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Duncan James: Dressing in drag turns me on

29 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Duncan James says dressing up in drag turns him on. The Blue singer is preparing to play drag queen Tick in the musical 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' and has revealed the idea of taking on a different persona aroused him. He said: ''I've never done drag before but I really got in to it. ''My new role is nothing like I have ever done. Normally I play a metrosexual man but this time is different. ''I can relate to the character so much. He has a 10-year-old son, so do I. He's a gay guy, I'm a gay guy. ''My agent thought »

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You Were Not Expecting Matt Bomer to Compare Magic Mike Xxl to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

28 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

You may have just drooled over those recent Matt Bomer shirtless pictures, but come July, you'll get to see him take it off - take it all off yet again - in the sequel Magic Mike Xxl. I visited the set last year with a few other reporters, and when we chatted with Bomer, we made sure to find out if his character, Ken, would be talking this time around - you know, more than one line. The sexy star opened up about what else we'll learn about his character, as well as the unlikely movie he compares this one too. Check out Bomer's interview, then find out what Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello had to say on the set. Considering your character, Ken, doesn't have many lines in the first Magic Mike, how much more will we hear you speak this time? "Well, I mean, more, but it is »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Casey Batchelor attempted suicide at 15

28 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Duncan James says dressing up in drag turns him on. The Blue singer is preparing to play drag queen Tick in the musical 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' and has revealed the idea of taking on a different persona aroused him. He said: ''I've never done drag before but I really got in to it. ''My new role is nothing like I have ever done. Normally I play a metrosexual man but this time is different. ''I can relate to the character so much. He has a 10-year-old son, so do I. He's a gay guy, I'm a gay guy. ''My agent thought »

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How Trans Roles Have Been Approached In Modern Day Film

21 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Transgender actress Laverne Cox in Orange Is The New Black, Jeffery Tambor in Transparent, and Eddie Redmayne in the upcoming The Danish Girl prove that transgender roles and how actors approach these have been the hot topic for a solid twenty years. The physical changes get audiences talking, with weight gain or loss and spending months dressed as the other gender becoming iconic to each trans role. Others choose a mental state of mind to embody the other sex. To celebrate the release of The New Girlfriend, in UK cinemas from 22nd May, we look at how career-defining transgender roles have been approached and become iconic.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (1994) – Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp was initially reluctant to star in this role as transgender Bernadette. Ironic, considering that this film is the go-to for changing opinions of the Lgbt community and transgender roles on the silver screen. He did »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Week in Review: Cannes ’15 Pickups Coming Soon

15 May 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While there’s a film festival going on in Cannes, so much of the festival and the buzz comes, like it is with Sundance, from purchases and pickups of many of the titles being screened there, and even those that aren’t. There are countless deals being struck, but we did our best to round up just a few of the more notable titles that will some day be arriving stateside.

First up, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Atom Egoyan’s Remember, starring Christopher Plummer, was picked up by A24. The comedy Geezer, starring Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, has been picked up by Hyde Park International. Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman has been picked up by Atlas Distribution for a planned September release. »

- Brian Welk

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‘Boy Meets Girl’ Review

6 May 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Michael Galante, Michelle Hendley, Jean Devereux Koester, Ethan Major, Scott Martineck, Christopher McHale, Benj Mirman, Randall Newsome, Jacob Perkins, Joseph Ricci | Written and Directed by Eric Schaeffer

My gender identity is complex, but my life experiences intersect frequently with those of trans women and it’s a category I feel proud to be partially resident in.  I dress femme, I’m starting estrogen in a couple weeks, I’ve flirted with voice training, and when I go out for a walk it’s pretty solid odds that at least one passer-by is going to scream some shopworn slur at me.  This review was a deeply personal experience for me, and it’s as much a breakdown of my thoughts on life as a trans person as it is a dissection of a sweet, uncomplicated rom-com.

There are several longstanding traditions in Western film and television regarding trans women.  First, »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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Cannes: Dogwoof takes Werner Herzog’s 'Into The Inferno'

6 May 2015 5:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Teaser clip of Herzog’s documentary about the relationship between humans and volcanoes to be screened at Cannes.

London-based Dogwoof has acquired worldwide rights to Werner Herzog’s long-gestating volcano documentary Into The Inferno. A teaser clip of the film, in pre-production, will be screened by Dogwoof to buyers as part of their Cannes Marche promo reel on May 15.

Herzog, whose documentary films include Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, will explore why, where and how human civilization is inextricably linked with volcanoes. Filmed around the world, Herzog will team up with volcanologist Professor Clive Oppenheimer to tell the story of the relationship between volcanoes, our planet and human society.

Dogwoof head of distribution Oli Harbottle negotiated the deal with André Singer and Richard Melman of Spring Films, the UK co-producer (in association with co-producers Herzog Film and Matter of Fact Media), for Dogwoof to handle the sale of all international rights, excluding Canada »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Russell Crowe Looks to Directing, for Himself and for Australia

20 April 2015 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner” might be seen as just another film struggling to get a look from American audiences during a spring movie season dominated by the latest installments in the “Avengers” and “Furious” franchises.

