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Whether you're mourning the loss of 2009 or excited to put the year behind you (Fyi: Only the latter option is correct), at least you've got a wealth of Fave Fives to help ease your transition into 2010. The newest one comes from Dan Jinks, the Oscar-winning producer of Milk, American Beauty, and the late, lamented Pushing Daisies (whose creator Bryan Fuller also contributed his own Fave Five). What five pop cultural events made Dan's year? Read on: »
MattCanada here with a bit of an overview and Best-Of Gay films for the last decade.
Gay cinema over the last ten years has been intrinsically tied to both the political gains made by gay activists and the intense battles surrounding everything from the worldwide fight for gay marriage to nationally specific issues like America's Dadt and Doma, and Britain's repeal of Section 28. The relationship between the political and the cinematic is always most pronounced in the medium's relationship to minority groups and their texts.
The Aughts have seen gay-rights become the most visible"social values" issue in America, and this has been reflected in a number of high profile American films dealing frankly, sexually, and politically with what it means to be gay in America. Milk, Far From Heaven, and Mysterious Skin employ gay filmmaking traditions, like those of Affirmation Documentaries (Richard Dyer's term), Sirkian melodrama, and New Queer Cinema, »
Playing a guest host on "Saturday Night Live", James Franco channeled his Adam Lambert side on the show's December 19 episode. In a sketch titled "The Kissing Family", the 31-year-old is captured on camera making out with Will Forte, one of the show's stars who plays his grandfather.
For the sketch, Franco portrays a college student who has brought home his new girlfriend to meet his family for the first time. As the story unravels, it becomes clear that his family has a strong Public Display of Affection quality. After landing a kiss on Bill Hader who takes on his on-screen brother, the star of "Pineapple Express" went on to tongue Forte.
This man-on-man kiss isn't the first time for James Franco. He has been seen starring as Sean Penn's gay lover in the awards-winning "Milk". It is said to be a sort of parody for Lambert's controversial performance at »
What?! It’s not enough that we spent the whole year providing you with insightful news and analysis on gay and bisexual entertainment – now we have to pick which 2009 projects we think best represented gay and bisexual men?!
Sorry, we’re getting a little Grinch-y around here come year-end.
But the fact is, gay and bisexual entertainment-related news is inexorably linked with the issue of visibility. If you know anything at all about the history of such entertainment, you know that it’s almost always been “controversial.” As passionate as the creators of these projects have always been, there’s been a similarly strong counter-pressure to keep these themes hidden or under wraps.
As a result, for a website like ours, covering the “news” of these projects inevitably becomes a question of championing the ones of quality (and giving the hook to those who don’t measure up, or that »
- Brent Hartinger
Ghosts of Cité Soleil's Asger Leth can count his lucky charms. He has had the fortune of having only one directing nod to his credit with the docu film and landing a major Hollywood production, but has managed to grab a top tier acting talent, not once - but twice. - Ghosts of Cité Soleil's Asger Leth can count his lucky charms. He has had the fortune of having only one directing nod to his credit with the docu film and landing a major Hollywood production, but has managed to grab a top tier acting talent, not once - but twice. I wouldn't be a surprised if Sean Penn had made a mention, but Josh Brolin is taking the lead role which was originally assigned to his Milk co-star Penn. The trades report that Brolin has become a go-to guy for cowboy hat wearing, southern States/desert habituals »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
Josh Brolin made the most of his love scenes with sexy Megan Fox during filming for Jonah Hex, because he wanted to take "revenge" on his actress wife Diane Lane for all of her steamy onscreen clinches.
The Milk actor plays disfigured bounty hunter Hex in the Western, a big screen adaptation of the popular comic books, with Fox - who is regularly named as one of the sexiest women in the world - as his love interest.
He says, "I made out with Megan Fox, which was nice.
"Everybody says it's very uncomfortable doing love scenes. My wife has done a few movies with a couple of love scenes, maybe this was maybe a revenge of mine, of some sort. If you look at it from that perspective, it's kind of like the ultimate revenge. Megan Fox is the ultimate revenge, you hear what I'm saying?"
Brolin struggled to overcome the obstacle of heavy make-up to kiss Fox, but eventually managed to master his technique.
He adds, "The thing is for me, I had a prosthetic on my face because as Jonah Hex, the character, half of my face is burned, so it's kind of difficult to figure out to get your tongue around (the mouthpiece). I'd love to say it was really, really tough but it went really smoothly." »
By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Photo: Warner Bros.
