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Steve Carell To Play NJ Gay Rights Activist In 'Freeheld' Alongside Ellen Page, Julianne Moore

SteveCarellThe long-gestating narrative film adaptation of Freeheld, originally an Oscar-winning short documentary from Cynthia Wade, has added a new star to its cast according to Entertainment Weekly. Steve Carell has now replaced Zach Galifianakis in the role of Steven Goldstein, founder of Garden State Equality and an important ally to protagonist Laurel Hester who attempted to amend New Jersey's domestic partnership act to provide pension benefits for her partner. 

The film also stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, who was attached prior to her public coming out.

Freeheld does not yet have a release date.


Iris Prize Winner 'The Wilding' Temporarily Available Online: VIDEO

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For a limited time, you can check out The Wilding, a prize-winning short film, free of charge.

Made by Australian filmmaker Grant Scicluna (pictured below), The Wilding tells the story of Malcolm, a juvenile delinquent in love. The film won top honors at the 2012 Iris Prize Festival, a yearly LGBT short film event held in Cardiff, Wales. The Iris prize draws entrants from partner festivals in cities all over the globe: across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, and in Hong Kong. Scicluna_Grant.jpg-

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The timing of this online screening coincides with a new creative effort by director Grant Scicluna, who will be starting production on a new film in September.

It's called Downriver, and it's a kind of sequel ("spiritual successor," maybe) to The Wilding. Scicluna crowdfunded the film via Pozible, and while he's already reached his goal, you can donate to the film for another four days.

Of Downriver, Scicluna says: "We believe there’s an audience hungry for strong, emotional, complex material. We need your help to raise the final portion of the budget to enable us to start production in September.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal Is Calm, Cool and Creepy In New 'Nightcrawler' Trailer: VIDEO

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A second trailer has been released for Nightcrawler - the upcoming psychological thriller starring Jake Gyllenhall as a desperately ambitious cameraman who seeks out murder scenes, fires and car crashes to sell footage to broadcast television networks. 

The film looks equal parts unsettling and interesting - and the opening scene from the trailer even reminded me (very briefly) of Brokeback Mountain.  

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And if you missed the first trailer, you can watch it HERE

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Supercut Shows The Evolution of Texting on Film: VIDEO

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For exploring tropes, there's no better medium than supercut, and Buzzfeed has featured a new one that's particularly thoughtful. YouTube user Every Frame a Painting has uploaded the video in question, which is called "A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film."

Unlike classic, more comprehensive supercuts, this one features a narration. The video walks us through the challenges of including numerous inserts of phones in film, and the new solution that has emerged: on-screen text to indicate messenging. Shows like House of Cards (pictured) and Sherlock have been noticable early adopters, but the YouTube video notes that unexpected, smaller programs like soap operas used the technique first.

The second half of the video questions the bigger, more complex challenges of showing the Internet on film — no larger consensus on this one yet.

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Gay Cinema Touchstones: Suddenly Last Summer

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Suddenly Last Summer... "The one they're all talking about!"

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

Have you seen the classic queer cinema documentary The Celluloid Closet recently? Whenever I see an older film with gay content I find myself reflexively referencing that documentary. Did they cover it? If they didn’t could it fit easily into the historical narrative they mapped out there? I know that Suddenly Last Summer (1959) is referenced, but I can’t begin to recall in what context or which clip was shown. The film has a dark stickiness to it that is hard to shake for days afterwards and I’ve just rewatched it last week so I’m still in its swampy hot presence.

In high school English I became totally smitten with the Tennessee Williams classics. This worried my mother because she picked up on everything gay long before I did though she was too religious to ever name that unspeakable concern. (She gave me the same look when I fell hard for Cabaret though the most she would say by way of explanation was that it was “disgusting”). Hollywood as an industry is perhaps a little more akin to a frightened parent than their gay child; Showbiz loved, nurtured and produced endless gaybies but always had issues with their gayness!

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'Boulevard,' One of Robin Williams' Last Films, Is About a Closeted Gay Man's Struggle for Self-Acceptance: VIDEO

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At the time of his passing, Robin Williams left behind four unreleased films - one of which, Boulevard, centers on a married man (Williams) who picks up a gay hustler (Roberto Aguire) and slowly begins to confront and accept his suppressed identity as a gay man. 

The movie premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival this spring but has yet to be picked up by a distributor. Directed by Dito Montiel, the film stars Robin Williams, Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk, Kathy Baker, and Roberto Aguire. 

Back when the film premiered, Red Carpet Diary released a video of the red carpet that featured Williams' coworkers speaking about the movie's plot and praising Williams' performance in it. Sad to see them speak about Williams' playful energy and spirit knowing he was likely battling his depression behind the scenes.

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