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Ricki Lake on Leaving Behind Her Talk Show and Producing Films That Matter

21 July 2015 7:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Bond/360 Acquires Birthing Documentary 'The Mama Sherpas' Ricki Lake, frequent star of John Waters' films -- most notably the original "Hairspray" -- and successful daytime talk show host, has gone through a major career shift since leaving her spot on television, refocusing her attention on producing documentaries about women's reproductive issues, including childbirth and birth control. Starting with her best friend Abby Epstein's "The Business of Being Born," Lake has used her name to bring attention to topics that mean something to her.  After having her own experiences with alternative birthing options, Lake began her producing journey. Her latest project, executive producing Brigid Maher's "The Mama Sherpas," sees Lake working on a film that focuses on midwives and their involvement with births, both in private facilities and in hospital settings. Soon, Lake will being working on "Sweetening the Pill," a documentary »

- Kaeli Van Cott

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Icons of Fright Chats With Avn Award Winner/Blood Lust Podcast Host Bailey Jay!!

12 June 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Having already conquered the world of porn by winning two Avn awards, along with being an outspoken and honest voice within the transgender community, Bailey Jay is ready to take on the world of horror now, with her brand new Blood Lust podcast, which focuses completely on the horror community. No stranger to the world of podcasting, Bailey has previously hosted her own Riotcast Network podcasts, The Bailey Jay Show, as well as her spirituality-centric podcast The Trans Witching Hour. If that’s not enough to want to hear what she has to say, Bailey also co-hosts Vice’s The Jim Norton Show, runs her own adult site, has a huge online presence, having over 84,000 followers on Twitter (@BaileyJayTweets) and almost 50,000 Instagram followers. Want more? She was the subject of the third season premiere of Inside Amy Shumer, and appears in Troma’s Return To Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 2. The »

- Jerry Smith

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This Commencement Speech Will Light a Fire Under Your Ass

11 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

At the end of May, writer and director John Waters gave a commencement speech to the Rhode Island School of Design's graduating class of 2015, and now we can all enjoy it. John Waters first became famous for what are revered as some of the dirtiest films of all time - like Pink Flamingos and the original Hairspray movie. Now, he's using his experiences and infamous style to give advice about the creative industry. Watch the speech in full above, snack on the best highlights below, and then dive into even more inspiring celebrity graduation speeches. "Hopefully, you have been taught never to fear rejection in the workplace. Remember, a 'no' is free. Ask for the world, and pay no mind if you're initially turned down." "A career in the arts is like a hitchhiking trip: all you need is one person to say, 'Get in,' and off you go. »

- Ryan-Roschke

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Failure, subversion and hideous clothes: John Waters shares his life lessons

8 June 2015 2:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

John Waters gave the commencement speech at Rhode Island School of Design, and offered a wealth of wisdom: from embracing failure, to the importance of letting your kids be weird

The vogue for stars dispensing wisdom to halls of college graduates continues: just last week we had Christopher Nolan explaining the end of Inception and telling kids to follow not their dreams, but their realities.

Now footage has been uploaded of John Waters giving his own speech, at Rhode Island School of Design, where the Pope of Trash – known for Hairspray, Cry Baby and other bits of delirious celluloid filth – offers an array of advice that is refreshingly specific, rather than filled with generic suggestions to, well, follow your dreams. Here are his best bits.

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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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John Waters to College Grads: "It's Your Turn to Cause Trouble"

31 May 2015 12:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Filmmaker John Waters tells Rhode Island School of Design graduates it's their turn to go out in the world and cause artistic trouble. Waters, known for the cult classic Pink Flamingos and other films that pushed the boundaries of good taste, was given an honorary doctorate Saturday at the prestigious art school's 132nd commencement. He urged the 669 graduates to go out and "outrage outdated critics" and "make me nervous." Read More Advice From the Best Celebrity Commencement Speeches Ever (Photos) "It's your turn to cause trouble," he said. Waters also advised them to give their children a

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- The Associated Press

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Killer Mike on Bill O'Reilly: 'More Full of S--t Than an Outhouse'

16 May 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Killer Mike visited Real Time With Bill Maher Friday night to talk race relations, Baltimore and the link between crime and rap music. The Run the Jewels rapper, who previously penned an op-ed slamming Geraldo Rivera and Wolf Blitzer for their coverage of the Baltimore protests, used his Real Time appearance to rip Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, who frequently blames hip-hop for many of society's problems.

