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Jan 23 2017
Rated Gigi — New Trailer For THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS Comments (0)

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If you had to pick any YouTube personality with enough personality for a compelling doc, looks Unnamedlike Oscar winner Barbara Kopple picked the right one: Gigi Gorgeous, the glamorous trans (M2F) lesbian.

She is the subject of a new YouTube Red doc called This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, which opens opens in NYC at the IFC Center and in L.A. at the Laemmle Music Hall on February 3.

Check out the trailer after the jump ...

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Jan 15 2017
6-PACK — The Trump Of Hollywood + MOONLIGHT Raises Hopes + D.B. Cooper Demystified + Masseur Sobs Confession + Tiny Inauguration? + Red-Hot Tim Matheson! Comments (0)

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WIDGETJon Peters breaks his silence to admit he voted for Trump after being a lifelong Democrat because Trump is “brilliant.”

WIDGETBlack gay artist's level of hope raised by the success of Moonlight.

WIDGETNew info may help unearth who D.B. Cooper really was.

160712-db-cooper-jsw-308p_e5d203d5796893e80e2dec38e3d65349.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000Sketches of the man who said his name was D.B. Cooper

WIDGETManhattan masseur admits he choked former Escuelita owner to death — but says it happened during consensual kinky sexplay.

WIDGETProtest of Trump shaping up to be 3X as large as celebration of Trump.

WIDGETTim Matheson's hotness through the years.

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Dec 30 2016
BRIGHT LIGHTS Shining On Carrie & Debbie: Doc Debuts January 7 On HBO Comments (0)

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Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds — a documentary I saw in Carrie's presence with Debbie on the phone and reviewed here — will air on HBO January 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, according to a press release.

Via press release:

In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the documentary BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS will debut SATURDAY, JAN. 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The story of a family’s complicated love, this documentary is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens.

BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS has already received audience and critical acclaim at many prestigious film festivals, including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.

 In addition, as previously announced, the 2010 special WISHFUL DRINKING will receive an encore presentation this Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. This feature-length adaptation of Carrie Fisher’s hit autobiographical stage production tells the intoxicating tale of her life, combining her raucous one-woman stage performance, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage.

Do not miss this.

 
Dec 19 2016
6-PACK — Doritos Meets 84-Year-Old Walter Mercado + Mariah Carey Knows Very Few People + RIP China Machado + Madonna Movies + Seasonal Beats! Comments (0)

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WIDGETBest. Doritos. Ad. Ever! Starring Walter Mercado: 

WIDGETMariah Carey does not know Demi Lovato either: 

WIDGETChina Machado, first non-white cover of Harper's Bazaar (1959), dies @ 87: 

WIDGET5 details of that unproduced Madonna script. Plus, another Madonna documentary may be in the works. Follow here.

WIDGETTrump-loving Susan Olsen is sorry she hurt “the real” gay community with her words, but finds it hilarious people call her anti-LGBTQ.

WIDGETSome seasonal beats:

 
Nov 28 2016
Who's That Guy?: An Exclusive Q&A With Madonna-Themed EMMY AND THE BREAKFAST CLUB's Creator, Guy Guido Comments (0)

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If you're a Madonna fan, you've probably read about the upcoming Emmy and the Breakfast Club, a documentary that promises to air unheard songs performed by Madonna 35 years ago when she was involved with Dan Gilroy and living with him in an abandoned synagogue in Queens.

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The movie is the second Madonna-themed effort for filmmaker Guy Guido, whose Physical Attraction followed a young man's coming-out story as he pursued some face time with a rising downtown-NYC star named ... you know her name.

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Keep reading for my full interview with Guy Guido ...

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Nov 23 2016
Free & Clear: The San Antonio Four, Lesbians Railroaded On Molestation Charges, Exonerated! Comments (0)

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A miraculous day in Texas as the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled for the innocence and total exoneration of the lesbians known as the San Antonio Four.

The women, whose horrendous journey through the legal system — some will have spent nearly 15 years in prison for crimes they never committed, and that were never committed at all! — is heartbreakingly documented in Deborah S. Esquenazi's touching film Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four.

Back in 1994, the women were wrongfully convicted of aggravated sexual assault and indecency in a case involving two little girls, whose aunt was among the accused. After one of the two accusers grew up and found she had no negative memories of her aunt or of the women she'd helped send away, she questioned her father, a man with a grudge against his sister-in-law. She didn't accept his answers and publicly recanted, begging her aunt for forgiveness — which she received.

In 2012 and 2013, the remaining women were released (one had been paroled), but until today, their records were not expunged.

In its ruling, the court stated:

They are innocent. And they are exonerated. This court grants them the relief they seek.

Watch Southwest of Salem on ID Sunday, November 27, at 9 a.m. ET.

Check out my coverage of Southwest of Salem here.

 
Oct 17 2016
Until Proven Innocent: A Review Of SOUTHWEST OF SALEM Comments (0)

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I am sometimes embarrassed to tell a woman the name of my blog, usually resorting to, “It's Boy Culture ... but we love girls, too!”

