OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK PRESENTS A SPECIAL NIGHT OF PROGRAMMING ABOUT BEING GAY IN AMERICA ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013.
Los Angeles - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
will present a special night of programming focusing on the conversation around being gay in America on Sunday, October 27. “Oprah’s Next Chapter” leads off the night (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) and will feature an in-depth conversation with Oprah and popular gay celebrities including comedienne Wanda Sykes
, “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson
and “Scandal” star Dan Bucatinsky
. Immediately following is the world television premiere of the groundbreaking documentary “Bridegroom
” (10 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET/PT) from filmmaker and "Designing Women" creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason
. The film chronicles the true story of a gay couple facing the insurmountable obstacles presented by the lack of protection that is supplied by legal marriage.“OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER” – GAY IN HOLLYWOODSunday, October 27 from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT
Oprah hosts a conversation about being gay in America with comedienne/actress Wanda Sykes, “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and “Scandal” Emmy award-winner Dan Bucatinsky. The actors talk openly about the time when they realized they were gay, how they came out and the impact being gay has had on their careers in Hollywood.
The series is produced by Harpo Studios. Executive
produced by Tara Montgomery
and Andrea Wishom
Sunday, October 27 from 10 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. ET/PT
” is a documentary film by director Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) that tells the emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone
and Tom Bridegroom
, two young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short. The story of what happened after Tom's accidental death– of how people in relationships without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized by family members – is poignant, thought provoking and sheds more light on the issue of marriage equality and human rights.
On the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a year of documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to his partner entitled “It Could Happen to You.” The video went viral and has garnered over four million views. Although it was a cathartic process for Shane and a tribute to the love of his life, more than anything, he wanted it to serve as a warning to other LGBT couples, and to show the world what can happen when two people are legally barred from having equal rights and protections that are granted to others under marriage laws.
The film has earned numerous accolades, including audience awards at the TriBeca Film Festival, where it was introduced by President Bill Clinton, and Outfest Los Angeles Film Festival. Shane continues to work alongside organizations including GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign to promote equality, and received the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Award in 2012. "Bridegroom" will be available on DVD on November 19, 2013.
“Bridegroom” is produced, written and directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason. Produced by Shane Bitney Crone, Harry Thomason, Allen Crowe and Douglas Jackson.What critics are saying about "Bridegroom" …"This ("Bridegroom") 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." - President Bill Clinton
“It’s a pitched battle…but love blindingly outshines hate in Bridegroom
.” Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
“Powerful and heartbreaking. The kind of film that can change hearts and minds.” Dave Karger, Fandango.com
“This deeply moving documentary has the power to change hearts and minds.” Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
"Beautiful, potent and grand...One of the most affecting films of the year.” Kevin Taft, Edge MediaAbout OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand – and the magnetism of the channel. Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable. Depth with edge. Heart. Star power. Connection. And endless possibilities. OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications. The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com
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In a two part episode of "Gwissues," Howard Bragman spends time with acclaimed actor, model, author and recording artist RuPaul. As the reigning queen of LOGO's "RuPaul's Drag Race" and "RuPaul's Drag U," Ru dishes to Howard about who inspires him, as well as his 30-year journey in show business.
THIS SATURDAY'S EPISODE OF CYNDI LAUPER: STILL SO UNUSUAL ON WE TV AT 9 / 8cCYNDI LAUPER LAUNCHED NATIONAL ORGANIZATION TO HELP GAY & TRANSGENDER HOMELESS YOUTH IN NEW YORK CITY PRIDE PARADE
Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual
follows the True Colors Fund
co-founder through her “struggle of the juggle” of being a rock star, mother, wife, Broadway composer, New York Times bestselling author, and philanthropist. This season also features the launch of the True Colors Fund's Forty to None Project,
the first national organization to solely address the issue of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.This week's episode
offers a behind-the-scenes look as Cyndi launches the Forty to None Project during last summer's New York City Pride March, where she served as a Grand Marshall.
Leading last summer's New York City Pride March
down Fifth Avenue and through Greenwich Village was the perfect opportunity for Cyndi to announce this important new effort to help bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.
