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SHOWBIZ 'Boy Meets Boy,' Jennifer Hudson, 'SVU,' tennis honor, ABBA
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Ariztical Entertainment is releasing the German movie Boy Meets Boy on DVD and VOD on Oct. 26. According to a press release, the plot of the 70-minute movie is as follows: "Harry has been partying for 48 hours straight when he meets Johannes on the dance floor of a club in Berlin. With 15 hours left until Harry's flight back to London the young men spend the day together wandering the city and experiencing the contrasts in their lives forcing them to confront their own truths and [develop] a connection." Alexandros Koutsoulis and Matthew James Morrison head the cast.

Jennifer Hudson won a Daytime Emmy for her role as an executive producer in Baobab Studios' Baba Yaga, putting her one award short of achieving EGOT status, Variety noted. VR animated film Baba Yaga won in the interactive media for a daytime program category, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced. Hudson already has an Oscar, winning for supporting actress in 2007 for her role in Dreamgirls; she also has two Grammy awards, including Best R&B Album and Best Musical Theater Album. Should Hudson win a Tony award, she would join the elite group of artists who have achieved the status, including John Legend, Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlisch and Robert Lopez.

The Law & Order: SVU squad is about to lose two members, noted. Jamie Gray Hyder and Demore Barnes—who play Officer Kat Tamin and Deputy Chief Christian Garland, respectively—will both exit the NBC procedural at the start of its upcoming 23rd season. Hyder's Kat, who is bisexual, was the second LGBTQ main character on the show, after B.D. Wong's Dr. George Huang. TV's longest-running live-action prime-time series, Law & Order: SVU is renewed at NBC through season 24.

Billie Jean King and the pioneering "Original 9" were honored at the US Open for their induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, noted. The six members who were in attendance were presented rings on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court in between the women's semifinal matches. The women's players signed $1 contracts with promoter Gladys Heldman in 1970, paving the way for a pro tour and increased prize money. A video was played that featured Serena Williams and other female athletes—such as basketball's Sue Bird and soccer's Abby Wambach—thanking the "Original 9."

After years of delay and teasing on social media, the Swedish pop group ABBA have officially reunited, announcing the new album Voyage will be out Nov. 6, Rolling Stone noted. Although the group sang "Me and I" at a private gala in 2016—their first time performing since 1986—this marks their first time officially reuniting in 40 years. Ahead of the release, they dropped the reflective ballad "I Still Have Faith In You" and the disco tune "Don't Shut Me Down." In addition, ABBA will also perform a digital concert on May 27, 2022—which they first announced in 2016.

LGBT actor Niecy Nash was among many celebrities posting tributes on social media to the late actor Michael K. Williams (TV's The Wire, in which he portrayed gay drug dealer Omar Little; Boardwalk Empire; Community; and When They See Us), noted. Nash, who starred alongside Williams in When They See Us, stated, "My fam was a whole vibe [various emojis] @bkbmg This one hits hard y'all." Williams was found at his Brooklyn residence Sept. 6; he was 54. Yahoo! News noted that the NYPD believes Williams may have died from a drug overdose, but that won't be confirmed until a toxicology test is completed.

Benedict Cumberbatch is already getting Oscar buzz for his role in the upcoming western The Power of the Dog as a gay Montana cattle rancher in the 1920s, noted. Cumberbatch told IndieWire he was drawn to this specific role because the character isn't black or white about his sexuality, and instead keeps his private life and public life separate. "I feel very sensitive about representation, diversity and inclusion," Cumberbatch said. "One of the appeals of the job was the idea that in this world, with this specific character, there was a lot that was private—hidden from view."

"Angel Baby," gay Australian singer's Troye Sivan's first new solo song of 2021, is out via Capitol Records, a press release noted. The song came one year after the release of his EP, In A Dream. "'Angel Baby' is my crack at an adoring, doting, love struck, mega pop, gay, power ballad. I thought we needed a few more of those," Sivan said in a statement. A video is at

Tyler Posey released his debut solo EP Drugs, via Big Noise, per a press release. Telling the story of the struggle that surrounds addiction and discusses topics such as mental health and sobriety, Drugs encapsulates an important moment in Posey's life, featuring recent singles such as "Past Life;" "Shut Up," featuring Travis Barker and phem; and "Happy," cowritten by John Feldman and phem. Posey is also on a tour that started at Hollywood's The Roxy and will continue with stops in such cities as Chicago (Sept. 17, at the Park West) and Boston (Sept. 22, at Brighton Music Hall) before ending in Dallas (Oct. 3, at South Side Music Hall).

