The Sequel to "It" Will Feature a Gay Couple, Played By Openly Gay Actors

Next year’s highly anticipated It: Chapter Two will feature a same-sex couple, and they will be played by openly gay actors. But there’s something of an asterisk.

(be warned: SPOILERS for It: Chapter Two ahead) 

Yes, Andy Muschietti’s follow-up to the 2017 phenomenon, the highest-grossing horror movie of all time if not accounting for inflation, will feature a gay couple. But if the movie is anything like the book—and considering the slavishly faithful first film didn’t really change any plot elements it did not altogether omit, it damn likely will be—they don’t get a happy ending. At all.

According to Deadline, Actor/director Xavier Dolan (he directed Adele’s “Hello” video) and Gossip Girl hottie Taylor Frey have joined Chapter Two as Adrian Mellon and Don Hagarty, respectively. In Stephen King’s book, Mellon and Hagarty are life partners who are walking home from Derry, Maine’s town fair when they are harassed and assaulted by three homophobic teens. The teens throw Mellon from a bridge and continue to beat up Hagarty before the police eventually intervene. In the water below, Mellon is killed by Pennywise the clown, who bites his armpits and cracks his ribs.

LGBTQ+ representation in Hollywood films is embarrassingly low right now. Even though this is a dark disturbing plot thread, perhaps Muschietti and Warner Bros. can turn it into something memorable. After all, a ton of people are going to see this thing. 

The first movie grossed $700.4 million internationally.

Filming of It: Chapter Two starts later this month. Cast members Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy have already made their presence on set known via social media.

It must be noted, and anyone who’s read King’s book knows this, that the 2017 film toned down the [admittedly disturbing] sexual content of the novel in a major way. Young Beverly’s sexual abuse was only vaguely hinted at, a sex act between two young male town bullies was removed, as was a moment where Pennywise chases after one of the boys in The Losers’ Club asking to “blow him.”

Also omitted from the film, thank God, was the graphic preteen orgy that ends Act I, something that should have never existed in the book and one hopes—HOPES— can be attributed to the hard drugs King was possibly using at the time.

From Warner Bros. Pictures, It: Chapter Two opens September 6, 2019.

h/t: Pink News

Kevin Spacey is Back in the "Billionaire Boys Club" Trailer

Kevin Spacey is back! Only, don’t call this a comeback. This is a movie the actor shot two years ago.

The trailer for The Billionaire Boys Club is out. In the film, Spacey plays—get this—an extremely wealthy man who abuses his power and takes advantage of people.

The movie, which kind looks like The Wolf of Wall Street if it were made by teenagers on a budget instead of Martin Scorsese, is about a 1980s Los Angeles Ponzi scheme ring. It features attractive young male stars Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton, and Emma Roberts dressed up as Pris from Blade Runner for some reason.

No, this isn’t a comeback. This is a distributor trying to eek out a profit for a movie they paid for long before sh*t went down. Still, it’s surprising, and a little unsettling, that Spacey is featured so prominently in the marketing.

Last October, Rent and Star Trek Discover star Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that Spacey  made sexual advances when Rapp was a minor. This led to a swift, industry-wide fallout for the actor, who has now been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 30 men.

Shortly after Rapp’s bombshell, director Ridley Scott and Sony Pictures made international headlines with an Eleventh Hour decision to remove Spacey from the historical thriller All the Money in the World, replacing his screen time with Christopher Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty.

Netflix forcibly removed Spacey from the final season of House Cards, and now Robin Wright is the new President Underwood. That automatically means this is going to be the best House of Cards season in like five years.

The press tour for The Billionaire Boys Club—if there is one—sounds like it’s going to be a doozy. I kind of just want to grab a bucket of popcorn, sit on the sidelines and watch it all go down. It’s bound to be more entertaining than the movie itself.