It is estimated that up to 1.6 million youth are homeless each year. Up to 40% of these young people identify as gay or transgender, while only 3-5% of the general youth population does the same. The primary factor in these young people being homeless and for this large disparity is family rejection.
To learn more about how you can get involved and make a personal commitment to advocating on behalf of gay and transgender homeless youth, please visit the Forty to None Project at www.fortytonone.org
Watch back-to-back episodes of Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual this Saturday night at 9pm EST | 8pm CST on WE TV.The True Colors Fund
was co-founded by Cyndi Lauper to inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of equality for all and, through its Forty to None Project, to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness. To learn more please visit www.truecolorsfund.org
CYNDI LAUPER'S COMMITMENT TO GAY AND TRANSGENDER HOMELESS YOUTH FEATURED ON THIS SATURDAY'S EPISODE OF CYNDI LAUPER: STILL SO UNUSUAL ON WE TV AT 9 / 8cEPISODE SHOWS THE MAKING OF THE FORTY TO NONE PROJECT'S FIRST PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual
follows the True Colors Fund co-founder through her “struggle of the juggle” of being a rock star, mother, wife, Broadway composer, New York Times bestselling author, and philanthropist. This season also features the launch of the True Colors Fund's Forty to None Project
, the first national organization to solely address the issue of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness.
This week's episode offers a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the Forty to None Project’s very first public service announcement, entitled “America’s Next Generation
”. The PSA, featuring Cyndi with young New Yorkers, highlights the impact of homelessness on gay and transgender youth.
AMERICA'S NEXT GENERATION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP22aG9rkBI
It is estimated that up to 1.6 million youth are homeless each year. Up to 40% of these young people identify as gay or transgender, while only 3-5% of the general youth population does the same. The primary factor in these young people being homeless is family rejection.
In today’s MTV News digest we have Brad Pitt
on marriage equality and legalized marijuana
, Daniel Radcliffe exclusively revealing that he is getting into the social media game and Josh Hutcherson on the wardrobe malfunction that almost certainly doomed Peeta’s proposal to Katniss during the filming of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
To see the video Click here
. By Kara Warner at MTV
If there's one important thing to like about Brad Pitt — and there are many likable traits to choose from — it's the fact that the celebrated actor uses his celebrity power to do good things for people and the world
When MTV News caught up with Pitt recently during the press day for "Killing Them Softly
," his upcoming crime-thriller-with-a-message, we asked for his thoughts on the socially progressive results in the recent election
on the issues of legalizing gay marriage
— a cause Pitt publicly supports — and marijuana in some states.
One thing that has Pitt scratching his head, however, is the fact that gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana are being linked together in the media.
"Equality, absolutely, that's what defines us. It's what makes us great," Pitt said when asked about what he thinks about Maine, Maryland and Washington legalizing gay marriage. "If it doesn't sit well with your religion, let your God sort it out in the end, but that's us. We're equal."
"I don't understand that," he said, adding that the two issues should be treated with equal but separate importance and media coverage. "I do believe that we should be responsible for our own choices in talking about the drug laws, and that the drug war is an ultimate failure and that the billions and billions of dollars that we've committed to it, there's got to be a better way. I don't believe in incarceration over education — don't get me started. But there's real damage to drugs; that is not the same as with gay marriage. Since the last round [of elections], they've been linked in every article. I find that curious."
And while the actor/philanthropist has no problem continuing to talk about and bring public awareness to the issues, he's dreading the time when he has to have the "Say No to Drugs" conversation with his children.
"I think there's an age of understanding and there's a reason why there are no old drug addicts: It either kills you or you get out," he said. "I'm going to leave it at that point right there."
In conjunction with Don Mischer Productions, Spike TV will celebrate the career of Eddie Murphy with the first-ever televised tribute to the comedic icon. The event will pay homage to Murphy’s journey from a 15-year-old aspiring comedian, to the record-breaking “Raw,” which remains the highest grossing stand-up film of all time, to his indelible characters and impressions from “Saturday Night Live” including Buckwheat, Gumby, Mr. Robinson and James Brown.
