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John Travolta On Alleged Former Gay Lover: 'It's Just About People Wanting Money' - VIDEO

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In an interview with The Daily Beast, John Travolta has addressed allegations by a male former employee that they had a six year affair.

In July, a California appeals court judge ruled Travolta can no longer stop Douglas Gotterba from telling his side of the story. Gotterba claims that his working relationship with the actor became more personal when he was employed by Travolta’s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s.

While discussing Travolta’s latest movie The Forger, interviewer Marlo Stern asks the actor about the allegations.  Travolta replies:

“This is every celebrity’s Achilles heel. It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels.

Also, I don’t care that much about it. Other people may attack it back more than I do, but I let all the media stuff go a long time ago because I can’t control it. I think that’s why it persists, to some degree.

I found [the allegations] most offensive with the loss of my son. I felt like that was the lowest I’d ever felt. Sex stuff is always going to be interesting to somebody, but you stay away from family. You really should. With that, I always felt like the media—not all of the media, but parts of it—went too low there.”

Watch an interview with Travolta at a premiere for The Forger, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UCLA Study Reveals Hollywood May Not Be So LGBT-Friendly After All

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The film industry specializes in illusion: actors can play anywhere along a gay spectrum and full storylines are effectively created for gender non-conforming, bisexual, or transgender persons, even if American "culture" is not reflective of the willingness necessary to accept those representations. The "liberal Hollywood" archetype may be revealed as just an illusion, however, thanks to a new study out of UCLA's Williams Institute. 

In a survey of 5,700 SAG-AFTRA members, over half the lesbian, gay, and bisexual respondents reported hearing anti-gay comments from the crew. 53% "believed that directors and producers are biased against LGBT performers." These are surprising statistics when one considers the rapidity with which actors and actresses have been coming out in recent years, egged on by increasing levels of awareness and equal rights throughout the country. 

Deadline reports:

“We found that LGBT performers may have substantial barriers to overcome in their search for jobs,” said the authors of the study, M. V. Lee Badgett, a Williams Institute Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, and Jody L. Herman, manager of Transgender Research at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law...

According to the study, “gay men were the most likely to re­port they have experienced some form of discrimination, with one in five reporting an experience. Bisexual actors were about half as likely to report discrimination as gay or lesbian actors. Gender nonconforming gay and bisexual men were more likely to experi­ence discrimination, as were men who were out professionally...”

The study also found that LGBT performers are less likely than heterosexual performers to have agents, “which may put LGBT performers at a disadvantage when looking for work.

Still, 72% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual respondents reported that coming out had had no ill effect on their career, and they recommended that other LGBT actors follow suit. The damning first-person accounts included in the study (gay actors being recast, fired, or told they "aren't right" for a role) would seem to suggest otherwise, but SAG-AFTRA is confident that the study will make an impact.

“Although our industry is heading in the right direction, there is clearly work left to do as certain attitudes and behaviors persist and continue to put pressure on actors to stay in the closet,” wrote Traci Godfrey and Jason Stuart, national co-chairs of the SAG-AFTRA LGBT Committee. “We are confident that this unprecedented study will have profound ramifications for the entertainment industry as a whole. By utilizing the data it contains as it reflects the realities performers face, we can identify the obstacles to equal employment opportunities and full inclusion.”

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Anna Kendrick Serenades Jeremy Jordan In First Look At 'The Last Five Years': VIDEO

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We're finally getting a look at Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in the much anticipated film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's popular off-Broadway musical hit, The Last Five Years. The story follows the five-year-long love affair of struggling actress Cathy Hiatt and up-and-coming novelist Jamie Wellerstein (Jordan). Kendrick is no stranger to musical territory, as aca-awesome Pitch Perfect fans will attest. She's also appearing in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Jordan is a Broadway veteran who also appeared on the show Smash, which followed the ups and downs of creating an original Broadway musical, and in a recent revival of Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed as a gay rentboy.

Watch Kendrick and Jordan get intimate, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New Amazon Series 'Transparent' Deals With Issues Of Transgender Identity, Familial Relationships: VIDEO

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Amazon's new original series "Transparent" is set to premiere on September 26th (with all ten episodes available to stream on Prime Instant Video), but until then the wonderful trailer for this darkly comic story will have to tide you over. 

"Transparent" follows the various members of the Pfefferman family as they come to terms with their patriarch, Mort (Jeffrey Tambor), announcing that he is now Maura. The trailer promises a great deal of humor and drama, as well as affecting performances from a stellar cast. 

The Amazon press release reads:

Written, directed and executive produced by Emmy-nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Soloway, Transparent is a ten episode, half hour novelistic series that explores family, identity, sex, and love. The series stars Tambor as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort—the Pfefferman family patriarch. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (played by Light), and their children—meandering Ali (played by Hoffmann), record producer Josh (played by Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (played by Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to offer our customers all episodes of Transparent in late September,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “Jill has an amazing ability to create deep, engaging and rich stories and characters. We think customers will enjoy this fresh, humorous, and touching series.”

Though the trailer mostly contains small snapshots of what are surely quite meaningful scenes, stick around for the last few seconds--you're sure to get a bit misty-eyed.

Will you be tuning in? Check out the trailer and decide, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Christian Couple To Compete In New Season of ‘Survivor: Blood vs. Water’ - VIDEO

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CBS has introduced the world to the cast members of its latest season of SurvivorSurvivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water — and this year’s cast, like the last season of Blood vs. Water, features a gay couple, Joshua Canfield (32) and Reed Kelly (31). Both are singer/dancers who hail from Broadway, having worked on shows such as Spider Man and Wicked. Both Josh and Reed also happen to be Christians. 

Watch a video introducing the couple contestants, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Lesbian 'Kiss' On 'Dr. Who' Stirs Complaints And Arouses Support

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U.K. communications regulator Ofcom has received six complaints following a lesbian kiss on Doctor Who, reports Gay Star News. Dr who tweet 2

The complaints came after a scene in which Madame Vastra helps to keep her wife Jenny alive in response to a threat from droids that only move when they can sense breath.

One tweet suggested that “the BBC wants to become a porn channel,” while another said that “the Lizard/Lesbian kiss was ‘unnecessary.’”

However, while some viewers were upset at the thought of two women kissing before the 9pm watershed, the majority of tweets were overwhelmingly positive.

@toddlerlex pointed out that “some parents are okay with their kids watching Dr Who's organ stealing robots & impaled body…Lesbian kiss? Complain to Ofcom! Ridic.”

It has also been noted by various commenters that the “lesbian kiss” was essentially CPR and was actually an inter-species kiss.

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