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SHOWBIZ 'Watermelon Woman,' 'Dragula,' Indigo Girls, 'Dahmer' series
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Cheryl Dunye shared a photo on Facebook confirming that her 1996 groundbreaking lesbian-themed film Watermelon Woman is now officially part of the National Film Registry Library. According to the library's website, some of the other movies inducted in 2021 include Cooley High (1975), Selena (1997), Wall-E (2008), Pink Flamingos (1972), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

The first-ever season of The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Titans will be coming soon, per Out Magazine. The Boulet Brothers recently signed a new deal with AMC/Shudder to expand the Dragula franchise, and the first spinoff coming out of that pact is Dragula: Titans. Overall, this Titans format is comparable to All Stars editions of shows such as Big Brother, The Challenge, and RuPaul's Drag Race, where past contestants come back to compete in a new season. "Titans" will have a two-episode premiere on Oct. 25 on both Shudder and AMC+; the series is slated to have a total of 10 episodes in subsequent weeks.

Iconic lesbian duo the Indigo Girls were honored with The Spirit of Americana Award for lifetime achievement as songwriters and recording and touring artists as well as outspoken social activists during a televised ceremony at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 14, a press release noted. The awards ceremony served as the hallmark event of Americanafest produced by the Americana Music Association (the AMA), held Sept. 13-17 in Nashville. Past recipients of this award have included: Mavis Staples, Rosanne Cash, Graham Nash, Billy Bragg, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jackson Browne, Stephen Stills, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash.

The series Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story will debut on Netflix on Wed., Sept. 21. According to a media release, the show "exposes [Dahmer's] unconscionable crimes, centered around the underserved victims and their communities impacted by the systemic racism and institutional failures of the police that allowed one of America's most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous spree in plain sight for over a decade." Evan Peters and Niecy Nash star in the series.

Sony released the first trailer for I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a biographical drama about the life and times of the iconic singer Whitney Houston, Variety reported. Naomi Ackie has the daunting task of portraying the legendary vocal powerhouse in the film, along with a cast that includes Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown and Stanley Tucci as Clive Davis. Sony describes "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" as a "no-holds-barred portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice." The film tells the story of a New Jersey choir girl who became one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time. Sony has scheduled the movie, directed by Kasi Lemmons, to release in theaters on Dec. 21. However, some are wondering if Houston's romantic relationship with Robyn Crawford will be in the film, Out Magazine noted.

Outfest announced "Ace of Hearts," a first-of-its-kind OutMuseum exhibit that features shorts and podcasts that seek to normalize the spectrum of relationships that ace (asexual) folks navigate, per a press release. Outfest Fusion Programming Fellow Josslyn Glenn curated the exhibit, which can be seen at

Demi Lovato said that her current tour in support of her eighth studio album will be her last, according to Deadline. In several since-deleted Instagram Stories the singer posted photos looking out a hotel room window with the words, "I'm so f***ing sick I can't get out of bed. I can't do this anymore. This next tour will be my last. I love and thank you guys." While Lovato indicated in her posts that it would be "this next tour" that would be her last, some music outlets have taken it to mean her current "Holy F*ck" campaign will be her last.

The Top Gun 2-Movie 4K Steelbook Superfan Collection will arrive Dec. 6 from Paramount Home Entertainment, a press release noted. The collection—which includes two SteelBook cases with both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs—has nearly six hours of bonus content exploring the popularity of the 1986 sensation Top Gun as well as this year's record-breaking global phenomenon Top Gun: Maverick.

In celebration of National Dance Day (Sept. 17), Starz released the trailer and key art for the third season of Step Up, set to premiere Sunday, Oct. 16, a press release noted. The series stars Taye Diggs, Christina Milian and LGBTQ+ actor Keiynan Lonsdale, among others. The upcoming season also stars Faizon Love, Eric Graise, Terayle Hill, Enrique Murciano and Tricia Helfer.

Designer Christian Siriano moved his whole New York Fashion Week show earlier in the week just superstar Janet Jackson could attend, Page Six noted. Needless to say, she was a sensation at the event, which was held at Elizabeth Taylor's townhouse. Journalist Derek Blasberg and editor Nina Garcia were seated next to Jackson. The night before the Soriano event, Jackson also attended the Harlem Fashion Row event at Lincoln Center, where LVHM honored her with its "Icon of the Year" award.

American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis and Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh have struck a deal with podcast studio Audio Up to produce The Reckonings, Deadline noted. In 2020, news emerged that the pair were working together on a television series—American Tabloid—with British production company Burning Wheel Productions.

Heartstopper star Kit Connor quit Twitter amid accusations of queerbaiting, according to Out Magazine. During production of the new movie A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, Connor was spotted holding hands with costar Maia Reficco — prompting fans to accuse Connor of "queerbaiting." Connor replied, "This is a silly, silly app. Bit bored of it now, deleting twitter :)" In recent interviews, Connor said he doesn't want to label his sexuality yet when asked if he identified with the queer character he plays on Netflix's Heartstopper.

Diego Luna recently expressed his disappointment over just how much big-budget blockbusters overshadow international art films, according to IndieWire. Over 20 years after his Venice Film Festival award-winning turn in Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien, Luna reflected on the current state of Mexican filmmaking. In part, he told GQ, "The amount of pressure the major [blockbusters] have on cinemas leaves very little space for Spanish-speaking movies."

