AMC movie theaters will allow minors to watch the film “Bully” with a parent’s note of approval, Variety reported Tuesday.
AMC is essentially treating “Bully” as an R-rated film, but with one key difference: Under-17 moviegoers need a written note, though it will also accept verbal permission (mom on the other end of a teen’s cell phone, for example). Exhib also will provide permission slips on its web site and at the box office.
AMC theaters are the second-largest theater chain in the United States.
“Bully” will released without a rating, leaving theaters to decide how to treat the film. Typically, unrated films are treated similarly to NC-17 movies with nobody under 17 allowed.
Cinemark is choosing a different option: They are refusing to screen the film unless it is released with an R rating.
Regal, the largest US movie chain, has not announced its plans.
Ardent gay rights supporter Madonna might just get herself into hot water in Russia for speaking out against a recently passed anti-gay law.
“I will come to St. Petersburg to speak up for the gay community, to support the gay community and to give strength and inspiration to anyone who is or feels oppressed,” she wrote on her Facebook page this week. “I don’t run away from adversity. I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.”
The law, which took effect earlier this month, prohibits “the propaganda of homosexuality.” LGBT activists say the law essentially outlaws speaking, reading or writing about gay issues.
By speaking out at her concert, Madonna could earn herself a hefty fine — of up to $17,000.
Russian LGBT activists are responding to Madonna’s pledge differently.
“The law will stay in force, Madonna will leave and the Russian LGBT-community will be humiliated even more,” Nikolai Aleksev, leader of Gay Russia said on his blog according to ABC News. (His blog is in Russian, so I’m trusting their translation.)
Other activists are more positive about the visit.
“We consider that Madonna’s visit and her address to millions of her Russian fans with words in support of freedom of expression for everyone will bring more good than a boycott would,” said Igor Kochetkov, chairman of the Russian LGBT Network, ABC reported.
I’ve had mixed feelings about Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for many years.
Raised in Seattle, my teen years swirled around the rise in popularity of espresso, and my first several jobs as a barista cemented my lifelong addiction to double tall lattes.
Also, from a very young age, I was a Seattle SuperSonics fan. I still sport the jerseys and T-shirts from time to time. As a kid, one of my first crushes was Jack Sikma (remember him?) and I loved watching Downtown Freddie Brown sink threes. I don’t recall whether I watched the 1979 season that brought home the championship to Seattle, but I celebrated that victory for years to come. The Sonics were the only major professional team in Seattle to win a championship.
And Schultz sold the team a few years ago, leaving me lost in the NBA. (I still don’t know who to root for, and my fantasy team this year is named the SuperSonics.)
But Schultz is also an ardent supporter of LGBT rights. And he’s not afraid to stand up to the National Organization for Marriage.
The company’s support for same-sex marriage “was not something that was a difficult decision for us,” Schultz said.
In a video posted on NOM’s website, shareholders who are members of the anti-gay group press Schultz on his support.
But Schultz stands up to them with ease. And based on shareholders’ applause, most seem to stand with him.
Schultz makes it clear he wants Starbucks to “be the kind of company that embraces diversity.”
As a result of the statement, NOM is urging a “Dump Starbucks” boycott.
“Starbucks has declared a culture war on all people of faith (and millions of others) who believe that the institution of marriage as one man and one woman is worth preserving,” NOM states.
So, I’m torn. I certainly love a good latte. And I am grateful for Schultz’s and Starbucks’ longtime support for LGBT rights.
But supporting the guy who took away my beloved Sonics still stings.
I’ll keep mulling it while I sip on this double tall latte.
Kirk Cameron’s first big interview with the media following the Piers Morgan interview debacle is kind of ridiculous.
But after calling gays “unnatural” and “detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization,” it’s very hard to believe that Kirk Cameron is not a homophobe, even though he insists he is not.
Ironically, the interviewer from the Daily Beast, is gay.
So what did Cameron say in to back up his assertion that he is in fact not a homophone?
Well, he reiterated that gays are sinners, but straights are not. (Strike one)
Would you say that being straight is a sin?
No. I don’t think being straight is a sin.
And yet you said being gay is a sin?
That’s how he asked the question.
He then reiterated that what he said on Piers Morgan show was how he truly felt.
“What I said to Piers Morgan about gay marriage—that’s my conviction,” Cameron said. (Strike two)
The interviewer asked Cameron if he could ever change his opinion on gay marriage, at which point his publicist interrupted and said that was enough on the issue.
“I think we’ve gone enough into it. The gay marriage, I just want to stay away from it. It’s just so polarizing.” the publicist said.
Cameron said his publicist knew juijitsu, which struck me as a bit threatening to the interviewer. (Strike three)
Which leads me to my conclusion. Kirk Cameron is, in fact, a homophobe, even if he is unclear on the meaning of the word.