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‘Baby Steps’ A Feature Comedy from the Producer of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’

‘Baby Steps’ A Feature Comedy from the Producer of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’
By Peter Belsito

Two Gay Dads. One Meddling Tiger Mom. What Could Go Wrong?

Coming out on DVD, Blu-ray & VOD in the U.S. & Canada August 15 from Gravitas Ventures.

Starring: Grace Guei, Barney Cheng and Michael Adam Hamilton

I really enjoyed this feature length comedy about modern international gay and family life and what modern parenthood can involve.

Oscar-winning producer Li-Kong Su (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Stephen Israel (Swimming With Sharks, G.B.F.), give us Baby Steps, a comedy-drama directed, written and starring Barney Cheng about gay family issues in complicated dynamic of a cross-cultural and multi-generational Taiwanese-American family.

Danny, a Taiwanese-American man, longs to have a baby with his American boyfriend Tate, but their attempts at international surrogacy are complicated by Danny’s meddling mom, who wants to control every aspect of the process — all the way from Taipei. She descends upon them and their life together and proceeds
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Contest: Win a Free iTunes Download of Lavender

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Memory loss leads to mind-bending moments in Ed Gass-Donnelly's Lavender, and to commemorate the film's theatrical, VOD, and Digital HD release from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Media Group, we've been provided with three iTunes download codes to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) free iTunes download code for Lavender.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Lavender Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on Monday, 6th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Please note that the iTunes download codes expire on March 31st.

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"Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) who co-wrote the film with
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Newswire: E! is making Jawbreaker into a TV series

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Newswire: E! is making Jawbreaker into a TV series
Although it never reached the satirical heights of Heathers, or the mainstream popularity of Mean Girls, Darren Stein’s high school black comedy Jawbreaker has earned cult status in recent years, courtesy of some delightfully over-the-top queen bee performances from Rose McGowan and Judy Greer. Now, E! has announced that it’s making a TV version of the 1999 film, with Stein set to co-write and executive produce.

The original movie starred McGowan as an icy high school mastermind fighting to hide her accidental murder of her loved and hated best frenemy. The new series will apparently update that premise, centering on “a new clique whose world is rocked by an accidental killing at a bachelorette party.” We can presumably still expect the same escalating series of blackmailings, threats, and withering high school put-downs, though.

Stein’s recent projects include the gay film festival hit G.B.F.; he’s ...
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‘Jawbreaker’: E! Developing Series Adaptation of Teen Cult Film

E! has put in development Jawbreaker, a reimagining of the teen cult classic film, as an hourlong scripted series, from Sony TV. The film’s writer-director Darren Stein and George Northy (G.B.F.) are set to co-write the TV adaptation and executive produce. The Jawbreaker series is a wild reimagining of the 1999 film set in the fame-obsessed world of Beverly Hills. The adaptation follows a new clique whose world is rocked by an accidental killing at a bachelorette party…
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Horror Highlights: Lavender Trailer, Garden Party Massacre, Eerie Archives Volume 23 Hardcover

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Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group have teamed up for the Us release of Lavender, directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly and co-written by Colin Frizzell. The film will have its initial premiere on Dish on February 3rd, but you check out the trailer for the film in today’s Highlights. Following right behind, we also have a trailer for Garden Party Massacre as well as preview pages from Dark Horse Comics’ Eerie Volume 23 hardcover for you to enjoy.

Watch the Latest Trailer for Lavender: Press Release: “Los Angeles (Jan. 26, 2017) – Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group will partner on the domestic release for the anticipated thriller, “Lavender.” Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) who co-wrote the film with Colin Frizzell (“Resident Evil: Apocalypse”), the film stars Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Diego Klattenhoff (TV’s “The Blacklist”), Justin Long (“Live Free or Die Hard”) and Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend
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Cannes: Film Constellation Boards Steven Caple Jr.’s Skateboarding Drama ‘The Land’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Film Constellation Boards Steven Caple Jr.’s Skateboarding Drama ‘The Land’ (Exclusive)
In its second run-up-to-Cannes pickup, Film Constellation, Fabien Westerhoff’s newly-launched London-based financing-licensing company, has acquired international sales rights to IFC-distributed U.S. crime drama “The Land.”

