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If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Here's Stephen Colbert contemplating the mysteries of the universe alongside Tom Hanks in a "Late Show" segment called "Big Questions with Even Bigger Stars." It's like a hilarious midnight picnic with Forrest Gump. The audience cheered for Tom for so long it kinda cut the segment short, but they still spent a lot of time asking deep questions and giving silly answers. For example, they tackled big Qs like "Why do bad things happen to good people?" and "What would you do with a time machine"? It's great. A Hitler-killing baby is involved. Stephen Colbert + John Oliver = Where's Jon Stewart? 'Cause he would complete the trifecta. John got bleeped, »
- Gina Carbone
Read More: Roland Emmerich For The All-Time Gay Hall of Shame In what appears to be a last ditch effort to drum up some excitement around Roland Emmerich's disastrously maligned "Stonewall," distributor Roadside Attractions has released another clip from the drama, this one ripped straight from the violent confrontation between the riot and a menacing police force. Emmerich's distorted version of events centers the riots around Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine), who is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parents' home and flees to New York City. Alone in Greenwich Village, he befriends Ray (Jonny Beauchamp) and a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Otoja Abit, Vladimir Alexis and Ron Perlman co-star. "Stonewall" is now playing in select theaters. Watch the latest clip above. Watch: Mourn the Loss »
- Zack Sharf
Humanity eludes Roland Emmerich, except when he's trying to destroy it. That, more than anything else, is the great problem with Stonewall, his film about the infamous 1969 West Village uprising that marked a turning point in the Lgbt-rights movement. It’s a self-financed passion project, from a man who might be the most financially successful out gay filmmaker ever. We should be celebrating this, but man, oh man, does he make it difficult.My colleague E. Alex Jung has already discussed, compellingly, why the film's placement of a hunky white boy at the center of events that were often driven by trans women of color, drag queens, butch lesbians, and others is troublesome, to say the least. But let’s summarize: The film follows Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine), a young gay man from Indiana, as he arrives in Greenwich Village in 1968. He has a scholarship to Columbia, but his estranged »
- Bilge Ebiri
Well, we’re past the Summer blockbusters and heading right into the serious, somber cinema season, that time when the studios dream of top ten lists and Oscar gold. What better way to make those award fantasies come true than to hop in the movie “way-back” time machine and witness a most historic birth. But we’re not looking back on the birth of a person, rather the birth of a movement, a concentrated effort to effect change for a minority. Almost a year ago, we saw the civil rights movement take root in the acclaimed Selma. And in a few weeks, we’ll see the story of how the women’s equality movement began in Suffragette. So, now the movies offer up a look at a true flash point in the struggle of the Lgbt community for justice, specifically the 1969 riot at the NYC nightspot called Stonewall. So, what »
- Jim Batts
The cast and filmmakers of “Stonewall” hope audiences take away more than just enjoyment from the film.
“Forty percent of the homeless youth in America today identify with being Lgbt,” Jeremy Irvine, who plays lead Danny Winters, said. “I read that at the end of the script and went, ‘wow, this is a movie that is just as relevant today as it ever was.’ I think it’s kind of a disgrace that we’re not taught in schools about the Stonewall event, so I think if anything can get a wider awareness is only a good thing.”
“Stonewall” follows Winters, who leaves behind his friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his house and flees to New York. Alone and homeless in Greenwich Village, Winters befriends a group of street kids who take him to the Stonewall Inn. After enduring discrimination and police harassment, Winters and »
- Jacob Bryant
Roland Emmerich‘s drama “Stonewall” comes with the tagline “Where Pride Began,” but for many Lgbt advocates the indie film opening on Friday is not a source of pride but anger. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network has called for a boycott of the movie, accusing Emmerich of marginalizing the role of Lgbt people of color in the 1969 protests against police brutality that helped launch the modern gay rights movement. Emmerich and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz, who are both openly gay, chose to build their film around a fictional young, gay, white, Midwestern man (played by British actor Jeremy Irvine) who arrives in. »
- Matthew Carey
I'm sure they meant well. And by "they," I mean director Roland Emmerich, screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz, and the sprawling ensemble cast who all worked to make a movie that commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York, one of the flashpoints of the gay rights movement in America. The idea of making a film that captures not only the community that found its activist voice that day but that also articulates the tensions and the atmosphere that made the riots feel so urgent and necessary in the first place is a good idea, and perhaps one day, someone will make that movie. Unfortunately, "Stonewall" is the anti-"Selma," a movie that not only fails to fully capture the energy and importance of a true event but that fails so completely as a film that it is almost impressive. Danny (Jeremy Irvine) is a small-town kid who had to leave home »
- Drew McWeeny
Hole in the Wall: Emmerich Butchers Historical Moment with Whitewashed Overcoat
On June 28, 1969, a group of gay men and women took a stand against police brutality following a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The event sparked a series of violent demonstrations by members of the Lgbt community around the period, and it’s considered the birth of the gay liberation movement. In the decades since, lingering urban legends have haunted the events (such as a grieving community motivated specifically over the recent loss of Judy Garland) surrounding the stand taken at a mafia owned bar raided regularly by police, whose owner cared little about the safety or health of his patrons either way. A significant moment in the ensuing decades-long battle for Lgbt rights in the United States certainly marks it as deserving of its own cinematic reenactment. However, action film »
- Nicholas Bell
The Lgbt community has taken issue with Emmerich creating a fictional character - Danny (Jeremy Irvine) - to lead the story, as opposed to the real-life trans women and the ethnically diverse people at the heart of the landmark event.
