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5 items from 2015


Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

29 June 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

Reagan didn’t immediately reveal what he was going to do, »

- Ted Johnson and Brent Lang

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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

Reagan didn’t immediately reveal what he was going to do, »

- Ted Johnson and Brent Lang

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Lotus Entertainment Acquires Comedy Spec ‘Parents Weekend’

1 June 2015 11:39 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Lotus Entertainment has acquired and will finance the comedy spec Parents Weekend from screenwriter Peter Scott, an expected R-rated comedy about a couple who take advantage of their freshman son's parents weekend to have the college experience they never had while visiting him. The feature will be produced by Film 360’s Daniel Rappaport and Ben Forkner with Industry Entertainment’s Andrew Deane and Michael Botti. Scott is the author of two comedic books told… »

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Lotus Entertainment goes on ‘Parents Weekend’

1 June 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson’s company will finance and handle international sales after acquiring Peter Scott’s spec R-rated comedy screenplay.

Film 360’s Daniel Rappaport and Ben Forkner will produce with Industry Entertainment’s Andrew Deane and Michael Botti.

Will Speck and Josh Gordon will serve as executive producers alongside Seibel, Johnson and Ara Keshishian.

The project centres on a couple who visit their freshman son at during parent’s weekend and enjoy the university experience they never had.

Scott (pictured) is the author of two books, Well Groomed and There’s A Spouse In My House: A Humorous Journey Through The First Years Of Marriage. 

Lotus Entertainment’s slate includes: David Leveaux’s The Kaiser’s Last Kiss starring Lily James and Christopher Plummer; Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For A King starring Tom Hanks; Scott HicksFallen; Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort; and Tanya Wexler’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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SNL Imagines an Even More Awkward Fifty Shades Press Tour (Video)

1 March 2015 10:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan had a pretty exhausting press tour for Fifty Shades of Grey, but they never had to put up with anything quite like this. Saturday Night Live Cast member Kyle Mooney plays a middle-school-aged journalist named Peter Scott who's tasked with grilling host Johnson during the Fifty Shades press tour. His line of questioning is… obtuse, to say the least, but Mooney brings an honest, disarming sweetness to the character, with lines like, "Because of artists like you, my father and I get a little time together." Honestly, Johnson and Dornan might have had a little »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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