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Q: So Lance Loud was the first openly gay person on reality television, on An American Family in 1973. I assume The Real World’s Pedro Zamora was the second. So who was the third? – Martin, Philadelphia, Pa
A: Norman Korpi (who is gay, but was portrayed as bisexual on the show), appeared on the first season of The Real World in 1992 and actually preceded Zamora, who didn’t appear until the third season, in 1994.
Since then, there have literally been hundreds. It’s surprising how far we’ve come so quickly, isn’t it?
Q: With the royal wedding fever gripping England two weeks ago, a question struck me, in terms of gay rights. »
- Brent Hartinger
Whedonesque okay so supposedly Joss Whedon started shooting The Avengers today. I've long said this movie will never happen so if cameras are actually rolling (do people still say that anymore with digital cameras?) and they don't stop production at some point unexpectaly I'll be totes wrong. And I'll be happy to be wrong (so long as the movie is good.)
Pajiba the ten movies people most lie about having seen when they haven't.
Movie|Line Stephanie Zacharek reveals the summer movies she's most looking forward to... even though she hates writing about trailers.
Acidemic remembered Jesus, via Franco Zefferilli, for Easter. I did such a bad job with Easter at the blog. I didn't even post a bunny picture. What's wrong with me? I'm normally such a holiday-friendly guy. Do you have a favorite Jesus portrayal from film or television?
Gold Derby looks at the possible Best Comedy Actress lineup at the Emmys. »
- NATHANIEL R
Lance Loud is generally considered the first openly gay person to ever be shown on television, when his family was the subject of the 1973 PBS documentary "An American Family." Saturday night (April 23), a movie about the making of that documentary, "Cinema Verite," premieres on HBO.
"When I read the script I thought he was just this kind of flamboyant guy. But when I watched his interview, I saw that he was such a myriad of things," says Dekker. "He was famous for being the first openly gay young guy on television and in the public, and that was a brave thing to do in that time. He had this confidence to go completely in his own direction and no matter how eccentric or daring it was, »
Chicago – How did we get here? How did the reality TV craze start? Some would have you believe that it is a modern trend and its popularity in the ’00s and ’10s has certainly been striking, but it’s much older than that. In 1973, when a film crew showed up at the Loud family household to shoot the 12-part series “An American Family,” which has been credited as being the start of the trend, do you think they envisioned a future that contained “Real Housewives of Orange County”?
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HBO’s “Cinema Verite” chronicles the making of the PBS documentary series and the impact it had on the Loud family. It’s led by Pat (Diane Lane) and Bill Loud (Tim Robbins), who struggled with marital issues including the specter of a looming divorce while the cameras rolled. Bill obnoxiously acted up in front of the camera and baited »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Psychologists have long known that the mere act of observing someone changes that person's behavior. They call it the Hawthorne Effect.
In 1971, a visionary documentarian named Craig Gilbert had the crazy idea to film an actual family in their home over many days and turn the resulting "story" into a TV series, An American Family, that aired in twelve parts on PBS in 1973.
It was the invention of "reality" television, and it was a sensation at the time, and a huge controversy, in part because the family's oldest son Lance was gay (but also because the marriage between Pat and Bill Loud slowly, but dramatically unraveled on screen).
The documentary about this one particular family turned out to be a nexus of a number of important social forces all simmering just under the surface of the time: the rise of feminism and gay liberation, »
- Brent Hartinger
These are big, big Glee spoilers. Most of it you knew, even if you didn’t “know.” It has to be this way to move the plot forward. Still, majorly spoilery. But also, the Kurt/Blaine stuff makes me very happy.
WWE is going to partner with GLAAD to embed anti-bullying messaging into their shows, which are marketed as PG entertainment. While the dialog between WWE and GLAAD began after homophobic remarks (scripted, mind you) by John Cena, I’m happy they’re trying this. I just wish I knew how you made professional wrestling “anti-bully.”
Quentin Tarantino is suing his neighbor over his “intolerably loud macaws.” This is not, despite all appearances, viral marketing for the release of Rio.
Nick Youngquest has teamed up with Nous Model Management to “Defend Equality.” While I’m happy about that, and how consistent Nick is in his advocacy, I suppose what you »
- Ed Kennedy
In a few months, HBO will once again fictionalize the creation of a famous work of nonfiction, although this time it's the reality series that started it all: An American Family. The Sopranos' James Gandolfini stars as Craig Gilbert, the producer who followed the Loud family for the 1973 PBS series, while Pat and Bill Loud are played by Diane Lane and Tim Robbins, while Thomas Dekker plays their gay son Lance Loud. Robbins and »
- Andy Dehnart
7 items from 2011
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