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Title: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Jan 09, 2009, 02:53 PM
I knew the comparison would come up some time or other. 

http://www.afterelton.com/blog/brenthartinger/ranking-roundup-1-10-09

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Top Gay-Related Theatrical Releases
(From Variety: weekly gross/total gross to date/per-screen average)

1. Milk ($2 million; $17.3 million after 6 wks; $6638 per screen)
2. High School Musical 3: Senior Year ( $243,418; $90 million after 11 weeks; $295 per screen)
3. Antarctica ($6,033; $16,312 total after 7 wks; $6,033 per screen)
4. Ciao ($3,138; $22,944 total after 5 wks; $1,046 per screen)
5. Were the World Mine ($1,632; $88,788 after 10 wks; $544 per screen)

Why hasn't Milk gone wide yet? That seems to be what every gay person wants to know (with the unstated apprehension that the film isn't doing very well at the box office). But this has been Focus Features release strategy for the film all along: start small, let word-of-mouth grow as it expands to several hundred theaters, and then go wide in 1000 theaters or more at the end of January, taking full advantage of all the publicity when the Oscar nominations are announced (and Milk gets its expected Best Picture nod); the film is currently playing on 309 screens and, interestingly, has grossed only a little less than Brokeback Mountain had at this point in its release, which had almost exactly the same marketing plan. That said, Brokeback broke per-screen box office records when it finally went wide at the end of January, but insiders admit that there probably isn't the same level of enthusiasm for Milk. Time will tell if it will have Brokeback's staying power.

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Title: BBM on Blu-ray
Post by: tpe on Jan 16, 2009, 01:44 PM
http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Gay_&_Lesbian/Universal/Disc_Announcements/Universal_Announces_Brokeback_Mountain_for_Blu-ray/2412

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Universal Announces 'Brokeback Mountain' for Blu-ray
Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 01:00 PM ET
 
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Universal Studios has announced an early-March Blu-ray debut for the Oscar-winning 'Brokeback Mountain.'

Originally released on HD DVD in early 2007, Universal will play catch up with the highly-acclaimed drama when it releases the Heath Ledger-Jake Gyllenhaal starrer on Blu-ray March 3.
 
Tech specs will see a BD-50 dual-layer disc with 1080p/VC-1 video and English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround.

Extras will match the previous HD DVD and DVD special editions, with a wealth of making-of featurettes: "A Groundbreaking Success," "Music From the Mountain," "Impressions From the Film," "On Being a Cowboy," "Directing From the Heart: Ang Lee," "From Script to Screen" and "Sharing the Story: The Making of Brokeback Mountain."

The Blu-ray will also come BD-Live-enabled, and with the My Scenes bookmarking feature.

Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $34.99.

You'll find the latest specs for 'Brokeback Mountain' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under March 3.

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: jackster on Jan 17, 2009, 12:37 AM
 &**) &**)  &**)  &**)

This is great. Much sooner than I expected since it had been released on HD.
Sorry it's a simple dup of the HD release, it'd been nice if they added some stuff, but maybe some day.
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Jan 23, 2009, 04:54 PM
&**) &**)  &**)  &**)

This is great. Much sooner than I expected since it had been released on HD.
Sorry it's a simple dup of the HD release, it'd been nice if they added some stuff, but maybe some day.


Someday, we hope!  :)

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Feb 08, 2009, 12:20 PM
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i am completely...  (t)

the austrian TV is showing our film on sunday 22th (call it coincidence..  ???  ) at 8 pm.. i can't believe it..

BUT.... there's a big but there.. it says in the program duration 120 min, while we know it's 130 min... so..  :s)  i wonder if they dare cut it like they did in italy - airing it at sunday prime family time?  :s)

i have my weapons armed in case they do...  ^^)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: Romeo164 on Feb 09, 2009, 12:40 AM
You have to let us know how it goes. I can't think of any other movie that draws this much excitement and anticipation, even in a censored version on a TV slot.
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: Annika on Feb 13, 2009, 05:40 PM
i am completely...  (t)

the austrian TV is showing our film on sunday 22th (call it coincidence..  ???  ) at 8 pm.. i can't believe it..

BUT.... there's a big but there.. it says in the program duration 120 min, while we know it's 130 min... so..  :s)  i wonder if they dare cut it like they did in italy - airing it at sunday prime family time?  :s)

i have my weapons armed in case they do...  ^^)

Same here in Germany and it's the first time you can see BBM in free TV. I'll have to look out if they'll dare cut anything. I'm with you  ^^)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Feb 16, 2009, 04:00 AM
PRO7 said they would not cut, not even the scene where ennis jumps into the water.. can't remember being it cut?  :s)

but i am afraid for the austrian TV, really...  ???
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 16, 2009, 11:54 AM
Yesterday by night BBM was shown in Spanish public television,without any cuts ¡ &**) .What's an "heroism",bearing in mind that it began at 10 p.m.;not a very late timetable,even if it's not time for children watching TV...Everything was shown without cuts nor changes,from FNIT to nude scenes;now I'm looking forward to see share quote and public reactions.But it's a very good news,IMO ¡. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Feb 17, 2009, 02:53 AM
this is great news!  :clap:
i just so hope for austria too..
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: syg on Feb 17, 2009, 11:18 AM
hey!
i´m really going to enjoy bbm on austrian tv! can´t imagine our good(?) old orf found something really good to show us (or will it run on atv?)
but i know after the movie my one-week-crying for ennis and jack will start again...
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 17, 2009, 02:34 PM
You can be sure of this,syg ¡ I have watched it in Spanish TV and I'm almost devastated...There's no reins on this one... :c)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 18, 2009, 12:19 PM
I'm a little disgusted,by the way,with the results of BBM watching in Spanish TV last Sunday night¡. ^*) In the summary of the five most seen programs of the day,it only appears in fourth place, after the news of two chains and a stupidity called "Marriage's scenes",being watched by 3.200.000 persons. But it's more disgusting still that in the summary of Catalunya it doesn't appears even among these most watched five programs¡... ^*)
It is necessary to say, however, in defense of my fellow Spanish and Catalonian,that in the magazines that offer the programming of all the following week,it was said " Non concreting program"on Sunday night and we only knew they were going to put the movie that same morning(perhaps did they prefer to have enough time to decide if they programmed it or not?). But,whatever it's the reason, it seems to me one TV share quite low… ^*) ^*) ^*)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Feb 19, 2009, 03:46 AM
i can understand how angry you are...  :ghug:
no, here at least programs all show it, with pictures and good texts, not rubbish as i feared...  :-\\

and then i saw the first TV trailer last night.. and they showed the reunion kiss... so i am hopeful they won't cut anything....

(needless to say that even at that short  trailer i started to sob  :\'(  it was just the emotion to actually see it on state TV... what brought my son to the exclamation "what? after having it seen for 27 times now you start to cry at the TRAILER?"  ;D
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 19, 2009, 11:41 AM
i can understand how angry you are...  :ghug:
no, here at least programs all show it, with pictures and good texts, not rubbish as i feared...  :-\\

and then i saw the first TV trailer last night.. and they showed the reunion kiss... so i am hopeful they won't cut anything....

