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  • October 01

    Matt Bomer for Gio Journal

    Written by Jasper

    Two weeks ago, Matt shared on his Instagram a sneak peek on a new photoshoot with John Russo. Fast forward to today, the shoot is out and it’s gorgeous as expected! I’m so glad we still got to be blessed with a new photoshoot this year. Check out outtakes in our gallery, and the interview below!

    Q: With Gay themed movies few are far between how did you initially hear about this project?
    A: Ryan Murphy reached out to me back in 2017 and told me about the project and asked if I would be a part of a reading of the play in New York.  I had no knowledge of the play prior to the reading, so I suppose I was able to come to it without any preconceived notions.  

    Q: When you were approached with this project did you have any doubts about taking this role?
    A: I loved the creative team from the start, many of whom were friends of many years, but it took me a while to warm up to the piece. I thought it was wickedly funny from the first read through.  Once I understood what the world was like for these men in 1968, months before Stonewall, and the oppression and ‘other-ness’ they were suffering from society, all of their behavior made sense to me. I thought it was amazing that Mart had captured so many different gay men in one piece- you don’t see that even in 2020.  I also realized how much of my career I owe to Mart Crowley and the original cast, who were so courageous in telling this story in 1968, when it was unprecedented to do so. It was important for me to be a part of this particular cast 50 years later. 

    Q: When you heard the cast was going to be mainly, if not all, gay men, what was your reaction?
    A: I didn’t know what to expect, because, sadly, it was so foreign to me to be in this kind of work environment. I knew all of them were either my friends or peers whom I respected, so I was excited to get to collaborate with them.  What I love about this particular group of men is that no one approached the film or play as if it were ‘important’, we all just rolled up our sleeves and got to work on the play like you would with any ensemble.  But there was a familiarity, a shared language and life experience, that I really feel informed the work in a great way, and ultimately made me more comfortable in my own skin.  

    Q: Two very successful gay themed films, “Brokeback Mountain” and “Call me by your name” had straight men playing gay roles. Although Hollywood has come a long way in creating visibility for gay characters. The one thing it lacks is actually casting Gay men to play Gay roles.
    A: I started working in the theater at 17. Everyone played everything.  But I understand the importance of people all across the LGBTQ spectrum having access and opportunity to get to play these roles. If you can’t get in the room, you can’t get the part. So, everyone needs the opportunity, and then let them cast the person they feel is best for the role.  

    Q: The film takes place in NYC in 1968, You got a taste of what gay life was in that time versus current day.  What do you think are the main differences in the two eras?  Gay life then versus now.
    A: It was massively different for these men.  The societal oppression was immense- that’s why you had the explosion of Stonewall. For starters, homosexuality was considered a mental illness until 1973.  Dancing with a same sex partner in public could land you in jail.  Names were written in the newspaper to shame people. The government and the military wouldn’t hire openly LGBTQ people. So many of the rights we have today are because of the brave souls who stood up during this time, and of course through the subsequent decades as well.  That’s why I wanted to be a part of this: I don’t believe we’d be able to do this film in 2020 with an all openly gay cast if it weren’t for Mart having the courage to tell this story in 1968, and everything that transpired after.  

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    September 13

    ‘Doom Patrol’ Renewed for Season 3 on HBO Max

    Written by Jasper

    Our favorite gang is officially coming back! Doom Patrol will be returning for a third season, this time exclusively to HBO Max. New episodes will no longer be available on the streaming service where it originally launched, DC Universe.

    THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The drama, starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, April Bowlby and Diane Guerrero, had a shared run on both HBO Max and DC Universe with its second season. The expansion to the larger platform helped further solidify the show as a breakout for Warner Bros. TV, which produces the series.

    “On behalf of the wonderful cast, writers and crew, we are thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to return to Doom Manor. And we are especially thankful for our partners at Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, DC Universe and, of course, HBO Max,” showrunner Jeremy Carver said in a statement. The news was formally announced Saturday during the second day of WBTV’s virtual DC FanDome event.

