49 Celebrities Honor the 49 Orlando Victims: Behind-the-Scenes

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An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at a project led by Ryan Murphy and HRC, as a parade of A-list talent paid tribute to those who died at Pulse to create a short film and push for change.

Nobody knew what to do, but everybody wanted to do something. The June 12 mass shooting that claimed 49 lives at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, unfolded more than 2,000 miles away from Los Angeles — but the grief and frustration over an increasingly familiar narrative left many people in Hollywood searching a meaningful way to respond.

The recipient of many blind offers of service was Ryan Murphy. The producer’s phone rang frequently in the days following the attack at Pulse, with one call coming from Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin. The two quickly crafted a plan to recruit 49 altruistic celebrities to memorialize each of the Orlando victims by reading a brief eulogy of their lives, editing the clips to construct a 18-minute film that will live online starting June 29.

Anger and grief were palpable during production on the video, filmed primarily over two days on the 20th Century Fox Studios lot where Murphy produces his substantial roster of shows that include American Horror Story, Scream Queens and the upcoming Katrina: American Crime Story. Drawing from their Rolodexes, Murphy and Griffin recruited talent to read the miniature biographies, also relying on CAA’s Bryan Lourd and power publicist Simon Halls.

The list of familiar faces that then showed up to participate in the project is formidable. Chris Pine, Laverne Cox, Cuba Gooding Jr., Connie Britton, Caitlyn Jenner, Matt Bomer and Angela Bassett make up just a sliver of the individuals who paid visit to the somber set.

Read the full article on The Hollywood Reporter. Watch the video. Join the campaign. Spread the love.

Stop the Hate: Honoring the 49 Victims of Orlando Massacre in Ryan Murphy-Produced Tribute

For too long, a toxic combination of anti-LGBTQ hate and easy access to guns has put LGBTQ people at disproportionate risk of violence and murder. On June 12, forty-nine innocent people — most of them Latinx — were killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando simply because of who they were. It’s on all of us to keep their memories alive, and to ensure part of their legacy becomes meaningful action to end hate violence. Join the Human Rights Campaign and urge your legislator to support legislation that will ensure LGBTQ people are safe and equal in every community and find out how to support the survivors and families of the Orlando victims. Learn more at:

http://www.hrc.org/StopTheHate

Special thanks to Ryan Murphy, Ned Martel and their colleagues at Ryan Murphy Television for making this project possible and all of our friends in the entertainment community for their support of this project including (in order of appearance) Lady Gaga, Chris Pine, Cuba Gooding Jr., Connie Britton, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Lea Michele, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Jane Fonda, Harry Shum Jr., Denis O’Hare, Rob Reiner, Melissa Benoist, Caitlyn Jenner, Édgar Ramírez, Max Greenfield, Chaz Bono, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma Roberts, Kerry Washington, George Lopez, Evan Rachel Wood, Sofia Vergara, Diego Boneta, Nina Jacobson, Demi Lovato, Tyler Oakley, Yeardley Smith, Kid Cudi, Kaitlin Olson, Kevin McHale, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lee Daniels, Chace Crawford, Evan Peters, Gerard Butler, Katey Sagal, John Stamos, Laverne Cox, Jordana Brewster, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Darren Criss, Kathy Bates, Anna Paquin, Guillermo Díaz and Joe Mantello.

Sony “Social Soiree” Featuring Amazon Pilot “The Last Tycoon”

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Yesterday Sony Pictures presented a social soiree to introduce the new Amazon Pilots “The Interestings” and “The Last Tycoon”. Matt attended it alongside co-stars Lily Collins and Rosemarie DeWitt, and director Billy Ray.

The Last Tycoon is currently being streamed for free on Amazon Pilot Season and viewers will decide which show will get a full season. So watch, rate and review if you can!

Over 80 HQ images has been added in our gallery. Check it:

“Traveler” Pilot HD Screen Captures

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Back in 2007 Matt starred in “Traveler”, a short-lived series aired on ABC. He played Jay Burchell and alongside Tyler Fog (Logan Marshall-Green), is suspect to be domestic terrorists. We already have the full series screen capped in our gallery in SD, but thanks to our visitor Olena we’re able to replace them now for HD ones.

The first episode is now added, alongside the clips for the respective episode.

Matt talks “The Last Tycoon” with Men’s Fitness

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In another interview published today, Matt sat with Men’s Fitness to talk on what attracted him to the role, his appreciation of 1930s, and his secret to staying calm, cool, and collected under pressure in any of life’s tricky situations.

What were your thoughts when you first accepted this role? How excited were you?

I was really flattered that they reached out to me. I’m a huge Fitzgerald fan as almost everyone, I think. It’s intimidating to interpret his prose and to bring it onto the screen and interpret an iconic character of his. But thankfully I had Billy Ray who is just a brilliant writer and director. I’ve been a fan of his since a movie called Shattered Glass that he did I think in early 2000s, I’m not sure, for whatever reason he thought I was the right guy for the role, and it was a real honor to get to be his avatar and collaborate with him on this and help try to bring his vision to life. It’s a story that he’d been living with for a really long time, and I think he very wisely took this great structure we have now where you can take a novel and make it a 10-part series as opposed to one 2-hour open and closed film and where they open up the world and the relationships and the characters that I thought had a lot of room to grow, so I was really excited to work on it.

What do you think life would look like for you if you actually lived in the 1930s?

Well it depends. I mean it’s an incredible, it’s one of my favorite things about getting to be a part of this piece. I love any period piece but the 1930s, especially 1936 when this takes place, was an incredibly rich place around the world. You had the Spanish Civil War going on, Hitler was rising to power in Europe, you’re at the height of the Great Depression and here you are in Hollywood where business is booming, So, you know, it depends, I could be, you know, suffering through a Hooverville in the height of the Great Depression or I could be a young studio executive and business is booming. I think there is in American landscape at the time, if you’re talking about our country in particular, it was you know, really, really bipolar in terms of what your experience could be as a human being, and I think that’s something they really tried to pick up and express and show in the piece.

Check the full interview at Men’s Fitness website.