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Entertainment: 'Gotham' actor; Melissa Etheridge; Nathan Lane; Samira Wiley
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2015-11-24

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Gotham actor Robin Lord Taylor ( who plays Penguin ), 37, revealed on The Wendy Williams Show that he's been in a same-sex marriage for five years. Taylor himself has said, "I feel like the landscape has totally changed. Regardless of sexual preference, it's more that as a character actor, the less I reveal about myself, the better. My favorite actors are the ones I know least about." A native of Shueyville, Iowa, Taylor attended Solon High School and Northwestern University.

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and gay-rights activist Melissa Etheridge has gotten married, LGBTQ Nation reported. Etheridge married partner Linda Wallem at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. Etheridge and Wallem, a co-creator of the television series Nurse Jackie, began dating in 2010. Besides the singer's four children, several celebrities attended the ceremony, including Chelsea Handler, Rosie O'Donnell, Whitney Cummings, Peter Facinelli and recording artist Sia.

Broadway and big-screen veteran Nathan Lane ( The Birdcage ) quietly married his partner of 18 years, playwright Devlin Elliott, The New York Daily News reported. "Nathan and Devlin were married in a small ceremony in New York City this week. Everyone is extremely happy," Lane's publicist said in a statement to People. Lane will next be seen in FX's American Crime Story anthology series, playing famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey in the first season, which focuses on the O.J. Simpson trial.

Emile Griffith will be among the LGBT people who've gotten their own biopic, Queerty reported. Room director Lenny Abrahamson has optioned the book A Man's World: The Double Life of Emile Griffith, and wants to co-write and direct a film version. Griffith, who was bisexual, was a '60s boxer who won world titles in multiple weight classes—but was best known for beating Benny "The Kid" Parret to death on live TV after Parret grabbed his butt and called him a maricon ( the Spanish version of "faggot" ).

Orange Is the New Black co-star Samira Wiley got a small surprise about her body image recently—and the incident made her more determined to be a confident role model to her fans, according to People.com . "I was at a photo shoot and one of the people who was helping me try on different clothes [said], 'Oh, don't worry; so-and-so is a whiz with Photoshop.' She was referencing some part of my body and I couldn't believe it!" Wiley told MIMI. She added, "I want to make sure that any young person or anyone really who is looking up to me—who sees a glimpse of who I am as a person—that they see no shame, that they see pride, and that I'm truly unabashed about the person that I am."

Interior designers Nate Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent are listing their Manhattan duplex penthouse for $10.5 million, The Wall Street Journal noted. On the 14th and 15th floors of a prewar building, the Greenwich Village co-op has three bedrooms and measures about 2,800 square feet. The couple spent about $6 million in 2013 to buy the building's penthouse and an adjacent one-bedroom apartment, which they combined.

Actress Rose McGowan called out Jenner after she received a Glamour Woman of the Year award as Transgender Champion, taking issue with Jenner saying in her acceptance speech: "The hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear," according to Billboard. McGowan wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post: "Caitlyn Jenner you do not understand what being a woman is about at all. ... You're a woman now? Well f—king learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege." McGowan has since apologized for her remarks, LGBTQ Nation noted, saying, "I'd be thrilled to fight alongside Caitlyn Jenner. I just want her to know there is a monumental fight to be had."

Adele's new CD, 25, will not be on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, TheWrap noted. The "Rolling in the Deep" singer had a part in the decision. The first single, "Hello," has already sold more than a million units in the United States since its release in October. Last year, Taylor Swift yanked her songs from Spotify following complaints about the streaming services' royalty rates.

Johnny Depp revealed that he knew daughter Lily-Rose, 16, was sexually fluid before she came out, according to US Weekly. "She's got thousands of followers on social media, and they were all taken completely by surprise," the actor, 52, told the Daily Mail. "But not me. I already knew because she tells me everything." Lily-Rose, a model, announced to the world that she is sexually fluid back in August via Instagram.

Little more than a month after an ex-senior producer on The View went after the show's former co-host for defamation and being the cause of her pink-slipping, Rosie O'Donnell has said she wants Jennifer Shepard-Brookman's lawsuit tossed out of court, according to Deadline. "With the passage of time, Brookman apparently decided that O'Donnell—who left ABC more than a month before Brookman was fired, and who never had authority in ABC's employment decisions—bears sole responsibility for Brookman's firing," the memorandum of law from O'Donnell's attorneys says.

