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SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race' winners, Playboy, punk band, The Dinah, Daniel Craig
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As part of VH1's #LGBTQHerstoryMonth project, five winners from the RuPaul's Drag Race winner's circle—season one's BeBe Zahara Benet, All Stars 4 winner Monet X Change, season 11 winner Yvie Oddly, season 12 victor Jaida Essence Hall and season 13 winner Symone—got together for a photo shoot and to discuss why it's vital that the queer community honors the heroes who paved the way for where it is now, according to . "It's very important for young queer people to get to learn their history, because we can't lose our culture," BeBe, Drag Race's very first winner, said. "That's what's going to help you move forward, and the generations after you. The fight is still there; we're not done."

Sporting the iconic Playboy bunny outfit—heels, black tights, a bowtie and lingerie topped with bunny ears—social-media influencer Bretman Rock has become the first gay man to grace the cover of Playboy Magazine, NBC News noted. Rock is the third man to appear solo on the cover of the cult-fave publication, following the magazine's founder, Hugh Hefner; and the musician Bad Bunny, who appeared on Playboy's digital cover in 2020. Anthony Allen Ramos, GLAAD's head of talent, praised Playboy's inclusion of Rock on its cover, calling it a "powerful step forward in the ongoing movement towards greater diversity and inclusion in fashion and modeling."

The first-ever covers album from the punk band The Queers, Reverberation, will be issued on an orange cassette to celebrate Cassette Week 2021, which is Oct. 10-16, a press release noted. Sexy Baby Records teamed with Cleopatra Records and Tapehead City to make 200 copies of the album. Some of the covers include "The Kids Are Alright," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and "Love Potion #9." See .

The Dinah held its 30th-anniversary event in Palm Springs, California, a press release announced. The statement read, in part, "The Dinah might very well represent different things for everyone, but the one common thread is its unique ability to bind us all together as one big family and organically impart a sense of solidarity, community, kindness, and love." Among the celebrities who attended and/or performed were SWV, Cara Delevingne, Rozzi, Kat Cunning, Boi Band and Cece Peniston.

Daniel Craig got a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame—days before his last movie as James Bond, No Time to Die, opened in the United States, NBC News noted. The film marks Craig's fifth and final outing as the suave British secret agent, ending a role that has spanned 15 years. The actor's pink and terrazzo star was placed at the appropriately numbered 7007 Hollywood Boulevard, next to that of the late Roger Moore, who played Bond in seven movies from 1973 to 1985.

A new reality TV show is in development that will feature gay flag-football teams from across the country, Outsports noted. Currently called Flags, the show is being produced by game1, in partnership with Greenleaf Productions and Moore Street Productions. A couple people familiar with the National Gay Flag Football League, and its annual Gay Bowl event, are heavily involved. Brenton Metzler is a longtime TV producer and has played in the Gay Bowl with Los Angeles, winning two titles; and Seth Greenleaf is a theater producer in New York who plays with the New York Gay Flag Football League.

Jane Lynch, Ramin Karimloo and Jared Grimes will join the previously announced Beanie Feldstein in the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl, Deadline noted. "I grew up to the Broadway cast album of Funny Girl," said the five-time Emmy-winning Lynch, who will play the role of Mrs. Rosie Brice, mother to Feldstein's Fannie Brice. Karimloo (Les Miserables; Anastasia) will play Nick Arnstein, and Grimes (A Soldier's Play; Manifest) has been cast as Eddie Ryan.

HBO, as part of the virtual launch event for HBO Max Europe, announced that the series And Just Like That…, will debut on HBO Max in December, per a press statement. The new chapter of the HBO series Sex and the City, from executive producer Michael Patrick King, follows Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s. Co-stars include Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, Chris Noth, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson (who recently passed away) and Evan Handler.

In addition, HBO unveiled first-look images of the second season of the hit comedy series The Righteous Gemstones, according to a press release. The show features series stars Danny McBride, John Goodman, Adam Devine, Edi Patterson, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero, Tim Baltz and Walton Goggins as well as new recurring stars Jason Schwartzman, Eric Andre and Jessica Lowe. The Righteous Gemstones tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. Season two finds the Gemstone family threatened by outsiders who wish to destroy their empire.

