No romance for Finn and Poe in ‘Rise of Skywalker,’ say ‘Star Wars’ actors

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: John Boyega as Finn and Oscar Isaac as Poe. Image via Twitter.

Star Wars” fans hoping to see a romance between dashing fighter pilot Poe Dameron and heroic ex-stormtrooper Finn got some bad news today – it’s not going to happen.

At least, it won’t be happening in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” due to arrive in movie theaters on December 20, according to three people who should definitely know – actors Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, who play Poe and Finn, respectively, and the film’s director, J. J. Abrams.

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Billy Dee Williams says he sees himself as ‘feminine as well as masculine’

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Billy Dee Williams in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” screenshot via Twitter.

82-year-old actor Billy Dee Williams, known to millions of “Star Wars” fans for playing Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back,” has said that he sees himself as gender fluid – or at least that he sees himself as both masculine and feminine.

Williams, known for his charismatic good looks and suave demeanor, said in a lengthy interview with Esquire that the secret of being “cool” is simply to “be yourself.”

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Fit For Print: Stop It with the Elitism

By : Steve Blanchard
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We live in a weird time. That may be the understatement of the year if I were talking about the political world here and abroad or even the amazing technological advances that seem to make it into the headlines almost every day.

I’m talking about the odd social world that permeates our everyday lives, either in person or through our computer and cell phone screens. This new (or maybe not so new) elitist trend of making a public point of sharing our dislike of popular things and making a big deal about it has got to stop. It’s exhausting and a waste of energy.

One case in point: HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

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Central Florida Overheard: Old School Gaymes

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ABOVE: Brandon Goode, Danny Wynn, Max Eiss and Kitana Geminion on stage for The Dating Game at Joysticks Arcade Lounge & Retro Bar’s “Gayme Nights” in Orlando July 1. (Photo by Jeremy Williams)

You don’t have to look much further than TV shows like “Stranger Things” and “The Goldbergs,” movies like “Ready Player One” or any faction of pop culture to know that all things 80s and 90s have made a huge comeback.

The neon colors, the vinyl records, Throwback Thursdays; it is all about kickin’ it old school.

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MegaCon brings out Central Florida’s cosplayers

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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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‘Star Wars’ boss confirms Finn and Poe romance under consideration

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Star Wars” fans have always eagerly awaited new material but for specific fans of two new characters in the “Star Wars” franchise, new content could mean a possible romance.

Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) developed a friendship in “The Force Awakens” that have spurned some fans to speculate over a brewing romance. Head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, spoke with Ecartelera and said while a romance isn’t planned for the next film, it’s on the table.

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Fringe Review: A Long Time Ago: The Eighties Strike Back

By : Anna M. Johnson
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A Long Time Ago: The Eighties Strike Back is no stranger to the Orlando Fringe. It was in the Pink venue in 2011, and has made a triumphant return to the Orange venue this year with well-deserved success.

The show itself is a giant in-joke for those who grew up in the 1980’s or who have studied the culture religiously. The Star Wars characters are all played by their pop-culture counterparts – Leia as Breakfast Club Molly Ringwald, Luke as Marty McFly, Han Solo and Chewbecca as Bill and Ted, among others.

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J.J. Abrams confirms gay characters coming to Star Wars

By : Jeremy Williams
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One of the biggest differences between the new line of Star Wars films and the Lucas-driven originals has been the diversity in the cast of characters and according to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams, it’s about to get more diverse.

In an interview with The Daily Beast at a pre-Oscars shindig, Abrams confirmed that there will be gay characters in the upcoming Star Wars sequels.

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Uprisings: Not OK, computer

By : Billy Manes
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Uprisings_JebBushOh, the headlines. Oh the damage control. Oh, this election cycle that is whittling itself into obtuse ignominy before our very eyes. This is hell. In the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed the gloves coming off and the chandeliers swaying in an increasingly heated presidential-preference primary season, mostly because that’s what happens every four years and we should be accustomed to it. But it’s also because when manufactured candidates get closer to the truth, it’s almost like their wings melt, and the clashes of titans become more like stutters in rehearsed lexicon pools.

Case in point: the Feb. 5 Republican debate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It was a Saturday, and we all know that Saturday nights are all right for fighting, so the presence of playground bullies like Donald Trump and Chris Christie wasn’t a surprise. The popcorn was already burned; the rotgut already crystallized at the bottom of a red Solo cup for later tosses into regret fires. But Rubio – oh, our poor, poor former state House speaker and author of books sold at Wal-Mart on the cheap – he wasn’t quite ready, really, and the whole of the news media and the Republican slam book was on alert. Rubio, who is loved for no reason by the Log Cabin Republicans and people who don’t like politics alike (he’s cute from a distance, really, but there’s no need to get any closer), pulled a robotic Small Wonder and waivered from his fresh-faced political sprint. There in the miniature shadow of the New Hampshire primaries, Rubio went on autopilot, pulling an attack on sitting President Barack Obama, even though said sitting president is not even in these primaries.

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LGBT films among those enjoyed by President Bill Clinton in White House

By : Jeremy Williams
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Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, which allows previously unreleased government documents to be disclosed to the public, we are able to learn many secrets of The President of the United States… like what kinds of movies the president enjoys.

That’s right, the heavily guarded information of which films are played in the White House’s Family Theater has been released for the Clinton administration and it seems The Big Dog-in-chief may have been the first U.S. president to watch some LGBT-themed films.

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Campbell’s soup gay dads cast in new HBO series

By : Jeremy Williams
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M’m! M’m! Good for you guys.

Larry Sullivan and David Monahan, the two dads who took the internet by storm (and pissed off a million or so moms) with a Star Wars-themed Campbell’s soup commercial, have signed on to join the cast of HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies.

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Star Wars gets a porn parody from Men.com

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The biggest film of 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has been everywhere peddling everything from toys to cereal to make-up.

Now you can have Star Wars gay porn.

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