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Movies: Burton + Depp TLA, and Oscar Weekend!

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...dreams of naked gold men with swords this time of year. He blogs daily at the Film Experience.

This weekend's big release is Alice in Wonderland. Why does anyone release movies on Oscar weekend? Shouldn't everyone be glued to their televisions thinking about last year's movies? Alas, the Oscars are not (yet) in 3D and Wonderland now is. Different target audiences, perhaps.

Picture 14Wonderland marks the 20th anniversary of the fabled collaboration between director Tim Burton & his chief muse Johnny Depp. Together they've made...

1990 Edward Scissorhands
1994 Ed Wood
1999 Sleepy Hollow
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005 Corpse Bride
2007 Sweeney Todd
2010 Alice in Wonderland

Number 7 ties them (numerically) with the classic pairing of Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, though those 70s lovebirds unfortunately never bantered neurotically in 3D. Soon they'll overtake even the once prolific Scorsese & DeNiro! That's a lot of movies for a director/star pair. They've made so many they've essentially merged brands. Which means you know already if you Want or Do Not Want. There seem to be two camps now: the 'enough alreadys' who think their quirk has calcified and the 'do that to me one more times'  who find their films imaginative and rewarding.

No Wonderland for me though until we get through...

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How You Can Help Ben Affleck with His Hangover


Ben Affleck tells Esquire: "The best thing for a hangover is something one straight man can't do for another straight man."

News: Bruno, EHarmony, Cuba, Eric Balfour, Old New York, Footloose

 roadEHarmony launches gay matchmaking service as a result of settlement in discrimination lawsuit: "It's not a comfortable fit for EHarmony's founder, Neil Clark Warren, who based the original service -- which requires applicants to fill out lengthy questionnaires -- on his own practice as a psychologist. 'It's what I did for 40 years,' said Warren, 74, who is retired but remains on the board. 'I never had a gay couple.'"

Bruno  roadSacha Baron Cohen's Bruno slapped with NC-17 rating over gay sex.

 road"Ex-gay" therapy group can't rid themselves of shame: "The assumption of these men is that if they can work through a childhood issue that they believe led them to being attracted to other men, they will be able to live as heterosexuals. That notion runs counter to the notion that people are born gay and can't change. None of the men in the group felt comfortable to talk with The Bee."

 roadWingnuts Lou Sheldon and Andrea Lafferty on what might happen if gays are allowed in the military: "Imagine the impact that the rampant spread of STDs, including HIV would have on the military? How will the military handle the spread of these diseases in the barracks? How will the military handle sodomy in battlefield situations?"

 roadDo-It-Yourself: Is this where magazines are headed?

 roadSTUDY: Police across Europe unequipped to deal with homophobic crimes. "The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights said police in most countries were incapable of dealing with homophobic crime -- ranging from verbal abuse to deadly attacks -- and said many governments and schools failed to take it seriously enough. This creates a vicious circle, with victims preferring to remain 'invisible' rather than being open about their sexual orientation or reporting abuse to authorities, the study showed."

 roadChace Crawford to replace Zac Efron in Footloose remake?

Cuba  roadMariela Castro launches anti-homophobia campaign in Cuba: "The 2009 campaign for respect for freedom of sexual orientation, under the slogan "Diversity is Natural", will try to contribute to 'the education of society in general, with an emphasis on university students, about respect for people's free and responsible sexual orientation and gender identity, as an exercise in equity and social justice.'"

 roadAffleck and Damon, BFFs.

 roadThe UK has a gay Apprentice candidate.

 roadActor Eric Balfour wearing a sock during some strange Red Hot Chilli Peppers parody at Here lounge in L.A. (possibly NSFW)

 roadSnow Patrol fight back against accusations they're dull: "Jonny fights fires. Tom (Simpson, keyboardist) toils shirtless on construction sites, Paul (Wilson, bassist) is in the Navy Reserve. Nathan (Connolly, guitarist) is a volunteer policeman and I explore my Cherokee ancestry. We're like the Village People, only slightly less gay."

 roadEddie Cibrian's boyband past comes back to haunt him.

Nyc  roadEarly daguerrotype image of New York City sells for $62,500 at auction.

 roadCalifornia Libertarian Party backs effort to replace the word "marriage" with "domestic partnership" throughout California law.

 roadL.A.'s Outfest Film Festival shakes up leadership: "Kirsten Schaffer, formerly director of programming and deputy director for the Los Angeles-based organization, replaces Todd Heustess who had been in the job just seven months." 

 roadOprah's boarding school in South Africa rocked by lesbian sexual harassment scandal.

