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Interview: Alan Cumming on love at first sight and "Any Day Now"

Alan Cumming & Garrett Dillahunt celebrating ANY DAY NOW last spring. Now it's in theaters!



Anydaynow-posterAny Day Now, a new 70s based gay drama from director Travis Fine, has just dropped into the super-crowded holiday movie marketplace. Consider it counter-programming to the wealth of glitzy Oscar contenders and big budget blockbusters. Alan Cumming plays Rudy Donatello, an outspoken performer who impulsively takes in a neglected teenager with Down Syndrome (played by Isaac Levya) when the boy's mother abandons him. Rudy attempts to keep the child, fighting the discriminatory legal system with the help of his lawyer boyfriend (Garret Dillahunt). This sad and moving story (inspired by true events) is at once enraging and comforting since these same issues are still very much with us but we've made numerous legal and societal strides since then.

Any Day Now has already won several audience awards on the festival circuit but it's just now hitting movie theaters. I sat down with Alan Cumming last week to discuss the film and his eclectic career. 

TOWLEROAD: How did Any Day Now come to you. Did they seek you out?

ALAN CUMMING: Yes, they asked me. One of my agents and one of my managers said "You should read this right now." I did so it happened very quickly. It was lovely. There were several versions of the script before it was finished, before the one we shot. It was great to be part of that process and talk to Travis about each version. It changed really radically, actually. The ending was very different.

I'm guessing happier. 

Yeah, I remember saying to him 'this is a little upbeat, isn't it?' The next one... [edited for spoilers] Whoops.

I wasn't expecting it to go there!

But it had to end that way! It couldn't have ended another way and been honest. It could easily have been cloying and manipulative but it's genuine. 

Did they specifically want a gay actor for the role?


[Cumming on love at first sight, looking terrible in drag, and The Good Wife ...AFTER THE JUMP]

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Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt are a Gay Couple Fighting for Their Child in 'Any Day Now': VIDEO


A new trailer is out for Any Day Now, in which Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt play a gay couple fighting to retain custody of a child with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) who comes to live with them after his mother, their neighbor, abandons him. The film, which has won the Audience Award at Outfest and the Chicago, Seattle, Woodstock, Provincetown, and Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as an acting award for Cumming at this year's Outfest, hits theaters on December 14.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Alan Cumming Marries Partner Grant Shaffer in New York City


Actor Alan Cumming married his partner Grant Shaffer over the weekend in New York City on the fifth anniversary of their civil partnership in the UK.

Tweeted Cumming on Saturday: "I just got married!!!!!"

Congrats to the happy couple from Towleroad!

One more shot tweeted from their nuptials, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tonight In NYC: Cyndi Lauper's "Home For The Holidays" To Benefit Homeless LGBT Youth

LauperAndy announced it a month ago, but here's a reminder: Tonight at 8 p.m., Cyndi Lauper takes the stage at the Beacon Theatre in NYC with a whole laundry list of cool people to raise money for the True Colors Fund -- which benefits, among other things, the True Colors Residence, Lauper's uptown, 30-unit housing shelter for homeless LGBT youth.

All of the Fund's activities are devoted to benefiting the homeless LGBT youth population. As Lauper's press release has it:

It is estimated that 20 percent to 40 percent of all homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, yet of the general youth population, only 3 percent to 5 percent do the same. The True Colors Fund is committed to doing what it can to raise awareness about this issue and develop resources to help these young people, most of whom are homeless due to family conflict.

The Fund's mission resonates with all kinds of people, as evidenced by tonight's lineup. What else could convince Lou Reed and Vanessa Carlton to share a stage? Along with Lauper, Reed, and Carlton, tonight's "Home For The Holidays" concert features Norah Jones, Harvey Fierstein, Alan Cumming, Clay Aiken, Carson Kressley, and a whole mess of others. Tix run $30 - $500, and you can still get 'em.

... and if you don't, you can grab Lauper's new single on iTunes, which also benefits the Fund. The song, like the concert, is called "Home For The Holidays," and features Norah Jones.