From "Ray" to "Hotel Rwanda," from "Monster" to "Milk," the Hollywood biopic has proved to be a rich source of both storytelling and awards-season recognition. Often, though, it is the legacies of the real-life people who the likes of Charlize Theron and Sean Penn portray — rather than their accents, their mannerisms, their quirks — that have stayed in the public consciousness.
Not so in the case of "Invictus," the true story of Nelson Mandela and the South African national rugby squad's World Cup journey in 1995. Morgan Freeman plays Mandela and Matt Damon plays Francois Pienaar, the team's captain and a hero in his native land.
"He's Michael Jordan in South Africa, »
Robert here, continuing my series of the directors that shaped the past 10 years. Most of the directors I’ve written about have been either newcomers or have taken their earlier success and continued it into the aughts. Not many have reinvented themselves for this decade. But today’s man did: Gus Van Sant
Number of Films: Six
Modern Masterpieces: Oh who’s to say. I don’t expect this to be echoed but I’m going with Gerry.
Total Disasters: No. Psycho was last decade.
Better than you remember: All three entries in the death trilogy have gotten somewhat of a bad rep.
Box Office: With over 51 mil, Finding Forrester understandably tops the more experimental fare.
Critical Consensus: With a Rotten Tomatoes score over 90%, Milk understandably tops the more experimental fare.
Favorite Actor: Matt Damon in »
No Country For Old Men star Josh Brolin could be replacing Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3. The 41-year-old actor, who has appeared in movies such as Milk and The Goonies, is reportedly being considered for a role in the third movie in the sci-fi series. His exact part is still being discussed but there has allegedly been talk that he will replace Jones as Agent K. Other claims say he might play a new agent or play a younger version of Agent K. Sony is still deciding on a production start date for the movie and the flick is based on a script by Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen, bringing Barry Sonnenfeld »
- Sophie Eager
Awhile back the majority of you voted to kill off the Men in Black franchise, but perhaps you'll have a change of heart after today's news. Josh Brolin is reportedly in talks to join Men in Black 3 as a potential stand-in for Tommy Lee Jones's Agent K. The details haven't been finalized, but word is he could play a young Agent K or possibly an entirely new partner to Agent J (Will Smith). There's no doubt that Brolin will help freshen the series that has been sitting stagnant; yet, I'm not sure his involvement is going to make me rush to theaters. Brolin's a great actor, and he's starred in some of my favorite films in recent years (e.g., Milk and No Country for Old Men) - but as far as leading men go, he doesn't have the same box office draw for me as some of the other guys in Hollywood. »
After "No Country for Old Men," Josh Brolin's star has been rising! The actor is now known as the hardest working man in show business (sorry Nicolas Cage). After "Milk" and "W," Brolin will be next seen on "Jonah Hex" and the sequel to "Wall Street" from Oliver Stone.
Now, he may be zapping aliens in "Men in Black 3."
The La Times told us that:
The actor is being considered for a role that would have him donning the black suit and shades for the third installment of the sci-fi comedy franchise. His exact part is a matter of discussion, but in recent days there's been chatter in Hollywood development circles of a few possibilities: He could play a new single-monikered government agent, with Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K passing the baton to Brolin's character. Or he could play Agent K as a young man. Or something else entirely. »
By Los Angeles Times
Josh Brolin could be going from "W." to K.
The actor is being considered for a role that would have him donning the black suit and shades for the third installment of the sci-fi comedy franchise.
Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
- Dylan Stableford
Our favourite Goonie appears to be up for a role in the next Men In Black film. The L.A. Times is running a story that Josh Brolin is being considered for a starring role in Men In Black 3, a film that will hopefully improve on the second installment.
Following his stellar turns in Milk and No Country for Old Men Brolin is carving out a very interesting career in Hollywood, able to take on a variety of roles and make each character memorable and unique.
Quite why he’s orbiting a threequel of a series that failed to make good on the promise of the first film is a little curious. Joining Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in the last suit he’ll ever wear is an odd choice but he’ll no doubt be a fascinating addition to the team.
Read the L.A. Times article here, »
- Jon Lyus
According to the La Times' Hero Complex blog, Brolin is in talks to play an unspecified role in the embryonic threequel.
"Men in Black" wouldn't be an odd move: Brolin is no stranger to comic-book films, what with his lead role in the upcoming "Jonah Hex." Plus he and Jones have similar features and slow, drawling accents, both of which open up family possibilities. (Or, we suppose, flashbacks, though that was already covered in the first movie.)
