Back in March, Q-Notes featured a piece about a new film project in Wilmington, N.C., documenting an 18-year-old murder many have said is a hate crime.

The film project got some mainstream press cred over the holiday break.

From The Wilmington Star News:

A brutal 18-year-old murder drew new attention in 2008.

In February, St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church held a memorial service for Talana Quay Kreeger, who had been raped, beaten, disemboweled and left to bleed to death in a scrubby field early in the morning of Feb. 22, 1990, near the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and Shipyard Boulevard. A centerpiece of the program was a preview of “Park View,” a documentary-in-progress by Thomas A. “Tab” Ballis.

Ballis, a licensed clinical social worker in Wilmington, argued that Kreeger’s killing was a hate crime, motivated in part because Kreeger was a lesbian. He and other supporters maintain her death was one of a number of homicides of gays and lesbians during the 1980s in Southeastern North Carolina, targeted for their sexuality.

Read the rest at StarNewsOnline.com.

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Penn wanted it, Franco balked

Page Six:

JAMES Franco says Sean Penn pushed the gay sex scenes in “Milk” further than he expected. “In the original script I read, there was only one real kissing scene,” Franco tells next month’s Elle. “A month after [director] Gus [Van Sant] asked me to do it, they sent me another script, and on Page 5 there was a full-on love scene. And I was like, ‘Gus, what the heck?’ He says, ‘Well, it was Sean’s idea.’ “

Alright, James. Everyone knows you’re more than comfortable playing the queer. You’ve made a career out of it. That little “ass slapping sex scene” is going to bring plenty to your bottom line. Hush up and take it like a man.

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