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'The Fabulous Allan Carr': Film Review

'The Fabulous Allan Carr': Film Review
Jeffrey Schwarz, a specialist in light gay-showbiz documentaries like I Am Divine and Tab Hunter Confidential, looks behind the scenes in The Fabulous Allan Carr, profiling a producer-manager whose considerable achievements have probably been overshadowed by his role in the great Rob Lowe/Snow White Oscar debacle of 1989. Benefiting from ample interview footage of this colorful self-promoter, the entertaining doc lacks the broad appeal of the Divine film but will play well to fest auds with a strong interest in musical theater and 1970s/'80s Tinseltown lore.

Friends from high school and college remember Carr (born Alan Solomon) as uncommonly gregarious;...
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John Waters launches a summer camp for fans

Kirsten Howard Jun 16, 2017

One of film's rarest treasures is planning a summer experience his fans will never forget...

John Waters, the beloved director whose filmmaking career now spans a gigantic six decades, has a treat for hardcore fans of his movies this summer. The 'Pope of trash', as he's often fondly referred, is launching a summer camp for adults that will celebrate all things Waters-themed and beyond.

Taking place beside a serene lake in Kent, Connecticut, the event quickly sold out, with excited campers shelling out $499+ each for a ticket to attend the get-together this September, and along with the regular American summer camp activities, those grasping their entrance documents tightly will be in for quite the weekend.

Along with Waters' one man show, people will be able to sit through a movie marathon of the director's films (which include Cry Baby, Pink Flamingos and Serial Mom), attend Hairspray karaoke,
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Film Review: ‘Mobile Homes’

French-born, Nyu Tisch-educated director Vladimir de Fontenay’s “Mobile Homes” is born out of a paradox: Inspired by the uniquely American sight of a prefab home rolling down the highway, its very existence owes to the foreign helmer’s naïveté. Whereas locals might take such an image for granted, de Fontenay was compelled to make a film about it (“Mobile Homes” is actually the second time he’s done so, following a 2013 short of the same name). Almost immediately, however, his ignorance becomes a liability, resulting in a squalid and deeply condescending portrait of what this outsider imagines lower-class Americana to be.

Although English actress Imogen Poots isn’t American either, she nearly saves the exercise by bringing a shred of human warmth to her portrayal of a flagrantly unfit mother who drags her 8-year-old son through a host of illegal schemes in a desperate effort to put a roof over their heads.
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Newswire: John Waters is hosting his own summer camp for weirdos

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John Waters has spent decades offering an inclusively trashy and joy-filled take on the world, one that’s resonated with audiences from Pink Flamingos all the way up to his recent run of delightful one-man shows. Now, Waters has revealed that there’ll soon be a place for his fans to mainline an entire weekend of his garbage-loving worldview, courtesy of Camp John Waters. (Not to be confused with John Waters camp, which is most of the things John Waters does.)

Set for this September, the three-day event offers the usual slate of camping activities, like canoeing, smores, and hiking. But they’re also be a ton of distinctively Waters-ian activities, like a costume contest judged by the man himself, book readings, Bloody Mary Bingo, and the comforting sense that you’re surrounded by 300 people who can recite entire Divine monologues by heart. Tickets for the camp—which is ...
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‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks

‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks
A dream came true for John Waters in “Hagsploitation,” Episode 6 of FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.” For decades, the iconic director has been a vocal fan of William Castle, the B-movie king of showmanship whose promotional stunts remain legendary. In fact, “I wish I were William Castle,” Waters wrote in the 1986 collection “Crackpot.”

And thus, Ryan Murphy asked Waters to appear in “Hagsploitation,” which opens with Waters as Castle, introducing an axe-wielding Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange) during a promotional tour for the 1964 film “Straight-Jacket.”

“It was an honor to be asked to do it, because I’m such a fan of William Castle,” Waters said about the unannounced cameo. “I had to keep the secret for so long because we shot it a long time ago. And the secret kept. I was surprised, because there were 100 extras there.”
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‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks

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‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks
A dream came true for John Waters in “Hagsploitation,” Episode 6 of FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.” For decades, the iconic director has been a vocal fan of William Castle, the B-movie king of showmanship whose promotional stunts remain legendary. In fact, “I wish I were William Castle,” Waters wrote in the 1986 collection “Crackpot.”

And thus, Ryan Murphy asked Waters to appear in “Hagsploitation,” which opens with Waters as Castle, introducing an axe-wielding Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange) during a promotional tour for the 1964 film “Straight-Jacket.”

“It was an honor to be asked to do it, because I’m such a fan of William Castle,” Waters said about the unannounced cameo. “I had to keep the secret for so long because we shot it a long time ago. And the secret kept. I was surprised, because there were 100 extras there.”

