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Reality TV Finally Gets Personal With Gay Men Again

16 December 2010 12:46 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Bravo's Boy Meets Boy was ahead of its time. The 2003 dating reality show, which had confirmed bachelor James Getzlaff choose between a bevy of available men (some of whom were secretly straight), was one of the first shows specifically geared towards the personal and romantic lives of gay men.

The cast of Boy Meets Boy

Alas, Bmb didn’t exactly burn up the airwaves and its first season was its one and only. Nor did it set off a stampede of similarly themed programming.

Nonetheless, reality TV has always had at least a hint of gay. Even the first reality show, An American Family, also gave us Lance Loud, the first openly gay person on television, . And Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the flagship that led Bravo into a new age of gayness and popularity, not only helped make gay judges and “experts” a staple of competitive reality TV, »

- Jamie Maurer

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Awards Watch: Ida Documentary Award Nominees

27 October 2010 10:24 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The International Documentary Association nominees for distinguished feature and short are below. The winners will be named at the Ida Documentary Awards on December 3. Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock will host the event, which will present Jeff Malmberg, director of Marwencol, with the Ida/Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award; Susan and Alan Raymond with the Ida’s Pioneer Award, for their PBS series An American Family; and filmmaker and film professor Mark J. Harris with the Preservation and Scholarship Award. Ida’s previously announced Career Achievement honoree, Barbara Kopple, will also be recognized at the ceremony. The nominees are after the jump. More information is here. Ida members will view and vote for Distinguished Feature and Short Documentary via a secure online system. The five »

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What Does Reality TV Say About Gay Men?

27 September 2010 12:50 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The A-List: New York's Reichen Lehmkuhl

In our parent company Logo's new reality show The A-List: New York, a “docu-soap” about the lives and loves of six social-climbing gay men, there’s a scene where Reichen Lehmkuhl is about to have sex with his boyfriend in a hot tub.

“Oops,” says the boyfriend, Brazilian model Rodiney Santiago, as he slips his swimsuit off.

But just as things are really steaming up, Reichen’s cellphone rings. When he climbs out of the tub to answer it, it turns out it’s Austin Armacost, one of the other A-List-ers – the guy that the show has clearly telegraphed is going to try to come between Reichen and Rodiney over the course of the season.

Austin tells Reichen he wants them to go out to dinner, even as Rodiney sits stewing in the hot tub.

The A-List: New York's Rodiney Santiago

Is there any »

- Brent Hartinger

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Shari Springer Berman Interview – The Extra Man Director On Cinema Verite, “Lovable A**holes” and American Splendor’s Late Hero

17 August 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Documentaries have undoubtedly grown closer in style to narrative features over the past 20 years.  Similarly, when documentarians Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini moved into the narrative world, they brought their old techniques with them.  That first feature, American Splendor, made a big splash, thanks to its fresh and complicated approach that broke standard filmmaking conventions and included material from mediums that varied from comic books and film to television.

Springer Berman filled us in recently on her latest film, The Extra Man, which continues its gradual, national release today in top 10 markets, with Chicago.  Hit the jump for the interview’s audio and transcript, along with info on her new HBO film Cinema Verite featuring Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, Thomas Dekker and James Gandolfini, where she stands on a big divide in the documentary world and a story she’s never told publicly about American Splendor’s late subject, »

- Ron Messer

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2 More Join HBO's 'Cinema Verite' Cast

18 June 2010 3:17 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Patrick Fugit and Shanna Collins have been added to the cast of HBO’s original movie Cinema Verite. The movie, written by David Seltzer, is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the groundbreaking 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family. Almost Famous star Fugit, repped by Gersh, and Collins (Swingtown) will play the young doc filmmakers behind the series, Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond, who would go on to win a documentary Oscar 20 years later. Cinema Verite stars Diane Lane and Tim Robbins as Santa Barbara couple Pat Loud and Bill, who, along with their children, were the subject [...] »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'Sarah Connor' star Thomas Dekker gets Loud for HBO

18 June 2010 7:11 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" star Thomas Dekker has joined Tim Robbins, Diane Lane and James Gandolfini in the cast of HBO's movie "Cinema Verite."

