Neil Patrick Harris boards Gone Girl, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suits up, NewFest gets sexy
Dane DeHann is set to play James Dean in Life, opposite Robert Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock, who bonded with the iconic star during a road trip to photograph him. I don’t know enough about their true story to know if it will deal with Dean’s sexuality.
NewFest, the gay film festival in New York City is showcasing films that don’t shy away from sex. “In public discourse, sex acts that not so long ago were widely criminalized have gone largely unmentioned amid the torrent of high-minded rhetoric about equality. The face of gay liberation in 2013 is a sanitized image of polite, smiling gay and lesbian couples parading hand in hand and exchanging chaste kisses at city halls in states where gay marriage has been legalized. But if there’s a theme to the 25th annual NewFest, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival that opens on Friday at the Walter Reade Theater, it is that gay liberation is fundamentally about sex.”
With all the uproar over the Fifty Shades of Grey casting, Queerty decided to try and cast Fifty Shades of Gay with various out and presumed couples, some to hilarious effect. Naturally my personal favorite was Luke Evans as Christian Grey and Russell Tovey as Andy/Anastasia. Bad writing or not, I’d pay to watch that movie.
True Blood’s Alan Ball is set to direct I Am Chippendales, about the founder of the iconic male revue who fell into murder and mayhem, then follow that up with a comedic I Dream of Gene, which is a broad comedy on an irreverent genie.
In what I think is a creative idea to a real problem, the NFL Player’s Association is giving everyone a key tag with a $200 credit for Uber, the on call taxi-like service that operates in major cities in order to keep players from driving drunk. Not that wealthy football players need cab fare, but maybe having it handy can prevent some accidents
Pretty Little Liars‘ Julian Morris bares all (or at least his cute butt) is the new issue of Wonderland magazine. The teaser shows one NSFW booty shot, but promises much naughtier picks. But does that mean we see pickle? Somehow I doubt it.
In one of the stranger casting pairings, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris have joined Ben Affleck in Gone Girl. It could be interesting to see how Perry, who has an uncomfortable relationship with gay men in his films, reacts to filming with our most notable gay.
I missed the story about how MassResistance, the anti-gay group, took up arms against the classic HRC Equal image, claiming it wasn’t equal, and offering their version with a line crossing through it. So the HRC has responded by offering free HRC emblems, as long as you promise to display them somewhere.
About that Canadian HIV vaccine that we talked out finishing some human trials yesterday. It is promising, but the initial trial wasn’t on HIV- folks to test the effectiveness of the vaccine against transmission, but on HIV+ people to gauge the immune response and the effects on the body, Promising, but not nearly as exciting as initially reported.
Showing just how anti-gay Russia is becoming, a new bill is being proposed that would allow for the removal of children from homes with gay parents.
Louisiana is joining Texas and Mississippi and refusing to register same-sex spouses for benefits at state run facilities for the National Guard in that state. These are federal benefits, and frankly, if the state National Guards won’t follow federal policy, perhaps they shouldn’t get backup from the federal government the next time the Guard is needed for a natural disaster.
Giovanni’s Room, the nation’s oldest GLBT bookstore, located in Philadelphia, is for sale. The owner would like to find a buyer to continue the store as it is, but that may not be possible. I swung by Giovanni’s Room when I was in Philly for a conference in February, and it really is a special space.
Olympic Committee President Jaques Rogge says that while the IOC has received assurances that GLBT athletes and spectators will be safe in Russia for the Sochi Games, he’s essentially powerless to influence the policy of a host country. “But one should not forget that we are staging the games in a sovereign state and the IOC cannot be expected to have an influence on the sovereign affairs of a country.” Maybe that means they should be more careful who they pick as the host country in the future?