Sofia Coppola tackled larcenous debutantes in The Bling Ring, but will be getting a little more warmhearted in her next project, adapting Alysia Abbott’s autobiography, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, to the big screen.
The critically acclaimed book details Abbott’s childhood with her gay-activist father, Steve Abbott, a powerful force in the LGBT community in 1970s San Francisco who died of AIDS in the 1980s. “I love the book Fairyland,” said Coppola. “It’s a sweet and unique love story of a girl and her dad, both growing up together in 1970s San Francisco. I think it will make an engaging and touching movie on a subject I’ve never seen before.”
Maybe A&E lifted the suspension on Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson because right-wing Christians sent hundreds of rubber ducks to CEO Nancy Dubuc. The group Faith2Action claims it has sent a box stuffed with 1,500 rubber mallards to the network’s New York offices.
Noted anti-gay wingnut Rick Scarborough came up with the idea for the “Mail The Duck” campaign to defend Robertson’s racist and homophobic statements to GQ magazine: ‘This is our way of saying we’re fed up with people trying to force their values down people of whole value’s throats,” said Scarborough without a tinge of irony.
Y’know what? It costs $7 to “sponsor” each one of these ducks. Better the haters waste their money on that then on blocking important pro-LGBT legislation.
Black Bear Pictures has released the first image of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, the upcoming drama about gay WWII codebreaker Alan Turing, whose work helped crack the Nazi’s Enigma code and led to the development modern-day computer. Though acclaimed in his time, Turing was gay and was arrested for “gross indecency” in 1951. He was sentenced to chemical castration but committed suicide with a cyanide pill shortly thereafter. This week, Queen Elizabeth issued Turing a royal pardon.
Dell is in hot water with gay activists for developing SonicWALL, software that enables users—presumably parents—to block access to LGBT websites, even those with no adult content. The program can block access to safe-sex information, community groups and even youth-oriented forums.
Suddenly, “Dude, you’re getting a Dell” doesn’t sound quite so appealing.