“Cloud Atlas” co-director Lana Wachowski this week publicly embraced her gender switch from Larry for the first time — with bright pink dreads.
Her sex change was long rumored, but never confirmed as Wachowski had previously avoided interviews and publicity tours by insisting on no-press clauses in her film contracts.
Suddenly last month a promotional video showing her in pink dreads went viral and in a New Yorker magazine interview she described how in school Larry didn’t know whether to stand in lines with boys or girls, and opted for the middle ground, “exactly where I belonged, betwixt.”
The New Yorker article revealed that Larry separated from his wife while shooting the last two installments of “The Matrix” trilogy after suffering from anxiety and depression over a long period.
In 2009, Larry divorced, began living as transgendered Lana, and eventually married another woman.
“I chose to change my exteriority to bring it closer into alignment with my interiority,” with the support of her family, she told The New Yorker.
“I know many people are dying to know if I have a surgically constructed vagina or not, but I prefer to keep this information between my wife and me.”
At a press conference Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of “Cloud Atlas,” a globe-spanning, time-tripping, gender-hopping epic film based on David Mitchell’s landmark novel, she explained why she is now breaking her silence.
“I did feel some responsibility to the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) people, and some people had been asking me to be more public,” she said.
“But me and (younger brother and co-director) Andy, we love our privacy, our anonymity. Being a celebrity doesn’t do much to improve yourself. We think it can actually worsen your life. So it was a big decision and it took a long time.”
“We like the way our anonymity allows us to inhabit the world. You can go into a comic book shop or a movie store and you can just listen to people. We’re writers, we like people to act normal around us.
“I knew that one day I would be more public and we had to negotiate when that would be. And this movie, which is about transcending our fear of ‘other’ in so many ways, and transcending the boundaries of ‘other’ — it seemed quite natural to do it now.”
Longtime Ohio news anchor retires after dispute with Sinclair Broadcasting over forced pro-Trump commentaries
Rob Braun, a fixture on local Cincinnati television for over 35 years, is retiring after stating it was "time to move on" because "I don't fit well with the Sinclair News model," reports WVXU.
The reports states that Braun -- the dean of Cincinnati's WKRC news broadcasting -- made the comments on his Facebook page and assured loyal fans that he was not fired by the conservative news organization.
In a Facebook post, he wrote: "I want you to know that I am not retiring. Ch 12 is NOT forcing me out. In fact, they offered me a generous contract. I am choosing to leave. There is no 'real story but .... Sometimes in life, you just know, it's time to move on. I don't feel I fit well with the Sinclair News model."
Downed drone was some 34 km (21 miles) from Iran coast: US general
A US spy drone was some 34 kilometers (21 miles) from the nearest point in Iran when it was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile Thursday, a US general said.
"This dangerous and escalatory attack was irresponsible and occurred in the vicinity of established air corridors between Dubai, UAE, and Oman, possibly endangering innocent civilians," said Lieutenant General Joseph Guastella, who commands US air forces in the region.
The Pentagon released a graphic pinpointing the position of the drone on a map of the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic passage through which much of the world's oil passes.
Alex Jones attacks Sandy Hook families’ lawyer as a ‘little white Jewboy’ in latest unhinged outburst
Alex Jones is dealing with ongoing legal battles with families of victims and survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Jones is being accused of sending child pornography to the families and leading an ongoing attack on the families using his InfoWars network. However, his legal defense seems to hinge on attacking the plaintiffs' attorney, AboveTheLaw reported Thursday.
It was the child pornography that prompted Jones to lose his mind over attorney Chris Mattei. During the discovery phase of the trial, Mattei found the images and contacted the FBI, which he is required to do by law. But it sent Jones into an outright ragegasm in a video that was shown in court.