The Billionaire Boys Club opens in limited theaters July 19, and you can see it if you’re interested!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oCY_mMvG9s

h/t: https://www.out.com/popnography/2018/6/14/kevin-spacey-stars-billionaire-boys-club-despite-numerous-sexual-assault-allegations

"Stranger Things" Actress Millie Bobby Brown Off Twitter Following Homophobic Memes

Well, it looks like the Internet [and maybe humanity] has reached a new low. Mere days after Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran was cyber-bullied into removing all her Instagram posts,  Emmy-nominated Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, 14, has deleted her Twitter in the wake of a bizarre and really sick string of harassment, including homophobic memes.

Disturbed minds in the dark corners of the universe have been spreading memes and Twitter stories with outrageously slanderous [FALSE] information about the actress, and the hashtag #TakeMillieBobbyBrownDown was tossed around.

Many of the misleading memes and tweets insinuated Brown is homophobic. We aren’t sharing links or screen caps or anything of these because, again, there is absolutely no evidence to support any of them.

There is myriad evidence to suggest they’re all bogus though. Brown has repeatedly spoken in support of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and against bullying.

As if fake news, “fake news,” and cowardly cyber-terror weren’t enough of a problem already. This should be a firm reminder to always be really, really careful about what you read on the Internet. Always check the source. I

Though Brown’s main Twitter handle has been removed, her verified handle @MillieStopsHate is still active.

Any and all reasonable human beings should be in Millie’s corner. This is a 14-year-old girl, and she’s the victim of some truly disturbing cyber attacks. If any of this was ever intended to be a joke, it couldn't be less funny.

We’ll conclude with some tweets about the whole ordeal that actually make some sense:

For more information: http://www.newsweek.com/millie-bobby-brown-cyberbullied-twitter-delete-978064

Documentary: The Over-the-Top Life & Career Of Hollywood Producer Allan Carr

Emmy Award-winning documentarian Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered his latest peek behind the scenes of Hollywood in exploring the life and career of producer Allan Carr, The Fabulous Allan Carr.

The documentary chronicles the enormous successes of Carr (Grease, La Cage Aux Folles) as well as his most infamous disasters (Grease 2, You Can’t Stop The Music, the 1989 Academy Awards Show).

Back in the day when “flamboyant” was as direct as you could be in terms of addressing someone’s homosexuality, Carr boldly lived his life out loud. 

Born Allan Solomon (he changed his name to Carr because he rhymed with “star”), Carr moved from his hometown of Chicago to Los Angeles to become a part of the world he had only dreamed of.

Donned in caftans to hide his up-down-and-up again weight gains, the producer/manager threw lavish pool parties at his glamorous mansion entertaining Hollywood A-listers as well as the town’s hottest gays. According to legend, it was when the stars departed that the party would devolve into an orgy to satisfy Carr's voyeurism for observing hot LA boys.


His early career consisted of managing celebrities like Marlo Thomas, Ann-Margret, Tony Curtis, Peter Sellers, Rosalind Russell, and Dyan Cannon. Carr was instrumental in helping Ann-Margret shift from young sex kitten into a full-fledged star on the Las Vegas Strip as well as taking on roles in movies like Tommy and Carnal Knowledge, for which she would be nominated for an Oscar.

After working in a promotional capacity on films Tommy and Saturday Night Fever with producer Robert Stigwood, Carr moved into full-on producing with a pet project that would put him on the Hollywood map, the massively successful film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease.

Starring up-and-coming John Travolta, who was known at the time for his turn on TV’s Welcome Back Kotter, and Grammy Award winning pop star Olivia Newton-John, the musical film became Carr’s ticket to the big time.

Unfortunately, he followed that enormous triumph with the late-to-the-disco-party musical film, You Can’t Stop The Music. Meant as a vehicle to introduce The Village People to the world, the 1980 film, which starred Steve Guttenberg, Valerie Perrine and Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner, was a major misfire that was ripped by critics and avoided by movie-goers.

Carr shifted back to more familiar terrain in 1982 with the Michelle Pfeiffer/Maxwell Caulfield tuner Grease 2, which also failed at the box office although it has carried on as a camp classic.

