President Obama to meet with activists in Russia, Sherlock unveils new season, Brett Easton Ellis still bagging on Matt Bomer
Dakota Johnson has been cast as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. Johnson is the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Choosing a relative unknown for the role was expected due to the nudity and sexual situations involved. The films are aiming for a hard R rating, but avoiding the NC-17 may be tough considering the subject matter of the mommy porn book.
Playing opposite Johnson as Christian Grey will be Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam as the wealthy manipulative billionaire that draws her into a world of sexual pleasure. I’m fine with this. Hunnam can be sexy as hell, and we’ve already seen his ass, and it is glorious.
Of course, Brett Easton Ellis chimed in that the first choice for Christian Grey was Robert Pattinson, as told to him by EL James, the author, at a dinner party. He also took time to reiterate that Matt Bomer was never in the running, which he claimed would have been unbelievable to have a gay man in the role. This is all too hard to believe – who would invite Brett Easton Ellis to a dinner party. Nobody would be able to keep their food down!
Hollywood had a record box office summer, raking in $4.7 billion despite some high profile flops. That’s up 10% on revenue and 6.6% on tickets sold.
Sweet Cakes, the Oregon bakery under investigation for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding has announced it will be closing its doors and moving to an in-home bakery, which may net it more freedom to discriminate.
Science fiction legend Frederik Pohl has passed away at the age of 94. Pohl shaped science fiction for decades, and it’s hard to imagine an author with more influence on the genre.
President Obama will not be meeting privately with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit, but he will be meeting with a group of Russian activists, including GLBT activists. That’s got to sting.
64 year old Diana Nyad has become the first person to complete the 110 mile swim from Havana to Key West, Florida without a shark cage. Nyad is a lesbian, and at 64, a complete marvel of physical fitness.
A skyscraper under construction in London known as “the Walkie-Talkie” is evidently melting cars with a death ray created by the sun. The façade is a curved mirror, and when the sun hits just right, it focuses into a heat ray that has reportedly damaged cars and property. Parking in certain areas has been banned while the owners investigate.
Yesterday we showed you the horrid homophobic ad for Flora margarine, made by giant Unilever. After the outcry, Unilever says it is discontinuing the campaign, which was launched by an outside firm. “This advert was prepared by an external agency in South Africa and was not approved by anyone at Unilever. The advert is offensive and unacceptable and we have put an immediate stop to it. Unilever is proud of the support that our brands have given to LGBT people, including our recent campaign for Ben & Jerry’s on equal marriage.”
The Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse! is the talk of Telluride, taking over buzz from flicks like Gravity. “The plot revolves around Mickey and Minnie Mouse and friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow on a musical wagon ride which is suddenly disrupted by Peg Leg Pete, who tries to run them off the road. It’s all done in the style of a very early B&W Mickey Mouse cartoon, but soon morphs into a Purple Rose Of Cairo-style film in which the suddenly contemporary and now full color characters come off the black and white screen and find themselves watching the action of their ‘toon from inside the movie theater.” The short will be released with Frozen later this year.
Is the Kiss-Cam a heterosexist tradition that needs to die, or just a bit of fun that’s having trouble adjusting to modern times?
UKPositiveLad, who has written the HIV piece for Attitude for years, and is known as Tom Hayes in real life, has launched a new HIV lifestyle magazine called beyondpostive. “My initial vision for beyondpositive was an online lifestyle magazine written for HIV-Positive people by HIV-Positive people, but after some soul searching I felt that we were unnecessarily limiting ourselves. We often use the phrase “people living with HIV” when talking about HIV-Positive people, but at beyondpositive we’ve extended that definition to not just the person with HIV, but the people in their lives too – their partners, friends, family and co-workers.”
We give politicians a lot of flack. They’re ineffectual, flip-flop, cynical, and all around bad. Yet sometimes one of them does something that leaves you in awe, like Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is running for reelection. A Christian minister asked him why anyone should vote for him when he changes his position, particularly on marriage. Rudd starts off with a heartfelt belief in equality, but then when challenged if as a Christian, why doesn’t he follow the Bible on marriage, Rudd calmly destroys any Biblical argument. It doesn’t seem rehearsed, but it’s perfect. Bravo!
Futurama is coming to a close (again) this week. I’m going to be sad to see it go. It’s frequently a mess, but then they’ll take on Robosexual marriage, or show Jurassic Bark, and I’m just floored. They seem to be going out in a big way, as Fry breaks the universe, which even for a twit like Fry, is one heck of an accomplishment.
In Under the Skin, Scarlet Johansson plays an alien who likes to seduce humans. Or something. I’m not sure. It’s pretty dark, both literally and for a Scarlet Johansson movie.
Since I’m not a Sherlock watcher, I don’t know how exciting this new trailer is, but I have a feeling you folks are going to tell me in the comments.
This gag reel for We’re the Millers has a Jennifer Aniston moment near the end that will endear her to you for life.