I've never felt less attached to the name than when I was watching the new documentary Southwest of Salem, which details the heartbreaking case of four Latinas from San Antonio, Texas, whose lesbianism almost certainly led to their being imprisoned for heinous crimes they did not commit; their story was almost certainly made possible by good ol' boy culture.

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The San Antonio Four—Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez—were a tight-knit group of friends who found themselves accused, in 1994, of gang-raping Ramirez's two young nieces. The girls told a wild tale of drug-fueled, Satanic-driven group sex, an expert testified that the girls' hymens were damaged and that's all their community and the local media needed to hear.

Convicted, Ramirez pulled over 37 years and her friends each received 16. Only problem is, they didn't do it, and the crime for which they were convicted almost beyond a doubt never happened in the first place.

When one of the girls accusing the women grew up and found she could not remember anything negative happening at all, she confronted her father, a man with plenty of reason to have an ax to grind when it came to his sister-in-law. He allegedly threatened her with taking her children away if she refused to stay silent. She went on the record anyway, and he did try, unsuccessfully, to meddle with her custody.

Her admission led to Vasquez's parole, and Vasquez made it her mission to help her fellow accused. Their long, torturous struggle makes up Southwest of Salem.

Director Deborah S. Esquenazi has turned in a sobering, no-frills documentary that painstakingly details the case, which has yet to fully resolve; the women are currently free, but as the film shows, they are still fighting for justice.

Esquenazi documents how the expert testimony in the original case was not only flimsy, but later disavowed by the same expert who gave it; how the police seemed all too eager to lump the crime in with the last gasp of the now totally debunked Satanic ritual abuse epidemic (the film's only arty flourish is a sequence of footage from the Silent Era that eerily communicates the accusers' over-the-top fabulism); and how the legal system is set up to keep admissions of error extremely hard to solicit, let alone receive.

Most impressively, the director accomplishes this while telling the very human stories of the women, and of the accuser who set out to make things right years later.

She also deftly touches on the role (or lack thereof) of the nascent San Antonio gay community back in the '90s when the case first achieved notoriety, and on the roles of Catholicism and family in the women's lives.

Portions of the Q&A from the screening I attended:

There are many deeply moving sequences in Southwest of Salem—which has no shortage of parallels from which to draw in comparing the Massachusetts witch hunts of the 1600s with the way POC and LGBTQ people are still routinely treated by the U.S. justice system—including scenes of despair and of joy long withheld. For me, the most compelling scene is when an elderly, white, male, Texan judge is tasked with deciding whether a case he himself presided over may have gotten it wrong. One question he asks will chill you to the bone, and should lead any right-minded citizen to ask a dozen more questions about the efficacy of our system.

Don't miss this important film—check out its official site here and donate to the women's cause here.

 
Oct 16 2016
Singin' Through The Pain: A Review Of BRIGHT LIGHTS Comments (0)

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You may think you learned all you needed to know about the mother/daughter relationship of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher when you saw Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep play them in the film adaptation of Fisher's roman à clef Postcards from the Edge (1990)—but that's only part of the story.

DSC00721Fisher with her dog, Gary, at the NYFF (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

That's a really juicy part of the story, but still, only part of it.

Since then, Fisher—who has gotten her bipolar disorder under control—has been a devoted caretaker, best friend and immediate neighbor to her mom, one of the last survivors from Hollywood's Golden Age, and their whacky, tempestuous, deeply loving relationship is captured in all its gory glory in Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds, which screened October 10 at the New York Film Festival in NYC.

The film, directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, bravely and honestly follows what appears to be the twilight of 84-year-old Reynolds' time as a star, as a working performer and on earth.

Though she seemed as sharp as a tack and as spunky as ever when I saw her four years ago at the Cinecon film fest, she was visibly diminished accepting her SAG Award in 2015, a process captured in heart-stopping detail in Bright Lights.

Now, Reynolds seems to be almost 100% retired, and it's certainly against her will. Fisher—who says many poignant and thought-provoking things in the documentary—sums up why her mother's journey is so interesting to us all, pointing out that, “Age is hard for all of us, but she falls from a greater height,” something that's true of any great star, great beauty, greatly physical performer.

Fisher and her brother, Todd Fisher, display complete love and clear-eyed understanding of their superstar mom, who is both genuinely sweet and genuinly smitten with stardom, battling forces that led to a successful career but family strife in the past, and above all, all three of them approach themselves and their situations with admirable and infectious humor.

What can you say about these people whose family unit was torn asunder by Elizabeth Taylor—who ran off with Reynolds's husband Eddie Fisher (who appears in the film on his deathbed)—and yet who seem to reference her on a daily basis? Reynolds owned many of La Liz's most famous movie costumes, Todd Fisher has a Cleopatra poster hanging in his house.

When Bright Lights airs on HBO later this year, you'll undoubtedly find yourself more impressed than ever by Fisher's wit and grit (and her singing voice), and by Debbie's determination to remain as optimistic as her body will allow.

Just an absolutely touching and enthralling piece of work—which could also be said of the people in it.

After the jump, Debbie filmed this year for her Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar ...

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