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07/21/2013

Writers Announced For 'Magic Mike' Musical Adaptation

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Deadline Hollywood has the details:

The creative team is in place to turn the hit stripper film into Magic Mike, The Musical on Broadway. The producers have set Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey to write the songs, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to write the book, based on the Steven Soderbergh-directed film that was informed by Channing Tatum‘s early days as a male stripper. They’ve gotten top-shelf talent.

Kitt and Yorkey are the creators of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Next To Normal, and the upcoming If/Then, starring Idina Menzel. Aguirre-Sacasa recently co-wrote the book for Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark and helped turn things around when there was nothing but bad news on that musical and performers were dropping like flies from the complicated rigging. Aguirre-Sacasa also has written the book of the upcoming American Psycho Musical that Duncan Sheik that will premiere in London later this year.

Magic Mike, The Musical is being produced by Soderbergh, Tatum, Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, and Nick Wechsler. The show was put together by WME. The group is fast tracking the project to the stage while also prepping starting the ball rolling on a sequel to the 2012 Magic Mike film.

No word on a release date for the sequel to the film, which Tatum has said will be "bigger" than the first film, and which he might direct himself.

Posted Jul. 21,2013 at 3:26 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (16)


Alan Turing Likely To Receive Pardon This Year

British Parliament will very likely issue a pardon to pioneering mathematician Alan Turing - almost 60 years after his death.

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The government signalled on Friday that it is prepared to support a backbench bill that would pardon Turing, who died from cyanide poisoning at the age of 41 in 1954 after he was subjected to "chemical castration".

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, a government whip, told peers that the government would table the third reading of the Alan Turing (statutory pardon) bill at the end of October if no amendments are made. "If nobody tables an amendment to this bill, its supporters can be assured that it will have speedy passage to the House of Commons," Ahmad said.

The announcement marks a change of heart by the government, which declined last year to grant pardons to the 49,000 gay men, now dead, who were convicted under the 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act. They include Oscar Wilde.

Ahmad told peers: "Alan Turing himself believed that homosexual activity would be made legal by a royal commission. In fact, appropriately, it was parliament which decriminalised the activity for which he was convicted. The government are very aware of the calls to pardon Turing, given his outstanding achievements, and have great sympathy with this objective … That is why the government believe it is right that parliament should be free to respond to this bill in whatever way its conscience dictates and in whatever way it so wills."

In the past, many notable have called for a posthumous pardon for Turing, including Stephen Hawking.

Watch a BBC video of the Parliamentary debate of the pardon last week, AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Jul. 21,2013 at 2:40 PM EST by in Alan Turing, News, United Kingdom | Permalink | Comments (11)


Ken Cuccinelli: Gays And Lesbians Still 'Harmful To Society'

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Yesterday, Republican State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli reiterated his beliefs about gays and lesbians during a heated debate with his Virginia gubernatorial opponent Terry McAuliffe.

Politico reports on how Cuccinelli responded to a question by moderator Judy Woodruff in which she asked if he still agreed that homosexuality was “against nature and harmful to society":

“My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed,” he said at one point. “What I want to do as governor is create an environment, including an economic environment, where every Virginian has the opportunity to succeed.”

“The notion that because I believe marriage ought to be protected, because I believe life begins at conception — just like hundreds of thousands of independents and Democrats — this isn’t just me, it isn’t just Republicans,” he said. “There are lots of Virginians, millions, perhaps, of Virginians, who share my sincerely held beliefs.”

He may not have seen the new poll released a few days ago which revealed that 50 percent of Virginians support same-sex marriage.

According to The Washington Post, pro-marriage equality supporter McAuliffe's stance on the topic: "On gay marriage, McAuliffe said he would sign a bill overturning Virginia’s ban on such unions if it reached his desk, but he said that was unlikely given the makeup of the General Assembly."

Watch a quick video recap of the debate, via The Washington Post, in which the parts related to gay marriage appear at the beginning, AFTER THE JUMP.

 

 



Posted Jul. 21,2013 at 12:05 PM EST by in Ken Cuccinelli, Terry McAuliffe, Virginia | Permalink | Comments (38)


Jesse Tyler Ferguson And Justin Mikita Marry

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The couple, who announced their engagement last September, said their "I dos" in New York yesterday in a ceremony officiated by Tony Kushner. According to Us magazine, guests included Padma Lakshmi, Julie Bowen, Ty Burell, Jerry O' Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Zachary Quinto, Isaac Mizrahi and husband, Arnold Germer, Nigel Barker, Cat Deely, Mary Murphy, Tyce Diorio, and Eric Stonestreet.

Ferguson sent out a tweet just before midnight last night: "Never been happier."

Congrats, guys!

Posted Jul. 21,2013 at 11:07 AM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (11)



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