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The Fabulous Allan Carr Review

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Author: James Kleinmann

It’s rare that a producer’s name becomes as familiar to the public as the stars of the films he or she makes, but in the late 1970s and ’80s, Allan Carr was a regular talk show guest and caftan wearing celebrity in his own right. A new fast paced, fascinating documentary by Emmy winner Jeffrey Schwarz (‘I Am Divine’, ‘Tab Hunter Confidential’) follows the highs and lows of Carr’s colourful career featuring interviews with those who knew him best.

The Fabulous Allan Carr

Starting out in the entertainment industry as a talent booker for Hugh Hefner’s television show, Carr soon became a talent manager representing the likes of Ann-Margaret, Peter Sellers, Tony Curtis and Mama Cass Elliot. Following Carr’s legendary New York subway station premiere party for ‘Tommy’, he gained a reputation for being able to launch a movie with a splash.
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How Brett Ratner Got 'Grease' Mastermind Allan Carr's Infamous Party House

How Brett Ratner Got 'Grease' Mastermind Allan Carr's Infamous Party House
With entourage in tow, Brett Ratner will attend Wednesday's Outfest premiere of The Fabulous Allan CarrJeffrey Schwarz's new documentary about the caftan-wearing Grease mastermind who was run out of Hollywood in 1989 after producing the Snow White Oscars debacle. (Snow White broke her decades-long silence to The Hollywood Reporter in 2013.)

A keen chronicler of some of Hollywood's greatest camp triumphs, Schwarz next tackles one of the most beloved "bad" movies of all time in Goddess: The Showgirls Chronicles. (Showgirls director Paul Verhoeven has given his blessing and already contributed a tell-all interview about the 1995...
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Film Review: ‘The Fabulous Allan Carr’

Film Review: ‘The Fabulous Allan Carr’
A life lived very large — although his plus-size physicality would be the source of perpetual insecurity and eventual health woes — Allan Carr was both the quintessential Hollywood showman and an exception to most of its rules. His attraction to glamour and glitz was old-school, yet the camp edge he brought to it as a “flamboyantly” out gay man was often a bit much for staid industry mind-sets. His hits (big-screen “Grease,” the stage “La Cage aux Folles”) were record breakers, though some might argue his flops were even more unforgettable — one, the notorious 1989 Academy Awards ceremony he produced, stirring such intense backlash it abruptly ended his career.

Garishly colorful, packed with stars, legendary parties, and a wide streak of pathos, it’s a singular life story entertainingly recounted in “The Fabulous Allan Carr.” This latest documentary by Jeffery Schwarz isn’t as warts-and-all dishy an approach to that saga as the 2010 print tome “Party Animals,” by
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'The Fabulous Allan Carr': Film Review

'The Fabulous Allan Carr': Film Review
Jeffrey Schwarz, a specialist in light gay-showbiz documentaries like I Am Divine and Tab Hunter Confidential, looks behind the scenes in The Fabulous Allan Carr, profiling a producer-manager whose considerable achievements have probably been overshadowed by his role in the great Rob Lowe/Snow White Oscar debacle of 1989. Benefiting from ample interview footage of this colorful self-promoter, the entertaining doc lacks the broad appeal of the Divine film but will play well to fest auds with a strong interest in musical theater and 1970s/'80s Tinseltown lore.

Friends from high school and college remember Carr (born Alan Solomon) as uncommonly gregarious;...
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More Gay Stars and Directors and Screenwriters on TCM: From psychos and psychiatrists to surfers and stage mamas

On the day a U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a Mississippi “religious freedom” law – i.e., giving Christian extremists the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, etc. – not to mention the publication of a Republican-backed health care bill targeting the poor, the sick, the elderly, and those with “pre-existing conditions” – which would include HIV-infected people, a large chunk of whom are gay and bisexual men, so the wealthy in the U.S. can get a massive tax cut, Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride or Lgbt Month celebration continues (into tomorrow morning, Thursday & Friday, June 22–23) with the presentation of movies by or featuring an eclectic – though seemingly all male – group: Montgomery Clift, Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter, Dirk Bogarde, John Schlesinger, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins. After all, one assumes that, rumors or no, the presence of Mercedes McCambridge in one
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The Link Down

It's impossible to keep up these days. So herewith a bunch of news we haven't covered and other enjoyable places to go on the web today...

