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  1. From The Hollywood Reporter  <full article in the link>

    The 50 Most Powerful LGBTQ Players in Hollywood

    LGBTQ representation in Hollywood is at an all-time high. Thanks to the showrunners driving authentic stories, filmmakers bucking decades-old heteronormative paradigms, actors emboldened to live more honestly and platforms bankrolling so much of it, being gay, queer, transgender or any other other has never been more widely embraced in the entertainment industry.

    For its inaugural Pride issue, The Hollywood Reporter homed in on the talent and makers helping boost visibility and creating opportunities for members of the extended LGBTQ community. 

    Jim Parsons

    Actor, producer

    A year after wrapping CBS' The Big Bang Theory, Parsons has leaned into telling LGBTQ stories. On camera, Parsons has appeared in The Boys in the Band and Hollywood. As a producer, his That's Wonderful banner — which he runs with husband Todd Spiewak — was behind the Emmy-winning Netflix shortform dramedy Special.

    I'LL FEEL GOOD ABOUT HOLLYWOOD'S LGBTQ REPRESENTATION WHEN "When 'gay actor,' 'gay director,' 'gay writer,' 'gay story,' et cetera, are no longer labels even worth mentioning."

    THE PERSON I THINK DOESN'T GET ENOUGH CREDIT FOR THEIR ACTIVISM "Larry Kramer. He was the only honest-to-God activist with a capital A I have ever met. You could sense the fire and the mission within him. It was invigorating and a little frightening — well, frightening to this sweet, gay, Southern boy who shies away from confrontation."

     

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  2. <Larry Kramer, Author and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84>

    From Variety

     Jim Parsons on Larry Kramer’s Legacy and Working With Him on ‘The Normal Heart’

    By Jim Parsons

    I feel a little tongue-tied when asked to say anything about Larry Kramer; partly because, while I know him, I don’t know him nearly as well or as long as some of my friends and colleagues. But mostly I think I get nervous because I believe Larry Kramer to be one of the most influential, important people for the gay community that has ever walked this earth and I worry I could never do him justice. And, honestly, I probably can’t, but I’ll say this:

    I was so scared to meet Larry when I signed on to be a part of the Broadway production of “The Normal Heart” in 2011. I was gay, I was on a nationally televised sitcom, and I had never had my “big coming-out news story.” And here I was, about to be in a seminal work about the AIDS epidemic, written by one of THE leading activists from that moment in time, who believed that only by showing our faces, as gay people, did we stand the chance of gaining the respect and equality we desired and deserved. Larry spoke the language of change, while I was most comfortable saying “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir.” I was scared Larry would think me weak — or worse, that he’d find a way to force me on the cover of People magazine.

    But that’s not how my experience turned out. Instead, Larry was not only exceedingly kind to me, but our production was a success that sent all of us all over New York that spring-into-summer season to a slew of awards shows that felt, in many ways, like a long celebration of Larry. Larry came to the theater as many nights as he could, in his traffic-cone-orange jacket to pass out informative flyers about HIV to theater-goers after our show let out. New York legalized same-sex marriage one night while we were doing the play, from the stage I heard men and women sobbing many evenings toward the end of the show and, often, I could not hold it in myself and I joined them. It all culminated in Larry on stage accepting a Tony award.

    I was prepared that summer for Larry Kramer to slap me into being a “good gay,” but instead he, his play, and the people who feel a calling to be a part of his work and watch his work, all loved me into a change that has affected my life and career ever since. And I am but a tiny drop in an Earth-sized bucket-full of incredible change Larry Kramer fought for. As gay people, as humans, we have lost a fighter who was also a history-keeper (where he got the energy to do so much is beyond me), but we have surely gained a saint.

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  3. Ending with a bang, graduating ATP students get a virtual visit from Jim Parsons

    When you study at University of Utah College of Fine Arts, you’re not just introduced to some of the finest faculty members on the planet. You oftentimes also get to enjoy the benefits of those faculty members’ vast and esteemed networks, too. 

    This was the case with the graduating seniors in the University of Utah Department of Theatre’s Actor Training Program (ATP), who got to have one final guest artist experience with assistant professor, Robert Scott Smith’s graduate school buddy — oh, and Emmy and Golden Globe winner — Jim Parsons.

    Smith wanted to provide something really special to the ATP students who are graduating during this global pandemic, and a visit with Parsons was his Big Bang Theory (har har), especially because the two of them had their own experience graduating during a particularly challenging time.

    “We finished our graduate work from the University of San Diego after 9/11,” Smith noted. “So, I thought the students might uniquely benefit from hearing how he faced life after school in what felt like a pretty uncertain world.”

    In an intimate and invite-only Zoom meeting, Smith and Parsons bantered back and forth about their time together in school, and Smith posed questions to Parsons from the personal to the professional.

