Enzian Theater announces On Demand service as people self quarantine

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ORLANDO | Enzian Theater, Central Florida’s independent film cinema, announced that it will begin making some films that were scheduled to run in its theater available to viewers at home.

Enzian On Demand is “a place you can go to watch art house movies and support Enzian” the nonprofit theater posted on its website and social media March 25.

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WATCH: Rosie O’Donnell recruits Broadway legends, Hollywood friends for her one-night-only, virtual talk show reboot

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Add Rosie O’Donnell and her daytime talk show to the ever-growing list of rebooted entertainment. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic the outspoken host revived her popular chat fest March 22 for a one-night-only fundraiser for the Actor’s Fund, a charitable organization that assists performers and behind-the-scenes professionals in the Entertainment Industry.

Embracing social distancing the show was live-streamed online and featured O’Donnell, safe in her garage/craft room, interviewing Broadway celebs, also safe in whatever places they keep their computers or iPhones.

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New CEO rebuffs homophobia, doubles down on inclusion at Disney shareholder meeting

By : John Paul King of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Disney CEO Bob Chapek (R) with former CEO Robert Iger (L) (Photo courtesy of Disney)

An anti-LGBTQ activist got shut down at Disney’s annual shareholder meeting by none other than the company’s new CEO himself.

Caroline Farrow, who was representing the British conservative advocacy group CitizenGo, came to the March 11 event to pressure the entertainment giant over its promotion of “LGBT ideology” in its films and television programming. It was the first shareholder meeting to be presided over by Bob Chapek, a 27-year Disney veteran who replaced former company CEO Bob Iger at the end of February.

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GLAAD Media Awards among entertainment events cancelled due to virus outbreak

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The GLAAD Media Awards, scheduled for March 19 in New York, is among the tours, awards shows, conventions and festivals announcing cancellations and postponements due to the new coronavirus outbreak, causing a major impact on entertainment events both in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The LGBTQ media advocacy organization announced the cancellation of its New York ceremony in a press release March 11.

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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

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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

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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

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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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