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Screenwriter 'Disappointed' About the Lack of Full-Frontal Nudity in 'Call Me By Your Name'

Something that was glaringly missing in the Oscar-winning film Call Me by Your Name was any sort of full-frontal nudity, and screenwriter James Ivory has called out director Luca Guadagnino about his decision to not include scenes that featured it.

Guadagnino has said in past interviews that he called his decision to not include any nudity from its stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet "irrelevant".  It's something that Ivory, who won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, disagreed with as he mentioned that he discussed this issue with Guadagnino at length.

“When Luca says he never thought of putting nudity in, that is totally untrue,” he told The Guardian.  “He sat in this very room where I am sitting now, talking about how he would do it, so when he says that it was a conscious aesthetic decision not to — well, that’s just bulls**t."

“When people are wandering around before or after making love, and they’re decorously covered with sheets, it’s always seemed phoney to me. I never liked doing that. And I don’t do it, as you know.”

“To me, that’s a more natural way of doing things than to hide them, or to do what Luca did, which is to pan the camera out of the window toward some trees.”

It may not have been Guadagnino's total decision, as reports suggest that full-frontal nudity was barred in both Hammer and Chalamet's contract.

 

 

"Call Me By Your Name Was Taken Out Of Beijing's Film Festival," Says Sony Pictures Classics

A Chinese film festival has pulled Oscar-winning Call Me By Your Name from its program.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, the film’s distributor, shared the news with Reuters that its film was taken off the roster of the Beijing International Film Festival. The film was set to play along other international films like Lean on Pete and The Square.

Unfortunately, there was no explanation as to why the film was taken off the showing list, including requests for the festival organizers and the country’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television to comment, but many believe its because of China’s unstable views on homosexuality.

Call Me By Your Name follows the budding romance between a 17-year-old Jewish-Italian boy and an archeology student in his mid-twenties.

“There is no clear policy on this issue, so we are always confused,” said Xin Ying, executive director of the Beijing LGBT Centre, to Reuters.

While homosexuality is not illegal in China, the country’s government is constantly shuffling its views and policy on gay representation in media and gay people, or allies, congregating in the open.

Last year, China censored gay content in the film Alien: Convenant, and stated strict limits on gay content found on the internet. In addition, Chinese officials shut down a gay rights conference before it could even get started, and police forced parents of gay people to leave a matchmaking event.

Meanwhile, the creator of the biggest gay dating app in the world, Blued, says that the government specifically approves of his business, and Beauty and the Beast’s “gay moment” went unedited in China.

All of that, plus this newest development of Call Me By Your Name being pulled from Beijing’s film festival just adds to the confusion of the country’s citizens.

Perhaps that will soon change as China’s government shifts under President Xi Jinping. Earlier this month, China’s Parliament voted to take away term limits for the President and allow him to rule indefinitely. In addition, control over film, news and publishing officially became the jurisdiction of the Communist Party’s publicity department.

But, with President Xi Jinping’s party being in true power, we’ll see if they will be supportive of LGBTQ people in China or make things worse for them.

h/t: Reuters

Armie Hammer Deals With Something Cumbersome In The Shower

 

And no, it's not his hammer! Call Me By Your Name heartthrob Armie Hammer buys his thirst traps in bulk, and is merciless in the sheer number of them that he sets up on Instagram. Ya got me Armie! Now come over and untangle mama. Hm, I don't really know what that means, but I do know that Hammer never misses an opportunity to get his fans fantasizing about his sexy bod, and this latest tease is no exception!

Hammer stands at 6' 5", and while I hardly consider gorgeous, tall, stacked men to be a marginalized group, his height definitely appears to get in the way of his shower time fun. In a new Instagram video, Armie solemnly flashes his baby blues as the large new shower filter purchased by his wife bypasses his head almost entirely! Silly billy. He captions the photo:

Wife: I put a new filter system in the shower. You’ll barely notice it.

Me: ....

 

 

Wife: I put a new filter system in the shower. You’ll barely notice it. Me: ....

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Women. Bleh. In trying to better her household, Hammer's wife slightly inconvenienced him, so, bye gurl bye! In addition to playing a gay man in Call Me By Your Name, Hammer will now play one in the flick Final Portrait, and I can't help but think that his relentless shirtless Instagram pictures don't hurt his clout with the gay community. I mean here I am. Right now. Ensnared in the trap. Helpless. A damsel in distressed jeans. Save me Armie!

 

 

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Is It Time To Move Forward From Coming Out Stories?

Is It Time To Move Forward From Coming Out Stories?


Why Is Hollywood Obsessed With Sexuality?

SIMON SAYS! Okay, I’m so excited for every moment of LGBTQ screen time we may receive in film and television. We’ve experienced groundbreaking series such as Queer as Folk and The L-Word, on top of having the original and rebooted Will and Grace. As iconic as these series, among others, have been – why don’t we see many more of them seemingly recreated in film? I cannot help but feel each time a majorly distributed LGBTQ film appears – with tens across the board might I add – it’s always about a coming out story. Are you getting sick and tired of having to rewatch your youth over and over again!?


