15 items from 2013
While initially considered a commercial and critical failure upon its release in 1995, Showgirls had endured and achieved a level of cult status all its own. The legacy continues later this month with Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven, starring Rena Riffel as Penny from director Paul Verhoeven's original film. Mvd Entertainment Group has released the first trailer and poster for this sequel/spin-off, which debuts on DVD and VOD formats September 17. Take a look at the footage and one-sheet, then read on for more information about this sizzling sequel.
Let the show begin... Again! Original Showgirls star Rena Riffel has taken her screen time in the original cult classic and spun in into an elaborate, erotic spin-off featuring cat fights, murder, new quotable dialogue, and plenty of brown rice and vegetables in the film Movies.com says "Goes to a manic superstar level all its own."
Joining Riffel are other Showgirls veterans, »
It's coming... the sequel that absolutely no one has been crying out for... Wild Eye Releasing has announced today that Showgirls 2: Penny's From Heaven - the unofficial follow-up to Paul Verhoeven's 1995 cult travesty - is set to arrive on DVD in the States this month....
Written and directed by original Showgirls star Rena Riffel (Mulholland Drive, Striptease), Showgirls 2 also reunites original cast members Glenn Plummer (Dexter, Sons of Anarchy), Dewey Weber, and Greg Travis (Halloween, Watchmen) as well as new cast members Peter Stickles (Shortbus, The Trouble with Barry), Queen of body doubles Shelley Michelle, Ford Austin and Paula Labaredas. Here's the synopsis, followed by the trailer below...
Vegas stripper Penny Slot sets out on an adventure to become the star dancer on a TV series. With fame and fortune in her eyes, she tries to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but »
- Flickering Myth
Moody indie dramas about pretty twentysomethings consulting their pretty navels about whether or not they should be happy are a dime a dozen. And you can’t swing a hipster by his mustache these days without hitting a film or show about the daily grinds of life, love, and career in New York City. But Rodney Evans‘s The Happy Sad manages to stand apart from the herd for a number of reasons, the most obvious of which is that the romance at its core is between two gay men of color.
Aaron (Chicago Fire‘s criminally adorable Charlie Barnett) and Marcus (Leroy McClain) are happy and in love. But after six years together they recently experimented with a threesome to rekindle the home fires and are considering trying an open relationship. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, straight – but as we will soon learn, far from narrow – couple Stan and Annie »
- Brian Juergens
Hollywood has mostly depicted the porn biz as tawdry at best, and positively hazardous to one’s health at worst. “Lovelace,” debuting in theaters and via video-on-demand on Aug. 9, with Amanda Seyfried in the eponymous role of “Deep Throat” star Linda Lovelace, captures the early-to-mid-’70s era when porn chic was at its height.
“Deep Throat” also figured heavily in the culture wars of those days, as both a lightning rod for free speech and tacky textbook example of porn’s malicious influence on society. But “Lovelace” directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman view their film as a love story. “It’s about the relationship between Linda and Chuck (Traynor) — how she got into it and how she got out of it, which coincided, happily for us, with how she got into porn and how she got out of it.”
The R-rated film is less explicit than the exploits of »
- Steve Chagollan
Today the New York Times announced that Neil Patrick Harris will be heading to Broadway for a stint as Hedwig, the East German transgender rocker that is the heart of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Before it became the film that would launch John Cameron Mitchell's ("Shortbus," "Rabbit Hole") film directing career, "Hedwig" was an off-Broadway musical with text by Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. In its original off-Broadway run, Mitchell played Hedwig. Harris, who had a career resurgence after taking a supporting role in CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," hosted this year's Tonys and is hosting this year's Emmys. Mitchell's currently working on a sequel to "Hedwig" and had a recurring role on the last season of "Girls." The one-man show, produced by David Binder ("Legally Blonde," "33 Variations"), is set to premiere in April 2014. »
- Bryce J. Renninger
This is the third debate of our monthly feature, entitled ‘Thn Friday Face Off’. One Friday every month will see two Thn titans of film knowledge duke it out over a pressing issue relating to our most beloved art form. Each film fanatic will argue from a different viewpoint on a particular subject, in a bid to persuade our exceptionally attractive readers, as well as his or her colleague, they should be deemed the winner.
Of course, there are no definitive right or wrong answers. However, we would love for you to get involved by sharing your opinion, and voting for whoever you think has argued their case in a more effective way. You can do this by commenting below, tweeting us via @thncom, or commenting on our Facebook page. Before doing so, we ask that you read the opposition’s stance on the matter here.
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- John Sharp
Whether or not you think Catherine Martin has already won this year's Costume Design Oscar - paging pink-suited Jay Gatsby! -- the upcoming battle for Oscar nominations is hardly an easy read even if there are only four spots to sashay towards in your suit & gown finery. Costume Design is my favorite Oscar race outside of all the Actressing, not frequently for what the Academy chooses but for the breadth and depth of the competitive field each year. Here's a few questions I'm already asking myself and by extension, you. So join me in the sartorial contemplation...
Steven Noble's work on "Two Faces of January" looks just divine in stills. How's the film?
This far ahead of the nominations (only 242 days to go!) it's anyone's guess and anyone's game.
Which frequently forgotten designer will finally get the red carpet welcoming committee?
The possible answers are plentiful so let's talk four of them. »
- NATHANIEL R
We're getting to know The Film Experience community one-by-one. You can read a bunch of past interviews here. Today's "Reader Spotlight" is Daniel, an art student from Scotland. You can follow him on twitter here.
Nathaniel: When did you start reading Tfe?