    That Doom Patrol would become exclusive to HBO Max comes as little surprise as scripted originals have increasingly been moved off of DC Universe. “The original content that is on DCU is migrating to HBO Max. Truthfully, that’s the best platform for that content,” DC’s Jim Lee told THR last month. “The amount of content you get, not just DC, but generally from WarnerMedia, is huge and it’s the best value proposition. … We feel that is the place for that.”

    Doom Patrol came to HBO Max with an already deep and passionate fan base and has risen to the top as one of the most-watched Max originals on the platform,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “The series sits well in our portfolio and we are glad to greenlight a third season to continue this distinctive style of storytelling that resonates so well with critics and fans alike.”


    September 13

    ‘The Boys in the Band’ Cast for Attitude Magazine

    Written by Jasper

    The cast of the upcoming film, The Boys in the Band, spoke exclusively with Attitude Magazine to discuss the film and the conversations surrounding LGBTQ representation and equality they hope the movie will spark. The feature also includes new images from the film. Check them out, along with scans, in our gallery!



    September 13

    Matt Bomer Volunteers for ‘#FoodForThought’ Campaign

    Written by Jasper

    Last August 24th, Matt joined volunteers at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to kick off the #FoodForThought Campaign in a partnership with the California Milk Processor Board to help provide one million meals and one million servings of milk to feeding programs throughout California. Check out photos in our gallery! Also, Matt spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the campaign.

    I saw the images of you visiting the food bank. How was it?
    It was an amazing experience. It was so great to get to meet the volunteers and see the people who are out there every day, risking their lives to help others. They run a really tight ship over there. It’s all run really safely and it was great to get to be a part of it, if only for a moment. I already committed myself to come back for the holidays.

    That’s amazing. I know you’ve done a lot of service work in the past, did it take on any special significance to show up during this time?
    I think we’ve all wondered at this time when so much is in flux and we’re living in a completely unprecedented time, what can we do to help? How can we give back? What can we give of ourselves? That’s why this particular initiative really spoke to me. It’s so easy. In the time it takes you to take a selfie, you can mention @GotMilk on Instagram and feed 10 people. I want people to know that now through September 30, each hashtag #FoodForThought mission of kindness that’s shared or engaged with on Instagram, and that mentions @GotMilk generates a $1 Feeding America donation from the California Milk Processor Board to help contribute meals toward people in need. They’re trying to get to that one million meals goal. It takes five seconds to open a door for somebody and take a picture of it and put it on Instagram, and you would be feeding 10 people right now of the 4.2 million who are in need.

    Your career has gone so well for so long, and you’ve stayed working at a pretty hectic pace. With the pandemic forcing so much time at home, that can sometimes lead to introspection. Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself during this time?
    We’ve all been forced into a place of introspection at this time. I think we’ve all also realized that we’re more resilient than maybe we even thought we were. It’s been an amazing time to sit and listen to voices that need to be heard and to try to find ways to give back. I know that for me, my life is so transient as an actor, this is the longest I’ve gone without being on an airplane to a faraway place. The silver lining in all of this, for me, is the amount of quality time I’ve had with our family and getting to be there for so many great moments. A lot of the creativity that I would put into work is now being used in just trying to figure out how to keep our kids engaged on a day-to-day basis and giving them a sense of structure. I take piano lessons, I’ve been writing and working on things in development. So, there are ways. You can’t stop Hollywood. Things keep grinding along.

    You’ve stayed busy with a lot of virtual events, the DC FanDome, appearances for charity …
    It’s almost become a part-time job, just recording videos for people, public service announcements, messages for people’s charities, initiatives, things like that. It’s become more or less a part-time job for me now. I’m more than happy to do it.

    How do you manage the requests?
    Most people come to me personally, usually via Instagram. Sometimes they’ll come through a publicist, but it’s usually personal messaging. What am I going to do? Say no? “Sorry, I can’t record that video. I have to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or macaroni and cheese at 1 p.m.” It’s not like I’m out gallivanting around the world on location somewhere. There’s no right or wrong way to respond to the crisis that we’re in. There’s nothing wrong with not doing anything. But for me, I personally needed to feel like I could help in some way or wanted to try to feel like I could contribute in whatever way I could, even if it just meant recording a silly minute long video.