Also, HBO released the first official teaser for its upcoming drama series, House of the Dragon, per a press release. The teaser was first unveiled as part of the HBO Max Europe launch event. Based on George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood, the series, which is set 200 years before the events of "Game of Thrones," tells the story of House Targaryen. The teaser is at

On a recent episode of Cardi Tries, rapper Cardi B helps marry a same-sex couple, and LGBT celebrity Raven-Symone is there to help, noted. "We are going to get the rings by a special friend of mine that I admire so much and been a part of this process," Cardi says as she introduces Raven. "This wedding is surprise, surprise, surprise." A clip then shows Cardi and Raven talking about the ceremony and how it reminded the actress of her wedding to wife Miranda Maday.

Kelly Clarkson posted a first listen to the opening track from her upcoming When Christmas Comes Around album—"Merry Christmas Baby," according to Billboard. The 19-second sneak peek of the classic holiday ballad opens with Clarkson crooning, "A dose of your kind of lovin'/ I'll let my absence show you what I got you for Christmas/ Is losing me/ Merry Christmas baby." Clarkson's ninth studio collection was first previewed with the equally biting lead single, "Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)"—one of the mix of originals and covers on the 15-track collection, the follow-up to her 2013 Christmas album Wrapped in Red.

The 13rd Annual Fort Lauderdale Edition of OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival will take place Oct. 14-24, with an opening night celebration at the Museum of Discovery & Science, a press release noted. The opening film will be Firebird, a touching and romantic story about two Soviet Air Force pilots who navigate the precarious line between friendship and a forbidden love. Some of the additional highlights for the week include Finlandia, a film about people who view themselves as a third gender; Gemmel & Tim, the true life story of two Black gay men found dead at different times in the home of a politically and financially influential gay white man (Ed Buck); and No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics, about an underrepresented aspect of queer culture that is getting the attention it deserves with the success of the graphic novel-turned-Broadway musical Fun Home.

QFest, Houston's International LGBTQ Film Festival, honored At the End of Evin with The John Steven Kellett Freedom of Vision Award—the festival's highest honor, a press release noted. The Iranian psychological thriller centers on Amen, a transgender female who has been promised gender-reassignment surgery by a mysterious, wealthy benefactor; however, asked to live within the benefactor's vast but stark estate, Amen begins losing all sense of time and self, gradually coming to realize their benefactor's outward generosity may actually conceal truly sinister intentions. Some of the other films (including shorts) receiving honors included The Fish with One Sleeve, When the Olympus Collides with the Pampas, Dearly and Invisible.

After igniting and continuing conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion both on and off Broadway stages, writer Jeremy O. Harris announced he is canceling an upcoming Los Angeles run of Slave Play, The Advocate noted. "As a playwright who holds dear the principles of both inclusion [sic] it was a shock to realize that this season was programmed with only 1 woman across all [theaters]," Harris wrote in an email to Los Angeles's Center Theatre Group, which spans the Ahmanson Theatre, King Douglas Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. Prior to going to the West Coast for that season, Slave Play was already slated to return to Broadway in a limited run at August Wilson Theatre for eight weeks; it is set to open Dec. 2 there.

Actor Alan Cumming and NPR journalist Ari Shapiro are teaming for Och and Oy!: A Considered Cabaret, coming to Philadelphia's Merriam Theater on the Kimmel Cultural Campus on Oct. 17, according to Philadelphia Gay News. Shapiro said, "Our hope is that the show has the kind of thoughtful conversation you expect from a public radio program and the bawdy, entertaining song and dance numbers you might expect from an Alan Cumming show. There is a certain degree of surprise and delight in seeing these two things combined in an unusual way."

New York Restoration Project (NYRP)— founded by award-winning singer, entertainer, actress and green activist Bette Midler—will celebrate the re-opening of New York, and two and a half decades of beautifying the city's urban environment with its annual Halloween party, Hulaween, a press release noted. On Friday, Oct. 29, all the glam of the 1970s will be brought back for one night as Cipriani South Street is transformed into a Studio 54-era ode to disco. Disco legend and two-time Grammy winner Gloria Gaynor will headline Boogie Frights Hulaween, and fashion designer/NYRP trustee Michael Kors will judge the annual costume competition.

