Don Bowie, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie attend Big Chef Bowie Celebrates Anthony Mackie As Falcon In 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' at NoBar BKNY in New York City.

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What started off as a one night showcase of experimental film at LA Film School in 2013, led to this year’s first Latina/o Queer Arts and Film Festival that was held from April 10-13 in Los Angeles. Filmmaker and founder Jonathan Menendez wants to use LQAFF as a platform for those voices we don’t hear in the mainstream. Naturally, the roster of talent included eclectic visual artists, fearless performers, and films old and new. A gallery opening kicked off the festival, followed by the opening night with transVISIBLE The Bamby Salcedo Story and an after-party with live music.

So get cute and check out the full schedule going down at The Village.

Kiss Me
Director: Jules Nurrish

KISS ME TRAILER from Jules Nurrish on Vimeo.

This short film, starring the budding actor Raúl Castillo (HBO’s Looking) tells the story of boxer Kid Vargas, and what begins to unravel once he kills a man in the ring. The trailer has Johnny Cash “Hurt” playing and it’s all very broody. Don’t mind!

I don't mind. Esta fuerte, mijo!

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Most of these movies are hard to find, but you can watch Raúl Castillo pound flesh in Kiss Me on itunes.

19 April 2014 @ 06:50 pm

You know the day when you started out to do A Particular Thing, but there was a deadlined project in email and you thought it wouldn't take more than an hour, but it took until past lunch, and then you thought that the solution to the WordPress problem -- which is STILL borked, btw -- was to change the theme, but it wasn't, but now you have a new theme, which you don't particularly like, and all of your menus were scrod, and you *had* to fix that and it would only take a couple minutes, except it wound up taking two hours, and then you had to vacuum the house, which you've been putting off for, um...and it would only take five minutes, except then the roller was fouled with cat hair and you had to take it apart, and clear the hair, and then put it back together, and for ghu's sake, who takes an hour and a half to vacuum the house? And then the dishes had to be done, because you'd put them off, too? And suddenly it was time to knock off for the evening, because Things tomorrow, and you never did get that One Particular Thing you absolutely needed to do today done?

I've just had that day.


Where does Game of Thrones go after last Sunday's shocker?

The series killed off Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and it appears Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) will get the blame. We have a few theories of what comes next (read them here), but why not go to the source?

Director Alex Graves, who helmed both the Purple Wedding episode and the upcoming installment, says Sunday is the beginning of bigger things to come.

"Episode three is in part an aftermath episode, where you settle and everything takes a turn toward the second half of the season," Graves tells The Hollywood Reporter.

There's not much else Graves could reveal, but he does tease the episode contains "one of the best speeches in the series. " (lol dany I'm guessing). Last week, the director told THR Joffrey's death would reverberate throughout the rest of the season.
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19 April 2014 @ 04:30 pm
The Hugo nominations for 2014 have just been announced as Eastercon in the UK, and other conventions around the world.  You can find the full list here:

GAME OF THRONES has been nominated in Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form this year, for "The Rains of Castamere," the infamous Red Wedding episode, scripted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and directed by David Nutter.  Congratulations, all.  The nomination is just the latest confirmation that David, Dan, T'Other David, Richard Madden, Oona Chaplin, Michelle Fairley, and the rest of our cast and crew did an amazing job on this one, creating a moment that will live in the annals of television for a long, long time.  No novelist has ever been more fortunate in the people who came forward to translate his work from the page to the screen.

I would love nothing better than to have David, Dan, David, Bryan, and a whole contingent of our cast drop by this year's Hugo Awards.  London is not that far from Belfast, after all.  Whether that will happen or not, I cannot say, but I'll do my best.  It would be great to have them all at worldcon.

(Mind you, however, I think the odds of GAME OF THRONES actually winning this year are remote.  "The Rains of Castamere" is up against an episode of ORPHAN BLACK, and four (4!!!) episodes of DOCTOR WHO, which has dominated Short Form since the category was created.  Last year, in San Antonio, "Blackwater" broke DOCTOR WHO's long streak of victories, but I suspect that only served to rouse the Whovians, and this year the con is on their home ground in the UK, where they are legion.  So GOT is a long shot at best, but hey... it IS an honor just to be nominated).

Speaking of which... I am REALLY jazzed to be able to reveal, at last, that Jet City's MEATHOUSE MAN has also been nominated, in the Graphic Novel category.   MM the graphic novel is the work of the amazing and talented Raya Golden, my sometime assistant and all-around minion, and long-time friend and quasi-goddaughter, based on a novelette that I originally wrote for Harlan Ellison's THE LAST DANGEROUS VISIONS back in the dawn of time (well, mid-70s) and eventually published in Damon Knight's anthology ORBIT 18.  Written at one of the lowest points of my life, the novelette "Meathouse Man" is probably the darkest and most twisted thing I've ever written, a story so personally painful to me that I can hardly stand to re-read it even now... that Raya chose this tale, out of all my stories, to adapt and illustrate as a graphic novel, producing a work capable of earning a Hugo nomination... well, that's just bloody incredible, and a real testament to her dedication, her talent, and her madness.  Bravo!

And that's my Hugo news.

As for the rest of the ballot... well, the good news is, more people nominated this year than ever before.

And the bad news... well, you guys are smart, you can figure that out for yourself.  And if you can't, there a hundred blogs that will tell you.  I expect it will only be a matter of hours before someone starts talking about "Hugofail."  Prepare for the internet to go to war again.

I will leave that to others.  I am just thrilled for David and Dan and David, for HBO, and most of all for Raya.  (FWIW, a couple years back, James S.A. Corey was nominated for Best Novel [should have been nominated again this year, actually], and James S.A. Corey is half Ty Franck, who was my assistant at the time.  And now Raya is nominated.  I think I may be the first writer to have two assistants to be nominated for the Hug.  Cool).
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19 April 2014 @ 05:02 pm

The infamous "Female or She-male" mini-challenge that asked competitors on a recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race to guess a person's gender based on close-ups of red carpet photos has already been apologized for and stricken from video archives. "We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive," wrote Logo’s executives in a statement. "We sincerely apologize."

But that statement did little to quell a long-simmering debate over who has the right to define a word as a slur, and who can "reclaim" such words.

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19 April 2014 @ 11:36 pm

Vanessa Hudgens bares her midriff in a black bra while enjoying the second weekend of the 2014 Coachella Music Festival on Friday (April 18) in Indio, Calif.

The 25-year-old actress was joined by her boyfriend Austin Butler and their close friend Shawn Pyfrom.

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