16 items from 2013
Lee Daniels, the only ever gay black nominee for the Best Director Oscar, was the honoree at this year’s Outfest Legacy Awards, and because planned presenter Gabourey Sidibe (the Oscar-nominated star of Daniels’ Precious) couldn’t leave the set of American Horror Story: Coven fast enough to get to the awards, she submitted a video tribute. A replacement star ended up singing Daniels’ praises in person: Jane Fonda.
And not just any Jane Fonda: This was Jane Fonda in a zebra-print jumpsuit and boots. The room exploded. Fonda talked about encountering homophobia when living in the American South for 20 years and how it inspired her hopes for Lgbt acceptance. Afterward she discussed the vitality of Daniels’ work as a director.
- Louis Virtel
It's a crowded weekend at the movies in Austin. Polari (formerly the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival) is in full swing at venus across the city until Sunday. If you didn't get a badge for the fest, $10 individual tickets will be available for most screenings (capacity permitting) including Pj Raval's powerhouse doc Before You Know It. Raval will also be hosting a special Austin Film Society presentation of Paris Is Burning in 35mm on Wednesday night at the Marchesa.
The Austin Film Society's "Terror In The Aisles" series continues tonight at the Marchesa and Sunday with a 35mm screening of the 1960 Hammer Horror film The Brides Of Dracula. Essential Cinema's focus on the masters of Japanese cinema will also deliver Kenji Mizoguchi's 1946 film Utamaro And His Five Women at the Marchesa on Thursday in a 35mm print direct from Janus Films.
As always, there's a diverse »
- Matt Shiverdecker
If you've ever seen the wonderful 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning (if you haven't, it's on Netflix! Go!), you'll immediately recognize the scene from Icona Pop's video for "All Night." A vogueing (or "Ball") competition has performers swirling down a makeshift runway while Icona's Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo sing a song that is surprisingly as catchy as their much-loved, much-screamed-at-the-bar debut, "I Love It." »
- Lindsey Weber
Icona Pop pays homage to ‘80s movie, “Paris is Burning,” in its new video for “All Night.” The original film celebrated the culture of drag balls in New York, many of which focused on the African-American and Latino transgender community. Icona Pop’s Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo perform the peppy, synthetic tune in a night club as the dancers swirl around them. The live footage is intercut with interviews with the drag artists talking about the community created by the balls. The drag queens are far more interesting than Icona Pop, and we’re quite sure the duo wouldn’t have it any »
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 »
Throughout the week, Indiewire will feature remembrances of Roger Ebert from across the industry. Today, we're focusing on the filmmakers. Jennie Livingston, director, "Paris is Burning" Siskel and Ebert gave my film "Paris is Burning" two thumbs up, which is was so excellent and surreal (my first film! a nonfiction film! a queer film!) I could barely process it. But it was, hands-down, the main thing people PR people wanted to use to legitimize the film. (In this day and age, I'd post it on social media and brag, but back in 1991, you demurely let the PR people handle which facts were helpful.) I was on a press tour with Willi Ninja, a voguer and one of the main people in "Paris is Burning" and we went on Ebert's show in Chicago. I remember that Ebert was kind of grumpy towards me (I'm not sure why - he clearly liked »
- Indiewire Staff
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The Daily Beast has a great post on What Classic Sitcoms Taught Us About Gay Rights. I'd add Friends to the list. It's a classic by now.
Shonda Rhimes talked with The New York Post about the feedback she gets on writing gay characters like Callie and Arizona. I like how she said people had more interest in what kind of wedding dress Callie would be wearing than anything else she'd be doing on the big night.
In case you are wondering, here's what Real World lesbian alums Genesis, Ruthie, Coral, and Aneesa.
The Good Wife has been renewed for another season. Yay!
Bates Motel is an interesting idea for a series (and frankly, so is The Carrie Diaries), but like Carrie Bradshaw I have to wonder: Have we nailed the art of the movie prequel TV series yet? I think it remains to be seen.
Today, in honor of A&E's new show about Norman Bates' bizarre past, I say we examine eight movies that could inspire fabulous prequel series. I snuck in two ideas for other Hitchcock prequels in case that's an easy sell right now. Grab your most hideous bridesmaid gown and suggest your options for prequel-worthy movies below.
Face it: Alex Forrest should be one of the most interesting characters of the '80s, but because Fatal Attraction corners her into being a two-dimensional psychotic loon, she's never quite as humanized as she should be (despite Glenn Close's exceptional performance). A prequel series would rectify this »
The film featured an all-star cast and included two lesbian characters played by Lonette McKee (Lorraine) and Paula Kelly (Theresa). The couple flees their middle-class suburban neighborhood due to their sexuality and makes Brewster Place their new home. However, they soon find they're facing the same issues that they faced while living in their previous residence.
