Julianne Moore & Ellen Page are doing promotion for their new film Freeheld, which also stars Michael Shannon & Steve Carell. It looks beautiful. I’m very excited to see it. The story it tells is heartbreaking, so it’s difficult to segue from “Based on a true story of tragic events” to FUCK ME THESE PICTURES ARE SO HOT I JUST GAVE BIRTH TO A LITTER OF GAY KITTENS! Because I did. And they’re all named after Julianne Moore & Ellen Page characters. Little Maude Lebowski is a frisky tabby & Kitty Pryde is a rambunctious black beauty with little tufts of white on her paws. Aww! I love all my kitten children! What? Oh! Ok. So. Watch the trailer for the movie, weep. Then look at these pictures and weep some more for an entirely different reason.
Stage Door is a film from 1937 starring Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn as aspiring actresses rooming together in a boarding house. Based on a stage play of the same title from 1936, the film also stars a 14 year old Ann Miller and Lucille Ball in one of her earliest roles. The story is about boarding house girls gathering to trade career and relationship support and quips while lounging together in a commons area dressed in either gorgeous pajamas or gorgeous gowns. One girl keeps a cat lying on her lap or across her shoulders at all times! She has my life!
Katharine Hepburn is the rich newcomer who has decided to have a real experience by sharing a room in a boarding house. Ginger Rogers is her poor, savvy, no nonsense roommate who detests Hepburn’s upper class ways. I don’t think the creator of the play or the film meant for this to happen, but what results when Rogers & Hepburn start to bicker and tease is a palpable sexual tension between the two actresses that you can CUT WITH A KNIFE! It’s just scene-after-scene of me shouting KISS HER! at the screen. Just looking at the promos sends me. Look at the eyes they’re making at each other! Oh, they are falling in love in spite of themselves! They cannot resist each other’s charm! I can’t either! KISS HER!
The amazing documentary The Celluloid Closet discusses gay subtext in film. There are so few films made with non-tragic gay lead characters, or non-stereotypical gay characters, that queer viewers must find the subtext between film characters. We find the characteristics that we relate, expand on relationships that the film only gives us a taste of, and discover through their behaviour how they’re like us. Stage Door is an easy film for us to fit ourselves inside. Rogers and Hepburn play their characters with a vague distaste in men and an intense interest in each other. They give us enough so that a gay audience is able to believe that maybe they are falling for each other, maybe their animosity will soften into something other than platonic friendship, maybe they do want to push their beds together and make each other moan. This is what we seek, and when we find it, we hold on tight!
The second season of Orange is the New Black was released yesterday and we’re already 5 episodes in and loving it. To celebrate I thought I would share these pictures of Taryn Manning who plays Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett from her Playboy spread. We’ve been fans of Taryn for years now and there are a bunch of ladies we love on the show – Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne and now Lori Petty (not to mention the first episode being directed by lesbian icon Jodie Foster.) The show is funny and poignant and highly addictive.
If all this press coverage of Ellen Page and her recent decision to come out is the only thing good that comes from the new X Men movie, it would be enough. Being able to witness her transformation as a public figure, from being guarded and closed off to being so much more comfortable and herself, it’s all the proof you need that coming out is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Also, I am really really enjoying all these pictures of her in Hedi Slimane designed Saint Laurent suits. Also, if you haven’t already, check out her interview with Ellen Degeneres about coming out.
This cover photo? Hot. Like eyes-glazing-over, tingling all over level of sexy. Ellen Page in a Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent suit is my new favorite thing. Luckily the article with these fabulous pictures is just as good. The description of her recent coming out at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s inaugural Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas last month was especially poignant.
Few could argue that Page was ever more of a master fighter than on Valentine’s Day 2014. With a quiver in her voice and wearing a T-shirt proclaiming “All Love Is Equal,” she stood in front of a crowded Las Vegas room at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s inaugural Time to Thrive conference and uttered the words every adolescent lesbian who’s ever watched (and rewatched) the roller derby flick Whip It dreams of hearing: “I am here today because I’m gay.” She went on to say that she was “tired of lying by omission.” It was the eight-minute speech pinged around the blogosphere, and one that Page and her manager planned meticulously in collaboration with the HRC Foundation. Page wanted her announcement to be aligned with a cause, ideally one having to do with LGBTQ youth (promoting the safety, inclusion and well-being of queer teens is an HRC Foundation priority). And she wanted it to happen soon: “The more time went by, the more something just happened, an Oh my god—I want to love someone freely and walk down the street and hold my girlfriend’s hand.”
When I remark that she seemed nervous that night, Page smiles her trademark half-smile and acquiesces with a laugh, a sigh and some rat-a-tat repetition. “I was very nervous. I was very nervous, yes. Yes. Very, very nervous. Yes. I was emotional, deeply, deeply emotional.” Though she told her parents she liked-liked girls when she was 19, she was still coming out to herself eight years on. “You think you’re in a place where you’re all I’m thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don’t feel shame about being gay, but you actually do. You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself.”