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News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« on: Jan 08, 2006, 10:35 AM »
This board will slowly undergo some reorganization due to a growing number of topics and it is unnecessary to start a new topic for each news. From now on, the news will be organized weekly.

If you find news related to BBM during this coming week and would like to share it with the forum, please post it in this topic in stead of starting a new topic. You are welcome to post any comments related to the news in the topic as well.

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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #1 on: Jan 08, 2006, 10:36 AM »
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Another Utah Theatre Article
« Reply #2 on: Jan 08, 2006, 12:54 PM »
Utah Theatre Cancels Brokeback Mountain

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060108/ap_en_mo/brokeback_canceled

SALT LAKE CITY - A movie theater owned by Utah Jazz owner     Larry Miller abruptly changed its screening plans and decided not to show the film "Brokeback Mountain." The film, an R-rated Western gay romance story, was supposed to open Friday at the Megaplex at Jordan Commons in Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Instead it was pulled from the schedule.
 
A message posted at the ticket window read: "There has been a change in booking and we will not be showing 'Brokeback Mountain.' We apologize for any inconvenience."

Cal Gunderson, manager of the Jordan Commons Megaplex, declined to comment.

The film, starring     Heath Ledger and     Jake Gyllenhaal, is about two cowboys who discover feelings for one another. The two eventually marry women but rekindle their relationship over the years.

The movie's distributor, Focus Features, said that hours before opening, the theater management "reneged on their licensing agreement," and refused to open the film.

Gayle Ruzicka, president of the conservative Utah Eagle Forum, said not showing the film set an example for the people of Utah.

"I just think (pulling the show) tells the young people especially that maybe there is something wrong with this show," she said.

Mike Thompson, executive director of the gay rights advocacy group Equality Utah, called it disappointing.

"It's just a shame that such a beautiful and award-winning film with so much buzz about it is not being made available to a broad Utah audience because of personal bias," he said.


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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #3 on: Jan 08, 2006, 01:56 PM »
They should be called out on their hypocisy. They refuse to show a movie featuring a homosexual love affair because it is "immoral", but they have no trouble showing movies like Saw and Hostel that have torturing and disgusting murders or Memoirs of a geisha that show women prostituting? Pathetic.

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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #4 on: Jan 08, 2006, 05:56 PM »
http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/film/reviews/article337331.ece



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Not the best article...as it does not sing BBM's praises...but fair enough...not everybody can be as addicted as we are!
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #5 on: Jan 08, 2006, 08:27 PM »
They should be called out on their hypocisy. They refuse to show a movie featuring a homosexual love affair because it is "immoral", but they have no trouble showing movies like Saw and Hostel that have torturing and disgusting murders or Memoirs of a geisha that show women prostituting? Pathetic.

I agree. I found the commercials for both saw and hostel really disturbing. You'd think that extreme sexual violence and torture would be more controversial than a poignant love story, but hey just goes to show you people are more afraid of love than hate...something our world reflects only too well.

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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #6 on: Jan 08, 2006, 08:34 PM »
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_3381236

