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Rogue One Scribe Chris Weitz Attached To Write Gay Rights Drama 21 Years To Midnight

Fresh off penning a treatment for Gareth EdwardsRogue One: A Star Wars Story, writer, producer and director Chris Weitz is set to adapt the screenplay for gay rights drama 21 Years to Midnight.

In the works over at Fox 2000, the picture has been teetering on the brink of development since June of last year, when the U.S. Supreme Court effectively ruled the legalization of same-sex marriage. Centering on the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges, 21 Years to Midnight will be brought to the big screen by way of Debbie Cenziper’s yet-to-be-published nonfiction book, with Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (The Fault in Our Stars) producing on behalf of Fox 2000.

Anchoring the story is Jim Obergefell, who married John Arthur back in 2013 only three months before his death. Following the ceremony, Obergefell sued the state of Ohio for refusing to list him as Arthur’s spouse on the death certificate.
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‘Rogue One’ Writer Chris Weitz Adapting Gay Rights Drama ’21 Years to Midnight’

‘Rogue One’ Writer Chris Weitz Adapting Gay Rights Drama ’21 Years to Midnight’
Fox 2000 has hired “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” writer Chris Weitz to adapt the screenplay for the gay rights movie “21 Years to Midnight.”

The studio began development of the movie shortly after the June 26 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court case that effectively legalized same-sex marriage. Fox acquired the life rights of Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that went to the court, and life rights to Obergefell’s attorney, Al Gerhardstein.

The Fox 2000 division has set up the project with producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen through their Temple Hill banner. The studio has also bought the movie rights to a book proposal by Obergefell and journalist Debbie Cenziper, to be titled “21 Years to Midnight.” William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, is publishing “21 Years to Midnight” in June.

Obergefell married John Arthur in Maryland in 2013, three months before his death. Obergefell later sued the state
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Photo Flash: First Look at Hunter Foster and Jennifer Cody's Grease at North Carolina Theatre

North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre producing Broadway musical revivals, is ready to electrify audiences this February with the world's favorite musical, Grease Leading the cast is Broadway star John Arthur Greene who hails from Raleigh stepping into the role of teenage heartthrob, Danny Zuko. John Arthur joins Broadway couple Hunter Foster and Jennifer Cody, who will direct and choreograph the perennial favorite at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, February 9-14, 2016. Check out a first look below
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John Arthur Greene Joins Nct's Grease - Hunter Foster and Jennifer Cody to Direct, 2/9

North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre producing Broadway musical revivals, is ready to electrify audiences this February with the world's favorite musical, Grease Leading the cast is Broadway star John Arthur Greene who hails from Raleigh stepping into the role of teenage heartthrob, Danny Zuko. John Arthur joins Broadway couple Hunter Foster and Jennifer Cody, who will direct and choreograph the perennial favorite at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, February 9-14, 2016.
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Fox Snaps Up The Rights To The Story Of Jim Obergefell And His Fight For Marriage Equality

The life rights of Jim Obergefell have been acquired by Fox 2000, in a swift move to bring the story of his fight for marriage equality to the screen. The studio also snapped up the rights to the book Obergefell has written with journalist Debbie Cenziper, titled 21 Years To Midnight, which has yet to hit bookshops. It was the case brought by Obergefell (Obergefell v Hodges) which led to the historic ruling by the U.S Supreme Court, legalizing same-sex marriage throughout America and, by extension, finally making the matrimonial qualifier ‘same-sex’ obsolete.

James Obergefell and his partner, John Arthur, married in Maryland in June 2013, after the U.S Supreme Court declared the Defence Of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional due to its determination that the term ‘spouse’ only applied to unions between a man and a woman.

Obergefell and Arthur resided in Ohio, however, and found that their home state
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Fox Plans Film on Same Sex Marriage Ruling

Fox Plans Film on Same Sex Marriage Ruling
Fox now has the life rights of Jim Obergefell, the leading plaintiff in the lawsuit which, just last month, recognized the right to gay marriage for all in the Us. Obergefell had married his partner, the late John Arthur, in Maryland in 2013, only to see their home state Ohio refuse the marriage, so Obergefell sued. His lawyer, Al Gerhardstein, also sold life rights to Fox. The studio also nabbed screen rights to Obergefell and co-author/journalist Debbie Cenziper's yet-to-be-written book, under working title "21 Years to Midnight," on the proceedings. A publishing deal is expected to land this week. The film will be produced by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who steered entries in the "Twilight" franchise and tearjerker "The Fault in Our Stars," and will be handled by division Fox 2000, which has produced literary adaptations such as "Life of Pi," "The Devil Wears Prada" and specialty title "The Book Thief.
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Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Becoming a Feature Film

20th Century Fox is developing a movie based on the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. The studio's division Fox 2000 has acquired life rights to Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in the monumental lawsuit that led to the ruling, and his lawyer, Al Gerhardstein, along with rights to 21 Years to Midnight, a book proposal penned by Obergefell and journalist Debbie Cenziper, The New York Times reports. 

