With Pride, a film about gay and lesbian activists who come to the aide of families affected by the 1984 UK miners’ strike, storming into theaters with positive fanfare and critical accolades, it may easily find its way among the top LGBT films out there today. For those who might scratch their head when it comes to queer cinema — yes there’s more than Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain — it’s time to catch up! While the list of the best gay films is a long and debatable one, we rounded up 10 essential movies that everyone — gay or straight — should watch.
As the 20th anniversary of the beloved sitcom Friends approaches, New York City is celebrating with a Central Perk pop-up store featuring none other than our favorite barista, Gunther. James Michael Tyler, who played the starstruck cafe manager, told VH1 who he thinks would be the perfect female equivalent, his favorite guest stars over the show’s run, and which character he relates to most in real life (hint: It is not who you’d expect).
Lacey Chabert shows us why she’s such an awesome voice actress, Leah Remini loves her post-Scientology life, and Hayden Panettiere is ready for motherhood.
Why is Brittany Murphy‘s final film just now being released? One former VH1 reality star turns a fan’s birthday into a memorable night, and True Detective‘s director moves on to his next amazing project.
Melissa Joan Hart was actually much edgier than her TV characters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus flips out at a cafe — sort of, and we’ll get to see Kim Kardashian as a whole new lifeform.
2011 was a hard year for Scarlett Johansson: everyone saw her butt in those leaked photos, she had to get that unflattering red bob to film The Avengers, and oh right, she got divorced from Ryan Reynolds. “I don’t feel on the other side of it completely, but it gets better,” ScarJo reveals about the split in her new Vogue interview. “It’s still there. More than anything, it’s just that not having your buddy around all the time is weird.” Aw, the use of the word “buddy” just breaks our hearts! No wonder Johansson tried to drown her sorrows in a little Sean Penn. “We spent time together, yeah,” the actress says of the Academy Award winner. “I never put a title on it, really, but we were seeing each other.” You do whatever you need to do, girl! Or whom!
Luckily, Scarlett is currently seeing Nate Naylor, New York ad exec and seemingly normal human being. “It’s totally bizarre. It’s an adjustment—-I mean, it’s got to be an adjustment for him way more than it was for me at nineteen,” she says of the media scrutiny Naylor’s received. “But he’s really remarkably good about it.” As Johansson says about her recent obstacles, “From that comes a lot of really amazing things. I think it will be an interesting year.” Awwww! Just keep your pants on while using your phone, girl, and 2012 is all yours!
Kristen Wiig‘s Vogue profile is basically a mushy love letter from every single person she knows. As it should be! “I don’t know if anyone ever showed up better equipped for the show than Kristen did,” SNL head writer Seth Meyers gushes. “She was immediately great at it, and it’s a very hard job to be great at. Her characters were broad but built out of incredibly subtle observations.” Sean Penn, Wiig’s costar in the upcoming film The Comedian, might have them all beat in the compliment department, though. “I don’t go to a dinner party where people don’t refer to her as a genius,” he claims. “She’s a writer, she can invent characters and stories, and she has a touch that translates. It’s her game to play.” Man, if only the Target lady could see Kristen now. You know she would approve.
As with most famous ladies, fame brings with it fashion, and in the article Wiig praises Alexander McQueen, Nina Ricci and Isabel Marant as her favorite couture. “I always say I want to look haunted.” the Bridesmaids star said of her Golden Globes Bill Blass frock. The only flaw we could find in the profile? The writer describing Kristen as “the face to watch in female comedy.” How about the face to watch…winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay? The face to watch…killing it on your TV every week? The face…who looks great despite what said face’s owner thinks? “I’m going to need a lot of under-eye work,” Wiig joked about hitting the red carpet. “Concealer.”
Now you can stop pretending you understood it when people bring it up at parties: Sean Penn’s Tree Of Life role was as confusing to him as it was toÃ¢â‚¬Â¦any other person watching the movie. “I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever read,” Penn told the French paper Le Figaro Sunday. “A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact.” Sean might disagree with this on this one, but a few more random shots of dinosaurs couldn’t have hurt either, in our opinion.
Co-starring Brad Pitt, Tree of Life was met with very mixed reviews. “Frankly, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still trying to figure out what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context!” Penn explained, before throwing the film’s director Terrence Malick under the bus: “WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more, Terry himself never managed to explain it to me clearly.” Terry! Something tells us Malick’s next movie is going to have a much more clear role for Penn, as a compelling, artfully-directed lunch for all those extra dinosaurs.
What if someone cooked you all of your favorite foods, but instead of serving them individually, they mashed them up in a blender and threw it on Academy-Award winner Sean Penn? We hope that analogy accurately conveys how completely insane Penn’s This Must Be The Place trailer looks. Sure, there’s the aging rock star seeking out the Nazi who tortured his father. Of course. But who could have expected that folksy waitress, adorably fat and musically knowledgeable kid, and the ’70s-style knee socks Penn wears for his morning stretches? It’s like someone threw scripts from all of the Best Picture nominees of the last ten years into the shredder, and just filmed whatever came out.
That being said, we’ve been looking forward to this film, coming out later this year, more than Harry Potter or Breaking Dawn. We at least know enough to expect those films to be good. But neither the This Must Be The Place teaser trailer, full trailer nor musical sneak peek gives u s enough to know what to expect in the actual theater. Did we mention the Talking Heads appear in this movie? That’s it. We’re reserving our tickets now.
Maybe it’s time for Scarlett Johansson to settle down with a nice agent. Though her relationship with Sean Penn, coming months after her divorce from Ryan Reynolds, has reportedly already come to an end, Us reports that she isn’t quite ready to lose another emotionally distant leading man. According to the mag, ScarJo was up in Penn’s business throughout last week’s Guy’s Choice Awards. “She pushed herself into his conversations,” said their source. “She sat down between him and Robert De Niro. Robert was like ‘What?’ and made a face.” Hey Scar, you probably haven’t even seen We’re No Angels, let alone starred in it! Let them reminisce!
As for that photo of Scarlett and Sean taken at the event, that was also apparently her idea. “A photographer asked for a shot,” said the snoop. “Before Sean could say no, she said yes.” Considering the fact that they never posed when they were an item, we’re kind of inclined to believe this one. Twentysomething recent divorcee clinging to 50-year-old recent divorcee who famously cheated on his long-suffering wife? Is it really that hard for ScarJo to find someone who wants to be seen with her?
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