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Reeling 2018: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival – 31 Features But Only One With A Cameo By Bruce Vilanch

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Reeling 2018: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival – 31 Features But Only One With A Cameo By Bruce Vilanch

Reeling 2018: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival - 31 Features But Only One With A Cameo By Bruce Vilanch

With 31 features and 19 short film programs being screened—all of them Chicago premieres—the 36th edition of Reeling (the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world) runs September 20-30 at a handful of theaters around the city, including an opening night presentation at the Davis Theater, with an afterparty at the adjoining Carbon Arc Bar. The festival’s final weekend (Sept. 28-30) will take place at the newly restored firehouse headquarters of Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling while the bulk of screenings (Sept. 21-27) happen at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. Read More

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Bruce Vilanch will be awarded with The Thrive Tribe Humanitarian Advocate Award September 22, 2018

Bruce Vilanch will be awarded The Thrive Tribe Humanitarian Advocate Award
by Christopher Rudolph 9/19/2018

Bruce Vilanch,

This upcoming Saturday, September 22, The Thrive Tribe, a non-profit using a peer-to-peer model to fight against HIV, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a star-studded celebration in Pasadena, CA.

The “Big Night Masquerade” gala will feature performances, and special guests like out actor Alex Lee (Entourage), and Former Miss Continental 2012, Sasha Colby. At the event legendary writer-comedian Bruce Vilanch will be awarded with The Thrive Tribe Humanitarian Advocate Award.

Logo TV and Finding Prince Charming producer Brian Graden will be honored with this year’s Media Award for the Finding Prince Charmingepisode where contestant Eric Leonardos came out to the other suitors as HIV positive. Read More

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Oscar audiences will know Bruce Vilanch’s hysterical, Emmy Award-winning writing for hosts Billy Crystal, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and other hosts for more than 20 years. He’s written many other award shows, television series, and variety specials. His stand-up comedy routine draws on his years of being a Hollywood insider.

Judy Gold is also an Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian, best known as the star of her two critically acclaimed, long-running Off-Broadway hit shows, including “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother.” Read More

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Watch Trailer: “A Long Road to Freedom” Doc Looks at 50 Year Road to LGBTQ Equality

Watch: “A Long Road to Freedom” Doc Looks at 50 Year Road to LGBTQ Equality
by Lamar Dawson

Advocate issue, documentary

On July 19, Here TV and The Advocate will premiere a new, original documentary, A Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years.

Narrated by Laverne Cox with music by Melissa Etheridge, the feature-length documentary focuses on watershed moments in LGBTQ history through never-before-seen footage and engaging interviews with NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, Caitlyn Jenner, Don Lemon, Gloria Allred, Gavin Newsom, Dustin Lance Black, Margaret Cho, Armistead Maupin, Bruce Vilanch, Greg Louganis, DeRay Mckesson, Candis Cayne, Guillermo Diaz, and many more.

Starting with the Black Cat Riots, the film covers Stonewall, the disco sexual revolution, the AIDS crisis, marriage equality, and the trans movement to the present day.

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Pacific Pioneers Broadcasters Honored Loni Anderson June 1 – Edna Turnblad Showed Up As A Surprise!

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Pacific Pioneers Broadcasters Honored Loni Anderson June 1
June 1, 2018

Actress, best selling author, wife, mother and grandmother… Loni Anderson is best known for her groundbreaking role as the “sexy-yet-smartest-person-in-the-room receptionist”, Jennifer Marlowe on the hit series “WKRP in Cincinnati”, for which she received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Never off the air, WKRP can currently be seen all across America on ME TV.

Over the next three and a half decades, Ms. Anderson went on to star in five additional television series, seven feature films, eighteen television movies and two mini-series, along with scores of starring roles in television series and specials, plus a joyful and welcome return to her first love, musical theater. Her latest ventures include a comedy pilot, created and produced by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and the second season of the hilarious series “My Sister Is So Gay.”

Ms. Anderson has shown a passionate lifetime commitment to raising COPD awareness with the National Lung Health Education Program. She also gives her time and commitment to The Race to Erase MS, Us Against Alzheimer’s and the American Cancer Society. Currently, she is the national spokesperson for Advantage Emergency Medical Response Systems.

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Bruce Vilanch Emcees The Michael Musto Roast

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14 Hilarious Reads from Michael Musto’s New York City Roast
Written by Alexander Kacala
on May 23, 2017


Last night, a “who’s who” of New York City gathered to honor Michael Musto at a roast given in his honor. No, really, who was who?

Comedian Bruce Vilanch was the fabulous emcee for the evening. Rosie O’Donnell opened the show with a few words, roasting Musto by reminding the audience of how their relationship began many years ago.
“I know it wasn’t really a shock to anyone in this room that I was a big fucking lesbian but middle America apparently was confused,” O’Donnell said. “And Michael Musto was a very pissed off fag.”

“Very faggy gay men seem to be very troubled by dykey gay women who refuse to acknowledge their lesbianism,” she went on.

But obviously the water is under the bridge, as O’Donnell showed up to support Musto’s event for a good cause. O’Donnell ended her set by matching funds raised for the Callen-Lorde Center, donating $20,000 to the LGBT wellness center in New York City.

Jinkx Monsoon, Bianca Del Rio, Real Housewife LuAnn D’Agostino and Judy Gold were just some of the notable names on the bill, reading each other and the man of the hour. Del Rio of course was a highlight of the night — and right at home up there, as roasting is what she does best.

The evening was produced by Daniel DeMello and Nathaniel Nowak. Directed by Rachel Klein, many of the night’s best jokes were written for the roasters by Erik Ransom and Matthew McLachlan. Even Musto himself wrote some of the best digs made at his own expense.

Here are 14 of the funniest moments from Michael Musto’s roast:
Bruce Vilanch to United Airways:

“I came in from LA for this. It was incredible this morning as they dragged me off my United flight. Which was really unusual because I thought United only does Chinese take-out.”

Michael Musto to Bianca Del Rio:

“Bianca Del Rio, Hurricane Katrina is only the second worst thing to ever happen to New Orleans.”

Bianca Del Rio to Randy Rainbow:

“I don’t really know who Randy Rainbow is, but from the looks of his name, I guarantee he’s not allowed 800 feet anywhere near a grade school.”

Judy Gold to Michael Musto:

“Michael Musto is Al Franken run over by a pride parade.”

Johnny Skandros to Countess LuAnn:

“You’re the worst thing to happen to music since Whitney Houston started taking baths.”

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