Jackman is an Academy Award® nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning actor. From his turn on Broadway as the 1970’s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the X-MEN franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time. In addition to his acting work, Hugh serves as an ambassador for World Vision Australia.
In 2009, he traveled to Ethiopia to visit a community development project and met a young coffee farmer named Dukale, working to lift his family out of poverty. Inspired by Dukale’s story, Jackman launched Laughing Man Coffee in 2011 to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods to consumers in the U.S. As part of his ongoing commitment, Hugh contributes 100% of his profits to the Laughing Man Foundation, which he created to support educational programs, community development and social entrepreneurs around the world
Hugh Jackman has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona, as successful on stage in front of live crowds as he is on film. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the blockbuster X-Men franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time.
Jackman garnered his first Academy Award® nomination, for Best Actor, for his performance in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, based on the popular stage show created from Victor Hugo’s famous novel of the same name (essaying Jean Valjean in the musical drama also landed him a Dorian nomination in 2010). Jackman’s standout performance as protagonist Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, as well as Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, and a BAFTA Award nomination.
Most recently, he was nominated for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. Sales for the soundtrack to the film have broken records the world over and reached multi-platinum status in many countries including the UK and America.
Other eye-filling movie credits: Director Baz Lurhmann’s rip-roaring WWII-era adventure Australia with Nicole Kidman and 2017’s award-winning period blockbuster The Greatest Showman (in which he sold it as P.T. Barnum).
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By Dorian — 5 months ago
Hugh Jackman, Janelle Monáe, John Oliver, Regina King,
Among Stars to Lend Cheer to the LGBTQ+ Entertainment Critics TV Awards
The Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry, Hosted by Talk Radio Icon Karel, Streams Globally September 13th 5pm PST | 8pm EST
September 8, 2020 (Hollywood, CA) – Hugh Jackman, Janelle Monáe, Regina King, Pose sensation and fashion trailblazer Billy Porter, groundbreaking trans actress Laverne Cox, Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy and vaunted political satirist John Oliver are among the slew of actors, comics and performers lending cheer to GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ inaugural Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry, airing Sunday, September 13th on the first LGBTQ+ global streaming network Revry.
In the two-hour star-studded virtual event, hosted by famously opinionated entertainer and talk show host Karel (in photo above), fans will find out which stars and TV shows the LGBTQ+ organization’s 270 members deemed the best, most visually stunning and even campiest of the past TV season. In addition to raising a glass to the honorees—many of whom delight in virtual acceptance videos—GALECA members discuss the nominees’ merits and even controversies (Randy Rainbow and Tiger King don’t get off lightly).
Going into Revry’s September 13th special, star and co-creator Dan Levy’s riches-to-rags comedy Schitt’s Creek leads the pack with seven nominations, while Hollywood whiz Ryan Murphy’s ambitious, star-studded reimagining of Tinseltown’s early days sashays down the red carpet with six nods. The fact-based TV movie Bad Education and daring miniseries Watchmen each have four Dorian nominations, with the HBO titles’ respective stars, Jackman and King, earning best performance nominations. Singer and actress Monáe, now seen in the centuries-spanning horror film Antebellum, and Porter share a nomination for TV Musical Performance of the Year for their vibrant opening number in this year’s Academy Awards telecast. The full list of contenders, across 14 categories, can be found at DoriansToast.com.
Helping present the TV Dorians: Drag icon Shangela (star of HBO’s We’re Here), What We Do in the Shadows’ vampire-slayer Harvey Guillén; DailyMailTV and Gay Good News host and groundbreaking cable news anchor Thomas Roberts; actor and music artist Alex Newell (Glee and NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist); RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars champion Chad Michaels; multi-hyphenate Josh Thomas of the hit Freeform sitcom, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay; actress-comedian Margaret Cho; veteran talk radio host and Sexy Liberal podcast network founder Stephanie Miller; legendary saxophonist Dave Koz; acclaimed actress and jazz singer Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black); rising stars Rafael Casal and Kate Rose Wilburn; and iconic comic Bruce Vilanch. Revry personalities Shira Lazar and Andy Lalwani, of the news and pop culture series What’s Trending, will also be on deck offering insightful commentary.
