Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Major Motion Pictures: Out Now with Out Stars


Summer blockbuster season is almost upon us, but this late spring brings us more than one major motion picture with an out gay actor in the top credits.



NIM'S ISLAND

Jodie Foster quietly came out at a Women in Film brunch last year. CNN covered it, then that was that.

But meanwhile, she's out and she's gay and she's starring in one of the top ten films at the box office.

Foster stars as a reclusive novelist of romantic action books like, um, Kathleen Turner's role in ROMANCING THE STONE. The Michael Douglas part however is played by hunky Gerald Butler from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and he's actually her imaginary friend, not her love interest.

Foster steals away to an island after a distress call from a young fan, Nim, played by LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE's Abigail Breslin. Nim is Foster's polar opposite, open to the world and outgoing, but they both share the magic gift of imagination. Nim has been living alone on this island with her father (also played by Butler) who has since gone missing. The two women then embark on an adventure to find him.

This is a family movie getting moderately good reviews, so if you have kids head on down to the theatre!

HAROLD AND KUMAR: EFGB

Reviews are pretty bad so far for HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY, but still it stars out actor Neil Patrick Harris, aka Doogie Homo, MD in a star turn playing himself.
A concept made famous a few years back in BEING JOHN MALKOVICH.


In this century's CHEECH AND CHONG franchise, Harold and Kumar accidentally get mistaken for terrorists after their bong gets mistaken for a bomb on a plane, which puts them on a fast track to Guantanamo Bay.




So basically it's very DUDE, WHERE'S MY WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS?

As mentioned, the reviews have been horrible, but you know, if you want to support a gay in a film and you smoke pot, toke up, order a huge bucket of corn and feel good about your box
office dollars going to at least a film with political humour, a gay, a Korean and a Middle Eastern star whilst waiting for the sequel, HAROLD AND KUMAR DESPERATELY SEARCH FOR A GOOD SCREENWRITER & DIRECTOR.

Or just buy a ticket to this then go see something else.
Come on, you've never done that?

Remember, when movies make money at the box office, small minded idiots known in Los Angeles as studio executives do some new math to conjecture why a film did well, which will ultimately lead to a green light another film with similar elements.



All this is leading up to the gay of the gay: SEX AND THE CITY, THE MOVIE!!!!!


Which could also be called AARP AND THE CITY, since all these leading ladies are pushing or past 50.

I remember reading somewhere that SEX AND THE CITY is basically about gay men. So I admit, whilst watching season after season, that's how I saw it.

Come on, it's all about sleeping around, cosmos, fashion and searching for that perfect daddy.

Chelsea boy much!?

This film is made by gays and starring an out-lesbian actress of stage and screen Cynthia Nixon (who recently played a famous lesbian ELEANOR ROOSEVELT in WARM SPRINGS last year).

May 30th - This is where your gay dollars should go!!!!

When this film opens well, remember said studio execs will look at the numbers and think things like, "Wow, women can open a movie!" (which we now know thanks to BABY MAMA, a film only doing well because Pohler and Fey are BELOVED!), "Older women can star in a movie!" and my favorite, "A lesbian can play a straight character in a major motion picture."



out actress Cynthia Nixon with out actor TR Knight.

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Mark in DE said...

I will definitely be there for the opening of 'Sex and the City', as it was a fave of mine on HBO.

Mark :-)

Lesberita said...

I know my dollars will be going straight to the Sex and the City movie, I love love love Cynthia Nixon and think she is an incredible talent and an amazing supporter of our community. Plus, I can never get enough S&TC. Great post...love the movie stuff!