Come from Away Lands at Hippodrome this April

On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all. The musical Come from Away will run at the Hippodrome from April 23rd to 28th. Come from Away takes audiences into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with actor Michael Brian Dunn (Standby) who performs in the production. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this play? Michael […]

Good Intentions Don’t Pay Off in Gospel of Eureka

Documentaries are often made with good intentions, sometimes to spotlight the life of a beloved figure, reveal previously unknown details about a historical event, or expose the dark sides of governments and corporations. Of course there are myriad subjects documentaries can cover, but just because these films offer actual slices of life with new and archival footage and interviews, a lot of people don’t realize that it doesn’t all just come together after someone goes out with a camera to shoot something. Documentaries do need an outline so the filmmakers can focus on the story they want to tell with […]

Meet the Enemy

Have you ever had that feeling that someone is following you? You don’t see them, you don’t hear them, but you somehow just know that if you’re just at the right place at the right time – or in some cases the wrong place at the wrong time – you’re going to bump into that spectre. Sometimes it’s a relief but it could also go south real quickly. But what if that someone you finally encountered was not a friend or stranger but … you? That’s just a very vague set-up for Jordan Peele’s latest thriller Us. In the film, […]

As Long As I’m Famous Enjoys Hollywood Debut

On Saturday, March 16th, as the lights of the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, CA slowly dimmed, audiences cheered and clapped as the premiere of Broadwood Media’s “As Long as I’m Famous” danced across the silver screen.  Baltimore OUTloud was there as Hollywood’s glitterati graced the Red-Carpet event for the film whose ending was met thunderous applause. Inspired by real legends of both Hollywood and Broadway’s Golden Age, Bruce Reisman’s original story for the screen, combines the lives of Montgomery Clift, director Sidney Lumet, at age 24, composer Richard Rodgers, boxing champ of 1928, Gene Tunney, Joshua Logan […]

A Famous Inspiration

Famed director, producer, and screenwriter Sidney Lumet once said, “All good work requires self-revelation.” Actor Aaron Fors, who plays the film legend in Bruce Reisman’s upcoming film As Long as I’m Famous chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about his upcoming performance in the film as well as the challenges he overcame as an actor. As Long as I’m Famous, inspired by Bruce Reisman’s play and short film Drinks Prior, is a based-in-real-life account of a New York summer in 1948. The story is told through the eyes of legendary director Sidney Lumet, played by leading man Fors. At the time of […]

Fashionistas Extradordinaire

Everyone pretty much knows who Andy Warhol is. Warhol made a name for himself with his illustrations, photographs, prints, movies, his group of friends and collaborators, and just by being “Andy Warhol.” Andy Warhol’s talent and persona kept him in the spotlight until his untimely death in 1987 (and that was 19 years after he was shot by Valerie Solanas, an event that caused physical and emotional scars that many attribute his death to). There is now a museum dedicated to his work in Pittsburgh (go visit – it’s worth the trip). But Warhol wasn’t the only artist making an […]

Conjuring Montgomery Clift

Screen legend Montgomery Clift, upon watching the rough-cut screening of the movie that would catapult his film career, once said, “I watched myself in Red River (1948) and knew I was going to be famous, so I decided I would get drunk anonymously one last time.” Substance abuse would be one of the causes leading to the actor’s ultimate demise, but Clift’s prediction of fame was accurate. In Bruce Reisman’s As Long as I’m Famous (2019), Montgomery Clift is portrayed by the beguilingly talented actor Gavin Adams. Adams, who has local ties to Maryland, recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud over […]

As Long As I’m Famous

In the Bruce Reisman’s upcoming film As Long as I’m Famous, the interpersonal relationships of stage and screen stars from postwar Hollywood and Broadway’s golden age are explored through the 24-year-old eyes of future legendary director, Sidney Lumet. The film is a fact-based account of a New York summer in 1948, where future luminaries such as Montgomery Clift and Lumet embark on perfecting their craft during their early rise to fame. For film and television actor David Chokachi, his portrayal of professional boxer Gene Tunney demonstrates for audiences that the performer is more than just his good looks. Having burst […]

Secret Relationships in the Golden Age of Films

Acclaimed director Sidney Lumet once said in his book Making Movies, “I don’t know how to choose work that illuminates what my life is about. I don’t know what my life is about and don’t examine it. My life will define itself as I live it.” In the upcoming film As Long as I’m Famous director-screenwriter Bruce Reisman creates a deeply moving, romantic, and witty homage to classic Broadway and Hollywood legends. Inspired by real events that took place during the summer of 1948, the film intertwines the lives of several show-business and celebrity luminaries who mingled with Broadway’s elite. […]

Rami Malek Rocks Out in Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody has had a tumultuous history in getting to the big screen. At one point, Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to play Freddie Mercury but when the dust settled it was Rami Malek who scored the coveted role with Bryan Singer directing. Then Singer was fired just before the film wrapped production due to conflicts with Malek and his own sexual assault / abuse scandal, and the movie was completed by Dexter Fletcher (although Singer retains sole directorial credit). Then the movie ran into some trouble with fans who were knocking the movie before they had even seen it, […]