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Celebrating 35 years of independence


UK gives wish list to state legislature

School pushes for $18 million more in general funds
to keep Top-20 Business Plan on track early

By Sean Rose

With the state legislative session
just underway. UK has started to
lobby for its top priorities: the bio-
pharmaceutical complex. the hospi-
tal expansion project and greater
bonding flexibility.

Above all that. however. UK is

asking for about $18 million more
in operating funds this year to hire
more faculty and hold down tuition
as much as possible, said UK
spokesman Jay Blanton.

UK is also asking for $80 million
in state bonds to complete construc-
tion on the bio-pharmaceutical
complex. The state allotted $40 mil-
lion for the first phase of the pro-

ject last year.

UK’s pharmacy school is cur-
rently eighth in the nation, and
Blanton said UK needs the new fa-
cility to keep up with the competi-

“Other leading pharmacy
schools have much more space than
we have," Blanton said.

Blanton added that Kentucky
has a shortage of about 400 phar-
macists and that the new facility
will help address that problem by
doubling the college’s enrollment.

The other major project UK is
focusing on is its new patient care
facility. UK needs $150 million in
bond authorization before the con-
struction can start.

“We have a great facility and
staff, but it needs to be updated."
Blanton said. “That patient care fa-
cility is over 40 years old and needs
to be replaced.”

Blanton said one reason these
are UK’s first priorities is because
they meet the needs of the state.

“Each of these priorities ad-

dress needs that Kentucky has to
make it more educated. healthier
and wealthier.” Blanton said.

Dall Clark, UK‘s director of cap-
ital construction. said these pro-
jects contribute toward UK’s top«20

“Any expansion of the hospital
and pharmacy school are certainly
part of our quest to become a topZO
research institution," Clark said.

UK is also asking for more flexi-
bility to use its own money to pay

See Funds on page 2





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LOUISVILLE, Ky. A- President Bush
yesterday defended his decision to allow
government eavesdropping on the phone
calls and e-mails of suspected terrorist col-
laborators in the United States. saying the
program is legal and essential to averting
potential attacks.

“I understand people’s concerns about
government eavesdropping." Bush said in
response to a question about the program
during a citizens” forum here. “I share
their concerns as well." Even so. he added,
the program is important to his presiden-
tial duty to protect Americans.

Bush's comments on the eavesdropping
program came in response to a question
posed during a campaign-style event here
aimed at shoring up support for the war in
Iraq as well as the nation's broader anti-ter-
rorism effort.

The president‘s forum here was differ-
ent than most of the events he attends na-
tionwide. Usually he speaks to carefully
screened partisan audiences and takes no
questions. White House aides described
Wednesday's audience of business and
community leaders as bipartisan. and
Bush opened himself to unscripted audi-
ence questions during the town-hall-style

The domestic spying program has
drawn fire from members of Congress,
both Democrats and Republicans, who
think it oversteps the president’s authority
and violates civil liberties that are part of
the nation‘s fiber. The National Security
Agency program began in the aftermath of
the Sept. 11. 2001. terrorist attacks as a way
to help the nation‘s intelligence agencies

See Bush on page 2



By David G. Savage

WASHINGTON w Abortion remains the
divide in American politics and constitu-
tional law, a fact that was on display during
the third day of Senate hearings on the nom-
ination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the
Supreme Court.
For much of Wednes-
day. Alito —— who likely
would cast the deciding
vote on several pending
abortion cases —— was a
silent witness as senators
told him why the Supreme
Court should preserve or
reverse its abortion rul-
The debate turned on

whether the right to abor-
tion was “settled law." Abortion has been 1e
gal since the court‘s Roe v. Wade decision of
1973. and has been upheld several times
since. Is that long enough to make it settled
law. or precedent? And when can precedents
be overturned? The correct answer was
clearly in the eyes of the beholder.

Sen. Sam Brownback. R-Kan., compared

See Allto on page 2


A demand for discipline



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UK head coach Tubby Smith talks to his players in a timeout during the second half of UK's 57-52 loss to Vanderbilt on Tuesday night. Dropped from the rank-
ings for the first time in almost five years, the Cats are on a two-game losing skid and have fallen to 10-5 - one fewer loss than all of last season.

