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, […]

Melissa McCarthy Goes for the Gold in ‘Forgive Me?’ It takes a lot of guts to make a biopic about someone no one’s heard of, but a lot of smarts to cast a big star in the lead

It takes a lot of guts to make a biographical movie about someone most people have never heard of, but it takes a lot of smarts to cast a big star in the lead to make sure people will be interested in seeing that movie. The folks at Fox Searchlight have taken a huge gamble with Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the story of author Lee Israel, and are banking on Melissa McCarthy to bring in audiences. Was the gamble worth it? Can You Ever Forgive Me? takes place during a severe downswing in Israel’s career. The once celebrated biographer, […]

Michael Myers Goes Slashing Again

As of now, there are three movies within the same franchise with the title Halloween. There is, of course, the original 1978 classic, the 2007 reboot/remake, and now the 2018 model. Any movie with that title and a number or subtitle after it – minus Halloween III: Season of the Witch which tried to take the series in a new direction but failed – can be forgotten. Yes, even Halloween II because of one significant piece of story that movie introduced into the franchise that really was not part of the original: that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was Michael […]