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Procter & Gamble, the parent of numerous familiar household product brands, is currently under pressure from anti-gay conservatives for including a same-sex kiss between the characters Noah and Luke who are a couple on the daytime program “As the World Turns.” The kiss was a response to previous support by fans who wanted to see the couple kiss again since last September, and even mailed bags of Hershey’s chocolate kisses to the CBS studio.

But the American Family Association (AFA) issued an action alert to get its members to contact P&G, the show’s producer, to stop future gay affection on the soap: “Procter & Gamble has resumed using explicit, open-mouth homosexual kissing in their soap opera, ‘As the World Turns.’ P&G decided to include this type of content as a commitment to ‘diversity.’ Gay activists are hopeful that the P&G effort will desensitize viewers to the homosexual lifestyle and help make the unhealthy and immoral lifestyle more acceptable to society, especially to children and youth.”

So P&G has set up a phone voting system to register your support (or disagreement) with the program. It’s easy to take action: just dial 800-331-3774. You’ll be prompted to press #1 for English. Then press #2 to express your thoughts on “the storyline of As the World Turns.” Then you can press #1 to say you support the Luke & Noah storyline.

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Thirty-five naked and cash-strapped pensioners in Mickey Mouse masks will do their best to shock opera-goers in the east German city of Erfurt tonight when a re-interpretation of Verdi’s A Masked Ball holds its premiere.

The work is being staged by the Austrian director Johann Kresnik, 68, a Marxist, who is famous throughout the German-speaking world for his provocative, anti-capitalist productions and his penchant for lavish displays of naked flesh.

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A production of Cinderella on Ice had its premiere in Melbourne on Tuesday, and audiences were treated to a “gay love sequence” performed by skaters Andrei Benikov and Yuri Salimanov.

The surprise sequence has “pro-family” groups up in arms and gay groups cheering:

“Mr Mercer said his updated version of Cinderella, which replaces the role of the prince with the mayor’s son and the fairy godmother with a gypsy, enabled modern audiences to better identify with the characters. And gay couples are part of contemporary society, he said. ‘I don’t think there is anything offensive about including a gay couple,’ Mr Mercer said. ‘You see them day in, day out on the street.’ Australian Families Association national secretary Gabrielle Walsh said the gay dance, by skaters Yuri Salimanov and Andrei Benikov, was inappropriate. ‘We need to protect our children. They don’t need to grow up any quicker,’ Ms Walsh said. Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce said the surprise inclusion of gay lovers was out of place in an audience of young children. ‘They are making children’s lives more complicated before they need to be,’ he said.”

A children’s advocacy group had a different perspective. Said its CEO: “It’s helpful as a way of breaking down prejudices.”

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This year’s Broadway Bares is the 18th edition with the theme of Alice in Wonderland was held on Sunday night at Roseland Ballroom in NYC.

This years event managed to raise a staggering $874,372.00 for the burlesque bebefit for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids Charity

With a big boost from event sponsor M·A·C AIDS FUND, on Sunday, June 22nd, two performances of Broadway Bares XVIII: Wonderland raised $874,372 – a new record and more than $130,000 above 2007’s total of $743,787.

Since its inception in 1992, when Tony Award®-winning choreographer and director Jerry Mitchell – then in the ensemble of The Will Rogers Follies – put six of his fellow dancers up on the bar at an infamous “watering hole” in New York City’s Chelsea district and raised $8,000 for Broadway Cares, the 18 editions of Broadway Bares have grown beyond all expectations, raising more than $5.7 million for BC/EFA.

From such hot and humble beginnings, a now legendary event was born. Over 5,500 people attended this year’s shows atthe Roseland Ballroom with over 2,900 in attendance for the 9:30 performance, followed by a second wide-eyed crowd of over 2,500, raising the roof in the name of flesh and fancy at the midnight show. Ticket sales, from VIP to general admission, contributed $457,180 to the impressive total.

On with the show! Off with their clothes!

Drawing upon Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland, Broadway Bares: Wonderland opened with a chorus of English schoolmates and featured a wealth of twisted and nearly naked guests from beyond the looking glass, including, the “Queen of Hearts,” the infamous “Caterpillar,” the “Walrus and the Carpenter,” the “Dodo Bird” and “Mock Turtle,” along with such favorites as “the Cheshire Cat,” “White Rabbit,” a chorus of “Tweedledums and Tweedledees,” and, of course, young Alice, making her way through an orgy of unforgettable characters discovered down the rabbit hole.

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from the dark knight movie

Fun stuff about this batman movie:

Matt Damon was Christopher Nolan’s first choice for the role of Harvey Dent but turned it down. Before Aaron Eckhart was cast in the part, other actors considered included Hugh Jackman, Ryan Phillippe, Liev Schreiber and Josh Lucas.

As a joke, one bat suit was made with nipples, as in Batman & Robin (1997). It was presented to Christian Bale as the real bat suit, but he knew instantly it was a joke, having seen a few design pictures during preproduction. He did pose for some publicity photos in the “nipple” suit.

This is the first Batman film to not have “Batman” in the title.

Christopher Nolan has a son named Rory, for whom the working title of the film (“Rory’s First Kiss”) was named.

Robin Williams, Lachy Hulme, Paul Bettany, and Adrien Brody all expressed interest for the role of the Joker before Heath Ledger was cast.

When asked, “Why Heath Ledger as the Joker?” Christopher Nolan said, “Because he’s fearless.”

Dwight Yoakam turned down two roles in this movie. Originally he was offered the part of a cop; then he was offered to play a banker who had dealings with the Joker (Heath Ledger). Yoakam passed on both roles because he was working on a Buck Owens tribute album.

