fan ever, was jealous until she got her own glimpse of the star. Bortoluzzi learned her favorite actor would be in town just before leaving the Carolinas to visit her aunt and uncle, Jay and Jane Feeney of Plymouth. When my mom told me I was running around the house screaming. I just love his story, how he crashed and burned and then became this amazing celebrity. Hes an amazing actor and hes cute, Bortoluzzi said, showing off an image of Downey she uses as the wallpaper on her iPhone. Conversation in the parking lot while waiting for star sightings inevitably turned to the failed plans to construct a local studio, Hollywood East.
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Hollywood: Gay marriage’s best man
Film historian Leonard Maltin says that while independent artists have for decades been pushing for broader acceptance of gays and lesbians, big strides were made when, for example, Oscar winner Tom Hanks took on the role of a gay man suffering from AIDS in 1993’s Philadelphia, which co-starred Denzel Washington as his homophobic lawyer, or when Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger starred as gay cowboys in 2005’s Brokeback Mountain. “Philadelphia put a human face on the AIDS crisis, and Brokeback put a human face on repression and enabled people who hadn’t thought about that to experience the pain and anguish that go along with that,” says Maltin. “These are all milestones on a long path to complete understanding and tolerance.” Another mainstream arrow in Hollywood’s tolerance quiver was Lisa Cholodenko’s 2010 dysfunctional-family drama The Kids Are Alright, whose protagonists (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) are a married lesbian couple whose decision to have children by artificial insemination brings a sperm donor played by Mark Ruffalo into the saga. Kids was a touchstone for director Stacie Passon, whose soon-to-be-released feature film, Concussion, is about a woman in a gay marriage who hits her head and suddenly wants to escape her minivan life, surely a fear/fantasy not limited to gays and lesbians. “We’re past the stories of people coming out,” says Passon. “We have now evolved so that people can see themselves in this married couple, because everyone has the seven-year itch or a midlife crisis.” She takes it as a sign of cultural progress that “people have told me that (Concussion) is not a gay movie.
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The Hollywood Reporter’s Best Stories of the Week
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