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A Harvey Milk Election Campaign Moment

SheilaKuehlPicSheila Kuehl, the first openly gay person to be elected Los Angeles County Supervisor, capped a hard-fought fall 2014 campaign against Maria Shriver‘s brother Bobby with a late October event at the home of GLAAD co-founder Dean Hansell. Among those in attendance was veteran journalist Mike Szymanski, whose Election Day report documents a notable full-circle moment:

“My hero was of course Harvey Milk, and I was honored to follow in his footsteps because he paved the way for someone like me,” she said. In the audience was Dustin Lance Black, who won the Academy Award for writing Milk

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USA’s Oldest GLBT Newspaper Prepares for 40th Anniversary

April 7th is the birthday of Francis Ford Coppola and Jerry Brown. It’s also, this year, the date of a 40th anniversary party for another northern California fixture, the Bay Area Reporter (a.k.a. B.A.R.).

StarkInsider.com reporter Chris Wright takes a fond look at the country’s oldest continuously publishing newspaper serving the gay community. The publication has come a long way since the day co-founder Bob Ross delivered the first issue by means of a 1969 Ford Mustang:

“The Bay Area Reporter has seen amazing changes in its 40 years of publication,” said current publisher Thomas E. Horn. “Beginning little more than a ‘bar rag,’ the B.A.R. has become the most respected and longest, continuously published GLBT newspaper in America.”

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Harvey Milk Still Lives: Gay Marriage Law May Be Up To Supreme Court

harveymilk2.jpgMaybe Harvey Milk is having an effect after all.

The gay San Francisco supervisor, who was assassinated some 30 years ago by a disgruntled fellow pol, bitterly fought for gay rights and would probably never have rested in the topsy-turvy fight against Proposition 8.

Now the subject of a Gus Van Sant film, “Milk,” due out Nov. 26. the timing couldn’t be much better for Focus Features, which is distributing.

That Gay Marriage law, which was enforced then turned down by the fickle California voters, will now have an Act III when the California Supreme Court, not the federal one, will take up the issue, the L.A. Times opines.

The court, in its pro-gay-rights mode, astonishingly said it would review legal challenges to Proposition 8, the voter initiative that restored same-sex marriage.

In its anti-gay-rights take, the court refused to permit gay weddings to resume pending a final decision.

More on the court’s decision below:

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‘Milk’ Screening Brings Streaming Tears Of Joy

harveymilk.jpgGus Van Sant‘s “Milk,” which opens Nov. 26, is already drawing raves from the long-lead critics, but the Sean Penn-starring film has already got local critics giving it plenty of thumbs up and Oscar buzz.

At a recent swanky Beverly Hills press screening, the film left the hard-bitten journos sniffling and downright weeping over the plight and ultimate demise of former San Fran board supervisor Harvey Milk.

What? Journos weeping and sobbing over a movie? What has the cinematic world come to?

And virtually everyone at the screening was convinced that Penn is a shoo-in for Best Acting Oscar. Well, he was pretty good.

Among the sniveling, er sniffling media reps were E! Online, People Magazine, Out.com and Campus Circle. No names were divulged, but FBLA watched as it went down and we have to admit we teared up (a bit) too.

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 10, 2007

russell crowe.jpegYuma Scores at Boxoffice
James Mangold and producer Cathy Konrad‘s follow-up to their Walk the Line, the western 3:10 to Yuma starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, took top stop at the boxoffice over the weekend. Variety reports that it played on the high-end of expectations with Ben Fritz writing that it was moved up to “give it more breathing room” before the release of Brad Pitt’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Read about how the rest of the pics played here.

Cates to Produce Oscars, Again
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is standing by its lucky guy Gil Cates who has signed on to produce the Oscarcast again next year. It will be his 14th time driving the Oscar train, a job that in itself has garnered 99 Emmy nominations and 25 wins, Variety reports.

Variety on Blanchett, Elizabeth
On the heels of her best actress win at the Venice Film Festival, Cate Blanchett made her way overseas to Toronto to tout a return to the throne in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Variety‘s Todd McCarthy is happy to see her reprise the role that made her famous, but that’s about it. “Without the pleasure of watching Cate Blanchett…there would be little to recommend this latest of many cinematic and television accounts of the celebrated monarch’s life…” If you care to read on, click here.

Penn to Go Gay for Gus
Gay helmer Gus Van Sant is pushing Sean Penn and Matt Damon for a biopic about openly gay politico Harvey Milk. Penn is attached to play Milk with Matt attached to play the assassin who guns him down, reports THR out of Toronto. Sideways Michael London is producing.

Lionsgate loves Mandate
In other Toronto news, Lionsgate said in THR Monday that it has made a buy to acquire Mandate Pictures for $56.3 million in cash and stock. The trade paper writes that the deal reunites Lionsgate with Joe Drake, who prior to launching Mandate served as head of Lionsgate’s international distribution. Since he left, he has been involved in Mandate pics like Stranger Than Fiction and the upcoming Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

- CHRIS GARDNER