Magic Mike XXL
The sequel to the film Magic Mike is in the making and the title is Magic Mike XXL. It will begin shooting this fall.
Rumors of a sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike have been bubbling for some time now, bringing fans of the original into a tizzy when star Channing Tatum posted to his Facebook page a photo of himself supposedly at work on the script under the gaze of a bust of Matthew McConaughey. Confirmation of the project has now come at long last, along with news of the sequel’s vivid title, as The Playlist reports that Magic Mike XXL is indeed in the works, and will begin shooting in the fall.
When Magic Mike first came out I actually put off watching it because it didn’t sound like a film that would resonate with a gay men…or gay people in general. And when I finally saw it, I was right. I didn’t get too emotionally involved. But I can’t say I didn’t like it either. Tony despised it. He fell asleep. But I actually found it interesting to see straight men in situations like that where they are so vulnerable to the point of almost being lost.
I just hope this time there’s a little full frontal nudity. Seriously. The show’s about male strippers. More than half the people who will go to see it won’t be thinking about how deep and heartfelt it is. They’ll be looking for why this film is titled XXL.
Seven Companies No to Gay Rights
Here’s a list of 7 companies who supposedly don’t support gay rights. A few you might already know. But one in particular interested me.
5. Purina If you don’t want your dollars to go to a company that isn’t exactly gay-friendly, then put down the Beggin’ Strips and Fancy Feast. Not only did Purina score a 45 out of a possible 100 on the Human Rights Campaign scale, but they also gave into the demands of the American Family Association. When asked to pull ads from Saturday Night Live because it was deemed “immoral,” Purina succumbed to the demand. Yes, this was years ago, but some things never change.
I don’t know how accurate that is. Sometimes these lists get exaggerated and sensationalized. However, it’s not like I would give my dogs anything Purina anyway.
Gay Sex Party Nigeria
This is a really disturbing article because a gay man in Africa allegedly went to a gay sex party and afterwards reported the party to the police because the gay men at the sex party wouldn’t pay him. As a result, the gay men at the party were all stripped naked and beaten in public.
Five men were detained and taken to the town hall, where in front of a large crowd they were stripped naked and whipped.
When they couldn’t pay a fine, they were reported to the police. At this point a sixth alleged member of the group was also arrested.
You can read more here. I don’t know if the photo is the actual photo of the men who were beaten and stripped. But once again, it’s disturbing to see that a gay man would turn this way on other gay men. But I guess it’s something we see here in the US from time to time as well. As long as there’s shame attached to being gay this kind of thing will continue.
Elton John to Marry
I guess now that same sex marriage is legal in the UK Elton John and David Furnish have decided to marry. I actually didn’t know they’d never had a wedding ceremony. Evidently, they’ve been civil partners because civil unions were legal in the UK.
Celebrity gay couple Elton John and David Furnish are planning to get married, following suit of gay couples all over England and Wales who can now legally marry.
British music icon John, 67, and partner Furnish, 51, have been civil partners since December 2005, entering their civil partnership on the day the act was passed.
Before Tony and I were married last January, after 21 years together, I don’t think I would have thought there was much difference between civil unions and marriage. However, there’s a huge difference. It’s something hard to explain that hits on a more emotional level. And it hits when you least expect it.