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DELTA Airlines Cuts Gay References and Same Sex Kiss From Elton John Biopic "Rocketman"

DELTA Airlines Cuts Gay References and Same Sex Kiss From Elton John Biopic “Rocketman”

DELTA Airlines which has scored 100 percent on the the Human Rights Campaign’s almost useless Corporate Equality Index (CEI) multiple times is being accused of “censoring the gay out” of the Elton John biopic “Rocketman”.

Shana Krochmal who works as the digital director of Entertainment Weekly ook to Twitter to detail her recent Delta flight on October 30.

“On Delta today discovered that Rocketman is stripped of almost every gay reference or scene that [Elton John] fought to keep in the film’s mainstream release, including a simple chaste kiss. What does it say that the edit left in a scene of John Reid assaulting Elton but removed any evidence of intimacy between them or for that matter Elton and any man? ” she wrote.

Krochmal is not the only one who has noted the heavy handed anti-gay censorship– an array of other flyers on Delta has alleged similar experiences of censored Rocketman editions.

This is not the first time Delta has come under fire over gay and lesbian censorship aka “cutting the gay away”.  Olivia Wilde slammed Delta and other airlines this week for excising a lesbian kiss from a film she directed, Booksmart.

“Tried watching Booksmart on the plane and they cut the ENTIRE lesbian hookup scene like not even a KISS was allowed!” tweeted Barton. “Oh but don’t worry guys, the Straights got their kiss.”

In past years, Delta has also been called out showing an edited version of the lesbian theme movie Carol , but had no issue showing Chris Rock’s Kill the Messenger HBO comedy special which included the anti-gay slur “faggot” until it received thousands of complaints and removed it.

Delta airlines has not responded for comment to this website.

Like it or not. The first trailer for Zac Efron's film "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," in which he plays serial killer Ted Bundy, is here.

Zac Efron’s Ted Bundy Movie “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” Trailer is HERE [Video]

Like it or not. The first trailer for Zac Efron’s film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” in which he plays serial killer Ted Bundy, is here.

Directed by Joe Berlinger, Efron takes on the creepy role alongside Lily Collins, who plays Bundy’s girlfriend, Liz Kloepfer.

Other stars include “Maze Runner” actress Kaya Scodelario, “Bird Box” actor John Malkovich and “Westworld” actress Angela Sarafyan.

Hair Composer Galt MacDermot Passes Away At Age 89

Rolling Stone reports:

Galt MacDermot, who composed the hit Broadway musicals Hair and Two Gentlemen of Verona, died Monday, a day before his 90th birthday. His death was confirmed to Playbill by his granddaughter, though a cause of death was not revealed. With a plot that questioned the Vietnam War, the production of Hair was a timely smash and earned two Tony nominations and won the Grammy for Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album.

MacDermot’s music, both from his stage productions and non-Broadway albums, had an immense impact on hip-hop. Samples of “Space,” from his Woman Is Sweetersoundtrack, have appeared in tracks by Snoop Dogg, Faith Evans and Busta Rhymes (“Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check”). Additionally, Madlib, MF Doom, Run-DMC and Public Enemy, among many others, have all sampled his music in their recordings.

 

 

 

BREAKING: Aretha Franklin the Queen Of Soul Dies At 76

BREAKING: Aretha Franklin the Queen Of Soul Dies At 76

Aretha Franklin, “the Queen of Soul,” has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76.

Ms. Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin’s family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

The “official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit,” the family statement said.

Her death comes three days after the singer went into hospice care.

In February 2017, Franklin announced she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts. Earlier this year, she canceled a pair of performances, including at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, on doctor’s orders, according to Rolling Stone.

The singer’s final public performance was last November, when she sang at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York.

Over the course of a professional career that spanned more than half a century, Franklin’s songs not only topped the charts but became part of the vernacular.

She made “Respect,” written by Otis Redding, a call to arms. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” a Carole King song, was an earthy expression of sexuality.

The first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she had 88 Billboard chart hits during the rock era, tops among female vocalists. At the peak of her career — from 1967 to 1975 — she had more than two dozen Top 40 hits.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” Franklin’s family said.

“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days, the statement said

 

CLUTCHING PEARLS: Disney Picks Straight Actor to Play Gay in “The Jungle Cruise”

Yesterday it was announced that “straight” 30-year-old comedian Jack Whitehall (pictured above) will play a “hugely effete, very camp and very funny” young man in Disney’s new blockbuster The Jungle Cruise (I’ll wait until everyone’s got the cruising “jokes” out of their system). Well pearls were clutched and Twitter blew up.  Not because of Whitehall playing the stereotypical “fun, effete” gay man.  But because Disney had the nerve, the unmitigated gall to cast a straight man in the role!   

I know we are supposed to be happy about this but the second outreach to the LGBTQ community is another camp character played by a straight guy. Why must we always take our spoonful of sugar with a lemon? https://t.co/sUM012YbWg

— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) August 12, 2018

It’s too bad there weren’t any out actors who are regularly called some euphemism for “too camp” by casting directors, studios, networks, executives etc. for literally any role who were available for this Disney “first.” https://t.co/LfCkpUvnRV

— Emerson Collins (@ActuallyEmerson) August 12, 2018

How about an openly gay actor/comedian playing the first openly gay “very Camp” character in a Disney film. Baby steps I guess. FUCK BABY STEPS. THIS IS BULLSHIT.https://t.co/yZMq8y4CAl

— Mario Cantone (@macantone) August 12, 2018

Such a dam shame it’s so hard to find gay actors to play gay roles in hollywood . Do better @disney@jackwhitehallhttps://t.co/QUQ3qbb8NZ

— Chris Salvatore (@CSalvatore) August 12, 2018

Of course we need not point out the obvious that all the above tweets were made by openly gay actors. (Sour grapes?) who are more concerned about getting work than the fact that media representations of gay men too often portray stereotypes, rather than reflecting the full diversity of the gay male community.

