FILM. Director Ang Lee Honored At Britannia Awards.

Variety’s Shalini Dore reports…

Jake Gyllenhaal, who presented Ang Lee with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, said he thinks frequently of his “Brokeback Mountain” co-star Heath Ledger and how far the LGBT world has come since that movie came out. After the big love scene in “Brokeback,” he said he turned to Lee who broke out into a big smile and said, “So gay.”

Lee, for his part, said he was so tired during the production of “Brokeback,” having such finished filming “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Hulk.” “The shots in ‘Brokeback Mountain’ are so boring,” he said. His father had just died, but “that movie nurtured me.” Lee thanked his actors who were “tortured by my bad English and bad sense of humor.”

TV. Nominations Open For 1st Annual Arthouse Awards.

Arthouse by Lamont Pierré brings you the 1st Annual Arthouse Viewers Choice Awards, also known as the #artys.

Nominate your favorites in 10 categories.  Official nominees — pulled from YOUR nominations — will be announced on NOV. 15 at The Arthouse @YouTube channel! The awards will take place in December 2016 and will stream LIVE! Join us in honoring your faves who have worked so hard all year and as we start traditions here at The Arthouse!

VOTE HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PV25ZFZ

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Film. November LGBT Film Festivals.

OUTrageous: The Santa Barbara LGBTQ Film Festival. (November 3-5). Santa Barbara, California. outrageousfilmfestival.org

OutReels Cincinnati. (November 4-6). Cincinnati, Ohio. cincinnatifilmsociety.org/festivals/presenting-festival

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. (November 10-13). San Francisco, California. sftff.org

QCinema LGBTQ Film Festival. (November 10-12). Fort Worth, Texas. qcinema.org

Indianapolis GLBT Film Festival. (November 11-13). Indianapolis, Indiana. indylgbtfilmfest.com

Stonewall Columbus LGBT Fest. (November 13-19). Columbus, Ohio. lgbtfest.org

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. (November 14-16). Long Island, New York. liglff.org

TV. Naomi Campbell Lands Role On Lee Daniels New Fox Series ‘Star’.

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Variety reports, “Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been cast in Lee Daniels’ newest Fox’s musical series, ‘Star.’ Campbell will play Rose Spencer, a beautiful and wealthy Londoner. Campbell has appeared in several other television series, her most recent being Lee Daniels’ other Fox drama, “Empire.”

‘Star,’ which debuts midseason, centers around three young women who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry. The project has been described in the vein of ‘Dreamgirls,’ while incorporating the manufacturing of modern-day girl groups, showcasing the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, and exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.

Other cast members include Queen LatifahBenjamin Bratt, and newcomers Jude DemorestRyan DestinyBrittany O’Grady, and Amiyah ScottLenny Kravitz will also make a guest appearance on the show.”

TV. Laverne Cox And Wanda Sykes To Appear In ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Season 3.

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” ‘Lip Sync Battle’ is back with brand new talent and tunes.The reality competition show released a promo for the upcoming third season, paying homage to Michael Jackson and his song ‘Beat It.’ The clip features host LL Cool J and series commentator Chrissy Teigen reenacting Jackson’s iconic music video, while facing off with the “Lip Sync Battle” dancers.

The promo also features a sneak peek of the Season 3 competitors, including Lupita Nyong’o, Laverne Coxand Sir Ben Kingsley. This season looks to also include appearances from Wanda Sykes.”

MUSIC. BeBe Spotlights Drag Queens Of Music On ‘It’s Everything With BeBe Sweetbriar.’

bebe-everythingOn the Folsom Street Fair Edition of ‘It’s Everything with BeBe Sweetbriar,’ BeBe gives love to the (Drag) Queens of Music with a radio debut of the Knife and Fork new release ‘SLAY’ featuring Saiyohni Gray, including a chat with the rising drag star herself. Also, we listen to music by drag recording artists RuPaul, Adore DelanoJacqueline Dupree, Conchita WurstHoney Mahogany, Alex Newell, and drag producers/remixers Tweaka Turner and Nina Flowers.

Tune into ‘It’s Everything with BeBe Sweetbriar’ at 12 noon PST every Sunday at Tunein.com Radio. And listen to the podcast below. Enjoy!

THEATRE. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘The Brothers Size’ For Limited Engagement In SF.

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For a limited engagement, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, director Darryl V. Jones and the Rhinoceros Theatre presents ‘The Brothers Size’.

Two brothers, the Louisiana bayou, and West African mythology swirl together in this treasured theatrical event that will leave you breathless. A hot-blooded, music-filled drama from one of the country’s most exciting queer African-American voices.

In the Louisiana bayou, big brother Ogun Size (Lakeidrick S. Wimberly) is hardworking and steady. Younger brother Oshoosi (Gabriel Christian),  is just out of prison and finding himself. The wily Elegba (Julian Green), Oshoosi’s old prison-mate, is a mysterious and seductive complication. A simple circle defines a world that begins in ritual and evolves into a tough and tender drama of what it means to be a brother by birth and to be a brother out of desire.

img_7782Flights of poetry, music, dance and West African mythology combine in a contemporary tale that explores the tenuousness of freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.

Go to Rhinoceros Theatre’s website for show times and tickets. Also listen to director Darryl V. Jones in an interview with BeBe Sweetbriar on ‘It’s Everything with BeBe Sweetbriar’ below. Enjoy!

The Eureka Theatre

215 Jackson Street. San Francisco, Ca.

September 24 – October 15, 2016

LGBT Pop Culture of Colour by People of Color.