The 2021 QueerX Film Festival selections can be seen at on Revry, a press release shared. Throughout October, the channel will also host all of the festival's "Official Selections," including international LGBTQ documentaries, dramas, comedies and music videos. The channel launched Sept. 7, and audiences can screen all the selections and vote, in real time, on their category favorites.

HBO Max renewed the new Gossip Girl reboot for a second season, a press release announced. The first six episodes of the series, which debuted July 8 to become the best launch for a Max Original Drama series this year, are available to stream now. The remaining six episodes of season one will debut in November.

Broadway Rising—a feature-length documentary on the reopening of Broadway—started production, with director Amy Rice producing along with, among others, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Tony-winning Oklahoma! producer Justin Mikita, Deadline noted. The documentary will follow the complex road to reopening Broadway—highlighting not just the familiar onstage faces but the entire theater community, chronicling the hundreds of restaurant owners and staff, costume houses, designers, ushers, specialty craftspeople and theater workers both in back and front of house.

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman's cinematic epic Ragtime will arrive for its 40th anniversary in a limited-edition two-disc Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents line on Nov. 16, from Paramount Home Entertainment, per a press release. Ragtime tells an unforgettable story of disparate characters in New York City in the early 1900s. The movie stars, among others, James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern, Kenneth McMillan, Pat O'Brien, Howard E. Rollins Jr., Donald O'Connor, Debbie Allen, Jeff Daniels and Fran Drescher.

The Suicide Squad will arrive for Premium Digital Ownership at home on Sept. 17, courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, per a press release. In addition, The film will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning Oct. 26; the 4K UHD and Blu-ray will have several bonus features, including scene breakdowns, "Gotta Love the Squad" and a gag reel. The antihero film is directed by James Gunn (of the Guardian of Galaxy films) from his own screenplay, and stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney.

Trixie Mattel will host the forthcoming unscripted dating series From Katya with Love, in which the drag personality will help longstanding comedic partner Katya look for love among a diverse group of singles, a press release noted. The six-episode show will be executive-produced by Mattel, Katya and David Silver in partnership with Producer Entertainment Group for OUTtv. Taimi, the casting and social media partner for the show, will continue to accept contestant applications through Sept. 21 via its app; see .

Legendary soul singer Anita Baker has been pushing to regain ownership of her masters—and, apparently, she succeeded, according to American Songwriter. She celebrated by tweeting, "All My Children Are Coming Home." She also tweeted at Essence Magazine there wasn't a "legal battle" to get back her masters after she'd outlived her contracts and her ownership had run out —even though there was some work that had to be done to ensure her masters would be returned to her. Later she thanked Rhino Records, a subsidiary of Warner, for its help.

Singer Enrique Iglesias took part in a conversation with Ricky Martin and Sebastian Yatra to promote their upcoming tour when he revealed that his forthcoming album—titled Final—may indeed be his last, noted. "It might be my final album," Iglesias, 46, said of the LP, which is scheduled to be released Sept. 17. "It's not something that I have been thinking about for the past few months. It's something that I have been thinking about for the past few years. … There's going to be Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, but they're final." Iglesias (known for hits like "Bailando") released his self-titled debut album in 1995.

Dancing with the Stars unveiled its celebrity competitors for the 30th season of the show, which debuts Monday, Sept. 20, a press release noted. In addition to previously announced celebrities JoJo Siwa (part of the show's first-ever same-sex partnership) and Olympian Suni Lee, some of the others will include Matt James, the first Black Bachelor; actor Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills, 90210); The Talk's Amanda Kloots; Spice Girl Melanie C; Peloton star instructor Cody Rigsby; and controversial social-media star Olivia Jade.

