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Watch Netflix's Gay Romance Short Film To Celebrate Gay Love In India

Netflix celebrated gay love and romance with a beautiful short film.

This is the first Valentine’s Day after India’s Supreme Court ruled that the British colonial era law Section 377 was unconstitutional. This then legalized homosexuality and allowed gay couples to be open about their love. In order to celebrate this love, Netflix India released a video depicting a gay male romance.

“We made a sweet Valentine’s Day video because we couldn’t write everyone a personalized letter about why we love them.” said Netflix India on Twitter.

The short film, which was released on YouTube, is untitled but was directed by Reema Sengupta. The video shows two men falling in love and enjoying everyday events like going to parties and taking public transport. The message is to celebrate love in its glory and in its everday-ness.

This isn’t the only celebration that’s happening in India over gay love and romance. According to Gay Star News, Uber India joined the love by starting a campaign for a rainbow heart emoji. It also changed its route map to rainbow colors.

“Let’s celebrate our first Valentine’s Day for all with a symbol everyone can embrace,” the company tweeted.

“It’s time for an inclusive heart that celebrates the many shades of love.”

Though, this could possibly be a ploy for Uber India to gain approval, and customers, from LGBTQ people.

We reported to you last month that gay businesses are trying to get the attention of the emerging gay consumer base. While it’s nice that Uber India and Netflix India are showing the love, we have to wonder if they really care or if they just want our money. We’ll see whether they’re committed to us or our wallets in due time.

h/t: Gay Star News

Sony Pictures Bought Distribution Rights To Argentinian Gay Adoption Film "Los Adoptantes"

A new film about gay fathers and adoption is on the way.

According to Variety, Sony Pictures Television has bough the rights to distribute Los Adoptantes or The Adopters in Latin America.

Los Adoptantes follows Diego Gentile and Rafel Spregelburd as a gay couple on the journey towards meeting their future child. Tv show host Martin is desperate to be a father, despite his partner Leonardo being against the idea. Then, a longtime friend of Martin’s, a female athlete and participant in his therapy group, asks him to be her sperm donor. The three then undergo a journey towards parenthood.

Sony is set to release the Argentinian film in three Latin American territories, excluding Argentina itself. Then talks are underway with FilmSharks Intl., the film’s sales agent, for getting the film distributed across the U.S., Spain, the U.K., and Germany.

While this is all going on, the film is still in post-production. The movie was conceptualized by director Argentine Daniel Gimelberg, who is gay and adopted himself. Gimelberg also had the help of his co-director Catalan auteur Cesc Gay.

We’ll keep you updated for when the film is picked up for distribution anywhere outside of Latin America.

h/t: Variety

Comedian Billy Eichner's Latest Project Is A Gay Romantic Comedy

A gay romantic comedy is on the way.

Deadline reports that Emmy nominated comedian and actor Billy Eichner is writing and signed to star in an untitled gay rom com.

So far, the story follows two men with commitment issues who decide to try out a relationship together. The film was greenlit by Universal and will be directed by Neighbors director Nick Stoller. In addition, Judd Apatow’s Apatow Productions will co-produce along with Stoller’s Global Solutions company.

Billy Eichner has several projects coming up. First, he is voicing Timon the meerkat for the “live action” Lion King. Eichner even shared with Andy Cohen that Beyonce and Donald Glover will sing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” during the film.

In addition, Eichner will also star alongside Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, and Shirley MacLaine in the Christmas comedy film Noelle. That film will go directly to Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+.

Then, of course, Eichner remains a star on the small screen with appearances on the second season of Netflix’s Friends From College (which was co-created by Nick Stoller). He also appeared in the eighth season of American Horror Story and is celebrated for his sketch series Billy on the Street.

