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The cast of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys Season 2
(all photos courtesy The Sundance Channel)
Sundance Channel's Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, which this Friday launches its second season, is a reality show about relationships where the connections are durable and have been forged over years, not developed between commercial breaks.
This is a show set in Nashville where you'd expect conservative, Bible Belt attitudes to be on display. But actual people with those views are rarely encountered in the living rooms, coffee shops and bars of our protagonists.
This is a show about a stereotype: straight women who form strong attachments to gay males. But don’t be expecting to see toxic traces of Will & Grace – or even Karen & Jack. With one or two exceptions, these women have full, emotionally-satisfying lives that make room for a best friend who happens to be gay.
- Art Reker
HollywoodNews.com: Becoming Chaz was only the beginning.
The Oprah Winfrey Network (Own) has announced the Nov. 27 premiere of Being Chaz, a follow-up documentary special chronicling Chaz Bono and his girlfriend Jennifer Elia as they navigate their lives together post Chaz’s gender transformation surgery.
The special will air from 8-9 p.m. Et/Pt and be preceded by an encore showing of Becoming Chaz about Bono’s transition from a woman to a man.
Viewers will also see the trials and tribulations of the couple’s relationship as Chaz prepares for his debut on Dancing with the Stars amidst controversy and threats to his life over his decision to participate in the show.
Following the premiere of Being Chaz will be documentary special I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition. »
- Greg Hernandez
You know how you're working on some Glbt political cause, and the issue loses, and some a**hole Republican comes out and says something incredibly homophobic and bigoted? And it's all you can do not to scream at the top of your lungs at the television about how evil they are, but how you finally calm yourself down by saying, "We may have lost for now, but history is going to remember this, and in the end, we're going to win, and everyone will see the other side for exactly what they are!"
The new HBO documentary The Strange History of Don't Ask Don't Tell is "history" finally setting the record straight, at least on the issue of gays in the military.
- Brent Hartinger
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy barring gay people from serving openly in the military, should be history on Sept. 20. That’s when President Obama’s repeal of the law is scheduled to go into effect — and when a documentary on the controversial policy, The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, premieres on HBO. The film, by directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), tracks the 17 years it took to overturn the policy — starting with President Clinton’s signature signing into law in 1993 and ending with Obama’s repeal in Dec. »
- Jon Barrett
On the day the U.S. military will officially lift its ban on gays and lesbians in the military, HBO will screen the new documentary from filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato ("Becoming Chaz," "The Eyes of Tammy Faye") "The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The film will have a sneak preview Monday September 19 at midnight and will air again Tuesday, September 20 at 8Pm. The film follows »
Own: Oprah Winfrey Network's Chaz Bono documentary, .Becoming Chaz,. received three primetime Emmy nominations including Outstanding Nonfiction Special, Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming. The first Emmy nomination for Own, "Becoming Chaz" was directed and produced by award-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Own announced .Chaz & Jen. a documentary special will debut on Own this fall featuring Chaz Bono and his girlfriend Jennifer Elia as they navigate their lives together post Chaz.s gender transformation surgery. .We.re so proud to be a part of Chaz.s remarkable journey and we are thrilled for Randy, Fenton and Chaz. This is a great beginning for the Own Documentary Club,. said Lisa Erspamer, »
- April MacIntyre
What's the secret behind the success of Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the duo responsible for "Becoming Chaz" and "RuPaul's Drag Race" and recipients of the 15th Annual Outfest Achievement Award? According to Tori Spelling, who moderated Outfest's panel with the producing partners on July 9th, it's their motto: "No is the beginning of yes." "Few acts can balance mainstream popularity with cult status and maintain their independence, singular vision, »
Tears and laughter fill Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's doc "Becoming Chaz," which follows the physical transformation of Cher and Sonny Bono's child, born Chastity Bono. The film, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, had its San Francisco debut Thursday at the ornate Castro Theatre where co-director Barbato said he had hoped the film would eventually screened. He noted that Chaz had come to the director »
Happy 28th Birthday to Jake Silbermann. *sigh* I wonder if Luke and Noah are together?
Those safe-sex ads I mentioned in yesterday's Briefs have been reinstated, thanks to the outpouring of criticism that ad company Adshel received. Below you can see the first episode of Ski Camp, the sequel to the Aussie web series Surf Camp. "The five Ski Campers – Mike, Kirk, Dan, Brodie and Adam – face challenge after challenge to whittle them down each episode until there is just one winner left. Who will be the ultimate Ski Camp champ? You will decide." Hmm ... I think my favorite is the guy with no body hair.
