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IMAGINE DRAGONS’ DAN REYNOLDS HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL LOVELOUD FESTIVAL POWERED BY AT&T ON JULY 28, 2018 AT RICE ECCLES STADIUM IN SALT LAKE CITY, UT TO ENCOURAGE GREATER LOVE, COMMUNICATION, AND UNDERSTANDING FOR OUR LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

LINE UP INCLUDES GRAMMY® AWARD- WINNING ARTISTS IMAGINE DRAGONS, ZEDD AND LINKIN PARK’S MIKE SHINODA, GRACE VANDERWAAL, NEON TREES’ TYLER GLENN, VAGABON AND A.W.

STAND UP COMEDIAN, ACTOR AND WRITER CAMERON ESPOSITO TO PERFORM AND EMCEE LOVELOUD FESTIVAL

LOVELOUD TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH AT 10AM MST AT SMITHSTIX.COM

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LOCAL AND NATIONAL LGBTQ+ CHARITIES INCLUDING
ENCIRCLE, TREVOR PROJECT, TEGAN AND SARA FOUNDATION & MORE

Salt Lake City, UT – April 2, 2018 – Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons today
announced the second annual LOVELOUD Festival (http://loveloudfest.com) designed to
ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand,
accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities. The 2018 LOVELOUD Festival
will be powered by AT&T.

AT&T supports various initiatives that promote safety and inclusion for LGBTQ youth, including The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention and crisis intervention service. Together, through music and an inspiring message, LOVELOUD and AT&T can share our vision of a future where LGBTQ youth are connected to love and acceptance.

LGBTQ+ teen suicide, often caused by a lack of communication or an absence of
acceptance, is one of the most troubling issues in the community. The numbers are
staggering:
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US for youth (teenagers) according to
the Center for Disease Control.
• LGBTQ+ youth that come from a home or community where they are not accepted are
eight times more likely to commit suicide.

“We at LOVELOUD are determined to help create a more loving and accepting environment for them, while also hoping to raise more than $1 million dollars for local and national LGBTQ+ charities” said founder and Imagine Dragons front-man Dan Reynolds. “We look forward to a day dedicated to celebrating their diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.”

LOVELOUD Festival will take place Saturday, July 28, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT at the
Eccles Stadium and feature performances by Grammy® Award-winning artists Imagine
Dragons, Zedd and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda along with Grace Vanderwaal, Neon
Trees’ Tyler Glenn and A.W. Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Cameron Esposito will also perform and emcee the day’s festivities. More performers and speakers will be
announced in the coming weeks.

LOVELOUD tickets will go on sale Friday, April 6 at 10AM MST. Festival goers can
purchase tickets HERE. Doors open for the LOVELOUD Festival at 2pm and the music
begins at 3:30pm. The festival will feature food, beverages and a number of other
activities for fans of all ages and interests. The LOVELOUD Foundation will donate
proceeds from this year’s event to benefit LGBTQ+ organizations including Encircle, the Tegan and Sara Foundation and the Trevor Project.

“LOVELOUD’s inspiring goal is to raise $1 million dollars for LGBTQ+ organizations in
one day, and we know that this amazing program of music and speakers will entertain,
educate and inspire everyone who comes out in support on July 28th," said Tegan and Sara. “We started the Tegan and Sara Foundation to bring resources and attention to
issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and we are proud to work with the LOVELOUD
team to amplify their urgent message of acceptance and unconditional love.”

As part of this quest, Dan Reynold’s created a documentary centered around
LOVELOUD, called Believer. The film received runner up for the “Festival Favorite Award” at Sundance Film Festival 2018 and will premiere on HBO in June.

LOVELOUD’s inaugural festival bowed August 26, 2017 in Orem, UT at Brent Brown
Ballpark. The event drew 17,000 concertgoers and featured live music from Imagine
Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon (Acoustic), Joshua
James, and Aja Volkman. In 2017, LOVELOUD Foundation lent its support to various
charities such as Encircle and Stand4Kind, as well as national charities, The Trevor
Project and GLAAD.

