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GaymerX Convention Future In Question Following Financial Woes

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Two years ago Matt Conn founded GaymerX, a gaming convention oriented towards LGBTQ players. The idea behind the project was to bring the vibrant queer gaming community together for a few days of celebration, conversation, and, of course, gaming. Initially called GaymerCon, Conn’s Kickstarter quickly met its exceeded its funding goal and drew backing from a number of notable video game developers.

After two successful gatherings, however, Conn announced via the GaymerX blog that this year’s con would most likely be the last for the foreseeable future. The reason, as is often the case with indie endeavors like GaymerX, boiled down to funding:

“After all the glitter and stardust was done, we took quite a financial hit from GaymerX2 – we ended up having a hotel bill alone of over $90,000, not counting A/V, lighting, insurance, flights for out of town teams and equipment rentals, and with our Kickstarter for the event only hitting 24K and with slightly lower than expected attendance, we fell into a $50K hole.”

Financial difficulties and the reneging of sponsorship from sponsor NIS America have left GaymerX’s organizers in the red and looking to rethink future events.

"I feel awful and betrayed," Conn told Joystiq earlier this week. "This just further puts a nail into our coffin if we don't figure out a revenue stream very quickly."

Undeterred, Conn is seeking support in spreading the word about Gaming In Color, a documentary focusing on queer gamers, which his team has completed and is now shopping around the independent doc circuit. Additionally Conn hopes to drum up enough interest to launch Read Only Memories, the team’s LGBTQ cyberpunk point-and-click style adventure game.

GaymerX may live on in the future, Conn says, as GaymerXJam, a smaller planning event “focused around giving all gamers the ability to make a game exploring SOMETHING queer.”

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The Horrifying Trailer for Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' is Here: VIDEO

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Kevin Smith was supposed to have given up on making movies. After his latest project Hit Somebody languished in development hell and the ever-rumored Clerks III failed to materialize, the filmmaker all but alluded to being content with retirement. Or perhaps not. Smith and Co. have just dropped the trailer for his next major film project, Tusk, due out this September. The idea behind Tusk initially began as a twisted musing between Smith and Smodcast co-host Scott Mosier. The premise: how can we turn The Walrus and the Carpenter into a Human Centipede-esque horror film?

Smith laid out his thought process in detail to The Hollywood Reporter last fall, describing the film as an “old British Hammer horror film:”

For those not playing at home, the podcast episode was inspired by a listing from GumTree.uk, a website that specializes in living situations and apartments to rent. In one memorable listing, a homeowner offers a living situation free of charge -- the only caveat being the lodger would have to dress like a walrus from time to time.

Yes -- a motherf---ing walrus.

The listing was written eloquently and briefly mentioned that the writer had once been lost at sea with a walrus he nicknamed Gregory as his only companion. The author writes of being heartbroken by the separation from the walrus and identifies the whiskered beast as better company than any humans he'd ever known. To this end, the author is interested in recreating the best time of his life with a would-be lodger in a realistic walrus costume standing in for the beloved Gregory.

Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp, and Genesis Rodriguez are set to star in the film this fall. Check out the disturbing trailer AFTER THE JUMP...

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Movie Review: Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Is A Beautiful, Naturalistic 12-Year Journey

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BY JOSEPH EHRMAN-DUPRE

Boyhood is a concept film, but it does not feel like one. Filmed over 12 consecutive years, using the same actors to portray the same characters as they age naturally, Richard Linklater’s newest feature is a structured journey through time. The best part about it, though, is that the nearly three hour, briskly paced film feels unstructured and unrestrained, a listless walk (and sometimes run) alongside Mason (Ellar Coltrane, bravely putting his most awkward years on display). 

Boyhood3The narrative of the film, befitting its sprawling time frame, is difficult to describe succinctly. It feels as though a great deal happens, and also as if nothing happens, a mirror held up to the swiftly moving complexity of lives that sometimes feel dull and plodding. We do get to know several characters well along the way, though. Mason’s single mom (Patricia Arquette) has bad luck choosing men and proves alternately caring and prickly toward her son and daughter, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, the director’s daughter and a natural comedian). Their dad, (Ethan Hawke, who grows more handsome as the film progresses) when we first meet him, has been largely absent, but, when he decides to come around, figures as an exciting and likable savior from the mundanity of everyday life. 

