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04/19/2007


Movies: Woody Harrelson In 'Rampart', Channing Tatum in 'The Vow'

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Woody's  dirty cop is never satisifed: two cigarettes, several women, dozens of problems.

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS

GuestbloggerYOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION

 Woody Harrelson hits movie screens with such galvanizing force in RAMPART this weekend, you might be surprised that Hollywood didn't cower and hand him an Oscar nomination, trembling. It's getting harder and harder to remember that he first came to fame as lovable naive "Woody" on Cheers. His turn in Rampart is closer to that worldly carnality from The People Vs. Larry Flynt but drained of any subversive joy. Woody is playing an obstinate corrupt cop named Dave Brown. Brown's moniker within the precinct is the not-so-charming "Date Rape" which he supposedly garnered from the killing of a rapist years earlier. It's a piece of street justice that he will neither confirm nor deny but it sounds entirely plausible given his disdain for legality.

When Brown is caught on tape beating a suspect, he's put on probation. The Rampart Precinct has abundant PR problems and Brown, who is loudly homophobic, xenophobic and racist ("I hate all people equally," as he explains it) is one of their largest ones. So begins his downward spiral. It's not just his dirty cop behavior. His personal life is even messier. Brown is an unrepentant womanizer and in addition to one night stands (Broadway wonder Audra McDonald in a memorable cameo) and randy lawyers (Robin Wright, sensational) he's still living with and sleeping with his two ex-wives (Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon), who are sisters. The women he's not sleeping he's either purposely or accidentally antagonizing like his lesbian daughter Helen (Brie Larson from United States of Tara).

 MORE AFTER THE JUMP...

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Josh Hutcherson, Lenny Kravitz, and Woody Harrelson Confer in New 'Hunger Games' Photo

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Those of you thirsting like I am for the upcoming film adaptation of The Hunger Games will be happy to know that a handful of new images have appeared on the web.

For those of you who haven't dipped into the addictive novel, it's the story of teens who must fight to the death in a government-sponsored reality television show. Josh Hutcherson plays one of the teens, Peeta Mellark (above, right), seen with his stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) and his mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson).

One more shot of Hutcherson as Peeta, and I've reposted the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Movies: Dear Johns and Best Supporting Actors

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Channing Tatum romances Amanda Seyfried on beach, refuses to sing ABBA.

GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...dreams of naked gold men with swords this time of year. He blogs daily at the Film Experience.


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I've heard that the new "trapped on a ski-lift" thriller FROZEN is pretty unsettling and gross. So if you're into minimalist horror, go. Remember how creepy Open Water was back in the day? Every new year brings at least one or two John Travolta vehicles and I'm not saying that's what FROM PARIS WITH LOVE is but I'm allergic. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the co-star and can anyone make sense out of his career? It's all over the place but it's a pity that he'll never top Velvet Goldmine. The new Danish film TERRIBLY HAPPY didn't make the Oscar cut for Best Foreign Film but I've seen it and it's definitely worth checking out if you like noirs and creepy "what is going on here anyway?" small town mysteries. It's just not Oscar's thing. I'm most tempted by DEAR JOHN but this is solely based on my weakness for Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried and not grounded in anything like "I bet this is good." optimism. But who is thinking about new movies now, anyway. Everyone is thinking about...

THE OSCARS
It's time to obsess over those naked gold men again. What did you think of the nominations on Tuesday? I figured we'd briefly look at one major category weekly until the big night.

Do you know which OSCAR NOMINEE this is (below)? FIND OUT, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Charlton Heston, Rickroll, Woody Harrelson, Singapore

road.jpg Canadian PM Stephen Harper urged to repudiate gay slur by Saskatchewan MP Thomas Lukiwski: "The prime minister needs to deal with this issue directly and try to put it behind him as soon as possible. I think the prime minister has to personally say, 'I don't accept these comments, I repudiate them and it's not part of the party or the government or where its mind is at on a lot of these issues right now."

Guinearoad.jpg New book Uncle Bobby's Wedding teaches children about same-sex marriage: "Cute guinea pigs stand in for humans in this sensitive story in which Chloe is not concerned that her favorite uncle is marrying another male, only about how it will affect her close relationship with Uncle Bobby. When he assures her that they can still have fun together, she relaxes and gets into her role as flower girl. Sarah S. Brannen takes a calm, straightforward approach to this hot-button issue, as when Chloe asks her mother, 'How can Uncle Bobby get married?' Mama answers, 'When grown-up people love each other that much, they want to be married.'"

road.jpg Woody Harrelson goes skinnydipping with Owen Wilson.

road.jpg New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in slush fund scandal: "Chris Quinn could well become the first lesbian mayor of the largest city in the United States, but she could just as well end up indicted in a fiscal scandal that threatens to unravel what has been a political career marked by political savvy and unbounded ambition."

Hestonroad.jpg Charlton Heston dies at 83: "Although Heston talked about and praised the "brilliantly talented homosexuals" he worked with during his career, he was often accused of being homophobic, especially later in his life. In a 1997 speech at the Free Congress Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala, Heston was criticized by gay rights groups, including GLAAD, for derogatory remarks made toward the gay community. In the speech, Heston demonstrated both tolerance and discrimination against gays in almost equal measure. 'Many homosexuals are hugely talented artists and executives... also dear friends. I don't despise their lifestyle, though I don't share it,' Heston stated. 'As long as gay and lesbian Americans are as productive, law-abiding and private as the rest of us, I think America owes them absolute tolerance. It's the right thing to do. But on the other hand,' Heston continued. 'I find my blood pressure rising when Clinton's cultural shock troops participate in homosexual-rights fund-raisers but boycott gun-rights fund-raisers... and then claim it's time to place homosexual men in tents with Boy Scouts, and suggest that sperm donor babies born into lesbian relationships are somehow better served and more loved.'"

road.jpg Censor board bans four films at Singapore Film Festival: "It said the films 'exceed the Film Classification Guidelines'. Board of Film Censors chairman Amy Chua said 'Arabs and Terrorism' and another film, 'David the Tolhildan', were "disallowed on account of their sympathetic portrayal of organisations deemed terrorist organisations by many countries...Another rejected film, 'A Jihad for Love' by gay Muslim film-maker Parvez Sharma, is about homosexual people living within Muslim communities, the festival said. In a statement, Chua said the film was disallowed because of 'the sensitive nature of the subject'."

road.jpg JC ya later: Chace Crawford and Carrie Underwood broke up via text message.

