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Queen Latifah Opens Up About Black Homophobia and Playing Bisexual Blues Icon Bessie Smith: VIDEO


In a recent interview with Uptown magazine Queen Latifah opens up with what it was like to portray 1920’s blues legend Bessie Smith, who was known for her sexual fluidity and numerous relationships with both men and women. Unlike Latifah, who is notorious for keeping her personal life out of the public spotlight, Smith as an unabashedly sexually free woman. Her portrayal of Smith, Latifah explained, underlines the ways in which our ideas about sexuality have become less tolerant with time.

“People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,” Latifah explained, specifically focusing on the gay black community. “We haven’t moved as quickly as we probably should. And the reality is that there’s always been gay people in the black community, so it’s not foreign to us. And not just as a black community but just a society as a whole.”

“Who you choose to marry is really up to you and it’s not something you should be judged on. I don’t find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw. Couples should be protected under the laws of this country period. It actually angers me. It’s not unusual so let’s be adults and let’s move forward.”

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Cate Blanchett Opens Up About Her Past Romantic Relationships With Other Women: VIDEO


Carol, the upcoming movie based on Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt, tells the story of two young women living in mid-20th century New York who quickly find themselves falling in love with each other. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Cate Blanchett, who plays the film’s titular character describes how she drew upon her own experiences with same-sex relationships to shape her performance as Carol Aird. When asked to clarify exactly what she meant, Blanchett explained that while she’s now a married mother of four and in a long-term relationship with a man, she’d been romantically involved with women “many times.”

"I don’t think Carol thought about it,” Blanchett mused, adding that she’d never thought much of her own lesbian experiences.

Blanchett was careful not to self-identify as queer or bisexual, echoing the way that her character likely made sense of her desired. The Price of Salt, became a standout piece of work soon after it was published in large part because of the nuanced way that it handled its characters’ identities. Unlike many pulp novels depicting people that we would think of as gay or lesbian by modern standards, Salt respected queerness and allowed for Carol to experience her life as a person not entirely defined by her sexuality.

 “Her sexuality isn’t politicized,” Blanchett elaborated. “I think there are a lot of people that exist like that who don’t feel the need to shout things from the rafters.”

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(h/t The Independent)

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Ryan Reynolds Sits Down With Mario Lopez For A Proper 'Deadpool' Interview: WATCH


There are some actors whose casting in certain roles makes it feel as if they were born to play them. Hugh Jackman was born to play Woverine and Chris Hemsworth was born to play Thor, but Ryan Reynolds? Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool. Outside of superhero circles Deadpool isn’t exactly as big a name as any of the Avengers or the X-Men, but ever since word first began to spread that Fox was interested in producing a film centered around the ‘merc with a mouth,’ Reynolds has been most fans’ number one pick for the part. 

After a widely panned (and horribly written) appearance as the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and a much better received appearance as Deadpool in leaked test footage for a solo film, Reynolds finally signed on to play the character in his own film last year. The early promotional press for the super-flick has been promising, if vastly different from that of most big budget action movies. Reynolds’s latest interview with Extra isn’t the same fourth-wall breaking fan service as his last but it definitely gives you an idea of just how our live action Wade Wilson is going to be wearing that iconic suit. (Hint: he wears it well.)

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James Franco Shaves Nipples, Flaunts a Tattooed Torso for 'The Long Home': PHOTOS


James Franco's latest film is the coming-of-age story of a Tennessee carpenter and the moral battles he faces over the death of his father years earlier. The film, which Franco is directing, producing, and starring in, is an adaptation of The Long Home by William Gay (his projects do all have a gay angle).

The film is providing Franco a wealth of opportunity to showcase the film as well as his shirtless (and creatively tattooed - love the suspenders) bod on Instagram.

One interesting additional gay angle: the portrait behind Franco in the Instagram photo below was painted by out artist Paul Richmond, who wrote on Facebook:

Last week I was commissioned to paint a portrait for actor James Franco to use in his new movie, The Long Home. Yesterday DennisAaron, and I delivered it to him on the set! It was such a fun adventure that culminated with Aaron and me donning period costumes and appearing in the background of several scenes with him and co-star Courtney Love. James loved the painting and has already commissioned me to do another piece for him. I can't share any pics or details yet, but I'm so glad I was given the ok to tell you about it -- keeping secrets is not my greatest strength. 

Wrote Franco: "I think this is my favorite role/movie I've ever done."

Check out four more shirtless Instagram shots of Franco, including a bloody Ashton Kutcher and a nipple shaving session, AFTER THE JUMP...


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The New 'Jem and the Holograms' Trailer Is Here...But Is It Any Good? - WATCH

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In 1985 Marvel and Hasbro teamed up to co-produce Jem and the Holograms, one of the single greatest (and queerest) American cartoons of all time. The show told the story of Jerrica Benton, a young music mogul who harnesses the vast, holographic powers of her late father’s supercomputer, Synergy. What began as a collaborative effort to sell action figures quickly became a stealthy cultural phenomenon, capturing the imaginations of an entire generation.



As was true with other wildly popular Hasbro properties like G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Battleship, a Jem and the Holograms cinematic reboot has long-since been in pre-production. The first trailer for the movie just dropped and as you might expect, fans’ reactions have been...critical. Watching the trailer, it quickly becomes clear that the film won’t have much in common with the original cartoon other than its title.

“Here's what I didn't see: A computer called Synergy. The Misfits,” Ben Kuchera explained, writing for Polygon. “There was nothing outrageous about any of that. It's just a dull, suburbia-to-riches story that starts on YouTube and ends with Juliette Lewis giving these kids David Bowie-style makeovers?"

The thing about Jem and the Holograms that appealed to gaggles of children back in the 80s and still keeps the Jem fandom alive today was its unabashed glam rock camp. Jem and her bandmates weren’t just your ordinary YouTube phenomenon. As Jem, Jerrica became a glamorous neon vision who was every bit a magical girl superhero as she was a rock star.

Universal’s reimagining of Jem and the Holograms isn’t due out until later this year, and perhaps there are a number of major narrative plot points that just aren’t in this first trailer. Fingers crossed this gem channels a bit more of her inner Ziggy Stardust and a bit less of her Hannah Montana. Check out the film’s first international trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jack Black Opens Up About His Sex Scene with 'Ocean Breeze' Smelling James Marsden in 'The D Train' - VIDEO


In an interview with The New York Post, Jack Black dished on his big sex scene with James Marsden in the new bromance comedy The D Train.

The film tells the story of the chair of a high school reunion committee (Black) who must reconnect with the most popular guy in high school (Marsden) who's now a celebrity. Shenanigans (and sex) ensue. 

Said Black:

That was the scene that made me want to do the movie...I was only worried that if we approached it too comedically, it could have been offensive or sort of generic, like something you’d seen before. So the only thing I was worried about was getting it right.

Black added Marden smells like "ocean breeze."

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