Then came redemption as Carr produced the smash Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles in 1983. Not only did the show win six Tony Awards (including one for Carr as producer of the “Best Musical”) but it brought him some of the “respectability” he had always craved. And in true Carr style, the show gave Broadway its first-ever openly gay musical love story.

Carr’s last final big-time moment came when he was tapped to produce the 1989 Academy Awards which featured the now-infamous Rob Lowe/“Snow White” opening number.

While most remember the opening number, Schwarz makes a point to give credit to Carr for two lasting changes at the Oscars.

It was Carr who came up with the new announcement “and the Oscar goes to…” instead of “the winner is.”

And he is credited with creating the now-show-biz-standard release approach of opening a film the last month of the year in one theater in Los Angeles and one theater in New York City to create Oscar buzz.

But the Academy Awards debacle and criticism hurt Carr deeply, and he became something of a recluse after that. He did manage to have a last hurrah attending the 20th anniversary of Grease re-release in 1998 before succumbing to cancer in 1999 at the age of 62.

The documentary rightly makes a point to highlight Carr’s self-promotional skills as he was one of the first producers to make himself a celebrity of sorts. Rarely had a Hollywood producer appeared on so many of the top talk shows of the day before Carr.

Like his earlier documentaries  I Am Divine and Tab Hunter: Confidential, this should be required viewing for the gay history alone. Based on the larger-than-life personality along with spectacular hits and notorious misses that touch on so many gay-centric projects (he gave us The Village People, folks), I recommend the film. 

Carr himself is a compelling subject in light of his personal over-the-topHollywood flair, but also his darker, injured moments.

The film is now available via Video-On-Demand. Find more info about the film at the official website.

Watch the trailer below:



Ian McKellen Says Hollywood Needs Work At Depicting Gay People And Minorities

Celebrated actor Ian McKellen is sharing even more thoughts on Hollywood’s lack of diversity and inclusivity.

During an interview with Time Out, McKellen was asked about his thoughts on the ongoing controversy over “Wizarding World” character Dumbledore’s sexuality.

McKellen, who was originally offered the role of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, commented to say, “Well, nobody looks to Hollywood for social commentary, do they? They only recently discovered that there were black people in the world.”

He then added: “Hollywood has mistreated women in every possible way throughout its history. Gay men don’t exist.”

As if that wasn’t enough, McKellen also felt it was important to note that his 1998 film Gods and Monsters helped open the door for talk of gay characters and people in film.

He says that film “was the beginning of Hollywood admitting that there were gay people knocking around, even though half of Hollywood.”

These are a similar mentality to the words that many people, such as gay actor Colton Haynes, have expressed recently concerning Hollywood.

It seems that there is an increasing amount of discontent with how things are running at Hollywood. But will all this talk turn into action or change, or will it just be complaining to the wind?

GLAAD Study Shows LGBTQ Representation In 2017 Films Dropped

While the LGBTQ community was giddy over the success of gay-themed Call Me By Your Name at this year’s Academy Awards where James Ivory won the Oscar for “Best Screenplay,” a new study shows depictions of LGBTQ characters in movies released by major studios last year actually declined.

LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD took a look at the 109 films released by major studios in 2017. And in issuing their annual Studio Responsibility Index found that gay, lesbian, bi, trans and queer characters appeared in only 14 films (12.8%).

That marks a precipitous drop from the 18.4% of major studio films found to be inclusive in 2016. Indeed, this is the lowest percentage of films featuring LGBTQ characters since GLAAD began reporting on the issue in 2012.

Additionally, GLAAD notes that many of the gay characters in 2017 films were barely seen on screen. Looking at the 14 films that included LGBTQ characters, in half of them the LGBTQ characters had less than five minutes of screen time.

There was some good news to report: diversity increased as 16 of the 28 LGBT-identified characters were people of color. That makes for 57% of the total characters in 2017 versus only 20% in 2016.

