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Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

6 Dance Lessons in 6 WeeksLast Tuesday evening had me sitting in the Wilshire Screening Room for the second and final preview of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the new screenplay by two-time Writer’s Guild Award winner and Emmy nominee, Richard Alfieri based on his Broadway hit show by the same name, to be released this Friday, December 12th, in Los Angeles at Sundance Sunset Cinema, Laemmle Town Center 5, and Edwards Westpark 8 and in NY at AMC Empire 25.

The movie stars two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner Gena Rowlands as the crusty 75-year-old South Florida matron Lily Harrison who unexpectedly develops a life-changing friendship with her much younger, gay dance instructor.

Cheyenne Jackson co-stars as Michael Minetti, the frustrated, 30-year-old teacher and former Broadway chorus star who is assigned to Lily after she calls to request a private lesson.  Julian Sands plays Cunard, owner of the dance studio. And what would a dance film be without Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story) who makes a lively appearance as Lily’s cranky downstairs neighbor.

Six Dance Lessons overall is rather a delightful little film and was certainly well-received by the crowd in attendance.  The movie lightly hits all the intended points about stereotypes, prejudice, intolerance, ageism, gay issues, religion, and most of all the invisibility of older women.

“I’ve noticed so many times older women say, finally something for us,” said director Arthur Allan Seidelman.  Sincerely, this is a film dedicated especially to them.  A love story between a very much older matron and a very young man who genuinely need each other for so many reasons.  And sex actually does sort of come into play, just not for the two of them.  But the story does bring up the issue of older women, their power, loss of identity without a man, loneliness and needs beyond card games, bingo and coffee clutching.

It is a story however “by the numbers” so exact in intention that it feels at times a bit like a Sunday School lecture in relationships. The dialog “fits and starts” at the beginning and feels more like a stage play rather than a film.  In fact, Broadway is exactly where this story was originally debuted.  Characters have been added in to pad the drama and the environment between the two leads, and more layers could have filled the gaps.  But in the end, it does settle into what the director wanted to give us…a beautiful picture and a clear message.  That’s exactly what we got.

As an homage to the ladies of this film, their respective talents, beauty and full-spanning careers, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is worth the viewing simply for the sentiment and wisdom.  Gena Rowlands and Rita Moreno are as wonderfully spot-on and snappy as ever.  Actress Jacki Weaver as the kittenish, older woman looking for a great time, throws in a tremendous amount of honesty in the few moments she is given on screen.  And all of them supported by a strong and thankfully not overbearing Cheyenne Jackson.  Overall, it’s a sweet, comedic, straight-shooting story of life lessons for everyone.  You’ll want to get your pen and paper out for notes.  Because eventually, this day is coming for all of us.

The Film Collective and Dada Films presents a Docler Entertainment Production in Association with Entpro

And Arthur Allan Seidelman Film.

Screenplay by Richard Alfieri, based on his play.

Directed by Arthur Allen Seidelman

STARRING:

Gena Rowlands as Lily Harrison

Cheyenne Jackson as Michael Minetti

Jacki Weaver as Irene Mossbecker

Rita Moreno as Ida Barksdale

Julian Sands as Winslow Cunard

LA THEATERS
Sundance Sunset Cinema – 8000 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA

Laemmle Town Center 5 – 17200 Ventura Blvd #121, Encino, CA
Edwards Westpark 8 – 3735 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA
NY THEATER
AMC Empire 25 – 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

#FreeTheNipple : How Far Will You Go For Equality?

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#FREETHENIPPLE

The film that inspired the empowering real-life movement supported by celebrities such as Miley CyrusLena Dunham, 

Russell SimmonsRihanna, Cara Delevingne and many more!

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Presents

FREE THE NIPPLE

Directed by Lina Esco, Starring Lina Esco (LOL), Lola Kirke (Gone Girl),

Monique Coleman (High School Musical) and Zach Grenier (“The Good Wife”)

Today, in the USA it is ILLEGAL for a woman to be topless in 37 of the United States of America in some states that includes breastfeeding. In less tolerant places like Louisiana, a woman exposing her nipples can carry a sentence of up to three years in jail and a $2,500 fine. In New York City, in 1992 it became LEGAL for women to be topless in public, but the NYPD continued to arrest women, so we took to the streets with cameras and our cast to fight these Puritanical injustices first hand. By the end the production, Free The Nipple morphed into a “real life” revolution that transcended the bounds of mere entertainment. Famous graffiti artists, mobs of dedicated women, and celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Liv Tyler and Lena Dunham jumped on board and ignited a national media blitz that has transformed into a powerful movement to Free The Nipple in America. Other celebrity supporters include Cara Delevingne, Shepard Fairey, Kendall Jenner, Adrian Grenier, Rihanna, Elizabeth Jagger, Scout Willis, Rumer Willis, Soko, Suki Waterhouse, Kellan Lutz, Dree Hemingway, Russell Simmons.

