult classic movie “Hocus Pocus” has transformed into a novel that features a teenage lesbian love interest.

“Hocus Pocus and The All-New Sequel” is a two-part young adult novel that retells the original spooky story and adds a new sequel to the mix. The continuation of the story gives the Sanderson sisters the opportunity to enchant the next generation of Salem teenagers.

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Aaron Carter says reports on bisexuality were ‘misconstrued’

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Tampa-born Aaron Carter has once again spoken out on his highly-publicized coming out, calling reports on his bisexuality “a little misconstrued.”

In an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife, the 30-year-old singer was asked about his coming out, as well as recent interviews in which he had discussed it more in-depth. “The other bomb that you dropped on us… you came out as bisexual,” one of the podcast’s hosts asked. “You didn’t really indicate that you’ve had a relationship with a guy… have you, or is it just more that you’re open to it?”

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3.22.18 Publisher’s Desk

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The first person I ever came out to was a complete stranger. It was surprisingly easy. The journey to get to that moment was not easy, nor the mountains I would have to climb after; but coming out to a stranger wasn’t difficult. It was freeing and desperate.

It was the early 1990s and he was a mentor with the Delta Youth Alliance, now the Orlando Youth Alliance. At the time, it was the only resource for gay youth to meet and support each other and it remains a vital component of the community today. My involvement with the group gave me the courage to come out to my high school best friend. That was difficult because it was someone close to me. It was a bigger gamble as there was more riding on her reaction than that of the stranger.

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‘Love, Simon’ star Joey Pollari comes out as gay

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“Love, Simon” star Joey Pollari has come out as gay.

Pollari, who portrays Simon’s potential love interest Lyle in the film, revealed to the Advocate that he had a similar coming out experience as Simon. The actor explains that he came out to his family and friends when he was 18.

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Nick Robinson says his brother came out during filming for ‘Love, Simon’

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“Love, Simon” star Nick Robinson revealed that the film’s subject matter hit close to home in an interview for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The 22-year-old actor, who portrays closeted teen Simon, told DeGeneres that his brother came out to him around the time of filming which gave the role more significance for him.

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Newly-out Aaron Carter hits the road with his first album in 15 years

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“For me, it’s all about the music,” Tampa-born Aaron Carter says. “And if there is one lesson I’ve learned this [last] year, it’s not to dwell on the past, but to live for the future.”

It’s a wonderful sentiment for the multi-platinum pop star on the eve of the release of LøVë, his first studio album in 15 years, particularly following a year of highly publicized ups and downs. But to understand Carter’s zest for his upcoming release and for the future, one has to examine his past.

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Carmen – A Flamenco Ballet

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Flamenco del Sol is pleased to present “Carmen” February 3-4, 2018 at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford, FL. Join us for an extraordinary production showcasing the iconic music of George Bizet layered over Prosper Merimee’s quintessentially Spanish storyline of love, lust, and tragedy told through a rich blend of classical operatic and live flamenco music. A cast of more than thirty will transport our audience back to 19th century Seville with percussive footwork, snapping fans, and thundering castanets, all clothed in sumptuous, period costuming. Join us as we follow Carmen and Don Jose through this timeless and tragic love story.

“To watch each dance number is a joy to the senses,” declared the Orlando Sentinel about last year’s production of “El Amor Brujo.” Come see why Flamenco del Sol productions are among the most anticipated events in Central Florida by critics and audiences alike. Through its unique blend of innovative storytelling, lavish costuming, and passion for flamenco and classical Spanish dance and music for all ages and abilities, Flamenco del Sol is one of Florida’s and the Southeast’s most exciting dance companies.

“Carmen” is the most recent in Flamenco del Sol’s biennial charitable productions, where all proceeds are donated to the Ronald McDonald House with love and gratitude.

ABOUT FLAMENCO DEL SOL

Orlando-based Flamenco del Sol celebrated fifteen years with a flurry of productions in 2016, with critically lauded performances at the Orlando Fringe Festival and Wayne Densch Center for the Performing Arts. Its productions include “Corazon Flamenco” featuring international flamenco star and artistic partner, Angel Rojas, “El Amor Brujo,” “Camino Flamenco,” and award-winning “Misa Flamenca.”

Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 4 at 3:00 pm

 

Carmen – A Flamenco Ballet

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Flamenco del Sol is pleased to present “Carmen” February 3-4, 2018 at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford, FL. Join us for an extraordinary production showcasing the iconic music of George Bizet layered over Prosper Merimee’s quintessentially Spanish storyline of love, lust, and tragedy told through a rich blend of classical operatic and live flamenco music. A cast of more than thirty will transport our audience back to 19th century Seville with percussive footwork, snapping fans, and thundering castanets, all clothed in sumptuous, period costuming. Join us as we follow Carmen and Don Jose through this timeless and tragic love story.

“To watch each dance number is a joy to the senses,” declared the Orlando Sentinel about last year’s production of “El Amor Brujo.” Come see why Flamenco del Sol productions are among the most anticipated events in Central Florida by critics and audiences alike. Through its unique blend of innovative storytelling, lavish costuming, and passion for flamenco and classical Spanish dance and music for all ages and abilities, Flamenco del Sol is one of Florida’s and the Southeast’s most exciting dance companies.

“Carmen” is the most recent in Flamenco del Sol’s biennial charitable productions, where all proceeds are donated to the Ronald McDonald House with love and gratitude.

ABOUT FLAMENCO DEL SOL

Orlando-based Flamenco del Sol celebrated fifteen years with a flurry of productions in 2016, with critically lauded performances at the Orlando Fringe Festival and Wayne Densch Center for the Performing Arts. Its productions include “Corazon Flamenco” featuring international flamenco star and artistic partner, Angel Rojas, “El Amor Brujo,” “Camino Flamenco,” and award-winning “Misa Flamenca.”

Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, February 4 at 3:00 pm

 

Cuisine Corner: Vegan Pasta Night

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Victoria from True Radiant You shares how to easily hand-make healthy zucchini noodles with a hearty lentil marinara sauce. This is a nutritious and delicious vegan pasta dish the whole family will love. For more information, visit victoriarooneyyoga.com. Space is limited. Registration required.