Knor surprisingly big winner of the Golden Calves with three prizes | Movies & Series

The Golden Calf for best film will go to the animation film on Friday evening_grunt_ gone. Earlier in the evening, the film already won two Golden Calves,for best director and best production design. The prizes were awarded duringthe closing evening of the 42nd edition of the Netherlands Film Festival inthe Utrecht City Theater.

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“I can cut half of my speech,” said grunt director Mascha Halberstad afterreceiving her second Kalf for best production design. Halberstad received theprize less than five minutes after the Golden Calf for best director.

At the end of the evening, Halberstad won the Golden Calf in the best filmcategory as the icing on the cake. Halberstad said of the film that whilemaking it, she kept whole lists of what she could have done better.

grunt is a special winner, because it is an animated film. The film is abouta nine-year-old girl. She gets a pig named Oink from her grandfather.

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Best lead roles for Jeroen Spitzenberger and Thekla Reuten

Jeroen Spitzenberger was together with Jennifer Hoffman ( Deep Shit ) andThomas Höppener ( disaster flight ) nominated for the Golden Calf for BestLeading Role in a Drama Series. The The year of Fortuyn actor said when hereceived the award that his children sometimes asked him “if he is going toplay someone who doesn’t die at the end”. “You know what it is, guys,producers like to see daddy die,” the actor joked.

Thekla Reuten also won the prize for best leading role, but in a feature film.She beat fellow actors such as Hanna van Vliet ( ANNE+ ), Joes Brauers ( DoNot Hesitate ), Julia Akkermans ( Pink Moon ) and Yannick Jozefzoon (femi ), which were nominated for the same award.

Best supporting roles for Charlie Chan Dagelet and Tobias Kersloot

disaster flight won the Calf for best drama series on Friday evening. Theseries by Michael Leendertse is about the Boeing 747 that crashed into a flatin the Amsterdam Bijlmermeer in 1992. The drama series follows two journalistswho are investigating the Bijlmer disaster.

The other nominees for the Best Drama Series category were Dirty Lines and_The year of Fortuyn_.

Charlie Chan Dagelet won with her role in Dirty Lines the Golden Calf forBest Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The actress could not be there inUtrecht and expressed her thanks for the prize via a video message.

The prize for best supporting role in a feature film went to Tobias Kersloot,who in Do Not Hesitate played.

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Everything on the table with Linda de Mol is not a public favorite

The audience’s favorite movie was this year Bon Bini Holland 3 by Pieter vanRijn. The public could vote for the three best-attended Dutch cinema films ofthe past year for this prize until midnight on 26 September.

Will Koopman, who was also nominated as audience favourite, was Everything onthe table earlier in the evening praised by Linda de Mol. According to DeMol, who played a role in the film, Koopman “finally received the recognitionof the film world that has been due to her for so long”. costa!! was thelast nominee for the public award of the Golden Calves.

A guide to Nick Cannon’s kids, from Onyx to Roc and Roe

Nick Cannon’s tribe keeps growing and growing — and we’re just trying to keepup.

On Sept. 30, the ** __**Masked Singer and _Wild ‘N Out _host, 41, announcedthe arrival of his tenth child, a son Rise Messiah Cannon with Brittany Bell.It was his second child to be born this month and third this year — with threedifferent mothers. Now that 10 has arrived — we knew it was long overdue(wink!) for a breakdown of all the Cannon kids and their moms.

So let’s meet the cannons…

10. Rise Messiah Cannon (b. September 2022)

Cannon’s crew officially entered the double digits with the birth of RiseMessiah, a big biblical name, on Sept. 23. It is Cannon’s third child withmodel Brittany Bell, and his second child in a two-week span (see: Onyx IceCole Cannon). the All That alum celebrated his latest “blessing,” butrevealed that it was “the most difficult labor and delivery I have everwitnessed.” Bell went through “48 hours of excruciating pain and life-riskingdanger” to deliver the 10-pound baby boy. He described himself as “so indebtedand grateful for the matriarch energy” and called Bell “the rock andfoundation of my fatherhood journey. She has taught me so much aboutparenting, psychology, spirituality, love and just life in general.” Thecouple also shares Powerful Queen and Golden Sagon.

9. Onyx Ice Cole Cannon (b. September 2022)

lucky no. 9 — a baby girl given the gem name Onyx — was born Sept. 14, 2022 toCannon and former Price Is Right model and photographer LaNisha Cole. Thisis their first child together. Cannon shared a photo with mom and baby momentsafter the child was born, vowing “to protect, provide, guide and love thischild to the best of my abilities.” He also called for critics to direct anynegative comments about his open relationships — and multiple baby moms — tohim and not his partners.

“In this moment of celebration and jubilee, I wish to mute any low vibrationalfrequencies and only rejoice with the Highest Class of Civilization who aretruly aligned with our purpose here in this dimension,” Cannon wrote onInstagram. “I’ve given up on attempting to define myself for the world orsociety… Hopefully I can teach Onyx the same, to not let others shame orridicule her with their outside opinions, because when they do they are onlyprojecting their own harsh experiences, pain and social programming onto herunblemished beauty.” He added that he has “quite tough skin,” but noted that”not everyone in my family has that same level of strength. He called Cole”one of the most guileless, peaceful and non-confrontational kind souls” andsaid she “only deserves to revel in this moment of blissful joy.”

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8. Legendary Love Cannon (b. June 2022)

Cannon’s eighth child — a baby boy with the big name, in size and meaning,Legendary — was his first with model/ Wild ‘N’ Out regular/ _Selling Sunset_star Bre Tiesi. The child, called Legend, was born on June 28. Tiesi, who waspreviously married to NFL QB Johnny Manziel, said Cannon — or “Daddy,” as shecalled him — “showed the f up for us [during the natural home birth]. Icouldn’t of done it without you.” She revealed that she attempted to naturallyinduce labor at 41 weeks with “lots of sexy time,” so the baby could be bornbefore Cannon had to go out of town. News that the couple was expecting — viagender reveal party photos — surfaced one month after he vowed he had gonecelibate.

7. Zen Scott Cannon (b. June 2021, d. December 2021)

the America ‘s Got Talent _alum had his seventh child, Zen, with model AlyssaScott, who also appeared on _Wild ‘N Out. Born on June 23, 2021, Zen wasdiagnosed with a brain tumor and died just five months later, on Dec. 5.Cannon said, when revealing Zen’s death, that he was “so grateful to my entirefamily for coming together” to spend time with Zen — a name meaning peacefuland calm — in his final weeks. He called Scott “the strongest woman” and “bestmom.” On the first anniversary of Zen’s death, Cannon announced the launch ofZen’s Light, a pediatric care foundation, in the baby’s memory.

