Lesbian Interest: Articles

Gay Hollywood on TCM

Considering everything that's been happening on the planet in the last several months, you'd have thought we're already in November or December – of 2117. But no. It's only June. 2017. And in some parts of the world, that's the month of brides, fathers, graduates, gays, and climate change denial. […]

'Black Swan' Movie Review: Natalie Portman 'Visceral' Downward Spiral

'Black Swan' movie with Natalie Portman: Distraught ballerina goes mad. 'Black Swan' movie review: Natalie Portman rises to challenge in 'most mature' Darren Aronofsky effort Darren Aronofsky has one of the most amazing talents for not only crafting impeccable works of fiction but also for framing these works against the […]

New York Film Critics Awards Boost Lesbian Romance & Kristen Stewart Oscar Chances

New York Film Critics Awards: Best Film winner is the lesbian romance 'Carol,' starring Cate Blanchett. 2015 New York Film Critics Awards have enlivened Oscar race Catching up with previously announced awards season winners that will likely influence the 2016 Oscar nominations. Early this month, the New York Film Critics […]

Lizabeth Scott Dead at 92: Film Noir Star & Elvis Presley Leading Lady

Lizabeth Scott dead at 92: Film noir star of the '40s and '50s Lizabeth Scott, a Paramount star in the 1940s usually cast as film noir heroines, died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 31, 2015, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Scott, born (as Emma Matzo) on Sept. […]

James Garner Movies

James Garner movies on TCM: 'Grand Prix,' 'Victor Victoria' among highlights (image: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of “natural causes” at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, […]

Gay Marriage Legal in Utah & Lesbian Movie Wins Two Utahn Awards: Timing is Everything

Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue Is the Warmest Color: timing is everything. Abdellatif Kechiche's sexually charged romantic drama Blue Is the Warmest Color won the 2013 Palme d'Or just as more than 150,000 people took to the streets of Paris to express their righteous outrage at the legalization […]

Norma Bengell: First Actress to Go Full Frontal in Mainstream Films Dead at 78

Norma Bengell and John Herbert in 'As Cariocas' Norma Bengell dead at 78: Iconic (and controversial) Brazilian film, stage, television, and recording star made history as the first actress to be seen naked (full frontal) in a mainstream film Norma Bengell, a sort of Brazilian Jeanne Moreau, Brigitte Bardot, and […]

Lesbian Sex Scenes Turned into Porn? 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Author Julie Maroh vs. Abdellatif Kechiche

Léa Seydoux in Blue Is the Warmest Color. 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' graphic novel writer Julie Maroh discusses Abdellatif Kechiche's film adaptation + lesbian sex scenes Julie Maroh, the author of the graphic novel on which Abdellatif Kechiche's 2013 Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color is based, […]

'Behind the Candelabra': Liberace Movie Near-Record Ratings + Tunisia Islamic Government Congratulates 'Blue' Filmmaker

Behind the Candelabra with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson. 'Behind the Candelabra' HBO Hit: Liberace movie starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon nearly breaks record Behind the Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover-chauffeur Scott Thorson, […]

Lesbian Love Story Wins Palme d'Or

Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in 'Blue Is the Warmest Color.' Lesbian love story Blue Is the Warmest Color wins Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or The 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening. Earlier in the day in Paris, an estimated 150,000 bigots took to the […]

Interracial Gay Romantic Comedy, Oscar Winners as Lesbian Lovers: Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival Awards

Gay romantic comedy tops Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival The Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival screened a handful of features and about two dozen shorts over the November 9-11 weekend. Earlier today, the jury winners were announced on the festival's Facebook page. Elliot Loves, a romantic (and mother-son) comedy by first-time feature-film […]

Female Road Movie 'The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On'

The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On: Great cinematography, solid central performance Walter Salles' On the Road isn't the only road movie to be showcased at Los Angeles' AFI FEST on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On will be screened […]