(needless to say that even at that short  trailer i started to sob  :\'(  it was just the emotion to actually see it on state TV... what brought my son to the exclamation "what? after having it seen for 27 times now you start to cry at the TRAILER?"  ;D

No,here they had showed also a trailer,pics and a text-where BBM was very good considered,by the way;I'll translate it if you want me to...-.But only on Sunday's newspapers,instead of having the movie already programmed a week before...I must say,however,that in the trailer nothing was showed that could be "indiscreet",let's say-nothing of reunion kiss...-.
Ah,your son is right ¡ But he doesn't know his mother is a crazy Brokie,just like all of us ¡. ;D :c)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: chameau on Feb 19, 2009, 06:59 PM
Better put this here until it is confirmed.

Thu, 19 Feb 2009

"Brokeback Mountain" filmmaker Ang Lee is set to make a film adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel "Life of Pi."

Though the Yann Martel's best-selling fantasy adventure book was first deemed to be "unfilmable," Lee is seriously considering the project. Fox 2000 studio is hiring a new screenwriter, Variety reports.

The coming-of-age novel won the Booker Prize in 2002. It tells the story of a youth who is the lone survivor of a sunken freighter and winds up sharing a lifeboat with a hyena, an injured zebra, an orangutan and a hungry Bengal tiger.

The film, produced by Gil Netter, will use a mixture of live action and computer generated imagery.

Other filmmakers previously attached to the project during its development stage include Dean Georgaris, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and M. Night Shyamalan.

http://www.icelebz.com/movies/news/ang_lee_to_translate_novel_life_of_pi_into_a_film/
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: rlh03 on Feb 22, 2009, 08:07 PM
       and I hope everyone saw the announcement that Brokeback Mountain worldwide gross has exceeded the $1,000,000,000 mark.  Yes, as in BILLION.   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Feb 23, 2009, 04:14 AM
wow!!!!  (t)

ok, AUSTRIAN TV has not cut anything.... and apart of being in german  :i  we enjoyed a perfect vision of the entire film...  <^(

now let's see if there are reactions...
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: Annika on Feb 23, 2009, 07:44 AM
wow!!!!  (t)

ok, AUSTRIAN TV has not cut anything.... and apart of being in german  :i  we enjoyed a perfect vision of the entire film...  <^(

now let's see if there are reactions...

Since it was the same TV channel in Germany, the same goes for Germany. No cuts. I'm proud of them.  ^f^

It was the first time I saw it in German. It was really odd and I have to say I like it in English a lot better.
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: myprivatejack on Feb 23, 2009, 12:20 PM
Since it was the same TV channel in Germany, the same goes for Germany. No cuts. I'm proud of them.  ^f^

It was the first time I saw it in German. It was really odd and I have to say I like it in English a lot better.

Hooray,then,for Spanish,Austrian and German televisions ¡  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: chameau on Feb 27, 2009, 07:14 PM
Better post this here, so far I was unable to find a link in English but it looks like Ang Lee will preside the next Mostra (Venice film festival) jury.  Ang won twice the Golden Lion in Venice.  The first time for Brokeback Mountain :) and the second time for Lust Caution.
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Mar 16, 2009, 08:18 AM
I want to restore some of the excellent reviews of the BBM Blu-ray release.  I recall that Cham was saying that he was buying a suitable player soon!  Jackster (?) I think commented on the very lovely hi-res pictures in these reviews...

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/movies.php?id=3741&show=review

http://www.highdefdiscnews.com/?p=13280
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Mar 19, 2009, 08:54 AM
Another nice review of the blu-ray release:

http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/Brokeback_Mountain_on_Blu-ray_Disc.shtml
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: Romeo164 on Mar 20, 2009, 03:32 AM
Thanks, Thomas, for the links. I read al three reviews and they brought tears to my eyes. It's hard to believe over 3 years have passed, but then again our forum has been going strong that long too.
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Mar 20, 2009, 03:47 AM
Thanks, Thomas, for the links. I read al three reviews and they brought tears to my eyes. It's hard to believe over 3 years have passed, but then again our forum has been going strong that long too.

 :ghug:  :ghug:  <^(
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Mar 30, 2009, 09:12 AM
Thanks also, Romeo and Tizi.  :)

Here is the M&C review of the Blu-ray release:

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/dvd/reviews/article_1467285.php/Brokeback_Mountain_%96_Blu-ray_Review
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Jun 05, 2009, 01:39 PM
another comment from afterelton..

Gay Sex Scenes That Made Movie History
by
Christie Keith
, Contributing Writer



Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Jake Gyllenhaal (left) and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain
 
It would be hard to find anything new to say about Brokeback Mountain, and that's kind of the point. In addition to adding the word "brokeback" to the American vocabulary as slang for "gay," there has never been a gay-themed film that broke so many records — and hearts.
Brokeback Mountain was nominated for a staggering number of awards. To quote AfterElton.com's Michael Jensen, "During the awards' season leading up to Sunday night's Oscars, Brokeback Mountain became the most honored movie in cinematic history. It had more Best Picture and Director wins than previous Oscar winners Schindler's List and Titanic combined. Just to name a few, Brokeback won various awards at the Golden Globes, the BAFTA's, Venice Film Festival, NY Film Critic's Circle, LA Film Critics, National Board of Review, and the Independent Spirit Awards. (Click here for a complete list.)"
Nothing could be this big and not generate a certain amount of controversy. Brokeback was not a happy film, and given the shortage of counterbalancing images of gay men in mainstream cinema, its relentlessly grim story line was a little bitter to some gay viewers. It did not, however, shy away from the sexual nature of the bond between the two lovers, and their first sexual encounter was raw and explicit — so much so that it raised a great deal of controversy on its own.
Probably the biggest controversy of all, however, was that despite its record number of nominations and awards, Brokeback didn't win the Oscar for best picture, prompting an unprecedented outcry against the Academy for homophobia and an ad campaign paid for by the donations of fans praising the film.

Hotness: 7
Romance: 8
Significance: 10

http://www.afterelton.com/movies/2007/6/gaymoviesexscenes?page=0%2C7

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: lancecowboy on Jun 05, 2009, 04:33 PM
 :\'( :ghug: Thanks, tizi. I can't help but shed another tear reading it.

there has never been a gay-themed film that broke so many records — and hearts.

I didn't know about this, so thanks!

It had more Best Picture and Director wins than previous Oscar winners Schindler's List and Titanic combined.

It's interesting that adding the word "brokeback" to the American vocabulary as slang for "gay," and other phrases crept into our vocabulary so subtly, just like the movie, that we hardly knew it.

Significance: 10

Indeed!  :c) ^f^
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Jun 17, 2009, 07:00 AM
I also posted this article at: http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=5007.msg940530#msg940530

 
http://www.citypaper.com/arts/story.asp?id=18234

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Zipper Rippers
Women write gay male romance novels for women

By Heather Harris
Posted 6/17/2009

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Daniel Krall

The romance novel, a static and predictable genre, is undergoing an evolution of sorts: storylines written by straight women for straight women . . . about gay men. Gay men are allowed to read them, of course--there's no gender ID check. But the authors want the books shelved with romance novels, not gay literature, and they are straight women writing the stories that they would want to read. Alex Beecroft, the author of False Colors, an "m/m romance" set in the mid-18th century British navy, doesn't see what the big deal is. "Whether your romance is m/f or m/m, love is the same," she writes in an e-mail from her home in England, "two people, heart and soul, fighting for something beautiful, something worth fighting for." Yes, but is it really a romance novel if there's not a heaving bosom?

