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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 | | See recent 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 ]

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- Karen Benardello

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