12 Years A Slave Posters Feature Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender; Lionsgate Will Recall

Posters for 12 Years A Slave featuring large portraits of Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender with a small figure of  the film’s star Chiwetel Ejiofor are unauthorized, says the film’s studio Lionsgate; their Summit label is handling the film overseas.  A Lionsgate spokesperson told Variety:

The ’12 Years a Slave’ theatrical posters featuring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender that were recently released in Italy were unauthorized and were not approved by any of the producers or licensors of the film. Summit Entertainment, acting as exclusive sales agent for the licensors, is investigating and taking immediate action to stop the distribution of any unauthorized posters and to have those posters currently in the marketplace recalled.

Brad Pitt, who produced the film, plays a Canadian abolitionist who appears in last 20 minutes and speaks out against slavery. Fassbender is the sadistic slave owner. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s portrayal of  freeborn violinist Solomon Northrop, whose autobiography is the basis of the film,  has received rave reviews. In the U.S. and elsewhere,  Ejiofor is the central figure in the film’s marketing materials.

The Italian posters have pretty much rightfully upset a large portion of the interwebs, and props to Carefree Black Girl for really getting the word out.

I was at the movies the other day ( I live in Italy) and I saw the poster for 12 Years A Slave. I’ve been following the press for months and I can’t wait to watch it but REALLY?  I don’t remember Brad Pitt being the protagonist of the film or having such a pivotal role in the story to stay in the middle of the poster…

I sure don’t know anything about marketing strategy to appeal audiences but isn’t this going to far?

Pitt previously said of his taking the role of the kind Canadian who helps Northrup gain his freedom:

It helped get the thing done. I sit in a very fortunate position where I can help push things over the edge with difficult stories, and this was one of those instances. So it’s merely for that, not so much that I was certainly needed performance-wise.

Italian marketing company Fanatical About Cinema and Italian distributor BIM clearly have taken Pitt’s part too far. Fassbender, who has received a Golden Globe nomination for his role, is given the same treatment in posters with a portrait image. The film’s Italian trailer make it clear that the story is about Ejiofor’s character, so the decision to deceive moviegoers through the posters is troubling one.

Fanatical About Cinema has already removed the posters from their Flickr account, but there are images online.

RIP: “Billy Jack” Tom Laughlin Dead

Auteur film director/actor and presidential candidate Tom Laughlin is dead. He was 82. Laughlin is best known for for his film Billy Jack in which he utters the classic line:

I…just…go…BERSERK!

before beating the crap out of racist bullies. Billy Jack was one the first movies to introduce martial arts to a mainstream American movie audience, and stressed both pacifism and vigilante justice, as Vietnam War vet Billy Jack protects the alternative Freedom School and its students from the uptight town run by a corrupt rich guy whose spoiled son gets what he deserves for picking on the Freedom School kids.

Laughlin wrote, produced and directed all four of the Billy Jack canon: Born Losers  introduced the character of half-Native American Vietnam War vet, Billy Jack; the seminal Billy Jack; followed byThe Trial of Billy Jack which helped shape the future of film distribution–the groundbreaking promotion and release campaign included TV trailers during national news and an nationwide opening day; and 1977′s limping series finale, Billy Jack Goes to Washington. After the latter film, life began to imitate art; Laughlin would ran for United States President  in 1992, 2004, and 2008.

Billy Jack was the first movie I saw for which I lied about my age to get in the theater.  I saw it after Laughlin, unhappy with the way Warner Bros.marketed the film, sued for the rights and re-released it, airing commercials on TV.  You had to be 13 to get in, or have an adult with you. Luckily I was tall and/or the ticket person didn’t care. It was a pretty grownup movie, with political themes, female frontal nudity, violence, and rape. I also bought the paperback which was actually the shooting script with photos from the movie. It gave a my first look at how movies were made.

Married for 60 years to his Billy Jack series co-star Delores Taylor, Laughlin also played Moondoggie  Loverboy in the original Gidget movie, and founded Santa Monica’s first Montessori preschool.  He is survived by Taylor and their children Frank, Teresa and Christina, his five grandchildren, and his sister Joan.

Bob Newhart to Headline Anti-Gay Summit Legatus: TV Icon + Rick Santorum = Unfunny

TV icon Bob Newhart is slated as headlining entertainer for the Legatus 2014 Summit to be held February 6 -8, 2014,  in Orlando, Florida, alongside Rick Santorum and the Catholic League’s William Donohue. It’s pretty clear where  the ever-frothy Rick Santorum and Donohue stand on LGBT issues–and Legatus?  Jeremey Hooper writes for GLAAD:

Legatus pushes the idea that homosexuality itself is a “disorder” from which one must be “cured.”

