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Fifty Shades Lead Jamie Dornan; Matt Bomer Might Have Made History?

Fifty Shades Lead Jamie Dornan; Matt Bomer Might Have Made History?

I recently mentioned that Charlie Hunnam had backed out of the lead role in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. When Hunnam was first chosen to play the lead the fandom heavens opened up and thousands of people protested the choice. Hunnam eventually backed out stating work schedule conflicts. I also read (link below) he was only getting paid $125,000 to play the part, which is significantly lower than most leading men. So far, the new choice of the hour seems to be Jamie Dornan.

Dornan was among the actors shortlisted for the part after Hunnam bowed out almost two weeks ago, with some reports labeling him the frontrunner. Others speculated that “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard was the top choice, while Theo James (“Golden Boy,” “Divergent”), Christian Cooke (U.K.’s “Where the Heart Is,” “Magic City”) and Scott Eastwood (“Chicago Fire”) almost emerged as contenders.

According to this article, filming is supposed to begin in November and they are talking about an August 2014 release date. So it looks as if Matt Bomer, the main choice to play Christian with Fifty Shades fandom, is out of the question. There’s never been a set reason why Bomer isn’t playing the lead and it could be he doesn’t want to play the part. Fifty Shades has not only been a bestselling novel that made publishing history for many reasons, it’s also been one of the most hated books in years as a result of some of those reasons. (I liked it; don’t e-mail me)

But that doesn’t seem to have stopped Bomer fans, at least not according to this next article in Variety. The piece goes on to state that Bomer could have made film history had he been chosen to play the part, but I think that’s debatable.

But all those actors primarily work in television. The fact remains that in the year 2013, there is still not a consistent leading gay man or woman on the big screen. Hollywood is still trying to catch up to the BuzzFeed generation, which doesn’t discriminate when it comes to a heartthrob’s sexual orientation. Hopefully, one day soon, a gay actor will crack that glass ceiling.

The reason I think this is debatable is because Matt Bomer would not have made history as a gay man playing a straight lead role. Rock Hudson and hundreds of leading men before Bomer have already proven that gay men can play straight lead roles. The key word here is that Bomer would have made history because he would have been the first OPENLY gay man to play a straight leading role. And as a gay man and an openly gay author I think that calls for debate.

And, if the person who wrote that article in Variety had even been slightly aware of how many women read gay romance…the same type of reader who read Fifty Shades of Grey…they wouldn’t have been surprised at how many fans lobbied for Bomer to play Christian. One more proof of evidence that the mainstream media is highly out of touch with what people are doing these days, as is Hollywood.

As a fan of Fifty Shades the books, I can’t say that I’m disappointed to hear about Dornan playing Christian. I think he’ll not only do the part justice, but I think he has the perfect look for the BDSM parts.

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Matt Bomer for Fifty Shades? Erotica Author Petition; Greg Louganis Gets Married



Matt Bomer for Fifty Shades

I know my author and social media friends aren’t interested in this, but my blog readers love it and I have to post about it as a blogger. In an unusual turn this past weekend, Charlie Hunnam made it clear he’s not playing Christian in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. He blamed his heavy TV schedule, but sources are reporting it might go deeper than that.

I posted about Hunnam getting the part, officially, here. I’ve also been following the story for a while, and I’ve been posting about how many in the Fifty Shades fandom want Matt Bomer to play Christian. And what I find most interesting is that never before in the history of film has there been such and outcry with regard to who should play a character. I actually overheard people in a restaurant arguing about it last weekend. Most want Matt Bomer. (I agree)

Fans can also wish Charlie the best, and then start day-dreaming about all the shirtless men who might get the next shot at satisfying the mildly aggressive “50 Shades” fan base. For their consideration, and yours, here are eight actors HuffPost Entertainment would endorse as co-stars opposite Dakota Johnson in the “50 Shades of Grey” movie.

You can read more here, where there’s a list of eight other possible actors who might be getting the part of Christian. One of them is Matt Bomer…at least according to this list. The list is interesting, including an adorable GIF where Alex Pettyfer is pulling down his pants. But I have to say that so far, at least according to that list, it still seems as if Matt Bomer was meant to play that role.

Erotica Author Petition

In what has erupted into a huge backlash of authors and readers aggressively fighting back against the recent decision by large e-book retailers to remove self-published books from their shelves, there’s now a petition directed toward these retailers that has reached over 11,000 signatures as of right now.

Although the majority of my published books are with publishers, I do have a few self-published titles out, including back listed books that were originally released by a publisher that has now shuttered its doors, I’ve had a book taken down, too, and without a viable explanation. At first I thought it was because of gay content, but it goes much deeper.

