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04/19/2007


Alec Baldwin To Produce Barney Frank Documentary

The last we heard from Alec Baldwin, he'd vowed to leave public life amid the controversy and subsequent cancellation of his MSNBC show last fall which resulted from his use of an anti-gay slur. Now, he's back in the news and has announced his involvement in a film project about a high-profile gay man. 

6a00d8341c730253ef019b01bb7b97970bAccording to Deadline Hollywood, Baldwin will executive produce Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, a documentary about Barney Frank. The film will reportedly profile the former Massachusetts congressman "as he discusses the role his homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice."

Compared to What will play at the Tribeca Film Festival next month where Baldwin will also participate in a post-screening Q&A alongside Frank.

Baldwin also claims that the former congressman is someone whom he admires:

“Barney Frank is a personal hero of mine,” he said in a statement. “His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – important for our country.”

Compared to What will premiere at Tribeca on April 27, 2014.


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Barney Frank Would Stop Obama from Signing Executive Order Barring LGBT Workplace Discrimination

SiriusXM radio host Michelangelo Signorile spoke with former Congressman Barney Frank at the recent Netroots Nation annual progressive activist conference, and Frank flipped his position on urging Obama to sign an executive order barring workplace discrimination, the HuffPost reports:

Frank“I would have him not sign it yet,” Frank said. “There’s a lot of attack on him for exceeding executive power and doing things by executive order. And he’s in a major fight over that about to come now, where he’s about to issue an executive order restricting emissions from power plants. And there’s even a danger that this right-wing [Supreme] Court would overturn that as too far. I would say this: push to take back the House from the right-wing, and if that happens, then we should push for it to be legislated, because if it’s legislated, then it’s for everybody. If we don’t take the House back, then before he goes out of office, he should do it. But I would ask him to -- I would want him to hold off now and give us a chance to do this legislatively. But that will depend on the next election.”

Signorile notes that Frank signed a letter in April last year from House lawmakers urging Obama to sign.


Barney Frank Comments on Boston Bombing Response: VIDEO

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Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) spoke with CNN's Starting Point about the response in Boston:

"In this terrible situation, let's be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America, has been for some time, to criticize government, to belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think is their excessive health care,. Here we saw government in two ways perform very well...No tax cut would have helped us deal with this or will help us recover. This is very expensive."

Added Frank: "This is an example of why we need - if we want to be a civilized people - to put some of our resources into a common pool so we are able to deal with this, and to deal with it, you can't simply be responsive once it happens."

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Barney Frank Not Picked as Interim Massachusetts Senator, is 'Troubled' by How it Went Down

Former Congressman Barney Frank, who made known his desire to be picked as interim U.S. Senator from Massachusetts replacing John Kerry, was passed over by Governor Deval Patrick in favor of Patrick's former chief of staff William "Mo" Cowan.

FrankFrank told the Washington Blade he had concerns about the process:

“But let me tell you, there was one thing that sort of troubled me in the discussion about it — nobody was particularly quoted; they attributed something to governor’s office and others — was that the governor would want to appoint someone who’s either a minority or a woman,” Frank added. “And what troubled me is the question of LGBT people was just kind of swept out. I’ve never asked for any appointment based on me being gay, but when they begin talk about the importance of diversity and leave us out, that troubles me.”

While Cowan’s appointment was hailed a milestone for diversity in terms of race because he’s black, Frank said the lack of attention to being LGBT as a diversity factor suggests those involved with the decision were unaware of President Obama’s inaugural address in which he mentioned the 1969 Stonewall riots in the same line as other iconic civil rights moments.

“It’s almost as if some people didn’t listen to the president when he said, ‘Seneca, Stonewall and Selma,’ and didn’t hear the Stonewall part,” Frank said.


Barney Frank to Make Broadway Debut: VIDEO

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Former congressman Barney Frank will make his stage debut on Saturday, February 2 in Fiorello!, the opening musical of New York City Center's Encores! 20th Anniversary season, Broadway World reports:

Perhaps to prepare for his possible role as United States Senator, Frank will make his stage debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Fiorello!, the story of New York City's Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's rise from an immigrant's son to the feisty congressman whose guts and determination to fight corruption brought down the crooked Tammany Hall political machine. Frank will play an outspoken senator who disagrees with LaGuardia's policies.

Mr. Frank will join cast members Kate Baldwin, Jeremy Bobb, Ray DeMattis, Erin Dilly, Jenn Gambatese, Adam Heller, Shuler Hensley, Richard Ruiz, Danny Rutigliano, Andrew Samonsky, Emily Skinner and Cheryl Stern as Fiorello LaGuardia. Fiorello! is directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Rob Berman. The show will run for seven performances from January 30 - February 3 at New York City Center.

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