Hollywood’s Still ‘Discriminating’ Against the LGBT Entertainers?
Not only are the payments enhanced but so are the budgets of the films. “Technology-wise we are almost there. But the budgets over there are high (higher). It is very tough for us to make those kinds of films in our kind of economy. But even now we do make international level films,” said the 43-year-old actor. He has finished shooting Night of the Living Dead: Origins, a zombie film. “It has been a huge learning experience and it was very exciting. I was very nervous as I had never shot like that before,” he said. It was the prospect of working with Simon West of Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider fame that attracted him to go on board. “It was a Simon West film. That was a huge advantage.
Hollywood dumps romantic comedies for raunchier laughs
21 at the Beverly Hilton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. (The Hollywood Film Awards is owned by affiliates of THR parent company Guggenheim Partners.) our editor recommends PHOTOS:30 Years of Oscar Hosts: Johnny Carson, Seth MacFarlane, Ellen Previous recipients of the Hollywood Breakout Performance Award include Carey Mulligan, Michael Shannon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Hawkes. Leto, 41, has been acting for years. He first rose to prominence on the TV show My So-Called Life (1994-1995), and then transitioned into films, including Steve James’ Prefontaine (1997), Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line (1998), James Mangold’s Girl, Interrupted (1999), Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream (2000), Fincher’s Panic Room (2002), Mary Harron’s American Psycho (2000), Andrew Niccol’s Lord of War (2005) and J.P. Schaefer’s Chapter 27 (2007), a Mark David Chapman biopic for which he famously gained 67 pounds. In Dallas Buyers Club, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, Leto is virtually unrecognizable as Rayon, a transsexual — inspired by a real person — who is diagnosed with AIDS during the early days of the epidemic. Leto’s character becomes an unlikely associate and business partner of Matthew McConaughey’s Ron Woodroof, who begins importing and selling non-toxic, anti-viral medications that have not been approved by the FDA but have proven vastly more effective than any that have been. They don’t stop the progression of the deadly plague, but they slow it considerably. (Leto shed 40 pounds to play the part.) STORY:Toronto: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto Make Oscar Cases in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ The Hollywood Film Awards are determined by founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu and an advisory committee. Last month, the Hollywood Film Awards and Dick Clark Productions, which also produced the Golden Globe Awards, entered into a partnership that could lead to the ceremony being televised in future years. Over the past 10 years, Hollywood Film Awards honorees went on to garner a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars.
When Jon falls for the beautiful Barbara, played by Scarlett Johansson, he finds his relationship expectations challenged, while Barbara has her own ideas for the kind of boyfriend Jon should be. “I wanted to play with rom-com conventions and poke fun at them a bit,” said Gordon-Levitt, who also wrote and starred in the lead role. “(Barbara) expects her relationship with Jon to be like the romantic movies that she watches, and she tries to make him into that kind of man. They’re both stuck in their expectations instead of accepting each other for who they are,” he added. “Don Jon,” rated R for its graphic sexual content and strong language, leads a wave of comedies taking the place of conventional romantic-comedies drawing audiences looking for warm feel-good films as the weather gets colder. Movies such as 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary” starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant that made $281 million worldwide, and 2006’s “The Holiday” with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, which made $205 million at the global box office, demonstrated the power of romantic-comedies to bring in audiences. But in 2013, few traditional romantic comedies follow the traditional formula of boy meets girl in unlikely circumstances, falls in love and eventually lives happily ever after, a model that made films such as 1990’s “Pretty Woman” or 2001’s “The Wedding Planner” into romantic-comedy staples. “Rom-coms are not disappearing altogether, but there is a need for a novel approach … where the story-telling structure is different and doesn’t end with a woman and man just being happy,” said Lucas Shaw, film writer at TheWrap.com. COURTING MALE AUDIENCES Instead of romance, the fall season will see comedies such as “Bad Grandpa”, starring “Jackass” comedian Johnny Knoxville about an 86-year-old man traveling across America with his 8-year-old grandson, and “Last Vegas,” where four aging friends head to Sin City for a weekend of debauchery. The latter echoes the premise of the “Hangover” franchise spawned from four friends on a wild weekend in Las Vegas, with three films making more than $1 billion at the global box office. One romantic comedy vying for audiences this fall is British film “About Time,” about a man who can time travel, written and directed by Richard Curtis, the man behind hit romantic comedies including “Love Actually” and “Notting Hill.” The film starring Rachel McAdams has a 65 percent approval rating on review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com, but will go up against Marvel’s superhero sequel “Thor: The Dark World” and drama “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and is likely to have low expectations at the box office.
More than half of LGBT performers had heard anti-LGBT comments on set. And yet, 72 percent said that coming out had no effect on their careers. Of course, that means that 28 percent had a different, most likely negative experience. Gender nonconforming men and men who were out professionally were the most likely to experience discrimination. –Almost half of gay and lesbian respondents strongly agreed that producers and studio executives thing they are less marketable. In other words, Hollywood may be progressive, but their marketing to backward Americans still needs more aggressive propagandizing. SAG-AFTRA chief administrative officer and general counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland told TheWrap.com that We were pleased to see that our membership is overwhelmingly supportive of LGBT actors, and that many LGBT actors found benefits in coming out…Nonetheless, coming out remains a significant and consequential decision for many performers and we are committed to supporting our members in living honest and authentic personal and professional lives. Crabtree-Ireland, who quipped that he wasnt an actor but was married to one thanks to the cases that legalized same-sex marriage in California, told The Hollywood Reporter that the union will now develop an action plan based on the findings from the study. (The two unions became one in 2012.) The good news, said study co-author M. V. Lee Badgett, is that virtually no one thought things were getting worse for the gay agenda. The survey results show both progress and indications that more work will be necessary to make the workplace an equal and fully welcoming place for LGBT performers, Badgett said. While their website claims the Williams Institute is independent, they are transparently on the gay left.