But back to this untitled gay rom com. This is the pre-production announcement of the untitled film. As such, there is currently no release date for the project, but it looks like it's full speeds ahead for the movie.

h/t: Deadline

Babadook Creator Jennifer Kent Shares Her Thoughts On The Gay Icon Hysteria

Remember the Babadook? Well, he’s still gay, says the internet. And now, the director thinks so too.

While doing a promotional tour for her newest film, the Nightingale, filmmaker Jennifer Kent was asked about her thoughts on her character being rebranded as a gay icon. Her response, she’s entertained by the idea.

“Of course, I love that story,” she said.

She then added, “I think it’s crazy and just kept him alive. I thought, ‘Ah, you bastard.’ He doesn’t want to die, so he’s finding ways to become relevant.”

The Babadook was a 2014 horror film by Jennifer Kent. The story followed a woman whose child became haunted by the character in a children’s book. As the film continued, the Babadook started to haunt the mother as well and almost drove her insane. The film’s story and monster were ultimately a metaphor for depression and mental illness.

Then in 2017, internet users noticed that someone at the Netflix streaming company had accidently placed The Babadook in the LGBT movies section. This then created the joke that The Babadook monster was a gay icon. People even started to match the creature with Pennywise from IT and calling them a gay power couple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The internet’s a crazy place.

GLAAD And The Blacklist Announce The 10 Best Unproduced LGBTQ Screenplays

GLAAD and the Blacklist have worked together to promote ten original movie scripts with LGBTQ issues and viewpoints.

The Black List is an online database and survey where screenwriters can post their unproduced scripts. Those scripts are then voted on for an annual list of the most popular unproduced scripts that year. The website has become a treasure trove of original stories and many of them have gone on to become big and award winning movies. This includes The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, Argo, American Hustle, The Revenant, Arrival, I, Tonya, Bird Box, Manchester By The Sea, American Sniper, and more.

Wanting to promote the production of original scripts with LGBTQ leads or issues, GLAAD recently joined together with the Blacklist to create their own list.

“There is no more reputable source for discovering quality scripts in Hollywood than The Black List,” said Jeremy Blacklow, GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Media. “The Black List’s commitment to elevating marginalized voices in the film industry is unparalleled and GLAAD is excited to lock arms with them in helping bring diverse LGBTQ stories to Hollywood’s attention.”

"The Black List is thrilled to be working with GLAAD to shine a spotlight on brilliant LGBTQ-inclusive scripts hosted on the Black List and beyond,” said Franklin Leonard the Founder and CEO of The Black List. “We are even more excited by the prospect that this spotlight will vault these films toward production and into theaters around the country and the world, bringing with them a more LGBTQ-inclusive culture and society."

Without further ado, here are the loglines of the top ten scripts:

The Ecdysiasts, by Mary F. Unser - Soon the 13-year periodical cicadas will emerge from underground by the millions, molt and fill the air with their joyous, deafening song. Above ground, 13-year-old Trygg is struggling with his own emergence since the death of his older sister Katie. When lesbian entomologist Allison Armstrong moves in next door, she and Trygg become fast friends and make plans to celebrate the appearance of the cicadas.

The Enclosed, by Chris Basler - In 13th century England, Brigid, an anchoress living a hermetic existence in a church cell, stumbles upon a holy relic that may give her life new meaning — but when a sinister entity after the relic threatens her, she’s forced to confide in an impertinent servant girl with plans of her own.

Me & Tammy Faye at the Betty Ford Clinic, by Pamela García Rooney - The totally MADE-UP story of the unlikely bond between a Latina transgender woman and the queen of Christian televangelism, inspired by the very real life of Tammy Faye.

Paragraph 175, by Diane Hanks -  In the storm of persecution that is Hitler's rise to power, two lovers are torn apart and find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict: one a prisoner in a concentration camp, the other his captor.

Queen, by Harry Tarre - Based on the inspiring true story of the world’s first openly transgender high school Prom Queen, Corey Rae.

