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23rd Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival Begins June 3rd at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinema

The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival, held annually at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema, is one of the local Jewish community’s most popular and highly attended events of the year. Each year, the festival presents international Jewish films, both documentaries and features that explore universal issues through traditional Jewish values, opposing viewpoints and new perspectives. And each year, the fest packs ‘em in so get there early – it’s first come first serve for seats and those Frontenac theaters aren’t very big. Attendance is always through the roof for this thing, a testament to the group’s marketing and choice of programming. Guest lecturers are brought to the fest to discuss and illuminate the subjects of these films.

The 23rd Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival opens with two exciting films on Sunday, June 3 at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema. The first, Heading Home: The Tale of Team
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Weekly Update for April 13: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami”Films About Women Opening This Week

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Documentary) — Directed by Sophie Fiennes (Opens in NY; Opens in La April 20)

“Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” re-invents the music film as an electrifying journey through the performance, private, and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones, whose bold aesthetic echoes throughout the film. Larger than life, wild, scary, and androgynous — Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister, and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze, and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Sophie Fiennes.

Nana (Documentary) — Co-Written and Directed by Serena Dykman (Opens in NY)

“Nana” documents director Serena Dykman’s journey with her mother, Alice, as they retrace her grandmother’s Auschwitz survival story. Born in Poland,
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Matthew Modine Joins Uzo Aduba in Drama ‘Miss Virginia’ (Exclusive)

Matthew Modine Joins Uzo Aduba in Drama ‘Miss Virginia’ (Exclusive)
Stranger Things” star Matthew Modine is joining Uzo Aduba in the independent drama “Miss Virginia,” playing Congressman Cliff Williams.

The film, to be directed by R.J. Daniel Hanna (“Shelter”), is produced by Erin O’Connor, Rob Pfaltzgraff and Maurice Black of the Moving Picture Institute, Stacey Parks of Media Sparks Entertainment, and M. Elizabeth Hughes. The movie is set to commence production this month in Los Angeles.

Inspired by a true story, “Miss Virginia” follows a struggling inner-city single mother who moves her at-risk son from his dangerous neighborhood school to a safe — but expensive — one. Sacrificing everything but still unable to make the tuition payment, she launches a movement that could vastly improve her son’s future and that of many other children in the community.

Variety first reported Aduba’s attachment in November. She is best known for the role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the Netflix
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Official Trailer for Israeli Drama 'Shelter' Starring Golshifteh Farahani

"I'm here to protect you..." Menemsha Films has debuted a new Us trailer for an Israeli psychological drama titled Shelter, from veteran Iranian filmmaker Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree). Golshifteh Farahani (from Paterson) and Neta Riskin star in this "high-stakes game of deception", about a Mossad agent sent to protect their informant in Hamburg. "The intimacy of the relationship that develops between Mona and Naomi is exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today... Beliefs are questioned and choices are made that are not their own. And yet their fate takes a surprising turn in this suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir." The cast includes Lior Ashkenazi (from Foxtrot), Yehuda Almagor, Doraid Liddawi, and Haluk Bilginer. The bandages on the face are cool, a bit like Phoenix or The Skin I Live In. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Eran Riklis' Shelter, direct from YouTube:
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Nordic Film Market’s Work-in-Progress to Showcase New Films by Odell, Erlingsson, Noer, Stein/Mårlind

Anna Odell’s untitled next project, Michael Noer’s “A Better Life,” Björn Stein, Måns Mårlind’s “Swoon” and Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Woman at War” will be among the 17 features set to be presented as part of the Work-in-Progress section of Goteborg Film Festival’s Nordic Film Market.

Weaving reality and fiction, the untitled Anna Odell feature stars Odell, a provocative Swedish conceptual artist, opposite Mikael Persbrandt (“In A Better World”). Produced by B-Reel Films, the film explores masculin and feminine identity, and marks Odell’s follow up to her feature debut “The Reunion,” a study of ostracism and transgression of social norms. “The Reunion” won prizes at Venice and Stockholm festivals.

