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Joe Wright's Peter Pan Origins Story With Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund Takes Flight: WATCH

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Released Tuesday, a trailer for Joe Wright's latest film extravaganza, Pan, takes you into a re-imagined origins story for the beloved character of children's literature:

Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. 

Wright's previous films include the lush and lavish Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina.

The film's A-list cast includes Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, hunky Garrett Hedlund as a young James Hook, and the Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara, as Tiger Lily. Newcomer Levi Miller takes on the eponymous role of Peter.

Greg Berlanti is producing alongside Sarah Schechter and Paul Webster.

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Matthew Goode Defends Defends Lack of Gay Sex Scene in 'The Imitation Game'

London-09-matthew-goodeLike his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game actor Matthew Goode has spoken out, defending the film's omission of a gay sex scene.

You may recognize Goode from past projects, and if so, you'll know he doesn't shy away from LGBT subject matter — he's made what The Daily Beast describes as "queer turns" in Brideshead Revisited, A Single Man, and Watchmen.

Goode notes that in the example of Imitation Game, not including a sex scene may help bring the film to a wider audience, and he won't be surprised if it opens doors for future Turing biopics. Speaking with TDB, Goode said:

You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t...I’m glad that we didn’t [include a gay sex scene]. There’s many things we tried to get right, and I think it would’ve been too far, in the first film. I’m sure there will be other films about Turing that are ‘braver.’ But for bringing this story to a greater audience around the world, I think we gave him a film that he deserved.

What do you think of Goode's statement? Planning to see The Imitation Game this weekend? Sound off in the comments.


First Full Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Debuts: VIDEO

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The first full trailer for the hotly anticipated Jurassic World has finally hit. The latest promo reveals that Jurassic World will continue to delve into its franchise's tried and true exploration of mankind's arrogance and lack of respect for nature. The video also delivers a healthy dose of Chris Pratt (one of the sexiest men alive) and Bryce Dallas Howard who proudly proclaims that she and the other Jurassic Park scientists have created a new hybrid dinosaur. A revelation that leaves Pratt gobsmacked: "You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea." A more succinct way of saying, "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should."

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Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and BD Wong opens in theaters June 12 of next year.  

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The Park is Open in First TV Spot Teaser for 'Jurassic World' - VIDEO

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It's been over a decade since our last visit, but it's nearly time to return to the prehistoric park that turned "clever girl" into a cultural meme and cemented dinosaurs' recurring role in the nightmares of every 80s and 90s kid.

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Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and BD Wong opens in theaters June 12 of next year. 

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'Bitch Perfect' Is Todrick Hall's 'Aca-amazing' Gay Parody of 'Pitch Perfect' - VIDEO

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Todrick Hall (of CinderoncéThe Wizard of Aahs, and Mean Boyz fame) is back with a gay parody of Pitch Perfect - with Hall's version featuring acapella team "The Bottom Notes" and a guest appearance by Chelsea Lately's Fortune Feimster. 

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Gay Saint Nick Jim Stevenson Melts Hearts In 'I Am Santa Claus' Documentary: VIDEO

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I Am Santa Claus, the new documentary starring the WWE's Mick Foley, chronicles the day-to-day lives of four professional Santa Clauses with the aim of solving a Christmas riddle: "Whose lap is your child sitting on?"

In the case of Jim Stevenson (above left, with partner Alex), the short answer is as follows, according to the flim's KickStarter page

Santa Jim resides in Ft. Worth, TX and is the proud winner of "Mr. Texas Bear Round-Up," the largest gathering of hairy, overweight, homosexual men in the country. Although retired, he has seasonal work as a Santa. He is in a relationship with a Denver Colorado man 30 years his junior whom he calls "his special elf."

StevensonAccording to Fort Worth Weekly, Stevenson — who won Mr. Polar Bear at the Texas Bear Round-Up in 2001— also models bear erotica and does naked photo shoots for adult film companies when he's not entertaining kids as Santa. (Stevenson is shown at right in a photo from his Facebook page.)

"When I finally found out that there was any such thing as men who liked men, I knew that's what I had been all along," the 73-year-old Stevenson says in the film's trailer, which shows him kissing his partner on a merry-go-round. 

Whether intentional or not, I Am Santa Claus sounds like a recipe for serious anti-gay backlash (cue the pedophilia attacks), and The Mary Sue reports that there has already been some: 

Posts featuring homophobic messages spread to the film’s various social network sites. Some comments threatened Mick [Foley], some threatened Jim, and many used slurs that will not be repeated. The blowback got so bad that Mick announced a break from his personal Facebook page, the space where three-fourths of his friends are other Santas who have been incredibly supportive of the film.

WWE's Foley, an aspring Santa Claus who is the star of the film and has been supportive of the LGBT community, comes to Stevenson's defense against anti-gay critics: 

“I am a guy who used to go out of my way to make people dislike me for a career. But this is what puts people over the edge?” Foley said. “I hope people will watch the movie before judging and see the struggle to live up to the spirit and legacy of the red suit, to spread joy to others. They will feel the warmth from Jim.”

If there's ongoing or organized anti-gay backlash over Santa Jim, I couldn't find it online. In fact, the reaction among reviewers has been glowingly postiive. 

Iann Robinson at CraveOnline writes: 

The conservative crowd might bristle at a gay man involved in a film about Santa, but that’s their problem. Jim is incredibly likeable, a sweet soul with a delightful southern twang, and an affable demeanor.

StevensonposterThe site My Broken Fiat: A Catholic Mom's Journey includes a disclamer about potentially offensive content at the top of its review, but goes on to say this:  

Now I actually felt my readership cringe at the word "homosexual." Let me make very clear that Santa Jim, the rainbow-suspendered Santa who proudly displays his "Mr. Texas Bear Round-up" medals while parading through a homosexual dance-off, is not a horrible man hell-bent on infecting children with ideas of man-on-man love.  

In truth, he's actually my favorite Santa (after Foley) because you cannot help but feel the supreme and all-encompassing joy he gets from making others happy as Santa Claus. His personality is so genuine, loving and humble that you can't help but want to reach through the screen and hug him close.  

And Larry Gallagher writes at This Is Infamous

Jim comes off in the film as one of the sweetest human beings you could ever meet and it is impossible to not be touched by the sentiment he shows towards being able to mean something in people’s lives by dressing up as Santa Claus.

I Am Santa Claus, produced by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame, had a limited theatrical release this month and is now available on DVD and iTunes. It will be available on Netflix on Nov. 25.  

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