ABOUT THE FILM: A group of fearless women fight for their right to go topless in public, as they smash societal taboos one bare breast at a time. Based on a true story, this spirited satire follows New York City activists Liv and With, who take their crusade for gender equality from the streets of the urban jungle to the courts. More than just a movie, Free the Nipple has launched an empowering real-life movement, inspiring women across the globe to take back their bodies.

SUNDANCE SELECTS WILL RELEASE FREE THE NIPPLE O
DECEMBER 12, 2014, THEATRICALLY AND ON VOD.
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Writer: Hunter Richards

Producers: Lina Esco, Hunter Richards, Lisa Azuelos, Julien Madon

Co-Producer: Gigi Graff

For more information please visit: 

http://www.freethenipple.com/

Join the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/freethenipple

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The Sublime and Beautiful Available on iTunes December 16th

CAN WE FORGIVE?

The Sublime and Beautiful

Recently screened in October at Arena Cinema Hollywood…THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL will screen in NYC at Anthology Film Archives on Tuesday, December 16th and will be available on iTunes / VOD the same day.

David Conrad (Blake Robbins) is a college professor raising three children in a small Kansas suburb with his wife Kelly (Laura Kirk).  David and Kelly’s marriage is brought to its breaking point when they lose their children to a drunk driver, and David’s desire for retribution leads him into uncharted moral territory with the question: can we forgive?

Veteran film, television, and theatre actor Blake Robbins (NBC’s The Office, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, HBO’s Oz) makes his directorial debut with THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL, which he also wrote, produced, and stars in. After a successful career as an actor, including his best known role of Tom Halpert on NBC’s The Office, and a critically acclaimed role in the HBO series Oz and most recently on SX’s Sons of Anarchy as Mitch Glender, Robbins utilized his vast on-set experience to write a drama centered around natural performances and his deep love of the acting process. Using a small crew, handheld cameras, and natural light, Robbins drew upon the landscapes of Kansas, local actors as well as his ‘acting family’ to tell an emotional and hard hitting story of family bonds, morality, and the limits of vengeance.  

This performance driven narrative drama premiered at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival, and after a successful festival run is now being released digitally and in select theatres by Candy Factory Productions & Distribution.  Matthew Del Negro (Teen Wolf, Scandal) also stars.

Running Time: 93 minutes
The Sublime and Beautiful

 

Written, Directed, and Starring Blake Robbins (NBC’s The Office, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, HBO’s Oz)

Produced By Blake Robbins and Warren Ostergard

Casting Director / Producer Marci Liroff (E.T., Blade Runner, Footloose)

Cast: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro (Teen Wolf, Scandal), Armin Shimerman

Composer acclaimed LA musician Lily Hadyn

Spandau Ballet: Soul Boys of the Western World Tour

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Catch Spandau Ballet on Jimmy Kimmel tonight!

Spandau Ballet, one of the most successful and influential British bands today announced their Soul Boys of the Western World Tour.  The tour marks the first time the band will tour North America in nearly 30 years.   All five original members – Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman – will once again captivate fans on this long-awaited and long overdue return. The Soul Boys of the Western World tour will kick off in San Francisco, CA at the famed Warfield Theatre and traverse the continent before winding down in Red Bank, NY at the Count Basie Theatre.

“We are over the moon at rediscovering our friendship and are really looking forward to playing live in the US again,” said Tony Hadley.  “Playing live is what we do best!  The shows will have all the hits and more.”

From their synth pop and dance pioneering early singles To Cut A Long Story Short and Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On), to the globe trotting smashes True and Gold, Spandau will be playing the hits once again.  With 25 million record sales, 6 multi-platinum albums and 23 hit singles to choose from, this is one of the most eagerly awaited reunions to hit these shores in years.

“We are tremendously excited about coming back to America to perform,” said Gary Kemp.  “We have great memories of our shows there in the 80s and can’t wait re-connect with our amazing fans there.”

Tickets Went On Sale at 10am this morning!  Click the image now for a show near you!

