Go-Go Boy Interrupted Eps. 2 & 3 – Danny deals with life outside the gay nightclubs

go-go-boy-interrupted-episode-2A few weeks ago we posted the first episode of the fun new web series Go-Go Boy Interrupted, and now we’ve got the next two installments, which follow the adventures of Danny, a 29-year-old go-go boy who suddenly finds himself fired from his job and having to make his way in the world. However gyrating for randy gay club-goers doesn’t necessarily offer a lot of transferable skills.

In Episode 2 Danny is still up to his go-go boy tricks of blacking out and isn’t 100% sure who the man he wakes up in bed with is. That’s followed by ‘It’s Not Confidential’, where his exercise session is interrupted by people letting him know that’s he’s being talked about and not in a nice way.

Jimmy Fowlie’s series is a lot of fun, based on his own life where he danced while pursuing an acting degree. Go-Go Boy Interrupted then became a live sketch show at an LA theater and has now made the transition to Youtube.

If you need to catch up, you can watch episode 1 here, and then view eps. 2 and 3 below. [Read more...]

Out Smart Short Film – What if you had to come out as being intelligent?

Out-Smart-slideThere have been a few short films that have replaced coming out as gay with having to come out as something else (usually as straight), as a way of highlighting how the questions people ask and the issues that it often raises are ridiculous.

Out Smart does a similar thing, with it’s premise seeing a young man having to come out as intelligent. It’s a neatly to make the point that many people’s reactions are absolutely predicated on the idea that being gay is a bad thing (as well as to subtly position those who have a problem with gay people as being intrinsically dumb).

Director Dawn Cobalt comments, ‘When I first came out, it was the scariest thing I ever had to do. And I realized that, as I kept meeting new people, I would forever be coming out. I would also forever be coming out to people from my past who didn’t know me as out. They would wonder, “Why didn’t she just tell me?” So this film is very special to me.

‘I had to make this film to express that experience – and add humor to a very tough confession to make to anyone. Everyone is different in his or her own way and society tries to decide what is normal and what is not. We have all been in a situation where you want to tell people something that is out of the “norm” and hope that they still accept and love you.’

It’s been screened at numerous film festivals and won several awards, as well as being screened at numerous PFLAG meetings across the US. And you can take a look at it below. [Read more...]

Old Dogs & New Tricks Season 3 Trailer – The gay-themed web series is back in November

old-dogs-new-tricks-s3The WeHo escapades of middle-aged gay best buds Nathan, Brad, Ross & Muscles continue beginning Nov. 12, 2014, when popular gay web series Old Dogs & New Tricks returns for its long-awaited third season.

The season premiere picks up one week after the events of the show’s recent Halloween-set “mini-movie” WeHo Horror Story, with Nathan reeling from Damian’s disappearance and Ross preparing for his impending gay divorce. But this year, the show expands its scope:

“We still see the guys’ romantic misadventures,” explains show creator/writer/star Leon Acord. “But this year, we also see more of their successes and mistakes in their professional lives.  We may have fewer sex scenes this year, but the ones we have are more outrageous than ever–including the show’s first bare ass!”

The new season also features guest-star appearances from Rutanya Alda (Mommie Dearest), who plays Nelson Van Eddy’s haughty personal assistant Barbara Fierce in four episodes. Mo Gaffney (Absolutely Fabulous) appears in the season premiere as Ross’ divorce attorney, while Kathryn Leigh Scott (Dark Shadows) plays Muscles’ mom, Lily Anne, in the season finale. Jim J. Bullock (Too Close for Comfort) makes a cameo as Nathan’s latest celebrity-quack therapist.

The entire principal cast returns for the new season. Besides Acord as neurotic talent agent Nathan, the show stars Curt Bonnem as hedonistic Brad, Jeffrey Patrick Olson as wholesome Muscles, David Pevsner as struggling actor Ross & Amanda Gari (in an expanded role) as Nathan’s wise-cracking “girl-Friday” Lydia Lasker.  Bruce L. Hart appears in three episodes as resident villain Nelson, as does Parnell Damone Marcano as Ross’ estranged spouse Neal.

New episodes debut each subsequent Wednesday at www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com and the show’s YouTube channel (youtube/OldDogsTheSeries).

“I’m very proud of this season,” says Acord, “Our cast and crew all brought their A-game, and it shows. I can honestly say its our best yet. I can’t wait to see what our viewers think!

Take a look at the trailer for the new season below. [Read more...]

Go-Go Boy Interrupted Episode 1 – Getting off the dancefloor in the new gay-themed comedy web series

go-go-boy-interrupted-ep1-slideHere’s one to make anyone over 30 feel pretty prehistoric, although the set-up suggests that as the new web series Go-Go Boy Interrupted continues, gay culture’s youth and hot body obsession may come under the spotlight.

The show follows 29-year-old Danny, whose been a go-go boy for years, living a life of casual drug use and drunken blackouts. However 29 is old for dancing on the stage in a twink-focussed club and after he throws up while on the job, he may have to look for a new career.

The film is loosely based on creator/star Jim Fowlie’s own life. He says on the show’s website, “The concept for Go-Go Boy Interrupted was born from my time as a go-go dancer while I pursued my BFA in Acting from USC (both experiences were major letdowns in terms of “real world skills”). But I was fascinated with the Go-Go scene: the larger than life drag queens to the out of control 19-year-old party boys, there was so much comedy potential.”