The movie version of Brokeback Mountain is credited with ushering in this twist. Beecroft's publisher, Running Press, wrote in the book's publicity material, "The success of 2005's Brokeback Mountain demonstrated the lure of the subject for a female audience." Or maybe it demonstrated the lure of Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. Informal polls of straight women in the Baltimore/Washington area--i.e. conversations at parties attended by this writer--revealed that they loved the movie, but didn't feel aroused by it. Watching seemed to engage less of their imagination and stoke more sympathy than empathy. But reading requires imagination, which brings the reader's personal experience to bear, and this may provide False Colors with the opportunity to connect and arouse in a way that Brokeback Mountain didn't.

Beecroft's False Colors has many of the standard romance novel elements. Sexual tension is established in the first few pages. There are some bad double entendres: "his body seemed to pull towards the other man's as one pole of a magnet to the other." And when the boys finally get together, John is faux-resistant ("it would be terrible"), while Alfie is bound and determined ("He let go reluctantly, and only so he could peel off the rest of his clothes").

However, the pivotal points in the story are markedly different from an m/f romance. First, Alfie admits his attraction to John, who hasn't yet faced his own orientation, and John is embarrassed and demonstrably repulsed. Fifty pages later, John has his first homosexual experience; it is anonymous and disturbing for John, more realistic than romantic. As the climax of the book builds, John is asked to choose between his career and Alfie. It's 1762, and John can either become the captain of his own ship or he can risk the gallows by unsuccessfully defending Alfie against sodomy charges (John's ass is not in question here). This cynical reader rooted for him to take the promotion--it was just too hard to envision a happy ending. But of course John chooses love, and the resolution of the story does not disappoint.

It seems strange on the surface--gay male romance novels for straight women--but maybe this is just the latest iteration of the age-old against-the-odds, forbidden fruit love story. Whether it's the Capulet who can't be with the Montague, the princess who can't be with the stable boy, the beauty who can't be with the beast, the countless Hollywood leading couples who can't be together because someone is getting ready to marry another, or the two Georgian naval officers who will be hanged if they are discovered, isn't it the same basic story inspiring the romantic imaginations of women through the ages? They can't be together, so they must.

Another thing that seems strange is a straight woman writer who would leave her sex out of her love stories. Who is this woman with the gender-neutral name? Beecroft is a married mother of two. It was her idea, not some editor's or publisher's, to write these kind of stories. "I find it curious that people are surprised that a straight woman would want to write m/m romance, because for me it's such a natural thing," she writes. "It wasn't suggested to me by anyone. In fact, I started imagining stories in which the two heroes would get together pretty much as soon as I hit puberty."

Beecroft also sees her stories as opportunities for her to play with and transcend traditional gender roles. "M/M romance can be used to examine relationships which don't suffer from the same sort of built in power imbalances and gender role constraints that make m/f romance such a minefield," she writes. "And of course, unlike f/f which has the same advantage of equality, m/m allows the writer to use characters who are not mired in feminine gender roles either. So it has a big element of escapism to it, plus the advantage of two gorgeous heroes for the price of one."

So if the story is just a twist on forbidden fruit, and the author simply likes male characters and to be free of rigid male/female roles when writing romantic storylines, who is the audience for books like False Colors? In other words, who is brave enough to sell, purchase, read in a coffee shop, and discuss a romance novel with two brooding uniformed men on the cover? Running Press is advertising the book in romance-reader periodicals like Romantic Times and Affair de Coeur (these are actual magazines). Romantic Times claims to review every book that pays to advertise, but so far they have not reviewed False Colors. "That's not unusual," Beecroft writes." In fact that's RT's standard practice with m/m romance."

Originally, Borders and Barnes & Noble agreed to shelve False Colors with their other romantic fiction, but that hasn't worked out either. According to Beecroft, both booksellers immediately re-shelved the book in the much smaller GLBT section. But just as False Colors seemed to be facing market obscurity and the bookstore ghetto, Amazon gave it some free publicity.

In mid-April, as False Colors was being released and beginning to cross over to Amazon's historical romance bestseller list, Amazon dropped the ranking of tens of thousands of books, mostly with gay themes. According to the Wall Street Journal, books by E.M. Forster and Gore Vidal, along with Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain and False Colors were suddenly literary eunuchs. The public's response to what was dubbed "Amazonfail" was swift and Amazon quickly cried innocent mistake. Meanwhile, the cover of False Colors was splashed all over the reports, most significantly on Twitter, and the word was out. "The Amazonfail thing may, ironically enough, have been the best thing that could have happened to the book," Beecroft writes.

So the evolution is underway, complete with all the false starts and dead ends change brings. But the change is deceptively superficial. Whether m/m or m/f or f/f, the prosaic romance novel is still about escaping with characters who are, above all, true to themselves. Whether they have heaving bosoms or straining packages is of less consequence than whether they are heaving and straining against an oppressive society that would keep them apart. And if their equipment matches, the oppression multiplies, and the romantic-at-heart just might root for them even more.

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Jun 20, 2009, 02:13 AM
oh thomas....  <^(
that made me smile...

http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=15197.90

a little..  *o)
but i had to...  ;)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Jun 22, 2009, 04:58 PM
Thanks tizi.  And I like to make you smile.  ;)

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Jul 09, 2009, 07:06 AM


Before 'Bruno': A brief history of gay characters in movies and TV

Wednesday, July 8th 2009, 10:10 AM

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/2009/07/08/2009-07-08_gay_characters_who_paved_the_way_for_bruno.html
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Jul 22, 2009, 07:30 AM


http://www.thewrap.com/article/coming-out-sidebar-timeline_4443


Is this comment accurate?  The scenes were relatively subtle and not explicit, for one...   
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A Brief History of Coming Out, Hollywood-Style
By Amy Kaufman

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...Over a decade later in 2005, Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger not only got Oscar consideration for their roles in “Brokeback Mountain,” both got significant career boosts as a result of the movie, which included not just kissing but highly explicit sex scenes...

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: myprivatejack on Jul 22, 2009, 09:15 AM
A very interesting article,Thomas¡ It's amazing,in spite of the lenght of the path all of us must walk to still,how public opinion has changed these last years¡. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: Annika on Jul 22, 2009, 01:07 PM
...Over a decade later in 2005, Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger not only got Oscar consideration for their roles in “Brokeback Mountain,” both got significant career boosts as a result of the movie, which included not just kissing but highly explicit sex scenes...

I want to see the vision they were allowed to...  ::)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Jul 22, 2009, 05:19 PM
Thanks MPJ and Annika.  I did find it quite an interesting read!  :)

Title: BBM Shirts Exhibition
Post by: tpe on Jul 30, 2009, 07:02 AM

I saw the article referenced in WDW.  :)

http://ontheredcarpet.typepad.com/ontheredcarpet/2009/07/brokeback-mountain-shirts-head-to-museum.html

Brokeback Mountain’ shirts worn by Ledger, Gyllenhaal head to museum
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Posted by Miles Bradford at 04:56:22 PM

(http://ontheredcarpet.typepad.com/.a/6a010536c12963970b011572433ae2970b-pi)

Two cowboy shirts worn by actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie Brokeback Mountain are heading to The Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The two shirts have been intertwinded to represent "the struggle between heritage and acceprance in gay cowboy culture."

The installation is the brainchild of author Gregory Hinton. The shirts are on loan to the museum from collector Tom Gregory.  He bought them in a 2006 charity auction for $101,100.