Written and directed by Steven Caple Jr. in his feature debut, this slice of Cleveland youth culture features the on-screen presence of hip-hop stars Erykah Badu and Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) and a soundtrack which Westerhoff calls a “who’s who” of American hip-hop artists. These include Nas, Erykah Badu, Machine Gun Kelly, Ezzy, Nosaj Thing, Pusha T. Fashawn and Kanye West.

Exec produced by Nas, and world premiering in Sundance’s Next section, “The Land” will be rolled out in U.S. theaters later tis year, accompanied by a roster of live concerts from soundtrack featured artists. Mass Appeal will release the soundtrack.

A portrait of four kids trapped in an inner-city Cleveland Ohio spiral of poverty and crime, “The Land
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Faking It Season 2B Review

Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Piggybacking on the premiere of the fifth and final season of Awkward, MTV’s Faking It continues the effervescent descent into high school idiosyncrasies for which the network’s teenage-aimed sitcoms have become known. The impressive thing about the first two episodes of the last half of the sophomore season of Faking It (which is obviously not the way MTV has broken up and scheduled the show) is that it has slowly begun to surpass its sister series as the incisive parody of high school minutiae that Awkward was in its hay day.

Picking up two weeks after last year’s finale, the season 2B premiere dumps its coterie of amusing characters into a new, scary version of Hester High. The show’s crushingly liberal nexus of plots and characters is undergoing a bit of a face lift, thanks to a few cascading
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Gabriele Muccino Set to Shoot Road Movie ‘Summertime’ With Up-and-Coming Cast (Exclusive)

Gabriele Muccino Set to Shoot Road Movie ‘Summertime’ With Up-and-Coming Cast (Exclusive)
Rome — Italian director with Hollywood credentials Gabriele Muccino (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Seven Pounds”) is set to shoot “Summertime,” an ensemble coming-of-age/road movie set in Rome, San Francisco, New Orleans and Cuba “about four youths in that unique unrepeatable formative phase after high school, before college, during which they crack the shell of adolescence,” he said.

For the four main roles in this mostly English-language pic, Muccino has cast Matilda Lutz, the emerging Italian actress who will play the lead in the next chapter in the “Ring” franchise; locally hot Italian TV actor Brando Pacitto (“Braccialetti Rossi”); and young U.S. actors Joseph Haro (“Glee,” “Welcome to the Family”) and Taylor Frey (“Gossip Girl,” G.B.F.).

The two U.S. thesps — cast by prominent casting agent Denise Chamian, who worked with Muccino on his Will Smith-starrers — will play a young gay couple whom the Italian characters, Marco and Maria,
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Harry Potter then and now: What do 12 of the child stars look like today?

It's been a whopping 14 years since Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone made its big screen debut.

A lot has changed since then - most notably the child stars which the movie franchise made famous.

Now - after the internet was astonished to see what Harry Potter's Neville Longbottom looks like now - Digital Spy has donned our sorting hat to see what the now-muggles look like today...

1. Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley

Post-Potter, Harry Melling has had parts in Merlin, Just William and Garrow's Law. Last year, he also performed a one-man play in New York called peddling and starred opposite Scarlett Johnson, Patsy Ferran and Felix Scott in The Angry Brigade.

2. Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom

We nearly lost our Snitch when we saw the transformation Matthew Lewis has had since his days as Neville Longbottom. He's gained a beard, good looks and also a role in BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42.
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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Natasha Lyonne to Host Outfest Legacy Awards

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Natasha Lyonne to Host Outfest Legacy Awards
Orange Is the New Black” star Natasha Lyonne will host the 10th Annual Legacy Awards, benefiting the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. “Natasha Lyonne is a force – she has been unafraid to push the boundaries of gender and sexuality in roles ranging from the hilariously campy to the downright brazen,” said Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Outfest, in a statement. “She has also been a vibrant part of the Outfest community, having starred in numerous films that are housed in the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project archive, including ‘But I'm A Cheerleader,’ ‘G.B.F.,’ and ‘Party Monster.'” See photos: ‘Orange Is the New.
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Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson Join 'Meadowland'

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Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson Join 'Meadowland'
Bron Studios will produce the psychological drama, Meadowland, starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne, it was announced today by Aaron L. Gilbert, Bron's Managing Director.

