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"There’s one indulgence every man should try in his lifetime: If you’re straight, sleep with a man at least once, and if you’re gay, don’t go through life without sleeping with a woman. Either way, you might be surprised at how natural it will feel if you can get past the mind-fuck of stereotypes. In the end, it’s just another person that you are relating to in a physical way.”
(Source: details.com)@3 weeks ago with 15 notes
Last week, Pedro Almodovar's “I'm So Excited” crossed the $1 million mark in North America. That's not so exciting as far as Almodovar films go — every one of them has crossed that milestone since 1988's “Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (most of them going on to make considerably more). But it is indeed rare for a film to feature lead gay or lesbian characters — as “Excited” does — to cross that mark, at least these days.
"I’m So Excited" is the first film with a primary gay or lesbian character to gross $1 million since last summer’s "Farewell My Queen" (which portrays Marie Antoinette as a lesbian), which grossed just over $1.3 million. It’s also only the fifth film to do so since 2010, following "Farewell," "The Kids Are All Right," "La Mission" and "I Love You, Phillip Morris." One could arguably also include "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Your Sister’s Sister" and "Beginners," though in all three cases the LGBT characters (played by Ezra Miller, Rosemarie DeWitt and Christopher Plummer, respectively) are supporting a heterosexual lead. Even so, if you did include them that’s still only 8 films in three and a half years where over 800 films crossed the $1 million mark.@3 months ago with 5 notes
Wentworth Miller has revealed that he is, indeed, a gay man.
The surprise announcement came in a letter dated Aug. 21, addressed to the director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival. Miller was invited to the fest as a special guest of honor by Maria Averbakh, but he declined, citing the current political climate in the country as it pertains to gays and lesbians.
"Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes," Wentworth, 41, says in the letter which was posted on GLAAD’s website on Wednesday afternoon. "However, as a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly. Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice."
(Source: MSN)@3 months ago with 7 notes
Actor Zachary Quinto just came out as gay—not via a proclamation on a magazine cover, not in a curated press statement, but by using one little phrase in an interview: “As a gay man…”
Yesterday, New York magazine ran a profile of the Heroes actor that included questions about Angels in America and his producer role in Margin Call, plus a casual confession of Quinto’s sexuality, a qualifier as natural as where he was born or what color hair he has. Among the spate of celebrities who have come out in the last 20 years, this is an unusual course to take. Ellen DeGeneres famously came out on her own sitcom, in an episode that attracted more than 42 million viewers. Country singer Chely Wright staked out the cover of People to make her announcement, and followed that up with a tell-all memoir. After years of speculation, singer Ricky Martin wrote on his website that he was a “fortunate homosexual man.”
Quinto, on the other hand, took the plunge without fanfare. True, New York could have trumpeted the news on their cover, regardless of how Quinto framed the issue. But that was likely his strategy; he must have known that the relatively highbrow magazine would act more nonchalant than, say, US Weekly. This seems to be a deliberate move for Quinto, who has dodged questions about his sexuality in the past. And it could be a model for the many celebrities who seem to feel torn between lying to the public and becoming the next gay poster child.
Of course, this strategy isn’t new for other famous people who roll in circles that embrace gay culture. Adam Lambert, for instance, discussed his sexual orientation in a Rolling Stone interview, adding, “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay.” (It wasn’t.) But gay actors, especially male ones, have a special kind of conundrum: They fear that their heterosexual persona is key to scoring the major roles. Gay actor Rupert Everett has said bluntly that he regrets coming out back in the ’90s, claiming it ruined his career. For actors, there’s an enormous amount of pressure to preserve their image.
Maybe Quinto’s admission is a sign that this is changing, especially since the actor has played both straight and gay characters onscreen. And it’s already inspired at least one other TV personality to come out: Dan Kloeffler, the host of ABC’s World News Now, who name-checked Quinto on the channel’s website. Here’s hoping that, eventually, a celebrity’s sexual orientation won’t be a factor at all.
(Source: GOOD)@1 year ago with 5 notes