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'Brokeback Mountain' Writers to Pen Film Based on Father's Cross Country Walk in the Wake of Gay Son's Suicide


A drama based on the true story of Joe Bell, the Oregon father who began a trek across the country to educate young people about the effects of bullying and homophobia after his 15-year-old son Jadin hanged himself in early 2013, is currently being penned by Brokeback Mountain screenwriters Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry, Deadline reports

JadinJadin, a 15-year-old openly gay sophomore in Oregon, took his own life after being both bullied at high school and struggling for acceptance from the people closest to him. In the wake of Jadin’s suicide, Joe is plunged into a sea of remorse and regret and sets out on a walk across America, hoping to promote awareness about the consequences of prejudice to anyone he encounters along the way.

A24 is producing with Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls production company, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker of Red Crown Productions, and Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions. Red Crown’s Daniel Crown will executive produce.

Joe was tragically struck and killed by a semi truck while on his nation-wide walk in October of 2013. 

Ossana and McMurtry have teamed with True Detective producer Cary Fukunaga for the currently untitled project. 

Meet Dan and Miki, the Gay Cowboy Couple Who are Living Their Dream: VIDEO


Dan and Miki are a gay cowboy couple living in ranching in North Queensland, Australia recently profiled by that country's SBS2 network.

3_cowboysDan lived in the city for a while trying to conform to the stereotype of what he thought a gay person was. Miki met Dan on a trip to see the country, and after getting to know one another, settled down on their farm.

The couple wakes up before sunrise to roosters, kookaburras, and curtains of mist. They feed the chickens, cows, and horses,  protect their animals from heavy storms that come over the mountains, and often find themselves covered in animal sh-t at the end of the day. And like every other couple, they bicker, fight, and make up.

It's pretty much everything that Jack Twist wanted with Ennis del Mar, but this time nobody had to quit anyone.

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Watch a Free, Live Webcast of the New 'Brokeback Mountain' Opera


This week we reported that a new opera based on the classic Annie Proulx short story and film Brokeback Mountain opened in Madrid. Now, you'll be able to see it:

Medici.TV 3_brokebackwill present a free, live webcast of the world premiere production of Charles Wuorinen’s new opera, "Brokeback Mountain," from Madrid’s Teatro Real on Friday, February 7 at 2pm (EST).

The American composer, whose honors include both a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, based his opera on the short story of the same name by his fellow Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Proulx, who wrote the libretto herself. Starring Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and American tenor Tom Randle as closeted ranch hands Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, Madrid’s world premiere production is directed by Ivo van Hove, general director of the Toneelgroep in Amsterdam, under the leadership of conductor Titus Engel.

The live webcast will be available for free streaming on demand for 90 days, beginning on February 7. You can also watch concerts on the iPhone with the free App.

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ Opera to Open This Week in Madrid

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A modern opera adaption of Brokeback Mountain is set to open in Madrid later this week, AFP reports:

The Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch [right] as the hesitant Ennis and American tenor Tom Randle [left] as his devoted Jack play out their tale of secret love in homophobic 1960s Wyoming against a photographic backdrop of brooding mountains

At a dress rehearsal ahead of Tuesday night's world premiere, their voices soared over New York composer Charles Wuorinen's score, the orchestra sounding ominous and frenetic by turns as the doomed romance moved to its climax.

"The whole opera is about a typical kind of impossible situation, a tragic situation," said Wuorinen, who called on the writer Annie Proulx, author of the novella on which the film was based, to write the libretto.

"In this case, it's two people who in some way want to have a relationship which in their time is forbidden by society," Wuorinen told AFP.

"That's a very traditional operatic problem to deal with."

The English-language production will be premiering at Madrid’s Teatro Real.

Jake Gyllenhaal: 'It's a Huge Compliment' People Think I'm Gay —VIDEO


On an episode of Inside the Actors Studio set to air at 8 pm on September 19, Jake Gyllenhaal addresses rumors that he's gay, and says he misses Heath Ledger every day.

Bravo writes:

"Heath and I knew each other for years before that because we had both auditioned for Moulin Rouge together," Gyllenhaal says. After experiencing Ledger's brash, loose sense of humor in person, "I remember thinking, 'I like this guy.' He's just like, super lovable," Gyllenhaal recalls. He later admits Ledger's death hit him extremely hard: "It felt like losing a family member, and it still does to this day."

Gyllenhaal also addresses the gay rumors that came following Brokeback, but he says he wasn't rattled. (That portion of the interview will be featured in the full episode.) In fact, "It's a huge compliment," he says. And as for what turns him on, Jake says his tastes are simple: "Tits and ass."

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Breakbad Mountain: VIDEO


Eric Posen and Jason Mittleman edit together a short trailer of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul for those of you who just can't quit the AMC series.


(via ed kennedy at afterelton)

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