anthony weiner sex scandal

Fifty Shades Matt Bomer Uproar; Anthony Weiner Shouting Match;

Fifty Shades Casting Uproar

Ever since the names of the actors who will play the lead roles in the film version of bestselling novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, were announced, the webz have gone berserk with opinions and comments. For months I’ve been posting about how I would have liked to see Matt Bomer play Christian. Evidently, more than a few people agree with me.

Outraged “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans have taken fantasy casting to the next level.

More than 22,000 people would rather see “White Collar” star Matt Bomer and “Gilmore Girls” favorite Alexis Bledel play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele when the movie gets down and dirty on screen next August – instead of the recently chosen Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson.

A Change.org petition created by an anonymous fanatic swelled to thousands of cosigners in a matter of hours, with demands that the production team bringing the steamy novel to life rethink their casting decisions.

This is how the people from the film have responded to the outrage.

Producer Brunetti further explained the process in which they made their final casting decision. “There is a lot that goes into casting that isn’t just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc,” he tweeted Monday. “So if your favorite wasn’t cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective.” He later added, “Thx to all the fans of @E_L_James FSOG for their overwhelming support of the casting choices. @MichaelDe_Luca &I can’t wait to start filming.”

With all that said, taking the comments of the producer into consideration, I’m sure a lot of thought went into this casting decision. But this is a tough one for me because I had other reasons why I wanted to see Matt Bomer play the lead. It would have been more interesting to see Matt Bomer play a role like this because he’s gay, and because straight actors have been playing gay roles since the beginning of time.

No one thought twice about two straight actors playing the lead roles in Brokeback Mountain (except gay men). And I do wonder about whether or not Bomer’s being gay had anything to do with him being passed over for the part. If nothing else, it would have shown the world that a gay actor can play a straight role just as well as a straight actor can play a gay role. And, Matt Bomer could have had fun during the promos just like Matt Damon did when he joked around about kissing a man in Behind the Candelabra. Matt Bomer could have joked around the same way about kissing a woman…in that funny-hahah slap your knee and wink way Matt Damon did it so we would all know he’s a good sport because he kissed a man. I posted about that here.

It’s interesting. So they couldn’t find one single gay actor to play the part of Liberace’s lover? I know. I’m supposed to be open about that and all actors should play be able to play any role regardless of their sexual orientation. It’s just that I don’t see anyone breaking any doors down to offer Jeffery Self…or other openly gay actors…any lead roles in feature films. That idiot Brett Easton Ellis didn’t think Matt Bomer could play Christian in 50 Shades.

As a side note, I also saw a prediction yesterday on a book blog where the snarky reviewer didn’t think the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey would do well at the box office. I think she’s wrong, once again, and I think it’s going to do as well as the book. It might not break box office records, but I do think as many people who were curious about the book will be just as curious about the film. If I’m wrong, I’ll gladly admit it. If I’m not, I’ll be very obnoxious about it.

Anthony Weiner Shouting Match

I think everyone knows by now that Anthony Weiner is running for Mayor of New York, and that Anthony Weiner has sex scandal issues (for lack of a better way to phrase that). I’ve posted about it before, and I don’t think I need to do that again here.

But what I find most interesting is that in spite of his critics, and in spite of the sex scandal, Weiner continues to move forward in the race for mayor, and he’s not doing it quietly. He’s not hiding; he’s not taking any shit from anyone, which in a way, even if you don’t like what he did with the sex scandal, is both interesting and refreshing. I write erotica, and I can honestly say that I have never in my life sexted anyone. But a lot of people do that nowadays. And I say it’s refreshing to see that Weiner isn’t backing down, because all my life all I’ve ever seen are American politicians, on all sides, lie, cheat, bullshit us, and fake it all the way.

If you think that Anthony Weiner is the only politician out there with a sex scandal, think again. The others just didn’t get caught. In fact, I don’t think there is anyone more ruthless than a politician, male of female, gay or straight. At least Weiner is open and honest about it. And his lack of discretion has created a firestorm everywhere because we aren’t used to seeing that kind of blunt honesty. In fact, from the responses I’ve seen on comment threads we want our politicians to lie to us and tell us what we want to hear instead of what we should hear.

In any event, this is what recently took place with Weiner. It was a heated exchange between Weiner and a voter. There’s also a video of this at the link.

“You wait until I walk out to say anything? That’s courage. That’s courage,” Weiner says at the start of the video, yelling into the business he’s seen leaving.

After he’s approached by the man from inside the business, Weiner gets defensive.

“What rabbi taught you you’re my judge?” Weiner repeatedly says to the man, who is Jewish.

“You’re fine,” the man says. “You talk to God and work out your problems, but stay out of the public eye.”

“Go visit with your rabbi,” Weiner says during the exchange that follows.

“Your ignorance is being shown to the entire world,” Weiner continues.

I have a tendency to always fight for the underdog, which is part of the reason why I can’t help admiring the way Weiner keeps bouncing back. Just once I’d like to see a few other politicians who weren’t involved in sex scandals do the same thing. Just once show us a little bit of honesty instead of the canned responses, the fake smiles, and the tired jargon they get from sleazy PR people.
 

Anthony Weiner Sexts; Channing Tatum on Broadway; J.K. Rowling Number One

Anthony Weiner Sexts

When I post things here on this blog, I actually do make a conscious effort to keep with the theme of Naughty Guys with Strong Stories. Mostly that’s about my fiction, however, I don’t think there’s been a naughtier guy with a stronger story than Anthony Weiner since the Bill Clinton era. And now that’s he’s running for mayor of New York City more information about his penchant for sexting has surfaced and every crooked politician in NY seems to have jumped onto the band wagon to seize Weinder’s weak spot, and they are calling for him to drop out of the race.

