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04/19/2007


More on James Franco's Upcoming Role as an 'Ex-Gay' Activist: VIDEO

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And for comparison, Glatze and Franco holding cups of coffee.

Earlier in April we reported that James Franco had signed on to play Michael Glatze, founder of the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and the short-lived publication Young Gay America who went "ex-gay" and became a poster boy for that movement.

Now from Deadline comes a little more news about that production and what it's based on:

Justin Kelly, a protege of Gus Van Sant, has set a summer start date for Michael, a film that Kelly will direct that will star James Franco. The pic is based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis article “My Ex-Gay Friend,” published in The New York Times Magazine.

Van Sant is exec producing the film with Franco, Vince Jolivette, Scott Reed, Ron Singer and Joel Michaely as producers.

Here is Denizet-Lewis's NYT article if you'd like a refresher.

Take a look at Kelly's director's reel, AFTER THE JUMP...

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James Franco to Play 'Ex-Gay' Activist Michael Glatze in New Gus Van Sant Film

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James Franco is set to play Michael Glatze, founder of the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and the short-lived publication Young Gay America who went "ex-gay" and became a poster boy for that movement, according to the NY Post.

The $3.5 million film is being produced by Gus Van Sant and is set to start shooting in New York in July.

Glatze married a woman last October. Franco is currently starring in Of Mice and Men on Broadway.

Note: Have our April Fool's Day antennae up for this one, but given the players and Franco's gay-oriented interests it's an entirely plausible report. We'd watch it.


Rainbow Banner Supporting Russian LGBTs Unfurled at St. Petersburg Film Fest After 5 Bomb Threats

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A rainbow flag banner designed and sent by Gilbert Baker (the creator of the Rainbow Flag) was unfurled at the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia over the weekend in the face of laws banning gay propaganda. It was unfurled as Gus van Sant, Bruce Cohen, and Dustin Lance Black, the filmmakers behind the Harvey Milk biopic Milk, discussed the film.

The film fest received 5 bomb threats, organizers report:

On 30th November, at art-space Skohorod, Saint Petersburg the VI Side by Side LGBT Festival came to a close. The festival which has been plagued with major disruption, receiving 5 bomb threats which led to evacuations of buildings, causing scheduling changes, ended in a positive and reaffirming atmosphere in the presence of the creators of the Oscar award winning film MILK, Gus Van Sant, (director), Dustin Lance Black (screenwriter) and Bruce Cohen (producer).

Proving to be unyielding, opponents of the festival were bent on continuing to cause havoc to the very end and just 5 minutes before the start of the Closing Award Ceremony the audience once again were informed that the building needed to be evacuated following yet another anonymous telephone call that a bomb had been left on the premises. After police checks the building was given the all clear and proceedings once again resumed with an hour or so delay.

Following the announcement of the 2013 BOBIK Award winners the evenings main highlight was with the festivals very special guests, Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black and Bruce Cohen, who engaged with the audience talking at length about the film MILK as well issues to relating to the emancipation of the LGBT community in the USA, Russia and around the world.

Van Sant noted that despite significant advances in the USA in the recognition of LGBT rights the situation was not perfect and there was still a lot of work to be done. Black and Cohen reiterated their solidarity for the LGBT community in Russia, to stand by their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and not let crimes committed against them to be ignored but condemned and the perpetrators made accountable for their actions. Black reminded that: “THE WORLD IS WATCHING” the developments in Russia.

A surprise gift, signifying friendship and solidarity, was presented by Black from Gilbert Baker – the creator of the rainbow flag which symbolizes LGBT – was a hand sewn rainbow flag with the words SUPPORT RUSSIAN GAYS.

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(twitter side by side)


Taylor Lautner to Produce and Star in Gus van Sant Film Based on Article in 'The New Yorker'

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Taylor Lautner is going to be producing and starring in an indie film directed by Gus van Sant, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

Gusvansant"Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Lautner is finalizing a deal to team with auteur director Gus Van Sant (Milk, Drugstore Cowboy) on a small-budget film based on a nonfiction article in The New Yorker magazine that Lautner has optioned. Details are still emerging about the project, but sources say an announcement is expected later this week revealing who is write the script for the Van Sant-helmed film. The aim is to shoot the film in the first quarter of next year."

