Weekend News Roundup! Quinto Comes Out; Panahi’s Sentence Upheld; Gordon and Moore Separate

Published October 17, 2011

 

KIM GORDON’S ON THE MARKET, SORT OF.

Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.

In a feature for this week’s New York Magazine, Zachary Quinto came out. Discussing his role in Angels in America, he said, “As a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.” Congratulations, Zachary! [NYM]

Iran has rejected the appeal that filmmaker Jafar Panahi filed in response to the prison sentence and filmmaking ban he was handed last December for allegedly making propaganda films against the Iranian government; the court held up his original sentence of six years in prison and a 20-year ban on making new films. Panahi’s lawyer says he plans to appeal the ruling as far as Iran’s supreme court. Here’s hoping he wins. [THR]

Pour one out for the best relationship in indie rock: Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have separated. They were married in 1984 and have a 17-year-old daughter, Coco, who must be the coolest. [Pitchfork]

Real Steel won the weekend box office with a ho-hum $16.3M. Remakes of Footloose and The Thing followed with $16.1M and $8.7M, respectively, while The Ides of March and Dolphin Tale held down the rest of the top 5 with $7.5M and $6.3M. [BOM]

In an inspired bit of casting news, Aaron Eckhart is set to play Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in The Drummer, to be directed by Randy Miller. [Variety]

Twilight‘s Nikki Reed and American Idol‘s Paul McDonald got married in Malibu. We don’t know who either of those people are, because we are old, but we’re sure it means a lot to the rest of you. [E!]