The shirt exhibition is part of the museum's larger attempt to examine the LGBT community’s contribution to the West and the Western genre. The Autry is currently in negotiations to house the archives of the International Gay Rodeo Association.

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Jul 31, 2009, 01:22 AM
thank you thomas...  ^f^

oh what would i give to be able to go and see it...  ::)
Title: Please read!
Post by: vedrana on Aug 04, 2009, 02:53 PM
I am not sure if this is the thread for posting this, or if it's already posted, but just in case:

http://larodeo.com/?q=node/1174

(http://larodeo.com/?q=system/files/images/Brokeback%2BMountain%2BInvite.preview.jpg)
Title: Please read!
Post by: JT on Aug 04, 2009, 03:49 PM
I am not sure if this is the thread for posting this, or if it's already posted, but just in case:

http://larodeo.com/?q=node/1174

(http://larodeo.com/?q=system/files/images/Brokeback%2BMountain%2BInvite.preview.jpg)

That's wonderful!  Hope many people can make it there to see it. 

Title: Please read!
Post by: tpe on Aug 04, 2009, 05:47 PM
Thnaks loreen.  I had also posted it in the ff thread a few days ago:  ;)

http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=15041.msg954265#msg954265
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Aug 04, 2009, 05:49 PM
You're welcome, Tizi! 

A meet in LA, perhaps?  ;)

Title: Please read!
Post by: vedrana on Aug 04, 2009, 05:51 PM
Thnaks loreen.  I had also posted it in the ff thread a few days ago:  ;)

http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=15041.msg954265#msg954265

Oh, OK then!

I'm late again!  >:(

 ;D
Title: Please read!
Post by: tpe on Aug 04, 2009, 05:59 PM
Oh, OK then!

I'm late again!  >:(

 ;D

Better late than never!   ;D

And besides, your post is much more attractive!  ;)

Title: Please read!
Post by: vedrana on Aug 04, 2009, 06:38 PM
Better late than never!   ;D

And besides, your post is much more attractive!  ;)



 :P
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: chameau on Aug 04, 2009, 07:23 PM
I am not sure if this is the thread for posting this, or if it's already posted, but just in case:

http://larodeo.com/?q=node/1174

(http://larodeo.com/?q=system/files/images/Brokeback%2BMountain%2BInvite.preview.jpg)

No worries lorren yes it was posted here first but your nice post is worth a (very) little work for me, I moved the posts from notice for all and merged them here. :)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: vedrana on Aug 05, 2009, 01:01 AM
No worries lorren yes it was posted here first but your nice post is worth a (very) little work for me, I moved the posts from notice for all and merged them here. :)

Thanks Chameau! ^f^

I hope that some members of the forum will manage to see the shirts! :P

 (t) If only I could... (t)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Aug 13, 2009, 07:33 AM
http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/local/2009/08/13/10444406-sun.html

Tip your hat to cathartic tears
By KRISTEN MCKENZIE

When your lips start to quiver and your eyes become moist, don't fight the feeling - crying can be a helpful means to survive tragedy or disappointment.

"It's a kind of liberating psychological experience," said William Koch, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia.

According to Koch, tears are a natural reaction to sorrow and attempts at stoicism only impede the recovery process.

"People who suppress emotional experience ... those individuals tend to have a harder time adapting," he said. "Some people try to avoid negative emotions ... that's maladaptive."

The key, says Koch, is to grow comfortable with the act of crying in order for it to become effective; embarrassment will only undermine tears' healing capacity.

"The acceptance of crying as a normal reaction ... is certainly adaptive," he said. "One develops the attitude that it's OK to feel distress and express distress. [It's] a positive coping attitude."

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Need a good cry? Check out the following heartwrenching flicks and turn on the taps (warning: runny noses and red eyes will ensue).

Marley and Me

This sentimental look at the bond between a loveable dog and its owners is bound to leave animal lovers everywhere bawling.

It's a Wondeful Life

Who doesn't cry when that little bell rings at the end? Heartless people, that's who.

Forrest Gump

"Why don't you love me Jenny? I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is." Sniff, sniff.

The Green Mile

A kindly miracle healer gets mistakenly sentenced to death row. So sad, it's ridiculous.

Brokeback Mountain

A moving tale of unrequited love and flawless performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal combine to make this film a tearjerker.


And in case movies don't do the trick, here are a few gloomy tunes to get your eyes watering:

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And in case movies don’t do the trick, here are a few gloomy tunes to get your eyes watering:

Hallelujah

by Jeff Buckley

Beautiful and haunting, this isn't a song you'd call upbeat.

Yesterday

by The Beatles

Regret and lost love: perfect ingredients for a sad song.

Tears in Heaven

by Eric Clapton

Written for the singer's deceased child, the song's genuine sorrow can't be denied.

Mad World

by Gary Jules

This somewhat eerie tune emanates loss and loneliness.

England's Rose

by Elton John

Sung at Princess Diana's funeral, a moving look at the humanitarian's life and untimely death.

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Aug 19, 2009, 07:17 AM
More about the shisrts...

http://www.examiner.com/x-3366-Bisexuality-Examiner~y2009m8d18-Brokeback-Mountain-Tshirt-is-this-generations-Ruby-Slippers-Cowboy-Museum-takes-them

...The shirts (and other Hollywood memorabilia) are going to be part of fashion section of the exhibition that was installed this week at a dramatic moment with more than 70 film enthusiasts, International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) members, executives from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and press...
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Aug 20, 2009, 02:19 AM
thank you thomas...  ^f^
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Aug 20, 2009, 07:23 AM
You're welcome, tizi!  :)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Aug 20, 2009, 02:41 PM
.. from afterelton...

Iconic Gay Movie Rolesby
Momo Hassan

Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain (2005)
 
Why It Mattered

Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain has pretty much defined an entire era of gay filmmaking. Initially touted as a small art house favorite, Brokeback ended up an international blockbuster, drawing in audiences who deemed it a ‘universal love story’. The film went on to sweep up awards right, left and center, before so controversially failing to capture that coveted Best Picture prize.

With such praise surrounding the film, one tends to forget how incredible the performances were. And that is most true of Heath Ledger’s Ennis Del Mar, a repressed gay man in nearly unbearable internal turmoil and rarely ever able to consummate the relationship with the man that he so desperately loved.
Unlike Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), Ennis was so trapped by his fear that he was unable to even fulfil his most basic sexual desires, instead choosing to live his life behind a pseudo hard man exterior.
But what was most profound about Ledger’s role was how his agonizing heartbreak at the end of the film managed to stir emotions in both the straight and gay community alike.

In the character of Ennis, mainstream audiences, many of whom may only have been exposed to campier characters, were able to witness a portrayal that differed drastically from what they were used to. And Ledger’s heartthrob status, as well as his untimely death in 2008, adds even more texture to his tortured portrayal of Ennis Del Mar.

Whatever the case, it is undeniable that Heath’s bold portrayal is not just one of the most iconic gay performances, but one of the greatest performances of all time.

