Sam Harris … just a ham at heart

If Sam Harris isn’t a household name at this point, he should be. How many people can say they participated in the first season of Star Search (the ‘80s version that sparked American Idol and The Voice), created and wrote an ‘80s sitcom, starred on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award and wrote [...]

Movie review: ‘Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) One of the great lines – and there are many – in Birdman is spoken by Ed Norton’s lauded method-actor Mike Shiner to Michael Keaton’s blockbuster star Riggan Thomas, who wants to earn respect by appearing on Broadway: “Popularity is the slutty little cousin of prestige.” The scene [...]

Gravitas Ventures acquires Marina Rice Bader’s lesbian-themed drama ‘Anatomy of a Love Seen’ for natiowide distribution

Anatomy of a Love Seen --

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Distribution powerhouse Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American distribution rights to Anatomy of a Love Seen, the hugely popular lesbian-themed drama directed by Marina Rice Bader. The film will be available nation-wide on multiple VOD platforms as of Nov. 4. The film is already available for pre-sale on iTunes – [...]

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Jessica Lange in American Horror Story

dvr this FX, Wednesdays, 10 p.m. Ryan Murphy’s ridiculous anthology series is back, this time with his stars working at a side show in 1950s rural Florida. There are little people, a guy with lobster hands, a chanteuse and Siamese twins. There’s also a murderous clown. It’s violent, disgusting, campy and occasionally sublime. Jessica Lange [...]

Begin Again

Keira Knightley and Adam Levine in Begin Again

dvd of the week The plot of John Carney’s delightful musical Begin Again is slight, using a few of the clichés of the let’s-put-on-a-show! genre and focusing on a rather simple redemption narrative in order to string together a bunch of beautifully directed musical performances. Carney’s last major feature, the magical Oscar-winning Once, was emotionally [...]

The City: Top to Bottom

thursday, oct. 23 Bonni Dance Bonni has a smooth soulful sound all her own. With one note, she can go from the bottom to the top of the scale, captivating an audience with her commanding stage presence. The unmatched uniqueness of her 4 ½ octave voice is what sets her apart from the average performer. [...]

Book review: ‘All I Love and Know’

Everything’s gonna be alright. You tell yourself that a dozen times a week. Something lost? It’ll be alright. Deadline missed? It’ll be fine. It’ll work out, it’s OK, you’re all good. Keep repeating it, and maybe that’ll make it so. But, as in the new novel All I Love and Know by Judith Frank, it [...]

Jason Collins: ‘Common ground and conversation’

Jason Collins

Originally published on the Huffington Post Blog, Jason Collins discusses how sports can be used as a vehicle to bring people together and deal with adversity, in a safe environment.  He also discusses the importance of volunteering and giving back to those that are less fortunate. The post follows: I feel that we can all [...]

Watch: Transgender star, Jaila Simms, releases debut music video

Jaila Simms

LOS ANGELES – Transgender musician Jaila Simms, also known as Jaila With An “I” today released a music video for her debut single “Loving Ya’.” “Loving Ya’” is the first single off her upcoming EP Best of Both Worlds It was produced by Titus “TJ” Hooker (Keri Hilson), with additional guitar by Alex Kramer(Jason Derulo). [...]

Despite same-sex marriage rulings some Las Vegas chapels turning gay couples away

Fabulous Las Vegas

After a federal appeals court overturned the prohibition of same-sex marriage in Nevada earlier this month, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVC&VA) has been actively promoting the city as one of the top destinations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors. At the time of the ruling the LVC&VA said, “This is a [...]

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