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Baz Lurhmann has written a letter to fans about the cancellation of The Get Down, his Netflix series. My favorite bit because I like having him on the big screen in 2 hour doses:

All sorts of things have been thrown around for the future... even a stage show (can you imagine that? I can, concert version anyone? Next summer? Just saying.) But the simple truth is, I make movies. And the thing with movies is, that when you direct them, there can be nothing else in your life. Since The Get Down stopped, I have actually been spending the last few months preparing my new cinematic work...

Variety IFC is on a buying spree at Cannes, including Lars Von Trier's latest, a
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Tab Hunter Confidential

What's the right thing to say about a closeted movie career in an industry that feeds on gossip? There's plenty to say, if you're Tab Hunter. The '50s heartthrob breaks his silence with a remarkably candid and positive account of his astonishing, unique Hollywood experience. Tab Hunter Confidential Blu-ray FilmRise 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 19.95 Starring Tab Hunter, Allan Glaser, Clint Eastwood, Connie Stevens, Portia de Rossi, Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds, Lainie Kazan, George Takei, Noah Wyle, John Waters, Liz Torres, Tab Hunter, Dolores Hart, Terry Moore, Don Murray, Robert Osborne, Darryl Hickman, William Wellman Jr., Rae Allen, Rona Barrett, Venetia Stevenson, Rex Reed, Etchika Choureau, Marilyn Erskine, Henry Willson, Shannon Bolin, Eddie Muller, Ronnie Robertson, Gary Giddins, Tamara Asseyev, Neal Noorlag, Marilyn Gevirtz, Jo-An Cox Bunton, Lou Simon, Evelyn Kramer. Cinematography Nancy Schreiber Film Editor Jeffrey Schwarz Original Music Michael Cudahy Produced by Allan Glaser, Neil Koenigsberg,
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SXSW Doc ‘She’s the Best Thing In It’ Sells to GoDigital (Exclusive)

SXSW Doc ‘She’s the Best Thing In It’ Sells to GoDigital (Exclusive)
GoDigital Inc. has acquired U.S. rights to the SXSW documentary “She's the Best Thing In It,” Variety has learned.

The movie, directed by Oscar-nominated “Philadelphia” screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, follows Tony-winning, stage-and-screen character actress Mary Louise Wilson (“Grey Gardens”) as she heads to New Orleans to embark on a new career as a drama teacher.

“The film started as a study of the actor’s craft, but evolved into a celebration of the perseverance and courage required to live an artist’s life,” said Nyswaner, who landed secondary interviews with Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Valerie Harper and Tyne Daly.

“She’s the Best Thing In It” was produced by Neda Armian and Jeffrey Schwarz.

It will be available on demand in the United States on Feb. 23, 2016.

See a trailer for the film below:
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Watch: Tab Hunter Was Hot Stuff Back in the 1950s in Exclusive 'Tab Hunter Confidential' Clip

Watch: Tab Hunter Was Hot Stuff Back in the 1950s in Exclusive 'Tab Hunter Confidential' Clip
Read More: Watch: Tab Hunter Reveals His Career-Spanning Secret in 'Tab Hunter Confidential' Trailer In this exclusive clip from director Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary "Tab Hunter Confidential," interviewees reveal why Tab was such a popular commodity back in the 1950s. The film features interviews from Tab Hunter himself, as well as Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, John Waters, George Takei, Clint Eastwood, and Portia De Rossi, among others. The official synopsis reads: "In the 1950s, Tab Hunter is America’s Boy Next Door. Nothing, it seems, can damage his skyrocketing career. Nothing that is, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. Now, Tab Hunter’s secret is out. In 'Tab Hunter Confidential' we will meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us the whole story of a happy, healthy survivor of Hollywood’s roller coaster." The film opens
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Tab Hunter, Out of the Hollywood Closet and in His Own Words

Tab Hunter, Out of the Hollywood Closet and in His Own Words
Why did Tab Hunter, 1950s all-American adonis and Hollywood star, want to make a movie about his life? "I figured, 'Get it from the horse's mouth, not from some other horse's ass after I'm dead and gone." You might not know this blond-headed hunk (now 83) from the days of Tinseltown's yesteryear because he wasn't exactly a marquee idol. He enjoyed a mid-sized movie career, starring in war pictures in the 1950s before landing a plum contract at Warner Bros. — all the while keeping his private life off the record, on the Q.T. and very hush-hush. Well, almost. Director Jeffrey Schwarz un-closets this Fifties Golden Boy in "Tab Hunter Confidential," the documentary film version of Hunter's memoir, co-penned by noir czar Eddie Muller nearly a decade ago. Schwarz discovered Hunter's story while interviewing him and his longtime partner (and former Fox executive) Allan Glaser for Schwarz's "I Am Divine," a documentary portrait of none-other-than Divine,
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Watch: 'Tab Hunter Confidential' Trailer Outs a Hollywood Pinup Boy

