BENT-CON, the sensational LGBT pop culture experience, announced today that Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn will host their hit internet series, THE DINNER PARTY SHOW, featuring special guest author Anne Rice, at BENT-CON 2014. The show tapes Sunday, November 9th, 2014!
Christopher Rice is the award-winning writer and New York Times Best Selling novelist of such books as A Density of Souls, The Moonlit Earth, and The Heavens Rise. His new supernatural thriller, The Vines, will release from 47North on October 21, 2014.
Eric Shaw Quinn is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Say Uncle. He also wrote the novels Never Tear Us Apart and Always Have Always Will, detailing the early lives of characters from the hit TV series, QUEER AS FOLK. He’s also worked with superstar Pamela Anderson.
Together, they launched THE DINNER PARTY SHOW, the internet’s first, live, comedy / variety show. To celebrate the fifth year of BENT-CON, they are hosting their show at the convention. Author Anne Rice will be making an appearance.
Ms. Rice, the best-selling author of gothic fiction, religious themed literature, and erotica, couldn’t be more welcomed at BENT-CON. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, Ms. Rice has created provocative and enticing characters that fans have adored for over 30 years.
Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history. Plus, she’s long incorporated LGBT characters and themes into her work, something that audiences of whatever orientation have loved.
Ms. Rice recently published The Wolves of Midwinter, the sequel to The Wolf Gift, continuing the story of her “man wolf” hero, Reuben Golding, as he learns more of his werewolf powers. The popular novel was released in paperback this past June. This October, Ms. Rice will satisfy her fans (and the world) with the return of the “Brat Prince” of The Vampire Chronicles, Lestat himself, in the new novel Prince Lestat. In Prince Lestat, Ms. Rice catches up with Lestat in the present day, presenting a grand new narrative of his adventures — and mechanizations. Prince Lestat will be the first of several books focusing on Lestat’s new adventures, incorporating both old and new members of the vampire’s tribe.
Now in its fifth year, BENT-CON is the world’s largest convention that promotes, encourages, celebrates and appreciates LGBT and LGBT-friendly contributions to the comic-book, gaming, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror mediums, contributions made by artists, writers, creators, publishers, directors, actors, producers and fans, be they in works targeted directly to LGBT audiences or the larger realm of underground and mainstream pop-culture as a whole.
But it’s just easier to think of it like a Comic-Con, only gayer! BENT-CON is November 7-9th, 2014, at the Burbank Marriott and Convention Center, in Burbank, California, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Tickets, room reservations and updated information is available at www.bent-con.org. Tickets are available here.]]>
First seen Friday, June 13th for a special digital premiere audience, the THE DARK PLACE played again Saturday the 14th at the Baltimore QFEST and Sunday the 15th at the Queer Film Festival, Nuremberg. Audiences in multiple cities were excited and entertained by the film.
“It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire film,” said Andrew Augstyniak, a student at Appalachian State University. “The plot keeps you engaged and you’re trying to figure out the storyline at the same time [the hero] is.”
“I really appreciate the fact that this is a film with gay characters without being gay themed,” commented Roisin Moriarty, of Cork, Ireland. “Their sexuality is a total non-issue which hopefully reflects the way forward both in cinema and real life.”
Belgian reporter Timothy Junes saw the film as well, writing in his review on Zizo Online that THE DARK PLACE is “…[e]ntertaining… It’s refreshing to see [a film] where the homosexuality is a given and not a theme in itself.” He rated the film 3/5 stars.
THE DARK PLACE follows Keegan Dark, a flawed hero with an incredible gift, a witty and sexy sidekick, and a deadly mystery, which forces him to confront long burried secrets and risk death if he has any chance to survive.
“This is a great little movie that’s kind of a mystery/thriller with a really interesting script and very likable actors,” said Joanne Dean. “It’s just a good thriller — with a good many dead bodies at the end,” she added with a laugh.
THE DARK PLACE stars Blaise Embry as Keegan Dark, Timo Descamps as Wil Roelen and Sean Paul Lockhart as Jake Bishop. The film has just begun its festival run. More information is available at the film’s website, http://thedarkplacemovie.com.]]>
“So many talented people have worked so hard to get us here,” said director Jody Wheeler. “We’re all thrilled that audiences at last get to experience the mysteries and heroics of The Dark Place.”