Why 'Brokeback Mountain' is so frightening
Leonard Pitts 

    I went to see ''Brokeback Mountain'' last week, mainly to prove to myself that I could.
    This was after reading a New York Times piece by Larry David of ''Seinfeld'' and ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'' fame in which he wrote that, though he loves gay people and supports both gay marriage and gay divorce, he does not plan to see this critically praised movie about gay cowboys. David said he's discomfited by the idea of watching two men fall in love and fears it might make him gay by osmosis.
    ''Not,'' he added, ''that there's anything wrong with that.''
    It strikes me that David's essay amounted to the smiley-face liberal version of what is being said more bluntly in conservative circles. ''Gay love story carries a high 'ick' factor'' reads the headline of a story on the American Family Association Web site. It quotes a prediction that people will leave the theater vomiting.
    How asinine, I think.
    Yeah, says a little voice in my head, but if that's how you feel, why haven't you been to ''Brokeback Mountain''?
    Now look, I say, and suddenly there's this wheedling tone to my voice, some of my best friends are gay. Heck, my own brother's gay. But you know, we are talking about a love story between two guys, and they might be kissing and, you know, touching and . . . stuff.
    The little voice falls silent. It is a put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is silence.
    So I went to see ''Brokeback.'' And I can report that it was as shattering and powerful as advertised. People were moved. Nobody threw up.
    Which brings me back to that ick factor.
    I find myself wondering if this primeval revulsion doesn't speak less to our antipathy toward homosexuality than to our fears about masculinity. I mean, while a movie about two women in love would surely be controversial, I doubt it would present the visceral threat ''Brokeback Mountain'' does for some of us. I doubt Larry David would be scared to see it.
    Indeed, the idea of women who can't keep their hands off each other is a staple of 
so-called men's entertainment. Visit a magazine stand if you don't believe me.
    Point being, when it's women, we - meaning straight men - tend to find it titillating, exotic, arousing in its very forbiddance. When it's men, we - meaning straight men and women - tend to react as if somebody dropped a snake in the bed. Small wonder the FBI reports that while 902 men were reported victims of sexual orientation hate crimes in 2004, only 212 women were.
    We seem prone to find male homosexuality the more clear and present danger, the more urgent betrayal of some fundamental . . . something. Some will say it's - and I will finesse this for a general audience - the nature of man-to-man sex some of us find off-putting. I think it's more basic than that. I think gay men threaten our very conception of masculinity.
    The amazing thing about ''Brokeback Mountain'' is its willingness to make that threat, directly and overtly. These are not cute gays, funny gays, ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'' gays. These are ''cowboys,'' and there is no figure in American lore more iconically male. Think Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, the Marlboro Man. The cowboy is our very embodiment of male virtues.
    In offering us cowboys who are gay, then, ''Brokeback Mountain'' commits heresy, but it is knowing heresy, matter-of-fact heresy. Nor is it the sex (what little there is) that makes it heretical. Rather, it's the emotion, the fact that the movie dares you to deny these men their humanity. Or their love.
    Ultimately, I think, that's what the Larry Davids among us sense. And why for them, ''Brokeback Mountain'' might be the most frightening movie ever made. 
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #7 on: Jan 08, 2006, 08:50 PM »
Point being, when it's women, we - meaning straight men - tend to find it titillating, exotic, arousing in its very forbiddance. When it's men, we - meaning straight men and women - tend to react as if somebody dropped a snake in the bed.

He has a point about the difference in social attitude. However, his assumption that all men and women feel this way is an overgeneralization. I for one know lots of women, both straight and bisexual who think love between men is a beautiful thing. And not all straight men have a problem with it either, especially those who aren't insecure about themselves.
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #8 on: Jan 09, 2006, 12:02 AM »
It is sad to hear that BBM just pulled because of its subject matter. It is unfortunate to see the bias. On the other hand, I think it is great to stir something which gets people thinking.

I don't think BBM has not lost anything - it is the theatre's loss.
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #9 on: Jan 09, 2006, 12:06 AM »
I saw this photo of a woman who went to theater to see it and they pulled it, the look on her face was so sad. Can you imagine if we didn't get to see it?  But yes it's not the movies fault, it's the ignorant owners.
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #10 on: Jan 09, 2006, 02:49 AM »
I don't think anyone will be denied the opportunity to see BBM just because the owner of the Megaplex refused to show it. There are a number of other theaters in the Jordan Commons area that are showing it, and people will just go to those theaters. The only thing the Megaplex has achieved is a loss of revenue. The controversy might even cause more people to see it. LOL

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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #11 on: Jan 09, 2006, 06:13 AM »
The pull of BBM makes me wonder why a movie such as King Kong would not have any problem. The romance between a girl and a monkey --- pleeese and no one raises any issue? This is even more controversial than pure love between two people. Just my 2 cents.
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #12 on: Jan 09, 2006, 06:18 AM »
The pull of BBM makes me wonder why a movie such as King Kong would not have any problem. The romance between a girl and a monkey --- pleeese and no one raises any issue? This is even more controversial than pure love between two people. Just my 2 cents.

