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Mayor Pete Buttigieg Cancels L.A. Fundraisers To Focus On Officer-Involved Shooting In South Bend

  • Deadline
Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has canceled a big L.A. fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday at the home of Ryan Murphy and husband David Miller, following an officer-involved shooting in South Bend, Indiana, Deadline has confirmed. It was the centerpiece of a string of fundraisers Buttigieg had planned this week for California, but he opted to stay in South Bend, where he serves as mayor, to handle the fallout from the shooting. The fundraiser will be rescheduled, we were told, but no date has been set as of now.

Buttigieg called a late-night press conference Sunday in South Bend to announce he was canceling the fundraisers to address the shooting, promising to get to the bottom of what happened.

Co-sponsors who had signed on to fundraising event at Murphy and Miller’s home included Matt Bomer, Simon Halls, Bryan Lourd, Bruce Bozzi, Greg Berlanti, Robbie Rogers, Kevin Huvane and Billy Eichner.
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Brendan Fraser Recalls Almost Playing Superman in Abandoned DC Movie

Brendan Fraser Recalls Almost Playing Superman in Abandoned DC Movie
Brendan Fraser once came very close to portraying Superman in a movie written by J. J. Abrams, and the actor recently revealed what the casting process was like. The star of The Mummy apparently went so far as to put on the actual red-and-blue suit, and couldn't help but admire himself in the mirror when doing so. "You feel kind of invincible, [like] 'I can fly,'" Fraser says. He adds: "The cape actually makes you think you have the power of flight even though you know you don't." Still, while the opportunity to become Clark Kent never came to fruition for Fraser, the actor remains proud about being able to put on the tights, boasting, "I've got that stripe! I did it."

With Brett Ratner at the helm, the planned project would have been titled Superman: Flyby. The story would have been set in an alternate version of the Superman
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Matt Bomer on Embracing Comedy in ‘Papi Chulo’ & Why He’s “So in Love” with ‘Doom Patrol’

From writer/director John Butler, the indie dramedy Papi Chulo follows a newly single and very lonely TV weatherman named Sean (Matt Bomer), who is given an extended vacation after having an on-air meltdown. With his newfound free time, he decides to do a little home improvement, but when it turns out to be a bigger job than he can handle, he hires a middle-aged Latino day laborer named Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño), and even though the two men have seemingly nothing in common, they develop an unexpected and unlikely friendship that changes both of them. At the …
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‘Late Night’ Howls 2nd Best Opening Average of 2019; ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ Bows Strong: Specialty Box Office

Amazon Studios opened Sundance premiere Late Night, starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start. Directed by Nisha Ganatra from a script by Kaling, Late Night grossed an estimated $249,654 this weekend, for a $62,414 per-theater average.

That is the second-highest debut PTA of the year, following Avengers: Endgame, with a $76,601 average, though that title was in several thousand theaters. Greenwich Entertainment doc Echo In the Canyon had a $58,826 opening three-day PTA last month.

“I am excited because the market has been tough in general,” said Amazon Studios Head of Marketing & Distribution, Bob Berney Sunday morning. “I was at a lot of the screenings [in L.A.] this weekend and the reaction was very good. We moved the wide release back one week to give it an extra week of publicity and word-of-mouth and I think that was a good decision.”

Late Night, which
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‘Papi Chulo’Review: Dir. John Butler (2019) [Sydney]

Papi Chulo Review: A quirky, offbeat buddy-comedy about two disparate souls finding friendship and respite within the company of one another.

The old adage ‘Less is more’ feels applicable to most films of late and for his third feature, Papi Chulo, director John Butler adopts that mantra and shows audiences just how well a simplistic narrative can operate in his low-key, resonant drama.

Sean (Matt Bomer) is a weatherman in turmoil following a recent breakup; when he has an on-camera meltdown during a broadcast, he’s sent on leave for a few days to recharge and take stock. With more time than he knows what to do with, he decides to redecorate – still residing in the house he shared with his ex-lover in a bid to rid the place of their memories. To do so, he enlists the assistance of Spanish-speaking handyman Ernesto (Alejandro Patino) and the pair quickly form
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Film Review: ‘Papi Chulo’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Papi Chulo’
Let’s say you want to make a movie about the dynamic between middle-class white folks and the undocumented dayworkers they employ (some would say “exploit”) in a city like Los Angeles. There are plenty of ways to go about it, any number of which could offer a welcome chance to illuminate the ubiquitous but under-chronicled relationship between those two groups: You could make a sentimental dramedy about a cross-cultural friendship, à la “Spanglish” or “Green Book,” or maybe a tense thriller in which the risk of arrest and deportation reveals the lopsided power balance that locks immigrants into such servitude.

