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Bridegroom, the documentary that has left film festival viewers devastated and even caused Bill Clinton to publicly proclaim its virtue, apparently also has a fan in Oprah Winfrey, who will air it on OWN. The film depicts the true-life t...
Bridegroom, the documentary that has left film festival viewers devastated and even caused Bill Clinton to publicly proclaim its virtue, apparently also has a fan in Oprah Winfrey, who will air it on OWN. The film depicts the true-life tale of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two gentle-natured young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short when Bridegroom accidentally slipped off the side of a roof. The doc becomes a harrowing examination of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized. When he introduced a screening of the film at the Tribeca film festival in April the former president remarked, “This is really on one level a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking yet exhilarating and life affirming story and on another level it’s a story about our nation’s struggle to make one more step in forming a more perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and substance.” OWN will broadcast the television of the premiere at 10 p.m. October 27 as part of a special night of programming about being gay in America. An hour prior Oprah’s Next Chapter will focus on being “Gay in Hollywood,” and feature interviews with actors Wanda Sykes, Dan Bucatinsky and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The documentary, directed by Clinton’s pal Linda Bloodworth Thomason of Designing Women fame, will also receive a limited theatrical engagement in Los Angeles beginning October 18 (heads up, Oscar voters!). Regardless of where you see it, have tissues handy. The film will shatter you. Hell, even the trailer will likely have you in tears. As film pundit Dave Karger puts it, it’s “the kind of film that can change hearts and minds.”
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Many of you are familiar with the devastating video "It Could Happen to You" made by Shane Bitney Crone in response to the accidental death of his boyfriend Tom Bridegroom. The video, which chronicled what happened to Shane...
Many of you are familiar with the devastating video "It Could Happen to You" made by Shane Bitney Crone in response to the accidental death of his boyfriend Tom Bridegroom. The video, which chronicled what happened to Shane after Tom's sudden death has been viewed more than 4.1 million times. On October 27, Bridegroom, a crowd-funded documentary directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason which broke Kickstarter records , will have its TV premiere on Oprah's OWN network. It showed earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festiva. Bridgeroom will be part of a special night of programming on OWN about being gay in America that will include an Oprah's Next Chapter interview segment with Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Scandal's Dan Bucatinsky. Watch the trailer for Bridegroom, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky join Oprah in conversation on Oct. 27. The post “Oprah’s Next Chapter: Gay in Hollywood” is coming to your TV appeared first on...
Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky join Oprah in conversation on Oct. 27. The post “Oprah’s Next Chapter: Gay in Hollywood” is coming to your TV appeared first on...
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Highlights include Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky on "Oprah's Next Chapter."
Highlights include Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky on "Oprah's Next Chapter."
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The greatest sitcom, if not the greatest TV show in general, of all-time is still on, and people rarely talk about it. The Simpsons has been on for so long, has aired so many episodes, has blown through so many guest stars that it’...
