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The Girls of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Dish on What it Means to Be a Drag Queen in New Documentary - VIDEO

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This is Drag is an upcoming behind-the-scenes documentary on the lives of drag queens. Written, produced, and directed by Mark Kenneth Woods, the film looks at "performance, glamor, fame, family, love and sacrifice as some of the world’s most renowned drag queens come together for World Pride in Toronto."

Starring Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Alyssa Edwards, and Shangela.

Check out the new trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Court of Appeals Rules In Favor of Compulsory Condom Use In L.A. Adult Films

A panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Measure B, the Los Angeles county ordinance mandating condom use by adult performers on set, does not violate the adult film industry’s First Amendment rights. Measure B was first adopted in 2012 after being put up to a vote by LA county residents. Though many adult film studios mandate routine health screenings, proponents of Measure B reason that compulsory condom use would create safer work environments by lowering the risk of potential exposure to STIs.

LaThe adult film industry’s legal representation contended that forcing studios to make their performers wear condoms was tantamount to limiting a studio’s right to free speech. The three-judge panel ruled that in order for the studios’ defense to be valid, there would have to be a demonstrable muddling of a studio’s intended message.

"Here, we agree with the district court that, whatever unique message plaintiffs might intend to convey by depicting condomless sex, it is unlikely that viewers of adult films will understand that message," Judge Susan P. Graber explained in the the panel's written majority.

In its decision, the Ninth Circuit also referred to a statement from the LA County Department of Health highlighting the fact that adult performers, on average, were about ten times more likely to test positive for STIs as compared to the general public. Since Measure B’s passing, the adult film industry in LA County has shrunk drastically. Some studios continue to operate without the proper permits, while others have simply left the area.

Similar efforts to increase condom use, like assembly bill AB 1576, have begun to pop up across California to varying degrees of success.  AB 1576, which was defeated earlier this year, was met with backlash for its potential to put certain adult performers out of work.


Chris Pratt's Jungle Beefcake Gets Photobombed By a Velociraptor: PHOTO

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Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow sent out the above photo yesterday of Chris Pratt, his bulging biceps, his motorcycle, and a toothy Veliciraptor that may or may not be Pratt's pet depending on how you interpreted the raptor scene in the film's debut trailer last month.

Tweeted Trevorrow:

Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and BD Wong opens in theaters June 12, 2015.


Sony Cancels Roll-Out of 'The Interview' After Threats Cause Theater Chains to Dump It

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has canceled its Christmas Day roll-out of the James Franco-Seth Rogen film The Interview after hacker threats of a 9/11-style terror attack spooked theater chains into dropping the film.

Wrote Sony in a statement:

"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

The hacker group Guardians of Peace, which has been on a damaging data release campaign against the studio after a deep security breach in November, wrote earlier this week that,

"We will clearly show it [our Christmas gift] to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to...The world will be full of fear...Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY."

Many are speculating that a North Korean group is behind the hack and the threats because the comedic film features the assassination of Kim Jong Un. Franco and Rogen canceled all appearances for the movie following the threats.

UPDATE: U.S. officials say they have connected the Sony hackers to North Korea, NBC News reports.

The officials say the hacking attack originated outside North Korea, but they believe the individuals behind it were acting on orders from the North Koreans.

"We have found linkage to the North Korean government," according to a U.S. government source.

The officials offered no further details.


Interview: Cheyenne Jackson 'Gets On With It' in Two Memorable Gay Films

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Cheyenne with his legendary co-star at a recent Academy screening of "Six Dance Lessons..."

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

Cheyenne Jackson's gone Hollywood. Though the 39 year old actor and self proclaimed "Broadway Baby" came to fame via musicals like "All Shook Up" (Theater World Award, 2005) and "Xanadu" (Drama Desk nomination 2008) and promises to return, TV and film came calling soon thereafter and appear to have stuck. His most notable early filmed roles were as a heroic passenger in the Oscar-nominated true story United 93 (2006) and a recurring gig on Emmy favorite 30 Rock as Danny Baker, a singing actor with a voice so beautiful he gave Jenna Maroney "rage strokes."

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That first flush of mainstream success seemed to have been briefly eclipsed in the media by upheavals in his personal life, a divorce from his first husband and sobering up. But Cheyenne is eager to move on from that topic which he feels was overblown by the media. "Definitely with the gay press, it was rough there for a bit. Things were never not together; I think that's the misconception," he explains. Was it a rough patch? "I guess other people can think of it that way but to me it was just the next chapter. Time to clean up." 

And the next chapter is moving along well. After his brief note-perfect cameo in the Liberace movie Behind the Candelabra (2013) he's filmed several more roles including a small part as half of a gay cop couple affectionately referred to as 'The Policewomen' in one of this year's very best films LOVE IS STRANGE (2014, reviewed here). Ira Sachs moving drama recently won a handful of Spirit Award nominations.

As a longtime fan of Cheyenne Jackson, I confess to an atypical case of the nerves during our phone interview from separate coasts. Cheyenne helpfully tells me to imagine him in his underwear, and we both laugh immediately realizing that is not going to help. 'No wait. Maybe not. Maybe not'.

 

NR: Things seems to be on a real uptick in terms of your movie career!

CHEYENNE JACKSON: I’ve really kind of thrown myself into film and it’s been great. Some make their way to theaters, some go video on demand, some get nominated for things. I live out here now so it’s easier.

NR: Your new film SIX DANCES IN SIX WEEKS just opened this weekend. We don't see Gena Rowlands in lead roles much these days but she's one of the most influential actors of all time. How did your casting happen and how nerve wracking was is to work with her?

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Ellen's Hunky Gardener Nick Goes 'Into the Woods' - VIDEO

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Disney's upcoming musical fantasy film Into the Woods is sure to be a hit with audiences, especially now that Ellen has revealed some of the new cast members that will star alongside Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine.

Those new faces include Amy Adams, Hugh Jackman, Portia de Rossi, Katniss, the black Stormtrooper, Matt Lauer, Tootie from The Facts of Life, Nick the Gardener, a random audience dancer, and others.

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Oh, and Rudy Giuliani for some reason...

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