Screened Out – Anomalisa

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Voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

One credit we have to give Charlie Kaufman, he makes movies that look and act like nothing else. Anomalisa is certainly different – very adult stop-action animation. Whether you enjoy this Oscar nominee depends on how much of a cinema nerd you are. Even as one myself, I had problems with the film.

Anomalisa announces it’s for mature audiences by dropping the f-bomb over and over early on. Later, nudity and even animated oral sex actually upset quite a few people; they fled the screening. What the movie lacks – even for all the art involved – is visual magic.

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Donor list from Maine’s same-sex marriage fight made public

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The president of a hedge fund contributed $1.25 million to the National Organization for Marriage’s efforts to defeat Maine’s gay marriage law in 2009, providing more than half of national anti-gay marriage group’s donations during the campaign, according to a campaign disclosure report.

The group went to court three different times to shield its list of donors who contributed more than $2 million combined, all of which was funneled to Stand for Marriage Maine, the political action committee that led the repeal effort. It submitted the detailed disclosure report, dated Aug. 21, after the Maine supreme court rejected a move to further delay its release.

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Marriage equality foes’ losing streak keeps getting longer

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For foes of same-sex marriage in the U.S., their losing streak keeps growing. Some sense a lost cause, others vow to fight on.

On Election Day in 2012, they went 0-for-4 on state ballot measures. A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages. And over the past seven months, more than a dozen federal and state judges have struck down part or all of state-level bans on gay marriage, with no rulings going the other way.

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Sterling brings Magic owner’s anti-gay stances into conversation

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Ada, Mich.-  Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling isn’t going down without a fight, and he is bringing Amway co-founder and Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos into the fray.

Sterling has responded to the NBA—which has banished, fined him and pressured him to sell his team in the wake of racist comments—and calls his treatment by the professional basketball league a sham.

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NOM fined $50K, ordered to reveal donors

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Augusta (AP) – Maine’s ethics panel fined a national anti-gay marriage group more than $50,000 on Wednesday and ordered it to reveal the donors who backed its efforts to repeal the state’s gay marriage law.

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices found that the National Organization for Marriage violated campaign finance laws by failing to properly register as a ballot question committee and file financial reports in the 2009 referendum that struck down gay marriage. Same-sex unions were legalized by voters in 2012.

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Mozilla CEO resignation over Prop 8 raises free-speech issues

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San Jose, Calif. (AP) – The resignation of Mozilla’s CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley’s strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region’s foundation.

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich stepped down April 3 as CEO, just days after his appointment. He left the nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser after furious attacks, largely on Twitter, over his $1,000 contribution to support of Prop 8, a now-overturned 2008 gay-marriage ban in California.

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Screened Out – You Can’t Spell “Oscar” without “Scar”

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Welcome, again, to Gay Lent this one being a fairly painful holy season. It was such an amazing year for film that several great movies and performances got snubbed.

Even Meryl Streep thought Emma Thompson (pictured) should be nominated for Saving Mr. Banks.

Even Meryl Streep thought Emma Thompson (pictured) should be nominated for Saving Mr. Banks.

The most noticeable lack of nominations goes to Saving Mr. Banks, with amazing performances by Tom Hanks and especially Emma Thompson. Though most critics loved it, a choice few found the film about the making of the movie Mary Poppins to be the Disney Studios waxing poetic about its founder and his creation. However, everyone thought Thompson was a shoe-in for a nomination.

Hanks also missed a nomination for his wonderful turn in Captain Phillips. Voters ignored Robert Redford in All is Lost. James Gandolfini did not get a posthumous nom for Enough Said, even though entertainment almost always honors their dead. So, is Hollywood royalty out? Perhaps so, because Oprah Winfrey was ignored for The Butler (proving she may not have all the pull everyone always thought she had; maybe she didn’t get Obama elected after all.) Many other great films, performers and directors got the shaft, too. Joaquin Phoenix was sweet and subtle in the polarizing film Her. It also breaks my heart that Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer didn’t get nominated for their gripping acting in tiny Fruitvale Station. Finally, Will Forte was left out in the cold in Nebraska. Which, again, means the competition was fierce this year. Let’s look at the scars and stars, the nominations and my picks for winners. Also, feel free to post your best guesses in the comments:

Best Actor

It's a tragedy that Michael B. Jordan didn't get nominated for Fruitvale Station; the likely winner is Matthew McConaughey for his amazing portrayal in Dallas Buyers Clue.

