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10 items from 2012

AfterElton Briefs: Adam Lambert Is Not A "Les Miz" Fan, "The Creation of Neil Patrick Harris," and "The Biggest Loser" Gets Its First Out Contestant

31 December 2012 11:14 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Joe Dallesandro (above), who is 64, Bebe Neuwirth is 54, Val Kilmer is 53, and Donna Summer would have been 64.We wish all of you a very happy and safe New Year's Eve. We'll have Briefs and a couple of special posts tomorrow, then we'll be back to a regular schedule on Wednesday. I'm not all that sure who Jim Davidson is, but he sounds like a real winner. When The Biggest Loser returns to NBC this Sunday, it will have its first openly gay contestant, 21-year-old Utah native Jackson Carter.10 athletes who came out in 2012.Les Miserables may be rolling in the dough and accolades, but Adam Lambert points out the screeching elephant in the room.

2012 in four minutes.

If you can get through this without cringing dozens of times, you're better than me. Below you can see a blooper reel from Exodus International. Remember, these men are "Ex-Gay. »

- snicks

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Ape | AFI Fest 2012 Review

3 November 2012 4:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Natural Selection: Potrykus’ Debuts a Worthwhile yet Ragged Effort

Aligned with similarly titled works that capture mankind’s possibility to regress to a more primitive, mammalian state under pressure, everywhere from Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape to Jesper Ganslandt’s more recent, 2009 film, The Ape, indie filmmaker Joel Potrykus brings us young man malaise with his feature debut, Ape. Hailing from Michigan, Potrykus, like his protagonist, operates far from either centered entertainment metropolis in the Us, and his film suggests a different rhythm than that displayed from more prestigiously located emerging artists. Unfortunately, the film, particularly the first half, feels incredibly amateurish and sluggish, and creaks along like nails on the chalkboard until eventually finding a workable rhythm that manages to find a voice despite the obviously extreme budgetary constraints.

Trevor Newandyke (Joshua Burge) has one sole ambition in life, and that is to be a successful stand-up comedian. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Italian Stallion – A Look Back at Sylvester Stallone’s 1970 Sex Film

31 October 2012 7:38 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In 1970, six years before he ran up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Bill Conti.s anthem in Rocky, Sylvester Stallone claims he was living in a bus shelter and needed money. So like many hungry actors he agreed to star and appear nude in a sex film and was paid $200 for two days work.  The resulting film was a 60-minute drama with a $5000 budget titled Party At Kitty And Stud.S.

So what does the audience get for Stallone.s $200 gig? Basically, it is a standard-issue early 70s skin flick but it.s the type of arty skin flick popular at the time, two years before hardcore features like Deep Throat broke through to the masses. A .sex. film at that time meant lots of nudity and simulated intercourse. Hard-core penetration footage could be found in shorts and .loops. but features at this time usually just »

- Tom Stockman

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Eduardo de Gregorio

19 October 2012 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Argentinian director whose films drew heavily on the stories of Jorge Luis Borges

Although the Argentinian director and screenwriter Eduardo de Gregorio, who has died aged 70, had lived in Paris since 1970, his work was always identifiably South American. This can be attributed to the overpowering influence of the labyrinthine stories of Jorge Luis Borges on a generation of South American artists.

De Gregorio brought this Borgesian aura to bear on the five features he directed, and on the screenplays he wrote with Jacques Rivette and Bernardo Bertolucci. In fact, for the latter's The Spider's Stratagem (1970), De Gregorio adapted the Borges story Theme of the Traitor and the Hero, smoothly transposing it from Ireland to Italy. It was an elaborate piece of Oedipal plotting in which, revisiting the village in the Po valley where his father was murdered in 1936, a young man discovers that his father was not a hero, but a traitor. »

- Ronald Bergan

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Sylvia Kristel obituary

18 October 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Her film career was dominated by her role as Emmanuelle

There can be few film actors so closely associated with one role as was Sylvia Kristel, who has died of cancer aged 60. The title role of the sexually adventurous housewife in Emmanuelle (1974) became a reference for every part she played subsequently. This was not surprising, as the Dutch star did play a character called Emmanuelle, with few variations, many times over.

