Hollywood crew films movie at the Plymouth Trial Court
Couples sipped coffee and watched TV as they awaited word of the Supreme Court’s decisions relating to same-sex marriage. There was a wedding cake and champagne under a giant, rainbow-colored flag over the patio. No one was more apprehensive about what was soon to transpire than Colby Melvin and Brandon Brown. The pair, both models who have been engaged for four months, clutched each other as they watched the screen. As the court’s ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act was announced, the 28-year-old Brown’s hand trembled around Melvin’s waist. Melvin, 25, held him in a long hug.
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But for the most part, the news was too momentous to be about bragging rights. For playwright Tony Kushner, who penned 1993’s groundbreaking Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Wednesday was a “pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming moment. I’m 56 years old, sitting on the couch in my apartment with my husband, watching the U.S. Supreme Court, a very conservative court, overturn this completely pernicious and homophobic law.
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Hollywood: Gay marriage’s best man
Hollywood came east to Americas Hometown this week for the filming of the legal thriller The Judge at the Trial Court on Obery Street in Plymouth. And while some may have seen the arrival of the Warner Bros. crew as less than what theyd anticipated back when Plymouth was being eyed as a studio site, at least one local got an unexpected shot at stardom. Assistant Superior Court Magistrate Adam Baler was showing the production crew around his courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse when it dawned on filmmakers that the veteran court clerk would be perfect for the role of a court clerk. Baler had to change his tie, his friend Caroline Johnson said, but was standing before the bench as actors Robert Downey Jr. and David Krumholtz filmed scenes with a cast of extras.
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