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Shower curtains as film artwork: From Bette Davis and Joan Crawford to Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie (image: Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ shower curtain) Alt Film Guide mostly discusses film. This post, however, is about shower curtains. Now, don’t panic. Earlier today, December 20, 2013, the website Dangerous Minds posted a link to ebay listings of shower curtains designed by New York City-based artist Glen Hanson. Those aren’t your average colorful shower curtains; instead, they’re colorful cinematic (or TV-themed) shower curtains. Featured are Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Divine in John Waters’ Pink Flamingos, and a ’60s version of Cher (who did star opposite Sonny Bono in William Friedkin’s 1967 flick Good Times). The Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? shower curtain has already been sold, but Hanson »
- Zac Gille
The film-maker talks about hitchhiking, his one-man show in Liverpool – and what his parents thought of Pink Flamingos
William Burroughs called the film director John Waters "the pope of trash". Waters, 67, was born, raised and still lives in Baltimore, Maryland where his close friend Divine, whom he made a star, also grew up. Waters's best-known movies include Pink Flamingos (in which Divine ate dog faeces), Polyester, Hairspray, Cry-Baby and Serial Mom. He is also a writer, artist and art collector and will perform his one-man show, This Filthy World – about film, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films and "fashion lunacy" – at this year's Homotopia arts festival in Liverpool. Waters is writing a book about hitchhiking across America last year.
How was the road trip?
I hitchhiked from my front door in Baltimore to my flat in San Francisco. I last hitchhiked when I was 16. It's a bit different when you're 66. Before, »
- Tim Teeman
Divine Intervention: Schwarz Resurrects a Trailblazer for Loving Tribute
As gay culture becomes more normalized and commodified into the fabric of the mainstream zeitgeist, the importance of remembering the career of the talented Divine seems paramount. Documentarian Jeffrey Schwarz manages to evoke the larger than life star with a comprehensive and lovingly made homage with I Am Divine, an effort to explore his life through a variety of interviews and archival footage. For those familiar with his output, there’s certainly nothing revelatory to be experienced here, and while it serves as a wonderful preface to Divine’s notable body of work, it’s equally enjoyable to revisit the infamous, intriguing, and incomparable career of a star whose life ended much too soon.
- Nicholas Bell
Before the video revolution of the 1980s, it was damn near impossible for a suburban kid like myself to see the kinds of movies I read about in Danny Peary’s Cult Movies book. One of the titles Peary wrote about was "Pink Flamingos," a movie so demented, depraved and disgusting I became obsessed with finding out everything I could about the people who made it. Even before seeing any of his films, John Waters became my personal god, and I devoured his autobiographical books "Shock Value" and "Crackpot." I was still a closeted teenager with no tangible connections to gay culture, so John’s sensibility helped to lead me down a path of embracing my own difference. John’s relationship with his leading lady Divine was also inspiring. Their friendship and artistic collaboration gave me hope that I might someday find like-minded people and be able to express my true nature like they did. »
- Jeffrey Schwarz
Before there was RuPaul’s Drag Race, hell, before there was RuPaul, there was the divinely dangerous Divine, actor, singer, drag queen, provocateur extraordinaire. Willing to do not almost anything but anything on screen (including eating dog feces for Pink Flamingos, one of the many films he made with the legendary shocksploitation director, John Waters), all in the name of art. Starting its theatrical run this week at the Cinema Village in NYC and the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane in Austin, I Am Divine tells the behind-the-scenes story of this force of nature that left no taboo unturned. Filmmaker interviewed the doc’s director, Jeffrey Schwarz, over email. […] »
- Mary Anderson Casavant
In I Am Divine, a worthy documentary tribute to the drag queen icon, trash king John Waters recalls hatching Pink Flamingos' infamous dog-shit scene: "What can we do that isn't against the law—yet?" Waters snickers. That dangling "yet" reminds viewers that Divine's life and career is now being considered from the safety of hindsight. In the film, Divine (né Glenn Milstead) is first an icon, then a person. As director Jeffrey Schwarz's bubbly gallery of talking heads observes, Divine had mixed feelings about his early collaborations with Waters. Divine couldn't find steady work as a character actor in later years because he was best known for gobbling feces. But he also understood that when you celebrate bad taste as much as he did, you look »
Divine wouldn’t have lasted a single episode on RuPaul’s Drag Race—the 1970s and ’80s drag icon was vulgar, intentionally unattractive and, well, ate dog poop. But she nonetheless paved the way for many queens to come and is a seminal figure in Lgbt entertainment history. A muse to John Waters and star of such seminal queer flicks as Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, Divine (born Glenn Milstead) came from meager beginnings but brought drag to the mainstream in a way no on had before.