Or you could come up with something totally out-of-touch and off-the-wall like “Papi Chulo,” an egregiously miscalculated rent-a-companion comedy from Irish writer-director John Butler (“Handsome Devil”), in which an egocentric gay man (Matt Bomer), abandoned by his longtime Latino lover, hires an undocumented handyman (California-born actor Alejandro Patiño) to
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‘Papi Chulo’ Film Review: Matt Bomer Stars in Misguided Cross-Cultural Bromance

  • The Wrap
‘Papi Chulo’ Film Review: Matt Bomer Stars in Misguided Cross-Cultural Bromance
Well-intentioned but at times insensitive, “Papi Chulo” is a complicated movie. It wants so badly to do the right thing when the situation is all wrong.

Written and directed by John Butler (“Handsome Devil”), “Papi Chulo” follows Sean (Matt Bomer), a popular Los Angeles weatherman, on the heels of an on-air mental breakdown. Forced to take time off from work, he struggles to cope with his loneliness after the loss of his relationship some months before. Looking to do something with the free time on his hands, he enlists the help of a day laborer, Ernesto, to help repaint the deck outside his home. Instead, Sean ends up more or less hiring Ernesto to be his friend.

Many of the jokes in “Papi Chulo” are rooted in this unequal-buddy comedy routine. Sean feels entitled to this friendship with a stranger he barely knows. His behavior comes across as inappropriate even
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Ryan Murphy Knows ‘Boys in the Band’ Has a Problematic History, That’s Why He’s Bringing It to Netflix

Ryan Murphy Knows ‘Boys in the Band’ Has a Problematic History, That’s Why He’s Bringing It to Netflix
When Ryan Murphy announced he was adapting the Broadway hit “The Boys in the Band” into a movie for Netflix, it raised a few well-coiffed eyebrows. While Mart Crowley’s seminal 1968 play received a successful Broadway revival last year, cast entirely with out gay actors to boot, material that was once groundbreaking is now considered dated by some. The characters in “Boys” are mostly self-loathing and angry, perhaps not the most relevant story to tell today.

Still, many celebrate it as a pioneering work in the Lgbtq canon, worthy of honoring with a revisit. Murphy, the powerhouse television one-man-brand with a giant overall deal at Netflix, understands the criticisms lobbed at the play — but stands firmly in the latter camp.

“I feel like the world needs more Lgbtq history. It just does,” Murphy told IndieWire during an in-person interview in May. “[‘The Boys in the Band’] is a play that
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Doom Patrol Season 1 Finale Review – ‘Ezekiel Patrol’

Hasitha Fernando reviews the season one finale of Doom Patrol

In the wake of Dr. Caulder’s devastating revelation, our titular team part ways to live their lives on their own terms. Meanwhile, back in the White-space Mr. Nobody’s gleeful celebration is momentarily cut short as he realizes there is one loose end that he must take care of…to ensure absolute victory.

The erstwhile episode came to a close by dropping a doozy of a disclosure; Dr. Caulder has been responsible for orchestrating all the terrible tragedies that befell our characters. Distraught and furious they abandon Dr. Caulder and go their separate ways. Six months elapse and we find our band of super-zeroes pretty much struggling trying to establish a ‘normal’ life. Rita’s stint as a high-school drama teacher doesn’t quite pan out while Cyborg’s duties have been relegated to solving petty crimes. Crazy Jane
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Matt Bomer opens up about being gay in Hollywood

Actor Matt Bomer says it is a great time in Hollywood as people are writing gay characters with three dimensions.

Bomer opened up about it when he sat down for an episode of "The Big Ticket", Variety and iHeart's movie podcast, to talk about his new movie "Papi Chulo", reports variety.com.

Since publicly coming out in 2012 when he thanked his husband and Hollywood publicist Simon Halls and their three sons while accepting an award from an AIDS organization, Bomer has played a slew of gay characters.