Nick Cannon, Alyssa Scott and Zen.  (Photo: Nick CannonShow)

Nick Cannon, Alyssa Scott and Zen. (Photo: Nick Cannon Show)

5 and 6. Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir Cannon (b. June 2021)

Cannon’s second set of twins is a joint production between him and formerradio personality Abby De La Rosa. Zion, a name meaning “highest point,” and”Zilly,” whose money-centric name speaks for itself, were born June 14, 2021.De La Rosa said that having a child with Cannon “was something we weremanifesting” for a while before they learned they were expecting twins. Sheshared that they previously suffered a pregnancy loss the year before. Oftheir relationship, she said they became friends after meeting while hostingradio shows at rival stations — and soon friends “turn[ed] into family.”

4. Powerful Queen Cannon (b. December 2020)

Cannon became a father for the fourth time after welcoming a daughter with avery empowering name, Powerful Queen, on Dec. 24, 2020. This is his secondchild with Bell, who called Cannon “my rock through the most intense yetempowering natural water birth.” The birth also marked the first of four kidsCannon had with three women in a six month period. Of the baby spree, he said,“I’m like a seahorse out here with how I’m procreating.” But being serious, headded, “I’m having these kids on purpose. It ain’t no accident!”

3. Golden Sagon Cannon (b. February 2017)

Cannon’s third offspring, also with Bell, is his Golden child. The boy wasborn Feb. 22, 2017. As the boy started second grade — at just 5 years old —Cannon said he takes “none of the credit” for his smarts, saying he “gets hisgenius from his Mamma!”

1. and 2. Monroe and Moroccan Scott Cannon (b. April 2011)

“Dem babies” need no introduction, do they? Cannon’s first set of twins arewith his then-wife Mariah Carey. The couple experienced pregnancy loss beforethey had their babies, on April 30, 2011. The public was so excited to seethem that they were introduced to the world in their own 20/20 special. Asfor their names, Moroccan was inspired by the decor on the top floor ofCarey’s NYC apartment, where Cannon proposed; Monroe was named after MarilynMonroe, one of Carey’s inspirations. The pair, who separated in 2014 anddivorced two years later, remained friendly post-split and have hit the carpetwith their kids since they parted ways. Cannon said in July 2022, “I willnever have a love like I had with Mariah… It was literally like a fairytale.”

However, it’s unclear how Carey feels about his baby-making spree. In Nov.2021, Carey gave a very Mariah answer when asked whether Roc and Roe would bespending the holidays with their step-siblings. “Is it step?” she replied,adding the shade, “I don’t think it’s step if you’re not married to theperson.” She went on to say, “I don’t know about that,” with a laugh. “That’sa different interview for you.” As if in response, Cannon posted a Christmasphoto of Roc and Roe with step-siblings Golden and Powerful Queen. He posted aseparate photo of twins Zilly and Zion, seemingly unable to get all six kidstogether at once. His post also included a throwback of baby Zen.

INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 24: Singer Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, daughter MonroeCannon and son Moroccan Cannon attend Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids'  Choice Awardsat The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo byAxelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH24: Singer Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, daughter Monroe Cannon and son MoroccanCannon attend Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids'  Choice Awards at The Forum on March24, 2018 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Exes Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon with Roe and Roc at the 2018 Kids’ ChoiceAwards. (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Coming soon…

Is baby 11 on the way? De La Rosa is also pregnant again, first sharing thenews in June. She has kept mum on the identity of the father, leading tospeculation that it’s Cannon. Amid the mystery, she recently posted on socialmedia, “Move over Kardashians. Gen ‘C’ taking over, babyyyy.” She also spokeabout her open relationship with Cannon, saying, “Me being open in myrelationship does not change or take away from the type of mother that I am tomy kids. I’m excited for my kids to grow up and be like , ‘Mom and dad, y’alldid it your way. And I love that.'”

Cannon has fueled the gossip, saying, “If you thought it was a lot of kidslast year…” and hinting he’ll be topping last year’s number — of four births.He also joked about how many he has so far, holding balloons with alldifferent numbers for a photo shoot and quipping, “Anybody got a calculator?”

This story was originally published on Sept. 15, 2022 at 4:05 pm ET and hasbeen updated.

Bruce Willis may still appear in films after aphasia diagnosis thanks to his ‘digital twin’

Bruce Willis has retired from making movies since his aphasia diagnosis, buthe may continue to be an action star. how? Well, technology.

The actor, whose family announced in March that he was stepping away frommoving-making due to his health, made a new deal with Deepcake to create a”digital twin” of the actor to appear in projects, including films, that areapproved by his estate. The company creates artificial intelligence-replicasof celebrities, and the production process doesn’t require the physicalpresence of a celebrity to be there.

Willis started working with the Delaware-based company in August 2021. Anauthorized deepfake of the actor was used in a Russian commercial for themobile communication company MegaFon. How it worked is an artificial neuralnetwork was used to impose Willis’s image onto the face of Russian actorKonstantin Solovyov. It took 15 to 17 days to make the training video. Thecompany was working to speed up the process to 3 to 5 days. The company boaststhat it’s much cheaper to use fakes for productions, and easier in the sensethat projects “don’t depend on schedule, circumstances, and special requestsfrom celebrities.”

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Willis’s image is all over the company website, including a quote about> selling his image for the MegaFon commercial last year: “I liked the> precision of my character,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to go> back in time. The neural network was trained on content of Die Hard and> Fifth Element , so my character is similar to the images of that time.> With the advent of the modern technology, I could communicate, work and> participate in filming, even being on another continent. It’s a brand new> and interesting experience for me, and I [am] grateful to our team.”

Yahoo Entertainment reached out to Deepcake, which has not yet provideddetails on terms of Willis’s deal or when it was made. A rep for Willis hasnot yet responded to request for comment.

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In March, the Willis family said in a statement that the star had beendiagnosed with aphasia, a condition where a person loses the ability tocommunicate. As a result he was “stepping away from the career that has meantso much to him.”

The same day, the Los Angeles Times published a report in which nearly twodozen people who had been on set with Willis in recent years (for mostlystraight to VOD movies), expressed concern about his well-being. Among theclaims was that Willis unexpectedly fired a gun loaded with a blank on thewrong cue on the set of Hard Kill — a claim denied by the producer andarmorer. Multiple set sources claimed Willis often seemed confused on the setof 2022’s White Elephant once asking, “Why am I here?”

