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Interview: Stephen Dorff Gets His Life And Career Back On Track

28 December 2010 9:31 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend about 90 minutes — 45 of them recorded — at New York’s Bowery hotel with the actor Stephen Dorff, 37, who is earning the best reviews of his career for his performance as a movie star in quiet crisis at Hollywood’s fabled Chateau Marmont hotel in Sofia Coppola’s meditative film “Somewhere” (Focus Features, 12/22, R, trailer). Dorff and I had planned to chat in the lobby, but when the hotel staff blocked me from filming him there he graciously invited me up to his room to have a couple of beers and shoot it there. Suffice it to say that it was more than a little surreal to walk in and find a scene very much like the one his character inhabits throughout Coppola’s picture — sans stripper poles, sadly.

Over the course of our conversation, Dorff and I discussed a wide-range of topics:

his »

- Scott Feinberg

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Role Models by John Waters – review

18 December 2010 4:04 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cult film-maker John Waters's collection of interviews and profiles of his personal heroes reveals a shameless narcissist who strikes creepy, perverse poses

Wanting to be notorious and also well-liked is an oddly forked ambition, but for 40 years now John Waters has been treading his double path. In books such as the new Role Models he gives the paradoxes of his image some fine-tuning. The essay on art collecting has some charmingly brisk advice for the beginner (go to the second show of an artist you like and buy something for about $5,000) and everything on his list of Five Books You Should Read to Lead a Happy Life if Something is Basically the Matter With You is worth knowing. But the real message is: "Bet you didn't think that a film-maker best known for a scene of shit-eating would respond so fully to the drawings of Cy Twombly and the prose of Denton Welch, »

- Adam Mars-Jones

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Morning Meme: Sir Ian McKellen Lives Out and Proud, Katee Sackhoff's New Show, and David Boies Does "The Colbert Report"

16 December 2010 5:41 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

 

Sir Ian McKellen is my hero. Speaking about homophobia to school children in conjunction with Stonewall, he says he’s doing it because “By talking frankly about my own life as a gay man and listening to the concerns of staff and students, parents and governors, I hope the visits arranged by Stonewall may make a difference in the classroom and the playground.”

Ft. Worth Councilman Joel Burns is a finalist for Texan of the Year. If a gay man wins this award, you can find me skiing at my chalet in hell.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced, and I really don’t care. Donna Summer didn’t make it. And Neil Diamond did. Not that either of those two have anything to do with rock and roll.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t even pick up a book titled Being Gay is Disgusting or God »

- Ed Kennedy

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Lights, cameras, olfaction: scratch and sniff movies

8 December 2010 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Leonie Cooper sits in on an event that finds the perfect aroma for a film. So how would Brokeback Mountain smell?

It's a rainy Tuesday night, and I'm in a basement club in London wafting a perfume-impregnated cardboard stick under my nose. It smells good. I can detect a delicate floral note. But then I pick up the distinct aroma of cigarettes.

The perfume is Jasmin et Cigarettes, a tobacco-infused scent made by Etat Libre d'Orange. This French company's range of unconventional scents includes Like This, composed of pumpkin, yellow mandarin and neroli; it was inspired by Tilda Swinton, apparently. Another goes by the unenticing name of Fat Electrician. Jasmin et Cigarettes, I'm told, should conjure up images of a 1930s starlet skulking around a film set.

This is Scratch and Sniff, a series of events aimed at enhancing our understanding of the arts through smell. Each month, a group »

- Leonie Cooper

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'Evil Bong 3-D' Becomes Latest Movie to Explore "Smell-o-Vision"

8 December 2010 12:15 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

3D may have taken off in a very big (and profitable) way this year, but so far "Smell-o-Vision" hasn't exactly caught on. One Norweigian film called 'Kurt Josef Wagle And The Legend of the Fjord Witch' utilized it in 2010 by handing out scratch and sniff cards to audience members, which is also what John Waters did for a 1982 "Odorama" version of his film 'Polyester', but aside from gimmicky smells popping up at various amusement park shows across the country, filmmakers haven't exactly warmed up to the idea of using "Smell-o-Vision" to help give audience members a more noses-on moviegoing experience.