THE FILM is one of more than 40 feature and short films screening at the festival over the course of three days, June 13-15.
The B’More festival also features work by several of Blue Seraph Productions’ associates, including:
The Dark Place‘s screening at B’More QFest is made possible by Shoreline Entertainment and Breaking Glass Pictures. It is the second feature from Blue Seraph Productions and the creators of the 2011 festival hit, Judas Kiss.
Published continually since 2007, doorQ.com now slumbers with The Old Ones, dead-but-dreaming, waiting for the stars to align so it can rise again.
Like all dreaming beasts, there will be occasional murmurs, exhalations of interest from the Slumbering Void of note, interest, or wonder, brought forth for appearance and wonder.
The world has changed much since the site was launched. Queerness was barely acknowledged in genre circles. Now it is ever present. Conventions regularly speak of Us. We’re an integral part of all media. There are even three conventions devoted to our community (Gaylaxicon, OutLanta Con, and the largest, Bent-Con.)
This site will remain for as long as possible. Forever, if the stars are right.
You can keep up with the founder, Jody Wheeler, at his personal site, JodyWheeler.Com.]]>
While Tom Baker’s scene towards the end can be taken in either the one thrown bone to longtime fans and Baker’s make up for snubbing the franchise 30 years ago when he did not appear in The Five Doctors or something more clever, whatever it was, one could not feel happiness at his return –no matter what theory you want to cook up to explain who he really is playing (my impression is this is Moffat’s chance to foreshadow what will most likely happen in the Christmas special, thank you to Night of The Doctor and the Sisterhood of Karn for showing us this).
In the end, The Day of the Doctor was entertaining, funny, exciting and a well done. I can either be upset that it did not embrace the last 43 years before its return, or I can just enjoy what has been the best year of a 50 year-old franchise that continues to grow. I may not be pleased with everything it does, but that’s life. Long live Doctor Who.
With just nine days to the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who episode The Day of The Doctor, the BBC has released the mini-episode The Night of The Doctor, which features the return of Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor.
It appears the battle between the Time Lords and Daleks is threatening to destroy the galaxy, but the Doctor appears not to be involved. He answers a mayday call only to discover the girl, Cass, he intends to rescue, does not want Time Lord help and is willing to die before she will. Her ship crashes on a planet, killing her and the Doctor.
But the Doctor has arrived on Karn, home to the Sisterhood and The Sacred Flame, which produces The Elixir of Life. The sisterhood is remnants of people from the old days of Gallifrey, long before the rise of Rassilon and have dealt with the Time Lords for eons (the fourth Doctor spent some time here during the TV adventure The Brain of Morbuis). The Sisterhood resurrects the Doctor, only to give him a grim choice: either remain dead or regenerate and fight in the Time War. The Doctor knows, of course, there is only one choice…]]>
For a better part of a year now, I’ve been following a few people who Vlog over at Youtube. Some do it daily, some once a week, while others just do something every now and then.
Two in particular, R.J. Aguiar and Will Shepherd at Shep869 and Nick Foti and Ken at Stillsoundlywake, Vlog almost everyday. Nick and Ken from New Jersey while Will and RJ out of Florida (though this summer, they picked up and moved to Los Angeles). Through both of their daily Vlogs, we’ve seen the everyday life of two gay couples who’ve decided -for whatever reason- to film their lives. And for whatever reason, I’ve decided I like watching them. It’s reality TV, except without all the manufactured drama.
Now Will is a huge Harry Potter fan. HUGE. And so is RJ, but I think more the movies than the books. And through his involvement with Youtube and their sponsored Next Up, Will, RJ, Nick and Ken have met a bunch of other talented folks who like working together. Wren Weichman is one such talented guy and together, they and other Youtubers embarked on this brilliant project below.
Written by Aguiar and produced and directed by Weichman (who also edited and did all the visual effects), this nearly 13 minute short shows what a group of friends can do on a budget of nothing. It stars R.J., Will and Nick. Enjoy and share.