'Queen Christina': Greta Garbo Superb

Greta Garbo in 'Queen Christina.' Greta Garbo Queen Christina movie masterpiece. (Image: Greta Garbo as Queen Christina.) One of the most ambitious productions of the early '30s, the Greta Garbo star vehicle Queen Christina remains surprisingly modern in its execution thanks in large part to director Rouben Mamoulian's classy, assured […]

Lindsay Lohan Is Elizabeth Taylor + Vanessa Redgrave Is Lesbian Supreme Court Judge

Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick. Lohan, 26 next July 2, plays Elizabeth Taylor (apparently) at about the time she met Richard Burton in the early 1960s. (Though the Lohan/Taylor picture above looks like something out Richard Brooks' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, […]

Lesbian Kiss: Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace 'Passion' + Marion Cotillard Oscar Buzz

Rachel McAdams kissing Noomi Rapace, Passion Rachel McAdams kisses Noomi Rapace in Brian De Palma's thriller Passion, a remake of Alain Corneau's Crime d'amour / Love Crime. McAdams replaces Kristin Scott Thomas; Rapace replaces Ludivine Sagnier in this tale of “a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog […]

NSFC Surprises: Lars von Trier + Kirsten Dunst & Brad Pitt

Shahab Hosseini in Asghar Farhadi's A Separation The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), among whose members are the majority of the United States' most influential and respected film commentators, has – as usual – taken a (mostly) different route than your average US-based critics' group. For every The Social […]

Swedish Lesbian Romance, Belgian Crime Drama: AFI FEST 2011 Winners

Ruth Vega Fernandez, Liv Mjönes, With Every Heartbeat Rwanda Genocide, Sushi Chef, Matthias Schoenaerts: AFI FEST 2011 Awards AUDIENCE AWARDS Breakthrough Section (award accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize) WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT by Alexandra-Therese Keining New Auteurs Section BULLHEAD by Michaël R. Roskam World Cinema Section A tie: JIRO DREAMS […]

Lesbian Romance & Teen Pregnancy, Vanessa Paradis & Jafar Panahi: AFI FEST

This Is Not a Film: Jafar Panahi AFI FEST has announced the list of movies screening in the festival's 2011 World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts programs. Both World Cinema and Breakthrough feature numerous films having their U.S. premieres, including Chantal Akerman's Almayer's Folly, Jean-Marc Vallée's Café du Flore, Alexander […]

Kristen Stewart: Future Purple-Haired Lesbian?

Oct. 27, '11, update: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will introduce a “never-before-seen clip” from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 at 7:56 p.m. ET – I repeat, 7:56 p.m. – on November 3 on MTV. Following the Breaking Dawn clip, the Twilight Saga trio will […]

Claudette Colbert Career & Lesbian Rumors: Q&A with Veteran Author James Robert Parish

Claudette Colbert, Paramount star Those who remember Claudette Colbert, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” featured player today, will likely picture a woman raising her skirt so as to hitch a ride in Frank Capra's 1934 Academy Award-winning comedy It Happened One Night. After all, Colbert's left leg immediately […]

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Kim Cattrall: GLAAD Award Winners

Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko's Oscar-nominated The Kids Are All Right was announced as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) choice for Outstanding Film - Wide Release of 2010 at a ceremony held at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Glee's Naya […]

Lesbian Drama Best Film: Tribeca Film Festival Awards

Carice van Houten and Rutger Hauer in 'Black Butterflies' Carice van Houten, 'She Monkeys': 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Awards Writer-director Lisa Aschan's feature film debut, the Swedish lesbian drama She Monkeys / Apflickorna, took top honors at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Co-written by Josefine Adolfsson, the Best Narrative Feature […]

'Notes on a Scandal' Movie Review: Brilliant Judi Dench & Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal Directed by Richard Eyre, Notes on a Scandal is a must-see for those who enjoy a cleverly constructed plot that explores human relationships to the core. The story follows jaded older teacher Barbara Covett (Judi Dench), who contrives to ensnare young and […]

