And what if that "Him" were Philip Seymour Hoffman?
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
And what if that "Him" were Philip Seymour Hoffman?
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Some interesting casting news on Clint Eastwood's biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, from The Vulture:
"Clint Eastwood's Hoover is quickly heating up at Warner Bros., where Vulture hears that Joaquin Phoenix is said to be the director's top choice to play J. Edgar Hoover's reputed paramour and protégé, Clyde Tolson. (Exactly the kind of praiseworthy part we said Phoenix needed to up his standing in Hollywood's star market.) For those unfamiliar with Tolson and Hoover, they really were the original 'Ambiguously Gay Duo': As the associate director of the FBI from 1947 to 1972, Tolson was in daily close contact with Hoover at the office, but even more interesting, the pair also dined, socialized in night clubs, and even vacationed together."
As I noted back in March, the script is by Dustin Lance Black. Vulture adds: "Hoover explores the two men’s complicated relationship; neither man ever admitted to being gay, and Hoover was known for hunting down and intimidating those who dared questioned his sexual preference while he was alive. But Hoover’s actions in death seem to suggest they were more than simply pals in life: When Hoover died, Tolson was not only the beneficiary of Hoover’s life-insurance policy, he also inherited Hoover's estate and moved into his house. At Hoover’s funeral, he accepted the U.S. flag draped over Hoover's coffin, and today, Tolson's grave is a few yards from Hoover's in the Congressional Cemetery."
You probably never suspected it while watching tiny 11 year old Anna Paquin hyperventilate with Oscar in hand in March of 1994 that she would one day become such an emblem of romantic envy on screens. Firs there was her touch deprived Rogue in the X-Men series, dreaming of the kind of soapy relationships all the other mutants were enjoying. These days she has unbelievably hot naked vampires fighting over her on magazine covers. And in THE ROMANTICS, Katie Holmes wants to trade places with her because she's nabbed Josh Duhamel. Not bad for a gap toothed girl with a grating voice (I kid. I'll always have a soft spot for the star, The Piano being only one of the greatest movies ever made.) I can't recommend The Romantics, though, which I caught at Sundance. Paquin aside, the movie about post collegiate friends coupling off, is hampered by bizarre casting: Josh Duhamel and Katie Holmes as poetry and philosophy loving intellectuals? Er...
Also Opening: Sexy Romain Duris and Mrs. Johnny Depp Vanessa Paradis star in the French romantic comedy HEARTBREAKER; Milla Jovovich is still fighting zombies in RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE. Maybe she's not very good at it since she's been trying to defeat them for eight years now.; Casey Affleck's celebrity studded documentary (mockumentary?) I'M STILL HERE follows Joaquin Phoenix's surreal career immolation as it happens.
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George W. Bush won't comment on the "Ground Zero mosque".
Joaquin Phoenix's cryptic documentary gets a trailer.
True Blood fans, here's the magazine cover you don't want to miss (possibly nsfw).
Safe schools chief and GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings on last year's right-wing attacks against him: "As the leading proponent of stopping bullying in America, I was not allowed to be bullied out of my job. I've been preaching for 25 years that bullying is not OK. There was no way I could then say, 'OK, you can bully me.' "
More reactions on the Ninth Circuit Court's stay of the Prop 8 ruling: Jerry Brown, California Assembly Speaker John Perez, NOM, Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs, Maggie Gallagher.
Log Cabin Republicans rarely delve into gay rights issues at chapter meetings.
MoveOn steps up boycott of Target.
Facebook location set to face off with Foursquare: "As we’ve been saying for months, it seems highly likely the Facebook is going to take a platform approach to location. That is, they’re more likely to federate other location streams (such as Foursquare’s) while they themselves remain fairly cautious with their own location services."
Joe Manganiello promises more nudity on True Blood.
Steven Slater hires gay PR honcho Howard Bragman.
Jonbenet Ramsey at 20?
Here's a spreadsheet of every member of the House of Representatives and their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, addresses and RSS feeds.
