Rachel Weisz To Play Elizabeth Taylor In Biopic; Europe On Gay Marriage and Civil Unions; Ryan Field Books

Rachel Weisz To Play Elizabeth Taylor In Biopic

I remember reading once that Elizabeth Taylor used to block all biopics about herself because she believed she was her own commodity while she was alive and she didn’t want anyone exploiting her life in any way. She took total control over that, and rightly so.

Now that Taylor is gone I guess they can do whatever they want to do, because actress Rachel Weisz has been selected to play Taylor in a new biopic.

The one interesting twist that might save this film is the focus on AIDS and Taylor’s dedication to raising awareness during a time when most people were avoiding the entire topic of HIV/AIDS. Taylor was fearless in those days, and I hope they capture that in this film.

The Oscar-winner went on help found amFAR in the mid-80s. She is credited with persuading Ronald Reagan to acknowledge the disease for the first time in a speech in 1987 and testified before the US Senate and House for the Ryan White Care Act.

Here’s the rest. I will probably see this just because of the focus on the film. And who knows? Maybe Weisz will be great. She is brave. Playing Elizabeth Taylor isn’t going to be easy. 

Europe On Gay Marriage and Civil Unions

Here’s a recent update on where Europe stands on same sex marriage and civil unions. 

Same-sex marriage is now legal across the vast majority of Western Europe. One prominent exception is Italy, which has historical ties to the Roman Catholic Church. In spite of these ties, Italy began recognizing same-sex unions in 2016. Switzerland also offers same-sex couples the option of civil unions, but not full marriage. 

Here’s more. There are many facts and statistics, especially with regard to the more backward countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It’s actually an update of a post that was pubbed in 2015. 


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