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Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, the screen's leading Englishmen at 50

27 September 2010 3:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Born only one day apart their careers have run in parallel and overlapped, but there is an essential difference in their characters

The year 1987 was a good one for big budget American films of the kind that spawn sequels and stage shows. Three Men and a Baby, Fatal Attraction, Lethal Weapon, The Witches of Eastwick, Wall Street, Dirty Dancing and Robocop all came out in rapid succession.

But in Britain the film industry was working at a gentler pace. Two thoughtful, very English films about male friendship came out that year and helped to launch the screen careers of actors who have proved our most enduring homegrown stars. Maurice, the film of Em Forster's tale of blighted love, starred a 27-year-old Hugh Grant opposite James Wilby as Edwardian schoolfriends who fall in love while at Cambridge. A similarly poignant story was being played out in A Month in the Country, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Top 50 Favorite Gay Films

20 September 2010 4:40 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

A few weeks ago we asked readers to submit up to five of their favorite movies in our third annual favorite gay film poll. We wanted to see which older gay films have timeless appeal and which recent gay films you judged important enough to register in the rankings.

After voting closed we sorted through the nearly 15,000 nominations (representing over 500 individual titles) to identify your top fifty favorite gay films.

Tabulating this data is actually a bit harder than it sounds. For instance, do you know how many different ways our readers can type/abbreviate "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?" We counted about a dozen!

But we're not complaining, because the list that resulted this year is actually rather interesting.

Nine new films made their way into the rankings, and five of these are of very recent vintage. This represents a strong showing for current queer cinema. »

- Staff

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Ask the Flying Monkey: Is the World Unfair to Gay Conservatives?

7 August 2010 3:15 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

This week: Actors who got their start playing gay, period films, and jokes about gay Republicans. Plus, “Ugly Betty” hottie Christopher Gorham speaks!

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Contact me here (and be sure and include your city and state and/or country!)

Q: Remember the old expression that after a nuclear holocaust, the only thing living will be cockroaches and Cher? I think we can also add Ugly Betty hottie Christopher Gorham (“Henry”) to their ranks. How many series has been in now? – Blue, Milwaukee, Mi

A: By my count, at least eight: Popular, Odyssey 5, Jake 2.0, Medical Investigation, Ugly Betty, Harper’s Island, and a new show, Covert Affairs, running right now on the USA Network. And this doesn’t include his multiple-episode gigs on Party of Five and Felicity.

What the secret to his success? He doesn’t have a clue, but he is »

- michael

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400 Screens, 400 Blows - Ivory's Tower

30 May 2010 7:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala have a new movie out, The City of Your Final Destination (10 screens), and, no that's not another sequel in the Final Destination horror series. It's about a young professor who is trying to write a biography of a dead author and must travel to Uruguay to get permission from the dead author's wife, brother and mistress. Like almost all the other Ivory films, it's based on a novel. That's just the first of many reasons I have been fighting against Ivory for years.

Ivory and Jhabvala and producer Ismail Merchant, who died in 2005, first teamed up on The Householder (1963), and their partnership continued until The White Countess (2005); the only difference was that The Householder had been based on Jhabvala's own novel, rather than someone else's. At some point in the 1980s, the trio's films came into fashion, coinciding with the first years of the blockbuster era. »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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