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Movies: Amelia Crashes, Dafoe Flashes, Pinchot Bashes



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If you’re going to make a film about an aviatrix, it better soar. Mira Nair's AMELIA seems to understand this with reverent voiceovers about flight sprinkled throughout. It even begins by prepping for liftoff as we see Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) waving from her plane’s wing, about to embark on a historic flight. Unfortunately it's the historic flight, as in her last. Argh! The movie has opted for that musty old biopic framing device: Start at the famous end, jump backwards in time to see how it all began, count down with us to the famous celebrity death! When a biopic begins this way, you have to worry that it has nothing fresh to say, being closer in spirit to a Wikipedia entry than a movie.
From that initial take off, complete with an overzealous score that assumes every moment's a climactic one, Amelia the film zooms through Amelia the person's rise to fame as if we all know every detail and can't wait to get to that doomed flight. Though clearly in a rush to get there, it feels like it's crawling rather than flying toward its final destination. There's no window view into this woman and the storytelling discards abundant opportunities to actually show us about what it would have been like to be this hugely famous trailblazer. Shouldn’t a film about a woman who broke gender barriers in the workplace and also resisted them at home with an open marriage feel fresh or even electric in its daring?

You could blame the director but Mira Nair once made great movies like Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding so that's no fun. Let's blame the actors!

MORE Amelia, plus: Willem Dafoe's penis, Montgomery Clift's eyes, Hugh Jackman's charisma, AFTER THE JUMP...

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D.L. Hughley Wants to Know About Richard Gere's 'Gerbil Thing'


From Saturday night's show. D.L. Hughley wants to ask Richard Gere about "the gerbil thing." Perhaps he should talk to Sylvester Stallone.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Yellowstone, Jared Polis, Bangkok, Barney Frank, Seattle

road.jpg Seattle-area couple charged with immigration fraud: "Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Tuesday morning arrested a south King County couple accused of cooking up bogus asylum applications that falsely asserted the immigrant was gay and faced persecution in his or her home country. Steven Mahoney, 41, and his estranged wife, Helen Mahoney, 38, -- who prosecutors say held themselves out for more than a decade as immigration experts -- are accused of charging fees to immigrants for helping them file fraudulent asylum applications."

Barneyroad.jpg The New Yorker profiles Barney Frank: "For the first time in more than forty years of public life, Frank has real power, and he is wielding it in a characteristically idiosyncratic manner. He remains a national symbol of outré sexuality as well as a rare wit in generally humor-deficient Washington."

road.jpg U.S. Rep. Jared Polis secures seat on the House Committee on Education and Labor.

road.jpg Anderson Cooper: "Get this bitch off the stage!"

road.jpg Minnesota couple loses appeal in discrimination case: "Another setback for a lesbian couple trying to get a family membership at the Rochester Athletic Club. The Minneapolis Court of Appeals has upheld an Olmsted County judge’s ruling that the club did not discriminate against the women when it denied them a family membership. Amy and Sarah Monson, a same-sex couple raising a daughter together, sued in 2007, claiming the club discriminated against them based on their sexual orientation, a violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The club says it simply was following its policy to provide family rates only to married couples."

road.jpg Mariah Carey joins those who recycle.

road.jpg Neil Patrick Harris in NYC to host Saturday Night Live.

Oldfaithful_2road.jpg Simmering: Yellowstone quakes raise fears of massive steam explosion.

road.jpg Canada's FAB magazine talks to Lady Gaga.

road.jpg Mesa, Arizona considering domestic partner registry: "Arizona’s most conservative big city may become only the third in the state to offer a domestic-partner registry to unmarried couples. Mesa Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh has been exploring the idea and has asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would allow people to register their relationships with the city."

road.jpg Newsweek on Don't Ask: Obama's Joint Chiefs chair caught between his boss and a conservative military.

