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Posted on 27 Sep 2007 at 6:46pm

Radcliffe says he’d play gay



Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe says he wouldn’t mind playing a gay character.

The 18-year-old performed naked in the hit London play Equus earlier this year.

“I don’t think it would particularly affect me,” Radcliffe said of playing gay. “I mean, I’d never play a gay character just for the sake of playing a gay character.

“If the script was good and it was a good gay character, then that wouldn’t bother me. Playing characters exploring their sexuality is a challenge.

“I’m 18 and so the parts I’m going to be given will be for characters around that age range when people are exploring their sexuality.”

Superman comes down to Earth for Bret Easton Ellis

No one does urban malaise and amorality better than “Less Than Zero” and “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis. And film adaptations of his work have always been, if not completely successful, at least interestingly of their moment.

So it will come as no surprise that one of his lesser-known novels, “The Informers,” is currently in production starring the latest “Superman,” Brandon Routh.

A Los Angeles fable of creepiness inhabited by a host of goodness-deficient people film execs, rock stars, a vampire, and others the film boasts an ensemble cast that includes Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke (reuniting the “9 1/2 Weeks” fun couple) and Ashley Olsen.
Look for it in 2008.

Rodriguez vs. Sigourney in 3D

In the future, on the planet of Pandora, a place populated by humanoids, Earth-dwellers will be deposited and left to fend for themselves. This will prove problematic for them, and some seriously computer-generated battles will most likely go down.

That’s the rough plot of “Avatar,” the latest supersized film from “Titanic” director James Cameron, which will star lesbian fave Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, and Giovanni Ribisi.

And because technology is more fun to talk about than who plays human and who’s merely humanoid, the film is being shot in a new digital 3D process that will make this grand-scale adventure pop off the screen like no movie before. Look for the action in 2009.

Return of the Jewish lesbian grandmothers in love

In 2002, a short, sweet documentary made the rounds on the queer film festival circuit.

It was called “Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House,” concerning two Jewish grandmothers who found love with each other. It was a breath of fresh air in a gay film culture that affords every young male coming-out story the opportunity to be told, but seldom makes space for other voices.

And now, thanks to accomplished lesbian director Jane Anderson (“Normal” and “Prize-Winner of Defiance, Ohio”), a narrative feature titled “Connie & Ruth” is in the works, based on the experiences of Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz. No casting news is available yet, but expect two very cool non-Botoxed actresss of a certain age to step into the roles.

Kevin Smith “‘Porno’ mocks human sexuality gay and straight

It’s not a Kevin Smith movie without some gay content.

Granted, it’s almost always of the crudest sort, the kind that even gay audiences sometimes misinterpret, but Smith (director of “Clerks”, “Clerks 2″, and “Chasing Amy”) is very decidedly of the gay-friendly, gay-inclusive persuasion.

Which is why it’s a no-brainer that his latest sexually outrageous comedy, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” will mock human sexuality from both sides of the fence.

The feature, still in the pre-production casting stage, involves two 20-something friends who decide to create their own amateur porn company.

Originally, Smith’s “Clerks 2″ star Rosario Dawson was attached, but then she dropped out. Now names like Zach Braff and Seth Rogen are circulating through the rumor mill. The only given? Jason Mewes (the Jay half of Jay and Silent Bob) is attached, so at least Smith’s heterosexual life partner is along for the ride.

Number of gay characters falling on networks, rising on cable

The number of gay characters depicted on TV is falling on network series but rising on cable, a study by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found.

In the 2007-08 TV season, broadcast series will feature seven regularly seen characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, down from nine characters in 2006 and 10 the season before, GLAAD said. Most are on one network ABC.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 28, 2007

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