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First Look Of Trick Sequel Shows Mark's Just As Hot (And Shirtless) As In The First Film

We’re getting a first look at the production a gay classic's sequel, and it’s of a shirtless man.

Last month, we shared with you the fact that a sequel to 1999 film Trick was heading into production.

Trick followed two New Yorkers, office temp/aspiring musical composer Gabriel and go-go dancer Mark, as they explored the city in the attempt to find a spot to hookup. In the end, they ended up falling in love.

Now with the sequel heading our way, we are excited to see those characters, and a few small roles like Drag Queen Coco Peru, reappearing in our lives, but this time they’ll also explore the city of Los Angeles.

Now, the official Instagram account for the sequel film has released a “first look” at two of the movie’s cast members and we’re happy to see it!

In the photo, we see Coco Peru hanging out with a shirtless J.P. Pitoc. It seems Pitoc’s character Mark is up to his old tricks as he’s shirtless once again, and we’re loving it.

Are you as excited as we are for the Trick sequel?

Despite only recently doing it’s table read, the film’s director, Jim Fall, announced that Trick 2 will premiere in 2019. The film will then come out just in time to celebrate the 20-year-anniversary of the original film.

We can’t wait!

New Short Film "Just Me" Sees Philip Olivier Playing Closeted Gay Man

Former soap star Philip Olivier is getting ready to premiere in a leather-filled short film.

You might remember Olivier for acting in the early 2000s tv series Hollyoaks: In the City. There, he played Adam, the sexually conflicted teacher and roommate of the main characters.

Now, Olivier is playing another conflicted man in a short film titled “Just Me.” This time, he plays a closeted gay man who finds himself in a leather club.

More specifically, Scott (Olivier) is preparing to get married but Connor (played by Carl Loughlin), a stranger from his past, turns up on his doorstep to make him question his future wedding plans.

The short film, written by James Mallen and Thom Sean Hughes and directed by Mickey Jones, started filming in August and has just released first look photos from the production. Also, the film’s official Facebook page says the movie will be “coming out of the closet soon.”

Armie Hammer Is Sure A Call Me By Your Name Sequel "Will Happen"

Armie Hammer says there’s definitely a Call Me By Your Name sequel in the works.

While speaking to Variety at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Hammer shared that he knows that creatives are working on the sequel to the 217 hit film.

“It will happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen.”

But, Hammer said that he’s not personally involved with the film at this time. Even further, he has been told to tell very little about the project.

“How much do I know and how much could I tell you are two very different things,” he said.

“More than anything I trust the artistic direction to Luca and [novelist] André Aciman and to those guys who did such a good job handling it the first time around,” he also aded before saying, "I know a lot, but I can’t tell you anything.”

At the start of this year, film director Luca Guadagnino spread the idea that the sequel would follow an older Elio as he experienced the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s.

“I think Elio [Timothee Chalamet] will be a cinephile, and I'd like him to be in a movie theater watching Paul Vecchiali's Once More. That could be the first scene [in the sequel],” Guadagnino said on the subject.

That said, screenwriter James Ivory later shared his doubts about the possibilities of a sequel while at the BAFTA awards.

“I heard about it. I don’t know how you could make such sequels if they’re far in the future.”

He added: “It’s not possible to make Timothée [Chalamet] look likes he’s 40. All the make-up in the world and the rest of it and changing voice is not going to do it. I don’t know how.

“No one has contacted me. You have to think, ‘What does André Aciman think about that?’ It’s his creation. No one seems to know how he feels about it.”

Now that Armie Hammer confirms that plans are being made for a sequel, we can be sure that director Guadagnino and a few other creatives/executives are in favor of continuing the story. That said, projects are created all the time and fail to become reality.

While Hammer has confirmed the film is, at least, a living project right now, us fans should remain patient and wait it out in the darkness.

Gay Thriller "The Breeding" Released in Theaters (As Its Lead Faces Murder Charges)

The creators of popular gay web series Drama Queenz are gearing up for the theatrical and digital release of their gay thriller.

Novo Novus Productions released the trailer for The Breeding back in April, but they are just now getting ready for the theater debut of the film.

The movie follows Thomas (played by Broadway dancer Marcus Bellamy), an artist with a kink for BDSM. He meets a man named Lee (Joe MacDougal) at an art gallery. While the two initially engage in consensual race play, their relationship soon takes a much darker turn.

According to Meaww, the theme of the film focuses on race relations in the LGBTQ community, and how civility among humans is fickle in the wake of our primal desires.

