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04/19/2007


Documentary on Gay 'Undocumented Immigrant' and Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas to Air: VIDEO

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Jose Antonio Vargas, a gay journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings and in June 2011 came out as an "undocumented immigrant" in a stunning piece in the New York Times, is the subject of a new documentary called Documented, written, produced and directed by Vargas himself.

DocumentedThe film chronicles Vargas' experience after revealing his immigration status and his reunion with his mother, whom he had not seen in two decades.

The film will be released in New York at the Village East Cinema on May 2 and in Los Angeles at the Landmark Regent on May 9 prior to an airing on CNN, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Said Vargas to THR:

"As a newcomer to America who learned to 'speak American' by watching movies, I firmly believe that to change the politics of immigration and citizenship, we must change culture -- the way we portray undocumented people like me and our role in society. I am thrilled to be working with CNN, Tugg and BOND/360 to share my story on screens around the country and remind people that when we talk about immigration, we are talking about real people and their families."

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Weekend Movie Review: Are You 'Divergent'?

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Shailene Woodley inches closer to Theo James in "Divergent". Wouldn't you?

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

Erudite. Dauntless. Abnegation. Amity. Candor. Doesn't have quite the same ring as "Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve and Talent" does it? But it's with the awkwardly titled five factions of DIVERGENT's world that we begin. In some future Utopia young citizens must choose their faction (a fancy word for tribe) on their 18th birthday after taking an aptitude test that reveals where they truly belong. They have the option of any faction but most, we are led to believe, choose either the tribe they grew up in or the tribe of their aptitude and these are often the same. Nature vs. Nurture and all that, you know.

Our heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley) lives with her parents in Abnegation, the "selfless" tribe that runs the government -- your first clue that this is total science fiction! They also feed the homeless (aka the "factionless"), dress like monochromatic fashion-forward Amish and eschew mirrors. Beatrice is played by Shailene Woodley and her parents are Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn (Scandal) - our first clue that this is actually a Dystopia*; how long could any of them survive without mirrors?

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... (LITERALLY FOR TRIS, PICTURED BELOW)

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Out Actor BD Wong to Star in ‘Jurassic Park’ Sequel: VIDEO

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Earlier this week, it was announced that gay actor BD Wong, who played Dr. Henry Wu in 1993's Jurassic Park, will be reprising his role for the upcoming sequel Jurassic World, IGN reports.

Said writer-director Colin Trevorrow: 

“…[Dr. Wu] had a much larger role in the original novel – he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.”

Check out Wong in the iconic Velociraptor egg hatching scene from the original, AFTER THE JUMP...

Jurassic World staring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and BD Wong is set to hit screens June 2015.

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Willem Dafoe Portrays Gay Italian Director Pier Pasolini: PHOTO, VIDEO

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The twitter account of the Criterion Collection recently shared two images of Willem DaFoe portraying the influential Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini from director Abel Ferrara’s upcoming film Pasolini.

Pasolini’s body of political and artistic work made him a much celebrated and controversial figure in his native homeland. During the student revolts of the 60s and 70s, he empathized with the policemen, stating that the students were “anthropologically middle-class” and thus too over-priveleged to understand the manipulated plight of the poorer (and thus truly proletariat) policemen. Though Pasolini was openly gay for his entire career, homosexuality and queer themes do not dominate his work. Rather, his artwork also depicted Italian life in a gritty, unflattering neorealistic style that denounced the homogeneic effects of consumerism and unflinchingly depicted sex as an unromantic and sometimes torturous ordeal.

Homosexual themes found their way into three of his films:

“in Teorema (1968), where Terence Stamp's mysterious God-like visitor seduces the son and father of an upper-middle-class family; passingly in Arabian Nights (1974), in an idyll between a king and a commoner that ends in death; and, most darkly of all, in Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975), his infamous rendition of the Marquis de Sade's compendium of sexual horrors.”

In 1963 Pasolini met "the great love of his life," a boy 26 years his younger named Ninetto Davoli. Though their sexual relationship only lasted a few years, the two men lived together for a long while as companions and Davoli appeared in six of Pasolini’s films. In 1975, the director was murdered by being run over several times by his own car. Initially, a young hustler confessed to the crime, but recanted his story 29 years later, saying that he confessed under the duress of the real murderers who had killed Pasolini for being a “dirty communist.”

Dafoe also played gay detective Paul Smecker in the 1999 film Boondock Saints. We discussed how he crafted the role during his red carpet appearance at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.

See his interview and another picture of him as Pasolini AFTER THE JUMP…

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Trailer Park: 'Mystery Girls', 'Maze Runner', Godzilla', 'Maleficent' — VIDEOS

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Hitting the web this week, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling from Beverly Hills 90210 reunite in a deep ABC Family series called Mystery Girls.

Jolie“Charlie Contour (Garth) is a suburban housewife and mother, while Holly Hamilton (Spelling) longs for her glory days in the 90′s when she was on television. Both of their lives are disrupted when Nick (Miguel Pinzon), a witness to a crime and a ‘Mystery Girls’ fanatic, will only speak to the infamous duo and the former friends must reunite and put their TV crime-solving skills to the test.”

Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien is in a new dystopian feature film called The Maze Runner about a group of boys trapped in a massive maze.

And new trailers are out for Godzilla starring Bryan Cranston and a huge reptile, and Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, as the wicked cheekboned villain from Sleeping Beauty.

Check out all the previews, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Charles Schulz's Charlie Brown And Snoopy Come Alive In 'Peanuts 3D': Video

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Good grief! Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other characters of Charles Schulz's iconic comic strip Peanuts will make their big-screen reappearance in 3-D on November 2015. Surprisingly, it has been almost 35 years since the last Charlie Brown feature-length film, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!!)

The film (which seems to have retained the comic's 2-D aesthetic) will be produced by Charles' son Craig Schulz and co-written by Craig's son Bryan. "With my father's work this is three generation of Schulzes on this film,” Craig says. “Our number one goal was always to be authentic to his work and legacy."

Not only will the film finally reveal the identity of Charlie's long time crush (ie. "the Little Red-Haired Girl") but it will also feature Snoopy flying once again as the World War I flying ace — watch out Red Baron!

Craig thinks that his father "would have embraced" the 3D technology. And co-producer Paul Feig reassures us, "Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking, we're in good hands."

Check out the teaser AFTER THE JUMP...

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