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The weekend's sad news concerning Brittany Murphy resulted in a lot of yesterday's content being shunted to today, including this week's Box Office Poll. That scheduling change in no way diminishes that quality of the options available to movie-goers going into the Christmas weekend.
Let's start with "Sherlock Holmes," director Guy Ritchie's action-packed take on the master detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This movie is great, a blockbuster thrill ride that infuses those oh-so-familiar Holmes tropes with Ritchie's instantly recognizable stylistic flair. If you've seen "Avatar" already -- or even if you haven't! -- I highly recommend checking out "Holmes" during the coming holiday weekend.
If you're looking for a less action-packed good time out at the movies this weekend, "It's Complicated" is a perfectly acceptable alternative to "Holmes." It's about a divorced couple who remain friends, and the complications that arise when the ex-wife meets someone new. »
- Adam Rosenberg
MattCanada here with another week of gay cinema. In many ways Trick is the perfect companion film to last week's entry My Best Friend's Wedding because it explores similar themes, the search for Mr. Right and the gay man-straight female friendship, but this time from the other perspective- that of the gay male
Trick is one of my favorite films of the nineties, and pretty much the perfect gay romantic comedy. At the core of the film is the relationship between struggling musical theatre writer Gabriel (Christian Campbell) and Go-Go Boy Mark (John Paul Pitoc), after a chance meeting on the subway. The dynamic between these two has a truthfulness to it and is thoroughly seducing. As they search the city for somewhere to hook up, what develops is sensitive and romantic. The believable grounding chemistry of Mark and Gabe allows for the excess of virtually everything surrounding them, especially »
-- In the Around the Blogosphere post earlier this week, I sent you readers off to the wonderful We Love You So, which is the official blog of "Where the Wild Things Are." Now I'm sending you back there, for a follow-up to the previous post. This time it's only one image, of a very famous movie poster. Click it here and see for yourself. (We Love You So)
-- Natalie Portman was in Toronto earlier this week, plugging her new movie "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits." The good folks from Movieline cornered her for a chat, and they asked the actress to play their little "My Favorite Scene" game. Portman was into it; her pick was "Dirty Dancing." Which moment, you ask? Follow the link to find out! (Movieline)
-- I freakin' love this Three Frames blog. If you missed my last shout to it, there's no text. Just images. »
- Adam Rosenberg
Why aren’t there more good gay movies? We hear this complaint at AfterElton.com a lot, and we’ve even made it a few times ourselves (although we think the results of this poll prove that there are more good movies than many of us think!).
There are surely many reasons why more “mainstream” movies don’t include gay or bisexual themes, but no doubt one of them is heterosexual discomfort – not just discomfort on the part of audiences and network executives, but also discomfort on the part of critics and others to champion these films.
This is where our poll of AfterElton.com readers on the 50 Greatest Gay Movies comes in. We can think of no better way to encourage the creation of more good gay movies than to praise and support the existence of past good gay movies!
How does this list compare to our previous poll? »
- Brent Hartinger
Update: Just to be thorough, I now know that the Variety info came from a post on The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz Blog. The news is made quite a bit clearer in Steven Zeitchik's post there, stating that Hardwicke is "in early talks with Sony to take on its feature version of '21 Jump Street.'"
If you followed the source link in Chris Campbell's earlier post, on Catherine Hardwicke taking the reins for "The Girl With the Red Riding Hood," you may have noticed that the Variety article also pins the "Twilight" director to "21 Jump Street." That project, adapted from the '80s TV series about undercover cops operating as high school students, already has a script from Jonah Hill. No other announcements have been made however, so it is surprising to see such seemingly big news revealed in such an offhand way.
As it turns out, there was no reveal. »
- Adam Rosenberg
--I'm a big Miles Davis fan. Almost as much as I am a "Star Wars" fan. And so I'm kicking myself for not remembering that we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the jazz trumpeter's landmark album, "Kind of Blue," before Slate did. Regardless, the online publication has put together a nice little list which looks at five moments in screen history when music from "Kind of Blue" is used to enhance the narrative in some way. Great stuff, Slate. (Slate)
-- Blue must be a running theme today. Inspired by today's "Avatar" trailer, Movieline writer Kyle Buchanan put forth the bold statement that blue is the color of geek love. What is he basing that crazy theory on? Well, you'll have to read the feature. I'll give you one piece of the puzzle though: David Cross on "Arrested Development." Intrigued? Then read! (Movieline)
-- Thanks to MTV Movies Blog reader »
- Adam Rosenberg
- During the world premiere of writer/director Robert A. Masciantonio's Neighbor at Fantasia, more than a few attendees squirmed in their seats more than a few times, especially at a particular scene involving a swizzle stick and a certain member of the male anatomy that doesn't stand a chance of making it past the MPAA's film ratings board. All this is to say that while Neighbor as presented at the festival was a blissfully blood-drenched film, don't expect the same version when it actually gets released wide - which it most definitely deserves to be. Playboy covergirl America Olivo (the Friday the 13th remake) stars as 'The Girl', a ruthless killer who enters unsuspecting people's homes and savagely tortures and murders them, all while helping herself to the comforts of their suburban abodes. The focus of the story is on one particular instance in which she invades the »
It's a relatively quiet day Around the Blogosphere, but I guess that is to be expected with San Diego Comic-Con now in full swing. There have been a lot of exciting happenings In the office today. Emmanuelle Chriqui -- ie Sloan from "Entourage" -- was a guest on "It's On With Alexa Chung" today, and it caused quite a stir in the newsroom as people rushed downstairs to gawk.