The film marks the feature directorial debut of award-winning cinematographer Reed Morano, with a screenplay by Chris Rossi. Morano's credits include The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings, HBO's Looking and Frozen River. She is a member of the A.S.C.

Meadowland is a Bron Studios production in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance; Matt Tauber and Olivia Wilde are producing, alongside Bron's Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Jennifer Levine and Jason Cloth serve as executive producers. Richard Hicks C.S.A. is the casting director.

The film will begin production in New York City in mid-August.

In Meadowland a couple, Sarah (Wilde) and David (Wilson) deal with the unthinkable in the wake of their son's disappearance. David, a New York City policeman,
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Gbf, out this week on DVD & Blu-ray

'It's an obnoxiously camp DayGlo assault of a movie, every second of its runtime deep-fried in double entendre'

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Studios are often criticised for intentionally misrepresenting their films in an attempt to reach a wider audience than they might do otherwise. It's a fair complaint: millions of people might have been spared Marley & Me had its poster not shied away from depicting the onslaught of postnatal depression and canine euthanasia that made up the film's final act. But ever so often, a film comes along for which misrepresentation is a crucial part of the package. Jawbreaker director Darren Stein goes back to school in Gbf, the story of a newly outed high school senior who finds himself stalked by a trio of would-be prom queens, each of them desperate to secure their own socially appropriate "gay best friend". From the off, it's an
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Darren Stein and lead Michael J. Willet talk G.B.F.

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Following on from a triumphant showing at the recent BFI Flare festival in London, Darren Stein’s (Jawbreaker) high-school comedy G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend) now makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD, and we had the pleasure of sitting down with the filmmaker, alongside the lead star himself, Michael J. Willet, to discuss the project.

The pair discuss the difficulties in getting a film with a gay protagonist financed in Hollywood, finding an intimacy in such grandiose surroundings, the striking visual experience of the picture – and how being an outsider in real life has helped them both when creating this piece of cinema.

Darren it’s been 14 years since your last feature film. What was it about this particular story that lured you back in?

Darren Stein: It was the script. I’m not interested in making specifically teen films, but this one was so smart and relevant and
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Win G.B.F on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of G.B.F. on 14th April, we’ve been given a signed copy of the Blu-ray and a signed quad poster to give away to one winner, with two runner ups receiving a copy of the Blu-ray.

Meet Tanner and Brent. They are two gay best friends. Brent longs for the spotlight and believes that coming out will make him instantly popular as North Gateway High’s very first G.B.F. (or Gay Best Friend). Tanner on the other hand, would rather fly under the radar and finish high school without ever being noticed.

When things don’t go according to plan and Tanner is outed instead of Brent, the two boys go from B.F.Fs to instant frenemies. Enter the three most popular girls in school — queen-of-mean bombshell Fawcett, drama club diva Caprice, and sweet, Mormon good-girl ‘Shley, who launch an all-out social war to win Tanner’s friendship.
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Interviews: Red Carpet at Chicago Lgbt International Film Festival Reeling31

Chicago – In November of 2013, the 31st annual Chicago Lgbt International Film Festival, also known as “Reeling31,” provided a week long showcase for gay filmmakers. There were many new voices in the mix, and they were on the Red Carpet on opening night of the Fest.

HollywoodChicago.com was on the scene, which took place at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago. The stars of the opening night feature film. “G.B.F,” were there for interviews and photos, plus filmmakers and actors from the films “Burning Blue,” “The Happy Sad’ and “Truth” – which were shown throughout the week – also walked the fabled Red Carpet.

The “Reeling” Festival is currently sponsoring a free film series in Chicago, the fourth annual “Cinema Q.” The last week of the series will present “De-Lovely” (2004) – starring Kevin Kline as Cole Porter – on March 26th, 6:30pm, at Chicago’s Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street.
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Interview with Darren Stein and Michael J Willett about G.B.F.

In with the in crowd.