Comedy fans will be treated to an evening filled with some of Hollywood’s biggest comedic superstars appearing and performing at Spike TV’s “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” the first-ever televised tribute to the comedy legend. Joining the all-star talent roster, which features many of Murphy’s peers and co-stars, includes Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Tyler Perry, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Nick Nolte. In addition, The Roots will perform throughout the evening as the show’s house band. “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” will tape on Saturday, November 3 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles and will air on Wednesday, November 14, on Spike TV.
Previously announced talent includes Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Brett Ratner, Charlie Murphy, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Martin Lawrence.
The exclusive Spike TV event, produced in conjunction with Don Mischer Productions, will include short films, musical performances, sketch comedy and culminate in an appearance by Murphy.
On Oct. 29, PBS
will air the groundbreaking story of Bishop Gene Robinso
n, Love Free or Die
. Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the high church traditions of Christendom. Auburn Theological Seminary
got behind the film as part of the ongoing effort to reframe the narrative around religion and LGBTQ people.
Untold in the story of the evolution of American opinions on gay marriage, LGBTQ equality, and religion are institutions like Auburn, who push a positive, unifying conversation forward and work not to deny rights but to remind Christians that we are all children of God, made in God’s image, and to communicate the full humanity of LGBTQ people. Dr. Katharine Henderson, Auburn’s president, is one of those leading the charge for change.
The film is just the latest example of how Auburn Theological Seminary, which is based in New York, has been a leading religious voice on the issue of LGBTQ dignity and the acceptance of and support for LGBTQ people through a faith lens. The organization has launched a number of innovative initiatives designed to advance LGBTQ dignity, including a tool kit
that outlines practical advice for how to talk to Christians conflicted about LGTBQ people and the church.
Auburn is also preparing to launch a first-of-its kind innovative website that will allow same-sex marriage advocates to create individualized conversation plans to help conflicted friends and family members understand the importance of legalizing same-sex marriage. By identifying the relationship, age, sex, geographic location and faith of the conversation partner, advocates can find specialized information that is likely to speak to that particular person. The website is scheduled to launch by the film’s airing.
Often, coverage of gay marriage debates demonizes either LGBTQ people or religious followers who struggle with acceptance. Auburn takes a much more nuanced, bridge-building approach, focusing instead on helping the faithful understand how Christian teachings compel acceptance of LGBTQ people, not deny it. But as Christians become more and more accepting of gay rights, this approach is the future of the movement.
As the film, which won the Special Jury Prize
at this year’s Sundance
, traces Robinson’s history from small town churches in New Hampshire to Washington’s Lincoln Memorial, it also traces America’s history from accepted anti-gay bias to a rapidly growing groundswell of support for gay marriage. It also gives a unique look into evolving Christian attitudes about gay marriage and LGBTQ people and the church.Macky Alston
, Auburn’s Vice President of Communications, directed Love Free or Die
Source: press release
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AS GAY MARRIAGE TAKES CENTER STAGE, this award-winning documentary set to bring its political take on same-sex relationships to public television.
by Fifth House Public Relations
A true grassroots success story, the documentary Inlaws & Outlaws
has been credited with changing minds about marriage equality from coast-to-coast, seen at community screenings in churches, schools, and indie theatres from Maine to Oklahoma to Washington. Now, on the eve of a national election and four statewide votes that could dramatically impact the momentum of the marriage equality movement in the U.S., the award-winning film has been picked up for broadcast on public television stations nationwide beginning this fall.Inlaws & Outlaws
has already been scheduled for broadcast on KCTS 9 in Washington state
, where it will air one week before the electio
n. In addition, the film will be screened throughout Washington in partnership with Washington United for Marriage
, giving citizens more opportunities to truly understand the issues posed by that state’s Referendum 74. Marriage equality votes are also scheduled in Maine and Maryland and a constitutional amendment is under consideration in Minnesota.
“For the past seven years, Inlaws & Outlaws
has been embraced and sustained by expected and unexpected supporters, in some very unexpected places,” notes the film’s director Drew Emery
. “Its reach has grown just as attitudes have changed. When I set out to make the film, marriage equality was largely seen as a fringe issue, a pipe dream that concerned only the gay community. Now with President Obama’s support and equal marriage increasingly seen as the civil rights issue of our time, Inlaws & Outlaws
has found its feet and taken on a whole new life as it continues to do what it does best: making sure our stories get told.”
