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Watch This: Steve Buscemi made his screen debut in an early milestone of queer cinema

One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: With Sundance in full swing, we’re looking back at some of the best directorial debuts that premiered at the festival.

Parting Glances (1986)

Bill Sherwood’s New York‒set Parting Glances is chiefly remembered as the first movie of any consequence to tackle the AIDS crisis. True enough, but the tone of the movie couldn’t be further from Longtime Companion, Philadelphia, or the many other earnest AIDS pictures that followed. It is, more than anything, a party movie, with a sprawling cast of characters, a fresh scene to explore, some classic Bronski Beat tunes, and an infectious eagerness to fit as much life as it can into its 24-hour time frame. Accordingly, it feels like the first major gay movie made for gay people.

At the picture’s ...
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Outfest 2016 Opens With A Heavy Heart And A Message of Hope

It had been 25 days since the Pulse shooting in Orlando, but the effects of the attack on the nightclub reverberated on the nation’s opposite coast at the beginning of the 34th Outfest Los Angeles Lgbt Festival.

Speaking from the stage at the downtown Orpheum Theatre, Opening Night Gala speaker Wilson Cruz noted that the festival’s general atmosphere is markedly different than the one surrounding 2015’s celebration. “Just this time last year,” Cruz said, “we were celebrating marriage equality across this country. Just short of one year later, we would come together again, but this time for the communal experience of grief and mourning.”

Outfest Executive Director Christopher Racster also echoed the sentiment that the evening’s gathering was a tribute to the Lgbt community’s resilient spirit. “Although we still face tough challenges, let’s not forget that love is, and always will be, stronger than hate. Thank
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Sundance Retro: 1990's "Longtime Companion"

Team Experience is looking back on past Sundance winners since we aren't attending this year. Here's Kyle Turner on an Lgbt indie that took the Audience Award and proved so popular in release that it even snagged a Best Supporting Actor nomination (Bruce Davison) at the Oscars a year later.

an early scene in Longtime Companion

In the first fifteen minutes of Longtime Companion, the words “Did you see the article?” fall from around a dozen different characters’ mouths. It’s July 1981, when the New York Times published its piece titled “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals”, and the way news gets around is by press and by word of mouth. These characters, all gay men in their 20s and 30s, shrug it off, try to carry on with their lives.

To them, this cancer is nebulous, unworthy of their time, and yet something that occupies their thoughts all the same.
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Here's another way to rank the Oscar acting nominees

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Here's another way to rank the Oscar acting nominees
Which actors will take home the gold at this year's Oscars? While it's a nice thought that the winners in each category will ascend the steps of the Dolby Theatre based on merit alone, we all know that's not how it works in this silly town. Judging the quality of a specific performance relative to other performances is a highly subjective thing, and certainly subject to pre-existing biases. With that in mind, is it any less ridiculous to predict the winners in each category based on age, height, net worth and relationship status? I say it's not! Let's have some fun. Below, my rankings and predicted winners in each category based on totally irrelevant personal stats. (Note: All "net worth" numbers are based on 100% accurate Google search results.) Best Actress 5. Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn Height: 5'6" Age: 21 Net worth: $2.5 million Relationship status: Single? 4. Brie Larson, Room Height: 5'7" Age: 26 Net worth
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Top 10 Best Lgbtqa Films Every Non-lgbtqa Person Should See!

From "Milk" to "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, of which I'm a proud voting member, has released the Top 10 Best Lgbtqa movies every non-lgbtqa must and should see! And I agree with all the selections. Some are brutally and politically honest, some are just fun but all speak volumes about the history of Lgbtqa in and around the world of cinema!

Here's the complete press release with the aforementioned list! Do you agree?

November 24, 2015 . Hollywood, Ca.: Just in time for the holidays, as they say . . . the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (galeca.org) today announced its membership.s picks for their second .Galeca Ten Best. list: The 10 Best Lbgtqa Films Galeca Every Non-lgbtqa Person Should See!

Oscar winners to community classics to modern independent discoveries . there.s a movie for every persuasion here.

Critics from the 120-member organization
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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

Reagan didn’t immediately reveal what he was going to do,
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: South African Drama Among Rare AIDS-Themed Films Shortlisted for an Academy Award

'Yesterday' movie: Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 10 percent of the world's population and two-thirds of the planet's 30-35 million AIDS cases. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that more than 20 million Sub-Saharan Africans have died from complications of the disease.* Even today, drug cocktails that are relatively accessible in other parts of the globe are still beyond the means of the vast majority of Africans. Writer-director Darrell Roodt's South African drama Yesterday is set in this catastrophic scenario. The film depicts the effects of AIDS in the life of a young Zulu woman who contracts HIV from her husband. Although Roodt's narrative maintains its focus on the plight of one particular individual, the (for non-Zulus) quirkily named Yesterday represents millions of other women,
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Outfest 2014 unveils line-up

Outfest 2014 unveils line-up
The 2014 Outfest Los Angeles Lgbt Film Festival has announced its complete programming line-up for the event, set to run from July 10-20.

