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An Interview with Director Matthew Warchus on His Cheer-Inducing Film 'Pride'

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Have you seen PRIDE yet? It'll make you feel like cheering.  

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS
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Last weekend while Denzel Washington was making news with yet another big hit in THE EQUALIZER (good for him but when is he going to challenge himself?) the new film that won the most crowded theaters was actually PRIDE (previously reviewed) the true life LGBT story of a group of activists in the 1980s that stood up for striking miners during Margaret Thatcher’s bullying reign.

This surprisingly entertaining film about a tough subject is on its way to being at least a small success. The film was even more popular later in the weekend which means that the coveted “Word of Mouth,” which can trigger long runs, is there. CBS Films knows that they’ll have to nurture this one along to sleeper hit status so they’ll be expanding carefully. They’ll add more theaters this Friday and additional cities follow on October 10th. If you’ve already seen it tell your friends how much you enjoyed it, or see it again with them. Support great gay films so that we get more of them!

Just before opening weekend I had the opportunity to talk with the director Matthew Warchus. He’s best known for stage productions (winning the Tony for God of Carnage) but he’s already working on his follow up to Pride, a big screen adaptation of the Broadway hit Matilda The Musical. He'll start filming that one in about two years.


Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 4.47.49 PMTR: You’ve done a lot of stage work before this. What do you think most prepared you to tell this particular story and on film?

MATTHEW WARCHUS: One great bit of preparation: I grew up in a village in the middle of nowhere in the North of England surrounded by coal mines and massively isolated. We had moved into that village so we were outsiders, wanting to to assimilate and be accepted. That gave me an understanding of how those communities work and the positives and minuses.

You were a teenager when the events in the film happened, right?

MW: I remember local picket lines during the strike. But at that age I don’t think I really understood. When I went to university I learned much more about the politics and the social upheaval. And then, you know, being interested in theater and music wasn’t common where I was growing up. There wasn’t a theater or drama group or anything nearby so that was considered as odd as dancing at a disco where only the women dance! [Laughs]

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Secrets Are Decoded in New Trailer for WWII Codebreaker Film 'The Imitation Game' - VIDEO

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A new UK trailer has been released for The Imitation Game, the upcoming drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing. 

The film has already received rave reviews from early critics and moviegoers - winning the Toronto Film Festival's coveted People's Choice Award earlier this month. The film arrives in theaters November 21.

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

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Controversy Surrounds Screening Of Gay Teen Documentary in Russia - VIDEO

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A Russian television channel has created controversy surrounding the screening of a documentary about gay teens last month at the Pacific Meridians festival in Vladivostok, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to People's Patriotic Channel, despite the 18+ rating of the documentary Deti 404 (Children 404), tickets to the screening were sold to minors without a proper ID check.

404404 refers to an online forum for Russian-speaking LGBTQ teens and to an error message displayed on Russian computer screens when people attempt to navigate to a web page that doesn't exist. 

People's Patriotic Channel claims that the documentary violates Russia's "gay propaganda" law.

A screening of the film in St Petersburg last April was disrupted by Orthodox Christian activists and police.

The festival's organizers have said the theater is to blame for the incident but added that the inclusion of the film into one of the festival's sections was important as it deals with a major social issue.

Festival programming director Natalia Timofeyeva said “this film is very useful because we are striving for a tolerant society in which people who are different can also exist.”

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Director Matthew Warchus Breaks Down A Scene From 'Pride': VIDEO

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As a part of their "anatomy of a scene" series, The New York Times has posted a new video focusing on the film Pride. The scene includes commentary from director Matthew Warchus. He details some basic plot elements, and creative choices such as the disco soundtrack — in this scene, the crew (cheekily) selected Shirley & Co.'s "Shame Shame Shame".

In a week where "Skeleton Twins" has been so dominant, it's easy to overlook gay gem "Pride." The film is based on true events; it's the story of a Welsh miner town in financial trouble that embraces the help, and later the friendship, of a gay activist group. In the NYT video, watch as the women of the town are thrilled by an activist's campy dance, and the men are, well, somewhat more hesitant.

Intrigued? Check out Nathaniel Rogers review, and the video feature, embedded AFTER THE JUMP...

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Matthew McConaughey Fights To Save The World In New 'Interstellar' Trailer - VIDEO

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Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated space epic Interstellar, penned by brother Jonathan Nolan, has released a new trailer that delves deeper into its characters' quest to find a new home for humans as Earth's life comes to an end and our species faces extinction. 

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The film boasts an all-star cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace and David Gyasi.

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Ben Affleck Discusses Going Full Frontal In 'Gone Girl' - VIDEO

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Ben Affleck spoke with MTV recently about his penis' onscreen debut in the upcoming David Fincher film, Gone Girl. Explaining that though he "tries to get it in in every movie" this particular film called for him to bare it all to show "the seedy underbelly of his character." Affleck also cautions audiences to keep in mind, "It was a very cold set." 

Watch the interview, and find out about "IMAX Penis", AFTER THE JUMP...

Affleck's male prowess previously set tongues wagging after CBS Producer Chuck Lorre, referring to concerns about Affleck playing the Dark Knight in the Zack Snyder-directed Batman vs. Superman, told a story about using the urinal next to Affleck at an event: "Yes I peeked. And yes, Comic Con, he can play Batman."

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