'The Hours' Movie Review: Nicole Kidman & Meryl Streep Outstanding

The Hours with Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf. Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning The Hours uses Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway (working title: “The Hours”) as the link that binds its three leading female characters. Far apart in terms of time and space, those three disturbed, unhappy women share both the […]

Maria Schneider: Controversial 'Last Tango in Paris' Actress Dies

Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris. The scandalous film was reviled by Lucille Ball, admired by Robert Altman, and reinterpreted by Ingmar Bergman Maria Schneider, best known for her sex scenes with Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (1972), died of cancer […]

Mark Zuckerberg 'Time' Person of the Year & Oscar Push + Lesbian Film Pioneer Barbara Hammer Movies

Mark Zuckerberg: Time Person of the Year. Will the Time magazine Person of the Year cover give an awards season boost to Sony Pictures' The Social Network? Directed by David Fincher, the real-life-based drama stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, the controversial founder of the social media behemoth Facebook. Mark […]

Incest, Ghosts and Robert Pattinson: Gay Movies from South America and Spain

Cristian Mercado, Manolo Cardona in Javier Fuentes-León's Undertow. The 23rd edition of image+nation, Montreal's lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender film festival, will kick off with a screening of Javier Fuentes-León's Peruvian drama Contracorriente / Undertow at the Cinéma Impérial on Thursday, Oct. 28. The World Cinema (Dramatic) Audience Award winner […]

Zac Efron 'Charlie St. Cloud': Major Disappointment

'Charlie St. Cloud' with Zac Efron and Amanda Crew is major box office disappointment: Where were the teens this past weekend? Box Office: Zac Efron 'Charlie St. Cloud' a major disappointment, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell 'Dinner for Schmucks' a minor one Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi/thriller Inception was […]

'Is It Just Me?,' 'Elena Undone': Outfest Movies

JC Calciano's Is It Just Me? (top); Nicole Conn's Elena Undone (middle); Roberto Moreira's Paulista (bottom) JC Calciano's Is It Just Me?, Anna Margarita Albelo's Hooters!, Roberto Moreira's Paulista, and Nicole Conn's Elena Undone are some of the films screening at Outfest 2010 on Friday, July 16. Is It Just […]

Alicia Silverstone & 19th-Century Lesbian Romance: Outfest Movies

Maxine Peake in James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (top); Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (upper middle); Lio in Myriam Aziza's The Evening Dress (lower middle); Jane Lynch, A Gaythering Storm (bottom) James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Amy Heckerling's 1995 sleeper hit Clueless, Myriam Aziza's […]

Sensual Argentinean Gay Drama 'Plan B,' Religious Bigotry in 'Children of God': Outfest

Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro in Marco Berger's Plan B (top); Fernanda Cardoso's Bloomington (bottom) Synopses from the Outfest website for Saturday, July 10. Plan B Best-laid plans are put to the test in this topsy-turvy romantic comedy from Argentina. After being dumped by Anna, Bruno secretly befriends Anna's new boyfriend […]

Incestuous Gay Brothers, Wild Women's Prison & George Takei in Bed: Outfest

Rafael Cardoso and João Gabriel Vasconcellos in Aluízio Abranches' From Beginning to End. Aluízio Abranches' Do Começo ao Fim / From Beginning to End, Donatella Maiorca's Viola di mare / Purple Sea, Steve Balderson's Stuck!, and the two short film showcases “Queerer Than Fiction” and “Flesh 4 Fantasy” are among […]

Lesbian Family, Christopher Nolan & Colombian Drug Lords: Los Angeles Film Festival

Annette Bening, Julianne Moore in lesbian comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right Downtown Los Angeles every day: traffic jams, pollution, more traffic jams. Downtown Los Angeles today: traffic jams, pollution, more traffic jams, a National Basketball Association Championship game, the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival, (many?) more […]

