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04/19/2007


'Ender's Game' Sparks Same-Sex Marriage Debates At Comic-Con

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Yesterday in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, the Q&A session for Ender's Game got right to the point about the controversy surrounding the film. The very first fan to the mic asked, "There’s actually been a lot of controversy about the author of the book. How involved was he in making the film?” 

The film's producer, Roberto Orci, responded,

"Obviously, we were first concerned with anyone who might be hurt by anything we were associated with. But we’ve decided to use the attention to … completely and unequivocally support Lionsgate and Summit’s statement in defense of LGBT rights.”

The room broke out in applause.

Not to sound ungrateful for explicit support, but answering the question of "How involved was he?" with "We support our studio's statement of defense for gays," doesn't actually answer her question. Like, at all. Additionally, and I freely admit that this is a nit-pick, saying "We support our studio's statement" rather than making one of your own feels a bit half-assed in terms of support.

Wired has a pretty thorough analysis of the event and the boycott. It includes Milk writer Dustin Lance Black's puzzling declaration that the boycott "is a waste of our collective energy,” and director Gavin Hood questioning the disconnect between the themes of compassion and empathy in the book and Card's real-world views of hateful intolerance. 

Over at Huffington Post, they have Harrison Ford commenting on the controversy with, 

"I don't think that issue rears its head in the work. No part of the story concerns Mr. Card's theories about society in terms of gay issues or homosexual issues."

Which is a complete misdirection. As I pointed out the other day, the boycott is protesting Card himself, not the content of the film.

It's uncertain if the positive reaction at Comic-Con will translate into support for the boycott, but to have an entire hall of con attendees applaud in support of LGBT rights is an encouraging sign that cretins like Card are on their way out.


Cher, Sally Field, Shirley Maclaine, Harrison Ford, and Kathy Bates Sound Off on Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Staunch allies stand firm at AFI's Night at the Movies.

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Harrison Ford Wishes There Was Less Resistance to Marriage Equality

Since Harrison Ford plays Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, the man who brought Jackie Robinson on as the first African-American player in major league baseball, in a new film, Metro asked Ford how he felt about Robinson's struggle and the current one for marriage equality:

FordDo you see any parallels between Jackie Robinson’s struggle for racial acceptance and the current battle for marriage equality?

I think there’s a metaphor you can reach for, according to your own interests and your own understanding and your own issues. ... Certainly the marriage issue conveniently falls into that category.

It’s remarkable how quickly opinions on it have been changing over the last few years.

Yeah, things do change quickly at a tipping point, as it builds and it builds and it builds until there’s a moment where the balance of opinion, the weight of experience and the understanding comes to a point where the scales tip in the other direction. We’re getting there, we’re getting there. You know, you would hope that it would have happened with less resistance. You would have hoped that everyone would get the point at the same time, but life’s not like that.

More of the interview at Metro...

(h/t HuffPost)


News: Ryan Reynolds, Sao Paulo, Halloween, Kay Hagan, Viagra

road.jpg Ron Reagan endorses Obama.

Reynoldsroad.jpg Ryan Reynolds beefs up the NYC marathon.

road.jpg Two Swedish women married in India: "The young women, Sara and Sandra had been living together in India's national capital, New Delhi for past one year and 'solemnized' their marriage according to the Vedic rites and rituals. The newly married couple said that they were extremely happy to get married in the city of Taj Mahal, the monument of love and one of the Seven Wonders of the World."

road.jpg Lesbian engagement on All My Children: "That day, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you. And I knew that I wanted to have a home with you and Miranda, and a future together. And so today, I am asking you my beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Bianca... will you marry me?"

road.jpg Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick marries.

Levineroad.jpg Harrison Ford dressed as a peapod for Halloween while Maroon 5's Adam Levine took a sexier route.

road.jpg Hawaii verifies Obama birth certificate.

road.jpg New play about gay Iranian teens executed in 2005 to open in Chicago: " The play tells the story of two boys coming of age, and struggling with their identities as Arab Iranians, and as typical teenagers longing to discover their place in the world. Ayaz Marhouni and Mahmoud Asgari, the two fifteen year old boys who may have been gay or may have been experimenting with their sexuality – like many teenagers do, get caught in a compromised position, publicly humiliated and tried in the Iranian legal system."

road.jpg New York voters targeted with robocalls claiming to be Gay City News with an endorsement for the Democratic candidate in certain districts.

Saopauloroad.jpg Students kiss for gay rights in Sao Paulo.

road.jpg North Carolina Democrat Kay Hagan is suing Elizabeth Dole for defamation over her "Godless" attack ad.

road.jpg New McCain Keating 5 revelations on investigations on alleged leaks by the Senator: "All five senators--including McCain--had testified under oath and under the U.S. penal code that the leaks did not come from their camps. The leaks were also prohibited by rules of the Senate Ethics Committee; according to the rules of the Senate, anyone caught leaking such information could face expulsion from the body. These, then, were not the usual Washington disclosures: Discovered, they could have stopped the career of any Washington politician in his tracks."

road.jpg Boy gunned down while trick-or-treating: "An ex-convict who thought he was being robbed gunned down a 12-year-old trick-or-treater, spraying nearly 30 rounds with an assault rifle from inside his home after hearing a knock on the door, police said Saturday."

Tomoffinlandroad.jpg Tom of Finland retrospective opens in Liverpool.

road.jpg Joaquin Phoenix says good-bye to acting .

road.jpg Homophobic attacks on the rise in Scotland.

road.jpg Netherlands: Cannabis being laced with Viagra.

road.jpg Straight man bringing discrimination suit against employer over "gay taunts" from colleagues who suggested he was gay because he lives in Brighton: "Stephen English, who is heterosexual, says he was called a 'faggot' and 'Mr Franglais' by fellow members of staff at the blind and awning firm where he worked. He alleges that the barbs began after a sales manager discovered that he went to boarding school and now lived in the Sussex seaside town, which has a large gay population. Mr English, who has been married for 20 years and has three teenage children, decided to take legal action after his attendance at Brighton's Gay Pride parade wearing "skin-tight Lycra cycling shorts" was mentioned in the Thomas Sanderson Blinds in-house magazine."


Indiana Jones Has His Chest Waxed

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You may remember that Harrison Ford was shooting that spot for Conservation.org about the problems of deforestation in which he went in for a chest wax to demonstrate the pain felt by the earth's forests.

Well, here's the spot. It's actually a bit more effective than I thought it was going to be.

Watch Ford's face as she rips off the wax. You know he's just dying to let out an expletive.

And don't tell me that chest waxers don't love it in some sort of sadistic way. Look how she's checking out the strip to see how much she got...

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Brokeback Parody Alert: Indiana Jones and the Gay Rabbi

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I remember the days when a Brokeback parody landed in my inbox three times a day. Well, here's one that takes on this summer's presumed blockbuster.

For those of you who haven't totally quit the genre, here's Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Gay Rabbi, featuring Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder...

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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