Rickastleyroad.jpg The ugly homophobic truth about the RickRoll.

road.jpg Protest as "ex-gay" group Exodus International holds convention in Fresno, California: "The opposing viewpoints echoed a debate that has played out across the country. The Orlando-based Exodus and a handful of other groups have sought to present what they describe as a Christian alternative to a gay lifestyle. But their efforts have inspired a backlash from people who say such an approach can lead to self-loathing. Saturday's protest was cordial. The protesters -- about a dozen -- kept their distance, and at one point, Exodus president Alan Chambers offered to bring them coffee. It was the last day of a three-day conference. About 150 people from all over California attended. It included talks by the mother of actress Anne Heche, who had a relationship with openly gay Ellen Degeneres, and Chambers, a formerly gay man who has since married a Fresno woman. They have two children."

road.jpg Death by blogging: Can't say I don't relate.

road.jpg Head of security for Siegfried and Roy details Roy Horn's instructions for him to cut up their deceased tiger Sahara and cremate it.

road.jpg Moment of truth: Perez Hilton takes lie detector test over John Mayer make-out session.


Woody Harrelson Has Wood for Big Ladies in Red

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George Wendt, who has been playing Edna Turnbald in the Broadway production of Hairspray for the last four months, got a backstage visit over the weekend from former Cheers co-star Woody Harrelson, who went straight for the moobs.

(via TMZ)


News: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Dirty Laundry, Woody Harrelson

road.jpg Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a blogger.

Dirtylaundryroad.jpg Movie theater in heart of Chelsea in NYC closes first black gay film to play there in years despite huge gross, according to Keith Boykin: "The news surprised the film's producers, who had set a goal of grossing a respectable $4,000 to $5,000 per theater, or per screen average (PSA). Instead, they were pleased to gross more than $12,000 at the Chelsea Theater alone...The New York theater management expressed concern that 'the producers may have bought the gross.' They expressed suspicion because there were $1,500 in advance ticket sales for Sunday before the theater opened. The theater called this '"highly abnormal for a Sunday movie.' But the advance ticket sales were actually the result of an extensive viral campaign that included Internet postings, blog articles, email campaigns and even text messages. In addition, the producers promoted the movie on radio and television throughout the week leading up to the opening. The real problem is that the theater can't believe that black gay people would actually come to the movies in such numbers because they don't realize we exist."

road.jpg The Hills' season finale announcement packs about as much punch as the show itself.

Parisoomparoad.jpg Paris Hilton assists in rescue of injured Oompa-Loompa.

road.jpg Police probe possible gay-bashing in Somerville, Massachusetts: "A man allegedly started taunting Daloia and her group of six friends earlier in the evening at the On the Hill Tavern in Magoun Square. Gorton said the same man then confronted several of the women at a Dunkin' Donuts, saying, 'You're a [expletive] lesbian' and the like while his sister flashed her breasts. Daloia was knocked unconscious, [Don Gorton, chairman of the Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project] said; her friends, he added, received "bruises all over their faces and parts of their bodies." Daloia has been experiencing post-traumatic stress since the incident, he continued. She now fears for her safety and no longer wants to talk to the press."

Harrelsonroad.jpg Director Paul Schrader explains to New York's HX magazine why Woody Harrelson, who plays gay in Schrader's upcoming film The Walker, won't do any press for it: "His agent told me he doesn't like himself in it. I think he wanted the character to be a little more fey than I did, a little more comically fluffy, and I didn't see the character that way."

road.jpg Surveillance video released by hotel where former Washington Rep. Richard Curtis had his encounter with hustler Cody Castagna: "The video shows both Curtis and beau Cody Castagna entering and leaving the posh Davenport Hotel Towers together the night of October 26, 2007, after meeting initially at a Hollywood Erotique Boutique store. Additional surveillance video shows Curtis leaving an envelope containing the payment for Castagna." (video)

road.jpg Ancient Polar Bear jawbone discovered: "The find is a surprise because polar bears are a relatively new species, with one study claiming they evolved less than 100,000 years ago. If the Svalbard jawbone's status is confirmed, and further discoveries can show the iconic Arctic beasts have a deeper evolutionary heritage, then the outlook for the animals may be more positive than some believe."

Tigersroad.jpg Rare tigers making comeback in India?

road.jpg Colorado councilwoman resigns rather than remove offensive joke she posted online: "The page-long joke, posted by councilwoman Sandra Tucker, described the tale of a white male who has a 'nightmare' in which he wakes up to discover that he has 'been turned' black, gay, Jewish and disabled. The joke uses terms such as 'negro,' 'queer' and 'fairy,' and also pokes fun at orphans, Mexicans, Jews, HIV-positive patients, drug addicts and those with physical disabilities. The punch line of the joke comes when the person having the nightmare also finds out he is a Democrat, a 'fate worse' than all the rest."


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