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!! OMG, how sad: Director Tony Scott jumped to his death !!

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Best known for his high-flying hit “Top Gun,” director Tony Scott committed suicide Sunday afternoon by jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California. Witnesses saw the 68-year-old scale the 10-foot fence at about 12:30 p.m. and leap without hesitation. Los Angeles police pulled his body from the water a few hours later. A note with contact information was found inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius parked on the bridge, and a suicide note was later located at his office. The director leaves behind brother and fellow filmmaker Ridley Scott and wife Donna Wilson, with whom he had twin sons.
(via L.A. Times)

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!! OMG, can’t turn it off: ‘Keep the Lights On’ trailer !!


By the looks of this trailer, “Keep the Lights On” — director Ira Sachs’s autobiographical screenplay — is like “Weekend,” only with harder drugs and more time for the pressure to cook. So, basically, it’s gonna be the best movie you’ll see all year. Look for it in select theaters September 7.
(via Out)

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!! OMG, not to be missed: ‘How To Survive a Plague’ !!


This trailer for “How To Survive a Plague” is a must-watch. David France‘s documentary tells the story of the fight to reverse the tide of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, chronicling the crucial work of activists searching for life-saving drugs at the height of the crisis. “The powerful story of their fight is a classic tale of empowerment and activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street,” writes IFC Films. “Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms. This is how you change the world.”
(via Towleroad)

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!! OMG, how decadent: The Continental Baths !!


Continental is a documentary that tells the story of legendary New York gay mecca The Continental Baths. Directed by Malcolm Ingram (Small Town Gay Bar – Sundance 06, Bear Nation – SXSW 10), the film explores the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS bacchanal where Bette Midler and Barry Manilow got their start.

The Continental Baths was a seminal gay New York City hotspot that existed from the late sixties to 1974. The baths themselves were a lavish Roman style affair, which were opened in the late 60’s in a newly post-stonewall NYC. Owner Steve Ostrow wanted to create a decadent and luxurious clubhouse where newly liberated men could explore with wanton abandon.

Along with the baths, The Continental was home to glamorous shows that attracted first class performers such as Cab Calloway, Peter Allen, Wayland Flowers, Patti Labelle and a then unknown Bette Midler, who (with her piano player Barry Manilow) became ringmaster to the revelry.

Ingram is in the final stretch of a successful Kickstarter campaign. If this film sounds interesting to you, please consider helping him out!

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