“I’ve lived a long time [74 years], 20 years of that time was in the south, and I have seen too many lives destroyed and distorted by homophobia. I pray with all my heart that I live to see the day when people can come out freely, safely and be accepted by every strata of society.” – screen legend Jane Fonda presenting the Outfest Visionary Award to Lee Daniels, who directed her as First Lady Nancy Reagan in The Butler (Photo; Pacific Coast News, via Queerty)
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The yearly issue of OUT magazine, which spotlights the year’s most entertaining, heroic, and intriguing LGBT and LGBT-related figures, hits the stands today. On the cover: Lee Daniels (Artist of the Year), Jim Parsons (Entertainer of the Year), Wentworth Miller (Newsmaker of the Year) (slow news year, I guess), and the glorious Edie Windsor (Lifetime Achievement).
“Oprah was a producer on Precious, and we were looking for things to do. I sent her something that was my version of a black Misery, where she plays this serial killer. And Oprah said, ‘Are you bonkers?’ That didn’t work, so we developed this role.” – director Lee Daniels on getting Oprah, who hasn’t acted in a film for 15 years, to portray Forest Whitaker’s wife in The Butler. (via NewYorkTimes; photo: Pacific Coast News)
There were four movie premieres of note last night: Kick-Ass 2 in London, Lovelace in Hollywood, Planes in Hollywood, and The Butler at the Zeigfeld in New York. I can’t believe I decided to go with The Butler. I know, I know: You have zero interest in seeing it, and even less interest in the red carpet. But look! It’s Mariah with a FABULOUSLY studded sling! And Anna and Andre, and Andre is wearing a gorgeous goldenrod pup tent! And there’s wowlebrity Fantasia with THAT MILLION-DOLLAR SMILE and metallic leather skirt and is that a belly chain around her bare midriff? It is! She never disappoints, does she? Then we have Jesse Williams who… um… has blue eyes! To be honest, I don’t really know anything about Jesse Williams except that there was a massive write-in campaign to get him to play Finnick in Catching Fire, for which he was all wrong, but people do like his blue eyes and I needed a fourth picture, so OMG, YAY JESSE WILLIAMS! Nice tie! And that concludes my red carpet coverage of The Butler. (Photos: Pacific Coast News)
Wait a cotton-pickin’ minute! That’s Mariah Carey picking cotton as field slave Hattie Pearl in Precious director Lee Daniels’ latest film. The Butler also stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, and Jane Fonda. Meanwhile, Carey’s 13th studio album drops on July 23.