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BY MARTHA MENDOZA
SAN FRANCISCO -- Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.
Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at about 11 p.m. at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, Kagan said.
"We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black," a family statement said.
A talented and ultra-adorable entertainer, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, a record no other child star has come near. She beat out such grown-ups as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford.
Actress Sharon Gless, six couples in gay-marriage lawsuit to be honored March 16 by Equality Florida
Equality Florida will honor actress Sharon Gless and the six couples suing to marry in the state of Florida at the LGBT-rights organization's annual Miami gala on March 16.
Gless, co-star of Cagney & Lacey, Queer As Folk and the lesbian drama Hannah Free, is a longtime champion of LGBT rights.
"Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sharon Gless is one of the most acclaimed and recognized actresses working today," according to Equality Florida. "A vocal advocate for LGBT equality, she served as grand marshal in the Miami Beach Pride Parade, received the Gay Icon Award at Philadelphia QFest, the PFLAG Ally award in Toronto, and was honored by L.A.’s Gay & Elder Housing and by Norman Lear’s People for the American Way for her unwavering support of human rights. She is also an active participant in the ongoing struggle to prevent the overturn of Roe vs. Wade."
The South Florida couples suing to marry are Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello; Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price; Vanessa and Melanie Alenier; Todd and Jeff Delmay; Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber; and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz. Equality Florida Institute is also a plaintiff.
Gless, who lives part-time in Fisher Island, and the six couples will receive Equality Florida's Voice for Equality award.
The 2014 Equality Florida Miami Gala will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd.
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BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Liza Minnelli, the Oscar-Tony-Emmy-Grammy-Golden Globe-winning superstar, says her greatest talent is aligning herself with other talented people.
Besides her parents, Judy Garland and Golden Age film director Vincente Minnelli, Liza has worked closely with director-choreographer Bob Fosse, French composer/entertainer Charles Aznavour, and John Kander & Fred Ebb, who wrote Cabaret, Liza With a “Z” and Theme from New York, New York.
Ebb, the lyricist who died 10 years ago, had particular influence on her performing style, says Minnelli, who’ll sing in concert Sunday at Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
“I was lucky. I had Fred Ebb my whole life,” Minnelli says. “He knew me so well. He would write like I talked. It was easy. So when he passed away, and I did things without him -- even before he went -- I thought, ‘Just say what you’re thinking: You’re in a room with however many people. The doors are shut. You’re all talking to each other. What would you say?’ Hi!'"
Minnelli, 68 on March 12, grew up in the limelight. As a small child, she played on the sets at M-G-M studios where her parents ruled the musical roost.
“They were both wonderful to me,” said Minnelli, who in 1960 gave up dreams of being a professional ice skater and realized she wanted to be a live stage performer.
Even though her mother was one of the world’s greatest concert performers of the 1950s and ‘60s, Minnelli says that as a girl she rarely paid attention to the stage.
“I grew up in Hollywood,” she says. “They were all making movies at that time. When I was growing up, I didn’t realize that performing live could be that interesting and wonderful. When I saw Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway for the first time, I thought, ‘Oooh, maybe I’d rather do that.’
“The first time I really enjoyed live performance was when I saw Broadway,” she says. “As far as people’s concerts, I was a kid. Frank Sinatra didn’t influence me much.” Many years later, she would headline with Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. in a worldwide tour called The Ultimate Event.
In 1964, 18-year-old Minnelli joined Garland for two concerts at the London Palladium. A year later, Liza won her first Tony Award starring in her first Broadway musical, Flora, the Red Menace, written by Kander & Ebb.
Not counting a cameo at age 3 in Garland’s 1949 musical, In the Good Old Summertime, Minnelli made her movie debut in 1967’s Charlie Bubbles. In 1972, she starred in the film version of Cabaret (winning the Best Actress Oscar) and Liza With a “Z”: A Concert for Television that brought her the Emmy.
Minnelli, who’s been married four times and repeatedly says never again, is recuperating from a broken wrist that nearly sidelined her last October from sister Lorna Luft’s breast cancer fundraiser in New York.
“It’s healed up, it’s great. I’ve got a few pins in there, but it’s great,” says Minnelli, who’s also publicly battled alcoholism; had several worn-out body parts (both hips, one knee) replaced; and recovered 14 years ago in Fort Lauderdale from a near-fatal bout of viral encephalitis. (“Yeah, a lot of fun.”)
These days, Minnelli says, she’s feeling “very, very good.”
She spends much of her time fundraising for breast cancer and AIDS research.
“I lost so many friends to AIDS. And my sister had breast cancer,” she says.
Minnelli says that despite a lifetime in the public eye and after all the illnesses, she won’t consider retiring from live performing.
