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04/19/2007


News: National Coming Out Day, Alexander Skarsgard, Obamacare, Underwear Models

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RoadGLAAD releases annual list of best and worst TV networks for LGBT inclusion. Fox is at the top with TBS and History at the bottom.

RoadShia LeBeouf shows us his 'O' face.

RoadThe tighty-whities worn by Bryan Cranston in the pilot episode of Breaking Bad just sold for $9,900 at auction.

RoadNew York Comic-Con apologizes after hacking attendees' twitter accounts.

RoadAlexander Skarsgard plays a cult leader in the music video for Cut Copy's "Free Your Mind." Correction: a sexy cult leader.

RoadIn case you missed it, it's National Coming Out Day! Twenty-six years ago, half a million people marched on Washington, DC for LGBT equality. President Obama tweeted his support today: "Today is a day to celebrate being who you are."

RoadPolish archbishop says divorced parents are partly to blame for pedophilia: "Many of these cases of (sexual) molestation could be avoided given a healthy relationship between parents," Archbishop Jozef Michalik, head of Poland's Episcopate told the Polish PAP news agency in Warsaw. "We often hear that this inappropriate attitude (pedophilia), or abuse, manifests itself when a child is looking for love...It (the child) clings, it searches. It gets lost itself and then draws another person into this."

RoadThe Washington Post had a little fun with a Tea Party devotee on Twitter.

BiebsRoadWhat you need to know if you are HIV+ and looking to sign up for healthcare now that Obamacare has arrived.

RoadJustin Bieber does the shirtless, post-workout Instagram selfie thing.

RoadBenedict Cumberbatch looking nicely bespoke.

RoadBeefcake no more for underwear giant 2(x)ist? Company executive: “We are giving the models an identity, so they are not just a piece of meat.”

RoadNYC Police hunt for man suspected of committing a hate crime but who was released because of insufficient evidence after his initial arrest: "Brooklyn resident Ivan Pabellon, 35, was accused of beating David Jimenez, 40, last month while yelling anti-gay epithets. Jimenez, who was walking his dogs at the time, received a broken nose and black eyes in the assault."

RoadT-Mobile eliminates international roaming fees.

RoadNew trailer for Monuments Men, starring Cate Blanchett, George Clooney and Matt Damon, hits. The movie follows art historians in WWII trying to recover stolen works of art from the Nazis before Hitler can destroy them.

RoadColton Haynes does his take on 'Drake Hands.'

RoadThe Argentinian government granted a six-year old transgender girl an ID card that corresponds with her gender identity.

Weekend Movies: Stormy Cate Takes 'Blue Jasmine'

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Cate Blanchett self-medicates in the funny/tragic "Blue Jasmine" 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

Cate Blanchett can't shut up in BLUE JASMINE, Woody Allen's latest dramedy which added more cities this weekend for its platform rollout. We join Jasmine (real name "Jeanette") in medias res on a flight to San Francisco as she's chattering away with, no, at an older companion. She goes on and on (and on some more!) about her love affair with her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) all the way through to baggage claim.

But Jasmine is a liar or at least a half truth-teller. We will immediately discover that her great love affair ended in ruin. Hal was a criminal, a financial con artist who pampered Jasmine with other people's fortunes and ruined everyone including Jasmine. She's moving in with her estranged adopted sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), also ruined by Hal's crimes, now that she's destitute. Jasmine hasn't adjusted to her new facts, though, treating her cabbie from the airport like a personal chauffeur, and leaving him a big tip considering she's supposed to be penniless.Jasmine isn't always "in the now" as it were. She never is actually, talking or bragging or obsessing over the past.

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Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska to Star in Lesbian Love Story Directed by Todd Haynes

Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska will star in the film adaptation of Carol, a Patricia Highsmith novel. The film will be directed by Todd Haynes and distributd by The Weinsteing Company, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

CarolCarol follows the relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. One is a girl in her 20s working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life, the other is a wife trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage who is fearful of losing her daughter in the case of a separation.

