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Monday
Feb122018

Link Trip

Boy Culture took on a massive and fascinating project: A "brief" (haha) history of LGBTQ moments on television starting from TV's beginnings! (I Love Lucy might contain the first actual gay joke on TV... but things really pick up in the 1970s). It's a must-read if you care about these things
The Grio Get Out takes four prizes at the AAFCAS while Girls Trip and Detroit both take home two
Deadline reports on the Sci-Tech award where there was a an impassioned speech and a transgender winner
IndieWire MoviePass is driving its subscriber base to Oscar-nominated movies

Lots more after the jump including Oscar news, Sarah Jessica Parker making headlines, Quentin Tarantino's response to Uma Thurman's story, and three memorable actors passing away...

Broadway World This is very upsetting. The great comic actress Jan Maxwell (recently seen on TV's short-lived sci-fi political comedy Brain Dead) has died at 61 due to cancer. If you've ever seen her perform on stage you'll never forget it. She was the best part of the most recent revival of Follies and the best part of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and surely other shows. RIP
Blindspot on the new episode of this podcast about things the host or guest are seeing for the first time, Chris Feil introduces Jorge Molina to Death Becomes Her
Tom & Lorenzo applaud Sarah Jessica Parker for looking freaking amazing again
Washington Post ...she was also in the news because Kim Cattrall publicly rejected her condolescences on the death of Cattrall's brother this week. 
AV Club Actor John Gavin, so memorably hunky in Psycho and Spartacus, has died at 86
Pitchfork Jonny Greenwood interviews about his Oscar nomination - the quote as to whether or not he'll attend is fun - and working with Paul Thomas Anderson
The New Yorker Richard Brody looks at a forgotten Natalie Wood picture called Driftwood (from her child star years) and says it's an eccentric masterwork
IndieWire Quentin Tarantino responds to the Uma Thurman story in the times
Vanity Fair producing the Oscars during the continually charged climate of the past few years with #OscarsSoWhite #MeToo and #TimesUp movements
Slate the Game of Thrones guys are now in charge of Star Wars (to some extent) and that's depressing news
Cinematic Corner Sati's best and worst of 2017
Out amusing piece on the unrealistic gay sex tropes in fan fiction (usually written by teenage girls)
Deviant Art a papercut portrait of Wonder Woman
/Film Character actor Reg E Cathy (The Wire, House of Cards) has passed away due to cancer

Finally...
• IndieWire Call Me By Your Name 's James Ivory (and Andre Aciman) win the US Scripters Award. I know that Ivory is the obvious frontrunner for the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay so why am I so convinced there will be a surprise winner? It it just PTSD from all the times I've watched one of my all time favorite filmmakers lose? I cant bear to see him lose a fifth time! Please let the obvious frontrunner win in this case. 

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Interesting. Is the model of MoviePass that they have to give a cut to the films chosen for viewing? How does that impact counting of box office?

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJono

good grief, that forgotten natalie wood title was spookily prescient...

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

Oh my god. RIP Jan Maxwell. They should give her an honorary posthomous Tony!

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterYouknowwho

It's ok if you don't like GoT, but those guys directing a new Star Wars is great news all around.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

You may not like GoT, but those guys being in charge of the new Star Wars is great news!

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCravings

That Moviepass article is confusing correlation with causation (or rather, Moviepass the company is trying to conflate the two for its own benefit). Moviepass customers are people who are connected enough to film culture to benefit from the subscription. They see Oscar movies. The remainder of the public sees them less often. Hence, the higher percentages of gross ticket sales than, say, Star Wars which the whole world went to see.

Moviepass is not the cause of more sales for arthouse films. Cinephilia is the cause for both Moviepass and arthouse films' success.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

John Gavin - I love the two movies Sirk made with him, Imitation of Life and A Time to Love and A Time to Die. He was good replacing the figure of Rock Hudson in both cases. He was also the husband of my beloved Constance Towers, an actress who delivered one of the best performances I've ever seen in Samuel Fuller's The Naked Kiss.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

John Gavin was one of the best looking men to ever walk this earth.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

Nathaniel : I am nervous abput CMBYN too. I think people are really bothered by the age difference between Hammer and Chalamet.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

The best part of the Out article are the comments. I have issues with the basic premise of the article (if you have not lived it, you cannot write about it) because authors use imagination tow write.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPedro

Do not be nervous about CMBYN! It is shoo-in.

The age difference between Hammer and Chalamet was handled really well. I am normally bothered when movies are too long, but it was essential in this case that the filmmakers took their time to build up the friendship between the characters before it became sexual. It's telling that I would not have been at all bothered by the age difference if it were a heterosexual couple and Chalamet were a female.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

That Kim Cattrall / SJP feud is really something... Cattrall must really be livid still if she can't even accept condolence messages from a former friend. Seems so spiteful.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

That Cattrall article is something else-considering what has bubbled out, I'm surprised we got either of those movies considering that level of animosity.

Also, I find that MoviePass article really interesting too. As an avid MoviePass user, I still would have seen all of those movies. I wouldn't have, however, seen 12 Strong this weekend or Lady Bird twice. I wonder how they are attempting to track how much INCREMENTAL sales they have, rather than just taking credit for those sales.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

John T: Exactly!! I have MoviePass also and I would've absolutely seen all the Oscar contenders anyway. I wouldn't have seen Den of Thieves or 12 Strong without it.

I'm still shocked at how much I loved Den of Thieves. lol.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

I guess we'll never know the real story of the Cattrall/Parker contretemps, but man there is some real hostility there.

RIP John Gavin. He was indeed a beauty, and from what I hear, a good guy as well.

I so hope James Ivory wins for the Call Me By Your Name screenplay. It's such a lovely, beautifully written movie.

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Ah John Gavin. I must rewatch Thoroughly Modern Millie at the first opportunity!

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Hollywood

Gavin was not much of an actor but he had a face and body made for the movies

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

I am so sad to hear about Maxwell! I saw her on stage three times--in Follies, The Royal Family, and Lend Me a Tenor. She was sublime in each of them, despite the varying quality of the shows themselves. A real talent, and gone WAY too soon. :(

February 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJJM

Wow. I am not normally prone to making these kinds of statements but that Sati piece was a complete waste of my time. LOGAN, LOGAN, LOGAN (spread the wealth!), plus some undeserved vitriol heaped towards the likes of Sofia Coppola etc. Not a charitable piece of writing at all.

February 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTravis C

Travis C, oh I am devastated.

February 14, 2018 | Unregistered Commentersati

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