Ah, but that's where schlock director Charles Band comes in. He's just announced that his next film, 'Evil Bong 3-D: The Wrath Of Bong', will arrive in theaters (this April 20th, natch) with what he calls "Sniff-o-Rama", which, like our previous examples, »

- Erik Davis

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'Evil Bong 3-D' Becomes Latest Movie to Explore "Smell-o-Vision"

8 December 2010 12:15 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

3D may have taken off in a very big (and profitable) way this year, but so far "Smell-o-Vision" hasn't exactly caught on. One Norweigian film called 'Kurt Josef Wagle And The Legend of the Fjord Witch' utilized it in 2010 by handing out scratch and sniff cards to audience members, which is also what John Waters did for a 1982 "Odorama" version of his film 'Polyester', but aside from gimmicky smells popping up at various amusement park shows across the country, filmmakers haven't exactly warmed up to the idea of using "Smell-o-Vision" to help give audience members a more noses-on moviegoing experience.

Ah, but that's where schlock director Charles Band comes in. He's just announced that his next film, 'Evil Bong 3-D: The Wrath Of Bong', will arrive in theaters (this April 20th, natch) with what he calls "Sniff-o-Rama", which, like our previous examples, »

- Erik Davis

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Justin Bieber puts on British accent, likes 'all girls'

8 December 2010 7:42 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Justin Bieber  may be gifted musically, but he needs to work on his accents if he wants to break into acting.

On the Saturday, Dec. 11 episode of "The Graham Norton Show," Bieber tries his hand at speaking with a British accent: "Hello, how are you? You like my English accent? It's very nice, very well. Thank you. Cheerio." (Hear it in the clip above.)

Later, he discusses the type of girl he likes -- "all girls" and that he likes one with "nice eyes."

There's one lady in Biebs' life that is a constant though, his mom. She travels with him while he's on tour.

"Sometimes I need a break from her because she's with me 24/7," he explains. "So I say it like 'Hey Mom, I love you. I'm gonna send you to a massage place.'"

It pays to stay on her good side too because she is his »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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AfterElton Briefs: More "Beekman Boys," John Waters Meets Justin Bieber, Take the Abba Quiz, and More!

7 December 2010 5:05 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Your eyes do not deceive you. That is John Waters posing with Justin Bieber. They met on The Graham Norton Show and inevitably the words "Your 'stache is the jam" were uttered. New research suggests that "women are more likely to leave a relationship after learning their mate had a homosexual affair, while men are more likely to split after discovering their woman had a heterosexual affair." Two pieces of very sad news to report. Pioneering gay radio talk show host Neil Rogers is apparently near death, and has been moved into hospice care. He suffered a stroke and heart attack last year, and his doctors have decided against surgery. Elizabeth Edwards has passed away from cancer at the age of 61. She was an ally and a classy lady. Below you can see her Hrc speech from a few years ago. Her dig at Ann Coulter is priceless.

How well do you know Abba? »

- snicks

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Welcome to Waters's world

3 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Hairspray and Pink Flamingos director is no stranger to irony. But would you buy a book of Role Models from the Pope of Bad Taste?

What is the ultimate John Waters anecdote? A master of irony, a man renowned for his outrageous, scandalous wit, most conversations with the film-maker, artist and raconteur turn up stories of dark bars in Baltimore, cult criminals and obscure dangerous movie stars. My favourite story, though, concerns a chicken.

The animal featured in Waters's 1972 classic, Pink Flamingos. Branded by Variety as "surely the most vile, stupid, repulsive film ever made", it's remembered by most for the scene in which Divine eats dog faeces. But that was not even the film's most controversial shot. No, there was also a sex scene in which a chicken is both molested and killed on camera. Let Waters take up the story: "The son is fucking Cookie. The chicken's in the middle. »

- Jim Shelley

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AfterElton Briefs: Lance Bass Dates a "Housegay," Bryan Safi continues his "A-List: Los Angeles" Quest, and More!

3 December 2010 1:24 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Here's last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

""Golddiggerlocks and the two bears. "

Thanks to FakeName for this week's winning caption.

Happy Birthday to Margaret Cho, who turns 42 this weekend.

Congrats to Krystian Legierski, who has become Poland’s first openly gay elected official. Below you can see Bryan Safi continue his quest to be chosen for The A-List: Los Angeles. His special guest is The A-List: New York's Derek, who at least has a sense of humor about how horribly he and his co-stars came across. Btw, if you want to help Bryan achieve his dream, join the Bryan Safi for the A-List Faceplace page.

