Writer-director Yen Tan talks about his acclaimed new period piece 1985

Shot on black-and-white Super 16mm film by acclaimed writer-director Yen Tan (Pit StopHappy Birthday1985 takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family.

 

Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (“Gotham” star Cory Michael Smith) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him.

 

Now available to pre-order, is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in December. While you’re waiting for to see the movie, check out this essays about the film and it’s origin from writer-director Yen Ten.

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NSFW Photo Gallery: Adonis

Well-known for his incredibly erotic body of work (VoyageLove Actually… SucksPermanent ResidenceAmphetamineCity Without BaseballUtopians), Scud pushes the envelope further than he ever has before with his brand new film Adonis (also called Thirty Years of Adonis in some circles).

 

Adonis tells the story of Yang Ke (Adonis He Fei), an actor with the Beijing Opera, whose dreams of stardom are fading now that he’s pushing thirty. When he loses his job and finds himself down on his luck, he ends up answering ads for “nude outdoor model” gigs and soon ends up participating in what will become his ticket to infamy: a gay porn flicks that becomes an underground sensation.

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The director behind Were the World Mine invites you to say Hello Again

Adapted from influential composer Michael John LaChiusa‘s successful 1994 off-Broadway stage musical of the same name, Hello Again follows ten different characters who become connected through an erotic chain of exciting sexual encounters. The film spans across all ten decades that make up the 20th century.

 

Here, the time-hopping daisy chain of musical bed-hopping begins with the always-delightful Martha Plimpton, who leads a star-studded cast that also includes Cheyenne Jackson, T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis and Audra McDonald. Director Tom Gustafson, the same wildly talented filmmaker behind the beloved gay romance Were the World Mine, helms this emotionally moving and lusty portrait of the previous century. Hello Again shows that, through both music and sex, the universal desire to connect with other people goes well beyond orientation.

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Beach Rats star Harris Dickinson is back (and still gorgeous) in Postcards from London

Postcards From London tells the story of a beautiful teenager named Jim (Beach Rats star Harris Dickinson) who, having traveled from the suburbs, finds himself in Soho where he falls in with The Raconteurs – a gang of unusual high class male escorts who specialize in post-coital conversation.

 

From shy novice to highly sought-after escort (and, eventually, artist’s muse), Jim would be the toast of the town if it wasn’t for his annoying affliction. He suffers from Stendhal Syndrome, a rare condition which causes him to hallucinate and faint when he encounters real works of art. But when Jim is roped into the world of detecting art forgery, could his condition bring about his downfall?

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Just Came Out: Boys

Following one man through two timelines, decades apart, Boys, the newest feature from French director Christophe Charrier, is a gripping and compassionate study of first love and the lingering sting of loss. We first meet Jonas (BPM star Felix Maritaud in a riveting performance) in the present, where he’s having a rough go of it. He’s prone to starting fights at the local gay bar, and his boyfriend has had enough of his infidelity and alcohol-soaked antics. His volatile behavior may stem from a traumatic incident in his past.

 

The film flashes back to 1997, where Jonas (played as a straight-laced high school kid by newcomer Nicolas Bauwens) meets Nathan (Tommy Lee Baik), the rebellious new student who will become Jonas’s crush. Jonas and Nathan venture out into the night on their first proper date unaware that it’s about to change their lives forever. Charrier teases out the details in this searing mystery.

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Boys Behind Bars: The Complete Collection is available on DVD starting this week

Boys Behind Bars, the nasty underground cult video franchise, is releasing a collection of all three installments for the first time. Join the British bad boy Darrell (Wade Radford) as he continues his reign of terror on the inmates at Baker’s Ludge Prison. This sexually-charged, ultra-low budget series aims to shock with profanity, acts of violence and some seriously steamy scenes of seduction.

 

The new compilation, Boys Behind Bars: The Complete Collection, contains all three films in the series. Check out the individual descriptions and trailers below and click here to pre-order your copy. It’s coming to DVD via World Wide Multi Media in November.

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Trailer Alert: 1985

One of the best reviewed gay films of 2018 takes us all the way back to 1985.

 

Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (“Gotham” star Cory Michael Smith) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him.

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Out This Week: The Cakemaker

“Drool-worthy confections express unspoken emotions… and a master class in exquisite restraint.” – The New York Times

 

“Fascinating! Provocative, unexpected and finally very moving.” – Los Angeles Times

 

“Convincing and quietly moving, a tale of emotional journeys and trials, and the challenge of starting anew after tragedy.” – RogerEbert.com

 

“A delicate and moving drama that questions love beyond sexual identity.” – The Playlist

 

“A tender, tactile and just-sweet-enough story of hidden love, challenged faith and unwittingly shared grief that marks an auspicious feature debut.” – Variety

 

The Cakemaker © Strand Releasing

The Cakemaker © Strand Releasing

 

A moving new drama from writer/director Ofir Raul Graizer, a talented artist making his feature film debut after several critically-acclaimed shorts, The Cakemaker has been nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and has become one of the top grossing foreign films of the year in the United States. The trailer alone may make you a little weepy. Make sure to invest in a box of tissues before you watch the full movie.

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The hilarious 7th Season of the hit comedy Where the Bears Are is out on DVD tomorrow!

The seventh season of Where the Bears Are, a hit worldwide comedy-mystery series, finds our favorite crime-solving bears in more danger than ever, as they have become the targets of a mysterious stalker while vacationing in sunny Palm Springs, California. If that isn’t enough to deal with in the desert, someone is out to sabotage the “Mr. Bear America” pageant where Reggie is serving as a celebrity judge! Could the stalker and saboteur be the same person?

 

Meanwhile, porn producer Wood is excitedly promoting his new opus Ass Play on the Orient Express to eager fans during Bear Week – and Nelson and Todd both go through career stress, which tests their relationship like never before. Will Americas favorite gay bear couple finally call it quits? Who is the mysterious stalker seeking revenge against our furry foursome? And when the bears go undercover to unmask whomever is hell bent on destroying the bear beauty contest, will any of them survive a demented killers show-stopping explosive surprise?

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NSFW Trailer Alert: Adonis

Well-known for his incredibly erotic body of work (Voyage, Love Actually… Sucks, Permanent Residence, Amphetamine, City Without Baseball, Utopians), Scud pushes the envelope further than he ever has before with his brand new film Adonis (also called Thirty Years of Adonis in some circles).

 

Adonis tells the story of Yang Ke (Adonis He Fei), an actor with the Beijing Opera, whose dreams of stardom are fading now that he’s pushing thirty. When he loses his job and finds himself down on his luck, he ends up answering ads for “nude outdoor model” gigs and soon ends up participating in what will become his ticket to infamy: a gay porn flicks that becomes an underground sensation.

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