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'Love Simon' And 'Pose' Producer Greg Berlanti To Direct/Produce A Rock Hudson Film

When he’s not producing superhero television shows like Arrow and The Flash, Greg Berlanti is championing gay themed stories like Love, Simon and Pose. In fact, Berlanti is the busiest producer in Hollywood with 15 currently airing series under his belt.

And now, he’ll be working on another gay-themed film.

According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has picked up a movie version of the book All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson.

Rock Hudson was an Oscar-nominated actor who worked in Hollywood and stayed in the closet for the majority of his life. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1984 and passed away of AIDS-related complications a on October 2, 1985 at the age of 59.

Eileen Prose interviewed Hudson in April 1984.  During the interview, he told Prose, "I will not be sick."

 

 

Berlanti will be directing and producing the film. He’ll be working alongside Sarah Schechter as representatives of their production company Berlanti Film Corp. and Sherry Marsh for Marsh Productions & Entertainment. And now that the film has been greenlit, Berlanti and Co. are on the search for a writer.

h/t: Deadline

"El Angel" Director Says He Wanted To Make A Gay "Bonnie & Clyde" Out Of A Real Life Crime Story

A gay “Bonnie and Clyde?” count us in!

While many were talking about Chris Pine during the Toronto International Film Festival, there was one Argentinian film that snuck its way into festival goers’ minds.

El Angel is based off of a true story. The film follows a young man named Carlitos Robledo (played by Lorenzo Ferro) in 1970s Argentina. Carlitos grew up loving to acquire other people’s things and that naturally matured into a love of theft . Then during his teenage years, Carlitos met Ramón (played by Chino Darín)l. The two then take off on a life of love, theft, and murder.

Film director Luis Ortega wanted to represent this real-life love story while putting it through a deceivingly beautiful gay love story lens.

Think of it as “Bonnie and Clyde” meets “Call Me By Your Name.”

But again, this film is based off of a real-life pair of crime partners.

“One of my best friends got to interview the real Carlitos in prison,” Luis Ortega told Remezcla. “He ended up writing a wonderful book about his life, and I fell in love with the idea of completely rewriting this story and making it my own.”

Ortega loved the idea of a crime film about a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

“I was intrigued by what our idea of a criminal is. That the profile of a criminal is of an ugly, black, big-nosed, big-eared man, so when this cute mamma’s boy turns up people realized that there can be killers among us, and they can be good looking.”

As for the gay romance found in the film, it is slightly fictionalized as news sources never fully explored the idea when the real Carlitos was at his height of crime.

That said, Rodolfo Palacios’ book does leave the implication up to the readers, and Ortega chose to go with it.

“I took it as him being in love with his friend and partner in crime, and wanted to center the film on the love story more than the crime story.”

But did Ortega create a trope in making a villainous LGBTQ character where a real life person’s sexuality was still up-in-the-air?

Or perhaps, Ortega didn’t go too far. The real Calitos and Ramon were not only (allegedly) in love with each other, but were known to show interest in women to a violent extent. Not only did the duo steal and kill, but they also raped three women and shot a newborn baby. But to Ortega, this was too much to put into the film.

“I don’t like going to the movies to see people raping women, shooting them in the face. I wanted to adapt it to my world, my teenager experience, and add a little Bonnie and Clyde.”

Despite any misgivings and about artistic license, this film has received a favorable response from critics. It has even been chosen as Argentina’s submission for the “Best Foreign Language Film” category at the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.

So, is El Angel worth the watch? Does it’s twisted main characters depicted in a lighter tone make for a compelling movie? We’ll have to see as El Angel will premiere in select US theaters on November 9.

h/t: Remezcla

India's Censorship Organization Reverses Ban On Gay Film "Ka Bodyscapes"

Now that homosexuality is legal in the country of India, citizens will start to have better access to LGBTQ films.

In fact, citizens may realize that access to LGBTQ films has already gotten better.

The film Ka Bodyscapes depicts the relationship between a painter, named Haris, an athlete named Vishbu, and a feminist activist named Sia. The story follows the couple, and their friend, as they struggle to find peace in their conservative home.