Cats too Wild for Tubby

By Ryan Wood

While there appeared to be
multiple problems with the
men’s UK basketball team
Tuesday night against Vander-
bilt. head coach Tubby Smith
believes one issue precedes all

“It’s a matter of discipline,
or lack thereof." he said.

“Everybody thought they
were going to be the guy to sal-
vage the game or pull us out of
the rut. Everybody tried to do
too much and when you try to
do too much. others stand
around and don‘t get involved."

With Tuesday night‘s 57-52
loss to Vanderbilt. the Cats (10
5, (H Southeastern Conference)
dropped two games in a row for
the first time since January
2002. setting off alarms in Big
Blue Nation. The game before.
UK suffered the largest loss of
Smith‘s tenure in a 73-46
blowout at Kansas. prompting
Smith to say. “We're just not
very good."

After the Vanderbilt game.
Smith blamed his team‘s inabil-
ity to overcome poor execution
on a lack of maturity

“That's the concern I've had
with this team all year long. the
maturity level.” he said.

“(We‘ve) got to start forgetting

about the mistakes we’ve made

and start moving forward."
The players have also no-

. Tubby Smith
talks to junior
center Shaqari
Alleyne on the
sidelines dur-
ing the UK-

. Louisville
. game on Dec.

ticed a lack of discipline on the
"W *‘re

not executing."

See Cats on page 2

There is definitely a lack of discipline. We’re just not
clicking not playing as a team.”

- Randolph Morris, UK sophomore center, on the Cats' two-game losing streak


UK proposes more tsunami aid

UK wants federal funds to help three universities
in Indonesia reorganize in wake of ‘05 disaster

By Dariush Shale
nit mrucxv KERNEL

A little more than a year af-
ter the tsunami disaster killed
more than 200,000 people in In-
donesia. UK is trying to inject
some new life into the region.

The College of Agriculture is
putting forth a twoyear. 31 mil‘
lion proposal to the federal gov-
ernment to assist three universi-
ties in Indonesia to reorganize
after the damage sufl‘ered in the
wake of the tsunami. The Col-

lege of Business and Economics.
the College of Engineering and
the Martin School of Diplomacy
are working on the plan.

The three institutions that
would be helped would be the
University of Lampung, Brawi-
jaya University and the Univer-
sity of Syiah Kuala. In October.
the University of Syiah Kuala
received a donation of $32,000,
raised by the students, faculty
and staff of the College of Agri-

Michael Reed. director of in-
ternational programs for agri-
culture and a professor of agri-
cultural economics. helped work
on the proposal for three
months. and said the goal is

“It would be to improve the
teaching and services of those
public universities," Reed said.

To help accomplish this, UK
staff and faculty have already
traveled to the region to help the
schools reorganize its curricu-
lum and structure. Reed himself
visited about a month after the
tsunami hit.

“it would involve them, de-
velop their curriculum and help

them realize how a university
can be used in improving devel-
opment and governance.” Reed
said. “If we did a good job. it
could help them make their uni—
versities relevant to the region
they‘re in."

Reed also said the proposal
would include possibly bringing
lndonesian faculty to UK to earn
degrees they can use when they
return to their universities.

Reed pointed out the fact that
unlike universities in America.
institutions in lndonesia have
little interaction with the com-
munity and typically don‘t seek
involvement with local business-

See Aid on page 2

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for major construction pro-
jects such as dorms or dining
facilities. Currently, UK must
seek approval from the state
for any project that costs
more than $400,000 even if
UK has its own funds to pay
for the construction. The
state treats these bonds as
part of its debt.

UK wants to assume the
debt of the bonds to speed up
the process of state approval,
Blanton said.

Rep. Bob Damron, D-
Nicholasville, introduced a

bill that would allow this and
passed a House committee
Tuesday and will go before
the full House next week.
Similar bills were passed in
the house in 2004 and 2005
but died both times in the
Senate. Five states, including
Kentucky, don’t allow univer»
sities to issue their own

“We're hopeful that it will
be adopted by the legisla-
ture," Blanton said about the
current bill. “But obviously
there's a lot of competing in-
terests it’s too early to

Blanton said the current
situation slows down con-
struction and in the end
makes projects more expen-

sive because of the time it
takes to get state approval.
By allowing UK to assume its
own debt, the university
could plan and manage fu~
ture projects more efficiently,
he said.

For example, hospital rev-
enue will pay for the new
hospital patient care facility,
but the bonds had to be split
between legislative sessions
because of the state's reluc-
tance to assume the debt for
the project, Blanton said.