The greatest sitcom, if not the greatest TV show in general, of all-time is still on, and people rarely talk about it. The Simpsons has been on for so long, has aired so many episodes, has blown through so many guest stars that it’s easy to forget, oh yeah, the program that gave us “Secrets of a Successful Marriage” is still around. I’d say it’s a shame, that a decade of occasionally great, sometimes bad, usually fine seasons has hurt The Simpsons‘ legacy, but it hasn’t: season 2-8 (or thereabout) are still as widely praised as any run a TV show has ever gone on, and even if it runs for 15 more years, at least we’ve still got “Homie the Clown” and “Marge vs. the Monorail.”This past Sunday was the beginning of The Simpsons‘ 25th season, so because I was feeling nostalgic, and wanted a reason to talk about “You Only Move Twice,” I’ve ranked all of them, from least to most essential.#25. Season 24 (2012–2013)Every Guest Star: Ken Burns, Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Hathaway, Don Pardo, Natalie Portman, Al Roker, Sarah Silverman, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Gordon, Jennifer Tilly, Anika Noni Rose, Marvin Hamlisch, Steve Carell, Alex Trebek, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Patton Oswalt, The Decemberists, Tom Waits, Valerie Harper, Danny DeVito, Rashida Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Caro, Max Weinberg, Richard Dawkins, Tina Fey, Janet Reno, Wanda Sykes, George Takei, Edward Norton, Tony Bennett, Sonny Rollins, Ron Taylor, Justin Bieber, Bill Hader, Jane Krakowski, Patrick Stewart, Sigur Rós, Lisa Lampanelli, and Seth MacFarlane.Best Episode: “The Day the Earth Stood Cool” Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Moonshine River,” because it brought back characters from post-golden era seasons that even hardcore fans would have trouble recalling. Remember when Anne Hathaway played Jenny in season 20′s “The Good, the Sad and the Drugly,” or Sarah Silverman as Nikki in season 21′s “Stealing First Base”? Me neither, and yet, they, along with two more former-love interests of Bart’s, returned in “Moonshine River,” a sort-of sequel to the far superior “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson.”#24. Season 25 (2013–2014)Every Guest Star (So Far): Kristen WiigBest Episode: “Homerland” Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Homerland,” because season 24 was THAT bad.#23. Season 20 (2008–2009)Every Guest Star: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Robert Forster, Denis Leary, Brian Grazer, Joe Montana, Will Shortz, Merl Reagle, Scott Thompson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mark Cuban, Jeff Bezos, Marv Albert, Emily Blunt, Fall Out Boy, Ed Begley, Jr., Colm Meaney, Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Anne Hathaway, and Ellen Page.Best Episode: “Lisa the Drama Queen” Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words,” because it shows Homer at his cruelest. He starts a company where he breaks up romantic relationships for their cowardly partners, AND bets against Lisa in a crossword puzzle competition. “Lisa the Greek,” it ain’t.#22. Season 22 (2010–2011)Every Guest Star: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Ira Glass, Stephen Hawking, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Zuckerberg, Muhammad Yunus, Chris Hansen, Mike Scioscia, Bill James, Hugh Laurie, Daniel Radcliffe, Danica Patrick, Rachel Weisz, Martha Stewart, Katy Perry, Jon Hamm, Alyson Hannigan, Kristen Wiig, Scott Thompson, Michael Paul Chan, James Lipton, Garry Marshall, David Mamet, Ricky Gervais, Halle Berry, Russell Brand, Nick Park, J. B. Smoove, Werner Herzog, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, Martin Landau, Jack McBrayer, Ricky Jay, Penn & Teller, David Copperfield, Kristen Schaal, Ken Burns, and Joey Kramer.Best Episode: “MoneyBART” Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Fl
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RT @johntwenzel: The always bubbly/bitter #WandaSykes will play the @BoulderTheater Jan. 15 with tix on sale today: …
RT @johntwenzel: The always bubbly/bitter #WandaSykes will play the @BoulderTheater Jan. 15 with tix on sale today: …
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Happy Sunday, and happy Emmy day! Let’s go over some news before we all get distracted by awards. Renewed: The Awesomes Cancelled: King & Maxwell, Copper (though it may get a movie) The last two episodes of Breaking Bad will be ext...
