Trump praises gay Bollywood romcom on Twitter

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Scene from LGBTQ Bollywood film “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

To the shock — and perhaps even confusion — of many, President Donald Trump retweeted Feb. 21 a tweet from a British gay activist praising a new gay “Bollywood” romantic comedy movie in India.

Trump’s retweet even came with a short commentary on the film’s production: “Great!”

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Eugene Hernandez named director of New York Film Festival

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ABOVE: Eugene Hernandez. (Photo from the New York Film Festival’s website)

NEW YORK (AP) | Eugene Hernandez will succeed Kent Jones as the director of the New York Film Festival, becoming only the fifth person to lead the esteemed Lincoln Center showcase for cinema in its 57-year history.

Lesli Klainberg, executive director of Film at Lincoln Center, announced the appointment Feb. 19, naming Hernandez to the top position at arguably the most revered film festival in the country. Hernandez will oversee the New York Film Festival, along with Dennis Lim, the festival’s new director of programming. Lim already presides over year-round programming for Film at Lincoln Center.

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Marvel actor reveals ‘The Eternals’ will feature married gay superhero

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Actor Haaz Sleiman. (Photo from Twitter)

It looks like Marvel is finally going to deliver on its promise to provide substantive LGBTQ representation in its “cinematic universe.”

Actor Haaz Sleiman, who is openly gay, was speaking to LGBTQ media outlet NewNowNext for a profile story when he revealed that he will be portraying the husband of a gay superhero in the studio’s upcoming film, “The Eternals,” slated for a November 2020 release.

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Rosario Dawson comes out while discussing relationship with Cory Booker

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Rosario Dawson, photo via Dawson’s Facebook page.

Actress Rosario Dawson, who has in the past made public comments that have created confusion about her sexuality, has now officially come out… sort of.

The star, speaking to Bustle about her current relationship with former 2020 Democratic presidential contender Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), said that it was time to publicly claim her sexuality.

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Lily Tomlin to be honored with foot and handprint ceremony at Chinese Theatre

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Lily Tomlin, photo via Tomlin and Jane Wagner’s Facebook page.

A bona fide LGBTQ icon is soon to join the ranks of some of the greatest stars in the history of Hollywood by having her hand and footprints imprinted in the world-famous courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced last week that it will honor veteran acress and comedian Lily Tomlin with a hand and footprint ceremony at the landmark movie house during the network’s upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival. The Tony, Grammy, eight-time Emmy and two-time Peabody Award winner will be honored on Friday, April 7.

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Sony reportedly planning to introduce bisexual ‘Spider-Man’ in next movie

By : John Paul King of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man (Image courtesy Sony Pictures)

Sony Pictures is making plans for Spider-Man to come swinging back onto the screen soon – and a rumor has emerged that they want him to be bisexual.

According to a report from geek fansite We Got This Covered, the entertainment giant is looking to develop their return to the superhero franchise as a live-action movie in the vein of 2018’s “Into the Spider-Verse,” the Oscar-winning animated film featuring multiple versions of the superhero who are brought together from their respective dimensions to join forces against an enemy seeking to destroy them all.

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Actor Rick Cosnett comes out in Instagram post

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Rick Cosnett, the Zimbabwean-Australian actor best known for his roles in TV shows “The Flash,” “Quantico” and “The Vampire Diaries” came out as gay in an Instagram video Feb. 13.

“Dramatic pause — I’m gay,” Cosnett said to begin his roughly one-minute Insta vlog. “Just wanted everyone to know because I made a promise to myself to live my truth everyday and sometimes, that is a really hard thing to do when you have all these subconscious things you don’t even know about from childhood and from society and from being, you know, just life.”

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Watermark Giveaway: A pair of tickets to see comedian Marc Maron at Hard Rock Live

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From stand up and TV to podcasting and film, comedian Marc Maron has been telling it like it is and making us laugh for more than 30 years.

Maron is a frequent guest on the late night talk show circuit, has hosted numerous comedic and news shows on both radio and television, as well as hosts one of the country’s most popular podcasts — “WTF with Marc Maron.” He also stars in the Netflix series “GLOW” and had a minor role in one of the biggest critical and financial hit films of 2019, “Joker.”

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Trailer reveals Sean Hayes as ‘Lazy Susan’

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Sean Hayes stars as “Lazy Susan” (Image courtesy Shout! Studios)

Thanks to years of portraying Jack McFarland on the hit NBC sitcom “Will & Grace,” we’re all used to seeing Sean Hayes in the role of a comically self-absorbed, shallow schemer who has no shame when it comes to manipulating others into taking care of him.

This spring, we’ll get to see him play it again – only this time, he’ll be doing it as a woman.

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Polyamorous gay triad re-enacts American history in ‘Kill the Monsters’

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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In case you’ve ever wondered what an allegorical story about the history of the United States would look like if it were told in the form of a polyamorous gay romantic comedy, you might be surprised to find that you’re not alone.

Filmmaker Ryan Lonergan has done more than wonder about it – he’s made a film based on exactly that premise. “Kill the Monsters,” which drops in February, follows three New York men living in a polyamorous relationship who set off across the country when their youngest member becomes “unwell,” seeking a holistic cure from a Santa Monica doctor. Along the way, they encounter a series of female characters whose interactions with them mirror U.S. history – while also playing out realistically in an entirely contemporary setting.

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Trailer drops for eagerly-awaited ‘International Male’ doc

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ABOVE: “ALL MAN: The International Male Story,” photo via Facebook.

There’s good news for those who fondly remember those days of waiting for each new edition of “International Male” to be delivered  – the filmmakers developing a documentary about the iconic mail-order catalog are giving us a sneak peek at what they have in store in a brand new teaser trailer.

Word of the planned movie project, titled “ALL MAN: The International Male Story,” spread via social media after multiple news outlets (including the Blade) reported that its creators had mounted a fundraising campaign on the Film Collaborative website.

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Taylor Swift explains why she got political in new Netflix doc

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“I need to be on the right side of history,” pop icon Taylor Swift says about her jump into the political arena in the trailer to a new documentary film coming to Netflix Jan. 31. “Miss Americana,” directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Lana Wilson, follows Swift throughout the making of her album “Lover” and as she finds her political voice over the last few years.

Prior to the 2018 mid-term elections, Swift had been quiet publicly on matters of politics until she came out in an Instagram post endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee in October 2018. Less than a year later, Swift encouraged her fans to support The Equality Act — legislation designed to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination on the basis of  sexual orientation and gender identity — in the music video for her single “You Need To Calm Down,” which featured dozens of LGBTQ entertainers.

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