All-Star Cast for West Coast Premiere of Dustin Lance Black’s “8” Announced

Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Christine Lahti, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Rory O’Malley, Rob Reiner, Martin Sheen, Yeardley Smith, and George Takei Will Appear in One Night Only Exclusive Event on March 3, 2012.

“8” is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry.

George Clooney and Martin Sheen will play plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, the all-star attorneys who notably faced-off in Bush v. Gore. Christine Lahti and Jamie Lee Curtis will play plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a lesbian couple together for eleven years and the parents of four boys. Matthew Morrison and Matt Bomer will play plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, a gay couple together over ten years.

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Matt Bomer on Playing a Stripping Ken Doll and Getting Licked in Magic Mike

Your friend and Magic Mike co-star Joe Manganiello guest-stars in an upcoming episode of White Collar. He asks you at one point, “Do you like strip clubs?” and then he takes you to one. Had you done Magic Mike already when you shot this?

No, and we didn’t know that we would be. How crazy is that? [Chuckles.] I didn’t know we’d be going down the Dionysian rabbit hole together. We had no idea. It was literally synchronicity. But I’ve known Joe for fifteen years. Having him in Magic Mike made it a lot easier. He made me feel a lot more comfortable.

You guys went to college together — when you were doing musical theater at Carnegie Mellon. So you already have a dance background …

Yeah, definitely a very different kind of dance! [Someone asks if he means pole dancing.] Not pole dancing. I couldn’t do that! Women do different routines. Male strip clubs are more of a show. The production value was actually surprisingly high. The difference between men at strip clubs and women at strip clubs is that when women go, they want more of an experience. They also go in packs, and they go to laugh. But hey, it’s high time we turn the tables and objectify some men! And we’re all different types. Variety is the spice of life! It’s not just beefcake. We needed a skinny man, too! But I think there will be some surprises in there, and some heart. It’s very Altman-esque, the way the stories come together, and showing that world a lot like Boogie Nights and Saturday Night Fever.

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‘White Collar’ Duo Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay Say Season-Ending Cliffhanger Is ‘Biggest’ One Yet

After USA Network launched a two-weeklong digital mystery that asked just that question, stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay remained mum on tonight’s resolution, but offered another eye-opening tease. That the past midseason and season finales (i.e. Kate’s plane explosion, Elizabeth’s kidnapping) may pale in comparison to the season 3 ender.

“All we can say is the cliffhanger for the end of season 3 is, in our opinion, the biggest cliffhanger to date,” DeKay told The Hollywood Reporter during winter Television Critics Assoc. press tour. “Which says a lot.”

THR: What was Tim like as a director? (DeKay directed an upcoming baseball episode, airing February, which THR broke in August.)

Bomer: Everything I hoped for. I knew he was going to be great because I watched him over the past year and a half. While he’s still the work he always does, he’s also paying attention to things visually. He did justan amazing job wearing both hats, and it was such a natural fit. It was a blast. It made me want to do great work for him. It was such a perfect episode for him to direct.

DeKay: It takes place in Yankee Stadium for baseball. When Matt and I work together we don’t direct each other necessarily. But we do bounce things off of each other. There was a joy for me as a director to watch Matt on the monitor work with other actors in a scene because I don’t get to do that. I’m either in the trailer or the scene itself so I did it a lot. Some things I don’t really see until it airs.

THR: Was there something that you discovered during that experience?

Bomer: I knew I was going to love it from a collaborative standpoint. When you’re on the right track, so many things fall into place. The storyline was baseball-themed and he had such a history with that. The fact that we were the first production ever to get to shoot in the new Yankee Stadium. Everything came into place. It felt right.

DeKay: The thing that I discovered was how fast we moved as a production shooting episodes.

THR: Did you have a moment where you close to losing it?

DeKay: No. Before I did it, I said to myself, “Make that moment happen. Make sure to trust the machine that’s already moving and the crew and the cast.” There were times when I wanted to freak out.
Bomer, joking: There was that time when you started balling. He didn’t make a big deal. I found him in his trailer. I put his head on my shoulder and said, “Tim,” I rocked him a little bit, “it’s going to be OK.”

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