 "The idea for The Breeding came from an art piece on Harmen van den Bogaert, a slave master in the pre-Civil War era, accused of sodomy with his slave,” explained film writer and production company co-founder Dane Joseph.. “The crime was punishable by death so master and slave fled and later died on the run, falling through a frozen lake. The artist envisioned their plight as a forbidden love story. I felt it to be a problematic interpretation and so I began research on master-slave relationships. It led to my discovering BDSM, where racially charged situations and language are used during cross-cultural sexual encounters. My mind began to wonder how people of color could reconcile that sort of behavior, considering the horrific past from which the practice stems."

 

 

Another interesting, ironic, and horrifying note is that lead star Marcus Bellamy is currently facing real-life murder and manslaughter charges for the alleged killing of his boyfriend.

The film was shot a few months before Bellamy admitted to committing the crime in 2016, according to Raynbowaffair.

 

 

“Never could any of us have imagined that something like this would happen,” said director Daniel Armando. “Dane and Marcus went to high school together. Dane introduced Marcus to Manhattan when Marcus first started at Juilliard.”

“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for Dane and everyone in the cast, reconciling what our friend has done and sending prayers to the family affected by the tragedy. We’re still piecing it all together and, more than anything, want to send positive love and light to everyone impacted.”

Despite this unfortunate event, the film has continued its distribution. This includes appearing in a few film festivals such as the HBO NY Latino Film Festival and the 2018 Harlem International Film Festival, where it won the “Best Feature” award.

Now, The Breeding will have a limited theatrical run starting on September 7 in Los Angeles. Afterwards, it will release on DVD and digitally on September 11.

h/t: Meaww, Raynbowaffair

Amandla Stenberg Says She's Working To Create More Black And Gay Stories In Hollywood

Hollywood actress Amanda Stenberg says she wants to help create more black and gay narratives.

“Just because we have ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Love, Simon’ doesn’t mean we’re anywhere close to where we need to be,” she said. “But I think that they’re incredible first steps, they’re revolutionary first steps and the result is diversity even within those categories of identity.”

The “Everything, Everything” and “Hunger Games” star recently spoke with Variety about her upcoming project “The Hate U Give.”

In “The Hate U Give,” which is based off of a novel with the same name, Stenberg plays lead character Starr, a young woman who grows up in a black neighborhood but then attends a predominantly white school. The inciting incident for the film’s conflict happens when Starr’s childhood best friend Khalil is shot by a police officer while she sits in the car beside him.

 “I walked away from the set with a little bit of residual trauma because these are real people, real experiences, there are families that have their kids shot and killed by police.”

“I hope that it makes people think,” she said of the film. “And really understand the experience of the black community. There’s such a power when people have empathy through on-screen narratives. I feel like it’s starting to change and it’s really exciting to see that change.”

In terms of creating black and gay narratives, Stenberg has done so ever since her viral video talking about cultural appropriation back in 2015.

Afterwards, she used that attention to kickstart projects like bisexual short film “Blue Girls Burn Fast,” her music video for the cover of Mac DeMarco’s “Let My Baby Stay,” and ongoing comic series Niobe.

Then on a personal level, Amandla experimented with labels for her won identity and sexuality. She played around with labels such as bisexual and gender-fluid before deciding on the label of being gay.

Through all that, she has remained an advocate for LGBTQ/Black entertainment and stories, and it looks like she won’t quit anytime soon.

h/t: Variety

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

A Sequel To The 1999 Film "Trick" Is In The Works

A classic gay film is getting a sequel.

Trick was a 1999 film following a night of romance between office temp/aspiring musical composer Gabriel and go-go dancer Mark. The movie shows the two going through a series of misadventures as they try (and fail) to find a place to connect physically and then subsequently connect emotionally.

Now according to Hornet, a sequel to this film is in the works.

Writer/Director Jim Fall has announced that he’s written a script for the upcoming film, which will be based in Los Angeles and have drag queen Coco Peru (who appeared in the original) in the movie.

Fall made this announcement through a non-public Facebook post on Thursday, and says the film should be out in 2019. This will be just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original film.

Any more details about the story are currently unknown, but the fact that Coco Peru will be appearing and that the story be located in Los Angeles give us some clues.

Perhaps the famed comedian will have another starring cameo such as the last movie where she acted as a foil towards the romance of Gabriel and Mark. That said, the inclusion of Coco Peru doesn’t confirm whether the story of Gabriel and Mark will be continued in this second film or not.

We’ll find out in 2019.

h/t: Hornet

The Trailer For Coming Of Age Story "We The Animals" Is Out

We the Animals is an up and coming indie film with an LGBTQ lead character.