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Last week Spandau Ballet announced they will make their U.S. late night television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight in Los Angeles, CA.  Jimmy Kimmel Live! also marks the first time the band will perform on television in the United States since 1985 when they made an appearance on Soul Train.  Later this week on November 13 Spandau Ballet will stop by Good Day LA for what will surely be a “Throwback Thursday” fans this side of the Atlantic have waited years to see.

In other Spandau Ballet news, the band will show their documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, as part of the DOC NYC film festival in New York City on November 15 at 945PM at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street).  The band and director George Hencken will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A about the film afterwards.  This is their first public appearance in New York City since the 1980s.

Soul Boys of the Western World is a voyage through the 80s in the company of Spandau Ballet, one of the decade’s most iconic bands. This archive-only documentary film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music empire, but at a price none of them imagined.  Using the band’s own home movies and showcasing newly discovered material, this film takes us into the heart of the era, and the cultural, political and personal landscape that formed the backdrop to the band’s story.  It is a film that speaks not only to fans of the band or those who harbor nostalgia for the 1980s, but also to anyone who has ever experienced friendship and loss.

Critics rapturously received the film when it world premiered at SXSW film festival earlier this year.  UK and Irish fans got their opportunity to see the film on September 30 when the European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.  This showing was beamed by satellite into over 200 cinemas across both countries along with a Q&A with the band and director George Hencken moderated by Lauren Laverne, followed by a short live performance by the band.

When Norman stepped up front to blow his scripted sax break in “True,” the crowd – which took over the chorus from Hadley and no doubt sang it in pubs up and down these isles in ’83 – received it with the kind of shouts and applause New Yorkers always gave Clarence Clemons when he took his thundering-tenor spotlight in Madison Square Garden for Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland.” The ecstasy in the Albert Hall was that kind of loud.ROLLING STONE

Emerging from Soho’s ultra hip Blitz Club in 1979 during another economic depression, Spandau formed at school in North London before becoming the hottest unsigned band on the planet.  From underground, fashion and music obsessed working class Londoners, to global superstars, the band set the pace, the styles and the sound of the 1980s.

Not only did their albums sell by the millions, but their look and style impacted on the fashion world and beyond.  They created their own style, combining creativity with entrepreneurship and the ‘can do’ spirit of early 80s youth at a time of crisis and upheaval eerily reminiscent of 2009.  Spandau Ballet are both commercially and culturally enormous. 

SPANDAU BALLET’S SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD TOUR DATES 
 
JANUARY
23rd      San Francisco, CA       Warfield Theatre                         On-Sale 11/14
25th      Los Angeles, CA           Wiltern Theatre                           On-Sale 11/14
27th      Denver, CO                   Paramount Theatre                    On-Sale 11/14
30th      Chicago, IL                  House of Blues                            On-Sale 11/14
31st      Detroit, MI                    Masonic Temple Theatre            On-Sale 11/14
FEBRUARY
3rd        Toronto, ONT               Massey Hall                             On-Sale 11/14
5th        Boston, MA                 House of Blues                          On-Sale 11/14
6th        New York, NY               Beacon Theatre                       On-Sale 11/15
7th        Westbury, NY               Theatre at Westbury                On-Sale 11/14
9th        Washington, DC           9:30 Club                                 On-Sale 11/13
10th      Red Bank, NY              Count Basie Theatre                On-Sale 11/14

*All tickets on-sale at 10:00 AM local time

A Two Year Journey of CHANEL

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Our most favorite Fashion inspired filmmaker and director Trevor Undi has done it again…showcasing a journey through the past two years of CHANEL’s groundbreaking artistry and craftsmanship in this stunning 4 and a half-minute mini-epic.

Set against an orchestral score composed by Gabriel Yared, the film showcases intimate behind the scenes footage, detailed artistry,  and revisits memorable campaigns, international events and spectacular archival footage from the House of Chanel.

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Film by Trevor Undi
Music Composed by Gabriel Yared
Archival Images/Video content property of Chanel
Copyright © 2014

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WHAT IF JESUS WAS GAY? Revisiting Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption

Terrence McNally’s ”Gay Jesus Play” Feature Documentary is now available on iTunes!

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Breaking Glass Pictures just released Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption, a feature documentary focusing on Terrence McNally’s controversial off-Broadway play “Corpus Christi,” which imagines Jesus as a gay man living in Corpus Christi, Texas.  The documentary follows the troupe, Terrence, and audience around the world on a 5-year journey, where voices of protest and support collide on one of the central issues facing the LGBT community: religion.

