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Jude Law Defends Decision to Not Make Dumbledore 'Explicitly’ Gay in Fantastic Beasts 2

Jude Law Defends Decision Not To Make Dumbledore ‘Explicitly’ Gay in Fantastic Beasts 2

Jude Law — who is portraying a younger Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald  is backing up film’s director David Yates decision not to depict the character as “explicitly” gay in the upcoming film.

Said Law stating that he had spoken with J.K.Rowling who announced that Dumbledore was gay in 2007  about the characters sexuality, saying, “But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted.”

I suppose the question is: How is Dumbledore’s sexuality depicted in this film? What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series, and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time. You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come.”

We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.”

In the past year LGBT movie goers have been teased with films who before they opened claimed that gay characters existed in the movies. Most notably Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok , Black Panther, and Deadpool 2, but after their release we found that  yes  the characters “might” be gay but were never portrayed in such a way or their sexuality even mentioned as an aside in the the movie making their orientation completely invisible.

As for Law’s comment that “sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you.” If that is true then there is no real purpose in including the straight romantic involvements of Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein and that of Jacob Kowalski and Queenie Goldstein which were highlighted in the first movie and will probably also be featured in the second.  

I guess these characters aren’t as “multifaceted” as Dumbledore because they are portrayed as “explicitly” straight.

Whats "Too Gay" Today? – Betty White and Sarah Palin, Antonio Banderas, Cannes Film Fest Goes Queer, What’s On Paul Rudd’s Computer? Himself Dancing NUDE!, and Which Actor Thinks Messing Around with Guys Doesn’t Make Him Gay?

Betty White comes face-to-face with Sarah Palin. It’s not clear if Palin remembers when Betty called her a “crazy bitch.” on Craig Ferguson a couple of years ago?

*  Antonio Banderas is set to star in Pedro Almodovar film once again: “The Spanish director and star last worked together on Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down back in 1990. They will now re-tie the knot with a revenge thriller, La Piel que habito (The Skin I Live In), which shoots later this year. Variety reports that the movie is loosely based on Thierry Jonquet’s 1995 novel Mygale and will star Banderas as a plastic surgeon on the trail of the man who raped his daughter. ‘It’s the harshest film I’ve ever written,’ Almodovar told El Pais this week. ‘And Banderas’s character is brutal.'”

Cannes is getting its first (unofficial) GLBT award!  Following on awards such as the Teddy at Berlin and the Queer Lion at Venice, an independent group is establishing the Queer Palm. The first Queer Palm, recognising a film for its contribution to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender themes, will be handed out May 22.

* This movie actor is B list although he definitely has A++ name recognition. Young. Not some faded A lister who is now a B. Our actor has been in some of the biggest hits of all time. Anyway, although our actor considers himself heterosexual and he has had a very famous, very public heterosexual romance, he told someone the other day that ‘if you get orally serviced by a guy, its doesn’t mean you are gay. In fact, I just had a guy I have known for awhile do that to me last week.'”  (Guesses?  Orlando Bloom or LaBeouf?)

*  What’s On Paul Rudd’s computer?  Video’s of himself dancing and nude Tayne!

Gay Christmas Is Here! The Tony Award Nominations Are Announced! – Liev Schreiber, Jude Law, Laura Linney OH MY!

Today was the day that Broadway’s supposed best was bestowed with Tony nominations, making this the most important morning of the year for everyone, everywhere. Who made out like a bandit? Who flopped bigger than Carrie, The Musical?

 Let’s take a look……

No real surprises here. Well-reviewed new Green Day jukebox musical American Idiot got a nomination and will likely win, unless Tony voters decide to prove their multiculturalism by going with the sleeper hit Fela! For our money Idiot sounded and looked great but most of the themes felt like dated relics of the blessedly dead Dubya era. We haven’t seen the three other shows, so who knows! As far as revivals go, financial failure Finian’s Rainbow might be the one to beat, though the accolades for the just-opened British La Cages revival might cut it off at the feet. A Little Night Music will not win, we know that much.

In the new play category, this is probably a race between the august Brit production of Red, a Donmar Warehouse joint about the painter Mark Rothko featuring one of those towering Alfred Molina performances, and beloved Off-Broadway import Next Fall, a throwbacky New York play about New York gays. Fall might prove too small and retro to beat Red’s fartsy pedigree. The revivals category is also a two horse race, between Denzel’s Fences and Liev & Scarlett’s A View from the Bridge. Both were (or are, in Fences’ case) critical and box office successes, and both feature movie stars, whom Broadway loves to reward in the hopes that they’ll stay and do more plays and keep drumming up sales. Our money’s on Bridge, which had slightly more positive reviews

Denzel vs. Alfred! Liev Schreiber and Jude Law are probably just respect nods in the play category, just as Kelsey Grammer and Sean Hayes are in the musical. Douglas Hodge will almost assuredly win leading musical man, raved and bestowed with an Olivier as he was in London. But who knows! There was that wacky year when David Hyde Pierce won for the dreadful Curtains. We predict Alfred Molina taking it for the plays. As for the featured guys, it’s nice to see young fellow Bobby Steggert get a nod for his solid work in Ragtime (also probably given to him as an appreciation for the off-Broadway tuner Yank!, which looks to be getting a Broadway run next season — gay soldiers, singing!!), but he’s likely to get overshadowed by Finian’s Christopher Fitzgerald or Robin De Jesus from Cages. And we bet little English whippet Eddie Redmayne will win in the play category for his lauded work in Red.

Scarlett Johansson is a Tony nominee. If she had been nominated for her decent work in Bridge without being joined by her far superior costar Jessica Hecht, that would be an outrage. But they’re both up there in the featured category, so fine. Again with the “hey celebrities, look how much we love you!” kind of nomination there. We actually think Hecht might win that category. For leads in a play it’s probably between Laura Linney for Time Stands Still — she could be the representative win for the whole show — and Viola Davis for Fences. Davis has a Tony (for another August Wilson play no less) and Linney doesn’t. That could make the difference. As for the singing/dancing ladies, it’s great to see the modest, unshowy work Christiane Noll did in Ragtime get a nod, though she’s overshadowed by Catherine Zeta-Jones’ scratch-singing in Night Music and Sherie Renee Scott’s almost-one-woman Everyday Rapture biographing. That award is Scott’s to lose. Featured wise, it’d be fun to see Come Fly Away’s limbs-akimbo Karine Plantadit dance away with the prize, but she might be overlooked in favor of two grand dames, Barbara Cook (Sondheim on Sondheim) and Angela Lansbury (terrific in Night Music). Lansbury pretty much always wins this thing when she’s nominated, so anyone else could have an uphill climb. Maybe she and Cook will split the old people vote and Plantadit will get to give some sort of wonderfully wacky acceptance speech. A boy (or girl) can dream.

Obviously people over at The Addams Family are probably a little disappointed, if not surprised. Their abysmally reviewed show picked up a couple nominations here and there (including one for Andrew Lippa’s score), but neither Nathan Lane nor Bebe Neuwirth got a pat on the back for having to deal with the dreadful material for like another six months. It’s gonna be a long, cold summer.