"I like Bill O'Reilly the character but I hate how white people take him so seriously," Killer Mike said. "He's more full of shit than an outhouse. »

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Peaches Christ: A True Icon of Fright

5 May 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Edgy, provocative, and often hilarious, the drag scene is one of the most fascinating forms of entertainment. We now live in a world of demanded political correctness, and while the drag scene has greatly evolved over the last few years, the taboo sensationalism of it all still rings true.  Thanks to the success of Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag queens and drag culture have started to shift into the mainstream as something more than just Tootsie or The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  However, you don’t need to be on a reality show competition to make a name for yourself in the drag community, and horror fans are missing out on the scream queen we didn’t know we needed.

Peaches Christ (the stage name for Joshua Grannell) is a drag performer, emcee, filmmaker, and actor.  Peaches currently resides in San Francisco where her Backlash Production Company and »

- BJ Colangelo

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Why 1974 was the best year in film history

29 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. I was one of the first to select years for this particular exercise, which probably allowed me to select the correct year. The answer is, of course, 1974 and all other answers are wrong. No matter what your criteria happens to be, 1974 is going to come out on top. Again, this is not ambiguous or open to debate. We have to start, of course, with the best of the best. "Chinatown" is one of the greatest movies ever made. You can't structure a thriller better than Robert Towne and Roman Polanski do, nor shoot a Los Angeles movie better than John Alonzo has done. Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway give the best performances of their careers, which is no small achievement. If you ask »

- Daniel Fienberg

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'RuPaul’s Drag Race' -- Season 7, Episode 9: 'Divine Inspiration'

29 April 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Hey, squirrel friends!  Mama Ru is back and she’s brought a fierce pack of blood thirsty queens with her. You can check back here weekly for our recaps and readjusted Queenly Rankings. Now, let’s read these bitches for filth! Or, at least assign a totally subjective ranking based on their performance in week nine.  *Spoilers ahead!* All T, All Shade—Here’s the Recap: Last week, Jaidynn got the boot, and it was definitely her time to go. Trixie took her spot in the competition after wowing the judges in a perhaps-slightly-definitely rigged competition, but I am happy to see what else she can bring!  After landing in the bottom two, Ginger Minj is freaked out and emotional, but I doubt she will be there again. I see this funny lady cruising through to the top three. Who’s with me?  The next morning the queens receive the »

- Joe Ehrman-Dupre

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RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode nine - Divine Inspiration

28 April 2015 9:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Filth master John Waters provided the inspiration for the queens this week as the all-singing, all-dancing season seven rolls on

Hello Baltimore (and John Waters)! Not only was the library open tonight, but it was filled with filth, as legendary director Waters graciously allowed the queens to perform skits inspired by the Queen, Divine.

Team Cha-Cha Heels (Kennedy Davenport and Katya) squared off against Team Eggs (Ginger Minj and Trixie Mattel), while Team Poo (Miss Fame, Pearl and Violet Chachki) brought up the rear. And the musical theatre numbers played out as every other musical and/or theatre number has this season: Kennedy couldn’t quite remember her lines, Pearl’s performance was flat, Violet was forgettable and Miss Fame couldn’t take direction. Ginger, Katya and Kennedy were, however, fantastic – especially Ginger, who channeled the Edith Massey from Pink Flamingos so well that they showed a split-screen with the two characters to the audience. »

- Megan Carpentier and Dominic Rushe

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New Schedule – Qfest St. Louis – Now Runs April 22-28 at The Tivoli Theatre

20 April 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A water main break at a movie theater can wreak havoc on a film festival! 

The Eighth Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis, was supposed to start Sunday April 19th at the Tivoli Theatre. But the organizers had to reschedule when the Tivoli had to shut down because of the water disaster. The show will go on, but the schedule has been changed.

The St. Louis-based Lgbtq film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of 23 films – 11 features (six narratives and five documentaries) and 12 short subjects. The participating filmmakers represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema. The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to illustrate the diversity of the Lgbtq community and to explore the complexities of living an alternative lifestyle.