It’s a tragedy that Michael B. Jordan (left) didn’t get nominated for Fruitvale Station; the likely winner is Matthew McConaughey for his amazing portrayal in Dallas Buyers Club.

American Hustle has garnered several nominations, including Christian Bale’s as lead; that’s all he should expect. Bruce Dern was also great in minuscule Nebraska, and Leonardo DiCaprio make the three hours of The Wolf of Wall Street almost worth it. Who Should Win: Without Michael B. Jordan for Fruitvale Station, I’d pick either Chiwetel Ejiofor for the grueling 12 Years a Slave or Matthew McConaughey for his gaunt, HIV-positive redneck in Dallas Buyers Club. Who Will Win: McConaughey was amazing, and he’s already won everything else.

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett's crazed socialite in Blue Jasmine may get her the Oscar.

Cate Blanchett’s crazed socialite in Blue Jasmine may get her the Oscar.

Emma Thompson deserved a nomination, but she’d never win against some of these others.  Though nominated, Adams also won’t win for American Hustle. Even legendary Meryl Streep, – who gets a nomination every time she performs – isn’t likely to take home gold this year for the tepidly reviewed August: Osage County. That’s because we have Judi Dench giving her heart to Philomena and Sandra Bullock providing emotional depth to technical Gravity. Who Should Win:  Cate Blanchett as the crazed maven fallen from wealth in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is astounding. Who Will Win: Give the gold to Blanchett.

Best Supporting Actor

Many people feel Tom Hanks should be nominated for Saving Mr. Banks, and Will Forte was snubbed for Nebraska. Most prognosticators agree Jared Leto has already won the prize for Dallas Buyers Club.

Many people feel Tom Hanks (left) should be nominated for Saving Mr. Banks, and Will Forte was snubbed for Nebraska (center). Most prognosticators agree Jared Leto has already won the prize for Dallas Buyers Club.

Every so often, certain categories are given. The three capable actors and one not-so-capable actor who are never going to win are Bradley Cooper in American Hustle, Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips, Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave and then there’s Jonah Hill (who now has two nominations in his bio) for Wolf of Wall Street. They can comfort themselves by saying that just being nominated is reward enough. (Though I’d rather have seen Hanks get nominated for Saving Mr. Banks or Forte get recognition for Nebraska over Hill; the Academy didn’t ask my opinion…) Who Should Win: in Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto totally owns transgender Rayon as she diminishes from AIDS; the performance and transformation are mesmerizing. Who Will Win: Just engrave Let’s name on the statue already.

Best Supporting Actress:

Some believe Oprah Winfrey's turn in The Butler (left) deserved a nod. Lupita Nyong'o will likely take home gold for her stoic portrayal in 12 Years a Slave.

Some believe Oprah Winfrey’s turn in The Butler (left) deserved a nod. Lupita Nyong’o will likely take home gold for her stoic portrayal in 12 Years a Slave.

I actually loved all these performances (even better than Oprah’s turn in The Butler). However, I’d be hard-pressed to give the award to Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine or Julia Roberts for August: Osage County. This is only true because June Squibb is delightful as the crass midwestern housewife in Nebraska, Lupita Nyong’o is painfully committed to 12 Years a Slave, and Jennifer Lawrence steals American Hustle from all the other actors, including Robert DeNiro. Who Should Win: I will always remember Jennifer Lawrence’s character in American Hustle. Who Will Win: Nyong’o.

Best Director:

Spike Jonze's brilliant Her (left) frustrated people too much for a nom; Alfonso Cuarón will win for his techinical work in Gravity.

Spike Jonze’s brilliant Her (left) frustrated people too much for a nom; Alfonso Cuarn will win for his techinical work in Gravity.

Spike Jonze was ignored for his touchy, excellent film Her. Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese is not going to win for his overlong direction of The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s also difficult to see that the director had to work hard in Alexander Payne’s quaint Nebraska. Steve McQueen should get some recognition for 12 Years a Slave, but he’s up against some stiff competition. I just don’t think David O. Russell’s American Hustle was as tight as he could’ve made it, but Hollywood seems to love this film. Who Should Win: For his technical innovation, I’d give it to the brilliant Alfonso Cuarn for Gravity. Who Will Win: The Director’s Guild gave it to Cuarn.

