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Live Blogging: 2014 Emmys

3:54 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

It’s the 66th annual Emmy Awards and there are some big changes. The show is broadcast live on the West Coast, with Seth Meyers as the host. GLAAD points out that

this year’s Emmy nominees included openly gay actors Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Paulson and Kate McKinnon as well as shows (“Orange,” “Modern Family,” “Game of Thrones”) sporting LGBT characters and stories.

It’s brilliant that the Academy of Television Arts & Science recognizes the streaming media of Netflix (and should the time come, Hulu) as part of “television” and has embraced Netflix series. It’s going to be a hard call for some of these nominations, and while I’m a little disappointed in a couple categories (what no Sharknado! Well maybe next year Sharknado 2: The Second One will make the cut), this year’s nominees dorepresent one of the finest years in TV ever. (And Vince Van Patten is nominated for Best Director-and to think he used to be a TV teen idol heart throb!).

Is your popcorn popped? Here we go! Seth is about to take the stage!!


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2014 Emmys Red Carpet Liveblog

2:54 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

The Emmys are here! The night when television celebrates its best. And on the red carpet, this means the best and worst dressed, as well as our favorite stars.

This year, the Emmys are broadcast live on the West Coast so we’ll be able to live blog both the arrivals and the show itself, starting at 4pm West Coast Time with the red carpet arrivals on NBC. Social media will be in full force:

Twitter maven Retta from NBC’s comedy “Parks and Recreation,” will be Twitter’s official live tweet correspondent from the Emmy’s red carpet and inside the show sharing hilarious commentary throughout….Eonline will aggregate all key social conversations happening around the Emmys popular #eredcarpet all in one spot.

Look for your favorites and the nominees, then stay with us at 8pm ET, 5pm PT when I’ll be doing Movie Night with one hand and live blogging the Emmy broadcast (featuring Seth Meyers) with the other!

PS: I’m rooting for Laverne Cox, the first openly trans actress nominated for an Emmy:

Cox herself makes the distinction “openly trans,” as she says she knows of another transgender woman who won an Emmy years ago, but was not out.

FDL Movie Night Preview: Obey

7:02 am in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick


Tonight’s movie, Obey, comes loaded with a powerful filmmaking punch: All images are taken off the interwebs and reconfigured to create a dystopian 51 minute vision, based on journalist Chris Hedge’s book Death of the Liberal Class. You can check out the whole move here and the trailer here.

Hedge’s book made the argument that a breach has occurred between the liberal class — consisting of academics, artists, educators, creatives, clergy, journalists, politicians, etc — and the radical social and political movements it once supported or sympathized with.

In Obey, directed and narrated by Studiocanal founder Temujin Doran, this breach is traced back to the rise of the military industrial state and propaganda machines during World War II. From there we travel though the 2008 election to a potential future that spells the total destruction of the planet and the end of life as we know it as society collapses and corporations mine the last bit of resources out of our environment.

Our one chance, argues Obey, is to rebel, to practice ongoing acts of civil disobedience based on moral, ethical values.

There is a powerful warning message in this film, along with political theory stressing the rise of inverted totalitarianism:

a system where corporations have corrupted and subverted democracy and where economics trumps politics..every natural resource and every living being is commodified and exploited to collapse and the citizenry are lulled and manipulated into surrendering their liberties and their participation in their government by excess consumerism and sensationalism.

Looking forward to discussing this with all of you and our co-host JP Sottile, at 5pm West Coast time, on FDL’s main page.

Two Johns and Whore: Well Hung!

12:41 am in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

I am a purveyor of degenerate art. Tonight, “Two Johns and a Whore” the art exhibition I created and curated, opens at Coagual Curatorial in Chinatown. The show features the gallery debut of award-winning performance artist John Fleck (one of the NEA Four) and controversial queer filmmaker John Roecker, plus 13 artists commenting on prostitution.

I could get all International Art English and bludgeon you with artspeak about the psycho-sexual political and religious polemics and subtle subtextual semiotics of each piece and the exhibition as whole, explaining why the left and right walls are pale pink, and why I hung the way I did, but basically I had two artists named John and I wanted a show with a catchy name, especially since it’s up during the LA Art Show. The bottom line is that these are strong, sexy works.