“In a nutshell, it deals with the struggles of Kerala’s youth to find a space for themselves and for individual freedom,” said writer/director Jayan Cherian according to The Hindu.

“It’s heartening and significant that it’s reaching cinemas when the apex court has struck down the portion of the law that criminalised homosexual relations,” he then added.

Despite being well received by critics and fans of LGBTQ films across the globe, the film caused controversy for it's depiction of Hinduism. In addition, the movie was banned by the Central Board of Film Certification (or the CBFC) for “glorifying homosexuality.”

This is the same censorship board that banned Love, Simon from playing in India because of it's focus on gay romance.

This ruling came before the now famous ruling by India’s Supreme Court that decriminalized gay sex. Now with that ruling a month behind us, the CBFC’s decision has be overruled and Ka Bodyscapes can be distributed in the country.

The film officially premiered in the southern state of Kerala yesterday (October 5), and Cherian plans to distribute the film all over the country.

“An artist’s only weapon of resistance is his/her art practice. We need to tell the world that we are alive and refuse to be cowed down.”

h/t: The Hindu

First Look Of Trick Sequel Shows Mark's Just As Hot (And Shirtless) As In The First Film

We’re getting a first look at the production a gay classic's sequel, and it’s of a shirtless man.

Last month, we shared with you the fact that a sequel to 1999 film Trick was heading into production.

Trick followed two New Yorkers, office temp/aspiring musical composer Gabriel and go-go dancer Mark, as they explored the city in the attempt to find a spot to hookup. In the end, they ended up falling in love.

Now with the sequel heading our way, we are excited to see those characters, and a few small roles like Drag Queen Coco Peru, reappearing in our lives, but this time they’ll also explore the city of Los Angeles.

Now, the official Instagram account for the sequel film has released a “first look” at two of the movie’s cast members and we’re happy to see it!

In the photo, we see Coco Peru hanging out with a shirtless J.P. Pitoc. It seems Pitoc’s character Mark is up to his old tricks as he’s shirtless once again, and we’re loving it.

Are you as excited as we are for the Trick sequel?

Despite only recently doing it’s table read, the film’s director, Jim Fall, announced that Trick 2 will premiere in 2019. The film will then come out just in time to celebrate the 20-year-anniversary of the original film.

We can’t wait!

New Short Film "Just Me" Sees Philip Olivier Playing Closeted Gay Man

Former soap star Philip Olivier is getting ready to premiere in a leather-filled short film.

You might remember Olivier for acting in the early 2000s tv series Hollyoaks: In the City. There, he played Adam, the sexually conflicted teacher and roommate of the main characters.

Now, Olivier is playing another conflicted man in a short film titled “Just Me.” This time, he plays a closeted gay man who finds himself in a leather club.

More specifically, Scott (Olivier) is preparing to get married but Connor (played by Carl Loughlin), a stranger from his past, turns up on his doorstep to make him question his future wedding plans.

The short film, written by James Mallen and Thom Sean Hughes and directed by Mickey Jones, started filming in August and has just released first look photos from the production. Also, the film’s official Facebook page says the movie will be “coming out of the closet soon.”

Armie Hammer Is Sure A Call Me By Your Name Sequel "Will Happen"

Armie Hammer says there’s definitely a Call Me By Your Name sequel in the works.

While speaking to Variety at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Hammer shared that he knows that creatives are working on the sequel to the 217 hit film.

“It will happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen.”

But, Hammer said that he’s not personally involved with the film at this time. Even further, he has been told to tell very little about the project.

“How much do I know and how much could I tell you are two very different things,” he said.

“More than anything I trust the artistic direction to Luca and [novelist] André Aciman and to those guys who did such a good job handling it the first time around,” he also aded before saying, "I know a lot, but I can’t tell you anything.”

At the start of this year, film director Luca Guadagnino spread the idea that the sequel would follow an older Elio as he experienced the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s.

“I think Elio [Timothee Chalamet] will be a cinephile, and I'd like him to be in a movie theater watching Paul Vecchiali's Once More. That could be the first scene [in the sequel],” Guadagnino said on the subject.

