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★★★★☆In 1980, Al Pacino starred in The Exorcist director William Friedkin's controversial Cruising. The film focused on undercover cop Steve Burns (Pacino) who is sent onto the streets as a decoy for a serial killer who has dismembered several homosexual men in New York's gay district. It's famously rumoured that to avoid an X-rating, forty minutes of gay S&M footage was cut from the film and permanently destroyed. Inspired by this mythology, actor James Franco and Travis Matthews (I Want Your Love) joined forces to create Interior. Leather Bar (2013), their own personal interpretation of Friedkin's lost footage.
- CineVue UK
The actor and dilletante talks about his new pornographic arthouse film Interior. Leather Bar and how he's challenging Hollywood's beige treatment of sex
If you're an A-list Hollywood actor you need to have a "thing"; something beyond being just really, really good looking. For George Clooney it's politics, for Leonardo DiCaprio it's saving the tigers, Gwyneth Paltrow has her quinoa muesli, and as Mark Ruffalo's Twitter reveals, he's very much invested in the anti-fracking scene. For James Franco, though, his thing appears to be, well, everything. Once you start researching the 35-year-old's recent antics, it quickly becomes clear just how bizarrely prolific he is: he's currently making five films, with six more in post-production; he's a fervent blogger, tweeter and Instagrammer; he publishes short stories and poetry, famously penning a poem to commemorate the second inauguration of President Obama back in January; he is a sometime multimedia artist, and »
In order to avoid an X rating, forty minutes of gay S&M footage was rumoured to be cut and destroyed from William Friedkin's 1980 film Cruising, starring Al Pacino. Inspired by the mythology of this controversial drama, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage in Interior. Leather Bar (2013). To celebrate the DVD release of Mathews' latest this coming Monday (9 December), we've kindly been provided with Three copies of the film to give away, courtesy of Peccadillo Pictures. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
No Salutation: Franco Resurrects Tragic Mineo to Aimless Effect
Like The Broken Tower, which documents the tragic end of poet Hart Crane, James Franco’s second directorial effort from 2011, Sal, also happens to resurrect an artistic queer figure from the past, this time Oscar-nominated actor Sal Mineo, murdered outside his West Hollywood apartment back in 1976. While the film is finally being granted a theatrical release, Franco has gone on to debut a slew of other directorial efforts, expanding his desire to provoke, titillate and subvert notions of queerness in a broader cultural discourse with items like his co-directed Interior. Leather Bar, and even adapting notable literary works, like Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God. Considering an equally heavy acting schedule, Franco’s output is quantitatively impressive, but quality thus becomes the lack in his exploration of the last hours of the life of Sal Mineo. »
- Nicholas Bell
The 42nd edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma will be held in Montreal from October 9 to the 20th, showcasing the best new films and filmmakers from around the world. The festival which has often been described as ‘ baby-tiff’ – picks up the best from Berlinale, Cannes, Venice, Telluride, Toronto and more. This new edition demonstrates the vibrancy of filmmaking in all its forms and for all audiences with an incredible 273 films (146 feature films and 124 shorts) from 47 countries – including (count them) 39 world premieres, 33 North American premieres and 47 Canadian premieres. Of the various sections of the film festival, my favourite program is Time Ø. If you are not familiar with the festival, think of this section of films as the equivalent of Tiff’s Midnight Madness program, only sexier. Here is a break down of what you can see this year.
(Please note: This list is in no particular oder)
Legendary director William Friedkin has just been given a lifetime achievement award at the Venice film festival, but he is still making big, critically acclaimed movies, such as last year's Killer Joe. He looks back on his career, and the film he considers his best, 1977's Sorcerer
On a hot, sticky Tuesday in Venice, the American film director William Friedkin sauntered from his hotel to see an exhibition of paintings at the nearby Doge's Palace. There, he stood in front of Manet's L'Evasion de Rochefort, which depicts the flight of the man who challenged Napoleon III. He saw the little boat packed with indistinguishable figures and the mighty sea churning all around. It struck him that the painting summed up what he thinks of the world: that we're stuck on a boat, at the mercy of nature. Possibly it has something to say about his own career too.
Friedkin is »
- Xan Brooks
It's that time of year again -- or what used to be that time of year. NewFest is here (September 6-11). Yes, the celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and what-have-you cinema is back for its 25th anniversary. The main venue will be the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, considered by some to be the best cinema in Manhattan, one that boasts a truly superior sound system.
