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April 22, 1946
It's a boy
It's a boy in a dress
The teenage Waters meets a kid in his neighborhood named Glenn Milstead who liked to dress up in his mother's clothes. Milstead would later change his name to Divine, becoming a 300-pound transvestite -- a cult favorite and hallmark of Waters films. »
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's pornstar biopic "Lovelace" will kick off the 15th annual Provincetown International Film Festival, which will close with Francesca Gregorini's "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes." Running from June 19 to June 23 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the festival will honor Harmony Korine with the Filmmaker on the Edge Award. The festival's Spotlight films will include Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary "I am Divine" about the iconic drag superstar and and Pedro Almodovar's comedy "I'm So Excited!" Other films included in the lineup are Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways," Zachary Heinzerling's "Cutie and the Boxer," and Sundance winner "The Spectacular Now," among others. The festival's special events will include a conversation between John Waters and honoree Korine, a poolside chat with "Lovelace" directors, and the festival's annual daily breakfast panels. Check out the full lineup and special events at the festival's website. »
- Erin Whitney
He produces and voices a good chunk of Fox’s Sunday animation block but Seth MacFarlane has never been on The Simpsons until now. The multitasking MacFarlane will make his debut on TV longest running scripted series’ season finale on May 19. He will guest voice as “Ben,” a married man who Marge gets to know online on a swingers site. Lisa Lampanelli is also guest voicing on The Simpsons’ one-hour Season 24 ender. Oscar host and The Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show creator, Ep and voice actor MacFarlane joins a long long line of exalted Simpsons guest stars including Thomas Pynchon, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Buzz Aldrin, John Waters and News Corp boss himself Rupert Murdoch, who appeared in Season 10. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
The lineup for the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival has been announced. Fox Searchlight’s The Way, Way Back—which marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning The Descendants screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon—has been selected as the closing night film, while Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives and the Sundance hits Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now will also fill out the festival. Additionally, the fest will host the Us premiere of the sci-fi thriller Europa Report starring Sharlto Copley and there will be community screenings of Badlands, Dazed and Confused and John Waters’ Hairspray. Hit the jump for the full press release. Here’s the press release: Film Independent Announces 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Line-up Along With Closing Night Film And Galas - Fox Searchlight Pictures’ The Way, Way Back Written and Directed by Oscar® Winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to Close the Festival - - »
- Adam Chitwood
Happy birthday, John Waters! Our favorite filthy writer-director, Broadway musical producer, author, late night guest and all-around cool guy celebrates his 67th year on earth today, April 22.
When he's not collecting checks for his uber-successful "Hairspray" musical, Waters wins our love with his support for independent movie theaters, fundraising for marriage equality and random hitchhiking trips across the country.
His films are pretty great, too. We recommend re-visiting the overlooked, uber-violent ode to D.I.Y. filmmaking "Cecil B. DeMented" and the Johnny Depp-starring "Cry-Baby."
Click through the slideshow for 15 reasons why we love John Waters:
- The Huffington Post
Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon star in the upcoming dramatic thriller Mud from Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols. Already a favorite on the festival circuit, this edgy adventure follows two teenage boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who discover a fugitive from the law named Mud (McConaughey) hiding out on a small island in the Mississippi. Mud mesmerizes the youngsters with his fantastic yarn about the man he killed in Texas, and the bounty hunters that are now hot on his trail. The two boys soon learn that Mud plans to meet with his former lover, Juniper (Witherspoon), and escape into the sunset. While skeptical, Ellis and Neckbone decide to help the killer meet up with Juniper, only to find themselves trapped in a dangerous and deadly struggle for survival. In the end, its love that saves the day.
In theaters April 26, we've culled together 11 awesome movies that »
Sharpen up those sniffers, because Iron Man 3D is going to be the first movie screened in 4D in Japan. The trend’s been kicking around the world since John Waters’ 1981 film Polyester, but the 4Dx format—which is available already in theaters in China, South Korea, Thailand, Russia, Mexico, Israel, and some countries in South America, but won’t be available in the U.S. until later this year, goddammit—is just breaking into Japan now. The format includes tilting seats, strobe lights, bubbles, wind machines, fog, and odors, so Japanese moviegoers will be able to smell Tony »
The documentary I Am Divine made its world premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival and as the title suggests, it documents the life and times of the iconic Divine, the mother of all drag performers. Divine worshippers and newbies will be happy to know that this movie has all the crazy and outlandish antics expected from the late great performer, but it's also surprisingly intimate, heartfelt, and a bit somber.
