"Milk"-ing the Gay Rights Setback to the Box Office?

12/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

With the release of Gus Van Sant's new bio-pic, MILK, covering the life and times of gay activist Harvey Milk, Prop 8 and gay rights are the focus of Hollywood once again. Ted Johnson offers his exclusive review of the movie from its premiere, as well as a short interview with the movie's producer Michael London and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black on the recent boycotts of Cinemark Theaters, whose owner donated significantly to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign. Are these boycotts useful, do they reflect the same spirit of Harvey Milk, and are they trying to restrict free speech?

Speaking of Prop 8, would you like pork chops with your side of segregation? Religion has been a big question within a question in the debate over Proposition 8. How does the religious question fit into the gay marriage issue? Should people be denouncing and threatening the Mormon Church, who donated so heavily to pass the proposition? Who's to blame for the crummy campaign for No on 8 and its lax beginning? Were campaign organizers lazy early on? Did they do anything to reach out to essential demographics in the Latino and black communities? CNN contributor Fernando Espuelas, a longtime activist, CNN contributor, and host of Cafe Espuelas, a radio talk show in Los Angeles, stops by to discuss these still very relevant issues on today's Wilshire & Washington.

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