The LOVELOUD Foundation is a catalyst to bring communities and families together to
help ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love our LGBTQ+youth. LOVELOUD offers hope to young people, letting them know they’re not alone and encouraging acceptance in the home and community. It all begins with talking about, sharing and showing the realities of what LGBTQ+ teens face daily. The LOVELOUD Foundation is a 501c3.

AT&T’s commitment to equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ community began in 1975,
when the company became one of the first American corporations to adopt a policy
prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. AT&T also has a long-standing commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace. LEAGUE at AT&T
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Employee Organizations of AT&T) is one of the oldest LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups (ERG) in the nation. In 1998, AT&T
adopted one of the first domestic partner benefits programs for LGBTQ employees. In
2006, AT&T was one of the first U.S. corporations to offer transgender-inclusive health
care benefits. At AT&T, diversity and inclusion will always be top priorities.

POUYA Buckhead Theatre Thursday, July 5

Pouya will be appearing at the Buckhead Theatre on Thursday, July 5 th at 8:00pm.

Reserved Seating Balcony tickets are $30.00 and General Admission Standing Room Floor tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25.00 day of show. All ages are welcome.

Tickets are on sale Friday, April 13 at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
For more information, visit pouya305.com, or www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Back by popular demand: The Book of Mormon performances begin July 17 at the Fox Theatre

Tickets go on sale Sunday, March 25

“THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY. Heaven on Broadway! A celebration of the privilege of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.”
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking two week return engagement in 2014, as well as in 2016, returns to Atlanta for a limited run, July 17-22 at the Fox Theatre as an option to the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2017/2018 season. Single tickets will go on sale Sunday, March 25.

Tickets go on sale Sunday, March 25. Tickets start at $33.50 and are available by visiting FoxTheatre.org by calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit BookofMormonTheMusical.com or BroadwayInAtlanta.com.

THE BOOK OF MORMON will play at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre July 17-22. The performance schedule is as follows:

TuesdayThursday                           7:30 p.m.
Friday                                            8 p.m.
Saturday                                        2 p.m.8 p.m.
Sunday                                          1 p.m.6:30 p.m.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design byAnn Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

For more information, visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com

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The Truth About Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan’s Relationship

Written By | Julie Miller

Did the designer and his murderer actually know each other, as American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace indicates?

The first episode of American Crime Story Season 2, titled The Assassination of Gianni Versace, wastes no time in linking spree killer Andrew Cunanan with his final and most famous victim: Gianni Versace. The series opens with a sweeping sequence showing Versace looking out majestically from the balcony of his Miami mansion while Cunanan sifts through a shabby, sand-logged backpack on the beach below—immediately establishing the “have” and “have not” in FX’s grim fable. The premiere, “The Man Who Would Be Vogue,” is front-loaded with two encounters between Cunanan and Versace—one in the V.I.P. room of a nightclub, and one on the stage of the San Francisco Opera following a performance of Capriccio, for which Versace designed costumes.

Given Cunanan’s propensity for pathological lying and the dreamlike quality of these sequences, though, what is the truth about Cunanan and Versace’s relationship—and what are we meant to see as simply Cunanan’s delusion?

In 1997, Vanity Fair contributing editor Maureen Orth—who wrote the book on which The Assassination of Gianni Versace is based—was the first to report that Cunanan and Versace actually had met in San Francisco in 1990. Based on interviews with multiple witnesses to the interaction, Orth described how Cunanan and his friend Eli Gould met the fashion designer in the V.I.P. room of the nightclub Colossus.