“When you have a rev-
enue stream, being able to
move forward on a project
makes all the sense in the
world,” Blanton said.




Continued from page 1


es. Reed hopes that through
the grant proposal A which
must be approved by the US.
State Department and the
US. Agency for International
Development __, UK will get
the opportunity help them
have a greater impact on
their own community.

“It would serve to im—
prove the teaching and ser-
vices of those public univer-

sities," Reed said of the im-
pact this project would have.

Additionally, Reed said
there would be benefits for
UK’s faculty who participate.

“For us. I think it would
help our faculty and staff be-
come more internationally
focused." he said.

Though he admitted that
getting a proposal like this to
pass is not easy. Reed said
he’s hopeful.

“It’s pretty difficult, but I
think (the government) has
an increased interest in In-
donesia, so that helps.” Reed
said, adding that many pro—
fessors and administrators.

including the president of
the University of Syiah
Kuala, are UK alumni or
have some other connection
to UK. “We have a focus in In-
donesia, so that helps.

Reed said UK will learn if
the proposal has gone
through in about three
weeks, and if that‘s the case,
he hopes to send UK faculty
to the nation over the sum-

“I think we are going to
get a positive response to our
proposal,” Reed said.

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Continued from page 1


sophomore guard Rajon Ron.
do said. “That‘s what (Smith)
means. We need to stop all
that oneon-one."

Sophomore center Ran-
dolph Morris has also noticed
a lax attitude in practice and

“There‘s definitely a lack
of discipline.“ he said. “We‘re
just not clicking...(we're) not
playing as a team.

”We’ve got to get away
from individuals and start
playing as one unit."

Tuesday was a night of
firsts. most of them negative
for the Cats.

It was the first Vandy vicv


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gather information about
any future attacks.

The program authorizes
the NSA to screen the inter-
national e-mails and phone
calls of people in the United
States with suspected terror-
ism ties without first obtain-
ing a court order Bush said
that congressional leaders
have been briefed on it and
given the opportunity “to ex-
press their approval or disap—


Continued from page 1

Roe v. Wade to the most con-
demned rulings of the 20th
century: decisions that have
long since been repudiated,
He cited the 1927 decision in
Buck v. Bell. which upheld the
forced sterilization of women
who were deemed mentally
deficient, and the 1944 ruling
in Korematsu v. United States
that upheld the mass deten-
tion of Japanese Americans
during World War 11.
Brownback also noted
that the court's 1896 Plessy v.
Ferguson ruling that upheld
forced racial segregation re-

tory in Rupp Arena and the
first Commodore win in Lex-
ington since 1974.

It was Morris‘ first game
back from his 14-game sus-
pension. but his 10 points. sev-
en rebounds and two blocks
weren’t enough to propel the
Cats to the win.

The Cats’ 99 combined
points in their last two games
was the lowest such total by
Kentucky in the shot clock
era, which started in 1985.

After UK's last two games,
Smith declared “We were as
bad as I’ve seen. (We’re) strug-
g1 ing awfully bad."

UK. which dropped out of
the top 25 this week for the
first time in 88 polls. has no
time to sulk. Alabama (86, 01
SEC) rolls into Rupp Saturday
and the Cats travel to Georgia
next ’lhiesday

“We haven’t played Ken-


Some Democrats, howev—
er. have complained that the
classified briefings amounted
to one-way conversations in
which the administration
simply told them about the
program. but left critics with
no means to protest it.

Senate Judiciary Com—
mittee Chairman Arlen
Specter. R-Pa., has an-
nounced plans to hold hear-
ings into the spying pro-
gram. Bush said he wel-
comes the inquiry, calling it
“good for democracy." He
added. however. that the
hearings run the danger of
telling “the enemy what
mained as a precedent for
twice as long as Roe v. Wade
has been on the books.

Alito agreed. The
Supreme Court was “spectac-
ularly wrong” when it upheld
segregation, he said.

Two years ago the court
overturned precedents reject-
ing a right to gay sex and al-
lowing the death penalty for
minors. The court has never
agreed on a clear rule for
when precedents should be

Moments earlier. Sen.
Richard .1. Durbin. I)-Ill., had
nearly pleaded with Alito to
accept the fact that Roe v.
Wade was settled as the law.
too late for reversal.