This year Newhart won his first-ever Emmy playing opposite openly gay actor Jim Parsons on the very funny and at times off-color The Big Bang Theory. And Newhart appeared onstage with Parsons to present at this year’s Emmy. Parsons was named one of OUT magazine’s 100, and recently won his third Emmy and the GLESN Inspiration Award. Legatus assures in members that with Newhart

Summit attendees can certainly anticipate a clean show, but they will also get a good dose of Catholic humor.

GLAAD is actively contacting

Mr. Newhart’s representatives to let them know how, exactly, an appearance at this event will come across to LGBT people and allied voices,

A part of  me is hoping that Newhart will pull an  “Elton John in Moscow” and use his voice to speak up for LGBT rights. Newhart will have the floor, the pulpit if you will, and an opportunity to change minds with his legendary humor. Granted, there might be a little bit of blowback, but it could certainly have an effect.

On the other hand, Newhart telling Legatus that he will not perform because of their hate-filled views that harm so many people–both LGBT and their allies– who are his co-workers, friends and fans would also be a strong and bold move.

HT: Back2Stonewall.com

The Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending” Trailer

Jupiter Ascending looks amazing! I don’t really like sci-fi but I would see this in an instant. We’ll have to wait until July 25, 2014 for the Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski written/directed space epic to open, though. Jupiter Ascending stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a Russian immigrant janitor with the same genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe, which grants her immortality and other cool powers.

[Spoiler alert] Because of this, Jupiter’s existence threatens the Queen of Space and so she must be killed. Channing Tatum is Caine, a genetically engineered hunter, part human albino and part wolf.  (What is it about pointed ears that is so irresistible…. ). Sent to Earth to finish off Jupiter and preserve the Queen’s reign, Caine decides that Jupiter is indeed awesome and switches sides, becoming her protector.  The duo must then evade the other hunters sent by the Queen, who is understandably angry and frightened of losing her throne…

In this future world as envisioned by the siblings Wachowski, humans are a lower life form, and human genes are spliced with other creatures’ to make them “better.” Soldiers are crossed with wolves to create a pack killer mentality; workers have bee genes to increase the hive mind and make them work harder. Some humans are hybridized with peacocks, according the cast list which shows actress Alexandra Fraser from World War Z in that role.

Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam has a (mysterious) role in Jupiter Ascending. The film also features James D’Arcy and Sean Bean, so basically it’s eye candy in space (as if Channing Tatum with pointed ears wasn’t enough!).  And with both a female protagonist and antagonist, it appeals across the board (like I said, I don’t really like science-fiction and I want to see it), which is good, since it’s set to be a Warner Bros tent-pole.

(Side note: Jupiter Jones was the name of the main character in the Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators young adult mystery series which I read as a kid. Jupiter lived in a junkyard with his aunt and uncle, and I still remember details about the clues. Jupiter Jones is also band in Greenville, North Carolina)

Hollywood Producer Was Mossad Agent: Arnon Milchan Used Hollywood for Israeli Nuke Projects, Arms Dealing

The revelations that Hollywood producer and chair of New Regency Films Arnon Milchan, the man behind Pretty Woman, Fight Club, LA Confidential, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, was a Mossad agent, a spy, and an arms dealer are just hitting the mainstream press, but in 2011, Joseph Gelman and Meir Doron wrote a book called Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycooon–Arnon Milchan which made very little splash on Amazon:

This is the story of a secret agent, of nuclear proliferation, billion-dollar high-tech defense transactions, ideology, patriotism, love, heartbreak, and the awe inspiring Hollywood career of a mysterious mogul. In a true story that puts James Bond to shame, Confidential details with nail-biting suspense how producer Arnon Milchan evolved from his youth into one of the most important covert agents that Israeli intelligence has ever fielded…Confidential is packed with stunning new revelations and opens a window into the world of a key covert operative, who evolved into a genuine member of Hollywood’s royal elite.

Here are some the quotes bolstering the authors’ claims and those of Milchan:

Arnon is a special man. His activities gave us a huge advantage, strategically, diplomatically, and technologically. In my present position as president, I am restrained from recommending any single individual for our highest defense-related honor, but undoubtedly, Arnon Milchan is worthy of such an acknowledgment, and that’s as close to a recommendation that I, as president, can give.

