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By Romeo San Vicente
‘Grace Jones – The Musical Of My Life’ comes to the BBC
Gay icon Grace Jones has spent decades doing exactly as she pleases, always with a somewhat menacing smile on her face, and this has proven to be the key to her success. She modeled, she sang, she actressed, she posed in nightclubs and she dated Dolph Lundgren, never once with anything less than absolute command of space. This would make her the perfect subject for a documentary, and now thanks to the BBC she will be. Director Sophie Fiennes (“The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology,” the weirdly entertaining documentary about philosopher Slavoj Zizek) is handling duties behind the camera. How will she capture the everything-ness of her subject? The BBC explains it this way, describing the project as an “observational portrait” and “a multi-narrative journey through the private and public realms of the legendary singer and performer.” We accept – and wait – for 2016 to roll around and deliver.
It’s really happening: Diane Sawyer talks to Bruce Jenner
Speculation and tragic car accidents and fodder for hack stand-up comics: that’s been life for Bruce Jenner recently. The legendary Olympic athlete-turned-reality show stepfather for a bunch of sisters named Kardashian, without even really meaning to, has become an object of fascination to tabloids and, finally, to the LGBT community, as speculation over Jenner’s possible transgender identity has reached a feverish pitch. Well, now, it’s assumed, the questions will be laid to rest as Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer – reportedly taped in February – will air on ABC as a two-hour special on April 24. We don’t know what will be said, but it’s clear from the 120-minute slot, that it’s something, and maybe it’ll finally make Jamie Foxx aim his bad jokes elsewhere.
Almodovar’s ‘Silencio’ due to make noise
Spain’s most well-known filmmaker, Pedro Almodovar, recently gave fans a taste of his old, irreverent self with the frantic, silly, “I’m So Excited!” But it seems like that brief detour into goofy, dirty comedy was only a palate cleanser, because with “Silencio,” the director is returning to serious drama and his preferred “female universe.” Details are few and far between, plot-wise, but the film seems to revolve around a woman named Julieta – played by Spanish actresses Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suarez as the character’s younger and older versions, respectively – and the ebb and flow of satisfaction and success in her life. Almodovar is known for casting his films from a stable of his favorite actors over and over, and dedicated followers will notice the likes of Dario Grandinetti (“Talk to Her”) and longtime Almodovar staple Rossy de Palma (“Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”) in the cast. But this time around, those are the only repeat names, and the cast is filled with new (to this director, at least) faces and names. Maybe he’s building a new team for 2016?
Professional sports’ LGBT heroes are ‘Out to Win’
In a world where Michael Sam comes out “before” he makes it to the NFL, no matter the consequences, it’s easy to forget that not so long ago, his decision would have been unthinkable. Athletes in professional sports have long paid the price of silence, usually waiting until their most active years were behind them before coming out. This is history we shouldn’t forget, and now “Out to Win,” the latest documentary from director Malcolm Ingram (“Small Town Gay Bar,” “Continental”), is making the festival rounds. The stories of people like Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, David Kopay, Jason Collins, Billy Bean and John Amaechi, all speaking about their careers first-hand, are collected in this moving portrait of the last non-religious American job where coming out as LGBT can cost everything. Cable and DVD and streaming will happen soon enough, but if you’re near a good indie film fest, be sure to give it your support.