Speaking of bottoms, that’s what Fleck did. For his gallery debut, he painted his butt with archival acrylics and made a series of nine prints on acid-free archival paper. The series, “Ass-i-Nine” is playful, poignant, and beautiful.

Roecker’s selected works on paper, canvas, and wood range from religious cartoons, sketches of celebrities (particularly moving, his Judy Garland and Sid Vicious), and abstracted nudes. There are over 80 pieces of his up, and they were selling as we were hanging them!

Those are the Johns, now about the whores. Several of the artists are internationally known and collected, others have not shown before at all, while others are in the emerging/mid-range of their careers. The art ranges from painting and photography to perfumery to Magdelene’s Temple, a six-foot tall decoupaged sculpture by San Diego-based artist and musician Rafael Reyes. There is a graphic depiction of a sex act, strong nudes, and the limited perfume by Lady Vapour smells great.

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world that I could present this show and that it is getting so much attention, including the Los Angeles Times, the influential art blog KrossD which asked for preview images, and  I’m stoked!

Fleck’s Ass-i-Nine series

Roecker, Sid Vicious

Roecker, William Burroughs

Setting up the Whores (any bigger and the image would be NSFW!)


Saturday Art: It’s Up and It’s On

5:15 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

Two Johns and a Whore, the show I’m curating opens in about 2 hours. The drinks are cooling (a keg of Tecate and a case of sparkling wine, sodas and water, plus two cases of red wine). Across the way, Our Ever Changing World, another group show curated by Karrie Ross is getting ready to open (pics from that next week–her whole project is fascinating!).

Meanwhile here are some shots from Two Johns and a Whore, and there’s more in our new Arts & Culture section, and on La Figa. Wish me luck!

John Fleck, background; Rafael Reyes, background

FDL Movie Night Preview: The Golden Globes

4:09 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick


The Golden Globes are Sunday at 5pm West Coast and we’ll be live blogging them, and tonight at 5pm we’re discussing the nominees on the front page during FDL Movie Night. What have you seen? What did you like?

FULL COVERAGE: Golden Globe nominations 2014

Motion picture, drama

“12 Years a Slave”

“Captain Phillips”




Motion picture, musical or comedy

“American Hustle”


“Inside Llewyn Davis”


“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Actress in a motion picture, drama

Cate Blanchett “Blue Jasmine”

Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”

Judi Dench – “Philomena

Emma Thompson – “Saving Mr. Banks”

Kate Winslet – “Labor Day”

Actor in a motion picture, drama

Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years a Slave”

Idris Elba – “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”

Tom Hanks – “Captain Phillips”

Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club”

Robert Redford – “All Is Lost”

Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Amy Adams – “American Hustle”

Julie Delpy – “Before Midnight”

Greta Gerwig – “Frances Ha”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Enough Said”

Meryl Streep – “August: Osage County”

Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Christian Bale – “American Hustle”

Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”

Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Oscar Isaac – “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Joaquin Phoenix – “Her”

Supporting actress in a motion picture

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine”

Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle”

Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years a Slave”

Julia Roberts – “August: Osage County”

June Squibb – “Nebraska”

Supporting actor in a motion picture

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips”

Daniel Brühl – “Rush”

Bradley Cooper – “American Hustle”

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave”

Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club”


Alfonso Cuarón – “Gravity”

Paul Greengrass – “Captain Phillips”

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FDL Movie NIght Preview: Old Dogs & New Tricks

1:50 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

Head’s up: The top video may be considered NSFW or  challenging for kids/grandparents depending on where you work and your family dynamics

In a place called Boys Town, do gay men ever grown up? Or do they just grow old?

That’s the question posed by Old Dogs & New Tricks, the award-winning webseries that we’re discussing tonight on Firedoglake Movie Night, 5 pm to 6:30pm West Coast time on the main, front page of with guests, the series’ executive producers Leon Acord and Lawrence Whiting. Acord  also writes Old Dogs & New Tricks and stars as talent agent Nathan Adler. Nathan and his friends Brad, Ross and Al try to negotiate loving and living while they circle the magic age of 50 as men in a culture that prizes youth.

