Actress Ruby Rose will be honoured for promoting gay equality and acceptance at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
The Orange is the New Black star has been named as the recipient of this year's (16) Stephen F. Kolzak Award, named after a beloved casting director, who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness about the discrimination faced by gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people.
Identifying as a lesbian, actress and DJ Ruby has encouraged the better understanding of gender identities and in 2014, she wrote, produced, and starred in the short film Break Free, a tribute to "gender fluid" people that became a viral hit, garnering more than 17 million views on YouTube.
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Singer/actress Christina Milian has been added to the cast of the upcoming The Rocky Horror Picture Show TV remake.
The Dip It Low singer will play mad maid Magenta, who runs oddball, cross-dressing alien Dr. Frank N. Furter's spooky castle with her brother Riff Raff, played by actor Reeve Carney, while secretly plotting to return to their native planet of Transsexual.
Magenta was originally portrayed by Patricia Quinn in the 1975 cult movie musical, and although Milian has had success both as a recording artist and in various acting roles, this is her first time delving into a musical.
She joins an already star-studded cast, featuring Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, as well as Victoria Justice, Ryan MCCartan, Adam Lambert and original Rocky Horror star Tim Curry, who will take on the role of the criminologist narrator.
Continue reading: Christina Milian Heading To The Rocky Horror Picture Show Remake
Actress Laverne Cox Has Reportedly Embarked On A Romance With Film And Theatre Executive Jono Freedrix.
The Orange Is the New Black star and Freedrix have reportedly known each other for a while and were photographed together at the 2014 Emmy Awards. Editors at Us Weekly magazine are now reporting the pair's relationship has turned romantic.
This past weekend (30-31Jan16), Cox brought Freedrix as her date to the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday and the couple was seen getting affectionate with each other at the Weinstein Company/Netflix SAG Awards afterparty.
If the romance reports are true, it is unclear how long Cox and Freedrix have been dating. Representatives for the 31-year-old have not commented on the rumours.
Laverne Cox - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Press Room at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Laverne Cox - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at The Shrine Expo Hall, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Rap Mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs Rang In 2016 In Style With A Lavish Party At His Star Island Mansion In Miami Beach, Florida.
The hip-hop entrepreneur welcomed Laverne Cox, The Weeknd, Amber Rose, Rita Ora, and Taraji P. Henson, among others, to his home after helping Pitbull close out his first televised New Year's Eve spectacular nearby.
Combs' Ciroc vodka was flowing and guests sipped the specially-concocted Midnight Kiss cocktail, which featured Ciroc, Champagne and apple juice. The host also hired basketball star Dwyane Wade's personal chef to cook up breakfast at 3am.
Hours earlier, Combs brought Puff Daddy & the Family back together for a surprise performance at Pitbull's New Year's Revolution show in Miami. He thrilled fans with Bad Boys For Life before teaming up with rapper Ma$e for Can't Hold Me Down. Just when Pitbull's audience thought the night couldn't get any better, Combs introduced Busta Rhymes and the two rap icons crushed versions of Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See and Pass the Courvoisier, Part II.
The fabulous Lily Tomlin finally gets the lead role she deserves in this smart, engaging comedy-drama. Like her title character, the film itself refuses to play nice, tackling big issues like abortion and the strain between mothers and daughters without ever simplifying the topics or the people involved. The plot may feel a bit contrived, and the entire movie rather lightweight, but it's thoroughly entertaining. And the subtle approach to the big themes gives it a strong kick.
Tomlin plays Elle, a mature woman who has just broken up with her girlfriend Olivia (Judy Greer) for no real reason. Then her young granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) turns up asking for money to terminate her pregnancy. Elle doesn't have the cash, but offers to help her find it, so they head off into Los Angeles in her rattling 1955 Dodge, visiting the unborn baby's stoner father (Nat Wolff) and some of Elle's colourful old friends (Elizabeth Pena, Laverne Cox and Sam Elliott). But both Elle and Sage are terrified that they might ultimately need to get in contact with Sage's workaholic mother Judy (Marcia Gay Harden), the daughter Elle never knew how to talk to.
