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Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Remembering Heath

January 22nd is the second anniversary of Heath's passing.  None of us will ever forget, or stop missing him.  Two years ago, Forum members shared their thoughts about Heath and his impact on their lives in both written and visual memorials.

dback shared an essay that he had submitted to “Community Voices” at a local paper:

“Few performances given by an actor can actually change people’s lives, yet by many accounts, Ledger’s work in Brokeback Mountain seemed to have done just that. It’s a staggering performance of subtlety and nuance, sketching a man who is so desperately afraid of love—and himself—that he throws his entire life away, and takes a passel of others down with him. . . . . Yet spend some time online, and you’ll find any number of people who saw Brokeback Mountain and decided that they would not be Ennis Del Mar. They’ve moved across the country, or to the other side of the world, to pursue love. They’ve quit jobs they hated and started new pursuits. They’ve reconnected with lost loved ones. They’ve become writers, actors, filmmakers, activists.

“Heath Ledger was taken from us too soon. But how blessed we are that he shared so many of his gifts with us in the short time he was here.  At one point in Brokeback Mountain when Jack and Ennis have found each other again after a four-year separation, they are camped out looking at the stars.  Jack comments, ‘See anything interesting up there in heaven?’ Ennis responds, ‘I was just sending up a prayer of thanks.’ Indeed; we all should. Thanks, Heath.”

Few visual tributes were more touching than the simple floral memorial Forum member mouk left at one of the most significant of the Brokeback film sites.  At the time of Heath's passing, she was planning a visit to the Alberta filming sites on January 26th, her second BBM "anniversary."  On her arrival the week after his death, she took a bouquet up to Ennis and Jack's second campsite ("Campsite #2") and left them close to the sites of the tent and the Dozy Embrace scene.  The tulips and spring flowers she chose were orange, yellow and red, suggesting the colors of a sunrise or sunset.



Two years later

Last year, Milwaukee Express.com published a short retrospective on Heath's career.  Its view of Heath's performance as Ennis:

"Ledger never fakes his presentation as a gay man; instead, he uses his natural masculinity to dispel stereotyping, adding a stabilizing gravitas to the role of a tough married man who loves his wife and children. His imploding emotions were carefully banked. As Anthony Lane wrote in The New Yorker, "This slow and stoic movie feels neither gay nor especially Western; it is a study of love under siege." Roger Ebert proclaimed it a great film reminiscent of the best of Ingmar Bergman. The discriminating New York Film Critics Circle Award gave top honors both to Ledger's performance and the film. Britain's Sight & Sound magazine devoted a special issue to Brokeback Mountain as one of the decade's most significant films." The article also touches on Heath's early films and his performance in The Dark Knight.

Michelle and daughter Matilda (now 4 years old) were photographed in New York City in October.  “She can know her dad in so many ways," Michelle said, "and so many of his friends who will be able to tell her so many stories. His friends, his family — they were a big part of his life, and they will be a big part of her life.”
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The Daily Mail has photos of Michelle and daughter Matilda (now 4 years old) on vacation in Hawaii this year.  The article also reviews Michelle's acting work over the past year.

In the same week two years ago, the Forum suffered another loss of Forum member painted shoes (Jackie).  Revisit the special Daily Sheet editions memorializing Heath and Jackie here.




Landmark Decision in Italy

elena reports that January 13th, "for the first time in history Italy's largest gay rights organisation Arcigay got awarded with symbolic damages (1 euro) when the author of an attack on a gay couple in Rome last August was sentenced to 7 years in jail (he was considered mentally unstable). The man had attacked the couple with a broken bottle because they were kissing just outside of the site of a gay festival. One of the two gay man was in hospital for weeks in a very serious condition."  It was a landmark decision, as the court recognised the group was entitled to damages as well as the two victims of the attack.

Arcigay was founded in 1985 and has 160,000 members.  It is affiliated with 114 local centers in 48 Italian provinces.  The group works with Italian Ministry of Health and the Superior Institute for Health on AIDS prevention and awareness, offers training courses on sexual orientation for workers, health counsellors and school staff and is a member of Ilga, the International Gay and Lesbian Association.

Arcigay published the first Italian book on AIDS in 1985.  It has been active in Pride events and campaigns for civil unions, worked with Italy's Minister for Equal Opportunities to set up the Commission for the Rights of Gay and Transgender People, and in recent years has worked on various project with other gay and lesbian rights organisations in the European Union.  For more information, see Arcigay or Arcigay English.




Anne Hathaway News

Anne and the Simpsons


"Stage and film actress Anne Hathaway made an appearance in Springfield as Princess Penelope, a new sidekick to Krusty the Clown, on Fox’s The Simpsons. In the episode, titled 'Once Upon a Time in Springfield', Hathaway sings "A Princess Knows,' 'Glitter and Sparkle' and 'Watered with Love'; she also sings a brief part of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s classic 'Moon River.'