The first two movies followed agents J (Will Smith) and K (Jones) as members of a super-secret law enforcement organization tasked with monitoring Earth's hidden alien population.
Heck, while we're plundering "No Country," bring back Javier Bardem in that pageboy haircut. We never thought he was human.
Nora Ephron had already signed on to write and direct the movie that combined the story of Julia Child's start in the cooking profession with the emotional journey of blogger Julie Powell, when she ran into Meryl Streep at a Shakespeare in the Park performance. Ephron told Streep what she was working on, and Streep offered her best Julia Child impression: "Bon appétit!" Ephron knew her search was over. After reading the script, Streep called Ephron. "I thought it was absolutely beautiful," Streep recalls. "It made me cry, the idea that what you put in front of your family, that love, those connections between people, are the real important things." "Both stories were going to be about marriage and food, two things that go together in most people's lives," says Ephron. "When you're in the romantic comedy business, the movie ends when people say, 'Will you marry me?' »
"Saturday Night Live's" super funnyman Andy Samberg sure has some hilarious, sometimes colorful, sometimes risque and off-putting shorts. So The Dish Rag thought we should ask our Zap2it readers to help choose a Samberg champ. Can you please help a brother out after the jump.
Wait, you didn't actually think we were asking readers to vote in a frivolous fashion poll. We reserve those for monumental, life-altering Hollywood events and occasions like ... the MTV VMAs and Teen Choice Awards.
Anyway, of course we were referring to Andy Samberg's wildly popular "SNL" digital shorts. On the Dec. 5 episode hosted by "Gossip Girl's" Blake Lively (a.k.a. Our goddess Queen Serena van der Woodsen), Samberg took on rap persona "Shy Ronnie" alongside musical guest Rihanna producing the usual side-splitting results.
As we move closer to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the first glimpses of movies playing at the festival are arriving online. Since there are so many, we’ve decided to group them into a single article for your viewing pleasure. The films we’ve included in this group are 3 Backyards starring Edie Falco and Elias Koteas; Abel directed by Diego Luna; Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams; Douchebag, which just has a catchy title; HappyThankYouMorePlease starring Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, Richard Jenkins, Tony Hale, and Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) who also wrote and directed the film; and Night Catches Us starring Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie. Hit the jump for the first images as well as brief synopses for all of these movies.
The 2010 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 21-31st.
All synopses are via the Sundance Film Festival.
3 Backyards, directed by Eric Mendelsohn »
- Matt Goldberg
Now that the Sundance 2010 line-up is out (competition and non-competition both released this week), we will start to see some preview images coming out from many of the much-anticipated films. First up is Howl, in which James Franco plays revered beat poet Allen Ginsberg. The story follows Ginsberg as he defends his poem "Howl" during his 1957 obscenity trial. Below, we see not only Franco as Ginsberg, but also Mad Men star Jon Hamm. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the film will also star Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels and David Strathairn. This is just one of many films that I will be keeping an eye on at Sundance in January. I'm excited to see James Franco -- who has been equal parts brilliant in films like Pineapple Express and Milk -- take on yet another dramatic role. And a lead role, nonetheless. Here's hoping that it will turn out well. We'll »
- Neil Miller
Natalie Portman finally speaks up about the nature of her relationship with "Milk" actor Sean Penn. "He's obviously someone I'm friends with I mean, not 'hey, wassup?' friends," the 28-year-old beauty said in an interview with Marie Claire magazine for its January 2010 issue.
"We were all on the [Cannes 2008] jury together - Alfonso [Cuaron] and Marjane [Satrapi] - and we had a really great time, and then ... It was one of those things where you're like, 'Oh, my God! I'm that person who's caught in this shitty rumor brigade,' " she recalled. "You can't win. You don't say anything and everyone's like, 'It's true.' You say something, and you're keeping the story alive. It's bad, bad news."
During the interview, the "Brothers" actress also talked about being a late bloomer. She confessed of not touching pot until she attended Harvard University, saying "Ok, so I didn't really go to high school parties and yeah, »
David will play the role of Zachary Wells, a washed-up filmmaker who returns to his peculiar alma mater, where he meets his younger self and gets the chance to change his troubled past so he can avoid a disturbing future.
awards for his short films, including the multiple award-winning parody of 1950s teen health films, Masturbation: Putting the Fun Into Self-Loving, the comedy Drag Queen Heist and the drama about homeless youth, Begging for Change.
“I’m excited to work with such a multi-talented entertainer,” Tepnapa said.
“Charlie’s experience in front of and behind the camera will add so much to Judas Kiss’ production values. »
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