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Dave Chappelle's Controversial Netflix Special Get's Two Emmy Nods

Dave Chappelle’s Controversial Netflix Special Get’s Two Emmy Nods

Here we go.

Dave Chappelle’s The Closer premiered on Netflix in October 2021 to much controversy because of his jokes about “marginalized people” (i.e. transgender). Well Dave Chappelle has landed two Emmy nods for his standup special.

Via CNN Business: In October Chappelle’s special thrust Netflix (NFLX) into one of the biggest crises in the company’s history. But the streaming giant stood by “The Closer,” despite it being criticized as transphobic by some LGBTQ+ advocates, artists and even Netflix’s own employees, who staged a walkout amid the controversy. Ted Sarandos, the company’s co-CEO and chief content officer, soon acknowledged that he “screwed up” and could have done a better job in terms of communicating with Netflix employees. Although Sarandos apologized, he told The Wall Street Journal that he wouldn’t second guess the decision to release Chappelle’s special. “We have articulated to our employees that there are going to be things you don’t like,” Sarandos told the Journal in October. “There are going to be things that you might feel are harmful. But we are trying to entertain a world with varying tastes and varying sensibilities and various beliefs, and I think this special was consistent with that.”

The Closer” is nominated for variety special and directing for a variety special.

The 74th Emmy Awards will air on NBC September 12.

#PRIDE To Watch: NETFLIX: Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Comedy Celebration

#PRIDE To Watch: NETFLIX: Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Comedy Celebration

Grid those loins and prepare to laugh!

For #PRIDE 2022 Netflix has put together a Historic Celebration & Performance of the best in LGBT Comedy. Legends, headliners, and emerging talent that performed at The Greek Theatre for an unforgettable gay stand-up event.

Hosted by Billy Eichner, Eichner made a passing reference to the Hollywood Bowl incident involving Dave Chapelle, who was attacked last month onstage.

“Let’s be honest, no one knows what’s going to happen tonight,” he said in the new special. “Comedy is a very violent place these days, alright? There are comedians getting attacked at the Oscars, there are comedians getting attacked at the Hollywood Bowl. But we are the LGBTQ community. We are sophisticated, we are chic, and we are above all that nonsense, right? So let’s please hold ourselves to a higher standard. Please, nobody jump onstage and try to body slam Lily Tomlin.”

Headliners include: Eddie Izzard, Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, Tig Notaro, Wanda Sykes, and Rosie O’Donnell. Featuring: Solomon Georgio, Sam Jay, River Butcher, Patti Harrison, Matteo Lane, Marsha Warfield, Mae Martin, Judy Gold, Joel Kim Booster, James Adomian, Guy Branum, Gina Yashere, Bob the Drag Queen, Trixie Mattel, Scott Thompson, Todd Glass.

Available now. On Netflix.

Seen on NETFLIX Jobs Board: Representation and Artistic Expression Matters

Seen on NETFLIX Jobs Board: Representation and Artistic Expression Matters

A recent job posting at Netflix has some GOP/Q/Right Wing Extremist brains exploding as Netflix lays it on the line in the job ad saying that: “Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”

Looks like Netflix is no longer trying to please everyone, and that’s a BIG win for freedom of expression.

WATCH: "The Boys in the Band" Trailer - Starring Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, and Zachary Quinto

WATCH: “The Boys in the Band” Trailer – Starring Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, and Zachary Quinto

The historical and absurdly quotable (Oh Mary don’t ask.) 1968 Mart Crowley play The Boys in the Band will be prancing back into our lives starring ther cast of the Broadway revival on NETFLIX on September 30.

Based on the Tony Award-winning play that changed a generation, The Boys in the Band follows a group of nine gay men who gather for a birthday party in 1968 New York City – only to find the drinks and laughs interrupted when a visitor from the host’s past turns the evening upside down.

Starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins. Produced by Ryan Murphy. Directed by Joe Mantello. Based on the groundbreaking work of Mart Crowley.

"Don't F**k With Cats" Gay Cannibal Killer Luka Magnotta Gets Married

“Don’t F**k With Cats” Gay Cannibal Killer Luka Magnotta Gets Married

Luka Magnotta who was jailed for life for murdering and chopping up another gay man in 2012 and then eating parts of him and mailing other body parts to schools and political parties in his native Canada has married.

After signing up to dating forum Canadian Inmates Connect, in June 2015, Luka Magnotta, 34, fell for Anthony Jolin, an armed robber who is serving life for stabbing another inmate to death in the shower.

On his dating profile, Magnotta, who was dubbed the “Canadian Psycho”, described himself as a single white male who was seeking a “single white male, 28-38 years of age, white and in shape.”

He added: “One who is loyal, preferably educated, financially and emotionally stable for a long term committed relationship.

“If you think you could be my prince charming, send me a detailed letter with at least two photos.”

Magnotta, a self obsessed model and escort, filmed himself eating his victim, had admitted killing Chinese student Jun Lin in May 2012, dismembering his body and mailing the wrapped hands and feet to schools and Canadian politicians.

A poem he wrote, which he sent with a body part to a school read: “Roses are red, violets are blue, the police will need dental records to identify you. Bitch.”