As a child, Mason and his sister go bowling with dad; a neighborhood friend shows off a Victoria’s Secret catalogue and they ogle the women inside; mom remarries a psychology professor and goes back to school herself. In his early teenage years, Mason drinks his first beer and alludes to several girlfriends (“We have nothing in common,” he laments to his dad) and his mom undergoes yet another divorce. High school brings a focused interest in photography, first time employment, a serious girlfriend, and the beginnings of collegiate aspiration. Cultural artifacts, from Obama-Biden campaign signs to Harry Potter midnight release parties, fill in the nooks and crannies.

Boyhood4It is incredible, really, just how much life Linklater brings into focus, and how easily enjoyable the film remains throughout. He avoids ticking off easy categories of development, opting instead for intimate scenes of sometimes awkward dialogue between members of the family, their friends, and acquaintances. Mom bears the heaviest emotional load, dad remains aloof and carefree, and the kids seem to be doing exactly what they would be doing when they aren’t shooting a film. It is clear that Linklater collaborated with his actors on the screenplay, which never feels forced.

The film is shot in a naturalistic style as well, unconcerned with picturesque beauty--save for when the characters themselves notice it--and captivated by the constantly shifting faces of Mason, his parents, and his sister. Also changing is the soundtrack, an audible timeline for those who will recognize minute evolutions in popular music across the twelve-year progression. Linklater thankfully never keeps viewers guessing about Mason’s age, though, slyly editing between years in a way that never interrupts, and sometimes enhances, the narrative thrust. When mom meets the professor she will marry, for instance, he suggestively intones that their kids should have a play date while Mason looks on, seeing his mom blush perhaps for the first time; we cut at least one year into the future and Mason, Samantha, and two other children are bouncing on a trampoline in the backyard of a comparatively palatial residence. Mom and her new hubby are just returning from their honeymoon, and the audience is instantly aware of what sort of change has occurred.

Boyhood is a joyride, really, a pleasure cruise that left me smiling and feeling, well, alive. It resonates on such a deep level because it is so deeply personal, a collaboration between artists who spent over a decade developing characters and getting to know each other just as a family does. It has imperfections: the children’s acting in particular can feel wooden, we miss all the times that are left out, and there could be more moments of driving dramatic force. But after leaving the theater, I found myself forgiving those flaws entirely. Perhaps it is because of Linklater’s ambition and the relative aplomb with which he pulled off his vision, or perhaps it is because in life itself, flaws abound. 

Flaws and all, Boyhood is sure to be one of the most unique and fulfilling cinematic experiences you’ll experience anytime soon.

Boyhood is now open in theaters nationwide. 

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NewFest, NYC's Premier LGBT Film Festival, Opens: VIDEO

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center and OutFest combine forces this week to bring you NewFest, New York City's largest LGBT film festival.

NewFestFrom July 24th thru July 29th, NewFest will screen a series of wonderfully-curated narrative, documentary, and short films from a diverse array of directors. Nathaniel Rogers recently reviewed Futuro Beach and Gerontophilia, the opening and closing night selections, but there are many others to see in between.

Sure bets (based on other film fest's awards, including LA's OutFest) include: The Circle, a documentary about the Swiss underground gay movement post-WWII, Lilting, about a boyfriend and mother grieving the same death on very different terms, and The Way He Looks, a coming-of-age narrative about a blind teenager's affections for a new friend. 

Head over to the Film Society of Lincoln Center site to purchase tickets, and check out a trailer for the festival, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sleek, Sexy Trailer For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Has Finally Arrived: VIDEO

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The focus is all on Anastasia Steele and, of course, Mr. Christian Grey in the just-released first trailer for the highly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. The movie is sure to be a hit with the "housewife" demographic that initially made the book a best seller, but given Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan's brooding good looks, anyone could be enticed to see it.

While there are a few light-hearted moments in the trailer, the film seems to revel in the darkness of Grey's mysterious past and the lusty intrigue of his present. One thing's for certain: it all looks uber-sexy. 

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New 'Saint Laurent' Biopic Gives a Noir Feel To Fashion Icon: VIDEO

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Yves Saint Laurent, the renowned French fashion designer — celebrated for bringing stylish, ready-to-wear clothing to high-end consumers and using non-white models — has an artistic biopic coming out called Saint Laurent.

The trailer is entirely in French, but the editing and camerawork give it the feel of a noir thriller. Another biopic about the famed designer also came out earlier this year.

Laurent and his long-time partner Pierre Bergé joined in a French civil union a few days before Laurent died of a brain tumor. The auction of his estate brought in over $522 million.

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