Robin Wood Tribute, Frameline Screens 'The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister'

Toronto's Cinematheque Ontario will present five movies as a tribute to Canadian film critic and educator Robin Wood, beginning Friday, June 18. According to the Cinematheque's release, Wood “changed the way we appreciate cinema. His audacious and insightful reviews made him a critic of astonishing power. This tribute reflects his […]

MTV Movie Awards 'Best Kiss' Sandra Bullock & Scarlett Johansson + Robert Pattinson Tops National Movie Awards

June 9 update: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Avatar, Taylor Lautner, Tom Cruise as Tom Cruise and as Les Grossman, teaser trailers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and The Last Airbender, Sandra Bullock kissing Scarlett Johansson, Betty White talking about her ovaries, […]

Daniel Radcliffe LGBT Youth PSA, 'The Hurt Locker' Producer Latest Email Storm

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, who'll next be seen with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in the fall, has done a public service announcement for the Trevor Project, described as “the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide […]

South-East European Film Festival: Lesbian Documentary & War Drama

Kostana Banovic's Hopsctoch. The 2010 edition of Los Angeles' South-East European Film Festival (website) continues this evening with screenings of three US premieres beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut in the Mid-Wilshire Area: Kostana Banovic's Ploha / Hopscotch, Mariá Takács' Secret Years, and Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic's The […]

Torino Gay Film Festival: 'Another Love Story' & 'Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!'

Américo Ortiz de Zárate's Otra historia de amor / Another Love Story (1986), Monika Treut's My Father Is Coming (1982), and Evgeny Afineevsky's Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! (2009) are a few of the screenings to be held at the 25th Torino GLBT Film Festival on its closing night, […]

Los Angeles' South East European Film Festival: 'The Other Irene'

Andrei Gruzsniczki's The Other Irene with Andi Vasluianu looking for his missing wife (top); Nik Xhelilaj in Artan Minarolli's Alive!, about Albanian blood feuds (upper middle); Igor Sterk's 9:06, an unusual suicide case (lower middle); Maria Takacs' Secret Years featuring closeted lesbians during Communism (bottom) The 5th SEE Fest – […]

Bisexual Anna Paquin Gives a Damn + Daniel Radcliffe 'Succeeds' on Broadway

Anna Paquin, Cindy Lauper, Whoopi Goldberg, are some of those featured in a new PSA for the Give a Damn campaign, started by Lauper's True Colors Fund which fights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. [Note: the video above will pop up and start playing on its own out […]

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Box Office & Reviews: Who's Tops?

Robert Pattinson: Actor's box office appeal tested in 'Remember Me.' Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson box office comparison Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson? Who came out on top at the North American box office in March 2010 – or about three months prior to the June 30 opening of mega-blockbuster-to-be […]

'The Runaways' Reviews: Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning Praised

Kristen Stewart appears to have been luckier than Robert Pattinson in her choice of non-Twilight Saga vehicle. Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi from singer Cherie Currie's autobiography, The Runaways has received mostly positive notices from US critics. Even those who weren't all that enthusiastic about the film praised the […]

'The Kids Are All Right,' 'The Mouth of the Wolf': Berlin Gay Movie Awards

Annette Bening and 'wife' Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right (top); Pietro Marcello's The Mouth of the Wolf (upper middle); James Franco's The Feast of Stephen (lower middle); Gaea Gaddy in Jake Yuzna's Open (bottom) Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, a family comedy co-written by Cholodenko […]

Kristen Stewart Praised: 'Welcome to the Rileys' & 'The Runaways' Reviews

Kristen Stewart: “I'm not 'playing a stripper.' It's really not a stripper movie at all. It sort of just opens your eyes about people that don't have options. I know I'm speaking really vaguely about it.” Stewart was quoted by Chris Lee in the Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames. […]

