Movies: One Week Oscar Runs, Madonna Moments, Gay Slurs

Patrick Wilson's "Buddy" argues with Charlize Theron's "Mavis" about the incident and points out that she called the victim a 'theater fag' all the time in high school. "It's an expression," she says with eye rolling exasperation, eager to get back to flirting. She's so entirely self-absorbed that the feelings of others are mysteries and she definitely can't process her own complicity in the bullying. She's a Mean Girl as anti-heroine of her own movie; all grown up but still achingly adolescent inside. 

 roadYoung Adult star and comic Patton Oswalt (a real threat for a Best Supporting Actor nomination), has issues of his own with the gay stereotypes in movies. Splitsider, in survey of roles he DIDN'T take or didn't get thus far, reminds us about a bit on his comedy album wherein he talks about turning down a gay best friend part.

I got offered to go audition for a romantic comedy and they wanted me to audition for the part of the 'gay best friend!' It’s 2011—I may as well put on blackface and tap dance. That's how old that cliché is now. I read the script and every scene was like, I walk in and she’s crying and I go, 'Microwave popcorn and red wine, stat!' 


 roadSpeaking of theater boys, have you read this hilarious New York Times piece on Hugh Jackman's stage persona? "Mr. Jackman is, unapologetically and triumphantly, the bi-est guy in town: bicultural, bimorphic, binational, biprofessional and, for entertainment purposes, bisexual."

 roadIn honor of W.E.'s sorta release, Madonna's best moments on the big screen

 roadWith the release of New Year's Eve – she shares her scenes with Ashton Kutcher — I've been thinking about Lea Michele a lot. What will her career hold for her after Glee. How do you follow up a showstopper like "Rachel Berry"? There's very juicy gossip circulating about unhappiness on the set of Glee and ratings are down so the time is ripe for her next career move anyway. Are you still watching? Will you watch Lea Michele after Glee? She's so divisive. She's still supposedly in the running for "Eponine" in the long awaited film version of Les Miserables.

Oh Les Miz… even hearing the title, the songs start playing at full volume in my head. 



  1. says

    Maybe Broadway will come to its senses and cast Lea in “Funny Girl.” It would be a surefire sell-out for months before one rview was published.

    Somebody should stick a fork in La Murphy — and twist it.

  2. Michael Bedwell says

    Once again, we’re respectfully asking…begging…Mr. Rogers to drop the “Oscar bait” schtick he seems to insert in every post here—AS IF wanting an Oscar is a bad thing/somehow diminishes the film like a woman who isn’t a virgin on her wedding night. And, AS IF there exists any film maker, no matter how humble, independent, anti-Hollywood, who would NOT be thrilled by getting one. If you were a sportswriter, would you insert some dig about a team/individual athlete wanting a championship ring/trophy in EVERY article you wrote about them?

    As for the revival of “Funny Girl,” last I read it had been postponed indefinitely because of financial problems.

  3. says

    After reading about the gay slur in Diablo Cody’s “Young Adult,” I had to tell you that I worked on Diablo’s show, “United States of Tara” – an episode called “Hellhouse.” The scene called for a carnival barker type to yell at us actors all these gay slurs, “Homo, queer, fruit, fag,” etc. When I was hired, I had no idea this would happen. It was horrible to have these words yelled at me for hours. Diablo Cody was on set as she had written every word. When we filmed it, I didn’t know that the pilot episode (which was already filmed) was filled with scenes of the mother (in a male personality) calling her son every gay slur imaginable. When Diablo puts gay slurs into most of her projects, it makes you wonder if she has an issue with gays. What do you all think?

  4. Phil says

    Michael Bedwell speaks for herself, not “we.”

    I don’t get what her problem is. Nathaniel, keep on about Oscar-bait all you want. The Oscars are a fun yearly competition that I like to participate in. They’re my Superbowl; if I could start a fantasy league, I would.

  5. Diana says

    Glee’s ratings are down because the show has run it’s course. That’s what happens when something becomes overhyped so quickly.

  6. Cindy says

    I saw Madonna’s film in Toronto and thought it was quite good. The costumes, score, cinematography, and supporting actress are sure to get nominations. I plan on checking it out again during its one week run.

  7. jhr459 says

    I couldn’t agree with David Ehrenstein more about la Murphy. I think he singlehandedly propelled Glee on its downward spiral. He is more of a diva than any of his actors.

  8. Chris says

    Any use of the word “fag” or “faggot” just conjurs up hurt and unsettled emotions. It ruins the entire movie for me. Within 5 minutes of the movie “Hangover” I was sick to my stomach and wished I had never wasted my time seeing it. That use of the slur was very intentional and ugly. Though in “Young Adult” the slur is merely being used as a quote, just hearing the word will distract me from the movie with mental images of homophobic hate. There is too much negativity and sadness associated with it. I don’t like feeling that when I escape in a movie.
    I know some gays have… embraced the terms, but I can not. Too many gay bashings with echoes of that slur. It sickens me…

  9. Larry says

    Fox is still satisfied with the ratings for Glee. The ratings have simply settled from “the stratosphere” to “normal”. It is not close to being canceled. Glee may have been over-exposed but that is no reason not to watch and appreciate what they offer from week to week. It is not perfect, but some of the episodes this season have been the best ever. The musical performances continue to be high quality and entertaining. Whether you like it or not, our community benefits from the characters of Kurt, Blaine, Santana and Brit being on tv every week and it doesn’t serve our cause to try and bring this ship down. Why would this article quote gossip that the stars have refuted? Towleroad should be above this.

  10. Michael Bedwell says

    @ Phil: try taking a course i”Reading for Comprehension.” My issue is NOT the Oscars but that MR. ROGERS derides them repeatedly.

    Thank you and Happy Holidays.

  11. shawnthesheep says

    So a guy in a movie quotes a girl who bullied him in high school by calling him a “theater fag,” and this ruins the movie for people? It sure sounds like the movie is exploring the dark side of bullying. I mean, the character is a guy who was left crippled after being beaten by a group of high school bullies. I doubt the movie is pro-bullying or homophobic.

    As for gay slurs in Diablo Cody’s other projects, I always found United States of Tara to be very gay friendly. As for the supposedly gay kids having gay slurs yelled at them in the show’s depiction of a hellhouse, this was not homophobic in the least. It depicted just how hateful such hellhouses are, and the hellhouse and the church that put it on were the focus of constant derision and ridicule on the show.

    I’ll never understand why some people deem a word offensive no matter the context.

  12. Randy says

    In Darkness is an excellent film. I saw it at a festival in November (where it was judged by audiences to be the best).

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