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Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Closer Look at “Looking”

Filed under: Film and Entertainment,Hit Television — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 18:18


A week from tomorrow, HBO is set to premiere its new GLBT-themed series “Looking.” The show follows life’s ups and downs among a group of gay best friends living in contemporary San Francisco. It’s been 14 years since Showtime started its groundbreaking GLBT-oriented series “Queer As Folk” (which ended its run in 2005); and it’s beyond time for a major network to enter into the gay-themed drama/comedy genre. The show stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, Raul Castillo, and Steve D’Assis. Take a look at an extend trailer for the show, featuring some interviews among the cast, below. “Looking” premieres Sunday January 19th at 10:30pm.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Les Miserables Wins Golden Globe for Best Picture

Filed under: Film and Entertainment — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 00:17


The winners of the 2012 Golden Globes were announced yesterday at a lavish ceremony in Hollywood, California. Movie musical Les Miserables won the award for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) while stars Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress) and Hugh Jackman (Best Actor) won for their respective performances in the film. Les Miz know heads for the 2013 Annual Academy Awards ceremony on February 24th. The film is nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Best Song, and Sound Mixing. Congratulations to Les Miserables and best of luck at the Oscars!!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Preview SMASH’s Second Season

Filed under: Film and Entertainment,Hit Television — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:02


The hit television series SMASH from producer Steven Spielberg will officially start back up on NBC on February 10th. The show follows the behind the scenes drama of the making of a hit Broadway musical and will have one heck of an all-star cast this season with Sean Hayes, Jennifer Hudson, Sean Hayes, and Jeremy Jordan all joining the show. Take a look at the preview of season two, which looks to be as amazingly entertaining as the first season, below:

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Les Miserables Nominated by PGA for Best Picture

Filed under: Film and Entertainment — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:32

mv5bmtq4ndi3ndg4m15bml5banbnxkftztcwmjy5oti1oa_v1_sy317_.jpg  The fantastically phenomenal musical movie of the year Les Miserables has been nominated for Best Picture by the Producers Guild of America. The significance of the PGA nomination is its probable transfer to a coveted Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. In the last five years, the film that has won Best Picture from the PGA has gone on to win the same award from the Academy. Les Miz will compete against a slew of other films including Life of Pi, Skyfall, Argo, and Django Unchained among others. Les Miserables, from Universal Pictures, is playing nationwide and is rated PG-13.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man Grosses Close to $700 Million!

Filed under: Film and Entertainment — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:29


The Amazing Spider-Man, my pick for “Best Summer 2012 Film,” is inching closer and closer to the $700 million threshold! Globally, Spidey has had an amazing haul of $692,540,000 as of August 20, 2012! Congratulations to Andrew Garfield, the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man and director Marc Webb, who successfully took the reins from Sam Raimi to create what will hopefully be a very successful franchise!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Madonna Wins Golden Globe for “Masterpiece”

Filed under: Film and Entertainment,Popular Music — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:00


Last Sunday, the 2012 Golden Globes were held in Hollywood, California. Voted by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes are often thought of as the precursor to the Academy Awards, although recent history has shown that is largely not the case. This year, Madonna won the Golden Globe in the category of Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for her song “Masterpiece” from her upcoming directorial debut W.E., which releases from Weinstein Pictures in February. Madonna shared in the glory with fellow co-writers of “Masterpiece” Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry. Unfortunately, the song will not be eligible for the Academy Award because of a technicality; it is the second song played at the end credits and Academy rules stipulate it must be either within the body of the film or the first to appear during the credits to be considered. Nonetheless, she certainly deserves the accolades for this win! This marks the second Golden Globe win for Madonna (her first came in 1997 for Best Actress for her portrayal of Eva Peron in EVITA). Take a listen to “Masterpiece” below:

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Film Explores James Dean’s Sexuality

