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This was originally posted in[livejournal.com profile] m_emerson_news . I generally don't repost articles about Michael Emerson in this journal, but I thought that, because his politics is mentioned, as well as his opposition to Proposition 8, which was unfortunately passed in California, it merits to be posted here. Michael Emerson, in my opinion, is a great actor, as well as a great soul. I also placed a video that Keith Olberman made regarding Proposition 8. I urge members of my f-list who agreed with Proposition 8 (banning gay marriage) to listen to Keith and, if you can, could you please show me the line in the Bible that says that marriage is between a man and a woman only.

When I read the Bible, I found so many other type of offensive passages. )



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Per bobdoc of MEFB forum,

 Michael and the director of Ready? Ok! gave a brief interview to a local LA station, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPNoSG0K_iA 

And a more full length talk with Michael is at the station's website at

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This interview is hilarious:

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I can't beleive it. Someone actually gave a bad review. Usually, I am not shocked at that, because taste is taste.  But it is a bit uncanny, since this movie has been so widely accepted everywhere. Of course, the author seemed to have disliked most, if not all the movies in the Outfest.

I won't bore you with all the other reviews, you can click on the source link to see them. Here's what he wrote about Ready? OK!

Ready? OK! Filling the slot in Outfest’s traditional Young Gay Coming of Age Film category is director James Vasquez’s cheerful but utterly generic comedy about a young lad who dreams not of being on the school football team but of becoming a cheerleader. And why not? He is a peppy young lad who knows his batons from his pom- poms. Eventually, horrified and disgusted mom (prissy Carrie Preston, extra starch) comes to grips with her son’s choices, assisted by a kindly gay neighbor (Michael Emerson). The film’s moral lessons are essentially undermined by the stock characters and creaky sitcom atmosphere – and it doesn’t help that the neighbor is unintentionally far creepier than he needs to be. Except for Tara Karsian, as the boy’s narrow-minded school principal, this is a humdrum effort. (PB) (Fri., 7 p.m., Fairfax; also Sat., July 19, 11:30 a.m., Fairfax)

SOURCE:   LAcitybeat.com


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June 25, 2008

SF International LGBT Film Festival: Ready? OK!


Source: sfist.com

My thanks to Robert Dougherty for this find.



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Attention Michael Emerson fans who reside in the NYC vicinity. His new independent movie is being showcased at the following festival:

NewFest, New York
Saturday, June 7th 5:30pm
Sunday, June 8th 1:30pm
AMC Loews 34th Street Theater

Some tickets are still available.

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Ready? OK! will be showcased in the following festivals and dates:

Official selection for the following festivals:

Q Cinema, Fort Worth TX
Sun. June 1 at 5:30 pm

Newfest, NYC
Sat. June 7  at 5:30 pm
Sun. June 8  at 1:30 pm

Frameline, San Francisco
Tues. June 24  at 7 pm, Victoria Theatre
Thurs. June 26  at 7 pm, Elmwood Rialto Cinemas, Berkeley

There will be screening in Philadelphia and Los Angeles in July. Info to come...
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Escondido Native Creates Fine Festival Film

By DAN BENNETT - Staff Writer | Wednesday, April 9, 2008 10:06 AM PDT 

Though "Ready? OK!" takes place in San Diego's own Normal Heights, the funny and decidedly quirky little film enjoys characters not normal by the usual standards. Their offbeat tendencies make them that much

Director James Vasquez, right, discusses a scene with Carrie Preston and Lurie Poston on location shooting "Ready? OK!" in San Diego.

Photo Credit: Adriana Breisch, Stills Photographer.
more engaging.

Written and directed by Escondido High School graduate and San Diego theater veteran James Vasquez, the film is the closing-night selection of this year's FilmOut San Diego 2008, the gay and lesbian-themed festival running Friday through April 17 at the Ken Cinema in San Diego. "Ready? OK" closes the festival with a screening at 7:15 p.m. April 17.

In the family comedy "Ready? OK!," a boy shows himself more than a little interested in cheerleading, along with dresses and dolls. His concerned single mother consults with religious officials and others as she tries to figure out exactly what the deal is, while also trying to keep the frazzled family together. Her wayward and wandering brother has just returned home to live, and she also deals with her own mother, a brutally honest woman with little use for men, played by Vista stage regular Sandy Ellis-Troy.

While the adult characters grapple with the many problems in their lives, young Joshua is the happiest and most in control, guiding his often comically inept and insecure older family members through their myriad dilemmas. Though Mom is most concerned with Joshua, it's Joshua who may have the best insight into
Lurie Poston and Michael Emerson on location shooting "Ready? OK!"

Photo Credit: Adriana Breisch.

"Ready? OK!" is a creatively solid little comedy about family members in distress, relying on love, loyalty, fate, good luck and common sense to pull them together. Those many dynamics render the film frequently poignant, a nice accompaniment to the laughs.

FilmOut San Diego offers more than 70 films from around the world featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes, and this year includes numerous films made by former or current San Diego County residents. For a complete schedule, visit www.filmoutsandiego.com http://www.filmoutsandiego.com. The festival runs Friday through April 17 at the Ken Cinema, 4061 Adams Ave. in San Diego. Call (619) 987-9982.


"Ready? OK!"

Starring: Carrie Preston, Lurie Poston, John Preston

Director: James Vasquez

Studio: Daisy 3 Pictures

Not rated

RT: 93 minutes

SOURCE:  North County Times

(Click on the pictures to view the larger version. The pictures can also be viewed here:





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Michael Emerson, together with his wife Carrie Preston and brother-in-law John Preston, will be acting in a new production by Daisy3 Pictures Ready? OK! James Vasquez, who was the principle actor in 29th and Gay is the director and the writer as well. Check here for further news. Filming began on June 23, 2007.


According to imdb.com, "Ready? OK! centers around an over caffeinated single mother (Carrie Preston) and her 9 year son (Lurie Poston), who has big aspirations of becoming a cheerleader. With the recent death of her absent father, her twin brother (John Preston) returns home, and they are all forced to deal with the idea of 'family' - but the big question is, will her probably gay little boy earn enough money to make it to Winter Cheer Camp?"


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