The series started as a live sketch show at the Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, and is now making it online – and keep an eye out for Drew Droege as a great drag queen. The first episode is now available watch it below), with a new ep. due out each Tuesday. [Read more...]

Beautiful By Night – Older drag performers in San Francisco take centre-stage in the short documentary

beautiful-by-night-slideA few years ago a growing squeamishness about camp amongst some gay men was threatening to kill off drag. However thanks to the likes of RuPaul’s Drag Race and performers who take drag seriously and show why it should still have a place in gay culture, it’s now in fairly good health.

James Hosking’s Beautiful By Night is a 30-minute documentary focussing on following three older drag entertainers at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. It’s an intimate look at Olivia Hart, Collette LeGrande, and Donna Personna.

Starting out with how they transform themselves from middle-aged men into lip-syncing divas, it then follows them to Aunt Charlie’s for their evening performance. It’s a great look at people who are still holding to the drag ideas of the past, before the sharp and rather arch performers of today took over. It’s a perhaps more ramshackle style but it has warmth.

Watch the documentary below. [Read more...]

Grind Short Film – Gay hookup apps get their own mini-movie musical starring Anthony Rapp

grind-short-filmBack in January we posted the trailer for Grind, which at the time was looking for crowdfunded completion funding. It succeeded in getting the money it needed and is now available for us all to watch.

It’s certainly an unusual film -  a 35-minute film musical themed around how gay hookups apps have altered how we see the world, and whether we really know who we’re talking to via our smartphones – but it’s a good one. The cast includes Anthony Rapp, who’s probably best known for the stage and film version of Rent (although to many he will always be Tony in Dazed and Confused). Grimm star Claire Coffee also stars, as does the very good looking Pasha Pellosie.

The film has already won several awards and screened at numerous film festivals around the world. However if you haven’t managed to catch it at one of its cinema screenings, you can watch it below. There are moment when it’s a bit over the top, but overall it’s more than worth half an hour of your time. [Read more...]

Queerpocalypse Comedy Short – What happens after the end for two queer friends?

queerpocalyse-second-cityThere have been plenty jokes made about men and women having to deal with what to do after the apocalypse, with the future of the human race resting on their shoulders. However there’s no guarantee that if there were only two people left it would be even share the same sexuality.

With their funny new video, the Second City Network looks at the effects of the Queerpocalypse, when ‘the human race is extinct except for a couple of queers.’

What are they going to do? And is it going to be the end of humankind?

Second City is of course the famed improvisational comedy troupe that started in Chicago and spawned the likes of Harold Ramis, Alan Arkin, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Jane Lynch, Mike Myers and Steve Carell. [Read more...]

United Queendom Web Series Arrives – Take a look at Scottish independence turned into a gay rom com

united-queendom-ep1Last week we posted the trailers for the fun-looking gay-themed web series United Queedom, which reimagines the debate over Scottish Independence as a romantic comedy between two guys who have to decide whether to split up.

Now the four episodes of the show have arrived, which you can watch below.

Bob Denham came up with the show, which stars Damien Hughes as Scott and Daniel Page as Adrian, who bicker and squabble over all sorts of things, all of which take a metaphorical look at the issues voters have to decide on in the Scottish Independence poll in a couple of weeks time.

And just to make sure it’s like the real thing (sort of) at the end viewers are invited to vote on whether Scott and Adrian should indeed split up.

It’s a lot of fun, so take a look at the episodes in the playlist below. [Read more...]

Barba Rija Episodes 2 & 3 – More from the Portuguese gay bear web series

barba-rija-ep3A couple of weeks ago we brought you the first episode of the Portuguese gay bear web series Barba Rija (Rough Beard). Since then two more episodes have been released, so if you want to catch up on what’s been going on with the guys, you can find out below.

In total the first season of Barba Rija will be seven episodes, so expect more to come, with new episodes being released each week.

Here’s the synopsis: ”Barba Rija (Rough Beard) is the first Portuguese gay short + webseries about bears made for the internet. It follows the lives of three gay friends who are bears but have a soft heart. António, Pedro and Ursão (Big Bear) live in Lisbon. They work, go out at night and get in romantic adventures. Pedro ended up with his boyfriend and is the group´s lovebird. António is the most rational of the three and has a secret passion. Finally, Big Bear is the strongest, but also the sweetest, who will be surprised with a change in his life. It might look like a soap opera but it´s comedy at its best. The three are the symbol of fellowship, of various types of masculinity, affections, concerns and expectations that belong to all human beings. André Murraças, the author (writer and director), is a published author who writes also for theatre and TV and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy.’ [Read more...]

United Queendom Trailers – Scottish Independence becomes a gay rom-com in a new web series

united-queendom-trailerIn just under three weeks time the people of Scotland go to the polls to decide whether they want to become an independent country. It’s certainly causing a lot of interest in the UK, even if many other countries aren’t entirely sure what all the fuss is about and why Scotland would want to hive off from the the lands to its south.

So what better way to explain it that by recasting the debate as a gay rom-com?

That’s what Bob Denham has done with the four-part web series United Queendom, which follow Damien Hughes’ Scott and Daniel Page’s Adrian, who bicker and talk about whether they should split up and if they do, how they should deal with such vital issues as the profits from Scott’s bath oils business (mirroring the issue of what to do with money from North Sea oil).

Page commented to Pinknews, “Politics should be poked fun at. I think it is actually a way of people engaging, and in a way understand[ing] what is going on.”

Take a look at the trailer and five teasers below, with the four-part series due to start properly soon. [Read more...]