The film will tell the story of PBS' 1970s documentary series "An American Family," which chronicled the Loud family of Santa Barbara, Calif., as it went through the breakup of a marriage and other issues.

Robbins and Lane are playing parents Bill and Pat Loud, and Dekker will play their son Lance, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lance Loud came out as gay at the end of the series, shocking audiences at the time. Gandolfini is playing the show's producer, Craig Gilbert.

Dekker's casting as Lance Loud is somewhat interesting considering his exit from "Heroes" in 2007. On the NBC show he played Claire's (Hayden Panettiere) friend Zach, who was widely assumed to be gay until the network said otherwise. When Dekker left the show for "Sarah Connor, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Morning Meme: Meet Kid Akimbo, Thomas Dekker Plays Gay Again, and Bradley Cooper's Shower Scenes

18 June 2010 5:48 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Giant, expensive blimps, Matt Lucas in Bridesmaids, and what do we think of Adam Lambert's new haircut?

Thomas Dekker has signed up to play Lance Loud in HBO Films' Cinema Verite, a behind-the-scenes look at TV's first reality program, An American Family, which premiered on PBS in 1973. Lance was one of the first out people (characters?) on television and became something of an icon, running with Andy Warhol. He developed drug and alcohol problems, and succumbed to complications of HIV and Hepatitis C in 2001 at the age of 50.

Simpsons fans, this is something I never noticed before. Please be seated, and make sure you don’t have liquid in your mouth, because I can’t be responsible for wet keyboards.

I've been pretty vocal about not being interested in the movie adaptation of the game Battleship . But now comes news that hottie Alexander Skarsgaard has signed to star opposite Taylor Kitsch, »

- lostinmiami

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Dekker Tastes Some "Cinema Verite"

17 June 2010 11:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Thomas Dekker ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "A Nightmare on Elm Street") has joined the cast of "Cinema Verite" for HBO Films reports Reuters.

The film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the groundbreaking 1973 PBS documentary "An American Family", considered amongst the very first productions to document a real-life family dealing with such problems as divorce and sexual identity.

Tim Robbins and Diane Lane star as the parents Bill and Pat Loud while Dekker will portray their son Lance who came out as a gay man and fell under much scrutiny. James Gandolfini will portray documentary producer Craig Gilbert.

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are directing and shooting kicks off this summer in Los Angeles. »

- Garth Franklin

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'CSI: Miami' to lose Eddie Cibrian, 'Karate Kid' headed to FX

17 June 2010 12:55 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife isn't the only one who's bidding him adios.

"CSI: Miami" is reportedly done with the Jesse Cardoza character now that Delko (Adam Rodriguez) will be returning, says E! Online.

Spoiler alert! If you don't want even a hint of how Cardoza will be taking leave, stop reading now.

We and Horatio Caine have warned you *puts on sunglasses*

Supposedly, Cardoza's character will be killed off, never to return. There aren't any other details, but perhaps a jealous wife is involved?

In other TV news:

 - FX has waxed on about the box office champ "The Karate Kid," nabbing the TV rights to the summer flick, reports Deadline. The network has also snapped up "The A-Team," "Date Night" and "The Tooth Fairy."

 - Over at The Hollywood Reporter, we hear that "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" star Thomas Dekker will join "Cinema Verite," an HBO film. The »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Tim Robbins, James Gandolfini in HBO's 'Verite'; Diane Sawyer closes network news gap

13 May 2010 4:56 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

James Gandolfini, who's developing a series project at HBO, is also starring in a movie for the cable channel.

The "Sopranos" star and Oscar winner Tim Robbins have joined Diane Lane in the cast of "Cinema Verite," and HBO Films production about the making of the PBS series "An American Family" in 1973.

