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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.

And watch trailers for his previous works, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Katniss Warns President Snow In Final Trailer For 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' - VIDEO

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The final trailer has been released for the first installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay two-parter that will draw to a conclusion the much obsessed-over franchise. In this latest video, Katniss has a message for President Snow.

Find out what it is, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Avengers Party And Try To Lift Thor's Hammer In New 'Age Of Ultron' Trailer: VIDEO

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Following Marvel's announcement of nine upcoming films in its superhero franchise, the studio debuted a new trailer last night for the hotly anticipated Avengers sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. As Business Insider notes, this latest reveal from Marvel "shows the Avengers gang together at a party trying to lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, to no avail." The humor on display is trademark Marvel through and through.

Watch as the boys compete to see who can lift Thor's hammer, AFTER THE JUMP...

And in case you missed it, check out the original trailer released for the uber superhero sequel HERE.

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Cartoon Network Features Gay Kiss In Kids' Cartoon: VIDEO

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Clarence is a Cartoon Network kids' show that is a bit of a blend of Adventure Time and Nickelodeon's 90s cartoon Doug, featuring a little boy and his endless optimism in the world around him and some crude humor splashed around for giggles. There's seldom little in this form of entertainment to warrant time on a gay blog, but Clarence earned attention by daring to do what virtually no kids' shows do: acknowledge the gays.

In a short clip from the most recent episode, a man walks into a restaurant and a woman waiting at a table starts fussing with her hair, clearly expecting him to be her blind date. Then in an unexpected turn, another man walks up and the two give each other a peck on the cheek before heading towards their own table together. It's sweet, and the gag plays off of misplaced expectations rather than the men being the butt of the joke.

According to The Back Lot, the script originally called for the men to have a quick kiss on the lips, but then the executives got nervous and called for a revision. That decision is annoying, but it's a far cry from the squeamish censorship of the 90s in which ABC even found familial affection between siblings Dot and Enzo in the show ReBoot to be an endorsement of incest.

You can watch the short-but-sweet clip AFTER THE JUMP...

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Catholic School Bans Julianne Moore, Ellen Page Lesbian Drama Shoot - VIDEO

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A Catholic boys’ school in New Rochelle, New York, has reversed its decision to allow Freeheld — a film in which Julianne Moore and Ellen Page play a lesbian couple — shoot on its campus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A location manager had picked out Salesian High School for a key scene in the fact-based movie, based on the 2007 documentary of the same name. The school had agreed to allow the scout to shoot still photos of the building, which was to stand in for the town hall of Ocean County, New Jersey.

However, after first approving the shoot, the school's principal, John Flaherty, then informed producer Michael Shamberg that it had reversed its decision because of the movie’s subject matter.

In an email to Flaherty, Shemberg explained that the movie is "not about gay marriage [but] about recognizing the dignity of a woman who was a brave civil servant."

According to Kelly Bush, another producer on the movie, the school's decision only serves to underscore the themes of the film:

"Freeheld captures the inequality and bigotry that one couple faced while coping with cancer and the end of life. That our film was denied access to a location because of the subject matter — a same-sex couple fighting for their legal rights — illustrates just how important it is that this story be told."

Mayor Paul Rosenberg of nearby Rye Brook has since stepped in and allowed Freeheld producers to use his town's city hall for the scene.

Watch Page coming out during a speech she made at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive youth conference in Las Vegas, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Executive Producer Of Film About LGBT Kenyans Arrested: VIDEO

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"Stuff can go wrong, but we love our country. I am not afraid to go back home...I want to go back home." When George Gachara said these words, he was convinced that he was doing the right thing by documenting the lives of LGBT Kenyans in the film Stories Of Our Lives. The movie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, is banned in Kenya based on the Films and Stage Plays Act, which Gachara was arrested for violating. Surely we can agree that the film tells an important story of an underrepresented group in the east African nation; the governing body apparently disagrees.

Daily Xtra reports:

Gachara was in Toronto recently for the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. He and others involved in its making and promotion, who until then had been anonymous, made the daring decision to reveal their names at TIFF, in a show of solidarity with the Kenyan LGBT community...

On Oct 14, Daily Xtra talked via Skype to Jim Chuchu, the director of Stories of our Lives and a co-founder of NEST, about the ban on the film. Hours later, Gachara was arrested.

According to Nest’s Facebook site, Gachara has been released on bail pending a hearing on Oct 17.

Gachara, and the filmmakers' brave actions, are in our thoughts. Most recently, the Kenyan Republican Liberty Party drafted a "stone the gays" bill in connection with "aggravated homosexuality," a continuation of anti-gay legislation already in effect there. Hopefully Gachara and the other filmmakers will not face condemnation for the movie, which was critically-acclaimed by news outlets like Indiewire:

Thankfully, this isn’t a movie about “Africa’s homophobia problem” that we’ve seen before. This is a beautiful little film about love, about humanity, about one of the many facets of what it means to be African.

Watch an interview with Gachara, AFTER THE JUMP...

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