It's important to note that the report did not include the LGBTQ representation in the films released by the smaller, boutique labels like Sony Pictures Classics, which produced Call Me By Your Name, and Fox Searchlight, which served up the Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs redux, Battle of the Sexes.

When you add those outlets to other similar offices - like Universal’s Focus and Lionsgate affiliate Roadside Attractions - to the mix, you do get a more diverse, inclusive result.

Of the 40 films released by those labels in 2017, 28% contained LGBTQ characters, which is almost double the 17% in 2016.

Colton Haynes Tweeted That Hollywood Needs To Be More Inclusive

This past weekend, Colton Haynes shared some personal thoughts on being a gay actor in Hollywood.

In what’s now a string of deleted tweets, the “Arrow” star said he thinks its odd that Hollywood is run by the LGBTQ community, yet its hard to be an openly gay actor.

“Hollywood is a very odd place. I've been here for 12 yrs. I just pray that the LGBTQ+ community gets more chances to star in roles. We've had amazing trailblazers & ppl who've made it thru the criticism thk god. It doesn't have to be me, but this town is run by our community.

— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) May 20, 2018

But according to Queerty, Colton Haynes’s late Saturday night/early Sunday morning tweet session didn’t end there. Haynes also shared that his childhood worries of being an outsider are often revisited due to a similar atmosphere in Hollywood.

“Lets just realize that we all have so much to give. It's not easy being gay. Its not easy growing up being an outsider & having to watch your back. Just because you like the same sex doesn't mean you can't carry a film. It's acting. Execs need to start giving more opportunity. ?

— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) May 20, 2018


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Haynes then commented on how Hollywood needs to work harder to give LGBTQ actors, actors of color, and other minorities the chance to shine in entertainment media.

"I can't believe that no one has figured this out yet. It's not just the LGBT+ community but it's also ppl of color, minorities…give us all a chance. Thk god its in the works. Every single person deserves a shot at their dreams no matter their sex, ethnicity, or background. ?

— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) May 20, 2018"

We mostly agree with Haynes. Despite him being one of the lucky ones in Hollywood, he can see all of the struggles that openly gay actors go through.

That said, those lucky opportunities that he got have created visibility for openly gay actors. One would hope that would then trickle down into opening doors for upcoming actors.

At least, one would hope.

h/t: Queerty

Jason Statham Apologizes For Allegedly Using Homophobic Slurs On Set

Though we have no concrete evidence the incident actually occurred, Jason Statham has issued a public apology for allegedly using homophobic slurs on the set of his 2015 action film Wild Card.

The Fast & the Furious star, 50, has been accused of a rant laden with homophobic language in the midst of an argument with Steve Casman while shooting at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans.

To repeat, as of yet we have no proof this conversation actually happened, but  British tabloid The Sun claims to have acquired a transcript of the conversation:

"Stop acting like a f...... f..," Statham reportedly said. "I hate that f....... f.... s.... Talking, whispering... you guys [are] acting like a bunch of f...... f....... If you want to tell me something, don't wait 'til I do 15 f....... takes before you say something. Stop being a f...... f.. and be more assertive.”

Statham apologized May 16 in a statement issued on Facebook:

"I have never heard the recording and my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused. I have no recollection of making any of these offensive comments. However, let me be clear, the terms referenced are highly offensive."

"If I said these words, it was wrong and I deeply apologize. Anyone who knows me knows it doesn’t reflect how I feel about the LGBTQ community. While I cannot fix what was said in the past, I can learn from it and do better in the future.”

It’s worth noting that releasing the alleged audio could come with consequences. Under Louisiana’s Electronic Surveillance Act, recording a conversation without someone’s permission is strictly against the law. According to The New York Post, Statham’s legal team has implied legal action would be taken if such a tape were released.

For more: https://pagesix.com/2018/05/17/jason-statham-apologizes-for-allegedly-using-homophobic-slur/

"Love, Simon's" Opening Weekend Numbers Were Unimpressive

Unfortunately, it looks like Love, Simon’s opening weekend box office is… just ok.

