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04/19/2007


Kevin Smith Tells Conservatives To Get Out Of His Gay Brother's Bedroom: VIDEO

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Director and equality activist Kevin Smith took on conservatives who demonize LGBT people during an interview with Piers Morgan yesterday, telling the CNN host the right needs to stay out of people's bedrooms, specifically his gay, married brother's.

"I know my brother, he's a great guy, goes to church, doesn't screw anybody over, and yet he's still got some religious yahoos and politicos over to the side going: 'Change your ways or you're going to hell,'" he said. "Stay out of my brother's bedroom, buddy. Like I don't know what else to tell you. He's a good dude, as are most people in this world."

He went on:

When political figures or religious figures get involved in the bedroom and start wondering what you're doing behind closed doors, you know it's going to swing back on them. How many times has it happened where these people who go extremely [right], suddenly you find out are hiding something?

It always makes you suspicious when someone's like, 'We've got to get rid of porn in this country,' because it's almost like the next line should be, ''Cause I've got a real problem with it, man!'

That may be a dig at Rick Santorum, whom Smith criticized for attacking porn: "Santorum lost the moment he was like: 'I'm going after pornography.' Because for a lot of us, they're like 'Buddy? That's all I got.'"

Watch Smith discuss conservative zealots and pornography, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Kevin Smith's 'Red State' Gets an Intense Trailer: WATCH

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You may recall at Sundance in January that the Westboro Baptist Church protested screenings of the Kevin Smith horror film Red State, which centers around a church run by Christian fundamentalists, not unlike the Phelpses, and a group of teens who go online looking for sex.

A new red band trailer for the film was released yesterday, and well, it's a bit of a right turn from Clerks.

Watch it (warning: graphic content, language) and see what Fred, Shirley and the rest of the clan were protesting, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Kevin Smith Marries Same-Sex Couple on Nightline

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On last night's installment of Nightline, film director/actor Kevin Smith married a same-sex couple, both of who are also big Los Angeles Kings fans, in a hockey themed ceremony complete with jerseys and fake sport-related injuries. Said Smith: "If you're getting married here, you're really interesting.... If you're getting married in hockey jerseys, and making me wear a referee jersey, and you're gay, and you're here, and you're huge hockey fans, we're in for a great show."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Watch: Kevin Smith Lambasts Hollywood at Sundance, Buys Up His Own Fred Phelps-Inspired Film 'Red State'

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(Top: a scene from Kevin Smith's Red State. Mid: Smith at the premiere. Bottom: WBC protesters at the premiere)

Director Kevin Smith's horror film Red State, which centers around a church not unlike Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church, screened at Sundance last night. In addition to a well-publicized battle of protests outside, the screening, Smith made news by buying the rights to his own film, attacking Hollywood, and announcing his retirement.

The film site First Showing heaped praise upon it:

Yes, I'm calling Red State the return of the truly independent filmmaker that Smith was when his career launched after the success of Clerks in 1994. But there's no "snootchie bootchies," dick and fart jokes, or a Ben Affleck cameo. Kevin Smith has crafted what he calls a horror film, but what I found to be an engaging thriller with suspense, dark comedy, and quite possibly the best writing in the filmmaker's entire career.

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The WBC was, of course, on hand for the screening, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

The protests started early, at about 3 p.m., three hours before Red State would have its world premiere. On one side: foot soldiers from Westboro Baptist Church, declaring for the umpteenth time that “GOD HATES FAGS.” On the other? A ragtag collection of moviegoers — many Park City-area high school students — singing Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” at full volume.

Smith and his producers, never ones to miss a cheeky publicity opportunity, had encouraged supporters to protest any protestors who showed up on Phelps’ behalf. Early on, the Phelps crew was significantly outnumbered – only three were huddled in the snow. Meanwhile, the Smith side numbered in the scores, hoisting homemade signs that blared messages such as “Everybody Poops” and “I was told James Franco would be here!” They also sang “The Star Spangled Banner.” In all, about 250 people were there.

Smith bought the rights to his own film for $20,

Kevin Smith plans to release his new horror movie Red State himself, the writer-director declared at the film's first public screening at the Eccles Theatre on Sunday night. Smith had suggested for weeks that he would hold an auction post-screening for rights to his film, but ultimately announced that he would take the movie on the road himself throughout 2011 ahead of a planned Oct. 19 release. He paid himself a token $20 for the privilege, and he hopes that the roadshow will make some of the movie's roughly $4 million budget back.

"What we need to prove is that anyone can release a movie," Smith said from the Eccles stage as part of a long and profanity-laced speech after the movie ended during which he championed Harvey Weinstein as an inspiration and mentor. "Indie film isn't dead, it just grew up. It is just indie film 2.0 now. In indie film 2.0, we don’t let them sell our movie, we sell our movie ourselves.”

Smith also announced that he'll retire from filmmaking following the completion of his next production.

Watch Smith's speech at the premiere in which he lambasts Hollywood studios and their unfair systems, and the film's teaser trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Kevin Smith, Tasmania, Mr. Brainwash, New Hampshire

 road NH House to vote on marriage equality repeal Wednesday. Rejection recommended.