View Anne's Simpson's visit at Broadway World.


"Hasty Pudding"

"Oscar-nominated actress Anne Hathaway can add another honor to her list: a Hasty Pudding award. She will receive the award at a roast scheduled for Jan. 28 by Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University. It's the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

"The roast features the Harvard men in drag and takes place after a parade down Massachusetts Avenue near the university in Cambridge, Mass.

"Hathaway made her name as a teen in "The Princess Diaries" and has shown her acting range in comedies like "Get Smart" and dramas such as Brokeback Mountain.



Roberta Maxwell in San Francisco



Last fall, Roberta Maxwell appeared in the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival's production of Racine's 17th century tragedy Phèdre, playing the role of the title character's scheming nurse, Oenone.  The show will be performed at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco from January 15th through February 7th.

For tickets and information, call  415.749.2228 or contact www.act-sf.org .

For more information about the play, its history and productions, see the American Conservatory Theatre and the  San Francisco Sentinel.






"Billy Budd" Dies at 87



Nolte in Billy Budd
TheatreMania reports that actor, playwright and educator Charles Nolte, has died of prostate cancer, at the age of 87.

Nolte's Broadway debut was in a production of Antony and Cleopatra and he went on to the title role in Billy Budd (1951) and the original production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.

In 2008, Lavender Magazine commented that "when a young Charles Nolte dazzled Broadway in the innocently studly title role of Billy Budd, the show emanated homoerotic tensions to rival Brokeback Mountain. Trouble was, unlike Brokeback, it never was acknowledged openly. But, of course, the audience and the actors felt it.

"Now, in 2008, in a spectacular contrast, Nolte, at a robust 84, is playing a leading role as an openly gay man in Exit Strategy, a Cricket Production at Mixed Blood Theatre. This new play, penned by Roy M. Close and Bill Semans, involves two senior citizens on fixed incomes about to lose their residence to demolition.

"In contrasting the Billy Budd era with the Exit Strategy era, Nolte is struck by how far things have come. As Nolte shares, 'When I first started in the theater, nobody would have even mentioned the word homosexual. You didn’t talk about it. It didn’t mean that 80 percent of the people in the theater weren’t gay. They just [he laughs] didn’t talk about it.' ”

In 2009, Nolte donated his papers to the Tretter Collection for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota. It formed the basis of an open collection for LGBT-related performance and film materials at the university.  The collection includes Nolte's personal journals from the 1940s on, photographs, playbills, films, various manuscrips, lecture notes and recordings, and theatre and opera books.  For more information, see http://noltecollection.org/




Annie Proulx House For Rent


Annie Proulx restored Quoyle's House, a "beautiful 100 year old traditional Newfoundland house" and it is now for rent. "This incredible coastal retreat, just minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage Viking Site. Be inspired by its breathtaking views and peaceful setting. Take a stroll, launch your kayak or have a fire on the beach. A wonderful contrast to your everyday routine; relax, breathe the fresh air, wander the hills, beaches and meadows, watch the sunrise, explore where the first Europeans landed."  The L'Anse aux Meadows area includes "coastal hiking and biking, kayaking, whale watching, iceberg watching, bird watching, boat tours, Internet cafe, Gaia art gallery- Innu, Inuit and local art, Ruby Theatre, Grenfell House Museum and UNESCO Viking sites, Dark Tickle jam factory, Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve and live folk music performances."








Janie's Gallery

Forum members who enjoy art based on Brokeback are familiar with Janie-G’s work.  
She recently posted a new drawing of “The Kiss” on BBM Fanart.




Janie’s work ranges well outside BBM, however.  Janie’s gallery at deviantART
also includes wildlife studies, landscapes and unusual streetscapes.

               
“Rio de San Barnaba, Venice”                              “Autumn Blue”            

Janie requests that Forum members ask her before posting these images anywhere outside the forum.

View more of Janie’s artwork at deviantART.



Fun Question of the Week

This week’s Question: Which actor became the first to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a gay character? The film?


Let us know your answer in the response thread.

Last week's question and answer:  How many of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World can you name?

The Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia(pictured), Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.



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jnov has shared photos of a recent trip to Egypt.  View more of her Egypt photos here.




In a colder region, conny's dogs have been enjoying the snow.



Quote of the Day

"Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind."


~ William Wordsworth
(from "Ode on Intimations of Immortality") ~



Photo Caption of the Day

Posted by RickB, in Photo Captioning Fun 5:

 

Alma:  Oh, crap! There's a messy divorce, dead ahead!

Ennis:  Abandon ship! Abandon ship!