Cultural Impact: Very High
Cultural Significance: Very High
 
 
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: myprivatejack on Aug 29, 2009, 12:33 PM
A very interesting article,Fausta,and above all,very fair with BBM and specially with Heath's performance:Whatever the case, it is undeniable that Heath’s bold portrayal is not just one of the most iconic gay performances, but one of the greatest performances of all time.   :\'(
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: vedrana on Sep 01, 2009, 04:29 AM
Ok, again, I don't know if this goes here, but here it is:

http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-11-awards-campaign-2009/posts/oscar-rules-academy-goes-1-to-10-in-best-picture-voting (http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-11-awards-campaign-2009/posts/oscar-rules-academy-goes-1-to-10-in-best-picture-voting)

(http://images.hitfix.com/photos/187931/BrokebackMountainTruck_article_story_main.jpg)

Another example of how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cannot avoid controversy no matter what it does, details on how members will select the new system of ten Best Picture nominees were revealed today creating a ruckus among some online pundits. But before diving into that mess, some details on the new rules.

In previous years, the Academy rules stated that members voted for only one potential nominee in the Best Picture race each year (the one category all members can submit nominees for).  The five nominees with the top five votes totals would be announced as eligible for Best Picture.  However, when it came around to selecting the overall winner, the process was modified so members would vote in a ranked system placing each nominee in first, second, third (and so on) slots.  This "preferential" system is meant to put just as much importance on the third place vote as a first place vote and ind a winner with broad support across the Academy (got that?).  So, it's possible 2006 nominee "Brokeback Mountain" may have theoretically had more first place votes, but if "Crash" appeared on more ballots between 1-3 slots it was the winner (as was sadly the case).

Because the Academy is now allowing for 10 Best Picture possibilities, it's bringing the "preferential" system to the nominee process. Now, when Academy members submit movies for the top category they will rank them from first through tenth place instead of picking just one movie to submit.  Why  make this change you ask?  Well, the Academy overseers were rightly concerned a movie could get nominated with less than 600 votes out of approximately 6,000 members thereby not reflecting the overall preferences of the organization. That could mean films that have no right at being nominated such as "The Ugly Truth," "G-Force" or "17 Again" could somehow sneak their way in (heaven forbid).

Of course, some media pundits are insisting this will hurt the small indie flicks that never seem to have broad support (ugh, right). The hot weather must be affecting many a brain in Los Angeles as these journalists may want to look over the laundry list of small prestige pictures that have been up for Oscar the past 15 years.  Indies will do just fine in this new system, don't you worry.
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Sep 01, 2009, 08:29 AM
Thnanks loreen!  Yes, it goes here.  :)

Title: 3 years on - What has the Academy learned from 2006?
Post by: lila70 on Sep 06, 2009, 10:51 PM
As we all know, at the 2006 Academy Awards Brokeback Mountain joined the ranks of masterpieces that have been snubbed at the awards but have endured as classics, while the films to which they lost have been all but forgotten.  I personally think that the loss of the best picture Oscar was a blessing in disguise for the film:  1) it added poignancy to the story by highlighting the homophobia that exists even to this day, in liberal California and within an industry that prides itself on its supposedly liberal attitudes, and 2) the publicity generated by the resulting backlash likely drew a larger audience to the flim.

I believe that the Academy was stung by the outrage that greeted the loss of the Best Picture Award, and partly in an effort to redeem itself and show its evolving attitudes, it awarded the Best Actor award to Sean Penn for Milk last year.  Milk had some of the more explicit gay love scenes we’ve seen yet in a mainstream movie, and I think we can recognize BBM as a trailblazer that allowed this award to happen.
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: myprivatejack on Sep 07, 2009, 11:17 AM
Yes,I tend to agree with you,Lila,in that sometimes facts we believe are negative,have very often a much more positive result in the long term.Of course,little by little minds are changing in what regards to homosexuality's acceptation-2009 is not the same than 2005-,but doubtless the campaign pro BBM that some stupid and narrow-minded reactions provoked,has had a positive result both in BBM and in former movies in rapport with homosexuality.
Title: Re: 3 years on - What has the Academy learned from 2006?
Post by: tpe on Sep 09, 2009, 07:18 AM
As we all know, at the 2006 Academy Awards Brokeback Mountain joined the ranks of masterpieces that have been snubbed at the awards but have endured as classics, while the films to which they lost have been all but forgotten.  I personally think that the loss of the best picture Oscar was a blessing in disguise for the film:  1) it added poignancy to the story by highlighting the homophobia that exists even to this day, in liberal California and within an industry that prides itself on its supposedly liberal attitudes, and 2) the publicity generated by the resulting backlash likely drew a larger audience to the flim.

I believe that the Academy was stung by the outrage that greeted the loss of the Best Picture Award, and partly in an effort to redeem itself and show its evolving attitudes, it awarded the Best Actor award to Sean Penn for Milk last year.  Milk had some of the more explicit gay love scenes we’ve seen yet in a mainstream movie, and I think we can recognize BBM as a trailblazer that allowed this award to happen.


And as Ethan had noted before, perhaps the forum would not have lasted for as long as it continues to do so, had it not been for that snub. 

Whatever the case, I think the story and the film spoke to us in ways that transcended the medium (i.e., art and cinema).  That is why we continue to discuss it, several years after the fact.

Title: Re: 3 years on - What has the Academy learned from 2006?
Post by: lancecowboy on Sep 09, 2009, 05:38 PM
As we all know, at the 2006 Academy Awards Brokeback Mountain joined the ranks of masterpieces that have been snubbed at the awards but have endured as classics, while the films to which they lost have been all but forgotten.  I personally think that the loss of the best picture Oscar was a blessing in disguise for the film:  1) it added poignancy to the story by highlighting the homophobia that exists even to this day, in liberal California and within an industry that prides itself on its supposedly liberal attitudes, and 2) the publicity generated by the resulting backlash likely drew a larger audience to the flim.

I believe that the Academy was stung by the outrage that greeted the loss of the Best Picture Award, and partly in an effort to redeem itself and show its evolving attitudes, it awarded the Best Actor award to Sean Penn for Milk last year.  Milk had some of the more explicit gay love scenes we’ve seen yet in a mainstream movie, and I think we can recognize BBM as a trailblazer that allowed this award to happen.


Although I may agree with 1) above, I don't agree with 2. I think Brokeback Mountain stands alone, with or without the Academy Award, with or without publicity. People who would watch it either already know it or not. I think the numerous new people who come to the forum even now, are drawn to the movie after they watched it, despite whatever publicity, good or bad. People with an open mind cannot watch the movie and not be affected by its beauty and truth portrayed.

The fiasco of the award highlights only, in my humble opinion, the non-relevancy of the Academy Award itself in selecting the Best Picture. The process has became highly political (not in terms of homophobia or political correctness, but in terms of who the actors and directors and producers know, as in like a high school popularity contest). It is this loss of integrity that will doom future Academy Awards until a thorough and genuine reform takes place to convince the public that these highly paid celebrities do a little more than showing off their blings on the red carpet. It should be about the art. The name Academy implies an institute of higher learning, or a standard of excellence. The political process that permeates the voting is sophomoric. IMHO. Brokeback Mountain lost because the people did not vote according to the highest standard of their craft.
Title: AfterElton: The 50 Best Gay Movies (2009)
Post by: tpe on Sep 15, 2009, 08:10 AM

Guess who's number 1!  :)

http://www.afterelton.com/movies/2009/9/greatest-gay-movies?page=1%2C1 (http://www.afterelton.com/movies/2009/9/greatest-gay-movies?page=1%2C1)

The 50 Best Gay Movies (2009)
by Brent Hartinger
September 14, 2009

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1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

It seems that our readers’ reaction to Ang Lee’s 2005 masterpiece is a love that will never grow old; once again, you chose this as the best gay movie of all time (and as with last year, it was by a large margin).

