Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Gayest Things You'll See This Week

Kellan Lutz
So, let's get away from politics, violence, religion and Chick-Fil-A, shall we?

My friend Megan and I have this running joke about Kellan Lutz. We both agree that the "90210" and Twilight actor is gorgeous, but probably vapid and practically brainless. Of course, not knowing him personally, we have no idea if this is true or not - so please - no hate mail about him (or us). Still, if you Google images of him, you'll find that in the majority of the photos of him that are available online, whether clothed or semi-naked,  he has the same goofy smile on his face as he does in the photo on your left. He always makes me think of the Julie Brown song "I Like 'Em Big and Stupid." And while Big and Stupid may be fun for a one-nighter, it doesn't bode well for a relationship. After all that hot and sweaty rolling around in the hay, what do you talk about? Philosophy? Astrophysics? Grammar? Probably not. Sigh.

Anyway, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Lutz has been signed to play a straight man in gay world in director David Tillman's indy feature All You Need is Love. The film supposes a world in which gay people are in the majority. Lutz plays a man who falls in love with a woman (Camilla Belle) and is bullied for doing so. Based on a short film by Kim Rocco Shields, with a screenplay by Shields and Tillman, All You Need is Love may just be what doubting straight folks need to change their attitudes about LGBT folks. Of course, that was the hope many of us held out for Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain - which did a lot for our cause, but wasn't exactly the turning point we'd hoped it would be. The point, of course, is to show str8 people what we have to deal with on a regular basis. Whether or not the message will be heard and received, remains to be seen. 

Also (via) in gay entertainment news is the Disney/Top 40 mashup "Cinderfella" (not to be confused with the 1960 Jerry Lewis movie of the same name) from former "American Idol" contestant Todrick Hall. One line reminds me of my days directing Shakespeare at Princeton, where many of the students were fond of asking "Do you go here?" How many Princes and Princesses can you spot? Look for appearances from Janice Dickerson; William Belli; Kimberly Cole; Aubrey O'Day; Lance Bass and Ben Melick. Legalize Love, indeed.

More, anon.

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