Morning Brew – “Concussion” director never thought film would be in theaters

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Kaitlyn Hunt will plead no contest to “two counts of misdemeanor battery, misdemeanor contributing to the dependency of a child, and two counts of felony interference with child custody” for her relationship with a younger girlfriend. According to the Miami New-Times, “she will spend four months in jail, two years on house arrest and nine months on probation.” Frustrating but the alternative was 15 years inside.

An awesome lesbian named Pat “PJ” Newton is suing her hometown of Shannon, Mississippi for denying her application to open a gay bar. It can’t be easy but she’s doing the right thing.

Over at Collider, Robin Weigert talks about Concussion and how her agent thought the lesbian housewife turned escort role would be perfect for her. I’m so glad Robin agreed! She also told IndieWire she’s curious about what gay advice columnist Dan Savage will think about the film:

“Because he’s constantly teasing open the subject of monogamy and how realistic it is in a way that’s very controversial in this culture that everybody sort of in a box. His call-ins are all over the place, from the gayest of gay to the straightest of the straight. And they have a million questions. The idea that there could be permission to solve these problems differently is so mind-blowing to people in a fairly conventional culture.”

The film’s director, Stacie Passon, was interviewed at Towleroad where she said she never dreamed Concussion would be able to screen in theaters.

I live in Montclair, New Jersey and I have a lot of friends who are techies; all we talk about are new digital platforms.  I just wanted to make a film that I could monetize–being with a film collaborative was my highest thought.  Or maybe I could put it on Vimeo and charge for it.

I knew that the lesbian audience was an underserved audience.  I didn’t set out to write a lesbian themed movie; it just sort of came in.  My intention for it was, let’s put on a show.  And it was born out of a need to do something creative after a career of serving clients.

Stacie with Rose Troche

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - October 1, 2013

Sia has written a song for Beyonce. I think she’s officially become one of the hottest songwriters around.

Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus on her website. An excerpt:

Dear Miley,

I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares… So this is what I need to say… And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.

I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.

Last week Cynthia Nixon spoke at a Breast Cancer Summit on Long Island and was heckled by a pastor after mentioning her wife. According to Page Six:

An audience member — identified as Pastor Lisa Calabrese of the Regeneration Church — told Nixon during a Q&A with Dr. Roger L. Simpson that her speech didn’t offer enough “hope,” then blasted the actress for mentioning her wife, spies said.

“The woman told Cynthia she didn’t need to speak about her wife when the summit’s purpose was to discuss breast cancer,” a spy said, adding the crowd was “shocked” at Calabrese’s comment, which got “boos and catcalls.”

But Cynthia, always a class act, responded with:

“I acknowledge your first statement and totally reject your second comment.”

3rd Annual Breast Cancer Summit

Laura Prepon attended the Machete Kills premiere last night while her Orange is the New Black castmates took a break from filming in New York to do a live PaleyFest event. (More on that later today!)

"Machete Kills" - Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

The Queer Queens of Qomedy are raising money so that they can play Kansas City.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, *Ellen marathon (FX 9 a.m.), *Grey’s Anatomy (Lifetime 1 p.m., 2 p.m.) The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), *Secrets of a Restaurant Chef (Food Network 2 p.m.), Notes on a Scandal (HBO Signature 4:50 p.m.), *Without a Trace (Ion 5 p.m.), *Will & Grace (We 5:30 p.m.), Rent (Starz InBlack 6 p.m.), Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN 7 p.m.), *Chopped (Food Network 7 p.m.), *Goldfrapp on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Esquire 7 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Glee (Fox 9 p.m.), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC 9 p.m.), Degrassi (TeenNick 9 p.m.), *Masters of Sex (Showtime 9 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), Cruel Intentions (MoreMAX 9 p.m.), Two and a Half Men (CBS 9:31 p.m.), Under the Tuscan Sun (Starz Comedy 9:35 p.m.), Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell (Food Network 10 p.m.), Savages on Later… with Jools Holland (Palladia 10 p.m.), Our Idiot Brother (TMC 10 p.m.), Cameron Esposito on Chelsea Lately (E! 11 p.m.), Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (FXX 11 p.m.), Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo 11:30 p.m.), Election (MoreMAX 11:45 p.m.) and Erin Foley on Conan (TBS 12:30 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

*Denotes a rerun