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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?

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The Avengers Are Ready for Action in New 'Age of Ultron' TV Spot: WATCH

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A new 60-second TV spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron features new footage and dialogue from the upcoming summer blockbuster including Captain America throwing a motorcycle at a jeep, Thor’s sick hammer-Captain’s shield combo attack and more of Tony Stark’s trademark snarky attitude.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron starring stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), James Spader (Ultron), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) arrives in theaters May 1. 

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New 'Poltergeist' TV Spot Asks #WhatAreYouAfraidOf - WATCH

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More haunted footage awaits in this new TV spot for the remake of the 1982 film of the same name. 

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Poltergeist, starring Sam Rockwell and produced by Sam Raimi, arrives in theaters May 22.

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Weekend Movies: Cinderella (2015) - REVIEW

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I know Helena. I was surprised, too. The new Cinderella is pretty great

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PH8E8oRvg6KMbf_2_mThe Game of Thrones Stark family was fond of the imminent warning "Winter is Coming" but their King of North, actor Richard Madden, doesn't need to worry this time. He's due a much happier Royal ending as the latest charming Prince to hit the movie screens. Winter is most definitely never coming to Kenneth Branagh's luxe adaptation of the most beloved of fairy tales, Cinderella. From its opening vista of a well-to-do country estate, filled with warm yellows and verdant greens and one very happy family, a pleasant merchant and his sunny wife (Ben Chaplin & Hayley Atwell) and their kind daughter Ella (Downton Abbey's Lily James), this CINDERELLA screams springtime and summer.

Its timing couldn't be better after this particularly long winter.

Spoilers if you're freshly arrived from another universe: Ella's loving parents are not long for this world and after imparting their wisdom and reinforcing her enchanted goodness (yes, she talks to animals), they take turns dying. Lady Tremaine, the stepmother, is introduced inbetween those deaths in clever multi-tasking voiceover (courtesy of Fairy Godmother Helena Bonham Carter).

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Trailer for Kurt Cobain Documentary 'Montage of Heck' Gives Look at Rocker's Devastating Story: VIDEO

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The trailer for Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about the life of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, has hit the web. The film debuted to critical acclaim earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and follows Cobain from his birth until his suicide in 1994 at age 27.

Cobain's daughter Frances Bean worked with director Brett Morgen on the doc. Said Morgen to Yahoo:

“Above all else, Frances and I wanted the film to be honest.  We did not want to perpetuate any myths or romanticize his drug use, so the film takes a rather unflinching approach to some dark times.  The goal however was not to look down upon Kurt, or put him on a pedestal.  I wanted the audience to be able to look him in the eye, to identify the man behind the myth.”

No word on whether the film includes anything related to disclosures he made in an interview with John Savage released a couple of years ago in which he said that he thought he might be gay in high school and that his mother's homophobia destroyed intimate connections he had with friends.

Said Cobain in that interview:

"I even thought that I was gay. I thought that might be the solution to my problem. Although I never experimented with it, I had a gay friend, and then my mother wouldn't allow me to be friends with him anymore, because she's homophobic. It was real devastating because finally I found a male friend who I actually hugged and was affectionate too, and we talked about a lot of things. I couldn't hang out with him anymore."

The documentary comes to HBO on May 4.

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