As mainstream politics and pop culture become increasingly gay friendly, DC Comics is jumping on the pro-LGBT bandwagon with a new gay character. Or rather, an old character who’s newly gay.

During this weekend’s Kapow! comic convention, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio announced that the publisher plans to bring out of the closet a character who has previously been established as straight, with the hopes of making said character “one of our most prominent gay characters.” Seeing as LGBT characters in the DC canon are still fairly few and far in between, that shouldn’t be too difficult, but it’s still progress. Read more after the jump.

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Sometime around 2007, Juno BFFs Ellen Page and Olivia Thirlby signed themselves up to reunite as teenage lesbian werewolves on Bradley Rust Gray‘s Jack & Diane. Funding fell through, however, and after years of delays, both actresses quietly dropped out of the project. Page was then replaced by Alison Pill, who in turn was replaced by Juno Temple, while Thirlby’s part was recast with Riley Keough.

This year, Gray’s completed Jack & Diane finally made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. And while much about the film is tough to understand, what’s clear is that Page and Thirlby have dodged a bullet by leaving the project early on.

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Today’s TV Bits travels all over the place, from the fantastical land of Westeros and the vampire-riddled town of Bon Temps, Louisiana to the very real locales of Romania and New York City. After the jump:

  • Game of Thrones finds its Ygritte, and announces an April 2012 return
  • True Blood makes a fountain in Romania run blood red
  • Lee Daniels signs on to develop an NYC-based LGBT series for Showtime

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In 3, a man and a woman, married for twenty years, both fall into extramarital affairs. Seems like a fairly straight forward premise to a movie. But this is Tom Tykwer, the man who directed Run Lola Run and is teaming up with the Wachowskis to make Cloud Atlas. There’s gotta be a catch. In 3, this husband and wife both end up having an affair with the same man.

An official selection at last year’s Venice and Toronto Film Festivals as well as winner of awards at Outfest 2011 and the German Film Awards, Tom Tykwer’s 3 opens in New York and Los Angeles on September 16. Check out the trailer and where else you can see it after the jump. Read More »

Now that New York has become the sixth state to legalize gay marriage, it was probably only a matter of time before people got to wondering when one of the state’s most famous and beloved pair of long-term partners would be tying the knot. The couple in question is Bert and Ernie, puppets and opposites-attract besties who reside on New York City’s (fictional) Sesame Street. A petition is currently circulating which asks PBS to “let” the pair make their alleged love legal.

Oh sure, the two may claim to be “just friends” on the show, but plenty of people over the years have wondered — some jokingly, some more seriously — if the relationship runs deeper than the show is willing to admit. Read more after the jump.

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If someone showed you the trailer for Adam Sandler‘s Jack & Jill right before Funny People was released, you would have sworn it was a Judd Apatow joke. Unfortunately, that film isn’t a joke but the latest Sandler rumor is. According to a recent rumor, Sandler was inspired by an episode of MTV’s True Life to produce a remake of Three Men and a Baby featuring his friends David Spade, Chris Rock, and Rob Schneider. In this updated version, though, the twist would be that the men aren’t straight; they’re gay polyamorists.

Sounds a little too wacky to be true and, according to Disney, it is. They deny the rumor. Still, crazier things have happened. Read more about this rumor after the jump. Read More »

If you read the site regularly, you’ve probably heard of Sundance U.S. Audience Award winner Circumstance. The tale of two Iranian lesbians trapped in an impossible system was one of our favorite films of the 2011 festival. Now, Participant Media has locked down a deal to have Roadside Attractions distribute the movie in the United States, possibly as soon as this summer. This is great news for a great film that’s sensual, tense, inspiring and frightening all in one.

Click here to read my review of the Maryam Keshavarz-directed award winner. It’s a controversial must see for sure.

UPDATE: Circumstance just won the US Dramatic Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Though it’ll probably never play in the country in which it’s set, attendees at the Sundance Film Festival were lucky enough to see Maryam Keshavarz‘s debut feature Circumstance. Hopefully soon, you will too. Set in modern day Tehran, Iran, this beautiful film focuses on two attractive high school girls named Shireen and Atafeh, played by Sarah Kazemy and Nikohl Boosheri, both making their acting debuts. Though the girls live in a country where women are treated as second class, Shireen and Atafeh use their good looks, talents and smarts to live life as free as humanly possible. The friends eventually develop feelings for each other but when Atafeh’s brother Mehran (Reza Sixo Safai) comes home, the girls’ liberal point of view is doomed to be challenged.

Circumstance is an increasingly claustrophobic love story set against impossible odds told with a frightening cultural context. Of the thirty plus films I’d seen at Sundance before it, it was the first film to get a legitimate standing ovation. Read More »

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