Amc Gay Hollywood Thread
I dont know where to post this, but Im sure it will be moved to the appropriate place or at least be read by the people who organize this site. Im wondering if youre going to start threads for AMC's GAY HOLLYWOOD which begins next week. From what Ive read, it is a reality/documentary sh ow following gays trying to make their way in the showbiz industry in Hollywood. With all the interest in gay tv on these message boards, I would recommend it.
I also wish there was a separate forum for QUEER EYE - that show is getting so many messages that it really needs several threads if possible so people can start threads on items such as each individual show, each individual FAB5 member, the cast's appearances on other shows, comments on sponsors and the Fab 5's tips (are you following any of them) I think it would be fun and much easier to use than currently having one thread for the show which last time I checked was over 10 pages and everything was mixed together.
So whoever is in charge of the site , please take t his under consideration. If others agree, please chime in.
I figured Id also just type a bit from AMC's website about the show's premise for those who havent heard about it. I think there was also an article in OUT magazine. AMC's website is amctv.com; out is out.com.
Im not quite clear if this is multi-episode or just a documentary film so I realize it may not fit into the reality tv drama.. If not, you can disregard this - I just thought given what ive read in some of the gay tv threads, that some people would find it intersting
Filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey wanted to see how today's gay men are making their mark in Hollywood. With more gay characters in movies and TV, and gay men and women wielding more power behind the camera, they wondered how life in the real gay Hollywood has changed. Gay Hollywood chronicles the experiences of five gay men trying to make it big in showbiz. Watch The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood Monday, Aug.11 at 10pm ET/
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Given television's gay boomlet, filmmaker Jeremy Simmons' concerns about his new documentary, "The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood," appear misplaced.
"With a name like 'Gay Hollywood,' maybe not everyone will tune in," Simmons said. "Which is kind of unfortunate, because I think it appeals to much more than gay people."
Other gay-themed shows certainly have. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" has done so well for Bravo that parent NBC has aired the makeover show once, plans to air another episode Aug. 14 - and has arranged two "Tonight Show" appearances by the series' gay stars (Aug. 14-15) in which they spiff up Jay Leno.
Upcoming projects include the ABC fall sitcom "It's All Relative" and Showtime's lesbian drama "The L Word," coming in January.
"There are headlines about gays taking over television," said "Gay Hollywood" executive producer Randy Barbato. "Gays are not taking over television. Finally, there are some gay people and gay programs on TV."
He predicts the trend, which he considers "equalizing," will only grow.
"The media gatekeepers and the network executives have finally realized gays can make money. At the end of the day, it's always all about money."
In "Gay Hollywood," the immediate goal is securing a foothold in the industry. The film, debuting on AMC at 10 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 11, follows five openly gay men and their efforts to launch or further entertainment careers.
The final result was less "gay-centric" than he first envisioned, Simmons said in an interview.
"My reason for doing it, being gay and in Hollywood, was learning how these other guys deal with it" and whether their sexuality has helped or hurt professionally, he said.
As the project progressed, its perspective became broader.
"The title should be, 'Five Guys in Hollywood Who Happen to be Gay,'" said Barbato, who produced the documentary with Fenton Bailey (their other films include "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" and "Monica in Black and White").
Rather than a sweeping view of the gay experience in Hollywood, the film is an intimate and sometimes emotional take on how tough it is for anyone, sexual orientation aside, to make it in show business.
The men include the endearing Micah McCain, an actor who introduces himself as "a part-time drag queen. Three-quarter-time drag queen," and then, grudgingly, "Full-time drag queen."
His bravery isn't in being out, but being out on stage. He reluctantly tries to fashion himself into a standup comedian after being told it would be a smart move.
Allan Brocka is a filmmaker-writer who agrees to write and direct a risque gay romantic film, despite reservations. Writer Benjamin Morgan, actor-model Robert Laughlin and filmmaker Lance Black - who expresses concern that he might be stereotyped by the project - complete the group.
They don't make major leaps during the seven months of filming that ended in May, but their brushes with Hollywood are instructive for them and for viewers.
The most thoughtful and encouraging advice is delivered by writer-producer Larry Andries, whose impressive credits include "Six Feet Under" and "Boomtown."
"So many writers chase what's hot and what's new, or what the marketplace wants, and totally lose what they can uniquely bring to the marketplace, or to the page," he tells one of the men. "You can tap into something really rich and deep."
The value of networking, gay or otherwise, is called into question. Industry veterans say talent represents the ultimate trump card.
"There's no secrets. There's no 'Who you know' or 'If only I could get to this party' .... There's nothing else you can do except make that script excellent," is the counsel of sitcom producer Richard Day.
Day dismisses the idea that gays have any advantage over heterosexuals in Hollywood. Barbato concurs, but notes the industry does include a significant gay population ("There are probably a lot more gay people than in Wichita").
"Being gay in Hollywood can get you in the door in a number of places, just as being straight in Hollywood can, or Italian or Jewish," he said. "There's always the ability to tap into your community to help a little bit. But at the end of the day, it's never going to get you the gig."
Simmons considers himself lucky to be working in the new environment. "What a great time to be a gay filmmaker. You mean people will watch my shows? How exciting."
Is he concerned that TV will overdose on gay shows, as it has on reality programs and just about everything else? No, he replied, comparing the emergence of gays on TV to the visibility that blacks gradually claimed.
"Gays aren't like a pet rock, that this is our moment and then no one will ever be interested in us again."
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Wow, this show is exciting, but it really doesn't sound like 'reality TV', more like a documentary. I really DO wonder how hard it is to make it as an actor, despite sexual orientation, 'cause I always thought it was easy if you've 'got the look' to impress people with.
... and for the last time, I'm not Matthew from BMB (the guy in my avatar).
The race is back!
We probably won't be covering it, but I'm sure some people will watch, and they're welcome to use this thread to discuss it.
Thanks for clarifying what the show is about. I thought it would cover a previous generation of actors and movies.
If I remember I will at least watch the first episode and see how AMC does with this type of original programming.
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