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    PARK CITY '08 DISPATCH | Queer Cinema Then and Now at Sundance '08

    A rather staggering forty-four films with either GLBT themes or a GLBT director are screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival, including new works from directors Tom Kalin ("Savage Grace"), Isaac Julien's "Derek"), Bruce LaBruce ("Otto; Or Up With Dead People"), producer Christine Vachon, as well as a screening of Gregg Araki's remastered "The Living End." The films inspired a reunion of sorts at this year's festival, anchored on Saturday night with a dinner celebrating the group of queer films. In remarks during dinner B. Ruby Rich, who coined the term "New Queer Cinema" at a Sundance panel in 1992, emotionally proclaimed the room as "...

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    iW NEWS | GLAAD Announces Media Award Nominees

    The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced the nominees and honorees for its 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at a press conference held at Queer Lounge in Park City, Utah. The three nominees for best film in wide release were "Across The Universe," "The Jane Austen Book Club" and "Stardust," while nominees for best film in limited release were "The Bubble," "Dirty Laundry," "Itty Bitty Titty Committee," "Nina's Heavenly Delights" and "Whole New Thing." The documentary nominees were "Camp Out," "Cruel and Unusual: Transgender Women in Prison," "For The Bible Tells Me So," "Freddie Mercury: Magic Remixed" and "Small Town Gay...

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    iW NEWS | Diego Luna Joins "Milk"

    Mexican actor Diego Luna has joined the cast of Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic, "Milk." The Focus Features projects previously announced cast members Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and Victor Garber. Luna last appeared as a Michael Jackson impersonator in Harmony Korine's "Mis...

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    iW NEWS | "The Living End: Remixed and Remastered" at Sundance and Berlin

    Strand Releasing and Fortissimo Films will team to present Greg Araki's "The Living End: Remixed and Remastered" at both the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. The two companies are collaborating to restore and present Araki's 1992 film, which will be presented t...

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    iW NEWS | image+nation Celebrates 20

    Canada's oldest and largest LBGT film festival, image+nation, kicks off its twentieth anniversary tonight in Montreal. Among the highlights are screenings of Eytan Fox's "The Bubble," Duncan Roy's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," Martin Weisz's "Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story," "Alan Cumming's "Suffering Man's Charity", Laurie Lynd's "Breakfast With Scot," Teddy Award winner "Spider Lillies" and Leesong Hee-il's "No Regret," the first South Korean feature by an openly queer director. The festival will be supplemented by an international workshop focusing on "the past, present and future of LGBT culture and film," with speakers including John Grey...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Fat Girls" Director Ash Christian

    Actor/director Ash Christian's "Fat Girls" center on Rodney (Christian) and his Rubenesque friend Sabrina (Ashley Fink) are valiantly suffering through the indignity known as high school. Both are outcasts; he's gay and she's overweight. Trapped in a small Texas town and having come to accept his "fat girl" within, Rodney is an aspiring Broadway star who musters up the energy to confront his fears and take life -- and the hot new student from England -- by the horns. "Fat Girls" won best feature at the North Carolina, Birmingham and Indianapolis gay fests as well as the "Coup de Coeur" at the Image + Nation Montreal gay fest. Regent Releasing...

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    iW REVIEW | Gays and the Good Book: Daniel Karslake's "For the Bible Tells Me So"

    EDITORS NOTE: This review was originally published during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

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    REVIEW | Morning Glory: Zabou Breitman's "The Man of My Life"

    Ebbing and flowing on the buzz of one all-night conversation, French director Zabou Breitman's "The Man of My Life" sketches the blossoming relationship between two fortysomething men: the happily married Frederic and his unattached, gay neighbor Hugo. And though occasionally its strength is sapped ...

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    REVIEW | Return of the Repressed: William Friedkin's "Cruising"

    There are untold artistic benefits to living in a culture of critical reassessment--otherwise, what would current generations think of "Vertigo?" But if the glut of superfluous "special edition" DVD packages over the past ten years is any indicator, then there are also some sorry side effects. Falling somewhere between the enshrined camp package ("Mommie Dearest"'s Hollywood Royalty Edition, complete with John Waters commentary track!) and the sober-minded resurrection of the long unavailable and disenfranchised as crucial artifact (the recent "Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky" box set, featuring "El Topo") will surely be Warner Home Video's imm...

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    REVIEW | Love Among the Ruins: Eytan Fox's "The Bubble"

    Of course, it would follow that an Israeli filmmaker would center his films mostly around dichotomies, doubles, and impasses. Popular gay filmmaker Eytan Fox, whose previous two films, "Yossi and Jagger" and "Walk on Water," enjoyed healthy limited-run success in the U.S., returns with "The Bubble,"...

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