(Anyone who ever attended NewFest when it was held at the New School with its second-rate visuals and third-rate resonance will rejoice.)
In the past, this deliciously raucous event has screened a mixed bag of semi-brilliant to much-less-so offerings, many you'll never ever get to see anywhere else on a "big" screen whether you reside in the Big Apple or in Idaho. On the plus side, watching a woefully dreadful movie with a roomful of knowing Glbtq cinephiles is often a hoot. »
- Brandon Judell
The drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Strand is planning a release for late this year or early next year.
See Also: Film Review: “Interior. Leather Bar.”
- Dave McNary
The film premiered at Sundance before screening at the Berlinale and will open either late this year or in early 2014.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. and select foreign rights to James Franco and Travis Mathews' erotic drama "Interior. Leather Bar," the company announced Monday. "Interior. Leather Bar" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and went on to screen at the Berlin Film Festival. Strand plans to release the racy movie either later this year or in early 2014. Inspired by the 1980 thriller "Cruising" starring Al Pacino, "Leather Bar" recreates the 40 minutes of gay S&M footage that is rumored to have been cut from the film by director »
- Jeff Sneider
Strand Releasing has acquired James Franco and Travis Mathews' erotic drama Interior. Leather Bar from The Film Sales Company. The film, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival, is inspired by the rumored 40 minutes of gay S&M footage that was edited out of William Friedkin's 1980 thriller Cruising. Strand is planning a late 2013/early 2014 release. The deal was negotiated with Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans for Strand Releasing and Jason Ishikawa and Andrew Herwitz for The Film Sales Company on behalf of the producers. Photos: The Dirty Dozen: Films that Narrowly Avoided an
- Rebecca Ford
Months after premiering at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, James Franco and Travis Mathews' racy erotic drama "Interior. Leather Bar." has found a home with Strand Releasing, who acquired U.S. and select foreign rights. The film is inspired by the rumored 40-minutes of gay S&M footage edited out of the orignial cut of the 1980 thriller "Cruising," that starred Al Pacino. "I am so excited and pleased that this unusual film has found the perfect home. We are so proud of this and happy to be working with Strand Releasing" said Franco. Read More: Trailer for James Franco Co-Directed Sundance-Selected 'Porn,' 'Interior. Leather Bar.' (Video) "Strand has a long history of pioneering queer art films that challenge the norms of the day; we really couldn't ask for a better fit for our film," Mathews added. The deal was negotiated with Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans »
- Nigel M Smith
Cinelinx enters the dark, lurid world of William Friedkin's Cruising, starring Al Pacino, now on DVD from Warner Archive!
This Warner Archive release is a Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVD. It is made to be played in "play only" DVD devices, and may not play in some DVD recorders or PC drives. This disc, however, played fine in the Toshiba DVD recorder used for this review. This title is available directly from WBShop.com by clicking here.
Directed by William Friedkin
Director William Friedkin's controversial 1980 crime thriller makes a re-appearance on DVD thanks to Warner Archive. It was last released in 2007, and had become hard to find for fans of the film.
Although I consider »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
At Thursday night's Saturn Awards, we landed red carpet video interviews with Gale Anne Hurd, Amy Acker, William Friedkin, and Jonathan Banks. Here's what was discussed: Gale Anne Hurd talked about The Walking Dead, Punisher, the status of Gaiking, and if Walking Dead deserves any of the credit for helping to make World War Z a hit. Amy Acker talked about working for Joss Whedon on Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare, Cabin in the Woods, and what's next. William Friedkin talked about how he'd rather work in new genres than repeat himself, whether The Exorcist could be made today, The French Connection Blu-ray, if the perception of Cruising has changed since its release, the resurgence of exorcism films, and more. Jonathan Banks talked about Breaking Bad, the last eight episodes, and his future projects. If you haven't caught up with Breaking Bad, you should not watch this interview. Hit the jump to watch. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Now in its 31st year, Outfest has officially unveiled its selections for the upcoming edition of the festival. After debuting at Sundance back in January, "C.O.G.," based on a David Sedaris story and starring Jonathan Groff, has secured the festival's Opening Night Gala. At the tail end of the festival is "G.B.F.," a teen comedy from "Jawbreaker" director Darren Stein featuring Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne that has nabbed the Closing Night Gala spot. Other highlights of the festival, which runs from July 11 to July 21, include James Franco's "Interior. Leather Bar.," a documentary which uses a re-examination the lost 40 minutes of William Friedkin's "Cruising" as a springboard for an exploration of sexuality and creativity, as well as "Pit Sop," about two men who find love amidst the monotony of their blue-collar world, which will serve as the U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece. This year's festival will also spotlight five burgeoning talents, »
- Clint Holloway
I’m super-excited about this year’s Q-Fest….and I’m not even gay!