Three of his rivals for mayor — Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Councilman Sal Albanese, both Democrats, and billionaire John Catsimatidis, a Republican — also called on Weiner to quit the race.

“Enough is enough,” de Blasio said. “The sideshows of this election have gotten in the way of the debate we should be having about the future of this city.”

So far, Weiner has the support of his wife and he’s not making any moves to drop out. And frankly, I hope he doesn’t.

While I do think that Weiner’s lack of discretion has created most of his problems because we live in a society that likes to cover these issues up all the time, I don’t think his issues should be a deciding factor on whether or not he can run the city of New York. At least in his case we know he’s an exhibitionist, he takes care of his body, and he happens to enjoy sex. Compare this to past politicians like John F. Kennedy or even the late mayor of NY, Ed Koch, and the only thing Weiner is guilty of doing is showing a little too much too often. The hidden sex lies about Kennedy were never actually addressed in public, and openly acknowledged. To this day, there are still people who think Jack and Jackie Kennedy were the perfect married couple. And Mayor Koch lived his entire life as a closeted gay man who didn’t even acknowledge the AIDS virus…and he was mayor during a time when thousands of gay men were dying from it. On another note, it took over two hundred years to acknowledge that Thomas Jefferson not only had slaves, but that he made his living…a very good living…on breeding slaves and selling human beings for profit. Maybe I’m wrong about this, but I think sexting falls into an entirely different category than selling human beings to make a buck.

Weiner’s wife has openly supported him so far. Anyone who has ever been married knows that what happens between spouses, gay or straight, is unique and not all circumstances are handled the same way. And unless you can stand up and say you have the ultimate perfect marriage, I don’t think anyone should be pointing fingers at anyone else. And, anyone who has been married knows that there is no such thing as the perfect marriage and that marriage is more about learning to compromise, mostly in ways you never could have portended when you were single. The levels or degrees on which we’re willing to compromise differ from person to person, however, no one has it perfect. And sex is a big part of everyone’s life and no one is willing to admit that openly. I personally know a few closeted gay politicians, Democrat and Republican, who come to New Hope because it’s a safe gay community, to visit their kept male lovers. These men are married with children and they live double lives. I wrote about this in the upcoming book, The Palm Beach Stud, with a minor character.

Anthony Weiner is obviously not perfect, but no one is perfect. At least he’s been open about his mistakes. Or at least I hope he’s been open about them. And that’s far more than we can say about any politician, including those who cruise men’s rooms and lie about that all the time. Most of the time we get nothing more than a spin and what they want us to know, thanks to crafty PR people and those who stand to gain a great deal of money from the system. At least we know Weiner’s not perfect.

Channing Tatum on Broadway

As with most things these days, this came from a tweet. Channing Tatum posted on twitter that the stage version of his recent film, Magic Mike, is headed for Broadway.

 “Magic Mike, The Musical” will be written by Aguirre-Sacasa, who co-wrote the book for “Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark.” Tony winning songwriters, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, creators of “Next To Normal,” are set to write the songs for the musical.

Anyone who follows me regularly knows that I have never been a fan of torch songs, Broadway show tunes, or anything even remotely related to musical comedy. In fact, I dislike them so much I love to parody them…I’m still thinking about writing an erotic romance titled, Banging in the Rain based on Singing in the Rain. However, I passed on seeing Magic Mike in the theaters, and I even passed on renting it on demand because I didn’t think I would like it. From everything I had read about it at the time I imagined a bunch of straight guys involved in a typical hetero romance plot. So when I finally did see in on one of the premium channels I was a little amazed at how good it was, and how much I liked the storyline. I hope they do justice to the film with the play.

J.K. Rowling Number One

Who didn’t actually think this would happen? Seriously. I posted about Rowling’s pen name being disclosed last week, and about her new mystery suspense, Cuckoo’s Calling, and I didn’t have a doubt in my mind she’d hit the number one on more than a few bestseller lists.

J. K. Rowling will land at No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list on Thursday – but this time as Robert Galbraith.

As most of the world now knows, Galbraith is the pseudonym Rowling used when she released a detective novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, in April. Despite good reviews, it sold fewer than 1,000 copies.

Even though I loved her adult book, The Casual Vacancy, I’m not planning to read the new book right away because mystery suspense is just not my thing, and lack of time. But I do find it interesting that a book with a pen name written by Rowling lingers around without doing much for a while, plus good reviews, and then it hits all the bestseller lists the instant her real name is revealed.

I do believe Rowling had nothing to do with revealing her name in public. But I can’t help thinking there’s also a problem with the book system as we know it and that we’re not getting all the information…or we’re not bothering to look for all the information…we need in order to find good books. So when I post about new web sites like Lazy Beagle Entertainment I’m hoping people will really start to take this seriously and that they will check it out and give a few new authors a try. Because the only difference between J.K. Rowling and an unknown author is that Rowling has a little more luck and a little more publicity on her side. And if that weren’t the case, her pen name, Robert Galbraith, would have hit all the bestseller lists, too, just based on the reviews alone. And that God awful title, Cuckoo’s Call, didn’t put her on the bestseller list. I’m not even sure WTF a Cuckoo is.

I don’t often talk about marketing and publicity here, especially PR firms like this one that represents Debbie Macomber and Nora Roberts, and is affliated with a few people who might suprise you because they keep it very toned down. But I think readers should know some of the things that happen behind the scenes, and I’m going to get into that more in the future. I may wind up in the river with a cinder block tied to my leg, but the information we are getting on a grand scale is not by accident. And those who often speak of full disclosure don’t always practice it. It wasn’t sheer talent that landed Debbie Macomber a movie deal with Hallmark. So there’s nothing more important nowadays than publicty and marketing, and the least of that deals with reviews.