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Tuesday
Jan152013

Gay Rights Groups Applaud Jodie Foster for Golden Globes Speech

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Jodie Foster's speech at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night has earned kudos from some gay rights groups.

As she accepted the Cecil B. de Mille award for lifetime achievement, Foster alluded to her sexuality, which she has kept private for decades. 

Though she didn't specifically describe herself as gay, the actress and director stated, "I hope that you're not disappointed that there won't be a big coming-out speech tonight because I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age."

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation applauded Foster's speech on Monday.  A statement from its president posted on the group's website reads, "When one of the most critically-praised actresses speaks about her identity and relationships on one of the largest stages in the world, it shows just how much the tide has turned.  Given Jodie Foster's lifetime of achievements, this is a significant moment for LGBT visibility."

A rep for the Human Rights Campaign, which also focuses on rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, says it took a lot of courage for Foster to discuss her sexuality in such a public forum.

The spokesperson tells E! News, "She merely wants to be known for the quality of her work and relationships in her life and not her sexuality and that is a lofty goal we are all working towards."

However, others feel that Foster could have handled the situation better. 

Michael Musto, a culture columnist for the Village Voice who is gay, writes to ABC News in an email, "A straightforward coming-out would have been preferable to the route she took -- and by the way, I think she should have done it many years ago.  But parts of her speech were very moving and now she is out, so I think we should just throw her a party."

Diane Anderson-Minshall, executive editor of the gay and lesbian news magazine The Advocate, seems to agree: "She sounded a little passive-aggressive to a lot of LBGT activists.  This woman who obviously has been afraid to come out in the public sphere has been out in her private life for decades."

However, she adds, "Even though she danced around being a lesbian, at least it's finally done."

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug242012

Jodie Foster Tells Kristen Stewart: Move on with Your Life

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Stewart showed her face in public in Los Angeles this week for the first time since the news broke that she cheated on her love and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, and fans can apparently thank Jodie Foster for that.

RadarOnline.com quotes a source as saying it was Foster, Stewart’s Panic Room co-star and mentor, that got the 22-year-old actress to face the music in the wake of her much publicized affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders.

The source says Foster told Stewart that “it was no good moping around the house and that the sooner she faced the world and was seen in public, the quicker she can move on with her life.”

The source says it wasn’t doing Stewart “any good hiding and Jodie was aware of that and convinced her to leave her safety zone in an effort to end the media hounding.”

The website’s source adds that while making an appearance in public is a good start, Foster thinks that Stewart “could maybe address her actions with an exclusive interview.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec082011

Jodie Foster’s Dad Convicted of Grand Theft

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Jodie Foster’s elderly father was convicted Wednesday of 21 misdemeanor counts of grand theft and nine misdemeanor counts of contracting without a license in a home-building scam, People magazine reports.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles say 89-year-old Lucius Foster collected $5,000 down payments from people with the promise of constructing modular homes out of 40-foot-long shipping containers.  Prosecutors say not a single home was ever built, and the 89-year-old Foster bilked $130,000 from the poor and elderly.

Deputy City Attorney Don Cocek said Foster has been soliciting customers since at least 2005, dubbing him the “Bernie Madoff of Sherman Oaks.”

The elderly Foster acted as his own attorney in the trial and insisted there was no scam, but that he was simply trying to help solve the city’s affordable housing problem.

Foster is estranged from his famous daughter.  Jodie Foster was born a few months after her parents divorced and was raised by her mother with reportedly little involvement from her dad.

Lucius Foster faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Thursday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
May062011

Movie Review: 'The Beaver'

AbleStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After being thrown out of the house by his wife, played by director Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson's depressed Walter Black finds a beaver puppet in the trash.

Later that night, after a failed suicide attempt, the beaver, who sounds like Gibson impersonating Michael Caine, finds his way onto Walter's hand.  The beaver usurps Walter's personality, leading Walter to become more productive at his job and seemingly repair his relationship with his youngest son.  As for his relationship with his eldest son Porter -- well, not so much.

It's hard for many to separate Gibson from his issues but if you can, you'll see a soulful performance in The Beaver, a profound film by Foster.

Four out of five stars.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
May042011

Jodie Foster on Mel Gibson: 'If He Does Something Wrong...Jail Him'

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- She might be biased, but The Beaver director and co-star Jodie Foster calls Mel Gibson’s performance in the film “extraordinary.”

“I could never have asked for anything more,” Foster told ABC News Radio, adding, “it’s a dream come true.”

While Foster should be basking in the afterglow of releasing her labor of love, she is instead in the middle of a publicity tour riddled with queries about her troubled and controversial star.

“It’s hard to have to have to answer every question about him, somebody that I really care about who I know and love and who has been an incredible friend and a loyal person and somebody that I really admire, " says Foster, who has known Gibson since they co-starred in the 1994 Western comedy Maverick.  "So that’s been hard....and, you know, I’m as nutty as a fruitcake so at some point I will internalize that.  Not yet, but at some point I will curl up into a ball I’m sure."

It’s hard to believe anyone will ever find Foster -- a cordial, warm and funny interview subject -- curled up in a corner.  Still, the two-time Oscar winner is quite blunt about the ramifications of Gibson’s actions.

“I can’t excuse his behavior, of course, and if he does something wrong he needs to go to jail, and if he breaks the law he needs to go to jail.  If he’s filled with rage he needs to come to terms with that rage and that’s his personal process in life.”

If Gibson’s dirty laundry had never been aired, The Beaver has the pedigree to be one of those movies we would’ve seen released during Oscar season.  Still, the combined star power of Foster and fellow Academy Award-winner Gibson may yet prove a potent box office combination.  Ask Foster, though, and she says it ultimately doesn't matter -- to her, or to Gibson.

“As somebody who actually knows him as opposed to somebody who doesn’t know him...There are lifelong struggles for him, ahead of him and he has really bigger problems than whether he’s going to get nominated for an Oscar or whether the film is going to make any money. “

The Beaver opens in limited release on Friday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar172011

Jodie Foster Has 'No Regrets' About Hiring Mel Gibson

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Jodie Foster says she has “no regrets” about hiring Mel Gibson for the lead role in her new movie, The Beaver, in the wake of his highly-publicized personal troubles.  During an appearance Wednesday night at the film’s premiere in the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, Foster said, “Obviously all sorts of stuff happened after the film was finished. I certainly have no regrets about him being in the film and his performance.”

The Beaver was originally set to debut last year in order to be eligible for the recent Academy Awards, but was postponed after RadarOnline posted audiotapes of a man, widely reported to be Gibson, screaming and making racial and sexist comments to his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.  Last week, Gibson pleaded no contest to a domestic abuse charge in connection with his break-up with Grigorieva.

At Wednesday’s premiere, Foster, who not only stars in the film but also directs it, said she felt “incredibly grateful” for Gibson’s performance and wouldn’t change anything.  She did admit however that the film was “the biggest struggle" of her professional career.

The Beaver tells the story of a severely depressed man, played by Gibson, whose wife and son don’t understand the pain he is feeling.  He then finds a beaver puppet, which he uses to communicate more easily with his family and friends.  The Beaver is scheduled to open nationwide in May.

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