Scott, by Anna Rose Moore - After her best friend dies, a success-driven lawyer is left with an unwinnable case – a female inmate’s accusations of rape by her prison guards. She soon uncovers a massive systemic scandal of sexual abuse by prison staff and the network used to cover it up.

Three Months, by Jared Frieder - After being exposed to HIV the weekend of his high school graduation in 2011, a queer teenager from Miami must survive the three months it takes to get tested in this coming-of-age dark comedy about shame and resilience.  

Trouble Man, by David Carlson - The incredible true story of unsung hero Bayard Rustin, the gay African American architect of the Civil Rights Movement and right hand man to Martin Luther King, Jr..

What If?, by Alvaro García Lecuona - An unassertive 17-year-old turns his high school on its head when he asks out his crush, a transgender girl.

Your Boy, by Matt Whitaker - Home for the summer on Long Island, a shy black college student comes out to his oldest and closest friend. But after an internship in Manhattan leads him to an exhilarating gay social scene, the 21-year-old is caught between his newly confident lifestyle and the unpopular straight friend who once knew him best.

Academy-Winner Lee Daniels Announces Plans To Make A Gay Superhero Movie

Academy Award-winning director Lee Daniels wants to make a gay superhero movie.

Two weeks ago, a video went viral of a man doing martial arts moves while wearing pink high heeled boots.

The man behind the video was a Washington D.C. resident and dance teacher named Dremon Cooper. Cooper was trying to jumpstart a social media presence, and it looks like he made a leap of faith straight to stardom.

Not only did Cooper’s video go viral on both Instagram and Twitter, but one famous director saw it and now wants to work with him.

Yesterday, Precious, The Paperboy, and The Butler director Lee Daniels posted a video on Instagram. In it, he sits with his arm around Cooper while saying, “Okay, do y’all remember, maybe 10, 12 years ago, I said my dream was to make a gay superhero film? Well guess what?”

Daniels announces that he’s now working on a superhero film with the intention of making Cooper the star.

“Dreams do come true, and I found my superhero. And America, world get ready ‘cause…”

“I’m about to give y’all a combo,” Cooper adds, quoting a catchphrase from several of his videos.

We suspect that this video is more of an announcement of intention more than an official film reveal. This film is most likely in the earliest of its conception and no where near production yet.

That said, it looks like Lee Daniels is gauging audience interest in the film, and the 21,312 likes and 2,269 comments on the video show that there is some.

Would you like to see a gay superhero film directed by Lee Daniels and acted by Dremon Cooper? Let us know down in the comments.

Classic Chinese Novel Turned Taiwanese Film "The Story Of The Stone" Celebrated For Spotlighting Gay Culture

GagaOOLala does it again.

The Asian LGBTQ film streaming service is trending for its inclusion of a celebrated Taiwanese gay film.

The film, titled The Story of the Stone, focuses on the gay scene and specifically the gay sex scene in the capital city of Taipei. The film is also an adaption of popular Chinese novel called Dream of the Red Chamber.

This adaption however interprets the story with a Taiwanese twist and focuses on the Red House district, which is home to 25 different gay bars, shops, and restaurants. This area includes several different establishments like Karaoke, Leather, S&M, and Bear bars. In addition, several of the bars include an outdoor terrace area where men often look on at pedestrians from above.

Along with celebrating the culture of gay men in this area, the film also takes a hard look at its downsides. From the effects to gay men’s mental states to the increase of drugs and diseases in the area.

“It’s an honest look at gay life in Taipei, and a way for people outside of the LGBTI community to understand that this is actually happening next door without them knowing it,” Benson Wu, organizer of the Taiwan Film Festival in Sydney, told the Star Observer.

“The film explores two characters that both have AIDS and live the same nightclub-driven life, but who make totally different life choices."

“The film speaks for many gay communities in Taiwan who feel like outsiders looking in at the ‘gay lifestyle’.”

