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Atlanta ties to (Lifetime’s) ‘Project Runway’

imageOk, ok. You probably can't swing an iPod around the gym without hitting a queen who isn't planning on watching the premiere of "Project Runway" on Bravo Lifetime tonight.

But the show's got even greater appeal to fans in Atlanta this season, thanks to contestant Mitchell Hall, a gay Savannah resident who escapes to Atlanta on occasion. There's also Atlanta fashion designer Mychael Knight, the season three finalist who appears on "Project Runway: All Star Challenge." That two-hour special precedes the debut of season six tonight. ("All Star Challenge at 8 p.m.; "Project Runway" at 10 p.m.)

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Wendy Williams has a drag queen problem

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Does "The Wendy Williams Show" discriminate against drag queens? Well that's what popular New York drag performer Ericka Toure Aviance is saying after he showed up at a taping on August 12th of the self-proclaimed "Queen of All Media's" new daytime talk show along with gay singer-songwriter Adam Joseph and gay entertainer Johnny McGovern, star of Logo’s "The Big Gay Sketch Show."

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Tyler Perry has way more money than you

imageTyler Perry is one rich bitch. That the Atlanta director has money is of little surprise -- he sits atop a production studio in south Atlanta that spits out movies and TV shows like a Chinese sweatshop churns out shoes for Nike.

But that he has this much money -- Perry made $75 million last year -- means the glass closet in which he lives is, well, a really, really nice one. It's in Buckhead, of course.

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Do you want to see Vern Yip sweat?

imageGay Atlanta designer Vern Yip is back on HGTV, reprising his role as a judge for the fourth season of the network's "Design Star" that premieres on Sunday.

He dishes on that role in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and reveals that HGTV opted not to renew his show, "Deserving Design," for a fifth season. Many of the show's 54 episodes were shot in metro Atlanta.

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Those garish Atlanta ‘Housewives’ are back

imageYou may not admit it, but we know you can't get enough of the train wreck that is “The Real Housewives of Atlanta." So take note: The new season debuts July 30.

And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's TV writer, Rodney Ho, is all about teasing us about the second season of mayhem and madness, complete with the worst gay character on television -- NeNe Leakes' BFF Dwight Eubanks.

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The Sugarbakers provided a lifeline to me

imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

Twenty-three years after the show premiered on CBS, “Designing Women” finally comes to DVD. Now I've got the Sugarbakers on my mind.

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Indigo Girls reflect on two decades in music

imageWith some 22 years of experience in the music behind them, lesbian folk duo the Indigo Girls offer three things they wish they knew the first time around.

Top on their list? Not to fear discussing their sexuality in the national press.

“I wish I had known when we first got signed to Epic, not to have any fear about talking about our sexuality in the national press,” Saliers says. “The progressive and queer community helped make us what we are today… I should have known what was right was to support my community and not be so concerned about my career.”


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Hot List: Must see movie mania

imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

Yeah, the high price of movie tickets sucks and there’s that swine flu making the rounds. But man up because there’s a must-see movie each week this month and most of them feature some serious studflesh.

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Leslie Jordan makes two Atlanta stops

imageGay funnyman Leslie Jordan returns to Atlanta this week to fine tune his stand-up craft and go to church.

That’s right. The cocktail-toting arch-nemesis of Megan Mullaly in “Will & Grace” and Brother Boy of “Sordid Lives” makes two stops in Atlanta this weekend, along with attending a church reunion in Chattanooga with his mother and two sisters.

Sound a little crazy, Southern-style? Maybe so, but it’s vintage Jordan.

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A fictional fix of ‘Noah’s Arc’

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Well this put a smile on my face as I'm sure it will the countless "Noah's Arc" fans who read this blog.

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‘Pedro’ puts big screen focus on ‘Real World’ trailblazer

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

The year was 1994 and MTV's "The Real World" was about to introduce us to a man that would become the face of one of the most devastating diseases mankind has ever had to endure, his name was Pedro Zamora. One of seven roommates chosen to have their lives videotaped over a six month period in San Francisco, this Cuban-American and openly gay HIV-positive man used the power of television to educate and inspire.

On a weekly basis Zamora allowed the American public to see first-hand what life was like as an openly gay man and a man living with AIDS. He shattered widely held stereotypes about the lives of gay men and those infected with the virus.    READ MORE »

Pedro Zamora: From MTV to the Big Screen

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

The year was 1994 and MTV's "The Real World" was about to introduce us to a man that would become the face of one of the most devastating diseases mankind has ever had to endure, his name was Pedro Zamora. One of seven roommates chosen to have their lives videotaped over a six month period in San Francisco, this Cuban-American and openly gay HIV-positive man used the power of television to educate and inspire.

