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Ellen DeGeneres Agrees To Netflix Stand-Up Special

Ellen DeGeneres Agrees To Netflix Stand-Up Special

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Even though Ellen DeGeneres cracks us up daily on the Emmy-winning Ellen, it’s been more than a decade since her last stand-up special. Thanks to Netflix, that’s about to change.

The pair’s announcement came in the form of a Wednesday Twitter exchange that sent fan reeling on the social network.

Looks like it’s been 15 years since you did a stand-up special, @TheEllenShow. How about one for Netflix?

— Netflix US (@netflix) May 24, 2017

Let me think about it. Ok I’m in. https://t.co/kUAdHyXAjS

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 24, 2017

DeGeneres’ last stand-up special, “Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now,” premiered on HBO on June 25, 2003, and it looks like DeGeneres shares our opinion that it’s been long enough.

“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years,” DeGeneres said in a statement provided through Netflix, HuffPost reports. “And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it.”

The special has yet to film, so the release date is unknown at this point, but DeGeneres’ deal with Netflix comes after a number of popular comedians have released their own specials. Louis C.K., Iliza Shlesinger and Amy Schumer are just a few of the comedians who have released their own stand-up specials on the streaming service recently.

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Theresa May, Rob Gronkowski, Sia, Reince Priebus, Ben Carson, DJI Spark, Grindr: HOT LINKS

Theresa May, Rob Gronkowski, Sia, Reince Priebus, Ben Carson, DJI Spark, Grindr: HOT LINKS

THERESA MAY. “I will be making clear to President Trump today that intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure.

Ben CarsonA STATE OF MIND. What Ben Carson calls poverty: “Mr. Carson, who oversees a department that handles housing for millions of low-income Americans, made the comments during a radio interview on Tuesday with Armstrong Williams, a friend and conservative media personality. During the talk, Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, said he thought some people were poor because of their outlook on life.”

GOP HEALTHCARE LIES. Preexisting conditions won’t be covered: “They were lying back in March, when they introduced the initial version of the legislation ― a bill GOP leaders had to pull at the last minute because it didn’t have enough votes to pass. And they have been lying since early May, after they revised that proposal and rushed to vote on it before the CBO, Washington’s official scorekeeper, had time to evaluate it formally.” CBO Score is awful.

Reince PriebusCOMEY MEMOS. Reince Priebus sweating: “Three White House officials told The Daily Beast that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has privately expressed worry about a possible Comey memo specifically involving one of their reported chats, and how it might play in the press and to investigators. ‘Nervous laughter,’ one official succinctly characterized Priebus’ demeanor in the midst of recent revelations.”

25 MILLION. Katy Perry is proud of her Idol paycheck.

WE DON’T BELONG HERE. Anton Yelchin plays gay, bipolar son of Catherine Keener in final film.

grindr olympics240 MILLION. Chinese firm buys remaining stake in Grindr. “Beijing Kunlun Tech, a game developer owned by 38-year-old billionaire Zhou Yahui, said on Wednesday it planned to pay US$152 million to buy the remaining 38 per cent stake in Grindr that it does not already own. Kunlun paid about US$88 million for a 62 per cent stake of the social media app in January last year, which meant that the startup’s valuation has gained 161 per cent since the Chinese firm’s last purchase.”

Tom HArdyTOM HARDY. Actor fundraises for Manchester victims: “I hope between us we can raise some funds as a gesture of goodwill and love to help in some small way towards repairing some if any of the damage done in the wake of last nights events. There will be much to do and for many the beginning of a new life without those that they love and also a new life damaged irrevocably by the actions of a crime which has no reason, no heartfelt purpose but was simply a cruel cowardly and barbaric, meaningless act of violence. A road to recovery unimaginable.”

BILLBOARD LEFTOVERS. The hottest men at the 2017 awards.

SUSHI BAR. Watch Rob Gronkowski’s body serve as the sushi bar in a new music video.

NEW TUNE OF THE DAY. Sia featuring Labrinth ” To Be Human” from Wonder Woman.

TECH OF THE DAY. The DJI Spark.

THIRSTY THURSDAY. Aun Warit.

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Trump’s latest budget is doomsday for LGBTQ people and anyone living with HIV/AIDS

Trump’s latest budget is doomsday for LGBTQ people and anyone living with HIV/AIDS
Trump’s latest budget proposal is absolutely awful for LGBTQ people, people of color, and especially for anyone living with HIV/AIDS.

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Trump Just Shoved Another NATO Member to Get to the Front of a Group: WATCH

Trump Just Shoved Another NATO Member to Get to the Front of a Group: WATCH

At a NATO gathering in Brussels, Donald Trump appeared to shove Montenegro Prime Minister Duško Markovic out of the way to get to the front of a group of leaders.

Trump’s shoving got the attention of the other leaders, who watched as he adjusted his jacket with a smug look of satisfaction.