This all originated with retail e-book sellers wanting to rid their shelves of self-published erotic e-books that contain things like barely-legal, bestiality, and incest, however, in the process thousands of authors who don’t cross the line into taboo erotica and do follow the standard guidelines that most publishers follow with erotica, have been penalized and their books have been banned as a result. In some cases authors with YA titles that aren’t even erotic have been taken down.

The entire mess started with one little article. And then it grew into what I think has been the biggest shitstorm to hit the Internet in a long time. This is what the petition looks like, and you can go here to sign it.

 To:
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
Michael Serbinis, CEO of KOBO
Leonard Riggio, Founder and executive chairman of Barnesand Noble

Drop the clause of removing Erotica and self-published Indie authors.
Sincerely,
[Your name]

To read more about this, check out this article. It gives the shortest and most comprehensive explanation I’ve read so far. Most large media outlets are not reporting the story correctly and they are making it look as if all the books and all the authors are being taken down because they’ve written dinoporn…or something like that. And this is not the case. What’s really happening is that in order to remove the “taboo” books and authors, the large retailers have been using search engines and tag words. So if a book title or blurb even has the word “boy” or “daddy” in it, the book is taken down without review. So if you’re thinking about writing a children’s book and titling it “Daddy’s Little Girl,” you’d better rethink that title. It could wind up in the new slush pile of self-pubbed authors with “Daddy’s Naughty Little Girl.”

And, Kobo is now sending out e-mails. I’ve posted about Kobo before, and how many indie authors aren’t making much money with them.

From my inbox:

To our Kobo Writing Life and self-publishing partners:

 As you may be aware, there has been a significant amount of negative media attention in the UK regarding offensive material that became available across a number of eBook platforms. Kobo was included in the reports from media and we are taking immediate action to resolve an issue that is the direct result of a select few authors and publishers violating Kobo’s content policies.

 In order to address the situation Kobo is taking the following steps:

1.We are removing titles in question from the Kobo platform.

2.We are quarantining and reviewing titles to ensure that compliance to our policies is met by all authors and publishers. We will ensure that content meeting the policy is made available online as soon as possible.

3.We are reviewing our policies and procedures to implement safeguards that will ensure this situation does not happen in the future.

 We are working hard to get back to business as usual, as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

 Our goal at Kobo is not to censor material; we support freedom of expression. Further, we want to protect the reputation of self-publishing as a whole. You have our promise that we will do all we can to ensure the exceptions that have caused this current situation will not have a lasting effect on what is an exciting new channel that connects Readers to a wealth of books.

 Sincerely,

 Mark Lefebvre

Director, Kobo Writing Life

Greg Louganis Gets Married

This is significant to me because I was a child when Greg Louganis was at the height of his career and I feel as if I grew up watching his life unfold…and relating to him as a gay man the entire time.

Louganis and paralegal Chaillot wed on Oct. 12 in Malibu in front of 160 guests, according to People magazine. Their “I Dos” came little more than one year after the two met on Match.com.

“It has been an incredible journey,” Louganis told the magazine. “I feel like we’ve been through a lifetime in a very short time.”

The 53-year-old took to Twitter to discuss the evening.

I keep telling my brother in New York he should try out Match.com to see what happens, but it falls on deaf ears.

You can read more here.

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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.
 

50 Shades Movie Fan Site; New Author Highlight; Owen Keehnen Wild City Press

50 Shades Movie Fan Site

I have to admit I’m not big on fandom personally. I’m just not wired that way. But I do think it’s interesting that 50 Shades move fan sites are already popping up all over the web. Also, when I write these posts and share them on social media I know that some people don’t like 50 Shades and they can be very vocal about it. I’m not one of them, and I try to be objective with posts like this and I’m only passing information along to others. In other words, this isn’t an Amazon or Goodreads forum to slam 50 Shades or praise it. It’s just information. And looking at it objectively, on the most pragmatic level, 50 Shades has sparked interest in reading, has helped people who work in publishing get bonuses during a difficult time, and has inspired a great deal of discussion.

Here’s one fan site I found this morning. I actually heard it mentioned on my local Philadelphia news channel.

The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

We know this is going to rock the world of FSoG fans…positively and negatively…especially those that have supported their favorites for so long now, but having watched Charlie in Sons of Anarchy, as well as other movies, it’s not difficult to see why E L James and Team Fifty felt he could portray this iconic character. As Jax Teller fans will tell you, he has a depth of emotion to bring to the role.

New Author Highlight

I’ve posted a lot about The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance this summer, so I’m not going into more details about that right now. But I did want to mention something about one of the authors who contributed to the book, Oleander Plume. She wrote the short story, The Courage to Jump, which is a sort of fantasy/reality mix where a straight female m/m author actually meets two of her sexiest gay male characters. In the fantasy, the main character releases her emotions and her innermost apprehensions. And the title of the story is symbolic to the theme.

