2011 posts categorized "MOVIES"

Nov 14 2014
MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE Film To Have NYC Debut Comments (0)
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Previously unseen images of Shepard in the gallery above

Coming to IFC (323 Ave. of the Americas) in NYC at 9:45PM on November 20 is the much-anticipated documentary Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine, directed by Michele Josue, a close friend of Shepard's.

From a press release:

OneSheet_v4_webLargeMatt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, Josue's debut and the first film helmed by someone from Matt's life, is an intimate tribute to the young man she knew, the young man behind the story that rocked the nation and caused outcry around the world in 1998. Josue's journey took her across the United States, Switzerland and Morocco and the heartfelt result has screened at over two dozen festivals worldwide with more to come.

“On October 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. Years later, Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt's, revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage, as Matt's all-too-brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of those whose lives he touched, from the friends and family who knew him best to the bartender who saw him on the night of the attack.

“New revelations emerge in one of the most notorious hate crimes in US history, leading to a searing, poignant, and multi-layered biographical and sociological portrait. In the end, the notion of forgiveness--embodied in the moving and courageous final act of Matt's parents--takes on truly heroic proportions.”

The film, which contains many never-before-seen images of Shepard, will be in theaters in February 2015.

Michele Josue Matt ShepardThe filmmaker with Matt Shepard, a friend of hers

Check out the moving trailer after the jump...

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Give & RETAKE Comments (0)

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Sean MandellSkins hottie Luke Pasqualino and sexy EastSiders creator/director/actor Kit Williamson are starring in a proposed movie called Retake, a feature LGBT drama about two broken souls driving to the Grand Canyon that will be directed and written by Nick Corporon (Barbie Boy), and produced by Corporon, Sean Mandell (of Towleroad; inset...um, why isn't he in the movie?) and Collin Brazie (who will also serve as cinematographer).

According to the project's just-launched Kickstarter:

Unnamed“A young male prostitute (played by Luke Pasqualino) is hired by Jonathan, a lonely middle-aged man, to be his companion on a road trip from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon.

“Jonathan creates a role for the escort to play for the duration of the trip: 'Brandon.' Eager to leave his own past behind, the escort accepts the role and they set off on their drive. 'Brandon' quickly comes to realize he’s playing a pivotal part of Jonathan’s desire to relive his past.

“'Brandon' and Jonathan—two damaged souls driving to the Grand Canyon, one trying to remember his past; the other trying to forget. Retake is an exploration of love, loss, identity, and the delicate balance of moving toward an uncertain future.”

Kit-WilliamsonWill he get his Kit off?

Check out the video after the jump...

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Charm's Way: Daniel Radcliffe's WHAT IF Is Out On DVD Comments (0)

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A movie that harkens back to 500 Days of Summer, Daniel Radcliffe's romantic comedy What If, is out on DVD. This charmer puts him opposite love interest Zoe Kazan in a film described as “a modern comedy about romance, friendship, and everything in between.”

Let me know what you think if you've seen or if you see this one!

 
Nov 12 2014
Barbara's Pleased: Don't Miss John Epperson As Lypsinka (And As John Epperson) In LYPSINKA: THE TRILOGY Comments (0)

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BOY CULTURE RATING: **** OUT OF **** STARS

A 28-year-old friend of mine who is the perfect man and would get a proposal of marriage from me if it weren't for the fact that I'd have to pay him to get naked for me said to me recently, when I invited him to see Lypsinka, “Am I a bad gay if I don't wanna see a drag show?”

Well, yes, yes, he is.

But not because he isn't into drag—so much of it is stale. He's a bad gay for thinking Lypsinka is a drag show. John Epperson's Lypsinka is more in the performance-art vein. And besides that, she's not a drag show...currently, she's three.

Lypsinka: The Trilogy is now playing on NYC's Lower East Side at The Connelly Theater. On alternating nights, the Queen of Drag Queens is performing Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford and John Epperson: Show Trash, three very different shows with very little overlap but lots of overlip.

JUST A FEW OF THE NAMES WHOSE VOICES APPEAR IN LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET:

Judith Anderson Polly Bergen Arthur Blake Joan Crawford Bette Davis Olivia de Havilland Sandra Dee Phyllis Diller Ruth Draper Frances Faye Penny Fuller Judy Garland Dolores Gray T.C. Jones Gisele MacKenzie Fay McKay Ethel Merman Agnes Moorehead Kay Stevens Dorothy Squires Kim Stanley Gloria Swanson Natalie Wood

Lypsinka-legsThe first, and best, is Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, approximately 90 minutes' worth of Lypsinka in her robotically glamorous prime (she's even better as a man of a certain age playing a woman of a certain age than he was when he did it as a youngster), gliding across the stage and expertly mouthing a complicated soundtrack made up of obscure songs from musical theater and instantly recognizable soundbites from film, TV and the theater. His lip-synching style is so leisurely it becomes hypnotic. He never overemotes; rather, he simply parts his lips and lets the sounds seem to emerge from within. His best weapons are his eyes (the gams are still in working order, too—see inset), which light up the stage with shock, existential angst and/or malevolence, as each sonic snippet demands.

