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Movies: Bana Disappears, Kutcher Spreads, and Hitchcock Terrorizes



Nathaniel Rogers would live inside a movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience.

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There's quite a variety of new product at the multiplexes. Let's start with the romantic drama, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE in which Eric Bana keeps disappearing and reappearing in Rachel McAdams life. Wait, is he playing Ryan Gosling?!? This vanishing / reappearing act is probably a great metaphor of some sort for romance, though I haven't read the bestseller so I've no idea if the concept is executed well. The faithful are angry that they've changed it to something sunnier. Hollywood is so terrified of sad endings, even in tearjerkers which are supposed to make you cry.

Kutcher_spread Ashton Kutcher's new film SPREAD features Mr. Demi Moore in frequent stages of undress seducing women poolside, including the ever watchable Anne Heche. Who cares if she's crazy when she can act circles around a lot of overemployed actors. But if Ashton's going to be bedding older women onscreen, shouldn't he and Demi be making movies together by now?

The trailer does beg the following question: Does Kutcher's co-star Sebastian Stan (one of the warlocks in that awful supernatural man candy flick The Covenant) have a CGI tongue? 


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News: Burundi, Ted Haggard, New York, Blood, Savannah, Chris Brown

road.jpg Regulator: New York insurers must recognize same-sex couples married out-of-state.

Burundiroad.jpg East African Republic of Burundi criminalizes homosexuality.

road.jpg Real life butt bandit arrested in Nebraska.

road.jpg Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard wants the spotlight back: "While his exact plans remain unclear, Haggard is unmistakably making himself a public figure again, nine months after his former church said he walked away from an oversight process meant to restore him." And he wants money.

road.jpg Beyoncé brings her "Single Ladies" to the American Music Awards. No Shane Mercado cameo though.

Banaroad.jpg Eric Bana is Nero.

road.jpg Spire to be placed atop Trump tower in Chicago.

road.jpg Daniel Radcliffe talks about his man parts and the 'David and Goliath' effect.

road.jpg Stunning and sad screenshot of messages left by observers of the kid who killed himself over his webcam last week.

Interplanetaryinternetroad.jpg NASA: First test of 'interplanetary internet' successful: "...human intervention is still required to schedule communications sessions for orbiters and landers...A new method would automate and streamline this process by sending data through an interplanetary 'internet'. Just as data is sent from one point to another on the internet via a linked network of hubs, or nodes, spacecraft scattered throughout the solar system could be used as nodes to transmit data through space."

road.jpg Bill to eliminate discrimination against gays in taxes, social security and health approved by Australia's senate: "The bill will go to the House of Representatives for final approval this week, along with another bill to allow a person to benefit from their same-sex partner's superannuation. This bill passed the Senate last sitting week. The bills come on top of changes already enacted to grant gay people access to the federal family law courts on property and spouse maintenance matters after a relationship breakdown."

road.jpg Sarah Lawrence College upholds ban on bloodmobile over FDA's anti-gay policies.

Savannahroad.jpg Savannah Morning News profiles local couple of 34 years, John Naylor and David Grice, who were married under the wire in California.

road.jpg A Q&A with Sam Trammell of the just-finished (for this season anyway) True Blood.

road.jpg The Boston Globe

road.jpg Chris Brown wants to duet with Madonna.

road.jpg Kathy Griffin to return to D-List for fifth season: "It’s going to be more celebrity oriented. [It's] the way that American Idol sort of started as a singing contest and then every week you expect to see the mentors. I have some really good guest stars coming on the D-List this year.”

road.jpg SURVEY: 80% of South Africa's populace homophobic. "The study, conducted by Ben Roberts and Vasu Reddy, found that between 2003 and 2007 more than 80% of the population consistently felt that sex between two men or two women was always wrong. It also found that gays and lesbians were characterised as 'un-African' and that intolerance towards homosexuality was prevalent."

News: Eric Bana, Puddle, Steve-O, 90210, John Gibson, Jamaica

road.jpg International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association condemns Jamaica: “We call immediately on Jamaica’s community leaders to cease their oppression. We will continue to speak up and to spotlight these cruel and bigoted actions before tourism and business leaders everywhere. IGLTA is in complete solidarity with Jamaica’s own LGBT leadership, J-FLAG. Therefore, like J-flag, it is not our intention to provoke reprisals or political condemnation in Jamaica by supporting a global tourism boycott. We understand this step could be counter-productive to making true progress in that Caribbean nation, and instead we will focus on education, publicity and market competition to highlight and help curb these terrible abuses."

Puddleroad.jpg A sweet little blog about a puddle.

road.jpg Steve-O from Jackass has really gone off the deep end.

road.jpg John Gibson, the FOX radio host who mocked Heath Ledger following the actor's death, has lost his TV spot: "The network confirmed this week that 'America’s Election HQ,' a program that displaced 'The Big Story' temporarily last month, would continue indefinitely. The program’s hosts, Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly, also anchor the network’s mid-morning newscast and are seen as rising stars on the channel. The change was first reported by the blog John Gibson, the longtime host of 'The Big Story,' will continue to have a role on television, the network said, although it appears that his future for now lies mostly on radio. For two years Mr. Gibson, a conservative commentator, has been the host of a three-hour program for Fox News Radio immediately following his television show."

