I think it’s safe to say that a lot of gay men and straight women are looking forward to Magic Mike, if only because Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Bomer, Matthew McConaughey and more play strippers! The trailer suggests there’s some sort of romance type plot too, but I don’t think anyone actually cares about that, or that much admired director Steven Soderbergh is behind the camera. Nope, they just want the buff blokes to get their kit off! Partly based on Tatum’s experiences as a young male stripper, the film sees him mentoring a newbie (Pettyfer) and apparently having romantic problems. The film hits UK cinemas July 13th.
A couple of new images have emerged from Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Magic Mike. While the film has a plot, about a new up and comer (Alex Pettyfer) being mentored by an old hand (Channing Tatum), nobody cares about that. Nope, the only thing anyone is interested in (or at least gay men and straight women are interested in), is that Tatum, Pettyfer, Mathew Bomer, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Rodriguez and more all play male strippers in the film! It’s even looseply based on Tatum’s real-life experiences as a young man paid to take his togs off.
Last night a ridiculously star studded ensemble gathered in LA to participate in a reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play, 8, about the fight for marriage equality in California and more specifically the court case that struck down Prop 8, which has banned same sex marriage in the US’ most populous state.
However if you didn’t stay up to watch the livestream which hit 3.45am UK time, the whole thing is now on Youtube, and we’ve embedded it above. As often with staged readings of plays, it’s slightly static and a little hammy, but it still works and the starry ensemble is certainly impressive.
If you want to watch, start the video above and then click “Skip ahead to start” to get to the beginning, about 30 minutes in. It’s well worth watching, with Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Kevin Bacon, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, George Takei, Yeardley Smith, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matthew Morrison and Matt Bomer all taking part.
It was already set to be one of the most star-studded plays in history, and now it’s got even starrier as Brad Pitt has signed up for this Saturday’s staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play, 8.
He joins George Clooney, Kevin Bacon, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, George Takei, Yeardley Smith, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matthew Morrison, Matt Bomer and others in the one night only event, which hopes to raise millions for the fight for marriage equality.
Black’s play is based on transcripts and interviews with those involved in the court case that sought to overturn Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage in California. Brad Pitt will star as Judge Vaughn R. Walker, the man who found Prop. 8 unconstitutional.
Until now this incredible starry event looked like it would be limited to the lucky few who managed to snag a ticket to attend the reading at LA’s Wilshire Ebell Theatre. However, it’s now been announced that the whole thing will be livestreamed free on Youtube. The only snag being that as it takes place at 7.45pm LA time, that’s 3.45am in the UK.
Black wrote the play because he believes people need to witness what actually happened in the case, and the Youtube stream is part of that. “People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter,” said Black. “I’ve built my career around exposing and uncovering ‘the real story.’ The goal of 8 is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. We are doing all we can to help speed that process along.”
You can watch director Rob Reiner’s announcement about the livestream here, and you’ll be able to return there on Saturday night to watch the star-studded production.
It’ll be one of the most star-studded plays in history! On March 3rd at LA’s Wilshire Ebell Theatre, a special gala reading is taking place of Dustin Lance Black’s play, 8. The cast has now been completed with Chris Colfer (Glee), Kevin Bacon, and John C. Reilly signing on to join the already starry ensemble, all supporting the fight to have Prop 8 – which banned gay marriage in California – repealed.
Colfer, Bacon and Reilly join George Clooney, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matt Bomer, Jamie Lee Curtis, George Takei, Matthew Morrison, Yeardley Smith, Campbell Brown, Rory O’Malley, and activist Cleve Jones in the production, which will be the West Coast premiere of the play. 8 is based on the transcript of the court case that overturned Proposition 8 (a decision that is currently working its ways through the appeals court), as well as interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.
Chris Colfer will play Ryan Kendall, a young man who testified about his experience being sent by his parents to so-called “reparative therapy” as a teenager. John C. Reilly will play United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who found Proposition 8 unconstitutional after presiding over the historic 12-day public trial. Kevin Bacon will play Charles J. Cooper, the lead attorney for the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8
It’ll certainly be an interesting evening, although if you want to go, you’re out of luck as tickets for the charity event have long sold out. The one-night-only event is expected to raise $2 million for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Okay, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that Matt Bomer, star of TV’s White Collar and possibly the most effortlessly handsome man in Hollywood, has acknowledged at an awards ceremony that he bats for our team. The bad news for those of you who are already working out how you can profess your love to him, is that he’s already got a longtime partner and even some kids.
Bomer received the New Generation Arts and Activism Award for his work in the fight against HIV/AIDS at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Saturday night and ended his speech he said, ‘I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.’