Gandolfini will play Craig Gilbert, "An American Family's" producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lane and Robbins are set to play Pat and Bill Loud, the parents of the family who were the subjects of the landmark series, which set the template for much of the current era's reality TV.

Gandolfini is also executive producing an adaptation of the French-Canadian series "Taxi-022" for HBO and considering starring in it.

- NBC is still the leader in network evening news, but ABC and Diane Sawyer made it a pretty close race last week.

ABC's "World News" averaged 7 million viewers per night last week, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Morning Meme: Major Fall Pilot Pickups, When Leonard Met Sheldon, Will Forte's Naked Celery, and Sue Sylvester Talks Neutering

13 May 2010 5:37 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Plus, the Loud family returns to television, Jake's hair was all the rage, Katerine Hepburn's stamp, plus Unix humor.

Many TV series got pickup orders today, and the gay content just hasn’t happened as far as we can see, but I need to research ABC’s pickup of No Ordinary Family. It’s been described as a live action version of The Incredibles, but it comes from out producer Greg Berlanti, who also gave us Kevin and Scotty.

Fox also picked up Chicago police drama Ride Along, a Texas con man drama Midland, a comedy about three dudes called Traffic Light, and Keep Hope Alive, which the network describes as "a 25-year-old single parent raising an infant with the help of his quirky family after the mother of the baby — with whom he had a one-night stand — ends up on death row." Yeah, they put that one together with a grab bag. »

- lostinmiami

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Casting Notes: Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini in Cinema Verite; Toni Collette in Mental; Jamie Foxx and More in Horrible Bosses

12 May 2010 10:47 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

What is it with HBO and dramatic recreations of classic documentaries? Last year there was Grey Gardens, and now the network is lining up Cinema Verite, which will be a dramatized behind the scenes take on the 1973 PBS doc An American Family. The original series was a big deal; it frankly portrayed family troubles for the first time on television, and one of the family sons was the first openly gay character/personality on American television. Cinema Verite is written by David Seltzer, with Tim Robbins and Diane Lane set to play parents Bill and Pat Loud; James Gandolfini will play An American Family producer Craig Gilbert. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor) are directing, which automatically makes the endeavor a bit more interesting.  [THR] After the break, Toni Collette will work again with her Muriel's Wedding director, and Horrible Bosses gets some good talent. Toni Collette worked under director P. »

- Russ Fischer

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HBO Recruits Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini for Cinema Verite, Order New Series from Entourage Producers

12 May 2010 8:56 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

HBO announced today that Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini will join Diane Lane for Cinema Verite, a behind-the-scenes look at the 1973 PBS documentary An American Family, which examined the Loud family’s struggles with divorce and sexual identity.  THR reports that Gandolfini will play documentary producer Craig Gilbert, while Robbins and Lane will play Bill and Pat Loud, the parents of said family.  Gandolfini is certainly committed to the network that made him a star, as the Sopranos star is producing (and may star in) an adaptation of French Canadian comedy Taxi 0-22 for HBO.

In other HBO news, the premium network is developing a female-centric comedy from Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, producers of the HBO flagship comedy Entourage.  THR reports that Wahlberg and Levinson will team with relative newcomers Leah Rachel and Emily Montague, who laid the foundation for the series; the comedy will follow a group of »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Tim Robbins & James Gandolfini Join The HBO Movie 'Cinema Verite'

12 May 2010 4:15 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini are set to co-star opposite Diane Lane in HBO FilmsCinema Verite. The movie, written by David Seltzer, is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the groundbreaking 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family. The series by Oscar-winning doc filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond centered on Santa Barbara couple Pat Loud (Lane) and Bill Loud (Robbins), who split up during the filming, and their children, the eldest of whom, son Lance, became TV's first openly gay character. In Cinema Verite, which is centered on the Pat Loud character, Gandolfini will play the documentary’s producer, [...] »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Robbins, Gandolfini join HBO film

12 May 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini are joining Diane Lane in HBO Films' "Cinema Verite." The project is slated to go in to production this summer in Los Angeles.