Produced by Nordisk Film Production, “A Better Life” is set in 1850s Denmark and tells the tale of an old

farmer, Jens, who must make an unbearable choice in an effort to save his family from starvation. Noer’s feature debut “R,” co-directed by [link
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J.D. Disalvatore, Producer of LGBT Films, Dies at 51

J.D. Disalvatore, Producer of LGBT Films, Dies at 51
J.D. Disalvatore, a leading producer of LGBT films and a gay rights activist, died Thursday at her home in Sherman Oaks after a long battle with cancer, a publicist announced. She was 51.

Disalvatore produced writer-director Jonah Markowitz's Shelter (2007), which won a GLAAD Media Award for best feature film in limited release and in 2012 topped a list of the 100 greatest gay movies of all time.

Her résumé also includes the short film Gay Propaganda (2002), Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds (2006), A Marine Story (2010), Elena Undone (2010) and Perry & Emile (2012).

Disalvatore served as Outfest's...
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‘Modern Family’s’ Aubrey Anderson-Emmons Signs With Abrams Artists Agency

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‘Modern Family’s’ Aubrey Anderson-Emmons Signs With Abrams Artists Agency
Abrams Artists Agency has signed Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Cameron and Mitchell’s daughter on “Modern Family,” TheWrap has learned.

Anderson–Emmons made history at the age of four by becoming the youngest-ever nominee and recipient of a SAG Award for her performance as Lily Tucker-Pritchett on ABC’s hit show “Modern Family.” Last season, she added a third SAG Award to her shelf. Now, at the tender age of seven, she’s working on her fourth year as a series regular.

Also Read: ‘Modern Family’s’ Ty Burrell Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox to Write, Create Comedy
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Interview: "Shelter" Star Trevor Wright On The Movie's Impact, His Gay Fans, And The Future

Trevor Wright photographed by Clinton Gaughran for AfterElton

At 30 years old, Trevor Wright can claim his ride in the entertainment industry has been both varied and very long. He began as a Gap spokeskid who landed a role in Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" video alongside Elijah Wood, and he grew up landing roles on The George Lopez Show, NYPD Blue, Scrubs, and Boston Public. Then came the role for which readers tend to be most appreciative: Zack in Shelter, the 2007 independent gay romance written by the film's director Jonah Markowitz. Wright's innocence and sensitivity in the role helped seal its position in our poll of the 100 greatest gay films ever -- it came in at #1. Yes, ahead of Brokeback Mountain. Anne Hathaway's resentment is palpable.

Wright is currently working on a web series with collaborators Tim Sullivan and Brian McCulley (the director and producer responsible
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Meme: Peter Dinklage Joins "X-Men:Days of Future Past," Chubby Checker Sues Over the Chubby Checker, and Dame Maggie Doesn't Watch "Downton Abbey"

Peter Dinklage has joined X-Men: Days of Future Past in an unknown role, but let's be honest, Dinklage makes pretty much everything better.

GLAAD is meeting with CBS over a transphobic slur on Mike & Molly. Mike described "the she-male incident of '08" to his friend. GLAAD will also address what they call a disturbing trend towards Glbt people on the network, which is always at the bottom of GLAAD's rankings.

Olympian Oscar Pistorious, the man who ran on artificial legs, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend. Details are scarce, but it was either a Valentine's surprise gone wrong or something much darker.

Celebrities including Jessie J, Florence Welch, Ben Drew, Ai Weiwei, Elizabeth Hurley, Paulo Coelho, George Takei, Kelly Osborne, Lara Stone, Stephen Fry, David Walliams, Jamie Oliver and Shane Warne are pricking their fingers and showing a drop of blood for Valentine's Day in support of
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Grimm Review: Cannibals and Kisses

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It only took 11 episodes, but "To Protect and Serve Man" finally began making a hand out of some of this season’s story cards.

But before getting to Monroe, Juliette and Renard, let’s begin with the case.