The Anne Heche memoir Call Me Anne is set to released in January, per The Hollywood Reporter. Heche had mentioned writing a memoir during a podcast earlier this year, in which she promised that "some of the truths" about her and DeGeneres would be included. Heche, whose films included Donnie Brasco and Wag the Dog, died Aug. 14 at age 53 after a car crash in Los Angeles.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele (Get Out; Us) unleashes his latest thriller with Nope, available to own for the first time as a Collector's Edition on Digital on Sept. 20; and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Oct. 25, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, per a press release. The cast includes Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott and Brandon Perea. Extras include deleted scenes, "Shadows: The Making of Nope," a gag reel, "Call Him Jean Jacket" and "Mystery Man of Muybridge."

Ilia Malinin landed the first clean, fully rotated quadruple axel in figure-skating competition history to win the U.S. International Classic in Lake Placid, New York, NBC Sports noted. Malinin, the 17-year-old world junior champion from Virginia, opened his free skate to "Euphoria," by Labrinth, with a quad axel— the last remaining quadruple jump that had yet to be landed clean by any skater in competition. "This is the CRAZIEST thing I've ever seen anyone do on the ice," 2018 Olympian Adam Rippon tweeted. "ILIA BOY WONDER!!!"

Pop icon Christina Aguilera unfollowed Britney Spears on Instagram after Spears made a controversial statement about the singer-songwriter, according to Entertainment Weekly. "I wish I could have chosen the nannies for my children … my dancers … I mean if I had Christina Aguilera's dancers, I would have looked extremely small," Spears captioned the post, which included an image that read "I found there was only one way to look thin: Hang out with fat people," attributed to comedian Rodney Dangerfield. "Don't you think my confidence would have been a bit better if I could choose where I lived, ate, whom I called on the phone, dated and who was on stage with me !!!"

The Rocky-esque fact-based women's soccer film Dallas Sting was abruptly scrapped six weeks from start of production—allegedly over an impropriety that Skydance Media and the producers were made aware of, Deadline noted. Also out is Matthew McConaughey, who was set to star as the coach of a group of Dallas high school girls who headed to China in 1984 and beat some of the best women's teams from China, Australia and Italy; Kaitlyn Dever was going to play the coach's daughter.

Meghan McCain clapped back at Sherri Shepherd after the latter went on Watch What Happens Live and said McCain was the only The View co-host she was not close with, Deadline noted. During an appearance on Andy Cohen's SiriusXM talk show, McCain said, "I don't know Sherri Shepherd. She was on the show like 15 years before me, when I was in high school, so I don't know why anyone is under the impression that we're close friends." The political commentator said she was aware that Shepherd "has a new show coming out" and "she's looking for publicity."

Chicago-raised rapper Common will step onto a Broadway stage for the first time this winter in Second Stage Theater's Between Riverside and Crazy, per The Hollywood Reporter. The show will begin previews on Nov. 30 before opening on Dec. 19 at Second Stage's Hayes Theater. Common is a Tony Award short of being an EGOT winner.

Wendy Williams is entering a wellness facility and focusing on her health, per Extra. Her publicist said in a statement, "Wendy has entered a wellness facility seeking help to manage her overall health issues. She is taking some time to focus on her health and wellness as she prepares for a major comeback for the next level in her career with 'The Wendy Experience Podcast.'" Williams was not able to host the last season of her talk show (which ended this year) due to ongoing health issues, including a breakthrough case of COVID-19.

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC's (GMCW) 2022-23 season will celebrate inspirational women who advocated for the LGBTQ+ community, a press release noted. Phenomenal will pay tribute to Judy Garland, pop icon Whitney Houston and the incomparable country music legend Dolly Parton. For more information and tickets, visit .

MTV announced that its first-ever relationship mystery competition series, Love at First Lie, will premiere on MTV in the United States and in more than 170 countries around the world beginning Wed., Oct. 12, with actress Tori Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210; Messyness) hosting, per a press release. The 12-episode competition show allows viewers to play along at home to discover who is in a real relationship and who is in a fake one. The promo is at

And Hulu is getting into the love business with a new unscripted show hosted by Taye Diggs, Deadline noted. Back in the Groove will follow three women in their 40s, stuck in the grind of their everyday lives, who will check into The Groove Hotel, a resort on an island of the Dominican Republic. The goal is to rediscover their youth, live joyously and possibly find love with men half their age. Diggs famously played Angela Bassett's younger love interest in the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-selling band Imagine Dragons released the double-disc album, Mercury: Acts 1 & 2 (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), a press release noted. Executive produced by Rick Rubin, the 32-track double album includes hit singles "Enemy" and "Sharks." Recently, the band released the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking debut LP with Night Visions (Expanded Edition) (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope/UME), out now.

Robert Sarver—owner of the NBA's Phoenix Suns and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury—has been suspended one year and fined $10 million by the NBA as a result of an investigation into the Suns franchise, per ESPN. During his time with the Suns and Mercury, Sarver used the N-word at least five times "when recounting the statements of others." There also were "instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees," the NBA said in its statement, including "sex-related comments" and inappropriate comments on employees' appearances. "While I disagree with some of the particulars of the NBA's report, I would like to apologize for my words and actions that offended our employees," Sarver said. Players such as LeBron James and Chris Paul called out the punishment, implying that it should be more severe, Deadline noted.

After The Bachelorette's Gabby Windey made it clear that Erich Schwer was the man she wanted, a picture of the 29-year-old bachelor in blackface from his high school yearbook was unearthed, Deadline noted. "I wholeheartedly apologize for the insensitive photo of me in Blackface from my high school yearbook that has been circulating," he later stated on Instagram. "What I thought at the time was a representation of my love for Jimi Hendrix, was nothing but ignorance…. I am deeply ashamed by my actions and understand that my apology is only the first step in taking accountability."

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