Fox 2000 has partnered with Temple Hill producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (The Fault in Our Stars, the Twilight series) for the project.
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U.S. Gay Marriage Ruling Gets A Movie

Fox 2000 has acquired the life rights to Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit and Supreme Court case that effectively legalized same-sex marriage in the United States on June 26th.

The studio has also picked up the life rights to Obergefell's attorney Al Gerhardstein, and a book proposal by Obergefell and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Debbie Cenziper to be titled "21 Years to Midnight".

Obergefell married John Arthur in Maryland in 2013, three months before Arthur died. The state of Ohio refused to list Obergefell as his spouse on the death certificate, so Obergefell sued.

"The Fault in Our Stars" and "Twilight" producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are set to produce the project.

Source: Variety
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Fox is making a film about the historic Us same-sex marriage ruling

Fox is making a film about the historic Us same-sex marriage ruling
It's only a few weeks since love won, but Fox is already working on a film about the Supreme Court's legalisation of same-sex marriage across the Us.

The studio has acquired the rights to tell the stories of Jim Obergefell and his attorney Al Gerhardstein, who won a long-running legal battle for marriage equality last month.

According to The New York Times, Fox's movie will also be based around Obergefell and Debbie Cenziper's upcoming book 21 Years to Midnight: The Promise that Brought Marriage Equality to America.

Obergefell began his legal battle following the death of his late husband John Arthur, who he married out of his home state in 2013. Following his bereavement, the state of Ohio refused to list him as Arthur's widower.

Announcing the introduction of same-sex marriage in all Us states, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that marriage is a "profound" constitutional right for all.

The Fault in Our Stars
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Fox Making Movie on Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling

Fox 2000 is developing a movie about the plaintiff in the June 26 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court case that effectively legalized same-sex marriage.

Fox has acquired the life rights of Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that went to the court. The studio has also bought life rights to Obergefell’s attorney Al Gerhardstein.

“It’s reassuring to learn that what I was told as a child is true: One person — or two people, in our case — really can change the world,” Obergefell wrote in a guest column in Variety‘s Special Issue on marriage equality, published three days after the ruling.

The Fox 2000 division has set up the project with producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen through their Temple Hill banner. Their credits include the five “Twilight” films and “The Fault in Our Stars.”

The studio has also bought the movie rights to a book proposal
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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go
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,
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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

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,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

President Obama Calls Gay Marriage Decision ‘A Victory for America’

President Obama Calls Gay Marriage Decision ‘A Victory for America’
President Barack Obama hailed the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across 50 states as “a victory for America.”

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden on Friday, the president said that the decision shows “real change is possible. … That shifts in hearts and minds is possible.”

He argued that the Supreme Court ruling was an example of “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt” — one that ends gay men and women’s status as second-class citizens.

The speed with which public attitudes have shifted in favor of gay marriage has been dizzying, but that ignores the legacy of the gay rights movement. Friday’s victory was also the result of millions of people who endured taunts and bullying, who came out to families and friends, and who marched for equality, he argued.

These people, Obama said, “slowly made an entire country realize that love is love.”

“Today we can
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Briefs: Celebrating The Gay Appeal Of “Carrie,” Rachel On Nom’s Very Bad Day, and Zac Efron Gives Us Another Tease

Darren Criss and Josh Henderson have an intense conversation at the 23rd Annual Environmental Media Awards

Birthday shoutouts go to Derek Jacobi who is 75, Jeff Goldblum is 61, and Catherine Denueve is 70.

We start with sad news, as we’ve learned of the death of John Arthur, the Ohio man who flew to Maryland in July to marry his longtime partner Jim Obergefell. Our thoughts are with Jim and his friends and family.

Chris Christie Surrenders on Gay Marriage: How Will This Play Out for Him?

Why Can Neil Patrick Harris Say That’s ‘Too Gay’ and Straights Can’t?

Here’s the latest trailer for Neighbors, with a perpetually shirtless Zac Efron.

Jon Stewart pokes fun at Cory Booker‘s exuberance at officiating his first same-sex wedding.