Watch:

Did Trump just shove another NATO leader to be in the front of the group? pic.twitter.com/bL1r2auELd

— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) May 25, 2017

Slo-mo: Trump appears to push aside/shove another NATO leader to get to the front of the group. pic.twitter.com/K0OC6QnEL4

— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) May 25, 2017

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Judge Says No to Gay Couple’s Parental Rights: ‘You Can’t Overcome Biology’ – VIDEO

Judge Says No to Gay Couple’s Parental Rights: ‘You Can’t Overcome Biology’ – VIDEO

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A lesbian couple on Monday had a case heard to determine if Indiana’s law preventing them from both being named on their child’s birth certificate is discriminatory.

Jackie and Lisa Phillips-Stackman’s case was heard by a three-judge panel for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The couple’s daughter Lola was born from Jackie’s embryo, fertilized by a sperm donor and carried by Lisa.

Indiana is appealing an earlier ruling which ordered the state to recognize both parents on the birth certificates of children conceived using a sperm donor. The Phillips-Stackman’s case argued that parental recognition should be a benefit conferred by the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in 2015, reports IndyStar.

RELATED: Trump’s SCOTUS List: Why It’s Bad News for LGBT People

Not recognizing the non-birth mother, the lawsuit said, could make it more difficult for families to be covered by insurance policies or for the parent to enroll her child in school.

In that case, U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said that “there is no conceivable important governmental interest that would justify the different treatment of female spouses of artificially-inseminated birth mothers from the male spouses of artificially-inseminated birth mothers.”

However, on Monday Judge Diane S. Sykes argued that the couple’s lawyer was making an argument that wouldn’t hold up under scrutiny. “You can’t overcome biology,” she said. “If the state defines parenthood by virtue of biology, no argument under the Equal Protection Clause or the substantive due process clause can overcome that.”

IndyStar reports:

Judge Diane S. Sykes drew distinctions between biological parentage and parental rights, and which of the two should be represented on birth certificates. “You can’t overcome biology,” Sykes said. “If the state defines parenthood by virtue of biology, no argument under the Equal Protection Clause or the substantive due process clause can overcome that.”

“Your Honor, with all due respect, we maintain that parenthood is no longer defined by biology,” said Karen Celestino-Horseman, the attorney for eight same-sex couples who brought the lawsuit against the state for only allowing only a mother and a father to be named on birth certificates. “That’s a policy argument to take to the legislature,” Sykes responded.

Last year Diana Sykes was on an early Trump shortlist for the Supreme Court.

You can listen to the oral arguments here and watch an interview with the couple below.

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GLAAD’s fifth Studio Responsibility Index shows LGBTQ people nearly invisible in major Hollywood films

GLAAD’s fifth Studio Responsibility Index shows LGBTQ people nearly invisible in major Hollywood films

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This morning, GLAAD released its fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of images of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest Hollywood studios during the 2016 calendar year. In the same year that Moonlight (distributed by independent studio A24) made history as the first film led by an LGBTQ character to win the Oscar for Best Picture, nearly half (43%) of the LGBTQ-inclusive films released by the seven major studios included less than one minute of screen time for their LGBTQ characters.

READ THE FULL 2017 STUDIO RESPONSIBILITY INDEX NOW.

GLAAD found that of the 125 releases from the major studios in 2016, only 23 (18.4%) included characters identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer. This is an increase of nearly one percentage point from the 17.5% of films (22 of 126) found to be inclusive from the same studios in 2015. The overwhelming majority of LGBTQ characters in major studio releases are minor, in both screen time and substance. Nearly half (10 or 43%) of the 23 films GLAAD found to be inclusive include less than one minute of screen time for their LGBTQ characters. Transgender representation remains abysmally low, with only one transgender character counted, the same number as the previous report, and once again the character was used a punchline in Zoolander 2. This lack of substantive characters is reflected in the incredibly low percentage of inclusive films (9 of 23, 39%) which passed GLAAD’s Vito Russo Test.

Though 2017 has seen highly buzzworthy LGBTQ moments in films like Beauty and the Beast and Power Rangers, the forecast for the summer blockbuster season is a continuation of LGBTQ invisibility.

“With many of the most popular TV shows proudly including LGBTQ characters and stories, the time has come for the film industry to step up and show the full diversity of the world that movie audiences are living in today instead and end the outdated humor seen in many films,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Films like Moonlight prove there is a huge opportunity to not only tell LGBTQ stories worthy of Oscar gold, but to open the hearts and minds of audiences here and around the world in places where these stories can be a lifeline to the people who need it most.”

GLAAD also found that racial diversity among LGBTQ characters in mainstream film again dropped drastically year over year. In 2016, only 20% of LGBTQ characters were people of color, compared to 25.5% in 2015 and 32.1% in 2014. Of the LGBTQ characters counted, 48 were White (69%), nine were Black/African American (13%), four were Asian/Pacific Islander (6%), and one was Latinx (1%). Eight characters (11%) were non-human.

