Daniel Day-Lewis is shooting Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln movie in Virginia, and this shot of Day-Lewis in make-up has leaked out. More details at The Film Stage.
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This weekend's box office showdown is between the colorful animated plumage of RIO and the reemergence of the Scream franchise with SCREAM 4. (Neve Campbell's "Sidney" isn't dead yet? Quite a final girl, that one.) The other big opening is Robert Redford's Lincoln assassination courtroom drama THE CONSPIRATOR which features a parade of stars including Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Groff and Kevin Kline. Please note: This is the first but not the last in a mini Abraham Lincoln movie craze. More on that after the jump.
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(Plus: Sally Field, Broadway's Catch Me if You Can, and Cannes Film Festival News.)
Former GLAAD president Neil Giuliano will now head the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Kimmel have fun belting out “Gonna Eat That Talkin’ Sandwich: The Sarah Palin Song.”
Sarah Palin's book publisher is suing Gawker because it claims that "the reprinting of pages from Governor Palin's book without permission constitutes a blatant infringement of copyright."
Is decking out the opponent's locker room at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium entirely in pink a homophic act? The school's former coach who initially chose the color says: “Frankly, the only color paint we could find at the stadium was pink."
Thousands march for marriage equality in Melbourne.
Wesley Snipes won't be starring in any movies over the next three years.
New cool pictures from space released tis week, thanks to NASA.
Daniel Day-Lewis to portray Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg film written by Tony Kushner.
More excerpts have been released from a new book that claims John Travolta has frequented gay saunas for decades.
The bad news for Lindsay Lohan just keeps coming: she's been canned from another job.
Control: Janet Jackson wants you to help pick the 35 cities she'll hit on her next world tour.
A 500,000 word autobiography about Mark Twain seems to be the book to get this season. If you can find it.
Presbyterian leaders in Kentucky vote to allow gays and lesbians to be ordained as pastors, elders and deacons.
Abraham Lincoln's watchmaker carved a secret inscription to the president on the inside of his pocket watch. The watchmaker's memory of it is nicer than the reality: "The first gun is fired. Slavery is dead. Thank God we have a President who at least will try."
Florida judge orders school board to allow Gay-Straight Alliance to meet at Yullee High School near Jacksonville.
Center Square: San Francisco reading of one-man play about Paul Lynde halted by "cease and desist" letter.
Gay man picked to head Sundance Film Festival: "Actor Robert Redford, who founded the Sundance Institute in 1981, said [John] Cooper 'brings to the position an infectious enthusiasm as well as a deep understanding of the Sundance brand and culture. Forward thinking, he is a natural choice of succession to lead the Festival into the 21st century.' In recent years, Cooper has been involved in distributing short films on platforms such as iTunes, XBox360, and Netflix. He's also recently spearheaded the Art House Project, an initiative of 18 art houses from across the country designed to connect regional audiences to the Sundance's films and filmmakers."
It's probably best not to give a woman-beater a Kids' Choice Award.
Three new biographies explore authors who were gay (or struggled with it).
Trial to begin over anti-gay killing in Brooklyn's Crown Heights. Killer thought victim was flirting with him.
Philippines military opens recruitment to gays. Commanding officer: "I don’t have anything against gay people but I am still in the dark, I cannot imagine how they will perform and discharge their duties once they are accepted in the military"
Boston Gay Men's Chorus to tackle kd lang's "Big Boned Gal" in next concert. Somebody please send a video.
Apparently, Sean Penn's suit from Milk is a Mormon magnet.
Big Gulp: Croc gobbles shark in Australia.
Website scans NYC sandwiches.
Clay Aiken to present GLAAD award to Tyra Banks.
Gambling regulators in Las Vegas recommend $50,000 fine and a 6-month suspension of a slot machine license for city's oldest gay bar Snick's, over public sex complaint.
In praise of Sonny Bill Williams.
Google to increase user surveillance: "Google’s influence over our lives is set to grow further after it anounced today that it will track millions of people as they move through the internet in order work out what their interests are. Using that information, it will then provide targeted advertising to suit users' individual tastes."
Here's some info on the photos in our last five banners, for those of you that take an interest in such things. I reealized I've let this column go since before the holidays.
You may remember this was up just after Thanksgiving. It's actually part of a shot that I took from a helicopter. I was given the very cool gift of a ride around Manhattan from my good friends Alan and Drew on my last birthday. The portion of the photo I used for the banner was just the top of it. It's a view down the East River from upper Manhattan looking south. Click to enlarge.
The next banner was up briefly over Thanksgiving weekend. More on it, AFTER THE JUMP...
Kempt does an analysis of a recently-uncovered photo of Lincoln, taken a few months before he died, in which it's been noted that #16 is sporting a "surprisingly contemporary hairstyle." Adds Kempt: "There’s a lot more to like here than just his hair. Check out the peak-but-not-too-peak lapels, the floppy cravat, and the duster-style double-breasted jacket, for starters. And given the proliferation of ironic facial hair, we’re amazed the chinstrap hasn’t had more of a revival."
Today, as you may know, is Lincoln's 200th birthday. It's being celebrated in Washington D.C. as well as the state of Illinois, and this week there are no less than three major documentaries about Lincoln on TV.
Obama paid tribute to Lincoln at an event last night at Ford's Theatre, standing below the flag-draped box where Lincoln was assassinated. Said Obama: We know that Ford’s Theatre will remain a place where Lincoln’s legacy thrives, where his love of the humanities and belief in the power of education have a home, and where his generosity of spirit are reflected in all the work that takes place...The American people needed to be reminded, he believed, that even in a time of war, the work would go on; that even when the nation itself was in doubt, its future was being secured; and that on that distant day, when the guns fell silent, a national capitol would stand, with a statue of freedom at its peak, as a symbol of unity in a land still mending its divisions...It is this sense of unity that is so much a part of Lincoln’s legacy. For, despite all that divided us -- north and south, black and white -- he had an unyielding belief that we were, at heart, one nation, and one people."
In 2004, C.A. Tripp published a controversial book suggesting Lincoln was gay:
According to the NYT review, among Tripp's assertions are that Lincoln had a "youthful affair" of four years with Joshua Speed, had a homosexual relationship with bodyguard David V. Derickson, shared a bed with a man named Billy Greene who told Lincoln's law partner that the president's thighs "were as perfect as a human being Could be," and "wooed" fellow lawyer Henry C. Whitney "to close intimacy and familiarity."
The book argues that it was Lincoln's homosexuality that led to his volatile relationship with Mary Todd Lincoln and describes an account by bodyguard Derickson's commanding officer: "Captain Derickson, in particular, advanced so far in the president's confidence and esteem that, in Mrs. Lincoln's absence, he frequently spent the night at his cottage, sleeping in the same bed with him and — it is said — making use of his Excellency's night-shirts!"
Every known photo of Abraham Lincoln, from 1846 to his death in 1865, AFTER THE JUMP...
Previously on Lincoln...
Obama-Lincoln Gets the Rainbow Treatment in Boston [tr]
Is it Abraham Lincoln? [tr]
Abe Lincoln's Intimate Encounters [tr]