“It’s really incredible how the industry has so positively responded to our show,” said outspoken host and producer, Karel (otherwise known as Charles Karel Bouley). “While COVID has definitely created challenges, it’s also strangely brought us together in a global way: We’ve got Alex Newell in Canada, Laverne Cox in New York, Lea DeLaria in LA, Margaret Cho in her back yard and even a surprise from Ireland! A pub is a place that brings people together, and we think Oscar Wilde would approve of our virtual Plan B.”
“Revry is honored to host the exclusive premiere of the star-studded Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry and to stream the show worldwide on our queer network,” said Christopher J. Rodriguez, Esq., Revry co-founder and CBO. “We believe that representation saves lives and while our network focuses on uplifting LGBTQ+ entertainment within queer culture, GALECA has been essential in pushing the broader entertainment industry towards increased representation of LGBTQ+ people in mainstream media. This partnership creates the perfect bridge between these two worlds and allows GALECA and Revry to honor our allies in the industry on a platform made by and for our community.”
The Society’s Dorian Awards, which in the past have gone to both film and television titles combined, announced the nominees for its first separate Dorian TV Awards on June 30. The Dorians are awarded to both general and LGBTQ content, reminding bigots, bullies and at-risk youth that the world looks to the Q eye for leads on great entertainment.
“With September being Suicide Prevention Month and next month being LGBTQ History Month, this is a lovely and loving time to celebrate not just great television, but also how “rainbow” journalists’ have boosted Hollywood from day one,” said John Griffiths, GALECA.org’s Executive Director and Founder. “Be they black, Latinx, indigenous, white, bi, trans, nonbinary or several of the above, queer entertainment critics and reporters have a distinct perspective born of their culture and oppression that has shaped all of the arts for the better. People should know that—and they will thanks to Revry.”
GALECA members offering their opinions in what host Karel calls his “virtual pub” include Tre’vell Anderson (Cohost, Maximum Fun’s FANTI podcast), Kevin Fallon (Senior Writer, The Daily Beast), Eric Andersson (Senior Writer, TV Guide Magazine), Tracy E. Gilchrist (Co-Editor in Chief, The Advocate), Liz Shannon Miller (Senior TV Editor, Collider), Dino-Ray Ramos (Associate Editor, Deadline), Erik Anderson (Editor in Chief of Awards Watch), Jose Bastidas (Assistant Entertainment Editor, The San Francisco Chronicle), Tariq Raouf (Entertainment Queerly podcast), as well as freelance journalists Ren Jender, Manuel Betancourt, Topher Gauk-Roger and Griffiths (former longtime TV critic for Us Weekly).
Chiming in as well with lively comments are former CNN Headline News show host Jane Velez-Mitchell, legendary showbiz columnist Michael Musto and Revry co-founder Wadooah Wali, all GALECA Advisory Board members. The Emmy-winning Velez-Mitchell, now a crusader for animal rights, veganism and the environment via her #JaneUnchained initiative, is one of five new media experts to recently join the Society’s list of advisors. The others are Shane Michael Singh, former executive editor of Playboy turned brand partnerships and development manager at the LGBTQ youth charity The Trevor Project; groundbreaking black film critic and former VH1 talk show host Bobby Rivers; Nick McCarthy, director of programming for the NewFest LGBTQ film festival; and Gil Robertson, co-founder and president of the African American Film Critics Association.
The show is produced and created by Karel.Media, whose creative team includes Brandon Riley Miiller (High the Series, Life In Segments), talent liaison Makiko Ushiyama and graphics and awards design by Jason Young of Pearl Image. The special includes an original song: The cozy and festive “Toast” by Morgan Mallory and Karel. Viewers will also be able to hear an expanded version of the tune performed by Las Vegas-based Irish band The Black Donnellys featuring added orchestration and lyrics by Donnellys frontperson Dave Rooney.
And the Dorians special will include a special message from siblings Rosanna and David Arquette in support of the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation and its missions to offer care and support of the LGBTQ+ community and reflect its namesake’s belief that the arts can transform lives.
The show will air Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8pm EST, 5pm PST on Revry, the LGBTQ+ streaming platform, available globally at revry.tv. The network offers a 7-day free trial period for new viewers. For more information about the Society and its Dorians Toast, visit GALECA.org and DoriansToast.com.