The same outlet did an exposé soon after on Hollywood producer Randall Emmett,who hired Willis to appear in two dozen films — mostly the straight to VODones — since 2006. It claimed the action star had his lines fed to him in anearpiece and couldn it kick open a door in the movie Midnight in theSwitchgrass. However, he continued to churn out movies. In the story,Emmett’s rep denied he was aware “of any decline in Mr. Willis’s health.”Willis still has three projects filmed prior to his retirement that have yetto be released.

Since the retirement announcement, Willis’s family has shared glimpses of hislife after movie making. We’ve seen him jam on his harmonica and go bikingwith his daughters.

Willis’s net worth has been estimated at over $250 million. As his healthdeclined, he’s sold off $65 million in real estate.

Dutch film El Houb premieres on October 10

The film ‘El houb’ is about a Dutch-Moroccan family that avoids sensitivesubjects. “It’s a universal love story about a family that has to learn totalk about sensitive topics,” director and screenwriter Shariff Nasr explainsin the statement. movie newspaper. The Moroccan-Dutch Karim, the maincharacter in the film, returns to his parental home in Rotterdam after beingcaught with a man by his father. He tells his family that he likes men, buthis parents ignore his confession.

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The existing image in the MENA community is that as a homosexual you have tochoose between your family and your sexuality. “But what if you want both, ifyou want to combine it?” asks Nasr. “This film was born from that idea. Tobring out a different image, something that we should talk about. I don’tthink there is a film about the MENA community or the Arab community that isabout dialogue. About emotional subjects are often not discussed. Not onlyabout sexual orientation, but also about subjects such as suicide, depressionand mental health in general. Because such topics are not discussed, one doesnot know what the other person thinks. That is not only something of the Arabworld; worldwide there are plenty of countries in which a culture of silencereigns. It was no different in the Netherlands in the past and I still hearharrowing stories from areas here,” said the director and screenwriter.

Yet the film is not an indictment. “Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want tocondemn or stigmatize. El Houb does not attack the community or the faith, buttells about a family that suddenly has to learn to deal with something.Everyone has their own point of view and that is what has been discussed andunderstood. It’s a kind of onion you’re peeling. Every time there is a newlayer and another layer. Like a psychological drama in which you get to knowthe perspectives and in which even the main character has not yet acceptedhimself.”

Nasr placed his film in the Moroccan-Dutch community and first involvedprotagonist Fahd Larhzaoui in his project, but he also often spoke with TofikDibi to clarify the perspective. “If the interest is genuine, there’s no otherway than a genuine film comes out. As long as you don’t do it as a gimmick,because something is hot or feels ‘exotic’. I know the Arab community insideout. There are definitely differences with the Moroccan community, but a lotis recognizable. I started talking a lot, not only with Fahd and Tofik, butwith dozens of people from the Moroccan community, to get everything asauthentic as possible and fact-checked. The actors also got a say in thescript and because of that it has become a very original story. Can I tell astory about this as a straight? I think so. I don’t think this is necessarilyan lgbtqia+ story, but a universal love story about a family that has to learnto talk about sensitive subjects.”

Also Read: Fahd Larhzaoui and Nasrdin Dchar together in “El Houb”

Nasr sees his film in the first place as a fervent plea for more dialogue.”Everyone has an opinion ready too quickly. We no longer listen to each other.Social media has greatly reinforced that. No matter how ridiculous youropinion is, you can always find like-minded people on social media. Then youwill soon no longer be ashamed. for a stupid opinion. I also see thispolarization in talk shows where one extreme is often put against the other.Everyone argues, we all don’t know, end of show. In the talk shows of the pastit seemed like the host at the end I wanted to draw some kind of conclusion. Imiss that now. Nobody says: I get your side, I understand your pain, what canwe change? When I watch a talk show these days, nobody is looking for asolution. What we are looking for being is a high pitched argument, ratingsand sensation, and disguised that as a good dialogue. What you see is not adialogue, but two monologues. We then listened to that and then we move onagain. I miss the grayscale and look for it me on i n El Houb. There is a lotbetween the black and white that surrounds us. Only when we really starttalking about it will we ensure a better future.”

El Houb by director Shariff Nasr will have its Dutch premiere on October 10 atKoninklijk Theater Tuschinski in Amsterdam.

EenVandaag opinion poller Gijs Rademaker switches to RTL after eighteen years show

updateGijs Rademaker (44), known as opinion pollster of One today at theNPO, switches from AvroTros to RTL. There he goes, among other things, the newprogram RTL Newspanel present and create a documentary series with Maartenvan Rossem about dinosaurs.

RTL announced this today. Rademaker remains active as an opinion pollster andin that capacity will be a guest more often in the talk shows of RTL, where healready sits regularly. RTL Newspanel will start next year. It is not yetknown what that program will look like.

Rademaker worked for eighteen years One today (formerly TwoToday ), ofwhich twelve years as a presenter of the opinion polls. He is now ‘reallyready for a new environment’, he writes on the site of the program.

“In this difficult time full of crises and political contradictions, itremains important to be able to gauge how the Dutch think about what is goingon in society,” Rademaker added. RTL News. ,,I look forward to doing that atRTL in the coming years and also developing myself in other areas.”

Overwhelmingly Intimate

At the same time, he leaves with ‘pain in the heart’, partly because he leftthe opinion panel of One today will miss. The 80,000 members are anonymous,but the investigations felt ‘very intimate’ to him.

‘Many told me everything: a lot of frustration about the functioning ofinstitutions. But also about loneliness, insecurity, sexuality and identity,discrimination and racism. You shared it en masse, with many tens of thousandsper survey. And that felt, in a good way, overwhelmingly intimate.’ The panelat One today continues to exist after Rademaker’s departure.

Content director Peter van der Vorst is happy that Rademaker is coming to RTL.“With everything that is happening in our society, it is valuable andimportant to know how the Dutch think and what concerns them. through the new_RTL Newspanel_ under the leadership of Gijs, we can have that conversationwith the viewer about many topics on a daily basis.”

Rademaker will also make other programs, such as a series of documentariesabout dinosaurs, for which he travels to the United States with historianMaarten van Rossem. The pair are already making a podcast about the creatures,the dinosaur. The docuseries should be a ‘wonderful quest for specialdinosaurs’.

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Rachel Nichols Jumps to Showtime After Turbulent ESPN Exit

Rachel Nichols basketball journalism career has taken a new bounce.

The longtime sports reporter is joining Showtime’s sports division, where shewill work on the unit’s basketball content vertical as both a host andproducer.

