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Hollywood Creatives Are Working On Another Live-Action He-Man

Is another live-action He-Man in the making?

According to Variety, a film adaption of the popular children’s cartoon from the 1980s is in the works.

Rumor has it that Art Macrum and Matt Holloway, of the Men in Black franchise, are working to write up a first draft of the film. In addition, brother team Adam and Aaron Nee have signed on to direct.

The movie will be a live action and film version of the 1980s cartoon created to sell the Mattel toy line. This wouldn't be the first however, as a cult-classic film from 1987 called "Masters of the Universe" already exists. As of this moment, nothing else is officially known about the story of this new film.

But as Consequence of Sound writes:

“As of now, it’s unclear whether they’ll be rewriting David S. Goyer’s original script, who remains a producer. Goyer isn’t exactly known for comedy like Marcum and Holloway, so it’s likely they wanted to go in a more tongue-in-cheek direction. It worked for Warner Bros., whose similarly fantastical Aquaman has shored up nearly a billion dollars for the studio. If Sony wants to do that, they’d be wise to try and conjure up some of that meta-comedy that made their Jump Street movies such a success.”

“Channing Tatum as He-Man anyone?”

That last bit was more request and wishful thinking than news reporting. No actors’ names have been officially attached to the film yet.

But if you could cast He-Man, who would you pick? Let us known down in the comments below.

h/t: Variety, Consequences of Sound

Adam Lambert Just Confirmed 'Who' He Was in Bohemian Rhapsody

If you are still as gagged at Bohemian Rhapsody as we are, you will agree that the Golden Globes got it right for honoring the incredible biopic about Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury. It’s no doubt that Rami Malek’s portrayal of Mercury MADE that mother f***in’ film into the masterpiece that it is being revered to be.

But now as we are in the midst of award season, we are still learning that Bohemian Rhapsody is sprinkled with surprises that truly elevate it beyond what we already love.

Back in November, Adam Lambert shared with Billboard that he appeared in the film, but that his cameo was “very, very mysterious.” So after much speculation, fans who watched the film might still be wondering who or where was Adam Lambert?

Well, today, Adam Lambert JUST shared what many were suspecting. Without spoiling it all, there's a scene where Freddie Mercury (Malek) was on a truck stop phone chatting with Mary Austin (played by Lucy Boynton). The trucker pops out of his truck donning facial hair, flannel, denim, and a hat then walks conspicuously into a bathroom—to which we see Mercury hungrily react. That trucker? Adam Lambert.

 

 

Lambert’s appearance is a few seconds and if you went to the concessions stand for popcorn or event blinked, you might have missed him. This tweet and photo is the first public confirmation that the modern-day Queen frontman was in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Lambert is currently on tour with Queen:

 

 

h/t: Billboard

Critics Agree: 'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins' Take On James Baldwins' "Beale Street" Is Complex & Alluring

Reviews of If Beale Street Could Talk are coming in, and many are already calling for Oscar nominations.

Director Barry Jenkins has already made history by creating the first English-language film adaption of a James Baldwin novel, but will he be celebrated for making a good film too? It looks like it.

Despite James Baldwin being a popular black and gay writer during the civil rights era, one who befriended/influenced several creatives and political leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers, Hollywood never adapted any of his works.

Thankfully, Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight which won the 2017 Oscar award for Best Picture, is changing that.

Jenkins’ has written and directed an adaption of James Baldwins’ 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk. The story is set in Harlem and focuses on the intense racial conflict at the time.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The film specifically centers around two lovers named Tish and Fonny (played by newcomer Kiki Layne and Homecoming's Stephan James respectively). At the start of the story, Tish and Fonny’s young love is split apart by an accusation that thrusts Fonny in jail. As he is imprisoned, Tish is pregnant and looks towards her mother, played by Regina King, to investigate the case and save Fonny.

While the story does not depict or celebrate same-sex love, it is one created by two gay, black men. And if that wasn’t enough, their message of spirited love in the face of adversity is one that all gay men can enjoy.

Reviews for the film have praised the movie for it’s complex look at race issues and depictions of love and hate.

“The movie works so well because of its attention to detail, unwillingness to embrace easy answers and resistance to painting with a too-broad brush. When the couple has trouble finding a landlord who'll rent to them, or encounter a racist cop, they also find moments of kindness and grace -- including a white landlord who says all he cares about is seeing people who are happy together,” said CNN.

