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Do Mainstream Gay Movies Have to be Set in the Past to Get Made?

21 September 2011 10:05 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Take a look at this list of the top-grossing or most visible gay and bisexual movies of the last ten years: Brokeback Mountain, Milk, Capote, Taking Woodstock, A Home at the End of the World, Howl, Far From Heaven, The Hours, Little Ashes, Brideshead Revisited, I Love You Phillip Morris, Kinsey, and A Single Man.

Notice anything that they all have in common – other than the fact that most of them are quite good?

They're all set in the past – as is J. Edgar, an upcoming movie directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Dustin Lance Black that is getting considerable buzz, and the upcoming James Franco movie, The Broken Tower.

Meanwhile, over the same period, many of the TV movies that have made the biggest impression – Prayers for Bobby, Pedro, An Englishman in New York – have also been set in the past.

What's that about?

"Well, for one thing, »

- Brent Hartinger

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First Look of Leonardo DiCaprio as ‘J. Edgar’

12 August 2011 12:44 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Entertainment Weekly has the first look photo of actor Leonardo DiCaprio as the former FBI top cop in “J. Edgar.” The film also stars Josh Lucas (“American Pscyho,” “A Beautiful Mind”), Naomi Watts (“King Kong,” “Mulholland Dr.”), Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “Blackout”), Lea Thompson (“Back to the Future,” “Caroline in the City”), Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl,” “Children of Men”) and Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “About Schmidt”). Here is the official synopsis: As America's top cop for five decades, J. Edgar Hoover oversaw the creation of the FBI, helped popularize fingerprints and other forensic evidence, and wielded nearly unchecked authority to manipulate evidence and investigate supposed enemies of the state such as Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. The film is directed by Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Gran Torino”) from a screenplay written by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” “Pedro”). “J. Edgar” will be in »

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Netflix Nuggets: Who’s Up For a Miramax Marathon?

29 April 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!

B. Monkey (1999)

Streaming Available: 05/01/2011

Director: Michael Radford

Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and »

- Travis Keune

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The Gay List

14 March 2011 9:13 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

One of our favorite mantras around the AfterElton offices is “because visibility matters.” Indeed, the idea that gay and bisexual men need to be visible, both to ourselves and to the wider culture, is one of the principle reasons even exists. After all, it is only by being visible to family, friends and the world that we’ve been able to overcome the stereotypes and bigotry used to justify discrimination against the Glbt community.

That quest for visibility explains why we have done so many polls including the AfterElton Hot 100, the Fifty Greatest Gay Movies, the Top 50 Gay TV Characters, and the 50 Best Gay Books. After all, it’s not as if Entertainment Weekly is going to ask gay and bisexual men which guys we think are the hottest, which movies mean the most to us or, in the case of our latest poll, which celebrities we most admire. »

- Staff

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