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Here is the trailer for the new film Milk about the life of LGBT hero Harvey Milk. Harvey was the first openly gay person elected to office in the U.S. when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. The film, which opens in November, is one of the few gay films to have a big Hollywood budget.
Milk and S.F. Mayor George Moscone were murdered by Supervisor Dan White in 1978. White’s legal defense team at the time claimed that depression and the consumption of a large amount of junk food diminished White’s mental capacities and therefore he was not capable of premeditating the murders. Because of what became known as the “Twinkie defense”, White was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk, James Franco play Scott Smith, Harvey’s partner and Emile Hirsch plays activist Cleve Jones who would later go on to found the AIDS Quilt.
Moments after I wrote a post for LGBT for Obama about John McCain saying that he had never heard the acronym “LGBT” my friend Bil Browning of Bilerico posted this video of Margaret Cho detailing the history of the U.S. military’s planning for a “gay bomb.”
What, you may ask, is a “gay bomb?” Well, silly, it is a bomb that when dropped on the enemy would turn them into feather boa wearing, Barbra Streisand loving, Pride parade marching, mimosa sipping, finger snapping homosexuals.
I, and Margaret, kid you not. This was something that the Pentagon considered spending $7.5 million dollars to develop.
Senator Obama just BarackRoll’d you (like a rickroll… only Presidential).
This new video from Cazwell is hilarious. The drag queen who plays Beyonce brings the fierceness and Cazwell is just down right yummy in that scruffy East Village kind of way.
Were the World Mine may be the hot new gay film that we have been waiting all year for.
In the film Timothy escapes the the narrow-minded confines of his small town high school through musical daydreams. When a teacher assigns him the role of Puck in A Midsummer’s Night Dream Timothy discovers a recipe for a purple love pansy which he uses to turn much of the town’s population gay. In the process Timothy wins the heart of the rugby playing boy of his dreams.
Too many films of late aimed at gay men have been overly formulaic with their After School Special-like earnestness and devoid of the passion and innovation that marked the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s.
Hopefully Were the World Mine marks not simply a return to that heyday of gay film, but a leap forward in telling stories about gay men that celebrate gay sexuality and our lives with intelligence, creativity and honesty.
Were the World Mine recently won the Outfest 2008 Grand Jury Award for outstanding U.S. dramatic feature.
The buzz about The Dark Knight has been incredible. That’s partially because it is Heath Ledger’s final performance and partially because the first movie was well received.
Ledger’s performance as the Joker is phenomenal, but the rest of cast including Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Aaron Eckhart more than hold their own.
This is hands down the best film that I have seen all year. See it immediately on the biggest screen possible. You will not be disappointed.