“Hatred, poverty, and deadly menace shadow virtually every plot point in the film, follow the characters into the furthest recesses of their intimacy and inwardness, impose an exhausting alertness and a dreadful fear as the baseline condition of living while black. The mighty love that the movie depicts is itself a mode of resistance —a necessary one, perhaps, but not a sufficient one,” wrote the New Yorker.

Related: Moonlight Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney is Going to Broadway

“Another Remarkable and Unforgettable film by Barry Jenkins!! Dir. of Moonlight. Based on a novel written by Our Lord James Baldwin! Amazing Actors! Gorgeous cinematography and camera work.

"Score insanely beautiful! So many great messages. Out on November30th! Run to see it! thank you #bandrybarry #bealestreet #ifbealestreetcouldtalk #annapurnapics #jamesbaldwin ” wrote Madonna on Instagram.

Not to mention, the film already has 3 Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama (Regina King), Best Screenplay (Barry Jenkins), and Best Picture.

If you’re interested in seeing the film for yourself and gaining your own opinion about it, If Beale Street Could Talk releases in the US on December 25th.

Are We Ready for a Whoopi-less 'Sister Act'?

One of my favorite 90s cult classic movies Sister Act is headed for production, but this won’t make the original a trilogy. Before you start singing Joyful Joyful you should know that the film’s star EGOT icon Whoopi Goldberg, won’t be putting the habit back on.

Variety and other media outlets have reported that Goldberg won’t be reprising her role as Reno lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier turned Sister Mary Clarence. Instead, the movie will be a new iteration of the original film that will be produced for Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+. I guess there goes my dreams of ever seeing Sister Act 3: Nun of That!

The View co-host shared in an interview:

We’ve been all over Disney begging and they’ve decided that they’re going to go in a different direction with Sister Act. So it won’t be Sister Act 3, it’ll be a brand-new rendition of Sister Act. And I guess I’ll walk through a scene and that’s how they’ll say I was part of it.

Regina Hicks, executive producer of Insecure and Star showrunner Karin Gist will write the new Sister Act, but there are still no details as to what the story will entail. The original film from 1992 starred new comer Kathy Najimi, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel, and Wendy Makkena alongside Goldberg. The film was so successful, earning $232 million worldwide, that a sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit followed soon after with Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Will there be room for any of the original cast members in the new Sister Act? I pray to God there will be!

h/t: Variety

CHAPERO is a Film About the Darkness of Being a Sex Worker

Spanish director David González has been sharing his short film CHAPERO which has been receiving some mixed reviews around the festival circuit. The story follows 17-year-old gypsy Ismael, played by Quim Jiménez, who is thrown out of his house for being gay. While on the street he soon meets Nines, played by Ximena de los Santos, a trans sex worker who befriends him but also introduces him to the dark world of the ‘night life’.

Chapero, which is a slang term for a boy who is sold or has sex for money, is a topical story that is creating a lot of controversy. González began to encounter this when the film was released on platforms like YouTube and Vimeo and it was quickly flagged and removed because it was considered to be pornographic and promoting violence.

YouTube’s policies, clearly state:

Sexually explicit content like pornography is not allowed. Videos containing fetish content will be removed or age-restricted depending on the severity of the act in question. In most cases, violent, graphic, or humiliating fetishes are not allowed to be shown on YouTube.

A video that contains nudity or other sexual content may be allowed if the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic, and it isn’t gratuitously graphic.

González, however, asserts that this is censorship as the film, while hard to watch, is an artistic narrative on the realities of sex work that is occurring—primarily to minors—around the world.

This is interesting considering this week we learned the Tumblr would be ridding itself of all pornography on its site and will be porn free by December 17th to avoid the stigmas surrounding its reputation for free porn.

Many Tumblr bloggers have come out saying that their personal Tumblr accounts are artistic expression and celebrate their sex positivity.

The 20-minute short is no longer available online, but González is working hard to remove the censorship as it relates to his and other films that seek to raise awareness.

We got in touch with 32-year-old director/screenwriter, David González, who gave more insight on his project and his mission to bring light to this issue:

Why did you create the short film CHAPERO?

I wanted to tell the world about young male prostitution, a topic that is not usually talked about, and even less in the vivid way that I have done it.

How has the film been received in the festival circuit?

The short film has received mixed reviews, from people who have valued history and applauded the initiative, to people who have been bothered by the subject of the film and its very sexual and real scenes. There were many people who saw the character as very strong and people who perhaps expected more. But no one has been neutral, Chapero has created a strong impact.