I Am Divine, a new documentary from Jeffrey Schwarz (Vito), explores Divine’s origins and evolution, from Waters’ midnight movies and a raunchy cabaret act to chart-topping disco songs and friendships with art stars like Andy Warhol and David Hockney. Divine was even the inspiration for The Little Mermaid‘s Ursula the Sea Witch.
Hmm, maybe she would’ve done well on Drag Race after all. »
- Daniel Avery
Every scene in Pink Flamingos without Divine is a little less filthy. Baltimore-based trash king John Waters put the drag queen on a pedestal worthy of a sideshow. But Divine, the subject of Bam's six-film "I Am Divine" retrospective, shone even without Waters's carnival barker hype. She even exudes beguiling charm in Lust in the Dust, Paul Bartel's otherwise snoozeworthy 1985 kitsch western. But Pink Flamingos remains the ur-text for Divine and Waters fans because it is a manifesto. Divine is introduced as "The World's Filthiest Person," a title that villainous power couple Raymond and Connie Marble (David Lochary and Mink Stole) covet. But Divine earns it throughout Pink Flamingos thanks to what Waters argues is a natural perversity. Try, if you can, to ig »
Harris Glenn Milstead Aka Divine, the actor that provided John Waters with inspiration for some of his boldest films, such "Pink Flamingos" and "Female Trouble," is getting a retrospective of films at Bam. Divine also plays the mother of Tracy Turnblad in "Hairspray," a role reprised by John Travolta in the movie musical adaptation of the film. The series includes those three films, the Waters' film "Polyester," Joseph Losey's "Boom!," a film that inspired Waters and Divine throughout their tenure together, and the New York premiere of Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary "I Am Divine." Here's the retro's lineup: Film Descriptions and Screening Days, supplied by Bam Boom! (1968) 113min Directed by Joseph Losey. With Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Noel Coward. According to John Waters, “It’s the best failed art film ever. It’s a ridiculous re-title of the Tennessee Williams play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore with »
- Bryce J. Renninger
In preparation of the 38th anniversary of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, we give you a list of the top five must see cult films. By traditional measures (acting, coherent screenplay, special effects etc.) these movies are terrible. And yet they have some indefinable quality that makes people want to see them again and again. Each has spawned a dedicated fanbase, viewers who know every line by heart and engage in elaborate audience participation at midnight screenings. If there’s any on this list you haven’t seen– or haven’t seen recently- you’re depriving yourself. Call up your friends and schedule a viewing party right away!
The movie has a reputation for being the worst movie ever made. Written, directed and produced by Tommy Wiseau (who also is the star in the film), The Room is known for its terrible acting, poor production and dubbed-over dialogue. »
- Kate Voss
It is common knowledge that I frequently write about disgusting films. They are my life blood. They sustain me. But even I, wallowing in my own crapulence, know whenever a director is just out to bait the viewer with needlessly provocative scenes which merely inspire disgust.
Even going beyond my delight of the revolting, there are millions of people out there who have watched Pink Flamingos just to see Divine eat real life dog pooh. There are millions of people who have watched NEKromantik just to see people f**king a corpse. Yes my friends, disgusting, provocative scenes are de rigeur among the Cognoscenti of cult cinema and they provoke much infamy and debate.
