WASHINGTON — Can India, a country struggling to combat an increasingly high-profile rape culture, envision a society where women feel safe in the company of unknown men? A new short film on women’s empowerment, “Going Home,” urges its audience to imagine such a place, focusing on a young woman who stumbles upon a group of men after her car breaks down late at night. Starring Alia Bhatt, a rising actress in India’s film industry, the video was posted to YouTube last week and has since gone viral with nearly...

WASHINGTON — Can India, a country struggling to combat an increasingly high-profile rape culture, envision a society where women feel safe in the company of unknown men? A new short film on women’s empowerment, “Going Home,” urges its audience to imagine such a place, focusing on a young woman who stumbles upon a group of men after her car breaks down late at night. Starring Alia Bhatt, a rising actress in India’s film industry, the video was posted to YouTube last week and has since gone viral with nearly...

This week I talked with filmmaker Stu Maddux about his new documentary-in-progress, Reel in the Closet, the first film to take a look at LGBT home movies dating back to the 1930s. Tragically, these archival treasures are often thrown away by friends and family who aren’t aware of the hidden history they hold. Maddux has launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete this important film. He’s hoping that it ignites a movement to preserve our LGBT history. I talked with Maddux about the significance of his film and his spin on...

This week I talked with filmmaker Stu Maddux about his new documentary-in-progress, Reel in the Closet, the first film to take a look at LGBT home movies dating back to the 1930s. Tragically, these archival treasures are often thrown away by friends and family who aren’t aware of the hidden history they hold. Maddux has launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete this important film. He’s hoping that it ignites a movement to preserve our LGBT history. I talked with Maddux about the significance of his film and his spin on...

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Lordie, lordie what an ex-hit man won’t do for the love of his dog. Keanu Reeves is back in this slam-bam-thank-you-mam kind of violent, IMAX, computer game film with witty dialogue. As bloody as this film is, it is funny. Great dialogue at bizarre moments keeps you on the edge of your neighbor’s seat. If there is too much blood, you can always go to the loo for some relief. This film is about revenge. And after John Wick, who is a retired hit man, witnesses his dog killed by some sod, you just want him to get all of...

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Lordie, lordie what an ex-hit man won’t do for the love of his dog. Keanu Reeves is back in this slam-bam-thank-you-mam kind of violent, IMAX, computer game film with witty dialogue. As bloody as this film is, it is funny. Great dialogue at bizarre moments keeps you on the edge of your neighbor’s seat. If there is too much blood, you can always go to the loo for some relief. This film is about revenge. And after John Wick, who is a retired hit man, witnesses his dog killed by some sod, you just want him to get all of...

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Taylor Swift finally debuted the tracklist for “1989,” due out Oct. 27. Earlier this week, a version of the tracklist leaked online, but the only differences were where a few songs stood in relation to one another. The first song, “Welcome To New York,” came out on Monday, and Swift debuted pieces of “Style” and “How You Get The Girl” in recent Target and Diet Coke spots, respectively. Thus ends the great “1989” speculation game of 2014. The full track list. #TS1989 A photo...

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Taylor Swift finally debuted the tracklist for “1989,” due out Oct. 27. Earlier this week, a version of the tracklist leaked online, but the only differences were where a few songs stood in relation to one another. The first song, “Welcome To New York,” came out on Monday, and Swift debuted pieces of “Style” and “How You Get The Girl” in recent Target and Diet Coke spots, respectively. Thus ends the great “1989” speculation game of 2014. The full track list. #TS1989 A photo...

Posted on Oct 22 2014 - 3:00pm by
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Alexis Gregory (photo by Jay Barry Matthews) Alexis Gregory is one of the most electric and versatile young actors working today. As a favorite in seminal British filmmaker and playwright Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Kick Off, FIT and Stonewall, Gregory has created characters who combine intense vulnerability and steely strength with a healthy sprinkling of sexiness and ruthless pragmatism. As Beadle-Blair might put it, Alexis Gregory knows how to be “in the room.” When asked how he got into the acting industry, he says he...

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Alexis Gregory (photo by Jay Barry Matthews) Alexis Gregory is one of the most electric and versatile young actors working today. As a favorite in seminal British filmmaker and playwright Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Kick Off, FIT and Stonewall, Gregory has created characters who combine intense vulnerability and steely strength with a healthy sprinkling of sexiness and ruthless pragmatism. As Beadle-Blair might put it, Alexis Gregory knows how to be “in the room.” When asked how he got into the acting industry, he says he...

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Alexis Gregory (photo by Jay Barry Matthews) Alexis Gregory is one of the most electric and versatile young actors working today. As a favorite in seminal British filmmaker and playwright Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Kick Off, FIT and Stonewall, Gregory has created characters who combine intense vulnerability and steely strength with a healthy sprinkling of sexiness and ruthless pragmatism. As Beadle-Blair might put it, Alexis Gregory knows how to be “in the room.” When asked how he got into the acting industry, he says he...

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Alexis Gregory (photo by Jay Barry Matthews) Alexis Gregory is one of the most electric and versatile young actors working today. As a favorite in seminal British filmmaker and playwright Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Kick Off, FIT and Stonewall, Gregory has created characters who combine intense vulnerability and steely strength with a healthy sprinkling of sexiness and ruthless pragmatism. As Beadle-Blair might put it, Alexis Gregory knows how to be “in the room.” When asked how he got into the acting industry, he says he...

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I was 5-foot-8 and 112 pounds. My cheeks sunk in, like the fish face I used to make when I was little. My arms were like thin, dead tree branches. My ribs emerged from my torso like a parrot’s cage, convex and wiry. By the time I landed myself in the emergency room, I no longer looked like your average all-American 20-something college student. An intravenous needle punctured a slender vein in my hand, replenishing my famished body. At my bedside, my nervous mother held on to my other hand so tightly that it ached from lack...

Posted on Oct 22 2014 - 2:36pm by
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I was 5-foot-8 and 112 pounds. My cheeks sunk in, like the fish face I used to make when I was little. My arms were like thin, dead tree branches. My ribs emerged from my torso like a parrot’s cage, convex and wiry. By the time I landed myself in the emergency room, I no longer looked like your average all-American 20-something college student. An intravenous needle punctured a slender vein in my hand, replenishing my famished body. At my bedside, my nervous mother held on to my other hand so tightly that it ached from lack...