Also compelling is The Passion of the Crawford, the lioness's share of which consists of Epperson and Steve Cuiffo or Scott Wittman recreating Crawford's legendary 1973 Town Hall interview, in which she tweaks Bette Dvis, verbally spanks Marlon Brando, talks parenting and almost has a rolling orgasm while commenting on Greta Garbo. Lypsinka's visual adlibs, affecting expressions Crawford didn't but should have made, are delicious. She then segues into a somewhat dreary sequence of Crawford camp-earnestly reciting a religious text, but it comes to an end with a fantasmagoric remix of some of Crawford's famous lines as well as elements of the Town Hall Q&A that has to be seen to be believed. (If you're into latter-day Crawford, don't miss this video!)

JohnEppersonCompleting your set is John Epperon: Show Trash, in which Lypsinka fades to black so that Epperson himself can shine—and shine he does, as an outstanding pianist and inimitable singer. He offers original compositions that illustrate the trajectory of his life from Southern sissy to big-city sensation, as well as a few lip-synching interludes as a nod to his alter ego. (In an odd tribute to Katharine Hepburn, Epperson impersonats her singing Rapper's Delight—and it just so happened to be the very same day Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank died.)

For Epperson to take on the responsibility of doing three shows simultaneously is some kind of cry for help. Don't ignore it—see all three so you don't have to wait another 20 years to drink in his loopy, intelligent, darkly funny, queerly nostalgic tribute to popular and unpopular culture.

And if you don't wanna see a drag show, then you are your rabbit-faced wife can go to hell.

 
Nov 10 2014
Isn't It Romantic? Comments (0)
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The Matt Zarley-starring film hopefulROMANTIC had its L.A. debut this weekend, including an appearance from co-star George Takei.

Pictures in the gallery.

Zarley says of the film:

“When I first started writing the music for this, I was deeply in love. The original plan was to write a simple little EP of love songs. I was so happy and I wanted everyone to know it. A few weeks into the process, my relationship ended abruptly without warning. I was devastated. It was hard for me to access a lot of positive loving feelings at the time. Out of that temporary writer's block, I wrote 'Constantly'. As I was finishing that song, I began to rethink my project. What was originally gonna be a 5 song EP of love songs suddenly took a turn. I had decided to construct a narrative...a journey with music being the guide. Having had an extensive background in Broadway and musical theatre, it seemed natural to finally merge my two worlds together. Much of what I was writing about was also what I was experiencing in real life. Thru this creative journey, I began to heal myself. In the end, my faith and belief that there's someone out there for all of us was restored. Holding onto the eternal cliche that 'everything happens for a reason' couldn't hold more truth for me now. I'm convinced that had I not loved as deeply as I did and had I not been so devastated, this project surely wouldn't have happened. For that, I'm thankful for my once broken heart.”

 
Nov 04 2014
Need To Know: Nebraska Cornholer + Give 'em The Business + What The Dell? + Catcall About Steve + MORE! Comments (0)

Eric-LueshenGetting the word out

*widget boy cultureOut Nebraska Cornhusker reminisces about his experiences.

*widget boy cultureWait, a business moving in to Chelsea???

*widget boy cultureDude, you're gettin' 15 dollars.

*widget boy cultureNew Hampshire GOP chair urges drowning Democrats.

*widget boy cultureI'm with Chris Rock on 1 World Trade: Never going in. Ever.

DEMOCRATSJust sayin'

*widget boy culture“Kill all black people” teacher wasn't fired! She's back.

*widget boy cultureMadonna family feud rages on.

*widget boy cultureMarvin Gaye's family winning vs. Robin Thicke/Pharrell so far.

*widget boy cultureWhitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances is here.

*widget boy cultureThis actually is Lisa Ling's first time at the (gay) rodeo.

*widget boy cultureSteve Santagati is a fucking idiot.

*widget boy cultureNo cock in 50 Shades of Grey? What's the point?

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Nov 03 2014
Naked Ambition Comments (0)

ShirtlessThe filmmaker is giving out naked selfies to everyone who offers $50+...if the film is funded.

Check out You Can't Escape Lithuania, a proposed feature about a gay filmmaker in Europe.

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The film will be made by Romas Zabarauskas, a real-life gay filmmaker whose work includes filmfest entries Porno Melodrama and We Will Riot.

Watch the pitch after the jump...

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Need To Know: Faking News + Poll Positions + A LEAGUE OF SOME OF THEIR OWN + Dragged Down + A Nipple Effect + Ingalls Well That Ends Well + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureBREAKING: So...Tyler Ritter isn't gay. Officially.

*widget boy cultureIf Republicans take the Senate, it ain't necessarily Obama's approval rating's fault.

*widget boy cultureYour dog is a whore.

*widget boy cultureIt's an A League of Their Own (semi-) reunion.

*widget boy cultureGrumpy Cat isn't even 2 years old and has a movie already.

*widget boy cultureAnother sex-harassment accusation for GOPer Carl DeMaio.

*widget boy cultureGay time-capsule alert: What would you put in?

*widget boy cultureSexy Daniel Jaems in his undies.

*widget boy cultureDrag queens read mean-queen tweets: 

*widget boy culture“Ebola nurse” Kaci Hickox is sorry for the inconvenience.

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé goes as a witch for Halloween. (Kidding!) Ss

*widget boy cultureHot jock's nipples are so amazing even he notices.

*widget boy cultureThe dude on the right...the rest of him is also hot.

*widget boy cultureKim Kardashian all but licks Anna Wintour's ass.

*widget boy cultureRichard Simmons meets Miley Cyrus for Halloween.

*widget boy culture“Laura” and “Nellie” were real-life besties.

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