April 23, 2014

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“Weekend” new trailer

HollywoodNews.com: This outstanding drama was easily the best movie I saw at Outfest this year. It will be released in theaters next month and this new trailer is brilliant because it gives you a very good idea of how really wonderful this film is.
Directed by Andrew HaighWeekend follows Russell (Tom Cullen) who, after randomly picking up an artist Glen (Chris New) at a nightclub on a Friday night, unexpectedly spends most of the next 48 hours with him in bedrooms and bars, telling stories and having sex. As they spend more time together, sharing snippets of their lives, they begin to reveal the things that hold them back as much as push them forward and develop a deep connection that could resonate throughout their lives.
The lead actors seem so natural and so inhabit their roles that you feel like you are eavesdropping on them most of the time. Here is the newest trailer for the movie:

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“Hollywood to Dollywood” documentary starring twins Gary and Larry Lane is a film festival hit

HollywoodNews.com: Hooray for Gary Lane and Larry Lane and their wonderful documentary Hollywood to Dollywood which won the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary and the Directors Choice Award at this year’s Sacramento Music and Film Festival.
The film, directed by John Lavin, has been accepted into 25 film festivals so far – nine of which are non-LGBT festivals. They are in such far-flung places as Edmonton, Canada, Glasgow, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia.
“We are going to as many as we can – even Glasgow Scotand,” Gary tells me. “I know we are speaking to the LGBT youth of Scotland after the screening. We never in a million years thought the film would put us on this platform to speak, and spread the message of love and acceptance.”
The film was a smash when it screened at LA’s Outfest last month (the cast and director are pictured above). If you missed it there, it is also screening at upcoming festivals in Temecula, Long Beach, and Huntington Beach. Go to www.hollywoodtodollywood.com to see the full schedule.
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Thora Birch, Christine Lahti hop on dark comedy “Petunia”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A handful of awards winners have signed up for Ash Christian’s new dark comedy “Petunia.” Thie film begins shooting in New York City later this year.
“Petunia” will star Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Thora Birch (“American Beauty,” “Ghost World”); Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope,” “Jack & Bobby”), Eddie Kaye Thomas (“How To Make It In America”), Michael Urie (“Ugly Bett”y), Brittany Snow (“Hairspray,” “Harry’s Law”), David Rasche (“Burn After Reading”) and newcomer Tobias Segal (Broadway’s “The Miracle Worker”).
The story centers around an offbeat family of New Yorkers who, according to a release, “must come to terms with their own misgivings about life, relationships and the sheer unpredictability of love itself.”
More from the release:
“Petunia” weaves together the lives of brothers Charlie, Adrian and Michael as they unlearn everything their psychoanalyst parents have taught them. While Michael’s cynical wife Vivian discovers she is pregnant, the family is also changing. Charlie’s would-be boyfriend is in a polyamarous relationship with fitness fanatic Robin, and Adrian has developed a unrelenting sex addiction. Meddling parents Felicia and Percy must decide whether to reignite the spark in their relationship or start all over again.
Ash Christian’s feature film debut “Fat Girls” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews and opened in theaters nationwide. Christian won the Outstanding Emerging Talent award at LA’s Outfest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and his film garnered over 11 best picture awards on the film festival circuit. He is currently in post-production on his latest comedy “Mangus!,” starring Jennifer Coolidge, Heather Matarazzo, Leslie Jordan, Deborah Theaker and John Waters. Christian is currently appearing in “The Good Wife” on CBS.
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2010 Greggys: Couple of the Year – Neil Patrick Harris & David Burkta

