'Call Me By Your Name' Author André Aciman Says He's Writing A Sequel Novel

Call Me By Your Name’s author announced that he’s working on a sequel to the celebrated novel.

While a sequel to the Oscar-nominated film is allegedly in the works, it looks like a second novel is also moving forward.

Acclaimed novelist André Aciman randomly posted to Twitter that he is interested in a second look at characters Elio and Oliver, but he isn’t just waiting for Hollywood to do it. Aciman says he wants to write about the characters himself.

“I would actually love a sequel to Call Me by Your Name. In fact I am writing one,” the author wrote.

Earlier, Oscar-winning screenwriter James Ivory shared that he didn’t approve of a second film, but could see it happening only if Aciman agreed.

“No, I don’t and I wouldn’t want to be involved. I can’t imagine having to make Timothée Chalamet look 45. I mean, that would be horrendous and so fake looking if that’s what they are going to do!”

“But any case, André Aciman just laughed at the idea to me. He said it was not a good idea. They can’t do a sequel, I think, without him being on board. It’s his characters and his story. But that seems to have died down a bit. I haven’t heard much about it lately.”

Now with Aciman working on a second novel, perhaps the film’s production will wait until the source material is published. If that’s so, Chalamet will have naturally aged a couple years. Maybe then, aging up Elio won’t look so terrible.

Despite Ivory’s concerns, Twitter users celebrated Aciman’s announcement. This includes Armie Hammer.

Armie Hammer Is Sure A Call Me By Your Name Sequel "Will Happen"

Armie Hammer says there’s definitely a Call Me By Your Name sequel in the works.

While speaking to Variety at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Hammer shared that he knows that creatives are working on the sequel to the 217 hit film.

“It will happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen.”

But, Hammer said that he’s not personally involved with the film at this time. Even further, he has been told to tell very little about the project.

“How much do I know and how much could I tell you are two very different things,” he said.

“More than anything I trust the artistic direction to Luca and [novelist] André Aciman and to those guys who did such a good job handling it the first time around,” he also aded before saying, "I know a lot, but I can’t tell you anything.”

At the start of this year, film director Luca Guadagnino spread the idea that the sequel would follow an older Elio as he experienced the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s.

“I think Elio [Timothee Chalamet] will be a cinephile, and I'd like him to be in a movie theater watching Paul Vecchiali's Once More. That could be the first scene [in the sequel],” Guadagnino said on the subject.

That said, screenwriter James Ivory later shared his doubts about the possibilities of a sequel while at the BAFTA awards.

“I heard about it. I don’t know how you could make such sequels if they’re far in the future.”

He added: “It’s not possible to make Timothée [Chalamet] look likes he’s 40. All the make-up in the world and the rest of it and changing voice is not going to do it. I don’t know how.

“No one has contacted me. You have to think, ‘What does André Aciman think about that?’ It’s his creation. No one seems to know how he feels about it.”

Now that Armie Hammer confirms that plans are being made for a sequel, we can be sure that director Guadagnino and a few other creatives/executives are in favor of continuing the story. That said, projects are created all the time and fail to become reality.

While Hammer has confirmed the film is, at least, a living project right now, us fans should remain patient and wait it out in the darkness.

Anti-LGBT Heckler Gets A Piece of Armie Hammer's Mind

I didn’t really think it was possible for Armie Hammer to be more appealing than he already was. Did you see his performance in Sorry to Bother You? OMFG.

Anyway, apparently I was wrong. Hammer has just endeared himself to me and the LGBTQ+ community at large via a shutdown of an anti-trans heckler at his current Broadway show.

Some lady and her husband either took the title of the play Straight White Men at face value, or they were looking for trouble. The play is a satire about privilege. It’s now playing at the Helen Hayes Theater in NYC.

The show opens with trans activist Kate Bornstein taking the stage and addressing the audience: “Good evening, ladies, gentlemen, and the rest of us.”

This is when the female heckler shouted, “You’re not welcome here!” Then she and her husband booed loudly, obviously disrupting the performance.

Bornstein tweeted a thoughtful response to the event and aftermath on Facebook following the performance:

“It’s true what people are saying: a woman, in response to my opening line of the show, ’Good evening, ladies, gentlemen, and the rest of us,’ called out from the audience, ’You’re not welcome here.’ She could not have been more wrong.”

