Arts & Entertainment

In the Arts & Entertainment section, The Advocate brings readers all the latest news on Hollywood, Broadway, and beyond. From New York to Los Angeles, The Advocate shines a spotlight on the stars of the screen who are lending their voices to support the LGBT community, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals who are moving the cultural needle. Discover A-list interviews, the best gay movies and reviews of theater, music, books and television. Learn how Arts & Entertainment can shape national dialogue and can work to advance equality.

Alejandro Iglesias, a cast member of Big Brother in Argentina, told several of his housemates that he is a trans man.

reports on the development, which the blog calls “as visible a forum as there ever has been for trans issues in Latin America,” where Iglesias has defied predictions that he would be the first person booted off the show.

January 20 2011 8:25 AM

The Kids Are All Right, Oprah's interview with Ricky Martin and The Advocate are among the nominees for the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, announced Thursday.

January 19 2011 4:15 PM

British TV presenter Jonathan Ross, who had been accused of making an
antigay joke, said in a radio interview that his oldest daughter, Betty Kitten, is a lesbian.

January 19 2011 7:55 AM

State College, Pa, is the next stop on our tour. Home to Penn State University, it’s a tiny town in the middle of an otherwise sparsely populated agricultural region of its state. Its economy’s health is largely reliant on the university. The transient student body makes up a large part of its population. The grounded energy of its agricultural roots does not mix easily with the quixotic energy of the university.

In just one day, I have detected a hint of tension between campus and town. Exchange the Blue Ridge Mountains for the Snowy Range, the rolling hills of Pennsylvania for the high plains of Wyoming, and this could be Laramie. State College is certainly a town where you could find a local haunt like Laramie’s Fireside Bar, where town and gown were known to mix and where Matthew Shepard, on October 6, 1998, met Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. who kidnapped him, drove him to the outskirts of town, tied him to a fence, and beat him to death.

Matthew, it seems, felt safe in this bar and in Laramie. But he wasn’t safe. And this is the latest issue that is haunting me as we perform the play on the road and we read the news of more and more gay suicides in our schools. Clearly many of our gay youth are suffering at the hands of homophobic peers to the point where they take their own lives. On the other hand, some environments seem to be improving. Some of the places we go, it seems that gay kids are feeling safer. So that’s the big issue for me now. The difference between feeling safe and being safe.

January 18 2011 3:50 PM

Anderson Cooper will make his Broadway debut as the voice of the narrator in the 50th anniversary production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, opening this spring.

January 18 2011 10:30 AM

Smith's fascination with the 19th century and all things tonsorial manifests in canvases thick with neo-fauvist color.

January 15 2011 4:00 AM

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January 14 2011 1:35 PM

Glee star Jane Lynch said that she was unsure when, if ever, gay actors would land romantic leading roles because of the profit imperative in the film industry.

Lynch expressed her doubts in an interview with that was picked up by outlets including The Hollywood Reporter.

January 14 2011 7:15 AM

Kandi Burruss is a Real Housewives anomaly. The Atlanta star is not only sane and likable, she actually had a music career long before her she appeared on the reality show—she was a member of the girl group Xscape and a successful songwriter for acts like TLC and Destiny’s Child. Not long after releasing her second CD, Kandi Koated, and fresh off a tour with Fantasia, Burruss chatted with The Advocate about the White Party and the real gays of Atlanta, but she wasn’t prepared to talk about Tyler Perry’s love life.

The Advocate: Congrats on the album. What were some of its influences?
Burruss: I wanted to give this album a throwback to the ’90s R&B sound. My favorite time in R&B was when I was in the group Xscape in the ’90s. All the R&B artists at that time were chillin’ on the charts, so I thought I wanted to go back to that time.

On Real Housewives, we see you touring with Atlanta co-star Kim Zolciak. Did it remind of your days hitting the road with Xscape?
Well, no (laughs). The tour with Kim was crazy. First of all, Kim is so funny. She’s thinking on the level of an artist who’s sold millions of albums. And then she wants to stop the bus every two seconds and smoke a cigarette—ugh, I cannot stand that. She has [her assistant] Sweetie with her and they together are loud. And with Nene on the bus, they got to arguing, and it got crazy.

When you were touring with Xscape, was it fun? Do you have crazy tour stories?
We had fun and have a lot of crazy stories, but then we had a lot of drama too. To be honest, being on this show reminds me of being in a girl group again. Seriously, you have the chick in the group who thinks she’s the head honcho, the diva of the group…

Which person is that?
Obviously, Nene! Then you have the people who bump heads and you have the good times and times you laugh together and times you’re at each other’s throats. It’s just like being in a girl group.

On the show, you’re often the voice of reason. Is that an accurate depiction of you?
Definitely, on tour I didn’t have any issues. I had so much fun with Fantasia, everyone was like family. And the way I am on the show is definitely my regular personality. I said to myself I wasn’t trying to do anything extra for the camera, I was just going to be myself and hopefully whatever they catch, people will find interesting.

Talk about performing at the White Party with Kim.
The White Party was fun! They always edit the show—we actually did [“Tardy for the Party”] two times, back to back. The crowd was really, really cool. I think when she first came on the stage, she was a lot more nervous [than it appeared on the show]. When I came out, she loosened up and the crowd went crazy. Then we did the song again, and she was comfortable at that point. It was really fun—the night before we actually went to the White Party [dance] and had a great time.

January 13 2011 5:55 PM

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that “Money for Nothing,” the hit 1980s song by rock group Dire Straits, is too offensive for broadcast because its uses the word “fa**ot.”

January 13 2011 10:25 AM