Shepardroad.jpg Oregon church to stop signing marriage licenses until they are able to do so for any couple, gay or straight: "The Rev. Pam Shepherd came up with the idea after realizing she was inadvertently contributing to discrimination against gay and lesbian couples, she said. 'I've been for civil rights for gay and lesbian people for a long, long time, but I never thought, 'I'm helping the discrimination every time I sign a license,'' she said. 'Every time I sign a license, it's like I'm saying, 'OK,' but it's not OK.'"

road.jpg Richard Gere and Daniel Craig yacht together

road.jpg In one of his last acts as President, Bush named former surgeon general nominee James Holsinger to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Holsinger's nomination to surgeon general languished as controversy erupted around the nominee, who said in a 1991 paper that homosexuality was "intuitively" unnatural.

road.jpg Britain anoints its most gay-friendly police force.

road.jpg Gay man among dead as fire sweeps through Bangkok's Chinatown district: "Bangkok's The Nation newspaper reported that the victim – identified by the police as Sanguan Saenkaew - was found by rescue workers on the seventh floor of the building early Monday morning. He is believed to be a patron of GSM Sauna at the time of the fire. Reports say about 60 fire engines fought the blaze which took hours to put out. The blaze was reported to have started at about 8.30pm on Sunday night. Some 100 people were evacuated from the nine-storey building via two firetruck ladders and a helicopter. The sauna - said to be popular among locals and travelers from Hong Kong and Taiwan - also operated a massage parlour on the fourth floor and guesthouse on the sixth floor."

News: Lake Michigan, NASA, Richard Gere, Broadway, Steve Jobs

road.jpg D.C. Mayor Fenty to meet with Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) over increase in anti-gay bias crimes on January 16th.

Stonehengeroad.jpg Is there an ancient Stonehenge at the bottom of Lake Michigan?

road.jpg Richard Gere frolics in the surf.

road.jpg Toronto-area man shot after homophobic altercation at massage parlor.

road.jpg Three men in custody following drunken air rage flight from Manchester UK to the Dominican Republic: "The trio were allegedly drunk, violent and abusive and the captain was so concerned about fighting on board that he had to divert and land in Bermuda. A 35-year-old man from Burnley, Lancashire, was arrested at Gatwick airport after being returned from Bermuda. He was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft and is currently in custody at Crawley police station. The two other men are still in custody in Bermuda and are due to be flown back to the UK in the next few days. Police said the men would all be questioned about alleged homophobic public order offences, affray and smoking on board the plane."

road.jpg Obama to tear down wall between NASA and Pentagon in face of Chinese space race?

road.jpg Michael Phelps putting himself in a hairy situation.

Streetartistroad.jpg Athletic new street artist covers New York.

road.jpg UK MP and shadow justice secretary Nick Herbert in civil partnership with longtime boyfriend Jason Eades.

road.jpg Clive Davis plays a very brief clip of a demo of Kelly Clarkson's next single, "My Life Would Suck Without You."

road.jpg PR Maven Howard Bragman warns Caroline Kennedy to dig deep before tearing down that wall of privacy she's built her whole life: "I don't like to be too simplistic but you either love life in the public eye or you don't. I don't believe she does. One celebrity once said that privacy is like your health--you take it for granted until you no longer have it. She is putting something she worked hard to create at great risk. Once her wall between public and private comes down, there's no turning back."

road.jpg University of Texas-Austin students working on legitimizing second gay fraternity in Texas: "They will become an official fraternity chapter after initiating three pledge classes. They inducted their first class in November."

road.jpg Broadway bloodbath: Nine shows shutter due to recession.

Miloroad.jpg Milo Ventimiglia bares it in Bora Bora.

road.jpg Rare sea creatures come ashore on north Oregon coast.

road.jpg Croatian woman sent to "ex-gay" therapy treatment center for five years: "Parents sent Rijeka-born Ana Dragicevic (21) to a mental institution in Lopac when she was 16, stating heroin addiction as the reason. Because she spent five years in hospital, she did not gradate and still has nightmares as a consequence...Ana was bound, she put on straight jackets, she was given injections, pills. The girl was in the same ward as schizophrenic patients, whom she was afraid due to their aggression."

road.jpg Apple CEO Steve Jobs announces he's losing weight due to a hormone imbalance.

