Biz Break: Ben Whishaw Gay Marries, and Raven Symone Can't Wait To

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Biz Break: Ben Whishaw Gay Marries, and Raven Symone Can't Wait To

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 5, 2013 | Comments ()


  • I had no idea that Ben Whishaw — he of “The Hours,” Cloud Atlas, and the James Bond franchise — was even gay, but he got gay married to his longtime partner, Australian composer Mark Bradshaw. In fact, the two got hitched via civil partnerhsip a year ago, and Whishaw is only now confirming both the marriage and that he is gay. As Sarah Carlson noted upon finding out, “I should’ve known, considering I’m attracted to him.” Don’t I know it, sister.

  • In related news, former “Cosby Show” and “That’s So Raven” star Raven Symone, also revealed via Twitter that she’s a lesbian.

    Why are we even talking about people’s sexual orientation in 2013, I ask in anticipation of you asking? I dunno, y’all. I think it’s kind of cool, OK? If you want to make a big deal out of me making a big deal to prove a point about how it’s not a big deal, go for it. It’s the Internet! Or as I like to call it, “The place where buzzkills kill our enthusiasm!”

  • No one will kill my enthusiasm for this news, however. “Parks and Rec” continues to cast the bizarro Eagleton counterparts, and after perfectly casting Sam Elliot as Ron Swanson’s counterpart, they have now enrolled Billy Eichner to play Donna’s Eagleton counterpart. That could not be any more perfect.

  • Meanwhile, FX is adapting Fargo into a television series (or, trying again to adapt it; an previous attempt was unsuccessful) and they have tapped Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, the rootless, manipulative man who meets a small-town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction, i.e., the Buscemi role. Thornton is really one of those epitomous Coen Brothers actors, so I think this suits the series just fine (and yes, I know “epitomous” is not a word, but it should be).

  • Most people know by now that James Franco — who is determined to simultaneously be an A-list star and a washed-up actor — is going to be roasted by Comedy Central later this month. Now we know that Seth Rogen will serve as his roast master, and just like that, James Franco has elevated Comedy Central’s roasts into event television.

  • There is something wrong with an individual who is willing to watch the “I Would Walk (500) Miles” sequence from “How I Met Your Mother” for 10 STRAIGHT HOURS, but I think the only thing that could possibly be sadder is watching a guy watching the “I would Walk (500) Miles” sequence for ten straight hours. But you’re more than free to do so.

  • For sh*ts and giggles, you should see this: The Daily Mail went full-on psycho on Benedict Cumberbatch, basically writing an entire profile based on their perception of his state of mind. It’s 2000 words of baseless, insane bullsh*t, or about what you’d expect from The Daily Mail. Here’s a taste:

    He’s a mass of insecurities — defensive about his schooling, constantly seeking approval, afraid to turn work down and filled with self-reproach over his failure to find a wife and have children.

    Yet at 37, Benedict Cumberbatch is Britain’s newest global star, a sex symbol who can command multi-million dollar fees from the world’s top film-makers.

    So why, with the world at his feet, is the Sherlock actor so desperately unsure of himself? And is his debilitating self-doubt in danger of derailing his progress to career superstardom — and his own personal happiness? Could it be that, in the past, his emotional intensity and his urgent yearning to become a father have scuppered relationships?


  • Finally, I leave you with the trailer for Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, Paradise, which stars Julianne Hough as a conservative woman who is “barbecued in jet fuel” and decides to go to Vegas and check off her sin list with the assistance of Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer. The movie — which will debut on DirectTV later this month — looks decidedly mediocre, but it is strange to see Nick Offerman not only bad, but with no moustache.

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    Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

    • Ohgod. Ohmygod. OHMYGOD.

      I just read the bit about Sam Elliot on Parks and Rec, and then I thought of Sam Elliot next to Ron Swanson and the MUSTACHES and the sheer manliness and then my heart started beating really fast and I got kind of faint and I don't think I'm gonna be able to handle it when the time comes.

      *fans self*

      Imma need me some smelling salts.

    • googergieger

      So the roast master for a roast starring a guy that takes himself too seriously, is someone that isn't funny?

    • bcarter3

      It's not "gay married" anymore. It's just "married".

    • That celebrity profile seems like it was written with a female celebrity in mind and they went and plugged in the wrong name and details. Which I suppose just highlights how dickish and lop-sided celebrity journalism is.

    • Brent Reichenberger

      Good news? Ben Whishaw came out. Bad news? I have to figure out what to do with his husband's body.

    • Pants-are-a-must

      Goodness, I'm so happy for the ___shaws, even though the confirmation was only due to the Daily Mail going into stalker mode. What's up with that paper? Is it fully comprised of socially maladjusted fanboys/girls or just that one division?

      And it's The Hour, Dustin.

    • PaddyDog

      I always assumed Whishaw was gay. My first exposure to him was in Bright Star where, it seemed to me, he played John Keats as a gay guy with a lot of platonic affection for the sixteen year old girl who was nutty about him. Note: this isn't a criticism: it's one of my all-time favorite movies.

    • Drake

      I wasn't aware that Ben Whishaw was gay either. Gaydar usually does not work cross-culturally, plus mine shorts out when I find someone as attractive as I do him. Congrats on his marriage, and boo for being taken off the market (as if I stood a chance).