He noted that Alito said he
agreed with the 1966 decision
Griswold v. Connecticut in

tucky basketball the way we
want to play it yet," Rondo
said. “A lot of guys are down
now, but we have to stay posi-
tive. It’s a long season."

For the Cats to be success-
ful for the remainder of this
season, they have to pay more
attention to detail, Smith said.

Smith stressed the need to
better execute the “little
things.” including fighting for
loose balls, improved ball
movement, setting better
screens and using them more
effectively on offense.

“All those things are areas
of discipline.” he said. “We
worked hard on them all (be-
fore Vandy) and we will work
on them again before Alaba-
ma. ’

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we're doing."

In a statement released
after Bush‘s remarks, Democ-
ratic National Committee
Chairman Howard Dean said
that rather than protect the
nation. Bush's program may
compromise efforts to fight
terrorists by resulting in
hundreds of cases against
suspected terrorists being
thrown out of court.

“President Bush‘s deci-
sion to sidestep the rule of
law and spy on Americans
without a court order may
have dealt a serious blow to
our ability to fight and win
the war on terror," Dean

which the court struck down
a state law banning contra-
ceptives for married couples.
establishing a right to privacy
in the Constitution

“Why can you say un-
equivocally that you find con-
stitutional support for Gris-
wold." Durhin asked, “but
cannot bring yourself to say
that you find constitutional
support for a woman‘s right to

But Alito would not
budge. “Roe vs. Wade is an im-
portant precedent of the
Supreme Court and it‘s
been on the books a long
time," he replied blandly. But
he refused to describe Roe as
“settled." He would not call it
settled “if ‘settled' means it
can't be re-examined."



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WHAT'STHEDEAL? I Demystifying campus trends

Don’t let post-fall pitfalls
snag your spring semester

All right, who’s got the
craziest holiday break story?
Uh, sorry buddy, but placing
your little brother’s hand in
warm water overnight and
laughing at his wet clothes
the next
morning does-
n’t count. But,
for those of
you not will-
ing to share,
let me take a
quick guess at
the overall
gist of what
probably hap-
pened to you
over the past
few weeks.
According to
historical campus trends, you
mistakenly got back together
with the boy/girlfriend you
dumped earlier last semester,
played magical disappearing
tricks with your money at
your hometown pub, and
somehow managed to lose all
that money you received on
Christmas. How close was 1?

Going home after a long
fall semester presents the
same problems every year for
just about everyone. But now
that you‘re back on campus,
you can forget about all those
problems and start focusing
on what the semester ahead



For the freshmen, who
have never experienced a
spring semester in college,
I‘m sure you are anxious to
see how things function
around here during the cold-
to-warm-weather months.
For the seniors, you have
seen just about everything
there is and could probably
even use that experience to
help me give some insight
and forecasts to the under-
classmen. Whether it’s the
end of your school year. or
school career, you‘d better
make this semester count.
Let me help you recover from
last fall‘s hangover and plan
ahead for the upcoming
things you may have forgot-

I always like to start the
new year with some prepara-
tion for Spring Break. We all
know it‘s approaching, and
we all know how empty our
wallets will be once we re-
turn from the week-long voy-
age to paradise (or home, for
some of us). So why do we
still go out partying every
weekend until then and
spend money like it grows on
trees? I‘m willing to bet the
average student spends
roughly more than $20 a
weekend on booze alone.

That's $1,040 each year if you
do the math, and ironically
about the same price as a
Spring Break package (if
you‘re lucky enough to find
something that cheap). I al-
ways encourage people to let
loose and party like there’s
no tomorrow, but be careful
not to lose all your money in
one month, or else it’s going
to be a long semester.

While we are still on the
01‘ money subject, let‘s talk
about Valentine‘s Day next
month. For those of you unfa-
miliar with this love-filled
holiday, this is the day your
loved one(s) is/are expecting
you to outperform every ro-
mantic there is (such as my.
self) in just about every cate-
gory there is to compete in
(use your imagination if you
have to). If you have any shot
in hell of turning this into re-
ality. then you better start
thinking about ideas now If
candy “conversation" hearts
alone work, then you‘re off
the hook and smooth sailing
until next month. But. most
of the time. expect to spend
more. Just set a specific
amount aside now and keep
it hidden. Use any leftovers to
buy a bourbon drink for
yourself after it’s all finished.
Good job buddy

Another thing to look for-
ward to may not have a con-
crete date but should still be
expected to happen at any
time. Spring semesters tend
to produce more boredom in
the classroom than fall. Sum-
mer is on the horizon and
(cough) graduation becomes
closer and closer each day. All
you‘ll be able to think about
is how much you’ll miss this
place and the people who
have affected your life as you
know it. Trust me, the last
thing on anyone‘s mind will
be turning in that blasted
Blackboard assignment.

