Don’t Slam Sundance
January 05 2009 1:00 AM ET

Don't Slam Sundance

Gregg Araki

The excitement around this year's Sundance Film Festival has been muted by talk of boycott in response to Mormon efforts to pass Proposition 8. Director and Sundance veteran Gregg Araki explains why he thinks turning your back on the film festival is exactly the wrong approach.

Hail Mary
January 05 2009 1:00 AM ET

Hail Mary

Dale Hrabi

Sigourney Weaver will rip your heart out in Prayers for Bobby, the true story of Mary Griffith, a religious mother who drives her gay son to suicide.

The Other White Meat
December 25 2008 1:00 AM ET

The Other White Meat

Lawrence Ferber

As one of the subjects of the documentary about the drag pageant circuit, Pageant, opening in select theaters, and one of the contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race, premiering next month on Logo, Victoria "Porkchop" Parker may not look or act like your typical female impersonator, but make no mistake, she is one of the best.

Stage Doubt, Screen Doubt
December 18 2008 1:00 AM ET

Stage Doubt, Screen Doubt

Don Shewey

On Broadway, Doubt -- the story of a steely nun facing off against a heroic priest, whom she fixates on for giving special attention to the school’s only black (effeminate) kid -- worked because of a top notch cast and its unique brand of stylized narrative. If only the excellent Meryl Streep and Viola Davis were enough to make the movie work quite so well.

Sharon Gless (Finally) Goes Gay
December 17 2008 1:00 AM ET

Sharon Gless (Finally) Goes Gay

Byron Flitsch

She’s best known for playing the role of an outspoken, eccentric, overbearing PFLAG mom on Queer as Folk, a tough cop named Cagney on Cagney & Lacey, and most recently the mouthy mother on Burn Notice. But Sharon Gless has returned to gay and lesbian audiences playing a new kind of role: an actual lesbian.

So Long, Farewell
December 10 2008 1:00 AM ET

So Long, Farewell

Kyle Buchanan

At first glance, Malaysian-born writer-director Yen Tan would seem to have little in common with his new film, Ciao, the story of grieving Texan Jeff (Adam Neal Smith), who learns that his late friend had an e-mail relationship with hunky Italian Andrea (Alessandro Calza). But Tan's art imitates life in unexpected ways.

Separation of Sundance and State
November 21 2008 1:00 AM ET

Separation of Sundance and State

Christopher Lisotta

In 2009, Sundance will celebrate 25 years of bringing together international cinema and a variety of cultures in Park City, Utah. But with California's gay community reeling from the passage of Prop. 8, activists and filmmakers are suggesting a boycott of the festival and theater chain Cinemark, whose CEO donated a substantial sum to the marriage ban's campaign. But just how realistic is a boycott of an entire state?

Remembering Milk
November 18 2008 1:00 AM ET

 Oscar-Winning Director Rob Epstein Remembers Harvey Milk

Kyle Buchanan

When Rob Epstein released his 1984 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, it didn’t simply serve as a memorial to Milk -- it gave him new life. For more than two decades, filmmakers have tried to turn Milk's life into a major motion picture. Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant finally made it work, and Epstein, who calls the film "beautiful," takes a look back at the man who inspired a movement and what's become of California's gay community without him.

Stars, No on 8 Supporters Turn Out for S.F. 'Milk' Premiere
October 29 2008 12:00 AM ET

Stars, No on 8 Supporters Turn Out for S.F. Milk Premiere 

Corey Scholibo

No on 8 protesters lined Castro Street, shouting at the top of their lungs for marriage equality as Hollywood gathered for the premiere of Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic. Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Diego Luna, and Sean Penn were all on hand. Penn, notoriously press-shy, got out of his car and went over to shake hands and give a thumbs-up to the protesters. It was a fitting celebration of a great man's legacy. 

The Milk Effect: It Does a Neighborhood Good
October 22 2008 12:00 AM ET

Milk Does a Neighborhood Good

Regina Marler

With interest in the movie at a fever pitch in the Castro, businesses are taking advantage -- just as the man himself would've wanted.

Two Men and a Myth
October 22 2008 12:00 AM ET

Two Men and a Myth

Mark Thompson

Former Advocate publisher David B. Goodstein is portrayed as one of Harvey Milk’s political nemeses in Gus Van Sant’s new movie. Oftentimes imperious, Goodstein would seem perfectly cast in that role. But only in the movies does every white hat have a black counterpart.

Steven Weber Plays the Political Card
October 13 2008 12:00 AM ET

 Steven Weber Plays the Political Card

Lawrence Ferber

Actor Steven Weber one-ups even Larry Craig and J. Edgar Hoover (at least the version depicted in Oliver Stone’s JFK) as a sinister-and-sleazy-beneath-the-surface politician in writer-director Luke Eberl’s drama Choose Connor.

Russian Gay Film Festival Canceled
October 09 2008 12:00 AM ET

Russian Officials Shut Down Country's First LGBT Film Fest

Sarah Clyne Sundberg

Side by Side was supposed to be Russia's first LGBT film festival, but on October 2, just hours before the scheduled premiere, organizers were met by officials blocking the entrance to the venue, claiming fire code violations—an excuse they say Russian authorities have used since the early '90s as a pretext for shutting down events as they see fit. 

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