News: Mumbai, Pilot Whales, Britney Spears, Scuba, Pregnant Man

road.jpg A grim first look inside the Taj Hotel following the weekend's deadly terrorist siege in Mumbai. The owner of the Taj said the hotel had temporarily increased security following a warning they received. The Big Picture offers some powerful and troubling photos. Hostages says he wishes he had a gun rather than a camera. This video allegedly shows the final living terrorist beaten and arrested. Condoleezza Rice heads to India.

Slumdogroad.jpg Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire wins big at British independent film awards (Bifas): "...the story of a Mumbai teenage boy who astounds all around him by doing well on the Indian Who Wants To Be a Millionaire quiz show, won best film, best director and best newcomer for its British lead."

road.jpg Pregnant man Thomas Beatie and family go international.

road.jpg Scottish women targeted in homophobic gravel attack: "Police say the happened at around 2am yesterday morning as the pair made their way along Duke Street towards Lochend Road following a night out. The women, aged 34 and 35 were then subjected homophobic abuse by two men who were walking in the opposite direction. The men then picked up gravel from the ground and threw it. One of the women had gravel thrown directly in her face before both men ran off towards Leith Links."

road.jpg Britney Spears goes on the record, brings Circus to X-Factor.

road.jpg Scientists: Blueberries can improve memory.

road.jpg Nature/nurture argument for homosexuality to be informed by forthcoming study of twins.

Scubaroad.jpg Scuba dive in the middle of the Utah desert.

road.jpg Judge rules murder of gay man in Australia not homophobic: "The court had heard Fleming, 35, and the youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were sharing a beer at a Narrabeen toilet block while sheltering from a storm. Fleming, a 'gentle, childlike man' with Asperger’s Syndrome later approached the youth with his trousers down and attempted to hug him. NSW Supreme Court justice David Kirby said the killing was the result of a failure of communication. 'He feared that he may be raped or sexually assaulted,' Kirby told the court as he handed down the sentence. 'He says, and I accept, he is not homophobic.'"

Penguinsroad.jpg Gay penguins segregated at China zoo after urge to father children leads them to steal eggs. No doubt the wingnuts will be all over this story.

road.jpg Tampa, Florida area sees shift in attitudes toward gay people: "The gay and lesbian community that left Ybor City in the early 1990s is returning to play a key role in its resurrection. A local salsa instructor is satisfying a growing interest in a class for gay and lesbian dancers. And in Palmetto, the nation's first gay and lesbian retirement community is appealing to people nationwide seeking a slice of Florida paradise. Perhaps no sign of support is clearer than the election of Kevin Beckner, the county's first openly gay commissioner. He defeated Brian Blair, a supporter of the county's ban on recognizing gay pride."

road.jpg British rugby league adopts stance against homophobia: "League officials say posters and logos carrying the message, 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' will be displayed at rugby league grounds, in programs and fan areas, as a bid to promote LGBT integration in the sport.

road.jpg Ben Affleck shaves his head.

Pilotroad.jpg More than 150 pilot whales die in mass stranding in Tasmania.

road.jpg Gay Catholic's book ruffles frocks at Boston church.

road.jpg Secret behind Tina Fey's scar revealed.

road.jpg Norman Mailer writer's colony to launch in May in Provincetown: "Still in its planning stages, the center, to be funded entirely through private donations, is scheduled to host at least seven weeklong seminars next summer, as well as monthlong fellowships and other events. And that's just the first season, Schiller said. Colony organizers include an ad­visory board of noted authors, among them Günter Grass, Joan Didion and Doris Kearns Goodwin. They are still planning the curriculum for the fall and winter seasons...The summer seminars, which will begin in May and end in August, will range in theme from first-person journalism to documentary filmmaking."

road.jpg Huffington Post raises $25 million in new capital from OAk Investment Partners.

road.jpg Warrant out for Polish man suspected in homophobic UK attack.

Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno Screws Kansas Airport and Ben Affleck


On Friday I posted about Sacha Baron Cohen and his Kansas escapades as gay Austrian reporter Bruno. Officials at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport called Cohen's actions "unethical and highly inappropriate." And now there's video. Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

AffleckTurns out Kansas isn't Bruno's first victim. Ben Affleck was also fooled by Cohen.