Based on the overall quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ representation, a grade was then assigned to each studio: Excellent, Good, Insufficient, Poor, or Failing. This is a change to GLAAD’s previous four step grading scale. This new, expanded grading system will allow GLAAD to more accurately report on the state of LGBTQ representation in mainstream film, and will hold Hollywood studios to a higher standard reflective of the LGBTQ inclusion that is thriving in other forms of media. No studios received grades of ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good.’ Universal Pictures was the only studio to be rated ‘Insufficient.’ 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers were rated ‘Poor.’ Lionsgate Entertainment, Sony Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios were all rated ‘Failing.’ No studios have ever received an ‘Excellent’ rating.

For the third year, GLAAD separately examined the releases of four smaller affiliated subsidiary studios (Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, Roadside Attractions, and Sony Pictures Classics). This was done to compare the quantity and quality of LGBTQ representation in these perceived “art house” divisions directly to their parent companies. Of the 41 films released under those studio imprints in 2016, we found seven to be LGBTQ-inclusive (17%). This is down from the 22% (10 of 46) of films from the same divisions that we found to be inclusive in 2015, but still up from the first year of counting these studios when we counted only 10.6% (five of 47).

GLAAD’s Observations & Recommendations:

  • The overwhelming majority of LGBTQ characters in mainstream films are still minor, in both screen time and substance. Of the 23 mainstream films that GLAAD found to be LGBTQ-inclusive, 10 (43%) included less than one minute of screen time for their LGBTQ characters. While some of these were positive moments of inclusion like Sony Pictures’ Storks and Disney’s Zootopia, many of these characters only existed to be punchlines or establish urban authenticity. Many audiences likely missed several of these characters altogether. This brevity remains standard for LGBTQ inclusion. Studios must do better to not only include more LGBTQ characters, but to construct LGBTQ roles that are directly tied to the plot.
  • Comedy films (the genre most likely to include LGBTQ characters) continued to include out-and-out defamatory portrayals of LGBTQ people. The jokes around these characters relied on gay panic and defamatory stereotypes for cheap laughs. Dirty Grandpa and Central Intelligence were two of the most egregious offenders, and the non-inclusive films The Brothers Grimsby and Ride Along 2 also included offensive humor based in the idea that two men touching each other is inherently strange. Comedy can be a powerful tool in challenging existing norms, but when crafted without thought, these jokes have the opposite effect by signaling that anti-LGBTQ attitudes are acceptable. Creators need to learn that appealing to one audience does not have to mean insulting other audiences.
  • The racial diversity of LGBTQ characters remains a problem in all forms of media, but mainstream film is particularly dismal after a five-percentage point drop in LGBTQ characters of color. This is the second straight year with a significant decrease of LGBTQ characters of color; our previous report found a near seven-percentage point drop in 2015 films from the year before. Successful and critically acclaimed films that include central LGBTQ characters of color like Moonlight, Star Trek Beyond, Pariah, and Lilting should send a message that there is an audience and a hunger for these stories. Creators need to reflect the full diversity of our community, and tell those stories through the eyes of more than one character that allows for new and unique stories that audiences have not yet seen.
  • Hollywood film most notably falls behind other forms of media in its portrayal – or lack thereof – of transgender characters. For the second year, GLAAD found one trans-inclusive mainstream film and, again, the character existed solely as a punchline. Paramount’s Zoolander 2 included Benedict Cumberbatch as All, a cartoonish portrayal of someone who is non-binary, who only exists to mock people who don’t perform traditional gender roles as strange and “other.” Several other mainstream films, which did not have transgender characters, nevertheless included so-called humor rooted in trans panic. There was one film from the smaller subsidiary studios, Fox Searchlight’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, which included transgender characters. Again, the character’s identities were treated as punchlines and one was a last minute reveal. Filmmakers should question what they are really communicating to audiences when they use thoughtless “humor” targeting an already marginalized community.

In 2012, GLAAD introduced the “Vito Russo Test”, a set of criteria analyzing how LGBTQ characters are situated within a narrative, in the first SRI and continues to judge films by these simple guidelines. Named after GLAAD co-founder and celebrated film historian Vito Russo, and partly inspired by the “Bechdel Test,” these criteria represent a minimum standard GLAAD would like to see a greater number of mainstream Hollywood films reach in the future.

The Vito Russo Test criteria:

  1. The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT).
  2. That character must not be solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. the character is comprised of the same sort of unique character traits commonly used to differentiate straight characters from one another).
  3. The LGBTQ character must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect. Meaning they are not there to simply provide colorful commentary, paint urban authenticity, or (perhaps most commonly) set up a punchline. The character should matter.

Only nine of the 23 (39%) major studio films that featured an LGBTQ character passed the Vito Russo Test in 2016. This is a slight increase from 36% in 2015 (the lowest percentage in the study’s history), but still lower than 2014 (55%), 2013 (41%), and 2012 (43%). However, as several of the films tracked prove, passing this test in no way guarantees that a film is not problematic or offensive in its portrayal of LGBTQ people.

In 2015, GLAAD debuted a video titled “Hollywood Must Do Better” that highlighted a bevy of anti-LGBT moments in Hollywood films over the last five years.

With this annual report, GLAAD will continue to track the industry’s progress. To view and download the report, click here.

May 25, 2017
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