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It's a date: 'Brokeback' romance draws couples - USA Today
« Reply #13 on: Jan 09, 2006, 10:40 AM »
It's a date: 'Brokeback' romance draws couples
By Marco R. della Cava, USA TODAY


In four weeks, Brokeback has recouped its modest budget (south of $20 million) and is now in 120 diverse markets. "We're doing huge grosses in places like Fort Worth and Cleveland," hardly gay capitals, says James Shamus, chief of distributor Focus Features.

He says exit polls indicate that the longer the movie remains in a city, "the number of women attending with their (male) significant others goes up dramatically."

Still, the film's subject matter can be a tough sell. Comedian Larry David joked in a New York Times commentary that "cowboys would have to lasso" him into the theater, because he's sure the voice in his head would say, " 'You like those cowboys, don't you? They're kind of cute.' "

David Fone of San Diego had "no desire to see the film," but, like many men, was lured by Brokeback's stellar reviews celebrating characters whose sexual orientation takes a back seat to their humanity. Fone acknowledges he "grimaced" during the love scenes but "enjoyed (the film) thoroughly."

So did Linda Rodriguez of Los Gatos, Calif.: "Somewhere during the movie I forgot that it was about two gay cowboys and found it to be a very tragic and touching love story, and my boyfriend agreed."

Anna-Marie Ganje of Minneapolis went with her husband; the film "haunted" them for days. "If you're open-minded, you know that love between two people is love," she says. (Related story: Brokeback selling well in the heartland)

The movie has emerged as a test of hipness for straight men, says Andrea Miller, founder of relationship magazine Tango: "The coffee dates after this movie surely are filled with intense conversations that get into areas of vulnerability, and women love that in a man."

And, some men insist, they're up for the challenge.

"Give us straight guys some credit. Not all of us are homophobic and turned off by films that deal with relationships," says Adam Robinson of Washington, D.C. "Occasionally I love to see things blow up, but we're not all 13-year-old boys anymore. Plus, there's nothing wrong with a non-sexual crush on (Brokeback co-star) Heath Ledger. He makes being a cowboy look awesome once again."

During filming of the cowboys' final meeting, there was evidence the story would appeal to a broad audience. "Ang suddenly noticed everyone was crying," Shamus says. "This was the crew, folks who are just there to do a day's work. Right then, we thought, 'We have something here.' "

 
http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2006-01-09-brokeback-date-movie-main_x.htm

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Go for more 'Broke'? Maybe - LA Times
« Reply #14 on: Jan 09, 2006, 10:49 AM »
Go for more 'Broke'? Maybe
The critical success of 'Mountain' may help other gay-themed projects. As usual, it's all about the box office.

By Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer

After the runaway success of "Wedding Crashers" and "40 Year-Old Virgin," Hollywood scrambled to make R-rated comedies. Now that "Brokeback Mountain" is drawing acclaim and audiences, some in Hollywood are pushing to get new gay- and lesbian-themed projects off the drawing board and into production.

Screenwriters and producers across Hollywood have been dusting off old scripts and brainstorming about new ones ever since the Ang Lee film about a love affair between two cowboys began collecting critics awards and nominations, including seven Golden Globe nominations, four Screen Actors Guild nominations and one Directors Guild of America nomination.

A survey of the six major studios plus DreamWorks, New Line Cinema and Miramax Films reveals that their development slates are virtually devoid of such projects. And although there are no shortages of gay characters in films today, studios say that what little they have on their development or release slates does not fall into the category of "Brokeback Mountain," with its portrayal of romantic gay love.

Nonetheless, this dearth of gay-themed projects hasn't dimmed hopes that "Brokeback Mountain" will usher in a sea change in the attitudes of audiences, which will cause studios to make more gay-themed films that aren't consigned to art house venues.

