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Milk Wins Kramer Prize

Milk has won its first award. Sean Penn’s film biography “Milk” is receiving the Producers Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer Award, which honors pictures taking on provocative social issues. The prize, announced Monday, will be presented at the guild’s awards show Jan. 24. “Milk” stars Penn as San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, who in 1977 won a seat on the ...

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Milk Opens Big

The opening weekend grosses for Milk are very, very good. Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” scored a huge Thanksgiving opening, according to initial estimates from Rentrak early this afternoon. The Focus Features release, a biopic of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, grossed $1,381,484 on just 36 screens over the three-day weekend, for a $38,375 average. This ranks as the highest opening ...

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NYTimes: Milk Is A Marvel

Milk gets a fantastic review from A.O. Scott in today’s NYTimes. An excerpt: That power lies in its uncanny balancing of nuance and scale, its ability to be about nearly everything — love, death, politics, sex, modernity — without losing sight of the intimate particulars of its story. Harvey Milk was an intriguing, inspiring figure. “Milk” is a marvel. Last ...

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The People’s Premiere Of Milk

Last night at the Castro Theater I attended the “People’s Premiere” of Milk, the Harvey Milk biopic by Gus Van Zant that opens nationwide on November 26th, the day before the 30th anniversary of Milk’s assassination. My longtime buddy Robert Cameron is the VP of Brand Marketing for Levi Strauss, the presenting sponsor of this premiere, and he was kind ...

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Milk Premieres In SF

Gus Van Zant’s Harvey Milk biopic premiered to a star-studded audience at San Francisco’s Castro Theater last night. For red carpets pics, visit Towleroad. Anybody see it yet?

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Paul Newman Dead At 83

Paul Newman died of lung cancer yesterday at age 83, leaving behind one of the greatest acting legacies in history. For many, however, Newman will be more fondly remembered for a lifetime spent as a generous philanthropist. Newman’s line of natural food products has donated over $250 million to numerous charities since he first came up with the idea of ...

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Casting Set For Liberace Biopic

I don’t know how I missed last week’s news that director Steven Soderbergh is casting Michael Douglas to play Liberace in a biopic about the famously flamboyant Las Vegas showman. Matt Damon is set to play Liberace’s lover who sued him for palimony. Right up until his 1987 death from AIDS, Liberace denied his gayness. (The magazines were always depicting ...

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Diane Keaton On The Women

Diane Keaton has reviewed The Women (which opens tomorrow) for Seattle’s Stranger. It’s a corker. What’s up, bitches? Diane Keaton here. I just got back from seeing The Women and, um, I couldn’t help but notice something: I AM NOT IN THIS MOVIE. Where the fuck am I? I am the queen bee of this shit. The hive mother. Annette ...

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Risseldy Rosseldy Mow Mow Mow

Coming this fall, the Tippi Hedren Barbie. They say when she got there, the whole thing started. I think she’s evil! EVIL! (And you know only gay men will be buying this doll.) (Via – Slog)

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Kelsey Grammer For Gay Marriage

This clip is actually a promo for the upcoming Kelsey Grammer movie Swing Vote, which also stars Kevin Costner, Nathan Lane, and Dennis Hopper. I suppose some of you will be offended by the nelly gay guys. Shrug.

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The Gay Karate Kid

About to make the rounds of film festivals is The Sensei, a movie about a gay kid who learns karate in order to mete out vengeance on the homophobes who’ve been beating him up. Kenneth In The 212 has more on the movie.

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Laurel Hester Story Wins Oscar

Freeheld: The Laurel Hester Story, which chronicles the fight of a terminally ill New Jersey woman to leave her pension benefits to her lesbian partner, won the Oscar for Best Short Documentary tonight. Filmmakers Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth accepted by saying, “It was Laurel Hester’s dying wish was that her fight against discrimination would benefit all same-sex couples across ...

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No Such Thing As Bad Publicity

Audiences of Cloverfield are literally being made sick by the movie. “Cloverfield” is the first adrenaline-pumping monster hit of the year, bringing in more than $40 million dollars on its opening weekend. The thriller is told from the point of view of five young New Yorkers using their handheld camera. But for some viewers, being “part” of the movie is ...

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Actor Heath Ledger Found Dead

Actor Heath Ledger, 28, was found dead in his New York City apartment today. His body was found in his Soho home by a housekeeper at 3:30pm. According to police, pills were found near the body. Suicide or overdose is suspected. Ledger won raves in 2005 for his portrayal of a closeted cowboy in Brokeback Mountain, for which he earned ...

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Nominated: The Laurel Hester Story

Among today’s Oscar nominees is Freeheld: The Laurel Hester Story, nominated for Best Short Documentary. Laurel Hester was the Ocean County, New Jersey cop who upon her diagnosis with terminal lung cancer in 2005, battled the authorities to have her police pension assigned to her partner after her death. After a long, ugly fight with county officials, Hester finally won ...

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Oscar Noms Are In

Here are this year’s Oscar nominations: Best Picture: Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood. Best Actor: George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd), Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley of Elah), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises). Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Julie Christie (Away ...

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Castro To Get ’70s Makeover
For Harvey Milk Biopic

This is totally worth a trip to San Francisco. From Matthew S. Bajko in the Bay Area Reporter: The Castro is set to receive a makeover next month – Hollywood style – as the creative team behind the biopic on the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to office in the U.S., recasts the gay neighborhood ...

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Hollywood: No Mo’ Homo

According to Entertainment Weekly, the huge success of Brokeback Mountain has surprisingly failed to interest Hollywood in making more gay-themed films. Brokeback was more than a movie. It was a phenomenon that commanded the cultural conversation for months, from Jay Leno to YouTube to the cover of The New Yorker. More important, it proved that straight audiences would snap up ...

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Pefectly Cromulent

Spiderpig, Spiderpig Does whatever A Spiderpig doesCan he swingFrom a webNo he can’tHe’s a pigLook ouuuuutHe is a Spiderpig Last night, with Squishees and KrustyO’s in hand, Dr. Jeff and I attended the midnight screening of The Simpsons. On the walk home from the City Cinema on 86th Street (strongly disrecommended by the way) Dr. Jeff threatened me with physical ...

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Hairspray: Biggest Musical Opening Ever

Hairspray opened big this weekend with $27.8M in ticket sales, making it the biggest opening weekend ever for a musical. With ticket prices adjusted for inflation, Hairspray edged out Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and Grease for the record. The original Hairspray only grossed $6.7M over its entire run. Unbelievably, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Lousy was #1 this ...

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