We also debuted the awesome "Ninja Assassin" trailer this morning. Exclusive or not, I'm a sucker for slickly produced martial arts action and that's exactly what the trailer delivers. But then, I would expect no less from the Wachowski Brothers/Joel Silver production team. What else is popping out there you ask? Keep reading to know the score.
-- Yesterday I showcased the rainbow-colored multitude of San Diego Comic-Con guides floating around the blogosphere. I've got one more for you, but »
- Adam Rosenberg
Directed and Written by Amanda Gusack
In Memorium, Amanda Gusack’s previous horror film, was a well-shot and amazing venture into psychological horror. Her much bigger budgeted follow up, The Betrayed, is a thriller starring Melissa George which is unfortunately less touching and novel than In Memorium. Starting out with a Saw-like situation in which mom Jamie wakes up after a car accident to find herself locked in a dungeon-y basement room somewhere, Jamie is then forced by her captors to answer a series of questions about her husband to which she doesn’t know the answers, or her and her son Michael will be killed...
Melissa as 'Jamie', about to get in a planned car accident
A fresh and interesting Melissa George, rocking a brunette ‘do, plays Jamie as a vibrant but shocked woman thrust into a horrible situation. »
A decade after his well-received venture into the vampire genre, Cold Hearts, writer/director Robert A. Masciantonio is back with a decidedly more hardcore horror outing, Neighbor. The filmmaker sent along some exclusive and nasty photos (see ’em below) and info on the film, which will have its premiere at this summer’s Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.
“Neighbor was shot in only 18 days in January and February of this year in cold Philadelphia and its suburbs,” Masciantonio tells Fango. “We had so much fun making this film, and having it debut at Fantasia is an absolute thrill. It’s going to be amazing seeing the finished product with the core audience! I hope they love our Girl as much as I do.”
- email@example.com (Michael Gingold)
Ibid, the new film from award-winning producer Heather Rae, is coming to DVD from IndiePix. The film was the winner of the Independent Spirit Awards 2009 Producer’s Award and was in an official selection in both SXSW and the Munich International Film Festival in 2008. Ibid was created by the producers of the Academy Award-nominated "Frozen River." To celebrate the release, BuzzFocus and IndiePix are teaming up to giveaway (5) copies of Ibid on DVD. About Ibid Like Laurel and Hardy, Jake and Elwood, or Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo before them, Lionel (Christian Campbell, Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical) and Tin (writer/director Russell Friedenberg) are on a grand, mystical journey into the depths of the American psyche. After God appears to them as an aged cowboy named Don, and enlists them to inscribe the “Last Commandments” – an addendum to the original 10 – the pair decides they must escape from Trinity, »
- Buzzfocus Staff
On DVD June 30 is The Betrayed, a very Lifetime Movie-y horror/thriller starring Melissa George as Jamie Taylor, a young woman who regains consciousness after a bad accident and finds herself held captive. It also stars Oded Fehr (Resident Evil) and Christian Campbell (The Book of Daniel). What happened to Melissa George's career? She went from starring in multi-million dollar horror remakes to doing small DVD movies - just like Brittany Murphy...
Waking up in a dark room after being knocked unconscious in a car accident and her young son nowhere in sight, Jamie Taylor (Melissa George), realizes that she has been kidnapped. Her masked captor (Oded Fehr) informs her that if she ever hopes to see her son alive again, she must help his mysterious employers. However, they’re not looking to collect a ransom; instead, the man reveals that Jamie’s husband is secretly a brutal killer »
Not all of us spent our high school years pining for the quarterback of the football team. Some of us were more drawn to the shy, sensitive types — the kind of guys who actually listen when you speak, and who have something interesting to say in return.
Like gay men, nerds have had to face down plenty of stereotypes over the years. Pocket protectors and bad haircuts? Ridiculous. A stutter and an obsession with computers? Not necessarily. Plagued by neurosis and insecurity? Well, okay, that last one’s pretty much spot on.