At Warner Bros., producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron express confidence that their long-languishing project "The Mayor of Castro Street," which now has Bryan Singer ("Superman Returns") attached to direct, will get made in the coming year. The project is based on Randy Shilts' 1982 book about the assassination of Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay city supervisor in San Francisco.

Zadan and Meron, who were executive producers on 2002's Academy Award-winning film "Chicago," say they have spent 15 years developing "The Mayor of Castro Street" and now believe "Brokeback Mountain" has given the project new life.

"We believe, for the first time, this project is viable," Zadan said. "We are getting nothing but enthusiasm from Warner Bros. They are excited by it. Bryan is excited by it. Big actors all over town are wanting to make this movie. Our timing couldn't be better…. Then 'Brokeback Mountain' comes out of the blue, and that only fuels the enthusiasm."

A studio spokeswoman who declined to be identified stressed that, just like any other project in development at Warner Bros., a decision to greenlight the project would be based on the script and other key elements, like casting.

Since its release a few weeks ago, "Brokeback Mountain," starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, has grossed $22.5 million, and Hollywood is watching to see if it becomes a hit with mainstream "crossover" audiences as it continues its steady expansion into theaters nationwide.

Even if it does, some industry insiders say, "Brokeback" won't necessarily result in a flood of similarly themed movies.

Alan Gasmer, a literary agent at the William Morris Agency, said he isn't aware yet of a groundswell for gay-themed scripts at the studios.

"I have not seen or heard from any [studio] executive who says that is what they are looking for," said Gasmer.

"I don't think people are going to look at 'Brokeback Mountain,' with its modest business, and say, 'If we want to get rich, let's make movies about gay cowboys,' " said entertainment attorney Stan Coleman. "But what it does say is you need not be prohibited from making those movies, if they are made for a price and marketed in good taste."

Off the shelf

To be sure, there have been studio movies over the years featuring gay characters, from "Philadelphia" to "The Birdcage," but "Brokeback Mountain" has taken the genre further with its high-end production values and the frank way the men express love for each other.

The film is prompting renewed interest in projects that have kicked around Hollywood for years.

One is Peter Lefcourt's 1992 novel "The Dreyfus Affair," about two gay baseball players, the World Series and how organized baseball deals with the public relations fallout from their relationship.

Lefcourt said the book, in its 15th printing as a paperback, was twice optioned by Disney, then went to 20th Century Fox in 1997 for director Betty Thomas, then to New Line Cinema. Lefcourt said he had gotten the film rights back.

"We actually got close to [casting] Ben Affleck" at New Line, Lefcourt said, but Affleck did the big-budget "Pearl Harbor" for director Michael Bay instead. Lefcourt said he had heard that actor Don Cheadle had been interested in the project.

"We had a budget and were ready to go," Lefcourt said, then quipped: "I guess [Affleck] decided he'd rather kiss Kate Beckinsale in 'Pearl Harbor' than Don Cheadle in Burbank."

Lefcourt said that he believed studio bean counters were not so much homophobic as they were "risk-phobic" when it came to greenlighting gay-themed films. But he added that "Brokeback Mountain" has now "paved the way for these types of movies to be made."

Although TV and cable do not shy away from gay and lesbian themes and relationships, Hollywood has always had an uneasy time with movies that directly tackle homosexual relationships.

A generation ago, Patricia Nell Warren's breakthrough 1974 gay-themed novel "The Front Runner," about a homosexual relationship between a track coach and runner set against the backdrop of the Olympic Games, generated similar buzz in Hollywood. Paul Newman acquired the film rights and was interested in playing the coach, Warren said, but when the script didn't come together, Newman bowed out. The project then kicked around the industry for years. In the mid-1990s, Warren reacquired the film rights; she said there has been renewed interest in turning the book into a movie since "Brokeback Mountain." The novel has sold 10 million books and is in its 36th paperback printing.