LGBT Stories: Alan Cumming Discusses Childhood Crush On Elton John And The Media's 'Coming Out' Obsession

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Guestblogger Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee just finished a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD.

Driftwood It was a dreadfully dreary and rainy day when we met Alan. He was out walking his two dogs — one which insisted she sit on my lap during the storytelling — when we arrived. Even when the camera wasn't rolling, Alan seemed to talk from an outsider's perspective, like he'll always be the Scotland farmboy making it in the big city. He seemed fascinated by and curious about everything, which made him a a pleasure to speak with.


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News: Brenda Namigadde, Halifax, Dennis Kucinich, San Diego

Road NYC Mayor Bloomberg taps Giffords intern Daniel Hernandez for anti-gun campaign.

RoadUgandan lesbian Brenda Namigadde faces deportation from UK, threat from "kill the gays" bill author. Brenda: “I’ll be tortured, or killed, if I’m sent back to Uganda. They’ve put people like me to death there.”

RoadGlee creator Ryan Murphy and Kings of Leon at each other's throats.

RoadPoint Foundation to honor Margarethe Cammermeyer, Johnson & Johnson, and Andy Cohen at Point Honors benefit.

RoadRise in some head and neck cancers tied to oral sex.

RoadMilitary can't link Army Private Bradley Manning to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange: "The officials say that while investigators have determined that Manning had allegedly unlawfully downloaded tens of thousands of documents onto his own computer and passed them to an unauthorized person, there is apparently no evidence he passed the files directly to Assange, or had any direct contact with the controversial WikiLeaks figure."

RoadJason Statham mans up for Men's Journal.

RoadSan Diego police investigate series of paintball attacks at potential hate crimes: "I can't say the words they used on television, but it was pretty clear they were specific to sexual orientation."

Shiloh RoadShiloh Fernandez: big bad wolf?

RoadAnti-gay graffiti investigated at Western New England College: "It happened over the weekend in a residence hall. Students say this isn't the first incident of its kind since the beginning of the school year."

RoadFrito-Lay distances itself from gay Doritos contest entries.

RoadRussia's lost Space Shuttle clone.  

RoadTwo Halifax, Nova Scotia men face charges for targeting, robbing gay men after meeting them on a dating website.

RoadGLAAD President Jarrett Barrios criticizes Jay Leno for ongoing use of gays as punchlines.

RoadAlan Cumming on gay actors playing straight: “It’s not about your work… It’s about how you exist as a person in the world, and the idea that your work is more important than you as a person is a horrible, horrible message. I always think about a little gay boy in Wisconsin or a little lesbian in Arkansas seeing someone like me, and if I cannot be open in my life, how on earth can they? Anyway, it’s an academic question: how can you know [that coming out affects your career]? Some people get less work than others, and it has nothing to do with sexuality.”

RoadHIR: A spoken-word performance about the dualities of being transgender.

Rahmen RoadThe Rahmen Emanuel tumblr.

RoadCher not happy about being snubbed for an Oscar: “We didn’t get a nomination 4 best song ! That sucks ! Diane’s song Is so beautiful ! It’s hard to understand how u win … The Golden Globe 4 BEST SONG & not even get nominated by the OSCARS? Oh well it is..what it is ,,,,the sun is still shining !”

RoadOne-fifth of Anglican leaders are protesting international conference over Episcopal Church's ordination of gay and lesbian bishops and blessings for same-sex couples.

RoadDennis Kucinich sues House cafeteria for selling him a sandwich wrap with an olive pit in it. "The Cleveland Democratic congressman's lawsuit seeks $150,000 in damages from companies that operate the Longworth House Office Building's cafeteria."

RoadPride Toronto nearly bankrupt: "Last year wasn’t one of the best on record for Toronto Pride. It had the controversy around Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QUAIA), which split the city’s gay community and 'threatened to bankrupt' the organization. Pride Toronto also had its federal funding pulled, even though Canadian Press reports that it had qualified for federal cash. This year doesn’t seem to be treating the organization any better, with the revelation that it will have to tell its annual general meeting it’s effectively bankrupt."


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