On a more upbeat note.
there are still tons of positive
happenings this spring that
should get every one all ral-
lied up. For instance,
Keeneland's spring meet,
which usually begins around
early April. Let‘s just hope
the “go—cart" cops take it easy
on our cheerful underagers.

I guess I can touch on
each of these specifics indi-
vidually as they come along
in our busy lives. Just be sure
to play your cards right until
then. Welcome back and en-
joy the semester.



Will ‘Brokeback’ open doors and minds?

By Robert w. Wellies
LOS incurs nuts

the runaway success of “Wed-
ding Crashers" and “The 40-
Year-Old Virgin." Hollywood
scrambled to make R-rated
comedies. Now that “Broke
back Mountain" is drawing
acclaim and audiences. some
in Hollywood are pushing to
get new gay- and lesbian-
themed projects off the draw-
ing board and into produc-

Screenwriters and produc-
ers across Hollywood have
been dusting off old scripts
and brainstorming about new
ones ever since the Ang Lee
film about a love affair be-
tween two cowboys began col-
lecting critics awards and
nominations, including seven
Golden Globe nominations.
four Screen Actors Guild
nominations and one Direc-
tors Guild of America nomi-

A survey of the six major
studios plus DreamWorks.
New Line Cinema and Mira-
max Films reveals that their
development slates are virtu-
ally devoid of such projects.
And although there are no
shortages of gay characters
in films today studios say that
what little they have on their
development or release slates
does not fall into the category
of “Brokeback Mountain.“
with its portrayal of romantic
gay love.

Nonetheless, this dearth
of gay-themed projects hasn't
dimmed hopes that “Broke-
back Mountain" will usher in
a sea change in the attitudes
of audiences, which will
cause studios to make more
gay-themed films that aren't
consigned to art house

At Warner Bros. produc-
ers Craig Zadan and Neil
Meron express confidence
that their long-languishing
project “The Mayor of Castro
Sheet,“ which now has Bryan
Singer (“Superman Returns")
attached to direct, will get
made in the coming year. The
project is based on Randy
Shilts‘ 1982 book about the as-
sassination of Harvey Milk.
who was the first openly gay
city supervisor in San Fran-

Zadan and Meron. who
were executive producers on
2002‘s Academy Award-win-
ning film “Chicago.“ say they
have spent 15 years develop-
ing “The Mayor of Castro
Street" and now believe
“Brokeback Mountain" has
given the project new life.

“We believe, for the first
time, this project is viable,“
Zadan said. “We are getting
nothing but enthusiasm from
Warner Bros. They are excit-
ed by it. Bryan is excited by it.

Big actors all over town are
wanting to make this movie.
Our timing couldn’t be better.

. Then ‘Brokeback Moun-
tain’ comes out of the blue,
and that only fuels the enthu-

A studio spokeswoman
who declined to be identified
stressed that, just like any
other project in development
at Warner Bros, a decision to
greenlight the project would
be based on the script and
other key elements, like cast~

Since its release a few
weeks ago, "Brokeback Moun-
tain.“ starring Heath Ledger
and Jake Gyllenhaal, has
grossed $22.5 million and H01-
lywood is watching to see if it
becomes a hit with main-
stream “crossover” audiences
as it continues its steady ex-
pansion into theaters nation-

Even if it does. some in-
dustry insiders say. “Broke-
back" won‘t necessarily result
in a flood of similarly themed

Alan Gasmer. a literary
agent at the William Morris
Agency, said he isn‘t aware
yet of a groundswell for gay-
themed scripts at the studios.

“I have not seen or heard
from any (studio) executive
who says that is what they are
looking for.” Gasmer said.

