8 items from 2007
Television matters. Who and what we see on our screens each week tells us a great deal about who and what is relevant in society, who has power, and who doesn’t. That’s why AfterElton.com pays such close attention to the shows that have gay characters and gay storylines, analyzing what each new character and plot twist says about the acceptance of gay and bisexual men in today’s world.
Television programming as we know it today came into existence approximately seventy years ago. However, it took thirty-five years for the first semi-regularly recurring gay character to appear, on The Corner Bar, an 1972 ABC show that lasted for fifteen episodes and featured Vincent Schiavelli as Peter Panama. Over the next several years, gay characters popped up on other short-lived shows including Hot L Baltimore and The Nancy Walker Show, but it wasn’t until 1977 and Soap that gay »
With a possible writers' strike looming around the corner, the networks are a bit more hesitant than usual to cancel their newest shows. That's good news for the stars of current series but, what about the actors from the shows that have already been cancelled? They're still around. Just read on.
Director Oliver Stone has once again cast Woody Harrelson (Cheers) in one of his films. Harrelson will co-star alongside Bruce Willis (Moonlighting) and Michael Pena (The Shield) in the mystery drama Pinkville. The movie tells the story of the infamous 1968 My Lai Massacre, in which hundreds of Vietnamese civilians were reportedly killed by U.S. soldiers.
Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek) has been signed to appear in several episodes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy. Jackson will play a doctor who will first appear by mid-season. (Note: Because of the writers strike, this didn't happen. Jackson later signed on to Fox's Fringe. »
TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival will host the world premieres of Stuart Townsend's "Battle in Seattle", starring Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson, and Sean Penn's "Into the Wild", festival organizers said Thursday.
Unveiling another eight titles for its high-profile Special Presentations sidebar, Toronto said it will screen Townsend's directorial debut, "Battle in Seattle", which recounts Seattle's 1999 clash between demonstrators and police in the shadow of World Trade Organization meeting. Joshua Jackson, Ray Liotta, Michelle Rodriguez and Channing Tatum round out the cast.
Also bowing in Toronto is Paramount Vantage's "Into the Wild", Penn's portrait of a young man who gives up all luxuries to live in the Alaskan wilderness. The movie, based on a true story, stars Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt and Vince Vaughn, and is due for a late-September theatrical release. »
Matt Damon has dressed up as a fuel-pump and Ben Affleck as an ear of corn in a spoof charity film to raise awareness of climate change and promote alternative fuel sources. The pair and a host of Hollywood stars have agreed to star in the video - created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. In "Clean My Ride, Flex My Fuel," Damon spoofs his movie character Jason Bourne, urging Congress to make changes and punching a guy who asks him to dance - all while wearing a fuel pump costume. He says, "Come on, Congress. Come on, big oil. Mandate cleaner cars and cleaner fuel. A little bit of corn and a pinch of can-do attitude is all it takes. And kids love it, too. Yippee. I feel like I'm being punk'd." Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner, Sarah Silverman, Jason Biggs, and Joshua Jackson also appear in the film. The first of a six-part series of videos is already appearing on website YouTube.com. »
Former Dawson's Creek actor Joshua Jackson has reportedly beaten some of Hollywood's biggest names to land the title role in Fletch Won. Jackson will play investigative reporter Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher, a part made famous by Chevy Chase in the 1985 comedy Fletch and its 1989 follow-up Fletch Lives, according to website Iesb.net. Among the actors previously linked to the role were Brad Pitt, Jason Lee, Ryan Reynolds and Zach Braff. Director Steve Pink has also signed up for the project, which was originally to be directed by Kevin Smith. »
Joshua Jackson is set to join Rachael Taylor in Regency Enterprises' psychological thriller Shutter, which begins shooting March 12 in Tokyo. Also joining the cast are David Denman (The Office), James Kyson Lee (Heroes) and John Hensley ("Nip/Tuck").
From director Masayuki Ochiai, Shutter, a remake of a 2004 Thai film, centers on a young American couple (Jackson and Taylor) on their honeymoon in Tokyo, who begin seeing ghostly images in their photos as well as around them.
20th Century Fox will distribute.
Jackson now appears in Bobby and will next be seen in Stuart Townsend's indie film Battle in Seattle starring Charlize Theron. He is repped by WMA, Michael Bircumshaw of Waterstreet and attorney Steve Warren.
- One of many awards that confirm the heavy favs for Feb’s Oscar winners, the Screen Actors Guild crowned names that we are overwhelmingly familiar with. Here’s the list of winners excluding the television awards. ActorLeonardo DiCaprio - "Blood Diamond"Ryan Gosling - "Half Nelson"Peter O'Toole - "Venus"Will Smith - "The Pursuit of Happyness"Winner: Forest Whitaker - "The Last King of Scotland" ActressPenelope Cruz - "Volver"Judi Dench - "Notes on a Scandal"Winner: Helen Mirren - "The Queen"Meryl Streep - "The Devil Wears Prada"Kate Winslet - "Little Children" Supporting ActorAlan Arkin - "Little Miss Sunshine"Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Departed"Jackie Earle Haley - "Little Children"Djimon Hounsou - "Blood Diamond"Winner: Eddie Murphy - "Dreamgirls" Supporting ActressAdriana Barraza - "Babel"Cate Blanchett - "Notes on a Scandal"Abigail Breslin - "Little Miss Sunshine"Winner: Jennifer Hudson - "Dreamgirls"Rinko Kikuchi - »
- Babel, Dreamgirls and Little Miss Sunshine garnered 3 noms each while Blood Diamond, The Departed, Little Children and Notes on a Scandal grabbed a pair each. Winners to be announced on Jan.28th, the SAG noms are chosen by a panel of 2,100 guild members. Here is the complete list for both film and television.Motion PICTURESActorLeonardo DiCaprio - "Blood Diamond"Ryan Gosling - "Half Nelson"Peter O'Toole - "Venus"Will Smith - "The Pursuit of Happyness"Forest Whitaker - "The Last King of Scotland" ActressPenelope Cruz - "Volver"Judi Dench - "Notes on a Scandal"Helen Mirren - "The Queen"Meryl Streep - "The Devil Wears Prada"Kate Winslet - "Little Children" Supporting ActorAlan Arkin - "Little Miss Sunshine"Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Departed"Jackie Earle Haley - "Little Children"Djimon Hounsou - "Blood Diamond"Eddie Murphy - "Dreamgirls" Supporting ActressAdriana Barraza - "Babel"Cate Blanchett - "Notes on a »
8 items from 2007
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