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Leather Bar. , a fictional recreation of footage censored from the gay 1980 thriller Cruising . Franco produced Kink and co-directed Interior. Leather Bar .
He also played Hugh Hefner in a third Sundance film called Lovelace , a narrative re-telling of porn actress Linda Lovelace's exit from the triple-X scene. While Franco did not name the three companies that allegedly dropped him from their ad campaigns, he did cite it as proof of pervasive homophobia in mainstream American media. He also commented that he tends to help support gay film projects that he believes in and that might not get made without his help.
Franco has inarguably done more than any other American actor to raise the profile of explicitly gay cinema in the U.S. film scene, both by playing openly gay characters and by helping produce independent gay films. His most recent film Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful also premiered this weekend to $150 million in worldwide ticket sales, homophobia be damned.
As for Spring Breakers , it's no Disney film. It's basically a female gangster fantasy about college girls who start robbing people to go on Spring Break vacation. It doesn't have any super deep message, but it's beautifully shot, disturbingly funny, and it has a handful of lesbian and bisexual makeout scenes which give it sufficient queer cred.
If that's not enough for you, Franco plays a creepy gangster rapper with gold teeth and cornrows named Alien who ends up fellating the barrel of a gun midway through the movie. Yay indie film! The film's repeated focus on jiggling breasts and asses may bother some, but its sudden bursts of violence, rampant drug use and over-the-top comic moments make the camera's orgiastic gaze part of a larger critique of the violent excess displayed in gangster rap videos and Spring Break specials.
During our interview with the director and three of the film's actors at last night's SXSW red carpet event, Mr. Korine discussed whether less conventional films like his will ever get support from mainstream studios. Actress Selena Gomez discussed her transition from a Disney star to an edgy indie film actress, as well as how she dealt with cyber-bullying following her public breakup with Justin Bieber.
Zac Efron's ex Vanessa Hudgens listed the three actresses who most inspire her and explained her love of non-traditional female roles in film.
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Smart-talking lesbian political analyst will be discussing her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power Sunday at 12:30 pm. Then, Sunday at 3:30 pm, gay stats wizard Nate Silver (aka "the guy who called every state in the last election) will be discussing his book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail but Some Don't . On Monday, March 11th at 12:30 - Randall, the sassy narrator from the viral "Honey Badger" video will discuss why his YouTube clip became such a hit, and what it teaches us about effective viral videos.
Nick Vivion and Kevin Farrell of Unicorn Booty will discuss how they turned their LGBT blog into a successful New Orleans bar . You can see them Tuesday, March 12th at 11am. On Monday March 11th at 12:30pm, Slate political contributor Emily Bazelon will be on a panel discussion about growing up in the Facebook age before hosting a book signing for her work Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.
You can meet all the SXSW queers Saturday at 5pm at the LGBTQ MeetUp in the Red River room of the Hilton Garden Inn. Drinks and mischief will be had. And then later that night, join the organizers of the GaymerX LGBT gaming convention for the SXSW Super Gaymer Party at The Basement bar.
There are also a lot of other panels about sex, women in media, representation and technology. Check out the SXSW Interactive site for a full listing. FILM: SXSW has a surprising amount of queer and queer-related film in the festival, if you know where to look.
Once of those places will be at the gay bar Oil Can Harry's March 9th at 3pm. During that time The OUTLander Project and One More Lesbian will host a film festival of LGBT web series including the very funny Unicorn Plan-It and others like Kiss Her I'm Famous, The Throwaways and Lez Find Love. The event is open to everyone.
Below are a list of the other LGBT-related films in the fest (click on the links for times: Much Ado About Nothing - Shot in only 12 days, Joss Whedon's film is a contemporary view of Shakespeare's classic comedy. Though the film is about straight romance, it features several gay actors such as Tom Lenk (Buffy's Andrew). And c'mon it's Shakesqueer.
The bard has always been pretty fruity. GBFF - Made by high school students, GBFF tells the story of Reese. Wanting a gay bestie more than anything else in the world, she embarks on a journey only to encounter obstacles along the way.
Mr. Angel - This chronicles the life of trans male porn pioneer Buck Angel. Born female, but raised male until puberty, Buck transitioned with a double mastectomy.
This film explores Buck's personal journey as he overcomes addiction and challenges what it means to be male. I Am Divine - This film is a definitive biographical portrait of Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead), exploring his high status as both international drag icon and cinematic muse to legendary film maker John Waters. Before You Know It - Gay director PJ Raval follows five gay seniors as they navigate the uncertain waters of their golden years an especially important topic considering the coming wave of LGBT seniors in our community.
Unhung Hero - Does size matter? That's the question that plagues Patrick Moote after his girlfriend rejects a marriage proposal via jumbotron because of his penis size. What follows is an international expedition to Papua New Guinea, Korea, and other locales as he struggles to answer the question for himself.
Sequin Raze - Goldberg works on a hit reality show as a producer who pokes and prods female contestants into on-camera meltdowns, but she may have met her match when she encounters a spurned beauty queen. The Punk Singer - The Punk Singer takes viewers on a journey into the life of former LeTigre member and outspoken feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer - After performing a 40 second "punk prayer" inside the main Russian cathedral, Nadia, Masha, and Katia were arrested and charged with religious hatred.
As members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, this film explores the complex relationship between politics, religion, and art, and how Russian society has been irrevocably changed in its attempt to make an example out of three young artists. Pit Stop - A realist look at small town gay life covers the heartache of disentangling from former relationships, and pausing to catch one's breath before continuing along in another. The parallel stories of Gabe and Ernesto converge in a typically gay way (read: a hook-up), but despite any melodrama they seem to find love in a hopeless place.
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton - Influencing the Beat Generation with his mantra of "follow your own weird", this film explores the diverse life of James Broughton, a pansexual poet, film maker, and spiritual guru whose voice helped define the sexual revolution. The Other Shore - A film which chronicles the legendary swimmer Diane Nyad's fourth attempt at doing something no one has ever done, swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage in waters infested with both sharks and poisonous jellyfish for 60 hours. Amazeballs.
MUSIC: It can be hard telling which bands are LGBT because they typically care more about their music that their queer-cred. Nevertheless, there are two non-official queer music events happening during the festival that are open to everyone. The east side bar Cheer-Up Charlie's will host Y'All or Nothing: "A Queer as Shit Showcase" Saturday, March 16th at 7PM.
It has a slew of queer-identified bands including Fist-ting, Double Duchess, Total Unicorn, Mom Jeans, Guacamole Wristwatch, Dangerous Ponies and even "conceptual aerobics with Erica Nix." Ending the festival all day on Sunday, March 17th is GayBiGayGay , a rapturous queer music festival that has to be seen to be believed. Really. If you're in town, stop by.
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Headed by gay businessman Kelly Murphy, Krave Massive owners Phantom Entertainment which also owns Neonopolis's Drink & Drag Lounge, GayLV Magazine , Boys Social Lounge, and the original Krave nightclub in the Rio Hotel and Casino have announced June 15 as the grand opening date. Check out artist renderings and construction shots of Krave Massive complete with shirtless construction workers! on the following pages.
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