Thursday, December 24, 2009

Movie Buzz: Lautner is a Doll, 'Single Man' Highlights Gay Issues, Sex & the City, Was Classic Film Too Gay? and more!

Sexy Actor Alex Pettyfer Shows Off His Tattoos and Abs

Actor Alex Pettyfer has shown how hot he can be in VMAN. The single shot photo is in black and white and captures the 19-year-old British actor flaunting his ripped body as well as some of the tattoos he has. Pettyfer will soon be seen portraying the new Beast in "Beastly", a modern interpretation of "Beauty and the Beast ". For the part, he has to undergo challenging transformation including shaving his blonde hair. "I went through a couple of challenges physically," he told HitFix. "I had to shave all of my goldilocks which was one of the hardest things for me mentally. And then physically I put on about 12 to 15 pounds [of muscle], because I'm actually quite a skinny guy."

'Single Man' Highlights Gay, Family Issues

Watching an early screening of designer Tom Ford's directorial debut, "A Single Man," James Conrad felt chilled to the bone. Conrad, a 45-year old gay man who lives in New York City, couldn't help but be distracted by the nagging thought that something similar to what the film's main character George experiences -- the isolation of a loved one's passing and society's refusal to recognize their relationship -- could one day happen to him. For that reason, Ford's project is more than just a stylish and thought-provoking film about the crippling loneliness a gay man feels when his partner dies in a tragic accident. It is a timely conversation piece about same-sex rights. For the gay community the story of a closeted college professor mourning the death of his long-time lover reflects the history of the struggle to be open about homosexuality in the 1960s. The same struggle continues today as the gay community fights for equal rights and laws allowing same-sex marriage. READ MORE

'Twilight': Taylor Lautner is a Doll, Literally

It has arrived — the item that will singlehandedly revitalize the American economy. Behold the Barbie doll of Twilight’s other teenage heartthrob, Jacob Black. Although my knowledge of dolls may be even less than my understanding of Twilight, I shall proceed to make a few observations. First, this doll actually resembles 17-year-old actor Taylor Lautner, whereas the previously released Bella and Edward dolls hardly approximated their thespian counterparts. That was especially the case with Bella, whose “innocent face,” as Mattel described it, was really just a generic Barbie head plopped on top of the character’s signature blue jacket. Second, while the Jacob doll looks like Lautner, its face is a bit on the younger side. I’m getting a disturbing “13-year-old on steroids” vibe here. Most of the kids I knew in high school didn’t strut around with eight-pack abs; then again, none of my friends were werewolves, or kick-ass martial arts champions for that matter. And third, I want a pair of Jacob’s black shoes, even though I will never be cool enough to wear them sans socks. Mattel will release the Jacob doll in February for $24.95 (the Edward and Bella versions are available now for the same price).

Kaylie Jones: Was the Classic Film, From Here to Eternity, Too Gay?

My father, James Jones, shocked the world by using the F-word and many other colorful expletives in his 1951 novel From Here to Eternity. My father agreed to eliminate a certain number of F-words—in part because there was a question whether the US postal system would even deliver the book to stores because of its “salacious” nature—but there was another battle he was waging with his publisher. Apparently Scribner’s had a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy about depicting homosexuality in the Army. My father was told to cut the homosexual scenes in the novel, and he refused to eliminate them because he felt this would be unfaithful to reality he witnessed. (The original manuscript of From Here to Eternity resides in the rare books library at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the extent to which the scenes were cut can be seen by comparing the original text to the published version.) How courageous was my father’s stand? Only five years before the publication of From Here to Eternity, Doubleday published Edmund Wilson’s novel, Memoirs of Hecate County. The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice raided Doubleday bookstores in Manhattan and seized 130 copies of the book due to its explicit depiction of heterosexual sex. The New York District Attorney charged Doubleday with selling obscene material. Doubleday was convicted.
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Sex and the City 2 Trailer (Features the Gay Wedding!)

The first preview to "Sex and the City 2" is narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw Preston. The video, explains that the new film will take place two years after the end of the first movie. Here, she and her friends will bring their glamor lives to a place that is far away from their New York City homes. The official synopsis for the film has been kept under wraps, but it reportedly will follow Carrie, whose marriage to Mr. Big is put to a test after they lose everything in a financial scam. Directed by Michael Patrick King, the drama comedy movie is planned to be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2010.