Trans actor Zach Barack cast in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

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Zach Barack, a 23-year-old transgender actor from Chicago, has landed a role in the upcoming Marvel film, “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

Though it is not confirmed how large his role will be, Barack’s manager tells NBC News that Barack will have a “significant role.”

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Alex Landi weighs in on straight actors playing gay roles

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Alex Landi’s character on “Grey’s Anatomy” is the first gay male surgeon to appear on the medical drama.

Dr. Nico Kim and intern Dr. Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli) have been enjoying a fling with each other in the middle of saving patients’ lives. Their relationship is the first of its kind on the series. In an interview with Attitude magazine, Landi says that he just wants to do his best when portraying roles regardless of his sexuality or his character’s.

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Kit Harington wants Marvel to have a gay male lead

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington wants more gay representation in Marvel films.

Harington was at the Toronto Film Festival in promotion of his upcoming film “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.” He stars as a closeted TV actor who starts writing letters to an 11-year boy.

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Rainbow flag makes cameo in PS4’s new ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ video game

By : Jeremy Williams
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PlayStation 4’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” video game was released worldwide Sept. 7 and gaymers’ “spidey sense” started to tingle when they saw a shout out to the LGBTQ community from the webslinger.

The game’s detailed layout of New York City lets our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swing up and down the streets of The Big Apple, passing many of the city’s most well-known landmarks. The city is also filled with dozens of Easter eggs hidden throughout the game, including a nod to one of the LGBTQ community’s most notable symbols.

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MegaCon brings out Central Florida’s cosplayers

By : Danny Garcia
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The fear of Tropical Depression Alberto pouring down rain wasn’t enough to keep the geeks, gamers and cosplayers away from MEGACON last weekend.

MEGACON Orlando is the southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event, and attracted over 100,000 fans to the Orange County Convention Center over four days.

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Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is the first LGBT character in a Marvel film

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Valkyrie is the Marvel film universe’s first LGBT character.

Tessa Thompson tweeted to clarify that her character is bisexual in “Thor: Ragnarok” just like in the “Fearless Defenders” comic book series.

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Screened Out – Dr. Strange

By : Stephen Miller
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen

Movies area visual medium, and few movies take full, beautiful advantage of that like Dr. Strange. It’s a spacy, hallucinogenic head-trip worthy of repeated viewing just to take it all in. This new Marvel comic movie also boasts some great actors truly committing to their characters.

However, what it lacks – and it seems a shame to complain about this in a comic book movie – is real emotional punch. When an arrogant man loses his career and, quite possibly, the love of his life, we should feel more. We should feel his devastation. Though this man searches for redemption in the spiritual arts, Dr. Strange doesn’t really have a lot of spirit.

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Screened Out – Captain America: Civil War

By : Stephen Miller
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Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, William Hurt, Viola Davis

Captain America: Civil War recognizes human loss. That’s a wonderful thing. Now we don’t just see empty cities crumble and cars explode. We know there is death – real and painful human collateral – as these heroes fight to save the Earth. This moral conundrum launches a war among The Avengers. It’s a painful a battle that pits onetime friends and compatriots against each other.

The Russo brothers – the directors behind Captain America: Winter Soldier – have the fighting, explosions, and entertainment. Yet much of Civil War isn’t repeated special effects. Mixed in are actually dialogue-heavy scenes. In fact, these are well written, clever scenes of a good length that help embellish character. Somehow, the Russos built on the convoluted mess of Age of Ultron. From that, they made a film that’s actually worth discussing.

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DC Comics cancels Midnighter, comic series featuring gay lead

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Neither of the two main comic book distributers – Marvel and DC – had ever featured a comic series that starred an LGBT lead, until DC released Midnighter last year.

Now, after 12 issues, Midnighter is coming to an end.

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Screened Out – Ant-Man

By : Stephen Miller
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Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackey, Corey Stoll

This shrinky-dink superhero story is just smart enough. Ant-Man is an acceptable way to fritter away a few bucks and a few hours. It expands the Marvel movie universe a blip, but that’s about it.

Not that it should do more than that. This mite-sized mercenary – a minor in the Marvel canon – has always been ludicrous character, his story begging for supreme silliness.

The film serves some slapstick; it could’ve delivered more.

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Stan Lee says Spider-Man should remain white and straight

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Marvel comic book icon Stan Lee is defending his stance that Spider-Man should be kept white and straight.

Lee – who co-created Spider-Man as well as the X-Men, Fantastic Four and The Avengers – is the latest victim to be thrown into the spotlight because of the Sony Pictures scandal when thousands of hacked emails were released to the public.

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Screened Out – Avengers: Age of Ultron

By : Stephen Miller
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Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Edris Elba, Andy Serkis, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Voice of James Spader

The only thing that will save many, many a comic book fan from hating my guts is that this film is going to make a kabillion dollars. Nothing I say will stop that. These fans will use the box office as some sort of rebuke when I state that Age of Ultron isn’t very cohesive, intelligent, or engaging at all. Sure, this flick has lots of fights and explosions, beautiful people in tight costumes, and a few cute lines. It’s also bloated, overcrowded, choppy, illogical, and shallow.

In fact, this latest iteration of the Avengers’ world – the seventh film – is damn lucky it has such loyal fans. It’s also fortuitous that most of the other films were much more entertaining than this. Without these previous superpowers behind it, there’s no way Ultron would even make back its $250 million dollar budget.

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