“Because I like it. I enjoy it,” she says. “It creates, basically, a tremendous gratitude. And then what happens, in trying to connect -- and really connect, not just doing the show, but looking at people and singing to them and seeing if they were affected by any special subject -- I’m very close with the audience. Probably more than anybody else except the stand-up comic, and that I don’t do.”
Minnelli’s Sunday concert in Fort Lauderdale is dubbed, “Simply Liza.”
“In other words I’m by myself,” she says. “I have 12 musicians. I may tear it down a little bit because I want it to be really intimate. I may go with like seven or six. And of course [pianist/musical director] Billy Stritch. He’s great!”
According to Minnelli, “people are saying that I’m singing better than ever” and she’ll perform “the songs I like and the songs that people have requested.”
“I love songs that have a story. Like little movies,” she says. “I love Aznavour, you know. I’m doing two of his songs. One is You’ve Let Yourself Go, which I did way back. I started with that. It’s funny because I was only 19. He came to see me and he loved it. That’s when I went to France and said, ‘Will you teach me?’ Because I loved what he did. He acted every song.
“The other one I’m singing is a song that he sings about a drag queen -- being a drag queen. I’m a woman being a man playing a drag queen. It seems to go over quite well. He said ‘Are you sure?’ I said, ‘Let me try!’ It’s called What Makes a Man a Man. It's people’s inner feelings that I love, that interest me.” “What they think about and what they don’t talk about sometimes. So I thought this was wonderful because it was written so long ago. Way before an uprising or this or that. Anything. And it was like a terrible secret then. That’s the story of it. It has great pride in it, too.”
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By Rene Rodriguez rrodriguez@MiamiHerald.com
Picking up where the New Queer Cinema icons of the 1990s left off (Gregg Araki, Todd Haynes, Derek Jarman), writer-director Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake makes no concession to straight audiences in its exploration of the culture of homosexual promiscuity and carnal male-on-male desire. The movie is filled with graphic sex scenes that leave nothing to the imagination — this film would make even John Waters blush — but there’s more at work here than shock value and sensationalism.
The story is set entirely on a secluded sliver of beautiful beach where men sunbathe in the nude and cruise the surrounding bushes for random hook-ups. One of them, the young Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps), is an amiable fellow who befriends a straight, middle-aged man (Patrick D’Assumcao) who is lonely and enjoys their casual conversations. Mostly, though, Franck frequents the beach for anonymous sex, and Guiraudie uses wide angles and precise framings to allow us to take in the natural beauty of the lake in its entirety, rendering his protagonists as small figures on a large canvas.
Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick D’Assumcao, Francois Labarthe, Jerome Chappatte.
Writer-director: Alain Guiraudie.
Producers: Sylvie Pialat.
A Strand Releasing release. Running time: 100 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Vulgar language, considerable nudity, graphic sex, strong adult themes. Not suitable for viewers under 17. In Miami-Dade only: O Cinema Wynwood, Miami Beach Cinematheque.
Broadway star Mandy Patinkin ('Evita,’ ‘Sunday in the Park With George’) to perform at Broward Center
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Bombastic Broadway belter Mandy Patinkin confides what he most likes to listen to at home: quiet.
“I don’t like music and noise or TVs on at home. I like the quiet,” says Patinkin, an original star of Evita (1979) and Sunday in the Park With George (1984), who sings in concert 7 p.m. Sunday at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. “I have music in my head all the time. I’m always going over these lyrics, taking hikes, going to the gym, running stuff, learning stuff. I love it more than anything. When I walk out on stage, that’s not my work. That’s my vacation. But for whatever reason, I’m not a big listener of music.”
Patinkin, 61, who won a Tony as Che in Evita and has taken home several Emmy and Golden Globe awards for film and TV shows including Yentl, Chicago Hope and Homeland, says he’s busier than ever.
“When I have a schedule like I thankfully have had, I have for the past several years, where I do this TV show Homeland and I have to say, I learn out loud. When the brain learns music, it’s easier to learn music than to learn words. It’s a different part of the brain. There’s been all kinds of studies about this,” Patinkin says. “When I have to learn text for Homeland or a movie or a play, I have to do it out loud hundreds and hundreds of times. Both to rehearse it, to find out what it is that I think of the ideas or the words or images that come to my mind, but I do it out loud and I need a rest from it.”
Patinkin says his first love is the theater. Sunday, he performs “Dress Casual,” a one-man show of old and new songs accompanied by pianist Paul Ford.
