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Fish out of ‘Water’

Richard Jenkins plays gay — again — in Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-buzzy Cold War thriller ‘The Shape of Water’ Director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water is a loving, emotional, witty and sometimes gory homage to old Hollywood creature features and romance with its 1962-set tale of a mute cleaning woman, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), who falls in love with a Creature from the Black Lagoon-like monster (Doug Jones, Star Trek: Discovery’s alien Science Officer Saru). One of the film’s pivotal supporting characters is Giles, Elisa’s closeted gay neighbor, played by veteran character actor Richard Jenkins, who along with...

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Battle royal

Andrea Riseborough and Emma Stone The match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs (44 years ago this month) was about more than tennis — it was a fight for equality LAWRENCE FERBER  | Contributing Writer lawrenceferber@gmail.com There’s a scene near the end of 1970s-set Battle of the Sexes in which gay fashion designer Cuthbert Collingwood “Ted” Tinling tells closeted tennis champ Billie Jean King that the times will change and, eventually, queers shall live and love openly: after all, she is one of the people changing them. How prescient Tinling was. Directed by the wife and husband team...

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Alt-wrong

Cabaret comedian Bridget Everett breaks through Singer-comedian-actress Bridget Everett likes to call her act “alt-cabaret,” thanks to its mix of raunchy song, storytelling and audience interaction (e.g. sitting on a face is not outside her repertoire). She’s attained cult status and a significant LGBT following in NYC thanks to performances at Joe’s Pub, while she’s reached larger audiences via tours, a Comedy Central special Gynecological Wonder, albums and appearances on buddy Amy Schumer’s namesake series. Yet 2017 has proved a true breakout year for the 45-year-old Kansas native that will take her into the pop culture stratosphere. She has...

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Stuck in transit

As Season 4 of ‘Transparent’ returns to Amazon, gender-non-binary creator Jill Soloway talks musicals, family conflict and how they are not going anywhere Transparent won’t be winding down anytime soon. A fifth season of the multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series about a transgender female (Maura Pfefferman, played by Jeffrey Tambor) who began a late-in-life gender transition — and her family’s subsequent self-revelations — began pre-production even before Season 4 premieres this week on Amazon Prime Video. This season, the Jewish-American Pfefferman clan ends up in Israel, where patriarch-turned-matriarch Maura, ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light), and their children Ali (Gaby...

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Poetic justice

How out filmmaker Terence Davies & queer actress Cynthia Nixon tackled the life of Emily Dickinson Terence Davies has long been praised for his poetic, lyrical filmmaking, including the autobiographical Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes (1992), his 2000 Edith Wharton novel adaptation The House Of Mirth and last year’s Sunset Song, based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Scottish novel. Perhaps, then, it’s no surprise that the openly gay Davies has crafted another masterpiece with his biopic on poet Emily Dickinson, A Quiet Passion. The film begins during the mid-1800s as the teenaged Dickinson (Emma Bell),...

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