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SHOWBIZ 'Glamorous,' Jake Gyllenhaal, Alice Walker, queer singers, trans film fest
by Andrew Davis

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Three years after The CW passed on Glamorous, Netflix has picked up the redeveloped series about a young gender nonconforming queer man, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for the series from CBS Studios and writer Jordon Nardino, with Miss Benny set to star. The show continues to tell the story of Marco Mejia, a young gender nonconforming man whose life seems to be stuck in place until he lands a job working for a legendary makeup mogul. A casting search is underway for the role of Madolyn Addison, the makeup mogul.

In a recent video for Vanity Fair's YouTube channel, actor Jake Gyllenhaal opened up about the film Brokeback Mountain, Out Magazine noted. "The relationship between me and [co-star] Heath [Ledger] while we were making this movie was something that was based on a profound love for a lot of people that we knew and were raised by in our lives," Gyllenhaal said. "A deep respect for their love and their relationship." The movie earned eight Oscar nominations, winning four; Ledger and Gyllenhaal received nods for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker is slated to speak at the Mississippi Book Festival, The Clarion Ledger reported. This year marks the 40th-anniversary release of Walker's acclaimed novel The Color Purple. It was first published in 1982 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the following year. After two years of hosting the festival virtually, the free festival will return to the state capitol grounds in Jackson on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Philadelphia-based queer singer Leigh Bahari (of the duo Occlusions, with producer Alex Gorischek) and LA-based pop singer/drag performer Aunduh are among the musicians who have new work out they wrote during the pandemic lockdown, a press release noted. Bahari identifies as Black, queer and trans, and their music ("sad music you can dance to") deals with topics of gender euphoria, love, addiction, racist violence and depression; it's on YouTube, Spotify and Bandcamp. Aunduh's "Fall Apart" (on Soundcloud and Spotify) is about how "love is all we ever need to get through anything."

Three Dollar Bill Cinema announced the lineup for TRANSlation: The Seattle Trans Film Festival, which will take place May 5-8 per a press release. One of two transgender film festivals in the country and one of a few in the whole world, TRANSlations returns for its 17th year in hybrid format (online and in-person). This year's festival will showcase almost five dozen multigenerational stories from 11 countries, including Panama, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Ireland. Passes are $30-$100 each, and single tickets are on a sliding scale of $5-$30; visit

Singer Charlie Puth was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and had mentioned that he recently took a break from making music, and that it was because he was served a harsh, but fair, criticism from the legend Sir Elton John, Out Magazine noted. "When you write a song, it's important to tell the truth, and I wasn't really doing that in 2019," Puth admitted. "And the person who kind of awoken [sic] my senses was none other than Elton John." Puth related, "He came up to me and said, you know, 'How are you, hi.' I'm like, 'You're Elton John,' [and] he's like 'Yes, I am; you know, your music sucked in 2019. It wasn't good.'" "It was like a gut punch," Puth said, "but I had been thinking that as well."

Kristen Stewart has joined the movie Love Lies Bleeding, a romantic thriller set in the world of bodybuilding that will be directed by Rose Glass, per The Hollywood Reporter. Stewart is playing the co-lead of the story—the protective lover of a female bodybuilder. Stewart landed her first Oscar nomination earlier this year for portraying future Princess of Wales Diane Spencer in the biopic Spencer.

SPOILER: The season-four (and series) finale of Killing Eve returned to a controversial theme: the "bury your gays" trope, noted. Over the seasons, the chaotic and dangerous relationship between Eve Polastri and assassin Villanelle on Killing Eve steadily blossomed into something romantic. However, then came the series finale, which killed off Villanelle right after she finally had a beautiful moment of true happiness with Eve. One person (with the username "nur") tweeted, "killing eve was one of the only show that broke most wlw [women loving women] stereotypes in media until the stupid tragic ending."

The 2022 edition of the Tribeca Festival will kick off on Wed., June 8, with the world premiere of Halftime—a new Netflix documentary that follows Jennifer Lopez as she reflects on her career as a global recording star and movie icon, Variety noted. Tribeca will host the film's premiere at the United Palace in Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, which it noted is just a few subway stops from Lopez's beloved Bronx, the borough where she came of age. The film debuts on Netflix on Tuesday, June 14.

LGBTQ+ premium subscription TV and streaming service Here TV announced the official release of the LGBTQ/horror-thriller series Gayliens, per a press release. The six-episode anthology series premiered exclusively on Here TV with the first episode, "Gayliens: Love and the Mothman" on April 8 at Starring Daniel Moser, Tamario Fletcher, Hunter Evans and Kevin Roach, the first episode follows two closeted high school boys who come out at Lover's Lane and are terrorized by the legendary Mothman.