Highlights include the St. Louis premieres of two biographical documentaries on Olympic diver Greg Louganis »

- Tom Stockman

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Rescheduled! – Tab Hunter Confidential – The QFest St. Louis Review

20 April 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Tab Hunter Confidential now screens Monday, April 27th at 7pm at Landmark’s Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar) as part of this year’s QFest St. Louis. For ticket information, go Here

Hollywood can destroy people. For every survivor of the Hollywood system, whether from years ago or any current actors, there are dozens of actors and other artists who crashed and burned, had serious substance abuse issues, committed suicide or never made it at all.

Just from memory I can name Barbara Payton, Jayne Mansfield, Jeanne Eagles, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Diana Sands and Montgomery Clift. For a complete rundown you can’t do much better than Kenneth Anger’s incredible book Hollywood Babylon and it’s even more depressing sequel Hollywood Babylon Part Two. Vincent Price called Hollywood “the most evil place on Earth!” And Vincent Price would know something about evil!

A few short years ago I read Tab Hunter »

- Sam Moffitt

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Tab Hunter Confidential – The QFest St. Louis Review

19 April 2015 7:05 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Tab Hunter Confidential screens Monday, April 20th at 7pm at Landmark’s Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar) as part if this year’s QFest St. Louis. For ticket information, go Here

Hollywood can destroy people. For every survivor of the Hollywood system, whether from years ago or any current actors, there are dozens of actors and other artists who crashed and burned, had serious substance abuse issues, committed suicide or never made it at all.

Just from memory I can name Barbara Payton, Jayne Mansfield, Jeanne Eagles, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Diana Sands and Montgomery Clift. For a complete rundown you can’t do much better than Kenneth Anger’s incredible book Hollywood Babylon and it’s even more depressing sequel Hollywood Babylon Part Two. Vincent Price called Hollywood “the most evil place on Earth!” And Vincent Price would know something about evil!

A few short years ago I read Tab Hunter »

- Sam Moffitt

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Tab Hunter Confidential’

16 March 2015 9:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like the autobiographical tome it’s based on, “Tab Hunter Confidential” provides a colorful, likable and unpretentious look at the 1950s Hollywood dreamboat who was living a closeted gay life even as he was marketed as every bobbysoxer’s ideal boyfriend. Sharing his subject’s good humor about himself, prolific docu and DVD-extra director Jeffrey Schwarz (“I Am Divine,” “Vito”) has assembled a pleasing if less-than-revelatory feature that should prove particularly popular on the gay fest circuit en route to broadcast and download sales.

Although somewhat conventionally framed by the drama of an early near-outing — as a 19-year-old Hollywood newbie, Hunter was arrested for attending a private gay party, something he recalls “would be thrown at me years later”—“Confidential” is not a story of torment in the closet. Indeed, the 2006 book Hunter wrote with Eddie Muller does a better job limning the internal and professional conflicts in his life, »

- Dennis Harvey

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Eighth Annual Qfest St. Louis – Lgbtq Film Festival Runs April 19-23 at The Tivoli Theatre

12 March 2015 7:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Come get your Q on, St. Louis! The Eighth Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis, runs April 19-23 at the Tivoli Theatre. The St. Louis-based Lgbtq film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of 23 films – 11 features (six narratives and five documentaries) and 12 short subjects. The participating filmmakers represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema. The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to illustrate the diversity of the Lgbtq community and to explore the complexities of living an alternative lifestyle.

Highlights include the St. Louis premieres of two biographical documentaries on Olympic diver Greg Louganis (“Back on Board”) and former Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter (“Tab Hunter Confidential”). Other prominent films include the latest from avant-garde queer filmmaker Bruce la Bruce (“Gerontophilia”) and lesbian-themed films starring Geraldine Chaplin (“Sand Dollars”) and the directorial debut from HBO »

- Tom Stockman

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Horror Round-Up: Keanu Reeves Joins The Neon Demon, El Rey Network’s ‘Rip Your Heart Out’ Marathon, Blood Feast Portsmouth Screening

6 February 2015 9:47 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Welcome to another horror round-up! Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon has added a few key cast members, the El Rey Network kicks off their 2nd annual ‘Rip Your Heart Out’ Marathon on Cupid’s big day next weekend, and Portsmouth’s Seacoast Repertory Theatre is hosting a special screening of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ cult classic Blood Feast at the end of the month, featuring a Skype interview with the prolific director and a food competition amongst attendees.