Contributors: dback, mouk, KittyHawk, RickB, Janie-G, elena, conny, jnov



Calendar of Events

"Brothers" UK Screening
London - January 23

A Night At the Movies
Paris - February 16

Annie Proulx at "The Cabin"
Boise, Idaho USA - February 16


If you have ideas about initiating a gathering, go to Start Your Own Threads
and get the ball rolling to plan a get-together near you.

Let us know of any events you’d like listed here.




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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


The Gayest Cities?

"Using criteria like the number of same-sex-couple households per capita, gay elected officials, gay bars and gay films among Netflix favorites, Newser comments, "the Advocate crowns Atlanta as the gayest city in the US. Some reasons why, and the rest of the top five:


Atlanta: "Though 'Georgia isn’t the most gay-friendly state,'  Mike Albo writes, 'Atlanta guys are hunky, the ladies are gracious, the gay sports leagues are seriously well organized, and its housewives (and their gay BFFs, complete with handbags and heels) are now camp icons.' ”


Burlington, Vermont: "Hub of the state’s gay-rights efforts, and nearby Ben & Jerry’s renamed its Chubby Hubby flavor ‘Hubby Hubby’ to celebrate the state’s marriage-equality law.”

For information about travel in Vermont, see the Vermont Gay Tourism Association.

Visit Purple Unions (Vermont) for information on gay-friendly wedding resources including lodging, wedding venues, photography and catering.



Iowa City: “Where Brokeback Mountain’s Ennis and Jack would have bought a house and adopted kids, in the alternate ending of that romance.”

For information on travel in Iowa, see Purple Roofs.  Visit My Iowa Gay Wedding for advice on residency and licenses, and Purple Unions (Iowa) for wedding planning.




Tracking Future History



The Perry v. Schwartzenegger challenge to California's anti-gay Proposition 8 is now in its third week, with the plaintiffs winding up their part of the case after two weeks.  After the Supreme Court turned down the proposal to air the trial via YouTube, bloggers moved in to fill the gap with on-the-scene coverage.

The most thorough and accessible commentaries are being done by the Courage Campaign's Prop 8 Trial Tracker and by Firedoglake.  Both are posting detailed coverage including transcript exerpts and reader discussions. RENWL commented that "while folks were hustling to find out which twitterers would be tweeting from the trial this weekend, Courage was quietly building a nifty little Web site that post tweets directly from the courtroom with summaries. It’s a one-stop shop for real-time trial updates."

Both Firedoglake and the Courage Campaign have also covered related developments, such as could-have-been First Lady Cindy McCain's photographic statement opposing Prop 8.  

Forum members can get a set of Word documents with the Courage Campaign's daily coverage to date by emailing Marge_Innavera through her profile.  For those who want the transcript, it's now available online courtesy of the Equal Rights Foundation.




"Yondah is da cheesy movie quote of my faddah"



Click on the image to view the video at YouTube.

If you can use a dose of just-for-fun humor, check out the "100 Cheesiest Movie Quotes of all Time" on  YouTube.  The quotes descend on the viewer in a shower, much like the jokes in a Mel Brooks movie: some are a bit hard to hear and others are cheesy only due to their delivery and context but if you keep watching there's sure to be one coming up that makes you laugh.  

There are some classic lines, including "I am the king of the world!" (Titanic), "love means never having to say you're sorry" (Love Story) and the "box of chocolates" parable from Forrest Gump.  Memorable and less famous selections include "I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass!", "I have had it with the motherf***ing snakes on this motherf***ing plane!" and "are you a MexiCAN or a MexiCAN'T?"




The Tree of Life

Terrance Malick's The Tree of Life was originally scheduled for a December 2009 release, moved up to this year.  It was filmed in Texas, and is based on a screen play that director Malick has been working on since 1978.  It will be his fifth movie, following Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998) and The New World (2005).          
  
"According to an IMDB plot synopsis, "The film opens documenting the origins of life, through the age of reptiles and mammals and then man. Progressively, we are swept through time until the 1950s, where the birth of life suddenly comes to seemingly pointless sickness and death. Pointless, that is, to young Jack, who is unaware of all that has led to this point and time, only to arrive to the tragedy he must come to grips with. This is the philosophical thrust of older Jack’s struggle to coexist in a world that seemingly has little to no value for him. The “tree of life” is the framework of the story, how one thing leads to another, a miracle of growth and evolution, where nature is purposeful, and never random.”

In a two-part preview of 2010 films, Creative Loafing's Anthony Nicholas rated The Tree of Life #1:

"Brad Pitt plays the father (a part originally intended for Heath Ledger) and Sean Penn has the role of the older Jack. It is also rumored that there will be two different versions of the film (one exclusively for IMAX theaters). We also have hot cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Children of Men, The New World) and composer Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Birth) on board. Go ahead, try to top that.


