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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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Geoffrey Hughes obituary

Actor known for his roles in Coronation Street, Keeping up Appearances, Heartbeat and The Royle Family

The actor Geoffrey Hughes, who has died of prostate cancer aged 68, played gormless Eddie Yeats in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1974 to 1983, and thereafter was typecast on television as a lovable rogue.

Hughes contributed enormously to the comedy that Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander – as Stan and Hilda Ogden – brought to No 13 Coronation Street. His character, Eddie, a former Borstal boy and Walton Prison inmate, helped Stan on his window-cleaning round and was forever involved in money-making schemes – hiring out a timid guard dog and selling Albert Tatlock's allotment vegetables, dodgy watches and curtains run up by Hilda – before finding work as a refuse collector and becoming the Ogdens' lodger.

"He was always a softy," Hughes told the writer Daran Little in 1995. "His villainy had been opportunist nicking, or thinking of a
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Danny Dyer Auditioned To Play Robin In Batman & Robin

Talking with Popbitch, Danny Dyer - seen in films such as Borstal Boy and The Football Factory - discusses a few of the film roles that he auditioned for but didn't get the parts, and among those roles were Dick Grayson/Robin in Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin, commonly considered one of the worst comic book movies ever made (if not the worst). We all know that Chris O'Donnell reprised the role from the prior film, Batman Forever. Check out a segment from the interview below: I auditioned for Robin in Batman and Robin with Joel Schumacher. It’s strange really because for every one part you get, you lose out on twenty -- rejection, you get used to that pretty early, but you still want to know why, you want to know details. Why? Why don’t they want me? You’re in competition with so many actors, you
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Danny Dyer Auditioned To Play Robin In Batman & Robin

Talking with Popbitch, Danny Dyer - seen in films such as Borstal Boy and The Football Factory - discusses a few of the film roles that he auditioned for but didn't get the parts, and among those roles were Dick Grayson/Robin in Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin, commonly considered one of the worst comic book movies ever made (if not the worst). We all know that Chris O'Donnell reprised the role from the prior film, Batman Forever. Check out a segment from the interview below: I auditioned for Robin in Batman and Robin with Joel Schumacher. It’s strange really because for every one part you get, you lose out on twenty -- rejection, you get used to that pretty early, but you still want to know why, you want to know details. Why? Why don’t they want me? You’re in competition with so many actors, you
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Being Flynn,’ ‘The Snowtown Murders’ and ‘Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie’ Alternatives

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently streaming on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Being Flynn, The Snowtown Murders, and Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.

This Friday theaters will be filled with pairs of men, from a couple of kooky comedians, to an estranged father-son team, and a duo of deadly Aussies. But if these new releases aren’t enough to satisfy your craving for chills, laughs and heartwarming moments, we’ve got you covered with some of the best selections Now Streaming.

Based on Nick Flynn’s poignant memoir, this drama centers on his time volunteering at a homeless shelter, and how it led to an unexpected reunion with his estranged father. Paul Dano and Robert De Niro co-star; Paul Weitz directs.

Want more memoir-based dramas?

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) Dito Montiel
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Netflix Nuggets: Heartless Winged Mutants from Heaven

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.

This Week’s New Instant Releases… Title: Black Heaven (2010)

Streaming Available: 04/12/2011

Cast: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Louise Bourgoin, Melvil Poupaud, Pauline Etienne, Pierre Niney, Ali Marhyar, Patrick Descamps, Pierre Vittet, Swann Arlaud, Francesco Merenda

Director: Gilles Marchand

Synopsis: While searching for the owner of a missing mobile phone with his girlfriend, Marion (Pauline Etienne), Gaspard (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) falls for the mysterious Sam (Louise Bourgoin), who draws him into a dangerous virtual-reality video game, where she provokes unsuspecting victims into killing themselves. Directed by Gilles Marchand, this intense French drama alternates between real-life events and those within the simulated computer world. Title: Heartless (2009)

Streaming Available: 04/12/2011

Cast: Jim Sturgess, Clémence Poésy , Noel Clarke, Luke Treadaway, Justin Salinger,
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Holt McCallany, star of the hit FX show 'Lights Out' talks about the journey to becoming Patrick 'Lights' Leary - Video (IrishCentral)

