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Lovelace, the moderately controversial film about porn legend Linda Lovelace is making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD on November 5th. It’s a cast that’s hard to argue with, and a film that is sure to get people talking.
There doesn’t seem to be word on the bonus features yet, and that could be a wild meeting in itself. Get all the info below, and mark your calendars.
From Academy Award® winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Best Documentary, Features, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, 1989) comes the harrowing true story Lovelace, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 5th from Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-twc. The true story of fame, abuse and betrayal set against the sexual revolution of the 1970s stars Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, In Time) as icon Linda Lovelace and Golden Globe® nominee Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern, Jar Head, Flightplan) as her abusive husband, »
- Marc Eastman
Lovelace stars Amanda Seyfried in the iconic title role of Linda Lovelace and Golden Globe nominee Peter Sarsgaard as her charismatic but controlling husband Chuck Traynor. Inspired by the real life story of Linda Marchiano, Lovelace is a true story of fame, abuse and betrayal set against the sexual revolution of the 1970s, co-directed by Academy Award winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman (Howl, The Celluloid Closet).
In 1972, before the internet, before the porn explosion, Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. »
Amanda Seyfried and Sharon Stone interviews for Lovelace. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Linda Lovelace became the first main stream porn star when “Deep Throat” was released in 1972. But few know the story behind the scenes that is detailed in the film “Lovelace,” which is currently in limited release. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (“Howl,” “The Celluloid Closet”), Amanda Seyfried portrays the late actress, born Linda Boreman, who, according to her biography, was forced into making “Deep Throat” by her abusive husband/manager, Chuck Traynor (played by Peter Sarsgaard). »
After helming documentaries like "The Celluloid Closet" and the Academy Award-winning "The Life and Times of Harvey Milk," the directing duo, Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein, have already earned their rightful place among some of the best filmmakers and documentarians in film history.
While Friedman and Epstein are known for work that concentrates on gay subject matter, "Lovelace" is about the straight porn world and what Lovelace does to escape the spotlight that is thrust upon her.
The Huffington Post recently spoke with Friedman and Epstein about making the film, why they chose Lovelace's story and some of their upcoming projects, »
- The Huffington Post
Moviegoers looking forward to seeing "Lovelace" next week may recall that Kate Hudson was reportedly attached to the film in its early stages. According to directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, however, that was never the case.
"We love Kate Hudson, but she just wasn't right for 'Lovelace,'" Friedman told HuffPost Entertainment on Tuesday night at the New York City premiere of the film. The director said the duo's talks with Hudson, who was pregnant with her second child at the time, never expanded past an initial meeting. Amanda Seyfried was "the one," they said, despite some outlets reporting last year that Hudson had signed on to the project.
Epstein said Seyfried was looking for something "riskier for her and that would push her own boundaries." Of the few "Lovelace" reviews that emerged after its Sundance premiere in January, critics have issued mixed reactions to the 27-year-old actress's turn. »
- Matthew Jacobs
The eligibility of documentaries for awardage from both that lusted after winged woman (Emmy) and the coveted naked man (Oscar) is a labyrinthine maze from which we would never exit were we to foolishly enter. In fact, someone needs to make a documentary about That to sort it all out. Documentaries leave strange crumbs all over both the big and small screens on their long walking journey through often complicated and extremely protacted "releases".
I bring this up because a portion of the Emmy nominations were announced today (like The Grammys there are hundreds of categories) in the non-fiction fields of news and documentary. I was surprised, for example, to see Semper Fi: Always Faithful, The Loving Story and We Were Here as nominees. You may recall they were all Oscar finalists (though not nominees) back in 2011 and now they're up for 2013 Emmys! Actual nominees from that Oscar year show up too, »
- NATHANIEL R
No, your proverbial chain ain’t being yanked. You indeed heard correctly. Flying straight out of Cannes comes this latest spot of casting news. From the man behind the gushy flimflam that is Sex And The City, comes a film…of an entirely different ouvre. Based on a true story, Anita tells the tale of real life anti-gay activist Anita Bryant, and now has hot tamale Uma Thurman confirmed to star.
The devout Christian singer spent most of her life peddling anti-gay bigotry to all and sundry. Quite the driven and determined woman, Bryant successfully campaigned to repeal a gay rights bill in Florida. She had a ton of Top 40 hits, no doubt crammed full of backwards rhetoric whittling on about the demonic proclivities of gays. Needless to say, her staunch homophobia cost her the career she worked her whole life to attain. Aw…boo hoo. This also caused her »
- Gem Seddon
Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen, who's worked on iconic films like "Rain Main," "Schindler's List" and "Jurassic Park," is demanding that the outspoken Michael Moore be removed from the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors due to his perceived liberal bias.