Written by David Seltzer, the film is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the groundbreaking documentary "An American Family." When it premiered on PBS in 1973, it was the first of its kind to show a real-life family dealing with problems including struggles divorce and sexual identity.

Robbins and Lane will play parents Bill and Pat Loud, respectively, and Gandolfini will portray documentary producer Craig Gilbert.

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are directing. Executive producers are Gavin Polone and Zanne Devine.

Tim Robbins, repped by UTA, is shooting "Green Lantern."

Gandolfini, repped by CAA, has several upcoming features including "Welcome to the Rileys," opposite Kristen Stewart; "The Last Kiddie Ride," with Famke Janssen; and "Mint Julep." »

- By Zorianna Kit

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Ask the Flying Monkey! James Francos' Little Brother, the Awful "Rolling Stone" Interview with the "Glee" Kids and More!

14 April 2010 7:11 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

This week! Dave Franco, the "first" comings out, and whether the "hoyay" in Merlin is intentional! Plus, what's with Rolling Stone's horrible Glee article?

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

Q: So I don't usually do this (fans self), but I have to know, Mr. Monkey, is Dave Franco, younger brother of super-awesome gay friendly James Franco, a friend of Dorothy? I only ask this because of a reference he made in a short interview: “Once a week I would meet up with the coolest teacher and we’d go over my work. All my friends were like, Soooo… once a week at lunch you meet up with Mr. Schulenberg to talk about poetry. (smiles) They all thought I was having sex with my teacher. But I really just loved to write and it was a nice outlet. »

- Brent Hartinger

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Diane Lane gets Loud for HBO

12 April 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Back when “reality TV” was mostly game shows and beauty contests, PBS introduced a show that tackled family problems on air in a way that had never been done. An American Family was a 12-part series that showed the Loud family dealing with the separation and divorce of parents Bill and Pat.

The year was 1973, and An American Family dealt with subjects that simply weren’t discussed in public — including the coming out of eldest son Lance. In fact, Lance Loud was TV’s first openly gay character.

What was shown in the series was just a fraction of some 300 hours of footage of the Santa Barbara family and the goings on behind-the-scenes were every bit as compelling as what we saw. Now HBO is making a movie, Cinema Verite that dramatizes what went on during the filming.

So, what makes a scripted movie about filming a documentary worth telling you about? »

- thelinster

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Diane Lane to star in HBO movie

8 April 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Diane Lane will star in HBO's upcoming film "Cinema Verite," the behind-the-scenes look at the making of the groundbreaking documentary "An American Family."

Lane will play Pat Loud, the mother and main character of the documentary, which chronicled an intimate look at a Santa Barbara family.

When it premiered on PBS in 1973, "Family" stunned viewers by showing a real family's struggle with issues like divorce and sexual identity.

Today the documentary is seen as a precursor of sorts to the popular reality TV docudrama genre, from "Jon & Kate" to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

"Verite" is produced by Gavin Polone, written by "The Omen" writer David Seltzer, with writing-directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Bob Pulcini directing.

The project represents Lane's return to HBO after 20 years, when she starred in "Descending Angel" for the network and the first TV project for the big screen actress in eight years. Lane, who »

- By James Hibberd

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HBO turning An American Family into a fictional film

23 March 2010 12:27 PM, PDT | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

The first true reality series, An American Family, will become a fictional HBO film called Cinema Verite. Gavin Polone is executive producing the film, which has not yet been cast but was written "by 'The Omen' writer David Seltzer, with writing-directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Bob Pulcini ('American Splendor') on board to direct," according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition, Alan and Susan Raymond, the documentary filmmakers who followed the Loud family for the »

- Andy Dehnart

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