Variety has been running a series of articles calling attention to the lack of diversity in Hollywood. Articles calling out issues of ageism, sexism, under-representation of people of color and women in an older white male dominated industry. Variety is going a step further, hosting its’ first-ever conference on diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.
“The conference, which is called “Inclusion,” aims to foster dialogue around various aspects of diversity including ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and aging, by engaging senior executives and talent from the creative community.
Academy Award nominee and musician Pharrell Williams and Universal Studios chairman Donna Langley will have keynote conversations with Variety editors at the conference. “Inclusion” will also consist of a series of panels tackling issues ranging from advancing Latino entertainment to LGBTQ rights. PwC’s U.S. Board Chairman Brian Cullinan will moderate a fireside chat with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“There is no issue in Hollywood today more important and relevant than diversity and inclusion. It is Variety’s privilege and responsibility to lead an industry-wide dialogue and bring the decision makers of our community together to promote solutions to counter the lack of minority talent in film and television. This is an issue that transcends the entertainment business, and we are excited to play a role in the broader conversation,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, group publisher of Variety.”
Should make for an interesting forum to have a much needed dialogue. With the Academy inviting a record 683 new class members this year, with 46% female and 41% being people of color being, things are already moving in the right direction.
Saturday night Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour pulled into New Orleans. Concert goers were in for a surprise. Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia appeared to intro ‘Formation’ and the crowd went nuts! Watch the clip below, and watch the clip where Big Freedia tells how she got the call from Queen B to collaborate of the track ‘Formation.’ Enjoy!
The coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” is one of this years’ breakout films. The Brad Pitt executive produced film, is still going strong on the campaign trail, even with the news of Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce making even bigger international headlines.
“Director-writer Barry Jenkins, playwright Tarell McCraney, and stars Andre Holland, Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Naomie Harris visited the Variety Studio presented by airbnb to discuss their movie, which played at the Toronto Film Festival.
“I find myself attracted to characters that are vulnerable in some way and I feel like all the characters in this piece are vulnerable: They’re black and brown, queer,” Holland said. “It just touches on so many things. It really resonates with me.” “
Watch the video from the Variety Studio Toronto Film Fest interview and go see the film! Enjoy!
Variety Staff writer Arya Roshanian reports…
“Tituss Burgess will be honored with the inaugural Voice & Visibility Award at NewFest, the 28th annual LGBT film festival in New York.
Burgess is best known for his role as Titus Andromedon in the Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” for which he’s been nominated for an Emmy twice. The actor, singer and stage performer has also appeared in “The Angry Birds Movie” and on Broadway in productions of “Guys and Dolls,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Jersey Boys.”
“It’s an honor to be the first recipient of this award,” said Burgess. “What a lovely reminder to us all that being yourself gives others permission to stand proudly in their own individuality.“
The award will be presented by actress Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) on Oct. 20, the opening night of the festival, prior to the screening of the North American premiere of the “The Pass” starring Russell Tovey (Looking”).
“I couldn’t be happier to have Tituss Burgess receive NewFest’s inaugural Voice & Visibility Award to kick off our 28th Annual festival,” said NewFest’s Executive Director Robert Kushner. “NewFest is all about LGBT storytelling, and as an immensely talented actor of both stage and screen, Tituss presents his characters and his own stories with insight, strength, and heart — echoing the power and passion of the LGBT community.”
NewFest also has added to its 2016 Programming Toronto alum “Handsome Devil” and documentary “Paragraph 175.” The festival will run Oct. 20-25, in partnership with Outfest and sponsored by HBO.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio makes her feature film debut in Hurricane Bianca, premiering in San Francisco for one night only.
Hurricane Bianca tells the story of a New York school teacher who is fired from a small Texan school for being gay, and returns disguised as Bianca to wreak havoc on the small town. Hurricane Bianca also stars Roy Haylock, Tachel Dratch, Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, William Belli, Shangela, Alyssa Edwards and RuPaul.
Expected to be in attendance for a Q&A are Director Matt Kugelman and star Bianca Del Rio. The film is also coming to DVD and Blu-Ray from Wolfe Video. Watch the trailer below, then come out and support.
7:30pm. Tuesday, September 20.
429 Castro Street
Think you have what it takes to be a leading man? Author/Filmmaker Tyson Anthony is looking for you. After the success of web series First High and About Him, Anthony is wasting no time getting his next project in the works. A post on his website says…
“Tyson Anthony and his team are searching for African-American males to possibly be featured in Tyson’s next series or film. The series and films will feature LGBT content and aired online. All males 18+ are welcomed to submit their info to –authortyson@gmail – and can download an app posted below – please include the completed app along with some photos, social media links, and a video of you…being you or acting.”
For more details go to click here. Good Luck!
Laverne Cox channels her inner diva, while paying tribute to icons Tina Turner, Beyoncé and Tracey Africa in a Cosmo photoshoot. See the full article at Cosmopolitan.com.