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'Dilemma' trailer draws ire for its use of the word 'gay'

'Dilemma' trailer draws ire

Universal Studios had a dilemma of its own after Anderson Cooper, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and others had a problem with the trailer for its new Ron Howard vehicle, The Dilemma. It seems not so many people thought Vince Vaughn saying "electric cars are gay" was very funny.

Deadline.com says Cooper was shocked after seeing the trailer for the movie, which also stars Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Queen Latifah and Jennifer Connelly, and said so on CNN: "I was sitting in a movie theater over the weekend and there was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, 'That's so gay,' and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview," Cooper said. "We've got to do something to make those words unacceptable, 'cause those words are hurting kids."

Universal responded that it had previewed the trailer before GLAAD and other gay rights groups, and they didn't have a problem with it, but that's not what GLAAD said. "After reviewing, GLAAD called on Universal to remove the scene where the word 'gay' was used as a pejorative from the trailer," the group said in a statement. "(Friday), after Anderson Cooper also spoke out against the scene, Universal confirmed to GLAAD that the offensive joke will be removed from promotional campaigns from this point forward, including in the trailer currently playing in movie theaters."

So there you have it: The line is still used in the movie, but as long as it's not in a preview trailer, that's okay.

Paltrow once was offered role for sex

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says that the casting couch is still a tried-and-true method for producers auditioning young actresses. She tells Elle that even when she was starting out, she had the proverbial starlet moment. "When I was just starting out, someone suggested that we finish a meeting in the bedroom. I left," she told the magazine. She also says that Hollywood is tough for girls trying to break in, but it's even harder now that she's 38. "There's a lot (of roles that are) okay, but there's little that's really good, especially for someone my age," she says. "Sometimes you find out that something you really liked is going to someone 10 years younger."

Shaq, Paris love tiny horse

Einstein the miniature horse, who was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show earlier this week, is apparently the world's most sought-after equine. Among the prospective buyers: Shaquille O'Neal and Paris Hilton, who apparently want him for no other reason than to possess the world's smallest horse. "Shaq would have to arm wrestle Paris Hilton for him," owner Charlie Cantrell told the New Hampshire Union Leader. "We've been contacted by so many people, but he's not for sale. He's priceless." For the record, Einstein, a miniature horse born April 22, is 1 foot 8 and weighs 47 pounds, even smaller than normal for a mini.

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'Dilemma' trailer draws ire for its use of the word 'gay' 10/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 8, 2010 10:20pm]

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