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James Thilman
James Thilman is special projects editor at The Huffington Post.

Entries by James Thilman

The Subtle Language Of Sounding Gay

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 2:37 PM

David Thorpe has a "gay voice." For the filmmaker's latest endeavor, an autobiographical documentary, he embarked upon a long-delayed confrontation with his own "internal homophobia." He was in his early 40s, recently single and he was bitter about "sounding gay." 

For the project, Thorpe sets...

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How The New York Public Library Is Bridging The Digital Divide

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 2:35 PM

 The 11th annual Aspen Ideas Festival drew impressive crowds to the picturesque Colorado mountain town in late June, inspiring audiences to “indulge in their curiosity.” In a conversation with The Huffington Post's editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, New York Public Library president and CEO Tony Marx spoke to the digital divide in...

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Misty Copeland On Stepping Out From Behind The Other Swans

(8) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 9:20 PM

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Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre's first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history, spoke about her career on Tuesday at Lincoln Center. Amid the overwhelming response to her historic appointment, she was adamant that she isn't an "overnight...

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Why Jennifer Coolidge Steals Every Scene

(7) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 11:53 AM

"I'm so vain, all I could think was I should have stopped at 'American Pie,'" said Jennifer Coolidge, after watching a clip reel of highlights from her career. (Her role as Stifler's sexy mom popularized the term MILF in common parlance.) "I didn't need to be all those...

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'The State Of Marriage': How Vermont Paved The Way For LGBT Equality

(39) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 8:15 PM

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The freedom to marry feels inevitable in 2015. Nearly 72 percent of Americans live in a state that views same-sex relationships as equal to opposite-sex ones. But how did we get here? For many, including small town Vermont lawyers...

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Don't Miss Provincetown's Film Festival, An Unofficially Queer Cultural Event By The Beach

(8) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 6:11 PM

Unassuming is the name of the game in P-town, a quirky beach community at the tip of Cape Cod. But the Provincetown International Film Festival, now in its 17th year, consistently delivers one of the finest cultural events in the region. As always, a delightfully queer...

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Happy 10th Anniversary To HuffPost, From All Your Famous Friends

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 4:56 PM

"Welcome to The Huffington Post, which, as our motto says, has been delivering news and opinion since, well, a few hours ago," wrote Arianna Huffington in 2005. Ten years later, having expanded to more than a dozen countries, including Canada, Greece, France, Italy, the U.K., Japan, India and Brazil, it's...

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'Most Likely To Succeed': Schools Should Teach Kids To Think, Not Memorize

(171) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:00 PM

Fourth-grader Scout is struggling to keep her composure during a parent-teacher conference as the teacher expounds upon the character-building aspects of having failed a math quiz. She fixes her tearful gaze in the distance. "I know that face," says her father, filmmaker Greg Whiteley. "That face is saying, 'This is...

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Jason Robert Brown Is The Busiest Man On Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 12:21 PM

Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown often finds himself with little time to write. With multiple projects in the air, his impressive body of work ensures endless revivals and adaptations, though he eagerly awaits downtime to pen something new. Leaping from stage to screen, "

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Oscar Winning Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Vies For Yet Another Nomination

(4) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 3:15 PM

You might not know her by name, but costume designer Colleen Atwood's visual impact on the silver screen has hardly gone unnoticed. A frequent collaborator with heavy hitters Tim Burton, Jonathan Demme and Rob Marshall, Atwood has lent her creative talent to more than 60 feature films, including...

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'No Control' Documentary Explores Layered Absurdity Of The Gun Control Debate

(134) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 1:55 PM

In "No Control," an arresting documentary debuting at DOC NYC, director Jessica Solce aims her camera at a contentious debate roaring in America. Solce explores the murky waters of gun rights, giving voice to advocates from both sides.

"'No Control' is about carving out a moment to...

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The Man Behind One Of Horror's Most Recognizable Themes Hates Horror Movies

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 4:53 PM

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Composer Marco Beltrami has more than 100 credits listed on his IMDb page, from slasher films to blockbusters to meditative dramas to Best Picture winners and almost everything in between. A classically trained musician, he's twice been nominated for an Academy Award. Beltrami...

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'Alive Inside' Celebrates The Healing Power Of Music

(7) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett had planned to film Dan Cohen, a social worker and founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, for a single day. Cohen had wanted to document his nascent program for elders with dementia who were springing back to life at a Brooklyn nursing home....

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John Waters' 'Carsick' Will Teach You How To Hitchhike

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Filmmaker and author John Waters is funny, brash and brilliant. For decades, the so-called "Pope of Trash" has been peddling camp and gore -- and then some -- with films like "Pink Flamingos," "Female Trouble" and "Hairspray."

For his latest literary endeavor, "

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StoryCorps OutLoud To Shed New (And Long Overdue) Light On LGBT History

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Dave Isay, founder and president of the non-profit oral history project StoryCorps, long envisioned an initiative focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, a group often excluded from the historical record. "What we're doing is overdue," he told The Huffington Post. "We've done so well by...

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The Delightfully Queer Lineup At The 2014 Provincetown International Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Pack your bags, the 2014 Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) kicks off June 18 with stellar programming and plenty of parties. Unofficially queer (but still gay as, well, a weekend in P-town), the festival lineup includes a vast array of LGBT-themed films, several of which also screened at...

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Provincetown International Film Festival Debuts 2014 Trailer

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 8:29 AM

For 2014, the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) trailer features some of Cape Cod's most prominent avian residents. Created by Gasket Studios with music by BWN Music, and debuting exclusively at The Huffington Post, the spot takes on animated film noir, complete with feathered...

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