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50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1990's 'Companion,' shipped

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1990's 'Companion,' shipped

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 19, 2021

Despite the smaller independent film 'Parting Glances' having preceded it by a few years, 'Longtime Companion' hit strong with a wide national release, becoming essentially the first largely-viewed AIDS-themed narrative film of the decade.

Harvey Guillén: from funny house to vampire familiar

Harvey Guillén: from funny house to vampire familiar

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 18, 2021

In contrast to his role as a human in the hit comedy vampire series 'What We Do in the Shadows,' Harvey Guillén is also the voice of a new character in Disney's 'Mickey Mouse Funhouse.' He shared his experiences developing diverse characters.

The Lost Leonardo: art world discoveries and deceptions

The Lost Leonardo: art world discoveries and deceptions

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 17, 2021

Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance genius and now a global brand, takes a back seat to his artistic creation in the spellbinding new documentary, 'The Lost Leonardo,' about the queer journey of the painting 'Salvator Mundi.'

Seriously cinematic: Outfest LA's choice flicks

Seriously cinematic: Outfest LA's choice flicks

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 10, 2021

Outfest LA will be held August 13-22 with outdoor events, indoor screenings for vaccinated attendees, and streaming for those wishing to experience the festival from their own home. The nearly 200 hand-picked films represent every genre.

'Pray Away' documentary investigates 'ex-gay' scam

'Pray Away' documentary investigates 'ex-gay' scam

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 9, 2021

The Ryan Murphy-co-produced documentary examines the history of the "ex-gay" movement, from mass prayer sessions to current interviews with those who attest that (no surprise) praying away homosexuality doesn't work.

Udo Kier on his 50-year career and 'Swan Song'

Udo Kier on his 50-year career and 'Swan Song'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Aug 3, 2021

At age 76, gay German actor Udo Kier is having the time of his life, because he has just played the role of a lifetime. Kier stars in Todd Stephens' acclaimed new film 'Swan Song' as gay retired Sandusky, Ohio hairdresser.

Zola: Let me call you Tweetheart

Zola: Let me call you Tweetheart

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Aug 3, 2021

Based on the tweets of Aziah "Zola" King and David Kushner's article 'Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted,' the film adaptation is original, immediate, fresh and futuristic.

Watch Marc Huestis' 1982 film 'Whatever Happened to Susan Jane?' free online

Watch Marc Huestis' 1982 film 'Whatever Happened to Susan Jane?' free online

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 1, 2021

Marc Huestis' eccentric and campy film 'Whatever Happened to Susan Jane' embodies the early 1980s of New Wave, drag queens and wild characters through the misadventures of runaway Virginia housewife. Watch it free online.

Todd Stephens' 'Swan Song' of joy

Todd Stephens' 'Swan Song' of joy

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 28, 2021

Todd Stephens, the writer-director of the acclaimed new film 'Swan Song,' discusses the culmination of his 'Sandusky trilogy,' working with actor Udo Kier, and returning to his hometown to film the unique gay "comeback" tale of a retired hairdresser.

Swan Song: remembrance of things past

Swan Song: remembrance of things past

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 27, 2021

Inspired by a true icon, 'Swan Song' stars Udo Kier as Mr. Pat, the formerly famous hairdresser known for the magic he worked with a brush, a comb, and hairspray on the heads of Sandusky socialites.

Guilt vibration: Mark Wahlberg in 'Joe Bell,' a well-intentioned but unsteady melodrama

Guilt vibration: Mark Wahlberg in 'Joe Bell,' a well-intentioned but unsteady melodrama

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 20, 2021

In many ways, the new film 'Joe Bell' is Hollywood do-goodism at its worst. We're to view homophobia through the angst of a guilt-ridden parent in a shallow lopsided perspective that winds up becoming an elongated PSA.

Protests and produce: The Lavender Tube on sports, 'Gossip Girls,' 'Unforgotten' and 'Banana' & Emmy noms

Protests and produce: The Lavender Tube on sports, 'Gossip Girls,' 'Unforgotten' and 'Banana' & Emmy noms

  • by Victoria A. Brownworth
  • Jul 13, 2021

Our erudite TV columnist covers Olympic controversies, Valerie Bertinelli's slap-back to fat-shamers, the 'Gossip Girls' reboot, and Russell T. Davie's oh-so-gay 'Cucumber' etc. series refreshed for U.S. audiences.

Jewish Filmfest includes compelling LGBTQ stories

Jewish Filmfest includes compelling LGBTQ stories

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jul 13, 2021

San Francisco's Jewish Film Festival will present more than 50 films from over 20 countries. Now in its 41st year, 2021's program has "something for everyone," including six films addressing LGBTQ stories.

New lease on life: Eytan Fox's 'Sublet' moves in

New lease on life: Eytan Fox's 'Sublet' moves in

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 6, 2021

Newly released on home video, 'Sublet,' Eytan Fox's latest film breaks new ground for the writer/director by featuring an American actor, John Benjamin Hickey, in the lead role. His Tel Aviv sublet introduces us to Tomer (Niv Nissim).