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Whether they know it or not, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are one of the most high-profile examples of why same-sex marriage should be legal in every state in America.
Neil said of David in an interview earlier this year: “I’m his forever protector, and I’m happiest when he’s happy.”
Together for six years, they so clearly adore each other which is evident in just about every photo you see of these two actors – especially in photos from David’s surprise 35th birthday party in New York City earlier this year.
So many Greg In Hollywood readers responded to photos from that night that I did a separate post on their reactions alone. This is a couple that really touches a cord.
GIH reader Sharon summed it up for many when she commented: “I have so much respect for them. I like the way they represented themselves ,the way the behave, they stand tall, comfortably without being someone hiding in the shadows.:) And after over six years together they still look head over heels for each other – that is refreshing to see – That`s sexy….Wish you many good years together.”
For Neil, it was another banner year professionally as he continued his run on CBS’s ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ guest starred on ‘Glee’ and won an Emmy for his performance (he won a second Emmy this year for hosting the 2009 Tony Awards), filmed another ‘Harold and Kumar’ movie and directed a production of ‘Rent’ last summer at The Hollywood Bowl.
David, whose stage credits include Broadway productions of ‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Play About the Baby,’ has done guest spots on such shows as ‘The West Wing’ and ‘Crossing Jordan’ and appeared several times on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ in the role of Scooter.
But David has turned his attentions to being a chef and put acting on the back burner. Still, he did appear in the short film ‘GaySharkTank.com’ which premiered at Outfest last summer.
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Roland Emmerich to receive the Visionary Award from Outfest

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Outfest will present its annual Legacy Awards at a gala on Oct. 21 and has just announced the recipients which include out director Roland Emmerich whose credits include “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “The Patriot.”
Emmerich will be receiving the Visionary Award in recognition of his contribution to LGBT media visibility.
Also being honored is Fox Entertainment Group which will be awarded with the Guardian Award for the company’s commitment and contribution to the LGBT community.
“We are extremely proud to honor two longtime supporters of Outfest and the LGBT community,” said Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest. “As an out-director of billion dollar Hollywood blockbusters, Roland Emmerich has been Outfest’s largest single champion for the last five years. His generous donations have helped to establish the Legacy Project and his support of LGBT causes have been second to none.”
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Closing thoughts on Outfest 2010

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Still to come are more coverage of the Coming Out In Hollywood panel from Saturday and interviews with some of the Outfest Award winners.
But I wanted to wrap up my daily coverage of Outfest 2010 with some closing thoughts on this year’s event which ended last night.
I found myself too wiped out to make the trek to Ford Ampitheatre for the closing night screening of Spork and the after party at Madame Tussauds. The 8:30 p.m. start time just stretched the weekend a bit too much for your faithful blogger.
Anyway, I saw over two-dozen movies and shorts programs over the 11 days and attended several of the panels.
Greg’s Faves:
Favorite Movies (three-way tie): BearCity, Fit (pictured above), A Marine Story
Favorite Short: Gayby
Favorite Documentary: Out in the Silence
Favorite Panel: A Conversation With Jane Lynch
Seen and Heard:
*** A man inside the lobby of the DGA on Saturday sees Meredith Baxter and says: “I know you from somewhere.” The actress gives him a minute to figure it out then helps him along: “Family Ties?” The guy lights up and says: “That’s it! What are you up to now?” This poor uninformed dude clearly did not know that Miss Baxter had come out publicly last December and was minutes away from being the star attraction at a panel inside the DGA 1 Theatre.
*** I had this exchange with a festival goer as we walked from parking structure to the DGA Theatre: “I really loved An Ordinary Couple. It makes you believe in love.” The guy looked shocked and said: “I hated it. It made ME believe in anonymous sex.”
*** After sitting through the confusing Chinese movie Spring Fever, a guy sitting in my row turned to a friend and said: ‘It was like three bad movies rolled into one!” I could not have agreed more. As much as I wanted to like it – to follow it and understand it – it lost its way about halfway through and so did the audience.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses his first gay kiss on TV