The film is based off of the semi-autobiographical novella of the same name by Justin Torress.

The story follows a family living in rural New York. Within the family of five is youngest son Jonah (played by Evan Rosado). Jonah likes to record his life with his parents and two brothers in a journal.

As time goes by, Jonah watches his brothers turn into two different iterations of his young and volatile parents. Meanwhile, Jonah realizes that he sees the world differently than the rest. His sexuality and heightened imagination not only sustain him, but also ostracize him.

The film’s script was adapted by Jeremiah Zagar and Dan Kitrosser. As they shared at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, they were honored to be a part of the project.

“It’s been an honor to adapt this unbelievable novel by Justin Torres, and create this cinematic world with Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, and our stunning three young-adult leads Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, and Josiah Gabriel,” director Zagar said in a statement.

After making the rounds at film festivals earlier this year, We the Animals is coming to U.S. theaters on August 17.

While you wait for the movie to come out, you can check out the trailer down below.

Netflix's Emo The Musical Has A Charming Love Story About Overcoming Conversion Therapy

Warning: This post will have slight spoilers for Emo the Musical.

Emo the Musical has a charming gay subplot and a beautiful song about overcoming gay cure therapy.

The Australian black comedy-musical titled Emo the Musical is currently playing worldwide on Netflix. The film follows the tension between a high school emo rock band called Worst Day Ever and a Christian band called Hope Group.

In the middle of all that conflict is a Romeo and Juliet-esque romance between Hope Group member Peter (played by Craig Hyde-Smith) and classmate Josh (played by Kevin Clayette),

In the film, we see Peter not only denying his sexuality, but also going through electroshock therapy to cure his homosexuality. Josh then tries to get Peter to accept himself and his sexuality. This all culminates into a love song titled “Electrified.”

While the moment comes off as loving and sweet, the lyrics give off a sad and alarming message.

Josh sings:

“If my love for you should somehow bring about
Global warming
I promise I will take the heat
If my love for you is responsible wars in the Middle East
I’ll go over there and I’ll make peace

‘Cause I’d be drowned in Sodom
I’d be burnt in Gamorrah
I’d happily go to prison
Like Ugandans think we oughtta

I’d go through years and years of conversion therapy
I would fill my body with volts of electricity.”

Meanwhile, Peter sings:

“I want a world where Jesus loves me
Where the kids at school don’t laugh at me and scorn
I fear the devil’s got a hold of me
How will I ever be reborn?

But I’d be drowned in Sodom
I’d be burnt in Gamorrah
I’ll happily be castrated
Like Alan Turing thought he oughtta
I’ll take as many drugs as they wanna give me
I will tie myself up to a stake
And burn myself for witchery.”

Queer filmmaker Neil Triffett told Calgary International Film Festival that this movie was a passion project of his.

“I think the core is the same, being about a relationship between an Emo and Christian, but the story has grown bigger, with more characters and a bigger plot.

“The film is a ‘coming out’ tale and because we have eight characters we can do that in many sorts of ways now, from characters accepting they love a Christian, one accepting they’re gay, one simply owning up to liking basketball.

Hopefully, that makes it more universal. I think distance has allowed me to better understand why I wanted to tell this story – the further I got from high school (I’m still in my 20’s) the more I can see what a confusing time it was. Accepting others and accepting yourself isn’t as easy as it sounds.”

You can watch the scene for “Electrified” down below.

h/t: Pink News

Nick Offerman's Upcoming Film "Hearts Beat Loud" Is Musical Family Fun

We’re excited to check out Nick Offerman’s latest film.

Hearts Beat Loud follows Offerman as a widowed father who’s getting ready to see his daughter off to college. But then, he starts to consider another path for him and his lesbian daughter (played by out actress Kiersey Clemons). In order to keep their bond strong, Offerman’s character decides the two should form a band.

The film was celebrated at the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals before finding its way in theaters later this month.

Many critiques applauded the film for spotlighting an interracial family with a lesbian romance (fellow out actress Sasha Lane plays Clemon’s romantic interest) while not making those the focus of the film. Instead, the film is about the relationship between this father and daughter while still incorporating those factors.

Nick Offerman spoke to NewNowNext on this topic and said:

“Yeah, one of the things I love most about this film is both that my daughter’s gay and there’s a gay teenage summer romance, and also that she’s biracial. That’s where smart writing is going these days. We’re all made up of all different colors of the rainbow, and let’s get on with the story of the movie, which is a dad and his daughter dealing with some life issues.”

Hearts Beat Loud comes to US theaters in a limited release starting on June 8. Then, it will expand nationwide on June 15.

You can check out the trailer down below.

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