The designer walked in with an entourage, including [Versace’s boyfriend] Antonio D’Amico and [Capriccio choreographer] Val Caniparoli, who quickly introduced him to a few people. After about fifteen minutes of chitchat and waves of young men eager to meet him, Versace began to survey the room. He noticed Andrew standing with Eli, cocked his head, and walked in their direction. “I know you,” he said to Andrew. “Lago di Como, no?” Versace was referring to the house he owned on Lake Como near the Swiss border. Reportedly he would often use the Lago di Como line when he wanted to strike up a conversation with someone.

Andrew was thrilled and Eli couldn’t believe it. “That’s right,” Andrew answered. “Thank you for remembering, Signore Versace.” Then Andrew introduced Eli to Versace, who made polite talk about whether they had seen the opera. (They hadn’t.) Eli and Andrew then drifted back down to the dance floor.

Meanwhile, another man—Doug Stubblefield—claimed to have seen Versace with Cunanan on a different occasion in San Francisco that fall. He says a chauffeured car containing the duo, plus socialite Harry de Wildt, pulled up alongside him as he was walking on Market Street one evening. “To show off, Andrew had the car come to the curb, and Andrew and Doug had a conversation,” writes Orth. But Harry de Wildt, “a sixtyish dandy . . . married to a younger, big-boned Hillman heiress,” denied that he ever met Cunanan, let alone traveled in a car with Versace and Cunanan. Tangling this complicated web of alleged interactions even further, another friend of Cunanan’s, Steven Gomer, told Orth that Cunanan had personally introduced him to de Wildt—and that the two seemed to go “back a long way.”

Gomer also told Orth that, on another evening, he ran into Cunanan at a different San Francisco haunt. Cunanan, who was wearing a tuxedo at the time, claimed to have just come from Capriccio, where he “was with Gianni Versace.” This stray remark seems to be the basis for the Versace scene in which Cunanan and Versace, surrounded by candelabras and sipping champagne, get to know each other on the stage of the San Francisco Opera. This moment, at least, has less of a basis in fact; as Versace co-star Ricky Martin tells Vanity Fair’s Still Watching podcast, “We’re not making a photo; we’re making a painting. We add color, etc.”

Though Versace’s family has maintained, in the 20 years following the murder, that Gianni never met his killer, Orth also told Vanity Fair last week, “There is no doubt in my mind that those two met.” During an interview with Vanity Fair’s American Crime Story companion podcast, Orth said, “That all is absolutely fact-based, on-the-record reporting.”

In fact, when news broke in July 1997 that Gianni had been fatally gunned down on the steps of his Miami mansion, Orth was one of the first people to have a correct hunch about who the killer was. She had spent the previous months extensively researching the mind-set and murder spree of 27-year-old Cunanan, an intelligent, half-Filipino college dropout who suffered delusions of grandeur, a drug habit, and a dark sexual history. In a feature that was set to be published in Vanity Fair the following month, Orth reported that Cunanan had only encountered one of the celebrities he claimed to have met in his countless, fabrication-filled monologues: Versace.

Because both Versace and Cunanan are said to have dabbled in sex-for-hire circles in San Francisco and Miami—Versace as procurer, Cunanan as purveyor—there is the slight chance that their orbits also intersected in unreported ways. But even if they did in fact only meet once, Cunanan spoke of his “friendship” with the fashion designer so often that at least three of Cunanan’s friends claimed to have told the F.B.I., after Cunanan went missing following his first four murders, about his alleged relationship with Versace.

The first episode of Versace is filled with details about Cunanan that were first reported by Orth: that Cunanan, coddled from an early age by his parents and taught the importance of brand names by his father, coveted magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair. That Cunanan told people Versace approached him, and he sassily replied, “Honey, if you’re Versace. I’m Coco Chanel!” That Cunanan wove elaborate lies about his childhood involving family pineapple plantation fortunes, Imelda Marcos, his father’s fictional boyfriend, and Rolls Royces. That he lived with his rich debutante friend Liz Coté and her husband, and occasionally went by the pseudonym Andrew DeSilva. That Cunanan’s friends indulged him by listening to his tall tales with an eye roll.