Vivian Vance, Lucille Ball, (False) Lesbian Rumors, and an Unpublished Autobiography

At the San Francisco Chronicle's blog/column The Collective Mind, Bob Bragman talks about the unearthing of Vivian Vance's unpublished memoirs, which the I Love Lucy actress wanted to be out before her death in 1979. According to the piece, excerpts have showed up in the National Enquirer, but the rest […]

Proposition 8 Documentary Sells Out at Sundance: Mormon Anti-Gay Marriage Influence

Jan. 25, '10, update: Reed Cowan's 8: The Mormon Proposition received two “sustained standing ovations” at its Sundance Film Festival screening on Sunday, reports Sean P. Means in The Salt Lake Tribune. A rumored protest against the film failed to materialize. Narrated by Milk's Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black […]

Sundance: Joan Rivers & Lesbian Family Drama + Benazir Bhutto & 'The Mormon Proposition' Among Entries

Sundance movies: Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel in The Romantics. As usual, the upcoming Sundance Film Festival will screen numerous world premieres; one of them is writer-director Galt Niederhoffer's The Romantics, an ensemble piece featuring Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes, Adam Brody, and Elijah […]

'Beefcake' & Homoeroticism + Cult Camp Classic 'Can't Stop the Music' & Haunted House Lesbianism

Beefcake: Written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, the 1999 docudrama Beefcake traces the groundbreaking trajectory of photographer/videographer Bob Mizer, whose “health & fitness” work – mostly focused on great-looking, muscular, scantily clad (or fully naked), young white men – helped to further the causes of gay liberation and freedom of […]

Meredith Baxter Lesbian Announcement: 'Family' & 'Family Ties' Actress + Another Gay Movie Seized in Canada

Meredith Baxter. Family and Family Ties actress Meredith Baxter (a.k.a. Meredith Baxter Birney) has come out as a lesbian after learning that tabloids were about to out her. The three-time Primetime Emmy nominee has been featured in only a handful of movies, most notably in a couple of 1976 releases: […]

Gay Films Seized in Canada

Clapham Junction by Adrian Shergold (top); Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth in I Can't Think Straight (middle); Patrik Age. 1.5 by Ella Lemhagen (bottom) Canada an egalitarian gay haven? Think again. Marcus McCann reports in Xtra.com that Canada Border Services Agency customs officers have seized three gay-themed films en route to […]

Chicago Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2009

Baby Jane by Billy Clift (top); Shirley Knight, Liz Jahren in Not Fade Away (middle); Homewrecker by Paul Hart (bottom) Reeling 2009, this year's edition of the Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, kicked off on Thu., Nov. 5, with a screening of Casper Andreas' The Big Gay Musical. […]

Out on Film: Atlanta's Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Stephan Bender, Maximillian Roeg in Dream Boy. Out on Film, Atlanta's gay & lesbian film festival, kicked off last night with a screening of Casper Andreas' The Big Gay Musical. The festival runs until Oct. 8. Among the screening films are: Glenn Gaylord's Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat, […]

Copenhagen Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: 'Dream Boy,' 'Dostana'

Alexandre and Victor Carril in Give Me Your Hand. The 2009 edition of the Copenhagen Gay & Lesbian Film Festival runs Oct. 16-25. Among the festival's “themes” this year are “Documenting Denmark,” “Daddy Cool,” “Cry for Me Argentina,” and “Bollywood Goes Gay.” Screening films include Jan Krüger's Rückenwind, which follows […]

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2009

Sonia Sebastian's Girl Seeks Girl (top); Glenn Gaylord's Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat (middle); Jochen Hick's The Good American (bottom) The 2009 edition of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival runs from Oct. 16-25. Among the screening films are: Bette Gordon's Handsome Harry, starring Jamey Sheridan as […]

Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009

The 2009 edition of the Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, billed as the oldest and largest gay film festival in the American Southwest, will take place from Sept. 8-13 Among the screening films are: Writer-director Caspar Andreas' Between Love & Goodbye, in which two lovers, Marcel (Justin Tensen) and […]

