Gay-Friendly Studio Focus Features Folding, Russian Olympics Protest In Athens: Today In Gay

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Universal Pictures has folded Focus Features—the art-house imprint known for acclaimed LGBT fare—into Film District, a larger commercial unit.According to reports, Focus’ New York office are closing and as of January 2014, all its movies will be released under the Film District banner through its L.A. offices.

Focus Features’ acclaimed head James Schamus, who is departing the company, brought us beloved fare like Milk, The Kids Are Alright, Beginners, Brokeback Mountain and the upcoming Dallas Buyers Club. Film District is mostly known for action and suspense movies, including Insidious 2, Evil Dead, Looper and Olympus Has Fallen.


olympicsToday, pro-gay demonstrators peacefully protested  against Russia as the Olympic flame made its way through Athens, home of the ancient Olympic games. Activists waved rainbow flags on the steps of the Acropolis Museum and held a banner reading “Homophobia is not in the Olympic Spirit” and “Love is not Propaganda.” (h/t: Towleroad, photo: Vivian Efthimiopoulou)


Washington, DC’s gay bars are offering government-shutdown specials.


New York’s Big Gay Ice Cream is revamping its menu with a new recipe and flavors. Grub Street reports BGIC owners Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff are ditching soft serve in favor of a new mix developed by Ronnybrook Farm Dairy. Among the changes, aimed at making the product mbig gay ice creamore homemade, are the introduction of a homemade graham crumble and homemade key-lime curd in the Mermaid Sundaw, and an old-school hot fudge and a wet-walnut sauce. “We’re calling the wet walnuts ‘whiskey walnuts’ because they have whiskey and maple in them,” Petroff says.

The ice creamery, which operates two locations in Manhattan and legendary food truck, is permanently adding Rocky Roadhouse topping, an Affo’gay’to coffee drink and mocha-peanut-butter shake to it’s lineup. Yum.