Read the rest of the preview, and previews of other upcoming films, at Creative Loafing.



  
Well, maybe this is the place after all



”School board members in Wheatland, Wyoming have prohibited anti-discrimination banners because an LGBT rights group is among their sponsors.

" ‘If this is the way one chooses, then they can lead this particular lifestyle, but I don't believe it needs to be publicly displayed in a school,’ Platte County School District 1 board member Lee Dunham said of the banners, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

”District administrators removed the banners after parents and school board members expressed concern over the fact that the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado is listed as a sponsor. The banners are part of the Anti-Defamation League's ‘No Place for Hate’ campaign, involving a variety of activities designed to teach young people about tolerance and respecting differences; other sponsors include the David and Laura Merage Foundation and Qwest Communications. Platte County trustees this week rejected a request to put the banners back up, voting 4-3 this week to keep them down at Wheatland High School and West Elementary School.


Full story in the Advocate.

You can reach the school superintendent at snelson@plt1.k12.wy.us







Tribute in Stripes

trekfan shared her own remembrance of Heath at Planet Heath:

"Thank you so much everyone.  For all the support you've given, that we've been able to rant and fave and cry and hug each other (even through cyberspace)

"I'd like to think Heath would be happy that he brought so many of us together.  Here is what I am wearing to remember him.

"The red striped gloves are like the ones Heath liked to wear.   They are from the Marc Jacob's store in Manhattan (a friend who made a pilgrimage there to pay her respects picked them up for me) and I am wearing the leg warmers.  I'm not sure if Heath ever wore red striped ones.   The only time I saw him wearing any leg warmers were in the pics from Imaginarium when he had on his purple beanie and multi colored striped leg warmers.


"He just loved stripes.  He seems to be wearing something striped in most every pic you see him (I wonder if his underwear was striped   ;)  )

"Anyway I never really wore stripes so much but now I do.   Thanks Heath for introducing me to stripes.    :-*"



On Planet Heath

           

Planet Heath has had dozens of memorable tributes, fan art and photos posted this week.  Among them are a photo from the Brokeback set, with Heath and Jake appearing to be staying in character from BayCityJohn, and a somber Heath portrait provided by ingmarnicebbmt.



Brokeback In Seattle



Several Forum members attended the screening of Brokeback at Seattle's Egyptian Theatre last weekend.  According to Rob in Puyallup, "Friday and Saturday nights are 'Midnight Madness' at the Egyptian, where they show 'Cults and Classics'. Wonder which of the two Brokeback fits in." Rob attended the screening on Friday, and reported that "about a dozen viewers is all in the very decorative Egyptian Theater in the Broadway District of Seattle. Though the showhall is large the small crowd made it very cozy.

"Think I'll go back for a second helping tomorrow night. Haven't seen it on the big screen two times in a row in nearly four years. Four fucking years... oh my... where does time go?"



Fun Question of the Week

This week’s Question: Which is the only country in the world with the Bible on its national flag?


Let us know your answer in the response thread.

Last week's question and answer:  Which actor became the first to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a gay character? The film?

Right you are, Lyle (Mooska), the answer is William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman. And thanks to Ennis Del Mark, Fritzkep, Marge_Innavera, Desecra, kathy, janjo, atruant, and BayCityJohn for the very interesting discussion!



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From Trigger Hippie, at Life Through the Lens 4.  



Don't miss the rest of his "winter series."



Quote of the Day

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime."

~ Ernest Hemingway ~


Photo Caption of the Day

CellarDweller115 shows Ennis and Jack battling an unexpected foe,
at Photo Captioning Fun 5.



Jack:  What in the hell happened Ennis?

Ennis:  Came upon a T-Rex is what happened....spooked the mules, food scattered everywhere.


Other takes on Ennis' and Jack's prehistoric conflict:

TwistandShout:  I knew that damn harmonica was goin' to startle somethin' . . .

gnash: jack: uh, i think we better get a move on.

ennis: why? so the fish and game don't catch us?

jack: no, because that there's a goddam t-rex, dumbass!

and RickB:  Ennis: Git out a here, you goddamn T-Rex!

Gwangi: Oh, we ALL look alike to you, don't we?
I'll have you know I'm an Allosaurus, not a Tyrannosaurus!
And you watch your language!




Contributors: trekfan, Trigger Hippie, CellarDweller115, BayCityJohn, gnash, TwistandShout, RickB, Rob in Puyallup



Calendar of Events

If you have ideas about initiating a gathering, go to Start Your Own Threads
and get the ball rolling to plan a get-together near you.

A Night At the Movies
Paris - February 16

Annie Proulx at "The Cabin"
Boise, Idaho USA - February 16


Let us know of any events you’d like listed here.




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