Milk

(2008)

Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was an activist and politician, and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America; in 1977, he was voted to the city supervisors' board of San Francisco. The following year, both he and the city's mayor George Moscone were shot to death by another city supervisor, Dan White. Mr. Milk was previously the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary feature "The Times of Harvey Milk" (1984), directed by Rob Epstein and produced by Richard Schmiechen. "Milk" will be the first non-documentary feature to explore the man's life and career.

The 81st Annual Academy Award Nominations!

Barreling down a deserted Hollywood boulevard at the pitch-black hour of 4:12 am this morning, I noticed one lone man standing at the corner of Highland Avenue holding a sign. He trembled in the moderately cool air, bare-chested and wearing a latex Batman mask he'd pilfered from one of the local viral events that transpired over the summer. His hand-painted piece of cardboard read, "Wish me well." While stopped at the light in front of the Hollywood and Highland complex, this seemingly older man noticed my Academy Award credentials and winked. He knew I was headed to the award nomination announcements and needed my encouragement. I waved, wishing I could have snapped a picture.

The man's wish came true, as Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker and Academy President Sid Ganis read the nominations aloud this morning. The Dark Knight was nominated in 8 different categories including best supporting actor for Heath Ledger, art direction, cinematography, film editing, and visual effects. None of which really come as a surprise at all. Probably the two biggest surprises of the morning came with the announcements for Best Actor and Actress. While some people had predicted Richard Jenkins as a longshot for his performance in The Visitor, no one imagined that Melissa Leo would slide into the Best Actress category for her work in the hardly noticed Frozen River. Gasps where audible as Whitaker announced her name to the packed house.

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Four Christmases’ Dominates Thanksgiving Weekend with $31.6 Million

The film with the best per screen average this weekend was Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic Milk. Opening in just 36 theaters, the film averaged an astounding $38,361 for a take of $1.3 million in tenth place. That means, given the 3,310 screens held by Four Christmases, Milk could have potentially made $1 billion dollars, marking it as the number one box office grosser of all time. Take that, The Dark Knight!

Next weekend is a quick grab for cash that will most likely belong to the return of Frank Castle in Punisher: War Zone. Two Oscar contenders will be vying for tickets as Cadillac Records and Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon open against each other. And you can also look for Nobel Son to make some noise.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: James Franco and Emile Hirsch Pour Us a Glass of ‘Milk’!

Milk arrives in theaters across the country on November 26th, 2008.

Milk was released November 26th, 2008.

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First ‘Milk’ Trailer Has Arrived

Apple has just premiered the first trailer for the upcoming biopic, Milk, which stars Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, former San Francisco city official and the first openly-gay elected public official. The film is set to open on November 26 and also stars Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna and James Franco. Check out the trailer below.

CLICK HERE to watch this new trailer hi-def.

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Photos of Sean Penn as Harvey Milk on Set

Brand new photo's of Sean Penn on the set of Gus Van Sant's new film the Untitled Harvey Milk Project, have popped up online. According to Ohlala Mag, Sean Penn will star as Harvey Milk (1930-1978), who was an activist and politician, and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America; in 1977, he was voted to the city supervisors' board of San Francisco. The following year, both he and the city's mayor George Moscone were shot to death by another city supervisor, Dan White.

The release date for Untitled Harvey Milk Project will be announced later this year.

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Diego Luna to Join Up with Sean Penn for ‘Milk’

According to Entertainment Weekly, Sean Penn's Harvey Milk has met his match, so to speak.

The magazine is reporting that Mexican actor Diego Luna will portray Jack Lira, Milk's supporter and lover. Luna joins a cast on the biopic that includes topliner Penn along with Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, James Franco, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, and Stephen Spinella.

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Josh Brolin to Star Alongside Sean Penn in ‘Milk’

Josh Brolin is negotiating to star alongside Sean Penn in Milk, Focus Features' biopic about late gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, according to Variety.

Gus Van Sant is directing the project, which will begin filming next month.

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