- ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Alex Landi weighs in on straight actors playing gay roles
- Ewan McGregor will star as gay fashion designer Halston in TV series
- Nickelodeon’s ‘Double Dare’ kid game show features two dads
- ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Versace’ and other LGBT Golden Globes wins
Posted: 07 Jan 2019 10:08 AM PST
Alex Landi’s character on “Grey’s Anatomy” is the first gay male surgeon to appear on the medical drama.
Dr. Nico Kim and intern Dr. Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli) have been enjoying a fling with each other in the middle of saving patients’ lives. Their relationship is the first of its kind on the series. In an interview with Attitude magazine, Landi says that he just wants to do his best when portraying roles regardless of his sexuality or his character’s.
"As an actor, I want to do the best job I can in any role, regardless of my own personal sexuality or the character's," Landi says. "I just want to do this role proud for the LGBT+ and the Asian communities. If I put in my two cents, the best actor wins."
"It comes down to the role breakdown," he went on. "it just falls into whoever can do it the best and what the producer likes. I don't think it necessarily has to fall into sexual identity. It falls into who can get the job done. There are discussions about transgender actors playing transgender roles, gay actors playing gay roles, and Asian actors speaking up about whitewashing simply because not all actors have equal opportunities. There isn't a level playing ground. When roles stop being pre-defined by ethnicity and sexual orientation, that is when these discussions will no longer be at the forefront of casting decisions."
Landi, who is half Korean and half Italian, also wants to break racial stereotypes.
"I'm trying to break stereotypes," he says."Asian men are not seen as masculine in the media and that is something that I am striving to change. Why can't there be an Asian James Bond? Why can't there be an Asian Marvel superhero? There are plenty of Asian men who can pull it off. A dream of mine is to become a Marvel superhero."
Posted: 07 Jan 2019 09:48 AM PST
Ewan McGregor will portray gay fashion designer Halston in the limited TV series “Simply Halston,” according to Deadline.
“Simply Halston” will follow the rise of Roy Halston Frowick, a milliner from Indiana, as he transforms into the one-name moniker and fashion powerhouse, Halston. His career was kickstarted when he designed Jacqueline Kennedy’s famous pillbox hat that she wore to John F. Kennedy’s presidential inauguration. He later became a well sought after designer creating pieces for celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnell, among others. He also designed the uniforms for U.S Olympic team, Girl Scouts, NYPD and Braniff Airways.
He made the controversial decision to sign a deal with J. C. Penney in 1983 which was a rare move for a high-end designer to partner with a chain store. His company was eventually acquired by Revlon and in 1984 he was banned from creating designs for his empire.
Halston’s on and off again lover was Venezuelan artist Victor Hugo. Halston died in 1990 of AIDS-related complications.
No release date has been announced.
Posted: 07 Jan 2019 09:19 AM PST
Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare” featured a two-dad family for the family edition of the kid game show marking the first time same-sex parents have been included on the show.
“Double Dare” has aired on and off throughout the years with its original run from 1986-1993 and then a reboot in 2000. The show has returned with yet another reboot hosted by YouTube personality Liza Koshy.
In the show’s family edition episode, Koshy introduced team Double Dads which consists of dads Liberty and Bryan and their adopted sons Oscar and Marcos.
“They love football, and they love each other. They are team ‘Double Dads.’ That's right! It's about time we had double dads on ‘Double Dare,'” Koshy tells the family.
Liberty and Bryan explain that they adopted their sons six years ago and “it’s been amazing ever since.” They also say their family shares a passion for football.
“We love it so much, basically all fall through Christmas, that’s what we do every Sunday,” Bryan says.
Watch a clip below.
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Posted: 07 Jan 2019 05:50 AM PST
The 76th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, recognized the best in film and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday with some prominent awards handed to LGBT projects.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Queen biopic starring Rami Malek as queer frontman Freddie Mercury, won Best Motion Picture Drama. Malek’s portrayal of Mercury was also honored with the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. Before raking in the accolades, the film was already a box office hit becoming the biggest-selling music biopic in history.
Malek notably didn’t thank director Bryan Singer during his acceptance speech.
"There's only one thing we needed to do and that was to celebrate Freddie Mercury in this film. He is a marvel. There is only one Freddie Mercury and nothing would compromise us giving him the love, celebration and adulation he deserves," Malek said per People.
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” won for Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Executive producer Brad Simpson noted in his speech that although the story is historical, set in ’90s Miami, it is not dated.
“This was the era of 'don't ask, don't tell.' It was the Defense of Marriage Act era. Those forces of hate are still here with us. They tell us we should be scared of people who are different than us. They tell us we should put walls around ourselves. As
Darren Criss, who played spree killer Andrew Cunanan, also won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
"This has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood, and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming into this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this. Mom, I know you’re watching this," Criss told the crowd."I love you dearly. I dedicate this to you. This is totally awesome.”
Lady Gaga won Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for “Shallow” although both she and her “A Star is Born” co-star Bradley Cooper didn’t bring home awards for Best Actress, Best Actor or Best Director.
Out actor Ben Whishaw also won for his role as Norman Scott in “A Very English Scandal.”
“He took on the establishment with courage and
Check out the complete list of winners below.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Best Animated Film
Best TV series – Drama
Best TV series – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Edgar Ramirez- “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
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