Daniel: Around two years ago. My best friend Scott read it before I knew of it. We are both award season fanatics and general cinephiles, so it was great to plug into a smart, energetic, personable blog that obviously loved the movies as much as we did. Now it's a site I regularly 'touch base' with.
Nathaniel: What's your first movie memory?
Daniel: I don't remember the movie that well, or at all really. But it's effects have rippled far into my life. I was 4 and my dad and I watched Arachnophobia. My mum tells me that I was beside myself after watching it, and I have been »
- NATHANIEL R
Multimedia sex advice superstar Dan Savage says “You know what’s not normal? Normal isn’t normal. What we think of as normal isn’t normal.” The so-called normal, vanilla conception of sex: heterosexual, monogamous, missionary, etc., gains its place by being that pristine object that is left behind when everything else is private. After all, it isn’t considered polite to talk about sex, good or bad, even though one’s sex life has huge implications for a person’s well-being.
Shortbus, the titular sex club of John Cameron Mitchell’s film, in many ways takes the problems and variations revealed in Savage’s column and imagines a charming place where those writing in could go in person to break down the stifling isolation of sex, placing both the characters and the viewer in a safe space to explore their desires and their hangups. The club may not be »
- Erik Bondurant
U.S. Indie of the Month: You might have first heard of I Want Your Love (Tla Releasing) after James Franco defended the film against Australian censorship, and now that it’s on DVD, you see what all the hubbub is about. (Franco is such a fan of the film that he hired director Travis Mathews to collaborate with him on this year’s buzzy Sundance hit Interior. Leather Bar.) Mathews takes the premise that John Cameron Mitchell brought to Shortbus — that explicit sex scenes can underscore character and advance narrative in the same way that the best musical numbers can — but accomplishes it, I think, more successfully than Mitchell did. If you can handle a gay movie that’s “mumble-hard-core,” it’s a fascinating and boldly sexual bit of...
- Alonso Duralde
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The penultimate episode of Season 2, “On All Fours,” suggests a sturdiness of an Ikea table. Idiomatically, to be “on all fours” means that one has fallen from her natural bipedal state. The episode in fact has all its characters crawling “on all fours” to the precipice of certain collapse, as if the season’s slogan “Almost getting it kind of together” didn’t insinuate that this unstable place is precisely where the characters, along with the audience, would be at this point in the season.
Crawling on all fours, the toddling pace with which we have approached the cliff has rendered it easy to see what lies beyond the edge: our three intrepid female friends are all about to “pop”—if the bookends of the literal popping of Hannah’s poor eardrums (one popped, the second about to be) didn’t say it all. Even Shosh’s »
Season 2, Episode 6: "Boys" If last week's episode of "Girls" is still being talked about as an outstanding outlier in the series thus far, an almost self-contained, Euro-flavored short film, this week the show returns to more familiar territor but still retains a melancholic air. Once again pitching focus, as the title suggests, we spend much more time with the guys as Adam (Adam Driver) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) take center stage, while we also visit Marnie (Allison Williams), who continues her relationship with Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone). But before we get there, we kick things off with Hannah (Lena Dunham). Though encountering a few bumps along the way, Hannah's career and life continue on an upward trajectory and as the show opens, she's having drinks with none other than John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig & The Angry Inch," "Shortbus"). Known for his own sexually provocative and boundary pushing »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Season 2, Episode 6: "Boys" If last week's episode of "Girls" is still being talked about as an outstanding outlier in the series thus far, an almost self-contained, Euro-flavored short film, this week the show returns to more familiar territor but still retains a melancholic air. Once again pitching focus, as the title suggests, we spend much more time with the guys as Adam (Adam Driver) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) take center stage, while we also visit Marnie (Allison Williams), who continues her relationship with Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone). But before we get there, we kick things off with Hannah (Lena Dunham). Though encountering a few bumps along the way, Hannah's career and life continue on an upward trajectory and as the show opens, she's having drinks with none other than John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig & The Angry Inch," "Shortbus"). Known for his own sexually provocative and boundary pushing...
- Kevin Jagernauth
Appropros of nothing other than to whet your appetite for more Film Bitch Awards announcements, this site's long running awards (I agonize over my snail's pace as much as any of you!) I thought I'd share all of Best Picture winners to date. [If you're just looking for Oscar stuff and clicked over, here's your current Best Picture race and Oscar related articles for the current competition. ] I'm mostly pleased with my choices in retrospect though I would make a couple of switcheroos. You'll notice that in the time I've been publishing my lists for the world I've only ever twice agreed with Oscar's final pic on Best Picture (2003, 2009) though I sort of count 2007 as agreement by virtue of coin-toss almostness. My motto with controlling disappointments with Oscar is to just be grateful if a couple of my favorites get nominated and be thrilled if something in my top ten wins the industry's top prize.
* I will eventually republish the now missing top ten articles - I have them on the hard drive.
- NATHANIEL R
Back in 2007, we ran an article called Gay Sex Scenes that Made Movie History. A delightfully naughty exploration of firsts and foresk- ... er, foremosts in terms of gay male intimacy on the silver screen, it celebrated some of the films that blew the celluloid closet to bits, one modesty sock at a time.
Six years later, it's shocking just how far pop culture has come in terms of normalizing gay characters and stories, and how much bolder the gay film audience has grown in demanding films that speak truthfully to their sexual experience (though, it must be said, the films that answer the call are usually decidedly outside of the mainstream). So we've decided to bring you an update to our foundational piece that looks at what has happened since. Of course, since most of the ground breaking was done over the last four decades or so, our focus is »
- AfterElton.com Staff
15 items from 2013
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