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Benedict Cumberbatch Defends Absence of Gay Sex Scene in Alan Turing Biopic 'The Imitation Games'

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During World War II, Alan Turing, who is known as the father of modern computing, devised the Turing Bombe, a codebreaking device that was used to decipher the Nazi enigma codes, up to 3,000 messages per day. He was also gay, and two years after being convicted of "gross indecency" for being homosexual and sentenced to undergo chemical castration, he killed himself with a cyanide-laced apple.

Turing2The Imitation Game, the upcoming biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the gay codebreaker, has faced criticism lately for what could arguably be considered a "castration" of a different sort - the lack of any scene depicting Turing being sexually intimate with another man. 

The Sunday Times reports that there was a sex scene involving Turing and another man present in early drafts of the script, but it was cut out of the final film version - which, according to Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, over-emphasizes Turing's relationship with colleague Joan Clarke (played by Keira Knightley).

In an interview with The Telegraph, Cumberbatch defended the film against such criticism, saying:

‘For me there’s explicit love in the film, and the fact of his sexuality being homosexual doesn’t make any difference. If it would have added to the film, we’d have done it. I’d have no qualms about filming those scenes, expressing that side of a character’s relationship to his body. It’s partly to do with the logical loop of the film, the poetical loop. It’s about what’s not seen, it’s about secrets, what’s repressed – and his sexuality was. This is a man who’s never going to be allowed to love, and that’s really his tragedy and the tragedy of the film.’

Last month, Cumberbatch spoke about how an explicit gay sex scene would have taken away from the film's "subtle storytelling."

Audiences will have to wait till November 28 to decide for themselves if the lack of such a scene helped or hurt the overall film.


Katniss Warns President Snow In Final Trailer For 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' - VIDEO

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The final trailer has been released for the first installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay two-parter that will draw to a conclusion the much obsessed-over franchise. In this latest video, Katniss has a message for President Snow.

Find out what it is, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Is An LGBT Superhero Film Far Off?

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Comic book fans had lots to rejoice about yesterday when Marvel Studios announced its upcoming slate of new films. In addition to sequels for the critically and commercially successful Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy films, Marvel is making history with its first film led by a black superhero, Black Panther, and its first anchored by a female, Captain Marvel.

ThorIt’s just the latest move coming out of comic book culture, where publishers have been redefining mainstream heroes as a more diverse bunch. Many of the familiar (straight, white, male) characters — most of which got their start decades ago — are being joined by a growing number of heroes that reflect a richer representation. In addition to the female Captain Marvel, Marvel’s also recently started publishing series focusing on a female Thor, a black Captain America and a wildly successful book based on a Muslim American teenager, Ms. Marvel.

This surge in inclusivity extends to LGBT characters as well. From lesbian crimefighter Batwoman to young mutant Benjamin Deeds, there’s a growing number of queer mainstream characters that could become the next Batman, Wolverine or the Flash, conquering the box office or leading a television series.

“As pop culture goes, it's never been hotter to be a geek,” wrote Jono Jarrett, a founding board member of GeeksOUT, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusiveness in the geek community. “Politically, across the world queer visibility and acceptance are on the rise—or where it's not, it's being challenged like never before.”

With this momentum on and off the page, could it be long before we see an LGBT superhero take the spotlight on the large or small screen?

Learn more about the state of queer characters in comic books today, AFTER THE JUMP

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The Avengers Party And Try To Lift Thor's Hammer In New 'Age Of Ultron' Trailer: VIDEO

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Following Marvel's announcement of nine upcoming films in its superhero franchise, the studio debuted a new trailer last night for the hotly anticipated Avengers sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. As Business Insider notes, this latest reveal from Marvel "shows the Avengers gang together at a party trying to lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, to no avail." The humor on display is trademark Marvel through and through.

Watch as the boys compete to see who can lift Thor's hammer, AFTER THE JUMP...

And in case you missed it, check out the original trailer released for the uber superhero sequel HERE.

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The Top 5 LGBT Films With a Heartbreaking Ending: VIDEO

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YouTube-ers (and married couple) Luke and Vinny Vaillancourt have a new video counting down the top five LGBT films with a sad ending. 

See if your favorite tearjerker made the cut, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tyrese Gibson Is Not Amused By Rumors Of Gay Sexual Favors Sparked By Comedian Spanky Hayes: VIDEO

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Comedian Spanky Hayes (below right) appeared on TMZ recently spouting some rumors about Tyrese Gibson (above) and how he beat Spanky out for a role in 2001's Baby Boy. Suffice to say that male-on-male sexual contact was involved. Though it is Hayes' profession to make people laugh, probably utilizing outlandish claims to achieve those ends, Gibson was highly unamused and fired back in a big way. 

HayesMirror reports:

Spanky, known for his appearance on the Nick Cannon show Wild 'N Out, claims he was beaten out of the role by Tyrese after auditioning for John [Singleton], who allegedly told them: "I f***ing love both of you guys, but which one of you guys are gonna suck my c***?'"

It is not yet known if he said it in jest, but he added: "I bust out laughing because nobody has talked to me like that. But the other dude, who I won't say his name, wasn't laughing. To keep it real, he got the lead role in Baby Boy."

Gibson recorded his own video, saying that Hayes' statement is akin to committing "a career suicide." Then he does some truth telling about the role:

"Let me tell you something you don't know. First of all, the role for Baby Boy was written, directed and produced by John Singleton. It was written for Tupac. That's a factual fact.

"When Tupac was killed, he only had one person in mind to play Baby Boy, it wasn't them, it wasn't you ... f**k, it was me."

He goes on to claim he's "never had those sorts of rumors" launched at him, all the while smoking a cigar, wearing a fur coat, and laughing at Spanky's relative lack of success. Seems like an overreaction, no? If nothing else it indicates that Gibson may lack any sense of humor. 

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