–Shimon Peres, President of Israel.

Never, never tell jokes about a man with easy access to weapons of mass destruction.

–Peter Chernin, former CEO of Fox Entertainment Group.

Arnon Milchan…is a loyal and generous friend who also happens to be a great longterm and trustworthy partner.

– Rupert Murdoch, CEO, News Corporation.

Creepy much?  Milchan spoke to Israeli investigative documentary program Uvda (Fact) in an interview that will air this week on Israel’s Channel 2 (interesting timing with Iran nuke deal now agreed to). The program includes interviews with Russel Crowe, Robert DiNiro and Ben Affleck. Milchan was recruited by Israeli president Shimon Peres in the 1960s and became a liaison for the secretive Bureau of Scientific Relations and worked to further Israel’s nuclear program, handling clandestine deals involving Israeli military acquisitions in the 1970s He admits that the late producer Sydney Pollock was

a real partner

who helped him obtain arms and other military equipment for Israel and was fully aware of what he was doing. Milchan also used an unwitting Richard Dreyfuss in an attempt to recruit senior U.S. scientist and expert on nuclear weapons Arthur Biehl for Israel, inviting Biehl to Dreyfuss’ house on the premise that the two men would discuss music.

Milchan says of dual career:

I didn’t attach enough significance to the image I had created of myself. I should have confronted the image of an arms dealer. In Hollywood they don’t like working with an arms dealer, ideologically. [They don't like working] with someone who lives off selling machine guns and killing. Instead of someone talking to me about a script, I had to spend half an hour explaining that I’m not an arms dealer. If people knew how many times I risked my life, back and forth, again and again, for my country. … And suddenly, to defend myself — ‘I’m not an arms dealer, I don’t sell guns, I don’t sell rockets’ — I should have been aware of that, of what I’ll go through, and said ‘F— you. You know what? I did it for my country, and I’m proud of it.’

Milchan’s choice of films doesn’t reflect a bias towards Israel or an attempt to brainwash the public, but still this is, well, creepy. Milchan’s latest film, starring Russell Crowe is the story of Noah, directed by Darren Aronsofsky.

I’m not an expert on espionage laws, but this raises some questions:  Isn’t what Milchan did in the 1970s illegal?  And will people ever take Chuck Barris’ claims of being a CIA assassin seriously?

Photo of Arnon Milchan: Screengrab

Obama Hits Hollywood on Fundraising Juggernaut, Streets Closed, $$$ Raised

I’m staying in my jammies all day because there’s an Obamajam ahead.

Monday POTUS attended two fundraisers in Beverly Hills, one at the home of producer Haim Saban, the other where he was joined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-NV)  at chez Magic Johnson, who called Obama

“the greatest leader in the world,” and highlighted the benefits of Obamacare.

I don’t know how affordable this Affordable Care is really going to be. My insurance went up from $222 to $388 for the same coverage, and I don’t understand why men and women past childbearing age are paying for maternity care, since they can’t have babies…

Anyway, today Obama is busy collecting checks for the House Senate Victory Fund, a joint committee to raise money for Democratic House and Senate candidates–tickets for the Saban party where guests included former ambassador Nicole Avant and her husband, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos; Eli and Edythe Broad; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Berry Gordy; Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were $16,200 per person. And at Magic and Cookie Johnson’s $2,500 to $15,000 per person affair, where organizers expected about 160 people, including LaToya Jackson; the Los Angeles Clippers’ Antawn Jamison and Ashley Lewis; Diane Keaton; the Clippers’ J.J. Redick and wife Chelsea; as well as a number of members of California’s congressional delegation. He’ll will attend a $32,500-per-person breakfasty/60-person roundtable co-hosted by Melanie Griffith at the home of of producer Marta Kauffman and her husband Michael Skloff. That’s in Hancock Park, and major streets will be blocked off.

From there, well, we’re expecting serious traffic trouble as the presidential motorcade heads to DreamWorks Studios in Glendale, basically just northeast of the Griffith Park Observatory, no word on what route the motorcade will take but it will affect all of Hollywood and most likely my neighborhood which is between Hollywood and Glendale. There Obama may be faced with a sea of green shirts which DreamWorks employees are wearing in solidarity with

visual effects artists stung by the loss of work due to outsourcing of jobs to countries that offer subsidies. Outside of DreamWorks Animation, plans are in the works for a protest that is not aimed at DreamWorks, but the subsidies. They want the Obama administration to pursue a duty on imports of subsidized special effects work, and believe that such a duty can be imposed without Congress and that it can be applied to digital goods.