Character actors Edward Everett-Horton and Franklin Pangborn made careers out of playing “efette” characters in the 1940’s. Later characterizations include that of Hollywood Montrose in Mannequin, Hank Azaria as Agador Spartacus in The Birdcage, and of course Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) from Will and Grace. Not a “butch” bone in the bunch. (Well maybe “in” them.)

Instead of the outrage over a straight man playing a gay part we should be outraged that once again a gay character is carrying the long Hollywood tradition of being a sissy for laughs.

And as for the whole “gay actors should only play gay roles”.  Then that would mean that straight actors should only play straight roles and that is not a road the gay acting community wants to go down.

There are just so many revivals of the Boys in the Band.

 

FIRST LISTEN: CHER's Cover of "One Of Us" by ABBA - (Audio)

LISTEN! – Cher’s Cover of ABBA’s- GIMME! GIMME! GIMME – FULL SONG!

Cher will be releasing Dancing Queen, a new album of all Abba hits on September 28, officially announced today by Warner Bros. Records. Those who pre-order the new album will immediately receive Cher’s rendition of the song “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) Which we have posted below just for you!

Commented Cher: “I’ve always liked Abba and saw the original Mamma Mia musical on Broadway three times. After filming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking ‘why not do an album of their music?’ The songs were harder to sing than I imagined but I’m so happy with how the music came out. I’m really excited for people to hear it. It’s a perfect time.”

The track listing for Dancing Queen previously announced on Cher’s twitter is listed below.

Dancing Queen Tracklisting
1. Dancing Queen
2. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
3. The Name Of The Game
4. SOS
5. Waterloo
6. Mamma Mia
7. Chiquitita
8. Fernando
9. The Winner Takes It All
10. One Of Us

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TRAILER: Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart Star in Borden Biopic 'Lizzie'

TRAILER: Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart Star in Borden Biopic ‘Lizzie’

Actress Chloe Sevigny has been working on adapting the biographical tale of the infamous accused  Falls River, Massachusetts ax murderess Lizzie Borden since 2010 with screenwriter Bryce Kass, first as a four-hour miniseries with Playtone at HBO and now it has finally come through as a feature length movie for Roadside Attractions titled “Lizzie”.

Via Variety:

Set in 1892, “Lizzie” follows the notorious would-be axe murderess Lizzie Borden (Sevigny), who was accused and acquitted of killing her father and stepmother in Fall River, Mass. Kristen Stewart co-stars as Bridget Sullivan, an Irish maid who comes to live with the Borden family and secretly develops an intimate relationship with Lizzie.

The thriller also features Fiona Shaw as Lizzie’s stepmother, Abby Borden; Jamey Sheridan as Lizzie’s father, Andrew Borden; and Kim Dickens as Lizzie’s sister, Emma Borden. Denis O’Hare, Jeff Perry, and Jay Huguley also star.

Billed as a “re-imagining” there has never been any real proof that Lizzie Borden was a lesbian. 

Mystery author Ed McBain, in his 1984 novel Lizzie, suggested that Lizzie committed the murders after being caught in a lesbian tryst with Bridget. McBain elaborated on his theory in a 1999 interview, speculating that Abby had caught Lizzie and Bridget together and had reacted with horror and disgust, and that Lizzie had killed Abby with a candlestick. When Andrew returned she had confessed to him, but killed him in a rage with a hatchet when he reacted exactly as Abby had. McBain further speculates that Bridget disposed of the hatchet somewhere afterwards. In her later years, Lizzie had been rumored to be a lesbian, but there was no such speculation about Bridget, who found other employment after the murders and later married a man. Bridget allegedly gave a deathbed confession to her sister, stating that she had changed her testimony on the stand in order to protect Lizzie.

“Lizzie” opens in select theaters on September 14th.

 

Morgan Fairchild Returns TV in Upcoming Gay Drama "Mélange"

Morgan Fairchild Returns TV in Upcoming Gay Drama “Mélange”

Morgan Fairchild is returning to television and is set to star in the upcoming gay drama series, Mélange.

The half-hour series will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.

Robert Newman (best known for his role as Joshua Lewis on The Guiding Light) plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of Mélange. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, the young man who fights to keep Mélange out of the claws of Syd’s wife, Vivian who will be played by Fairchild.

Rounding out the l cast are, Anne Ramsay, Darnell Williams, Alex Newell, Diana DeGarmo, Mark Indelicato, Kristen Alderson, Laith Ashley, Ilene Kristen, Maya Days, Pamela Winslow Kashani, Omar Sharif Jr, and David A. Gregory.

Shooting for will take place in Manhattan. “Mélange” was created and is being executive produced by award winning theatrical producer and political activist Tom D’Angora and will be directed by Emmy Award winner Gary Donatelli and Tony Award winning producer Tim Kashani.

No network is currently attached but it is predicted if is picked up it will be on a basic or subscription cable network.