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Our top 10 entertainment and events highlights this week include Taylor Swift, Neil Patrick Harris, Keegan Allen, and a little golden guy named Oscar.

Hs20140220-10_010. EVENT: PaleyFest and An Evening With Looking
The Paley Center for Media sponsors a ton of great events where you can get up close and personal with the talent behind your favorite TV shows, with screenings and onstage conversations. Wednesday the center is presenting an evening with the cast and crew of Looking, featuring Jonathan Groff and several other actors from the show, plus executive producer Andrew Haigh and creator and co-executive producer Michael Lannan. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at the center's Beverly Hills location, and for those who can't be there, it will be live-streamed on Yahoo Screen. Tickets here. Then next month brings PaleyFest Los Angeles, March 6-15 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, spotlighting many LGBT-inclusive or LGBT-beloved shows, including Glee (cast pictured above), Scandal, Teen Wolf, The Good Wife, Modern Family, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Arrow, and The Flash. See the full lineup and order tickets here. -- Trudy Ring


Hs20140220-09_09. MUSIC: "Love Me Like You Do,"Ellie Goulding
It's hard not to love Ellie Goulding's lush new ballad. It's tailor-made to be a theme for a big sweeping romance, though Fifty Shades of Grey is probably not that movie (it's on the soundtrack). The video features cuts from the film, which make the BDSM movie look like The Way We Were. Just download the song and skip the clip. -- Neal Broverman


Hs20140220-08_08. FILM: Drunktown's Finest
Drunktown's Finest, an award-winning film that premiered at Sundance, depicts the diversity of life on a Navajo reservation through the eyes of three characters: Sick Boy, a rebel looking to join the military; Nizhoni, a nerd who was adopted by white parents; and Felixia, a trans girl with a dream of becoming a model. Its writer and director, Sydney Freeland, is also transgender, and her characters defy the stereotypes usually tied to Native Americans in film, as they each embark on a journey of self-discovery. Drunktown's Finest comes out in New York this weekend. Watch the trailer below. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs20140220-07_07. BOOK: The Perception Myth, Brad Wheelis
Former ABC News correspondent and award-winning journalist Brad Wheelis tackles feelings of success (or the lack thereof) in his new self-help book, The Perception Myth. Part personal memoir (Wheelis grew up a military kid constantly on the move), part personal aide, The Perception Myth helps teach readers how to "discover their inner greatness" while also showing them how to lead a new, happy life. Sounds like the self-help book version of an Adele song to us. Get Wheelis's new book here. -- Raffy Ermac

Hs20140220-06_06. THEATER: Angry Fags
Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, one of the nation's most prestigious regional theaters, offers innovative small theater companies a chance to build their audience through its Garage Rep program, and this year's lineup includes an offering from LGBT-focused Pride Films and Plays. Angry Fags by Topher Payne centers on a couple of gay men who seek revenge after a friend of theirs is assaulted in a bar; the producers describe it as an "Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fever dream." It opens Sunday at Steppenwolf's Merle Reskin Garage Theatre and will play in rotating repertory with two other Garage shows through April 26. Get all the info at Steppenwolf.org.


Hs20140220-05_05. BOOK: live.love.beauty, Keegan Allen
Teen dream Keegan Allen (a.k.a. Toby Cavanaugh on Pretty Little Liars) has taken his photography talents off of his Instagram account and Tumblr blog and onto the printed page with his first book, live.love.beauty. After what was surely a huge demand from his millions and millions of teenage Internet followers, Allen has released this volume of photographs (taken exclusively by him all the way from childhood to present day) all for the viewing pleasure of PLL fangirls everywhere. Already a best seller, live.love.beauty is not a book to miss (especially if you love being welcomed by hot, artsy-fartsy mirror selfies). Get Allen's new book here.-- Raffy Ermac

Hs20140220-04_04. FILM: The DUFF
When Bianca (Mae Whitman) learns she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) compared to her "prettier besties," she begins a mission to upend the social structure of her high school. Staring a savvy and silly cast that includes Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) as well as Whitman, The DUFF is an instant teen rom-com classic for the Instagram generation. "People have a strong reaction to the words 'designated ugly fat friend,' and they should," Whitman told The Advocate in a recent interview. "That is the kind of shit [LGBT kids] get called every single day in school. The whole concept of this movie to me is a metaphor for looking at this social infrastructure that certain people somehow deserve to be called this or that, or it's OK to define people by parameters that are totally subjective." -- Jase Peeples


Hs20140220-03_03. MUSIC: "Style," Taylor Swift
The third single off 1989 continues a long winning streak for Taylor Swift. Catchy at first listen, "Style" has a throbbing, sexy beat that's perfect for driving or treadmilling to. The video looks like a perfume commercial; it doesn't say much, but damn, it looks good. -- Neal Broverman

Hs20140220-02_02. TV: How to Get Away With Murder, Season Finale
It's hard to believe, but the end of the first season of How to Get Away With Murder, ABC's latest hit drama from Shondaland, is just around the corner. Thus far, it's been a wild, sexy, and confusing ride, filled with flashbacks, bonfires, multiple murders, trials of the week, gay sex scenes, and other calamities that are really far too much for first-year law students to take on. Yet they have, and they must now see it through to the end, trusting in the lessons of their wise and vodka-loving professor, Annalise Keating, who has to throw police and a grief-stricken Marcia Gay Harden off the trail of her husband-killing students, among them the delicious Out cover boy Jack Falahee. How will they all get away with murder, while at the same time passing finals? Tune in Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern to find out! -- Daniel Reynolds


Hs20140220-01_01. TV: The Oscars
The 87th Academy Awards will celebrate Hollywood's best and brightest, but the Oscars 2015 telecast will also be a night of entertainment LGBT fans won't want to miss. With Neil Patrick Harris hosting, we're getting an out LGBT host for the second consecutive year (after Ellen last year), and a number of LGBT icons are set to perform, including Jennifer Hudson and Lady Gaga. Read our new interview with the out gay producers who are fearlessly gaying up the Oscars for the third year in a row, and tune in to ABC Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern to watch Hollywood's biggest night unfold. -- Jase Peeples

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