Former Iowa Republican state senator Jeff Angelo is launching Iowa Republicans for Freedom, a new advocacy group to build conservative support for marriage-equality in Iowa. The group hopes to "give voice to Iowans who believe that conservative values of smaller government should keep government »
Outfest 2011 has announced that its 15th Annual Achievement Award will be presented to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the team behind "Party Monster," "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" and, most recently, "Becoming Chaz." Full press release below. Los Angeles, CA (June 1, 2011) - Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) media, will present its 15th Annual Achievement »
Transgender continues to be a hot topic in the media. Five months after Own's debut, Oprah Winfrey finally delivered on her Sundance promise to do for docs what she did for books. Own's Documentary Club launched Tuesday with the Sundance doc about the son of Sonny and Cher, Becoming Chaz, which ranked fifth in its time period among all ad supported cable networks in the key female demo. Numbers were also strong for the follow-up show, as “The Doc Club with Rosie O’Donnell” hosted a Q & A with Bono and girlfriend Jennifer Elia. Cher herself calls the child who was born Chastity her daughter, still, and seems remarkably uncomfortable throughout Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's doc about what her kid is going through. Are »
Becoming Chaz, which follows Chastity Bono though hormone therapy and the surgical removal of her breasts until she physically and legally becomes a man named Chaz, is a remarkably intimate, unsentimental view of that transition. Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s film, the first in the ambitious series called the Documentary Club on Oprah Winfrey’s Own network, premiered last night (and will be repeated several times). And it would have been even more eye-opening if I hadn’t seen so much of it and heard so much from Chaz on The Oprah Winfrey Show the day before. You might also have caught… »
At this year's Sundance Film Festival, Oprah Winfrey made a surprise appearance with Rosie O'Donnell, the Oprah Doc Club curator, to announce that it was her intention to do for documentaries what she did for books. Last night, the Oprah Winfrey Network debuted the first in their (for now) monthly series of documentaries in the Oprah Doc Club, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's "Becoming Chaz." As many of the big »
Twilight star Kristen Stewart was the toast of Italy's Milan International Film Festival (Miff) on Tuesday after winning the coveted Best Actress honour.
The actress, best known for playing Bella Swan in the vampire franchise, was picked for the top Miff prize for her portrayal of a troubled stripper in Welcome to the Rileys.
Tonight, Oprah's new network Own debuts its Documentary Club by airing a documentary film from the producers of RuPaul's Drag Race that follows Sonny and Cher's child Chaz Bono's transition from female to male. Becoming Chaz debuted at Sundance earlier this year and is directed by World of Wonder's Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and its television debut on Own at 9 p.m. Et will be followed by a one-hour special and discussion about the »
- Andy Dehnart
Filed under: Documentaries, Festivals, Hot Docs Film Festival, Moviefone Canada
There's a certain amount of tabloid curiosity surrounding 'Becoming Chaz,' and it's no surprise. This documentary doesn't focus on an unknown figure about to break into the world through cinema; it's about the daughter of Sonny and Cher transitioning from female to male.
Iconic parents, inside scoops and sexual reassignment are the types of factoids that pique public curiosity, but dirt is not served up by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's latest doc. The men behind 'Party Monster' and 'Inside Deep Throat' have worked with Chaz Bono to document his transition, and with Bono acting as an executive producer, this isn't a dirt-digging, revelatory document.
It is, however, one whose worth transcends celebrity curiosity.
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- Monika Bartyzel
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Becoming Chaz Trailer Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are the film equivalent of sociological documentarians. If ever there was a duo who have damn well »
- Christopher Stipp
Love 'em and leave 'em. It seems to work for Brad Goreski, former assistant to celeb stylist Rachel Zoe and now the star of his own series on Bravo. It was just one of the 11 new programs and five returning series Bravo announced for its 2011-2012 season on Wednesday (March 30).
With the working title of "It's a Brad, Brad World," the series follows Goreski as he builds his own company after leaving Zoe. Cameras follow the stylisto through his first year on his own, including Paris fashion week, the Cannes film festival, the men's runway shows and the summer couture shows.
Other highlights include a new series for "Flipping Out" star Jeff Lewis, a spinoff show for "Salon Takeover's" Tabatha Coffey, a New York spinoff of "Million Dollar Listing," and a new show for "Project Runway" alum, designer Chris March. Also, previously announced "Rocco's Dinner Party" featuring celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito, »
HollywoodNews.com: The world television premiere of the highly anticipated Chaz Bono documentary ‘Becoming Chaz,’ the story of the transformation of the only child of Cher and Sonny Bono from a woman to a man, will launch the Own Documentary Film Club on May 10 on Own: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Immediately following the film, Own Documentary Film Club collaborator Rosie O’Donnell will host a one-hour primetime special event from 10–11 p.m. Et/Pt.
In the special, O’Donnell will talk with Chaz, his girlfriend Jennifer Elia, the filmmakers and other transgender people and their families about this life changing experience.
‘Becoming Chaz’ is the story of Chaz’s emotional and physical gender transition, a journey of identity and self-discovery. Chaz grew up feeling uncomfortable in the spotlight, struggling to live inside a body that he knew wasn’t truly his. Deciding there was no choice but to undergo sex reassignment surgery, »
- Greg Hernandez
Hot Docs has announced 26 documentary features that will be a part of this year’s Special Presentations program, a high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award-winners from the recent international festival circuit, and works by master filmmakers, and featuring some star subjects.
The full selection of films to screen at Hot Docs 2011 will be announced on March 22, including the 2011 opening night film but here are the special presentation titles, ordered alphabetically:
Romantic-Queercore-punk-zombie pornographer, gleeful crusher of cliché, righteousness and repressive politics: Viva Bruce Labruce! Scintillating film clips and fabulous interviews with John Waters, Harmony Korine, and Gus Van Sant reveal Toronto’s gift to the world.
Actor Michael Rapaport’s directorial debut hits the road with Q-Tip, Phife, Ali and Jarobi, »
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