That said, screenwriter James Ivory later shared his doubts about the possibilities of a sequel while at the BAFTA awards.

“I heard about it. I don’t know how you could make such sequels if they’re far in the future.”

He added: “It’s not possible to make Timothée [Chalamet] look likes he’s 40. All the make-up in the world and the rest of it and changing voice is not going to do it. I don’t know how.

“No one has contacted me. You have to think, ‘What does André Aciman think about that?’ It’s his creation. No one seems to know how he feels about it.”

Now that Armie Hammer confirms that plans are being made for a sequel, we can be sure that director Guadagnino and a few other creatives/executives are in favor of continuing the story. That said, projects are created all the time and fail to become reality.

While Hammer has confirmed the film is, at least, a living project right now, us fans should remain patient and wait it out in the darkness.

Gay Thriller "The Breeding" Released in Theaters (As Its Lead Faces Murder Charges)

The creators of popular gay web series Drama Queenz are gearing up for the theatrical and digital release of their gay thriller.

Novo Novus Productions released the trailer for The Breeding back in April, but they are just now getting ready for the theater debut of the film.

The movie follows Thomas (played by Broadway dancer Marcus Bellamy), an artist with a kink for BDSM. He meets a man named Lee (Joe MacDougal) at an art gallery. While the two initially engage in consensual race play, their relationship soon takes a much darker turn.

According to Meaww, the theme of the film focuses on race relations in the LGBTQ community, and how civility among humans is fickle in the wake of our primal desires.

 "The idea for The Breeding came from an art piece on Harmen van den Bogaert, a slave master in the pre-Civil War era, accused of sodomy with his slave,” explained film writer and production company co-founder Dane Joseph.. “The crime was punishable by death so master and slave fled and later died on the run, falling through a frozen lake. The artist envisioned their plight as a forbidden love story. I felt it to be a problematic interpretation and so I began research on master-slave relationships. It led to my discovering BDSM, where racially charged situations and language are used during cross-cultural sexual encounters. My mind began to wonder how people of color could reconcile that sort of behavior, considering the horrific past from which the practice stems."

 

 

Another interesting, ironic, and horrifying note is that lead star Marcus Bellamy is currently facing real-life murder and manslaughter charges for the alleged killing of his boyfriend.

The film was shot a few months before Bellamy admitted to committing the crime in 2016, according to Raynbowaffair.

 

 

“Never could any of us have imagined that something like this would happen,” said director Daniel Armando. “Dane and Marcus went to high school together. Dane introduced Marcus to Manhattan when Marcus first started at Juilliard.”

“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for Dane and everyone in the cast, reconciling what our friend has done and sending prayers to the family affected by the tragedy. We’re still piecing it all together and, more than anything, want to send positive love and light to everyone impacted.”

Despite this unfortunate event, the film has continued its distribution. This includes appearing in a few film festivals such as the HBO NY Latino Film Festival and the 2018 Harlem International Film Festival, where it won the “Best Feature” award.

Now, The Breeding will have a limited theatrical run starting on September 7 in Los Angeles. Afterwards, it will release on DVD and digitally on September 11.

h/t: Meaww, Raynbowaffair

Amandla Stenberg Says She's Working To Create More Black And Gay Stories In Hollywood

Hollywood actress Amanda Stenberg says she wants to help create more black and gay narratives.

“Just because we have ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Love, Simon’ doesn’t mean we’re anywhere close to where we need to be,” she said. “But I think that they’re incredible first steps, they’re revolutionary first steps and the result is diversity even within those categories of identity.”

The “Everything, Everything” and “Hunger Games” star recently spoke with Variety about her upcoming project “The Hate U Give.”

In “The Hate U Give,” which is based off of a novel with the same name, Stenberg plays lead character Starr, a young woman who grows up in a black neighborhood but then attends a predominantly white school. The inciting incident for the film’s conflict happens when Starr’s childhood best friend Khalil is shot by a police officer while she sits in the car beside him.

 “I walked away from the set with a little bit of residual trauma because these are real people, real experiences, there are families that have their kids shot and killed by police.”

