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Neil Patrick Harris is the New Face of Heineken Light: VIDEO

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Neil Patrick Harris's list of accomplishments is a mile long. Tony winner, Emmy winner, proud papa, adoring husband, award show host extraordinaire, and...beer endorser? That's right, NPH is now the official spokesperson for Heineken Light, and in the brew's new ad he just wants a taste.

HuffPost reports that Heineken Light is "counting on Harris to 'find clever and humorous ways' to bring the Heineken Light taste experience to life for television audiences." 

Check out the suit-and-tied Mr. Harris, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Line-Up For NewFest, New York's Biggest LGBT Film Festival, Announced: VIDEO

NewFestIn late June, Outfest, in partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, announced the lineup for New York City's largest and most esteemed LGBT film festival, NewFest! Running from July 24th through July 29th, the nearly week-long event will consist of sixteen narrative and five documentary features.

Write the organizers:

Lesli Klainberg, Film Society of Lincoln Center's Executive Director said, “This marks the fourth year of having NewFest at the Film Society and we couldn’t be happier to continue our collaboration with Outfest. LGBT films and filmmakers are a vital part of cinema worldwide, and we are thrilled to offer this showcase on our screens each year.”

“In the year following spectacular LGBT civil rights advances across the country, the dynamic and fresh slate of 2014 NewFest films decisively demonstrates that artists and storytellers lead the charge in creating social change,” said Kristin Pepe (KP), Outfest’s Director of Programming.

NewFest's goal is to support "diverse film communities and voices from around the world," and the lineup for this year's festival has international entries from Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Israel, and several other countries, as well as films focused on the experiences of lesbian, gay, and transgender characters. 

FuturoThe opening night film, Futuro Beach, is a joint Brazilian and German production:

"When Brazilian lifeguard Donato fails to save a swimmer from drowning, he seeks out the victim’s friend Konrad, a handsome German biker. The two men begin a passionate affair, and Donato soon decides to follow Konrad to Berlin. Years later, their seemingly peaceful life is threatened by a visitor from Donato’s past. Director Karim Aïnouz...delivers a visually stunning, emotionally resonant tale about three men struggling across oceans of love, loss, and heartache."

GerontophiliaAnd the closing night slot is filled by legendary filmmaker Bruce LaBruce's Gerontophilia:

"Lake refuses to feel shame about his unquenchable appetite for older men. The handsome teen defiantly signs up as an orderly at a local nursing home and quickly falls for Mr. Peabody, a charming, flirtatious soul with one last wish. Forget everything you know about filmmaker Bruce LaBruce: in what is easily his most romantic work to date, he dares us to look beyond fetish to embrace the beauty of all stages of life."

NewFest tickets will go on sale on July 10th. For more information, visit the NewFest website.

And check out the trailers for Futuro Beach (not in English) and Gerontophilia, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Short Film '420' Celebrates The HomoStoner Lifestyle: VIDEO

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Jacob Brown's new short film "420" is straightforward, sexy, and psychedelic. A prolonged, lip-lock-filled toking session, the movie aims to promote respect and acknowledgement of a hybrid cultural niche: that of the 'homostoner'. One part homosexual, one part stoner, both parts woozy fun, the film is a fantasia acted out by a real-life couple.

Brown's Vimeo descriptions reads:

In the past few years, mainstream America has warmed to two formerly taboo trends: gay rights and marijuana. New York boyfriends Carlos Santolalla and John Tuite sit at the intersection of the two––their shared Instagram handle @jarlos420 is a showcase of their homostoner lifestyle. This video celebrates 420 and homoeroticism. “It’s about how weed can act as an aphrodisiac,” Santolalla explains. “A fantasy about when ‘lemme hit that’ becomes ‘lemme hit that.’”

Enjoy the short film, AFTER THE JUMP...

(Warning: work-unfriendly)

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'Los Idolos' A Drag Salute to Five Queer Icons of Color

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The minds behind Hard French are on a mission to revolutionize the dance party scene one fete at a time. The dance collective is kicking off San Francisco’s pride with Los Idolos, a love letter-cum-dance party dedicated to queer visionaries of color,

“We wanted to honor a group queer folks of color who were creative and fierce and inspiring but don't often get recognized in the (usually white gay male) mainstream histories of Pride.” Said Devon Devine, Hard French’s event producer.

The concept for Los Idolos centers around Jackie Shane, a black, genderqueer soul singer who made her mark in Toronto’s early 60s soul scene.

 

 

“Jackie Shane ties in directly to the music we DJ at Hard French,” Devine explained. “Her role in queer history is largely understated and Pride was the perfect time to bring her story to the forefront of our event.”

The party, Devine says, is meant both to inspire and remind us all of pride’s political origins. 

“'Pride' has become so commodified that we often don't remember or recognize that Pride started as a protest - fighting police for our right to exist, coming out and marching down streets to be proud of who we are.”

Watch Hard French channel their inner Grace Jones, Freddie Mercury, Josephine Baker, Juan Gabriel, and Pedro Almodóvar in a teaser video for this Sunday’s event  AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stop-Motion Animated LGBTQ History Series in the Works: VIDEO

PrestonStringerPreston Stringer IV (right, in "Where the Wild Things Are" garb), an animator from San Francisco, CA, has started a Kickstarter campaign for an upcoming stop-motion animated short film series called "LGBTQueerstory."

The series will be about important historical moments and figures who have impacted and shaped the modern queer community today.

The "LGBTQueerstory" Kickstarter page explains more about the show's premise and what needs to happen for its continued creation:

My main goal with this project is to show the positive ways the LGBTQ community has impacted the world and to show young LGBTQ persons the triumphs and struggles that led us to where we are now, hopefully inspiring the next generation to keep up the fight for equality. That is it in a nutshell.

The money I am trying to raise now is to cover bare bones costs for the theme song, desperately needed lighting, voice actors, CLAY! (I am going thru massive amounts of clay), wood, better audio equipment, ball and socket armature parts (basically reusable puppet skeletons), acme punched animation paper, moldmaking whatnots, other miscellaneous puppet and set making materials, animation and fabrication help, and to cover part of the rental costs for the animation space I am using. So far this has all been funded out of my own pocket...With your help, I can make this with higher quality materials and give you a better production value. 

Check out his Kickstarter video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Openly Gay Singer Ferras Is First To Be Signed To Katy Perry's Record Label, Releases New Single: LISTEN

FerrasKaty Perry launched her own record company, Metamorphosis Music, this week. More exciting is that Ferras, an openly gay singer-songwriter, is the first artist signed to the label. Previously thought to be dating Adam Lambert, and named one of The Backlot's top 50 gay male musicians, Ferras is ready to make a name for himself with a self-titled LP (already released digitally by Metamorphosis).

Ms. Perry also had some kind words to share about the newly signed artist.

Idolator reports:

“I believe [Ferras] is going to be an important artist to watch unfold,” the “Birthday” diva said in a statement. “I am so ecstatic the world gets to hear his music now both online and on tour with me.” She’s referring to the fact that her friend/artists will open for her on the North American leg of her blockbuster Prismatic tour. But there’s more. The pair even duet on new song called “Legends Never Die”. Produced by Greg Wells, it’s a beautiful mid-tempo ballad with a soaring chorus that I can’t wait to hear performed live.

Listen to the beautiful song, AFTER THE JUMP...

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