"There are still a lot of people who would like to see this movie made," Warren said. "We get e-mails and letters all the time. One of the issues is economics. There are a lot of people in the industry … who think of gay films as low budget. 'The Front Runner' is not a low-budget film. Its backdrop is the Olympic Games. You can't do the Olympic Games for $2 million. You have to be willing to spend the money for the talent and the production values. What I'm hoping is that now there is going to be more courage to putting money into gay-themed films.

"I think people are just watching the box office of 'Brokeback Mountain' very closely," she said.

The 1998 gay-themed film "Gods and Monsters" received critical acclaim but grossed only $6.4 million in North America. "I think that is one of the things that scared people off," Warren said. " 'Gods and Monsters' won [the Academy Award for] best adapted screenplay and never took off. The critical acclaim can be wonderful. But the key thing is going to be the income."

"Hollywood is driven by the greenback…. They always look at the risk factor," said producer and screenwriter Lance Dow, who is developing a movie script called "Immortal" about a gay comic book superhero. Dow believes "Brokeback Mountain" also paves the way for other straight box office stars to take gay roles and not fear career suicide.

"The walls are being torn away," Dow said. "Just like it was with the stars of old. There was a time when if you were a movie star you couldn't move to television. Now, it doesn't make any difference."

Have no fear

Dow has written a script, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," about a decorated U.S. Army Ranger put on trial when the military discovers he is gay. The producers, who include Jerry Offsay, the former president of entertainment at Showtime Networks, say they have a "key actor" on board and are waiting for a second star as well as a director.

Before "Brokeback Mountain," said Lee Levinson, who is also a producer on the project, it would have been much harder to interest a straight actor in taking a gay role.

"I think ['Brokeback Mountain'] helped us tremendously," he said. "It's going to help us in the sense that we are going to reach out to a heterosexual star for the gay role."

Gary Goldstein, who chairs the Writers Guild's gay and lesbian writers committee, said interest in gay-themed scripts has ebbed and flowed over the years.

"As somebody who has been writing these kind of scripts over the years, I've definitely seen the roller-coaster effect," he said. "I've written big studio screenplays with gay characters in a straight environment and even in those films, there is resistance to them. There is always the fear when you make a $40-million, $50-million or $70-million star-driven comedy, 'Can we get stars to play these parts and will the public accept it?' "

"Until now, audiences have been afraid to go to gay-themed films, and the studios have been afraid to get behind them," said K. Pearson Brown, who writes a syndicated column called LezTalk and is a radio commentator on gay film and has written a screenplay called "Who You Know" that she said was inspired by her own professional and personal relationships with Hollywood's power lesbians.

"['Brokeback Mountain'] has broken that barrier," she said. "I'm hoping this means future mainstream lesbian-themed movies will focus on the human stories and the romance and not be relegated to pornography."

http://www.latimes.com/business/custom/cotown/la-et-gayfilm9jan09,1,5184584.story?coll=la-headlines-business-enter

Glad to see this news. BBM definitely will not be the last. We will have many more to discuss in the future.  :D
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Re: Go for more 'Broke'? Maybe - LA Times
« Reply #15 on: Jan 09, 2006, 03:45 PM »
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"Give us straight guys some credit. Not all of us are homophobic and turned off by films that deal with relationships," says Adam Robinson of Washington, D.C. "Occasionally I love to see things blow up, but we're not all 13-year-old boys anymore. Plus, there's nothing wrong with a non-sexual crush on (Brokeback co-star) Heath Ledger. He makes being a cowboy look awesome once again."

Good to hear that all the predictions that the box office would be killed because no straight man would see it was an overgeneralization. I agree with this person that its about maturity more than gender or orientation.

"['Brokeback Mountain'] has broken that barrier," she said. "I'm hoping this means future mainstream lesbian-themed movies will focus on the human stories and the romance and not be relegated to pornography."

I am so thankful someone actually said this. It is really awful the way lesbian relationships have been presented in the media. I think women need more images that authentically represent their own experience rather than only sexual images meant solely for the voyeuristic interest of others.