Don’t come for me just yet. To echo my earlier statement, I’m incredibly happy the LGBTQ community is getting their voices out into the world through film and television in general. I wouldn’t take back the success of LGBTQ cinema we’ve had in the last few years, but I cannot help but feel Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name, and the upcoming Love, Simon are all rehashing the same topic: Coming out of the closet or discovering yourself through your homosexuality. Frankly, I’m a bit tired of it. How many times do I have to watch essentially the same character battling his sexuality with an overbearing parent and some self-quarrel of his feelings for men? And you know, it’s not really comforting knowing allegedly heterosexual actors are portraying the gay characters we experience. Playing gay appears to gain someone a nomination from the Academy, but perhaps that’s a different topic of another day.


Yes, the latest string of LGBTQ films have been highlights for the community and the globe. However, can we please get through into Hollywood that as interesting as coming out is: How about showcasing the life of adult, LGBTQ characters who are, you know, quite comfortable with their sexuality and aren’t battling their emotions. I want to witness a strong, powerhouse, gay character who knows what he wants and goes after it. I’m begging to see someone take inspiration from the magic of Queer as Folk and put that wizardry into an Oscar nominated film. The LGBTQ community can be more impact, and more human, than just by simply coming out of the closet.


This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine. Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.

Someone Made An '80s Style Trailer For "Call Me By Your Name"

While it looks like Director Luca Guadagnino’s dream of a 1980s sequel for Call Me By Your Name is still up in the air, we are getting a glimpse at what an ‘80s version of the film would look like.

A small Youtube Channel called Malcolm Edits decided to upload a quirky edited version of the film’s trailer. Taking notes from classic movie trailers from the ‘80s, the Youtube channel then cut away before it had a new parody trailer for the Oscar nominated film.

As the video’s creator explains:

 “Call Me By Your Name was probably my favorite movie this year, and as a gay guy, I kept thinking about how much I wish we’d had a movie like it when I was growing up. But then I realized that it’s probably better that it wasn’t made back then.”

Want to see the short, sweet, and fun trailer yourself? You can watch it down below.

Will 'Call Me by Your Name' Win Any Oscars at Tonight's Ceremony?

The 90th Annual Academy Awards takes place tonight at 8:00 PM EST on ABC.  The perennial show, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, honors the best of the best in filmmaking over the past year.

One of the most talked about films that has several nominations tonight is Call Me by Your Name, the Luca Guadagnino directed film about a gay romance blossoming between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

The film has four nominations at tonight's ceremony: Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothee Chalamet), Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory) and Best Original Song (Sufjan Stevens "Mystery of Love").

Two major categories that the film failed to secure nominations in is Best Supporting Actor (Armie Hammer) and Best Achievement in Directing (Luca Guadagnino).  Regardless, the film has already received close to 70 awards outside of the show tonight, but does that mean they have a chance at winning one... or anything come Oscar time?

According to GoldDerby, it looks good for CMBYN in one particular category: Best Adapted Screenplay.  James picked up this award last week at the 2018 BAFTA Awards, and it looks like his continued luck will secure him Oscar gold at tonight's ceremony. They have him winning this award easily, as CMBYN is listed at the top of the pack from each expert.

For Best Actor, it may not be Timothee's night but don't count him out yet.  GoldDerby's expert pool has him listed right behind who many think will win tonight: Gary Oldman for The Darkest Hour. Timothee did pick up the Best Actor award last night at the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards, however it's Gary's game to lose as he has won mostly everything up until this point.  Nothing wrong with an upset though.

Same goes with Best Original Song, as it looks to be a close call between "This is Me" from The Greatest Showman and "Remember Me" from Coco. The silver lining in all of this is that if "This is Me" wins, it will be a victory for the LGBT community as Benj Pasek is nominated for writing the song.  It will be a back to back win for him in this category as well, as he won for "City of Stars" from La La Land last year.

Finally: Best Picture, which looks to be heading the way of either Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Get Out and The Shape of Water based on expert predictions.  So by day's end, CMBYN should secure at least one Oscar with the hopes that Timothee can pull off a major upset for Best Actor.  Here's to hoping. 

 

 

'Call Me By Your Name' BANNED In Tunisia

A screening of 'Call Me By Your Name' has been banned by the Tunisian government. The decision has not been taken well by the films distributor Lassaad Goubantini, who said the banning was “an attack on liberties” motivated by “the subject of the film”.

The film, which follows the love story between a 17-year-old and an older family friend, was deemed as unacceptable, as it is illegal to be gay in Tunisia.

Goubantini continued 

“We filed an application for authorisation with the ministry of culture,” said Goubantini.

“We even proposed a viewing in exceptional circumstances before the screening to know if it would go ahead or not, (but) we were refused a permit.”

The film has seen success worldwide, being nominated for four Academy Awards this year.