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Movies: Harry Potter and The Protracted Ending Pt 8

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

 
 YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION
The ads have been promising "It All Ends" for months now. And it does. But how about beginnings?  The film wing of the Potter franchise began eleven long years ago with Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (2001) and its been amassing pop-culture power ever since, as steadily and frightfully as Lord Voldemort has been conquering Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic. There's a certain level of endearment or at least respect that comes with cultural staying power of any sort and it now feels curmudgeonly to say an ill word. Whether you've seen just a few or all of the Potter pictures or none and regardless of how much you enjoyed them, you'll feel this era passing. Deathly Hallows Part Two capitalizes on this and is currently wringing many tears of goodbye from its fervent fanbase.

Though non fans (like myself I really admit) could use a "previously on Harry Potter…" intro, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two begins with a bolt, a rather imposing vertical one from Voldemort's wand. That violent jolt of an opening is more than welcome after last year's Part One a con-job snoozefest (the series nadir) wherein Harry, Hermione and Ron basically sat in a tent and argued whilst Warner Bros made another billion merely by avoiding the inevitable: This Ending Right Here.

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After You-Know-Who's intro, what follows are a series of superbly static colorless shots of Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and Hogwarts eerily surrounded by floating Dementors. It's a neat wordless opening, reminding us how dire things are... 

More, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Big Brother 13 Contestant Jeff Schroeder Unleashes Homophobic Rant Over Dumbledore: VIDEO

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Big Brother 13 contestants Jeff and Kalia got in an argument on the live feed over the fact that J.K. Rowling wrote Dumbledore as a gay character. Jeff believes that Dumbledore couldn't be gay because it's wrong for gays to be around little kids.

ONTD provides a semi-transcript:

Jeff says "Who's Dumbledorf.. who is that, the big guy?".. Rachel then says "why would she want a gay character?" while Jeff in the background says "That would be perverted!" Kalia explains that she made the character so that her kids and other kids would understand homosexuality.

Jeff says "how is he meant to be gay? he doesn't have any gay tendencies..." Kalia interrupts and says "maybe that's the point! so that people like you don't stereotype gay people".

Jeff says "WHAT DO YOU mean stereotypes around gay people? He's in a school with little kids, you can't make THAT GUY GAY!"

Kalia squeeled "WHYYYY? Gay men can't work with little kids!?"

Jeff says "it isn't right to have it in a little kids book, and have the head master locked away in this magical land, be gay. That isn't the right kind of writing to do."

Kalia doesn't see anything wrong with it. "I don't see why not!"

Jeff says "Oh I can see your PC view of it, but it's not the right thing to do..." she asks him "WHY is it PC?"

Jeff says to her "Listen, you know what I'm talking about and don't make it seem like your doing the right thing by saying it's not! You are going to let your kids read a story book where little kids go to fantasy camp without their parents and the guy is GAY?"

Kalia: "Just because he is gay, doesn't mean there is a thing wrong with him!"

Jeff: "GTFO! Don't start with that f'in *****!" While Kalia is trying to defend herself, Jeff is yelling louder "Don't tell me the right answer for f'n T.V.!..."

It's not the first time Jeff, a returning housemate, has shown that he's a homophobe on the show. Some of you may recall that he called Russell a "fag" in Big Brother 11, later saying, “F**k you, you f**king homo faggot”.

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP....

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News: Australia, iPad, Cher, North Korea, The Vatican

 road Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart step out to do a Q&A for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole.

 road The owner of The Abbey in West Hollywood on what makes his bar a success: "Anyone who walks through my gate is a VIP. Everyone is gonna be treated the same."

Aust  road New Nielsen polls shows strong support for marriage equality in Australia: "The poll, published on Monday in Fairfax newspapers, found nearly 60 per cent of people support same-sex marriage, with 37 per cent against. The same poll also shows the federal coalition leads Labor by 51 points to 49 on a two-party preferred basis."

 road Disney decides it's done with movies based on classic fairy tales.

 road Gay and lesbians rally in the Bronx: “For so long the Bronx has been very quiet about LGBT issues. This particular event sparked the feeling to doing something and how do you do it—you do it in unity.”

 road Desperate Housewives will go on with one less housewife.

 road North Korea shows American scientist new secret nuclear facility: "He had been “stunned” by the sophistication of the new plant, where he saw “hundreds and hundreds” of centrifuges that had just been installed, and that were operated from what he called “an ultra-modern control room.”

Cher road Cher knows her limits: “Look, I have a very narrow range. I’ve never tried anything more than playing who I am. If you look at my characters, they’re all me.”

 road Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch to team up on an iPad-only newspaper: "There will be no "print edition" or "web edition"; the central innovation, developed with assistance from Apple engineers, will be to dispatch the publication automatically to an iPad or any of the growing number of similar devices."

 road If you think adult pandas are cute, wait until you see a picture of a newborn panda.

 road One-time correspondent professor Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas in the Vatican tells German magazine: “It must be acknowledged that a large number of Catholic clerics and trainee priests in Europe and the United States are homosexually-inclined,”

 road Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I has a big box office weekend.

 road Paris Hilton fulfills part of her 200 hour community service.

 road Arrests made at a sit-in on Ottawa in to mark Transgendered Day of Remembrance.


