News: Heath Ledger, King Lear, Thailand, Jodie Foster, Beefeater

road.jpg New York magazine talks to Keith Olbermann, who believes Elizabeth Edwards should be our next president.

Hawthorne_2road.jpg As the historic Hawthorne School of Art risks death by development, artists are fighting for their way of life in Provincetown: “Generations of artists flocked there each summer to study with Hawthorne and the artists who later taught in his hilltop barn, including the influential modernist painter Hans Hofmann. Illustrator Norman Rockwell and abstract expressionists Franz Kline and Lee Krasner were among those shaped by lessons in the blazing light of the dunes.”

road.jpg Condom Nations: Some interesting findings from a recent Durex Global Sex Survey.

road.jpg Nicole Kidman reveals to Vanity Fair that she miscarried Tom Cruise’s baby when she was 23: “From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies. And we lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic. And that’s when it came that we would adopt Bella. There’s a complicated background to that, given that I never speak much about many things. One day maybe that story will be told. My mother has an adopted sister, so it’s been part of our family, and I knew it would probably play out somewhere in mine. I didn’t think it would happen so early, but it did.”

Learroad.jpg Ian McKellen brings his naked, buff King Lear to New York.

road.jpg “Gay war” reportedly erupts in Pattaya, Thailand over sex trade: “Police arrested two young men after one bar was set ablaze and another was completely ransacked in the Thailand resort of Pattaya. Foreigners including British tourists fled the area, 100 miles east of Bangkok.”

road.jpg The oldest photograph ever taken of Tokyo, Japan.

road.jpg Brokeback break-up: Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams find they can quit each other.

road.jpg AmericaBlog’s John Aravosis recently went visiting his family in Greece, and shot some fascinating footage of destruction from the recent fires that burned for miles and miles, threatening ancient ruins and creating smoke plumes that coule be seen from space.

road.jpg Karl Rove advised Bush against picking Cheney as VP, new book reports: “The Washington Post reported Monday that in the book — ‘Dead Certain: The Presidency of George Bush’ — journalist Robert Draper reveals that Bush was intent on picking Cheney as his running mate, despite his warnings against it. ‘Selecting Daddy’s top foreign-policy guru ran counter to message. It was worse than a safe pick — it was needy,’ Draper quotes Rove as saying. Once he took office, the president ‘saw no harm in giving his VP unprecedented run of the place,’ Draper wrote.”

road.jpg 22-year-old Indian man confesses to murder of gay partner and partner’s grandmother: “Arun Prasad Dora, a resident of Dhenkal town and a Master’s student at an institute in the city, told the police he killed his friend Debabrata Pani, 22, for forcing him into a homosexual relationship for the past one year. On Monday night Debabrata, who lived in the staff quarters of Orissa University Of Agriculture Technology (OUAT), tried to force Arun to sleep with him when Debabrata’s parents were away. ‘The youth protested and in a sudden rage stabbed Debabrata to death,’ Inspector-in-charge of Khandagiri police station, S.P. Satpathy told IANS. Arun also killed Debabrata’s grandmother, Suna Pani, 78, as she witnessed Debabrata’s murder, Satpathy said.”

Beefeaterroad.jpg First female Beefeater takes her spot at the Tower of London.

road.jpg 50 marchers wrap up Atlanta Black Gay Pride weekend with march from the King Center to the state Capitol: “People are here, and they are proud of who they are. It gives us a chance to show people what’s happening with us.”

road.jpg Jodie Foster declines to respond to OUT magazine treatment on closeted celebrities to Entertainment Weekly: “Over the next two hours, there’s only one subject that she firmly swats away. A recent Out magazine cover featured two models holding up pictures of her and Anderson Cooper’s faces in front of their own, under the headline ‘The Glass Closet: Why the Stars Won’t Come Out and Play.’ When asked if she has any response, Foster says, ‘Was that the one with the Popsicle sticks?’ Her thin lips tighten into a calm half smile of reproach: ‘No, I have no response.'”


  1. gone nuts says

    while I usually agree with Keith Olbermann, I thinks he’s gone a bit nuts. Elizabeth Edwards is quickly turning into a total crackpot. And she is no longer an asset to her husband’s campaign either.

  2. Derrick from Philly says

    Sir Ian is a class act on how to make the most of your senior years. Also, a class act on how to be openly gay with a sense of duty even if you’re not a full-fledged activist. I don’t know about the nudity though–I mean, at his age. Well, hell, just ’cause I don’t want nobody lookin’ at my fifty year old stuff doesn’t mean everybody has to be that way. Go on, Sir Ian! Show yo’ stuff!

