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Tom Ford to Team with Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, George Clooney for 'Nocturnal Animals'

Many more details have emerged about Tom Ford's follow-up film project to the critically-acclaimed A Single Man.

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Ford is attached to direct Nocturnal Animals, the adaptation of an Austin Wright book titled Tony and Susan. Ford wrote the script for the postmodern noir thriller and will direct while [George] Clooney will produce with his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov.

Wright’s book was initially published in 1993 and tells of a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion.

The book then tracks two stories: the story in the novel, titled Nocturnal Animals, which tells of a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly; and the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.

Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star and Amy Adams is in talks to co-star. "Insiders also say that Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also being sought for leading roles," according to THR.

Ford told WWD last month that his shooting window for the film is September 15 to December, and if he misses it, the project must wait till next year because of his grueling fashion schedule.


'Bridegroom' Creator Shane Crone Brilliantly Responds To Anti-Gay Protesters At Texas Screening: VIDEO

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A group of anti-gay protesters reportedly staged a prayer circle this week outside a screening of the film "Bridegroom" in East Texas. 

"Bridegroom," of course, is the award-winning documentary about Shane Bitney Crone and his partner of six years, Tom Bridegroom, who died in a tragic accident. Crone had no legal rights because they could not marry and was barred from attending the funeral by Bridegroom's family. He created a viral YouTube video, "It Could Happen To You," that was adapted into the movie, which premiered in 2013.  

BrideGroomOn Monday, the film screened at the University of Texas at Tyler in conservative East Texas. In a post on Instagram, Crone detailed the anti-gay protest outside:

While the film was playing, a prayer circle formed in the lobby. I watched as the small group congregated, quietly praying for the "Heavenly Father" to "help everyone inside that theatre to see the truth." Apparently a local Catholic group on Facebook had put out a call to action, urging "prayer warriors" to get down to the screening of the "controversial" film.

Crone said when he invited the protesters in for the post-film Q&A, they seemed shocked by his hospitality and apologized for the fact that he'd been discriminated against by other Christians: 

I appreciated their sympathy, however their sentiments came with a caveat: "But you have a choice to act on your impulses to sin."

And here's how Crone describes his response: 

I explained that while it's important to respect other people's views, I disagreed with the heart of their statement. "If all sins are equal, then it's hard for me to comprehend why an entire group of you would have an emergency prayer session outside of the screening of a film that tells a love story about two men. If you are willing to go to such great lengths to stop everything you're doing to try and 'save' everyone who came to the screening, shouldn't you be having these same kind of prayer circles around divorce attorneys' offices to 'save' people from acting on the sin of divorce?"

I can't understand why people go to such great lengths to shout from the rooftops that "Homosexuality is a sin and must be stopped!" when every single one of us is a "sinner" to some degree.

I am shocked by the amount of time, energy, and money people spend trying to deny LGBT people equal rights. Imagine if that same time, energy, and money were spent combatting world hunger or curing cancer; the world would be a healthier, happier place, I am sure.

Watch a report on the screening from KLTV, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Roland Emmerich's 'Stonewall' Finds Distributor, is Set for Fall Release

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Stonewall, directed by Roland Emmerich, and starring Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Joey King, Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi has been acquired for distribution by Roadside Attractions and is aiming for a fall release, Deadline reports:

Pic is set against the 1969 Stonewall Riots when the gay community rioted against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. At the time, it was illegal for gay people to congregate, and police brutality against gays went unchecked. Irvine plays Danny Winters, who flees to Greenwich Village after being kicked out of his parents’ house. Homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, a rage begins to build.

Emmerich rebuilt NYC's Christopher Street in Montreal to shoot the film and most of the characters are fictionalized.

More about its production HERE.


Tom Cruise Is Chained Up and Flying High In 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Debut Trailer: VIDEO

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Impossible Missions Force Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) returns to cinemas this summer for a fifth blockbuster assignment in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.

A synopsis via IMDb:

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

The film co-stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin and arrives in theaters July 31.

Check out the high flying debut trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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James Franco Discusses His Sexuality With His Gay Self

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In the latest installment of “James Franco Plays Itself,” the 36 year old actor sat down to have a casual rhetorical conversation in which “Straight James” and “Gay James” wax philosophic about whether or not gestalt James is, in fact, a gay dude. The exchange is everything you would expect it to be and then some.

“Let’s get substantial,” Straight James intones to his queer reflection. “Are you f--king gay or what?”

“Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life,” Gay James responds thoughtfully. “Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight.” 

“So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay. I wrote a little poem about it.”

Gay James then reads the poem. It’s not good.

In a certain light the interview can be seen as Franco’s attempt at playfully batting at the persistent rumors about his sexuality that are constantly stoked by his affinity for homoerotically-charged acting projects.

In many ways his roles in “Interior. Leather Bar.,” “I Am Michael,” and “Milk” work because of Franco’s intentional blurring of the lines between his own identity and that of his gay characters. We’re meant to gaze and question and fantasize about who Franco is and what he’s into, but ultimately it’s just more queerbaiting. Just ask Instagram James; he’ll tell you all about it.

 

 


The DNA of A Transperson As Explained By Hollywood: INFOGRAPHIC

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Written into the DNA of nearly every movie about trans-identified people, writes Scottish comedian Avery Edison, are problematic misconceptions about who trans people are. Projects like "Dallas Buyers Club," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and "Transamerica" have done much to introduce the broader public to a variety of trans narratives. More often than not, though, these stories are plagued by shortcomings that seem to have become a part of the way that we conceptualize trans-ness.

In a clever infographic, Edison lays out some of the most common tragic trans tropes written into films and television shows dating back to the mid 20th century.

The tropes range from the emotionally depressing “strand of sadly putting make-up on in front of a mirror” to troubling “hereditary probability of homicidal impulses.” Scathing and funny as Edison’s observations may be, there’s a large grain of truth to them. What good is this new wave of trans-representation in mass media if its shot through with traces of old-school transphobia?

Check out Avery Edison's full infographic explaining the ways in which Hollywood tends to get trans-people wrong AFTER THE JUMP...

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