Zachary Quinto Comes Out, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today
Happy Monday! Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: The fairy-tale flick renaissance spawns a Pinocchio prequel... Not even Transformers 3 could help Hasbro hit its mark... A requiem for Sue Mengers... Celeb backlash over Occupy Wall Street... and more.
· As obliquely cited here yesterday, Zachary Quinto has confirmed what anyone who follows him with any regularity had deduced long ago: He's gay. He pegged the announcement to gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer's bullying and subsequent suicide, writing on his Web site, "In light of Jamey's death, it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality." Not for nothing, Quinto also has Margin Call, a movie that he co-produced, opening in theaters Friday. [NYM, ZacharyQuinto.com]
· Don't look now, but Fox has added the Pinocchio prequel The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto to its development slate. The studio bought Michael Vukadinovich's script about the puppetmaker who "endures a life of misfortune, war and adventure all to be with Julia Moon, his true love," reportedly for Shawn Levy to direct. It could face competition from either a Pinocchio project Tim Burton may direct at Warners, or the apocalypse, whichever comes first. [Deadline]
· I wish people like the late power agent Sue Mengers didn't have to die for Nikki Finke to write so evocatively and movingly about them: "Her plump white flesh still draped in a sea of caftans and mumus, eyes framed in huge tinted glasses, with a soft breathy voice and the mouth of a stevedore, taking hits from an always lit joint, the 5'-2 1/2" inch Mengers was the exact opposite of the stereotypical image of a Hollywood agent, not the cigar-chomping salesman nor the smooth-talking sleek-dressed tenpercenter." An epic, absolute must-read. [Deadline]
· Speaking of which, here's reason alone to occupy Wall Street: "Hasbro 3Q earnings were lighter than Wall Street expected, in spite of a healthy upturn from its entertainment and licensing segment which benefited from Paramount's Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and a onetime payment from Universal Studios." What a disappointment! Make more money, Hasbro, sheesh. [Deadline]
· What's shakin' with North Korea? Oh, not much, just trying to figure out why so many observers in the West could be so critical of the country's growing relationship with Russia. Let them be, already! Kim Jong Il really needs this one, you guys. [38 North]
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