All of us remember our first encounter with the lovely Divine (born Harris Glenn Milstead). More than likely, you know her from John Waters' Pink Flamingos (a.k.a. The movie where she eats dog poo). It wasn't any different for Jeffrey Schwarz, director of the film. He was in his teenage years when he started worshipping at the altar of Divine.
“I had read about Pink Flamingos before actually seeing it, »
Through occasional magazine articles, John Waters' writings and stories, a few paragraphs in movie databases and my short film, "Love Letter to Edie," brief snippets of Edith Massey's life story have drifted along the edges of hipster culture in the 33 years since her underground movie debut in Waters' 1970 film "Multiple Maniacs." Since she was a little girl, Edith had "always wanted to be in the movies." She struggled through a unique and unusually difficult life, generally in poverty while living and working on the bad side of whatever town she »
- Robert Maier
This year's South by Southwest (SXSW or, if you're really cool, "South by") has been over for a couple of weeks now, and I'm finally sort of catching my breath, which is kind of incredible considering I participated in only the film fest section of Austin's renowned media festival.
Running March 8 to March 17, the 2013 iteration of SXSW consisted of an overwhelming schedule of over 5,000 events divided into film, music and interactive (i.e., technology) categories. Hell, the film portion alone comprised hundreds of screenings. The adage "you can't see it all" applies to most festivals, but with SXSW that adage becomes a tremendously disheartening law. Out of the dozens of movies I'd planned on seeing, I was forced to pare my viewing list down to about 15 films, and even a few of those were missed due to last-minute screening changes.
This was my first SXSW and it was definitely a learning experience. »
Everybody knows that Easter weekend is all about the chocolate nests and the Mini-Eggs - and the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, if that's your bag - but let's not forget the other crucial element of any long holiday weekend: movies on telly.
Whether you're in the mood for Jennifer Lawrence, animated dragons or well-oiled, scantily-clad Spartan warriors, we're confident that the Digital Spy Easter movie list has got something for everyone.
March 29, 7pm, Film4
John Hughes's slacker classic is the definition of perfect holiday viewing, following charismatic wise guy Ferris (Matthew Broderick) and his downtrodden, depressive best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) as they skive off school and spend a day living it up in downtown Chicago.
March 29, 10pm, More4
The Coen brothers' Best Picture-winning thriller is a hypnotically tense treat, featuring one of the most frightening villains ever committed »
As you may know from our weekly Movie Houses of Worship feature, we love to celebrate cinemas and the act of seeing films on the big screen. Part of that column focuses on these favorite theaters’ repertory programming. Most of the businesses and non-profit organizations we showcase play classic films, some of them solely doing so. And that’s because so many of us like to see these oldies on the big screen and with fellow cinephiles — even titles we own on Blu-ray and/or have seen a million times. We hate to see any of these cinemas close down (see tomorrow’s MHoW), and we love to see communities band together to save and re-open local theaters, both for the preservation of the history and the continued experiences that shall happen there. Fans of the feature and hopefully other readers will be interested in a new documentary titled The Rep. It »
- Christopher Campbell
Directed by: Jeffrey Schwarz
When I was very little, I remember my mom watching the original Hairspray on VHS and I was fascinated by one particular character. She was just so loud and over-the-top, and at the end of the film she's so much larger than life. It was several years later before I discovered that the sequined, brash woman wasn't a biological woman at all, and that was my introduction to Harris Glenn "Divine" Milstead (and consequently, I've been infatuated with drag culture for as long as I can remember). So when I heard about the upcoming documentary I Am Divine, touting itself as the definitive biopic of the ultimate diva, I knew that it was a must-see on my SXSW 2013 list.
