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Luke Evans leaves the door open for a gayed up spin-off of ‘Beauty & The Beast’

Beauty And The Beast, only to be given a blink-and-you’ll-miss it scene where LeFou (Josh Gad) dances with another man, right?So perhaps we were wrong to get our hopes up when the studio announced it’d be making a spin-off series about LeFou and his barrel-chested pal Gaston (Luke Evans). It almost felt like they might use it as an opportunity to right the wrongs of the film, to explore LeFou’s queerness in a more direct and thoughtful way.Not to mention, it’d provide Evans with a solid leading role.

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Buzz Lightyear movie.The 89er Theatre sparked controversy after stating that they would ‘fast-forward through’ the brief kissing scene in Toy Story spinoff Lightyear, posting a sign as a ‘warning’ to customers.They displayed a poster in their window – which has now been removed – following the film’s release, which has been overshadowed by criticism over the kiss between two female characters, one of which is named Hawthorne and voiced by Uzo Aduba.‘Warning’, their poster began in large letters, ‘Attention parents: The management of this theatre discovered after booking Lightyear that there is a same-sex kissing scene within the first 30 minutes of the Pixar movie,’ they continued.‘We will do all we can to fast-forward through that scene, but it might not be exact.’The theatre signed off by apologising for ‘any inconvenience’ the ‘late discovery of this scene causes.’Residents of Oklahoma were both shocked and disappointed to see the sign in the cinema’s window, with 42-year-old Patricia Kasbek, 42, saying she initially thought the sign was a joke.She posted a picture of it on social media in jest, but grew outraged upon learning that the sign was real.‘After calling the theatre, asking them to remove the warning, her call went to voicemail.‘I told them that it was completely insulting for them to censor a same-gender kiss when they’ve never done this to an opposite-gender kiss,’ she told NBC News.She added that she ‘never see a movie at this theatre while under this ownership,’ branding their behaviour ‘cruel’ and ‘bigoted.’According to NBC affiliate KFOR of Oklahoma City, the sign was gone by Monday afternoon after supposedly being put up over the weekend.Alex Wade, deputy director of LGBTQ+ advocacy organisation
Chris Evans brands critics of Lightyear same-sex kiss ‘idiots’ and he’s so over the debate
Chris Evans has aired his ‘frustrations’ with the controversy surrounding the same-sex kiss in Pixar’s Lightyear. The Captain America actor takes the lead in the anticipated Toy Story spin-off, voicing the main character Buzz Lightyear. However, the film’s release has been overshadowed by criticism over a same-sex kiss between two female characters, one of which is named Hawthorne and voiced by Uzo Aduba. Earlier this year, it was reported that Disney had cut the scene from the film before restoring it amid backlash over Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill. LGBT employees and allies at Pixar are said to have sent a letter to Disney bosses claiming that the company had censored ‘overtly gay affection’ in its films. Lightyear has since been banned in countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait over its LGBT themes. Addressing the storm, Chris, 41, told Reuters quite bluntly: ‘The real truth is those people are idiots. ‘Every time there’s been social advancement as we wake up, the American story, the human story is one of constant social awakening and growth and that’s what makes us good.’ The Knives Out star also addressed reports of Disney restoring the kiss scene and said ‘it makes me happy’. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 videoHowever, he added to Variety: ‘It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion.
Heartstopper’s Joe Locke wants to play first gay Disney prince: ‘That would be a dream’
Heartstopper star Joe Locke dreams of playing the first gay Disney prince following the success of the coming-of-age Netflix series.The 18-year-old actor rose to worldwide fame, almost overnight, after Heartstopper landed on the streaming service two weeks ago.Joe plays Charlie Spring, a year 10 student at an all-boys grammar school who develops a crush on rugby lad Nick Nelson (Kit Connor), whom he sits next to during form.However, the crush quickly develops into something much more, with year 11 Nick also falling for Charlie while grappling with his own sexuality.The two boys embark on a secret romance, as Nick comes to terms with his own identity and battles confusion, and Charlie faces bullying from Nick’s friends.Heartstopper has been widely praised by viewers for its authentic LGBTQ+ storytelling, with countless fans feeling inspired to come out to their own families as a result.Older queer viewers have also praised Heartstopper for offering positive representation for LGBTQ+ youth, which they didn’t have growing up.The show rocketed up the Netflix charts following its release, and now it seems the sky is truly the limit for the cast, who are amassing millions of social media followers.Setting his sights high and keen to be a beacon of hope for other LGBTQ+ people, Joe (who is, amazingly, studying for his A-levels amid the Heartstopper chaos) wants to star in a Disney project, telling the Independent: ‘I would love to play the first gay Disney prince.’‘That would be a dream,’ he added.??? @Disney https://t.co/ijFLoXur68He also hopes Heartstopper will be renewed for a second season (we’re waiting for the announcement too) and wants to pursue more projects that ‘mean something.’The actor – who scored his Heartstopper
Disney heir comes out as transgender and apologises for not doing more against 'Don't Say Gay' bill
Disney and the co-founder of Walt Disney Co, revealed his son, Charlee, was trans while pledging $500,000 along with his family to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).In an appeal to America's largest LGBT+ advocacy group, Mr Disney said: "Equality matters deeply to us especially because our child, Charlee, is transgender and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community."The Los Angeles Times reports that 30-year-old Charlee Disney, a science teacher, came out as trans four years ago.They use the pronouns they and them, but this is the first time the family has addressed their gender orientation in public.'I feel like I don't do very much to help'The 'Don't Say Gay' bill, bans teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender issues with students in classrooms and was signed into law last month by Florida's Governor, Ron DeSantis. Black Grey's Anatomy worker suing LA police for at least $20m after being 'held at gunpoint' in 'unwarranted' traffic stop Ukraine invasion: Warner, Disney and Sony pull major films from Russia as fighting continues Futurama: 2000s cartoon gets a reboot, but one of the cast members isn't involved It has drawn intense national scrutiny from critics who argue that it marginalises LGBTQ people.In an interview with the paper, Charlee said: "I feel like I don't do very much to help."I don't call senators or take action.