Tragically, actor Heath Ledger is dead now, and in the movie Lureen says of one character, “He always said he wanted his ashes scattered on Brokeback Mountain, but I wasn't sure where that was … Knowing Jack, it was probably some pretend place, where bluebirds sing and there's a whiskey spring.”

Brokeback Mountain a pretend place? On the contrary, it was the controversy that surrounded the movie’s release that turned out to be the illusion: that ridiculous six-month orgy of conservative outrage and mean-spirited jokes from late-night comedians – not to mention an Oscar snub that was clearly motivated by Hollywood’s fears that the town might be perceived as being too “liberal” as well as plain old-fashioned homophobia.

Four years after the movie’s release, we now know that Brokeback Mountain, both the mountain and the movie, was something very real. Did it change Hollywood? Did it change America?

I don’t know, and I don’t really care. But I know for a fact it changed me, profoundly and dramatically. And for most of you who voted in our movie poll, I suspect it changed you too.

***
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Sep 17, 2009, 03:35 AM
and isn't that the truth?  <^(
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Sep 18, 2009, 06:59 AM
and isn't that the truth?  <^(

It is!  :)

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: myprivatejack on Sep 18, 2009, 11:26 AM
Four years after the movie’s release, we now know that Brokeback Mountain, both the mountain and the movie, was something very real. Did it change Hollywood? Did it change America?

I don’t know, and I don’t really care. But I know for a fact it changed me, profoundly and dramatically. And for most of you who voted in our movie poll, I suspect it changed you too.


You bet ¡  #s} Thank you for sharing,Thomas ¡
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Sep 21, 2009, 07:46 AM
You're welcome, MPJ!  :)
Title: "Whatever Happened to Ennis del Mar?" panel in LA!
Post by: PST on Oct 02, 2009, 02:13 PM
When I inquired about the installation of the Brokeback Mountain Shirts at the Autry National Center Musuem in LA (that I visited this summer), I was told that there would be an associated panel discussion.  It's happenin Sunday, December 13 !     Below is the E-mail I just got from the Autry Center Public Relations Manager.

Anyone want to redline it to LA in December???   

I will post when they get the panelists lined up and let me know who they are.

Pete

 

In a message dated 10/2/2009 10:23:37 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, ydeleon@autrynationalcenter.org writes:

Hi Pete,

I just got word that the panel discussion will take place December 13 from 2 to 5pm. It’s called Whatever Happened to Ennis del Mar? We do not have the panelists lined up yet but I’ll keep you posted. There will be a total of 4 panel discussions over a 12 month period.

On December 13th, 2009, Whatever Happened to Ennis del Mar? will be the first public LGBT program inspired by the installation of the iconic shirts from  “Brokeback Mountain.”  In this initial symposium, we bring together experts and advocates to explore the provocative question, “Whatever Happened to Ennis del Mar?”  In particular, that query invites commentary from a variety of perspectives about the history of homosexuality and its representation in the American West before, during, and after the era depicted in “Brokeback Mountain.”

Yadhira De Leon13/09
Sr. Manager, Public Relations
Autry National Center
323.667.2000, ext. 327
ydeleon@autrynationalcenter.org
http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/brokeback_mountain.php (http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/brokeback_mountain.php)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: chameau on Oct 02, 2009, 06:25 PM
Thanks for posting the update PST, we merged your post with this existing thread where the exhibition at the Autry National Center was reported and discussed before.
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: lancecowboy on Oct 02, 2009, 06:47 PM
Thanks, Pete. That sure sounds like an interesting question. I will be sure to follow the discussion when it is made public.  :t)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Oct 28, 2009, 08:41 AM

http://www.metro.co.uk/metrolife/films/article.html?Ang_Lee_recalls_Heath_Ledger_kissing_scene&in_article_id=758376&in_page_id=27 (http://www.metro.co.uk/metrolife/films/article.html?Ang_Lee_recalls_Heath_Ledger_kissing_scene&in_article_id=758376&in_page_id=27)

Ang Lee recalls Heath Ledger kissing scene
Metro speaks exclusively to Ang Lee about Heath Ledger and new film Taking Woodstock
By ANN LEE - Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Talking Woodstock director Ang Lee talks about Heath Ledger

Director Ang Lee has spoken out about his favourite memory of Heath Ledger - a kissing scene between him and Jake Gyllenhaal while new girlfriend Michelle Williams was watching.
Lee was directing the trio Brokeback Mountain, which won Heath a best actor Oscar nomination for his role as a gay cowboy.

"I was directing Heath kissing [Jake Gyllenhaal] and I told him that you would never kiss a woman that hard," he told Metro exclusively.

"He needed to do it in a heroic Western way, more passionately."

"I remember seeing Michelle watching while we filmed - at that point they were already 'friends' - and she had a look of concentration on her face because she also thought he should be stronger with Jake."

Title: At #2
Post by: tpe on Nov 18, 2009, 10:27 AM

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1091118/jsp/entertainment/story_11751605.jsp (http://www.telegraphindia.com/1091118/jsp/entertainment/story_11751605.jsp)

100 OUT OF 10

This decade has brought some extraordinary shifts in the way films are made, and the way we watch them. But it’s not always easy to pinpoint exactly when those changes began — or where they will end. Many of the best films on this list — long-gestating triumphs such as In the Mood for Love or Spirited Away — were in development in the Nineties; others, now in production, will only see the light of day in a few years time. More than that, some of the key trends of the past 10 years — the DVD boom, faster broadband, YouTube — mean that today’s film fans have been watching, legally or illegally, movies from a bygone age. A fragmented, pick ’’ mix cinematic culture, represented on this list by highly referential films such as Kill Bill, Moulin Rouge! and Far from Heaven, is increasingly the norm, not the exception. Big studios have continued to focus on blockbusters and franchise-fare to boost their profits. This hasn’t always been bad — the Bourne and Lord of the Rings trilogies are terrific fun — but it’s striking that artistically successful, award-winning features such as There Will Be Blood and Milk have under-performed at the box office: how sombre they must seem to audiences weaned on Pirates of the Caribbean and Spider-Man. How CGI-depleted! How zombie-less! Documentaries — intimate (Etre et Avoir), epic (the nine-hour West of the Tracks) and idiosyncratic (The Gleaners and I) — have flourished, in part because of cheap digital technology, but also because that genre is given increasingly short-shrift on television. Animation — from the reliable Pixar stable to the Israeli Waltz with Bashir — has moved mainstream. The independent sector has become more international with the rise of Mexican drama, Korean horror, Romanian social realism. The succes d’estime of Steve McQueen’s Hunger and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady bodes well for the future of art film. Cinema, claimed by many to be moribund at the end of the Nineties, is still hungry, furious and vital...

...

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2 Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005): Director Ang Lee insists on calling this simply “a love story”but it broke new ground as a gay cowboy movie. Achingly moving, with career-high performances from Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as the strong, silent, repressed lead characters. A stunning achievement, brilliantly executed, with an acute sense of time and location.

...
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tizi17 on Nov 21, 2009, 05:36 AM
not so sure where to post this...  :s)
tell me if i should move it, ok?

i found a treasure this week...  <^(

a copy of a german gay magazine, DU&ICH, march 2006, all about BBM, including the film poster....  (t)
i am just soooooo happy....  :d:

see?

