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Outfest opener doesn’t miss a beat

L.A. event honors 'Glee's' Lynch

Outfest unspools movies, but at Thursday’s opening-night ceremony, the talk from the Orpheum stage was all about TV.

“The Emmy nominations show how far we’ve come,” said fest exec Craig Dorfman, referring to how many out gays had been honored that day.

One of those was Jane Lynch, being feted that night by the fest. In a video segment, Amy Poehler congratulated the “Glee” star on “your gay bar mitzvah.”

Paris Barclay and Chris Colfer appeared in the flesh to give Lynch her “achievement” award, calling the actress “the cool aunt of our ‘Glee’ family.” In turn, Lynch thanked Colfer for giving “gay and lesbian kids a fashion-forward role model.” As for Lynch’s recipe for success, she quoted the immortal words of her favorite TV mom, Carol Brady: “Find what you do best and do your best with it.”

In case anyone forgot that Outfest is actually movie-oriented, the fest gave L.A. auds their first peek at “Howl,” an Allen Ginsberg biopic starring James Franco as the Beat poet and helmed by doc directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Since “Howl” is their first narrative feature, “We thought we should rely on a tried-and-true movie genre,” said Epstein. “So we made a queer poetry film,” added Friedman.

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