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    Muslim Fundamentalists Attack Jakarta Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

    FPI disrupts gay film festival from The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 09/29/2010 10:04 AMMembers of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) staged rallies at foreign cultural centers on Tuesday, demanding the termination of the 9th Q! Film Festival, which showcased LGBT artwork. The group demanded the cultural centers close down the festival within 24 hours.Word here in Berlin is that the threatening of Goethe Institute, Erasmus Huis Dutch Cultural Center, Centre Culturel Francais Jakarta and the Japan Foundation for their support of this event highly politicizes this on an international scale. The festival went ahead at several foreign cultural cent...

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    Double Dare

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    Tony Curtis: A Life in Pictures

    To go at 85 is to have lived a long and--in the case of Bronx-born Bernard Schwartz--productive life. High points in Tony Curtis's career include Some Like it Hot (channeling Cary Grant, kissing Marilyn Monroe, and making a very pretty woman, clip below), defining the groveling press agent in The Sw...

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    Onward, Jeff Hill!

    Back in June at the Provincetown International Film Festival, Jeff Hill (left) asked Brian (right) and I to join him for lunch. He had something important to share. Over burgers Jeff broke the news that he'd decided to close up shop and head to Palm Springs. The new economy of making and marketing m...

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    R.I.P. Tony Curtis

    Oddly enough, "Some Like It Hot" just screened here in Reykjavik for the festival's annual (and amazing) screening inside a pool (that's right), so it's eerie to then all of a sudden here news of Tony Curtis' death. Especially since it comes in a bizarre three that also includes Sally Menke and Art...

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    Tony Curtis in 'The Celluloid Closet' and Talking About Cary Grant

    Tony Curtis was a great actor. But he's one of those guys I remember as well for his off screen personality as for his on screen performances. And given that I said goodbye to Sally Menke this week by spotlighting an appearance in a documentary, I'm going to do the same for the man better known for playing iconic roles in "Some Like it Hot," "Spartacus," "Sweet Smell of Success" and, of course, "The Great Race." He's also one of the most memorable figures in "The Celluloid Closet," a 1995 documentary about the history of homosexuality in Hollwyood and its cinema. Talking about the first two films I mentioned, he comes off fairly tolerant of t...

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    TIFF 2010: My Joy

    We first see a churning sludge of wet cement in close-up. Then, after we’re nearly lulled into its grinding trance, a body is tossed into the vat with a shocking thwack, face-down, and is then covered with concrete. Though it will never be made clear whose body this is, carelessly thrown like a rag doll, the force with which it hits the mix reverberates throughout the rest of My Joy. Bodies, living and dead and somewhere in between, heave and collapse with horrific intensity throughout the film, the first feature by Sergei Loznitsa, a Belarus native who has been making acclaimed sociopolitical documentaries, reportedly underseen even in Easte...

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    Doc "Dream Team": The "Freakonomics" Filmmakers Discuss Their Medium

    "I don't think there's been a larger group of filmmakers on this stage at once," indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez said as he introduced a panel featuring the six filmmakers that came together to create "Freakonomics." Based on Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner’s intensely bestselling 2005 book, the mo...

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    Sally Menke Was An Ace

    My wife and kids heard the helicopters rounding overhead half the hot night, not knowing, of course, who or what they were looking for at the tops of Beachwood and Bronson canyons. Not until the next day did we learn the search was for our friend, Sally Menke, who had been missing since Monday morning after bidding goodbye to her hiking partner, who evidently had decided the heat was too much. But Sally and her black lab ventured on, as Sally, a longtime hiker, must have felt she could handle it. Police found her body, watched over by her dog, in a ravine in the hills at around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday. Since learning about it I've been able to t...

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