‘ALL MY LOVE, ELLIOT’: ACTOR PAGE COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER
NEW YORK (AP) – The Oscar-nominated actor who as Ellen Page starred in “Juno,” “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy” has come out as transgender with the name of Elliot Page. He made the announcement Tuesday in a moment greeted as a watershed for the trans community in Hollywood. The 33-year-old actor from Nova Scotia says his decision came after a long journey and with much support from the LGBTQ community. Page says his pronouns are “he” and “they.” The announcement is being celebrated widely on social media by LGBTQ rights advocates and many in the film industry. Page has frequently worked to bring the lives of LGBTQ characters to screen.
‘BIG SKY’ PRODUCERS RECOGNIZE NATIVE AMERICAN CRITICISM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Native American tribes and coalitions are condemning “Big Sky,” a Montana-set ABC drama. They say it ignores the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead makes whites the crime victims. But the groups also assailed the network and the show’s producers for failing to respond to their complaints, which they first made known in mid-November. The makers of “Big Sky” broke their silence Tuesday. The executive producers said in a statement that they are now aware of the “outsized number” of Native American and Indigenous women who go missing and are murdered each year. The “Big Sky” producers say they’re working with Indigenous groups to help bring attention to the issue.
IN ’76 DAYS,’ A DOCUMENTARY PORTRAIT OF LOCKDOWN IN WUHAN
NEW YORK (AP) – “76 Days,” shot in Wuhan, China hospitals in January and February, captures a local horror before it became a global nightmare. Given the constraints at the time on footage and information from Wuhan, it’s a rare window into the infancy of the pandemic. The film is directed by the New York-based filmmaker Hao Wu, who worked with two Chinese journalists to create of a portrait of the virus epicenter. “76 Days” is being released Friday by MTV Documentary Films in more than 50 virtual cinemas. Last month, it was nominated for best documentary at the IFP Gotham Awards.
BABY GOAT MISSING FROM OLD ‘BIG FISH’ MOVIE SET IN ALABAMA
MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) – The owners of an outdoor recreation destination in Alabama fear a days-old baby goat has been stolen from a free-ranging herd near a former movie set and tourist attraction. The owners say two newborn goats from the herd on Jackson Lake Island in Milbrook have disappeared since November. The property has access to the fictional town of Spectre, where the 2003 Tim Burton film “Big Fish” was shot. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that there are about 55 goats there. Owner Lynn Bright says one was taken in early November and died after being returned. She says another has since gone missing. The owners are asking the public to help return the animal.