DreamWorks was chosen because they are a job creator, though one wonders if Obama is aware of how many jobs in Hollywood have been outsourced, and how run-away production has gutted Hollywood. Variety reports that White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest explained the choice to visit the studio:

that Katzenberg’s support of Obama — the DreamWorks Animation chieftan was one of the biggest fundraisers for Obama’s reelection campaign — had “no bearing on our decision to visit there.”

“Contributing to the president’s campaign or being a political supporter of the president doesn’t guarantee you a presidential visit, but it shouldn’t exclude you from one either,” Earnest said.

“DreamWorks obviously is a thriving business and is creating lots of jobs in Southern California and the fact of the matter is Mr. Katzenberg’s support for the president’s policies has no bearing on our decision to visit there,” Earnest said. “Rather, it’s an opportunity to highlight the success of one business and the success that they’re having creating jobs in Southern California.

Obama supporter, liberal giver and general rich guy (I believe he’s in the 1%) Jeffrey Katzenberg has invited other show-biz bigwigs to the closed meeting, including, according to Variety,  MPAA chairman Chris Dodd, CBS’s Leslie Moonves and possibly Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara and Barry Meyer, and Fox’s Jim Gianopulos.

 

“C*CKS~CKING F&G!” Fathead Jerk Alec Baldwin Screams Anti-Gay Slur, This Time GLAAD Gets Mad

Alec Baldwin is at it again, slinging anti-gay slurs.  He was caught on camera Thursday, November 14, by TMZ calling a photographer a

while being approached for pictures after winning his case against his stalker, Genevieve Sabourin.

Baldwin claims he said

cocksucking fathead

Riiiight.

Me personally, I like cocksucking. I am all in favor of cocksucking. But when cocksucking is used as an epithet, it becomes a slur. Like fucking. Fucking is a great fun, much like cocksucking. But when, if enraged, you call someone a

fucker

it’s not a compliment.

GLAAD stepped up today and called out the MSBNC talk show host and ally-in-checkbook-only. According to TMZ, a rep for GLAAD commented:

Mr. Baldwin can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice. It’s clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs.

In June the actor/loudmouth with anger management issues went on a rage-athon tweeting about journalist George Stark who reported that Baldwin’s wife was tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral:

I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck … you … up.

If [he means I'd] put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.

I want all of my followers and beyond to straighten out this fucking little bitch.

And then he apologized and all was forgiven. Because you know, despite his anti-gay language and calls for violence against a gay man, he’s like, donated to marriage equality and fights homophobia.

Said Baldwin said in his missive to GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, “My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation. My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service.  As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize.”

Baldwin noted his work over the years for marriage equality and said he wouldn’t advocate violence against people for being gay, and GLAAD’s Rich Ferrarro, vice president of communications, responded.

“Alec Baldwin is making it clear that the intent behind his tweets does not excuse his language, especially at a time when there were 11 incidents of violence against gay men in New York City just last month. As we all work to end such senseless acts of violence, allies like Baldwin are right to use these moments to reinforce support for the community and LGBT equality.”

And just because he’s a liberal, an “ally”,  that time he got a  pass and an apologia from GLAAD. WTF?! What kind of ally says

you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck … you … up. If [he means I'd] put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.

Alec Baldwin is not an ally. He’s an angry self-entitled prick. And if an athlete or rapper or a politician had used that sort of language, they’d be soundly castigated the first time and might not have their job. But Alec got a pass just five months ago and still sounds forth from his MSNBC bully pulpit. But despite his highly publicized donations to the theatre and arts via his Capital One ads, he couldn’t figure out a way to insult a photographer without using homo-hating words.  Maybe he needs a refresher course from Shakespeare:

such bugs and goblins in my life
frothy pox-marked giglet

villainous whoreson measle
thou puny ill-breeding coxcomb
flesh monger, a fool, and a coward
clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch

Baldwin shouldn’t get out of this (again) by throwing out a nice apology and giving some cash to an LGBT cause. That’s rich white limousine liberal BS.

Oh I’ll just write a check and people will forgive me. Because I give so much and am such shining of being coolness because I  give money. And look, I’m on MSNBC.

NO fucking way, Alec (and btw, your MSNBC show is free fall fail). This time, don’t write a check. Show you actually care, open you heart and mind instead of your wallet: Go do some community service at an LGBT youth shelter. And when you’re done with that, spend some time at an HIV hospice. Show some sincerity, develop some compassion.

