Dax Shepard insists ‘CHiPS’ film is homophobic in ‘fun and challenging’ way

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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“CHiPS,” the film remake of the ’77-’83 buddy cop comedy series, has plenty of gay jokes but Dax Shepard says the film is homophobic in a “fun and challenging way.”

Shepard stars as Jon Baker opposite Michael Peña as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello. Ponch is shown being disgusted by two men hugging in their underwear and refusing to hug Jon in his underwear. Another scene shows Ponch panicking after he accidently brushes his face against Jon’s crotch while carrying him.

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‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight’ lead diverse 2017 Oscar nominations

By : Felicia Roopchand
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La La Land dominated the 2017 Academy Award nominees with a total of 14 nominations, tying Titanic and All About Eve for most nominations in Oscar history.

Both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone helped tally up the nominations for the film, each respectively up for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” and “Best Actress in a Leading Role.”

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OUC Speakers at Dr. Phillips Center: An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

By : Jamie Hyman
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Dr. Phillips Center in association with Bill Blumenreich present An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Public On-Sale: 10 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $45.00
Walt Disney Theater

“An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies”

From Star Wars to Monster’s Inc. to Interstellar, an entertaining and enlightening review of all the science that our favorite movies got wrong, combined with some of the stuff they got right.

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.

Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

Sarasota gears up for Fabulous Independent Film Festival at the Harvey Milk Festival

By : Krista DiTucci
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Film lovers in Sarasota will experience three days of LGBTQ cinema at Harvey Milk Festival’s sixth annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival, Sept.30-Oct. 2.

“Every single one of these films is so interesting in its own way,” Magida Diouri, festival programmer, says. “It’s remarkable. I really was looking for the best I could get for Sarasota – things that would not otherwise come here.”

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Trash Cinema 101 with Logan Donahoo

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Logan Donahoo brings his love of trashy movies and his sharp wit together again for another installment of Trash Cinema 101. It’s like Science Fiction Mystery Theater meets just plain ol’ camp movies.

7pm Doors/8pm Movie

Tickets $10.

The Social

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A gathering for the Trans community. Open to all LGBTQ+ young adults and allies (ages 18 & up) to get to know other members of the community. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Last month we discussed the possibility of having a movie night. Do you all have any movies you would like to see? Leave your suggestions in the comments and we will decide. There will be sodas and waters for a $1 donation (benefitting our LGBT programs). Feel free to bring a snack or a treat to share if you would like!

The Social (July)

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A gathering for the Trans community. Open to all LGBTQ+ young adults and allies (ages 18 & up) to get to know other members of the community. Everyone is welcome to attend!

This month we are going to watch a movie. Please post your suggestions below as to which movies you would like to see. You can also bring your own DVDs and we can vote on which one we would like to view that evening. There will be sodas and waters for a $1 donation (benefitting our LGBT programs). Please feel free to bring a snack or a treat to share if you would like!

Spooky Empire brings out scares and stars for thirteenth year of Ultimate Halloween Weekend

By : Jeremy Williams
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It’s that time of year again when the Cineplexes will be filled with scary movies, the Burger King’s will be overrun by black bun Whoppers and, for Central Florida, Spooky Empire will roll in with a fright-filled weekend of all things horror, sci-fi and fantasy with the Ultimate Halloween Weekend.

Spooky’s Ultimate Halloween Weekend will be at the Hyatt Regency on I-Drive Oct. 30- Nov. 1 and in proper scary fashion, is celebrating its 13th year of horror conventioning with the biggest stars yet.

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Screened Out – Pan

By : Stephen Miller
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Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried

What a mess! This Peter Pan origin story strives to be something whimsical, weird and wonderful for the kids. It instead ends up clueless, confusing and cluttered. If all you’re looking for is stunning visuals, Pan is definitely for you. If you like your movies to have solid, even acting and some sense of tone, this Lost Boy never gets off the ground.

Pan doesn’t believe that characters with heart can carry a children’s movie. It instead overloads oddities, offering only optical onslaught.

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Watermark is bringing Movies Out Loud to The Abbey and this time it’s Fringey!

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Watermark Media and the Orlando International Fringe Festival are teaming up to resurrect Movies Out Loud for a new audience (and the old one too). The first one will be July 8 and continue on the second Wednesday of each month, but instead of a roaming venue, they have found a permanent home at The Abbey.

“The Abbey has stepped up as sponsor and it really is the perfect location,” said George Wallace, executive director to Fringe, via email.

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Queen Latifah inhabits bisexual blues legend in HBO biopic ‘Bessie’

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NEW YORK (AP) – Many viewers will come to the HBO biopic Bessie with scant knowledge of its subject, blues legend Bessie Smith.

But in the title role, Queen Latifah schools you with a bruising display of fierce drive, unstoppable talent and a gallery of personal demons.

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GLAAD study finds studio movies behind in LGBT roles

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New York (AP) — An annual study by GLAAD has found that Hollywood studios continue to lag in producing films representing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, despite a slight improvement over the last year.

Examining the 114 films released by the seven largest movie studios in 2014, the study found that 17.5 percent of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual. There were no identifiably transgender characters. The findings, released on April 15, are a slight uptick from the 16.7 percent of “inclusive” movies from 2013.

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