We saw a landmark ruling last week as the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. This was on my mind as I sat down with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige over the weekend. I put the question out there: when will we finally see a LGBT character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Get his answer, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
After a foray into English-language filmmaking with Stoker, South Korean director Park Chan-wook is taking inspiration from an English-language source for his next Korean-language film. He’s currently at work on Fingersmith, based on a 2002 lesbian crime novel by Sarah Waters. Get all the details on the Park Chan-wook Fingersmith movie after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Earlier this month we reported the official Star Wars canon would get its first LGBT character in the form of Moff Mors. She makes her debut in Paul S. Kemp‘s upcoming novel Star Wars: Lords of the Sith next month — but it seems her presence might ultimately stretch beyond the books.
According to a new rumor, Moff Mors will make the leap to the big screen in one of the spinoffs, and might even appear in a live-action series. More on the LGBT Star Wars character’s possible screen debut after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
Edgar Wright is set to make Baby Driver for his next project, but his next film beyond that is an adaptation of Andrew Smith‘s YA novel Grasshopper Jungle. It’s a doozy of a tale: at the center is a teenager who accidentally unleashes a plague of hungry, horny, six-foot-tall preying mantises on the world.
The material sounds right up Wright’s alley, with its mix of sci-fi, humor, and heart. But how did Wright even find his way to such a strange story to begin with? Apparently, it all comes down to Facebook. More about the Edgar Wright Grasshopper Jungle Facebook connection after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
[UPDATE: Steve Martin has taken to Twitter to shoot down Father of the Bride 3 reports.
Original post follows.]
Father of the Bride began as a novel in 1949, and was turned into a movie in 1950. That film got a sequel in 1951, and was then remade (along with the sequel) in the ’90s. Now the property is coming back yet again, this time with a very timely twist.
Steve Martin is set to return for Father of the Bride 3, which sees George Banks once again doing what he does best — freaking out as his family hits a major milestone. This time, the relative getting him worked up is his son Matty, who’s preparing to marry the son of a U.S. Navy SEAL. Yup, it’s the gay marriage edition of Father of the Bride. Hit the jump for all the details.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
While imperfect, the Bechdel Test has proven a handy tool for surveying the general shape for women in cinema. It’s been surprising and disappointing to see how few titles pass the three criteria, that a film have 1) more than two female characters, 2) who talk to each other, 3) about something other than a man.
But women aren’t the only underrepresented group in Hollywood, and GLAAD has devised an analogue for LGBT characters called the Russo Test, named after The Celluloid Closet author Vito Russo. The organization applied the test to the 101 films released by major studios in 2012, and have now published their findings in their first-ever Studio Responsibility Index. Hit the jump to read the results.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Blue Is the Warmest Color drew raves upon raves at Cannes this year, for its tender, intimate portrayal of two young women (Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux) falling in love. But it also raised some eyebrows thanks to its graphic sex scenes.
It’s no surprise, then, that the MPAA has stamped the drama with an NC-17 for its U.S. release. But rather than trim the movie for an R or release it without a rating at all, American distributor Sundance Selects will put Blue Is the Warmest Color in theaters with the restrictive rating intact. Hit the jump to find out why, and to get a peek at the first international trailer.
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Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
Steven Soderbergh‘s retirement has turned out to be more of a transition. While he’s done with theatrical features for now, he’s as active as ever on the small screen. Just last week, he was talking up his plans to adapt John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor into a 12-hour miniseries.
Perfectly positioned to mark that switch from the big screen to the small one is Behind the Candelabra, an HBO film about the rather bizarre romance between the famed pianist (played with flirty, flamboyant charm by Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (a wide-eyed Matt Damon). The first full-length trailer has finally hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
There may not be a whole lot to watch on TV right now, but there’s plenty to watch in TV Bits. After the jump:
- Neil Marshall will direct Michael Bay‘s pirate drama Black Sails
- John Boyd and Dileep Rao join Kiefer Sutherland in Touch
- The Walking Dead will kill off another series regular in Season 3
- Charlie Sheen‘s Anger Management gets 90 more eps. Sigh
- Watch Showtime’s animated prequel mini-web-series for Dexter
- NBC’s The New Normal hits the web a couple weeks early
- Fox unveils more teasers for Fringe‘s fifth and final season
- American Horror Story spills plot details; watch more teasers
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Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
For all the zillions of movies we get about the deliriously happy early days of a romance, there are precious few about what happens when the honeymoon period wears off. And it’s a shame, because while it’s harder to turn something that’s become part of the everyday grind into a crowd-pleasing holiday-themed romcom directed by Garry Marshall, the truth is that there’s a ton of rich, textured material to be mined from older relationships.
One film that goes there is Ira Sachs‘ Keep the Lights On, an intimate drama about a decade-long relationship between documentary filmmaker Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and and lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth). The life they’ve built together is threatened when Paul’s drug addiction — an issue even in the early days — continues to worsen. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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