Just Charlie (c) Wolfe Releasing

Out This Week: Just Charlie

Football is Charlie’s joy. When he has the ball at his feet, he can make magic happen – a gift that many teenage boys only dream of. Now the opportunity for Charlie to play professionally has come along. It looks like Charlie will be able to succeed where his father could not. But Charlie has a secret, a secret locked in his heart. Now, with his future seemingly mapped out, the secret cannot stay hidden any longer. Charlie’s decision to reveal the truth tears his once united family apart and puts his friends in turmoil. No-one is quite sure of themselves or each other anymore and the road back to harmony is paved with obstacles, prejudices and confusion.

 

Featuring a stunning performance from young newcomer Harry GilbyJust Charlie is a deeply emotional new film from writer Peter Machen and director Rebekah Fortune. The film won the “Best Feature Film for Youth” prize at the Zlin Film Festival and was chosen as an official selection at the Rochester LGBT Film Festival, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The People’s Movies.com called it a “Profound family drama . . . this is a tale rooted in the human condition – honest, touching and willing to open the minds of an audience.” Midland Movies.com called it “A beautiful film that pulls no punches.” And Kneel Before Blog.com said it’s “An excellent and moving film that tells a deeply personal and emotional story. Harry Gilby delivers an astounding performance as the title character and the journey he takes is wonderfully written.”

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Our Top 15 Gay Movies of 2017!

2017 was a great year for movies… and movies centered around gay men in particular. Not only was there a wealth of titles to choose from, but many of them rose above the gay movie niche and made a huge splash on the international film fest circuit. Some even broke through into the mainstream (looking at you, Call Me by Your Name). Check out our Top 15 Gay Movies of 2017 below and make sure to pick up your copies on DVD and Blu-ray at TLAgay.com! All but one of our top 15 are currently listed and we’ll be posting the final straggler (looking at you again, Call Me by Your Name) for pre-order as soon as it’s announced – most likely once it has finished making the award show rounds.

 

B&B (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

B&B (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

15. B&B

Director: Joe Ahearne

Lovers Marc and Fred (Tom Bateman and Sean Teale) initiated a major legal battle after they were refused a double bed at a remote Christian guest house. They came out of their court case victorious and now they’re back at the establishment to claim their conjugal rights. Triumph, however, quickly turns to terror when a scary Russian neo-Nazi also checks in. Their weekend of celebratory fun soon becomes a bloody battle for survival. B&B is a whip-smart and brutally funny dark comedy-thriller that has been earning rave reviews from critics – some of whom have even compared it to the work of Alfred Hitchcock. The Hollywood Outsiders, specifically, called it “a film Alfred Hitchcock would be proud of.” The Horror Society said it’s “frickin’ fantastic and a trailblazer for LGBT cinema.”

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Sebastian (c) Wolfe Releasing

Spend Valentine’s Day with Sebastian

Coming to DVD in early February – just in time for Valentine’s Day – is a brand-new romance from actor-writer-director-producer James Fanizza. He writes, directs and stars in Sebastian but does not in fact play him. He plays Alex, the guy who meets Sebastian (Alex House) and initiates a fling – this despite that he has a boyfriend, a boyfriend who just happens to be Sebastian’s cousin. They both agree to feel bad about what they’re doing, but they don’t consider not doing it.

 

Alex is an Argentinian student in Toronto for just one week; both know that the relationship  ends when he catches his flight back home. But the affair is irrepressible. They’re falling for each other whether or not they say the words, and it’s the kind of relationship that changes them, unlocks things hidden deep inside (and who can resist a boy with a dark and unspoken past?).

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Just Charlie (c) Wolfe Releasing

Coming Soon: Just Charlie

Football is Charlie’s joy. When he has the ball at his feet, he can make magic happen – a gift that many teenage boys only dream of. Now the opportunity for Charlie to play professionally has come along. It looks like Charlie will be able to succeed where his father could not. But Charlie has a secret, a secret locked in his heart. Now, with his future seemingly mapped out, the secret cannot stay hidden any longer. Charlie’s decision to reveal the truth tears his once united family apart and puts his friends in turmoil. No-one is quite sure of themselves or each other anymore and the road back to harmony is paved with obstacles, prejudices and confusion.