What is it about nerds that can be so sexy? It partly is their awkwardness in social situations. Honestly, who really wants to make small talk at a party anyway? Give me an actual conversation — and this is where nerds shine, the result of having read actual books and newspapers. The fact that a guy has never heard »
*Note: This post originally ran on January 28th, 2008
Recently a new Rambo movie hit theatres, the first in 20 years. We've also seen a new Rocky film arrive 16 years after the previous one, a Die Hard sequel that took 12 years to reach theatres and a fourth Indiana Jones film - 19 years after Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade - is expected to draw huge audiences in May.
Seeing so many characters return after a long absence got me thinking about the various gay characters who'd I'd like to see again and gay films that deserve a sequel more than Rambo does:
The complicated relationship of Parting Glances is one that really leaves me wondering what happens next with Robert (John Bolger) running away to Africa to avoid the grief his partner, Michael (Robert Ganoung) will experience when Michael's ex-boyfriend Nick (Steve Buscemi) succumbs to his battle with HIV. Would »
It's been a while since Kevin Spacey has had a notable leading role but, oh boy, does he have one now. Variety confirmed that Spacey will star as the notorious Jack Abramoff in Casino Jack, due for release next year.
In 2006, Abramoff and several colleagues were indicted, tried, and convicted of defrauding American-Indian casinos out of many millions of dollars. Hayden Christensen, Christian Campbell, Spencer Garrett, and Jeffrey R. Smith will star as several of those colleagues.
Casino Jack will be directed by George Hickenlooper, who also helmed the Warhol-era indie Factory Girl. The screenplay is by Norman Snider, who also co-wrote the script for David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers.
Link | Posted 5/13/2009 by Rich Z
- Rich Z Zwelling
Variety posted casting news regarding George Hickenlooper's new film Casino Jack saying Kevin Spacey has signed on to star as the title character, disgraced Washington power broker Jack Abramoff. However, a trip over to IMDb reveals this must be old news and they even have several more names attached to the project. The true story-based thriller was written by Norman Snider and will feature Spacey as the once high-powered lobbyist whose bribery schemes and fraudulent dealings with Indian casinos ultimately landed him in prison. Filming is set to begin this month in Toronto, which leads me to believe the names on IMDb may actually be correct, but considering the site's track record on films in production take the following bit of news as rumor until otherwise confirmed. IMDb lists Hayden Christensen, David Cross, Christian Campbell, Christian Campbell and Jeffrey R. Smith as members of the cast. Christensen is listed as playing Michael Scanlon, »
- Brad Brevet
These three words make me squeal with delight: Heathers: The Musical. Oh my God, how very.
Yes, the seminal ink-black teen comedy is indeed coming to the stage. The thought of an all-singing, all-dancing Heathers is almost more than I can handle. Back before Gossip Girl, before Gilmore Girls, before Mean Girls, three mean gossipy girls named Heather and their new friend Veronica ruled.
The 1989 film featured Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as the misanthropic, murderous Bonnie and Clyde of the study hall set. When Veronica, a newly minted member of the popular clique, meets bad boy J.D., her teenage angst starts piling up a body count.
The movie painted an almost eerie picture of a pre-Columbine world of high school dystopia, ruthless social order and homicidal tendencies. It also helped to launch the careers of Winona, Christian and Shannen Doherty, who plays one of the Heathers.
- dorothy snarker
Kristen Bell may be about to learn how the extreme always seems to make an impression-- by possibly starring in the musical adaptation of the darkly beloved 1988 cult classic Heathers, according to Eonline.
Kevin Murphy and Andy Fickman, part of the team behind the stage and teleplay edition of Reefer Madness is manning the film's under-the-radar transition to the stage, with readings of the material taking place this week. Bell is taking the Winona Ryder-originated role of Veronica in the rehearsals, with her Reefer Madness co-star Christian Campbell playing Christian Slater's role of J.D., according to the Hollywood Reporter.
While the actors aren't locks to go with their characters when the show makes its Broadway debut, they are likely candidates to keep their gigs if they're available.
- Glenn Hauman
The actress has been involved in top secret readings with actor Christian Campbell this week (beg09Mar09) and plans are afoot to take the show to regional theatres next year.
The Heathers musical will eventually debut on Broadway.
I thought I was pretty mad when I heard that Footloose was becoming a new musical film. Oh no, that was nothing. Child's play, or rather, anger. It doesn't come close to the rage I feel now, which has made its way into my veins and numbed me to my fingers and toes.
There are some things you just don't touch, and one of them is Heathers.
The Hollywood Reporter posts that the man behind Reefer Madness: The Musical and Race to Witch Mountain, Andy Fickman, has teamed up with Reefer partner Kevin Murphy to bring Heathers: The Musical to the stage. It seems that they're currently working on the lyrics and book, and have the blessing of Daniel Waters, who has seen some of the readings. Yes, there have been readings, and to add insult to injury, the lovely Kristen Bell has been voicing Veronica Sawyer ... with Christian Campbell voicing Jd, »
- Monika Bartyzel
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