The play originally opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1998 to intense protest and bomb threats. Terrence McNally is a four-time Tony Award winning playwright, famous for Broadway hits Ragtime, Master Class, and Love! Valour! Compassion!

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“Playing with Redemption and the I AM Love Campaign add a new dimension to the conversation that my play continues to provoke, and I look forward to CORPUS CHRISTI starting many more conversations around the country.” - Terrence McNally

Gia On The Move had the opportunity to preview this film before its release.  Here’s what caught us off guard:

 

It wasn’t what we thought.

There may always be inflammatory reaction on subject matter concerning gays and religion…although it seems even the Vatican is changing its mind as of this past week on the issue of what the LGBT community has to offer to the Church.

But this movie brings up the most important issue of all — perspective.  One of the biggest drivers of this film is how everyone’s idea of God and the play is shifted throughout the experience.  Even some of the cast members, both Christians and Jews were resistant to the material, no matter if they grew up rigidly religious or claimed they had no connection to God at all.

Theatre comes out of ritual just like religion.  

McNally discusses the sacred moments…things like growing up and being an alter boy…what being a Catholic really meant to him.  What was most upsetting throughout his life is that gay men and women could live good moral Christian lives, but were still being rejected.  There was a lot of learning by the cast about the Passion Play.  The short version: just like theatre there has to be truth and that is what has to connect us.

We know what it’s about so we don’t need to know every last word.

Much more intriguing are the dialogs that cast members had with people in multiple cities and countries who fervently protested the play without having read the script.  And how when questioned, nicely, some of these persons actually realized that they were making judgements about something they didn’t know anything about.  What was getting in the way of the humanity, was the ideological/emotion attachment.

 You hate what you don’t understand and what you are not willing to look at. But is it really ok anymore to say that it’s ok to agree to disagree?

He thought it was a play that was going to vanish.  Terrance was wrong…Hellacrazy!

The play initially felt like a train wreck and no one wanted to even invite their friends.  But they started rehearsing and it became something else. Something special.

The protests were based on something that wasn’t true: felacio, sex acts and etc that never happened on stage.  But Manhattan Theatre Club nevertheless cancelled the production because of the bomb threats and People for the American Way getting involved.  It brought up how thin the scab of homophobia was and how easily it could be picked off.  “You can’t get rid of the things you were very carefully taught.”

History is sort of repeating itself.

Corpus Christi deeply challenges the audience on the issue of prejudice much in the same way this country (USA) was challenged during the Civil Rights era when people simply made the assumption that whites and blacks should not mingle, sit in the front of the bus, learn in the same schools, play in the same playgrounds, etc.

You’ll never believe what happened next!

 God Hates Homosexuality God Hates You

They finally went to Texas on tour in 2010.  For the cast it was like going into the Heart of Darkness, endangering people by taking the play to the south, where “they take their Jesus very serious there.”

On opening night, however, there was not a single protester even after weeks of outcry. [Wow!] 

Of course, the issues of God and righteousness are  powerful ones, but Corpus Christi goes out of its way not to defend itself.  It merely tells a story.  And in the most off-handed of ways, it sets out to do what we’ve been told Jesus himself actually set out to do: embrace all (ostracized) persons into an understanding of a faith and a God they had been told had rejected them and to include all people, no matter what or who they were how they lived or what they did, as “children of God.” Because…All [men] are divine.

In a phrase…

It’s a warm and fuzzy film, with profound moments, downplaying the hoopla in the hope of sparking a human connection.  Forget the material.  JUST GO THERE!

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Hollywood Speaks with Film Director Troy Duffy

troy with cameraThe Stella Adler Academy & Theatre continues it’s Hollywood Speaks at the Adler series with An Evening With Troy Duffy on Tuesday, October 21st at 8 pm (The Stella Adler Theatre 6773 Hollywood Blvd. 2nd Floor, 90028)

Troy Duffy is a charismatic American film director, screen writer and musician, born and raised on the East Coast. He is a maverick who has cut a swashbuckling path through Hollywood.  His films Boondock Saints and Boondock Saints II have a global cult following of fans eagerly awaiting Boondock Saints III. Duffy also serves as a film board member of Blvd.Central.com.

HOLLYWOOD SPEAKS At THE ADLER-LA, is a monthly on-going series with the the next evening scheduled for October 21st, 8:00PM.  The Stella Adler Academy & Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Hollywood, CA. 90028.

Admission is Free (100% of All Donations will go to benefit The Stella Adler Academy Scholarship Program.)  We recommend you arrive early.