    Link to the full blog post

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  4. From The Hollywood Reporter

    Mayim Bialik's 'Call Me Kat' Ordered to Series at Fox

    Fox is solidifying its comedy roster.

    The independent broadcaster, which on Monday became the first network to reveal its plans for a novel coronavirus-impacted fall schedule, picked up an 11th season of animated hit Bob's Burgers and handed out a series order to multicam Call Me Kat, starring Mayim Bialik.

    Both the renewal and the order for Call Me Kat were expected. Work on the Emmy-winning animated comedy from Loren Bouchard and 20th Century Fox Television has been happening for months, while the scripted comedy from exec producer Jim Parsons had a sizable series production commitment attached to it. (Meaning, if Fox passed on a series pickup, the network would have had to pay a fee as if it had been ordered.)

    <snip>

    In announcing its fall schedule, Fox noted Monday that new and returning series that hadn't already completed production are being held for a midseason debut. This includes returning hits like 911 and new entries like Call Me Kat. Only scripted holdovers Next and Filthy Rich — which completed filming — will launch in the fall alongside animated series like Bob's Burgers, which have all largely been unaffected by the global pandemic.

    <full article in the link>


  5. From Deadline Hollywood

    HBO Max Buys Romantic Comedy ‘Beth & Sam’ From Emily Wilson, Betsy Thomas, Jim Parsons & Jamie Tarses

    HBO Max has put in development Beth & Sam, a half-hour single-camera comedy from Emily Wilson (The Conners), My Boys creator Betsy Thomas, Jamie Tarses’ FanFare Productions, Jim Parsons and That’s Wonderful Productions and Warner Bros. TV, where That’s Wonderful is under an overall deal.

    Co-written by Wilson and Thomas, Beth & Sam is a romantic comedy about a relationship between two women who have every reason “not” to be together — including that one of them is supposedly straight and married.

    Wilson and Thomas executive produce and serve as co-showrunners. Tarses executive produces for FanFare along; former Parsons and Todd Spiewak for That’s Wonderful. Eric Norsoph co-executive produces for That’s Wonderful. Fanfare and That’s Wonderful co-produce in associate with Warner Bros. TV.

    <full article in the link>

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  6. From Collider

    Exclusive: Ryan Murphy Gives Updates on ‘The Boys in the Band’ and ‘A Chorus Line’

    Firstly, The Boys in the Band, which Murphy is producing as a Netflix film. The play, written by the late Mart Crowley, was originally adapted to the screen by William Friedkin in 1970, and this new take is directed by Murphy collaborator Joe Mantello with stars like Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Andrew Rannells — all regular Murphy collaborators themselves. This version is, in fact, an adaptation of a stage revival that Mantello directed and Murphy produced. Murphy gave us this update on the film version, currently in post-production:

    <snip>

    "Then to be able to finish it and step away for a little bit, and then come back and film it, and make it even deeper and more cinematic, which it is, I think it’s really extraordinary. And we’re just finishing the edit of it now, I think a trailer will probably come out sometime in late summer. And there are several, I think, award-worthy actors and parts in that movie. I think we’re going to give it an award season launch sometime in the fall,  I think is the plan."

    <full article in the link>

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  7. From The Hollywood Reporter

    Ryan Murphy's 'Hollywood': Meet the (Familiar) Cast of the Netflix Period Drama

    Jim Parsons

    PRIOR MURPHY CREDITS The Normal Heart, Boys in the Band (Broadway), Boys in the Band (Netflix)

    HOLLYWOOD ROLE Henry Willson, Talent Agent

    Parsons was deep into his second rendition of Boys in the Band, this time for Netflix, when Murphy approached him about Hollywood. The prolific producer had already decided Parsons, still best known to TV audiences as nerd-genius Sheldon on CBS' The Big Bang Theory, would be pitch perfect as Rock Hudson’s infamous talent agent, Henry Willson. He signed on, and quickly devoured Willson's bio. By its end, Parsons admits he'd developed a degree of empathy for the closeted rep, horrific behavior and all. "He ended up destitute because he'd used every resource he had to get his clients to the place that he wanted them to be and that they wanted to be — paying for clothes, paying for lessons, paying for teeth — and so as nasty and weird and slimy as he could be at times, I felt for him when I read he died penniless in a Styrofoam coffin," says Parsons, noting it was years before anyone pitched in to get him a tombstone with his name on it. Eager to get Willson "just right," Parsons would spend some two and a half hours in the makeup chair, as heavy prosthetics were applied. "I'd leave the makeup trailer feeling somewhat transformed and a little freer without even knowing it was happening," he says, adding of the part: "It ended up being one of the more powerful experiences of my life."

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