In the DC Universe series "Doom Patrol", he stars as gay superhero Larry Trainor. He is about to start shooting "The Boys in the Band", the Netflix movie adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway play revival of the same name about a group of gay men in New York in the late 1960s.

"I think we're in this great boon time now where people
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Matt Bomer on Playing More Gay Roles, Fundraising for Pete Buttigieg and His New Movie ‘Papi Chulo’

  • Variety
Matt Bomer on Playing More Gay Roles, Fundraising for Pete Buttigieg and His New Movie ‘Papi Chulo’
Matt Bomer plays a weatherman in his new movie “Papi Chulo,” but he didn’t shadow TV meteorologists to prepare for the role.

What he was most concerned about was making sure the nervous breakdown his character has on live television was believable. To capture those emotions, he did a deep dive on the internet.

“I don’t want to say it’s there for your viewing pleasure because I’m not about laughing at the expense of others, but there are some documented breakdowns on camera that people have had,” Bomer explains. “There’s one, and he’s very open about this on so I feel okay sharing about this, [ABC News’] Dan Harris specifically had a nervous breakdown on camera. So I watched a lot of that.” (Harris chronicled the experience in his 2014 memoir “10% Happier.”)

Bomer sat down for this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast,
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Tony-Nominated Boy In The Band Robin de Jesús Talks About That Starry Cast, Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Plans & Whoopi Goldberg’s Revelatory Advice – Tony Watch Q&A

Tony-Nominated Boy In The Band Robin de Jesús Talks About That Starry Cast, Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Plans & Whoopi Goldberg’s Revelatory Advice – Tony Watch Q&A
This summer, The Boys In The Band will add a new chapter to its long life, this time as a Netflix movie. Back will be the camping, the fighting and laughing and crying, a portrait of friendship as both endurance test and saving grace that Mart Crowley got so right more than a half-century ago. Opening Off Broadway in 1968, The Boys In The Band, an unlikely hit about a group of gay New Yorkers that would have been all but unimaginable in 1967, just as William Friedkin’s 1970 film was in ’69, and just as last year’s announcement by producers Ryan Murphy and David Stone that the play would finally makes its Broadway debut was met with not exactly whispered dismissals of stunt casting. The 50th anniversary staging of The Boys In The Band would feature, for the first time in the play’s history,
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Will Doom Patrol Season 2 Happen?

Alec Bojalad May 24, 2019

Doom Patrol Season 2 is up for renewal at DC Universe. They just have to bring back Cliff, Jane, Larry, Rita, Vic, et. al, right? Right?

The following contains spoilers for Doom Patrol Season 1.

Doom Patrol just wrapped up its deliriously fun and deliriously delirious first season on DC Universe. After our titular heroes defeated Mr. Nobody and rescued Niles Caulder there's only one question on everyone's mind: can a born-again Christian cockroach and a rat have babies together? And secondly: will we be getting a Doom Patrol Season 2?

Like all streaming services, DC Universe doesn't make viewership data of its shows public, so there's no way to know whether Doom Patrol performed up to the streamer's expectations. Critically, however, the first season was quite beloved. The show, based on the comic book team of the same name by Grant Morrison (and later other writers including Gerard Way
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Watch ‘Doom Patrol’ Episode 1 Online Free

The DC Universe original series Doom Patrol is ramping up for its first season finale titled Ezekiel Patrol set to premiere this upcoming Friday, May 24th.

There are a lot of folks hearing great things about Doom Patrol that haven't subscribed to the DC Universe streaming service yet, despite a free 7-day trial offering.

The folks at DC Universe have extended an even more powerful lure to fence sitters by offering the complete Doom Patrol first episode online for free on YouTube. You don't even need to wait and can stream is below right now or jump over to YouTube and do the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agosG3mokBQ

Doom Patrol stars Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder aka The Chief, Brendan Fraser as Robotman aka Cliff Steele, Matt Bomer as Negative Man aka Larry Trainor, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr, and Diana Guerrero as Crazy Jane.
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‘Be More Chill’, ‘Pretty Woman’ Top Broadway’s Audience Choice Awards

‘Be More Chill’, ‘Pretty Woman’ Top Broadway’s Audience Choice Awards
Exclusive: Audiences don’t alway see eye to eye with Tony voters, as we see again in this year’s Audience Choice Awards from Broadway.com. Presented exclusively to Deadline for today’s reveal, the fan-selected top winners are Be More Chill, Pretty Woman and American Son, none of which scored Tony noms for best musical or play.

And Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird, snubbed by Tony as best play, was named just that by audiences.

This year – the awards’ 20th – Be More Chill tops the list with four awards, including Favorite New Musical, Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical (George Salazar), and – in very non-Tony-like categories, Favorite Funny Performance (Stephanie Hsu) and Favorite Onstage Pair (Will Roland and George Salazar).

Coming in with three awards was Pretty Woman – The Musical: Favorite Leading Actor/Musical (Andy Karl), Favorite Featured Actress/Musical (Orfeh), and, again in a non-Tony-ish achievement,
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Game On! Joe Biden Vs. Mayor Pete This Week For Hollywood Cash

  • Deadline
Game On! Joe Biden Vs. Mayor Pete This Week For Hollywood Cash
More than a year ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg aren’t yet fighting for the soul of the party, but they are squabbling this week over top Hollywood donors.

The poll-topping former Vice President and the South Bend’s Mayor Pete are in town today and Thursday to press the flesh and collect checks in thopes of sealing the Atm deal with the well-heeled likes of Jeffrey Katzenberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, J.J. Abrams and Ryan Murphy.

“Now Biden’s officially in, we want see up close if he’s got what it really takes to take down Trump,” a longtime and deep-pocked Tinseltown Dems donor said. “At the same time, we know Joe, warts and all, whereas Mayor Pete is still and unknown quality for the most part.”

Buttigieg, the gay, religious Afghanistan war veteran and Rhodes scholar, will be swooping through SoCal
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Matt Bomer in Official Trailer for Los Angeles-Set Dramedy 'Papi Chulo'

"You may think I'm crazy... loco!" Blue Fox Entertainment has debuted a trailer for an indie dramedy titled Papi Chulo, set in Los Angeles. The story in this follows a local weatherman, played by Matt Bomer, who has a breakdown and decides to focus his efforts on home improvement. He hires a middle-aged Latino day laborer named Ernesto, and strikes up a friendship with the migrant worker. The title translates directly to "Pimp Daddy" but is kinda just slang to mean an attractive guy, a bit like "handsome daddy" - which most likely refers to Bomer (known best as one of the hotties from Magic Mike). Alejandro Patiño co-stars as Ernesto, with a small cast including Elena Campbell-Martinez, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Michael Shepperd, Tommie Earl Jenkins, and Shaughn Buchholz. This is a bit cheesy, but it actually looks pretty good - offering good life lessons and awkward charm amidst the friendship.
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"Doom Patrol: Cyborg Patrol" - New Footage

The "Doom Patrol" episode "Cyborg Patrol", directed by Carol Banker, based on the DC Comics superhero team, stars April Bowlby, Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, Diane Guerrero, Alan Tudyk, Joivan Wade and Timothy Dalton, streaming May 3, 2019 on "DC Universe":

"...with 'Vic' captured by the 'Bureau of Normalcy' at the 'Ant Farm', his father, 'Silas Stone' (Phil Morris) hatches a plan to break him out with the rest of the 'Doom Patrol'. 

"But not everything goes according to plan..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Doom Patrol: Cyborg Patrol"...

"Doom  Patrol" Comic Books
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Paley Center to Salute Lgbt Community at Paley Honors Gala

  • Variety
The Paley Center for Media will pay tribute to the Lgbt community and its influence on television at this month’s Paley Honors gala in New York.

Paley Honors is set for May 15 at Ziegfeld Ballroom. The focus on Lgbt community is in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising, a landmark moment in the history of the Lgbt rights movement.

“At this year’s Paley Honors, guests will witness the journey of the Lgbtq+ community, through unforgettable moments in television and a special tribute to the historic event that was a defining moment for the community,” said Maureen J. Reidy, Paley Center president-ceo. “Television as a medium has sparked important conversations around today’s most pressing social issues, and we’re so proud to honor the achievements of Lgbtq+ artists and entertainers at this year’s Paley Honors.”

Groundbreaking programs such as NBC’s “Will & Grace
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