Amidst all of those character-study certainties, though, the fact that Versace and Cunanan did not actually have a deeper relationship than a onetime—possibly two-time—encounter may nag at viewers who are accustomed to tidy television crime procedurals where clear motives are uncovered in 60 minutes or less. In real life, even 20 years later, the world is no closer to knowing precisely why Cunanan murdered five people. (Cunanan’s parents maintain that their son was set up by the mafia.)

While The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story can’t offer a clear motive, it does a hell of a job contrasting the arcs of two gay men of mediocre economic backgrounds and similar obsessions with status who died on opposite ends of the human spectrum. The only possible reason behind Versace’s murder is volunteered by Bill Hagmaier, former chief of the F.B.I.’s child-abuse and serial-killer unit, who reasoned to Orth that “whether or not Versace is ‘personally symbolic,’ he’s ‘the wealthy, high-profile homosexual success story that Andrew Cunanan was never going to be.” Comparing Cunanan to Ronald Reagan’s attempted assassin, Hagmaier reasoned, “The only way he [was] going to get famous is the same way John Hinckley got famous.”

Trump Lawyer Reportedly Paid $130,000 to Cover Up Porn Star Affair With President

Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, allegedly received payment in exchange for signing of nondisclosure agreement

A lawyer for President Donald Trump allegedly paid off a former porn star to keep her from talking about a consensual sexual encounter they’d shared in 2006, according to The Wall Street Journal. Attorney Michael Cohen reportedly paid a lawyer representing Stephanie Clifford, who appeared in adult films under the name Stormy Daniels, $130,000 in October 2016 – a month before the U.S. election – in exchange for her signature on a nondisclosure agreement.

The duo met in July 2006, a little over a year after Trump married First Lady Melania, at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at the Edgewood Tahoe golf course in Nevada. Clifford was 27 at the time and was there representing the adult film studio Wicked, which made her films. She posed for a photo with the future president at the event. Rumors of the meeting have abounded on gossip sites since around 2011.

A White House official shot down the rumors in a statement to the Journal. “These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,” said the person, who refused to address the existence of an NDA.

Cohen, in his statement, did not reference a hush-money situation but dismissed the notion that Trump had an affair. “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels,” he said. “This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client. You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.” (The paper previously reported that Clifford had been courting Good Morning America as a venue to discuss her relationship with Trump, though the interview never took place. The Journal subsequently alleged that the owners of the National Enquirer had paid $150,000 to a Playboy model for her own story of an affair with Trump but that it never ran.)

Cohen forwarded a letter to the Journal that was signed “Stormy Daniels” in which she denied she’d had a “sexual and/or romantic affair” with the President. It said, “Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false.”

She did not comment for the Journal’s story. The paper reported that sources said she’d complained that the payment wasn’t happening fast enough.

The lawyer representing Clifford, Keith Davidson, said he wasn’t able to discuss the situation because of attorney-client privilege.

Another porn star, Jessica Drake, who was at the same golf event as Clifford, claimed at an October 2016 press conference that Trump kissed her and two other women. “I did not sign [an NDA], nor have I received any money for coming forward,” Drake told the Journal. “I spoke out because it was the right thing to do.” A White House official called Drake’s story “totally false and ridiculous.”

An October 2016 investigation by The Smoking Gun into the allegations surrounding Clifford included quotations from her former husband, Michael Mosny. He said that he remembered bringing her to Trump-related events in 2007, such as the launch of Trump Vodka and the Miss USA Pageant, and he recalled meetings she’d had with Trump in Beverly Hills and New York. He said he was “not under the impression” she was carrying on an affair with Trump. By his estimation, she thought that the time she spent with Trump would lead to a spot on The Apprentice.

In 2011, Clifford called the story “bullshit” and a lawyer for Trump called it “untrue and ridiculous.”