Broadway veteran Kristin Chenoweth announced her new Christmas album, Happiness Is Christmas, will be available Oct. 22 from Concord Records, Broadway World noted. Ahead of the full album, the first song has been released. The song is a mashup, including "Happiness (Is Christmas)"—a reworked song from the musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, for which Chenoweth won a Tony Award in 1999.

Lil Nas X released his Montero baby registry—and fans can donate to a number of charities, noted. The registry includes the Transinclusive Group for "Montero," The Bail Project for "Industry Baby," Compassion Atlanta for "The Art of Realization," Relationship Unleashed for "Scoop" featuring Doja Cat and The Happy Hippie organization for "Am I Dreaming," featuring Miley Cyrus. See .

According to a new documentary on the iconic pop-culture figure James Bond, one particular torture scene was almost deemed "too gay" to be included in the films, stated. In the now-infamous scene from the 2012 film Skyfall, Bond (Daniel Craig) gets strapped down to a chair by cyberterrorist Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem. Silva sits down across from Bond and starts to unbutton his shirt, stroke his neck and chest, and touch his thighs, saying that they can "eat each other, or eat everyone else." After Bardem's character says, "Well, there's a first time for everything," Bond responds, "What makes you think this is my first time?" Executive producer Barbara Broccoli said in the new AppleTV+ documentary Being Bond, "We were told to cut that line by the studio and we said, 'no, no, no.'"

Raven-Symone recently revealed that, in 2017, she turned down the opportunity for her character in the Raven's Home (the sequel to That's So Raven) to be lesbian, noted. Disney reportedly asked her what she thought about the character of Raven Baxter being written as a lesbian—and Raven-Symone said no. "The reason I said, no, wasn't because I wasn't proud of who I was, or I didn't want to represent the LGBTQ+ community in any way. It was because Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter," the actress said on the Pride podcast. "There was no reason for me to change the human that she was in order to fit the actress that played her. And Raven Baxter is a character that I was proud to play. Even if she is straight, cisgender, I don't mind, let her have her moment."

Teen Beach Movie star Garrett Clayton recently married screenwriter Blake Knight, his boyfriend of more than a decade, noted. The two grooms were joined by 160 family members and friends, and were walked in by their mothers; actress Alicia Silverstone officiated. Clayton came out in 2018, when he talked about his role in the film Reach, in which he played a young man contemplating suicide who decides to give life another chance when he meets another boy.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater chose Francesca Harper as artistic director of Ailey II, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG), a press release noted. She began her tenure Sept. 7. Harper has choreographed works for both of the Ailey professional companies, Dance Theater of Harlem, Hubbard Street II and La Bale Da Cidade, among others. During quarantine, Harper was the creator and directorial consultant for 16 world-premiere virtual films.

In another highlight of his massive week on Billboard's charts (dated Sept. 11), Kanye West charted 23 songs on the Billboard Hot 100—all of which are debuts from his new album, Donda, Billboard reported. West earned his 10th No. 1 album, becoming just the seventh artist with at least that many, joining The Beatles (19); Jay-Z (14; he provides uncredited guest vocals on Donda's "Jail"); Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand (11 each); and Eminem and Elvis Presley (10 each). In the 63-year history of the Hot 100, only one other artist has charted at least 23 songs on the list in a single week: Drake, who has done so three times.

The Country Music Association revealed the nominees for The 55th Annual CMA Awards, with Eric Church and Chris Stapleton topping the list at five nominations, per a press release. Other top nominees include Gabby Barrett along with mix engineer Jason Hall and producer Jay Joyce, each with four nods; while Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris and Chris Young secured three nods each. The awards ceremony will air Wed., Nov. 10, on ABC.

Amazon Studios will release award-winning filmmaker Michael D. Ratner's Justin Bieber: Our World globally, a press release noted. The documentary goes inside the global superstar's life and his first full concert in three years, and is produced by Ratner's OBB Pictures, Bieber Time Films and Scooter Braun Films. It will premiere worldwide in more than 240 countries and territories on Prime Video on Oct. 8.