The layers of mother-daughter interaction in this film are fascinating, and played with riotously jagged chemistry by the gifted cast. Tomlin punches every witty one-liner perfectly, capturing Elle's life-loving spirit and also her weary exhaustion at the way the world keeps changing around her. Tomlin finds terrific angles in each of Elle's relationships, drawing out Garner's wide-eyed yearning, Greer's steeliness and Harden's professional bluster. Each of the side roles feels like a fully formed person with a life of his or her own, which gives context to the humour and makes the entire film feel more weighty and meaningful.
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It's not just Caitlyn Jenner that's inspired a generation.
The world is still in awe of the bravery and beauty of Caitlyn Jenner, who yesterday celebrated her 66th birthday - or, her very first birthday under her true identity. She sets a fine example for trangender people everywhere, the intimate details of her story being shared on her documentary series 'I Am Cait'.
And thus, in tribute to her, here's a list of the best TV shows and films out there that embrace trans culture; a community that has yet to find itself represented in the same league as non LGBT people, but nonetheless, progress has been made.
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There's still a long way to go for diversity in television.
The media seems to be determined to spread the message of support for members of the LGBT community, and indeed huge steps have been taken in the world of showbiz to better represent the sexual and gender fluidity of humankind as a whole. However, the fact remains that only 4% of main characters on primetime shows diversify into LGBT territory.
Ruby Rose in Orange Is The New Black
For ten years, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has compiled an annual Where We Are on TV report, exploring just how much the industry has changed/is changing. While there is, indeed, a significant rise in the number of LGBT characters on our screens, there are often stereotypes attached and, as GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis revealed in the report, 'LGBT stories must go far beyond the common "coming out" narrative.'
Who else can possibly takeover this Transsexual, Transylvania expat?
We've got to admit, we cringed when we first heard that a re-boot of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' was underway, but now we've seen who's the star, it might not be so bad after all. Enter Laverne Cox as the infamous Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
Laverne Cox to play the lead role in Rocky Horror re-make
It's possibly one of the most iconic cult films in cinema history, with Tim Curry having successfully forced viewers of all genders to seriously question their sexuality. It doesn't look like that legacy is going to change anytime soon either with the latest cast announcement. 'I am so excited to be a part of #RockHorror legacy', the 'Orange Is The New Black' star told her followers on Twitter, adding the adorable hashtag #DontDreamItBeIt in reference to the refrain from the original 1975 movie.
Continue reading: Laverne Cox To Bring Glamour To 'Rocky Horror' Re-Boot
Orange Is The New Black Star Laverne Cox Is Set To Become The Latest Actor To Tackle Frank-n-furter In The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The transgender actress will take on the role of the "sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania" in a new TV production of Richard O'Brien's cult movie musical.
Confirming the casting news via Twitter on Wednesday (21Oct15), Cox writes, "I am so excited to be a part of #RockyHorror legacy."
Tim Curry originated the role on stage and screen, and the mad scientist has also been played by Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Anthony Head, singer Jason Donovan and Jonathan Wilkes.
Continue reading: Laverne Cox To Play Frank-n-furter In New Tv Rocky Horror Project
Laverne Cox has landed the role of Transylvanian transvestite scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the forthcoming 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' TV reboot.
Laverne Cox is to star in the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' reboot.
The 'Orange is the New Black' star, who became the first transgender performer to ever receive an Emmy Award nomination last year, has been cast as the Transylvanian transvestite scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the forthcoming TV remake of the 1973 classic musical, Fox has announced.
The 31-year-old actress will take over the role from Tim Curry, who famously portrayed the flamboyant character in the first Broadway show and the movie four decades ago.
Continue reading: Laverne Cox To Star In Rocky Horror Picture Show Reboot
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