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“We are delighted to welcome Rachel Nichols to the Showtime Basketballfamily,” said Brian Dailey, senior vice president of sports programming andcontent for Showtime, in a prepared statement. “Rachel brings unmatchedjournalistic credibility, great familiarity with our roster and a work ethicthat will take us to another level.”

She has also carried some baggage. Nichols left her previous employer, WaltDisney’s ESPN, after becoming embroiled in a controversy in which a videorecording of her complaining about a colleague, Maria Taylor, being awarded arole Nichols had been guaranteed under contract, became public. The revelationof the video spurred internal complaints and division within the sports-mediagiant. ESPN took Nichols off her daily basketball show, “The Jump,” and bothshe and Taylor ended up leaving the company.

Nichols has for the first time addressed the squabble and its causes. Speakingon “All The Smoke With Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, a Showtime Basketballvideo podcast, Nichols discussed the incident, noting that the recording wastaken of her while she was in a Florida hotel room to work on site for ESPN’sNBA coverage, inadvertently leaving open a video line to ESPN’s Bristol, CTheadquarters. The line was broadcasting for hours, she said, but no one atESPN told her. “One person decided to just sit and watch and start spying onme, like I was their own personal television show,” Nichols said. “When theyheard something they thought was juicy, they picked up their cell phone andthey started recording me.”

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At issue were hosting duties for ESPN’s annual coverage of the NBA Finals,something Nichols says she had been assigned as part of contract with thesports-media outlet. ESPN executives, Nichols says, wanted to give Taylorthose responsibilities, and pressured Nichols to give them up. But hosting theFinals had been a “dream,” she says, and so she discussed the issue duringphone calls while staying in the hotel room

“I feel very sorry that any of this touched Maria Taylor, because she is afellow woman in this business. It wasn’t her fault that any of this was goingon,” says Nichols. “To even bring her into that was a mistake on my part, andthat it caused her to be upset in any way — I don’t want to be that person.”Nichols says she tried to arrange a meeting with Taylor, but was unable to doso. Taylor is now working for NBC Sports, where she was recently named thehost of “Football Night in America.”

Basketball-themed content on Showtime includes feature length documentariesand docu-series. Some of the projects have been produced by LeBron James’SpringHill Company and Kevin Durant’s 35 Ventures.

Nichols has a long history with basketball. She helped create ESPN’s daily NBAprogram, “The Jump,” and hosted it from its inception in 2016. She spentnearly a decade writing for The Washington Post, where she covered the NHL,NBA, MLB, tennis and the Olympics. She also worked at Turner Sports from 2013to 2016 where she hosted CNN’s “Unguarded With Rachel Nichols” and, coveredthe NBA, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and the MLB playoffs. amongother events. Her first stint at ESPN began in 2004, where she covered theNFL, NBA, contributed as a correspondent for E:60 and frequented SportsCenter.

She joins Showtime, part of Paramount Global, as speculation has begun to rampup about the next round of TV rights for the NBA. The league’s currentcontract with ESPN and Warner Bros. Discovery’s Turner Sports lapses after the2024-2025 season. Business observers wonder whether Warner Bros. Discovery,which is grappling with a significant amount of debut since its formationearlier this year, will be eager to pay what are likely to be significantincreases in costs to keep the NBA under its aegis.

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Anne Heche’s Son Homer Claims Actress’s Signature on Will Presented by Ex James Tupper Is Invalid

Anne Heche’s will — or lack thereof — continues to cause tension between theloved ones she left behind.

Per court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Heche’s older son Homer Laffoon (whomshe shared with ex-husband Coleman Laffoon) has filed a nine-page supplementto his previous petition to assume control over his mother’s estate.

The 20-year-old claims that his mother’s ex James Tupper, 57, has beeninterfering with Homer’s attempts to communicate with his 13-year-old oldhalf-brother Atlas Heche Tupper since Heche’s death in August.

Homer also claims in the filing that a 2011 document Tupper considers a will —and which he asserts named him administrator of Heche’s estate — is not validbecause the signature on the document does not belong to Heche and was notobserved by two witnesses as required by law.

Legal representative for both Homer and Tupper did not immediately returnPEOPLE’s request for comment.

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James Tupper, Homer Lafoon

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Per Tuesday’s filing: “Mr. Tupper repeatedly refers to the email attached tothe Objection as a ‘will.’ However — as a matter of law — the email does notqualify as either a holographic will or formal witnessed will,” the documentreads. “The email fails to satisfy the legal requirements for a validholographic will because the material provisions of the purported will are notin the handwriting of the Decedent. A will is valid as a holographic will,whether or not it is witnessed, if the signature and the material provisionsare in the handwriting of the testator.”

The filing continues, “The email presented to the Court as Decedent’s ‘will’by Mr. Tupper fails to meet the requirements for a valid holographic willbecause the signature and material provisions are not in the handwriting ofthe Decedent. The email fails to satisfy the legal requirements for a validformal witnessed will because the email was not signed by the Decedent anddoes not have two witnesses who signed the document during the lifetime of theDecedent.”

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The document also points out that without a proper will, “there can be nonomination of an executor” or an executor selected, in general. This role isimportant as the executor “is appointed to administer an estate pursuant to avalid will,” according to the legal papers.

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Homer also called several of Tupper’s own previously filed objections to the20-year-old’s “suitability” to administer his mother’s estate — includingclaims Homer was “‘estranged’ from his mother at the time of her death” —”inaccurate and unfounded. “

RELATED: Anne Heche ‘s Son Homer Files Papers to Assume Control of HerEstate as It’s Revealed Actress Had No Will

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: Anne Heche attends the 74th AnnualDirectors Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 12, 2022 inBeverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)BEVERLYHILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: Anne Heche attends the 74th Annual DirectorsGuild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 12, 2022 in BeverlyHills, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

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Heche was involved in a fiery car accident on Aug. 5 and then was transportedto a Los Angeles-area hospital. The actress sustained several injuries fromthe incident, and PEOPLE confirmed two days later that she was in a coma andhad “not regained consciousness” since the crash.

The state of California declared Heche legally dead on Aug. 12, but shetemporarily remained on life support to allow for her organs to be removed anddonated. On Aug. 14, her rep confirmed to PEOPLE she had been taken off oflife support.

She is buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Everything we know so far

Anthony Bourdain is the subject of a new, unauthorized biography and it’sgenerating headlines — and a crash response from his former girlfriend, AsiaArgento.