The Highsmith novel that the film will be based on is known under two titles - Carol, but also The Price of Salt. Phyllis Nagy (Mrs Harris) has written the adaptation.

Production starts in October in London and NYC.


Todd Haynes' Dylan Biopic I'm Not There Stirs Up Buzz

Over the last day or so the internet has been abuzz about Cate Blanchett's portrayal of Bob Dylan in gay filmmaker Todd Haynes' (Far from Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, Poison) upcoming experimental biopic I'm Not There.

ImnotthereAs a Haynes fan I'm really looking forward to this film, not only for Blanchett, who features prominently in a scene leaked yesterday in which Dylan converses with beat poet Allen Ginsburg (played by David Cross), but for the unusual approach Haynes has taken, enlisting five additional actors who also play Dylan at various stages of his life.

Haynes is at ease with experimentation (his breakthrough film, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, was a biopic of the singer's life made entirely with Barbie Dolls) and has proven he can do Oscar-caliber drama, so hopefully I'm Not There will be a treat.

Each actor's portrayal, at different stages of Dylan's growth, is shot in a different style meant to showcase various moments on the folk singer-turned-rock star's journey.

Harvey Weinstein told the New York Times on Tuesday that the film is being given a "rolling release": "With a movie like this you have to build it. I don’t think you can go out on 500 screens. The reason for Film Forum is you go where the best word of mouth is on the movie. I like the movie; I think it’s adventurous. The audience is going to have to work — work in a good way."

He also singles out one actor: "I may be jumping the gun, but if Cate Blanchett doesn’t get nominated, I’ll shoot myself."

And here's the leaked scene with Allen Ginsburg:

The film is the first biopic on the legendary folk icon to get the approval of Dylan himself.

Here's Ledger as the singer (his wife Michelle Williams also has a role):

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Shots of the other four actors — Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin, and Ben Whishaw, after the jump...

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REVIEW: Notes on Notes on a Scandal

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Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and screenwriter Patrick Marber all received Golden Globe nominations this morning for the psychological thriller Notes on a Scandal which opens later this month and which I was lucky enough to see last week.

The film is an adaptation of Zoe Heller's novel What Was She Thinking: Notes on a Scandal and tells the story of desperately lonely and nosy schoolteacher Barbara Covett (Dench), who lives alone with her cat but desperately yearns for the company of another woman. Her yearnings fall into that unclear place between simple companionship and physical intimacy, though the latter remains mostly unspoken.

When Sheba Hart (Blanchett) is hired as the new art teacher at her school, Barbara's curiosity is piqued. She makes it her business to know secrets about people, particularly her colleagues at the school. Covett immediately makes a deliberate push for Sheba's friendship, pulling her under her wing as a friend and confidante. It's a relationship that soon becomes one-sidedly obsessive and smothering, a fact that is not lost on Sheba's husband, who notices Sheba's increasingly frequent absences from their home in Islington.

Barbara dislikes the fact that her new companion must often go off with her family, so when she discovers that Sheba has become sexually involved with one of her cocky, alluring, underage male students (played pitch-perfect by newcomer Andrew Simpson), Barbara sees an opportunity to seize Sheba's friendship once and for all by using the dangerous affair as a bargaining chip for blackmail.

Dench gives a charged, riveting performance that is as strangely sympathetic as it is frightening. The film plays brilliantly with themes of isolation, desire, and secrecy as Barbara's insidious and sociopathic strategies to obtain the companionship of Sheba run parallel with Sheba's naive and dangerous romantic flings with the athletic, sexually insatiable boy. They're both out of control in their own way, and the threat of exposure is the gunpowder that waits to blow everything apart.

I haven't read the novel, but if it's as much a page-turner as Marber's beautifully-paced, insightful (and very funny at times) screenplay, there's a lot to be said for it.

My final note is on the Philip Glass score, which lends the film a dread and excitement reflective of the urgent performances turned in by Dench and Blanchett. Highly recommended.

Follow the jump for the full trailer.

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