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The Ugly Truth of Comic-Con, Plus Barrowman, Lombard and Streep



Nathaniel Rogers would live inside a movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience.

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The weekend's box office contender is the comedy THE UGLY TRUTH. In Hollywood appealing to multiple quadrants is crucial to survival. Having won over action fans with 300, Gerard Butler is wooing romantic comedy lovers. His recent attempt (P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank) didn’t do it. In ...Truth, he becomes entangled with Katharine Heigl who is having trouble landing her preferred man Eric Winter, the only person nearby who's as pretty as she. Why Heigl would need Butler’s Cyrano-like assistant in winning a man is a question that can only be answered (or asked) inside of a movie.

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Speaking of ugly truths... have you heard about the Comic-Con and Prop 8 non-conflict?



 road The San Diego Comic Con is currently underway. It's a massive moneyed event each year with Hollywood giants like Tim Burton, Robert Downey Jr, Johnny Depp, James Cameron and Peter Jackson arriving to tease potential blockbusters like Iron Man 2, Avatar, District 9, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Alice in Wonderland. Unfortunately the comic book industry is still not supporting the boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, owned by Doug Manchester who donated $125,000 to Prop 8. Sadly, as Andrew Wheeler at the post-game show pointedly reminds us most heroes are of the fictional variety.

"The problem - and it’s an appreciable one - is that the San Diego Comic-Con is huge, and the Manchester Grand Hyatt is only two blocks from the convention centre, and it is traditionally the social and business hub of the whole event. Most of these people work on superheroes, but they are not heroes. They will not do the right thing if it’s inconvenient to their business, or worse, to their buzz."

Well said.

Picture 51  road "Captain Jack" John Barrowman goes full frontal for Torchwood: Children of Earth... albeit in low res surveillance camera form [NSFW... if your boss has very good eyes]

 road It's not unusual to hear about straight porn stars in mainstream news -- even Entertainment Tonight covers that -- but gay porn? I was surprised to see the LA Times giving space to covering Michael Lucas's Men of Israel tagged "the first gay porn film to feature an all-Israeli cast". Tablet,  a Jewish magazine, goes into far greater detail.

Picture 52  road Old Hollywood fans take note: There's a blooper reel from My Man Godfrey, easily one of the funniest movies ever made. Who knew such a thing existed? Here's your chance to hear Carole Lombard swear like a sailor. But wait there's more... Bogie, Cagney Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart also flubbing lines and having a laugh about it.

 road Did you feel there was abundant gay subtext in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It was discussed a few days back but here's another take.

Picture 55  road 60s sex symbol and enduring actor Terence Stamp just turned 70. In honor of The Adventures of Priscilla's "Bernadette" (one of his most indelible characters) disable the ABBA on your iPods today.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again. No more fucking ABBA."

Speaking of ABBA...


 road Can Meryl Streep manage a third consecutive summer blockbuster and a 16th (!) Oscar nomination with JULIE & JULIA at the ripe age of 60? I suspect so. I saw the movie last night and as you might expect when an actress as delightful as Meryl Streep plays a woman as delightful as Julia Child, it's well... delightful (Where's my thesaurus?). Some people will quibble with this or that element of the film but it's fun. The rapport between Stanley Tucci and Streep (playing husband & wife this time instead of servant & master a la Devil Wears Prada) is still strong and highly watchable. Nods to their robust sex life get two very big laughs. The movie opens on August 7th.

Some people are already wondering if Streep's vocal impersonation of Julia Child sounds too much like "Mrs. Doubtfire". Hmmm, I don't know. Doesn't Mrs. Doubtfire sound too much like Julia Child? Which came first: the chicken or the egg? It's a question that doesn't need to be asked or answered, especially since both chicken and egg have been drenched in Child's beloved butter.

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  1. Gerard Butler is dreamy. I'd blow him in the middle of Times Square at rush hour.

    But I wouldn't go see that awful looking movie he's in.

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 24, 2009 2:01:13 PM

  2. Torchwood: Children of Earth has been fantastic this week! And the fact that Captain Jack was naked (both front and back) was certainly an added bonus!

    Posted by: Wayne | Jul 24, 2009 2:12:45 PM

  3. CRISPY would suck on Pat Robertson's asshole in Times Square, rush hour or not. Speaking of THE UGLY TRUTH, gives it a dismal 14% freshness rating.

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Jul 24, 2009 2:31:02 PM

  4. Can I donkey punch him, John?

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 24, 2009 2:45:28 PM

  5. "Unfortunately the comic book industry is still not supporting the boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, owned by Doug Manchester who donated $125,000 towards defeating Prop 8"

    Um...why should someone who donated money towards DEFEATING prop 8 be boycotted? I'm guessing this is a misprint on your part?