- Amanda Rebholz
If the South by Southwest Film Festival was burdened by anything this year, it was an abundance of quality documentaries. It seemed that, while the narrative side of things was surprisingly sparse (where was the "21 Jump Street" or "The Raid" of this year?), the documentary selection was stronger than ever – there were more buzzed-about entries than we had time for, quite frankly (sorry "Medora!"), and almost everything we saw impressed us to one degree or another. Here is a quick rundown of a handful of key SXSW documentaries – "Lunarcy!," about people obsessed with the moon; "Downloaded," which aims to be the definitive documentary about file sharing program Napster; "Twenty Feet from Stardom," which charts the history of pop music from the backup singers' point of view; "Reincarnated," about Snoop Dogg's transformation into reggae titan Snoop Lion; and "I Am Divine," about director John Waters' corpulent muse, cross-dressing sensation Divine. »
- Drew Taylor
The 27th London Lgbt Fest offers tons of screenings in the coming days (Pictured above: Underground transgender superstar Divine in John Waters' 1974 sorta class Female Trouble) This year's London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival officially opened with a gala presentation of Jeffrey Schwarz’s I Am Divine this past Thursday. In the coming week, the festival will be showcasing dozens of features and shorts featuring characters of various forms of sexual orientation and gender identity from all over the world. Among tonight's features is John Waters' 1974 camp classic Female Trouble, starring Waters' muse Divine as a youngster who, after running away from home on Christmas Day, getting raped and pregant, and becoming a single mom, is transmogrified from loving schoolgirl to tough criminal. Waters' stock player Edith Massey plays Aunt Ida, who has obviously spent her life hanging out with the wrong straight crowd, remarking at one point in »
- Andre Soares
Harris Glenn Milstead, professionally known to the world as Divine, was perhaps middle America's first mainstream exposure to a drag queen. I Am Divine is a definitive documentary of Divine's life from his youth growing up in Baltimore to his death in 1988. With this movie, director Jeffrey Schwarz continues his sterling track record of in-depth, fascinating profile films such as Vito and Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story.
Interviews with John Waters, Jayne Mansfield, Tab Hunter, Mink Stole, Bruce Vilanch, Holly Woodlawn, Rikki Lake and finally, Divine himself, paint a fabulous picture of the man inside the dress shedding light on what was, to me, up until now a mysterious personality.
Before watching Schwarz's documentary, I could tell you little more about Divine other than that he was a 300-lb drag queen who once ate a dog turd on camera in John Waters' Pink Flamingos. Now, Divine is a »
- Mike Saulters
Directed by David Lynch
Written by David Lynch
Picture the scene – a storm-swept, wintry night, with the hail and rain lashing at the flimsy, sodden windows. One hour beyond the witching hour and in a lightless living room the VHS player whirls into stuttering activity and a grainy image materializes, a floating head emerging out of the pitiless darkness to the sounds of a throbbing industrial score, and a trauma inducing title expands across the screen – Eraserhead. Yes, I think it is fair to say that my first viewing of this midnight movie masterpiece was quite a memorable affair, I was barely into my teens when I finally got my anxious little claws on a VHS copy of this bizarre looking film, one of those difficult to source movies in those pre-internet days, a movie which had been remorselessly haunting the various movie magazines and horror anthology books of my mis-spent youth. »
Saturday night, my friend April and I tried Thai Passion downtown for dinner (I had it in mind after Bryan Poyser's interview) after catching the screening of Prince Avalanche that afternoon at the Paramount.
It wasn't that busy when we arrived, but a large group came in a little while later and sat near us. We tried figuring out which movie they were related to, and April pointed out that one guy at the table was wearing a John Waters shirt. We assumed they were celebrating before the premiere of I Am Divine later that night.
As we were leaving, I asked the group at the table which movie they were with, and indeed, our assumption was correct. When director Jeffrey Schwarz saw my name, he mentioned Dark Shadows (very few people bring that TV show up when they meet me). The folks at the table encouraged us to attend the premiere that night, »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Like many sleaze fans in their mid-30s, I discovered the magic of John Waters at a relatively tender age. I have vivid memories of seeing commercials for his second crossover film, Cry Baby starring a young Johnny Depp, on television at the age of 10. However, it wasn't until a few years later, probably around 1993, that I discovered the unholy powerhouse that was Divine. I've spent years clawing my way through the works of both of these inextricably linked characters in my search for an origin, a meaning, a Big Bang beginning to the explosion of filth that has, since I was a teenager, defined my tastes. Jeffrey Schwarz's I Am Divine digs even deeper than I was able to, and finds that germ...
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