The plot: “The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.”
While this story line seems everyday, the trailer reveals that for the first time since the series returned in 2005 we’ll get a (detailed?) look at the Time War that cost the life of Gallifrey and the Doctor’s people. It will also explore how John Hurt’s Doctor figures within the personal timeline of the Doctor as well. David Tennant is back as the 10th Doctor -but since Rose is back as well (and in images seemly going all Bad Wolf again) is this the Meta-Crisis Doctor (thus human/Timelord) from Journey’s End or the tenth Doctor taken out of time to aide both Matt Smith’s Doctor and John Hurt’s Doctor?
The special will air on November 23, simultaneously around the globe, which means on the East Coast, it begins at 2:50 in the afternoon, 1:50 in the Midwest and 11:50 here on the West Coast. It runs 76 minutes.
In the lead-up to that debut, BBC America is planing a week long celebration of Doctor Who. While sadly they will not be airing older serials (beyond re-broadcasting the year-long Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited Marathon: The First through Tenth Doctor on November 18) they do plan marathon episodes of Doctor Who (Doctors 9 through 11) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Also debuting on November 18 is Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS (9:00 –10:00) which is “An all-new special that features the series’ actors and producers sharing their experiences and memories of the world’s longest-running sci-fi show. The special features exclusive interviews with principal cast members from the show’s 50-year history, including actors who have played the Doctor: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Tom Baker, and Peter Davison, actors who have played companions: Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman, and William Russell, as well as the current lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. The discussion includes how the actors got cast, how the roles changed their lives, how a ‘regeneration’ is recorded, and how filming the show in the 60’s compares to today.
And The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox (10:00–11:00). A former rock star and Britain’s popular TV physicist, Professor Brian Cox explores the universe of the world’s favorite Time Lord when he takes the audience on a journey into the wonderful universe of Doctor Who, with the help of celebrity guests. In this exclusively recorded special from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it’s a special night for Who fans and anyone with a thirst for understanding.
Then on Friday, November 22 comes the special Doctor Who Explained (8:00pm-9pm) which explores the mysterious and two-hearted alien who is the Doctor. Through exclusive interviews with principal cast members from the show’s 50-year history, including actors who have played the Doctor: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Peter Davison, and Tom Baker as well as actors who have played companions: Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, and Freema Agyeman, viewers get an insight to what happens behind-the-scenes of the award-winning sci-fi show.
Also airing that night is the origin TV Movie An Adventure in Space and Time – 9:00pm ET. What do you get when you mix C.S. Lewis with H.G. Wells, and sprinkle in a bit of Father Christmas? An alien Time Lord exploring space and time in a Police Box spaceship called the “TARDIS” (Time And Relative Dimension in Space). Written by Mark Gatiss, the BBC AMERICA co-production, the film stars David Bradley (the First Doctor, William Hartnell), Brian Cox (BBC Head of Drama, Sydney Newman), Jessica Raine (Producer, Verity Lambert) and Sacha Dhawan (Director, Waris Hussein). An unlikely trio of misfits set out to create a genre series that all ages would love. William ‘Bill’ Hartnell, displeased with his career, was presented with a chance to break out of the hard-man roles he’d become known for. And with the instincts of first time producer, Verity Lambert and first time director, Waris Hussein, the Doctor was born. As the success of the show grew, William went from unhappy curmudgeon to beloved television star who relished his career resurgence and found a new lease on life. But all good things come to an end. How will Bill face leaving behind the part that has made him a hero to millions of children? And can the show survive without him? Journey back fifty years through space and time to witness the exciting beginning and untimely end of the First Doctor in this touching drama.]]>
Disney’s Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic Four Series Epic plus a Miniseries Event Based on Renowned Marvel CharactersLandmark Deal Brings Marvel’s Flawed Heroes of Hell’s Kitchen, led by “Daredevil,”to the World’s Leading Internet TV Network in 2015
Burbank, Calif. – Nov 7, 2013—The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.
Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.
“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”
“Marvel’s movies, such as Iron Man and Marvel’sThe Avengers, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With House of Cards and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”
This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios,