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03/31/2013

GOP Congressman With Gay Son Won't Support Marriage Equality

MattsalmonRepublican Arizona congressman Matt Salmon and GOP Ohio Senator Rob Portman both have one thing in common: an openly gay son. But they differ in their views on marriage equality. As you know, one time anti-same-sex marriage advocate Portman reversed his opinion after his son revealed he was gay. Salmon, however, has not.

In an interview with Arizona's 3TV, Salmon says this about his gay son and marriage equality: "I don't support the gay marriage...My son is by far one of the most important people in my life. I love him more than I can say.”

He adds, “I’m just not there as far as believing in my heart that we should change 2,000 years of social policy in favor of a redefinition of the family. I'm not there. ”

And how does he feels about Portman's recent change of heart? "I haven't evolved to that stage and Rob Portman apparently has."

Let's hope Salmon gets to that stage very soon.

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Mar. 31,2013 at 6:08 AM EST by | Permalink | Comments (52)


This Scene Was Cut From the New GI Joe Movie

GijoeIf you were one of the many people who helped catapult G.I. Joe: Retaliation to a $100 million worldwide dollar box office take this weekend, you probably don't remember the scene above. That's because the bar scene in which Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and a shirtless D.J. Cotrona appear was cut from the final version of the film.

Buzzfeed explains:

Director Jon M. Chu told me that the bar scene with Tatum, Cotrona, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was cut and re-shot early last year — before the film's release date was pushed from June 2012 to this weekend — without Cotrona because it wasn't successfully conveying the warmth of the relationship between Tatum and Johnson's characters. "It was more plot-driven," Chu said. "It didn't set the tone right for movie. We wanted something a little more jokey." So out went Cotrona, and in went a scene of Tatum and Johnson bonding while playing a military videogame. With their shirts on.

Posted Mar. 31,2013 at 1:46 AM EST by in Channing Tatum, Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson, Film | Permalink | Comments (35)


03/30/2013

Movies: 'The Place Beyond the Pines' in Theaters, 'Les Miz' on DVD

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BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

The opening shot from THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, is a stunner. And not only because it starts with a view of a well-muscled and inked masculine torso. The camera follows the man (we don't see his face) as he paces back and forth, plays with a knife and then walks through a fairground where he turns heads and prompts amateur snapshots. Finally the camera catches his face. It's "Handsome Luke" (Ryan Gosling), a daredevil motorcylist about to defy death and gravity in a round metal cage. As soon as we've seen 'Handsome Gosling,' though, Luke throws a motorcyle helmet on depriving us of his Movie Star mug and enters the cage to perform miraculous stunts. As I recall there aren't any edits in this shot and I have no idea how it was filmed unless Ryan Gosling moonlights as a stuntman in addition to his many many other talents (like naming his body parts, and inspiring hilarious fandom and popular internet memes).

This lengthy continuous shot with its 'now you see him, now you don't' movie-star tease is a pretty apt description of the movie to come which is something of a bait-and-switch with a prominent throughline. See, it's not a Ryan Gosling movie so much as an ambitious triptych which passes the baton fluidly each time it's becoming a new movie.

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I'm positive that most reviews will spoil surprises so I'm only offering up a few words on its three parts AFTER THE JUMP...

Placebeyond-familyMovie #1 Handsome Luke
This excellent crime drama is stylish and engrossing that it didn't even occur to me until after the movie ended that this is the second time in less than three years that Ryan Gosling has played an amoral stuntman / driver / criminal who pursues a woman with a child who is already quite taken. It's a testament to the director Derek Cianfrance (who previously delivered Gosling's best work in Blue Valentine) that this new film feels so different despite sharing a genre and so many similiarities. 

Movie #2 Officer Cross
I didn't even recognize Bradley Cooper at first. He enters movie #1 as a cop in a very frenzied chase sequence. Soon Cooper has wrestled the narrative away from Gosling and we're in a quieter less adrenaline-fueled film. Which is not to say that it's lacking in intensity. This one's a character study and crisis-of-conscience drama. Though it's fairly involving, Bradley Cooper just isn't quite the mesmerizing movie star that Ryan Gosling is. And then...

Movie #3 AJ & Jason
Downgrade! The third movie, several years later, follows the sons of both Cross and Luke as they meet in high school and become friends... of sorts. Their meeting will unearth lots of emotional baggage from Movies #1 & #2 and Movie #3 will attempt (clumsily) to wrap things up.

Neither Emory Cohen as AJ (shamelessly acting in all caps) or the ubiquitous rising star Dane DeHaan as Jason is yet up to Gosling or even Cooper's camera-seizing level... which is a problem for the third act of a long crime epic which aims to pull its thematic threads together through the DNA of its fathers and sons. 