Four years after the Parts Unknown star died by suicide at age 61, the book,Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain , is set to bereleased Oct. 11 with new insight into the chef and storyteller’s final days.The author — journalist Charles Leerhsen, who’s served as a writer/editor atoutlets including Newsweek, Sports Illustrated , people and _Us Weekly —_had access to Bourdain’s laptop and phone, piecing together a timeline unlikewhat we’ve seen before.

Bourdain’s girlfriend at the time of his death, Italian actress Argento, wasnot interviewed for the project and is not a fan, as the couple’s fiery finaltext exchanges are part of the narrative.

Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain by Charles Leerhsencomes out October11.Down and Out inParadise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain by Charles Leerhsen comes out October11.

Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain by Charles Leerhsencomes out Oct. 11.

Why is this a big deal?

Not much has been known about why the popular food world star — who never heldback about struggles, detailing drug use in his 2000 _Kitchen Confidential_tome — took his life. This book surfaces text exchanges Bourdain had withArgento in his final hours, in which he told her she had been “reckless withmy heart.” In the days before, the actress — a fixture in the #MeToo movementand a Harvey Weinstein accuser, who later made a deal with her own accuser —had been photographed holding hands with journalist Hugo Clément. Bourdain’scomputer data revealed he searched Argento’s name hundreds of times in thedays leading up to his death as those photos were splashed across celebritywebsites. The new information — also including many new interviews — speaks toBourdain’s mindset at the time.

Asia Argento, left, and Anthony Bourdain arrive at night one of theTelevision Academy's 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theateron Saturday, Sept.  9, 2017, in Los Angeles.  (Photo by PhilMcCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/APImages)Asia Argento,left, and Anthony Bourdain arrive at night one of the Television Academy's2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Saturday, Sept.  9,2017, in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for the TelevisionAcademy/APImages)

Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. TheItalian actress said after his death that they had a “free relationship,” one”without borders,” but Bourdain texts show he was upset by paparazzi photos ofher with another man published days before his death. (Photo: PhilMcCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

Where did this new information come from?

the New York Times reports that Leerhsen conducted over 80 interviews forthe book as well as reviewed files, texts and emails pulled from Bourdain’sdevices, which are part of the late star’s estate. Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, hiswife of 11 years from whom he was separated at the time (they remainedconfidantes, sharing his only child), oversees the estate. Leerhsen said heobtained the materials from a confidential source, but “the estate has notobjected, and I don’t anticipate any objections.” Busia-Bourdain is quoted inthe book, suggesting some cooperation. She declined comment to the outlet.

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(R) Chef Anthony Bourdain and wife Ottavia Busia attend the 2011 Can-DoAwards Dinner at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 7, 2011 in New YorkCity.  (Photo by CharlesEshelman/FilmMagic)(R) ChefAnthony Bourdain and wife Ottavia Busia attend the 2011 Can-Do Awards Dinnerat Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 7, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo byCharlesEshelman/FilmMagic)

Anthony Bourdain and wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain at 2011 Can-Do Awards Dinner.The pair, who had a daughter, separated in 2016, but remained confidantes. Hewould frequently text her and those texts were used in the book as well.(Photo: Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)

What do we learn?

Argento said after Bourdain’s death that they had an open relationship.However, a book excerpt in people detailed how upset he became when, fivedays before his death, Argento was snapped by paparazzi with Clément in Rome,including at the Hotel de Russie, where Argento and Bourdain had a history ofspending time together.

The couple, who started dating in 2016 after they met filming a Season 8episode of Parts Unknown in her hometown of Rome, on the phone for severaldays ahead of his death, the excerpt said. People on the production talkedabout how he’d halt filming to take calls from her and they had screamingexchanges. He was described as “incredibly distracted” at the time.

Bourdain’s friend Eric Ripert was with him in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France forthe shoot, and they enjoyed a fun night out one day before Bourdain died.According to the book, Ripert, who was staying in the hotel room next door,put his ear against the wall that night and was relieved to hear Bourdainsnoring because he was that concerned about him. The next day — Bourdain’slast — the fighting with Argento reportedly resumed. That night, Bourdaindeclined a group dinner and ate solo, eating and drinking a lot. Ripert puthis ear to the wall again that night, but heard nothing.

General view of the Le Chambard Hotel in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France, June8, 2018. US celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focusedGeneral view ofthe Le Chambard Hotel in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France, June 8, 2018. UScelebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused

Anthony Bourdain died at Le Chambard Hotel in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France onJune 8, 2018. He had been there filming Parts Unknown. (Photo:REUTERS/Vincent Kessler)

Additionally, the book claims that Bourdain was isolated at end of his lifeand had essentially vanished from his 11-year-old daughter’s life. The bookalso claims he was injecting steroids, human growth hormone and Viagra so thathis age gap with Argento, 19 years his junior, was less apparent. It is alsoalleged he would drink to the point of blackout and visit prostitutes.

The text messages

In the last three days of his life, Bourdain’s browsing history showed that heGoogled “Asia Argento” several hundred times. The night before he died, hereportedly texted her:

“I am not spiteful. I am not jealous that you have been with another man. I donot own you. You are free. As I said. As I promised. As I truly meant. But youwere careless. You were reckless with my heart. my life. [Hotel] de Russie …It’s only that that hurts’, my A. Perhaps it’s in both our characters. But youare always honest with me. I want to be honest with you. I don’t understandthis part of you. As I hope you will not understand me. But it’s that stings.I meant and mean everything I have ever said to you. But I hope you will havemercy on me for these feelings.”

According to the book, the Italian actress — whom Bourdain bailed out of her#MeToo bind, paying her accuser, Jimmy Bennett, $380,000 for rights to a photoof him in bed with Argento when he was 17 — wrote, “I can’t take this,”criticizing him for his “idiot possessiveness.”

He replied, “It would have been so easy to have helped me out here. I requiredso little. But ‘f*** you’ is your answer.”

When she continued to be unsympathetic (telling him to “call the f*ingdoctor” and saying she is “the victim here”), he replied, ** “My A. I can’tbelieve you have so little affection or respect for me that you would bewithout empathy for this.”

After filming the next day, Leerhsen reported, Bourdain texted with Argentoagain — and it was their last text exchange. He asked, “Is there anything Ican do?” to which she replied, “Stop busting my balls.” He replied, “OK.” Hehung himself that night.

Additionally, texts from Bourdain to Busia-Bourdain are included in thenarrative. One reflected his struggle with fame. It said, “I hate my fans,too. I hate being famous. I hate my job. I am lonely and living in constantuncertainty.”

He also confided about Argento, writing, “I find myself being hopelessly inlove with this woman.”