Good news for Dexter fans: It looks as though a sixth season is definitely happening. In the absolute funniest thing I've read all week, Bristol Palin »

- snicks

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Roll Call: Justin Bieber (Sorta) Sports A Mustache!

3 December 2010 9:48 AM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Your Daily Dispatch of Celebrity Shenanigans

The Biebs All Grown Up!: Justin Bieber is just 16-years-old, but on Thursday he gave the world a glimpse at what a grown up more manly Biebs might look like - and it's strangely reminiscent of director John Waters. The Canadian singing sensation turned up in London sporting a drawn-on mustache, still making us question if he can actually grow a real one! See semi-manly Biebs, Here!

And now for our couple's roundup!

Rachel McAdams' Tsa Pda: Rachel McAdams and boyfriend Michael Sheen were spotted at Lax on Thursday giving the ...

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- nobody@accesshollywood.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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Heavy Metal Picnic

30 November 2010 6:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Was there ever a more awesomely jammin’ place and time than the state of Maryland in the 1980s?

Well, the answer is probably yes, but thanks to the documentary evidence produced by filmmakers Jeff Krulik and John Heyn, it’ll be awfully hard to prove.

The pair immortalized ’80s Maryland party atmosphere in their now legendary underground documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot (Hmpl), in which they chronicled the shenanigans going on outside of a Judas Priest concert. That film is probably one of the most iconic artifacts of ’80s culture ever created during that decade.

A little older, a little wiser and a little grayer, the boys are back with a new documentary, Heavy Metal Picnic, that, while not directly linked, is at to least joined in spirit with their earlier hit. (For this film, Krulik is credited as a director and producer; and Heyn just as a producer.)

The »

- Mike Everleth

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When John Waters met Little Richard

27 November 2010 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In 1987, the iconic filmmaker John Waters was sent by Playboy magazine to interview his all-time hero – Little Richard. It was a surreal, almost religious experience for John who had been a lifelong fan of the godfather of rock'n'roll. So why did it almost end in a fistfight?

Little Richard scared my grandmother in 1957. I was 11 years old, on the way to her house for dinner with my parents, and had just shoplifted a record in the five-and-dime. Mom and Dad hadn't even noticed. Easy pickings – the 45rpm of "Lucille" on the Specialty label. My favourite tune. I felt happily defiant in the back seat of the car with the sharp edge of the single jabbing my stomach beneath the sweater. Once inside Mama's (as we called Stella Whitaker, my mother's mother), I made a beeline to her out-of-date hi-fi and let it roll. "Lu-cille! You won't do your sister's will! »

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Bruce Labruce: The Advocate For Fagdom

16 November 2010 8:19 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Given yesterday's story of an Australian film festival director who had his home raided and charges pressed against him following a screening of Bruce Labruce's La Zombie this seems particularly appropriate:

Director Angelique Bosio is currently wrapping things up on The Advocate For Fagdom, a feature length documentary on Canada's gay art punk provocateur featuring interview segments with John Waters, Harmony Korine, Gus Van Sant and others. Here's the official synopsis:

At turns, a transgressive artist in the purest sense of the term, the spiritual son of Kenneth Anger and John Waters, or leader of the Queercore movement, one thing is certain : Bruce Labruce makes small budget movies full of hardcore sex, political messages and containing as much violence as tenderness, in which he happily crushes any gay attitude clichés while practicing ironic self glorification, mocks any horror movie or dramatic set ups, and avoids all fashionable art trends. »

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Weekend Meme: Ricky Martin's Big Week, "Glee" Video Overload, and Ryan Reynold's "Green Lantern" Quick Change

13 November 2010 8:51 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Ricky Martin has had a hugely visible week. I’m drawing a blank on any talk shows he’s missed being on, and he just seems incredibly happy on each. He’s also the coverboy for People en Español , with his children in his arms. I have no idea what the article says, but I’m sure it’s great.

