Jonathan Groff joins ‘Matrix’ sequel

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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Out actor Jonathan Groff has joined the cast of the upcoming film “Matrix 4.”

According to Collider, Groff has been added to the roster of names confirmed to be involved in the much-anticipated sequel to the now-classic mind-bending sci-fi trilogy.

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Transgender filmmaker Lana Wachowski to direct ‘The Matrix 4′

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ABOVE: Lana Wachowski. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Lana Wachowski will direct the fourth installment of “The Matrix ” films series with the original stars, Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Ann Moss (Trinity), Variety reports. The filmmaker could become the first transgender director to helm a blockbuster film.

Lana and her sister, Lilly Wachowski, co-wrote and directed “The Matrix” trilogy which released its first film in 1999. The trilogy earned $1.6 billion globally, according to Variety.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Introducing Miss Tampa pride emeritus 2015!

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Russell is Tampa Pride’s emeritus
Tampa Pride is only a month away. And who better to serve as queen for the inaugural pride festival on March 28 than Esme Russell. Russell, a performer, radio personality, Hamburger Mary’s hostess and all-around activist for equality, was selected as Miss Tampa pride emeritus 2015. A formal crowning and ceremony will be coming soon, but expect to see Tampa native of Cuban descent all over the pride festivities in an official capacity

G.Bar isn’t going anywhere
We can admit when we jump the gun on things in this column. When we recently reported that all signs pointed to the forthcoming sale of G.Bar to a bar owner in Orlando, we truly believed our sources. But, the always gracious G.Bar owner Steve Moss set the record straight for us, sharing that the bar hasn’t been sold and that it isn’t going anywhere in the foreseeable future. We were right, though, when we reported that owners of Southern Nights in Orlando expressed interest in the popular Ybor club. Moss said there were inquiries made and a few discussions, but nothing ever came of it. There was a liquor inventory reduction sale, which led us to believe a sale was in the future. But apparently, the sale was exactly what it said it was—a way to reduce inventory and make room for more booze.  We’re relieved the Ybor staple is sticking around!

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