Angelina Jolie claimed she feared for the safety of her children and family during her marriage to Brad Pitt—and was attacked by Harvey Weinstein early in her career, The New York Post noted, citing an interview she gave to The Guardian. "I'm not the kind of person who makes decisions like the decisions I had to make lightly," she told the paper. "It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children." The couple share six children, including 20-year-old Maddox.

Available on DVD for the first time ever, Younger: The Complete Series will arrive in a deluxe 10-disc set on Nov. 9, from Paramount Home Entertainment, a press release noted. The show stars two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster with Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard and Charles Michael Davis. The set includes all 84 episodes, plus more than an hour of bonus content, including more than 45 minutes of deleted scenes spanning all seven seasons, more than 30 minutes of bloopers, and episode commentaries for the series premiere and finale by creator Darren Star. The show focuses no Liza Miller (played by Foster)—a 40-year-old mom passing herself off as a twentysomething assistant.

Showtime released the official trailer for its upcoming special event series Dexter: New Blood, again starring Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall as the titular serial killer, a press release noted. Joining Hall is returning original Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter as his sister, Deb, in a new iteration. Dexter: New Blood will consist of 10 one-hour episodes. See the trailer at

Usher, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Julianne Hough are set to co-host The Activist—the Global Citizen competition series from CBS, Deadline noted. The five-week reality series premieres at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, on CBS and will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.The Activist is a competition series that features six inspiring activists teamed with three high-profile public figures working together to bring meaningful change to one of three important world causes: health, education and environment.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge left the Amazon reboot of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which she was due to star in opposite Donald Glover, due to creative differences, Deadline reported. Amazon will now begin re-casting the female lead, with Glover still attached to star as well as creator and exec producer. The project is a reboot of Doug Liman's 2005 action comedy film of the same name that starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

The CW's Charmed reboot has found its new "Charmed One," Deadline noted. Australian actress Lucy Barrett (Co-Ed) has joined Melonie Diaz (who plays LGBT character Mel) and Sarah Jeffery (who portrays Maggie) as a lead in the upcoming fourth season of the series. Barrett is succeeding Madeleine Mantock, who played co-lead Macy for the first three seasons.

Singer Alanis Morissette reportedly says in a new documentary that she was a victim of statutory rape and that her attempts to speak up about it "fell on deaf ears, Yahoo! News noted. In the documentary Jagged, Morissette alleges that multiple men had sex with her when she was 15 years old, The Washington Post reported. The alleged abuse occurred in Canada, where the age of consent was raised from 14 to 16 in 2008. According to the Post, Morissette doesn't name the alleged abusers in the film, but she faults the music industry for ignoring her when she tried to speak up.

No longer with The View, Meghan McCain's newest gig is as a columnist for British tabloid, Deadline reported. "Everything in my life these days is about going back to basics," McCain tweeted. "I started as a columnist & am thrilled at the chance to return to it @DailyMail." In what could be a swipe at her former place of employment, McCain added, "I am so excited to work in a completely uncensored free space." McCain will be based in Washington, D.C., where she lives with husband Ben Domenech, publisher of the conservative news site The Federalist, and their daughter Liberty. The View's traditional conservative seat is being filled by a temporary line-up of guests, including Mia Love, Condoleezza Rice, Gretchen Carlson and Alyssa Farah, among others.

Steve Howey has landed the male lead in True Lies, the CBS drama pilot adaptation of James Cameron's 1994 action comedy movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, per Deadline. The casting of the Schwarzenegger role restarts the project after the network hit pause on the 20th Television-produced pilot in March.

Friends and collaborators of Jean-Michel Basquiat say they are "horrified" by the new Tiffany & Co. ad campaign featuring Beyonce and Jay-Z posing alongside a painting by the late artist, according to Page Six. Alexis Adler, who lived with Basquiat between 1979 and 1980, told The Daily Beast, "I'd seen the ad a couple days ago, and I was horrified." Adler said that the anti-capitalist artist, who died at age 27 in 1988, would have wanted his art to be placed in museums so that it's accessible to the public. In the campaign, Beyonce wears an enormous $30 million Tiffany yellow diamond necklace while Jay sports a suit with Jean Schlumberger's Bird on a Rock brooch repurposed as cufflinks.

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