Turning down a salary estimated at between $1 million and $2 million
an increase over the roughly $1 million she was believed to have earned for Batman Begins (2005) – Katie Holmes chose not to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes. This was due to what was described as ‘scheduling conflicts’.

Before Maggie Gyllenhaal replaced Katie Holmes in the role of Rachel Dawes, both Rachel McAdams and Emily Blunt were rumored for the part.

While filming on the streets of Chicago in April 2007, the filming was carried out under the fake movie title “Rory’s First Kiss”. Fliers regarding the filming carried this fake title, complete with a fake “RFK” logo for the movie and an address for the film’s production offices.

One of the extra’s military uniforms has the name “Philo” on it, after the film’s extras casting director, Joan Philo.

On Thanksgiving weekend, 2007, fake four page tabloid size “Gotham Times” newspapers were distributed at various public events. Headlined “City at War – Batman Saves Entire Family”, every article teased events in the film, and everything in the handout was geared toward the film, including the weather (“Gloomy and overcast…”) and advertisements for Gotham National Bank, the Gotham Girl Guides and recruitment for the Gotham Police Department.

To prepare for his role as the Joker, Heath Ledger lived alone in a hotel room for a month, formulating the character’s psychology, posture and voice (the last one he found most difficult to do). He started a diary, in which he wrote the Joker’s thoughts and feelings to guide himself during his performance. He was also given Alan Moore’s comic “Batman: The Killing Joke” and “Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth” to read. Ledger also took inspiration from A Clockwork Orange (1971)’s Alex and Sid Vicious.

Director Christopher Nolan and co-writers Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer decided not to explore the origins of the Joker in order to portray the character as “absolute.”

Christopher Nolan cites the film Heat (1995) as a major influence on this movie.

Christopher Nolan shot part of the film in the IMAX format. Nolan had wanted to shoot in IMAX for 15 years, and even now wishes he could have shot the entire film in IMAX, as he felt “if you could take an IMAX camera to Mt Everest or outer space, you could use it in a feature movie.” Nolan shot in IMAX four major action sequences and quiet dramatic scenes which he thought would be visually fascinating.

Off-duty Chicago Police Officers along with Officers from Elyria OH, Hammond IN, Buffalo Grove IL and Joliet IL played Gotham Police officer extras.

Elaborate, interactive marketing campaigns were launched in the months leading up to the release of this film. One of which was an event at the 2007 San Diego Comic-con called “Why So Serious”, which involved fans following clues hidden around the city. The legions of Joker-painted fans ended up congregating in the street across from the convention center, where one of their numbers was welcomed into a black Escalade (with Gotham license plates) that had just pulled up. After a moment the fan started screaming and the SUV sped away. Later that day, a “Gotham City newspaper” was circulated reporting that a man believed to be the Joker was found beaten to death. Included were “crime scene photos” of the fan who had gotten into the Escalade, and a mention that he was found with a playing card in his hand, on which was scribbled “See you in December.”

Heath Ledger’s sudden death on January 22, 2008 prompted immediate speculation as to the state of this film. Late the same day, Warner Bros. released a statement declaring that Ledger had completed all his scenes and post-production work, thus making the Joker the actor’s final completed appearance in a film.

It’s Sir Michael Caine’s opinion that Heath Ledger beat the odds and topped Jack Nicholson’s Joker from Batman (1989): “Jack was like a clown figure, benign but wicked, maybe a killer old uncle. He could be funny and make you laugh. Heath’s gone in a completely different direction to Jack, he’s like a really scary psychopath. He’s a lovely guy and his Joker is going to be a hell of a revelation in this picture.” Caine bases this belief on a scene where the Joker pays a visit to Wayne Manor. He’d never met Ledger before, so when Ledger arrived and performed he gave Caine such a fright he forgot his lines.

Aaron Eckhart described his portrayal of Harvey Dent as simultaneously coming from and being apart from the same world as Batman (Dent is the white knight of Gotham, as opposed to the Dark Knight). His challenge was “looking for the similarities and the tension between the two; to find what’s similar to Batman and then what’s opposite to him.” Eckhart prepared for his role by studying split personalities.

Bruce Wayne develops and wears a new Batsuit in the film. This Batsuit was an improvement on the outfit from Batman Begins (2005), and made Christian Bale more comfortable and agile in his performance. It was constructed from 200 unique pieces of rubber, fibreglass, metallic mesh, and nylon (producing an impression of sophisticated technology), with elastic banding added for tightening the costume to fit Bale. The gauntlets had their razors made retractable and able to be fired. The suit’s cowl was based on a motorcycle helmet and separated from the neck piece, allowing Bale to move his head left/right/up/down, and comes equipped with white eye lenses for when Batman turns on Bat-sonar.

The Joker make-up was composed of three pieces of stamped silicone, which took less than an hour to apply to Heath Ledger on each day of shooting. Ledger described it as “new technology which is much quicker to apply than regular prosthetics;” he felt he was not wearing any make-up at all.

Costume designer Lindy Hemming based the Joker’s look around his personality, in which “he doesn’t care about himself at all.” Hemming was inspired by countercultural pop culture artists like Pete Doherty, Iggy Pop, and Sid Vicious. She avoided his design being vagrant, but made it scruffier and grungier, therefore making his movements slightly twitchier and edgier.

An explosion was filmed at the Battersea Power Station in London. The fireball created calls from panic-stricken local residents, who assumed a terrorist attack was on the out-of-use Station.