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Is RuPaul's Drag Race cancelled? Not today Satan, not today! Logo has renewed the popular RuPaul's Drag Race TV show for a ninth season.A reality competition show, Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race TV series is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Mandy Salangsang, and RuPaul Charles executive producing. Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola executive produce for Logo.Read More… »
The “Drag Race” renewal comes after the competition show landed two Emmy nominations — one for RuPaul as outstanding reality host, and another for costumes.
“Season 9 of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ will be bigger, better and more twisted than ever,” said RuPaul, host and exec producer. “Thank you, Logo, for continuing to provide a powerful platform for these brave, gorgeous and creative souls to tell their stories. They represent the hopes and dreams of all the outsiders around the world.”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is Logo’s highest-rated series. The drag queen competition has become a franchise for the cable net with an “All Stars” spinoff, which heads into its second season on Aug. 25. The flagship series is produced by World of Wonder with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
To mark the release of Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures on 1st August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD. Directed and produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Inside Deep Throat, The Last Beekeeper) Mapplethorpe is an intimate look into the life of a trailblazing artist dedicated to making photography into […]
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Franco has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural James Schamus Ally Award, created to honor the efforts of an individual in bringing Lgbtq stories to the forefront. The award, given to a straight ally of the Lgbtq community, will be presented by Gus Van Sant to Franco prior to the Special Centerpiece screening of “King Cobra” on July 16 at the DGA.
“The only thing more moving to me than being honored by Outfest is having an honor named after me by Outfest,” said Schamus. “That James Franco will be the first recipient of this new award makes this doubly an honor. Also, this means I am really old.”
Franco said, “I am thrilled to have my name linked with such a Hollywood legend and someone who shepherded all kinds of stories. »
- Dave McNary
The director is at the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival to accompany a screening of Pulp Fiction.
Iconic Us film-maker Quentin Tarantino is one of a number of high-profile international guests attending this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival (July 7-17). Tarantino is in town to accompany a screening of his 1994 feature, the Palme d’Or and Oscar-winning neo-noir black comedy Pulp Fiction. The film will be projected from a restored 35mm print from Tarantino’s personal archive.
The sold-out screening will take place at the Cinematheque tomorrow at 10pm. The director will participate in a live on-stage conversation following the film. Tarantino, who last visited Israel in 2009 to promote his Second World War thriller Inglourious Basterds, will also be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the festival’s opening ceremony tonight.
Now entering its tenth year, Cinema Eye, the organization that recognizes outstanding work in nonfiction film, today announced the ten films that have been named as semifinalists for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Television. Films eligible for this award must have aired or broadcast between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016, which explains why O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman’s stunning five-part documentary series for Espn, which premiered June 11, didn’t make the list. Among the documentaries recognized this year are HBO Documentary Films’ Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures by documentary veterans Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, A&E’s Happy Valley, […] »
- Paula Bernstein
Bravo is beefing up their development slate with seven new unscripted series, including a new Andy Cohen celebrity-filled project, “Look Who’s Hosting Live.”
“With this development slate, we are building on Bravo’s robust and successful tradition of buzzy, unique format shows,” said Lara Spotts, Bravo’s Svp of Development.. “It’s a diverse collection of shows which all include the signature Bravo wink and delicious drama that our viewers love to unwind to.”
Bravo is home to mostly unscripted shows, including the popular “Real Housewives” franchise,” which recently expanded with installments in Potomac and Dallas. The NBCUniversal cabler broke into scripted programming with dramedy “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” which just landed a mega three-season renewal, then comedy “Odd Mom Out, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Documentary about renowned photographer has gone to multiple territories.
UK documentary specialist Dogwoof has struck several deals on Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures as the Cannes Marché kicks off.
The documentary about the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe has gone to Germany and Australia (Kool Films), Switzerland (Cineworx), Hong Kong (Edko), South Korea (Aud) and Hungary (Cinefil).