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Re: Go for more 'Broke'? Maybe - LA Times
« Reply #16 on: Jan 09, 2006, 03:50 PM »
"['Brokeback Mountain'] has broken that barrier," she said. "I'm hoping this means future mainstream lesbian-themed movies will focus on the human stories and the romance and not be relegated to pornography."

I am so thankful someone actually said this. It is really awful the way lesbian relationships have been presented in the media. I think women need more images that authentically represent their own experience rather than only sexual images meant solely for the voyeuristic interest of others.

Well actually there is a great lesbian-themed movie on its way to a cinema near you! ;D
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Re: Go for more 'Broke'? Maybe - LA Times
« Reply #17 on: Jan 09, 2006, 03:58 PM »
Well actually there is a great lesbian-themed movie on its way to a cinema near you! ;D
"Imagine Me & You" http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/imaginemeandyou/

Thanks for sharing this frog  :D I will definitely be seeing this film.  I'm really excited about all the cultural changes that are happening. Brokeback will hopefully be part of a larger cultural turning point for us all  :)

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Re: Go for more 'Broke'? Maybe - LA Times
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Well actually there is a great lesbian-themed movie on its way to a cinema near you! ;D
"Imagine Me & You" http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/imaginemeandyou/

thanks froggy.. i'll make sure to check it out!  8)
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'BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN': Cancellation was Miller's call, and his loss
« Reply #19 on: Jan 10, 2006, 08:59 AM »
An article from Salt Lake Tribune.
'BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN': Cancellation was Miller's call, and his loss
A sad story
 
Admittedly, "Brokeback Mountain" is a movie that is not for everyone. But one might think that every multiplex owner would be eager to screen a film that is both a critical triumph and a controversial generator of free publicity.
   
Free publicity the film is getting. But even though one Utah theater owner - Larry H. Miller - has added to that attention, he won't be reaping any of the benefit. Nor, thanks to some shallow reporting that is showing up literally around the world, will Utah.
   
In a last-minute decision, apparently based on a last-minute realization of what "Brokeback Mountain" is sort of about, Miller Friday canceled the movie's run at his MegaPlex 17 in Sandy.
   
That's his call. And his loss. But not Salt Lake City's, as the movie continues to run at the downtown Broadway Centre Cinemas, as well as one house each in the Century and Cinemark chains.
   
Sadly, brief articles that have appeared everywhere from The New York Times to the New China News Agency may leave the impression that the film has been banned from Utah altogether. That's another rap this state doesn't deserve.
   
Miller and company aren't talking, but word is that the auto dealer/NBA owner/theater impresario only found out that the film involves 20 years in the lives of two "gay cowboys" when a local radio reporter called to ask him about the controversy surrounding the movie.
   
We can only guess that Miller had not actually seen the film at that point. If he had, he might realize that to dismiss "Brokeback Mountain" as a gay movie would be like passing on Moby Dick as a fish story.

The film, an art-house feature that went into wider release last week, is less about sexuality, gay or otherwise, than it is about human loneliness. And, as realized first in the short story by Annie Proulx and then in the film by director Ang Lee, being a gay man in the middle of Wyoming may be about the loneliest condition on Earth.
   
The movie is about as frank as a mainstream movie is likely to get, certainly outside the comfort range of many good people. But it in no way glamorizes the "gay lifestyle," just as it refuses to sugarcoat the dark side of other human relationships.
   
The proper response to Larry Miller's performance in this drama is the same as the humane response to seeing Heath Ledger's portrayal in "Brokeback Mountain." Not anger. Not put-downs. Just sadness.
   
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_3387000

I could even see this news on TV here in Taiwan. Great publicity actually for BBM.
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #20 on: Jan 10, 2006, 04:45 PM »


http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,17784925-29277,00.html
 Gay cowboy film has Oz premiere

HEATH Ledger's leading lady Michelle Williams has declared Australia her second home at the Australian premiere of their film Brokeback Mountain.
As drizzling rain fell in Melbourne, the American beauty revealed she was thrilled to be attending the first premiere downunder of the controversial film with her co-star and boyfriend Ledger.

