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'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.

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"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and beyond this clear attack on my character, I’m shocked that GQ would allow their writer to lean on the scurrilous, outdated stereotype that gay men are by nature sexual predators.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 Leaning on lies, myths and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated.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.


Movies: Sally Field Marries Well, Sir Ian Robes Up, "Catch Me" Transfers Over

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...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

 
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 This weekend's box office showdown is between the colorful animated plumage of RIO and the reemergence of the Scream franchise with SCREAM 4. (Neve Campbell's "Sidney" isn't dead yet? Quite a final girl, that one.) The other big opening is Robert Redford's Lincoln assassination courtroom drama THE CONSPIRATOR which features a parade of stars including Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Groff and Kevin Kline. Please note: This is the first but not the last in a mini Abraham Lincoln movie craze. More on that after the jump.

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Find out AFTER THE JUMP...

(Plus: Sally Field, Broadway's Catch Me if You Can, and Cannes Film Festival News.)

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James Franco to Present 12-Hour Re-Cut of 'My Own Private Idaho' Featuring Hustler Interviews, Dreamy River Phoenix Montages

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James Franco tweeted the above photo yesterday advertising a new art project he's involved in with Gus van Sant!

Movieline has the details:

A release from the esteemed Gagosian Gallery states the exhibit, “Unfinished,” will open Feb. 26 in Beverly Hills and run through April 9. The exhibit is basically a reworking of Van Sant’s 1991 flick My Own Private Idaho, renamed Endless Idaho, done by Franco using behind the scenes and deleted footage. It is 12 hours long. 12.

What does this 12 hours include? Location scouting! Interviews with actual street hustlers! Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix improvising!

Exhausted yet? Well, wake up, because there is a second movie, My Own Private River! This is just shots of Phoenix (Sorry Keanu!), set to an original score by Michael Stipe.

The films are accompanied by eight works on paper done by Van Sant. While this is of course remarkable, and obviously time consuming, it seems like phoning it in next to Franco.

Here's the full press release.

Sounds like the gayest thing Franco's done to date.


Madonna Talks 'Milk', AIDS, Old New York with Gus van Sant

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Gus van Sant interviews Madonna for the new issue of Interview magazine. Says Madonna:

"By the way, Milk [2008] was such a brilliant film. I cried and cried. I loved it...I could see why [Sean] would be attracted to the role and be able to say yes in two seconds. Watching Milk was such a trip down memory lane for me...I [went to the Castro a lot] when I was younger.

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But you know, what the movie triggered for me was all my early days in New York and the scene that I came up in-you know, with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf. It was just so alive with art and politics and this wonderful spirit. So many of those people are dead now. I think that's one of the reasons I cried. In fact, the character that Richard E. Grant plays in the film I directed, Filth and Wisdom [2008], is this blind professor who was based on my ballet teacher, Christopher Flynn. Growing up in Michigan, I didn't really know what a gay man was. He was the first man-the first human being-who made me feel good about myself and special. He was the first person who told me that I was beautiful or that I had something to offer the world, and he encouraged me to believe in my dreams, to go to New York. He was such an important person in my life. He died of AIDS, but he went blind toward the end of his life. He was such a lover of art, classical music, literature, opera. You know, I grew up in the Midwest, and it was really because of him that I was exposed to so many of those things. He brought me to my first gay club-it was this club in Detroit.

I always felt like I was a freak when I was growing up and that there was something wrong with me because I couldn't fit in anywhere. But when he took me to that club, he brought me to a place where I finally felt at home. So that character in Filth and Wisdom was dedicated to him and inspired by him.

I don't know why I'm bringing all this up, but I guess it's just coming from that world in Michigan and the trajectory of my life: after going to New York and being a dancer when the whole AIDS epidemic started and nobody knew what it was. And then suddenly, all these beautiful men around me, people who I loved so dearly, were dying-just one after the next. It was just such a crazy time. And watching the world freak out-the gay community was so ostracized. But it was also when I was beginning my career. . . . I don't know. Your movie really struck a chord for me and made me remember all that. It's a time I don't think many people have captured on film. It's a time that people don't talk about much. And even though there was so much death, for me, New York was so alive.

The interview is accompanied by a photo set shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. More of it over at Boy Culture.

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News: Meghan McCain, India, Alan Cumming, Joe Solmonese, Boyzone

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Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese suggests that the time frame in his 2017 letter can be seen as a "narrow window" in the scope of the gay rights movement.

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Straight Italian couple sues cruise company after showing up for their vacation to discover they were departing on Italy's first gay cruise: "My clients were also left embarrassed because among the passengers were people they knew and had no idea that were gay, which was uncomfortable for all parties."

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Gay Al is feeling tender.

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Iowa NAACP President announces support for anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats.

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Report: Iran hanged a man last week for gay sodomy.

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Gay activists plan kiss-in at Fort Worth Stockyards: "The kissing booth will be on Exchange Street, right in the heart of the Stockyards and its bound to stir up controversy. In fact, one old cowboy has been quoted as warning gays that if they are not careful, they might be in for a whuppin'."

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Dan Savage has never slept with Janet Napolitano.

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A Spice Girls musical?

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Gus van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis collaborating on film adaptation of Vanity Fair article "The Golden Suicides".

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Gujarat state in India becomes home to the country's first elderly home for gay men: "The brainchild of Manvendra Singh Gohil, popularly known as India's gay prince, the project will be ready to accommodate elderly homosexuals by the end of the year. Manvendra Singh Gohil says, 'We will offer food, drinks and medical facilities for the people staying here, it will be their home.' The Rs 25-crore project will be home to 50 elderly gay men to start with. Requests for accommodation have already started trickling in."

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Alan Cumming in new photo shoot from David LaChapelle.

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Gecko madness!

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Boyzone to hold Stephen Gately vigil on night before the funeral: "Grieving Boyzone bandmates plan to stay in the church with Stephen Gately's body the night before his funeral. Ronan Keating, 32, Mikey Graham, 37, Shane Lynch, 33, and Keith Duffy, 35, have taken the decision because Gately 'would not want to be there on his own', a source close to the group revealed."

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No! Mia Michaels quits So You Think You Can Dance.

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Passerby mistakenly frees female killer of London gay man: "Police are looking for three young people including two blonde teenagers who were caught on CCTV arguing with Baynham and his 30-year-old companion. The victim's friend grabbed one of the girls, receiving cuts and bruises in the process, but the girl was freed by members of the public who wrongly thought she was being assaulted, said Detective Chief Inspector Clive Heys, who is leading the inquiry."

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Britney Spears shoots video for new single "3".

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Meghan McCain creates Twitter furor with cleavage photo.

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Muslim football team kicked out of league for refusing to play gay team.

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Congressman Jerrold Nadler: Repeal DOMA now.

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Lesbian says she was the victim of a hate crime at the National Equality March.

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Bishop Gene Robinson will be appearing tonight at an event in Portland, Maine: "Join us for an evening of edification and education as we gather to worship God and to hear the words of the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination, the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine, Rev. Ann Fowler, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, and Integrity Maine"


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