Critical reviews have also been scathing in the wake of Stonewall's Toronto Film Festival premiere last week.
Variety's Peter Debruge said of the drama: "Disaster maven Roland Emmerich treats a seminal event in the gay pride movement as the mere backdrop to the otherwise vanilla story of a homeless Indiana teen looking for community in New York City. »
Plot: Kicked-out by his parents for being gay, young Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) packs his bags and moves to 1960’s NYC in the hopes of finding acceptance. His nights at the Stonewall, a historic gay club, afford him a look a life led out in the open and may even help kick-off a revolution. Review: I’m sure director Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall is well-intentioned. A passion... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Best known for such spectacle-driven blockbusters as “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow,” Roland Emmerich has made his reputation exploiting audience’s anxieties over what the future may hold: What if a second ice age struck or a series of tidal waves wiped out most of mankind? With “Stonewall,” the openly gay director puts such speculative fantasy aside and opts to engage with a more intimate real-world crisis, using the sheer dynamism of 1969’s historic Greenwich Village uprising as a platform to address the epidemic of homelessness among Lgbtq youth, past and present. While it’s encouraging to see such a subject treated with the same grandiosity afforded alien invasions, particularly at a moment when gay rights hold such currency, representation-starved audiences deserve more than this problematic collection of stereotypes, which lacks the galvanizing power of such recent we-shall-overcome triumphs as “Selma” or “Milk,” and won’t draw anywhere near their numbers. »
- Peter Debruge
Director Roland Emmerich once blew up the White House with a giant alien spaceship. In retrospect this was one of his subtler moments. Stonewall, an outrageously misjudged drama that flirts with the story of the birth of the gay rights movement, is much more grandiose.
Jeremy Irvine stars as Danny, a clean cut farm kid living in 1960s Indiana. He’s young and guileless, desperately in love with his football team-mate. When their relationship is discovered Danny is exiled by his schoolmates and evicted by his parents. He strikes out for New York and a theme park vision of the gay hangouts on Greenwich Village’s Christopher Street, where a kid called Ray (Jonny Beauchamp) co-opts him into his gang of hustlers. Each has a little quirk that passes for character development. »
- Henry Barnes
Read More: Watch: Meet Lgbt Activist Marsha P. Johnson in New 'Stonewall' Clip Another glimpse at the Roland Emmerich's historical drama "Stonewall" is now available thanks to a new clip. Emmerich, who is known for films like "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Independence Day," has tapped Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jonny Beauchamp, Otoja Abit and Ron Perlman to star. According to the official synopsis, "Danny Winters (Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent's home. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends Ray (Beauchamp) and a group of street kids who soon introduce him to The Stonewall Inn. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination and are repeatedly harassed by the police, rage begins to run through the entire community of people who populate the Stonewall Inn. With the toss of a single brick, »
- Aubrey Page
Stonewall is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends Ray (Jonny Beauchamp) and a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
As the dog days of summer come to a close and the first turn of Autumn is before us, now is the perfect time to look ahead to films we don’t want to miss in the coming weeks. There are four films for September that stand out with potential award winning performances, new films by rising star directors, and some familiar faces in new places. Here’s our list in chronological order by release date:
Time Out of Mind (September 9th)
photo courtesy IFC Films
This is a film already creating some buzz as it does the festival circuit, and with good reason. It’s been awhile since Richard Gere has really displayed his acting chops. There have been too many forgettable roles for the actor who burst on the scene many decades ago with the title role in An Officer and a Gentlemen. Based on early critical review, »
- Jeff Bricker
From big blockbusters to small independent films, here are the movies I.m dying to see this Fall. (Official synopsis provided by studios)
September 18 (Friday)
About Ray When a young woman (Elle Fanning) decides to transition from female to male, her announcement is met with both opposition and support from her mother (Naomi Watts) and her lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon).
Black Mass In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. -- (C) Warner Bros
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
See Also: Watch the trailer for Stonewall
Stonewall is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, »
- Gary Collinson
Stonewall is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven.
As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who »
- Michelle McCue
While one can, at a push, imagine Pedro Almodovar being amused by a gag involving a holy petrified foreskin, there’s otherwise little danger of “The Bad Education Movie” being mistaken for its Spanish namesake in years to come. As scatty as it is scatological, this crudely amusing bigscreen transfer for young comedian Jack Whitehall’s popular, now-defunct BBC sitcom trots out the well-worn jokes inherent in its televisual premise, as a posh dimwit teacher is repeatedly schooled by his adoring class of state-school rascals. It does, however, graft them onto a plot — involving a grassroots political coup in, of all places, Cornwall — more extravagantly daft than a half-hour episode would permit, giving some peppy purpose to an otherwise low-rent cash-in. As for Whitehall, his film debut makes no concessions to the uninitiated, as his trademark mugging ping-pongs cheerily between the endearing and the enervating.
Where staggering domestic B.O. »
- Guy Lodge
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