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04/19/2007


News: Picnic, UFC, Meteor, Razzies, David Cameron

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada opens its new $4 million building in Las Vegas.

Shirtless-sebastian-stan-picnic-on-broadway-ends-today-036a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Picnic ended its run on Broadway today. If you didn't see the show, this is what you missed.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d An anti-gay group is criticizing the mayor of London for refusing to run ads that say “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!”

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Gay men accuse London hotel of homophobia.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The future of the Catholic Church might lie in Africa: "The Catholic population in Africa grew nearly 21 percent between 2005 and 2010, far outstripping other parts of the world."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d New York transgender rights bill moves forward: "Gender identity would be added to law the prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, age, sexual orientation and more in areas including housing, credit and employment."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 sweeps the Razzies.

Liz6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Liz Carmouche, UFC's first and only openly gay fighter, was defeated in that organization's first female match.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d New findings in mysterious meteor shower from 1913.

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Lesbian sues popular Hollywood restaurant Cleo for harassment: "The complaint also states Wilson was referred to as 'ho' and a negative word commonly used against gay people. Wilson says heterosexual employees were not subjected to such conduct."

6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d The anti-gay Chairwoman of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s local Tory ­asso­ciation has resigned in protest of his support for marriage equality: “I left after 34 years because of David Cameron’s support for gay marriage. I have no choice but to feel strongly about it as a Christian believer.


'Picnic' Starring Sebastian Stan Opens On Broadway: REVIEW

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BY NAVEEN KUMAR

With the exception of a winning performance by stage champ Elizabeth Marvel, the most invigorating aspect of Roundabout Theatre Company's staid revival of William Inge's Picnic are film hunk Sebastian Stan's high-definition abs. They feature so prominently in director Sam Gold's production, which opened Sunday on Broadway, that Ben Brantley of the New York Times suggested they deserve star billing on the marquee.

2_picnicStan plays Hal Carter, a handsome and charismatic roustabout whose arrival in a small Kansas town shakes up the constrained lives of variously lonely and restless female residents. The women of Picnic—young or old, smart or beautiful—face limited options, and not many lead far from the quaint backyard that makes up the stage.

Inge's women on the verge include Ellen Burstyn as Helen Potts, a neighbor who feeds Hal in exchange for a bit of yard work (hence his various states of undress), Marvel as Rosemary Sydney, a wry spinster school teacher whose eyes nearly bug out at the sight of him, and town beauty Madge Owens (Maggie Grace), daughter to Flo (Mare Winningham) and older sister to the more gawky Millie (Madeleine Martin).

Hoping for a new start, Hal rolls into town seeking help from his former fraternity brother, and Madge's buttoned-up steady, Alan Seymour (Ben Rappaport). Instead, Hal and Madge are naturally drawn to each other, completing the play's central love triangle.

3_picnicOriginally staged on Broadway in 1953, in a production that included Paul Newman in his Broadway debut, Picnic can seem dated to contemporary audiences, particularly in it's 'aw-shucks' colloquial dialogue. Gold's production does little to brush off the dust or breathe new life into the story. Partial reproductions of two suburban houses dominate the stage leaving limited room to maneuver a cast of twelve, while lighting design by Jane Cox borders on bizarre.

Though the conventions of post-war gender roles that fuel the play's action are outdated, restless desire simmering underneath genteel exteriors is the stuff of Chekhov. As randy, aging schoolmarm Rosemary Sydney, it's Marvel who best embodies the raw desperation for companionship and a better life that most characters share. She performs sharp emotional turns that betray innate animal instincts never far from the surface.

To be fair, Stan's abs-that-launched-a-thousand-ships are in fact integral to the play's story, though the production's emotional intensity doesn't quite live up to the promise of their carnal appeal.

Picnic continues performances on Broadway through February 24th at the American Airlines Theatre.

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Follow Naveen Kumar on Twitter: @Mr_NaveenKumar. (photos: joan marcus)


Sebastian Stan's Torso Warrants Above-the-Line Billing: VIDEO

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Ben Brantley says the new revival of Willliam Inge's Picnic on Broadway is a disconnected "billboard for prettiness" with a male torso as its star:

Of course the torso belongs to a person, the actor Sebastian Stan. But it has been given the kind of lavish individual attention that would seem to warrant above-the-title billing.

As impeccably chiseled and hairless as a marble statue by Praxiteles, this leading body part is not merely decorative. It’s the catalyst that sets the plot a-boiling in Sam Gold’s stultifying interpretation of Inge’s time-yellowed 1953 drama of a lusty, dusty Labor Day in a small Kansas town. (The show runs through Feb. 24 at the American Airlines Theater.)

Presented au naturel or in a tight shirt ripped at the chest by an admirer (leaving a strategic view of a nipple), it’s a sight that arouses dangerous longings in lonely bosoms. From the moment it makes its first entrance, this is a torso named Trouble.

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And Now, a Brief Scene from 'Political Animals': VIDEO

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In which gay former First Son Sebastian Stan puts his washboard abs to use as a cocaine tray for his meaningless online hook-up, and we learn that Robert Pattinson is not gay.

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Those of you watching the series, how are you liking it?

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USA's New Greg Berlanti Series 'Political Animals' Won't Be Without Its Steamy, Shallow Gay Hook-Ups: VIDEO

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Greg Berlanti's new series Political Animals premieres this Sunday on USA. Andrew posted an extended trailer for it two weeks ago. It features Sigourney Weaver as a Clinton-esque former First Lady-turned-Secretary of State with a cheating husband.

She also has an openly gay son played by Sebastian Stan who's up for his share of trouble as you can see by the earlier trailer, and this clip, which features Stan and his star-struck online hook-up disrobing and getting down to business.

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Check out an interview with Berlanti about the new soap here.

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