Movies: Fall Film Preview

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Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley look ahead to awards season

GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...watches trailers through fingers (too many spoilers) and waits impatiently for the feature presentation. He blogs daily at the Film Experience.


With summer winding down and nothing thrilling opening in theaters (despite marquees suggesting otherwise), it's the perfect time to look both backwards and forwards. Now's the time to catch up with some of 2010's best in case you missed any. Some of them like I Am Love, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, The Kids Are All Right, Winter's Bone and Toy Story 3 are still in theaters. Other acclaimed first quarter releases like Fish Tank and South Korea's Mother have hit DVD. So get caught up before the Fall films hit.

As with the summer preview, we're dividing the intriguing offerings up into categories using handy film titles because You Gotta Have A Gimmick. For each month we'll look at THE CHAMP (a possible blockbuster), DIVA (fierce women),  THE PRESTIGE (Oscar hopefuls), WHERE THE BOYS ARE (for the hotness) and TRUE STORIES (documentaries or fact-based fiction). Obviously what follows is but a small sampling of what's to come. All in good time...

Have you seen Betty White and Sigourney Weaver's catfight with Kristen Bell? The ladies of You Again get their claws out AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: John Forsythe, Fred Phelps, iPad, Malaysia Gay Film

 road John McCain's rep responds to that photo that recently showed up on Guys With iPhones: "As I'm sure you are aware, once something is posted [on the Internet] we no longer have control of how the photo is used."

 road Dynasty star John Forsythe dead at 92.

Dynasty-tv-f06  road Tragic: openly gay wrestler Chris Kanyon took his own life yesterday.

 road Malaysia might get it's first mainstream gay movie. Watch the trailer here.

 road Anna Paquin's bisexuality crashed the Website of the organization she was promoting.

 road Creepy. A dead woman has washed up on the beach of George Clooney's Italian villa.

 road Ellen DeGeneres gets a sneak peak at the Orlando version of Hogwarts.

 road Adam Lambert on his reputation for being controversial: “I’m just the same Adam I’ve always been, and in the circles I run in, it’s not all that shocking."Clay

 road Not everyone in the Fred Phelps clan is hateful. According to the Montreal Gazette, the Westboro Baptist Church's estranged son claims "his father regularly beat his mother and 11 siblings, used racial epithets and blamed the world’s problems on homosexuality."

 road Clay Aiken gets dapper for his new album cover.

 road LA Time piece on HIV infections among hemophiliacs: "According to the CDC, HIV is known to have been transmitted via blood products nine times from 1994 through 2007, the last year for which data is available."

 road Surprise drop in: Steve Jobs and his family made an appearance at the Apple store in Palo Alto on the same day the much-hyped iPad hit store shelves.

 road Terry Bradshaw would go gay for dreamboat Tom Brady: If I were to ever jump the fence it would be with Tom, he's such a handsome man."


J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore is a Gay Wizard Daddy

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You've probably heard by now that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling outed her character Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore during a question-and-answer session at Carnegie Hall Friday night in response to a question from a 19-year-old fan. He asked, "Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?"

RowlingRowling replied, to the reported shock and delight of the audience there: "My truthful answer to you...I always thought of Dumbledore as gay...Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald [a bad wizard he defeated long ago], and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was. To an extent, do we say it excused Dumbledore a little more because falling in love can blind us to an extent, but he met someone as brilliant as he was and, rather like Bellatrix, he was very drawn to this brilliant person and horribly, terribly let down by him...Yeah, that's how I always saw Dumbledore. In fact, recently I was in a script read-through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script saying, 'I knew a girl once, whose hair...' I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter, "Dumbledore's gay!"

The revelation had fans looking for new meaning in some of the passages.

Reuters reports: "Fans on the top Potter fan site TheLeakyCauldron.org (http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org) were divided on the news, some uncertain Rowling wasn't going to backtrack on the announcement, others saying it was unnecessary, and some welcoming the extra information on Dumbledore. 'This is even more awesome because it adds another layer to Dumbledore's character, which is already so rich and complicated. I hope he got over Grindlevald (sic) and fell in love again,' wrote Amanda."

British gay activist Peter Tatchell of the group Outrage! welcomed the news but felt Rowling should have let people know in the books. Said Tatchell: "It’s good that children’s literature includes the reality of gay people, since we exist in every society. But I am disappointed that she did not make Dumbledore’s sexuality explicit in the Harry Potter book. Making it obvious would have sent a much more powerful message of understanding and acceptance."

Others weren't so pleased. A post on the blog Red State labeled Rowling a fascist: "I wonder where her tolerance was for those readers who have beliefs different from hers. Where was the respect for them? Don't they too have a right to avoid and hide themselves away from ideas and themes they disagree with? I guess not. After all, there is no crime in creating an endearing story that is acceptable and appealing to many, and then pulling the rug out from under the readers later by revealing some disconcerting facts about a beloved character. Subversive yes, but I guess she was within her rights. (Thankfully, she kept this latest revelation out of books, so at least I can pretend it never happened)"

Rowling herself was thrilled with the reaction to the news, and said: "Just imagine the fan fiction now."


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