“I hope that it makes people think,” she said of the film. “And really understand the experience of the black community. There’s such a power when people have empathy through on-screen narratives. I feel like it’s starting to change and it’s really exciting to see that change.”

In terms of creating black and gay narratives, Stenberg has done so ever since her viral video talking about cultural appropriation back in 2015.

Afterwards, she used that attention to kickstart projects like bisexual short film “Blue Girls Burn Fast,” her music video for the cover of Mac DeMarco’s “Let My Baby Stay,” and ongoing comic series Niobe.

Then on a personal level, Amandla experimented with labels for her won identity and sexuality. She played around with labels such as bisexual and gender-fluid before deciding on the label of being gay.

Through all that, she has remained an advocate for LGBTQ/Black entertainment and stories, and it looks like she won’t quit anytime soon.

h/t: Variety

HIV/AIDS Epidemic Film "1985" Has Released Online

The trailer of the upcoming film 1985 has dropped and we’re excited to see the final project.

1985, by director Yen Tan, follows a young man returning to his childhood home with the intention to say goodbye.

At the start of the film, main character Adrian has recently lost his lover to AIDS and is struggling with the disease himself. He then decides to visit his family in Texas before it’s too late.

There, he reconnects with is parents, his childhood friend Carly (played by Jamie Chung) and his younger brother, who might be gay himself, Andrew (played by Aidan Langford).

According to the Daily Beast, Tan based his film off of a 2016 short he made and he based that off of his experiences working at a viatical settlement firm. There, he witnesses many gay men living with HIV or AIDS.

As the Daily Beast wrote:

“By the nature of the job, men revealed details about the relationships they had—or more often, didn’t have—with their families. Often, Tan felt confused. Why would this gay man whom his family disowned still name his father as his beneficiary? And then there was one patient whose offhand comment stuck with him, two decades later, planting the seed from which 1985 eventually grew: ‘The saddest thing is when the family doesn’t know.’

“A lot of those things that happened at that job didn’t quite click until the last few years when I’m revisiting memories of it,” Tan tells The Daily Beast. “When I was coming out, it was an exciting thing for me to enter that world. But at the same time I was working at a job interacting with people who were coming to the end of their lives, making end-of-life arrangements. I think the things people were telling me back then, I understood it, but it didn’t quite hit me on an emotional level until I got older.”

But that's not all. Gotham star Cory Michael Smith will be staring in the lead role.

Plus, Smith came out as queer while promoting the film.

“There’s something special about telling a story that feels closer to home,” Smith, who identifies as queer, tells The Daily Beast. “I’m not exactly like The Riddler in real life.

“I’m from Middle America,” he says. “I’m from Ohio. I’ve been living here [in New York] for a while, and there are stretches when I don’t see my family often. Going home and that whole charade is very familiar. The first family dinner after a while. Coming out to a family, the fear of that.”

And how will Adrian handle his last visit with his family? We'll find out on October 26 when the film releases in the US. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer below:

h/t: The Daily Beast

A Sequel To The 1999 Film "Trick" Is In The Works

A classic gay film is getting a sequel.

Trick was a 1999 film following a night of romance between office temp/aspiring musical composer Gabriel and go-go dancer Mark. The movie shows the two going through a series of misadventures as they try (and fail) to find a place to connect physically and then subsequently connect emotionally.

Now according to Hornet, a sequel to this film is in the works.

Writer/Director Jim Fall has announced that he’s written a script for the upcoming film, which will be based in Los Angeles and have drag queen Coco Peru (who appeared in the original) in the movie.

Fall made this announcement through a non-public Facebook post on Thursday, and says the film should be out in 2019. This will be just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original film.

Any more details about the story are currently unknown, but the fact that Coco Peru will be appearing and that the story be located in Los Angeles give us some clues.

Perhaps the famed comedian will have another starring cameo such as the last movie where she acted as a foil towards the romance of Gabriel and Mark. That said, the inclusion of Coco Peru doesn’t confirm whether the story of Gabriel and Mark will be continued in this second film or not.

We’ll find out in 2019.

h/t: Hornet

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