MAKE A SCENE WEEKEND UPDATE 25/01/2019

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Vogue the house down boots, mamma! Yes award winners...it's the biggest, queerest round up of LGBTQIA pop culture news, reviews and views! It's another lip-smacking edition of the Make A Scene Weekend Update! 
 


IN THE NEWS...


Your cute Spice Girls for Comic Relief t shirt is being made in a sweatshop...girl power?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/20/spice-girls-comic-relief-tshirts-made-bangladesh-factory-paying-staff-35p-an-hour?



All Stars 4 might still be in full swing (oh my god can we talk about Naomi Smalls' lip sync and vogue moves last week?!) but Aquaria and Adam Rippon have announced the all new RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11 queens...check out a full feature on your new faves HERE, henny...

https://ew.com/tv/2019/01/24/rupauls-drag-race-season-11-cast/

Btw I think I might have a problem, I started saying "henny" and "I'm gooped" all the time to annoy Thom and I literally think I might have a problem. Send help, henny. Okuuuurrr?! 




Iconic queen Gillian Anderson to play iconic cunt Margaret Thatcher in that TV show about the royals your mam is only halfway through on Netflix because she keeps falling asleep before the end of each episode so she has to watch from the start every time...

https://deadline.com/2019/01/gillian-anderson-the-crown-1202538409/





Here's the whole story about the ALLY billboard from A Star Is Born that you didn't know you needed this much inside info about...

https://www.vulture.com/2019/01/the-story-behind-a-star-is-born-irl-lady-gaga-ally-billboard.html?fbclid=IwAR0AnL08FjlqBP5UZxi-3F2mXKWbd5dQy8mP8wIrlV0WCJzkuIDJ0eJUPfw





Here's thew trailer for queer Academy Award winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney's follow up to Moonlight...

https://thefilmstage.com/trailer/high-flying-bird-trailer-andre-holland-navigates-the-nba-in-steven-soderberghs-iphone-shot-drama/




Loved Sex Education on Netflix ? Well here's an article on the series' impressively multi-layered and relatable portrait of a black queer boy through its ebullient character Eric Effiong played by British-Rwandan actorNcuti Gatwa...

https://www.dazeddigital.com/film-tv/article/43014/1/sex-education-eric-netflix-black-queer-teens-ncuti-gatwa?fbclid=IwAR0RKftpvGwXiADs2wNr1yto8ptCFs5sCWV-y40qhn9IKZKPDRcsf0W93RA




And here's a gorgeous deep dive celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Matrix and it's glorious re-evaluation as a film about trans bodies made by the highest grossing trans films makers of all time as well as it's wider impact on how we view our society...

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/21/from-red-pills-to-red-white-and-blue-brexit-how-the-matrix-shaped-our-reality


 

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OSCAR NEWS!!

So the Oscar Nominations were announced on Tuesday and you can read the full list here...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46917940
 

Olivia Colman's lesbian royal romp The Favourite and Netflix's black-and-white epic Roma lead this year's Oscars with 10 nominations each.
 

The other contenders include A Star Is Born and Vice with eight each, followed by Black Panther with seven and making it the first superhero movie ever to be nominated for best picture. 

Bradley Cooper was the biggest snub of the noms with his much campaigned for slot as Best Director being taken by the director of critics fave Cold War. This means this year the Best Director category has two nominees who directed films not in the English language. Sorry Bradley.

Here's a wider list of shocks and snubs if you're a snub queen like me...

https://awardswatch.com/2019/01/22/2019-oscar-nominations-the-shocks-snubs-and-trivia/

Lady Gaga is the first person to ever be nominated for a Best Actress and Best Song in the same year and TBH she's pretty much the only LGBT person in the list of nominees this year despite a LOAD of films telling the stories of queer people. Guess it's cute to see these stories being made but 100% of the queer characters of Can You Ever Forgive Me? the awful Bohemian Rhapsody (how was this shit show nominated for Best Picture?!) and The Favourite are played by straight actors. It must be such a stretch for them! Is playing gay the new playing disabled in so much as it's a guaranteed way to get you a nomination? This used to be a gross trend in the 80s and 90s...is this a new trend? Or are our biopics actually just way more interesting films than the tired straight counterparts? 