Originally premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival
in 2005, the film features the real-life love stories of gay and straight Americans, young and old, partnered, single, widowed, and divorced. With an apolitical take on what was then a nascent culture war issue, the film has succeeded by placing its focus on the commonality of all relationships: love. The film reveals, with genuine humor and suspense, how the universal experiences of love —– seeking it, finding it, watching it deepen, or losing it — enrich all of us. Out of the gate, the film enjoyed a successful festival circuit run, picking up awards and winning positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. The breadth of the film’s appeal first became clear when it won the Grand Jury Award
at Oklahoma City’s deadCENTER Film Festival
But then, just at the point when similar films disappear from the public consciousness, something very different happened. Filmmaker Drew Emery recalls, “People from across the country began tracking me down and asking about the film, a great many of them clergy from places like Boise, Dayton, and Tulsa. They’d heard about the film and were eager to bring it to their communities to help bridge what felt like an untenable divide on a contentious issue.”
In response, Emery launched the Hearts + Mind Campaign
, a grassroots effort to make Inlaws & Outlaws
available to any individual, organization, or community that wants to host a screening. Since then, 500+ screenings have been held throughout the United States, with nearly half of them hosted by churches and synagogues. “That’s not big box office but it’s a mighty big impact,” Emery says, noting that, among other things, the film’s audiences contradict the media perception that gay rights are inherently in conflict with religious communities.
“My wife and I first started showing the film in our living room, then my church, and soon we had so many other churches requesting it. It’s really made a difference in Oklahoma,” says Jim Wheeler
, a retired Methodist pastor who organized several screenings across Oklahoma.Bishop Gene Robinson
, Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, adds, “Inlaws & Outlaws
... shows that gay and lesbian people are every bit as serious about their relationships, and that those relationships are every bit as deserving of society’s acknowledgment, as their straight counterparts. This is a film that will change people’s minds by changing their hearts. It is a ‘must see.’”
For broadcast dates, screenings, and more information about Inlaws & Outlaws
, please visit www.inlawsandoutlawsfilm.com
A lineup of top entertainers including Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, Jason Mraz, Lily Tomlin and others will salute Ellen DeGeneres at the 15th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Monday, October 22, 2012, at 8:30 p.m. The evening will pay tribute the humor and accomplishments of Ellen DeGeneres, and will be taped by WETA Washington, D.C. as Ellen DeGeneres: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize. The program will air on PBS stations nationwide October 30, 2012, at 8:00pm ET (check local listings). Artists subject to change.
Ellen DeGeneres' distinctive comic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances through her work today on television, in film and in the literary world. She has made a home for herself in the daytime arena with her hit syndicated talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Now in its 10th season, the show has earned a total of 38 Daytime Emmy Awards. Additionally, DeGeneres has won 12 People’s Choice Awards and most recently, the Teen Choice Award for “Choice Comedian” for a third consecutive year. Additionally, the show has won two Genesis Award, and a GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Talk Show Episode.”
DeGeneres has been included in Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women and was also included in Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Most Powerful Entertainers. She was honored with Television Week's Syndication Personality of the Year and has been included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
She hosted the highly rated 79th Annual Academy Awards® and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.” In addition to hosting the Oscars®, DeGeneres has hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards three times. Her performance hosting the 2001 awards show garnered her rave reviews for providing a perfect balance of wit with heartfelt emotion to the post-September 11th telecast audience. DeGeneres served as host for an array of industry events including the 38th and 39th annual Grammy Awards®, for which she earned an Emmy nomination.
DeGeneres also received critical success for her HBO stand-up specials. The Beginning received two Emmy nominations in 2001 and the special entitled Here and Now was also nominated for two Emmys in 2003.
The best-selling author released her third book in October 2011 titled, Seriously…I’m Kidding, which includes a compilation of photos, quotes and stories from her life. Her second book, The Funny Thing Is…., comprised of the author's comedic short stories and essays hit the New York Times bestseller list upon its release. In 2005, DeGeneres was nominated for a Grammy Award® for Best Comedy Album for the audio version of the book. Her first book, My Point…And I Do Have One, published in 1995, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
DeGeneres’ career began as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans, which led to national recognition in 1982 when her videotaped club performances won Showtime’s “Funniest Person In America” honor. When DeGeneres moved to Los Angeles she filmed her first HBO Special, Young Comedians Reunion, then in 1986 Women of the Night. That same year, DeGeneres became the first female comedian to be summoned by Johnny Carson to sit down with him after her performance.