  3. the queen says

    Speaking as an old bag, I certainly don’t want to see Sir Ian naked. He’s a wonderful actor, but lady please. I wouldn’t inflict my tired saggy ass on anybody (except my husband), especially now that it looks like an accordian left over from Lawrence Welk.

    and for chrissakes, let La Foster be. Her sexuality is a private matter. Her acting is superb and that’s all that matters.

  4. sean says

    that’s right queenie, keep feeding into that narrow cultural mindset that beauty is only eternally young. considering your admission that you, indeed, are of advanced years help to perpetuate that myth that anyone over the age of 50 in either the gay or straight world is no longer even a blip on the sexual radar screen. don’t bump your head wading in that shallow pool you’re so fond of doing the Darwin crawl in. and this time, i’ll give you a break about the Jodie’s closet = panic room.

  5. Derrick from Philly says

    Well, The Queen: You may call yourself an “old bag”, but somebody must like it–you got a husband. You must be doing something right or else you’d be alone like Baby Jane Hudson.

  6. says

    Ian Holm appeared naked as King Lear a few years ago so McKellen isn’t the first. It’s also not the first time McKellen has been naked on stage either.

    Does it really need to be spelled out that most people go to see King Lear for a masterful performance by an older actor, not to ogle the cast? Less ageism please.

  7. Pugzz says

    The Hawthorne School of Art is truly an important school and let’s hope beyond hope that it does not slip away. Whatever happened to rich patrons? Provincetown is changing. My own personal belief is that like SoHo, consumerism is eating it alive. Will the new Marc Jacobs there be the opening for other name stores??? Then The Gap can’t be far behind. Dirty rotten shame!

  8. Mike says

    Sir John Gielgud was naked in Prospero’s Feast at age 87.
    If you want to see something less Shakespearean, then “The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin” which features considerable nudity for a not-so-buff older male actor. I was fortunate to see Gordon Chater, the originator of the role.

  9. Rich says

    Neither of the English language Thai papers has anything about the “Gay War” 9and it’s normally a story they’d cover). This is the Sun reporting it after all, so who knows what, if anything, really happened.

  10. rjp3 says

    Jodie Foster … someone NOT to admire

    From what I read … she does not want to say the LESBIAN or GAY word because it would hurt her multi-million earning power.

    She may come out later – but much like ROSIE – it will only be after she made herself rich.

    Self-Serving GREED and CAREERISM is why most affluent or famous people do not come out …. period.

    She will have some BS answer when she chooses to come out.

    But if it inherited or earned … many gays like MONEY and serving themself to more of it, than they do standing up for a great good. She is not someone we should admire or report on. She should be shunned like gay Republicans.

  11. Mike says

    Sorry RJP3, but I think you’re in the minority there. Some may not like her approach or find it tiresome (like me), but I can still appreciate the predicament she’s in.

    Plus don’t kid yourself, can you name me one person who’s come out when they were on top of their game? It’s usually long after their career is over, or headed that way. Don’t say Ellen, when she came out, that season was barely renewed due to declining ratings. That’s why she decided to come out – she saw she knew she was on cancellationwatch.

  12. says

    New York magazine talks to Keith Olbermann, who believes Elizabeth Edwards should be our next president.”

    Ha, I’ve said the same thing. Although I’d be perfectly happy with her husband as well.

    She may come out later – but much like ROSIE – it will only be after she made herself rich.”

    She’s been a star since she was a small child, I’m sure she’s been quite rich for a long time now. Yes I think it’s ridiculous that the whole world knows she’s a lesbian, but she turns it into a game where she smiles coolly and refuses to say it. She’s so self-righteous about it, like being closeted and denying the gay community some positive visibility is not only an acceptable option, it’s the noble thing to do. She acts like it’s such a core principle to her. When gays like her don’t even seem to be able to draw a parallel between racism and homophobia, how can we expect straights to.

  13. tom says

    Johnny, right on. You summed up my feelings about Foster exactly. She is no better than Sean what’s his name from Will and Grace…played it coy whenever the question of his sexuality came up.

  14. Dean says

    1. Sir Ian is an excellent actor- clothed or no. A bit of gossip… I saw Alan Cumming on a British talk show once and he’d been skinny-dipping with Sir Ian. His comment was that the knight was packing a big lance.

    2. On Jodie Foster… I’m out and proud and that’s all I’m responsible for. She is the one that must live with the consequences of her action- or rather, “inaction”. It’s much more important for young gay people to have *actual* gay people in their lives than it is for them to try to emulate celebrities. We need to be our own role models.

    3. Heath’s single again?? *sigh* Too sexy by half! Cute story… When “The Brothers Grimm” was out, they interviewed the cast. The female lead (can’t remember her name) was ask if there was any romance on the set. She said, “Yes. When Matt (Damon) met Heath it was love at first sight. They were inseparable.”.

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