Read More: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: Alison Wright
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Review: Swiss Army Man (2016)

The Daniels (Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert) a music video directing duo, who unleashed the internet breaking visuals for DJ Snake’s Turn Down For What back in 2014, make their feature debut with this bromantic comedy between a marooned millennial and a farting corpse, hardly the easiest sell to a movie going safe-spacer. And it’s true, when Swiss Army Man, the hottest ticket at last year’s Sundance Film Festival unspooled before the sold-out audiences’ eyes, many just got up and left, totally disgusted. Okay, let’s be clear here, this isn’t Robert Zemeckis’s Castaway that’s for sure, but it ain’t Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film either. Beneath their scatological obsessed humour, the Daniels have crafted a bizarre little indy film about isolation and sexual shame, which at times is beautifully lo-fi and tender.

We meet Hank (Paul Dano) a shaggy haired boy-man on a
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37 Things We Learned from John Waters’ ‘Multiple Maniacs’ Commentary

Commentary Commentary“Now this is especially hideous. There’s no possible reason that this shot is in the movie.”Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Commentator: John Waters (director, writer, producer, cinematographer, editor)

1. Frequent Criterion Films partner, Janus Films, has been a big part of Waters’ life, and he’s thrilled to be recording this track on the day this film was actually premiering in a Janus art theater. They “were the first ever to show [Ingmar] Bergman to me when I was in high school, I’d see art movies and it was always Janus Films. Criterion always was a class act with what kind of films they’d pick, so I’m incredibly honored that they’d pick to distribute this movie.”

2. “Is it ironic, or is it a natural ending to my career in the best kind of way,” he says regarding his arrival on the Criterion label. He adds the film is what he started with (it was
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Mark Reviews John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs [Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review]

From the opening of Multiple Maniacs when Mr. David introduces us to Lady Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversion are we being introduced to John Waters’ own perversion? And how long do we want to stay? Divine’s entrance is as an engorged Elizabeth Taylor bathed in shimmering white light furthering the early mystique of Divine and her Cavacade. From robbing to rosaries, movie posters to murder John Waters is “performing acts” as we have truly entered Waters’ World.

“Produced, directed, written, filmed, and edited by John Waters” – auteur: check. Multiple Maniacs is not a high-budget film and was certainly never screened before the hours of midnight in the 1970’s. Waters made the film for $5000 borrowed from his father also borrowing the land surrounding their house to set the film. During the making of his first film, Mondo Trasho, he was arrested by the police so the early scenes of Multiple Maniacs
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Being There,’ ‘Fire at Sea,’ ‘Multiple Maniacs,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Being There (Hal Ashby)

On paper, there’s an implausibility to the central conceit of Being There that could have resulted in a four-quadrant studio comedy forgotten soon after its release. However, with Hal Ashby’s delicate touch — bringing Jerzy Kosiński and Robert C. Jones‘ adaptation to life — and Peter Sellers‘ innocent deadpan delivery, this 1979 film is a carefully observed look at how those we interact with can offer an introspective mirror into our own lives. “There’s so much left to do,
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Multiple Maniacs

Multiple Maniacs

Blu-ray

1970 / Black and White /96 Min. / 1:66 / Street Date March 21, 2017

Starring: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce and Mink Stole.

Cinematography: John Waters

Film Editor: John Waters

Written by John Waters

Produced by John Waters

Directed by John Waters

Andy Warhol was nothing if not a multi-media maven. Along with his ubiquitous silkscreens and sculpture, he embraced movie-making beginning as early as 1963 with such literal-minded efforts as Haircut (a haircut) and Taylor Mead’s Ass (one hour of exactly what you think) and pretty much closed shop with 1968’s Lonesome Cowboys, a 109 minute western satire that, of all his films, came closest to approximating a traditional tinseltown production.

Essentially Warhol was parodying the Hollywood studio system, rounding up his acolytes and hangers-on, from supermodels to pushers, and casting them as regular performers in a series of deadpan documentaries. Meanwhile in the wilds of Baltimore, Warhol fan John Waters
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‘Multiple Maniacs’ Review (Criterion)

Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole | Written and Directed by John Waters

It may not be immediately apparent how this – his second feature, a meandering, 16mm extravaganza of micro-budget bad taste made in 1969 – could be John Waters’ highest-rated film on Rotten Tomatoes. But in a way it makes sense: this is Waters distilled. He’s off the leash and in your face from the very first frame, long before he throws a giant lobster at his leading lady.

That leading lady is, of course, the inimitable Divine (herself, aka Harris Glenn Milstead). She’s the matriarch of a travelling performance art group called the “Cavalcade of Perversion”. She’s barking in more ways than one, bellowing at anyone she deems uninteresting, while her sanity seeps away. The Cavalcade tours small town Maryland, presenting suburbanites with the opportunity to see some truly gross behaviour: armpit-licking, puke-eating, and even
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Trailer Park: Chips get Raw with Their Finest Founder

Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our semi-regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including Chips, Their Finest, Raw, Sadako vs Kayako, Kong: Skull Island, The Founder, the restored release of John WatersMultiple Maniacs and the fifth season of Prison Break.

