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‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Alex Landi weighs in on straight actors playing gay roles

Posted: 07 Jan 2019 10:08 AM PST

Alex Landi (Photo via Instagram)

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."

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Ewan McGregor will star as gay fashion designer Halston in TV series

Posted: 07 Jan 2019 09:48 AM PST

Ewan McGregor. Photo by Der Golem via Wikimedia Commons.

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.

Dan Minaha (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace”) is on board to direct. Sharr White (“The Affair”) will pen the script. McGregor, White and Minahan will also be executive producers for the project.

No release date has been announced.

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Nickelodeon’s ‘Double Dare’ kid game show features two dads

Posted: 07 Jan 2019 09:19 AM PST

(Screenshot via Twitter)

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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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Versace’ and other LGBT Golden Globes wins

Posted: 07 Jan 2019 05:50 AM PST

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

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. Singer was fired from the film after being "unexpectedly unavailable" during filming. Rumors have also swirled that Singer and Malek clashed while filming. After his speech, Malek explained why he chose to omit recogizning Singer.

"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 artists we must fight back by representing those who are not represented by providing a space for people with new voices to tell stories that haven't been told. As human beings, we can resist in the streets, resist at the ballot box. and practice love and empathy in our everyday lives. Our show is a period piece, but those forces are not historical. They are here, they are with us, and we must resist,” Simpson said.

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 a defiance that I find completely inspiring. He's a true queer hero and icon. And Norman, this is for you,” Whishaw told the crowd as he accepted his award.

Check out the complete list of winners below.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlackKklansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close-“The Wife”
Lady Gaga-“A Star Is Born”
Nicole Kidman-“Destroyer”
Melissa McCarthy- “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Rosamund Pike-“A Private War”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper-“A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe-“At Eternity’s Gate”
Lucas Hedges-“Boy Erased”
Rami Malek-“Bohemian Rhapsody”
John David Washington-“BlackKklansman”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt-“Mary Poppins Returns”
Olivia Colman-“The Favourite”
Elsie Fisher- “Eighth Grade”
Charlize Theron-“Tully”
Constance Wu-“Crazy Rich Asians”

Best Director
Bradley Cooper-“A Star Is Born”
Alfonso Cuaron-“Roma”
Peter Farrelly-“Green Book”
Spike Lee (“BlackKklansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale-“Vice”
Lin-Manuel Miranda-“Mary Poppins Returns”
Viggo Mortensen-“Green Book”
Robert Redford-“The Old Man and the Gun”
John C. Reilly-“Stan and Ollie”

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams-“Vice”
Claire Foy-“First Man”
Regina King-“If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone-“The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz-“The Favourite”

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali-“Green Book”
Timothée Chalamet-“Beautiful Boy”
Adam Driver-“BlackKklansman”
Richard E. Grant-“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell-“Vice

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami-“A Quiet Place”
Alexandre Desplat-“Isle of Dogs”
Ludwig Göransson-“Black Panther”
Justin Hurwitz-“First Man”
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
“All the Stars”-“Black Panther”
“Girl in the Movies”-“Dumplin'”
“Requiem for a Private War”-“A Private War”
“Revelation”-“Boy Erased”
“Shallow”-“A Star Is Born”

Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
Barry Jenkins-“If Beale Street Could Talk”
Adam McKay-“Vice”
Alfonso Cuaron-“Roma”
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara-“The Favourite”
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie-“Green Book”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum”
“Girl”
“Never Look Away”
“Roma”
“Shoplifters”

Best Animated Film
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Best TV series – Drama
“The Americans”
“Bodyguard”
“Homecoming”
“Killing Eve”
“Pose”

Best performance by Actress in a TV series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe-“Outlander”
Elisabeth Moss-“The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh-“Killing Eve”
Julia Roberts-“Homecoming”
Keri Russell-“The Americans”

Best performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Jason Bateman-“Ozark”
Stephan James-“Homecoming”
Richard Madden-“Bodyguard”
Billy Porter-“Pose”
Matthew Rhys-“The Americans”

Best TV series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry”
“The Good Place”
“Kidding”
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen-“Who Is America?”
Jim Carrey-“Kidding”
Michael Douglas-“The Kominsky Method”
Donald Glover-“Atlanta”
Bill Hader-“Barry”

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell-“The Good Place”
Candice Bergen-“Murphy Brown”
Alison Brie-“GLOW”
Rachel Brosnahan-“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Debra Messing-“Will & Grace”

Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
“Dirty John”
“Escape at Dannemora”
“Sharp Objects”
“A Very English Scandal”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas-“Genius: Picasso”
Daniel Bruhl-“The Alienist”
Darren Criss-“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Benedict Cumberbatch-“Patrick Melrose”
Hugh Grant-“A Very English Scandal”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams-“Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette-“Escape at Dannemora”
Connie Britton-“Dirty John”
Laura Dern-“The Tale”
Regina King-“Seven Seconds”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin-“The Kominsky Method”
Kieran Culkin-“Succession

Edgar Ramirez- “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Ben Whishaw-“A Very English Scandal”
Henry Winkler-“Barry”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein-“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Patricia Clarkson-“Sharp Objects”
Penélope Cruz-“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

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