    • alwaysanswerb

      Sarah Carlson's reaction re: Whishaw -- STORY OF MY LIFE

    • luthien26

      I just think it's adorable that Whishaw is married to a Bradshaw. They should combine their last names into "Whibradshaw." *ahem* Come ON, it would be adorable! :)

      Also, can Cumberbatch sue over that sort of thing? Where on earth did the Daily Mail get the idea that he's a wreck because he's not a father yet? Did they swipe his psychiatrist's notes or something? That seems way too personal for a celebrity profile, and as others have said, damn creepy.

    • BWeaves

      I was going PF-shaw, because it's such a British, mouthy thing.

    • bonnie

      [Crosses off Ben Whishaw from Top Ten List, transfers him to burgeoning Gay Husband list]. My husband can't believe I have a Gay Husband list. I told him it was a straight-girl perk. He told me I'm being greedy. I think we're both right.

    • e jerry powell

      We are still preparing to marry all the straight girlfriends.

    • BWeaves

      This deserves an EE nomination.

    • emmelemm


    • Mrs. Julien


    • susiemderkins`

      how convenient that the jet fuel missed her face . . .

    • Mrs. Julien

      Sam Elliott...68 years old and I would still hit that.

    • e jerry powell

      You would only get to hit it if there was any left after I was done hitting it.

    • Mrs. Julien

      Be gentle. He's 68. He could break a hip.

    • Hell, if I was any straighter, I'd be horizontal and -I'd- marry him. Although that mostly has to do with a deep abiding love of Westerns.

    • Wigamer

      Like a mustachioed drum, baby.

    • Mrs. Julien

      Have I ever mentioned how much I like the cut of your jib, Wigamer?

    • Wigamer

      *blushing* Now I can admit my almost-stalkery crush on you, Mrs. J!!! Day = made

    • Mrs. Julien

      Almost INTERROBANG I need to apply myself. How do you feel about Magnum era Tom Selleck?

    • Wigamer

      Oh, my heavens, yes. 'Cuz of the mustache AND seriously short shorts. I am so happy that Robin Masters lived on Oahu instead of In Vermont or somewhere.

    • Miss Laaw-yuhr

      Who amongst us would *not* hit that? He's such unadulterated hotness that he makes the chemistry with Whoppee Goldberg in Jumpin' Jack Flask believable.

      Also, Sam Elliot fans should check out the impressions of him on the SuperEgo podcast.

    • Mrs. Julien

      emmalita would, too. Her upvote tells me so.

    • foca9

      Oh, I didn't know that he is gay either, although I consider myself a fan of his. Partly great that it is not that important that it is a thing everybody knows – partly not so great that it's referred to as ‘gay married’.

      Met an American girl while traveling the Middle East, and she never directly told me that she was lesbian, it just kind of came out of the conversation about her girlfriend. It felt absolutely natural. That was great.

    • stella

      Jesus, what is it about Benidict Cumberbatch that brings out the crazy so much? I mean, i love the guy, think he's a fantastic actor and is completely adorable, but the obsessiveness that he seems to inspire is getting ridiculous, and frankly, really creepy.

    • Completely agree. The fandom surrounding him is seriously disturbing and obnoxious. He's just some guy.

    • Jen

      I agree creepy as hell but he's not the first and he won't be the last. Do you remember what it was like for Robert Pattinson when the Twilight franchise started a few years ago, it makes what's happening to Cumberbatch now look like nothing. I felt so sorry for that kid but the fanaticism died down and it will for this guy as well.

    • weetiger3

      re: Ben Whishaw - it will continue to be a "big deal" as long as people continue to refer to it as "Gay Married" as opposed to just "married".

    • e jerry powell

      I shall never marry, gaily or otherwise.

    • Mrs. Julien

      I daresay Dustin was using it ironically.

    • Maguita NYC

      And I'd like to take him on his invitation and chime in on the subject as well.

      The more people come out and gay marry, the more un-unnatural it becomes. Same with interracial couples during the civil rights movement: The more held hands publicly and openly presented their SO to their racist families, the more it became natural, normal, a human right.

      Also, it would always be a THING as long as social media such as YouTube make it a big deal:

      No one blinks when there is a heterosexual kiss in a clip, even the hint of heterosexual sexual relations do not get any reaction.

      But the moment there is a man-on-man kiss! Oh no, that is not considered normal: You have to sign in and be over 18 to watch 2 men kiss (but not 2 women!).

    • cgthegeek

      Yeah, we've still got folks freaking out over interracial marriage and their GASP! mixed-race children (Cherrios commerical)... so as far as same-sex marriages being deemed less unnatural, I wouldn't count on it in our lifetime. /end buzzkill

    • Maguita NYC

      But YT is not asking you to sign in when viewing that Cheerios commercial. There will always be hateful ignorant twits and you can't fight them all. Now though is the time for getting rid of the stigma that there is anything bad, or abnormal, in being gay.

    • John G.

      That's so Raven. Get it? 'cause that was the name of her show.

    • ZizoAH

      Wasn't Mark Bradshaw the amazing composer of "Bright Star"? I thought that was one of the best soundtracks ever. I still do.

    • Mrs. Julien

      Joanna Robinson describes Bright Star as "an oil slick of lyrical desire". She's right. I bet every time she watches it, she is half agony, half hope.

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