As much as I tend to complain when Grimm decides to veer back to its procedural roots, tonight’s episode didn’t bother me in the slightest. It could be due to some of the serial arcs this season because they are slow burning, but then that would take away from the genuinely compelling case.

The reason the case was so captivating was because of the ambiguity surrounding Ferren. Even with the context of the Wesen world seven years later, and Hank wanting to do his best to make sure that he leaves no stones unturned before a man is set to death, it’s still difficult to piece together if Ferren
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Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies

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Brace yourselves. This list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies is probably going to generate some howls of protest thanks to a rather major upset in the rankings. Frankly, one that surprised the hell out of us here at AfterElton.

But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.

We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the
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Jd Disalvatore faces cancer battle

Contrary to popular belief, making movies doesn't always mean getting rich. Many filmmakers are freelancers and in the Us, where most people rely on their employers for health insurance, that can be particularly tough. Diagnosed with breast cancer, Jd Disalvatore faces a financial as well as a physical struggle. Fortunately her fans have rallied round to help.

Disalvatore is best known in the UK for festival hit A Marine Story (the story of a soldier, discharged for being a lesbian, who takes on the training of a troubled teenager) but she has also won acclaim for gentle romance Shelter. She has worked as festival director of Outfest in Los Angeles and is widely admired for her short film work. Having famously claimed that she knew she wanted to make films as soon as she was old enough to talk, Disalvatore has also been instrumental in advancing the careers of others.
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Afternoon Delight: Wanda Sykes talks KStew on "Chelsea Lately," Piper Perabo in "Looper"

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Happy birthday to J.K. Rowling and Christina Cox!

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Piper Perabo (Imagine Me & You) makes an appearance in the sci-fi action film Looper, in theaters September 28.

Emma Stone will team up with director Cameron Crowe for an untitled romantic drama. The movie is set to start filming in the fall. Stone's love interest has yet to be cast, may I suggest Ellen Page?

Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez

Last night Wanda Sykes filled in for host Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately. Here's a snippet of what went down during the roundtable, featuring out comedian Fortune Feimster.

The 2012 MTV music award nominations have arrived! Which ladies are in contention for a Moonman? Rihanna, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Beyonce, Carly Rae Jepsen,
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Gay Love Story Weekend Tops North American Per-Theater Average: Box Office

Tom Cullen and Chris New spend the weekend together in Andrew Haigh's Weekend Writer-director Andrew Haigh's gay love story Weekend scored the highest per-theater average this weekend (Sept. 23-25) at the North American box office according to Box Office Mojo. Screening at one New York City theater, the Sundance Selects-distributed Weekend — which, by the way, has nothing to do with Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 film of the same name — grossed an estimated $25,200. For the mathematically challenged: $25,200 at one theater equals a $25,200 per-theater average. Featuring Tom Cullen and Chris New as two gay men who during a seemingly long weekend discover that a one-night stand has metamorphosed into something more profound, the British-made Weekend has been greeted by overwhelmingly positive reviews. Haigh's movie, in fact, has a 96% approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' critics, with Salon's Andrew O'Hehir calling it "one of the bravest, most honest and most accomplished stories of
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Comic-Con 2011: Full Schedule for Friday July 22nd

It seems like San Diego Comic-Con 2011 is right around the corner, and it's going to be one hell of a glorious weekend of geek awesomeness. Comic-Con International has unleashed the full schedule for Friday July 22nd, once again we have a full day of fun and excitement. There's so much I want to see here, including The Amazing Spider-Man, The Walking Dead, Total Recal, Batman: Year One, Locke & Key, Haywire, Raven and more!

I've gone through the list and put exclamation points next to all of the events that we want to cover. Let us know what panels and events you would like to know about and we will try and get them covered for you! If you are actually going to be at the con, what will you be checking out?

GeekTyrant will once again be at Comic-Con in full force this year, bringing you the best maximum super rad coverage.
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International Day against Homophobia & Transphobia: Some Influential Queer Films

To commemorate that yesterday, May 17th, was the International Day Against Homophobia, here’s a spotlight on some influential films in queer cinema (within the last decade or so and in no particular order) that gave way to more visibility and awareness within media and popular culture .