But he told his ex that Argento scrutinized his social media pages as well asBusia-Bourdain’s, confiding that Argento would get upset when she saw photosof him with Busia-Bourdain and their daughter online. Bourdain asked Busia-Bourdain not to post one on an upcoming Father’s Day.

“You didn’t want me to put a pic that had you in it because Asia would freakout and I have the feeling that won’t change anytime soon,” Busia-Bourdainreplied. “I’m tired of pretending I don’t know you. Or that we are never inthe same place.” Bourdain responded, “I feel you. But I was being honest. Thepap [arazzi] situation is horrendous. Since I left you guys, though, she’sfreaking out.”

Response to the book from Bourdain’s family and Argento

While Busia-Bourdain appears to be cooperating in some form, Bourdain’sbrother, Christopher Bourdain, sent publisher Simon & Schuster letters callingthe book hurtful as well as defamatory fiction and demanded that it not bereleased until many errors were corrected. Christopher told the NYT , “Everysingle thing he writes about relationships and interactions within our familyas kids and as adults he fabricated or got totally wrong.” A Simon & Schusterspokesperson responded to Bourdain’s brother, saying, “With all due respect,we disagree that the material in the Book contains defamatory information, andwe stand by our forthcoming publication.”

Ripert, who found Bourdain dead, told the NYT he did not provide informationfor the book, though he did read it. His assessment was that he found manyinaccuracies, but was surprised that it contained intimate details from thedays in France that he had only revealed to a few people.

Leerhsen exchanged some emails with Argento, who, he said, quoted Oscar Wildeto him: “It is always Judas who writes the biography.” Argento told the _NYT_she didn’t read the book and added, “I clearly wrote to this man that he couldnot publish anything I said to him.”

On Thursday, Argento made quite a statement on social media seeminglyresponding to the negative headlines. She posted a photo of herself in asweatshirt with former professional bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman along with thewords “Stop Busting My Balls.” Those words, according to the book, were herfinal words to Bourdain.

‘We were all so happy to be there’

It’s rare for a supporting actor on a hit TV comedy to turn down the chance toheadline their own spin-off series. But that’s precisely what Rhea Perlman didwhen the makers of cheers — including creators Glen and Les Charles andJames Burroughs — __ approached her about leaving the classic NBC seriesmidway through its run to star in The Tortellis a series that would revolvearound the extended family of her tart-tongued waitress Carla Tortelli.

“They originally wanted me to be in the spin-off,” Perlman reveals to YahooEntertainment on the 40th anniversary of cheers ‘s __ series premiere onSept. 30, 1982. “But I felt the soul of cheers was the bar people, and Ididn’t want to leave the bar to go to a completely different show. I told themI didn’t want to do it, and could I please stay at the bar? So they went offand made it [without me].”

That turned out to be the right call. Premiering in January 1987, TheTortellis — which starred Dan Hedaya as Carla’s ex-husband, Nick, and JeanKasem as his new wife, Loretta — lasted only 13 episodes. (Perlman doesbriefly appear in a dream sequence during the pilot, a scene she says shedoesn’t remember filming.)

cheers , of course, wound up running for 11 seasons and 275 episodes,finally closing its doors in 1993. And Perlman appeared in every single half-hour. “I was there for the long haul, man,” she says, laughing. “I wasn’tgoing anywhere!”

And cheers fans wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, Carla was the> Boston’s bar’s resident cynic, regularly providing much-needed reality> checks for regulars like Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and Cliff Clavin (John> Ratzenberger), as well as the rest of the staff, including owner Sam Malone> (Ted Danson) and his on-again, off-again love interest Diane Chambers> (Shelley Long).

“Carla was always bursting in,” Perlman fondly says of her alter ego, whooversaw a rambunctious family that grew to include eight children. “She’d bebursting in to complain, she’d be bursting in to beat up Norm, she’d bebursting in for whatever it was. Her life was not simple, and she carriedwhatever was with her right into work. I just remember it being veryenergetic.”

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In a lively interview — not filmed before a live studio audience — Perlmanlooked back on the arc of her cheers career, from the low-rated seriespremiere to the high-rated series finale, and what she thinks Carla is doingnow.

Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli in Cheers.  (Photo: NBC/Courtesy EverettCollection)Rhea Perlman asCarla Tortelli in Cheers.  (Photo: NBC/Courtesy EverettCollection)

Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli in cheers. (Photo: NBC/Courtesy EverettCollection)

Ted Danson once said that you were the first actor cast on ** cheers**— does that jibe with your own memory?

Well, if he said it, how could it not be true!? [ Laughs ] I really don’tknow, but I’ll go by whatever Ted says. I had done an audition with ShelleyLong, so I knew she was in. And I knew they were deciding on who was going toplay Sam, although I thought Ted had been cast by then. My memory is prettyfoggy, though, so I would always trust someone else’s.

What do you remember about that audition with Shelley?

It was scary as hell! We were in a room in Paramount where we would later haveour read-throughs, so there was just enough room for all the writers to bearound. I have no idea what we had to read — I’ve blocked that part out of mymemory. As soon as they said, “OK, you’re in,” I forgot all about that part.

When you started playing Carla, how much of the character was already thereon the page, and how much did you bring to the part?

I feel like everything was there; every piece of the show was there before wewere cast. We all brought our personalities, so I don’t feel like deep changeswere made to accommodate the actors. The actors fit into what they wrote, andI was always very thankful for that. There was a lot less improvisation inthose days in general unless you were on an improv show like Saturday NightLive or something. And I was always much more comfortable being able tointerpret what somebody else wrote rather than creating my own lines. That’swhat was so remarkable about the pilot: there wasn’t a lot of fishing around,it was just making it come alive.

What do you remember about filming the pilot? Were there any big mistakesthat had to be re-done?

The way we filmed the episodes back then — and I don’t know if this is howthey still do it now — is that we’d basically film everything once, maybetwice, in front of the audience. If there was a big mistake, we’d stop and dothat section over again so we could get the laughs in. Then after the audienceapplauded wildly, they would go home and we’d do pieces of it again or,rarely, all of it again. Once in awhile, the writers would come up with a newjoke or something that we’d add in. And Jimmy did a lot more camerawork in thebeginning, so we would stay later. Later on, that fell by the wayside and wefound it was better to just keep it simple.

The animosity between Carla and Diane is established right off the bat in> the pilot. Was that always a fun dynamic to play?

