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Five Films to See at This Year's LGBT NewFest, from 'Futuro Beach' to 'Gerontophilia' (VIDEOS)

NewFest, New York's LGBT film festival held annually with the support of Outfest and Lincoln Center, has announced the lineup for its 2014 program, scheduled for July 24-29.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 7, 2014 12:56 PM
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LGBT Actors Face Discrimination in Industry Weighted in Favor of Men and Masculinity

Hollywood may be famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for its liberal politics, but according to a new report, LGBT actors continue to face discrimination in the movie business, even as they see conditions improving. To put it simply, Hollywood is weighted in favor of men and masculinity.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 28, 2013 2:37 PM
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More: LGBT, Studios

'Out in the Dark': The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name Dares to Challenge Borders

Michael Mayer came to the topic of "Out in the Dark," his debut feature which had its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, through a combination of chance and unexpected passion. The Israeli-born filmmaker was eating dinner in Los Angeles with a friend from Tel Aviv who mentioned his work with gay Palestinians living in Israel and told Mayer about their legal, political and emotional uncertainties. "It kind of blew me away," he told me in a phone interview last week. "It was the first time since film school when I was like, 'oh shit, I want to tell that story.'"
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 24, 2013 3:17 PM
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Memoir of a Hollywood Raconteur: Curtis Harrington's 'Nice Guys Don't Work in Hollywood'

When I was an undergraduate in UCLA’s film school in 1973, I interviewed Curtis Harrington for the UCLA Daily Bruin about his masterful "The Killing Kind." The filmmaker did not disappoint: He welcomed me into his gorgeous Art Nouveau-stuffed home in the Hollywood Hills and chatted openly and articulately about the unusual trajectory of his filmmaking career. He was at that time—and remained—one of the industry’s great near-misses, a man whose feature credits seemed to consist almost entirely of films maudits. He saved his grousing for his memoir, published posthumously by Drag City Books. Appropriately titled "Nice Guys Don’t Work In Hollywood: The Adventures of an Aesthete in the Movie Business," the book allows Harrington to finally tell his side of the story.
  • By Eric Myers
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  • June 21, 2013 1:43 PM
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