BONUS SCENES

Wes-itcouldbeworse  roadWe're in that quiet period between Oscar Season and Summer Blockbusters so it's a good time to explore other entertainments. Do you ever watch any web series? Due to a monster crush on Wesley Taylor ("Bobby" on Smash) I've been loving IT COULD BE WORSE, which follows a young actor through his misadventures in New York, cheating on his boyfriend, auditioning for Broadway shows, and visiting his inappropriate therapist (an awesome cameo from the one and only Audra McDonald). I've also looked at an episode or two of OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS another gay-centric comedy series which follows a group of aging gay friends and asks if we ever grow up? This web show attracted name guest star Greg Louganis for its latest episode so have a look and see what you think.

 roadIf you're in New York City, I highly recommended catching Tilda Swinton reviving her performance of "The Maybe" at MoMA, where the alien goddess sleeps all day in a glass box on public display. There is no schedule for the performance but if you here she's there, she'll be there til the museum closes. [They don't allow photos so I drew my visit.]

 roadNow that the world is done arguing loudly about whether LES MISERABLES is an instant classic worthy of its Best Picture nomination or a terribly shot misfire, you can enjoy it in the safety and quiet of your own opinion on Blu-Ray and DVD. I loved the movie though I recognize that the more rational critiques have their points and I agree that it peeks too early. I'm fairly certain that at home I will usually shut it off after Fantine dies and I've already seen the two best scenes in "Soliloquoy" and "I Dreamed a Dream". *sniffle* Say what you will but Hathaway and Jackman earned those Oscar nominations.

What's your favorite song?

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Or... let's skip the tragedy and get trampy in the comments. Bring Him Home: Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, or Russell Crowe? Choose.

Nathaniel Rogers would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

Posted Mar. 30,2013 at 7:18 PM EST by in Bradley Cooper, Film, Nathaniel Rogers, News, Ryan Gosling, Tilda Swinton | Permalink | Comments (14)


This Is What The Facebook Marriage Equality Map Looks Like

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Facebook has released data for those red and pink social media pro-marriage equality profile pictures you've been seeing all week. CBS News reports:

"Facebook reported that by Tuesday, about 2.7 million people changed their profile picture at around the time the HRC began prompting supporters. That number is a 120 percent increase from the previous Tuesday. While it does not show that each person changed their picture to the pink-on-red equal sign, the trend suggests that a significant amount of users showed support for marriage equality. The data also suggests that those closest to 30 years old had the greatest amount of profile updates."

Relatedly, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco has created a few anti-marriage equality versions of the logo (one of which is 'man + woman = child') that it is encouraging people to share. You can sign a petition asking them to remove these inappropriate logos here.

Posted Mar. 30,2013 at 6:18 PM EST by in Facebook, Federal Prop 8 Trial, Gay Marriage | Permalink | Comments (14)


News: Ben Carson, Matt Bomer, Wounded Knee, Robert Reed

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The trailer for the upcoming Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg team-up movie 2 Guns is out.

Bomer6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Matt Bomer is perfect for Superman: Unbound.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Yesterday, Ben Carson went on MSNBC to try to apologize for comparing gays to those who have sex with animals. He then went on CNN to continue his damage control campaign. "I love gay people. I love straight people. So this was really, I think, on my behalf, somewhat insensitive and I certainly apologize if I offended anyone, because I was not in any way comparing gays with people who engage in bestiality or sexual child abuse."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Justin Bieber has his monkey taken away from him in Germany.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Over a year after Gov. Chris Christie vetoed New Jersey's marriage equality bill, that state's chapter of the ACLU has renewed its push to legalize same-sex marriage.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d MSBNC blog states that progress in LGBT movement requires more gays to take political office: "When there are more openly gay elected officials in state and federal office then the end of this form of segregation will be near."

Bb6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The Brady Bunch actress Susan Olsen writes about her late television dad, Robert Reed: "I can also say that being gay killed him. Because it was so taboo, he could never make peace with himself. He never allowed himself to have a genuine love. He was forever taunted by his own disdain for the natural inclinations that he was BORN WITH."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The site of the Wounded Knee Massacre is for sale.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Salon delves into the impact LGBT television characters have made on the minds of people over the years.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Renderings have been released for what is proposed to be San Francisco's own "Grand Central."

Posted Mar. 30,2013 at 5:53 PM EST by in Ben Carson, Denzel Washington, Gay Marriage, Justin Bieber, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Bomer, New Jersey, News, San Francisco, Television | Permalink | Comments (16)


Brian Sims Talks Gay Rights Movement With Chris Matthews

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On his program this week, Chris Matthews discussed the recent swift rise of the LGBT civil rights movement with MSNBC contributor Joy Reid and openly gay Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims.  civil rights - acceptance in african american community

In this segment, Reid explains the progressive shift of opinion in the African-American community and Sims talks about how he felt the authenticity and honesty he offered about his identity helped him win his seat in office last year.

Watch the clip, in which Matthews suggests that Sims might one day be governor of his state, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Posted Mar. 30,2013 at 4:25 PM EST by in Brian Sims, Chris Matthews, News, Pennsylvania | Permalink | Comments (25)



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