Chips

Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (Chp) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the Chp. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike
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UK poster and trailer for John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs

Back in December Park Circus and Janus Films announced that they are bringing John WatersMultiple Maniacs to UK cinemas in its uncut form for the very first time this February, and now we’ve got a poster and trailer for the release; check them out here…

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to cinemas at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair.

Starring Waters’ beloved regular cast,
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‘Blow-Up,’ ‘Being There,’ ’45 Years,’ and More Coming to The Criterion Collection This March

Last month, The Criterion Collection finally announced their forthcoming release of Richard Linklater‘s The Before Trilogy and now with the announcement of their March titles, a few more highly-requested titles will be coming to the collection. Perhaps the most sought-after, Michelangelo Antonioni‘s English-language debut and counterculture landmark Blow-Up, will be arriving on the line-up.

Also coming is the previously teased 45 Years from Andrew Haigh, one of the finest films of last year (featuring an incredible, outside-the-box cover), as well as Hal Ashby‘s Being There, John WatersMultiple Maniacs, which recently got a restored theatrical run, and Felipe CazalsCanoa: A Shameful Memory.

Notable special features include a new documentaries on Blow-Up, Being There, and 45 Years, audio commentaries from Haigh and Waters, as well as a Guillermo del Toro introduction for Canoa, and a talk between the director and Alfonso Cuarón. Check out the full details for each release after the artwork.
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John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs set for theatrical release in February

Park Circus and Janus Films have announced that John Waters’ lost classic Multiple Maniacs is set for a UK theatrical release in its full, incut version for the very first time this February. Here’s the official press release:

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to cinemas at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair.

Starring Waters’ beloved regular cast, the Dreamlanders (including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

9 Stars Who Played Jackie Kennedy, From Natalie Portman to Katie Holmes (Photos)

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9 Stars Who Played Jackie Kennedy, From Natalie Portman to Katie Holmes (Photos)
Jackie Kennedy has been a favorite role for actresses the past half-century. Click on to see who’s donned the pink suit and pillbox hat to play one of America’s most famous First Ladies. The real Jackie Kennedy (1929-1994) was born Jacqueline Bouvier and married the future President Kennedy in 1953, 10 years before he was assassinated in Dallas. DivineEat Your Makeup” (1968). Yes, the drag queen later famous for John Waters movies such as “Hairspray” impersonated Jackie in this tasteless reenactment of the JFK assassination, from Waters’ first 16 mm short. Jacqueline BissetThe Greek Tycoon” (1978). This drama was loosely based on the.
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The Gore-Gore Guy: Herschell Gordon Lewis, Rest in Pieces

The Gore-Gore Guy: Herschell Gordon Lewis, Rest in Pieces
You can’t always take a film director at his word. Herschell Gordon Lewis, the self-proclaimed “Wizard of Gore” who passed away, at the age of 90, on Sept. 26, was way far down on the totem pole of filmmaker respectability — in fact, he probably occupied its second-to-last rung, with Edward D. Wood Jr. on the very bottom. When it came to discussing the art of directing, Lewis made no claims for himself. At all. Next to him, even a low-budget exploitation mercenary like Roger Corman came off as a bohemian artiste. Lewis’ theory of filmmaking revolved around one thing and one thing only: He was in it for the money. He repeated this in countless interviews, like the one he gave to John Waters for Waters’ great first book, “Shock Value,” in 1981. Lewis, who invented the gore film, talked about movies in strictly utilitarian terms, and that became part of his legend.
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'The Greasy Strangler': The Story Behind 2016's Most Disgusting Movie

'The Greasy Strangler': The Story Behind 2016's Most Disgusting Movie
One actor recalls reading the script, putting it down and then uttering aloud, "Hell no." Another said that he called the director and asked him, point blank: "What the fuck is this? Are you making a porno, man?" At its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this past January, both the filmmaker and his leading man hastily ran out of their in-progress screening to stress-vomit, while a fellow cast member declared that "the first time I saw, I was appalled."

So what kind of movie is capable of repulsing its cast,
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Great Job, Internet!: John Waters talks about his love for Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls

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John Waters has never made any secret of his admiration and love for the films of Russ Meyer, the breast-obsessed auteur behind such berserk B-movie classics as Vixen, Mudhoney, and the immortal Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Those exploitation classics had an enormous impact on Waters’ own sex-and-violence-drenched films, especially the early star vehicles for the cross-dressing Divine like Pink Flamingos and Mondo Trasho. When the Criterion Collection released its own edition of Meyer’s 1970 opus Beyond The Valley of The Dolls, Waters was more than happy to share his thoughts about both the movie and the music featured in it. Criterion is currently highlighting some excerpts from Waters’ interview on its website. Scripted by a young Roger Ebert, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls was the film that was supposed to bring Meyer into the mainstream. Unlike his previous independent pictures, this was a major studio production bankrolled by ...
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