 

Featuring a stunning performance from young newcomer Harry GilbyJust Charlie is a deeply emotional new film from writer Peter Machen and director Rebekah Fortune. The film won the “Best Feature Film for Youth” prize at the Zlin Film Festival and was chosen as an official selection at the Rochester LGBT Film Festival, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The People’s Movies.com called it a “Profound family drama . . . this is a tale rooted in the human condition – honest, touching and willing to open the minds of an audience.” Midland Movies.com called it “A beautiful film that pulls no punches.” And Kneel Before Blog.com said it’s “An excellent and moving film that tells a deeply personal and emotional story. Harry Gilby delivers an astounding performance as the title character and the journey he takes is wonderfully written.”

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Todrick Hall: Behind the Curtain (c) Wolfe Releasing

Todrick Hall takes us Behind the Curtain

Singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, “Americal Idol” finalist and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall launches his most ambitious project yet: the full-scale original musical, “Straight Outta Oz.” From a small town in Texas to big-time show business, comes an inspiring documentary of grit, perseverance and the redemptive power of art. With a limited time and budget the odds are against him, but Todrick’s passion and his team of talented performers overcome all obstacles to bring this story to the world. From award-winning director, Katherine Fairfax Wright comes this excellent new documentary about the creative process of one insanely talented shining star.

 

Todrick Hall: Behind the Curtain is coming to DVD this week, courtesy of Wolfe Releasing. Enjoy the trailer below and click here to order your copy.

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Shared Rooms (c) Wolfe Releasing

Holiday Highlights: Shared Rooms

Every Monday in December we’re shining a spotlight on a gay-themed guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit! Keep checking in for more Holiday Highlights. This week’s selection is Shared Rooms.

 

Shared Rooms explores the meaning of home and family through three interrelated stories of gay men finding connections during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. In this sexy, feel-good gay romantic comedy, married Laslo and Cal (Christopher Grant Pearson and Alec Manley Wilson) take in a gay teen who’s been kicked out of his home; Sid and Gray (Justin Xavier and Alex Neil Miller) have a casual online hookup which unexpectedly deepens; and Julian and Dylan (Daniel Lipshutz and Robert Werner)  confront their secret mutual attraction when they end up forced to share a bed for a week. Their stories come together at a “Steve Not Eve” New Year’s party.

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Eastsiders: Season 3 (c) Wolfe Releasing

Take a Road Trip with EastSiders: Season 3

Season Two of the Daytime Emmy nominated series, EastSiders, left Cal and Thom (Kit Williamson and Van Hansis) determined to make things work, despite some confusing developments in their newly “monogomish” relationship. After a challenging year in New York City, the guys hit the road back west to Los Angeles to pick up the pieces of their old life, but nothing can prepare them for the unexpected twists and turns they’ll face on the journey home. As they travel west, their tumultuous relationship is tested by an empty bank account, arguments about the future, and an encounter with a handsome drifter that tempts them to once again redraw the map of their relationship. Will this be the trip of their lives, or the end of the road? One thing is for sure: “The Great American Road Trip” is about to get a lot gayer!

 

EastSiders launched in 2013 to a lot of love from fans and critics alike, with Entertainment Weekly calling the show “funny and heartbreaking” and Out Magazine praising it as “relatable, fresh” and “darkly funny.” The show won Best Web Drama at the 2013 LA Weekly Awards, Best Ensemble at the Indie Series Awards and was nominated for a Satellite Award from the International Press Academy. Season Two was even nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for Van Hansis. In 2016 the series found a world-wide audience, and has now been subtitled in a dozen languages.

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Cherry Pop (c) Wolfe Releasing

Just Came Out: Cherry Pop

Starring Caldwell Tidicue (better known to the adoring masses as Bob the Drag Queen, winner of Season 8 of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race”), the riotously funny new feature Cherry Pop follows one wild, crazy night at a drag club, where the matriarch of the show Zaza (Patrick Holt) refuses to come out of her dressing room, while a young newcomer, The Cherry (Lars Berge), is tormented by the regular troupe of back-stabbing queens.

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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (c) Wolfe Releasing

Learn The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

The brand-new documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth.

 

Director Jennifer Kroot (who was also at the helm of To Be Takei and It Came from Kuchar) has fashioned a documentary about the creator of Tales of the City that moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan) Untold Tales offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took Maupin from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70’s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

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