We’ve been talking to you about Love, Simon for some time now. We raved with you over the fact that the film is the first teen rom-com to be backed by a major movie studio (20th Century Fox).

But while media sources like Instinct and tv interviewers like Ellen were happy to talk about Love, Simon, it seems like moviegoers weren’t as thrilled.

With an expected box office number of $12 million, the film wasn’t expected to earn big in the first place. That said, the movie sadly didn’t earn that. After the film’s opening weekend, it looks like Love, Simon made around $11.5 million.

While this isn’t a washout, this isn’t a major success either. The film was produced with around $17 million, so 20th Century Fox didn’t lose much (if you consider $5.5 million not much).

In addition, the film also gained rave reviews and an A+ cinema score. As such, the film has a lot going for it, but sadly one of those things isn’t money in its wallet.

Though, the film's averageness was originally its selling point, with its creators hoping to open the door for future projects.

The question then becomes why more people didn’t go to see the movie.

While we on Instinct (readers and writers) would love for the film to succeed, there are also many who would like to see it fail.

The liberal-packed East and West coasts make up the majority of moviegoers, but the more conservative Middle America can still pack a punch when it needs to. Without conservative America’s support, this film needed the support of LGBTQ people and liberal viewers, which it seems to have not gotten.

Even the production company that created teen sensation The Fault in Our Stars, couldn't get teens (LGBTQ or otherwise) to race towards the film.

That said, Love, Simon could possibly continue to earn more within the coming weeks. That is, of course, before box office juggernaut Disney/Marvel comes up in late April.

We also have to consider the possible effects of this film’s performance for future projects.

Again, the idea was to use an average, so-and-so film to open the door, but will it?

While, I don’t think this will mean a halt to all future projects with gay leads or LGBTQ focuses, Love, Simon’s so-so box office numbers could be a tool for any executive wishing to push against such movies.

After all, Hollywood is a business industry focused on what makes them money. With a precedent like this, gay films of the future aren’t getting much help.

Is It Time To Move Forward From Coming Out Stories?

Is It Time To Move Forward From Coming Out Stories?

Why Is Hollywood Obsessed With Sexuality?

SIMON SAYS! Okay, I’m so excited for every moment of LGBTQ screen time we may receive in film and television. We’ve experienced groundbreaking series such as Queer as Folk and The L-Word, on top of having the original and rebooted Will and Grace. As iconic as these series, among others, have been – why don’t we see many more of them seemingly recreated in film? I cannot help but feel each time a majorly distributed LGBTQ film appears – with tens across the board might I add – it’s always about a coming out story. Are you getting sick and tired of having to rewatch your youth over and over again!?

Don’t come for me just yet. To echo my earlier statement, I’m incredibly happy the LGBTQ community is getting their voices out into the world through film and television in general. I wouldn’t take back the success of LGBTQ cinema we’ve had in the last few years, but I cannot help but feel Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name, and the upcoming Love, Simon are all rehashing the same topic: Coming out of the closet or discovering yourself through your homosexuality. Frankly, I’m a bit tired of it. How many times do I have to watch essentially the same character battling his sexuality with an overbearing parent and some self-quarrel of his feelings for men? And you know, it’s not really comforting knowing allegedly heterosexual actors are portraying the gay characters we experience. Playing gay appears to gain someone a nomination from the Academy, but perhaps that’s a different topic of another day.

Yes, the latest string of LGBTQ films have been highlights for the community and the globe. However, can we please get through into Hollywood that as interesting as coming out is: How about showcasing the life of adult, LGBTQ characters who are, you know, quite comfortable with their sexuality and aren’t battling their emotions. I want to witness a strong, powerhouse, gay character who knows what he wants and goes after it. I’m begging to see someone take inspiration from the magic of Queer as Folk and put that wizardry into an Oscar nominated film. The LGBTQ community can be more impact, and more human, than just by simply coming out of the closet.

This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine. Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.