road.jpg Courtney Love is desperately seeking something.

road.jpg Lesbian gang rape in Richmond highlights anti-gay violence and the need for victims to report it: "'The only way we know about (the Richmond) case is because of the bravery of the survivor coming out,' Virago said. 'Hatred and bias are a routine occurrence for many LGBT people.' That may partly be due to the psychology behind hate crimes, particularly those involving sexual orientation, said a psychology professor at St. Mary's College in Moraga. 'What you get is this kind of immature desire to display power,' said Jose Feito. 'And so they go looking for easy victims, or suitable victims.' In the Richmond case, Feito said, 'suitable' meant someone the attackers could marginalize in their minds. Sexual orientation can serve as a hate crime's 'trigger,' as he called it. But it is often that factor combined with a perception of gender nonconformity that leads to violence, he said."

Todd Haynes' Dylan Biopic I'm Not There Stirs Up Buzz

Over the last day or so the internet has been abuzz about Cate Blanchett's portrayal of Bob Dylan in gay filmmaker Todd Haynes' (Far from Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, Poison) upcoming experimental biopic I'm Not There.

ImnotthereAs a Haynes fan I'm really looking forward to this film, not only for Blanchett, who features prominently in a scene leaked yesterday in which Dylan converses with beat poet Allen Ginsburg (played by David Cross), but for the unusual approach Haynes has taken, enlisting five additional actors who also play Dylan at various stages of his life.

Haynes is at ease with experimentation (his breakthrough film, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, was a biopic of the singer's life made entirely with Barbie Dolls) and has proven he can do Oscar-caliber drama, so hopefully I'm Not There will be a treat.

Each actor's portrayal, at different stages of Dylan's growth, is shot in a different style meant to showcase various moments on the folk singer-turned-rock star's journey.

Harvey Weinstein told the New York Times on Tuesday that the film is being given a "rolling release": "With a movie like this you have to build it. I don’t think you can go out on 500 screens. The reason for Film Forum is you go where the best word of mouth is on the movie. I like the movie; I think it’s adventurous. The audience is going to have to work — work in a good way."

He also singles out one actor: "I may be jumping the gun, but if Cate Blanchett doesn’t get nominated, I’ll shoot myself."

And here's the leaked scene with Allen Ginsburg:

The film is the first biopic on the legendary folk icon to get the approval of Dylan himself.

Here's Ledger as the singer (his wife Michelle Williams also has a role):


Shots of the other four actors — Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Marcus Carl Franklin, and Ben Whishaw, after the jump...

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Sly Stallone: Richard Gere Thinks I Started Gerbil Rumor

Sylvester Stallone, readying for his reemergence as Rocky Balboa, answered a few questions recently for film site Ain't It Cool News. In response to a query about the 1974 film The Lords of Flatbush, Sly revealed that his would-be co-star Richard Gere believes to this day that Stallone was the source of one of the most famous urban legends of all time — Gere's alleged trip to the hospital with a gerbil:

Stallone_gereStallone: "Yeah, the original part of Chico, which was played by Perry King, was originally supposed to be played by Richard Gere, but we never hit it off. He would strut around in his oversized motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table. One day, during an improv, he grabbed me (we were simulating a fight scene) and got a little carried away. I told him in a gentle fashion to lighten up, but he was completely in character and impossible to deal with. Then we were rehearsing at Coney Island and it was lunchtime, so we decided to take a break, and the only place that was warm was in the backseat of a Toyota. I was eating a hotdog and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminum wrapper. I said, 'That thing is going to drip all over the place.' He said, 'Don’t worry about it.' I said, 'If it gets on my pants you’re gonna know about it.' He proceeds to bite into the chicken and a small, greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically pushed him out of the car. The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers and to this day seriously dislikes me. He even thinks I’m the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. Not true… but that’s the rumor."

I dunno. All that macho posturing and talk about dripping fluids, hotdogs, and the warm back seat of a Toyota makes me think that the gerbil tale isn't the only fantasy Stallone has been holding on to after all these years.


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