Just when we thought Awards Season was over, we get another trophy. We’ve won an Angel Award for the Philadelphia episode of our AMC series Movies That Shook the World. So we’ll be displaying that right next to the AVN award we received this year for Best Mainstream Adult Release for Inside Deep Throat.. Btw, the Angel award weighs as much as an Oscar and means just as much to us.
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Of course, we won’t get a GLAAD nomination for featuring Pink Flamingos as one of the films in our AMC series Movies That Shook the World but, hey, who’s complaining. Look what Michael Musto has to say about it in his Village Voice column:
Well, I think kids should watch Waters’s Pink Flamingos on their computers; it’s an official American classic now that AMC’s Movies That Shook the World series honored it with a very rich half-hour of the gayest TV since The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.
Speaking of Musty, does anyone know if GLAAD ever gave him his much-deserved LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – or does that just go to the gay-friendly straights?
– Randy Barbato
“An unflinching look at the love shared between a man and his horse,” says the blurb. Previously thought by most people to be the inevitable name for the porno version of the Heath-Gyllenhaal gay-cowboy film, Bareback Mountain instead has been applied to a more, um, bestial story. (Watch the trailer)
I wanted to take a moment out of my day to send you a big THANK YOU for letting me win your bet.
I know that yesterday, you mentioned on your Cinematical blog about our Movies That Shook the World episode on The Blair Witch Project, which airs tonight at 10:00PM on AMC. Although we interviewed you extensively for your thoughts on what was one of the top grossing films of all times that also revolutionized the power of independent filmmaking, you put $50 of your own hard-earned cash on the table, saying that we probably ignored everything you said except for that funny bit you mentioned about that episode in Dawson’s Creek where Dawson and Joey go down to investigate a ghost in the woods with his camera (OMG, best show ever!!! I’m so glad Joey ended up with Pacey).
Never one to lose the chance for some extra cash, I just had to check the final cut and, don’t worry, you appear not once – or twice – but three times throughout the episode (with no mention of James Van Der Beek). So congratulations!
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PS. We should totally get dinner sometime!
OK. Before we post anything, we should begin the day by saying that we were well aware that yesterday was World AIDS Day all day, but we had something special planned that fell through at the 11th hour, more’s the pity. However, it really should be World AIDS Day every day, don’t you think? And it must still be yesterday somewhere in the world, what with all those wacky time zones.
That said, we have this gorgeous, poignant clip today from tonight’s Movies That Shook the World, the WOW series airing on AMC. The episode concerns Philadelphia, Jonathan Demme’s groundbreaking AIDS drama, and was beautifully produced by Jim Eckels and narrated by Jeff Goldblum. Supervising producer of the entire series was Gabriel Rotello, author of the acclaimed book, Sexual Ecology: AIDS and the Destiny of Gay Men. We just looked at the clip again and, short as it is, we got goosebumps. Again. (Watch here)
The WOW series produced by Gabriel Rotello, Movies That Shook the World, premieres tonight at 10 on AMC with a probing look at the bunny-boiling, stalking-psycho gestalt of Fatal Attraction, featuring interviews with stars Glenn Close, Anne Archer, and Michael Douglas; producer Sherry Lansing; and director Adrian Lyne. “It’s a series everyone should see,” said the Hollywood Reporter calling it “compelling” and “hugely satisfying.”
The opening installment tracks 1987′s blockbuster hit “Fatal Attraction.” Every stone is turned; every possible aspect of the movie’s huge cultural impact shows up here. Sherry Lansing, who produced the megahit with Stanley Jaffe, talks on-camera about how they saw a rather mild English movie about a woman who gets revenge on her married weekend lover by calling his wife in the end. How did this fairly ordinary story get turned into a cautionary tale galore/horror flick with a crazed Glenn Close going after (heroic) Michael Douglas?
Fenton Bailey would like to toot the very sizable horn of the series’ supervising producer Gabriel Rotello.
Nathalie Aaron and Jim Eckels and the entire team on Movies That Shook The World have done a fabulous job, but the man behind the magic of the entire series, in addition to several individual episodes, is in fact Gabriel Rotello. Gabriel has famously produced and co-directed Hidden Fuhrer: Debating The Enigma of Hitler’s Sexuality, co-produced Monica In Black and White, associate produced The Eyes of Tammy Faye and Party Monster, the Shockumentary. He has also produced several other WOW series such as Super Secret Movie Rules on Vh1, The Reality of Reality on Bravo and Hollywood Fashion Machine, which was his first gig with AMC.
We are clearly losing our minds stopping at nothing in our continuing efforts to make Movies That Shook the World the most visually arresting documentary series ever produced, in any medium, anywhere on the planet. For our episode on Pink Flamingos, for example, our poultry-loving intrepid producers decided that the best way to get around the obscenity laws illustrate Edith the Egg Lady was to hire a few chickens from the Spotlight around the corner a chicken wrangler in Long Beach and shoot them pooping and making a mess clucking happily away in front of a lovely pink backdrop.
Here, then, are the pathetic horrors Chickles and Chuckles, brought to us by a bizarre hillbilly highly professional animal trainer with no visible teeth an amazingly “country” attitude you don’t usually see outside movies like Deliverance on Hollywood Boulevard.
One little thing Ma Kettle this lovely trainer forgot to tell us, however. Chickles – or perhaps it was Chuckles – was pregnant. And so, before our horrified, disgusted wondrous eyes, Chickles – or perhaps it was Chuckles – squatted down and laid the most appalling…THING the most amazing…EGG!
Assholes Wags were quick to point out that it was not the first egg laid at World of Wonder and it probably won’t be the last.
– Gabriel Rotello
Movies That Shook the World begins airing September 8 on AMC.
1. Describe yourself as if you were writing a personals ad.
Skinny white tattooed male seeks girl with aceribic wit, must have fine taste in footwear and stationery. Will dance with you reluctantly. Actresses need not apply.
2. If you had two tickets to paradise, where would you go and who would you take?
Man, I’ve been waiting so long. Eddie Money, and we’d go wherever the fuck he wanted. I’m too big of a pussy to say the name of the girl who I want to go to Costa Rica with.
3. Who plays you in the movie?
I’m not sure if that actor has been born yet, so the answer is in hypotheticals, probably Steve Buscemi and Ashton Kutcher’s love child.
4. Who do you go to for advice?
My dad. Then when I realize I don’t want advice I could give myself, I usually go to Bobby Lurie (musician, producer) or John Waters. They have lives, so when they’re not available I talk to my best friend, Jason Dill.
5. What makes you cry?
Everything except the stuff that matters, uh, that shit makes me stronger.
Bonus: Toilet paper roll – over or under?
Here come the tears.