    The stills from the film version of Boys in the Band were just released. It’s such a beloved property, coming off the Tony win, now with the film version. Will there be any surprises for diehard fans?
    It was such a blessing [to film]. I don’t know if I’ll ever in my career again get a chance to work with the same cast and director from a stage production on a film. Obviously, it’s a completely different medium, it’s a much more intimate medium. Lines that you played to the back of the house, you can’t play that way in a close-up. So we were fortunate that we had this incredible sense of trust and ensemble in each other, having done a show eight times a week. That really informed the work we did on film. It gave us permission to take risks in front of each other. We had this incredible director in Joe Mantello, who knew how to calibrate things from stage to film. There are new aspects of the piece that I think are new, but it’s also really stayed really true to the source material, which is wise because Mart Crowley wrote a really groundbreaking, phenomenal play that I think is important and deserving of its place in our theatrical history.

    Work-wise, what’s the next thing on your slate when production resumes?
    It’s really in flux. There are things at different levels of development. There’s an independent film that I’ve been attached to for years, that one day I’ll get a call, but it’s going at the end of October and the next day I’ll get a call, “Oh, it’s not going.” And then the next day I’ll get a call, “Wait, we think it’s going to happen in November.” So it’s so much, you really can’t get caught up in the sturm und drang of it, and the drama of the day-to-day. I am grateful that there will be stuff coming down the line at some point.


    September 02

    ‘The Boys in the Band’ Official Trailer

    Written by Jasper

    Netflix has released the official trailer of The Boys in the Band, which reunites the broadway casts: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Tuc Watkins, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Michael Benjamin Washington and Robin de Jesús. The film will be available to stream on September 30th!

    In 1968 New York City — when being gay was still considered to be best kept behind closed doors – a group of friends gather for a raucous birthday party hosted by Michael (Jim Parsons), a screenwriter who spends and drinks too much, in honor of the sharp-dressed and sharp-tongued Harold (Zachary Quinto). Other partygoers include Donald (Matt Bomer), Michael’s former flame, now mired in self-analysis; Larry (Andrew Rannells), a randy commercial artist living with Hank (Tuc Watkins), a school teacher who has just left his wife; Bernard (Michael Benjamin Washington), a librarian tiptoeing around fraught codes of friendship alongside Emory (Robin de Jesús), a decorator who never holds back; and a guileless hustler (Charlie Carver), hired to be Harold’s gift for the night. What begins as an evening of drinks and laughs gets upended when Alan (Brian Hutchison), Michael’s straight-laced college roommate, shows up unexpectedly and each man is challenged to confront long-buried truths that threaten the foundation of the group’s tight bond.


    August 19

    Bomer x Benson Collection for Privé Revaux

    Written by Jasper

    Matt Bomer and Ashley Benson collaborated for a gender-neutral collection for the eyewear brand, Privé Revaux. Every piece is available in a variety of colors, such as rose gold and tortoise, at $40. Matt and Ashley also spoke exclusively with InStyle to talk about their collection, their quarantine clothes, and fashion items they’ve lost and never found. More details to come on priverevaux.com on its official launch tomorrow, August 20th. Meanwhile, below you check out the cute campaign video they released, and some outtakes in our gallery! The full interview with InStyle can also be read under the cut.

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    August 02

    ‘Doom Patrol’ 2.08 ‘Dad Patrol’ Screencaps

    Written by Jasper

    After seven episodes, we got to see OG Larry Trainor again, even for a short time. Well, it would be a shame not to see him in an episode focused on fatherhood, wouldn’t it? Check out screencaps in our gallery! This season originally consisted ten episodes, but due to the crisis, production got cut short and they weren’t able to finish the tenth episode in time. So don’t miss the season finale next week!


    July 02

    ‘Doom Patrol’ Season Premiere Screencaps

    Written by Jasper

    Sorry for the delay on these, the new season of Doom Patrol premiered last week on HBO Max with its first three episodes. Matt still voices Larry Trainor, but he only made an appearance physically on the first episode. These first few episodes have been quite sad for Larry. Check out high-resolution screencaps in our gallery!


    June 27

    Matt Bomer on Playing a Gay Superhero

    Written by Jasper

    As part of their Rainbow Crew interview series, Matt spoke with Digital Spy to discuss his heroic role in Doom Patrol. The first three episodes of the new season are available to stream now on HBO Max!