The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize focuses on those who create humor from their uniquely American experiences. The proceeds from the evening’s event are used to support the Kennedy Center’s programs, performances and outreach. As recipient of the 2012 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Ms. DeGeneres will receive a copy of an 1884 bronze portrait bust of Mark Twain sculpted by Karl Gerhardt (1853-1940). The bust and images of it are courtesy of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.
Along with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the creators and executive producers of The Mark Twain Prize are Bob Kaminsky, Peter Kaminsky, Mark Krantz, and Cappy McGarr. WETA Washington, D.C. executive producers for Ellen DeGeneres: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize are Dalton Delan and David S. Thompson.
The Kennedy Center Celebration of American Humor was instituted as an annual event in October 1998. Recipients of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize have been Richard Pryor (1998), Jonathan Winters (1999), Carl Reiner (2000), Whoopi Goldberg (2001), Bob Newhart (2002), Lily Tomlin (2003), Lorne Michaels (2004), Steve Martin (2005) Neil Simon (2006) Billy Crystal (2007) George Carlin (2008), Bill Cosby (2009), Tina Fey (2010), and Will Ferrell (2011).
THE FIERCEST QUEENS IN THE HISTORY OF “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” RETURN TO BATTLE IT OUT ON LOGO’S NEW SERIES “RUPAUL’S ALL STARS DRAG RACE
They come armed with stilettos, feathers and sequins, prepared for a battle where one false move—or eyelash—could spell doom. They are the best-of-the-best, the top queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Seasons 1-4, and they’re ready to lip-synch for their lives to determine which All-Star will walk away with $100K and a spot in the “Drag Race Hall of Fame.” Join RuPaul as he welcomes back the most celebrated queens of the past for Logo’s new series “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” -- the wildest, most jaw-dropping, and outrageous Drag Race yet. Comprised of six, one-hour episodes, “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” premieres Monday, October 22 at 9 PM ET/PT on Logo with a special “Rupersized” episode containing 10 bonus minutes. And don’t forget to stay “tucked in” for a whole new season of backstage bitchiness with the premiere of companion series “Untucked: All Stars” immediately following “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” each week.
RuPaul declared, "Unlike other reality competition shows, when contestants leave ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ they don't fade away, they become internationally famous performers. ‘RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race’ is the perfect new franchise for fans to fall in love all over again with some of the most talented and unforgettable queens."
The 12 queens entering the “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star” drag battle this season are: Pandora Boxx, Tammie Brown, Nina Flowers, Jujubee, Mimi Imfurst, Manila Luzon, Alexis Mateo, Chad Michaels, Raven, Latrice Royale, Shannel and Yara Sofia. Only one will walk out as the ultimate queen among queens.
And, as always, the Drag Race franchise has been synonymous with the coolest (and campiest) guest judges. “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” will not disappoint as it brings Rosie Perez, Ross Mathews, Rachel Hunter, Vicki Lawrence, Busy Phillips, Rachel Dratch, Janice Dickinson, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Elvira, Beth Ditto and Cheri Oteri to the guest judges table alongside RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Santino Rice. Together, they will decide who will “Shante! Stay!“ or “Sashay Away.”
In addition to securing a place in the “Drag Race Hall of Fame,” the winner of “RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” will walk away with a sickening supply of Mac Cosmetics, a one of kind trip courtesy of Al and Chuck dot travel, and a cash prize of one hundred thousand dollars.
“RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race” and “Untucked: All Stars” are produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, RuPaul Charles and Chris McKim serving as executive producers. Jacqueline Wilson and Vincent Cariati serve as supervising producers. David Cortez serves as co-executive producer and Jennifer Stander as supervising producer for “Untucked: All Stars.” Brent Zacky and Pamela Post are executive producers for Logo.
Source: Press release from Logo PR