Always Get Permission

How can you be certain he is the one, if he is the only one?

 

As far as Anna (Rebecca Hall) is concerned, she couldn’t be happier with her boyfriend, Will (Dan Stevens). They’re talking about marriage and hoping to close a deal on a new Brooklyn brownstone together. While out at dinner for her birthday, Anna’s brother, Hale (David Joseph Craig), and his partner, Reece (Morgan Spector), innocently point out that she’s never been with anyone other than Will. It doesn’t take long for that seemingly innocuous observation to alter Anna and Will’s future. At the same time, Hale and Reece struggle to take the next major step in their own relationship: starting a family.

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Spend some time in The Happys

Funny, charming and uplifting, The Happys is a delightful brand-new comedy-drama about sexual awakenings, Hollywood stardom, sushi burritos and spider bites.

 

Twenty-one year old Tracy (Amanda Bauer) walks in on her boyfriend Mark (Jack DePew) having sex with a man and decides to leave him. After assessing her limited options, she returns to Mark with a deal: if he agrees to marry her, she’ll forget the incident ever happened. Mark accepts her terms, but neither fully understands the sacrifices they have to make.

 

As their relationship deteriorates, Tracy’s world opens up when she befriends the quirky residents in her Los Feliz neighborhood: Sebastian (Rhys Ward), a troubled recluse who closed the door to society after being bitten by a poisonous spider; Luann (Janeane Garofalo), a former child star and true free spirit; Krista (Melissa McBride), Mark’s hard-charging talent manager; Jonathan (Stephen Guarino), a gay magazine reporter; and Ricky (Arturo del Puerto), a hot Mexican man with a failing food truck. As Tracy discovers her sense of self and true passion for cooking, she is the catalyst for all of them to grow and connect in unforeseen ways.

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Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan play a gay couple trying to create an Ideal Home

Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan star as a bickering couple with an extravagant life in this new mainstream gay comedy Ideal Home. Erasmus (Coogan) is a demanding, popular celebrity, and Paul (Rudd) is his more hesitant partner and sidekick. But when Bill (Jack Gore), the grandson Erasmus never knew he had, shows up at their high class dinner party with nowhere else to go, the couple reluctantly decide to take him in. Antics, as you might imagine, ensue.

 

Co-starring Drew Droege, Alison Pill and Jake McDorman, this family comedy from versatile writer/director Andrew Fleming (Threesome, The Craft, Dick) is coming soon to theaters everywhere. Check out the trailer below.

 

PYOTR495 © Border2Border Entertainment

Filmmaker Blake Mawson talks PYOTR495

Blake Mawson is an award-winning filmmaker who, despite his relatively young age, has been working diligently in film and television for over 15 years. An alumnus of the prestigious Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab, Mawson was recently awarded the RBC Award for Best Emerging Canadian Artist at Toronto’s Inside Out LGBT Film Festival and won the Best Horror Short at Flickers’ Rhode Island Vortex for his stunning, totally unforgettable directorial debut PYOTR495.

 

Set one evening in present day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr (Alex Ozerov of “Orphan Black” and “The Americans”) is baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and anti-gay attacks bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law… but Pyotr has a dangerous secret his attackers could never have accounted for.

 

In addition to the awards listed above, the film was nominated for the 2016 Iris Prize and Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival’s Brigadoon – Paul Naschy Short Film Award. Enjoy this interview with the filmmaker below. You can catch PYOTR495 streaming on our site right now (click here to watch). Even better, pick up the film along with four others exclusive short films in the forthcoming compilation Monsters & Men. It’s coming to DVD & Blu-ray in May.

 

PYOTR495 © Border2Border Entertainment

PYOTR495 © Border2Border Entertainment

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Coming Soon: Saturday Church

Saturday Church tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses (Luka Kain), a shy, effeminate boy who finds himself coping with new responsibilities as “man of the house” after the death of his father. Living alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt, Ulysses is also struggling with questions about his gender identity. He finds an escape by creating a world of fantasy filled with dance and music. Ulysses’ journey takes a turn for the better when he encounters a vibrant transgender community, who take him to “Saturday Church,” a program for LGBTQ youth. Ulysses manages to keep his two worlds apart; appeasing his aunt and discovering his passion for the NYC ball scene, and voguing, until his double life is revealed. Ulysses must find the courage to be who he truly is, all while risking losing those he cares about most.