Out actor John Benjamin Hickey will play Father Callahan in New Line's big feature adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel Salem's Lot that is hitting theaters in the Warner Bros. post Labor Day holiday corridor of Sept. 9, 2022, according to Deadline. Hickey joins a cast that includes Lewis Pullman, Alfre Woodard and Makenzie Leigh. In the movie, author Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot in search of inspiration for his next book only to discover his hometown is being preyed upon by a bloodthirsty vampire.

An Adele album special may hit streaming services before the end of the year, according to . Also, she took to Instagram and Twitter to share a brief clip of a track titled "Easy On Me" that will likely be released Oct. 15. In addition, Vulture noted that Adele's camp has approached a few networks to see about staging a TV special ahead of the holiday season.

Singer Billie Eilish slammed Texas' abortion laws during a concert in Austin, saying she was "sick and tired of old men" who she said were responsible for restrictive legislation that took effect last month, according to the New York Post. Performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the 19-year-old "Bad Guy" singer called the legislation—which went into effect Sept. 1 and bans most abortions—a "s—t" law and raised her middle finger before declaring, "My body, my f—king choice" to a cheering audience.

Out gay fitness trainer Shaun T shared that he was repeatedly molested by his stepfather as a child, reported. While lip-synching a verse from Mika's "Grace Kelly" song, the captions of his experience appeared on the screen of his TikTok video. They stated, "He repeatedly molested me weekly [from age 8] until I was 12 years old. I ended up moving out of my childhood home away from my mother and brother when I was 14yrs old. I was afraid if I told anyone he'd kill me so I didn't tell my mother until I was 21, and suffered years of PTSD until I went through years of therapy and learned how to love myself!"

Rihanna is taking her billion-dollar business selling lace catsuits and satiny loungewear trousers into brick-and-mortar stores starting next year, Bloomberg reported. "Retail is an important part of our growth strategy. You'll absolutely see some stores in 2022," said Christiane Pendarvis, the co-president and chief merchandising and design officer at Savage X Fenty, which is Rihanna's lingerie company. Savage X Fenty's new locations "will be our own physical stores," Pendarvis said, as opposed to the store-within-a-store formats that have gained popularity.

Emmy-winning comedy series Schitt's Creek announced that a special themed edition of the classic board game Monopoly is officially on the way, noted. Last month, Dan and Eugene Levy, the father-son pair who created the hit, queer-inclusive comedy series, announced the release of their new book, Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: The Story of Schitt's Creek, which will be out Oct. 26. The Levys are also taking the stage on Oct. 25 at New York's Beacon Theatre for a live event promoting the new book.

Netflix has partnered with Chadwick Boseman's alma mater, Howard University, to establish a $5.4 million scholarship in the late actor's name, the New York Post noted. The announcement came just months after the historically Black university in Washington, DC, renamed its College of Fine Arts after the actor, who died in August 2020 at age 43 after a secret battle with colon cancer. The scholarship, according to the press release, will provide one freshman student per incoming class with a four-year scholarship to cover the full cost of university tuition. It will focus on students who exemplify exceptional skills in the arts who demonstrate financial need, with particular emphasis placed on those who reflect Boseman's values: a drive for excellence, leadership, respect, empathy and passion, according to a release.

Onyx Collective announced it has picked up Reasonable Doubt as its first scripted series, a press release noted. The drama series, from writer/executive producer Raamla Mohamed and executive producer Kerry Washington, is produced by ABC Signature and will be streamed exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. Mohamed leads an all-Black writing staff on the series, which features Emayatzy Corinealdi as defense attorney Jax Stewart. Washington will direct the first episode.

Eighties group New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) will be taking the stage alongside '80s and '90s musical icons Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue for the Live Nation-produced "MixTape Tour 2022," according to the New York Post. The four acts will tour 55 cities across the nation starting in May. NKOTB appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show with Astley, Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue to announce the tour. The boy band last embarked on a MixTape Tour in 2019 to celebrate their 30th anniversary; that tour also featured Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson.

