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Gay History - December 28, 1888: Famous German Director F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu) is Born

Gay History – December 28, 1888: German Director F. W. Murnau of “Nosferatu” Fame is Born

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau was born December 28th, 1888. An openly gay German director, he is best known for his work  Nosferatu, and on the film Sunrise, widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. 

Born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe in the Bielefeld, Province of Westphalia. Plumpe would take the pseudonym of “Murnau” from the town of that name near Lake Staffel, south of Munich, where he lived for a time.

Murnau studied philology at the University in Berlin and later art history and literature in Heidelberg, where director Max Reinhardt saw him at a students’ performance and decided to invite him to his actor-school.

He then joined the Imperial German Flying Corps and flew missions in northern France for two years; surviving eight crashes without severe injuries. After landing in Switzerland, he was arrested and interned for the remainder of the war in a POW camp.

Murnau returned to Germany where he soon established his own film studio with actor Conrad Veidt. His first feature-length film, The Boy in Blue, a drama inspired by the famous Thomas Gainsborough painting, was released in 1919.

Murnau’s homosexuality, would have been more or less accepted in his Berlin artistic circles of the day. Germany, indeed, was one of the gay-friendlier spots in the world until the Nazis took power

Murnau’s most famous film is Nosferatu, a 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The release would be the only one by Prana Film because the company declared itself bankrupt in order to avoid paying damages to Stoker’s estate (acting for the author’s widow, Florence Stoker) after the estate won a copyright infringement lawsuit. Apart from awarding damages, the court ordered also all existing prints of the film to be destroyed. However, one copy had already been distributed globally. This print, which has been duplicated time and again has made Nosferatu an early example of a cult horror film.

Murnau emigrated to Hollywood in 1926, where he lives his life as an out gay man and joined the Fox Studios and made Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), a movie often cited by scholars as one of the greatest of all time. Released in the  Sunrise was not a financial success, but received several Oscars at the very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. In winning the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production it shared what is now the Best Picture award with the movie Wings. In spite of this.

A week prior to the opening of the his film Tabu, Murnau drove up the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles, California in a hired Rolls-Royce. The young driver, a 14-year-old Filipino servant, crashed the car against an electric pole. Murnau who was only 42, suffered a head injury and died in a hospital the next day, in nearby Santa Barbara.

But that is not the end of the story for the man who brought the first and most famous vampire movie to the silver screen.

In July of 2015 skull of F. W. Murnau was stolen from his resting place from a cemetery outside of Berlin. The German tabloid B.Z. reported that investigators had found wax residue in the tomb and “could therefore not rule out occult” motives for the theft.

F. W. Murnau’s head has never been found.

Similar incidents have taken place in the past, according to local media reports.
WORLD AIDS DAY - WATCH:"Longtime Companion" (1989) The First Theatrical Movie About AIDS - VIDEO

World AIDS Day – WATCH: “Longtime Companion” (1989) The First Theatrical Wide Release Movie About the AIDS Crisis

Longtime Companion

Longtime Companion a 1989 film with Bruce Davidson, Campbell Scott, Patrick Cassidy, and Mary-Louise Parker was first wide-release theatrical film to deal with the subject of AIDS. 

The film takes its title from the words The New York Times used to describe the surviving same-sex partner of someone who had died of AIDS during the 1980’s instead of using the word partner, or lover.

The movie chronicles the first years of the AIDS epidemic as seen through eyes of several New York City gay men and the straight sister of one of them and the impact it has on them.

The movie is split into several sections identified by dates from July 3, 1981 when the New York Times published its first article about the rise of a new “gay cancer.” to 1989.

“Bearing the burden of being the first film about AIDS, Longtime Companion (which premiered at Sundance Fest) it had the task of placing the crisis on the national agenda, which meant a gentler, kinder tone; even so, it’s a touching, sensitive film that helps us understand the bravery and gallantry of those who have been forced in the prime of life to confront death and grief.” –Emmaunnel Levy

Over a quarter century later, Longtime Companion remains both an essential film in the history of the AIDS epidemic and an enduring portrait of grief and loss. Yet in recent years, Longtime Companion has fallen into an undeserved obscurity.  It’s currently not available on any streaming platforms (except the Youtube version below) and the DVD is out of print.

Though AIDS (then GRIDS) as an obscure and seemingly isolated medical crisis — one that had been introduced to most of the country via a 1981 New York Times story featuring an ominous, and now infamous headline, “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals” — it had exploded into a terrifying deadly epidemic with no end in sight.