Though McKee and Kelly’s characters were not lead roles, their story was groundbreaking at the time. Over 20 years later, African American lesbian director Dee Rees released her film "Pariah," which tells the coming-out and coming-of-age story of a young black lesbian and garnered Rees many accolades.
In between that 20-year span a handful of black lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (Lgbt »
- The Huffington Post
American idol 2013 notes - Former AI judge Steven Tyler auditioned for 'American Idol' in drag on Thursday night's show. The Aerosmith frontman - who exited the show's judging panel last year along with Jennifer Lopez - made a surprise return to the series on the other side of the judges' desk, disguised as a woman who was auditioning on the episode which aired this week. Steven, 64, had judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson in hysterics as he posed in a blonde wig, a full face of make-up, a mini-skirt and fake breasts that honked when squeezed. The 'I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing' singer told the judges his name was Pepper LeBeija, after the famous American drag queen who starred in the documentary 'Paris is Burning'. Despite his best attempts at concealing his identity, the judges realised they had a celebrity in the midst, »
The former ‘Idol’ judge’s new look would put even the best drag queens to shame! Watch the hilarious video!
Former American Idol judge Steven Tyler, 65, shocked judges and viewers Feb. 1 when he made a surprise appearance on the show. But he wasn’t there as himself; dressed fully in drag, he came to audition under his drag-queen alias, ”Pepper Labeija!”
American Idol has had its share of drama lately, but Steven brought on the laughs last night! He walked on set in his heels, a dress, a blond wig, a new chest, full makeup and even a manicure! He may not have been as cute as some other contestants, but his look was memorable!
- HL Intern
Look, I remember seasons 10 and 11. I know Steven Tyler was less a judge and more a starved mule dressed as Jimmy Buffett. I get that. But in his stupid, hacky cameo on last night's Idol as a busty blonde auditioner, I admit I kind of fell for the guy. Was it his go-for-broke attitude? His don't-give-a-f*ck spirit? His convincing womanliness? His blushing skull? Not really. It was the fact that he introduced himself with a full drag persona, one that he gleefully co-opted from (get ready) Paris is Burning! Watch as Steven-effing-Tyler introduces himself as "Pepper Labeija from the House of Labeija." Watch! I still can't believe it.
Now, it's possible that an Idol producer or gay stagehand threw Steven a name and persona to use for the moment. It's possible Steven has never seen Paris is Burning, and it's possible that Malcolm McLaren's "Deep in Vogue" means nothing to him. »
Former judge Steven Tyler made a surprise cameo on American Idol Thursday night - dressed as a woman. Calling himself Pepper Labeija after the famous drag queen featured in the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, Tyler wore a blonde wig, snakeskin miniskirt and fake breasts that honked when squeezed. (There will be no "Dude Looks Like a Lady" jokes because, frankly, he didn't.) Looking eerily like Joan Rivers, Tyler blew kisses at the camera and reduced judge Keith Urban to hysterical laughter. But Tyler's appearance was actually not the most over-the-top performance on Thursday's show. That distinction belonged to Zoanette Johnson, »
- Steve Helling
The Advocate Barbra Streisand to sing at the Oscars for the first time in 36 years - she'll do "The Way We Were" over the in memoriam segment. There sure are going to be a lot of musical performances on Oscar night.
Variety Jessica Chastain to star in new screen version of Miss Julie. Chastain being cast is something isn't exactly news (she's everywhere) but Liv Ullman is directing this oft-filmed Strindbergh tale.
Gawker Rich Juzwiack on the mainstream appropriation of "shade" and Paris is Burning (That documentary on NYC's ball culture is still one of the largest blights on Oscar's documentary branch. It was critically raved at the time and is still must-see viewing 20+ years later but Oscar ignored it)
The New York Times on the still heated atmosphere of all Les Miz conversations. Stanley Fish wonders if it's the film's lack of irony that so enrages people? »
- NATHANIEL R
A few notes before we begin.
1) Get out your VHS of Paris Is Burning, because I just realized Nicki Minaj talks exactly like Venus Xtravaganza. I'm always expecting her to shout, "Touch this skin! Touch all of this skin!" at Mariah, who might just be Dorian Corey.
3) Randy Jackson is still a cauldron of nothing.
Moving along! Idol's second day of season 12 auditions was damn fruitful, as 16 acts won Hollywood tickets and I didn't truly hate any of them. Can you believe it? I am filled with true hatred, and I had nowhere to displace it. In fact, the one auditioner who seemed like an obvious burnout turned out to be most provocative and cool singer of the competition so far. Let's visit with her first, shall we?
1. Kezban Sauerbier: Weird. And Thank God. »
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 »
- Peter Knegt
16 items from 2013
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