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First Look: Ian McKellen in ‘Mr. Holmes’

April 20th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via IMDB

Image via IMDB

Today, we get the first look at Sir Ian McKellen in the brand-new film from Bill Condon, Mr. Holmes. The openly gay actor will play a retired Sherlock Holmes who is grappling with old age.

MR. HOLMES is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late.

The movie is out July 17th in the US.

 

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Help LGBT Homeless Youths and Get Your Tickets for Ali Forney Center’s ‘Night of a Thousand Judys’

April 20th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Ali Forney

Image via Ali Forney

Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Rachel York, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith, and Danielle Grabianowski will headline the fifth annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys”—presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre—on Monday, June 1. The Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center, an organization that works to help homeless LGBT youths, will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center. Called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by the Wall Street Journal, “Night Of A Thousand Judys” will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes, and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 P.M. and the performance will begin at 8:00 P.M. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Sayre and directed by Peter James Cook.

And of course additional special guests will be announced soon, and others may just show up—last year Joan Rivers popped in for the VIP reception.

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Review: ‘Hand to God’

April 20th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
The cast of "Hand to God" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Hand to God” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Broadway has gone to hell and a hand puppet—and that’s a good thing. Hand to God, the alarmingly visceral new American play by Robert Askins is a jolt of theater that the Great White Way has been waiting for.

The violent and funny work takes place “somewhere in Texas where the country meets the city” and follows the emotional wreckage of teenager Jason (Steven Boyer) as he attempts to come to terms with the death of his father with the help of a Christian after-school puppet workshop taught by his widowed mother Margery (Geneva Carr). Fellow students Timothy (Michael Oberholtzer) and Jessica (Sarah Stiles) play witness to Jason’s odd behavior and exceptional talent for puppetry as he finds his voice through his alter ego/sock puppet, Tyrone. Enter Pastor Greg (Marc Kudisch) as the hands-on man of the cloth, who persistently tries to persuade Margery to let go of her grief in a more carnal manner. Meanwhile, Timothy has his own pinings for Margery and his teenage testosterone gets the both of them. As the days wear on, the puppet (a.k.a Tyrone) becomes a more consuming presence in Jason’s life, giving voice to Jason’s tormented emotional state through a series of verbally and physically violent episodes.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

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Presidential Hopeful Marco Rubio ‘Evolves’ On Gay Rights

April 20th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook

It seems like everyone is “evolving” on gay and lesbian marriage—others faster than others. Senator Marco Rubio, has made an unexpected statement, by saying that being gay is not a choice. “I believe that sexual preference is something that people are born with,” the Republican presidential candidate said Sunday morning on CBS’s Face the Nation. Earlier this week the Florida senator also said that he would attend a gay wedding. Rubio fell short of saying that he supports same-sex marriage. He said:  “I don’t think courts should be making that decision and I don’t believe same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.” [NYDN]

 

 

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New Preview of Diane Sawyer’s Bruce Jenner Interview Reveals Jenner’s Worries

April 20th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen cap via YouTube

Screen cap via YouTube

While no official announcement has been made about whether or not Bruce Jenner is indeed transitioning, a highly anticipated sit-down with Diane Sawyer has already taken place, and it is expected that he’ll make a major announcement. In the latest trailer for the interview, the former-Olympian reveals that above all, he is concerned about his family. “Those are the only ones I’m concerned with,” the 65-year-old says. “I can’t let myself hurt them.”

The interview will air in a special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 beginning at 9 P.M. ET, April 24.

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Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day!

April 20th, 2015 Robert

Earth Day

Many of us are concerned about climate change, but what are we doing to stop it? It is time for action. It is time to take responsibility for how we live. Ask yourself if you are part of the problem, or part of the solution. It is up to each of us to do something, and to do it now. If you feel hopeless when it comes to making a difference in the world, you are not alone. You may ask yourself: “What can I do? I’m just one person.” But one person can make all the difference in the world. The world I want to live in uses only renewable resources. To help make this happen I signed up with Green Mountain Energy, a company that provides wind-generated electricity to Con Edison in New York. The world I want to live in is not littered with plastic debris that kills marine life and pollutes our oceans. More than 12 percent of the waste generated in the United States is from plastics and only eight percent of all plastic is recycled. An important step we can take is to encourage the manufacture and use of renewable plastics that are made from plant sources, rather than petroleum products. To learn more about this planet-saving technology, and the companies who are working to make a difference, visit worldcentric.org.

What type of world do you want to live in? Is it a world where cars run on renewable resources that do not cause climate change? Is it a world where we heat our homes and offices with power generated by the sun and the wind? Is it a world where people eat food that is grown in a sustainable way that does not harm the earth? Find out what’s being done, and what you can do at www.earth-policy.org. Celebrate Earth Day, every day!

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Pack Your Bags for Stockholm & Let the EuroGames Begin!

April 19th, 2015 Robert
Photo by Herbert Kratky

Photo by Herbert Kratky

Written by Jeff Heilman

It’s only just spring, but the excitement is already building for the “Big Gay Summer” ahead in Stockholm, as I learned recently at a fun “Taste of Stockholm” press luncheon for LGBT media in New York. The event was held at FIKA on Tenth Avenue in Manhattan, part of a growing chain of cafes here named for the Swedish custom of relaxing with friends over hand-crafted coffee, chocolate, and gourmet bites.

Magnus Lindbergh, VisitSweden’s NYC-based marketing and sales manager for LGBT travel, and Christina Guggenberger, project manager for the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network on behalf of the Stockholm Visitors Board, provided welcoming remarks.

Then, over cold fish, fingerling potatoes, Swedish meatballs and wine, we heard about the summer fun ahead from Jakob Jansson, president of the EuroGames Stockholm 2015.

While European in name, explained Jansson, this landmark LGBTQ event, founded in 1992 by the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation and uniquely blending sports, politics and culture, is global in scope.

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Global Cocktail: Basil Hayden’s Spring Fling

April 17th, 2015 Tyler Neasloney
Basil Hayden's Spring Fling

Basil Hayden’s Spring Fling

Summer is so close we can almost taste it, but take a minute to celebrate spring in bloom with Basil Hayden’s® Spring Fling. We love the spicy finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon against the refreshing coconut water, tart pink lemonade, and bubbly ginger ale.

Basil Hayden’s® Spring Fling

1 1/4 part Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

1 part Coconut Water

1 part Pink Lemonade

1 part Ginger Ale

Method:

1. Add bourbon to a highball glass and fill with ice.

2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

3. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Cocktail Music: First Listen, Giorgio Moroder & Sia

April 17th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook.

There has been much speculation over the contents of legendary disco-era DJ/producer Giorgio Moroder’s upcoming album Déjà Vu. This is Moroder’s first album in 30 years, and he was partly inspired by his work with Daft Punk in 2013. While many details about the album have been kept secret, in recent weeks we learned the track list (which features songs by Britney Spears, Kelis, and Kylie Minogue). And today, the Moroder gods granted us our first listen of the title track Déjà Vu featuring Sia.

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International Gay-Rights Organizations Condemn Malawi’s Proposed Anti-Gay Laws

April 17th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today raised serious concerns about discriminatory provisions in a law signed by Malawi’s President Mutharika that is expected to go into effect today. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law creates new forms of legal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals.  While the law raises the minimum marriage age to 18—a positive move to combat child marriage—it also promotes a policy of exclusion against LGBTI Malawians that would likely translate into discrimination in education, housing, jobs and elsewhere.

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