According to this article, they've chosen a director for the Fifty Shades Movie, Sam Taylor-Johnson. So the movie adaptation is moving forward, but still no announcement about who is going to star in the film.
Sam Taylor-Johnson (formerly Taylor-Wood), a famed photographer and visual artist turned filmmaker, made her directorial debut with 2009's "Nowhere Boy," a chronicle of the early years of John Lennon, played by future "Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson. The director and her star were later married, despite her being 23 years his senior.
Does this mean Aaron Taylor-Johnson — the couple hyphenated their surnames after getting married — is now the top contender to play Christian Grey? Probably, even if only unofficially.
I have never seen any of her work, but I'm actually kind of glad they chose someone who has done films like "Nowhere Boy." That's a biopic that's focused on the YA years of John Lennon. And now I'm going to make a point of watching it.
I'm not certain about Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sam's husband, playing Christian. I'm still plugging for Matt Bomer, and this time I'm doing that because he IS gay. That's right; just because he's gay. For years gay men in the film industry have played straight characters and no one ever knew it because those gay men were not able to come out of the closet. And now that gay men are able to come out of the closet in an industry that claims to be so openly liberal about everything I want to see these gay actors get the chance to play straight roles...just like Michael Douglas and Matt Damon played the gay roles in the Liberace film.
Let's see how THAT works out!!
Just think about it for a minute. An openly gay man like Matt Bomer playing a straight character, instead of a closeted gay man like Rock Husdon playing a straight character. It's an interesting concept with just the right twist of irony that might catch on someday.
Paula Deen and the N-Word
Speaking of politically incorrect train wrecks, this entire shitstorm with Paula Deen using the N-word has left my jaw hanging for the past two days. As far as I can see, this issue isn't new. This all started over a year ago when a former employee sued Deen and her brother for racism, sexual harassment, and assault...but the transcripts were just released. And some of the things Paula Deen says in those transcripts makes me wonder how much butter is between her ears.
...she's just given a deposition in which she admits that "Yes, of course" she throws around racial slurs at work and thinks an elegant idea for a wedding might be to staff it with black men pretending to be slaves. Who doesn't? We're all Americans here, right?
You can read more here, and this is a link to the actual deposition. If you do a simple search, this is trending everywhere from twitter to facebook.
This, I think, is a good example of what happens when dumb people get too much exposure and power. You can only hide that kind of stupidity for so long behind that good ole down home image, but sooner or later it's going to be exposed, Y'awl.
Ex-Gay Group Apology
I'm a little sorry I didn't write a completely separate post about this because it's so interesting. But I was afraid I would ramble on too much, and I've learned through experience the less said the better sometimes. Long blog posts lose readers.
The ex-gay group, Exodus International, is closing down and offering apologies to the LGBT community for things they've said and done in the past.
I am sorry for the pain and hurt that many of you have experienced. I am sorry some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt when your attractions didn’t change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents.
This is what the logo on their banner reads: "Proclaiming Freedom from Homosexuality Since 1976."
I think we'll look back someday at reparative therapy as one of the most ridiculous concepts of our time.