Holt McCallany , who had just come from appearing on Good Day New York to talk about the award he received last week from the American Ireland Fund, swaggered into Cassidy’s Irish pub and restaurant on 55th Street with an air of confidence and presence on Thursday, March 10. He saluted the Irish waitresses one by one before taking his seat for the interview. Wearing a pair of stone wash jeans and a t-shirt that had the words Irish Boxing blazed across the front, McCallany, 46, looked as handsome in person as he does on television, where each week he stars on the FX show Lights Out as Lights Leary, an aging former world heavyweight champion boxer who is diagnosed with pugilistic dementia and struggles with supporting his family. McCallany’s American accent was garnished with a tint of an Irish brogue, but when passion consumed a topic, particularly about time he spent in Ireland,
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Holt McCallany fought for his role in FX’s ‘Light’s Out’ - See Poll & Video (IrishCentral)

Read more: Holt McCallany to play Irish-American heavyweight boxing champ on FX Having played the role of legendary trainer Teddy Atlas in the 1995 TV movie, “TysonHolt McCallany has been fighting to get back in the ring. This Tuesday, on FX, his dream will come true as he steps in the right playing burn-out boxer Patrick “Lights” Leary on “Lights Out”. His character, Leary, is an aging former heavyweight Irish American boxer who is struggling to come to terms with his life after his career. His financial difficulties mean he is toying with a life in the ring or working as a debt collector. His Irish-born father, Michael McAloney won a Tony Award for his production of Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy on Broadway. McCallany had a wealth of experience as a boxer. In his youth he boxed with his brother a Golden Gloves champion boxer. Then in 1995 he stared
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Ifta Academy Puts Music Centre Stage

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The Irish Film & Television Academy (Ifta) has announced details for their inaugural Ifta Music Forum, focusing on Music for the Moving Image, which will take place in Dublin on 4 September 2009. Guests include Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement); Maggie Rodford, MD of the Air Edel Group, one of the world's leading music publishing and production companies; music supervisor/score co-ordinator and director of Hot House Music Becky Bentham, whose credits include 'Mamma Mia!', 'Hotel Rwanda', 'Blood Diamond' and Neil Jordan's latest 'Ondine'; and acclaimed Irish director Kirsten Sheridan, whose feature August Rush received a Grammy and Oscar nomination for its original soundtrack; along with representatives of Oscar winning, ultra low budget feature film 'Once', David Collins (tbc). Other participants and guests include a range of Irish composers from the Music chapter of the Academy and invited experts such as: Ifta
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Danny Dyer: "I'm a sensitive soul"

Danny Dyer has claimed that he is a sensitive person who does not enjoy getting into fights. The Football Factory and Borstal Boy actor told The Sun that he may have a certain image because of his accent and London dialect. Dyer said: "Maybe I've got this image from the way that I speak or because I swear a lot, but I'm a sensitive soul really. I'm not a c***. "The (more)
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Exclusive AfterElton Scoop! NBC's "Southland" includes a gay cop

One of the things we've frequently lamented here at AfterElton.com is that when it comes to the umpteen million cop dramas and crime procedurals dotting the broadcast television landscape, there is nary a male gay cop or detective to be found.

Oh sure, we can be the murder victim (a drag queen or transgender person), the murderer (a closet case), or a witness (distraught partner proving the show is tolerant and diverse), but when it comes to actually carrying a badge, we never seem to be up to the job.

Thanks to NBC's new cop drama Southland, from ER's executive producer John Wells, that's about to change when the show premieres April 9th. That's right, someone in the photo above is gay! Learn more after the jump!

After the Southland panel during Thursday's Television Critics Association in Los Angeles, I spoke with Ann Biderman, an executive producer on the show,
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Michael York's Big Breakfast

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Michael York's Big Breakfast
British actor Michael York loved filming his new movie Borstal Boy (2000) in Ireland - because of the country's traditional big breakfasts. York plays a prison governor in the film, which is based on writer Brendan Behan's book of the same name. He says, "When I first arrived they were doing a traditional Irish breakfast on the set. All those incredible puddings and things - it was a calorific holocaust" York also admits to regularly appearing in French movies, just to sample the cuisine. He adds, "You could be out in the middle of the desert and still have a fantastic meal. It's incredible."

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