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The Brand New 'Pitch Perfect 2' Trailer Goes for the Side-Splitting Notes: VIDEO

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Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and the Barden Bellas are back along with Skylar Astin and Adam DeVine in Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the 2012 teen comedy hit directed by Jason Moore. This time around, Elizabeth Banks is helming the film in her directorial debut, and it's scheduled for release in May 2015.

Check out the brand new trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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For 'Magic Mike XXL,' Channing Tatum and Co. Got Joe Manganiello Naked 'As Much As Possible'

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ICYMI, there is even more good news, regarding Magic Mike XXL. In September, we learned Cody Horn's widely-criticized performance will not be reprised, and this is even better.

Speaking with Time, Tatum said the film is male-centric, but it will appeal to straight female fans — a  "guy's story, but made for women." The interviewer responded, saying the film would also interest "gay men, surely." Tatum wholeheartedly agreed:

You’ll see — we serviced [gay fans' interest] as well, in a way. [pauses] I’m choosing my words very stupidly. [laughs] One of our first stops is at a drag club on our odyssey. We call it a stripper odyssey because it’s a traveling band of strippers. This movie is a lot more fun. In the first movie, we were obligated to show the underbelly — the pitfalls and dangers of being in that world. In this one, we kicked off a lot of the darkness. We’re going to have a lot of fun on the road together. Hopefully you’re going to care about these guys, and then get to see a lot of ridiculous nakedness and stupidity.

Tatum ended the interview, saying: "We got Joe Manganiello naked as much as possible. Everyone in the world: you’re welcome."

Unfortunately, eager fans will have to wait quite a while — the film isn't out until July 1, 2015. Stephen Soderbergh will serve as cinematographer rather than reprise his role as director; Gregory Jacobs will direct.


Interview: Daniel Ribeiro on His International Hit Film 'The Way He Looks'

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New student Gabriel (Fabio Audi) and his blind classmate Leo (Ghilherme Lobo) in "The Way He Looks"

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Nine months after its debut at the Berlinale festival, the gay Brazilian hit THE WAY HE LOOKS (reviewed earlier at Towleroad) is still collecting the hearts of audiences everywhere it shows. And that's a lot of places now. After theatrical runs in France and Brazil it's currently playing in multiple US cities, in the UK and Hong Kong and soon expands to Taiwan and Sweden. This super charming coming-of-age movie charts the slow blooming romance between Leo, a blind student, and Gabriel, the new kid in town. Leo's best girl friend Giovana (Tess Amorim) doesn't react well. If you haven't seen it yet, seek it out. You'll have a new favorite to add to your Best Gay Movies list.

Daniel+Ribeiro+Film+Maker+Afternoon+Tea+bbFC0__pR3ClThose who've already fallen for its assured storytelling and sensitive acting might be surprised to hear that it's the debut feature of not only its young writer/director but also its principle trio of actors. 

I spoke with the 32 year old director Daniel Ribeiro this week about his breakout film which has been selected by Brazil to represent them at the Oscars. 

NR: You’ve been getting great reviews, awards, and audience response since the premiere. Is this the best year of your life or what?

DANIEL RIBEIRO: Probably, yeah! [Laughter] It’s been really exciting.

How did you feel when your film was selected to compete for the Foreign Language Film Oscar?

It was surprising. It's a very political choice for our country. Even if we don’t get selected, it is the film that is talked about now.  

Brazil -- we’re in an interesting place. We have a lot of visibility. People are talking about the issues. Young kids are more comfortable about being out. But we have a lot of problems with LGBT rights. We have a very conservative congress and we have a lot of homophobe congressmen staying stupid things.

That sounds familiar! 

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

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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

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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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