Williams says she and Ledger along with their baby daughter Matilda Rose, plan to spend time between their home in Brooklyn, New York, and Australia.

So being in Melbourne has been a treat for her.

"It is sweet," said the 25-year-old of walking the red carpet hand-in-hand with Ledger.

"Now Australia is my second home and we want to spend equal time in both places. It's nice to get to know both Melbourne and Sydney."


http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,17786057%255E2902,00.html
 Heath Ledger angry at ban



HOT Oscar tip Heath Ledger yesterday compared US bans on his gay cowboy film to racism.

Ledger said he was not surprised a Utah cinema had banned Brokeback Mountain, which depicts a lifelong love affair between two Montana cowboys.

"I heard a while ago that West Virginia was going to ban it. But that's a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago, so that's to be expected," Ledger said.

"Personally, I don't think the movie is (controversial) but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do. I think it's hilarious and very immature of a society.

"If two people are loving . . . I think we should be more concerned if two people express anger in love, than love."


http://entertainment.news.com.au/story/0,10221,17789638-7485,00.html
 Cowboys miss out



IT is all about cowboys in love but Australia's real cowboy country will not get to see the release of the latest Heath Ledger movie Brokeback Mountain this month ... or next month for that matter.

In fact, the cowboy bastions of Queensland around Rockhampton and Townsville and further west will have to wait and see if they get the movie at all.


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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #21 on: Jan 10, 2006, 08:22 PM »
Love Heath's comments. He really knows how to tell it like it is. Thanks for the articles  :)

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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #22 on: Jan 10, 2006, 08:23 PM »
Love Heath's comments. He really knows how to tell it like it is. Thanks for the articles  :)

My pleasure... ;)
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #23 on: Jan 12, 2006, 02:00 PM »
Interesting article by a reporter covering the National Board of Review Awards on the behind the scenes competition for Oscar (he's rooting for Brokeback).

http://www.oscarwatch.com/moveabletype/archives/articles/stephen_holt/index.html#000492

(cross posted in Oscar thread)

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« Reply #24 on: Jan 12, 2006, 04:35 PM »
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #25 on: Jan 12, 2006, 06:35 PM »
Heath Comments on ban in Utah

http://www.spotlightingnews.com/article.php?news=1788

and it's driving every stupid homophobe crazy..

"I think it's proven to have the opposite effect. All of the American states, besides the odd one here and there, have ended up seeing it. It seems to have proven everyone wrong."

Heath is SOO right!!!   ;)
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
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and it's driving every stupid homophobe crazy..

"I think it's proven to have the opposite effect. All of the American states, besides the odd one here and there, have ended up seeing it. It seems to have proven everyone wrong."

Heath is SOO right!!!   

People are driven crazy to see it.  My fellows in France are starving, they went to look at this forum, read all the reviews from U.S.A., Canada and U.K. Homophobes are drivin nuts indeed, they just get the opposite of what they want.  The buzz is just too big and many people are just going to see BBM out of curiosity.  Yesss!  :D
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
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and it's driving every stupid homophobe crazy..

"I think it's proven to have the opposite effect. All of the American states, besides the odd one here and there, have ended up seeing it. It seems to have proven everyone wrong."

Heath is SOO right!!!   

People are driven crazy to see it.  My fellows in France are starving, they went to look at this forum, read all the reviews from U.S.A., Canada and U.K. Homophobes are drivin nuts indeed, they just get the opposite of what they want.  The buzz is just too big and many people are just going to see BBM out of curiosity.  Yesss!  :D

Someone was pointing out the people who got it out of UT didn't even see it, so there is more buzz about that too.
This is great!  I mean here you have Ang Lee film, a totally sensitive smart director and they don't even bother to see it first...
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Re: News Coverage: January 8 - 15
« Reply #28 on: Jan 12, 2006, 07:50 PM »
Not to mention BBM is alreading making money!  :)
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« Reply #29 on: Jan 12, 2006, 09:06 PM »
Not to mention BBM is alreading making money!  :)

Agreed  ;)