How has the film been censored? Why do you think this is?

Censorship started upon the film’s premiere on YouTube and Vimeo. They accused us of pornography and excess violence, although at no time were penises, explicit or graphic sex, shown. Most people who have opposed the film are from Latin American and have strong religious convictions. They have even threatened us. These are taboo subjects that society prefers you not to touch. In this case, an underage gypsy boy who prostitutes himself because he is kicked out of the house because he is homosexual.

How do you plan to remove the stigma surrounding CHAPERO?

I think it's a short film that everyone over age should see because it reflects an uncomfortable reality that exists, and there have been many cases. It is a tremendous injustice and the world needs to see this harsh reality without turning its head. This is a real story that can raise awareness. We also indirectly talk about pedophilia, sexual abuse within the church, and transgender lives.

Basically we hope you understand the message that too many young people are forced to take the dark road because they are misunderstood. I think we have managed to show this story with realism and the characters can get to empathize with the viewer.

Although we have shot with very little means we are satisfied with the result. We are convinced we have done a good job of reaching our expectations.


González wants as many people to see the short film and welcomes constructive criticism.

Watch the NSFW short film CHAPERO, but be aware that the film is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 and includes graphic scenes with mature content. The film is entirely in Spanish.

For more information on other projects visit Young Talent Films

Michael B Jordan Has To Defeat A Muscle Mountain In New Creed 2 Trailer

The second trailer is out for the upcoming Creed 2 film, and we are here for it!

The last Creed film, which reinstated us into the world of Rocky, was a huge success, so it’s no surprise that the sequel is looking pretty good.

This time around, Michael B. Jordan’s Creed is taking on the next generation of boxing villains, aka the son of Rocky nemesis Drago (played by Dolph Ludgren).

In a set up full of beautiful parallels, Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky is mentoring Creed for a matchup against the son of his rival who also happens to be a coach now.

Meanwhile, Creed is also busy trying to balance his family life, with a child and girlfriend (played by Tessa Thompson), with little success.

If you need more, Deadline provided the official plot for the film:

“Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.”

Watch the trailer below.

 

 

 

"American Circumcision" Is The "Definitive" Documentary On The Topic

Some of us have a preference for an uncut c*ck, some of us like the look of a cut one, and there are those of us who don’t really have too much of a partiality.

Brendon Marotta’s new documentary American Circumcision is clear in its motives: it argues for the end of circumcision in the United States.

The talking-heads doc presents that, among other reasons, the surgery itself is traumatizing to young infants, who don’t get to choose whether or not to keep their foreskin, and that the procedure is painful. The doc suggests that this leads to lifelong and trust issues.

The filmmakers call themselves “Intactivists” (intact meaning they have a foreskin) who fight for a man’s right to choose the fate of his c*ck.

As a circumcised man, I for one have a hard time taking any of this seriously. I certainly don't remember the operation. And if someone tried to tell me I’m not intact because I don’t have a foreskin I’m not sure if I’d be offended or if I’d just dismiss them as insane or both. Right now I’m in kind of a “choose your battles” mindset.

In the trailer, American Circumcision bills itself as “the award-winning definitive documentary on the issue.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

“Circumcision is the most common surgery in America, yet America is the only industrialized country in the world to routinely practice non-religious infant circumcision. Why does America continue to cut the genitals of it's newborn baby males when the rest of the world does not? American Circumcision explores both sides of the circumcision debate, including the growing Intactivist movement (intact + activist), which believes all human beings have a right to keep the body they were born with intact. This is the first documentary of its scale to comprehensively explore this cutting edge issue, which involves sex, politics, and religion, all in the most personal way possible.”

American Circumcision is now available to stream. Visit, the website here, where you can also watch the trailer: circumcisionmovie.com

What are your thoughts on circumcision? Are you an Intactivist? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

h/t: The Advocate

 

HIV/AIDS Epidemic Film "1985" Has Released Online

The trailer of the upcoming film 1985 has dropped and we’re excited to see the final project.

1985, by director Yen Tan, follows a young man returning to his childhood home with the intention to say goodbye.

At the start of the film, main character Adrian has recently lost his lover to AIDS and is struggling with the disease himself. He then decides to visit his family in Texas before it’s too late.

There, he reconnects with is parents, his childhood friend Carly (played by Jamie Chung) and his younger brother, who might be gay himself, Andrew (played by Aidan Langford).

