Outrage Brewing Over New Stonewall Movie

A scene from "Stonewall."

A scene from “Stonewall.”

Members of the LGBTQ community are becoming increasingly vocal over their disdain regarding the upcoming release of Stonewall, a film loosely based on the events of the Stonewall riots.

The problem? It’s too loosely based on history, according to critics. One anonymous blogger, whose commentary “Whitewashing History: Stonewall Movie Leaves Out Trans Women and Black Drag Queens Who Started the Movement” received over 17,000 Facebook shares in less than 24 hours, wrote, “The trailer claims to be a ‘true story’, and tells the audience that a young, white, cisgender, gay man was the first to throw a brick and start the Stonewall Riots. In reality, hundreds of eye witness accounts and documented evidence have said the riots were started by black drag queens and transgender women.” Read more »

10 New LGBT Movies You Can Stream Right Now on Netflix

Ira Sachs “Keep the Lights On,” which one Best Feature Film at last year’s QFest, is now available via Netflix instant streaming.

We all love a good gay movie — especially when it’s available at the click of a button whenever the fancy strikes us to watch. To help you stay up-to-date on what’s available, I’ve rounded up some of the newest offerings to hit Netflix instant in the last month. I’ve attached trailers and Netflix descriptions, too, so you don’t get roped in to two hours of snoredom.

July saw the release of lots of goodies, including Jonathan Lisecki hilarious Gayby and Keep the Lights On, Ira Sachs intense drama about the shaky romance between a gay filmmaker and an attorney that played at last year’s QFest. Check out more below:  Read more »

Watch: Any Day Now

Set in the 1970s, Any Day Now is the story of a drag queen who sets out to adopt a child who’s been neglected in his apartment building. The film is based on true events – and it’s also been wooing audiences at film festivals around the country to thanks to Alan Cumming’s compelling, multi-layered performance. The film opens in theaters this week.

Check it out:

Watch: On the Road

The story of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarity – a.k.a. Jack Kerouac and Neal Casssady – will be hitting theatres by the end of this year. We wanted to give you a taste of what we can expect from the new film, which stars Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and many others.

The Walter Salles film tells the story of two young men traveling across country. And while we know from the letters, journals and stories that both Cassady and Kerouac shared a homoerotic brotherhood of sorts, we also catch a few glimpses of gay icons like William S. Burroughs (played by Viggo Mortensen) and the underbelly of sexual liberation long before it was a household name. We can’t wait for this one.

Check it out:

Weekend Roundup

Friday, Oct. 26

Justin Bond plays the William Way on Friday (courtesy of the artist)

William Way hosts the Queer Fear Costume Closet (6:30 p.m.) with great garb from Philly AIDS Thrift.

ArtNUDE Philadelphia is presented by the James Oliver Gallery (7 p.m.) to benefit the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. The exhibit features 23 artists with performances by Katie Gould, DJ Mike Lowry and DJ Rich, among others.

The Queer Fear Cabaret features none other than Justin Vivien Bond (7:30 p.m.) with the Bearded Ladies. Check out Bond’s amazing new album here.

Play the Halloween Match Game (7:30 p.m.) at L’Etage with the Real Housewives of South Philly.

The eXtreme Masquerade takes over the Top of the Tower (8 p.m.) with Ballet X and DJ Captain Ridiculous.

Night of the Living Drag Queen comes to life at Rainbow Mountain Resort in East Stroudsburg (8 p.m.) with Scarlett Lettah and friends – and a dance party to follow.

Peter Sterling hosts his Halloween Ball (9 p.m.) at D’Ignazio’s Towne House Bar in Media to benefit the Special Olympics. Look for a special appearance from Brittany Lynn and her Drag Mafia – and a costume contest with oodles of prizes.

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Behind the Scenes: Liberace Movie

Clad in glam attire that befits any 1970s superstar, Michael Douglas was photographed for Vanity Fair as he films his latest, hotly anticipated project for HBO – Behind the Candelabra. In it, he plays Liberace – the eccentric superstar who glimmered on stage while he spent his life very much in the closet (who he really ever fooled is anyone’s guess). And Matt Damon, also pictured in a brilliant blonde shag behind the scenes, stars as the maestro’s gay lover Scott Thorson whose book the film is based.

Back in the day, Thorson, then a much younger “protege” of Liberace – they had a five-year affair and the superstar even used Thorson in his Las Vegas show – sued for palimony after the relationship ended. The lawsuit was stunning in 1982 as Liberace, despite his showiness and over-the-top personality – and having dodged rumors and gossip for years as he launched successful TV shows and live concerts – never publicly revealed that he was gay.

While the two men eventually came to a quiet agreement (Thorson got the dogs and a few other demands), Liberace died from complications of AIDS by 1987 at the age of 67, though reports tried to hide this fact, suggesting that it was really anemia, heart disease and emphysema that extinguished Liberace’s extraordinary flame.

The HBO film, directed by Steven Soderbergh and co-starring everyone from Rob Lowe and Cheyenne Jackson to Debbie Reynolds, is due out next year – and we can’t wait.

Click here to check out the photo.

And here’s a clip of Liberace’s more famous stage entrances in Las Vegas in 1981 – you can see inside his home during a video, as well as Thorson as the, um, chauffeur:

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WATCH: Out in the Open

Carson Kressley and Greg Louganis are just two of the celebrities featured in the new documentary Out in the Open, a film by Matthew Smith about the power of coming out. In addition to spotlighting famous men and women who have opened the closet door, the film also explores the value of straight allies in the celebrity world. The director, who’s also an actor, had struggled with coming out after losing work in film for many years, which led him to this latest project asking how people identify and came out.

“I’m a big fat G [in LGBT],” says Kressley. “I’m as G as you can be.”

Click here to watch the trailer.

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