Tears for Fears have announced the forthcoming release of The Tipping Point, their first new studio album in nearly two decades, a press release noted. Slated to arrive Feb. 25, 2022, via Concord Records, The Tipping Point is a song cycle reflecting many of the personal and professional tipping points the pair—and the world—have faced throughout the last seventeen years. Joining members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith on the album is their longtime collaborator Charlton Pettus, along with producers and songwriters Sacha Skarbek and Florian Reutter.

Insecure's Issa Rae has spoken out about the lack of diversity in TV, revealing to Mic magazine that she was once advised to always include a white character in her shows to ensure the project would "blow up," according to . Rae recalled a conversation she had with a former colleague while working on her 2011 web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,; the talk led her to believe that the inclusion of white characters would make her shows more relatable. Early seasons of Insecure featured the character Freida, a white co-worker of Rae's character, Issa Dee.

Lead actor Damian Lewis has exited Showtime's Billions, Deadline reported. After years of staying just one step ahead of the law and a big loss, Bobby Axelrod (Lewis' character), among other things, saw nearly all his considerable fortune gone as he settled down to a handcuffs-free life in Europe. Already renewed for a sixth season, Billions returned for the second half of its fifth season, which had been delayed by the pandemic-related production shutdown, on Sept. 5. It expanded the battle between Lewis's Axelrod and Paul Giamatti's Chuck Rhodes to include former House of Cards star Corey Stoll, who is now joining the drama full-time as he has been promoted to a series regular for season six.

Dame Joan Collins, 88, has released the memoir My Unapologetic Diaries, The New York Post noted. The British star slammed her Dynasty co-star Linda Evans and her plastic surgery and then proceeded to trash folks who go under the knife—namely, the Kardashian family, according to the Daily Mail. "Kris Jenner, their mother, is a good friend of mine and I don't want to be rude about her children, but there's an awful lot of surgery there and I've talked to my friends about it, as I'm sure you have, the bottoms, the tiny waists," she said.

The Max Original cooking show Selena + Chef, starring Selena Gomez, will return Thursday, Oct. 28, for its third season on HBO Max, a press release noted. Some of the chefs appearing this season include Aaron Sanchez, Ayesha Curry, Padma Lakshmi, Kwame Onwuachi and Jamie Oliver. Like in its first two seasons, each chef will highlight a different charity each episode; to date, the series has raised $360,000 for 23 nonprofit organizations.

Atria Books' Michelle Herrera Mulligan acquired, for six figures, North American English rights to Southern Fried Sass, by RuPaul's Drag Race's Ginger Minj, a press release noted. According to the release, "This food-inspired memoir is for fans of Reese Witherspoon's Whiskey in a Teacup and Trixie Mattel [and] Katya's Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood. It is part over-the-top entertainment, part break-your-heart realness, part prescriptive guide to staying true to yourself even when it feels like no one 'gets' you."

John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen come together for the first time with the new single, "Wasted Days," a press release noted. The duet was unveiled alongside an official music video directed and produced by filmmaker and frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny. Mellencamp and Springsteen filmed the video together in New Jersey this September.

Jake Gyllenhaal is now attached to star in Prophet, a Studio 8 superhero pic to be directed by Extraction's Sam Hargrave, according to Deadline. The film based on the Image comic book from Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld is intended to launch a new franchise. It will center on John Prophet (Gyllenhaal), a man who gains superhuman strength after being conscripted by the Germans and subjected to scientific experiments during WWII.

Singer Andy Grammer announced his forthcoming The Art of Joy Tour, a press release noted. The 17-date run will kick off at Resorts World in Monticello, New York, on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, with stops in Cleveland, Boston, New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and more before wrapping Thursday, March 3, 2022 at Uptown Theatre in Napa, California. The announcement comes on the heels of Andy's new single "Damn It Feels Good To Be Me," which is about owning your individuality.