Happy Sunday, and happy Emmy day! Let’s go over some news before we all get distracted by awards. Renewed: The Awesomes Cancelled: King & Maxwell, Copper (though it may get a movie) The last two episodes of Breaking Bad will be extra long. The final season of Mad Men will be split, and the series will end in 2015. Super Fun Night is actually going to air its second episode first. Attention Scandal fans (or anyone wanting to catch up): ABC is airing a clip show narrated by Joshua Malina on October 3rd at 8/7c. AMC is working on a Walking Dead spinoff. Syfy has acquired Canadian werewolf show Bitten. Ordered to series: HBO: The Leftovers TNT: Murder in the First Pilot orders: HBO: Dark comedy The Brink Lifetime: Dystopian thriller The Lottery VH1: Drama Hindsight In development: ABC: Family comedy Bagel Nation, telenovela adaptation Trust, a Paul Scheer family comedy, a Marvel Agent Carter series, a comedy about the silver lining of divorce, Hunchback of Notre Dame drama Esmeralda, a San Francisco detective drama, crime drama The Bounty ABC Family: Jamie Lee Curtis horror drama The Final Girls CBS: Counseling comedy Good Session, friendship comedy The 40s CBS Studios: A Tiesto dance drama Fox: Immigrant comedy Speak American, a family hip hop drama, FBI drama Unthinkable, male strip club drama The Whole Shebang from Jennifer Garner NBC: Ken Jeong medical comedy Dr. Ken, romantic comedy A to Z, drama Ghost Projekt, sibling comedy My Parents Are Too F**king Happy, a celebrity chef comedy, drama Conspiracy, family comedy Bitch Off the ‘Ol Block, thriller Never Look Away, sibling comedy G’Uncle Spike: A King Tut event series Syfy: Bryan Singer monster drama Creature at Bay Pilot directors: Deliverance Creek: Jon Amiel HBO pilot The Missionary is not going forward. Powers Boothe and Robert Ray Wisdom will be recurring rather than regulars on Nashville this season. Promoted to series regular: Justified: Jere Burns The Mindy Project: Adam Pally True Blood: Bailey Noble Guest stars! Alpha House: Amy Sedaris, Cynthia Nixon, Wanda Sykes, Julie White Beauty and the Beast: Paul Johansson, Blair Redford, Bryan Dechart The Blacklist: Robert Knepper Castle: Joelle Carter, James Carpinello The Crazy Ones: Brad Garrett CSI: Lea Thompson Girls: Danielle Brooks Intelligence: Thomas Arana Killer Women: Melora Hardin, Beth Riesgraf Mike & Molly: Susan Sarandon Modern Family: Dana Powell New Girl: Taye Diggs Revolution: Matt Ross Sleepy Hollow: James Frain Suits: Stephen Macht Super Fun Night: Jacki Weaver Two and a Half Men: D.B. Sweeney The Walking Dead: Vincent Martella We Are Men: Melissa Claire Egan Welcome to the Family: Rita Moreno Returns: The Big Bang Theory: Bob Newhart Community: LeVar Burton The Good Wife: Nathan Lane Major Crimes: Jon Tenney Casting: Crossbones: Richard Coyle, Claire Foy, Tracy Ifeachor The Fosters: Rosie O’Donnell The Game: Danielle Nicolet Gang Related: Saundra Santiago (replacing Maria Canals-Barrera) HR: Will Kemp, Kellee Stewart Jennifer Falls: Missi Pyle Love Is Dead: Janina Gavankar, Khary Payton Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Ruth Negga NCIS: Emily Wickersham Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Iggy Pop Outlander: Roderick Gilkison Penny Dreadful: Billie Piper, Helen McCrory, Danny Sapani, Simon Russell Beale Resurrection: James Tupper The Royals: Tom Austen Saint George: David Zayas Sleepy Hollow: John Noble Those Who Kill: Michael Rispoli Unreal: Shiri Appleby The Walking Dead: Christian Serratos Working the Engels: Kacey Rohl You’re the Worst: Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Kether Donohue, Desmin Borges (Image courtesy of BBC America.)
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.--- Gyllen All - Jake's making the talk show rounds this week for Prisoners, and here he is on Kelly & Michael (typing the name of that show feels so wrong sans any Regis) where they apparently get him to say whether he sleeps in the nu...
