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Jodie Foster “Coming Out” — Why It Is and Isn’t Important

I think the most shocking part of Sunday night’s 70th Golden Globe Awards presentation on NBC was that Ben Affleck beat out Steven Spielberg and Kathryn Bigelow for Director and then “Argo” stunned “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” for Best Movie Drama.

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However, it was the speech that movie icon Jodie Foster gave as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award that has people buzzing.  Many were quick to say that she “came out” as a lesbian.  Some were just confused by her words.

So, what did she say and why does it matter?

“While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to say in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, I’m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I’m going to need your support. I am — single.  Yes, I am.  I’m single!”

That was incredible.  I loved it.  Even before she said that, I said to Ray, “Wouldn’t it be something if she just shocked everyone and finally said, ‘I’m gay’, so the rumor mill would have nothing more to talk about?”

Jodie went on to say, “I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her. To everyone she actually met. But now, apparently I’m told, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime time reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I’m not Honey Boo Boo child.

And, she was so heartfelt and honest when she added, “If you had been a public figure since the time you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too would value privacy above all else.  Privacy!”

I was touched by her speech about her private life, her mother, and Cydney Bernard, her “heroic co-parent, my ex partner in love, but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor… most beloved BFF of 20 years.”

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Foster:  “Thank you, Cyd. I am so proud of our modern family, our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit who are my reason to breathe and to evolve. … Boys, in case you didn’t know it, this song, like all of this, this song is for you.”

I’ve always been a huge fan of Jodie Foster.  It wasn’t because she was sexy, a woman, a mother, straight, or lesbian.  I love her because she is a phenomenal actress.  Would it change the way I thought of her if she proclaimed, “I’m gay”?  Not one bit!  I can’t wait to see more about her next movie, “Elysium”.  It’s a science fiction film from the director of “District 9”, an Oscar nominee, and it comes out August 9, 2013, and stars Matt Damon.
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The timing for this blog about Jodie Foster is fitting.  Since my blog is now just over a year old, I’m highlighting some of my favorite blogs that I’ve written on those blog’s anniversary.  And, it was one year ago today that I debated on whether celebrities should be “outed” or live their lives privately.

As I read over that blog, I haven’t changed my opinion.  Yes, celebrities coming out would make it easier for people struggling with being LGBT to have role models.  But, they deserve a certain degree of privacy and the right to make that decision.  However, people who crusade against the LGBT community and are secretly gay should be forced out of the closet.

In last year’s article, I talked about whether pro football player Tim Tebow was gay and yes, it did mention Jodie Foster!

Here is the link and I really hope you check it out to understand more about outing celebrities.  I welcome your thoughts about Jodie Foster at this year’s Golden Globe Awards and about my article from last year.  By the way, in the past year, Anderson Cooper came out as a gay man.

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Link:  https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/come-out-come-out-wherever-you-are/

And, here is the Jodie Foster Golden Globe speech.

Anthony

“Rock of Ages” — Should You Choose Tom Cruise or Def Leppard?

This past spring, I was really excited about the new Tom Cruise movie musical, “Rock of Ages”.

As the June release date neared, I decided that instead of catching it at first-run theaters, I’d wait for it at the cheap theater.  Then, I decided I’d just wait for the DVD release in October.  Did I make the right choice to wait instead of going on a date night (with popcorn and soda) that would have cost more than $30.  Or, was the $1.05 I spent at Redbox all the movie was worth?

We rented it this past weekend and now I wish that I had gone to the theaters this summer to see it and hear the rocking soundtrack with theater sound!

It was very entertaining and the music soundtrack, although rock heavy, featured many of the staples of my teens years and my 20s!  It was heavy on Foreigner, Journey, Pat Benatar, Def Leppard,  along with a dose of Night Ranger, Joan Jett & The Blackearts, AC/DC, and many others.  That alone was worth the rental price!

The movie focus on a nightclub on the Sunset Strip, “The Bourbon Room”.  The owner, Dennis (Alec Baldwin) and his right-hand man, Lonny (Russell Brand), are trying to find a way to keep the rock club open despite the back taxes they owe.

If that wasn’t enough, the religious, conservative wife of the mayor (Bryan Cranston), Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is determined to close down the evil clubs on the Strip, starting with the Bourbon Room.

While not as compelling as she was in the movie, “Chicago”, Zeta-Jones is always a pleasure to watch and her kooky church musical number to Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me Your Best Shot” is awesome.

The key to saving the club from closing down is getting difficult washed-up rock star, Stacee Jaxx, played by Tom Cruise, to perform his last concert with his band before he goes solo.

To prepare for the role, it’s reported that Cruise practiced his singing five hours a day to do his own vocals instead of lip-synching.  When Cruise was performing, he was mesmerizing.  However, his alcohol infused haze leading up to those musical numbers dragged on a little too long.

The stars of the movie, Julianne Hough (“Dancing With The Stars”, “Footloose”) and Diego Boneta (“Pretty Little Liars”, “Mean Girls 2”), are beautiful and fun to watch.  As Sherrie, Hough plays a small town Oklahoma girl heading to Los Angeles to be a star.  Boneta plays Drew, a barback at the Bourbon Room, just waiting in the background to gain enough confidence to perform in front of a crowd as a rocker.

The storyline is nothing new.  I’ve seen it before in “Coyote Ugly” and “Burlesque”, but nevertheless, it’s fun and fresh with rock and roll!  You know the two young, sexy people are going to crush on each other, maybe fall in love, have a misunderstanding, break up, and possibly reconcile?

After a chance encounter with Stacee Jaxx at the club the night of his performance, both Sherrie and Drew decide it’s time to move on.  She gets a broken heart and Drew lands a new recording contract.  But, that doesn’t mean things are great in his world.

Luckily, Sherrie gets a job at “The Venus Club” teaching “aerobics”.  (Not really!)  However, that gives us the chance to meet the owner of the club, Justice Charlier, played by the amazing, beautiful, talented, and electrifying Mary J. Blige.  The screen just lit up everytime Mary J. was singing and performing.

In its opening weekend, “Rock of Ages” placed third at the box office with $14.4 million.  It was pretty much panned by critics and only grossed $55.5 million and considered a failure.  The movie’s budget was $75 million.

Gretel was impressed by the whole rock musical plot line and went to Halloween party Saturday night as a rocker!

By the way, I only covered her eyes once in a steamy, well choreographed number between Stacee Jaxx and Constance Sack, a reporter for “Rolling Stone” magazine, played by Makin Akerman.

And, I guess I was ready for a rock musical before I even knew about this movie.  This picture is from last Halloween as I rocked Gretel’s Hermione Granger (“Harry Potter” series) wig.

Actually, that wig on me looked as bad as some of the wigs on the actors in the movie.

So, when it comes to “Rock of Ages”, should you choose Def Leppard’s 1983 #1 Billboard Rock track (#16 on the Billboard Hot 100) or this movie?  While I liked the Def Leppard song, “Rock of Ages”, I liked “Photograph” more.

I choose the movie.  “Rock of Ages” was very enjoyable and I would watch it again.  It didn’t break any new ground for musicals, but I didn’t go into it expecting that.  If you want to be entertained for two hours, definitely rent it.

GRADE:  B

Anthony