In what is likely to be one of the best looking films of next year, Jake Gyllenhaal will star with Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, about a small town carpenter whose daughter and her best friend are kidnapped, and the failure of the police to find them. Bonus: Jake Gyllanhaal plays a cop, so there’s uniform potential.
The Weather Channel is going to name winter storms, much like hurricanes are named. They claim it’s because names make people pay more attention to the danger, but mostly I think it’s because you can only use “snowmaggedon” so many times before people tune you out.
Chris Kluwe is on the cover of Out this month, which is a pretty fast turnaround. It’s worth checking out just for the photos of him in jeans riding low on his hips with no underwear visible, but he also talks about equality, and how to write a great zinger. “Your insults can’t be the standard f*ck, sh*t, b*tch — it has to be something that sticks in people’s minds. Generally the way you do that is to take a swear word—usually a part of someone’s anatomy — and attach it to something else that it normally wouldn’t go with. When you come up with a good one, you’ll know you have it because you’ll just start giggling to yourself.”
The Wachowskis have teamed up with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczinsky to create a television show called Sense8, which we know nothing about except that it has a serious pedigree for television.
Whoopi Goldberg is going to check into 666 Park Avenue to play a mysterious shut in and longtime resident, who helps Jane understand the building’s supernatural connection using hypnosis. So in other words, she’s reprising her character from Ghost.
The Ukraine has approved a bill prohibiting gay propaganda, like many places in Russia already have.
It looks like you can’t escape the Kardashians no matter what, as Khloe will be joining Mario Lopez as the host of The X Factor.
The Iranian news agency that picked up an article from The Onion saying that most Americans would vote for Ahmahdinejad over President Obama if given the chance has issued a retraction (but no apology for ripping off the article without credit), but say that the fact is, most Americans would vote for Ahmahdinejad if given the chance.
There will be a Yogi Bear 2. Weep for your childhood while you hide your picnic basket.
Dan Savage is in the news again for a speech he gave in which he said that “Tony Perkins tells the parents of queer kids to do what Tony Perkins damn well knows drives those kids to suicide — doubles their already quadruple rate of suicide. Why would someone who calls themselves a Christian do that? Because every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council. They argue that the gay lifestyle is sick and sinful and dangerous and they point to the suicide rate, and then they turn around and do everything in their power to make sure that suicide rate does not come down and to drive it up. Tony Perkins sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day when he goes to work — and he calls himself a Christian. I don’t understand how real Christians let that little f*cker get away with that.” I can almost live with that statement, because it’s basically true, if a little blunt, but sometimes that’s called for. Then he goes that one step further, “We will always have ignorant dicks like Michele Bachmann and her fag husband.” And I’m shaking my head, because is gay baiting the enemy ever productive? Or course, Dan is standing behind his statements.
Lee Daniels gave a long interview to Vulture about The Paperboy, in which he seems to say that Nicole Kidman really peed on Zac Efron in the movie. But then he talks about Matthew McConaughey‘s character [SPOILER ALERT], and I squirm a bit. “When he is looking up to those black men, those mandingoes, and he’s butt naked and salivating for more, it touched me. Everything I put into this movie, I know. In the eighties, I would date these white guys, and I dated a guy who killed himself. He was from the South, and he was dealing with his parents, who’d rejected him, and he was racist. He was taught to be racist, and he crossed that line by going to a place with me, and he hated himself for it.”
The West Wing’s Bradley Whitford is set to guest on the new season of Shameless, in which he’ll play “Abraham, a powerful, well-dressed, sophisticated gay man who is a political activist.”
Baby hunk Robbie Amell is set to join Josh Gad’s 1600 Penn, to play a “strikingly handsome young man who is not the brightest bulb, but his sweet nature and chiseled abs help one to see past his dimness.” Two Amells rocking their genetic attributes on television in the same season? Score!
I can’t remember if we covered this already, but in case we didn’t, Nolan’s going to go down the bisexual route on Revenge again this season
When Lance Bass tweeted a picture of the Marin Foundation at gay pride a couple years back, apologizing to gays for Christians, I tweeted back that it was a scam, and he replied (side note: Lance Bass replied to me!) “if so it backfired on social media.” Andrew Marin then jumped in the conversation and said I had my facts wrong, so I tweeted out some of Michelangelo Signorile’s reporting on the Marin Foundation. Marin then told me the people quoted had claimed they never said that, so I did some digging, and Signorile has dealt with that. Besides, if your best defense is calling Signorile and The Advocate a liar, well, I’m going with Signorile. Or Dan Savage. Or even Truth Wins Out.
Michael Musto talked to Jack Black about having played a mortician who killed a friend in Bernie, and asked him when he met Bernie Tiede for research if he asked the man if he was gay. “No, I don’t feel comfortable divulging his private things.” Pause “I should have asked if he was gay!” he moaned. “It would have helped me now.”