Brainwash road New York gets Brainwashed.

 road Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luger who was killed at the Olympics, told his father he was terrified of the  Whistler luge track: "He called me before the Olympics, three days ago, and he said, 'Dad, I'm scared of one of the turns.' I said, 'Put your legs down on the ice to slow down,' but he said if he started the course he would finish it. ... He was brave."

 road Andrew Sullivan and Maggie Gallagher to face off at forum: "Is There a Place for Gay People in Conservatism and Conservative Politics?"

 road Duane Roggendorf and Rod Townsend have started 'this is fyf', a blog for gays in NYC. Writes Rod: "We're taking a different approach to things, using a voice that we think has been absent previously "

 road Ugandan police block anti-gay demonstration. Pro-gay activists secretly meet in Kampala.

 road Director Kevin Smith ejected by Southwest Airlines over weight, unleashes Twitter tirade.

 road Former Advocate publisher Michael Phelps, 45, found dead at L.A. home.

Anthony road Iraq war vet and author Michael Anthony discusses implications of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal.

 road UK inmate claims discrimination after prison bosses seize his gay porn collection: "How can he impose Christian views on a whole prison? How can I overturn this homophobic stance? “There are a lot of gays in here who are furious and feel victimised."

 road Scottish rugby fan drops kilt on live TV.

 road Marriage equality failures make Atlantic City, NJ mass wedding slightly less celebratory: "More than 100 couples attended, a few of them for civil unions or civil-union renewals...'For right now, I want to say it's better than nothing. I'm just hoping that eventually (same-sex marriage) will pass and we can have all the same rights as straight couples. We don't see ourselves as any different."

 road Kate Winslet to star in Mildred Pierce mini-series.

 road New Mexico domestic partnership bill to get hearing on Monday.

 road Greenland's glaciers melting from the bottom up: "There's an entrenched view in the public community that glaciers only lose ice when icebergs calve off. Our study shows that what's happening beneath the water is just as important."

Obamaminime  road Obama's Mini-Me.

 road Lesbian priest Mary Glasspool closer to consecration: "The Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool has 29 consents to become bishop suffragan, according to a recent report by the Diocese of Los Angeles. She needs 56 to be confirmed as the second openly homosexual bishop in The Episcopal Church."

 road 'Gay' poem shakes up the Utah legislature.

 road Gay guide to Tasmania banned from Sydney Mardi Gras.

 road Teens held by police after drawing 25-foot snow penis.

 road Rachel Maddow says she's not an activist: "I think of it more in the tradition of muckraking. A lot of the best reporting since time immemorial has been driven by outrage about things not being the way they should be, by the shock at shameless, lying hypocrisy. For me it's a question of whether you're doing advocacy journalism or not. It's not activism -- you see a lot of that at Fox, using news coverage to inspire political participation."


News: Tyra Banks, Seattle, Bee Gees, HPV, Jim Verraros, Austin

RoadMinnesota Congressman Tim Walz called "f*cking faggot" on conference call: "The Mankato Democrat wasn't on the line to hear the anti-gay slur; in fact, he ran about five minutes late to his own availability, following a trip to Afghanistan. Before Walz came on the line, someone said, "Come on Walz, you f---ing faggot," according to his staff and two reporters who were on the call.

Cattrall RoadSamantha Jones collides with Dee Snider.

RoadBirther to rebut Obama's health care speech tonight.

RoadDavid Beckham visits Ellen Degeneres, shows off his Ellen undies - video.

RoadCNN: Gay Latino Americans "coming of age".

RoadMore than two dozen men arrested in undercover sex stings in Seattle park: "Over five days, investigators have arrested 28 men. Three arrests were made Thursday. Those arrested live in Pierce, King and Thurston counties, Troyer said. The activity is taking place during all hours of the day. 'If we had the manpower, we could have arrested 100,' Troyer said. 'They have created their own trails off the main trail.' Investigators have taken the names of others found in the woods." Savage: How is this not entrapment?

RoadLady Gaga rumored to appear at OUT magazine fashion week party.

RoadGay men continue to account for most new cases of HIV in Australia.

Caster RoadSouth African runner at center of gender debate gets femme makeover.

RoadAustin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival kicks off: "This year we received about 400 films in the mail that we had to go through and determine what we were actually going to show. We accepted only 100, so it's very interesting to see what themes come up every year, for example this year we've got a lot of lesbian-themed interest films, whereas normally we only get about 25 percent, this year was closer to 50."

RoadSpirits having flown: Brothers Robin and Barry Gibb to reunite for first time since Maurice's death.

Road6,000 attend 20th anniversary of Pride in Calgary, Canada.

RoadGay couple adopts in Bakersfield.

Thiago RoadImages from the 2009 Mr. Gay Brazil Contest. And the winner is...Thiago Silvestre.

RoadFDA weighs approving HPV vaccine for men: "We're supportive in general of giving vaccines to boys for a number of reasons. Clinical trials have shown it's pretty effective -- 90 percent effective in preventing genital lesions [in boys]. Trials in a subset of gay men also found the vaccine to be effective in preventing external lesions, so the signs are pretty clear that it works in guys."

Verraros RoadJim Verraros and hubby Bill Brennan wedding photos.

RoadAfterElton talks to Glee's Matthew Morrison: "I think from my Broadway days and now doing this show, some people are calling this the gayest show on TV — it's gayer than Ellen Degeneres. Yeah, I definitely have a ton of gay fans, which I'm happy with."

RoadMika buys drinks for hundreds of his Twitter followers.

RoadTyra Banks reveals her real hair in season opener.

RoadKevin Smith's next film may be inspired by Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps: "It's certainly not Phelps himself but it's very much inspired by a Phelps figure. And to me, too, the notion of using a Phelps-like character as a villain, as horrifying and scary as that guy can be, there's even something more insidious than him that lurks out there in as much as a public or a government that allows it and that's the other thing that I'm trying to examine in a big, big way."


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