Celebrities set to appear:
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GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Dorian Awards, a nonprofit professional organization, was founded in 2009. Today, GALECA consists of 270 active critics and journalists who write on entertainment for major and distinctly unique media outlets in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. Visit GALECA.org for more info, and support us @DorianAwards on Twitter and Facebook and @Dorian_Awards on Instagram.
GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics is a member of CGEM: Critics Groups for Equality in Media, an alliance of underrepresented entertainment journalists and Time’s Up’s CRITICAL database. For more information, visit CGEMCritics.org.
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By Dorian — 4 months agoLAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER: Best Current Affairs Show (HBO)THE SHOWInstagram: @#johnoliverlastweektonight
With so much crazy news flying at us, it’s great to know that HBO recently renewed our Dorian winner for Best Current Affairs Show for three more seasons—through 2023.
“For the past seven years, John and his incredibly talented team have taken on topics that are both in the public mind and off the beaten path, always managing to shed new light on these subjects with intelligence and searing humor,” said HBO honcho Casey Bloys in a statement. “We are beyond thrilled to continue this relationship for three more years.”
“We’re all extremely happy to be able to continue to do our show on HBO for another three years, or until the end of the world, whichever comes first,” stated Oliver himself.
Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as shining a light on issues big and small as the U.S. heads toward a pivotal 2020 Presidential Election, the Emmy®-winning show airs Sundays at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
The series, which is currently on hiatus until September 27, is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.
The program is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night. Taped in New York, the show features Oliver’s topical commentary. The series has received a staggering 16 Emmys® since its premiere in 2014.
Popular Comedian and Celebrity Speaker John Oliver is an English political satirist who hosts his own television show, writes his own comedy as a stand up comedian and co-hosts and writes podcasts. He is currently the host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver which airs weekly on HBO.
Celebrity Speaker John Oliver worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart beginning in 2006 as its Senior British Correspondent and continued his work until 2013. He was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing three times, in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2013, Jon Stewart was out for eight weeks while directing a movie. Because of this, John Oliver guest-hosted The Daily Show during that time. He was so successful as a guest-host that HBO gave him his own television show just three months later.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a satirical late night talk show that covers politics and current events. Before creating his show, John was working on a weekly satirical comedy podcast called The Bulge with Andy Zaltzman, which has about 500,000 downloads per week. John’s other radio work with Zaltzman includes the podcasts Political Animal and The Department.
When he isn’t hosting his late night television show or creating podcasts, John’s thrives in stand-up comedy. He hosted John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, which last four seasons and ran from 2010-2013. It appears on Comedy Central and includes other stand-up comedians as well as himself. Recently John has tried his hand at acting, guest starring in roles such as Dr. Ian Duncan in Community, Felix Pardiggle in Bleak House, and as Booth-Wilkes John in The Simpsons. As far as the big screen goes, John appeared in The Love Guru and voiced a character in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 films.
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By Dorian — 4 months agoKILLING EVE: BEST TV DRAMA (AMC / BBC America)THE SHOW@killingeveThe third season of the award-winning drama continues the story of two women with brutal pasts, addicted to each other but now trying desperately to live their lives without their drug of choice. For Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the assassin without a job, Eve (Sandra Oh) is dead. For Eve, the ex-MI6 operative hiding in plain sight, Villanelle will never find her. All seems fine until a shocking and personal death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances…and perhaps a share of their souls.
Stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, Sean Delaney and Owen McDonnell return with new cast additions: Dame Harriet Walter (Succession), Danny Sapani (Harlots), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Camille Cottin (Call My Agent), Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9), Raj Bajaj (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding), Turlough Convery (Ready Player One), Pedja Bjelac (Harry Potter) and Evgenia Dodina (One Week and a Day).
Suzanne Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead) serves as lead writer and executive producer for season three, continuing the tradition of passing the baton to a new female writing voice. Executive producers are Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Jeff Melvoin, Suzanne Heathcote and Sandra Oh. Nige Watson also serves as producer on the series. Killing Eve is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd. for BBC America and is distributed by Endeavor Content. The series is based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings.
ACCEPTING THE DORIAN:
SALLY WOODWARD GENTLE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Gentle is the BAFTA award-winning executive producer of British television dramas such as Any Human Heart, Enid and Whitechapel. She formed Sid Gentle Films Ltd in September 2013 to produce original and innovative television drama and feature films.
