Well if Judy wasn’t dead this would kill her.
Gay geek, pop culture loving heads are about to explode.
The new series ‘Hannibal’ – currently in production, and based on the Thomas Harris novels – was already pretty LGBT, admittedly: developed by Bryan Fuller (Star Trek, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies) and with recurring roles for Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall) and Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (Leap of Faith, Company – in which he was dead sexy).
Gay Broadway nerds will also drool over the casting of Ellen Greene, aka Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors. The talented cast is led by Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham and Mads Mikkelson (Casino Royale) as Hannibal Lecter. Throw in a recurring role for Laurence Fishburne, and how could ‘Hannibal’ get any better?
Gillian Anderson, that’s how. The iconic actor of X-Files fame was recently cast in a recurring role as Lecter’s psychotherapist Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier – and how fantastic is that for a character name?
While Anderson doesn’t identify as LGBT, she did reveal having had lesbian relationships in a famous interview earlier this year with Out … even if she still likes boys (and there’s nothing wrong with that).
Filming for ‘Hannibal’ is being done in Toronto. The 13-episode first series – picked up without a pilot on the strength of Fuller’s script – is set to air mid-season next year on NBC.
The Los Angeles coroner has issued his report:
Whitney Houston’s death was caused by accidental drowning, cocaine ingestion and heart disease, according to a preliminary report issued today by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Marijuana, anti-anxiety drug Xanax, muscle relaxant Flexeril and over-the-counter allergy medication Benadryl were also found in the singer’s blood, but those substances did not contribute to her death, the report states. No trauma or foul play is suspected, and a final report is expected within two weeks.
Still so sad whatever the cause of her death might have been.
We sincerely hope that Whitney now has peace she didn’t have on this earth.
You will be missed
Anne Francis the veteran actress, who starred in the incredible sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet before becoming a proto-feminist icon as the titular detective Honey West has passed away. Ms.Francis died as a result of pancreatic cancer at a Santa Barbera, California, retirement home
During her heyday in Hollywood she starred opposite the era’s top leading men, including Spencer Tracy, Paul Newman, Robert Taylor and Glenn Ford in some of the most popular films of the 1950s. Her more than 30 movies included “Bad Day at Black Rock” with Tracy, “Blackboard Jungle” with Ford, “Rogue Cop” with Taylor and “Funny Girl” with Barbara Streisand. But the 1956 film “Forbidden Planet” and “Honey West” was what elevated her to cult icon status.
Cher put it all out on the table on The Tonight Show last night, dismissing Sarah Palin and calling out the Tea Party movement. (Which I am sure Republican slug Leno loved)
On Sarah Palin, she said, “She has a reality show? Oh God. I can only get myself in problems and then no Republicans will come and see the movie,” hinting strongly at a distate for the former Governor of Alaska. And the Tea Party as a whole?
“Oh, I just think they’re fuckking nuts!” Cher told Leno.
Bette Midler has written an open letter concerning the recent suicides in the gay youth community and implores people, especially parents, to to a better job in teach thier children better the basic moral lessons of “live and let live” “.
“It is a sad sad day for America when young people would rather die than endure one more day of hatred and relentless persecution. As a mother, I am ashamed of all the parents who have failed to teach even the most basic human lessons to their children, “Live and let Live” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The normal, everyday kindness that we took for granted just a few years ago is a thing of the past, and I for one, mourn it deeply. Technology, the Internet, with its anonymity, have allowed people to behave like beasts, pouncing on the weak and howling with laughter when they inflict a wound, that only the strongest could survive. What are we doing to ourselves? How are we to survive as a nation, when hate seems to be the only thing that motivate us??
Four children are dead by their own hand because they just couldn’t take any more. How many more are we going to sacrifice to the hyenas? Isn’t it time to stop??
From the dawn of the sexual revolution comes the outrageous and true story of 1970s gay porn icon the late Jack Wrangler and how Jack rose to become a major brand name in adult entertainment, as well as a hero to the newly liberated gay population, only to cross over to straight movies and fall in love with famous vocalist Margaret Whiting
In a NY Times piece today on homophobic, closet case Rep. Aaron Shock writer Ashley Parker goes as far as to call Schock a “gay icon” joining the “the ranks of Liza Minnelli and Lady Gaga” all because of that one photo of the gay hating republican who is against the DADT repeal, Gay Marriage and every other gay rights platform lounging by the pool shirtless last year.
Maybe “gay icon” to Ms. Parker of the Times means “the only Republican Congressman that most gays would like to hate fuck.” Because you can’t print “hate fuck” in the NY Times.
I don’t care if Rep. Aaron Schock’s cock hangs all the way down to his knee. He’s still a conservative Repug, closte case, bible thumpper and I have no use for him even as bondage power bottom attached to a leash with a red ball gag in his mouth.
Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”) has signed on to HBO Films’ “Cinema Verite,” a behind-the-scenes look at the 1973 groundbreaking documentary “An American Family,” Dekker, who will play Lance Loud, joins Tim Robbins, Diane Lane and James Gandolfini. Robbins and Lane will play his parents, Bill and Pat Loud, while Gandolfini has the role of “American Family” producer Craig Gilbert.
In 1971, Gilbert and his crew shot more than 300 hours of 16mm color film of Santa Barbara couple Bill and Pat Loud and their five children. After over a year of editing, the 12-hour documentary series aired on PBS in 1973.
Lance, 20 at the time, was openly gay, and the series depicted his life in New York City. As the first out character on television, he created national controversy and became an early LGBT icon.
Following the show’s airing, Lance returned to New York, where we was befriended by Andy Warhol and played in a punk band. He later moved to Los Angeles and worked as a journalist. For decades, he struggled with a drug problem and the hollowness of the fame that was foisted upon him at such a formative age. In 2001, at the age of 50, Lance died from liver failure, brought on by a coinfection of HIV and hepatitis C. A few months before his death, Lance asked two of the series’ original filmmakers, Alan and Susan Raymond, to film a final episode of his family’s story. The entire Loud family, save for one brother, agreed to participate in “Lance Loud! A Death in An American Family.”
Watch this 1973 Dick Cavett interview with Lance Loud.