    Matt Bomer wasn’t planning to star in a superhero show. He had just finished up Boys in the Band on Broadway when DC approached him for the role of Larry Trainor. As Bomer puts it, “Doom Patrol came out of left field,” and that’s rather fitting given how wild this show actually is.

    Based on comics first written in 1963, the “World’s Strangest Heroes” are misfits in every sense of the word. Not only do their bizarre powers alienate them from the world at large, but the Doom Patrol franchise has always been an outlier too, often sidelined in favour of more ‘appealing’ outsiders like the X-Men.

    That’s starting to change now though thanks to the Doom Patrol TV show. Inspired by Grant Morrison’s relentlessly weird run from the late eighties, this new adaptation subverts superhero tropes by incorporating Dadaist elements of abstract surrealism… and that’s exactly what appealed to Bomer in the first place.

    “I think we’re living in an era of episodics where, you know, the more unique, the better! There’s so much content out there. So, I hope the show continues to get weirder and weirder.”

    Given what we’ve seen of season two so far, it’s safe to say that Bomer’s got his wish. Following on from all those carnivorous butts and the cockroach kisses of season one, new episodes include a super-powered ape-faced girl and Doctor Tyme, a disco-loving time traveller who wears a clock for a head.

    That’s a lot to absorb for even diehard comic-book fans, but as Bomer points out, these “bizarre, offbeat” stories are actually grounded in something far more universal:

    “As much as it’s a fun superhero show, Doom Patrol is really about the human condition, and the capacity for even the most marginalised amongst us to find our inner hero.”

    Watching Robotman contend with his shitty past or Rita struggle with her self-worth, it’s clear that each member of the team is deeply flawed in some way, much like we all are, and it’s this trauma which grounds Doom Patrol, transforming it into something truly special.

    You can read the full interview at Digital Spy!


    June 25

    Matt Bomer on Bringing Queer Representation to Prestige Superhero TV

    Written by Jasper

    In light of the premiere of Doom Patrol, Matt spoke with ET Online to discuss the new season and bringing Larry Trainor to life.

    Known for his breakout role in White Collar, his Golden Globe–winning turn in The Normal Heart as well as the Magic Mike films, Matt Bomer is the first to admit that doing a superhero series wasn’t at the top of the list of what he wanted to do next in his career. But when it comes to Doom Patrol, the trippy DC Universe series returning for season 2 on HBO Max, he found himself attracted to the pathos imbued in the storytelling. “What I love about this show is that as much as it is prestige superhero television, it’s really about the human condition and the capacity for even the most marginalized among us to find their inner hero,” he tells ET.

    On the series, which was adapted for the screen by executive producer Jeremy Carver along with superhero savant Greg Berlanti, Bomer plays Larry Trainor, whom he describes as “one part Montgomery Clift, one part elephant man.” A closeted Air Force pilot who’s badly burned in a plane crash after he makes contact with a negative spirit, Trainor has managed to survive decades later thanks to the special bandages covering his body that prevent the spread of radioactivity emitting from his body. 

    Over the course of season 1, Trainor is haunted by his past as he tries to come to terms with his sexuality and relationship with fellow pilot John Bowers (Kyle Clements), whom he pushed away after the accident and never fully got over. 

    “I love working on Larry because it never felt — other than some of the bigger-budget action sequences or special effects sequences — it never felt like I was working on a superhero show,” Bomer says. “There was so much pathos and character-driven drama in those scenes that it felt like I was just getting to work on a really great well-written show. Especially those scenes with John.”

    The scenes the actor is referring to include some of the flashbacks with Trainor and Bowers in a motel room and later at a gay bar, where they both get to be themselves, even as Trainor is trying to figure out how to be completely comfortable in his own skin. 

    “Season 1 was so much about self-discovery and being able to finally come to terms with his own authenticity after 60 years of basically shutting down and diving into his past, and going from a man who had thought that he had to, in order to achieve what he wanted, cut off the most authentic part of himself,” Bomer says, explaining that journey then allowed Trainor to “ultimately find love and acceptance for himself and be able to come out to his crew.”

    Read the full interview at ET Online!

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