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Who could forget the incredible commercial success that was Brokeback Mountain when this film hit the circuits? This was one of the most successful mainstream gay films up until that point. This adaptation of a short story by Annie Proulx, dubbed by pop culture as ‘that gay cowboy movie’, explored the romance of two tortured men in the American West of the 1960s through to the 1980s. Helmed by Ang Lee, this film launched the careers of stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal into entirely bigger hemispheres and captured the hearts of gay men everywhere while also creating larger exposure on
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Ask the Flying Monkey: Are There Any Out Gay Characters on Children’s TV?

This week: Will there be a sequel to Shelter? What makes an anti-slur word offensive? Are gay foreign films better than American ones?

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Contact me here (and be sure and include your city and state and/or country!)

Q: Hey Arnold, the popular 1990s TV show on Nickelodeon, is known for subtly touching on issues which most, if not all, other children's shows wouldn't touch. For example, one of the character's moms was obviously an alcoholic, and the kids' fourth-grade teacher was gay (this was confirmed by the guy who made the show, Craig Bartlett). Are there any other children's shows with gay characters, whose gayness has been officially confirmed? -- Selina, Suny Oneonta

A: You’re right that creator Craig Barlett did confirm, after-the-fact, that Robert Simmons, Arnold’s second fourth grade teacher (voiced by Frasier’s Dan Butler, an out actor), was gay.
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Brad Rowe discusses his debut on ‘General Hospital’

By Greg Hernandez Brad Rowe checks into the ABC soap “General Hospital” this week in the role of Murphy Sinclair, an internationally famous movie star who is involved with supermodel Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).

Brad is not only a wonderful actor who we loved in the classic gay indies “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss” and “Shelter,” he’s also a straight ally who has been a staunch supporter of Lgbt equality.

He posed for the No H8 campaign and a few weeks back, attended a GLAAD fundraiser in Hancock Park with his wife and son.

That is where we chatted about his “General Hospital” gig.

“I’m the movie star boyfriend of Vanessa Marcil’s character,” Brad began before I interrupted him and asked if he could say her new extended married name of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo.

“I know [her husband] Carmine Giovinazzo!” Brad said. “He was in Billy’s ["Hollywood Screen Kiss"] with me.
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Morning Meme: Westboro vs. Cos-Players, Brad Rowe's Heading To Port Charles, and "Dragon Age" Changes Gay Gameplay

Plus gay gangsters fly commercial, Pixar consults on new Muppet film, and Derrick Martin tells his story.

One year ago today, our community lost a giant of literature, E. Lynn Harris. We are poorer for his passing.

According to the UK tabloid The Sun, we’re in for a new Spice Girls movie. It’s more like a Mamma Mia! Treatment, with their music being used to tell a story, much like the West End musical, Viva Forever. Brits – I have to ask: Is this in retaliation for Justin Bieber? Because you should really blame Canada for that.

When I was younger, being able to make my own glow sticks would have saved me some serious shopping before the weekend.

Dragon Age: Origins has released a major patch, but one of the things it fixes might be considered a bug, especially by the gaymers. Once you apply the patch, the
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Brad Rowe to join ‘General Hospital’ as a famous movie star

By Greg Hernandez We first fell in love with Brad Rowe when he starred opposite Sean Hayes in “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss” then again a few years ago when he starred in one of the better gay love stories ever done: Shelter.

On August 13, Brad checks into the ABC soap “General Hospital” the role of Murphy Sinclair, an internationally famous movie star who is involved with supermodel Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).

In his younger years, Brad was sometimes confused with a real international movie star named Brad whose last name is Pitt!

“It’s definitely been something that’s referenced a lot,” Brad told me back in 2008 while promoting “Shelter.” “I wouldn’t venture to guess whether it’s hurt or hindered me. It’s been something people have latched onto but I think it’s waned as I’ve gotten a little older. Physically, I have changed and he has changed.
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