Baldwin tweeted out the following afterwards, then cleaned his Twitterfeed. Coward:

 

Spike Lee Sued Over George Zimmerman Tweets: Wrong Address Causes Grief

An elderly Florida couple is suing director Spike Lee over  tweets he made on March 23, 2012, less than a month after shooting death of Trayvon Martin, writes The Smoking Gun. The tweets, which featured the couple’s address, wrongly identified as that of Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman, were subsequently reteweeted over the next months.

The acclaimed director/activist had tweeted out the address of septuagenarians David and Elaine McClain instead of that of George Zimmerman. Lee had received the incorrect information via a fellow Twitter user,

a California man who sent the purported Zimmerman address to Lee and an assortment of celebrities with the direction, “EVERYBODY REPOST THIS.”

Um, maybe checking the address oneself rather than simply retweeting it to 240,000 followers would have been doing the right the thing.  Or ignoring  it and not feeding the fire. (The McClains’ son is named William George Zimmerman, but he’s not the same 28 year old George Zimmerman as Trayvon Martin’s killer, and the 41-year old  hadn’t lived at that address for years.)

From March 23 to March 29, 2012, Twitter and Facebook erupted with messages of violence aimed at the address, and McClains went public, explaining they had no connection with Martin’s killer Zimmerman. Six days later, facing criticism and outrage, Lee apologized to the McClains and made a what was later revealed to be a $10,000 settlement to the couple, based on damages up to March 29, 2012, according ot their new lawsuit.  The settlement was national news–I heard about it on local news radio here in here in Los Angeles–and Lee tweeted out:

I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace.

But, alleges the suit, subsequent to Lee’s mea culpa, once the Zimmerman trial began and after his acquittal, the McClains’ address was circulated again again, because nothing ever disappears on the interwebs.  Internet rage went into overdrive, with tweets like:

The McClains have filed suit for over $15,000–The Smoking Gun says the suit may be worth $1.2 million–alleging that Lee acted in a

negligent, grossly negligent, reckless, consciously indifferent and/or willful manner

by  not verifying the address and then tweeting out to his 240,000 followers,  and

encouraging a dangerous mob mentality.

Along with claiming mental distress and anguish from hate mail and menacing phone calls, lack of sleep, and a loss of capacity for enjoyment of life, the McClains claim that Lee violated several Florida statutes. The McClains had to relocate temporarily, and suffered law enforcement and media on their front lawn and the loss of value of their home, for all of which they are seeking compensatory judgment. (According to Zillow, houses in the area range from $79,000 for a foreclosure to $309,000) They’d like a jury trial.

Spike Lee retweeted their address, but why they aren’t going after the original tweeter, @Maccapone, is sort of mystery–oh wait, he’s not as rich? Did anyone else, rich and/or famous, or not, retweet @Maccapone’s incorrect tweet?  Maccapone, real name Marcus Higgins, tweeted over 100 people, and, like Lee, apologized to the couple. And depending on what the settlement agreement reached last year says, the McClains may have given up their right to sue for damages that occurred after Lee tweeted that he’d made a mistake (though one would hope their lawyer has taken that into account).

Spike Lee photo: screengrab: YouTube, Spike Lee on Bloomberg

Skip “Ender’s Game”: Geeks OUT Making an Impact

Thanks to Geeks OUT, the bad vibes on Ender’s Game are being felt beyond the LGBT community. Tonight I went to a signing at La Luz de Jesus, our local Los Feliz art gallery/alt.culture general store (books, candy, action figures, robots, stationery, statuary, shower curtains, rugs, blankets, stuffed toys, candles, flashlights, purses, clothing, tee shirts, make-up, perfume, soap,  CDs, jewelry, bones, taxidermy, Haitian sequined prayer flags–basically any thing you’d need to survive emergency gift-giving, lost luggage, a bad break up, or an earthquake) for Heavenly Bodies, Dr. Paul Koudounaris’ glorious photo book full of images of bejeweled skeletons, cult figures from a bygone time when  saints were believed to have worked miracles.

Matt Kennedy, the gallery director, and I were chatting about what we were going this weekend. Matt’s really into comics (he recently scored an original panel from Gasoline Alley, one that contains a pivotal plot point), loves weird history and science fiction (he and his wife play a drinking game centering around the TV show  Ancient Aliens–narrator says “alien” and you drink; narrator says “extra-terrestrial,” and you take three sips, etc.),  and has an encyclopedic knowledge of movies. In the midst of our geeking out I blurted:

Please don’t go see Ender’s Game!

