Freeheld, the Oscar-bait gay-rights drama in which Julianne Moore and Ellen Page played real life lesbian couple Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, came and left theaters in October after grossing a little more than $500,000. At last week’s Vanguard Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Freeheld’s screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (who also wrote Jonathan Demme’s 1993 AIDS drama Philadelphia) described an unnamed “recent gay-themed project” that became watered down through compromise and fear. “The main characters were turned into Lesbians with lower case l,” he said.
Sixty years ago, actor/singer/heartthrob Tab Hunter was outed. The story goes that in 1955, Hunter’s first agent Henry Willson sold Hunter out to gossip rag Confidential so that the magazine wouldn’t publish a piece outing another client of Willson’s, Rock Hudson. Despite being something that at the time was virtually inconceivable—especially for all-American boys—Hunter’s career thrived.
As someone who has enjoyed Madonna’s work for the past 30+ years, Matthew Rettenmund’s Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 interests me. But as someone who engages with extreme human behavior for my job, Matthew Rettenmund’s Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 fascinates me. And the behavior I’m most fascinated by is not Madonna’s, but Rettenmund’s.
Even if it were possible to ignore its numerous failings at adequate representation and historical accuracy (problems that many noticed when its trailer hit the internet last month), Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall would still be a monstrosity. Its badness is nearly unfathomable. Emmerich has made several disaster movies (2012, The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day), but his work has never achieved the level of cataclysm that Stonewall does.
“I have, obviously, shit to say,” said Rose McGowan earlier this week at a suite in New York’s Edition Hotel, where she was promoting her directorial debut, the short film, Dawn. “I’m not saying it’s good stuff, but I’m saying I’ve got stuff to say.” For almost 30 minutes, McGowan and I talked about Hollywood (McGowan is best known for her roles in things like Scream, Charmed, and The Doom Generation), fame at a young age (“It fucked me up”), and the controversial statements she made last year on Bret Easton Ellis’s podcast regarding misogyny amongst gay men and the state of the struggle (“I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange Speedo and take molly”).
If you missed it, actor/comedian/bankable movie star (The Wedding Ringer opened at No. 2 with $20.6 million) Kevin Hart was on Power 105's The Breakfast Club last week, and during the 50-minute interview, the topic of him playing a gay character came up. He talked about turning down the part of Alpa Chino in Tropic Thunder (Brandon T. Jackson ended up playing the character). "In my defense," Hart explained, the role was written to be gayer than it played out in the movie. "It was real flagrant," he added.