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Bruce LaBruce’s New Film About An 18-Year Old Falling For An 81-Year Old: VIDEO


Writer, filmmaker and provocateur Bruce LaBruce has debuted the trailer for his new film, “Gerontophilia,” that follows an 18-year old boy, Lake, as he realizes he has a fetish for older men and subsequently takes a job at a retirement home. Once there, Lake falls for the 81-year old Mr. Peabody and breaks him free from the shackles of assisted living once he learns that the facility is purposefully over-medicating their patients. LaBruce told that the film was inspired by his friend Marcus Ewert, who began a love affair at seventeen with the much older famous Beat poet Allen Ginsberg:

"I liked the notion that, in a way, [Ewert] had sacrificed himself on the altar of these great artists by offering his body and soul to them. But beyond that, I was sure he also found them sexually stimulating because of their wisdom and stature, and also because he felt an empathy for someone in that stage of their life who might not have easy access to the sexual vigor of the youthful and the beautiful."

Read part of Vocativ's interview with LaBruce (which can be found in full HERE) and watch the trailer for “Gerontophilia” along with a clip where Lake and Mr. Peabody play a drunken game of strip poker, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Bruce LaBruce Has Some Words For 'VICE' About Being Gay

BrucelabruceviceIrreverent, incorrigible, at times infuriating and often entertaining magazine VICE recently released a "Guide To Being Gay," an alphabetized collection that proclaimed "D is for drugs" and "N is for nasty sex," because "95 percent of gay guys have some kind of weird fetish that they'll expect you to indulge."

Director Bruce LaBruce offers a response, of which this is but a taste:

I feel it’s my duty as a homosexual, at the risk of biting the hand that partially feeds me, to take issue with a few of the pronouncements made in this albeit politically incorrect (what else?) and partly tongue-in-cheek mini-manifesto.

Of course I realize that articles of this ilk tend to deal in generalizations and stereotypes in order to make broader observational (and comedic) points. But owing to the recent tendency within the gay “movement” itself (I hesitate to call it a movement anymore, considering how deeply entrenched it now seems to be in its assimilationist agenda) to characterize homosexuality as a biological imperative (thankfully, I’ve always considered myself maladaptive)—as an innate, preordained, and fixed characteristic—I bristle at any description that might be analogous to the false assertion that, for example, blacks have natural rhythm. Do gays have a natural predilection toward fastidiousness and the aesthetic dimension, an “interior decorator gene,” as it were?

LaBruce later gripes, "The idea in the Guide that 'straight men are not seducible' is patently ridiculous."

Watch: Bruce LaBruce Gay Zombie Film Banned in Australia


The Bruce LaBruce film L.A. Zombie, starring gay porn actor Francois Sagat, has been banned by the Melbourne International Film Festival, Reuters reports:

"The Australian Film Classification Board concluded that implied sex with corpses by an alien zombie in Los Angeles, breached local taste standards. 'L.A. Zombie' will receive a world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland on August 5, before its North American bow at the Toronto festival in September, according to the film's producers. It was to have screened in Melbourne on August 7 and 8. Director Bruce LaBruce said the censors viewed only the softcore version of his film, 'which features no explicit anally penetrative sex.'"

Said LaBruce in a statement: "Although apparently the Australian Classification Board has no problem passing all manner of mainstream torture porn movies which feature, amongst other things, the rape and dismemberment of women, it's interesting that they have no stomach for a movie that reaffirms life."

You may recall Sagat as the subject of a crucifiction painting by Australian artist Ross Watson.

Watch an extended trailer for L.A. Zombie (graphic, some parts nsfw), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #698

PARKOUR: From the 1930's.

HEY: There's a baby in my watermelon!

RUPAUL: Damian Garcia of World of Wonder interviews RuPaul and some of her professors from Drag U, which premieres tonight.

BRUCE LABRUCE: Trailer for a new documentary about the filmmaker.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Karl Lagerfeld 'Against' the Idea of Gay Marriage


An interview with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld by filmmaker Bruce LaBruce in the current issue of VICE magazine touches briefly on the subject of same-sex marriage. Lagerfeld doesn't believe in it.

LABRUCE: You are against the idea of gay marriage. I totally agree with you on that.
LAGERFELD: Yes, I’m against it for a very simple reason: In the 60s they all said we had the right to the difference. And now, suddenly, they want a bourgeois life.

LABRUCE: It’s normalizing.
LAGERFELD: For me it’s difficult to imagine—one of the papas at work and the other at home with the baby. How would that be for the baby? I don’t know. I see more lesbians married with babies than I see boys married with babies. And I also believe more in the relationship between mother and child than in that between father and child.

LABRUCE: I take it you don’t want children.
LAGERFELD: If I were interested in children, I would be a godfather—or a godmother. I don’t like the idea of taking people out of their lives and their contexts. If there were a child I wanted to adopt, I would try to find the family of the child and give them the money for an education in his life and his context.

Lagerfeld also says he is ignorant of homophobic violence: "I never met anything like this in my life. I had an overprotected life. What can I fight about? I don’t know what to do. It never happened to me, and it never happened to people I know."

Brad Renfro Once "Freaked Out" Over River Phoenix Death Photo


Filmmakers and actors who worked with the late Brad Renfro have been posting tributes on their blogs, notably Sir Ian McKellen and filmmaker Bruce LA Bruce.

AptIan McKellen recalled working with him in Apt Pupil (pictured above, with director Bryan Singer): " In Hollywood he was a teenage charmer, chaperoned by his beloved grandmother and by his admirers who protected him as best they could from the dangers of being a child in a careless adult's world. On set, he was blusteringly confident although it was obvious he would have benefitted from training as an actor. Yet, as Todd, the disturbed teenager in Apt Pupil, he tapped into an inner demonic world and carried the film on his young shoulders. Off the set he played football, played his guitar and one magical evening I shall never forget, invited me to his home in the Hollywood Hills. We chatted a bit about acting and his dreams to direct films, to write music and to return to Tennessee. When he heard a dog barking wildly across the valley, he mimicked the animal and the dog replied; a kid at play but capable of growing into someone special. He longed to belong in the alien world which perhaps in the end overwhelmed him. He was only 25 and it is dreadful we shan't see all that he might have achieved."

AFTER THE JUMP, an excerpt of an article from Canada's Exclaim magazine in which director Bruce LaBruce relates the story of an evening he spent with 17-year-old Brad Renfro and actress Dominique Swain, which ends with a bit of sad foreshadowing:

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