 

Saturday Church is a modern musical that not only reflects our times but is incredibly entertaining,” said Peter Goldwyn, President of Samuel Goldwyn Films, the company distributing the film.

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I'm Fine: The Complete Second Season © Dekkoo Films

Out This Week: I’m Fine: Season 2

The Complete Second Season of this beloved romantic comedy series I’m Fine is out this week!

 

I'm Fine: The Complete Second Season © Dekkoo Films

I’m Fine: The Complete Second Season © Dekkoo Films

 

I’m Fine takes a fresh, honest and hilarious look at gay male relationships and friendships… and the often blurry line between the two. In Season 2 of this acclaimed series, Nate (Perry Powell) decides it’s finally time to move on from his devastating breakup with hunky ex-boyfriend Joey (Shaughn Buchholz) but Nate’s fall-out with his best friend Jeff (Lee Doud) continues to loom. Meanwhile, Nicole (Brittney King) is back in town on the hunt for a new career, Andy (Richard Stokes) takes control of his open relationship with Brian (Ulysses Morgan), and Jeff finds companionship with someone new. Turns out they might be the ones who are FINE after all.

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Out This Week: Call Me by Your Name

In a staggering year full of excellent, high-profile gay-themed movies (see also: Tom of FinlandBeach RatsBPM (Beats Per Minute) and God’s Own Country) Call Me by Your Name stands as a massive, towering achievement. Not only did we name the movie #1 on our “Best Gay Movies of 2017” list, but Call Me By Your Name earned a spot on most reputable critical top ten lists for the year. It’s also currently nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. For any of you who were not able to catch it, we’re happy to announce that the film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray THIS WEEK. Click here to order your copy.

 

Directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by the great James Ivory, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and his father’s American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). Check out the official synopsis and trailer below.

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Alex Pettyfer stars in The Strange Ones

The trailer for The Strange Ones suggests that the film will earn its title. Ominous and filled with dread, not much of the film’s mysteries can be gleaned. That’s probably for the best (this is a flick you want to see with few expectations). Magic Mike heartthrob Alex Pettyfer stars in this dark and mysterious thriller – wherein there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.

 

Mysterious events surround two travelers (Pettyfer and James Freedson-Jackson), presumably brothers, as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets and lies.

 

The Strange Ones © Vertical Entertainment

The Strange Ones © Vertical Entertainment

 

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BPM (Beats Per Minute) © Passion River Films

Just Came Out: BPM (Beats Per Minute)

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan (Arnaud Valois) falls in love with Sean (Nahuel Perez Biscayart), the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

 

BPM (Beats Per Minute) is one of the most acclaimed gay films in a year full of them. The Los Angeles Times called it “A restless, engrossing dramatic portrait of Parisian activists fighting the AIDS pandemic in the early 1990s.” The San Francisco Chronicle said “BPM is a true and committed document, a worthy piece of filmmaking that keeps faith with the people it memorializes.” The film was also the official French submission for the 2017 Academy Award race for Best Foreign Language Film, though it did not ultimately get nominated.

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Sleeping Giant (c) Altered Innocence

Out This Week: Sleeping Giant

The Great Canadian North is the majestic yet haunting backdrop for director Andrew Cividino’s debut feature Sleeping Giant. A character unto itself, the northern shore of Lake Superior exemplifies a palpable sense of liberation, freedom and youthful recklessness propelled inevitably into danger and self-destruction in a larger-than-life embodiment of the complexities of adolescence being navigated by its young stars.

 

Teenager Adam is spending his summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior. His dull routine is shattered when he befriends Riley and Nate, smart aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with debauchery and reckless cliff jumping. The revelation of a hurtful secret triggers Adam to set in motion a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever.

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