Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Trevor Donovan as Kit Acklin: Texas Rising; Religious Florist Fined; Shirley MacLaine The Children's Hour

Trevor Donovan as Kit Acklin: Texas Rising

I'm sure most of you know who Trevor Donovan is by now. Not Trevor Noah. I'm talking about Trevor Donovan. Part of Donovan's fame came from playing one of the most popular characters in Beverly Hills 90210, "Teddy Montgomery." 

He's also been in well known films that you can watch over and over again like Strawberry Summer. I know a lot of m/m romance readers follow Donovan on various social media outlets. I see you there commenting, retweeting, and liking. So I figured I'd start posting updates on a new mini-series Donovan is going to be in titled, Texas Rising. It will be on the History Channel this May (I believe May 25th, and I'll confirm that in an upcoming post) and it's been interesting to watch the buzz about Texas Rising because there isn't much like this on TV right now.

In this post I'm going to talk about the who, what, when, and where. This is directly from the History Channel web site:

From the same team that brought us the multiple Emmy Award-winning and ratings-record breaking HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, TEXAS RISING is an 8-hour miniseries that details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers. Texas Rising stars Bill PaxtonBrendan FraserRay LiottaJeffrey Dean MorganOlivier MartinezThomas JaneCrispin GloverRhys CoiroJeremy DaviesCynthia Addai-RobinsonChristopher McDonaldMax ThieriotChad Michael MurrayTrevor DonovanRobert KnepperJeff FaheyRob Morrow and Kris Kristofferson, and is directed by two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland JoffĂ© (The Killing Fields, The Mission).

In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes—no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna (Martinez). The heroic General Sam Houston (Paxton), the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas” lead this story of the human will to win against insurmountable odds. At the end, the Texas flags stood tall and victorious, claiming a piece of history for all eternity.

Trevor Donovan is playing Kit Acklin, probably on of the most fascinating Texas Rangers of his day. There isn't that much online about Acklin, but what is there will give you a good idea of what the world must have been like back then...and what Acklin must have been like. Before I ever heard of Texas Rising I read about Kit Acklin while doing research for my Chase of a Lifetime books so I could loosely base one of the characters on him.

Here's something from one personal blogger who researched Acklin that's one of the best out there. 

Christopher (Kit) Acklin was born ca 1819 to Samuel Black Acklin & Elizabeth (Hunt) Acklin in Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville was founded by Kit's grandfather, Col. John Hunt. C.B. Acklin's paternal grandparents were Christopher & Christian (Black) Acklin, who were my 5th great-grandparents.

There's an in-depth post here where you can read more. 

I was following Donovan on social media last summer while he was shooting his scenes for Texas Rising down in Mexico. It was interesting to see photos and updates as they occasionally came in.  A good deal of hard work went into making the series and followers saw first hand that Donovan really worked hard to become the character. From letting his hair grow long, to his mannerisms and actions. Very interesting to watch.

Before I wind things up with this post, I guess I should also mention that Donovan looks hot, and is hot playing Kit Acklin. Yes, I said hot. I don't usually have trouble saying that with other guys I post about here, but this time it's different. It's a little creepy because when you follow someone on social media and get to know them through social media you think about them in a different way...not just as that ass. However, I would be highly remiss if I didn't mention that ass (smile), and I know many of you are just as interested in Donovan's photos as you are in Kit Acklin's life story. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Film is, and always has been, more about visual than narrative.


Here are a few photos of Trevor Donovan as Kit Acklin. I have permission to use them all, just in case any of you know-it-all yentas doubt me or my concern for copyrights.


I'll post more updates about Texas Rising and Trevor Donovan as they are released. You can follow Donovan on Twitter (@trevdon), Facebook. He posts regular updates and there are hashtags with even more information. There are a lot more photos of Donovan on Twitter, and some are with notables like Bill and Hillary Clinton. 

Religious Florist Fined

I posted about this a while ago, and here's the follow up, plain and simple.

A religious zealot who refused to do business with a gay couple has been fined AND forced to provide flowers for the gay wedding that started all this.

Barronelle Stutzman, from Washington, was given 60 days to pay a fine of $1,000 (€922) plus $1 for court costs and fees after refusing to sell flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding.

Back in 2013, Robert Ingersoll - who had bought flowers from Stutzman for years - asked her to provide flowers for his wedding to Curt Freed.

But she refused, claiming it would go against her 'relationship with Jesus Christ'.

You can read more here, and don't miss the comments.    

Shirley MacLaine The Children's Hour

If you have not seen the film, The Children's Hour, make a point of seeing it soon. It was a mainstream film over 50 years ago with a lesbian theme...during a time when anything same sex related was done in whispers, with fear, and with a hefty amount of shame.

Now, over 50 years later, MacLaine is speaking about what it was like to film The Children's Hour, and how the director had "trepidations."

Director William Wyler 'had trepidations about the subject matter - it was 1961 and nobody had done that,' MacLaine said Sunday at a screening of the film during the TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood which was attended by Gay Star News.

MacLaine, 80, believes the film was not as powerful as it could have been because of Wyler's trepidation.

'Scenes of brushing each others hair or ironing clothes - he cut some of them out and in doing so I think pared the picture down a little bit.'

The women are the best of friends and their school has just made money for the first time when their dreams are dashed when a malicious child falsely claims the women are lovers.

There's more here. Like I said, you really should see this if you haven't already. It shows what things were like back then, and now with these statements that is only reinforced with respect to what happened behind the scenes. It's just a shame it took about 50 years to talk about the shame. 

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