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb316/tizi17/herbst017.jpg)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb316/tizi17/herbst019.jpg)

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb316/tizi17/herbst020.jpg)

and the back of the magazine...  <^(

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb316/tizi17/herbst021.jpg)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Nov 22, 2009, 11:48 AM
What a wonderful find, tizi!

Nice cover.   #)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: myprivatejack on Nov 23, 2009, 11:28 AM
It's wonderful,Fausta ¡ (:* (:* (:* I only wish to know what they say in it...
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: Romeo164 on Dec 11, 2009, 11:13 PM
Not sure if this belongs here but in the US Bravo TV is showing Brokeback Mountain tonight through midnight.
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: vedrana on Dec 12, 2009, 05:38 AM
Guys, I don't know if this has already been posted, but it strike me so much that I thought that I should share. And to add - I completely agree with this. More over, it was my opinion from the very beginning!!! Too many Ennis-Alma and Jack-Lureen pics in the presentation AND on the official site. I never understood why. Here's the article (enough of me :-X )


James Schamus: “[The] assertions here are unequivocal, hurtful, and remarkable”


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An image from a for your consideration ad for "Brokeback Mountain," provided by Focus Features.

indieWIRE received the following from James Schamus this week, in a response to a recent indieWIRE article that mentioned “Brokeback Mountain.” We are publishing his comments in their entirety.

Recently, Peter Knegt posted an interesting blog entry on indieWIRE tracking the changes made to the trailer for Tom Ford’s upcoming film “A Single Man.” He then had this to say about its “de-gaying”:

“Call it the “Brokeback Mountain” approach.  When that film was released back in 2005, distributor Focus Features published a a series of “For Your Consideration” advertisements emphasizing the heterosexual relationships between both Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams’s characters, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway’s (take a look for yourself here).  And we all know how “Brokeback Mountain”‘s Oscar campaign worked out in the end…”

If one went to the page Knegt linked to, one could see three selected “For Your Consideration” trade advertisements featuring Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway in scenes with Jake Gyllenhall and Heath Ledger, preceded by the following:

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A for your consideration ad for “Brokeback Mountain.” Image courtesy Focus Features.

“Check out my story on indieWIRE about the remarkable de-gaying of “A Single Man” in its new Oscar-buzz emphasized trailer, and take a trip down memory lane with these For Your Consideration ads for “Brokeback Mountain” back in 2005, which are oh so gay themselves….More whitewashing after the jump.”

Knegt’s assertions here are unequivocal, hurtful, and remarkable: that Focus Features deliberately “de-gayed” Brokeback’s marketing in the run-up to the Academy Awards, and that that strategy had something to do with the film’s not winning a Best Picture Oscar that year.  Needless to say, Knegt’s assertions are entirely false. By selectively presenting just three out of more than 28 of our award campaign looks; and by ignoring the enormous impact of our trailer, our poster, our massive publicity campaign, and the incredible groundswell of public debate and conversation about the film’s groundbreaking subject matter, Knegt deliberately attempts to paint our work in support of Michelle and Anne’s campaigns as some kind of “de-gaying” of the film, as if such a thing were even possible, let alone desirable, after the extraordinary reception of the film. I don’t believe Peter Knegt is being consciously sexist here, but the idea that we should have banished such tragically poignant images entirely from the awards campaign for the film – images that put our lead characters’ relationships with their wives into the mix, however modestly – would seem to me to have been a disservice to the film and to its supporting cast.
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A for your consideration ad for “Brokeback Mountain.” Image courtesy Focus Features.

It is interesting that the fantasy – and indeed it is a fantasy – that somehow Brokeback’s marketing “whitewashed” the film still pops up from time to time, even among otherwise intelligent and informed observers of the film business such as Peter Knegt. I have dealt with this issue elsewhere, after Daniel Mendelsohn, in the pages of the New York Review of Books, went so far as to actually lie about the content of our press kit for the film. (You can read my final reply to him here.) I would be more than willing to discuss with Peter any time why such a powerful – and to me, clearly, a powerfully false – narrative frame for Brokeback’s release gets invoked as it does.  In the meantime, here are a few of the other trade ads for Brokeback that I wish indieWIRE would have also reproduced. They speak for themselves.

James Schamus is chief executive officer (CEO) of Focus Features. He has the unique distinction of being an award-winning screenwriter and producer who is also a film executive. He has had a long collaboration as writer and producer with Ang Lee on eleven feature films, with the director’s “Brokeback Mountain” released worldwide through Focus Features. Mr. Schamus is also Professor in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory.

http://www.indiewire.com/article/2009/12/11/james_schamus_the_assertions_here_are_unequivocal_hurtful_and_remarkable/ (http://www.indiewire.com/article/2009/12/11/james_schamus_the_assertions_here_are_unequivocal_hurtful_and_remarkable/)
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Dec 29, 2009, 08:41 PM
Sorry I missed your last post here, loreen!  Thanks.  :)

Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Dec 29, 2009, 08:46 PM
One of the last news article posts in 2009?  And BBM fashion!  ;)

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/29/naughtie-behavior-the-decade-in-film-style/ (http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/29/naughtie-behavior-the-decade-in-film-style/)

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Naughtie Behavior | The Decade in Film Style

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Focus Films/Everett Collection
“Brokeback Mountain,” at the beginning the men’s workwear style stampede.


“Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
The cowboy look is a men’s fashion perennial that rides back into the fashion arena every few seasons.  But since “Brokeback Mountain,” which featured enough plaid snap-button shirts, denim jackets and boots to rival a Gene Autry retrospective, the trend for ranch dressing has endured. The most famous fashion legacy is undoubtedly the chambray shirt worn by Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, Jack Twist, which Heath Ledger’s Ennis Del Mar keeps as a symbol of their secret relationship. A staple at every retailer from J Crew to JCPenney, the chambray shirt is something that many men just can’t quit.
Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Dec 30, 2009, 08:16 PM
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118013211.html?categoryId=3861&cs=1 (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118013211.html?categoryId=3861&cs=1)

For Oscar, timing is everything
Release date, length of campaign can matter
By JOHN ANDERSON

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NOT QUITE ENOUGH: Jake Gyllenhaal, left, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams were all nominated from 'Brokeback Mountain' and highly praised during the season, but didn't win.
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Recent history has seen the rhythms of that seasonal schedule play havoc with Oscar hopes -- at least, that's the perception. Adrien Brody likely benefited from the late surge that the "The Pianist" made in 2003, having opened relatively late in 2002. If Lauren Bacall ("The Mirror Has Two Faces") hadn't been such a runaway favorite for so long back in '97, would she have actually beaten Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient") for supporting actress? And if "Brokeback Mountain" hadn't won virtually every other picture award in the run-up to the '06 Oscars, would it have made a difference to Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal, who'd won a smattering of critics honors prior to the Oscars?

"If I knew the answer to that question, I'd be happy to answer it," says "Brokeback" producer and Focus Features honcho James Schamus, "although when you have people like Ernest Borgnine or Tony Curtis out there actively lobbying against 'Brokeback' because of its gay content, sure, that's a factor."

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Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: tpe on Dec 30, 2009, 08:47 PM
Sould be #1!  ;)

http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-6-the-fien-print/posts/the-fien-print-s-top-31-movies-of-the-decade-no-31-no-20 (http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-6-the-fien-print/posts/the-fien-print-s-top-31-movies-of-the-decade-no-31-no-20)

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The Fien Print's Top 31 Movies of the Decade: No. 31 - No. 21
Posted on Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009
By Daniel Fienberg

For me, this list is a lark.
 