According to SlashFilm: "Mike Walker of the National Enquirer reported the following on the Howard Stern Show on Thursday: Ben Affleck called comedian friend Sarah Silverman after completing a sit-down interview with a person he was told was a 'very famous openly gay fashion journalist'. Ben called the interview 'the weirdest sit-down he has ever had with a reporter' explaining that the interviewer’s (wholm he refered to as an 'idiot') first question was 'How Do You Like Niggers?' After a stunned silence, Silverman asked Affleck 'Was this guy’s name Bruno?' Then and only then did Affleck actually realize that the whole thing was a gag. There is no doubt that this interview will be featured in the final cut, which is currently scheduled to hit theaters in October 2008."

Watch Bruno's airport dance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Prince Harry, Eagle Scout, Wolverine, Orlando Bloom

road.jpg Vigil against violence to be held today in Fort Lauderdale at 4:30pm: "Join the coalition of community leaders and organizations as we gather to remember Simmie Williams and stand up against the rising tide of violence for a memorial service at the murder site at the 1000 block of Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale."

Princeharryafghanistanroad.jpg Prince Harry has been fighting undercover in Afghanistan for the past 10 weeks: "The news of his operational posting leaked out following the breakdown of a news blackout agreement with the media when the story was posted on the US-based Drudge Report website. The chief of the general staff, Sir Richard Dannatt, who is head of the British army, expressed disappointment over the leak. 'I am very disappointed that foreign websites have decided to run this story without consulting us,' he said. 'This is in stark contrast to the highly responsible attitude that the whole of the UK print and broadcast media, along with a small number overseas, who have entered into an understanding with us over the coverage of Prince Harry on operations.' Dannatt, who had opposed Harry's deployment to Iraq, went on to praise the prince's performance on deployment."

road.jpg Orlando Bloom is tired of complaints about his natural manly scent.

road.jpg NYC sees surge in gay syphilis cases: "After seeing the number of syphilis cases remain stable in 2004 and 2005 then decrease in 2006, the city health department is reporting that syphilis cases increased by 60 percent in 2007 over 2006, with that growth due to new infections among gay and bisexual men."

Punjabi_5road.jpg Bollywood actor rejected: not gay enough to play a fashionista. Kushal Punjabi: "I really got along well with Madhur. He's my kind of director. But I really didn't see myself in that role at all. I'd like to work with directors like Madhur who look at actors as actors and not as stars."

road.jpg Ben Affleck discusses his revenge sex video with Jimmy Kimmel: "You couldn't really do it half-speed. You had to be painting toes and blow-drying hair. At one point we were going to take a bath together, but the bubbles couldn't get high enough, so that ended up getting scrapped. The little outfits, the short shorts, the hands in the pockets -- it wouldn't have been funny if you didn't really commit to it."

road.jpg Underwear day takes over Brazilian capital.

road.jpg Gay Canadian Health Minister Smitherman criticized for proposing to wear adult diaper as test in response to nursing home 'filth' issues: "Opposition politicians, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and a nursing home association said Smitherman's plan to test drive a diaper shows he doesn't understand the issue is about staffing levels – not diaper technology. 'For him to suggest that's his answer is a disgrace,' said Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory. 'It's some kind of a sideshow he seems determined to put on when, in fact, I think people in Ontario would say: 'George Smitherman, do something about it. Let's see the revolution you promised in long-term care.''"

Jackmanclawsroad.jpg Hugh Jackman: the claws come out.

road.jpg Fans go wild: New video of the pint-size breakdancing Beckham.

road.jpg Matthew McConaughey wins mag's honors for mightiest mammaries.

road.jpg Texas governor Rick Perry holds book-signing for Boy Scout tome: "Perry's tour to promote the book has garnered national attention. The book debuted at No. 1 on The Washington Post's best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction in Washington-area bookshops. His office touted that achievement the day after The New York Times Magazine published an interview in which Perry said scouting was about building character and not about sex. The word 'homosexual,' he said, suggests that gay people are focused on sex."

road.jpg Eagle Scout leaves organization disgusted by anti-gay policies: "I am ashamed an organization to which I owe so much has chosen to take such a myopic stance on this issue and hides behind a legal veil to exclude gay Scouts."

road.jpg Wired publishes disturbing new photos from Abu Ghraib (warning: extremely graphic)


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