The Neon Demon: Deadline recently reported that Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, and Bella Heathcote have joined the growing cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s in-development horror film, The Neon Demon. The roles of the new additions are not yet known. Elle Fanning and Abbey Lee will also star in the film, with Fanning set to play an “aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise. »

- Derek Anderson

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On ‘Suburban Gothic’ and its irreverently sardonic tone

3 February 2015 5:37 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Suburban Gothic

Written by Richard Bates Jr. and Mark Bruner

Directed by Richard Bates Jr.

USA, 2015

What makes a film a cult hit? Usually it’s a combination of an underground fan base, a kitschy premise or execution, a deeply engaging cast – either due to immeasurable talent, or a complete lack thereof. Most significantly, it requires the passage of time. Cult hits don’t form overnight. Their status takes time to germinate. Yet now we find ourselves in a time where manufacturing Cult is in. Suburban Gothic is a great example of this transition. Packed with cult icons, dripping with pulp imagery and texture, and littered with pithy one-liners, Suburban Gothic is an entertaining horror-comedy more intent on appearing Cult than trying to create a memorable piece of cinema.

The film centers on Raymond (Matthew Grey Gubler), a business-school grad who’s been forced to move back home to suburbia due to unreliable employment rates. »

- Ariel Fisher

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Film Review: ‘Suburban Gothic’

27 January 2015 2:09 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A likably wiseass horror-comedy, “Suburban Gothic” is light on the horror and the usual broader comedy strokes as well, instead sporting the kind of droll humor that springs not from gags and setpieces but from what seems like improvisational riffing from a cast of assured comic hands. Quite a shift from helmer/co-scenarist Richard Bates Jr.’s first feature, “Excision” (a queasy character study about a creepy teen obsessed with amateur surgery), this sly goof has stirred some buzz along the genre-fest circuit. FilmBuff’s simultaneous theatrical and VOD release on Jan. 30 should harvest modest rewards, helped by the presence of some support names likely to catch the eye of in-joke-savvy fan types.

Man-child Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler, “Criminal Minds”) has just completed his Mba. But his MTV-circa-1985 New Wave look and general bratty attitude suggest he’s not about to find gainful corporate (or any) employment soon. Thus, he »

- Dennis Harvey

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Is John Waters the Next Robert Osborne? Filmmaker to Host Playboy’s Classic Porn

16 January 2015 1:35 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Playboy is hoping it can do for old porn what Time Warner’s Turner Classic Movies does for the best cinema of yesteryear.

The adult-entertainment company’s premium cable outlet, Playboy TV, will on Saturday night start a series called “Groundbreakers,” which will feature film director John Waters presenting and commenting upon some of the porn industry’s earliest commercial film successes.

“Porn classics are another extreme element of show business,” Waters said in an interview. Playboy reached out to him to host the series, and he was immediately interested, he said, having a strong interest in the history of cult cinema. “It’s an educational opportunity. You learn about the shows that you masturbated to for the first time.”

Others have tested the format. Showtime enlisted comedian Dave Attell to make fun of clips from old porn movies as part of “Dave’s Old Porn,” and he is often »

- Brian Steinberg

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Watch the Mysteries of the Supernatural in Suburban Gothic’s Official Trailer

14 January 2015 5:15 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat Dennings are setting out to solve the mysteries of the spirit threatening their small town in the trailer for their upcoming horror comedy, ‘Suburban Gothic.’ The video investigates the unknown spirit that’s haunting the area, after the movie was brought to audiences’ attention at last year’s Fantasia Film Festival. ‘Suburban Gothic’ was directed by ‘Excision’ helmer, Richard Bates Jr., who co-wrote the horror comedy with Mark Linehan Bruner. Besides Gubler and Dennings, the movie also stars Barbara Niven, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Muse Watson, Mel Rodriguez and John Waters. FilmBuff is set to release the film on January 30 in theaters and VOD. The following  [ Read More ]

The post Watch the Mysteries of the Supernatural in Suburban Gothic’s Official Trailer appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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