Yeah, the animosity was essential. I was very grateful for the animosity,because any real animosity I might have had came out with the character! [Laughs ] That was a great relationship: I worried about Sam being with her,because he was my best friend there. But she was the perfect foil for him. AndI got along with Ted right away. I mean, it’s pretty hard not to! He’s just anamazingly great person and loves what he’s doing. He gives out a lot of loveand I can take that.

To be fair, most of our relationships were filled with a lot of love. I mean,we were all so happy to be there! And we had no idea that the show was notdoing well in the beginning. It’s part of the lore now, but we were almostlast in the ratings. The amazing NBC executives at the time had our backs asactors. We were all very protected, and just felt like we were having a greattime. It just seemed like we were very funny and the audience loved us.

Did you get a sense of when the show started to take off?

Well, we always thought we were taking off! [ Laughs ] But I’d say it tookmaybe a year or two before many, many people would stop me on the street or inthe supermarket. But we always felt that we were on a show that was popularand on top.

This is jumping ahead of a few seasons, but I have to ask about the> classic Thanksgiving episode. When you first read that script, did you know> it was going to turn out as well as it did?

I didn’t know how it was gonna turn out, but I was so excited to be doing afood fight! We got to do that twice, because we did it in the dress rehearsaland during the taping. I’d never had a food fight in real life, and it was themost fun thing ever. I wanted to do it everyday! It was so cool to be able tothrow mashed potatoes and peas and s**t like that.

I’m sure I hit Shelley pretty hard, and I probably hit John, too. And we alleventually bombarded Jimmy Burroughs, who was not extremely excited aboutthat! [ Laughs ] It was after we were done with the fight, and I can’tremember if he had yelled, “Cut” or not. We all went over and smashed thingson him, but he had on a plastic raincoat thing.

You also played Carla ‘s sister, Annette , in one episode. Were thereplans to do more with her? It always reminded me of Lisa Kudrow playing bothPhoebe and Ursula on ** friends later on.**

Yeah, that was fun. I asked if I could do that, and they agreed. It was such adifferent character, so that was cool. And I had special teeth made forAnnette — I don’t even know if you can tell, but her teeth kind of stuck out alittle. I kind of wanted her to come back, but I had feeling she wasn’t gonna![ Laughs ]

you turned down ** The Tortellis , but other cast members did leavethe show over the years, most notably Shelley Long, who was replaced byKirstie Alley. Did you ever consider leaving?**

I had three kids during the show, and the fact that I could carry on thisamazing show and my life simultaneously was such a gift. They made it so easyfor us. Other people were having babies, too, so there were all these kidsaround us. It was something in the beer, I guess!

There were days where all the kids would come to set, but they wouldn’tintegrate into the show or anything. They would hang around the craft servicetable and the candy drawer. We had a great candy drawer! I had a little officedownstairs from the set where my kids could be. Kirstie is actuallyresponsible for getting everybody together outside of the show, because she’dhave these amazing parties — Halloween parties, Easter parties. Everyone wouldbring their kids, and she invited the crew as well. I always tried to imitatethat at my house, but I didn’t do it as well. She’s really good atentertaining people.

The cast of Cheers in the final season.  (Photo: ©NBC/Courtesy EverettCollection)The cast ofCheers in the final season.  (Photo: ©NBC/Courtesy EverettCollection)

The cast of cheers in the show’s final season. (Photo: NBC/Courtesy EverettCollection)

The show ended in Season 11 largely because Ted Danson decided he was readyto move onto other things. The producers considered continuing the showwithout him — did they ever talk to you and the rest of the cast about what aSam-less version of ** cheers might look like?**

Yeah, there were discussions, but we weren’t really consulted. I mean, maybewe were asked what we thought, but we all felt that without Ted it wouldn’t bea good way to go out. Maybe if it had happened earlier in the show, but Idoubt it. Ted was the heart of cheers — the cast was the heart of the bar,but he was the heart of all of us. It was better to go out on top. We allsmoked a cigar, and that was the end. The end of me, because I had neversmoked a cigar before! [ Laughs ]

**Carla begins the series complaining about her kids, and ends the seriestalking about how having kids is one of the most important things in life.That ‘s a nice full circle moment that the writers crafted for her. **

Oh wow, yeah. I actually didn’t remember that. Our writers were amazing. mysister, [screenwriter] Heidi Perlman, started on that show! She’s gone on towrite on many other shows, but none as famous as cheers. [ Laughs ]

Carla, Norm and Cliff all returned for an episode of ** Frasier a> few years after ** cheers finished. Was it fun to revisit the> character then?

Yeah, that was a good thing to do. I always wish that he had done a revivallike Will & Grace did a few years ago. A few years after the show ended, wewere all at some event together, and we said: “I think we can talk them intoit.” But it didn’t work; Jimmy and the Charles brothers never wanted to do it.I have no idea what their objection was, they just didn’t want to evenentertain the thought. That’s OK! They can do what they want.

But you would be in if they changed their minds on a revival?

If they were doing it, for sure I’d be in! I’d give anything to be with themall again.

**What ‘s Carla doing now? Do you think she’s running the bar or is she stillserving drinks? **

You know, she’s the kind of person that doesn’t move around, so she’s stillgonna be there serving drinks. She’s watching the grandkids — she’s probablygo great-grandchildren by now! And they all live with her in her one-bedroomhouse. You know, I don’t think she ever had enough money, so she had to workin the bar, but she was never going to own the bar. And she was also nevergoing to leave the bar for some fancy-schmancy Boston restaurant. She stays inone spot and is happy being queen of that spot. There’s no reason for her togo anywhere else. She met all the guys she wanted to and had all the kids shecould. I guess after menopause it would have been easier. Then she wouldn’thave had to have all the kids! [ Laughs ]

I like to imagine her having a food fight with her grandkids everythingThanksgiving.

Yes, but the grandkids would have to clean it up! I wasn’t gonna clean uptheir crap.

cheers is currently streaming on Paramount+ and Peacock.

‘Bros’ star Billy Eichner defends the film’s raunchy sex scenes: ‘Let’s all calm down’

Brittle may not technically be Hollywood’s first gay love story — movieslike Making Love , Jeffrey and Fire Island all precede it — but it’sdefinitely Hollywood’s raunchiest gay love story. Co-written and starringcomedian Billy Eichner, the big-budget romantic comedy is overseen by producerJudd Apatow and co-writer/director Nicholas Stoller, who are no strangers toincluding R-rated sex scenes in R-rated rom-coms like The 40-Year-Old Virgin_and _Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In fact, that’s the kind of equal opportunityapproach Eichner hoped for when he signed on to work with the duo.

