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The Bonus Special of Gay Web Series 'The Outs' is Here: VIDEO


When we last spoke with creator Adam Goldman, he had said he was going to be working on a sort of "capstone to the series" in the form of a 'Chanukah Special' which would tie up some loose ends.

It's here now, and fans of the web series won't be disappointed. Alan Cumming even makes an appearance, as himself.


If you haven't been following this six-episode, Kickstarter-funded serial, here are Episode 1, Episode 2Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, and Episode 6 which you may want to catch up on.


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Interview: Alan Cumming on love at first sight and "Any Day Now"

Alan Cumming & Garrett Dillahunt celebrating ANY DAY NOW last spring. Now it's in theaters!



Anydaynow-posterAny Day Now, a new 70s based gay drama from director Travis Fine, has just dropped into the super-crowded holiday movie marketplace. Consider it counter-programming to the wealth of glitzy Oscar contenders and big budget blockbusters. Alan Cumming plays Rudy Donatello, an outspoken performer who impulsively takes in a neglected teenager with Down Syndrome (played by Isaac Levya) when the boy's mother abandons him. Rudy attempts to keep the child, fighting the discriminatory legal system with the help of his lawyer boyfriend (Garret Dillahunt). This sad and moving story (inspired by true events) is at once enraging and comforting since these same issues are still very much with us but we've made numerous legal and societal strides since then.

Any Day Now has already won several audience awards on the festival circuit but it's just now hitting movie theaters. I sat down with Alan Cumming last week to discuss the film and his eclectic career. 

TOWLEROAD: How did Any Day Now come to you. Did they seek you out?

ALAN CUMMING: Yes, they asked me. One of my agents and one of my managers said "You should read this right now." I did so it happened very quickly. It was lovely. There were several versions of the script before it was finished, before the one we shot. It was great to be part of that process and talk to Travis about each version. It changed really radically, actually. The ending was very different.

I'm guessing happier. 

Yeah, I remember saying to him 'this is a little upbeat, isn't it?' The next one... [edited for spoilers] Whoops.

I wasn't expecting it to go there!

But it had to end that way! It couldn't have ended another way and been honest. It could easily have been cloying and manipulative but it's genuine. 

Did they specifically want a gay actor for the role?


[Cumming on love at first sight, looking terrible in drag, and The Good Wife ...AFTER THE JUMP]

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Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt are a Gay Couple Fighting for Their Child in 'Any Day Now': VIDEO


A new trailer is out for Any Day Now, in which Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt play a gay couple fighting to retain custody of a child with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) who comes to live with them after his mother, their neighbor, abandons him. The film, which has won the Audience Award at Outfest and the Chicago, Seattle, Woodstock, Provincetown, and Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as an acting award for Cumming at this year's Outfest, hits theaters on December 14.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Alan Cumming Marries Partner Grant Shaffer in New York City


Actor Alan Cumming married his partner Grant Shaffer over the weekend in New York City on the fifth anniversary of their civil partnership in the UK.

Tweeted Cumming on Saturday: "I just got married!!!!!"

Congrats to the happy couple from Towleroad!

One more shot tweeted from their nuptials, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tonight In NYC: Cyndi Lauper's "Home For The Holidays" To Benefit Homeless LGBT Youth

LauperAndy announced it a month ago, but here's a reminder: Tonight at 8 p.m., Cyndi Lauper takes the stage at the Beacon Theatre in NYC with a whole laundry list of cool people to raise money for the True Colors Fund -- which benefits, among other things, the True Colors Residence, Lauper's uptown, 30-unit housing shelter for homeless LGBT youth.

All of the Fund's activities are devoted to benefiting the homeless LGBT youth population. As Lauper's press release has it:

It is estimated that 20 percent to 40 percent of all homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, yet of the general youth population, only 3 percent to 5 percent do the same. The True Colors Fund is committed to doing what it can to raise awareness about this issue and develop resources to help these young people, most of whom are homeless due to family conflict.

The Fund's mission resonates with all kinds of people, as evidenced by tonight's lineup. What else could convince Lou Reed and Vanessa Carlton to share a stage? Along with Lauper, Reed, and Carlton, tonight's "Home For The Holidays" concert features Norah Jones, Harvey Fierstein, Alan Cumming, Clay Aiken, Carson Kressley, and a whole mess of others. Tix run $30 - $500, and you can still get 'em.

... and if you don't, you can grab Lauper's new single on iTunes, which also benefits the Fund. The song, like the concert, is called "Home For The Holidays," and features Norah Jones.

LGBT Stories: Alan Cumming Discusses Childhood Crush On Elton John And The Media's 'Coming Out' Obsession

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Guestblogger Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee just finished a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD.

Driftwood It was a dreadfully dreary and rainy day when we met Alan. He was out walking his two dogs — one which insisted she sit on my lap during the storytelling — when we arrived. Even when the camera wasn't rolling, Alan seemed to talk from an outsider's perspective, like he'll always be the Scotland farmboy making it in the big city. He seemed fascinated by and curious about everything, which made him a a pleasure to speak with.


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From Cancer Diagnosis to Fairytale Wedding [tr]
Yale Student Jake Conway on His 'Ultimate Sense of Pride' [tr]

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