Watch: 'Tab Hunter Confidential' Trailer Outs a Hollywood Pinup Boy
You might not know this blond-headed hunk (now 83) from the days of Tinseltown's yesteryear because he wasn't exactly a marquee idol. He enjoyed a mid-sized movie career, starring in war pictures in the 1950s before landing a plum contract at Warner Bros. — all the while keeping his private life off the record, on the Q.T. and very hush-hush. Well, almost. Director Jeffrey Schwarz un-closets this Fifties Golden Boy in "Tab Hunter Confidential," the documentary film version of Hunter's memoir, co-penned by noir czar Eddie Muller nearly a decade ago. Schwarz discovered Hunter's story while interviewing him and his longtime partner (and former Fox executive) Allan Glaser for Schwarz's "I Am Divine," a documentary portrait of none-other-than Divine, John Waters' muse and a close friend of Hunter's. Read More: Tab Hunter, Out of the Hollywood Closet and in His Own Words The Film Collaborative opens "Tab Hunter Confidential" October 16th.
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Watch: Tab Hunter Reveals His Career-Spanning Secret in 'Tab Hunter Confidential' Trailer

Watch: Tab Hunter Reveals His Career-Spanning Secret in 'Tab Hunter Confidential' Trailer
Read More: SXSW Review: Riveting And Insightful Documentary 'Tab Hunter Confidential' Reveals The True Story Of A Hollywood Star Tab Hunter was a Hollywood golden boy known for his roles in "Damn Yankees" and other hits during the 1950s, but despite being a teenage heartthrob, he kept a big secret -- which is now being revealed for the first time in Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary, "Tab Hunter Confidential."  The documentary follows Hunter's growth as a star and his decision to hide his sexual identity. Now at a distance from his hectic 1950's fame, Hunter discusses his sexuality and everything that came with stardom. Through interviews with Hunter and his famous collaborators, including Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, John Waters, George Takei, Clint Eastwood and Portia De Rossi, Schwartz explores dealing with fame and hiding sexuality as a celebrity. "Tab Hunter Confidential" will premiere in New York theaters on October 16 and in Los Angeles.
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Frameline Film Festival Names 2015 Awards Winners (Exclusive)

Frameline Film Festival Names 2015 Awards Winners (Exclusive)
Following a 10-day program of 180 Lgbtq films from 33 countries, Frameline's 39th edition came to an end Sunday night in San Francisco. Toh! reveals the exclusive list of festival winners, feted at the Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret.  Big winners include Chilean coming-out drama "In the Grayscale" (well-reviewed on the circuit) and kidnapping documentary "The Amina Profile," which earned Sundance buzz. Earlier in the fest, the career-honoring Frameline Film Fest award went to doc-maker Jeffrey Schwarz, whose "Tab Hunter Confidential" screened for Frameline audiences (it will play Outfest in La this Summer). Juried Awards: Outstanding First Feature Award: "In the Grayscale," directed by Claudio Marcone. Honorable mention: "Stories of Our Lives," directed by Jim Chuchu. Outstanding Documentary: "Alex & Ali," directed by Malachi Leopold. Honorable mention: "The Amina Profile" directed by Sophie...
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'Tab Hunter' Director Jeffrey Schwarz Takes Frameline Film Fest Award

'Tab Hunter' Director Jeffrey Schwarz Takes Frameline Film Fest Award
Since 1986, San Francisco's Frameline Film Festival has given its Frameline Award to a person or entity who has made a major contribution to Lbgtq representation in film, television, or the media arts. Previous award recipients include film historian, author, and activate Vito Russo, "drag artiste extraordinaire" Divine, producer Christine Vachon, and producer/distributor Marcus Hu. On the opening weekend of Frameline 39, filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz, whose filmography includes documentaries about both Russo ("Vito," 2011) and Divine ("I Am Divine," 2013), joined their ranks. At an emotional ceremony in front of a standing-room-only crowd, the award was presented by noted Bay Area filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, who had employed Schwarz, fresh out of film school, as an intern on their film "The Celluloid Closet," based on Russo's groundbreaking book, in the early 90s. As Friedman noted, it was a grim time in the San...
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New Schedule – Qfest St. Louis – Now Runs April 22-28 at The Tivoli Theatre

A water main break at a movie theater can wreak havoc on a film festival!