The Outfest Five In Focus series spotlighting emerging filmmakers will include Abdellah Taïa’s Salvation Army, Ken Roht’s Perfect Cowboy, Sydney Freeland’s Drunktown’s Finest, Stewart Thorndike’s Lyle and Mariana Rondón’s Bad Hair.

As part of its Outfest Forward programme, the festival will present OutSet shorts, a series of five short films written, produced and directed by a new generation of Lgbtq storytellers from Outfest and LifeWorks’ Young Filmmakers Project.

The 2014 Outfest UCLA Legacy Project screenings will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Longtime Companion, a groundbreaking feature examining the impact of the arrival of HIV/AIDS, and present the world premiere restoration of Sign of Protest.

Included in the Under The Stars series screening at The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre will be The Wizard Of Oz: The Sing-Along as well
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Special Features - From Philadelphia to Dallas

Paul Risker looks at Hollywood's depiction of HIV/AIDS, from Philadelphia to Dallas Buyers Club...

In spite of the critical acclaim garnered by last year’s AIDS documentary double-bill Fire in the Blood and How to Survive a Plague, it is Dallas Buyers Club that is poised to become the cinematic face of AIDS/HIV cinema. With nomination nods and in what is yet another acclaimed performance from Matthew McConaughey - becoming a cinematic custom as of late - Dallas Buyers Club finds itself occupying a cosy and secure place at the peak of the mainstream cinematic consciousness.

Since Tom Hanks’ turn as AIDS patient Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia some twenty years ago, there have been few if no prominent films on the subject of AIDS. But in the last twelve months alone documentary and narrative cinema have both unsheathed their scalpels to confront the subject.

First Fire in the Blood
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7 Days Til Oscar. Dallas Buyers Club & AIDS Pictures

Unless I've missed a random nomination somewhere -- and you may correct me gently in the comments if I have --  it occurs to me that Dallas Buyers Club is the seventh non-documentary motion picture with a prominent HIV/AIDS story to receive Oscar nominations. (There have been more films with supporting characters who were living with HIV, but these are the major films that are more focused on it*).

Oscar's history with this feature topic stretches back 23 years through one Best Picture nominee, a pre-McConaughey Best Actor, two foreign films, and 1990's Longtime Companion after the jump
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Que(e)ries: 14 Lgbt Films To Look Out For At The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Que(e)ries: 14 Lgbt Films To Look Out For At The 2014 Sundance Film Festival
Since the Sundance Film Festival's inception 30 years ago, the vast majority of the best American independent films by and/or about queer people have screened at Sundance, including "The Times of Harvey Milk," "Longtime Companion," "Poison," "The Living End," "Swoon," "Paris is Burning," "Go Fish," "High Art," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "The Kids Are All Right," "Pariah," "How To Survive a Plague," "Keep The Lights On" and -- last year alone -- "Kill Your Darlings," "Concussion," "Interior. Leather Bar," "C.O.G." and "Pit Stop" (and we could truly go on and on and on). This year's festival -- which kicks of tomorrow -- is primed to add a few more films to that list. Of the 115 feature films screening at Sundance, at least 15 of them feature prominent queer content and characters. Those are ratios that would please Kinsey, and collectively these films should end up becoming a sizeable
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10 Wonderful Roger Ebert Insights About Movies We Love

It's jarring to visit Roger Ebert's Sun Times page and discover that he's reviewed new movies I still haven't seen. It's like he's not quite gone, or like he's started a dialogue and is still waiting for our response. Man.

You could consider Roger Ebert an overly sympathetic critic, but more often than not he was succinct and truthful in his thousands of columns. It didn't matter whether you agreed with him because knowing Ebert's perspective was valuable and edifying by itself. Some critics try to wow you with wordplay and professorial authority. Ebert always directed your awe back at the film itself.

To honor his passing, I've picked out ten Ebert quotes about movies we've looked at in our Best. Movie. Ever. feature. Let's use his great insights to buttress our own. His remarks about each film is italicized, then my own remarks about that quote follow. (All
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Iron Man Strangely Absent from Wwz Trailer

Wwz 'new' trailer in high definition: Pitt pitted against flesh-eating bacteria of sorts -- but where on earth is Iron Man when you most need him? Marc Forster's World War Z, the convoluted production starring screen icon Brad Pitt fighting off a deadly zombie army, has a brand new trailer. Well, maybe not so brand new after all. The Wwz trailer no. 2 (please scroll down to check it out) was dropped several days ago. (Pictured above: Pitt apparently fleeing from a zombie attack in Wwz.) Anyhow ... let's go for what's important: What are the lessons found in the not-all-that-brand-new trailer? Lesson no. 1 is clearly that the happiness and well-being of all-American families is appallingly fragile. Look out there (on on your television set) and you'll discover that there are always alien enemies eager to annihilate the private bliss of Americans. Lesson no. 2: The world is coming to an
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Qu(e)eries: Just How Queer Is This Year's Sundance Film Festival Gonna Be?