He replied vehemently:

No way! No way would I see that. And I gotta tell you, a guy came in from the the film company, wanting to put up a poster from the movie and said, ‘Hey, maybe we could do a promotion with you.’ I told told him, ‘No, that’s not gonna happen,’ and he shook his head and went,”I know, I get it, I get it.’

Matt went to say that he did half-joking suggest to the film company promo guy that maybe he could try Lassen’s (the Mormon-owned health food store up the road that donated to support Prop 8–I won’t shop there, even though it’s the only health food store close by). The poster guy went away unhappily aware that the word was out on Ender’s Game–that the man behind the story, Orson Scott Card is a bigot.

Geek’s OUT has been the instrumental primogenitor in raising awareness about Orson Scott Card’s nastiness, his homophobia, his anti-equality activism through their Skip Ender’s Game campaign. In the Advocate, Patrick Yacco, a Geeks OUT board member writes brilliantly and passionately about why he is skipping Ender’s Game, and explains more eloquently than I what his group of sci-fi-loving queers has done and why. Their activism has shown what motivation and determination can accomplish. Geek OUT are true superheroes.

Since Geeks OUT launched this campaign earlier this year, we’ve faced a slew of criticism, ranging from “you need to separate the art from the artist” to “this isn’t big enough to make a difference.” To the first argument, I have to draw on my experience of being a queer geek and knowing that Orson Scott Card doesn’t respect who I am as a fan of science fiction. We’re not talking about someone who at one time or another made some stupid comments and is now apologizing for them, like James Gunn, director of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Card actively works to target and undermine the LGBT community’s progress, and he’s quietly begun attacking people of color as well. To me, consuming any of his products is extremely problematic, and I’m addressing that in the fashion I see fit.

On the other hand, to say that the Skip Ender’s Game campaign won’t have an impact is completely moot at this point. Geeks OUT has pushed Card’s atrocious attacks on the LGBT community to the forefront of mainstream media, with nearly every outlet that reports on Ender’s Game commenting on his radical activism. Even if people weren’t aware of his views, they’re learning about them now. Regardless of Ender’s Game’s box office tally, Geeks OUT has helped raise awareness of Orson Scott Card’s fear-mongering, and no amount of ticket sales can change that.

Matt Kennedy isn’t the only straight sci-fi fan who’s skipping Ender’s Game. On Facebook and in real life, straight sci-fans have told me they are not going to see Ender’s Game, period, not even by paying for a ticket at the megaplex and sneaking in. That’s huge.  Geeks OUT are true superheroes. Their activism has shown what motivation and determination can accomplish.

Skip Ender’s Game!

Need something? La Luz de Jesus probably has it.

Left to right, Matt Kennedy, artist Christopher Ulrich, Paul Koudounaris PhD.

Koudounaris and two of his Heavenly Bodies.

Halloween Early with “Old Dogs & New Tricks”: Obama, Anonymous, Wonder Woman and a Rabbi

Happy Halloween from WeHo! While the city gears up for its annual gianormous Halloween celebration–half a million people expected, Queen Latifa getting crowned as Carnaval Queen(!), and, oh my gods, the horror, the horror of resident permit parking suspended for the night–I celebrated early, on the set of Old Dogs & New Tricks, the fabulous web series about the friendships and tribulations of a group of diverse and successful West Hollywood men – each one located squarely within middle age. (I have a super soft spot for OD&NT who donated DVDs to give away at Netroots Nation 13 LGBT Connect booth).

The old dogs and new tricks were shooting a special Halloween episode in a disco with pulsing music, hot go-go boys, and costumed extras drawn from their friends and friends of friends. So, thanks to the master of Back2Stonewall.com I threw on a gown, affixed my witch hat firmly on my head, and headed to the top secret location to join my fellow revelers and dance the afternoon away.

I don’t want to give away too many plot points, but expect some awesome costumes (including an epic Epic Fail Guy, aka Guy Fawkes, aka Anonymous), rippling muscles, an appearance by “Barack Obama,” fine drag served with a side of melancholy from one of the series’ stars, Leon Acord–and if it made the cut, me in a Sapphic embrace. What was my motivation? When called to act, we do!

Old Dogs & New Tricks has just signed a licensing deal with LGBT film distributor Wolfe Video to release the comedy series on DVD and via various streaming platforms online beginning November 26.

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