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Jared Leto engages heckler protesting his transgender performance in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Jared Leto’s interview at Tuesday night’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Awards was interrupted by a heckler who yelled that Leto had no right to play the transgender character in Dallas Buyers Club. “You don’t deserve an award!” the heckler said, according to multiple reports from the event. “Trans-misogyny does not deserve an award!”

Leto calmly engaged with the heckler, who witnesses identified as a transgender woman. “Because I’m a man, I don’t deserve to play that part?” Leto asked, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “So you would hold a role against someone who happened to be gay or lesbian — they can’t play a straight part?”

The two went back and forth, with the heckler complaining that straight actors win awards for playing transgender characters. Leto turned the tables, saying, “Then you’ve made sure people that are gay, people that aren’t straight, people like the Rayons of the world would never have the opportunity to turn the tables and explore parts of that art.” READ FULL STORY

'G.B.F.' director blames 'R' rating on MPAA's gay double-standard

It’s an old accusation, but one that shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon: the Motion Picture Association of America is disproportionately stricter about profanity and sex than it is about violence. Relatively gruesome studio films like The Hunger Games or The Dark Knight Rises frequently win PG-13 ratings; relatively gentle films like Philomena, by contrast, are slammed with a much more restrictive R rating — initially, at least — simply for dropping one too many F-bombs.

And then there’s the MPAA’s historically fraught relationship with gay and lesbian content, which often seems to be treated more harshly than heterosexual relations. The latest apparent victim of this unspoken rule: G.B.F., a new teen comedy about the hottest girl in school (Sasha Pieterse) and her gay best friend (Michael J. Willett).


'Blue is the Warmest Color' trailer: Young love with a French twist -- VIDEO


Blue is the Warmest Color has been the subject of controversy ever since it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. And you can’t even get past the MPAA green-screen intro to its new trailer, with its giant lurking NC-17, to see why: “Explicit Sexual Content.”

The French-language film from Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche drew gasps at Cannes for its explicit — and extensive — lesbian sex scenes that capture the passionate romance between a French teen (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and her first same-sex lover (Midnight in Paris‘ Léa Seydoux). But it also took home the festival’s top prize and won scores of critical accolades — accolades that are featured prominently in the new trailer. “Magnificent,” reads a rave from Steven Spielberg, the Cannes’ jury president. “We were under the spell of the film and its wonderful actresses.”

Click below for a perfectly chaste teaser of a trailer for the film, accompanied by the Beach House song “Take Care.” Blue opens in the U.S. on Oct. 25. READ FULL STORY

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