But for the film community Down Under, and especially first-time director Crowe, the war epic amounts to something much larger – another chance for Australia to reassert itself as a maker of mass-appeal films and for the actor to shift from leading man to the man leading production.

Crowe did not try to downplay the stakes — or his ambition, at age 51, to shift at least a portion of his career to behind the camera — in an interview before the film’s American premiere last week.

“That’s the gamble, man. It’s three years of my life. And that’s what’s on the line,” he said outside the Tcl Chinese Theater. “The two »

- James Rainey

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Iff Panama: Jayro Bustamante: ‘Cinema is Our Way of Lighting Up Our Country’

13 April 2015 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfonso Ruizpalacios’ “Gueros” was the most-laurelled Latin American debut of 2014. This year, Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul,” a Guatemala-France co-pro, is shaping up to inherit that crown, having already won Berlinale’s Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, then topped Guadalajara and Cartagena, Mexico and Colombia’s biggest fests, respectively. Described by Variety’s Scott Foundas as “a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature” and “downright Herzogian (far more Herzogian than Herzog’s own ‘Queen of the Desert’),” “Ixcanul” is produced by Guatemala’s La Casa de Produccion and Edgard Tenembaum’s Paris-based Tu Vas Voir, whose credits also include Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries.” The story of a young Mayan woman, living in a community of Kaqchikel-speaking coffee farmers, whose unwanted pregnancy brings her into final — and shocking — contact with the modern world she dreamt so much about, “Ixcanul” delivers a sucker punch about what Bustamante has called one driving theme of »

- John Hopewell

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Now Casting ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

2 April 2015 7:43 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Talent is currently being sought the Norwegian Cruise Line musical “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” tells the story of three drag performers who set off from Sydney across the Australian desert in a battered old bus, christened Priscilla. The show contains over 20 classic disco hits such as “I Will Survive” and “I Love The Nightlife.” This paid gig is casting 12 roles, and auditions will be held April 12 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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Nicole Kidman, Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway Are 2015 Women in Film Winners

31 March 2015 9:41 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year’s gala will support Women in Film La's educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women in the industry and is being held on Tuesday, June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City. This year’s Crystal + Lucy Award honorees are: 2015 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film – Nicole Kidman 2015 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television – Jill Soloway 2015 Dorothy Arzner Directors Award – Ava DuVERNAY 2015 Face of the Future – Kate Mara 2015 Tiffany & Co. / Bruce Paltrow Mentorship Award – Sue Kroll 2015 Sue Mengers Award – Toni Howard "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway had great 2014-2015 awards seasons with their groundbreaking works in film and television. Nicole Kidman faces a good year ahead with Sundance drama "Strangerland," picked up by Alchemy, and Werner Herzog's Berlin premiere "Queen of the Desert," which is still seeking Us »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Exclusive: First Images From Adaptation of James Franco’s ‘Actors Anonymous’

23 March 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following the premiere of three films earlier this year, I Am MichaelEvery Thing Will Be Fine, and Queen of the Desert, James Franco has now embarked on his latest production and we’ve got the exclusive first images and details. Based on Franco’s own novel, Actors Anonymous is a unique filmmaking experiences in that it is being helmed by over […] »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Ixcanul’ Tops Cartagena, Continues Fest Triumphs

18 March 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jayro Bustamante’s debut “Ixcanul,” the flagship of a burgeoning Guatemalan cinema, continued its triumphant festival march, winning Official Fiction Competition best picture at Colombia’s 55th Cartagena Festival, which wrapped Tuesday night.

A Berlin Festival Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize winner, “Ixcanul” took top honors – best Ibero-American picture and director – just last Saturday at Mexico’s Guadalajara Fest. Described by Variety’s Scott Foundas as “a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature” and “downright Herzogian (far more Herzogian than Herzog’s own ‘Queen of the Desert’),” “Ixcanul” has now achieved the near unthinkable for a Guatemalan movie just a few years back: a French co-producer, Edgard Tenembaum’s Paris-based Tu Vas Voir, whose credits also include Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries”; a sales agent, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, now one of the biggest dealers in not only Spanish but Latin American films; top fest plaudits and major territory sales to distinguished distributors, »

- John Hopewell

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James Franco in Talks for Comedy ‘Why Him?’ (Exclusive)

27 February 2015 4:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco is in early negotiations to star in Fox’s comedy “Why Him?”

A pair of Fox-based production companies — Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour — are producing.

John Hamburg is attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer.

The story centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family to visit his daughter — who is attending Stanford — at Christmas and subsequently gets into a competition with his daughter’s boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire.

Franco most recently starred in Sony’s satire “The Interview” with Seth Rogen. He’s completed work on “Queen of the Desert,” which premiered at Berlin, “True Story” and “The Adderall Diaries,” and will star in Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “11/22/63.”

Hamburg directed and wrote “I Love You, Man” and “Along Came Polly.” Stoller directed “Neighbors.”