Planetroad.jpg The case for another Earth-sized planet in our solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune: "A newly released paper shows that may very well be the case. A team of scientists ran a whole mess of simulations, and found that a small planet (in this case, around half the size of the Earth) could have formed inside Neptune’s orbit (where there was plenty of material in the early solar system), gotten tossed into a bigger orbit by Neptune, and then knocked around the orbits of the iceballs, distorting their orbits and creating the Kuiper Cliff."

road.jpg Noosa mayor rejects claims that his town is the "gay capital" of Australia: "Let me answer the question Joe, let me answer the question, I am not the champion of the gay capital of Australia. Noosa is not the gay capital of Australia. Noosa gets many gay visitors after the mardi gras, they are welcome like every other Australian, Joe. I am not a bigot and I am not closed of mind."

road.jpg Tom Brady and Eli Manning: no hard feelings.

road.jpg Obama oral sex and drugs accuser Larry Sinclair files $3 million defamation lawsuit against TubeSockTedD, mzmolly and OWNINGLIARS for calling him a liar.

road.jpg Spin off of Beverly Hills 90210 in development.

Militaryroad.jpg A whole bunch of photography firsts.

road.jpg has launched Obama in 30 Seconds, a contest for supporters interested in producing their own ads for the candidate: "We're counting on you to make amazing ads in the next three weeks. Then, MoveOn members and the public will rate the ads, and a panel of top artists, netroots heroes, and filmmaking professionals will pick the winner from among top ads. We'll air the winning ad nationally, and the winner will receive a gift certificate for $20,000 in video equipment." MoveOn has collected a gaggle of celebrities to judge the spots, including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, John Legend, Moby, James Schamus, Rory Kennedy, and Michael Franti.

road.jpg Eric Bana is the king of codpieces.

road.jpg The tale of Spitzer's call girl Kristen.

road.jpg Northern Irish councillor calls opening of gay bar 'foolish': "A veteran Strabane councillor has said he believes there is 'not a need' for a gay bar in the town. James O'Kane, an Independent member of Strabane District Council, claimed it would be 'very foolish.' The North West gay community has widely welcomed the annoucement of Strabane's first gay bar. However, speaking to the 'Journal,' Councillor O'Kane said: 'My own assumption is that it would be very very foolish to open it, it wouldn't be welcome. I'm a pioneer myself so I would not be frequenting these places anyway but I couldn't see it operating in the town. In this day and age we are all liberal but I can't see a need for it, I suppose only time will tell,' Colr. O'Kane said."

Eric Bana Now Comes in Domed Version


Eric Bana, GQ coverboy and subject of royal catfights, showed up to The Tonight Show the other night with a head freshly shaved for his bad guy role as Nero in JJ Abrams' Star Trek film. I have to say I approve.

More shots at Just Jared.

Eric Bana Talks Stand-Up Comedy and Kissing 'Tom Cruise' in GQ

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Eric Bana, starring in this month's The Other Boleyn Girl, takes a spot on the March issue of GQ. He talks to the magazine about his various roles and his stand-up background and his work on the Australian sketch show Full Frontal, on which he performed a parody of Tom Cruise that he says he's sure Cruise hasn't seen (probably because he hasn't been on the receiving end of a lawsuit):

Bana5_2"Bana also does two excellent celebrity impressions, of Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and in some of his funniest work separately interviews them in the guise of a third character, a real-life Aussie TV personality named Ray Martin. In the most provocative sketch of the entire series, Bana-as-Cruise chokes up while discussing his love for his kids, at which Bana-as-Martin comfortingly clasps the star’s hands. Startled, Cruise gazes at Martin. Then both men lean forward into a passionate kiss. 'I’m sure Tom hasn’t seen it,' Bana says uneasily when I bring up the sketch. He downplays what the sketch suggests about Cruise’s sexuality. Ray Martin, he says, is a notorious sycophant, and 'I wanted to get to the side of him being so in love with the person he’s interviewing that he wants to pash them.' Maybe so, but I think Bana’s being a bit disingenuous here. Watch the sketch for yourself on YouTube and tell me it’s not Cruise who initiates the pash."

I've posted the clip below:

One more shot AFTER THE JUMP...

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Eric Bana the Subject of a Royal Catfight


The upcoming film The Other Boleyn Girl may not be on your radar, until you see the stunning trailer with Eric Bana as its centerpiece.

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The film is about the competition between Anne and Mary Boleyn for the affections of King Henry VIII. It's not hard to imagine why there's a lot of "royal cat-fighting" going on. It's due in late February.



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