Here's a great article layout all the straight people nominated for playing queer this year...

http://www.queerguru.com/2019/01/oscar-noms-for-lgbt-characters-all-played-by-straight-actors

And here's another that suggests the Oscar films this year are fuelled by queer rage and that's what makes them so interesting...it's an interesting angle from the always great them.us website

https://www.them.us/story/oscar-nominations-queer-rage


Who's most likely to win? Well it's an open season and the only guarantee seems to be Gaga will win for Best Song and Roma will win Best Foreign Language and that's it. It is wide open like Queen Anne in The Favourite! Personally I think Roma is going to win Best Picture too and Best Director, Glenn Close is winning for Best Actress but Gaga and Close did tie at for the award at the Critic's Choice Awards showing how this category is a battle this year and Bradley Cooper's Best Director snub might mean he'll beat Christian Bale to Best Actor out of sympathy. It's Regina King vs six time nominee Amy Adams for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor has Mahershala Ali's name on it but Green Book's controversies (the writer says he saw Muslims in New York applauding the Twin Towers coming down on 9/11, the director used to flash his penis to women on set) might sink his chances.

Exciting! Especially the battle for Best Actress! You know what they say, Gaga...keep your Glenns Close and your Glennemies closers!

 

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FILM OF THE WEEK

Loads of Oscar films out this week including Adam McKay's glorified SNL skit Vice - a portrait of George W Bush's vice president Dick Chaney played by Sam Rockwell and Christian Bale in full prosthetics - and previews of Driving Miss Daisy remake Green Book staring the gorgeous and uber talented Mahershala Ali who's also being amazing on your TV at the moment in the excellent third season of True Detective.

But that's enough about these boring boys films cause our film of the week sees Nicole Kidman immerse herself into the role of a LAPD detective facing her demons. Kidman has said herself that this was a role that she couldn't shake and that director Karyn Kusama took her to places as an actress she hasn't been before...if that isn't good enough reason to see Destroyer just look at how awful they made our lovely Nicky look for this film! That's gotta be worth the admittance itself!


Destroyer and Vice are out today and Green Book previews at HOME Wed 30th and Thu 31st January.

CLICK FOR MORE INFO!!



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TV OF THE WEEK

Another iconic musical is getting the live broadcast treatment! Fox is bringing us back to 1989 with its live version of Jonathan Larson's Tony- and Pulitzer-winning rock musical, Rent. Loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Boheme, Larson's Rent follows a group of young artists struggling to survive in New York's East Village during the days of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The musical spawned a touring production, a 2005 movie adaptation directed by Chris Columbus, and an off-Broadway adaptation.

Alongside Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher, we have Jesus Christ Superstar Live's Brandon Victor Dixon, Grammy winner Mario, RuPaul's Drag Race's Valentina, and more! 


Here’s a cute article about the cast…


https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a25410746/rent-live-fox-news-date-cast/

RENT Live airs 27th January on YouTube Live or Hulu TV

 

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FILM EVENT OF THE WEEK!!


Have you ever fallen in love in just one day?

BOY MEETS BOY / UK is the second from a series of events that will take place in several European cities to promote the crowdfunding campaign for BOY MEETS BOY, the first long feature film of Manchego independent director Daniel Sanchez Lopez. A gay ‘before sunrise’ on MDMA in Berlin. Sound great!

The artist-led Mirabel Studios will host the Manchester gathering, where there'll be a selection of LGBTI+ short films by Lopez and special guests, followed by a conversation with them.

- PROGRAMME -

“The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell” + “Saft”- Daniel Sánchez Lopez

“Leg, Arm, Head” - Scout Stuart


Talk from the directors + Sophie Broadgate (from the amazing Queer Cinema Collective)

FREE ENTRY AND CHEAP DRINKS is all you need to know - email lopezdelaoliva@gmail.com to confirm your attendance. It's tonight!

BOY MEETS BOY UK 18.00 Fri 25th January at Mirabel Studios, Manchester

UNTIL NEXT WEEK...

BE LOUD,BE PROUD,
AND
MAKE A SCENE!

Gary Williams