I lived in NYC during this time. I worked and went to the bars in the NYC’s greenich Village, The Anvil, The Mineshaft, Fire Island, the St. Marks Baths, and the porn theaters.  I was there.  I personally buried so many friends that younger LGBT people of our community today cannot imagine it let alone believe it.  But as wonderful as LC might be it will never come close to portraying the road from happiness to the fear and horror of that era. The liberation of the late 70’s to the plague of the mid 80’s. And the burying of friends and loved ones week after week while wondering who was next and scared to death that it might be you.

And no one in power gave a shit.

To this day I grieve for all the friends that I lost and often think to myself “Why me? Why did I survive while so many of my friends didn’t”  I was no better and in some cases so much worse.  I ask this question to myself day after day and probably will until the day I die and I see them again.

It’s impossible for people who didn’t live through it to understand the depths of the pain, loss and anger AIDS brought to my generation.  And what ramifications we live with today because of it.

No movie could capture the true horror of those years and what gay men faced in major cities. But Longtime Companion does touch upon the confusion, and and loss that we shared and just might actually help the  younger members of the LGBT community understand the devastation that our community suffered. And why the survivors today are so angry and fight so hard for a cure and equality.

We fight now only for us.  But also for those we lost.

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*Longtime Companion is still rated 100% FRESH at RottenTomatoes.com

Viggio Mortensen Hits Back At Criticism Over Playing Gay Role

Viggio Mortensen Hits Back At Criticism Over Playing Gay Role: ‘You’re Assuming I’m Completely Straight’

Actor Viggio Mortensen has responded to criticism over the fact that he will be playing a gay role in his upcoming self-directed film Falling.

Weighing in the the getting very tired debate around straight actors playing gay roles, Mortensen said of his critics that they are “assuming that I’m completely straight”, and “frankly none of your business.”

Mortensen, best known for his work on the  The Lord of the Rings films, said” “Look, these are the times we’re living in, and I think it’s healthy that those issues are brought up.

“The short answer is that I didn’t think it was a problem. And people then ask me, ‘Well what about Terry Chen, who plays my husband in the film, is he a homosexual?’ And the answer is I don’t know, and I would never have the temerity to ask someone if they were, during the casting process.”

Mortensen also talked about the film and the gay role/straight actor issue in Attitude magazine, adding: “And how do you know what my life is? You’re assuming that I’m completely straight. Maybe I am, maybe I’m not. And it’s frankly none of your business.

“I want my movie to work, and I want the character of John to be effective. So if I didn’t think it was a good idea I wouldn’t do it.”

The argument of “gay actor/gay role is a slippery slope and came about after some trans actresses got miffed that male actors were taking the very few trans roles that are out there. But the whole gay/actor gay role mantra is problematic especially if taken further and evolves into straight actor/straight role. Straight roles outnumber gay roles over 100 to 1.

Gay actors. Be careful what you wish for.

And remember its called ‘acting” for a reason.

Back2Stonewall’s Happy HomoDays!: Sonja Henie and Tico Tico! – Now THATS Christmas! – Video

You can learn more about Sonia Henie and how she won more Olympic and World titles than any other ladies figure skater and was one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood (Not to mention her ties to Liberace and Hitler which might actually be the same thing) by CLICKING HERE

It’s Official! Kirk Cameron Is America’s #1 Bottom!

Kirk Cameron


Exen after begging every KKK-ristian he could to pump up the horrible ratings of his new movie Saving Christmas.  America has spoken and Saving Christmas is now the worst-rated movie in the history of IMDB, beating out such cinematic classics as Monster a-Go GoThe Tony Blair Witch Project, Mariah Carey’s Glitter, and Santa with Muscles.

Can’t wait for Mystery Theatre 3000 to get a hold of this.

ROBOT ROLL CALL!

If you  really want a good laugh check out the reviews at RottenTomatoes.com – PURE COMEDY GOLD!