Meanwhile, Rachel Maddow looks at Nom’s very bad day, and talks about Brian Brown‘s trips to Russia. And Rachel still hasn
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A Gentleman's Guide Announces Complete Cast

Producers Joey Parnes and John Arthur Pinckard announced today that Lisa O'Hare, Lauren Worsham, Jane Carr, Pamela Bob, Joanna Glushak, Eddie Korbich, Jeff Kready, Mark Ledbetter, Jennifer Smith, Don Stephenson, Price Waldman, and Catherine Walker will join the previously announced stars, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham, in Broadway's bloody brilliant new musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Following critically acclaimed, smash-hit runs at Hartford Stage and San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will begin performances on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, and officially open on Sunday, November 17.
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Bryce Pinkham to Join Jefferson Mays in A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder on Broadway this Fall

Producers Joey Parnes and John Arthur Pinckard announced today that Bryce Pinkham will star in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder when it premieres on Broadway this fall, opposite Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays. Following critically acclaimed, smash-hit runs at Hartford Stage and San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will begin performances on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, and officially open on Sunday, November 17.
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Meme: Sacha Baron Cohen Won’t Play Freddie Mercury, One Direction Drags Out “Best Song Ever,” “The View” Rips Ken Cuccinelli

Nate Silver goes big for Espn, UK blocking porn by default, your childhood dies with Scientifically Accurate Ducktales

Sacha Baron Cohen has exited the Freddie Mercury biopic over creative differences. Evidently Cohen wanted an honest R-rated tell all about Mercury, while Queen wanted a PG-rated movie about the band. I admit I was looking forward to something more like Cohen had in mind, even if I had misgivings about him playing Mercury.

Anti-gay protestors in Haiti have killed two men that they presumed to be gay, and threatened to burn parliament down if marriage equality comes to the nation.

Last week we told you the story of John Arthur, who has Als, and James Obergefell flying to Maryland to get married on the tarmac. Now a federal judge has ordered that Ohio officials must recognize Arthur as a surviving spouse on Obergefell’s death certificate when he dies, stating that
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Meme: Jk Rowling’s Sneaky New Book, Spider-Man Rocks Out, Geeks Out Responds to Lionsgate

George Zimmerman not guilty, Eli Lieb’s “Young Love,” and Coffee Town thinks being straight is really gay

While I’m avoiding most of the more unseemly articles I’ve seen about the sad death of Cory Monteith that are everywhere, there is the question of what happens to Glee without him. The show was scheduled to start shooting a week from today, so undoubtedly most of the season was written, and Finn was a core character to the show and the dynamic of the ensemble.

The Arkansas Attorney General has rejected the language for the ballot proposal to repeal the constitutional ban on marriage equality in the state. “Specifically, rather than simply describing Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution (the amendment proposed to be repealed), your proposed ballot title asserts an abridgment of undefined ‘rights’ and seems to presume Amendment 83’s illegality in terms of federal law and the laws of other states.
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Alex Gemignani, Cass Morgan, Krysta Rodriguez and More Set for York's Neo Reading of Saint Ex

The York Theatre Company will present the first reading of new works in the new program Neo Reading Series Saint Ex, with Book amp Lyrics by Sean Berry and Music by Jenny Giering. Directed by Kent Nicholson with music direction by Matt Castle, the cast will feature Alex Gemignani Assassins in the title role, with Haley Bond Yorks Pietro DAmore, Charlie Brady Les Misrables, Amy Justman Company, Carl Kimbrough A Christmas Story, tour, Omar Lopez-Ceparo American Idiot, Cass Morgan Memphis and Krysta Rodriguez The Addams Family. Composer Maury Yeston Dreamgirls acted as mentor John Arthur Pinkard is the producing mentor. One night only performance set for Monday, December 17th at 700 p.m at The York Theatre at Saint Peters Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue.
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Donna McKechnie, James Crichton, and More Set for Mudge Boy Reading, 11/29

Brett Smock and Drew Brody will present an Industry-only reading of their new musical The Mudge Boy, on November 29th, 2012 at 3pm. The event will feature Donna McKechnie Irene, James Crichton Duncan Mudge, Mike Masters Edgar Mudge, John Arthur Greene Perry Foley, Jennifer Simard Emily Foley, Brent Black Juster Pelkey Merritt Foley, Lilli Cooper April, Caitlin Kinnunen Tonya, Bart Mather Travis, Jim Schubin Scotty.This powerful, controversial new work is based on Michael Burkes 2003 film, The Mudge Boy and has been in development for several years. This reading will serve as its official launch.
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