    Posted by: Gavin james | Jul 25, 2009 12:47:48 AM

  6. I read the biography that Julia & her grandnephew co-wrote & it was a wonderful book...and there was MORE than enough information about an incredible life she had for one character in a add that other element of someone trying to cook all her recipes's just NOT needed...well "Hollywood" does it AGAIN!!
    I just started to read Barrowman's Bio..summer read...and his whole real family are CRAZY!!...but a great fun crazy family to grow up in...a nude part for him??? he'd JUMP at it, just at the MENTION of it!

    Posted by: tony | Jul 25, 2009 1:08:24 AM

  7. I'll reiterate the awesomeness of Torchwood: Children of Earth as posted by Wayne.

    But, sigh... Ianto. Sniff.

    Posted by: Shawn | Jul 25, 2009 2:35:09 AM

  8. Also agree....the SciFi (never SyFy!) channel Wishes it had a fraction of Torchwood's awesomeness!! How horrible about Ianto!!! Kudos to BBCA for giving us this incredible event in 5 consecutive days..with extras after each one! But, boo to American TV for feeling the need to blur a bare butt or black and white, tiny and blurry penis. We are marching backwards into Puritanism and the Dark Ages of Fear and Superstition here.
    Anyway...Jerry Butler!!! Yum! And gay, if I recall.

    Posted by: batman4oz | Jul 25, 2009 5:21:11 AM

  9. eric winter is all kinds of booful. i don't understand the gerard butler fascination, however. he has the grin of a fat-faced "special" person.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 25, 2009 10:46:36 AM

  10. Torchwood was all kinds of awesome, despite the finality of it. I find it ironic that they will say "shit" but not show a butt on tv.

    And regarding the comic-con: I read the blog and the comments below. The writer condemns the owner of the hotel for supporting Prop 8 when they have done many things for our community. So he doesn't support the inclusion of same-sex marriage.

    The irony of this entire post is that you have John Barrowman, a gay man who does not support gay marriage, juxtaposed against a straight business man who supports gay rights but has not supported gay marriage being criticized.

    Posted by: Todd R | Jul 25, 2009 11:26:38 AM

  11. "The rapport between Stanley Tucci and Streep (playing husband & wife this time instead of servant & master a la Devil Wears Prada) is still strong and highly watchable."
    Glenn Close was in The Devil Wears Prada, not streep.

    Posted by: Kerry | Jul 25, 2009 1:33:01 PM

  12. "The rapport between Stanley Tucci and Streep (playing husband & wife this time instead of servant & master a la Devil Wears Prada) is still strong and highly watchable."
    Glenn Close was in The Devil Wears Prada, not streep.

    Wrong. It was Streep.

    Posted by: exo | Jul 25, 2009 5:45:14 PM

  13. "Glenn Close was in The Devil Wears Prada, not streep."

    Ehh, no. It was Meryl Streep.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Jul 25, 2009 10:03:51 PM

  14. Meryl Streep was in the Devil Wears Prada. I think John Barrowman is cute, Gerard Butler is hot.

    Posted by: JEFF | Jul 27, 2009 10:50:51 AM

  15. So is Streep's role supporting or co-lead sized?

    Posted by: Wayne B. | Jul 27, 2009 12:24:29 PM

  16. Gerard Butler would be a lot hotter if he wasn't always in such shit films, and if he could act his way out of a paper bag.

    Meryl Streep as Julia Child sounds absolutely nothing like Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire, at least not in the trailers. Come on, there's just no resemblance at all.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jul 27, 2009 3:28:07 PM

  17. I Love Torchwood, but John Barrowman should start looking into a gym..and not just having sex at them...

    Posted by: alan brickma | Jul 27, 2009 10:28:08 PM

  18. Torchwood "Children of Earth" was beyond awesome

    The reason US sci-fi / sissified scy-fy never produces anything like it is because US producers think big bang special affects are what titillate us while the Britts in the BBC know that you can slag off on affects and save a buck as long as you have good writers, character development, plot, etc

    I laughed, I cried, I believed the characters could be real and complex people.

    They better bring Torchwood back for another season and not use CHILDREN of EARTH as its swan song, though a great ending if it is.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jul 28, 2009 9:52:49 AM

  19. I saw Julie and Julia opening weekend. A wonderful, feel good movie. Streep steals the entire movie, and is absolutely magnificent. She is truly amazing and it's a must-see performance. I hope people check it out. But don't go hungry!

    P.S. She's a co-lead, not supporting at all.

    Posted by: Ben | Aug 11, 2009 1:05:53 PM

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