 

kIRK cAMERON BOTTOM

 

Ho Ho Ho MY GOD! – KKKirk Cameron: Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid Kids, God Created Christmas Not The Pagans,

Kirk Cameron asshole

 

“I’m making ‘Saving Christmas’ because I love Christmas, I love everything about it,” Cameron told The Christian Post before rattling off several Christmas traditions such as roasting chestnuts, drinking hot chocolate, and enjoying Christmas stockings, stories, trees and food.  “I’m a sucker for all of it, and of course the nativity, and there’s a lot of people who really want to put a big wet blanket on the celebration,” Cameron continued. “It starts this time of year. You have people who want to pull down nativity scenes, you have lawsuits showing up in schools that can’t have Christmas performances … it has to be winter break or holiday break or sparkle season … they want to take that out of Christmas so they don’t offend people who hate Christmas. And then we have a new group who are telling us, convincingly, that Christmas is actually a celebration of paganism.” The “Growing Pains” star dismisses theories that Christmas is derived in the pagan celebration of Winter Solstice in “Saving Christmas,” offering viewers a Biblical reference to items such as the Christmas tree instead. Furthermore, the film reveals Cameron’s take on Santa Claus, the three wisemen, and why Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25 each year. “We don’t know this stuff, we kinda drink the Kool-Aid and believe pagans when they tell us they have ownership of these things,”  Kirk Cameron in an interview with the very un-christian Christian Post.

Oh, by gosh, by golly no “Kool-Aid” for KKKirk just some Molly.  

All Kiirk wants for Christmas is a plug for his soon to be bargain-bin movie. And a big ole Christmas Tree butt plug for himself.

 

Butt Plug Christmas Tree

 

The Full Trailer for “Into The Woods” Released With Singing! (Sort Of.) – Video

I’m not overly excited from what I see.  Streep is no Bernadette Peters and Johnny Depp as the Wolf.  UGH.

Well. it may be lacklustre but it probably won’t be an abomination.

And the original Broadway version isn’t going anywhere. (Available on DVD at Amazon.comInto the Woods)

In the words of another great lyricist:  “You can’t take that away from me.”

 

Steve Martin’s “Father of the Bride 3” To Focus On Gay Marriage

Father of the Bride 3

A new Father of the Bride movie will see Steve Martin‘s curmudgeonly dad planning the upcoming wedding of his gay son, according to reports on nikkifinke.com.

Father of the Bride III is expected to see Martin return as businessman patriarch George Banks, with Diane Keaton as his wife, Nina. Its plot centres on the couple’s son Matty, originally played by Kieran Culkin – who is unconfirmed for the new film – who reveals that he is gay and is to marry the son of a US Navy Seal.

Unable to process the news, the “thunderstruck and speechless” Banks is thrown out of the family home by Nina.

Father of the Bride III will once again see original director and co-writer Charles Shyer taking charge of the cameras and working on the script.

The new film will be the first entirely original movie in the series. The original 1991 Father of the Bride was based on the 1950 film of the same name, while 1995’s Father of the Bride II was loosely based on 1951’s Father’s Little Dividend, a sequel to the earlier movie.

TRAILER: “Left Behind” (2014) Remake Starring Nic Cage Who Will Star In ANYTHING For $$$’s

Left behind

 

What happens when you replace a religious nut job with a guy who will star in any movie to make a quick buck?  You get Nic Cage starring in a reboot of the rapture series Left Behind, adapted from the books and originally starring Kirk Cameron.  The Left Behind reboot comes from Stoney Lake Entertainment, a company formed by Paul Lalonde, co-founder of Cloud Ten Entertainment, which produced the original Kirk Cameron Left Behind. Lalonde also co-wrote the script for the reboot.

So basically, the reboot is from the same people, who made enough on the original movies that they could afford to hire Nic Cage, Lea Thompson of “Howard the Duck” infamy last seen signing autographs at a The ScarefestCon in  Lexington, Kentucky and Chad Michael Murray and his wonder nipples.

The “movie” opens October 2014:

Without warning, millions of people around the globe simply vanish. All that remains are their clothes and belongings … and an overwhelming sense of terror. The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. And there is no one to help or provide answers. In an instant, the earth has been plunged into darkness. For RAY STEELE, the pilot of a jumbo jet, it means trying to calm his hysterical passengers who saw loved ones vanish before their eyes. It also means trying to land his damaged plane when every airport is jammed with burning wrecks, all while wishing that he could talk to his family one last time. For BUCK WILLIAMS, the world-renowned journalist trapped at 30,000 feet, it means a struggle to understand the incomprehensible, the most devastating event in history. And for CHLOE STEELE, Ray’s daughter back on the ground, it means trying to find her mother and brother. Lost in a post-apocalyptic landscape, she is forced to head home through a world where despair and rage rule the day. This is the story of the Rapture, the story of those LEFT BEHIND.