The Story of the Stone was celebrated at multiple LGBTQ film festivals such as the Taiwan Film Festival in Sydney, the QFest Houston, and the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival.

Now that the movie has finished it’s run, it can be viewed exclusively on GagaOOLala alongside other favorites like Sodom’s Cat.

You can check out a trailer for the film below.

h/t: Star Observer

Queer Eye Star Karamo Brown Calls Out "Call Me By Your Name" For Its Predatory Nature

Queer Eye’s culture expert Karamo Brown has a thing or two to say about Call Me By Your Name.

While fans are excitedly awaiting the sequel novel to the original book and a potential sequel movie to the 2017 film, Brown says he’s not a fan of the original movie.

Talking to Insider, Brown shares that he’s not fond of the story glorying a relationship with such a clear age difference.

"I’ve worked with many survivors of sexual assault, especially in the LGBTQ community, which often times goes unreported. And so the minute I saw that movie, I thought, ‘Here we are glorifying this sort of relationship,'” he said.

“I know we’re calling him a college student, but it looks like a grown man having sex with a little boy. And for me, I just was not OK with that. And I was like, ‘Why are we pretending like this is OK in any sense? Fashion or form?'”

He then added:

"I haven't read the book, but I understand that the college student character is like, 19 years old [Oliver is 24 in the book]. And so the relationship between him and this 17-year-old boy — I guess it 'makes more sense,' and I'm doing air quotations there," Brown said. "But there is predatory behavior there that I see, especially in the movie, where Armie Hammer looks dramatically older than this young man."

"I think to myself, 'If that was an older man, or a perceived college student who looked that much older with a 16 or 17-year-old girl, we would have all had a hissy fit.' We would have recognized that this is a problem. But for some reason, because it was two men, we're just like, 'Oh, well this is just exploration,'" Brown continued.

This is an argument that’s come around several times since the first trailer for the film dropped. Let's look at what both sides of this argument are saying.

In the novel and movie's story, 17-year-old Jewish-Italian boy Elio is 17-year-old when 24-year-old graduate student Oliver stays at his Italian villa for the summer. In the film, Elio was played by then 20-year-old Timothée Chalamet and Oliver was played by then 29-year-old Armie Hammer.

Many, like Brown, balk at the fictional age difference. After all, a 24-year-old graduate student will have a totally different mindset, world perspective, and place in the world than a 17-year-old. 

Others have argued that during the story's time period, 1983, the age of consent in Italy was 14-years-old. Plus, Slate senior editor Jeffrey Bloomer argues that we shouldn't deny any chance of a loving/consensual relationship based on our own biases.

"We need to resist the revulsion that often comes with thinking about sexual relationships outside the idealized 'charmed circle' (of the straight, married, same-age sort) and consider the specifics of the situation," Bloomer wrote. "That's not to give cover to pedophilia or any other form of violation, but to acknowledge that human desire can be far more complex and intractable than we might like to admit. Not every relationship removed from our comfort zone is abuse."

The film's cast/staff argues that the script doesn't divulge into a “problematic” or “predatory” storyline.

"Outside the context of the movie [that question] makes more sense. But when you see the film and read the book it is so not part of the equation,” Chalamet said in a Metro USA interview last year when asked if there was a predatory nature to the relationship.

He added: “That’s a conversation worth having after people have seen the film. But everyone in my experience who has seen it hasn’t had that conversation. Because the relationship couldn’t be more consensual and full of love.”

While some may feel uneasy with the age difference on paper, the real problem was with the film's depiction of Oliver. Specifically, the real problem is in the casting for the film.

Let’s face it, Armie Hammer just doesn’t look like a 24-year-old. The casting of Hammer ultimately creates this “predatory” and “problematic” look to the film. Because of this, Karamo Brown’s argument is completely justifiable. 

Despite Call Me By Your Name’s well-meaning attempt at exploring sexual awakening and self-realization, the poor casting of the film will eternally upend it.

'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

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