When I first read the story myself, I fell in love with it. It was exactly what I’d been hoping for with The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance. And yesterday I was thrilled to hear that this same author just signed a contract for a new release with Cleis Press.

From my inbox, with permission from the author.

I am also very excited to tell you that one of my stories will be included in the next Violet Blue anthology from Cleis press, Best of Women’s Erotica 2014, due out in November, I just signed the contract. Of course, you were the first person to publish one of my stories, and for that I will forever be grateful. I still remember how completely terrified I was as I hit the send button, and then how crazy elated I was when I got that email from you telling me I had made the cut. Wow.

I know that feeling all too well as a writer. I don’t think think any of us ever get over that fear of pushing the send button.

In any event, Oleander Plume has won contests, here. The story that won her the award is titled, The Night Shift. And this is her web site. I think she’s someone to watch in the future.

Owen Keehnen Wild City Press

I noticed by accident that an author I met a while back, Owen Keehnen, has some new titles out with Wilde City Press. I met him about eight or nine years ago when I was still submitting work to LGBT print publishers like Alyson Books, and he put up a few of my stories on a web site that I believe is now defunct. Even though I’d been published in print many times by then, it was the first time I ever saw anything I’d written actually on the Internet. And I’ve never forgotten the encouragement he gave me at the time.

And now I’m looking forward to reading his new releases with Wilde City Press. We’ve also been in a few anthologies together and I’ve read his work and loved it.

This web site gives a few more details about Owen.

This is his author page at Wilde City where you can check out his upcoming books.

And this is one of the books we were in together.

Here’s something about one of his Wilde City books. From the sound of the blurb, I think it might be something interesting for those who think they know all there is to know about gay people, but really don’t. History is important.

The LGBT Book of Days is a reference book, a fun trivia compilation, and a tool for further investigation into our rich, colorful—and profoundly challenging—past. Year by year, month by month, day by day, this book chronicles the unforgettable events and incredible lives that have forged our history and made us the strong, brave and proud community we are today.
Compiled by gay author and historian Owen Keehnen, this comprehensive and important book has been written in appreciation of those who have come before…

Fifty Shades Film Stars Announced

Fifty Shades Film Stars Announced


The lead roles in the film adaptation of mega-billion bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey were announced and here they are.

Dakota Johnson will star as Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey in the highly anticipated film adaptation of the erotically charged novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

Sorry, it’s not Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder for the part of Christian. But I can’t say I’m totally disappointed with Charlie Hunnam. I think he’ll do well.

Charles Matthew “Charlie” Hunnam (born 10 April 1980)[1] is a British actor and screenwriter. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Nathan Maloney in the Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk, Lloyd Haythe in the Fox comedy series Undeclared, Pete Dunham in the film Green Street Hooligans, Jackson “Jax” Teller in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, and Raleigh Becket in the film Pacific Rim. On September 2nd, 2013, 50 Shades of Grey author E. L. James announced via Twitter that Hunnam will play the lead role of Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of the series.

I have been posting about Fifty Shades of Grey since before it went mainstream when one online book reviewer slammed it…which caused me to buy it. And it’s been interesting to see how everything has unfolded for the book, and for the author, since that time. I think it’s telling in the sense that even though one book reviewer might not like something, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad book and that other people aren’t going to like it. In this particular case, with Fifty Shades, it’s not only telling it literally screams in volumes that the reviewer miscalculated that one by more than the proverbial mile.

You can read my past blog posts on the topic here. And just for your own personal amusement, I wrote this post the day I discovered Fifty Shades through that bad book review…weeks before it actually hit the mainstream as a big book.

I love irony. AND karma.

If you notice, I didn’t even mention the title of Fifty Shades of Grey because I didn’t want to start a shitstorm with the book reviewer. And I do believe this is really about personal taste and that reviewer has every right to express an opinion. But the viciousness with which that particular review about Fifty Shades was written made me stop and think, so this is what I wrote.

This afternoon I read a review for a different book on a well known romance review web site that was scathing. The reviewer had one of those peculiar names, which is a red flag for me at once. When I can’t pronounce a reviewer’s name, I tend to trust her less. She reviewed the book with the lowest possible rating, and then went on to rip the book to shreds in what appeared to be a narrative that resembled a short story more than a book review.

I didn’t read the book in question. I don’t know the author. I was simply perusing. To be completely honest, I DNF the review because as reviews stand it was awful. There is nothing more annoying than a book reviewer who can’t get the basics out fast, simple, and neat. I lose patience and interest if a review is too damn long. I would imagine others feel the same way. Who has the time?

All this aside, after I read the review I went to Amazon to check out reader reviews for the book in question. Huzzah! The largest percentage of customer reviews on Amazon for this book were five star rave reviews. There were a handful of three star reviews. And one or two one star reviews.

If I recall correctly, Fifty Shades of Grey only had about 200 reviews back then it was so new.

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