Prior to Sid, Gentle was Creative Director of Carnival Films. In 2010, she appeared in Broadcast’s Power List for women in film and television. With Sally at its creative helm, Carnival won Indie of the Year at the 2011 Televisual Bulldog Awards and Best Indie at the 2012 Broadcast Awards.
Before joining Carnival, she was the Creative Director for BBC Drama Production following a year as Acting Head of In-House Drama. Prior to that, she was Head of Development for all BBC drama. While at the BBC she worked across a range of high profile output including Tipping the Velvet, Cambridge Spies, Waking the Dead, the first series of the new Dr Who, Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Mysteries, and the HBO co-production, The House of Saddam. She was also at the center of a remarkable run of new dramas on BBC Four including the BAFTA nominated film Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!
Gentle was formerly Managing Director of Kudos where she helped originate and executive produce BAFTA-nominated drama series Psychos created by David Wolstencroft for Channel 4. She continued 16 the relationship with David Wolstencroft and oversaw the development of Spooks before leaving for the BBC.
Since establishing Sid, Gentle has executive produced two seasons of the BAFTA-nominated and ITV ratings hit The Durrells in Corfu with a third in production, as well as Sky Arts equally highly-acclaimed series, Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories. Sally also executive produced SS-GB, the Purvis and Wade (Bond screenplay writers) adaptation of Len Deighton’s classic thriller that aired on BBC one in February 2017.
SUZANNE HEATHCOTE, WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Heathcote is a British writer and actor based in the United States. Her writing career began at the Royal Court Theatre, where she attended the Young Writers Program and Advanced Writers Group. Her first play Concrete Fairgrounds, was selected as part of the Royal Court Young Writers Festival and The New Year New Futures Festival at the Traverse Theatre.Her plays have been developed internationally by Nabokov Theatre, New York Stage and Film and Interplay Australia. She has been a recipient of the New York Stage and Film Founders Award, the BBC Carleton Hobbs Award, a resident playwright for The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and a member of the Ars Nova Play Group.In television, Heathcote has been a writer/producer for several dramas in development at HBO, was an Executive Story Editor for AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, was a writer/producer for Steven Knight’s Apple+ adventure See starring Jason Mamoa, and an upcoming project with singer Sara Bareilles, also for Apple+.FIONA SHAW, COSTARAs “Carolyn Martens”Twitter: @thefionashawInstagram: @#fionashawIreland-born Fiona Shaw stars in Killing Eve as Carolyn Martens, a lead MI6 agent who recruits Eve (Sandra Oh) to track down a psychopathic female assassin.Shaw, currently on screen alongside TK in the lesbian romance Ammonite, was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001 for her contribution to film and drama. Also known for her turn as TK in the Harry Potter movies, she costars with Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill in the imminent steampunk adventure Enola Holmes and headlines November’s horror-mystery Kindred with rising star Jack Lowden (of the 2016 miniseries version of War & Peace).In film, she has worked with a number of international directors, including Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot), Bob Raffelson (Mountains of the Moon), Brian DePalma (The Black Dahlia), Franco Zeffirelli (Jane Eyre), Neil Jordan (The Butcher Boy), Terrence Malick (The Tree off Life), and Craig Macneill, the young director of Lizzie. She was also seen alongside Kate Beckinsale in Colette.She is also known for her comedy performances in Three Men and a Little Lady, Super Mario Bros., and Undercover Blues.In TV, she is known in the for her television performance as the villainess witch Marnie Stonebrook on HBO’s True Blood.One of the foremost artists of the London stage, Shaw has led a number of major productions in London and New York, including Medea (London and Broadway, Tony® Nomination), Happy Days (BAM), The Ancient Mariner (BAM), and The Testament of Mary (Broadway). She was awarded a Drama Desk Award for The Waste Land, performed in a disused theater on 42nd Street.In London, she has played in many iconic productions, such as As You Like it (Olivier Award winner), Hedda Gabler (London Critics Award winner), The Taming of the Shrew, Machinal (for which she won the Olivier for Best Actress and Evening Standard Award), and Electra (Olivier Award winner). With the National Theatre in London, she performed the controversial Richard II, The Good Person of Setzwan (Olivier Award), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Way of the World, Mother Courage, London Assurance and Scenes from an Execution.Shaw lives in London and New York.Sources: AMC Networks; Sid Gentle; IMDB (Carol Ziegler for Suzanne Heathcote); GALECA.orgPost Views: 209