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Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers #27: David France, 'How To Survive A Plague'

Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers #27: David France, 'How To Survive A Plague'
David France, a contributing editor to New York magazine, has had three of his published pieces of work (they've appeared everywhere from GQ and Vanity to Rolling Stone and Glamour, where he served as national affairs editor) turned into films for Showtime Network ("Thanks for a Grateful Nation," "Soldier's Girl" and "Our Fathers" - for which he helped develop the script and co-executive produced). Now "How To Survive A Plague" marks his debut as a director, and the story -- about how activists helped find drugs that stopped AIDS from being death sentence -- will be published in book form in 2013. France notes the timing coincidence of the appearance of HIV and the birth of the camcorder, saying "AIDS activism became the first social movement to film itself. And the images that were captured from back then immediately transport the viewer to a challenging and almost forgotten time in our history.
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Casting Bits: James Franco Out of ‘The Iceman’, Tom Felton and Tony Curran in ‘Labyrinth’, Troy Garity in ‘Gangster Squad’

Casting Bits: James Franco Out of ‘The Iceman’, Tom Felton and Tony Curran in ‘Labyrinth’, Troy Garity in ‘Gangster Squad’
[1] It feels like James Franco is attached to pretty much everything these days, but now there's one less Franco project we have to look forward to. According to JustJared.com [2], the star has pulled out of The Iceman, a biopic of Mafia hitman Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski. Franco was lined up to play Robert "Mr. Softee" Pronge, the "mentor assassin" to Kuklinski (Michael Shannon); Ray Liotta and Maggie Gyllenhaal were also set to star in the picture, by director Ariel Vroman. However, with Franco gone, "it looks like this project might fall apart," a source told the site. Details of Franco's exit have not been revealed, although the same source blames "key contractual issues that didn't involve financial terms." The rest of the cast sounds too interesting to waste, so I'm hoping the movie can still come together out even without Franco's involvement. If not, well, there's always The Ice
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Casting: Expendables 2, Squad, Corrections

The Expendables 2

Mickey Rourke's commitment to "In Bruges" writer/director Martin McDonagh's new project "Seven Psychopaths" may mean he won't be involved in the currently shooting "Expendables" sequel. [Source: Deadline]

Gangster Squad

Troy Garity ("Soldier's Girl," "Sunshine") has joined the cast of Ruben Fleischer's period crime pic "The Gangster Squad" at Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow.

Garity will play a one-eyed hitman dispatched by Sean Penn's gangster character to kill cops played by Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin. Shooting is currently under way in Los Angeles. [Source: Variety]

The Corrections

Dianne Wiest is has booked the female lead and Chris Cooper is in talks to join HBO's adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's 2001 best-seller "The Corrections". The story follows an elderly Midwestern couple and their three adult children who all lead complicated lives.

Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) and Scott Rudin (The Social Network) are executive producing the project which Baumbach and Franzen will pen.
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Cinema de Gym: 'Bandits'

Kurt here from Your Movie Buddy. In my attempt to tone up and shed a few (as I feared, the life of a writer can be waistline-hazardous), I've found new inspiration. The gym I attend has a theater in the back where, instead of watching The View with headphones, you can do your cardio in the dark with a daily film that plays on a loop. It's surely not the place to go if you're looking to catch up on your Bergman or Powell & Pressburger, but, by god, at least it's something. Even with a trainer who kicks my ass and drafts a new routine each month, I'll take all the incentives I can get.

On that note, I've opted to use this extra motivator as a writing opportunity – a chance to chime in on the gym's staff picks and voice the opinions that brew while I'm huffing it on the elliptical.
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Thumbs Down! "At The Movies" Ends Its Run. How Did Gay Movies Fare?

This week is the final airing of the syndicated movie review program At The Movies, marking a true end-of-an-era for those of us who grew up eagerly anticipating the weekly thumb wrestling of critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.

In September of 1975 Chicago Tribune writer Gene and Chicago Sun-Times writer Roger were reluctantly paired for the monthly PBS show Opening Soon at A Theater Near You, which ran for two seasons before being renamed Sneak Previews.

The show became a huge hit for PBS, which decided to syndicate it with Gene and Roger remaining as hosts until 1982, when contract negotiations fell through. They were replaced by liberal commentator Neal Gabler and human block of wood Jeffrey Lyons, who would become best known for siring a quote whore (more on that later.)

Gabler left after three years, unhappy with the direction of the show, and was replaced by Michael Medved, who
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Frank Pierson to Write 17 Days of Winter

Frank Pierson writing 17 Days of Winter Madmedia Entertainment has tapped Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Frank Pierson (Dog Day Afternoon, Cool Hand Luke, Presumed Innocent) to pen their epic Korean War drama, 17 Days of Winter, helmed by veteran 3-D director, Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth).