‘Simon’ is his longtime partner, publicist Simon Halls.
It’s worth noting that Bomer has never denied he was gay and his sexuality was pretty much an open secret in Hollywood. He just hasn’t felt the need to shout about it. His ‘coming out’ was similar to Jodie Foster, who has never publicly said she’s a lesbian, but referred to her longtime partner, ‘my beautiful Cydney [Bernard]’ in an awards acceptance speech a few years ago (let’s hope thing go better for Matt than for Jodie, as she and Cyndney split up shortly afterwards).
It’s also the second time in the last few months that a Hollywood celeb has not only acknowledged their sexuality, but also revealed they’ve got kids. Firefly actor Sean Maher did the same not long ago.
With Matt, Sean and Zachary Quinto, the gayborhood has certainly become a much prettier place recently. It’s also nice that after years where coming out always seemed to mean front page stories and tell-all interviews in newspapers and magazines, actors can now do it quietly and carry on living their lives and getting on with their careers.
For those who’d like to see more of Matt, he’ll be playing a male stripper in Magic Mike this summer, alongside Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer.
Footage of Matt getting his award is below, and thanks to Towleroad for the tip.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy is a ridiculously busy man, as he’s also got American Horror Story on the go, found time to write and direct Eat Pray Love and for a while has been putting together a film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony Award winning play. Mark Ruffalo’s been onboard the movie for a while, and he’s now been joined by Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Bomer, and Jim Parsons (aka Sheldon from Big Bang Theory), according to THR.
The film is about the rise of AIDS in New York’s gay community in the early-to-mid 80s. The play first debuted Off-Broadway in 1985, and has enjoyed several revivals in Los Angeles and London. Ruffalo is taking on the lead role of Ned Weeks, one of the first people to raise an alarm about the new disease that initially was known as ‘Gay Cancer’.
Julia Roberts will play Emma Brookner, a wheelchair bound doctor who is the only one of her peers in New York taking AIDS seriously. Alec Baldwin is set to play Weeks’ brother, a lawyer struggling to come to terms with Ned’s sexuality. The incredibly handsome Matthew Bomer is playing Felix Turner, a gay fashion journalist, while Jim Parsons will reprise his stage role as a gay activist who forms a health crisis group.
The Normal Heart is set to shoot later this year and is set to be one of the highest profile gay-themed movies around.
A few weeks ago it was revealed George Clooney would take part in a staged reading of 8, Dustin Lance Black’s play about the court case surrounding Proposition 8 in the California. Now more cast members for the March 3rd at LA’s Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
Adding to the star power, according to the LA Times, are Jamie Lee Curtis, Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Glee’s Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch. The play has been performed in New York, but this will be its East Coast premiere, and as it’s taking place in LA, it can call on plenty of celebs. The play chronicles the historic federal court trial overturning Proposition 8, the ballot measure that denied gay and lesbian Californians the right to marry, and is based on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. Also taking part in the reading are Matt Bomer, George Takei, Yeardley Smith, Campbell Brown, Rory O’Malley and Cleve Jones.
All proceeds from the event will go to American Foundation for Equal Rights, with the $2 million that’s expected to be raised being used to continue fighting the court case and on awareness raising events.
It’s also been revealed that 8 will be licensed to be performed in universities and schools for free, with 40 productions expected to take advantage of this during 2012. Milk and J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black commented, “People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter. I’ve built my career around exposing and uncovering ‘the real story,’ The goal of 8 is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. We are doing all we can to help speed that process along.”
And while we’re talking about Dustin, the recently married writer has just found distribution for his directorial debut, Virginia. The movie stars Jennifer Connelly, Emma Roberts and Ed Harris and centers around Virginia, a mentally ill mother protected by her illegitimate son Emmett, whose father may be the local Mormon sheriff. Their small-town secrets are threatened when Emmett begins a romantic relationship with the sheriff’s daughter, while her father runs for public office. Entertainment One has picked up North American right to the movie and a release date is expected to be announced soon. No UK release is currently set.
Male strippers are getting the Hollywood treatment in a big way this summer with Magic Mike, based on Channing Tatum’s experiences as a young man who took his clothes off for cash and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Now EW has debuted two new still from the movie, which should make gay men and straight women all kinds of happy.
The pic above features Channing Tatum and Matthew Bomer, while the one below has Tatum and Alex Pattyfer. The film stars Tatum as Mike, an experienced stripper who takes a young dancer called The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. Matthew McConaughey, plays a slightly older stripper who now owns his own club. It’s due out in June.