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Previously, it was announced James Franco would play ex-gay activist Michael Glatze in Michael. The film executive produced by Gus Van Sant is based on the New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis titled “My Ex-Gay Friend.”

“This isn’t just a story about an ‘ex-gay,’” director Justin Kelly said. “It’s actually a very relatable story about the power of belief and the desire to belong.”

Michael tells the story of a man who was once considered a leader in the LGBT community but later rejected his homosexuality to become a Christian minister. Glatze founded Young Gay America (YGA) magazine and edited the teen-twink glossy, XY. The controversial figure also made a documentary film, Jim in Bold, which discussed gay teen suicide.

check out who else is playing an ex lover after the jump

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James Franco just can’t seem to shake the ‘gay’ away. The 35-year-old’s homo credentials include filming Interior. Leather Bar. which tackled the kinky side of gay sex. He’s also played homosexuals in Howl and Milk where he played Allen Ginsberg and activist Scott Smith respectively. Franco reunites with his Milk director, Gus Van Sant, for an upcoming film about ex-gay activist Michael Glatze.

“It’s not like it’s my mission to tell the stories of as many gay men as possible, although in some cases, I think it is the point,” Franco told The Daily Beast. “I guess that a lot of the figures that I love were gay.”

find out who Glatze is after the jump

A Ten Commandments Remake Is Coming

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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With The Bible being such a huge hit for The History Channel last year, you knew this was coming. Not only does NBC have a biblical epic of their own (Mark Burnett’s Bible followup), WGN is also getting in the religion game. The network announced that it has ordered a Ten Commandments 10-parter with five directors offering multiple takes on each precept.

While the idea of remaking this Charlton Heston classic turns my stomach, the directors involved makes this project very interesting. One of them is known for his iconic horror films. Find out who after WGN’s statement.

“We are thrilled and honored to have filmmakers of this caliber as a part of this ambitious project, and thank Bruce Cohen and The Weinstein Company for bringing this diverse group of directors together,” said Matt Cherniss, WGN America President and GM. “The unique structure of the ‘Ten Commandments’ project and the stature of directors involved reflects the creative and bold approach to quality programming that we aspire to as we move towards making WGN America a destination network. We look forward to seeing what each of these talented filmmakers has in store for the audience.”

find out the directors involved after the jump

After several teaser videos, we finally have our first full-length movie trailer for The Canyons. The erotic thriller is a contemporary L.A. noir about the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition, both personally and professionally, among a group of young people in their 20′s and how one chance meeting connected to the past unravels all of their lives, resulting in deceit, paranoia, cruel mind games and ultimately violence. Filmed for only $250,000, the film was picked up by IFC Films and scheduled to hit theaters next month. The neo-noir thriller stars Nolan Gerard Funk, porn star James Deen and none other than Lindsay Lohan.

Speaking of 27-year-old trainwreck, she’s reportedly doing quite well in rehab. With her court-ordered 90 day treatment almost up, doctors at Cliffside Malibu are urging her to extend it by 30 days. Problem is, Lohan has to be in Venice for the film’s premiere next month. Hopefully, she picks her long-term health over a premiere. Fingers crossed that she also follows her doctors’ advice not to live with her mom after her rehab stint is over. Dina is such an enabler. Check out The Canyons trailer below.

watch the trailer after the jump

Did Alex Pettyfer Test For 50 Shades of Grey?

In: Donovan, Movies

Yes and no. The 23-year-old Brit did film a scene as Christian Grey, but he wasn’t auditioning for the coveted role. Instead it was a screen test for Gus Van Sant (Milk & Good Will Hunting). According to The Wrap, Van Sant filmed a scene in a bid to direct the film adaptation of E L James’ best-selling erotic novel.

The scene he selected was a steamy one. It involved Pettyfer’s kinky billionaire character taking Anastasia Steele’s virginity. What I would give to take a sneak peek at that video. You know 100% Pettyfer was most likely butt naked in it. And if you saw Magic Mike, he certainly has a nice ass.

Whether Van Sant snags the directing gig or not, it gives a sense of what kind of director Universal is looking for. Even though they forked over $3 million for the movie rights, no director or stars are attached to the highly-anticipated project. Though numerous names have been dropped.

Pettyfer wouldn’t be my first pick to play the womanizer Christian Grey. I much prefer Stephen Amell (Arrow), who reportedly had a meeting about the role. That said, Alex has that cocky attitude that’s kinda sexy. Since we probably will never see his Gus Van Sant-directed clip, I thought I’d share my favorite scene from Magic Mike. Check it out below.

check out my favorite Magic Mike scene after the jump

Jeff Hephner (with whom I work on Hellcats with) has had a rough pilot season this year. He originally booked a role in NBC’s drama pilot Playboy. However, after a table read with the network, the deal was pulled right from under him and he was replaced with Eddie Cibrian. As they say on Full House, how rude!.

Have no fear Jeff Hephner fans, a true talent will always find his spotlight. Jeff has signed on to do more than a pilot with network Starz. He will join Kelsey Grammer on an eight-episode series titled Boss. Coincidentally, this show will also be based and filmed in Chicago (just like Playboy).

The show is written by Farhad Safinia and directed by Gus Van Sant. The concept of the show is that Kane (played by Grammer) is the mayor of Chicago and is diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition that only he and his doctor know about. Jeff will play the role of the state treasurer who is a Chicago native, handsome and soon to be a powerful player in the Chicago political scene.

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Jumping on the “No Photoshopping” popularity wave, Madonna posed for a series of pictures for Interview Magazine that harken back to her “Like A Virgin” days. The Material Girl once again sports lacy attire, religious symbols and thick heavy eyebrows as an homage to her former iconic self. Madge posed for Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas for this truly stunning group of photos. Sure there was no photoshopping used to perk her up, but i’m certain soft-lighting experts were on hand to show Madonna in the “best light”.

For the interview portion, the Material Girl chatted with director Gus Van Sant. The two discussed everything from her retirement from music to her refocusing on her “acting” career to Sean Penn and everything in between.

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