Rachel Maddow and the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell to receive Walter Cronkite award from Interfaith Alliance: "The Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, established by Interfaith Alliance in 1998, recognizes individuals who courageously promote democratic values, defend religious freedom and reinvigorate informed civic participation. The award recognizes individuals whose actions have embodied the values of civility, tolerance, diversity and cooperation in the advancement of public dialogue and public policy on traditionally controversial and divisive issues. Mr. Cronkite served as Honorary Chairman of Interfaith Alliance until his death in 2009."
LeBron James flexes for GQ.
Suspect in murder of D.C. gay man claims self defense. "'Defendant McLean alleged that the decedent was forcing him to be a male prostitute,' says the affidavit. 'According to defendant McLean, the decedent held a knife to the throat of defendant McLean in the early morning hours of August 8, 2010 and threatened to kill him. Defendant McLean claimed that he began to stab the decedent in the chest and then he (defendant McLean) blacked out and does not remember the remainder of the stabbing."
Gay activist launches campaign to oust gay executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation Stan Penfold, who is also Salt Lake City's first openly gay city councilmember. "Matthews, a former UAF volunteer, complains that Penfold has eliminated HIV/ AIDS prevention and support programs even as Utah’s infection rates continue to climb — tripling from 2000 to 2009. Matthews also charges that Penfold’s role as a part-time City Council member has short-changed his full-time job. 'It has been detrimental, during skyrocketing HIV infections, to have the executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation now have his attention split with the also very pressing business of the City Council,' Matthews said."
"Several buyers said the film overflowed with Hollywood debauchery, including more male frontal nudity than you’d find in some gay porn films and a stomach-turning sequence in which someone feuding with Phoenix defecates on the actor while he’s asleep."
Presbyterian leaders in Kentucky vote to allow gays and lesbians to be ordained as pastors, elders and deacons.
Abraham Lincoln's watchmaker carved a secret inscription to the president on the inside of his pocket watch. The watchmaker's memory of it is nicer than the reality: "The first gun is fired. Slavery is dead. Thank God we have a President who at least will try."
Florida judge orders school board to allow Gay-Straight Alliance to meet at Yullee High School near Jacksonville.
Center Square: San Francisco reading of one-man play about Paul Lynde halted by "cease and desist" letter.
Gay man picked to head Sundance Film Festival: "Actor Robert Redford, who founded the Sundance Institute in 1981, said [John] Cooper 'brings to the position an infectious enthusiasm as well as a deep understanding of the Sundance brand and culture. Forward thinking, he is a natural choice of succession to lead the Festival into the 21st century.' In recent years, Cooper has been involved in distributing short films on platforms such as iTunes, XBox360, and Netflix. He's also recently spearheaded the Art House Project, an initiative of 18 art houses from across the country designed to connect regional audiences to the Sundance's films and filmmakers."
It's probably best not to give a woman-beater a Kids' Choice Award.
Three new biographies explore authors who were gay (or struggled with it).
Trial to begin over anti-gay killing in Brooklyn's Crown Heights. Killer thought victim was flirting with him.
Philippines military opens recruitment to gays. Commanding officer: "I don’t have anything against gay people but I am still in the dark, I cannot imagine how they will perform and discharge their duties once they are accepted in the military"
Boston Gay Men's Chorus to tackle kd lang's "Big Boned Gal" in next concert. Somebody please send a video.
Apparently, Sean Penn's suit from Milk is a Mormon magnet.
Big Gulp: Croc gobbles shark in Australia.
Website scans NYC sandwiches.
Clay Aiken to present GLAAD award to Tyra Banks.
Gambling regulators in Las Vegas recommend $50,000 fine and a 6-month suspension of a slot machine license for city's oldest gay bar Snick's, over public sex complaint.
In praise of Sonny Bill Williams.
Google to increase user surveillance: "Google’s influence over our lives is set to grow further after it anounced today that it will track millions of people as they move through the internet in order work out what their interests are. Using that information, it will then provide targeted advertising to suit users' individual tastes."