Netflix Just Made a Massive Casting Announcement for its ‘Tales of the City’ Reboot


Netflix today revealed a long list of series regulars and recurring cast for its reboot of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, coming in 2019. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis were announced in April as reprising their roles as “Mary Ann Singleton” and “Anna Madrigal” with Ellen Page joining them as “Shawna.” Barbara Garrick is also returning as “DeDe Halycon Day.”

Joining the cast as series regulars are: Paul Gross (Due South, Alias Grace) reprising his role as “Brian Hawkins,” ex-husband of “Mary Ann Singleton” and father of “Shawna”; Murray Bartlett (Looking) as “Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver”; Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) as Mouse’s boyfriend “Ben Marshall”; newcomers Josiah Victoria Garcia as “Jake Rodriguez,” a newer resident on Barbary Lane who is a transgender man and a caregiver for Anna Madrigal and May Hong (High Maintenance) as Jake’s long-term girlfriend “Margot Park.”

Announced recurring cast members are: Jen Richards (Her Story, Mrs. Fletcher) playing a young “Anna Madrigal,” Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman) as “Ysela,” a trans woman who plays a pivotal role in Anna’s life; Michelle Buteau (First Wives Club) as “Wren,” Brian’s no-nonsense best friend; Ashley Park (Broadway’s Mean Girls) and Christopher Larkin (The 100) as twins “Ani” and “Raven” , two new residents of Barbary Lane; Caldwell Tidicue aka “Bob the Drag Queen” (RuPaul’s Drag Race) as “Ida Best” the manager of a burlesque club where Shawna and Margot work; Matthew Risch (Modern Family, Looking) as Mouse’s ex-boyfriend Harrison; Michael Park (Dear Evan Hansen) as Mary Ann’s husband “Robert”; Dickie Hearts (Grace & Frankie) as “Mateo,” DeDe’s housekeeper; Benjamin Thys (The Meyerowitz Stories) and Samantha Soule (Godless) as queer polyamorous married couple “Eli” and “Inka”; and Juan Castano (The OA, What/If) as Ben’s co-worker “Flaco Ramirez.”

There is also a huge LGBTQ presence behind the scenes in Showrunner / Executive Producer and writer Lauren Morelli (Co-Executive Producer and writer Orange Is the New Black) and Producing Director and Executive Producer Alan Poul (Tales of the City, Six Feet Under, The Newsroom). The writing team — Andy Parker, Patricia Resnick, Marcus Gardley, Jen Silverman, Hansol Jung and Thomas Page McBee — are all queer. LGBTQ directors Silas Howard, Sydney Freeland, Stacie Passon and Kyle Alvarez.

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Paul Allen, Neil Patrick Harris, Fascism, White Castle, Tina Turner, Proud Boys, Lady Gaga, Uptown Spot Robot: HOT LINKS


FASCISM. If you’re not scared about it happening in the U.S., you should be.

2020 ELECTION. Trump has already raised more than $100 million. “Between his own campaign committee and the two joint fundraising efforts he has with the Republican National Committee, Trump has raised $106 million since taking office. He brought in $18.1 million in the last quarter and had $35 million on hand at the end of September. That’s quite a haul that will likely put Trump at a distinct advantage over whoever emerges from the crowded Democratic field to challenge him in 2020.”

ELIZABETH WARREN’S DNA TEST RESULTS. Trump will only believe her if he can test her personally. “I’ll only do it if I can test her personally, OK? That will not be something I enjoy doing either.”

LIE OF THE DAY. Trump says he has no financial ties to Saudi Arabia. “For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russia, for that matter). Any suggestion that I have is just more FAKE NEWS (of which there is plenty)!”

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS. Whoopi Goldberg offered me sex.

RIP. Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen dead at 65.

AD OF THE DAY. Ted Cruz mocked for loving White Castle. ‘In another political ad from the “Fire Ted Cruz” PAC, an older man has a beef with the incumbent calling Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke a “Triple Meat Whataburger liberal who is out of touch with Texas values.” Whataburger, a chain founded in Texas, has played a prominent role in the Texas senate race between Cruz and O’Rourke, who even ate at a Dallas Whataburger after their debate in September. But the ad posted Monday steps up the fast-food feud.’

PROUD BOYS. NYPD to arrest 9 members of white supremacist group involved in brawl: ‘The NYPD said Monday that it plans to arrest nine members of the alt-right group the Proud Boys and three more anti-fascist opponents involved in a brawl on the Upper East Side on Friday — as new video of the melee surfaced. “We believe we have valid [reason for the] arrests for those nine individuals to include charges of riot and attempted assault,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at a press conference, adding that the raps could be upgraded.’

IT’S OFFICIAL. Lady Gaga is engaged.



SLANG OF THE DAY. KJ Apa explains New Zealand slang.

