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Elsley defends Us 'Skins' changes

13 August 2010 9:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bryan Elsley has defended changes made in the upcoming Us remake of Skins. In the new version of the British drama currently being developed by MTV, gay teen Maxxie (Mitch Hewer) has been replaced by a lesbian character, Tea (played by Sophia Black D'Elia). "I understand the concerns [about the change]," Elsley told AfterElton. "And I know that everyone loved Mitch. Skins is always cast from the kids that I have available. In other words, there's a big open audition and the characters always emerge from what is there in front of me." The writer explained that he had not found (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Morning Meme: Pick Your Bad "SatC2" Review, "Skins" Goes Bigscreen, and Guess Who Won't Do "Playgirl?"

27 May 2010 4:57 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Plus Next Magazine gets Broadway Bares hunks in swim wear, say goodbye to SoapNet, and the latest Don't Ask Don't Tell news is from West Virginia?

Want to know how to make MTV’s version of Skins completely irrelevant? Make a movie with members from seasons 1-4 of the British cast. It’s in the works for a 2011 release, and I’m demanding they make it a hard R in the U.S. or what’s the point? There are a few parts of Mitch Hewer’s body I haven’t seen yet.

I’m having trouble deciding: Which Sex and the City 2 review is more scathing, Roger Ebert with his “As we return to the trivialities of their lives for a sequel, marriage is the issue. The institution is affirmed in an opening sequence at a gay wedding in Connecticut that looks like a Fred Astaire production number gone horribly over budget. »

- lostinmiami

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Presenting The 2010 AfterElton Hot 100!

16 May 2010 10:52 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The winner of the 2010 Hot 100 is …Ramin Setoodeh from Newsweek!

Just kidding. Truthfully, we can’t imagine anything less appealing than the attitudes expressed by this out gay journalist who recently argued, ridiculously, that gay actors can’t play straight roles.

So who did come out on top? If you’re the kind of person who opens your Christmas presents early, go here to find the start of the list.

The three of you left might be interested to know that the most noteworthy thing about this year’s list is that the top seven positions are occupied by out gay men, five of whom are actors; last year, only the top three were out gay men, and only four of the top ten were gay.

Of the entire list, 26 were out gay or bisexual men — up from 20 last year. And for those who really like statistics, our »

- Staff

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Fit Reader of the Week: Jamie, London

21 April 2010 12:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

His name's Jamie, he's a 26-year-old London boy and here's what he looks like in cheeky chappy mode. Here's what he looks like in party mode. And here's what he looks like in awwwww! mode. Well, that's very much what he looks like, but does Jamie have anything fascinating to say for himself? 1. "I work in children's TV and I've met the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez through work, as well as Mitch Hewer from Skins at a premiere which was a massive bonus!" 2. "I used to swim at club level - I had a six-pack at 12 years old! - but that's fallen by the wayside a bit now, although I have just started swimming a mile after work a couple of times a week." (more) »

- By Nick Levine

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Sneak Peek at What "Skins USA" Might Look Like!

25 March 2010 8:46 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

When it comes to anticipation of remakes of British shows for American audiences, it’s fair to say few have been as eagerly anticipated as is MTV’s remake of the smash UK series Skins. A heady mix of sex, drugs, and youthful rebellion, Skins has proven to be a hit around the world (thanks to the internet) with the British version not only entering its fourth season, but with a movie version in the works.

What might a U.S. version look like? Will it include the frank language and depiction of drug use and sexual activity of the original? Gay viewers are especially curious to see if the U.S. version will include an out gay character similar to Maxxie from Series 1 in the UK.

Based on casting sides from the pilot of the American Skins, the answer to all of the above is yes. That shouldn’t be surprising as the U. »

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Permalink | Report a problem’s Top 50 Gay Characters of All Time!

15 March 2010 8:02 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

We asked you which gay or bisexual TV characters you think are the best, and you told us – with tens of thousands of votes cast.

Now we have the results.

But first, a few interesting statistics.

We have quite a few familiar faces – characters who made our last poll of the best gay and bisexual characters two and a half years ago – and a few missing ones, namely Vince D’Angelo (from Will & Grace), George Huang (from Law & Order: Svu), and Waylon Smithers (from The Simpsons), all of whom didn’t even make the top 50 this time around.

Meanwhile, we also have many new faces – from shows that have debuted since our last poll.

Every single character except two comes from a show that ran in the 00s (although some shows, like Will & Grace, did debut in the late 90s). The exceptions? Jodie Dallas, played by Billy Crystal, on Soap »

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Afternoon Meme: Chelsea Handler Helps Straight People Come Out, Beefcake In Advertising, plus That Other Evans Brother Gets Work

9 March 2010 12:03 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Here are a couple of pictures that claim to be from the initial taping of Skins USA. Take this with a grain of salt though because we haven’t verified it, plus they look more like they’re playing dress up as the original cast than anything else. And I think I’m disappointed in the new Maxxie, who is no Mitch Hewer.

Joe.My.God has the video from Second City of the sequel to Sassy Gay Friend. This time he takes on Romeo & Juliet.

Byu Management Society has announced they’re giving an award to anti-gay Nom board member Orson Scott Card at their annual gala. While not surprising, it still inspires me to have a book burning.

Here is some happy news that Scott Evan’s older brother finally got an acting job. Chris Evans will star in the R-rated comedy What’s Your Number with Anna Faris. »

- lostinmiami

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