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, an actor who has never shied away from a gay role or gay-themed project, is interviewed by Brandon Voss for The Advocate.
The star of last year’s terrific romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer co-stars with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page in the new flick Inception. I interviewed Joseph at the premiere of Stop-Loss in which he co-starred with Ryan Philippe and Channing Tatum but my fondest memory is meeting him at Outfest about five years ago.
It was around the time he had starred in Mysterious Skin and I had no idea who he was (I did not watch 3rd Rock from the Sun) but the guy I was seeing at the time had a small role in Skin with Joseph and asked me to take a photo of him with the actor.
Anyway, here is a portion of Brandon’s chat with this talented young actor:
When you appeared as Eric’s gay buddy on a 1998 episode of That ’70s Show, you and Topher Grace shared the first gay kiss on North American prime-time TV. Did that feel like a big deal, or was it just another gig?
Oh, I was totally proud of that, and I still am. It was a great bit, and it got a great reaction. More than anything else, though, I remember that it was written very well, because the emphasis wasn’t on it being gay but on making sure the scene worked and was funny. It was great that it showed people it was just a normal thing.
More importantly, was Topher a good kisser?
[Laughs] Probably one the worst kissers I’ve ever kissed. You know, he’s a dude, and girls are awesome to kiss, I gotta say.
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‘Is It Just Me?’ is a great date movie – Outfest 2010

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: If you’ve never been on a date to the Ford Ampitheatre during Outfest, I’ve got the perfect occasion for you: the screening of the sweet romantic comedy Is It Just Me? which screens at the Ford on Saturday, July 16.
It’s always fun to pack a picnic and some wine and show up an hour or so early and eat on the grounds. It’s a really lovely time.
Is It Just Me? is written and directed by JC Calciano who I met a few weeks back. He has put together a very appealing cast for this movie about a writer named Blaine (Nicholas Downs) who is running very low on self- confidence in the guy department.
He meets Xander (David Loren) first at a coffee house then online and they click. But his hunky roomie Cameron’s (Adam Huss) photo appears on the chat page because he had been using Blaine’s computer previously. It becomes a case of mistaken identity.
Blaine wants Cameron to pretend he’s him when he and Xander meet until he can win the guy over with his wit and charm. You have to really engage in some serious suspension of disbelieve to buy that Xander would not quickly figure out that there’s no way Cameron is the man he had connected with so deeply on the phone.
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‘A Marine Story’ is one of the highlights of Outfest 2010

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: With Dreya Weber as the star and a producer along with JD Disalvatore and writer-director Ned Farr behind this film, I knew going in that A Marine Story was probably going to be a pretty good movie.
It turned out to be a superb movie and one that is sure to be one of the highlights of Outfest 2010, The 28th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival which opens Thursday and runs through July 18.
Here’s a synopsis: A Marine Story is set against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy of the United States Military. A decorated Marine officer (Weber) unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen (Paris Pickard) prepare for boot camp. But when the true reasons for her return become known it threatens the future for both of them.
The movie features first-rate acting by Weber and the storytelling and production values are top-notch. We find out through a few key flashbacks why this marine, named Alexandria, is discharged just before she was to have gotten her military pension. She had taken great pains to hide the fact that she is a lesbian – even marrying a fellow soldier – but someone has it out for her.
It’s infuriating this policy and I’m glad there are movies like this dramatizing it.
A superior officer says to Alexandria: “Just so we’re clear, I don’t see how you being a lesbian makes a damn bit of difference … it’s not a matter of unit cohesion or troop morale, it has to do with [gay] marriage.”
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“Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives” a must see documentary

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Really want to get the word out that Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives is now available on DVD. You must see this movie.
You must!
A restored version of this landmark documentary was screened at Outfest in LA in summer 2008 and was the most moving theatrical experience I had all year.
It features 26 people who opened up in front of the camera about their lives; their struggles, their quiet triumphs. What an eclectic group – wonderful group. All so different from each other.
Some of the stories were chilling: the man who was sent to an institution and given shock therapy after he confessed to his wife that he was gay; the woman who lost custody of her children because she was living with her lover; the woman who willingly spent four years as a teenager in a mental hospital in an effort to not be gay, and on and on.
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