Hollywood: Gay marriage’s best man

Hollywood crew films movie at the Plymouth Trial Court

For show co-creator Steven Levitan, the rewards have reached beyond Emmys to include testimonials of fans changing their attitudes as a result of the program. “We’ve heard from many gay people, and families of gay people, that watching Modern Family has opened the door to those conversations and made parents more accepting of their gay children,” says Levitan, who says that making Mitch and Cam’s trials so normal “helps change minds and hearts.” Levitan lauds a few TV turning points that long preceded his show, including Will & Grace (1998-2006) and Soap (1977-1981), whose wisecracking ventriloquist, played by Billy Crystal, is widely considered to be television’s first unmistakably gay character. “People fell in love with those characters and they began to root for them,” he says. “That opened a lot of people’s eyes.” But for actor Harvey Fierstein, the seminal cultural shift was not when gay characters in TV or films became beloved, it was the instant they much like a cultural Trojan Horse slipped into our collective consciousness through a populist medium. “There were people who thought that Will & Grace was godawful, that’s fine,” he says. “The psychology of television is that it’s in your house, you’re in your underwear.
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Polisky, who made friends with the crew, reported that Downey brought his own nannies, chef and hairdresser with him from California. The Feeneys noted that Downey and extras in the cast wandered over to nearby Plymouth North High School for refreshments Thursday morning. Polisky said the crew had been filming in Myles Standish State Forest earlier in the week and would move on to Boston to complete the movie later this summer. Back in the courthouse after lunch, the extras trooped back into the courtroom; a court officer closed the doors; a crew member called for quiet; and someone yelled rolling. All eyes in the corridor peered toward the room full of monitors. One flight below, Caroline Johnson and her friends, Laura Mulligan and Meg Reed, patiently waited near a stairwell in hopes Downey would soon be filming on the steps. Asked why they were willing to wait for a look at the star, Mulligan said it was a chance to be part of something cool in a town where nothing cool ever happens.
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Hollywood Warns Gays: Careful What You Wish For (WATCH)

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The latest installment in this genre is the film Between Us , adapted from the hit Off-Broadway play by Joe Hortua. The film version, which I directed, stars Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs as newlyweds, and Melissa George and David Harbour as their old friends. Like those other movies in the grand Hollywood tradition of matrimony, Between Us arguably makes the case that heterosexual marriage ain’t what it’s cracked up to be.
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George Lucas’ Wedding Party: Hollywood Heads to Chicago

I’m amazed at how great they are together and how cool she is. I have never seen him so happy. I know he’s got a lot of money now, but even beyond that, he’s a happy person.” Ganis says he hasn’t prepared his toast yet.
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