Nash Bridges—the TV series that starred Don Johnson and which ran 1996-2001 on CBS—will return as a two-hour film on USA Network on Saturday, Nov. 27, a press announcement stated. The film brings back Johnson and Cheech Marin as elite investigators for the San Francisco Police Department's Special Investigations Unit. The cast also includes Joe Dinicol, Diarra Kilpatrick, Angela Ko, Paul James, Alexia Garcia, Bonnie Sommerville and Jeff Perry.

The Country Music Association announced that The 55th Annual CMA Awards will return to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wed., Nov. 10, a press release noted. Winners will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot is open now for CMA members, with voting for the CMA Awards final ballot closing Wed., Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT). Ticketed audience members will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will wear appropriate face coverings.

Country-music superstar Alan Jackson revealed on NBC's Today that he is living with a degenerative nerve condition that is impacting his ability to tour and perform, a press release noted. Jackson went public with the news that he has inherited a rare condition known as CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disorder), which has no known cure. "I've been reluctant to talk about this publicly and to my fans, but I have this neuropathy—a neurological disease that's genetic that I inherited from my daddy," Jackson said. "There's no cure for it, but it's been affecting me for years. And it's getting more and more obvious." The disease causes abnormalities in the nerves that supply the feet, legs, hands and arms, affecting motor and sensory nerves.

Actress Taraji P. Henson (TV's Empire) revealed on Good Morning America that she is giving the music biz a go with a new "feel-good" EP, per Page Six. She added, "I'm not trying to toot my own horn here, but it was time for a pivot because I've done so many iconic roles, you know what I mean? It's like, I can't just, you know… Acting it has to be something that excites me and challenges me." Recent musical gigs such as Muppets Haunted Mansion and playing Miss Hannigan in NBC's Annie Live! reinvigorated her passion, leading her to finally pursue her longtime dream.

Spyglass Media Group and Hulu have made official the upcoming cast of David Bruckner's reboot of Hellraiser, as well as the fact that the movie is headed to the latter streamer, Deadline noted. Sense8 and The L Word: Generation Q actress Jamie Clayton has been named as the new Pinhead—a role Doug Bradley originally played—and Hellraiser architect Clive Barker is joining the production, which has already wrapped, as producer.

WNBA All-Star Diana Taurasi made it back home in time to see her wife Penny Taylor give birth to a baby girl—the couple's second child, noted. Taurasi flew back to Phoenix from Las Vegas immediately after helping the Mercury beat the Las Vegas Aces in game five of their semifinal series. She had 14 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter of the 87-84 win on Oct. 8.

Whitney Rose accused Lisa Barlow of "sabotaging" mutual pal Angie Harrington's LGBTQ+ charity event in a recent episode of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, per Page Six. The drama began when Harrington told Rose that her caterer—a longtime business associate of Barlow — abruptly canceled on Harrington after word got out that she had struck up a friendship with Barlow's enemy Rose. Harrington—who shares a transgender child with husband Chris and planned the party to benefit the LGBTQ+ nonprofit Encircle—told Rose, who is also her cousin, that she would be "devastated" if Barlow had anything to do with the catering cancelation.

Shark Tank regular Barbara Corcoran faced backlash after seemingly fat-shaming Whoopi Goldberg while appearing on The View, Page Six noted. Goldberg jokingly asked if she'd be able to fit into jeans from Good American, a denim company co-founded by Khloe Kardashian and Shark Tank star Emma Grede—to which Corcoran replied, "When you get finished with those jeans, and decide you don't like them, give them to me. I'm gonna make two pairs!" The zinger led to loud groans from the studio audience, and disappointment from Goldberg, who turned to the crowd and frowned as Corcoran smiled awkwardly. Later, on a Twitter video, Corcoran said, ""I made a joke at Whoopi's expense, which I now realize wasn't funny."

Nick Cannon could take over Wendy Williams' time slots if she does not return to her talk show, according to Page Six. Williams' season-13 premiere was moved once again to Oct. 18 due to her health; the show was previously set to premiere Oct. 4, after an original date of Sept. 20. It was reported that Williams contracted a breakthrough case of COVID-19 in September, although she had said earlier this year that she would not get a vaccine; recently, she was also transported to Beth Israel Hospital for a mental-health check.

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