“Look, Straight White Men is a great work of art. And great art does upset people. It happens all the time. Please know that I’m not upset, or afraid. I’m more than ever proud to be part of this show.”

Hammer took to Twitter after the show, saying:

“To the woman in our audience who felt it was appropriate to yell, ‘You’re not welcome here!’ at Kate Bornstein, our beloved friend, co-worker, and now family member..... feel free never to come back.”

Hammer’s co-star Josh Charles was even more bold, tweeting, “Also feel free to go fuck yourself lady.”

Hammer later corresponded with audience members on social media to get the hecklers’ seat numbers, stating he’d report them to theater officials.

Straight White Men runs through Sept. 9 at the Hayes Theater in NYC.

h/t: The Advocate, NewNowNext

You Can't Spell Truth Without Ruth. Watch the Official Trailer for 'On the Basis of Sex'

It’s no doubt that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Notorious R.B.G., is known for the contributions she has made to the United States since she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by Bill Clinton.

R.B.G. has been instrumental in dozens of SCOTUS cases concerning and affecting marginalized communities and minorities such as same-sex marriage, abortion, and gender discrimination among many others. R.B.G. has shaken things up in SCOTUS as only the second female to be appointed.

We know a lot about R.B.G.’s life since being appointed as SCOTUS Justice, but what about the woman behind those iconic glasses? The popularity of her documentary RBG gave much insight on the workings of the modern-day hero. But everyone knows that every great icon MUST have a bio pic.

W Magazine and other media have shared the release of the first trailer for R.B.G.’s bio pic On the Basis of Sex which stars Felicity Jones. The film is set in the 1970s and follows Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the early stages of her law career. The ever so handsome Armie Hammer plays Ginsburg’s husband. The film also stars Justin Theroux and Kathy Bates and is directed by Mimi Leder.

On the Basis of Sex opens in theaters December 25, 2018 and will tell the story of a courageous woman who graduated top of her class at Columbia Law School and has been a pioneer in our legal system.

Check out the first official trailer from Focus Features and find out why you can’t spell Truth without RUTH:

h/t: W Magazine, Focus Features

Will 'Call Me by Your Name' Win Any Oscars at Tonight's Ceremony?

The 90th Annual Academy Awards takes place tonight at 8:00 PM EST on ABC.  The perennial show, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, honors the best of the best in filmmaking over the past year.

One of the most talked about films that has several nominations tonight is Call Me by Your Name, the Luca Guadagnino directed film about a gay romance blossoming between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

The film has four nominations at tonight's ceremony: Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothee Chalamet), Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory) and Best Original Song (Sufjan Stevens "Mystery of Love").

Two major categories that the film failed to secure nominations in is Best Supporting Actor (Armie Hammer) and Best Achievement in Directing (Luca Guadagnino).  Regardless, the film has already received close to 70 awards outside of the show tonight, but does that mean they have a chance at winning one... or anything come Oscar time?

According to GoldDerby, it looks good for CMBYN in one particular category: Best Adapted Screenplay.  James picked up this award last week at the 2018 BAFTA Awards, and it looks like his continued luck will secure him Oscar gold at tonight's ceremony. They have him winning this award easily, as CMBYN is listed at the top of the pack from each expert.

For Best Actor, it may not be Timothee's night but don't count him out yet.  GoldDerby's expert pool has him listed right behind who many think will win tonight: Gary Oldman for The Darkest Hour. Timothee did pick up the Best Actor award last night at the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards, however it's Gary's game to lose as he has won mostly everything up until this point.  Nothing wrong with an upset though.

Same goes with Best Original Song, as it looks to be a close call between "This is Me" from The Greatest Showman and "Remember Me" from Coco. The silver lining in all of this is that if "This is Me" wins, it will be a victory for the LGBT community as Benj Pasek is nominated for writing the song.  It will be a back to back win for him in this category as well, as he won for "City of Stars" from La La Land last year.

Finally: Best Picture, which looks to be heading the way of either Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Get Out and The Shape of Water based on expert predictions.  So by day's end, CMBYN should secure at least one Oscar with the hopes that Timothee can pull off a major upset for Best Actor.  Here's to hoping.