.--- Gyllen All - Jake's making the talk show rounds this week for Prisoners, and here he is on Kelly & Michael (typing the name of that show feels so wrong sans any Regis) where they apparently get him to say whether he sleeps in the nude or not. Anybody want to watch the clip and tell me what he says? I don't think I can sit through any Kelly & Michael, even with Jake Gyllenhaal possibly talking about being naked. Bonus: Jake's on Inside the Actor's Studio tonight!--- DC Funnies - The creator of the comic-strip Doonesbury is making a comedy series for Amazon (who are apparently getting in on the Netflix type instant entertainment business) about a group of US senators who become roommates, and Amy Sedaris and Wanda Sykes will be on it. I'm sold already.--- Ruff Ruff - Finally a little bit o' detail on that animated dog movie that Noah Baumbauch and Greta Gerwig are both on the record as an upcoming project of theirs, much to the world's brow-arched bafflement - it's apparently an adaptation of a book from a series called Flawed Dogs by someone who goes by the name Berkeley Breathed. Mkay. It's about dog show dogs on an adventure.--- Downed Man - Angelina Jolie hasn't had much success with the directing thing but kudos to her for keeping on keeping on; we need more women directors, and she's certainly got the pull to get things done. Next she's making a WWII pic about a former Olympian turned solider who crashes in the ocean and survives being at sea for two months, only to wash up behind enemy lines and become a POW. Skins star Jack O'Connell (seen to the right) has already got the lead; Garret Hedlund just joined the cast as the leader of the prisoners at the camp.--- Red Writer - Only two weeks of Breaking Bad left (didja hear the final two eps are 75 minutes long each?) so we turn to what Walter's up to next - Bryan Cranston is going to star in a bio-pic about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (that's a name and a half; straight out of a Raymond Carver story) who was blacklisted because he refused to cooperate with the Communist witch trials of the Fifties. He went to Mexico and churned out scripts that got made anyway, only under a different dude's name.--- Times A Charm - An upcoming Aussie thriller called Kill Me Three Times has gathered together an interesting cast - Simon Pegg and Theresa Palmer are enough to sell me on their own, but it's also got Sullivan Stapleton (he was one of the brothers in Animal Kingdom, and he's in the upcoming 300 sequel, and as you can see to the left, he's hot) and also the Other Hemsworth, the one called Luke. (thanks Glenn)--- Northern Exposure - Hey remember how there was some kind of film festival in Canada last week? Well if you haven't totally moved on you ought to check out Amir's first of two recaps of his take on the fest over at The Film Experience; everything he has to say about the Oscars drowning out everything seems gosh-darn smart to me.--- And finally, director David Ayer last made the much better than it had any right being End of Watch so we're paying attention to his next one, a WWII "trapped in a tank behind enemy lines" flick called Fury, which will star a bevy of attractive gentlemen like Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal. Anyway Ayer tweeted this photo of the cast yesterday, and I like it:
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Amazon’s new original series Alpha House has just added a handful of notable names to its cast. The company announced that Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), comedian Wanda Sykes, and Julie White ...
Amazon’s new original series Alpha House has just added a handful of notable names to its cast. The company announced that Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), comedian Wanda Sykes, and Julie White will join the show, which is set to premiere this fall. The show was one of five original series greenlit by Amazon back in May, following a trial period that featured 14 pilots from Amazon Studios. Viewer feedback played a key role in which shows got the go-ahead, and the others to make the cut included Betas, Annebots, Creative Galaxy, and Tumbleaf. Alpha House stars John Goodman and was written by Doonesbury‘s Garry Trudeau. It centers on four U.S. Senators who live together in a rented house in Washington D.C. The pilot episode is available to watch, for free, on Amazon Instant Video. From Amazon: Alpha House follows four Republican senators-turned-housemates, Gil John Biggs (John Goodman), Robert Bettencourt (Clark Johnson), Louis Laffer (Matt Malloy) and, Andy Guzman (Mark Consuelos) through re-election battles, looming indictments, parties and housemate drama. Nixon will play Senator Carly Armiston, the formidable, confident, Democratic senator from New York . She is joined by Sedaris, who will play Louise Laffer, the sweet, concerned wife of Senator Louis Laffer. Sykes will play Senator Rosalyn DuPeche, a strong-willed, funny Democrat who just happens to be a neighbor of the male senators, while White will play the tough, determined, yet charming southern wife to Goodman’s character Gil John Biggs. “We’re lucky enough to have four of the most talented performers around joining the show,” said Trudeau. With its original programming, Amazon seems to be bucking the trend that Netflix has set – debuting all of the episodes in one big chunk. “It hasn’t been entirely determined how they’ll put it out. But it will be a different model than the one used by Netflix,” says the show’s producer, Jonathan Alter. Image via Amazon
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Plus Ali Adler's new show on ABC and more. The post Morning Brew – Cynthia Nixon and Wanda Sykes join “Alpha House” appeared first on AfterEllen.com.
Plus Ali Adler's new show on ABC and more. The post Morning Brew – Cynthia Nixon and Wanda Sykes join “Alpha House” appeared first on AfterEllen.com.
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