REPEAT: This Is A Documentary. As In, A TRUE STORY.
Watching this horrifying trailer, I was reminded of my interview with Natasha Lyonne. I got to chat with her at an Orange Is The New Black press day, and I brought up her 1999 movie But I’m A Cheerleader. One thing she said was that it’s absolutely insane that she made that movie so long ago and we’re still, basically, having the same discussion about homosexuality. She went on a great rant, and I was thinking of it while watching this. So, there’s a Christian behavioral modification program called Escuela Carib that sends unknowing kids to the Dominican Republic to… what? Kidnap the gay out of them? This is a true story. ‘N Sync‘s Lance Bass, and The Real World star Mike C. Manning executive produced Kidnapped For Christ, and you won’t believe what you see. Also great to know this is a billion dollar industry. Jesus, Yeezus, somebody take the wheel.
The documentary won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at Slamdance Film Festival this year. It premieres on Showtime July 10th.
And this: “We’re in the business of trying to save prodigals.” Dude, this is sooo not what that scripture means. Literally, “prodigal son” means someone who willingly comes home… Grrr…. step up your Bible game before you come at me!
25 years ago today, the Tim Burton-directed movie Batman opened in theaters, setting the stage for the massive success of superhero movies in theaters (and I distinctly remember seeing Batman at Star Theaters at the stroke of midnight 25 years ago today). In honor of the 25th anniversary of the film, we get to check out today a rare making of video that was made back in 1988 that was meant to calm the worries of the film’s investors. Distributors and investors were afraid that Batman would turn out to be a silly, campy farce like the 1969 TV series of the same name. Warner Bros. commissioned this making of video to show the non-believers that they were serious about making a serious Batman film. Today, superhero movies are so commonplace that many of us have forgotten that there once was a time where no one believed that superheroes could be taken seriously at the movies. Burton‘s Batman remains one of my fave movies and this making of video is just too interesting not to share. Happy 25th Batman!
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But, Yes, They Should Still Get The $40 Million
Back in 2012 I wrote about some movies that changed my life, and the Ken and Sarah Burns documentary The Central Park Five was one of them. I didn’t know much about Antron McCray, Raymond Santana Jr., Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise before I watched the film—and, obviously, there’s still plenty that I don’t know—but at least now I am informed about a huge case in American history that deeply effected their lives. So now that I’m seeing that the 5 men who were wrongly convicted by both the court of racist public opinion, New York politicians/racists, and an actual court that accepted racist and false evidence. Y’all know I question the over-use of the term ‘racist’ but this is THE example of a racist state if there ever was one. Forty million dollars is not enough, and if you watch the documentary you’ll see why. Click inside for more.
Stand-Up special, Docu-series AND Talk Show!
Chelsea Handler announced earlier this year that she is leaving the E! network when her contract is up later this year and ever since she made that announcement, folks have been clamoring for information about where she might end up next. Today, Netflix has announced that they have signed Chelsea to a multi-tier deal that will give her a stand-up comedy special, a docu-series type show AND a revolutionary new talk show — which will all air on demand on Netflix. The future of television programming is here, y’all. More »
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'Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.'
As many of you know, I’m a sucker for a good father/son movie. Last year I wrote about characters from Silver Linings Playbook, 2 Days in New York, and The Place Beyond the Pines (which I’ve since seen!) in a list on Movie Dads Who Changed My Life. This year I want to highlight one documentary that I really think you all should see. Robert De Niro teamed up with an amazing director (Perri Peltz, who I got to interview for Paste) to create a short film about his father. Robert De Niro, Sr. was a well-known painter who achieved some success in his time, but also struggled with his life as a gay man, and as an artist who never completely fit in with the different stylistic waves. I really loved the movie so if you get a chance to catch Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro Sr. on HBO or have any opportunity to watch, I highly recommend! You’ll get an extremely intimate look inside this father/son relationship that, to me, was both incredibly unique and relatable.
A documentary is on the way
David Beckham will be featured in a new documentary project titled David Beckham Into the Unknown which will be broadcast on BBC One this June and to get folks excited for the doc, he posted two photos from his trip to the Amazon on his official Facebook page. Whether he is posing next to a motorcycle or he’s got a cute indigenous kid hanging off his back, Becks looks all kinds of HAWT in these photos … which means he’ll be lookin’ just as hawt in this new documentary. Check out the photos below and learn a bit more about David Beckham Into the Unknown. More »
Grin and 'La Bare' it
Joe Manganiello famously played a character called Big Dick Richie in the well-received male stripper film Magic Mike. Inspired by his tenure playing a male stripper, Manganiello was inspired to learn more about the real world of male stripping and ended up making a documentary film titled La Bare. Joe‘s film is scheduled for theatrical release on June 27 and today I bring you the just-released NSFW red band trailer for Le Bare so that you can get a sense of what the documentary is all about. Altho it’s labeled as a red band trailer, there are no explicitly nude scenes in this video … just a lot of mostly nekkid men in bikini underwear dancing for women. Sound interesting? Check out the trailer and see what you think.
'The Untitled Michael Sam Project' is dunzo!
Earlier this week it was announced that Michael Sam agreed to be filmed for a new docu-series on Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN channel in order to document the real life events that will take place as he begins his new life as St. Louis Rams football player. Today we learn that those plans have been put on hold. As soon as the project was announced, many people (PITNB readers included) voiced concern that a docu-series of this nature might prove to be a distraction not only for Sam but for his football teammates as well. It sounds like Michael Sam took that criticism to heart and decided NOT to move forward with the project … at least, not any time soon. More »
'The Untitled Michael Sam Project' is coming
After Lindsay Lohan‘s docu-series Lindsay piddled out with pitiful ratings it was decided that the show would not be renewed for a second season. Instead, OWN announced today that they will produce a new docu-series that will focus on Michael Sam, the man who just became the first openly gay player in the NFL. Um, hello … this is GENIUS! Click below to read the just-issued press release to learn more about this exciting new docu-series. More »
"It's a very long story"
The season/series finale of Lindsay aired on OWN earlier tonight and in the final moments of the episode, Lindsay Lohan revealed on camera that she had suffered a miscarriage during the filming of her docu-series. Lindsay explained that the many times that she was shown refusing to film scenes for the show earlier in the season, she says she was physically unable to comply with the filming schedule because she was sick from her miscarriage. Wow. Click below to read exactly what Lohan said about this tragic incident during the finale episode of Lindsay tonight. More »
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