On a weekly basis Zamora allowed the American public to see first-hand what life was like as an openly gay man and a man living with AIDS. He shattered widely held stereotypes about the lives of gay men and those infected with the virus.

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Elton John’s big money Oscar night

imageWhen Elton John uses his considerable heft, it can raise a bunch of money.

On Sunday, the part-time Atlantan raised more than $4 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation during his 17th annual Oscars party. In October, he raised more than $400,000 during an Atlanta event that included Andy Roddick offering a Full Monty tennis lesson.

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Varla Jean Merman storms Atlanta tonight

imageHold onto your wig.

If you only know drag icon Varla Jean Merman and her winning pink jumpsuit in last season’s “Project Runway” drag challenge, or from her saccharine-sweet role in the film “Girls Will Be Girls,” you’re in for a treat.

Varla takes her first official bow in Atlanta tonight when her creator and alter ego, Jeffrey Roberson, brings “Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte” to 14th Street Playhouse. The parody of the 1964 camp classic “Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte” plays through Jan. 31 after an award-winning run in New Orleans last year.

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Diva delivery: Celine Dion hits Atlanta on Sat.

imageCeline Dion!

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, in a preview of the diva's stop in Atlanta on Saturday, argues that the entertainer should have an exclamation point attached to the end of her name "for piercing the highest of vocal registers."

Not sure about that, but the paper does take a fun look at Dion's career, including the up, down and in between moments that gay fans should know before they venture to Philips Arena tomorrow.

Speaking of divas, Elton John pairs up with Billy Joel for a March 14 performance in Atlanta.

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Ryan Seacrest: Wrong time for love?

imageYou just have to love Ryan Seacrest's mom.

She just thinks it "takes a little longer" for some, like her son, to find the right woman. Uh, right. Maybe it's time that they have that little chat when Seacrest returns to Atlanta next week for the family's holiday tradition.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught up with Connie Seacrest this week as her son's new show -- NBC's "Momma's Boys" -- debuted on Tuesday.

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Q100 jock Bert Weiss strips down for bet

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Bert Weiss, the Q100 jock and host of the popular morning drive-time "Bert Show," isn't shy about showing off his sculpted torso. After all, it looks pretty good.

So maybe when he bet Melissa Carter, a lesbian crew member, at the start of the college football season, he knew picking UGA to win the national championship was a losing proposition. Really, the Bulldogs as No. 1? He lost the bet and had to go topless on the show's web site this week. Richie Arpino, the gay stylist and photographer, took the photos.

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Atlanta’s ‘Real Housewives’ gets second season on Bravo

imageLike an addict, you feel ashamed you do it but keep coming back week after week for the next fix.

Thankfully, Bravo knows that. The unofficial network for gays -- Logo would be the official one -- announced that the embarrassing showcase of Southern-style drama is coming back for a second season. Yes, those divas and drag queens of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is returning for a second season.

Network brass haven't said when or who will make up the cast. But it'll be back like a recurring case of crabs. Scratch all you want, but they won't go away.    READ MORE »

Transgender actress, ABC show get boot

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has decided not to order more episodes of three shows: Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money, and Pushing Daisies. Though the network is not using the word "cancellation," it is highly unlikely the shows will be back next year. This marks the end of Candice Cayne's run as network TV's first regularly appearing transgender actress playing a transgender character on Money. This also leaves Marc Cherry's Desperate Housewives, Greg Berlanti's Brothers & Sisters, and Silvio Horta's Ugly Betty as shows on ABC run by gay writers.

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James Franco to take on second gay role

James Franco doesn't give a fig what anyone says - he's happy to play gay.

The actor co-stars in "Milk" as Scott Smith, longtime partner of gay rights martyr Harvey Milk, played by Sean Penn. But although Franco's performance is already drawing Oscar buzz, some are surprised that, for his next role, he's chosen to play gay poet Allen Ginsberg in the movie "Howl."

Franco, who came to fame in the "Spider-Man" movies, has dated actress Marla Sokoloff. But since they parted, his private life has become a matter of keen speculation, especially among his gay fans. Some wicked rumors have percolated on the Web.    READ MORE »

 
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