James Franco has stated that three advertisers to drop him from their campaigns due to his involvement in gay themed movies.
“I’ve lost three kind of advertising campaigns now because the companies say they don’t like my image, but I know that it’s directly related to the films that I put out at Sundance,” Franco said last night during the South By Southwest red carpet premiere of Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.
Franco was referring to Kink, an often erect documentary-style film about BDSM porn actors and Interior. Leather Bar, a fictional recreation of footage censored from the gay 1980 thriller Cruising. Franco produced Kink and co-directed Interior. Leather Bar.
He also played Hugh Hefner in a third Sundance film called Lovelace, a narrative re-telling of porn actress Linda Lovelace’s exit from triple-X scene.
Franco did not name the three companies that dropped him from their ad campaigns, he did cite it as proof of pervasive homophobia in mainstream American media. He also commented that he tends to help support gay film projects that he believes in and that might not get made without his help
Watch James Franco’s exclusive interview with Daniel Villarreal of GayNet below. (Starts at the 30 second mark)
From writer and filmmaker Andrew Haigh comes ‘Weekend’. Audience Award winner at South By Southwest, this is a interesting look into gay life, casual sex, and what may come. From the website:
A one-night stand that becomes something more – an unconventional love story between two young men trying to make sense of their lives.
On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a nightclub, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen. And so begins a weekend – in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex – that will resonate throughout their lives.
I cannot recommend this film enough! I was lucky enough to see it in London, and fell in love with it. If you get the opportunity, do see it.
Directed by cutie Joesph Gordon-Levitt himself, Back2Stonewall presents “Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date With Destiny” and “Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeeth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo,” both of which which stars the director and his “G.I. Joe” co-star Channing Tatum. The film played at SXSW this year, and is the sequel to the “Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date With Destiny,” which played Sundance only a few months earlier.
The finished films feature effects from Scottish artist Lawrie Brewster, and a score from Nathan Johnson (“Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom”), again using contributions from over 50 musicians. It’s a pretty admirable venture, and the films are quite charming, and certainly the best thing that Channing Tatum’s ever been in.
*Watch: BOTH “Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date With Destiny,” and “Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeeth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo,” after the jump.(Click “Read more….below)
“Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date With Destiny,”
“Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeeth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo,”