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Gay Murder Mystery 'Kiss Me Kill Me' Gets Greenlight Following Successful Kickstarter: VIDEO

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Actor Gale Harold [pictured] is going to star in a new movie, and it’ll be his first gay role since he played Brian Kinney in Queer as Folk.

HaroldOn Monday it was announced that murder mystery film ‘Kiss Me, Kill Me’ has been green lit. Casper Andreas (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”) will direct, and David Michael Barrett (“Such Good People”) is screenwriter.

The announcement was made following the film reaching its Kickstarter goal yesterday, and it will go into production this December. If you still want to give to the project, follow the above link and contribute to a stretch goal. Screenwriter Barrett says that, while the initial goal has been met, the team is hoping for an additional $25,000 to “significantly raise the quality of the production.” 

Director Andreas thanks fans, who were active in their Internet campaigning for the film. Says Andreas:

The huge success of this campaign is a reminder how important movies with LGBT content are to audiences…Hollywood is not producing these sort of films, and we would not be able to do it without the fans.

Gale Harold isn’t the only super hunk appearing in the film. Van Hansis, of “As the World Turns,” and Logo’s “Eastsiders,” also stars. Rounding out the cast will be: Willam Belli (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Kit Williamson (“Eastsiders,” “Mad Men”), Yolonda Ross (“Go For Sisters”), Tom Lenk (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Brianna Brown (“Devious Maids”), Jonathan Lisecki (“Gayby”), Michael Maize (“True Blood”), Craig Robert Young (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Jackie Monahan (“Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same”). Andreas’ past collaborators Matthew Ludwinski and Allison Lane (“Going Down in LA-LA Land”) will also appear.

Watch a Kickstarter video on the film's cast and plot, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The New 'Into the Woods' Trailer Will Enchant You: VIDEO

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Disney today dropped a mega-trailer for its holiday blockbuster Sondheim-Lapine adaptation Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracy Ullman, and Johnny Depp.

And unlike the teaser, this one features singing.

The studio also dropped some character gifs like this one of Streep:

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The film is directed by Rob Marshall and adapted by Lapine and is scheduled for release on Christmas day.

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Sam Smith Rumored to Sing Next James Bond Anthem

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Sam Smith is reportedly set to croon the anthem for the next film in the 007 series, according to Page Six:

British “Stay With Me” singer Smith has been in talks with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about singing the theme and is the clear winner, disappointing [Lana] Del Rey, who had lobbied hard.

While a rep for Del Rey didn’t respond, a rep for Smith said, “That is not confirmed.”

The film is scheduled for release in November 2015.


James Franco Boyfriends Up to Zachary Quinto in First Official Still From Gay-Themed Film 'Michael'

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While we've seen various shots posted by James Franco and Zachary Quinto on Instagram, this is the first official still we've seen from the film, in which Franco plays "ex-gay" activist Michael Glatze, writer for the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and co-founder of the short-lived publication Young Gay America, who denounced his homosexuality and became a poster boy for that movement. Glatze also became a pastor and married a woman.

Gus van Sant is executive producing the film with Franco, Vince Jolivette, Scott Reed, Ron Singer and Joel Michaely as producers. It's based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis NYT article "My Ex-Gay Friend".

Quinto plays Glatze's former boyfriend Bennett. The film also stars Teen Wolf's Charlie Carver.

The shot above appears in an American Film Market preview story in The Hollywood Reporter.


Gay Lithuanian Filmmaker And Activist Giving Away Nude Selfies To Fund Movie: VIDEO

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Gay Lithuanian filmmaker and LGBT rights activist Romas Zabarauskas is taking a novel approach to generate interest in a Kickstarter for his latest film: giving donors nude selfies of himself. 

Says Zabarauskas of the human rights situation in Lithuania, "Lithuania is a tiny Eastern European country with approximately 3 million inhabitants. It’s a country of spectacular landscapes, a rapidly growing economy, and people who dream big. The bad news is that our politicians are increasingly pushing a homophobic agenda. Since 2010, a controversial Protection of Minors law, similar to Russia’s anti-gay legislation, has been in force."

YCELZabarauskas' previous films Porno Melodrama and We Will Riot took on homophobia, neo-nationalism and corruption. Zabarauskas is no stranger to controversy or fanfare. In 2013, he walked the red carpet at the Moscow Film Festival wearing a "Free Pussy Riot" t-shirt

Of his new film, You Can't Escape Lithuania, Zabarauskas adds, "The provocative campaign and the film will challenge the Lithuanian society and will bring up the important political context in crazy artistic ways." The film also seems to promise plenty of beefcake (see actor Adrian Escobar pictured right).

You can check out and support Zabarauskas's Kickstarter campaign, HERE.

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Weekend Movies: Jake Gyllenhaal is Brilliant in 'Nightcrawler'

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Jake Gyllenhaal's got something to sell - "I think you'll want to see this"  

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

It would be disingenuous to claim that Jake Gyllenhaal is unrecognizable in NIGHTCRAWLER. It's hard not to commit Gyllenhaal to memory once you've seen him. But it would be true to say that he is less recognizable in Nightcrawler. The effect is not unlike the rubberneck squinting at the new Renée Zellweger, trying to place the differences that unsettle you. The actor dropped 30 lbs to play his new character and lived on the night shift to prepare and it wasn't for the strenuously faux-noble reason of biographic fidelity. It must be method madness that led him to burrow into this altogether terrific star turn as Lou Bloom, a gaunt sleepless thief turned "journalist". The big difference with this Gyllenhaal is in the eyes. Those big impossibly romantic orbs have lost all their soft blueness. They're suddenly bulging from their skull, like they want to escape it. Or like they're planning to hypnotize you while the mouth delivers its mechanical sales pitch.

And with Lou Bloom, the sales pitch never stop. The night owl approaches each conversation like it's a job interview, checking off catchphrases and talking points from his mental checklist. This is all well and good for the film's first reel when Lou is trying to find a job. But when he chances upon an accident one night and sees nightcrawling freelancers filming it, the search is over; he makes it his mission to join this profession. It's here where his can-do "I'm a hard worker" salesmanship begins to ferment and spook.

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