SAG/AFTRA signed a new deal with producers that avoided a strike for us, gave them immediate and future raises, and avoided big jumps in their health care costs. In this economy, that sounds like a miracle. But some aren’t happy, because the contract no long specifies first class airline travel on trips under 1,000 miles, or from Hollywood to Vancouver, slightly more than 1,000 miles, but very common. My heart bleeds for them.

Did anyone watch The Office episode about watching Glee? Evidently Oscar was “that guy” during the screening. »

- Ed Kennedy

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30 Greatest Gay Actors: #23: Tab Hunter

13 November 2010 2:17 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Muscled lean, smooth, tanned, blonde, blue-eyed, and incredibly handsome, Tab Hunter was the post war Golden Boy, the Brad Pitt of the 50′s. The american actor, singer, former teen idol and author landed a role in the film Island of Desire opposite Linda Darnell. With a fabricated name and extreme good looks, Tab Hunter was never taken seriously as an actor, but his co-starring role as young Marine Danny in 1955′s World War II drama Battle Cry cemented his position as one of Hollywood’s top young romantic leads. An instant success, Tab went on to star in over 50 major motion pictures, including The Pleasure of His Company, That Kind of Woman, Gunman’s Walk, They Came to Cordura, Ride the Wild Surf, The Loved One, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, and the Academy Award-nominated Damn Yankees. Hunter was a number-one box office attraction who dominated the »

- Staff

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Knoxville enjoys 'Jackass' homoeroticism

5 November 2010 3:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Johnny Knoxville has revealed that he is happy to embrace the homoeroticism present in the Jackass movies. The actor, who has led the Jackass troupe since the show debuted on MTV a decade ago, told The Guardian that Hairspray director John Waters once called the extreme stunt team "the gayest straight guys of all time". "I'm very pleased about [Waters's comment]," Knoxville said. "Jackass The Movie was listed in this book of, like, the greatest gay movies of all time. We were on the cover, and (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Johnny Knoxville's house of pain

4 November 2010 4:57 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jackass is back and on the verge of artistic respectability. Not that Johnny Knoxville could care less

It should come as no surprise that within minutes of our meeting,Johnny Knoxville is talking about his penis. More precisely, how he broke his penis three years ago in a motorcycle stunt that went wrong. It's a war story the Jackass star has often told, so the gory details don't need repeating – suffice to say, he has to self-adminster a painful-sounding procedure twice daily that wouldn't look out of place in the latest Jackass movie.

The point, though, is that it's impossible to imagine having this sort of discussion with anyone else. Just as it's impossible to think of any other mainstream movie in which bodily fluids are liberally ejected and ingested, male nudity is so liberally on show, or the human body is so routinely and genuinely abused. The joke was »

- Steve Rose

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Morning Meme: Secretary Clinton Talks to Glbt Teens, Stephen Fry Has "Attitude," Bryan Batt's Meaningful Glance

20 October 2010 5:05 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Well, it was weird enough when the White House said that President Obama was going to be on Mythbusters. Now he’s booked himself on The Daily Show on October 27th, just before the “Rally to Restore Sanity.” How is this going to help Democrats in the election? I’m staring at Republican ads nonstop talking about liberals inviting a comedian (Stephen Colbert) to Congress then going home without passing tax reform. This is just feeding the fire.

The CW is developing a musical/dancing show called Acting Out that takes place at a summer camp. It's described as Glee meets Bad Santa, so I'm expecting a darker tone.

Dan Choi is too old to be a Marine, but pending medical tests, he’s signed up to be in the Army. Meanwhile, in San Diego, a former Marine tried to re-enlist only to be told they didn’t know if they had room for him, »

- Ed Kennedy

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Underground Film Links: October 17, 2010

17 October 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The list is a little brief this week, but that’s all that was out there. However, the first three items thrill me so much, it sort of makes up for the overall brevity.

I have to say that I’m really thrilled to see Jack Sargeant blogging more lately, both re-printing older articles he’s written for others and new stuff. Sargeant is one of the most vital writers and historians of underground film we have today. And he has some great ones this week. First, there’s this fascinating profile of Samantha Sweeting, whose films sound so strange and lovely. And he has a nice overview / defense of UbuWeb, which originally appeared in FilmInk. A couple weeks ago, I publicly admitted my love of looking at old underground film flyers, posters, brochures, etc. To add to that jones, Landscape Suicide posted up an old flyer for a two-day »

- Mike Everleth

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