The story of a teenager for whom being outed as gay means becoming a must-have fashion accessory, G.B.F. was selected as part of this year’s BFI Flare festival (formerly the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival). I caught up with director Darren Stein and star Michael J Willett whilst they were visiting London for the festival, and asked how they felt about being a part of it.

“I’m so excited!” Michael exclaimed. I love London. I love the history, I love the culture. I haven’t been here since I was in high school so to be back here now with my first movie, that feels really good.”

Darren showed similar enthusiasm, praising the festival and the team behind it. I asked him if he’s a longstanding fan of the high school movie genre.

Even popular girls get lonely.

“I am, I really am!
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Starred Up, Labor Day, Yves Saint Laurent: this week's new films

Starred Up | Labor Day | Yves Saint Laurent | Gbf | The Robber | The Machine | Salvo | The Unknown Known | A Long Way Down

Starred Up (18)

(David Mackenzie, 2013, UK) Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend. 106 mins

We've seen enough prison movies to know the drill, but this is closer to A Prophet than The Great Escape – a bracing mix of brutal thriller, institutional critique and complex character drama. Conviction is key, both in the day-to-day details and the natural performances, particularly O'Connell – a young offender violent enough to be housed with the grown-ups, including his own father. It feels like things could kick off with every scene.

Labor Day (12A)

(Jason Reitman, 2013, Us) Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith. 111 mins

The Juno director tries nuanced domestic drama – and it doesn't really suit him. Erotic tremors are a given when Brolin's escaped convict shacks up with Winslet's lonely single mum, but you'll need to park your disbelief.
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G.B.F. Review

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Darren Stein’s sparkling comedy G.B.F. is one of those typical American high-school set productions where every character looks like they’re more likely to be picking up their own children from school, rather than actually study there. Nonetheless, this merely sets the precedence for a picture that requires a suspension of disbelief in order to enjoy, in what is a glitzy and ultimately superficial affair – though that’s not to say it’s not rather good fun.

Michael J. Willet plays Tanner, a young, gay student reluctant to come out of the closet, in spite of his best friend Brent’s (Paul Iacono) best efforts to persuade him otherwise. In a rare lapse of concentration, Tanner is accidentally outed, and though expecting a backlash of sorts, instead he becomes one of the most popular guys in school, as the coolest girls, consisting of the likes of Caprice (Xosha Roquemore
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G.B.F. review – 'Mostly swishy, sweet fun'

A closeted teen's popularity goes through the roof when he is outed in this broad, sweet high-school comedy

In this broad comedy, shy, closeted teen Tanner (Michael J Willett) is accidentally outed and then finds his social standing goes stratospheric when the school's most popular girls start vying for his companionship, because a Gbf (gay best friend) is this season's must-have accessory. As the premise might suggest, the story unfolds in a hot-pastel world of fantasy where parents practically cheer when their kids come out, the school (represented by Natasha Lyonne) is super-supportive, and no one gets queer-bashed (Harry Potter's Evanna Lynch is on hand as the token bigot, though). And why not? The result is mostly swishy, sweet fun, although admittedly it might have benefitted from a bit of tweaking to fluff up bigger, better, and bitchier one-liners. Nevertheless, there's something cheering about the fact that in 2014 it's possible
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'Orange Is the New Black' Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD Arrives May 15th

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'Orange Is the New Black' Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD Arrives May 15th
Every sentence has a story in the smash hit series Orange Is the New Black: Season One arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as "magnificent and thoroughly engrossing" (Washington Post), the hugely popular dark comedy from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan broke viewing records for its premiere season. Starring Taylor Schilling (Argo, Stay) in a Golden Globe nominated performance, Orange Is the New Black also won "TV Program Of The Year" from the American Film Institute (AFI).

Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black also stars Jason Biggs (American Pie franchise), Laura Prepon (TV's That '70s Show), Kate Mulgrew (TV's Star Trek: Voyager, TV's Ntsf:sd:suv::), Pablo Schreiber (TV's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Showtime's Weeds), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, G.B.F.), Taryn Manning (TV's Sons of Anarchy), Michael Harney (Showtime's Weeds,
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