 Old Dogs & New Tricks is smart, sweet, funny, poignant, sexy. I laughed out loud in places, and think the season one & two DVD out now is the perfect stocking stuffer for many of my friends, gay and straight.

FDL Movie Night Preview: Holiday TV Specials

1:13 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

There’s something about holidays that TV just can’t resist. And well, neither can we, because these shows are just so awesome each for their own reasons. So here’s a preview of what we’ll be discussing tonight on FDL Movie Night at 5pm

First up the Star Wars Christmas Special, from 1978. Poor George Lucas. It’s just awful. But it also credits Bruce Villanch as a writer, so expect some subversive humor. We’ve posted the condensed version for you, but you can watch the full version here, in 10 minute increments, starting with part one.

Alfred Hitchcock was not immune to the joys/horrors of Christmas, so we’re presenting Alfred Hitchock Presents “Back for Christmas.”  And because the work on the interwebs is never done, how could we resist Mary Tyler Moore coping with Christmas in the newsroom from the show’s first season?

Please join in discussing these and other Very Special Holiday shows at 5pm west coast time on FDL’s front page.

FDL Movie Night Preview: Bomb It 2

12:04 pm in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

Graffiti and street art are exploding around the world, and in Bomb It 2, director Jon Reiss takes us to previous unexplored urban areas: Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank. Reiss shot Bomb It 2 himself using a ultra compact camera and sound package, crawling through sewers and nest of red ants, scaling abandoned buildings to interview artists and capture them at work.

Bomb It 2 features artists from Singaopore–where graffiti is punishable by caning–Austrailia, Hong Kong, Denmark, Thailand,  Israel and Palstinian refugee camps, all of whom are fueled by a desire to create and leave their mark, to make people  think

Crowd-funded on Kickstarter, Bomb It 2 was released on DVD/VOD on August 6. Jon will be my guest on Movie Night September 9, at 5pm West Coast time. As  a teaser, here’s part of an interview I did with Jon via email  for

Graffiti is an art form that can exist for years in one place, or only days. This uncertainty, the impermanence, how does this impact the artists?
I think it is one of the aspects of the art form that excites them, the transitory/ephemeral nature. Sure they want their pieces to be up as long as possible – so they are always looking for places where pieces will live longer – generally avoiding pristine downtown/business districts that will be buffed immediately. But none are fools as to what the world is that they are operating in. They are taking space – and anyone else can take the space from them – if they have the skills.

The urges to create and make one’s mark in/on the world, to also beautify/alter the urban environment, to communicate with others through images are as old as mankind, and certainly seen in street art. Are there efforts in the cities you profile to provide walls for street artists? Or would that take away, for some, the thrill/artistic impulse?

No – not really re providing space. I think in these cities – if anything there is more apathy towards street art from the local authorities – such as in Tel Aviv, Bethlehem, Bangkok, Hong Kong (not so in Singapore). In much of the developing world there are bigger issues to deal with. In Melbourne – there is a tolerance and even appreciation for it – from the local authorities, but that often changes and can change with any government on a dime.

Preview: FDL Movie Night “Families are Forever”

10:57 am in Uncategorized by Lisa Derrick

Tonight’s movie, Families are Forever follows a typical California Mormon family as they discover their oldest son, 13-year old Jordan, is gay. Determined to not loose their son but wanting to let him be himself, while still staying true to their faith, Wendy Montgomery turns first to LDS literature which she finds archaic and inapplicable to Jordan. As Jordan grows more and more withdrawn, quietly contemplating suicide, Wendy searches through medical and psychological literature and discovers the Family Acceptance Project which helps diverse families understand how to support their LGBT children, as well as training health and mental health providers to understand the critical role of families in supporting their LGBT children.

The Family Acceptance Project’s research shows for the first time how these family accepting and rejecting behaviors affect an LGBT young person’s health and mental health, including risk for suicide, substance abuse, HIV, self-esteem, etc.. These attitudes and behaviors also affect the whole family.

Tonight’s guests, Families are Forever director Vivian Kleiman and Caitlin Ryan from Family Acceptance Project will be discussing both Jordan’s story and the Family Acceptance Project on the front page of at 5pm West Coast time. To participate, please register beforehand (button on left side at top of page–registration is free)  and log in. See you tere!