Gay Boys Shorts & 'American Primitive' + 'Pornography' Horror Thriller & Outfest Awards

July 19: The tale of a poor backwater family struggling against poverty, addiction, and assorted personal and social maladies, Tina Mabry's Mississippi Damned was the jury's pick for best U.S. narrative film at this year's edition of Outfest, Los Angeles' gay and lesbian film festival. Among the other Outfest 2009 […]

'Training Rules': Q&A with Filmmaker Dee Mosbacher

Winner of the audience award for best documentary at the 2009 edition of San Francisco's gay film festival, Frameline, Dee Mosbacher (right) and Fawn Yacker's Training Rules – screening at Outfest tomorrow, July 11, at 4:30pm at the FAIRFAX 1 (on a double bill with Elizabeth Hesik's Lady Trojans) – […]

Philadelphia QFest: 'And Then Came Lola' + 'Raging Sun Raging Sky'

And Then Came Lola. The Philadelphia QFest kicks off tomorrow, July 9, with a tribute to Chad Allen, followed by a screening of Jason Bushman's Hollywood, je t'aime, in which Allen is excellent as a pothead drug dealer who befriends a Frenchman roaming around Los Angeles. Among the other highlights […]

Don Roos to Receive Achievement Award: Outfest

Filmmaker Don Roos, probably best known for the dramatic comedy The Opposite of Sex, will be the recipient of this year's Outfest Achievement Award. Described as “Outfest's highest honor” the Achievement Award “is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film […]

Dustin Lance Black Sex Scandal Nonsense + Frameline & 'Beyond Hate'

Frameline 33: The San Francisco LGBT Film Festival Frameline 33, the 2009 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, kicks off on Thursday, June 18, with screenings of Richard Laxton's An Englishman in New York (above, top photo), starring John Hurt as Quentin Crisp, and Bonham Sláma's rural Czech drama The […]

Gay 'Boy' & Gay Fathers: Torino GLBT Film Festival Awards +Miami Festival

2009 Torino GLBT Film Festival Awards 2009 Torino GLBT Film Festival: April 23–30. Best Feature Film: Leonera / Lion's Den by Pablo Trapero (Argentina/South Korea/Brazil, 2008) Special Mention: Actress Martina Gusman for Lion's Den Special Jury Award: Elève libre / Private Lessons by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium, 2008) Special Mention: Actor […]

'The Watermelon Woman' Screening

Actress-filmmaker Cheryl Dunye and producer Alexandra Juhasz will be present at the REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles for a screening of Dunye's 1996 feature The Watermelon Woman on Monday, May 11, at 8:30 pm. The film will be screened in Beta SP. A fundraiser for the restoration of The Watermelon […]

Jack Wrangler & 'Fucking Different Tel Aviv': London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Goes Places

London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2009 Friday, March 27, highlights Schedule and synopses from the LLGFF website The Naked Civil Servant Directed by: Jack Gold. Cast: John Hurt, Liz Gebhardt, Patricia Hodge: Country: UK. Year: 1975. Running time: 85min. This dramatization of Quentin [Crisp]'s first volume of autobiography won […]

Torino GLBT Film Festival: From Ventura Pons & Ferzan Ozpetek to 'Gays Gone Wild'

Apr. 28: Filmmaker Kit Hung (above, with festival programer Cosimo Santoro), whose Soundless Wind Chime was screened at the 2009 Torino GLBT Film Festival. In the film, a young Chinese man gets involved with a Swiss con artist drifting away in Hong Kong. Tribute to Spanish filmmaker and painter Adorfo […]

Classic Lesbian Romance 'Desert Hearts': Out at the Pictures

Patricia Charbonneau, Helen Shaver in Desert Hearts The British Film Institute will screen four films with (at least some) gay content in their “Out at the Pictures” series in the next two months. The four titles are: Desert Hearts (1985), Get Real (1998), Julia (1977), and Crustacés et coquillages / […]

