Friday, April 9, 2010

The Queen of the United States

So in a recent poll taken, the results showed about half the United States as being "fine" with a gay president. Somehow I think those statistics are a bit skewed. Although it did remind me of a little tidbit I heard once...

A gay president? We've already had one, ladies!

15th President of the United States, James Buchanan, is the only president in history to remain a bachelor... OR WAS HE???

*cue dramatic music and thunder clap*

Her Royal Highness Buchanan was engaged to Ann Coleman, daughter of a wealthy iron manufacturer. But the poor lass died "of hysteria" while the two were still engaged. Buchanan sent a letter of sorrow to the girl's Father which basically stated that he'd never love again.


For 15 years prior to his presidency, Mme. Buchanan, lived with his very close friend and fellow bachelor William Rufus King, an Alabama Senator. Buchanan and King's nieces destroyed their uncles' correspondence, leaving some questions as to what relationship the two men had, but the length and intimacy of surviving letters illustrate "the affection of a special friendship" and Buchanan wrote of his "communion" with his housemate.

"Communion." Is that what they called snogging then?

In May 1844, during one of the interruptions in Buchanan and King's relationship that resulted from King's appointment as minister to France, Buchanan wrote about his social life: "I am now 'solitary and alone', having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them. I feel that it is not good for man to be alone, and should not be astonished to find myself married to some old maid who can nurse me when I am sick, provide good dinners for me when I am well, and not expect from me any very ardent or romantic affection."

Buchanan and King's close relationship prompted Andrew Jackson to refer to King as "Miss Nancy" and "Aunt Fancy," while Aaron V. Brown spoke of the two as "Buchanan and his wife."

Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy! And I've just figured out what I want my nieces and nephews to call me and my partner should I happen to find the poor bastard.

Ready for a gay president? The question is are we ready for the next one?

You go, Miss Nancy!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Witches of Oz

Someone on writer/director Leigh Scott's PR crew needs to be fired.

I just stumbled upon the info the other day that a movie entitled The Witches of Oz is coming out with one of my all-time favorites, Christopher Lloyd, portraying the Wizard of Oz himself!

This news lead me to the Official Witches of Oz website, whereupon I learned that this film is set to be released on April 16th!

WHAT?! How have I not heard about this film at all?!

Upon inspection of the website and cast, and viewing the teaser trailer and mini-making-of, I am so excited to see how this movie comes out. It's quite an ambitious undertaking for a budding director and a small independent studio, which means it could be the underdog victorious or it could be "pursed lips"... Catastrophe.

I'm a longtime fan of both The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Disney's cult classic Return to Oz (1985), so I have my fingers crossed that I can add this little gem to the Oz film lineup of favorites.

Along with Christopher Lloyd, the cast also includes Mia Sara, Jeffrey Combs, Lance Henriksen, Ethan Embry, and LOTR alumni Sean Astin and Billy Boyd! Newcomer Paulie Rojas will be portraying our heroine Dorothy Gale who, in this rendition, is all grown up and living as an author in New York City. But old familiar faces (and some new ones) from her childhood visit to the Land of Oz start popping up! Some of them friendly. Others... not so much.

Click the key above to view the trailer and see the making-of featurette!

Follow the yellow brick road, betchez!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ellen DeGeneres: The Comic Book

Ellen DeGeneres is now a comic book hero! Okay, not exactly. Though she is the subject of the latest issue of Bluewater Productions' "Female Force," who will be telling her life story (thus far) in a comic book style.

The comic will apparently revisit big moments in her life from the episode of her sitcom in which she came out to her invitation to join the "American Idol" judging panel. The book hits the shelves today so any die-hard fans can run out immediately to get their copy. I might get it if there's a single cell that just has her yelling "The bangs!"

The issue will also explore her gay advocacy. Issue writer Sanda C. Ruckdeschel says, "It is part of who she is and any telling of her story without acknowledging the importance she places on her identity would be disrespectful to her accomplishments."

Previous subjects of FF include Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin. Now I think they should've made that a joint issue and told their stories in a Spy vs. Spy way. I'm not gonna lie, the mental picture of Clinton and Palin standing back-to-back, wearing huge-brimmed hats, and holding bombs tickles me pink.

The comic should be an interesting read and visual, even if it is sans Ellen wearing a mask and having the ability to fly.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ghostbusters III

There has been talk about a third Ghostbusters film probably since the interwebz first came crashing into living rooms around the globe. Though whenever asked about it, most of the parties who were originally involved would react nonchalantly at best.

In the case of the films' lead, Bill Murray, it would often be met with an eye roll and has been referred to as his "nightmare."

However, the release of the film looks to finally be making some headway, though Murray may not be far off from referring to this as his nightmare.

Columbia has made an official announcement and the film is set for a 2011 release. Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson have signed on, while my platonic celebrity crushes Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts are presumably going to be joining in on the reunion as well. Ivan Reitman stated in an interview that Rick Moranis is considering coming out of retirement to reprise his role as super-nerd Louis Tully, though no confirmation as of yet.

Also no word on whether Annie Potts will be reviving her outrageously stellar glasses and hair from Ghostbusters 2.

The film's story was written by Aykroyd, though the final screenplay has been penned by Lee Eisenberg (of "The Office" fame).

Veteran director and producer Ivan Reitman, who helmed the first two Ghostie films, is all fired up to direct this one as well... Here's where some of that aforementioned nightmare comes into play.

Apparently the studio is trying to oust Reitman from the director's chair in the hopes of getting a new, hot, young, sexy director in his place. As the old coot has already signed on to romantic comedy Friends With Benefits the studio thought he would relinquish his duties on Ghostbusters. No dice! Reitman has stated he intends to do both, which has also allegedly created some friction between the producers and the stars.

There are also stories flying around that the real holdup on this project is Bill Murray himself. Rumor has it that Dan Aykroyd had to put his foot down with Murray who has script approval in his contract and had requested that his character be killed off early on.

However, in an interview on "The Morning Show," Murray stated for the first time that he considered the story and script promising and met the question with as positive an air as the notoriously deadpan actor could muster.

Provided all the stars align, the juices flow, and the shit gets cleaned off the fan, I think this could potentially be one amazing sequel. I am excited to see what happens. It could also be the biggest disaster of the 21st century. Oh the suspense!

Personally, I just wish they could get Harris Yulin back to play Judge Wexler. His was probably my favorite scene out of both Ghostbusters films.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Man Candy

Jai Rodriguez.

The boy just keeps getting sexier with each passing year.

Um... Yeah, he needs to call me.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Toy Story 3

My level of excitement over the Summer release of Toy Story 3 is about on par with a kitten receiving his first dose of catnip.

Typically I'm vocally anti when it comes to Disney sequels, but I absolutely loved the first two Toy Story films and the third installment is shaping up to be no let down!

There are no less than fourteen new characters in this epic comedy from Disney/Pixar! Not to mention a slew of additions to the voice cast that have me near orgasm.

Aside from nearly the entire original voice cast returning, we've also got Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Whoopi Goldberg, Kristen Schaal, Ned Beatty, Charles Adler, Gilbert Gottfried, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Jeff Garlin, and Frank Welker (who is probably the busiest voice actor in the history of everything)!

The only actor not returning to voice his character is of course Jim Varney (famous for his creation of the character Ernest P. Worrell) who died in 2000 of lung cancer at the age of 50.

Although, at this time there is no confirmation as to whether or not Annie Potts will be bringing her sultry sass back to the character of Bo Peep. I sincerely hope she is. Annie, don't ruin the magic!

Click the image above to see the trailer and check out Pixar's Facebook page to see images of all the new characters!


Happy Easter

That's all.