The company previously closed deals at Efm for Scandinavia, Baltics and Iceland (Non Stop Entertainment) and Italy (Wanted).
Read Screen’s Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures review. »
Bravo has cancelled the Million Dollar Listing San Francisco TV series after its first season. Kathleen Pender of SFGate.com reports Bravo has confirmed it will not renew the newest installment in the Million Dollar Listing franchise, for a second season. The other series in the franchise are Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Million Dollar Listing New York, and Million Dollar Listing Miami.
Season one of Million Dollar Listing San Francisco ran for nine episodes from July 8 to September 2, 2015. The show followed real estate agents, Justin Fichelson, Andrew Greenwell, and Roh Habibi, trying to outsell each other in an emerging market. The series was produced by World of Wonder. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, and Danielle King executive produced.
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In addition to its new series, Bravo has renewed “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” “Manzo’d with Children,” “Flipping Out,” and “Don’t Be Tardy,” for summer premieres, as well as “Married to Medicine Atlanta,” “Below Deck,” “Ladies of London,” “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and “Vanderpump Rules” to premiere later this year.
Among the new series is “Relative Success With Tabatha Coffey,” in which Coffey offers advice to small business owners; “Yours, Mine or Ours,” a real-estate show executive produced by Ryan Seacrest; “Then & Now With Andy Cohen,” a show looking back at moments in Generation X and Baby Boomer popular culture; “Summer House,” about a group of friends sharing a beach house; “Oklahoma City,” about a group of »
- Daniel Holloway
Robert Mapplethorpe transformed the rhetoric of porn into stunning imagery and this flawed documentary does his work justice
Robert Mapplethorpe is the subject of this interesting if flawed documentary study by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey; he was the brilliant photographer and artist whose genius was to absorb and transform the visual rhetoric of porn into stunning, provocative images. His Warholian career ran in parallel with the heyday of New York’s promiscuous gay scene, and his final Aids-related illness lent a crepuscular grandeur to the success of his last exhibitions. Maybe only Dominick Dunne or Tom Wolfe could do justice to it. Interestingly, controversy surrounding Mapplethorpe’s work took off only once his status as an artist had been fully established – the reactionary campaigns against his photography happened after his death in 1989.
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- Peter Bradshaw
★★★☆☆ Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's Mapplethorpe: Looks at the Pictures is a compelling slice of the art world from every angle. With a tight focus on decoding the myth of iconic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, this documentary is entrancing to watch if only because it manages to turn its subject into an enigma while it explores his life. Part paean for the artist, part exposé of Mapplethorpe as a man, Looks at the Pictures is a treat for audiences. What unfolds throughout this documentary is a careful, if somewhat typical, examination of its eponymous subject.
- CineVue UK
Robert Mapplethorpe decided he was an important artist long before he was even making important art. Growing up in 1950s Queens, New York, he escaped to art school in Brooklyn, searching for a way to transform himself. He was the outcast who took drugs and dressed weird, until he found his path to stardom. That ambition shines through in the new HBO documentary, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey — the producers of RuPaul's Drag Race who have also examined oddballs and outliers in documentaries such as Party Monster, »
At January's Sundance Film Festival, many people went to see Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's documentary "Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures" freighted with expectations. Now the well-reviewed portrait of the artist is finally airing on HBO, as several major exhibitions of his art are on view at the La County and Getty museums as well as Norway and the U.K. Several questions raised by the documentary—like, where was Patti Smith, who memorably wrote her memoir "Just Kids" for her first big love?— are answered below by New York producer and art expert Katharina Otto-Bernstein ("Absolute Wilson"), whose Film Manufacturers Inc. backs international narrative and documentaries. Still in the works: Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame is set to play Mapplethorpe in Ondi Timoner's feature starring Zosia Mamet ("Girls") as Patti Smith. Watch: Exclusive Clip of HBO Mapplethorpe »
- Anne Thompson
In the exclusive clip above, we learn about how Robert Mapplethorpe wasn't necessarily eager to expose himself on camera – a stance in sharp contrast to the boundaries he pushed with his photography, as revealed in the new HBO documentary "Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures." Read More: HBO Needs to Release All of 'Togetherness' Season 2 Right Now For additional insight, directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato spoke to Indiewire via email about why they took on the challenge of telling Mapplethorpe's story, as well as how projects like "Look at the Pictures" help them in the production of other projects Bailey and Barbato work on, like the reality competition series "RuPaul's Drag Race." Their thoughts on what Mapplethorpe meant to the art world, and why they were inspired to take on the topic, are below. What was the most important aspect of Mapplethorpe's career that you wanted to communicate with the film? »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Lgbt festival also sees industry and filmmaker delegate numbers double.
BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival (March 16-27) has reported a 9% audience boost for its 30th anniversary edition, which closed on Sunday with a gala screening of Catherine Corsini’s French lesbian drama Summertime.
Audiences at all events and screenings over the 11-day festival totalled 25,623 – up on the 23,500 recorded in 2015.
This year’s festival also saw a boost in industry numbers with 168 visiting filmmakers and more than 300 press and industry delegates – up on the 120 filmmakers and 200+ industry that attended last year.
This was due to an expanded industry offering that included daily press screenings, alongside talks with an Lgbt focus on development, production and distribution with speakers including Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior) and new series The Makers, with key international filmmakers Silas Howard (Transparent), Fenton Bailey (Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures), and Donna Deitch (Desert Hearts).
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
It’s a sure sign of an artist’s impact — at least for those with the privilege of tasting success during their lifetimes — that wealthy patrons will pay enormous sums to have their portraits done. At a certain point in Robert Mapplethorpe’s career, such commissions came to dominate the kinky/controversial photographer’s schedule — and in a fair and just universe, documentary filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato would probably be rolling in similar offers. No one does a livelier job of exposing the interior world of complex personalities than the World of Wonder duo, whose “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” achieves entertaining profundity without shying away from the inherently profane nature of their subject’s identity.
If anything, and in keeping with their “Inside Deep Throat” chutzpah, the directors dive head-first into the controversy, opening with — and adopting as subtitle — the challenge levied by conservative senator Jesse Helms, »
- Peter Debruge
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, a new HBO documentary by directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, explores how sex and controversy fuelled the art of Robert Mapplethorpe, the photographer whose black and white pictures of gay erotica shocked Americans. Showing an artist who was reviled by the right wing and estranged from his conservative father, the documentary is released in the UK on 22 April
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- Guardian Staff
Lgbt festival will feature more than 50 features in its 30th anniversary year; Catherine Corsini’s Summertime [pictured] revealed as closing night film.
BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival (March 16-27) has revealed the line-up for its 30th anniversary edition.
The festival will feature more than 50 features and 100 shorts this year, as well as a series of events and an expanded industry programme.
The film programme will be split into three programmes - Hearts, Bodies and Minds - which will highlight three distinct themes: Lgbt content in British film and new British talent, transgender representation, and Queer Science and new technology.
The first of those, Lgbt content in British film and new British talent, will feature titles including Tomer and Barak Heymann’s documentary Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, Andrew Stegall’s Departure, and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures.
The second strand, Transgender representation on screen, will feature »
★★★☆☆ "You can do it as a hobby, but what are you ever going to do with art?" This was the attitude of Robert Mapplethorpe's father, Harry, who never understood the desire of his mischievous, provocative artistically-inclined son. Robert would go on to become famous for his stylish black and white photography, often challenging in their brazen explicit sexuality. "Look at the pictures" chants an outraged senator spitting flames about this "known homosexual" during a public trail that appears as a bookend to Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Inside Deep Throat) are keen for you to do just that in this candid and absorbing documentary.
- CineVue UK
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