Buster Keaton & 'Sunrise': San Francisco Silent Film Festival + Lost Pola Negri Film Found

Martha Mattox, Laura La Plante in The Cat and the Canary (top); Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality (bottom) The San Francisco Silent Film Festival will present a special series of screenings on Valentine's Day, Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Castro Theatre. The screening films are the Buster Keaton vehicle Our […]

'Fire' Movie Review: Deepa Mehta Tackles Lesbian Relationship

Fire (1996) Dir. / Scr.: Deepa Mehta. Cast: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Jaaved Jaaferi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Ranjit Chowdhry, Kushal Rekhi, Alice Poon   I watched the 1996 Canadian film Fire by Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta after having long heard of its taboo nature based mainly on its depiction of lesbianism. […]

From 'Sordid Lives' & Meryl Streep to 'A Jihad for Love' & Peter Berlin: Outfest LGBT Movies

July 9 update: Outfest 2008, the 26th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, kicked off last night at downtown Los Angeles' historic Orpheum Theatre with a screening of Laurie Lynd's Breakfast with Scot, in which a straitlaced gay couple tries to handle an orphaned 11-year-old boy with a passion […]

Outfest Movies: From 'The New Twenty' to 'Tru Loved'

The 26th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Outfest 2008, will take place between July 9-21 at seven venues in the LA area, from downtown's historic Orpheum Theatre to the open-air Ford Amphitheatre in the Hollywood Hills. As in previous years, the festival will be headquartered at the Directors […]

'Water Lilies' Movie: Q&A with Filmmaker Céline Sciamma

"Watching the film I want the audience to embrace the journey of being a girl. Everyone in the room has to identify [with] a fifteen-year-old teenage girl. That's why there are no adults in the movie, nor boys.” That's screenwriter-director Céline Sciamma, talking about her widely praised first film, Naissance […]

'Water Lilies' Movie Review: Céline Sciamma Coming-of-Age Drama

Writer-director Céline Sciamma's Naissance des pieuvres / Water Lilies is a film about teens beginning to discover who they are. It is also a film that actually stars teens – as opposed to mid-twenty-year-olds playing teens – without exploiting that fact in any way. Set in a high-school pool, from […]

'Gay Cure' & Gus Van Sant + Gay Murders & Anti-Gay Bigotry in Holy Land: London Gay Film Festival

The 2008 London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival kicked off last night, March 27, with a screening of Alek Keshishian's romantic comedy Love and Other Disasters (which will screen again on Sat., March 29), starring Brittany Murphy, Matthew Rhys, Catherine Tate, Stephanie Beacham, Dawn French, and Richard Wilson. Among the […]

Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and Bette Davis: BFI Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

April 4 Tom Kalin's Savage Grace, starring Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, and Eddie Redmayne, focuses on a dysfunctional family that includes a much-too-doting mother, a gay son, and his unaccepting father. Kalin is expected to attend the screening. “Fresh from its world premiere at this year's Berlin Film Festival, this […]

Marie Dressler: From MGM Stardom to Lesbian Rumors | Q&A with Biographer Matthew Kennedy

Marie Dressler in Dinner at 8 It's Oscar time. What better way to celebrate the 2008 Academy Awards than by having a q&a about the best actress Oscar winner … of 1931? (Or rather, for the period 1930-31, as the Oscars in those days covered films released in the Los […]

'Deep Sea 3D' & 'Magnificent Desolation': Contemporary Documentaries Screening

Deep Sea 3D (above), Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D, and Roving Mars will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 26th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, November 28, at 7 p.m. at the California Science Center's IMAX Theatre in Los Angeles. […]