According to the Daily Beast, Tan based his film off of a 2016 short he made and he based that off of his experiences working at a viatical settlement firm. There, he witnesses many gay men living with HIV or AIDS.

As the Daily Beast wrote:

“By the nature of the job, men revealed details about the relationships they had—or more often, didn’t have—with their families. Often, Tan felt confused. Why would this gay man whom his family disowned still name his father as his beneficiary? And then there was one patient whose offhand comment stuck with him, two decades later, planting the seed from which 1985 eventually grew: ‘The saddest thing is when the family doesn’t know.’

“A lot of those things that happened at that job didn’t quite click until the last few years when I’m revisiting memories of it,” Tan tells The Daily Beast. “When I was coming out, it was an exciting thing for me to enter that world. But at the same time I was working at a job interacting with people who were coming to the end of their lives, making end-of-life arrangements. I think the things people were telling me back then, I understood it, but it didn’t quite hit me on an emotional level until I got older.”

But that's not all. Gotham star Cory Michael Smith will be staring in the lead role.

Plus, Smith came out as queer while promoting the film.

“There’s something special about telling a story that feels closer to home,” Smith, who identifies as queer, tells The Daily Beast. “I’m not exactly like The Riddler in real life.

“I’m from Middle America,” he says. “I’m from Ohio. I’ve been living here [in New York] for a while, and there are stretches when I don’t see my family often. Going home and that whole charade is very familiar. The first family dinner after a while. Coming out to a family, the fear of that.”

And how will Adrian handle his last visit with his family? We'll find out on October 26 when the film releases in the US. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer below:

h/t: The Daily Beast

Animation Short Shares Story Of How Gay Activist Bisi Alimi Became A Refugee

What is it like to be a gay refugee trying to escape a deadly homeland? That’s a story that one short video is trying to share with us.

According to Pink News, Nigerian-born Bisi Alimi was a popular actor who appeared on the Nigerian tv show, Roses and Thorns, but his popularity became his greatest enemy.

When the show’s producers realized that he was gay, they wrote him off the show. Then, many people, and news sources, started prying into his personal life. It eventually became too much for Alimi as he decided to come out through a talk show interview.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t prepared for the major backlash that would follow.

Bisi Alimi was assaulted and arrested “many times.” Once, a group of men found out where he lived, broke into his home, and then beat him. When the police came, they just accused him of “training people to be gay.”

All of this led Alimi to one conclusion. He had to leave Nigeria.

Now, Bisi Alimi acts as an advocate for gay rights and even created a short animation film,  with the help of RoyalPixel.com.br, to share more details about his struggles, his coming out, and his flight from Nigeria.

You can watch the animation short down below.

h/t: Pink News

Jack Whitehall To Play A Gay Man In Upcoming Disney Film "The Jungle Cruise"

British Comedian Jack Whitehall will be playing an openly gay character in the upcoming Disney film The Jungle Cruise.

Whitehall will be co-starring with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt.

While Variety broke the news that Whitehall would join the film as Blunt's brother back in March, some information about his character is now making the rounds.

The Sun was the one to break this new story and claim that a source of theirs gave them the info.

As the source said:

“This is a huge gig for Jack and has landed him his biggest ever pay cheque.

“But, more excitingly, he is playing a gay man - one who is hugely effete, very camp and very funny.

"It’s a dream role.

“Disney’s always been incredibly supportive of the LGBTQ community.”

"This latest script, set at a time when it wasn’t socially acceptable to be gay, is another significant turning point.”

The source also shares that the character will expressively state that he has no interest in women.

While this might seem exciting at a first glance, there is some room for worry. For instance, an effete person is typically thought of as “useless, ineffective, or pretentious.” This could mean that Whitehall’s character will be on the verge of being a stereotype or problematic at the least.

While many news sources are reporting outrage at Whitehall, a straight man, being cast in a gay role, its the above stated description of the character that's the real problem.

Plus, LGBTQ fans have gotten used to hearing news that LGTBQ characters will appear in films/tv series, showing up/paying to watch, and then being rewarded with killed off characters, comedic relief, and barely visible representation.

This is all to say that we are skeptical at the moment, but we're at least happy to be aware of this new development.

In addition, the movie is currently filming and not set to release until next year. That said, lead star Dwayne Johnson released a first look at the film, sans Whitehall. You can watch it below.

h/t: Variety, The Sun

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