There are a pair of must-see gay-themed films making their St. Louis debuts; I Am Divine, a documentary about the late crossdresser and John Waters frequent star, and James Franco’s Interior Leather Bar, a high-concept recreation of scenes that were cut from William Friedkin’s notorious 1980 gay serial killer movie Cruising. Divine was one of the biggest, most outrageous, and proudly different gay cultural icons the world has known and the new documentary about the performer I Am Divine plays at Q-fest this Friday night at 7pm. A high (or low) point in Divine’s career was John Waters 1972’s masterpiece Pink Flamingos where he/she competes for the title of “filthiest person alive” by eating fresh dog poop. With antics like that, it’s no surprise that the emerging punk scene adopted his visage on t-shirts. »
- Tom Stockman
This is the third debate of our monthly feature, entitled ‘Thn Friday Face Off’. One Friday every month will see two Thn titans of film knowledge duke it out over a pressing issue relating to our most beloved art form. Each film fanatic will argue from a different viewpoint on a particular subject, in a bid to persuade our exceptionally attractive readers, as well as his or her colleague, they should be deemed the winner.
Of course, there are no definitive right or wrong answers. However, we would love for you to get involved by sharing your opinion, and voting for whoever you think has argued their case in a more effective way. You can do this by commenting below, tweeting us via @thncom, or commenting on our Facebook page. Before doing so, we ask that you read the opposition’s stance on the matter here.
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- John Sharp
Just as your favorite TV series may be getting ready to take the summer off – or get canceled (goodbye, The New Normal) – entertainment buffs needn’t look too far to find a wealth of memorable gay movies that are well worth watching again and again. (Hello, Netflix!)
These films may not be perfect. In fact, some are downright offensive by today’s standards. But they are all in some way groundbreaking for their time period and considered in sequence they provide a record of mainstream culture’s changing attitudes towards gay men.
Feeling nostalgic? Can’t get enough body hair? Want to experience the celluloid life pre-Stonewall? Here’s our guide to some of the most notable (and gayest) old-school flicks from before the millennium.
While most films from the pre-Stonewall »
- Natalie Hope McDonald
Peter Debruge: Even without Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” in competition, it was a pervy, provocative year for Cannes, which awarded its top prize to Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color” — a blue movie, in the old-fashioned sense, and one of two films in this year’s fest (the other being Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic, “Behind the Candelabra”) where underage gay characters are seduced and abandoned by more seasoned same-sex lovers.
It’s a long, literal-minded coming-of-age/coming-out tale whose extended unsimulated sex scenes seem to have delighted straight film critics, vocally gaga just a few days earlier over Francois Ozon’s teen-hooker romp “Young & Beautiful.” Sexual provocation seems too easy these days, and watching Kechiche’s all-in-closeup character portrait, I was left craving the laser insight of Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past,” which strips its characters on an emotional level instead.
Scott Foundas: I was glad »
- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Wet Hot French Summer: Guiraudie’s Bold, Scintillating New Film
Idiosyncratic filmmaker Alain Guiraudie is set to take the art house by storm with his bold, unsettling, and provocative new film, Stranger By the Lake. Already infamous after its Cannes premiere for its graphic and blatantly nonchalant depictions of gay sex, Guiraudie may be one of the few voices to tread bravely in the footsteps of Derek Jarman with this latest film, transcending polite labels like homoeroticism for an honest, introspective, and even morbid portrait of normative tendencies in the sexual lives of gay men. Perhaps most astoundingly, he manages to create a non-judgmental, even moving portrayal of the search for acceptance, love, and creature comfort over the course of one sun baked summer on the gay side of the beach—albeit it one darkly foreboding one.
We first see a handful of cars parked lazily within a secluded wooded area, »
- Nicholas Bell
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