26 Aug 2014

Late Night: The Endless Gothic Summer

In Southern California, it feels as if summer is a sun-proof vampire, immortal, a never-ending gothic summer of drought and car chases, punctuated by shootings, stabbings and beatings, heartbreak and horror.  In his blog The Westsider, author, journalist and Los Angeles native Rodrigo Ribera D’Ebre recalls: People would hear more

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25 Aug 2014

FDL Movie Night: After Tiller

After Tiller follows the lives of the last four remaining doctors in the United States who perform late-term abortions, those in which the fetus is over 25 weeks old. Two of these doctors who worked with Dr. Tiller at his Wichita clinic — Dr. Shelley Sella, and Dr. Susan Robinson — begin working at a clinic in New Mexico. Meanwhile, Tiller’s friend, Dr.Warren Hern continues to maintain his practice in Boulder, Colorado, and Nebraska-based Dr. LeRoy Carhart is eventually forced out of Nebraska by legislation.

Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson explore the lives of these four doctors–their histories, their practices and what led them to perform third trimester abortions, which account for only 1% of all abortions performed in the United States.

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25 Aug 2014

Live Blogging: 2014 Emmys

It’s the 66th annual Emmy Awards and there are some big changes. The show is broadcast live on the West Coast, with Seth Meyers as the host. GLAAD points out that

“..this year’s Emmy nominees included openly gay actors Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Paulson and Kate McKinnon as well as shows (“Orange,” “Modern Family,” “Game of Thrones”) sporting LGBT characters and stories.”

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25 Aug 2014

2014 Emmys Red Carpet Liveblog

PS: I’m rooting for Laverne Cox, the first openly trans actress nominated for an Emmy:

“Cox herself makes the distinction “openly trans,” as she says she knows of another transgender woman who won an Emmy years ago, but was not out.”

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25 Aug 2014

Live Blogging: 2014 Emmys

It’s the 66th annual Emmy Awards and there are some big changes. The show is broadcast live on the West Coast, with Seth Meyers as the host. GLAAD points out that this year’s Emmy nominees included openly gay actors Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Paulson and Kate McKinnon as

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25 Aug 2014

2014 Emmys Red Carpet Liveblog

The Emmys are here! The night when television celebrates its best. And on the red carpet, this means the best and worst dressed, as well as our favorite stars. This year, the Emmys are broadcast live on the West Coast so we’ll be able to live blog both the arrivals

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19 Aug 2014

Late Night: Chris Kluwe Scores Win for LGBT

Actually when the Viking’s punter (that’s the guy who kicks the ball on fourth and long) Chris Kluwe spoke up for marriage equality in Minnesota as a private citizen, not as a Viking, it put the team on my radar. Goooo Minnysoooootah!

Kluwe was bucking stereotypes of thick-skulled football players, and setting a positive, inclusionary message since there are plenty of LGBT football fans, and every adult should have the right to get married.

Only Minnesota Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer repeatedly used homophobic language in Kluwe’s presence and spouted Biblical quotes as his justification for his bigotry.

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19 Aug 2014

Late Night: Chris Kluwe Scores Win for LGBT!

I don’t know a whole lot about football. In a pinch I will root for the Ravens because they are named for the quintessential Edgar Allen Poe poem (though one hopes their Super Bowl win will not live up to the poem’s refrain). Up until a couple years ago I

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18 Aug 2014

FDL Movie Night: FRED

FRED gives an inside look at a grassroots political campaign, one that upset the prevailing powers that be, while providing an engaging portrait of a man who by embracing and loving himself has has found away to integrate his political skills with his true self. It’s a sweet smart documentary that reveals so much about our country, the progress we’ve made, and the progress we’re still working on.

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12 Aug 2014

Late Night: RIP Lauren Bacall

Gods, I love Lauren Bacall — elegant, smart, witty, husky voiced, strong-willed. I loved her hair, her movies, her romance with Humphrey Bogart, her graceful ballsy aging. This elegant, intelligent no-BS woman has died at 89 of stroke-related complications, and with her passing a great deal of Hollywood history is gone.

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