17 Days of Winter is a story of personal triumph, courage and universal humanity set against the backdrop of the brutal, 17 day battle where 12,000 U.S. Marines and soldiers, known today as "The Chosin Few," faced overwhelming odds and deadly sub-zero temperatures, while outnumbered by 120,000 Chinese troops behind enemy lines in a battle for the soul of a nation.

Academy Award winner Frank Pierson (Dog Day Afternoon) comes to the project having most recently won a WGA award for the Emmy Award-winning AMC series, Mad Men. Mr. Pierson is also a two-time Peabody Award winner for direction (Truman, Soldier's Girl), a former president of
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Ask the Flying Monkey! (October 12, 2009)

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Send it to aftereltonflyingmonkey@yahoo.com! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: Can you please help us get more details on Luke Macfarlane's involvement in a Canadian movie Iron Road? He plays a straight guy who falls in love with a woman who was disguised as a boy and has a total nude scene which is gorgeous and sexy. -- Bclee

A: Who is this, the publicist for Iron Road? You’re a smart one. By getting me to publish your email on AfterElton.com, you should sell at least a few thousand extra copies of the movie.

Charlotte Sullivan and Luke Macfarlane in Iron Road

Iron Road, a $10 million Canada/Chinese production, tells the sad story of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and of the many Chinese workers who were tricked into slavery and lost
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Rental Queue Alert: Australia, Ashes of Time, Wonder Woman

Calling out sick never quite works for me...confessions of a blogaholic, I guess. Here are today's new DVDs. (Links go to Netflix for your ease of queue'ing)

The Must See

Ashes of Time Redux I once tried to watch a copy of Ashes of Time before the "reworking" and the image quality was so bad that I gave up after five minutes. Who wants a Wong Kar Wai movie with its visuals compromised? Nobody who knows how ravishing his imagery is, that's who. I'm thrilled to have a real go at this swordsmen drama starring the unbeatable Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and his two greatest screen lovers: Happy Together's Leslie Cheung and In the Mood for Love's Maggie Cheung. Plus there's Tony's frequent co-star and offscreen wife Carina Lau, Jacky Cheung and the legendary Brigitte Lin (The Bride With White Hair). Yes please sextupled.

Your Other Options

I've Loved You So Long
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Lake City: Movie promo plus trailer

 Lake City, stars Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity (Soldier's  Girl), Rebecca Romijn (X-men), Dave Matthews (You Don't Mess With The Zohan), Keith Carradine (Dexter), Drea De Matteo (The Sopranos), Allison Sarofim (The Nanny Diaries) and newcomer Colin Ford. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, is an intense Southern drama about a mother (Spacek) and son (Garity) who reunite under desperate circumstances; years after a family tragedy drove them apart.  Once together, they are forced to sort out their past and escape a dangerous situation in the present. It's opening in San Francisco and Austin this week from Screen Media Films.  Go here for release schedule.
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R.I.P. Pushing Daisies

David Frank knows more than you. Care to disagree? News broke last Friday that the suit-bots at ABC cancelled "Pushing Daisies." Oh excuse me, they "didn't order new episodes." Which is like saying, "I didn't shoot you in the head. I just injected it with a large deposit of lead." Note to ABC suit-bots, if you're going to cancel the best show on your Disney-fried network, please have the decency to be blunt about it. Yes, "Pushing Daisies" was the best show ABC had (okay, I don't watch "Lost," but if I wanted constant, painful cock teasing every week I'd visit Mistress Alexis on the corner of Wilson and J street). In fact, "Pushing Daisies" was arguably the finest hour-long show debuted in the last several years. To sum it up in a lazy chain of descriptions: It was charming, funny, heartfelt, inventive, and visually brilliant. And I loved every minute of it.
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Hollywood's Ball-less Decision: Kidman as a Transsexual Male

Hollywood's Ball-less Decision: Kidman as a Transsexual Male And you thought it was a gutsy choice... David Frank knows more than you. Care to disagree? Gasp! Nicole Kidman plans to marry Charlize Theron and go faux-tranny in The Danish Girl. Yep, nut-less Kidman will jump in the role of Einar Wegener, the first man who underwent a sex-change operation. Hurry, someone grab James Lipton and his 10-foot tall stack of note cards. What a courageous, novel choice on the filmmaker.s part! And how titillating! Ooo-la-la. Kidman and Theron and the more than likely artsy-fartsy sex scene. I hope MrSkin.com is adding some more bandwidth. Yep, those are the two main strains of opinions bellowed across the web when news of Kidman's casting broke. Either shock and fawning or pure meat-head mentality. What you didn't hear was many people calling bullsh*t on the casting. Well, bullsh*t, bullsh*t and bullsh*t.
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