I'd put money on that script being written by Dustin Lance Black.

The paper adds: "The new project would almost certainly take Lautner’s career in a new direction. He is said to be determined to work only with top directors and writers from now on as he strives to define himself as an actor."


'GQ Australia' Apologizes for Suggesting Gays are Sexual Predators Who Can't Resist Hitting on Taylor Lautner

GQ Australia has apologized for an article they published about Taylor Lautner in which it explored rumors that he is gay, and asked whether director Gus Van Sant or screenwriter Dustin Lance Black hit on him at a recent business dinner.

LautnerFrom the article:

"No, definitely not," Hollywood's highest paid teen said when asked whether either Van Sant or Black made a pass. "I think they know I'm straight. But they're great guys. They're a lot of fun." Adding rather blandly: "It's not a coincidence that there was a writer, a director and an actor at dinner."

Black ripped GQ over the article:

Really Mr. GQ writer? I’m curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well? I’d love to be there when you ask Sean Penn that same question. Or, Mr. GQ writer, were you projecting your own unprofessional desires onto me and Gus? Perhaps? Or worse still, are you a homophobe? Above and beyond this clear attack on my character, I’m shocked that GQ would allow their writer to lean on the scurrilous, outdated stereotype that gay men are by nature sexual predators. I mean, would you have asked this same question if it were Diablo Cody and Kathryn Bigelow at dinner with Mr. Lautner? Leaning on lies, myths and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated. It’s not the 1950s anymore GQ, it’s 2011 and it’s time to grow up.

GQ Australia has responded on its Facebook page:

Hi guys,

We’ve seen some of the comments floating around regarding our recent interview with Taylor Lautner and apologise if anyone was offended by anything in the article. It certainly wasn’t our intention to paint anyone in the story as a sexual predator. The point we were actually trying to push was that Taylor is irresistible to virtually everyone – regardless of sexuality or gender. Hence the film crew cheering at his shirtless scenes while shooting Twilight, and Mark Wahlberg deeming him better looking than Leonardo Di Caprio.

Taylor is an extraordinary young gentleman, and we can’t wait to see him achieve even greater success in the future. That’s why he’s on our cover – because GQ Australia prides itself on offering readers the best possible advice and insights that help you be modern, successful gentlemen. Whether you’re into fashion, food, fitness, pop culture, politics, travel, technology or cars GQ Australia strives to provide you with top-quality editorial content that allows you to make your own discerning choices.


James Franco: Shirtless, Pink, Obsessed with River Phoenix

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James Franco appears shirtless and doused in pink paint on the cover of the new issue of 'Wooooo' magazine, an independently produced interview zine.

In other, Franco news, James was recently at the Toronto International Film Festival where he offered up cash for a 13-year-old girl's fan art of himself.

Franco was in town to discuss his collaboration with Gus van Sant, a multi-media installation based on My Own Private Idaho, CTV reports:

One of the films, "My Own Private River," is a feature-length collection of deleted scenes and alternate takes from the original shoot, while companion piece "Idaho" was developed from one of three scripts Van Sant used to create the original movie. Franco was 13 when that film -- a dreamy drama that casted River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as teenage hustlers with a complex relationship -- was released. He said that he used to rent the VHS copy of the movie from his local video store over and over again.

"It was just something about the movie -- the esthetic, the themes, I guess the idea of a makeshift family, River's incredible performance ... and even the clothes," said Franco, seated next to Van Sant.

"I remember at the time I'd try to dress like River's character."

Franco and Van Sant -- who was also present at Sunday's session -- collaborated on the Academy Award winning film "Milk," and Van Sant remembered that even then, Franco wouldn't stop asking him about "Idaho."

"I'm just plain obsessed with 'My Own Private Idaho,"' said Franco, wearing a striped mohair sweater over a collared shirt with jeans and black boots.


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