Best Picture:

Gravity is likely to win Best Picture.

Gravity is likely to win Best Picture.

Smaller films don’t ever win this top prize when SAG actors and producers are looking to sponsor larger movies that encourage more paychecks sorry, Nebraska, Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, and Captain Phillips. The Wolf of Wall Street is too flawed (read: long) to win. It’s between the technical brilliance of Gravity, the 70s style of American Hustle, and the excruciating history of 12 Years a Slave. Who Should Win: I’ve been rooting for Gravity since I saw it, but I also loved the dark, ugly 12 Years a Slave. These two films tied for top prize with the Producer’s Guild of America; this is the first time this has happened in the organization’s 25-year history. That means with American Hustle taking the Screen Actor’s Guild Award that this is actually a tight three-way race. Who Will Win: I’m going to assume the Director’s Guild got it right and will throw their votes behind Gravity for the win.

Macklemore scores Grammy nom with equality anthem “Same Love”

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Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.

Macklemore and Lewis’ gay marriage anthem “Same Love” was among song of the year nominees and the Seattle rap crew joined Los Angeles rapper Lamar with seven nominations apiece, including best album and best new artist of the year. Pharrell Williams had four major nominations among his seven and Justin Timberlake also had seven.

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Jelly Belly chair under fire for anti-transgender donation

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You can add Jelly Belly candies to the list of foods you should stop spending your money on because of expressed bigotry, following Barilla pasta and Chick-Fil-A.

Herman Rowland Sr., Chairman of the Board for Jelly Belly, donated $5,000 to a group dedicated to overturning California Assembly Bill 1266, a law that guarantees transgender students have equal access to bathrooms, locker rooms, sport teams and other gender-segregated facilities at school. A group called Privacy for All Students is gathering signatures to have the law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August, repealed. The group is run by Frank Schubert, well-known for his messaging on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage in its quest to stop the legalization of same-sex marriage.

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NOM joins fight to overturn transgender protections

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San Francisco (AP) – An effort to overturn a new law allowing transgender students to choose which school restrooms they use and whether to play boys or girls sports got a boost Friday when a major player in the passage of California’s now-defunct same-sex marriage ban threw its support behind the campaign.

The National Organization for Marriage announced it was working with another conservative group, the Capitol Resource Institute, to repeal the law at the ballot box. The marriage group provided early fundraising and organizing for the 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages, known as Proposition 8.

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Bears under fire for donations to NOM

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The National Organization for Marriage, a group dedicated to battling marriage equality and other LGBT equality efforts, claimed that the Chicago Bears donated to its cause recently. The NFL team, however, was quick to say that it did not donate anything to a Ruth Institute Gala, which brought in leaders of the organization to discuss ways to defeat marriage equality.

According to OutSports.com, a signed jersey by Bears star Brian Urlacher and a certificate of authenticity were donated for a raffle. Who exactly within the Bears organization donated the item is unclear.

“The items featured in The Ruth Institute gala invitation were personal donations to Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse,” the Bears said in a statement to OutSports. “Neither was a club donation, nor do they represent the team’s view on any social issues. Any remarks stating otherwise are false.”

NOM, however, boasted about the Bears support, posting on its website a “huge thank you to the Bears for supporting our message.”

July 2010: N+W Briefs

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Gay marriage foes begin national tour in Maine
Gay-marriage opponents who put hundreds of thousands of dollars into the successful effort to keep the practice out of Maine have kicked off a “One Man, One Woman” 23-city bus tour. The National Organization for Marriage began the tour July 14 in Augusta. NOM’s bus tour is scheduled to make a Florida stop in Tampa on August 8.

Gays march in Poland to demand equal rights
Nearly 8,000 gays and lesbians from around Europe marched through Poland’s capital July 17 to demand equal rights and more tolerance in the heavily Roman Catholic nation. The parade was part of the EuroPride Gay Rights Festival. Police said they arrested eight people—some of whom threw eggs and rocks—for trying to disturb the march.