Back in April we reported that James Franco was set to play Michael Glatze, founder of the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and the short-lived publication Young Gay America who went "ex-gay" and became a poster boy for that movement.
Now Variety reports that Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts have signed on to the film:
Quinto will play the former boyfriend of Franco’s character. Roberts is set to reteam with her “Palo Alto” co-star as his girlfriend. Chris Zylka (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Piranha 3DD”) is also attached to the film as another past love interest.
The script for “Michael” is based on “My Ex-Gay Friend,” a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (author of “Travels with Casey”) about Michael Glatze, a Christian minister from Wyoming who was so entrenched in gay culture before rejected his homosexuality, he founded a gay youth magazine. Justin Kelly will direct. Gus van Sant is the executive producer, along with producers James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer and Scott Reeve.
Remember how Fox & Friends host Heather Nauert was so confused by Illinois State University's "all-gender" bathrooms that she and her staff laughed openly on camera? They thought that was a well worth going back to, so on Thursday host Steve Doocy took to the streets with a copy of the new bathroom sign and showed it to a collection of Fox News fans to get their feedback. When shown the male/female/trans emblems, their responses were jaw-dropping:
"Maybe a family restroom?"
"Restrooms for both genders."
"Transgender, that's right."
Responding to the viewer's lack of dismay, confusion, or moral outrage, host Brian Kilmeade snarked, "Well, they're better people than us."
And for once, a Fox News talking head said something factual.
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— The you-know-what really hits the fan on Tuesday’s season finale of The Night Shift. No, really. A fertilizer factory explodes. Bid the sudsy hospital drama adieu at 10 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
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— Can’t get enough of smokin’ hot Idris Elba? Rev your engine with the star of The Wire, Luther, Pacific Rim and my dreams, as he hosts the new unscripted series Idris Elba: King of Speed on BBC America tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern.
— If you ever wished 30 Rock’s fictional reality show Queen of Jordan was a real Bravo hit, get ready to stock up on throwing wine. Funny ladies Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers, 30 Rock) and Angela Kinsey (The Office) star in the new Hulu original series The Hotwives of Orlando, premiering Tuesday.
— Just when you think we’ve hit the bottom of the reality-TV barrel, something comes along to prove you wrong. Don’t believe me? Tune in to VH1 Thursday at 9 p.m. For whatever brains Dating Naked lacks, it makes up for with, obviously, a little skin.
— For those that prefer their naked dating television shows with a little story, you’re in luck. TV’s first (latest?) bang-buddy series, You’re the Worst, debuts Thursday at 10:30 p.m. on FX.
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Colorado AG Appeals to State Supreme Court to Halt Gay Marriages After Circuit Judge Rejects His Request
Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree on Monday rejected Colorado Attorney General John Suthers's request to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, prompting Suthers (pictured) to appeal to the state Supreme Court to halt them and issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the state's ban, which Crabtree struck down last week, the Denver Post reports.
Since Crabtree's ruling county clerks in Denver and Pueblo counties have joined the clerk of Boulder in issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Following Crabtree's ruling striking down the ban, District Court Judge Andrew Hartman ruled that Boulder County could keep on issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
Initially reported as being an official teaser for the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Freakshow, a fan-made trailer is making rounds across the internet. FOX, parent company of FX, which airs American Horror Story, has since attempted to scour the the 20 second clip from the internet. Official or not, the trailer manages to channel the eerie ethos of the show, is as unsettling as it is beautiful.
The upcoming fourth season of Ryan Murphy’s horror-of-the-week features much of the same cast we’ve come to expect from the show, albeit playing new characters. Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, and Kathy Bates are all confirmed to return, this time lending their talents to a story revolving around a circus “freakshow” on the decline.
“It was always a concept that Jessica and I talked about really early on,” Ryan Murphy told Entertainment Weekly. “I thought it was going to be light but it’s turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the Asylum season. But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it’s going to be dark.”
Bassett, Bates, and Paulson are scheduled to host a retrospective panel taking a look back at American Horror Story: Coven and other seasons later this month at the San Diego ComicCon, though EW reports that no new footage of Freakshow will be screened.
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