Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jem?!? and Carrie Underwood ?!?

With rumours of a new live action Jem movie in the works, the possibility of a break through role as the lead could send Carrie Underwood on her way to Stardom in imitating art? Stay tuned...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Stagewest Mississauga and Calgary - Glorious!

The joyful Florence Foster Jenkins had a passion for singing, but a voice of disastrous proportions which left audiences crying with laughter. Spinning from her bizarre recording sessions, unbelievable recitals and an ultimate triumph at New York's Carnegie Hall - this is a true, heart-warming story about a group of eccentric friends who lived their dreams. The triumphant West End production was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy.

Stagewest Mississauga adds a touch of nostalgic star power to their version of the production, with Mindy Cohn playing the lead of Florence Foster Jenkins. Best known to fans as Natalie Green in the hit comedy series "The Facts Of Life", Cohn brings her comedic skills and talents to this quirky role.

Catch this amusing, and touching, production at both Stagewest locations during the following dates:

Stagewest Mississauga - Feb 11, 2010 - April 18, 2010

Stagewest Calgary - January 28, 2010 - April 4, 2010

For more information, please visit Stagewest Mississauga and Stagewest Calgary

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March Issue Now Available!!!

Join OUTLOOKS this March, as we take you around the globe - from Whistler to Taiwan. First stop: Oslo, Norway for the 2010 Mr. Gay World competition, and our exclusive interview with this years winner Charl van den Berg. Next we take you to explore Taiwan and Taipei, and the Red House gay zone. Rock your world in Palm Springs with a Dinah Shore Week preview. Find out why there are 500 reasons to be fabulous in Winnipeg this spring. Then head to Whistler for an in-depth look at the Olympic PRIDE House. Also, see our insiders with Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, House of Lizares clothing designer Brian Maristela, and queer theatre artist Nina Arsenault.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Winners at the 82nd annual Academy Awards

The Stars came out in style for Hollywood's biggest night, as the coveted golden Oscar statuettes were handed out live in LA at the Kodak Theatre. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin shared hosting duties - the first time the show has had dual hosts in over 20 years - as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave accolades to the best the silver screen had to offer this year. The show - while holding to a tradition of running overtime due to poor pacing - did offer a few surprises and some touching acceptance speeches, adding to the emotion of the evening and capping off a strong year in cinema.

Below is a list of categories and nominees, with the winners in bold.

Best Picture:

* Avatar
* The Blind Side
* District 9
* An Education
* The Hurt Locker
* Inglourious Basterds
* Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* A Serious Man
* Up
* Up in the Air

Best Director:

* Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
* James Cameron - Avatar
* Lee Daniels - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* Jason Reitman - Up in the Air
* Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

Best Actor:

* Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
* George Clooney - Up in the Air
* Colin Firth - A Single Man
* Morgan Freeman - Invictus
* Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

Best Actress:

* Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
* Helen Mirren - The Last Station
* Carey Mulligan - An Education
* Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actor:

* Matt Damon - Invictus
* Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
* Christopher Plummer - The Last Station
* Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
* Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress:

* Penelope Cruz - Nine
* Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air
* Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Heart
* Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air
* Mo’Nique - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

Best Adapted Screenplay:

* Neill Blomkamp - District 9
* Nick Hornby - An Education
* Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche - In the Loop
* Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner - Up in the Air

Best Original Screenplay:

* Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker

* Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
* Oren Moverman and - The Messenger
* Joel and Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
* Pete Docter and Bob Peterson - Up

Best Foreign Language Film:

* Ajami - Israel
* El Secreto de sus Ojos - Argentina
* The Milk of Sorrow
* Une Prophéte - France
* The White Ribbon - Germany

Best Animated Feature Film:

* Coraline
* Fantastic Mr. Fox
* The Princess and the Frog
* The Secret of the Kells
* Up

Best Cinematography:

* Maurio Fiore - Avatar

* Bruno Delbonnel - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
* Barry Ackroyd - The Hurt Locker
* Robert Richardson - Inglourious Basterds
* Christian Berger - The White Ribbon

Best Film Editing:

* Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron - Avatar
* Julian Clarke - District 9
* Bob Murawski and Chris Innis - The Hurt Locker
* Sally Menke - Inglourious Basterds
* Joe Klotz - Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Best Original Song:

* “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog
* “Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog
* “Loin de Paname” from Paris 36
* “Take It All” from Nine
* “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Best Animated Short:

* French Roast
* Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
* The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
* Logorama
* A Matter of Loaf and Death

Best Documentary Short:

* China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
* The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
* The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
* Music by Prudence
* Rabbit à la Berlin

Best Live-Action Short:

* The Door
* Instead of Abracadabra
* Kavi
* Miracle Fish
* The New Tenants

Best Make-up:

* Il Divo
* Star Trek
* The Young Victoria

Best Art Direction:

* Avatar
* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
* Nine
* Sherlock Holmes
* The Young Victoria

Best Costume Design:

* Bright Star
* Coco Before Chanel
* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
* Nine
* The Young Victoria

Best Sound Editing:

* Avatar
* The Hurt Locker
* Inglourious Basterds
* Star Trek
* Pixar’s Up

Best Sound Mixing:

* Avatar
* The Hurt Locker
* Inglourious Basterds
* Star Trek
* Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Original Score:

* James Horner - Avatar
* Alexandre Desplat - Fantastic Mr. Fox
* Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders - The Hurt Locker
* Hans Zimmer - Sherlock Holmes
* Michael Giacchino - Pixar’s Up

Best Visual Effects:

* Avatar
* District 9
* Star Trek

Best Documentary Feature:

* Burma VJ
* The Cove
* Food, Inc.
* The Most Dangerous Man in America
* Which Way Home

For more information, please visit

Friday, March 5, 2010

Calgary AB - Celebrate the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at The Backlot!

Oscar comes to The Backlot! Join the crew for their Official Oscar Party this Sunday, March 7, 2010 and prepare for a night of prizes, munchies, movie-trivia, and participate in the all important Oscar ballot!

For more information, please visit their event page on Facebook.

The Backlot
209 10 Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB T2R 0A4
(403) 265-5211

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cyndi Lauper headlines Pride Toronto’s 30th anniversary festival

Cyndi Lauper, one of the world’s most recognized Queer icons, comes to Toronto on Saturday, July 3 2010 for a FREE concert in Queen’s Park.

An unwavering advocate for LGBTTIQQ2SA* rights, Cyndi Lauper established herself as a household name with the 1983 single "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", kicking off a long career which includes more than 25 million in record sales and nominations for 13 Grammy awards, 2 Emmy awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV awards. Her most recent album "Bring Ya To The Brink" affirmed her international pop diva status, even more so amongst her LGBT fans, who were featured prominently in the music video for her #1 single, "Into The Nightlife".

"It's an honor to always have the genuine affection of the gay community," Cyndi says. "They have never turned their back on me and I will never turn my back on them. We've had a long and enduring love affair."

In 2007, Lauper created the True Colors Tour, bringing together artists like Erasure, The B-52s, the Indigo Girls, Deborah Harry and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to raise public awareness about issues facing the LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. A year later, she founded the True Colors Fund to inspire and engage everyone—particularly those in the straight community—to become involved in the advancement of equality.

Most recently, Lauper joined Lady Gaga as a spokesperson for the 2010 MAC Viva Glam Campaign, which was established in 1994 to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS around the world.

The Grammy award-winning singer and Emmy award-winning actress is currently working on her newest studio album scheduled for release in June. Lauper is also featured on the new “Celebrity Apprentice” edition on NBC starting March 14 and later this year launches her own reality show.

Lauper's performance during Pride Week will be part of a full program of entertainment and activities in Queen's Park; the newest addition to the ever-expanding Pride Week site which includes eight stages over more than 22 city blocks and an attendance of more than one million. Plans for the new Queen's Park site include a beverage garden and more Pride Week Streetfair exhibitors.

"We are happy that Cyndi and her incredible team worked with us to make this happen" said Mary Zondanos, Arts & Entertainment Manager for Pride Toronto. "Her work both as a performer and an activist is an inspiration to us all. There will be tears, and I’m sure some will be mine."

Keep up on the latest Pride Toronto developments by visiting