Molen produced the 2012 documentary "2016: Obama's America," a movie that was largely eviscerated by critics. He blames Moore and two other documentary-branch members of the Board of Governors, Rob Epstein ("The Times of Harvey Milk," "The Celluloid Closet") and Michael Apted ("Coal Miner's Daughter," "The World Is Not Enough"), for prompting what Molen sees as the film's Oscar snub due to their political partisanship.
"Obama's America" raked in more than $33 million at the box office, a lofty sum for a nonfiction film that isn't about penguins or Justin Bieber. ("2016" is the fourth highest-grossing doc of all time after Moore's "Fahrenheit »
- Matthew Jacobs
Sundance and Tribeca festivals showcase a stunning crop of films, focusing on Afghanistan, killer whales and more
It may count as the least likely of cinematic comebacks since Mickey Rourke bleached his hair and started self-tanning for The Wrestler. A new wave of documentaries are ensuring a return to cinema screens of something long thought lost to our era of spandex-wearing superheroes and CGI fireballs: reality.
Marvelling at "the explosion – and creative flowering – of this most commercially unsexy of genres" at the Tribeca film festival last week, New York magazine's David Edelstein wrote:
In this age of digital video – in which there are cheap cameras, editing software and funding to be had … the cool kids are making docs. The form is not just good for you these days. It's incredibly sexy.
At Sundance this year at least four titles – Pussy Riot, The Summit, Stardom and Blackfish – sold for more than $1m. »
- Tom Shone
Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's career together began with their first documentary feature "Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt," winning the Documentary Feature Oscar in 1990. Since then they have hardly faltered with the release of multiple award winners such as "The Celluloid Closet" and "Paragraph 175." Now fresh off the Sundance premiere of their dramatic feature "Lovelace," starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard and Sharon Stone, they return to their documentary roots. What it's about: When a mysterious new disease started killing gay men in the early 1980s, two women from very different backgrounds responded. Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Mathilde Krim together started the first national AIDS research foundation, amfAR, and changed the course of the epidemic, helping to bring us now to the brink of finding a cure. What else should audiences know: Our approach was to reconstruct the history of the early years of the crisis. »
Birthday shoutouts go to Marc Jacobs (above), who is 50, Dennis Quaid is 59, and Cynthia Nixon is 47. The Trans 100 List was released today. Mark Adnum is not a fan of The Celluloid Closet. Andrew Lloyd Webber Adapting School of Rock for Broadway 10 Scoopy Tidbits From This Week's Harrowing 'Shooting Star' Episode of Glee. Warning - Major Spoilers. Brendon Ayanbadejo has released his workout regimen. It appears to be working.
Via Towleroad comes Sam Peters singing, "I'm In Love With A Man." But not that way.
Jon Stewart takes on the sudden marriage-equality political "evolution."
Introducing our new feature - The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we're going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We'll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay celebs who deserve more recognition. This »
The equality battle still rages on. Profile pictures all over the internet are red with an equal sign showing viral activism for the right to marry whoever. Viral activism is the result of years of activism by the closeted, cornered few that turned into many. Now with a few clicks it’s Ok to want these equal rights, it’s almost expected in the more liberal generation, but before that there was oppression. An entire group of people were assaulted for being themselves in a land that proudly boasts freedom – an irony that the naysayers of the country still don’t get. One of the biggest activists that brought this uprise was Vito Russo who helped stop gay oppression, then spread it further, then pushed on to publicise the cruelties of an ignoring government with the ’80s AIDS epidemic. An activist whose life was to be an activist – no matter what he conquered, »
- Ashley Norris
There have now been any number of movies, whether documentary or fiction or docudrama, about the pornographic-film industry, including a couple of great ones (like Boogie Nights). Yet Deep Throat, the 1972 film that launched the porn revolution (and helped to kick the sexual revolution into 11th gear), marked such a seismic change in American life that it’s startling, and often quite funny, to watch Lovelace, the nimble and haunting new biopic of that film’s star, Linda Lovelace, that premiered to a very buzzy response at Sundance last night, and to realize how small-scale the whole saga really was. »
- Owen Gleiberman
The real Linda Lovelace gained notoriety by starring in the 1972 X-rated feature "Deep Thoat", before becoming an anti-pornography advocate.
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- M. Stevens
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