“I don't think people are
going to look at ‘Brokeback
Mountain.‘ with its modest
business, and say, ‘If we want
to get rich. let‘s make movies
about gay cowboys,‘ " said en-
tertainment attorney Stan
Coleman. “But what it does
say is you need not be prohib-
ited from making those
movies, if they are made for a
price and marketed in good

To be sure, there have
been studio movies over the
years featuring gay charac-
ters, from "Philadelphia" to
“The Birdcage.“ but “Broke-
back Mountain" has taken the
genre further with its high-
end production values and
the frank way the men ex-
press love for each other.

The film is prompting re-
newed interest in projects
that have kicked around Hol-
lywood for years.

One is Peter Lefcourt‘s
1992 novel “The Dreyfus Af-
fair," about two gay baseball
players, the World Series and
how organized baseball deals
with the public relations fall-
out from their relationship.

Lefcourt said the book, in
its 15th printing as a paper-
back. was twice optioned by
Disney, then went to 20th Cen-
tury Fox in 1997 for director
Betty Thomas, then to New
Line Cinema. Lefcourt said he
had gotten the film rights

I don’t
think people
are going to
look at
with its mod-
est business,
and say, ‘If
we want to
get rich, let’s
make movies
about gay

cowboys.’ ”
— Stan Coleman,
entertainment attorney

“We actually got close to
(casting) Ben Affleck" at New
Line. Lefcourt said, but Af-
fleck did the big‘budget “Pearl
Harbor" for director Michael
Bay instead.

Lefcourt said that he be-
lieved studio bean counters
were not so much homopho-
bic as they were “risk-phobic“
when it came to greenlighting
gay-themed films. But he
added that “Brokeback Moun-
tain" has now “paved the way
for these types of movies to be

Although TV and cable do
not shy away from gay and
lesbian themes and relation-
ships, Hollywood has always
had an uneasy time with
movies that directly tackle ho
mosexual relationships.

A generation ago. Patricia
Nell Warren‘s breakthrough
1974 gay-themed novel “The
Front Runner." about a homo
sexual relationship between a
track coach and runner set
against the backdrop of the
Olympic Games. generated
similar buzz in Hollywood.
Paul Newman acquired the
film rights and was interested
in playing the coach, Warren
said, but when the script did-
n‘t come together, Newman
bowed out. The project then
kicked around the industry
for years. In the mid-1990s.

Warren reacquired the film
rights: she said there has
been renewed interest in
turning the book into a movie
since “Brokeback Mountain.“
The novel has sold 10 million
books and is in its 36th paper-
back printing.

“There are still a lot of
people who would like to see
this movie made." Warren
said. “We get emails and let-
ters all the time. One of the is-
sues is economics. There are
a lot of people in the industry
who think of gay films as
low budget. ‘The Front Run-
ner‘ is not a low-budget film.
Its backdrop is the Olympic
Games. You can‘t do the
Olympic Games for $2 mil-
lion. You have to be willing to
spend the money for the tal»
cent and the production val-
ues. What I‘m hoping is that
now there is going to be more
courage to putting money
into gay—themed films.

“I think people are just
watching the box office of
‘Brokeback Mountain‘ very
closely," she said.

The 1998 gay-themed film
“Gods and Monsters" re»
ceived critical acclaim but
grossed only $6.4 million in
North America. “I think that
is one of the things that
scared people off." Warren
said. “ ‘Gods and Monsters‘
won (the Academy Award for)
best adapted screenplay and
never took off. The critical ac»
claim can be wonderful. But
the key thing is going to be
the income.“

“Hollywood is driven by
the greenback. They always
look at the risk factor" said
producer and screenwriter
Lance Dow. who is developing
a movie script called “Immor-
tal" about a gay comic book
superhero. Dow believes
“Brokeback Mountain“ also
paves the way for other
straight box office stars to
take gay roles and not fear ca-
reer suicide.

Dow has written a script.
“Don‘t Ask. Don‘t Tell," about
a decorated US. Army Ranger
put on trial when the military
discovers he is gay. The pro-
ducers. who include Jerry
Offsay, the former president of
entertainment at Showtime
Networks, say they have a
“key actor" on board and are
waiting for a second star as
well as a director

Before “Brokeback Moun-
tain,“ said Lee Levinson, who
is also a producer on the pro-
ject. it would have been much
harder to interest a straight
actor in taking a gay role.

“I think (‘Brokeback
Mountain‘) helped us tremen-
dously" he said. “It‘s going to
help us in the sense that we
are going to reach out to a het-
erosexual star for the gay
ro e."






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