'The Speed of Life' Wins First Queer Lion: Venice Film Festival

'The Speed of Life' movie wins first Queer Lion: Early Venice Film Festival 2007 Award winners (image: Jeremy Allen White in 'The Speed of Life') The Venice Film Festival's first Queer Lion for a film with a gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, etc. theme and/or characters went to Ed Radtke's out-of-competition […]

Favorite Boys Shorts & '25 Cent Preview': More Outfest Movies

A series of boys' shorts, girls' shorts, and Outfest 2007 winner 25 Cent Preview, about two San Francisco street hustlers, have been scheduled for the Outfest screenings in the upcoming weeks. The screenings will be held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Director Cyrus Amini is expected to attend the […]

Gender-Bending Actress Leatrice Joy + Richard Barthelmess & Colleen Moore Movies

Leatrice Joy in gender-bending movie role: 'The Clinging Vine' at The Silent Society Starring popular silent film actors Leatrice Joy and Tom Moore, The Clinging Vine will be the Los Angeles-based Silent Society's next “Silents Under the Stars” presentation. Directed by Paul Sloane, this 1926 comedy-drama featuring Leatrice Joy in […]

Outfest Winners: The Bible vs. Gays + Down with Traditions in The Philippines

Cyrus Amini's 25 Cent Preview (left), the story of two down-and-out San Francisco street hustlers, was the Grand Jury's choice for best American narrative feature at the 25th Outfest – the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film's stars, Merlin Gaspers and Dorian Brockington received a joint best […]

Outfest Movies: Electric Orgasms & Transsexual Porn Star Buck Angel + Gay Goes Straight in 'Kiss the Bride'

Outfest 2007 - Thursday A few intriguing titles that will be screened at Outfest on Thursday: Set in London, Alek Keshishian's French-Anglo-American-made romantic comedy Love and Other Disasters (above, 7 p.m., at the Directors Guild in West Hollywood) follows an American (Brittany Murphy) obsessed with both matchmaking and Breakfast at […]

Q&A with 'Gay Kiss Montage' Creator Robert Eldredge

The most famous – and most effective – sequence in Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 Academy Award-winning Cinema Paradiso is the film clip montage at the end. In the 1950s, a small-town Catholic priest suffering from some serious sexual hangups and with way too much time – and power – in his […]

Outfest Movies: Does the Bible Justify Anti-Gay Hate? + Restored 'Parting Glances'

Robert Cary's Save Me, the story of a substance-abusing gay man who attempts to be cured of both his addiction and his homosexuality, will open the 25th Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which kicks off this evening at the Orpheum in downtown Los Angeles. Eleven days […]

Screened Out: Gays and Lesbians on TCM

Inspired by Richard Barrios' book Screened Out: Playing Gay in Hollywood from Edison to Stonewall, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is presenting a 44-film festival that provides a glimpse into the way non-100-per-cent-heterosexuals have been portrayed on screen up to the time of the Stonewall riots of 1969. TCM host Robert […]

'Radical' Lesbian Romance Tops SXSW Film Festival

'Itty Bitty Titty Committee' with Nicole Vicius and Melonie Diaz: SXSW Film Festival Best Narrative Feature. 2007 SXSW Film Festival Awards: 'Radical' lesbian comedy tops The winners at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival, held in Austin, Texas, were announced on March 14. Jamie Babbit's Itty Bitty Titty Committee, about a […]

Berlin 2007: Asta Nielsen is Hamlet

Asta Nielsen in Hamlet Sure, the 2007 Berlinale, which has kicked off this evening, will offer a number of good – hopefully, even a few great – new films. But for my money, the most interesting section this year is the Retrospective covering the roles of women in silent films […]

Outfest Awards: Lesbian Romance in 'The Gymnast' & Controversial 'Loving Annabelle'

Outfest - Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Awards Outfest 2006 was held between July 6-17, 2007. Among the winners of the 2006 Outfest - the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - were: Ned Farr's The Gymnast, the story of a former gymnast who falls in love […]