While I've been counting down the Top 31 TV Shows of the Decade, my movie-centric colleagues Gregory Ellwood and Drew McWeeny handled the big screen, with Greg offering his Top 25 of The Aughts and Drew doing an exhaustive Top 50. Let's just say that HitFix has already done an extra job of covering the best of the decade in movies, with or without me.
 
My only pause in my Top 31 (approaching No. 2 tomorrow!) was to count down the Top 20 TV Shows of 2009. At a certain point, listing has become as central to my December routine as caffeinating and showering and more essential than shaving and watering my struggling tree. And since I also have been known to write about movies on this blog, it only seemed natural that I whip out a Best of the Decade list for movies as well.
 
I started with 10, but that didn't work. I was leaving out too many. I got down to 20 comfortably, but I was still leaving out a few movies that I *really* wanted to mention. From there I pushed to 30 and, at the urging of a Twitter follower, went that extra step to 31, just for symmetry. I'm not going to do these as a one-per-day affair with entries approaching 2500 words as I get near the top. Been there, doing that. I'm breaking these out as three blog posts. Simple enough.
 
Unlike TV, where my list is The *Best* 31 Shows Of The Decade Which Aren't "The Shield," I'm not playing this out as having any sort of Best of the Decade definitiveness. It's not quite a "favorites" list, because I've given some thought to craft and importance beyond just pure rewatchability.  Mostly, I'm sticking my blog's name in from of the list so you know that these are probably the 31 movies I liked the most from the past decade. Secretly, do I think they're the best? Probably. But this isn't like my TV list, where if you disagree with my No. 1, I'm going to surreptitiously  sneak over to your house and cut the cable lines, because you're not worthy of television service. If you aren't happy here? This is my list, but feel very free to share your opinions.

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23) "Brokeback Mountain" (dir. Ang Lee) - Saddled from the beginning with the nom d'laziness "The gay cowboy movie," "Brokeback Mountain" never really got a chance to just be a movie. It was Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal trailblazing new frontiers for on-screen intimacy. [Sigh. "Saddled." "Trailblazing."] It was Ang Lee following up "Hulk." It was the seemingly unstoppable Oscar frontrunner. And then it was the Oscar frontrunner that lost to the worst Best Picture choice in Oscar history. Someday, people will just be able to appreciate the sincere feelings behind this doomed love story, made additionally tragic after Ledger's passing. This was truly his best performance, even if Oscar came posthumously and for more flamboyant work. And Gyllenhaal is his equal. Beautiful score and cinematography as well, plus an understatedly lovely turn from Michelle Williams.

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Title: Re: News Coverage: 2009
Post by: lancecowboy on Jan 12, 2010, 12:48 AM
[...]While I've been counting down the Top 31 TV Shows of the Decade, my movie-centric colleagues Gregory Ellwood and Drew McWeeny handled the big screen, with Greg offering his Top 25 of The Aughts and Drew doing an exhaustive Top 50....

http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-11-awards-campaign-2009/posts/an-awards-worthy-look-at-the-top-25-films-of-the-decade (http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-11-awards-campaign-2009/posts/an-awards-worthy-look-at-the-top-25-films-of-the-decade)

An 'Awards-worthy look at the top 25 films of the decade

...It's a daunting task to come up with a list of best films for a year let alone a decade.  And strangely, unlike the 90's, the past 10 years has just whizzed by with so many movies that were good, but not great that many years seem like a blur.  You try to think of movies that stand out only to discover they came out in 1999 or within the past two years.  That can't be an accurate look at the decade, can it?

The first part of the 21st Century in film is marked by two events: 9/11 and the Writer's Strike of 2008.  Obviously, one has truer historical importance, but both deeply affected the movie industry both creatively and economically.  I'll leave it to cinema historians to reflect on the deluge of war documentaries and features in the middle of the decade that were a direct reflection of the tragic events in New York, but there is some irony that the best of those films, "The Hurt Locker," was one of the last and as good as it is, didn't make this list. 

As any major work stoppage is apt to do, a significant writer's or actor's strike has traditionally affected the next 18 months following it which means this year's crop of films.  No matter what anyone says on either side of these cyclical disputes, the work always suffers.  Studios rush scripts to get finished for production before an expected strike and then rush scripts out when the stoppage is over and that's never good.  Looking over this list and those of my peers, very few films from 2009 crop into their top ten, if any.  In fact, only one made my top 25, "Precious."  But that's another discussion for another page view.

If you were compare decades, this one feels uneven to the 90s which seemed like one breakthrough after another.  That could be because the 80s were a tepid and bloated time following the much lauded 70s era of filmmaking.  Sure, Indie film reached it's peak economically in the 00's, but certainly not artistically.  And with the current dearth of legitimate distributors and the fading DVD market, it's unclear what will happen to independent cinema in the future.  We're guessing it will thrive again in another few years, but perhaps that's wishful thinking. 

In any event, if you're looking for big blockbuster like "Casino Royale," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Star Trek," "The Bourne Ultimatum" or "Avatar" on this list you'll be sadly disappointed.  All great films, but not best of a decade worthy.  At least not yet, because when it comes down to it a "best of" list is really combining your artistic sensibility with an educated guess on what films will survive the test of time.  When people look back, what films will they watch the most?  What will have the most meaning or relevancy to them?  What will be their "Godfather," "Terms of Endearment" or "Silence of the Lambs" ten or twenty years down the road?  Just something to keep in mind when reviewing the following selections.

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3. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000)
Ang Lee's martial arts epic beat Zhang Yimou's "Hero" to the world stage, but that's not why it's higher on the list.  Lee introduced every element of this fantastical world with a deliberate and lyrical turn that expertly draws the viewer into the story.  He's aided by stunning imagery (which looks more realistic than "Hero") an amazing score and a heartbreaking performance by Michelle Yeow that never got the recognition it deserved (are we detecting a theme here?).

2. "Brokeback Mountain" (2005)
An even bigger achievement for Lee than "Crouching," "Brokeback" is one of the quintessential American love stories of our time.  Every performance and moment is spot on.  A true classic in every sense of the word.

1. "The Dark Knight" (2008)
It isn't in vogue to put Christopher Nolan's blockbuster -- a sequel no less -- on the top of a best of the decade list, but my god is it a masterpiece.  And we have HBO, at least in this pundit's case, to thank for it.  Every time "Dark Knight" is on you can't turn away from the screen.  Whether it's Ledger's career defining performance (which will still be lauded when we're all dead and gone), the groundbreaking score (by two composers of polar opposite styles mind you), the screenplay's subtle allegories to panic in a post-9/11 world or one strikingly powerful and original action sequence after another, Nolan has turned a "superhero movie" into art.  And that, ladies and gentleman, is very, very, very hard thing to do.

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I don't know about the rest of the list but I am more in agreement with Gregory Ellwood than with the other fella. Though to be fair, he said something that is bang on...
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Someday, people will just be able to appreciate the sincere feelings behind this doomed love story, made additionally tragic after Ledger's passing. This was truly his best performance, even if Oscar came posthumously and for more flamboyant work. And Gyllenhaal is his equal. Beautiful score and cinematography as well, plus an understatedly lovely turn from Michelle Williams.

I won't bother quoting Drew McWeeney's review since Brokeback Mountain is not even on the top 50! How a laugh! Royal Tendenbaum is on and Brokeback not?!  ^*() %&) %^%