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Catholic School Bans Julianne Moore, Ellen Page Lesbian Drama Shoot - VIDEO

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A Catholic boys’ school in New Rochelle, New York, has reversed its decision to allow Freeheld — a film in which Julianne Moore and Ellen Page play a lesbian couple — shoot on its campus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A location manager had picked out Salesian High School for a key scene in the fact-based movie, based on the 2007 documentary of the same name. The school had agreed to allow the scout to shoot still photos of the building, which was to stand in for the town hall of Ocean County, New Jersey.

However, after first approving the shoot, the school's principal, John Flaherty, then informed producer Michael Shamberg that it had reversed its decision because of the movie’s subject matter.

In an email to Flaherty, Shemberg explained that the movie is "not about gay marriage [but] about recognizing the dignity of a woman who was a brave civil servant."

According to Kelly Bush, another producer on the movie, the school's decision only serves to underscore the themes of the film:

"Freeheld captures the inequality and bigotry that one couple faced while coping with cancer and the end of life. That our film was denied access to a location because of the subject matter — a same-sex couple fighting for their legal rights — illustrates just how important it is that this story be told."

Mayor Paul Rosenberg of nearby Rye Brook has since stepped in and allowed Freeheld producers to use his town's city hall for the scene.

Watch Page coming out during a speech she made at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive youth conference in Las Vegas, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Films, Star Power, and Oscar Buzz: a Report from the Toronto International Film Festival

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Eddie Redmayne got a huge thumbs up in Toronto. Oscar-bound?

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

Hello all. Just back from Canada from the Toronto International Film Festival, aka the best film festival in the world, which wrapped up on Sunday. My fellow Oscar bloggers like to shill for Telluride these days but I’m convinced it’s simply Stockholm Syndrome since Telluride actually makes the press pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for a pass for the privilege of giving them free publicity. In Toronto, if you’re lucky enough to write about the movies for a living, you get your press pass for free and your only expense, other than travel and lodging (which can add up) is your time. But what person who loves movies, wouldn’t want to spend that gorging on selections from all over the world, the best of Cannes and Sundance and a ton of new ones, some of them courting Oscar gold, too.

I was so giddy all week that even when I failed to spot Reese Witherspoon at her own party for WILD (she’s short, y’all and thus hides easily in a crowd even in a sparkly dress) I remained elated to chat with Laura Dern (one of the greats who needs big roles again!) and wonder what possessed Chris Evans to what looked like gloriously form-fitting white longjohn shirt to a party where everyone else was in suits. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying. I was so thrilled that even the sight of Eddie Redmayne’s back in his daring aquamarine suit and Andrew Garfield’s giant beard at THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING party was as good as actually talking to them, but I made do with talking to Oscar-buzzing Felicity Jones who, like Redmayne, gives her best screen performance yet in that new Stephen Hawking biopic.

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The New 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Trailer Teases Rebellion: VIDEO

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The late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, at the time of his untimely death, figures prominently in its first teaser trailer as former head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, as he discusses Katniss, rebellion, and other urgent matters with District 13 President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore).

LawrenceDirector Francis Lawrence spoke about how Hoffman's character would be handled last May:

"We finished the majority of his work. I think he might have had eight to 10 days left on our schedule. In most of those scenes, Phil didn’t have any dialogue. We are going to put him into those scenes, but we’re only using real footage. We’re not creating anything digital or a robotic version of him."

The new trailer premiered at Comic Con in San Diego last Friday.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Genius Scene-for-Scene Comparison of Sarah Palin vs. Julianne Moore in 'Game Change': VIDEO

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A must-watch!

Here's a scene for scene comparison of Sarah Palin's actual media appearances and Julianne Moore's reenactments of them from the movie Game Change.

Writes YouTuber flammable2002:

"This is for the purposes of revealing the similarities and differences between the reality and the performance. I believe not only does this serve to credit Julianne Moore as an actress, but it also tells us a lot about what happens when real historical events are portrayed through dramatic arts."

It's fascinating to see where Moore hits it (most of the time!) and where she's a little off.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Julianne Moore, Anne Frank, And Why The UK's Catholics Don't Want You To Marry

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Towleroad-roadicon Julianne Moore apparently does a wonderful Sarah Palin in Game Change:

As it becomes apparent to McCain’s team, via briefing sessions, that she is a know-nothing, they prep her on hot-button foreign policy issues—informing her that we fought Germany in two world wars, for instance. Here, Moore’s Palin takes notes with a diligence that at once enriches the farce and deepens the tragedy. After it becomes apparent to the world, via Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric, that she is a know-nothing, the camera tightens on Moore’s face at canted angles during subsequent tantrums, and we understand her resentment and paranoia. We can’t laugh at the surreal scene of Moore’s Palin watching Tina Fey’s Palin on SNL because the woman alone in front of the set is so, so far away from home—and farther yet from the first-born son who is away at war. He is prepared to die for a nation where she is a national laughingstock. Watching Palin escape a depressive funk by going to sleep—curling fetally on an anonymous floor in a hotel a bathrobe—I wished her sweet dreams, and ultimately found myself rooting for her to do well in her debate against Joe Biden.

Towleroad-roadicon The New Yorker explains how and why the Republican primary went wrong.

Towleroad-roadicon There was a caucus in Kansas today. Rick Santorum won:

Rick Santorum easily won the Kansas caucuses Saturday, which supporters say will give him much-needed momentum for two important Southern primaries Tuesday. With 89 percent of the vote counted, Santorum had 51 percent, compared to Mitt Romney’s 21 percent. Newt Gingrich is in third place with 14.4 percent and Ron Paul fourth with 12.5 percent. Neither Romneyh nor Gingrich campaigned in Kansas. 

Santorum is likely to pick up the vast majority of the state’s 40 delegates, notes the Associated Press. Wyoming is also holding caucuses Saturday and Romney appears to be leading.

If Santorum manages to use the momentum from his Kansas victory to help him win in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday, “he could solidify his status as the conservative alternative to front-runner Romney,” writes Reuters.

Towleroad-roadicon William Hamilton is dead. (You may not know him, but you definitely know the magazine cover he inspired.)

Anne_FrankTowleroad-roadicon Anne Frank comes to Madame Toussaud's in Berlin:

The new Anne Frank figure is next to that of Sophie Scholl, an activist executed by the Nazi regime for her involvement in the White Rose, a non-violent German resistance group. But Zerbe made clear that the juxtaposition was just a coincidence, and that the museum was not trying to create a historical display. "We want our visitors, and children in particular, to feel an emotional connection with the figure, rather than to feel that they're in a history class," she said.

In a chilling irony, the wax figure of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, which the museum controversially re-introduced after it was beheaded by a visitor shortly after the Berlin Madame Tussauds opened in 2008, is in the next room.

Towleroad-roadicon Teacher fired for gay porn career is reinstated.

Towleroad-roadicon University of California may begin asking new students about their sexual orientation.

Towleroad-roadicon A brief, heartening rundown of LGBTs who've achieved high office in Latin America.

Towleroad-roadicon The Catholic Church in the UK officially articulates its objections to marriage equality. It does so in a long, drony letter which will put non-Catholics into a godcoma and, several Bishops hope, whip believers into a frenzy of marriage-defending. Watch Archbishop Vincent Nichols read it aloud, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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Julianne Moore Talks About Becoming Sarah Palin: VIDEO

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Julianne Moore tells Ellen about how she became Sarah Palin for the upcoming HBO adaptation Game Change.

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Game Change premieres on March 10 at 9 pm.

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Sarah Palin Lambasted in New 'Game Change' Trailer: VIDEO [tr]

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