UNDERCOVER DRIVER OF THE DAY. Chance the Rapper. “Watch as Lyft’s newest driver, Chance the Rapper, takes unsuspecting passengers on a ride around the city of Chicago. Chance discusses love, life, other rappers, and how his charity, The New Chance Fund (along with the help of SocialWorks), is using the Round Up and Donate feature in the Lyft app to support Chicago Public Schools. ”

TWO HOT FOR TUESDAY. Cristobal Remu and Andres Zurdo.

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Matt Baume Explains How ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Changed His Life: WATCH


Matt Baume Takes a deep dive into The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the night that the underground cult classic changed his life.

Writes Baume: “The Rocky Horror Picture show was a huge failure, at least when it premiered. It was too weird, too queer, too musical at a time when moviegoers stopped caring about showtunes. But within a few years, it found a new life as an underground phenomenon where everyone dresses up, shouts along, participates in rituals — like a Catholic mass but for drama club kids. So how did that happen? ”


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‘Golden Girls’ gets limited edition cereal


‘Golden Girls’ cereal (Photo via Instagram)

Funko has released a limited edition “Golden Girls” cereal for sale exclusively at Target.

Delish reports that animated figures of the cast appear on the cereal box. The cereal is blue but no word on why that color was chosen or what the cereal tastes like.

The back of the box features a maze and a special message from Funko.

“Hey Kids, remember what it was like to sit in front of the TV on Saturday morning and watch cartoons while eating your favorite cereal?! Well, Funko does!” the message reads. “So we’re bringing back Saturday morning to kids of all ages with our new sugar toasted FunkO’s!”

Each box also includes a Funko “Golden Girls” doll.

“Golden Girls” already has plenty of merchandise floating around online including hot sauce, “Golden Girls” Clue, Monopoly and dolls.

Delish notes that fans should check both the cereal and toy aisles at Target as the product has been stocked in both locations.


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This trans world cycling champ has some people apoplectic on Twitter


Rachel McKinnon (center) celebrates her victory.

Rachel McKinnon won a masters world title. That brought out hate directed at her and every trans athlete.

When Rachel McKinnon won her 35-44 age group at the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championship, she was overjoyed. And we at Outsports are happy for her and congratulate her on her accomplishment.

Leave it to a bunch of jerks on Twitter to use foul, cruel and often factually incorrect language to try to tear her down.

McKinnon is a trans woman, an athlete and an assistant professor at the College of Charleston. That she won in a women’s category drew a torrent of hateful reaction from people across social media that was almost entirely aimed at demeaning her existence and achievement.

The reaction stemmed from McKinnon proudly tweeting out this photo of herself along with the news of her victory:

That prompted over a thousand replies, many of which were disgusting and crude, and others of which made some completely absurd claims like McKinnon transitioning genders simply so she can win a competition.

Of course the idea that someone would transition genders for some kind of athletic advantage is absurd. Jessica Platt, the trans professional women’s hockey player, reiterated this in a recent interview.

“No one’s gonna choose to transition to a female just to have an advantage in a certain sport. Why would you theoretically want to have an advantage in a certain sport when you’re going to face so much discrimination?”

The underlying claim of virtually all of the responses was the absurd notion that every single man is faster and stronger than every single woman in the world. To be sure, some of the Tweeters had followers in the double digits. Yet others had thousands.

Some of the Twitter responses were unkind, but we are posting a small handful of them here to demonstrate not simply the lack of understanding or compassion for transgender athletes and trans people, but the venom with which that lack of understanding is delivered. Yes, trans people are still dealing with this in huge ways.

McKinnon, for her part, has been amazing through it all.

If you do not want to see some of the cruelty displayed toward this trans athlete, please stop reading here. And we regret that McKinnon has been the target of this hateful language.

Jennifer Saunders hints at Absolutely Fabulous revival


Jennifer Saunders as Edina Monsoon and Joanna Lumley as Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie | Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Jennifer Saunders has hinted that she might revive Absolutely Fabulous, while making it ‘age-appropriate’.

She made the comments while interviewing fellow comedy producer John Plowman at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

‘I am thinking at the moment of writing a little something,’ Jennifer admitted when the subject of the iconic BBC show came up.

‘It has to be age-appropriate otherwise we’d have to be in wheelchairs basically,’ she added. I think Julia [Sawalha who plays Edina Monsoon’s daughter Saffy] is old enough to be my mother now.’

‘It is very tiring’

The star added that the show, which costarred Joanna Lumley is Patsy, is ‘always on my mind. Always.’

Jennifer shot to fame as one half of comedy duo French and Saunders, alongside Dawn French.

Speaking about political correctness in comedy, the BAFTA fellow said: ‘I think it is harder to write what we used to write because there is just always someone tutting in the back of your mind. “Oh what do you think? Don’t you think someone might be offended?” It is very tiring.’

Absolutely Fabulous, which also starred Jane Horrocks as Bubble and June Whitfield as Gran, ran for five series and multiple TV specials.

A 2016 movie which featured a cameo from supermodel Kate Moss was met with positive reviews. However, some criticized its LGBTI representation.