Filed under: Film and Entertainment — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:42

jimmy_violet_one_sheet_smal.jpg An upcoming film Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean explores James Dean’s alleged homosexuality further than any other biographical essay has before. Although there are conflicting historical reports of James Dean being gay, bisexual, or even straight, this film takes the perspective that Dean was in fact gay, and portrays critical events in Dean’s life under the lens of a non-heterosexual orientation. The film is produced by Iconoclastic Pictures, Jay-X Entertainment, and MGDB Productions France and stars James Preston as Dean (Queer As Folk‘s Robert Gant also stars in the film as “The Famous Director”). An American release date hasn’t been announced yet. But you can watch the trailer for the film, which looks beautifully dazzling, below:

JOSHUA TREE, 1951 Full-Length Trailer from Iconoclastic Features on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Madonna’s “Masterpiece” from Her Directorial Debut W.E Nominated for Golden Globe

Filed under: Film and Entertainment,Popular Music — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:49

we-soundtrack.jpg  Madonna sure has been burning in the spotlight brightly these past few weeks. First, the material girl revealed some exciting news that her upcoming new album is to be released in March of 2012 and then she acknowledged that she is in fact performing as the headliner for Super Bowl XLIV on February 5th. And late last week, the 2011 Nominations for the Golden Globes were announced. And Madonna was named as a nominee for Best Song for her new song “Masterpiece” which is featured in her directorial debut W.E. that is to be released in the US on February 10th, 2012. Madonna was nominated with the co-writers of “Masterpiece” including Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry and faces some stiff competition from “Hello Hello” (Elton John, Gnomeo and Juliet), “The Keeper” (Chris Cornell, Machine Gun Preacher), “Lay Your Head Down” (Brian Byrne and Glen Close, Albert Nobbs), and “The Living Proof” (Thomas Newman, Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, and Damon Thomas, The Help). Madonna won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in 1997 for her 1996 performance as Eva Peron in EVITA and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice took home the honor that year for Best Song for “You Must Love Me.” EVITA also won the Coveted Golden Globe for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) that year as well. The 2011 Golden Globe winners will be announced on NBC at 8pm on January 16th, 2012. Good luck Madonna! While the single, which will feature a full orchestra accompaniment, is yet to be released, take an early listen to “Masterpiece” below:

Monday, April 12, 2010

“The Situation” Meets Mets’ David Wright and 2 Upcoming GLBT-Themed Films Getting Release

Filed under: Film and Entertainment — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:42

Fans of the trashy yet-irresistable Jersey Shore are certainly familiar with “The Situation.” Well it turns out his five minutes of fame are not quite over just yet. Alongside New York Mets’ David Wright, “The Situation” filmed a pretty comical commercial for Vitamin Water. Check it out below. Also, two films with gay/ lesbian themes are nearing national release. The first (trailers below) is from the upcoming The Kids Are All Right, starring Anette Benning and Julianne Moore, who play a lesbian couple who’s children seek-out their biolgoical sperm-donor father (played by Mark Ruffalo) and strike-up an unexpected bond. The second is La Mission, which stars Benjamin Bratt as a rough Latino father on the streets of the Mission District of San Francisco who discovers his son is gay. Both look like great films! The Kids Are All Right releases July 7th 2010 from Focus Features. 5 Stick Films’ La Mission began its rolling-nationwide release on Friday April 9th.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Annual Blackwell Oscar Party Announced

Filed under: Film and Entertainment — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 03:10
Go to fullsize image  It’s that time of year again my friends! It’s time to walk down the Red Carpet and through the bright lights of Hollywood as the Annual Blackwell Oscar Party again makes its way to the home of Dr. Christopher Blackwell at 7:15pm on Sunday, March 7th! Official invitations to the event have been sent via E-Mail along with voting ballots for the Annual Blackwell Oscar Party Contest, and the list of the Best Films of 2009 according to Blackwell (5. A Single Man; 4. Crazy Heart; 3. Avatar; 2. Up In The Air; 1. Precious; and Best Picture The Cove). It will be a fun evening of food, friends, family, and all-things movies! Make plans to join us for the party of the year! It’s time to rejoice! The Annual Blackwell Oscar Party is here again!!!

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