In the original film, Kristel portrayed the bored wife of a French embassy official in Bangkok, urged by her libertine husband to explore all the possibilities of sex. Thereupon, she finds herself in bed with, among others, a lesbian archaeologist and an elderly roué. Directed with some grace by Just Jaeckin, this glossy soft-porn package, dressed up as art-house erotica, was a huge international hit, becoming the first X-rated film to be released in the Us. Lushly photographed and »

- Ronald Bergan

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RaroVideo to Release Fernando Di Leo's Madness This August

24 July 2012 4:47 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We know you guys are always on the lookout for rare and unusual films so when we got the announcement that RaroVideo will be releasing Fernando Di Leo's Madness, starring Joe Dallesandro, in August, of course we had to share the news!

From the Press Release:

Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers and publishing them with compelling extras, Italian film boutique RaroVideo announces Fernando Di Leo's Madness (1980) DVD release on August 14, 2012.

The film stars Joe Dallesandro, better known as the “Little Joe” mentioned in Lou Reed’s hit 1972 song “Walk on the Wild Side.” Dallesandro is considered by many to be the most famous male sex symbol of American underground films of the 20th century, having starred in Flesh, Trash, and Heat among many others. A photograph taken by Andy Warhol of Dallesandro’s crotch bulge encased in a tight-fitting pair of jeans »

- The Woman In Black

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DVD Playhouse--April 2012

13 April 2012 3:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—April 2012

By Allen Gardner

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Warner Bros.) An eleven year-old boy (newcomer Thomas Horn, in an incredible debut) discovers a mysterious key amongst the possessions of his late father (Tom Hanks) who perished in 9/11. Determined to find the lock it matches, the boy embarks on a Picaresque odyssey across New York City. Director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter Eric Roth have fashioned a film both grand and intimate, beautifully-adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, thought by most who read it to be unfilmable. Fine support from Jeffrey Wright, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Viola Davis and the great Max von Sydow. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Battle Royale: The Complete Collection (Anchor Bay) Adapted from Koushun Takami’s polarizing novel (compared by champions and detractors alike as a 21st century version of A Clockwork Orange) and set in a futuristic Japan, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for April

11 April 2012 9:19 AM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for April.

Night Gallery: Season 3 DVD Available Now

The third and final season (1972–73) of Rod Serling’s underrated series finally comes to DVD. Season 3 (with episodes downsized to half an hour) is generally considered inferior to the first two years, but it still contains several classic episodes. Best of all, Jim Benson and Scott Skelton, co-authors of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour, helped put together a “lost” episode featuring four segments that were heavily altered for syndication. Guest stars this season include Mickey Rooney, Vincent Price, Burgess Meredith and gorgeous Joanna Pettet (The Evil).

Thou Shalt Not Kill… Except (1985) Blu-ray/DVD combo Available Now

One of the last great exploitation films of the ‘80s to receive wide theatrical distribution, this gonzo action/horror hybrid from director Josh Becker features many names from the Evil Dead team, both »

- Bradley Harding

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And Then The Camera Goes Up The Jockey's Ass: A Close Look at "Luck"

30 January 2012 8:28 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Like the double-wide premiere for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, the pilot for the network's new horse-racing series Luck—first broadcast December 11th, and then re-run this past Sunday—represents a meeting of two distinctive authorial voices. In the case of the Boardwalk Empire pilot—a high-water mark of style and efficiency that the frequently-frustrating series has never managed to live up to, aside from a couple of episodes neatly directed by Carpenterite horror specialist Brad Anderson—it was episode director / series executive producer Martin Scorsese and episode writer / series creator Terrence Winter; in the case of Luck, it's episode director / series executive producer Michael Mann and episode writer / series creator David Milch

The interplay of low-lifes and big spenders in Luck's pilot is distinctly Milch's. It's clear from the episode's structure alone—a lot of jargony horse-racing intrigue spinning around a story about four track regulars who finally win it »

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Beware The Killer Nun! On Blu-ray This April From Blue Underground

11 January 2012 9:37 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Just today I received Blue Underground's Blu-ray edition of Night Train Murders for review, and I have news to pass along as well.  In what may very well be the first nunsploitation film to hit HD, Blue Underground have announced Killer Nun, starring Anita Ekberg, will hit stores shelves on April 24th!Uncut! Uncensored! Unholy!Legendary Swedish sex bomb Anita Ekberg (La Dolce Vita) stars as Sister Gertrude, a cruel nun who discovers depraved pleasure in a frenzy of drug addiction, sexual degradation and sadistic murder. Joe Dallesandro (Flesh For Frankenstein), Lou Castel (A Bullet For The General), Alida Valli (Suspiria) and the luscious Paola Morra (Behind Convent Walls) co-star in this notorious 'Nunsploitation' based on actual events that took place in a Central European country not »

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