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This Kickstarter-Backed Gay-Themed Horror Film Might Just Scare the Pants Off You - VIDEO


Filmmakers Matthew Chilleli and Ben DeLoose have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a horror movie with two gay main characters.

Escape The Dark, about “a haunted apartment, depression, and what's waiting for all of us in the dark,” follows two sets of roommates experiencing mysterious events while battling their own personal demons.

With one week to go, the campaign has so far raised over $11,000 with a goal of $15,000.

Watch Matthew and Ben's eerily entertaining campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Maleficent' Alum Brenton Thwaites Hints At Bisexuality - VIDEO

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Maleficent and The Giver actor Brenton Thwaites has hinted in an interview that he might be bisexual, reports the Star Observer.

Speaking about his upcoming role in Son of a Gun, the Australian actor replied “male or female?” when asked what he looks for in a perfect partner.

“Both,” the interviewer said, to which Brenton replied “they’re very different.”

Check out the interview here for Thwaites' full answer and watch a trailer for Son of a Gun, which also stars Ewan McGregor, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ready for a Role-Playing Road Trip with Gay Indie Film 'Retake'? — VIDEO


Supporters of LGBT independent film will want to check out the plans for Retake, a new film from director Nick Corporon which launched a Kickstarter today seeking production funds.

The film, a road trip adventure which follows two lost souls on a role-playing, memory-mining journey to the Grand Canyon, stars the sexy Luke Pasqualino, who readers may know from the UK version of Skins, Showtime's The Borgias, or SyFy's Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. It also features Kit Williamson, from the well-known LGBT web series EastSiders.

Corporon wrote and directed Barbie Boy, an award-winning short which we featured HERE last month. Retake is co-produced by cinematographer Collin Brazie, and Sean Mandell (readers may recognize that name from his byline here at Towleroad!).

Watch the Kickstarter trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

And check out more and offer the film support if you're inclined at the Kickstarter here.


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Latest 'Avengers' Trailer Features Samsung Product Placement, Easter Egg Clues to Future Films: VIDEO

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Yesterday Afternoon Samsung dropped a slightly recut version of Marvel’s upcoming superhero movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. For the most part, the content of the trailer is just a slight reshuffling of scenes that were revealed last month in a leaked promotional ad. There are, however, a few key differences in Samsung’s version of the trailer. Earlier this summer Samsung and Marvel announced that they would be partnering with one another to “bring [Samsung’s] industry-leading mobile display technology to life.” That sponsorship is clear all throughout the trailer that, if you look closely, is filled with Samsung Galaxy phones, tablets, and even a conveniently placed Samsung store.

Black pantherIn terms of actual superhero reveals, the most interesting things to se are actually in the blink-and-you’ll miss it flip animation that Marvel uses as its title cards. Still shots of the animation depict Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, and a missile emblazoned with the Black Panther’s signature logo.

Last month Marvel CEO Kevin Feige announced Marvel’s roster of films for its Phase 3 rollout of superhero flicks to be released in the coming years. While it’s unlikely that these will make appearance in Age of Ultron, these could very well be hints of what the movie’s easter-egg post credit scene could have in store for fans.

Check out the latest extended trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron AFTER THE JUMP...


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Donors to Clay Aiken's Campaign Feel 'Duped' By Surprise Docu-Series: VIDEO

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An Esquire documentary on Clay Aiken's bid for a North Carolina congressional seat, announced shortly after Aiken conceded the race to incumbent Renee Ellmers on Tuesday, reportedly caught some Los Angeles donors off-guard who are now asking to be removed from any footage used in the series.

FrontiersLA reports that actor/producer Steve Tyler, who helped organize one of the big Aiken fundraisers in LA, says he's received angry calls about the announced documentary from friends who attended the fundraiser. 

In an email sent to Aiken, Tyler wrote in part:

Again, I am sorry for the loss on your bid for Congress, but apparently you had yourself covered with a reality TV show deal the entire time, just in case you didn't win.  I cannot speak for the NC Voters or contributors, but I can speak for myself and many of your Los Angeles supporters when I say we feel duped, taken advantage of and lied to.  When we were asked to sign waivers by your film crew, we were told it was for a BBC documentary that would not air here in the United States.  
I have received calls from many supporters at the LA fundraiser all demanding that the LA event not be included in your TV show, as the crew misrepresented use of the filming.  It is obvious you had this TV deal prior to the votes being tabulated as GOOD MORNING AMERICA announced the deal just hours after votes were barely in. 

The Hollywood Reporter adds:

The four-hour untitled docuseries, from Academy Award winner Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (American High), will premiere in the first quarter of 2015. The Lightbox duo have been filming from inside Aiken's campaign since his February candidacy announcement, through the May primary and Tuesday's final results.

Aiken, a gay Democrat and single dad, ran against incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in the predominantly Republican North Carolina 2nd District. Via strategy meetings, debate prep, town halls, bus tours and door-to-door canvassing, the docuseries  will provide an intimate look at the hope of victory and, ultimately, the disappointment of defeat.

"We were granted incredible access during the making of this documentary, and in turn were able to capture the internal workings of an American campaign — the good, the bad and the ugly," Simon Chinn said. Added Jonathan Chinn: "We’re thrilled to be partnering with Esquire Network, who are tackling topics that are not only popular and entertaining but also smart and thoughtful."

Watch a MSNBC segment on the documentary, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay-Themed Brazilian Film 'The Way He Looks' to Open in U.S. on Friday: Exclusive Clip


Earlier this year, two of Towleroad's film reviewers spoke highly of the Brazilian film The Way He Looks, which won the FIPRESCI Prize and Berlin's Teddy Award, as well as audience awards at Frameline, Outfest, and Newfest.

The film opens in New York and nationwide tomorrow (list of cities here), and the filmmakers have offered us a short exclusive clip (apologies, it's a night scene and a bit on the dark side) to share with you. You can also view the trailer in our earlier discussions of the film HERE and HERE.

The film is about Leo, a blind, bullied teen who decides to study abroad to escape his problems at home but reconsiders when he develops a crush on Gabriel, a new kid in town.

In this scene Leo, played by newcomer Ghilherme Lobo, comes out to his best friend Giovana (Tess Amorim) who may already be in love with him.


Our film critic Nathaniel Rogers also has a review on his site, The Film Experience.

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