Unpacking the teen shooting documented in 'Valentine Road'

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 20 September 2013 12:24

Oxnard, Calif., is a town that “hardly anyone knows (about) unless they’ve heard about the story,” says one resident in the documentary “Valentine Road.”

UW-Madison alumna Jill Soloway says her Sundance Award-winning debut film is a tribute to sisterhood

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 06 September 2013 11:22

Juno Temple and Kathryn Hahn in a scene from “Afternoon Delight.” -Photo: Courtesy

“Afternoon Delight,” UW-Madison alumna Jill Soloway’s feature film debut, is a delight any time of day. The film, which earned her the best director award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, follows a successful career as a theatrical producer and writer/producer for such television hits as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Six Feet Under” and “The United States of Tara.”

Lesbian romance wins top honor at Cannes Film Festival

Written by The AP Monday, 27 May 2013 09:08

The tender, sensual lesbian romance "Blue is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele" won the hearts of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, taking its top honor, the Palme d'Or.

The jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, took the unusual move of awarding the Palme not just to Tunisian-born director Abdellatif Kechiche, but also to the film's two stars: Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. The three clutched each other as they accepted the award, one of cinema's greatest honors.

‘42’ – Here’s to you Jackie Robinson

AP writer
Friday, 05 April 2013 06:06

There’s a scene in “42” in which Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball, endures intolerably cruel racial slurs from the Philadelphia Phillies’ manager.

It’s early in the 1947 season. Each time the Brooklyn Dodgers’ first baseman comes up to bat, manager Ben Chapman emerges from the dugout, stands on the field and taunts him with increasingly personal and vitriolic attacks. It’s a visible struggle, but No. 42 maintains his composure before a crowd of thousands.

Milwaukee Film Festival announces full lineup

Written by WiG Tuesday, 10 September 2013 19:58

The Milwaukee Film Festival has announced its complete lineup — 240 films, including 103 features and 137 shorts, from 44 different countries.

The lineup includes 45 documentaries and 57 narratives, including one North American premiere on opening night and one silent classic featuring a new live accompaniment from Milwaukee-based band Altos.

Netflix streaming with gay Pride in June

Written by WiG Friday, 07 June 2013 06:14

What to add to the Netflix instant queue?

Netflix is streaming Pride in June. The company – an Internet TV service – recently released a Pride Guide of LGBT-themed movies and TV shows available for instant viewing.

James Franco to receive ally award at Miami LGBT film fest

Written by WiG Tuesday, 09 April 2013 11:48

The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will honor actor-author-director James Franco with an ally award on April 27 at the Olympia Theater in downtown Miami.

The festival runs April 26-May 5.

Ryan Gosling’s leading-man roles question masculine stereotypes

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 23 March 2013 05:47

What’s Ryan Gosling’s secret to his on-screen poise, his ability to disarm and provoke merely by his laconic presence?

Honorary Oscars for Jolie, Martin, Lansbury and Tosi

Written by The AP Sunday, 08 September 2013 18:51

And the honorary Academy Awards go to... Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi.

The film academy announced earlier this week that Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, while Martin, Lansbury and Tosi will get Oscars recognizing their career achievements.

Liberace movie is HBO’s biggest since 2004

Written by The AP Friday, 31 May 2013 09:51

A healthy number of HBO subscribers were curious about Michael Douglas’ performance as Liberace in the TV movie “Behind the Candelabra.”

The Nielsen company said the 2.4 million people who tuned in to the movie’s premiere over the Memorial Day weekend represented the network’s biggest audience for one of its original movies since “Something the Lord Made” in 2004. Another 1.1 million people saw a repeat of the Liberace movie that began right after the first airing.

HBO Films will first air “Behind the Candelabra,” the cable film feature starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Liberace's lover Scott Thorson, on May 26.

HBO is promising a big show – as evidenced in a news release that begins: “Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world- renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career.”

Radcliffe takes turn as gay beat poet Allen Ginsberg

Written by Jill Lawless,
AP writer
Thursday, 21 March 2013 15:24

Daniel Radcliffe as gay beat poet Allen Ginsberg. -PHOTO: Courtesy

The time is coming – maybe sooner than you expect – when you look at Daniel Radcliffe and don’t think “Harry Potter.”