The husband of a police officer who died on 9/11 has returned her Glamour "Woman of the Year" award because the magazine honored Caitlyn Jenner with the same award, CNN reported. Moira Smith was one of 23 New York City Police Department officers to die in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the only female NYPD officer to die that day—and Glamour honored her that same year. Her husband, James Smith—who accepted on her behalf—said, "When Mr. Jenner said the hardest part about being a woman was figuring out what to wear [in a recent BuzzFeed interview], he proved to me that he is not truly a woman. I believe this comment and others he has made trivializes the transgender experience as I have witnessed it."

Chris Colfer has joined the cast of the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous film, alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, MoviePilot.com . Ab Fab: The Movie is based on the incredibly successful British Sitcom Absolutely Fabulous ( starring Saunders and Lumley ) that originally aired from 1992-1996, was revived from 2001-2004 and finally 20th Anniversary specials ( 2011-2012 ). LuLu, Emma Bunton and Kate Moss will also be in the movie, with further announcements of celebrity cameos including Harry Styles and Kim Kardashian.

Producers of NBC-TV's The Wiz Live! said their next project will be the promised stage adaptation of the Marilyn Monroe-inspired musical Bombshell, which came from the NBC series Smash, according to Playbill. Following the success of the one-night-only June 8 Broadway concert staging of Bombshell, Universal Stage Productions had announced that the property was in development as a full-length stage musical. Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—who presented the June 8 Actors Fund concert version of the show that reunited original cast members from the series—were announced as executive producers of the theatrical entity.

On Nov. 27, there will be a release of previously unreleased music from the 1978 film The Wiz, according to SingersRoom.com . After filming ended, Motown wanted Diana Ross to record an album of the musical's songs and called Diana Ross Sings Songs From The Wiz. It was slated to be released in 1979 and accompany the Quincy Jones-produced soundtrack. However, the album was shelved—until now.

Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto has revealed that a number of closeted actors have come to him for help and advice, PinkNews noted. Quinto told Attitude magazine, "I just share my experience and say, 'This is how it went down for me, this is how I feel.' I tell them: Trust that even if it means you're not as famous, or even if it means it's not exactly what you thought it would be, it's still more valuable when you're assessing your life at the end of that." The star came out himself back in 2011 after rising to fame through sci-fi show Heroes.

Gay-porn actor Zac Stevens passed away at age 25, according to NewNowNext.com . The cause of death is still unknown, as the medical examiner has yet to issue a report. Friends, fellow actors and fans shared their regrets over social media.

Pop star Miley Cyrus hit the stage in a bondage-inspired getup complete with a prosthetic penis as she kicked off her Dead Petz tour in Chicago, according to Page Six. Rocking a metallic purple wig with knee-high silver boots, Cyrus sang her new songs while dressed in a variety of outfits, including a stick-of-butter suit. After dropping a surprise album in August, Cyrus' sometime-collaborator Wayne Coyne revealed that the former Disney star was planning a nude concert.

Charlie Sheen's disclosure that he's HIV-positive has resulted in at least one supporter: Greg Louganis, who was diagnosed himself in 1988 and went on to win gold medals in springboard and tower diving at the Olympics six months later, according to Yahoo! News. "I would love to have a sit-down," the athlete told The Insider. "I'd just give him a hug. Just give him a hug." In the end, the diver hopes there will be a silver lining to Sheen's disclosure. "This is such a wonderful, teachable moment," Louganis said. "Because we have gotten complacent about HIV/AIDS."

Jenny McCarthy isn't taking back what she said about Charlie Sheen on her SiriusXM radio show, but she is clarifying it, according to E! Online. During her radio show, McCarthy slammed the entertainment industry for making actors disclose something as small as a cold sore, but allowing Sheen to keep his health issue ( being HIV-positive ) a secret. "The point I raised about Charlie Sheen on my Sirius radio show, had nothing to do with whether or not I think he put me at risk. I simply took issue with the double standard in the industry," she wrote in a lengthy statement.

Oscar-nominated actress Emma Stone is now set to play Billie Jean King opposite Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in Fox Searchlight's Battle of the Sexes after briefly walking away from the project, TheWrap reported. Stone attached herself to play King back in April, though a scheduling conflict forced Fox Searchlight to approach Brie Larson to play the tennis legend as recently as September. With Larson moving on to replace Jennifer Lawrence in The Glass Castle, her schedule no longer allowed for "Battle," and Fox Searchlight went back to Stone to secure the actress' participation.

Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall has withdrawn from playing the title role in Linda on the London stage due to an unspecified health problem, Page Six noted. She had been set to star in the production at the Royal Court Theatre starting Nov. 26, but will be replaced by Noma Dumezweni.

Gym employee Ole Hernandez has come forward about an incident in which rapper Busta Rhymes allegedly called him a slur and threw a protein shake in his face, according to Queerty. Hernandez, 33, said he was verbally abused after telling Rhymes he couldn't bring a cameraman into New York's Steel Gym. The following day, Rhymes rehashed the beef—and his security guards allegedly slammed Hernandez into a door. Rhymes was arrested for felony assault and was ordered to attend anger-management classes; Hernandez told The New York Post he is "furious" the rapper managed to escape any jail time or fines.

Modern Family actor Reid Ewing has opened up about his agonizing struggle with body image and plastic-surgery addiction in a candid first-person essay, TheWrap noted. Ewing—who plays the love interest to Sarah Hyland's character—said he's had numerous botched surgical procedures, including cheekbone implants, a dislodged chin implant and injectable fillers like Botox all in order to "look like Brad Pitt." In addition, Ewing underscored a common thread across the four different surgeons who helped him in his ill-conceived facial reconstruction: zero psychological evaluation.

Tyra Banks is exiting the syndicated daytime talk show FABLife after two months, TheWrap reported. The host, who debuted on the Disney/ABC-produced show in September, will leave to focus on her cosmetics company, TYRA Beauty. She will continue to serve as executive producer through December.

Mary J. Blige is hoping to offer love and support to despondent people with a positive and inspirational radio show, The Spokesman-Review reported. The singer, who launched "Real Talk" on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio, said she wants to motivate fans with her show—much like her songs have. Blige, 44, added that if she "could have had Michael Jackson on a radio station back then, or had Janet Jackson talk to me when I was growing up, it would have meant the world to me."

People Magazine has revealed that British heartthrob David Beckham is its choice for Sexiest Man Alive. Although he's been a sex symbol for nearly two decades, the self-effacing soccer icon isn't sure he's even deserving of the mantle. "I never feel that I'm an attractive, sexy person," he said. Still, when Beckham shared the news with his wife, fashion mogul Victoria Beckham, she was totally on board.

A Care2 petition is calling for a boycott of Zoolander 2 after the film's trailer was released, according to a press release. LGBTQ activists are taking issue with the film's portrayal of a genderqueer model played by Benedict Cumberbatch. "Cumberbatch's character is clearly portrayed as an over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals," writes Sarah Rose, who is also Care2's social media assistant. "This is the modern equivalent of using blackface to represent a minority."

Rapper Kid Cudi recently talked about playing a gay character in the film James White, which co-stars Cynthia Nixon and Christopher Abbott, according to Radio.com . "For my acting career," he continued, "next I'm gonna do something that's not anywhere in any shape or form in the space of stuff you might be familiar with. Even though [Nick in James White] was gay and I'm not gay, it was still very much a lot of Scott in that character. I will be there for anybody if that's my best friend going through some s— like that." He also revealed he auditioned for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Out singer Steve Grand made good on his word by attending the 2015 Marine Corps Ball on the arm of U.S. Marine Tanner White, The Huffington Post noted. In September, the out singer-songwriter accepted White's YouTube invitation to the ball, held Nov. 10 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Grand, 25, follows in the footsteps of Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake and Kim Kardashian, who have accepted other servicemen and womens' video proposals and attended previous balls.

YouTuber Davey Wavey—known for frequently showing off his shirtless chiseled exterior—has come out with an underwear line targeting queers of every shape and size, according to Queerty. Where the typical gay underwear brand seemingly favors lean six-packs to entice shoppers, Wavey's promo video for his DirtyFit Cosmic Collection features gender-nonconforming individuals of various body types.

Joel McHale is ending his run on the E! clip show The Soup, TheWrap noted. McHale has hosted and produced the show for the past 12 years, while also appearing in films like Spider Man 2 and Ted. He also starred on Community for NBC, before Yahoo! picked up the show for one season.

The sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman is getting a new title, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Previously titled The Huntsman, the upcoming fantasy adventure sequel film has been renamed The Huntsman Winter's War. Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth return for the second installment of the fairytale franchise, and are joined by newcomers Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt.


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