Tommy Dorfman is opening up about what it's like living on the intersections of being part of the LGBTQ+ and Jewish communities, Out Magazine noted. As a part of popular YouTube channel Jubilee's upcoming special Recipe for Change: Standing Up to Antisemitism, Dorfman (an actor who publicly came out as a trans woman last year in Time Magazine) joins Jewish celebrities, chefs, activists and leaders for a dinner during which they "celebrate the Jewish experience, discuss the recent and historic acts of hate and violence against the Jewish community and talk about how we can raise awareness and build allyship against it." The special also stars hosts Ilana Glazer, Moshe Kasher and Idina Menzel, among others.

Sam Elliott apologized for the comments he made last month about the film The Power of the Dog on Marc Maron's WTF podcast and had a special message for Jane Campion, who won the Oscar for directing the Western drama that stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, Deadline noted. "I told the WTF podcaster that I thought Jane Campion was a brilliant director, and I want to apologize to the cast of The Power of the Dog, brilliant actors all," Elliott said. "And, in particular, Benedict Cumberbatch—I can only say that I'm sorry and I am. I am." He also said, "The gay community has been incredible to me my entire career." While speaking with Maron on the podcast, Elliott described The Power of the Dog as a "piece of sh*t" Western with "allusions of homosexuality."

Artists across social media took part in the Stand Up for Ukraine outreach effort to raise awareness about the toll of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, noted. Among those joining Global Citizen's movement were Katy Perry and Celine Dion. The effort tasked A-listers to suspend normal social media posts and direct their attention on Ukraine, which continues to try to fend off Russia's invasion that began Feb. 24. Elton John shared footage from a 2007 concert in Ukraine's capital of Kyiv, and wrote, "We are devastated to see the suffering of people in Ukraine as this conflict unfolds." Other celebrities vowing to take part include Alanis Morissette, Demi Lovato, Billie Eilish, Five Seconds of Summer, The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Madonna and Pharrell Williams.

The Batman will arrive for Premium Digital Ownership at home on April 18, per Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, according to a press release. The film will also be available to stream on HBO Max on April 18, and will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD beginning May 24. When a killer targets Gotham's elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic

clues sends the titular figure (portrayed by Robert Pattinson) on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle (Zoe Kravitz); Oz, aka The Penguin (Colin Farrell); Carmine Falcone (John Turturro); and Edward Nashton/aka The Riddler (Paul Dano). The film also co-stars Andy Serkis (as Alfred) and Jeffrey Wright (as Lt. James Gordon).

Queer Oscar winner Ariana DeBose has signed onto a new rom-com described as My Best Friend's Wedding "with a bisexual Latinx POV," per PinkNews, citing Deadline. DeBose will executive-produce and star in a new LGBTQ+ film titled Two and Only. The film was penned by LGBTQ+ Latinx writer Jen Rivas-DeLoose and was developed specifically as a star vehicle for DeBose.

Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts marked 20 years on the show on April 14, USA Today noted. Roberts, 61, said during the broadcast she was unaware of the milestone until she was tipped off by a producer. Roberts, a longtime ESPN reporter, began contributing to "GMA" in 1995 and moved to full-time news anchor in 2002. "I can't believe it," Roberts told USA Today, in disbelief of the milestone. "The places I've been, the people I've met; I am so blessed."

Survivor legend Ozzy Lusth has come out as bisexual, noted. Lusth was first introduced to reality TV on Survivor: Cook Islands, where he finished in second place in 2006. He later came back for three more seasons—Survivor: Micronesia, Survivor: South Pacific, and Survivor: Game Changers. He recently tweeted, "And for my Republican Colleagues, and anyone else who matters, Yeah I'm Bisexual. Am I committing crimes?? If so come get me. Let us ALL live with dignity. Ask yourself if you support people or the fucked dogma you've been fed. #ozzyisBi."

Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown reflected on what it was like to grow up in front of the cameras—which, she said, included a fair amount of uncomfortable, premature sexualization, Paper Magazine noted. Speaking on The Guilty Feminist podcast, Brown candidly said of the sexualization, "I have definitely been dealing with that more in the last couple weeks of turning 18. [I'm] definitely seeing a difference between the way people act and the way the press and social media react to me coming of age." Two years ago, she said, "There are moments I get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me."

Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album, Unlimited Love (out via Warner Records), came in at #1 on the Billboard 200, marking the group's second #1 debut on the chart and first since 2006's classic Stadium Arcadium, a press release noted. The album also debuted at #1 in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, Netherlands and Belgium. Album opener and single "Black Summer" has officially ascended to the top spot on the Alternative Radio chart, making it the 14th #1 on that list for the band, extending their own previous record for most #1's at Alternative Radio.

The 4th annual Chita Rivera Awards will take place Monday, June 20, at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, a press release noted. Carrying the namesake of one of the great dance icons of the American musical theater, the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate dance and choreographic excellence—past, present and future. The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation College Scholarship Program will be the beneficiary of the event. See .

Brie Larson is joining the cast of Fast and Furious 10, franchise star and producer Vin Diesel announced via Instagram, per Page Six. Diesel went on to say that fans have "no idea how timeless and amazing" Larson will be in the movie. Larson's casting announcement came one month after it was revealed that Jason Momoa will play the villain in the 10th installment.