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- Dave McNary

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Surfing on Incidents: A Conversation with Peter Zeitlinger

17 February 2015 2:02 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

“When I was a kid, I used to draw directly on the film frames and do animations, so I could use the expensive film much less, and be busy longer with it. The first thing I learned about filmmaking is that when you shoot in real time, all the film is gone so quickly, and you have to buy more...,” cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger told me during an informal chat we had in the lobby of his hotel, a couple of days before his “Measuring the Space” masterclass in the Berlinale Talents program during the Berlin International Film Festival.

Many years have passed since Zeitlinger's first, no-budget experiments with the medium of cinema: now he is one of the most sought-after cinematographers in the film business, and Werner Herzog's right-hand man since his TV documentary Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (1995).

Using the Berlinale Competition entry Queen of the Desert (2015) as a case study, »

- Michael Guarneri

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45 Years tops Berlin Jury Grid

16 February 2015 4:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Critics rank Andrew Haigh’s double Silver Bear winner the best film in competition at the Berlinale.Click here to download the Jury GridClick here to view the Jury Grid on Screen

Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years has topped the Screen Jury Grid at this year’s Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15), scoring 3.4 out of a possible 4.

The film, which explores the strain placed on an old married couple, saw co-stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling pick up Silver Bear’s for best actor and best actress at the Berlinale awards ceremony on Saturday.

On the Jury Grid, 45 Years secured a rare ‘four star’ score from Screen’s hard to please critic Dan Fainaru.

It also saw off competition from the 18 other contenders scored by international critics for Screen.

Taxi, by dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi, picked up the Golden Bear on Saturday and was ranked joint third on the grid with a score of 3.1, alongside Jayro Bustamante’s [link »

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Berlinale 2015. Correspondences #7

12 February 2015 2:46 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Dear Adam,

What does it say that we've both put off discussing the new Werner Herzog film?  I must admit my profound disappointment at Herzog's first fictional feature film since his two-shot salvo of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and My Son, My Son, What Have You Done? in 2009 and certainly his most expansive drama for decades. With a cast of James Franco, Robert Pattison, and Damian Lewis led by Nicole Kidman, Queen of the Desert adapts the true saga of Gertrude Bell, an utterly unique woman who at the turn of the last century plunged into the deserts of the Middle East by herself and become better acquainted and more influential among its myriad tribes and factions than anyone else before and probably since.

Yet for a director so adept at discovering, eliciting and pursuing a kind of inspired mania and adventurousness in his fellow man, »

- Daniel Kasman

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Best and Worst of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival – So Far

10 February 2015 6:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Foundas: Hi Peter. Well, we’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, although the most hotly anticipated event in this cold, cold town is still another day away. I’m talking, of course, about the world premiere of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which isn’t the kind of movie one typically thinks of as festival fare, but which events like Berlin and Cannes need as a kind of palate cleanser from the steady parade of world-class arthouse cinema from countries like Iran, China and Chile. Those movies may get you lots of ink in Variety, but it’s only a “Fifty Shades” that can get your red carpet splattered all over the picture pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Actually, the early days of Berlin haven’t exactly wanted for stars this year, with the likes of Christian Bale, Juliette Binoche, James Franco (surprise!), Nicole Kidman »

- Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge

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Werner Herzog Is Directing a Volcano Disaster Movie Called 'Salt and Fire' (Video)

10 February 2015 8:35 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Werner Herzog is jumping right back in the narrative-feature saddle for his next film, a romantic thriller called "Salt and Fire" set amid a global catastrophe. Screen Daily has the scoop: Veronica Ferres ("Hector and the Search for Happiness") plays a scientist up against the head of a major corporation responsible for an ecological disaster in South America. When warnings of a remote supervolcano bode global doom, they must team up to save the world—in spite of their ideological differences. Herzog penned the script and will produce alongside "Queen of the Desert" cohort Michael Benaroya, and Nina Maag of Construction Film and Pablo Cruz of Canana Films. The producers plan to shoot "Salt and Fire," currently heating up sales interest for International Film Trust, beginning April 2015 on the Bolivian salt flats, as Herzogian as any a vast landscape. Herzog visited a volcano in 1977 for his early documentary "La Soufrière, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Werner Herzog Is Now Working On Two Movies About Volcanoes

10 February 2015 6:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Being Werner Herzog's travel agent must be one of the most interesting jobs around. His documentaries and features have taken him around the world from the urban jungle of New Orleans to the very real jungle of Guyana, from deserts to the swampy interiors of South America to caves in France and the icy expanse of Antarctica. By this point, Herzog's Air Miles plan can probably buy him a few trips around the world. And it looks like his next adventure will take him to the edges of volcanoes. Upon the premiere of his latest feature "Queen Of The Desert" (review here) at the Berlin International Film Festival, word has emerged about Herzog's next couple of projects. In April, Herzog will head to the Bolivian salt flats to shoot the film "Salt And Fire." Screen Daily reports that Veronica Ferres ("Klimt," "Hector And The Search For Happiness") will star »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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