5 items from 2015
In what can best be described as an unconventional pitch to make his new movie soar, Isaiah Washington hit up a gay nightclub this past weekend to promote Lgbt drama “Blackbird.” TMZ posted video Tuesday of Washington and “Blackbird” costar Gary LeRoi Gray partying at West Hollywood hotspot Rage. Washington, who produced and co-stars in the film, was videotaped drinking, dancing, making new friends and singing “Blackbird’s” praises. The star’s marketing effort apparently paid off. “Blackbird” opened Friday in 13 theaters, taking in $45,834 for a respectable $3,526 per screen average. Also Read: Mo'Nique on Why Black Hollywood Actors Shunned Gay-Themed »
- Anita Bennett
Isaiah Washington's on a guerrilla marketing campaign to spread the word about his new movie to the Lgbt community, and he went all in -- maybe not all in -- by partying at a legendary gay bar. Washington hit up Rage nightclub in West Hollywood (one of the biggest gay bars in town) this past weekend promoting "Blackbird" with his co-star Gary LeRoi Gray. We're told he was drinking and dancing ... having a great time. »
- TMZ Staff
The Boys in the Choir: Polk’s Antiquated Rendition of the Rural Gay Narrative
The blatant underrepresentation of black gay characters in film, whatever letter they’re placed into on the inclusive Lgbt spectrum, is simply not reason enough to appreciate the elemental contrivances of Patrik-Ian Polk’s Blackbird, an independent film rife with cliché in its euphemistic depiction of the rural queer experience that does little to elevate the film’s archaic nature.
The title has been inadvertently thrown into a higher caliber pop culture zeitgeist thanks to its distinction as Mo’Nique’s first post-Oscar role since her 2009 win for Best Supporting Actress in Precious. The significant media coverage concerning potential fallout between herself and director Lee Daniels should enhance the film’s shelf-life beyond the trappings of a niche market. Produced by the actress and her agent/husband Sidney Hicks, the project feels very much like the »
- Nicholas Bell
Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – Film measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film Weekly Top 5 Wednesday Feb 4, 2015 – Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 Rank Last Week Film Rating(000) 1 3 Furious 7 11,369 2 – Magic Mike Xxl 9,749 3 4 Fifty Shades of Grey 6,788 4 1 Ted 2 3,568 5 - The Lazarus Effect 3,075 -
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- Jason Klein
Two of the film's subjects, Ice Cube and Dr Dre, recorded an introduction for the first look at the movie.
Last year, the first picture of the central cast was unveiled by Ice Cube.
Straight Outta Compton will be released in cinemas on August 14. »
5 items from 2015
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