The Eighth Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis, was supposed to start Sunday April 19th at the Tivoli Theatre. But the organizers had to reschedule when the Tivoli had to shut down because of the water disaster. The show will go on, but the schedule has been changed.

The St. Louis-based Lgbtq film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of 23 films – 11 features (six narratives and five documentaries) and 12 short subjects. The participating filmmakers represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema. The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to illustrate the diversity of the Lgbtq community and to explore the complexities of living an alternative lifestyle.

Highlights include the St. Louis premieres of two biographical documentaries on Olympic diver Greg Louganis
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BFI Flare reveals 2015 figures

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London Lgbt film festival records biggest box office to date.

BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival concluded on Sunday (March 29) with the European premiere of Malcolm Ingram’s new documentary, Out To Win, celebrating the battle for equality by Lgbt sports people. Special guests included director Malcolm Ingram and basketball star John Amaechi.

The closing night screening broke all box office records in the festival’s 29 years, with audiences of more than 23,500 recorded over the 11-day festival - up by 6.8% on the previous year.

This year’s festival also saw a step-change in industry attendance with a substantial increase in delegate accreditation, including 120 film-makers and more than 200 other industry attendees.

An expanded industry offering included a series of daily workshops on all aspects of film-making, fund-raising, marketing and the creative process.

Mentorship

The inaugural BFI Flare Mentorship programme in association with Creative Skillset was launched with five film-makers.

A partnership between BFI Flare and the British Council
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SXSW 2015, The Average: ‘7 Chinese Brothers,’ ‘Adult Beginners,’ ‘Just Jim’ and More

SXSW 2015 Film Review

complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015

7 Chinese Brothers

Director/Screenwriter: Bob Byington

A man unaccustomed to telling the truth learns to at least describe it. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Tunde Adebimpe, Eleanore Pienta, Olympia Dukakis, Stephen Root. (World Premiere) (film synopsis from sxsw.com)

Overall

The film is almost about nothing, just like the title of the film. Most of the time this doesn’t matter because we get to watch Schwartzman do many Schwartzman things, including acting opposite his real-life dog. There is a very sweet and surprisingly authentic death involving a key character. Besides that moment, when the film ends, you’ll quickly forget about it and move on.

Final Score: 6/10

Adult Beginners

Director: Ross Katz, Screenwriters: Jeff Cox, Elizabeth Flahive

Out of a job after a disastrous product launch, a big-city yuppie retreats to his suburban childhood home, in this heart-warming and hilarious film about crashing hard,
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SXSW 2015: Was James Dean Gay or Bisexual? Matinee Idol Pal Tab Hunter Weighs in on the Rumors

SXSW 2015: Was James Dean Gay or Bisexual? Matinee Idol Pal Tab Hunter Weighs in on the Rumors
It's a question that will never be answered. Even so, for decades, there have been rumors that James Dean was bisexual and maybe quite possibly gay. Tab Hunter, a former 1950s matinee idol and friend of the Rebel Without a Cause star who publicly came out of the closet in 2006, weighed in on the gossip when I sat down with him at South by Southwest to talk about his new Jeffrey Schwarz-directed documentary, Tab Hunter Confidential. Hunter, now 83, said he knew "Jimmy pretty well" because his friend Dick Clayton was his agent. "People always said that," Hunter said about Dean swinging both ways. "All I know is I saw him with Ursula Andrews a lot and with Pier Angeli."...
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Tab Hunter Confidential’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Tab Hunter Confidential’
Like the autobiographical tome it’s based on, “Tab Hunter Confidential” provides a colorful, likable and unpretentious look at the 1950s Hollywood dreamboat who was living a closeted gay life even as he was marketed as every bobbysoxer’s ideal boyfriend. Sharing his subject’s good humor about himself, prolific docu and DVD-extra director Jeffrey Schwarz (“I Am Divine,” “Vito”) has assembled a pleasing if less-than-revelatory feature that should prove particularly popular on the gay fest circuit en route to broadcast and download sales.

Although somewhat conventionally framed by the drama of an early near-outing — as a 19-year-old Hollywood newbie, Hunter was arrested for attending a private gay party, something he recalls “would be thrown at me years later”—“Confidential” is not a story of torment in the closet. Indeed, the 2006 book Hunter wrote with Eddie Muller does a better job limning the internal and professional conflicts in his life,
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