‘Riverdale’ to receive award from LGBTQ education group GLSEN

By : Wire Report
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ABOVE: “Riverdale” cast. (Photo from Facebook)

LOS ANGELES (AP) | The cast and creators of “Riverdale” will receive an award from a gay rights education group for the show’s portrayal of LGBTQ relationships in a high school setting.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) announced Sept. 9 that “Riverdale” will be honored with its Gamechanger Award. The group cited the show’s “groundbreaking storytelling about LGBTQ relationships” as why it was chosen to receive the honor.

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Octavia Spencer to be honored by GLSEN with Inspiration Award

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ABOVE: Octavia Spencer. (From Wikimedia Commons)

LOS ANGELES (AP) | Octavia Spencer will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network with its Inspiration Award at a gala later this year.

The group known as GLSEN announced Aug. 13 that the Oscar-winning star of “Hidden Figures,” “The Shape of Water” and “The Help” will receive the honor at the group’s Respect Awards, presented in October in Beverly Hills, California.

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LGBT representation strong at 90th annual Academy Awards

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: DANIELA VEGA at the Academy Awards Sunday night. Screen capture courtesy ABC.

Despite a bloated presentation that clocked in at almost four hours, the telecast of the 90th Academy Awards had some spectacular moments, especially for LGBT movie fans.

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Screened Out – Hidden Figures

By : Stephen Miller
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Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons

The three black women at the center of this true story broke new ground. This biopic itself doesn’t.

Instead, Hidden Figures tells its tale with standard structure, arcs, and pacing. But it does it so well! The acting is phenomenal, the scenes are tight and relevant, the photography is sumptuous, and the art direction is joyous. This means the movie is simply a pleasure to watch.

So what if the plot never sends us into orbit. It’s still a well-made film.

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Screened Out – The Divergent Series: Allegiant

By : Stephen Miller
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Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts

In the beginning, Woodley’s character Tris says, “We’re going to be okay” just before the feces hits the fan.

Woodley’s career has also hit the fan, especially after she signed up for this watered down YA science fiction with too many special effects and a wimpy story. This third installment of four in the Divergent series is the absolute worst – action sequences and clunky voice-overs giving way to slow, confusing speeches about genetic purity.

There’s nothing pure about Allegiant. It’s all chewed up and crapped out ideas from better books and movies.

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