“I love being on the stage doing these concerts because to me it’s theater, even though it’s not a proper play or proper musical,” Patinkin says. “I’m in a theater with people live, in the audience, anywhere from 300 to 2,000 or 5,000 people. That immediate feeling that we’re all together, listening together, reacting to the words and music that we hear at that moment, written by geniuses — and I’m just the mailman for them. We listen together, and we infect each other, either with silence in how we listen or laughter or with the kind of energy that's in the room, but it’s contagious. We’re not alone. It affects the entire performance. It affects what songs we choose to do next.”
Patinkin says screen and TV work is more like a business for him.
“I feel much more like a good servant in terms of film or television. My job is to serve everyone else’s needs, to give them as many choices as possible so when we leave any given angle or any given scene, that the editors have as much as I could afford to give them and as much as time can afford to give them. Because it’s too expensive to go back and do it again,” he says. “In terms of reaching how many people, whether it be how many millions of people you reach by a television show vs. anywhere from 300 or a couple of thousand people in a theater, I love what the Torah says: Save one life, you save the world. Now, I don’t consider singing a song necessarily saving a life, but I use that phrase ‘to touch one life and you touch the world.’ My favorite word in life is ‘connect.’ Connect to one life, you connect to the world. It’s not about numbers. It’s about connection to me.”
Patinkin grew up in a Conservative Jewish Chicago household. He describes how he developed his interest in music and theater:
“It began in the synagogue listening to the liturgy of the cantor and choir. It somehow went from there to Broadway show tunes and popular American music. The popular American songbook,” Patinkin says. “It evolved by people I meet. My son Gideon is a musician and a performer and a writer. He introduces me to material. My friend Taylor Mac, who is wonderful writer and performer, he introduced me to material I wasn’t familiar with, like R.E.M.’s End of the World as We Know It. Paul Ford introduces me. He’s like the Library of Congress when it comes to the popular American Songbook.”
Patinkin says he’s spiritual but doesn’t attend temple on a regular basis.
“My synagogue is the theater. I go on the High Holidays, I like being there and again I like being connected to the sounds of the Hebrew songs, the prayers, the other people. The fact that other people are saying these words all over the world at a given moment in time. It just comforts me.”
Patinkin and actress-writer Kathryn Grody, married since 1980, have two sons, Issac, 31, a massage therapist in Alaska, and Gideon, 27, the musician.
Sometimes, Gideon shows up at Patinkin concerts and performs with his dad.
“He comes with me every now and then throws the old man a bone and comes on stage with me and sings a few songs which I love,” Patinkin says. “You could peel me off the ceiling anytime that happens. These days he’s busy on the road doing his own stuff. He’s writing a new show that’s gonna be done in New York at the Fringe Festival. He’s got his own life where at the moment he doesn’t have time for the old man, except to call me when he’s riding on the road in the car.”
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina.
Aiken said Wednesday he'll seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers.
The 35-year-old Aiken is expected to face former state commerce secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and licensed professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary.
Aiken has been a special education teacher in Wake County. He says he decided to put his entertainment career on hold and seek to represent the state's 2nd Congressional District.
He says he considers Washington to be dysfunctional and will focus on jobs and the economy and the importance of education.
Ellmers faces radio talk show host Frank Roche of Cary in the Republican primary.
The soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz is back in print. Today, Warner Bros. made the following announcement:
“Today WaterTower Music opens the Warner Archive collection to re-issue the Soundtrack to The Wizard Of Oz! The CD features all the songs from the beloved movie, including Academy Award winning song, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” as well as detailed liner notes and full color photographs from John Fricke, author of The Wizard Of Oz/The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History (Warner Books/1989) and Judy Garland/World’s Greatest Entertainer (Henry Holt/1992).”
Click here to read more about Oz at The Judy Room.
Posted by Barneys New York to YouTube:
Video interview with Katie Hill and Arin Andrews, two of the seventeen models featured in Barneys' spring campaign shot by Bruce Weber. Watch Katie and Arin tell their stories of growing up transgender against the backdrop of their conservative Oklahoma upbringing.
Read more of their story and learn more about the campaign at thewindow.barneys.com
Barneys New York has partnered with two leading voices in the trans community, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the LGBT Community Center (The Center) on the campaign. By bringing the personal stories of these 17 individuals to a national stage, Barneys New York hopes to help break stereotypes and build social acceptance of transgender people—long-standing goals of both The Center and NCTE.
To help further support The Center and NCTE, Barneys New York is pleased to donate 10% of all sales from its 11 flagship stores nationwide and Barneys.com on February 11th to the LGBT Community Center in New York City and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Total proceeds will be divided evenly between the two charities.
Published Friday to YouTube by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
Audience at Thursday night's opening plenary at the 2014 Creating Change conference was blown away by Laverne Cox's keynote address. She's right -- it's about love and it's about justice.
Cox, an actress and transgender activist, is introduced by Kate Clinton.