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Catholic School Bans Julianne Moore, Ellen Page Lesbian Drama Shoot - VIDEO

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A Catholic boys’ school in New Rochelle, New York, has reversed its decision to allow Freeheld — a film in which Julianne Moore and Ellen Page play a lesbian couple — shoot on its campus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A location manager had picked out Salesian High School for a key scene in the fact-based movie, based on the 2007 documentary of the same name. The school had agreed to allow the scout to shoot still photos of the building, which was to stand in for the town hall of Ocean County, New Jersey.

However, after first approving the shoot, the school's principal, John Flaherty, then informed producer Michael Shamberg that it had reversed its decision because of the movie’s subject matter.

In an email to Flaherty, Shemberg explained that the movie is "not about gay marriage [but] about recognizing the dignity of a woman who was a brave civil servant."

According to Kelly Bush, another producer on the movie, the school's decision only serves to underscore the themes of the film:

"Freeheld captures the inequality and bigotry that one couple faced while coping with cancer and the end of life. That our film was denied access to a location because of the subject matter — a same-sex couple fighting for their legal rights — illustrates just how important it is that this story be told."

Mayor Paul Rosenberg of nearby Rye Brook has since stepped in and allowed Freeheld producers to use his town's city hall for the scene.

Watch Page coming out during a speech she made at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive youth conference in Las Vegas, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ellen Page and Kate Mara Are the Smallest Sleuths in the Business In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody: VIDEO

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They're not terrible detectives, just tiny.

And don't ask them if they sleep in a shoebox - that's personal. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stephen Colbert Makes Ellen Page Come Out as Gay Again: VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert welcomed Ellen Page to his show last night for a very amusing segment in which he noted that her coming out broke the Human Rights Campaign website.

PageSaid Colbert: "Your selfish coming out broke human rights."

Replied Page: "Well that's what us gays are doing, I guess."

Colbert then asked why he didn't save her coming out for his show and asks her to do it right there, prompting the spit take you see above.

Also, discussed, whether the X-Men mutants are a metaphor for something else, and whether Page's movie Juno is pro-choice, or pro-life.

Check it all out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ellen Page Talks Coming Out And Life In The Closet: VIDEO

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Ellen Page, who memorably came out on Valentine’s Day this year, recently spoke with Flare magazine about the coming out process, what life has been like in the wake of her declaration and about her upcoming role in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Though the Academy-Award nominated actress says she had been out to her parents since 19, telling them then that she ‘liked-liked’ girls, Page admits that not being fully truthful about her sexuality to the public and to others in the entertainment industry, what she calls “lying by omission,” weighed on her:

"You think you’re in a place where you’re all I’m thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don’t feel shame about being gay, but you actually do. You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself…[But] the more time went by, the more something just happened, an Oh my god—I want to love someone freely and walk down the street and hold my girl-friend’s hand.”

Page also reflected on the hate-mail she received from a homophobic pastor after she came out: 

“It was the worst kind of homophobia because it wasn’t just ‘You deserve to burn in hell.’ It was ‘While God thinks it’s lovely that you stood up for your beliefs, perhaps you’ve never had the loving arms of a father.’”

You'll recall, Page pithily replied to the pastor’s remarks on Twitter:

”2 da Pastor who wrote me-Being gay isn't a belief.My soul isnt struggling& I don't want arms of Heavenly Father around me.A girls arms? Yes.”

All in all, Page describes her coming out as a lightening of the load and freeing where her work is concerned:

“I feel more creatively inspired than I have in years and I’m sure it has to do with a lot of bricks being taken out of the backpack.”

Page also stopped by to talk with Ellen DeGeneres this week about her coming out.

Said DeGeneres: “I am so proud of you for coming out, and I am so happy for you. I know what a scary thing that is.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Laverne Cox to Be Honored at GLAAD Media Awards, Ellen Page to Present

Today it was announced that Ellen Page will be presenting GLAAD's highest honor award to 'Orange is the New Black' star Laverne Cox at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in LA on April 12.

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Cox will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. The award is named after a successful casting director, who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBT and HIV-positive people. Previous Stephen F. Kolzak honorees include Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes, Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen. […]

"Laverne Cox has reshaped the way Americans see transgender people and raised the bar in diverse representations of the LGBT community in entertainment," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "She is not only a talented actress, but a truly transformational leader in the LGBT equality movement. Through her tireless commitment to building understanding and acceptance through education and advocacy, Laverne is moving equality forward both on and off the screen."

Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she came out as gay at an HRC conference last month.  


Ellen Page Issues Brilliant Response To Anti-Gay Pastor On Twitter

Ellen_pageJuno and Inception actress Ellen Page responded to an anti-gay pastor via Twitter this weekend by saying that despite her recent coming out she does not "believe" she is gay nor is her soul struggling. Oh, and that she'd love a girl-cuddle right about now.

The anti-gay tweet that compelled Ms. Page to respond is not available on Twitter, but her response is still worth reading.

It goes, "2 da Pastor who wrote me-Being gay isn't a belief.My soul isnt struggling& I don't want arms of Heavenly Father around me.A girls arms? Yes."

Did we mention that Page will also play Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past?


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