“At the end of the day, it’s a Judd Apatow movie and a Nick Stoller movie,” hetells Yahoo Entertainment. “Their movies have a long history of sex scenesthat are very physical and very funny. And I thought, ‘Well, why _shouldn ‘t_we have the same thing?'” (Watch our video interview above.)

In Brittle , Eichner plays unlucky in love podcast host/museum curatorBobbie Lieber, who falls in lust with strapping single guy Aaron (LukeMacfarlane). As the duo embark on a tentative romance, they also open up theirsex lives to include hot and heavy threesomes (and foursomes) as well ascasual Grindr hook-ups with other people. Capturing that aspect ofcontemporary LGBTQ life is something that was important for the film’s out gaystars, and sets Brittle apart from the typical Apatow/Stoller joint, wherethe central couple tends to be monogamous.

“What’s fun — especially for straight audiences — is that whole movie is athrowback to the elements of Apatow movies or romantic comedies that we love,but with this fresh, new and somewhat provocative perspective,” notes Eichner.”It’s not just your run-of-the-mill rom-com.”

Adds Macfarlane: “Sex doesn’t always have to be sentimental. Especially in alot of the queer movies that we’ve seen, sex is treated as a very sentimentalthing because it was so frightening to people for a long time. But now we canactually have fun with that.”

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Macfarlane and Eichner share an intimate moment in Bros.  (Photo:©Universal/Courtesy EverettCollection)

Luke Macfarlane and Billy Eichner share an intimate moment in public in_Brittle_. (Photo: ©Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Those scenes were also an education for Stoller, who cops to being a straightdirector helming a gay rom-com. “What’s funny to me is I approached it the wayI approached all the sex scenes I’ve shot,” he says. “My joke with Billy wasalways, ‘The only kind of sex scene I’d be uncomfortable shooting is a sexysex scene!’ I don’t know how to do the Adrian Lyne thing. But I didn’t reallyfeel like it was any different, weirdly. These are two characters with theirown foibles expressing themselves through sex in a funny, relatable way.”

naturally, Brittle ‘s central creative team knows that there’s a moreconservative audience out there who won’t find the sex scenes funny orrelatable. The film is already getting review bombed on IMDB by homophobicviewers, many of whom haven’t even seen the movie, leading Eichner toresponded on social media.

Asked how he feels about the possibility that internet trolls might claim thathe’s “corrupting” America’s youth, Eichner says that ship has long sincesailed. “The youth has already been corrupted! We lost that battle. They’re onsocial media, and they’ve been watching porn since they had a phone in theirhand. Brittle is literally like a Hallmark movie compared to what kids arewatching on their phones, so let’s all calm down.”

Stoller, meanwhile, thinks that those trolls who actually take the time towatch Brittle may come out with their attitudes changed. “You can feel theaudience falling in love with Luke and Billy as the movie goes on,” he notes.”The great thing about comedy is when you’re laughing at something, you’rerelating to it and it’s humanizing. That’s not why I set out to make themovie, but it’s hopefully a side benefit.”

The cast of the new Universal comedy, Bros.  (Photo: ©Universal/CourtesyEverettCollection)The cast of thenew Universal comedy, Bros.  (Photo: ©Universal/Courtesy EverettCollection)

The cast of the new Universal comedy, Brittle , captures a broad spectrum ofLGBTQ life. (Photo: ©Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Just as Brittle represents a breakthrough for gay storytelling at the majorstudio level, Eichner recognizes that the community he’s a part of is far morediverse than the white couple at the heart of the film. To that end, thesupporting cast is filled with performers who represent the broader spectrumof LGBTQ life, including former Glee star, Dot-Marie Jones, trans actors EveLindley and Ts Madison and gender non-conforming reality show scene-stealer,Miss Lawrence. Jones and Lindley both credit Glee with being one of thefirst mainstream entertainments to expose audiences to the different colorsthat make up the famous gay pride rainbow flag.

“I am a product of Glee ,” says Lindley, adding that next barrier Hollywoodcan break after Brittle is a rom-com starring two trans lovers. “I wouldlove to see that, and I think we are ready.” For her part, Jones thinks thatboth Glee and Brittle share the same desire for accurate representation. “Brittle brought us together,” she says. “It’s something I honestly neverthought I’d see, and working with these amazing people was the most fun thingever.”

Like Lindley, Miss Lawrence sees a future in which different groups get theirturn in the spotlight. “This is the first time we get to explore a gay lovestory in depth, but it won’t stop there. There will and there should be filmsthat show what it looks like to be a trans person in love, to be a gender non-conforming person in love, to be a non-binary person in love. Every type oflove story has been told with our straight counterparts, and I want to seethat same energy when it comes to LGBTQIA people in this art form.”

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger at Brokeback Mountain.  (Photo: FocusFilms/EverettCollection)Jake Gyllenhaaland Heath Ledger at Brokeback Mountain.  (Photo: Focus Films/EverettCollection)

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain. (Photo: FocusFilms/Everett Collection)

Speaking of love stories, Brittle can’t resist lobbing gags in the directionof one of Hollywood’s most famous gay romances: Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee’s2005 Oscar-winning drama starring straight actors, Heath Ledger and JakeGyllenhaal, as doomed lovers. At one point in the movie, Bobbie and Aaron goon a date to see a Brokeback -type tragedy and come out of the theatercriticizing it as slow and boring. Eichner and Stoller are quick to say thatthe characters’ review doesn’t represent their own feelings about Lee’s film.

Brokeback Mountain is a masterpiece,” Eichner raves. “It moved me totears. No one is arguing how beautiful Heath Ledger’s performance is in thatmovie.” [ Ledger died in 2008.] “I love that movie,” Stoller chimes in. “Ihear the score and I start crying.”

that said, Brokeback Mountain is also the poster child for the kind oftragic gay romance — one made by a largely straight cast and crew — thatHollywood has too often favored telling at the expense of other stories.”We’ve watched Brokeback Mountain and we’ve seen it turn out to be atragedy,” says Madison. “Now we have Brittle that shows that there is hope —that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Eichner made a point of following that light as he crafted Brittle for thebig screen. “Historically, on the rare occasions where Hollywood did centerLGBTQ characters, it was always about suffering,” he notes. “We’re sotortured, we’re dying, we’re getting killed! It was so, so sad and always toldthrough the perspective of straight filmmakers and straight movie stars. With_Brittle_ , we’re saying: ‘Hey, can’t there be a comedy about our lives?’ Ijust want more movies like this. I think it’s cool that we’re finally gettingto tell our own stories and not having them told for us.”

Video produced by Jen Kucsak and edited by Jason Fitzpatrick

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