I have chosen a couple of disgusting moments in cinema for you below. Please chime in and tell me your own favourite revolting happenings…
The post 9 Needlessly Provocative Scenes Designed Only To Disgust You appeared first on WhatCulture! »
- Clare Simpson
The full Fantasia 2013 lineup has now been revealed, and we have here the third and final wave of titles to share. Prepare to drool!
From the Press Release:
The Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to announce the rest of our 120-feature lineup that comprises our 2013 event, along with a string of additional details that mark our 17th edition as a standout. Fantasia will engulf the city of Montreal from July 18-August 6, 2013. Be sure to visit the Fantasia Film Festival website for detailed essays on every title announced here, as well as all films previously disclosed over the last weeks.
Before we get started on titles... Meet Our 2013 Juries
Main Competition For The Cheval Noir Award For Best Film
Jury President: Laura Kern (Critic, Curator, managing editor, Film Comment)
Jean-Pierre Bergeron (Actor, Director, Screenwriter)
Samuel Jamier (Co-Director of the New York Asian Film Festival, Programmer at Japan Society)
Jarod Neece (Senior Programmer and Operations Manager, »
- The Woman In Black
The Fantasia Film Festival is taking place from July 18th to August 6th in Montreal and will feature over 100 films from around the world. We gave you a look at the initial lineup last month and now have an additional list of Fantasia 2013 films that will be screening, including Curse of Chucky, You’re Next, and Frankenstein’s Army:
A rarity among genre franchises, the Child’S Play series (begun in 1988) has retained the sure-handed guidance of original screenwriter/creator Don Mancini throughout killer doll Chucky’s decades’-long reign of horror. Mancini, who will be hosting our “scar-studded” world premiere, graduated to the director’s chair with 2004’s Seed Of Chucky, after having co-written or written every entry in the series. His longevity with the project is, of course, matched by the fiendish voiceover work by »
- Jonathan James
Oliver Sunley explores the filthy world of John Waters...
When John Waters, the self-proclaimed “Sultan of Sleaze”, directed Hairspray he was shocked by the film’s enormous commercial success and found himself faced with a choice: continue making the trash films he’d always done or go mainstream? Hairspray had been awarded a PG rating and was being watched by the same people who’d denounced him as the antichrist of cinema. One family who saw it went to rent another one of his films the following morning, his magnum opus Pink Flamingos. The next day Waters got a call from his lawyer. The family were suing him.
Raised in Baltimore, Waters was exposed to the filthy from a young age. While other kids played with G.I Joes, John would reenact grisly accidents with his toy cars. His first move into entertainment, as a puppeteer at the age of seven, »
- Flickering Myth
Beyonce and J.Lo both looked gorgeous on June 1 at the Chime For Change live concert in London. We’ve got the dish on their exact makeup looks. Keep reading and tell us which look you like best!
The Chime For Change concert in London was a star-studded event with celebs who were dressed to impress! Two of the stars that caught our eye were Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. Both women had beauty looks that were oh-so-glam! Who do you think deserves the title of best beauty? Read below to find out the exact products the stars used to achieve their looks!
Beyonce’s Chime For Change Beauty — Gorgeous Alongside J.Lo
Beyonce looked ravishing on the red carpet with her timeless pin curls. She used L’Oreal Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hairspray to secure her locks in place. Her lip color was unique and looked amazing with her complexion. »
- HL Intern
I’m super-excited about this year’s Q-Fest….and I’m not even gay!
There are a pair of must-see gay-themed films making their St. Louis debuts; I Am Divine, a documentary about the late crossdresser and John Waters frequent star, and James Franco’s Interior Leather Bar, a high-concept recreation of scenes that were cut from William Friedkin’s notorious 1980 gay serial killer movie Cruising. Divine was one of the biggest, most outrageous, and proudly different gay cultural icons the world has known and the new documentary about the performer I Am Divine plays at Q-fest this Friday night at 7pm. A high (or low) point in Divine’s career was John Waters 1972’s masterpiece Pink Flamingos where he/she competes for the title of “filthiest person alive” by eating fresh dog poop. With antics like that, it’s no surprise that the emerging punk scene adopted his visage on t-shirts. »
- Tom Stockman
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, »
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
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
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