Toronto Sun reporter Alex West played a key role in the trial, testifying as to how he confronted Magnotta at a dingy hotel near Wembley Stadium in 2011 about sick internet videos of kittens being killed. That horrific act led Magnotta to be sought by internet sleuths and animal rights groups.

Six months after uploading the sick videos, male escort Magnotta killed Lin, 33, and filmed himself apparently eating the corpse with a knife and fork.

It took a jury eight days to throw out a not guilty plea that he was an insane schizophrenic not accountable for his actions – and convict him of the first degree murder of Lin.

A marriage licence from the Palais de justice de Sept-Îles with Magnotta’s mother Anna Yourkin listed as a witness enabled the convicts to be legally wed at the Pont-Cartier prison, where they are both serving time for murder.

As Boycott List Grows Netflix Remains Silent Over Filming In Georgia

As Boycott List Grows Netflix Remains Silent Over Filming In Georgia

On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a six week abortion ban into law as he’d long promised. The bill, slated to go into effect in January 2020, includes a far-reaching provision declaring “unborn children are a class of living, distinct person.”  The new law effectively criminalizes — with penalties including life in prison and death — any woman who seeks an abortion or even one who miscarries in the state.

By Thursday, production companies agreeing not to do business in George included Duplass Brothers Production, and “The Wire” creator’s Blown Deadline’s Production.

“I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies,” David Simon tweeted. 

Killer Films (Boy’s Don’t Cry, Carol, Party Monster, Colette) CEO Christine Vacho also tweeted that her company “will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned.”

Actress Alyssa Milano released a statement Thursday saying that she will not return to Netflix’s “Insatiable” for a third season if the show’s filming does not move to a different state.

“I have to be there for another month but you can be sure I will fight tooth and nail to move ‘Insatiable’ to a state that will protect our rights,” Milano said.

“And if it doesn’t move to another state, I will not be able to return to the show if we are blessed with a third season. This is my leverage. I will use it for the betterment of society and our great country,” she added. 

Netflix itself has remained silent on the boycott and is currently filming more projects in the state than any other company, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. When reached for comment a Netflix representative told Rolling Stone it is following a statement from the MPAA, which said that it was “monitoring” the situation in Georgia.

“Film and television production in Georgia supports more than 92,000 jobs and brings significant economic benefits to communities and families. It is important to remember that similar legislation has been attempted in other states, and has either been enjoined by the courts or currently being challenged,” the MPAA said in a statement. “The outcome in Georgia will also be determined through the legal process. We will continue to monitor developments.”

The statement seems to hope that the ACLU or another legal advocate will swoop in to contest the law before it goes into effect in January so film companies will not have to break current contracts with the state which will cost them millions of dollars.

The entertainment entertainment industry, brought an estimated $2.7 billion to the state of Gerogia in 2018 while filming some 455 productions there.

WATCH: The First Trailer for NETLIX's Tales of the City Revival. [Video]

WATCH: The First Trailer for NETFLIX’s Tales of the City Revival. [Video]

Netflix revival of “Tales of the City,” based on the books by prolific San Francisco writer Armistead Maupin dropped it’s first trailer today.

Based on “Maryann in Autumn” the 8th book in the Tales storyline:

Mary Ann Singleton returns to “present-day San Francisco, where she is reunited with her daughter Shawna and ex-husband Brian, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal, her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane.”

The Original TotC aired in 1993, and Laura Linney who played Maryann returns — with her co-star from that production, Olympia Dukakis, as magical landlord Anna Madrigal — to the mythical house on Barbary Lane in which so many memories were made. 

You can watch the dropped trailer/teaser below.

I must admit being a fan of the original mini-series and the books. I got chills.

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FIRST LOOK: Jake Gyllenhaal Plays Gay Art Critic in Horror Thriller "Velvet Buzzsaw"

FIRST LOOK: Jake Gyllenhaal Plays Gay Art Critic in Horror Thriller “Velvet Buzzsaw” – VIDEO

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend Velvet Buzzsaw is the latest thriller from Nightcrawler’s Dan Gilroy. The movie re-teams Gilroy with actor Jake Gyllenhaal here who plays a snobby gay art critic in Los Angeles (stereotype much?) whose life get weird when some paintings by a virtually unknown artists become a hit. But the creator, and his works, might be more sinister than any of them realize…

The film also stars Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich.

Velvet Buzzsaw debuts on Netflix February 1.

Netflix Orders 10 Episode Installment of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Book: Maryann in Autumn

Netflix Orders 10 Episode Installment of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City Book: Maryann in Autumn

After all most a year in development Netflix has officially ordered a new 10-episode installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City,” book “Maryann in Autumn”.

The series follows Mary Ann, who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter and ex-husband Brian, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.

Lauren Morelli, who previously worked as a writer and co-executive producer on the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Maupin will executive produce.

Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis will reprise their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal respectively. In addition, Barbara Garrick, who played DeDe Halcyon Day in the original miniseries, is also set to return.

PBS carried the original six-part “Tales” miniseries in January 1994, which generated some controversy for its depiction of LGBT relationships. Showtime ran the subsequent miniseries, 1998’s “More Tales of the City” and 2001’s “Further Tales of the City.”