Hollywood: Gay marriage’s best man

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“Philadelphia put a human face on the AIDS crisis, and Brokeback put a human face on repression and enabled people who hadn’t thought about that to experience the pain and anguish that go along with that,” says Maltin. “These are all milestones on a long path to complete understanding and tolerance.” Another mainstream arrow in Hollywood’s tolerance quiver was Lisa Cholodenko’s 2010 dysfunctional-family drama The Kids Are Alright, whose protagonists (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) are a married lesbian couple whose decision to have children by artificial insemination brings a sperm donor played by Mark Ruffalo into the saga. Kids was a touchstone for director Stacie Passon, whose soon-to-be-released feature film, Concussion, is about a woman in a gay marriage who hits her head and suddenly wants to escape her minivan life, surely a fear/fantasy not limited to gays and lesbians. “We’re past the stories of people coming out,” says Passon. “We have now evolved so that people can see themselves in this married couple, because everyone has the seven-year itch or a midlife crisis.” She takes it as a sign of cultural progress that “people have told me that (Concussion) is not a gay movie. It’s about something that all couples face when love dies.
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TheWrap’s Inaugural Innovators List: 12 Who Are Changing Hollywood

He’s in it for love. We salute his commitment to telling good stories using the power of social media. And as he wrote on Twitter: “Haters gonna hate. The angry will only get angrier. I choose love.” Amen. – Sharon Waxman 3.
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How Hollywood softened us up for NSA surveillance

Amanda Bynes lunges at man who tries to take a photo: Who’s the hottest mess in Hollywood?

Photograph: Allstar/Touchstone/Sportsphoto Ltd Last week’s NSA leaks scandal had a scary side-story: a poll found that many Americans were not that worried about the degree of access the agency apparently now has to their digital lives. Perhaps it is because “precrime”, a sci-fi concept of some vintage, is now real. Hollywood has been softening us up for this for years now, accustoming us to the notion that our spending habits, our location, our every movement and conversation, are visible to others whose motives we cannot know. The NSA (unofficial motto: “Nobody Say Anything”) and Hollywood (unofficial motto: “Nobody Knows Anything”) have been feeling each other up at arm’s length for decades, but after 9/11 era the romance became official, and surveillance -based entertainment, from 24 to Alias, from Spooks to Big Brother to Person of Interest, went global.
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There’s always Lindsay Lohan, who is sadly the poster child for going off the deep-end with her partying. Then again, who can forget a bald Britney Spears attacking a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella circa 2007? Heck, even Charlie Sheen has a shot at “winning” the hot mess award with his 2011 public meltdown…
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Hollywood Fringe Festival: preview day 4 recap (part 1) (Photos)

Love Never Dies is a funny parody episode of the webseries You Make me Physically Ill

The cast, who previously trained with the legendary Viola Spolin, include producer Pat Musick, and stars of television and film including Donna Dubain, Danny Mann, John Mariano, Anna Mathias, Gail Matthius, David McCharen, Edie McClurg, Casey Campbell and Jim Staahl. As is the situation with improv, every show is different, as the audience selects the activity, emotion, location, and background for each game. The result is a fun-filled hour of hilarity, joviality, rapture and enough laughs to make your sides hurt.
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Need to know which way to the bathroom? Hollywood has ambassadors on hand to point the way

Volunteers Frank De Risi, left, and Marc Jacobs assist Houston native Tami Chastain, right, with directions to the souveneir shops. Hollywood hopes to hire volunteer ambassadors like De Risi and Jacobs to patrol the Broadwalk on the weekends to answer tourists

“We want people to feel welcome.” On Sunday, a group of ambassadors were already in place, ready to make newcomers feel welcome. It didn’t take long for a group of tourists from Houston to spot volunteer Frank De Risi’s gold shirt and ask him where they could find souvenir shops. “We saw the bright shirts and figured they were there to help,” said Tami Chastain, who was in town for a conference. She said it was a great sight to see on the beach.
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