Qu(e)eries: Just How Queer Is This Year's Sundance Film Festival Gonna Be?
Quick, easy answer: Very. Despite its location smack dab in the middle of one of the most conservative, homophobic states in America, the Sundance Film Festival has always been an extraordinary friend of Dorothy, and this year will prove no exception. Since the festival's inception nearly 30 years ago, the vast majority of the best American independent films by and/or about queer people have screened at Sundance, including "The Times of Harvey Milk," "Longtime Companion," "Poison," "The Living End," "Swoon," "Paris is Burning," "Go Fish," "High Art," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "The Kids Are All Right," "Pariah" and -- last year -- both "How To Survive a Plague" and "Keep The Lights On" (and I could truly go on and on and on). On the phone last week, the festival's Director, John Cooper (who happens to be queer himself), mused about why...
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Best Movie Ever?: "Longtime Companion"

Dear gays born after 1990: Longtime Companion is on Netflix Instant, so please click there now, watch this seminal 1989 mainstream film for the first time, and wonder why it wasn't taught to you in high school. Seriously, you probably watched Glory and Schindler's List (which is fiiiiine), but this week's Best Movie Ever? candidate Longtime Companion is a pretty great tool for teaching you about other historical essentials such as:

1) The first decade of the AIDS crisis, which could be missing from your social studies textbook

2) Credible camaraderie among Lgbt characters on film

3) The flyness of oversized khakis, the hotness of Campbell Scott and Dermot Mulroney, and the scorching, red-hot melodrama of '80s soap operas

World AIDS Day is on December 1st. In time for that, let's review five reasons this rewatchable, but devastating film about how a group of gay friends are changed by the AIDS epidemic must be seen today.
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Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies

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Brace yourselves. This list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies is probably going to generate some howls of protest thanks to a rather major upset in the rankings. Frankly, one that surprised the hell out of us here at AfterElton.

But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.

We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the
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Andrew Garfield/The Amazing Spider-man Trailer 3: Haunted Son

Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man trailer "This life is not an easy one," says Andrew Garfield / Peter Parker in this latest The Amazing Spider-Man trailer. (Please scroll down.) "I’ve made enemies,” adds Parker / Garfield. “Powerful enemies. I’ve put those I love in danger. But the one thing that has haunted me my entire life is finding the truth about my parents." One of Peter Parker’s (aka Spider-Man’s) enemies is The Lizard (Rhys Ifans). Another is Emma Stone’s father, who has 500 cops looking for poor Peter. With The Lizard, the monolithic Oscorp Corporation, and the useless cops after him, what’s a DC superhero to do? Call Marvel’s The Avengers? Nope. Come and get the truth about his parents. And weave a web or two throughout New York City along the way. In addition to Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, and Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man
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New The Amazing-spider Man Trailer

The Amazing Spider-Man: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone Watching the new The Amazing Spider-Man trailer, it’s hard — make that impossible — not to compare it to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, another summer 2012 movie based on comic books, featuring a distraught superhero, terrifying villains, and a major attack in New York City aka Gotham City. So, which one comes out on top, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne / Batman or Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker / Spider-Man? Well, perhaps both, depending on who’s watching. Whereas Warner Bros.’ somber-toned The Dark Knight Rises is clearly aimed at a more adult crowd, The Amazing Spider-Man’s distributor Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures is apparently after the teenage and pre-teen crowd — notice the brighter colors, juvenile humor, emphasis on action and explosions — with just enough psychological conflict to let us know The Amazing Spider-Man is not all about big kabooms and funky costumes.
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10 Celebrities Who Fell Off the Radar … and Where They Landed

Some were huge in their day, with hit records, popular movies and roles on top TV shows. But we haven’t seen them much lately — or for years. Here’s what they’ve been up to recently.

Sam Jones

The onetime Playgirl centerfold and star of Flash Gordon (1980) went on to star in 1986’s My Chauffer and the 1987-88 TV series The Highwayman. While starring roles were hard to come by, Jones occasionally appeared in minor TV and movie roles up until 2007. He is reportedly now the CEO of a security company providing protection for high-profile clients all over the world.

Charo

For those too young to know of her, think Shakira’s dance moves and Sofia Vergara’s sexy comic timing — in one person. Known for her trademark “Cuchi-Cuchi” and her frequent Love Boat and Tonight Show appearances in the ’70s and ’80s, Charo, whose full name is Maria
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Oscar Myth Busting: Will playing gay nab you gold?

Put down those Pop Rocks and Diet Cokes. We’ve got some A-list myths to examine! Ahead of this Sunday’s Oscars, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most famous myths to rise out of the annual awards ceremony. Want to know if being nude will get you a Best Actress statue? Or if the Best Supporting Actress trophy is indeed a curse? You’re in luck – we’ll be investigating one Oscars-related urban legend each day this week. Today, we investigate whether playing a gay character will automatically get you a statue. In the past 25 years,
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