Riverdale star KJ Apa and 1883 actress Isabel May have nabbed the alien-sibling lead roles in The Wonder Twins (Zan and Jayna), a live-action DC comedy for HBO Max, Deadline noted. While the plotline is under wraps, Jayna is known for her talent of transforming into an animal, while Zan is a shapeshifter of sorts. The twins are from the planet Exxor.

Wendy Williams was overheard telling pals she's ready to make a "big comeback on TV" while out in the Big Apple, per Page Six. She's also reportedly planning to access her frozen accounts from Wells Fargo soon. The bank froze her accounts in February amid claims that she needs guardianship.

Queer Eye co-host Karamo has landed his own syndicated talk show via NBCUniversal, and the new series has already been sold in 90% of U.S. markets, per Out Magazine. This new talk show, aptly titled Karamo, is slated to premiere Sept. 29 across the country. According to a report from Deadline, Karamo's syndicated daytime talk show will air on top TV markets through local stations like KTLA Los Angeles and WCIU Chicago.

For The Hollywood Reporter's Power Stylists 2022 ranking, Law Roach—who has worked with high-profile clients such as Zendaya, Hunter Schafer and Venus Williams, among others—was awarded the title of "Stylist of the Year" for the second consecutive year, per Out Magazine. Last year, Roach made history as the first Black stylist to ever receive this title. Since then, he's collaborated with Zendaya on "roughly 30 looks" between her red-carpet events for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Dune and Euphoria's second season.

Multi-platinum-sellling, eight-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will release her new album, Denim & Rhinestones, on June 10, a press release noted. Underwood co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks on Denim & Rhinestones with many of her frequent collaborators such as David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Miller, Ashley Gorley, Josh Kear and Chris DeStefano, who have written many of Underwood's biggest hits. Songs include the title track, "She Don't Know" and "Ghost Story," among other tracks.

Works & Process—the performing-arts series at NYC's Guggenheim—will present the world premiere of Third Bird, with a libretto and direction by Isaac Mizrahi, and music by composer Nico Muhly, a press release noted. The performances will take place June 3-5; each 30-minute performance will take place in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Full vaccination is required.

Three of the five members of *NSYNC—Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick—attended the wedding of singer Ryan Cabrera and WWE star Alexa Bliss, treating wedding guests to an impromptu performance of their mega-hit "Bye Bye Bye" during the reception, according to an iHeart item that cited People Magazine. Bass shared what happens "a few drinks into the wedding" in a video posted to his Instagram account, and the mini-reunion included a very special guest performer: Bliss, who's a huge fan of the band.

Salma Hayek has joined Channing Tatum in Warner Bros. Magic Mike's The Last Dance, replacing Thandiwe Newton, who had to step away from the project for personal reasons, Deadline noted. (Some outlets reported—erroneously, according to sources—that Tatum and Newton allegedly had a huge disagreement over Will Smith's slap of Chris Rock at this year's Oscars.) The film is in production in London and will premiere on HBO Max. Steven Soderbergh, who directed the first Magic Mike film, returns to direct this picture.

NYC's Joe's Pub will celebrate Pride Month with Joey Arias, Taylor Mac, Intar Theatre's Oso Fabuloso and the Bear Backs!, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Sophia Cleary and Isaac Oliver, per a press release. The venue also announces new performances in April and May that feature Justin Vivian Bond, Balun, Sunny Jain, Stephane Wrembel, Julian Fleisher, Carol Lipnik and others.

A person was shot and wounded outside the North Carolina home of controversial rapper DaBaby, ABC News noted. DaBaby and at least one other person were at the home when the shooting happened April 13, Troutman Police Chief Josh Watson told The Associated Press. However, he wouldn't say who was shot or who did the shooting, citing an ongoing investigation.

Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. pled guilty to one count of forcible touching in a criminal case that accused him of violating three different women at Manhattan nightclubs in 2018 and 2019, Variety noted. As part of his plea deal, Gooding avoids jail time and must continue his alcohol and behavior counseling, which he began in 2019, for six more months without any arrests. If he complies, then the conviction will be reduced to a violation, which is not a crime.

Four years after being fired from CBS amid sexual harassment allegations, Charlie Rose has re-entered the public eye via an extensive interview with business magnate Warren Buffett, Variety reported. The interview appeared on Rose's personal site, which also features archival interviews he conducted during his time as a CBS news anchor. In 2017, an extensive report from the Washington Post had eight women accuse Rose of sexual harassment, with several alleging that he groped them or made unwelcome lewd calls to them.

Frank Langella is no longer involved in the Netflix limited series The Fall of the House of Usher following an investigation into inappropriate remarks he allegedly made on set, The Hollywood Reporter revealed. Langella—who earned a best actor Oscar nomination for 2008's Frost/Nixon—was set to play Roderick Usher in the streamer's eight-episode horror project inspired by multiple Edgar Allan Poe tales. The investigation was completed with the series midway through production, meaning the actor's role will be recast, and footage of Langella, 84, will not be used.

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