April 25th, 2012

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Coming Soon: The Men Next Door - a new gay comedy feature film

Guest House Films has announced the casting of the three lead actors for its upcoming feature film, “The Men Next Door” – Eric Dean (“Nine Lives,” “George’s Intervention”), Michael Nicklin (“The George & Alana Show”) and Benjamin Lutz (“Bite Marks,” “The Love Patient”).

Eric Dean, Benjamin Lutz, Michael Nicklin 

Dean will star as Doug, a 40-year-old gay man who finds himself dating two very different men – 50-year-old Jacob (played by Nicklin) and 30-year-old Colton (played by Lutz). What Doug doesn’t learn right away is that the two equally lovable men are, in fact, father and son.

“I cannot wait to get on set with these three actors – individually, they are each extremely talented and charismatic, but when we put them together during the audition process, we immediately saw something special that should translate into amazing on-screen chemistry,” said Rob Williams, writer and director of “The Men Next Door.”

Principal photography on “The Men Next Door”, which will be produced by Rodney Johnson and Williams, is expected to begin in May, and will be distributed by Guest House Films after a film festival run.

Additional casting for the movie will be announced soon. Anyone interested in supporting The Men Next Door is encouraged to visit the film’s IndieGoGo campaign page at www.indiegogo.com/themennextdoor
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Rainbow Awards: in loving memory of William Neale

As anticipated last week, this is the second tribute this journal, and the Rainbow Awards, would like to do to another friend we lost too soon and too suddenly. I exchanged some email with William Neale, but he was relatively young to the Gay Romance crowd, and so probably, if I hadn't the chance to spend time with him in New Orleans, during the GRL convention, he would have been yet another great author of Gay Romance. But I had that chance, and I will always remember that lunch with Rick R. Reed and William, and cherish that memory. I was really looking forward not only to meet William again at 2012 convention but also to go and visit him in Cleveland. Unfortunately the email I sent to William telling him I was arriving in his city was sent when destiny had already decided it was time to steal his soul to this world.

I would like to dedicate the Gay Romance category to William Neale, from this moment on this Award will be listed and assigned as "The William Neale Award for Gay Romance". And if you wonder why, of all the categories I have, I picked this one for him, I will use his same words as a reason:
Those who seek brutally "real," gritty, and angst-ridden life stories probably won't find them in a William Neale book. "That's okay," said Neale. "Not everybody wants or appreciates a feel-good story. As for me, reading has always been a wonderful escape from reality. Even as a child, I loved the fantasy of becoming Peter Pan, Huck Finn, or one of the Hardy Boys."
This is basically the essence of romance, "a wonderful escape from reality".

I asked to Laura Baumbach, of MLR Press, to introduce the Awards: "William Neale was a unique man -- successful, driven, savvy and shrewd. At the same time, he was kind, thoughtful and generous. These are not traits one often sees together in the same person. As I grew closer to Bill over time, I saw all these qualities shine in him. He approached his writing with the same drive for excellence that his marketing career had been blessed with, he examined and evaluated the romance community and market with the seasoned eye of a professional and he treated every worthy person he met at events and online with a consistent element of grace and insight. I watched him spend hours with readers and fellow authors, making them each feel special while they were with him, basking in his focused attention and interest.

He was a true people person, a gentleman and a gentle man. All our lives are lessened with his passing. I believe a part of Bill will always live in his writing because it reflects that same wonderful combination of personality traits-- driven, savvy, kind and thoughtful characters and story lines. Like all skilled and successful authors, Bill gave a piece of himself in his books. This allows us to cherish his memory and bring him back to our side each time we read or reread his work. Bill sitting close with that little pleased smile on his face as we enter his
world with each reading. I think that image would make Bill happy. --Laura Baumbach"

William Neale's last addition to his Home series, Hope, will be available this next Friday at MLR Press:
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Gay Commercial: Homecoming

Please share this with friends and people you love.
Sign petition: http://www.C4EM.org.uk
Music: 'Fingers Crossed' by http://www.megalithmusic.co.uk

Directed By: Mike Buonaiuto (http://www.MikeB.co.nr)

Cast: Lew Smart | James William Knight | TJ Resendes

Producer: Amber Phillips

Executive Producers:
Conor Marron | James Lattimore (http://www.C4EM.org.uk)
Stephen Pomeroy (http://www.RemarkableGroup.co.uk)

Behind The Scenes: Leighton Cox (http://www.LeightonCox.co.uk)

After Effects: Scott Gordon, Los Angeles, USA (http://moshn.wordpress.com/)

Photography: Ellie Rose Kynaston
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Gay indie feature film needs YOUR help!

LOVE OR WHATEVER is about Corey who thought he had it all: A successful career, a lesbian sister who’s his best friend and most of all, a bright future with his boyfriend, Jon. But when Jon dumps him—for a woman!—Corey sets off on a wild journey of self-discovery that leads him to a GRNDR connection, a new love and a life changing choice: Love Or Whatever.

The Movie Stars: Tyler Poelle (SCRUBS), Jennifer Elise Cox (THE BRADY BUNCH movies), Joel Rush (Eating Out movies), David Wilson Page (GLEE), Jenica Bergere (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED), Kate Flannery (THE OFFICE), Fay DeWitt (LOST AND FOUNND), Michael Carbonaro (THE TONIGHT SHOW), Julie Goldman (THE BIG GAY SKETCH COMEDY SHOW), Justin Ross (PLAN B), Gary and Edmund Entin (SECONDS APART).

Back in February 2010, KGB FILMS discovered the LOVE OR WHATEVER screenplay on a website called inktip.com, less than 12 hours after its posting. A few months later, the project secured 50% of its financing. Next with writers Dennis Bush and Cait Brennan we spent the following months developing the script while trying to secure additional financing. Eight months in we had an amazing script and were faced with a tough decision... Do we try for longer to find the second half of our funding or do we make a calculated decision to just go for it! And, we went for it.

Shooting for less money meant giving up a lot of things or so we thought. We did have to shoot for less days... now only 12. But, everyone on the project really rallied, cast and crew alike. Everyone just loved the script. After all this was a romantic comedy and our script rocked! We pulled endless favors, got amazing locations and deals, even a stellar camera package. It was truly a series of miracles and hard work that saw us through. Even with all that said... our team was thrown some curve balls that not even we could overcome financially during shooting. There is a saying: “good, fast and cheap; pick two”. So, while we wanted good and we had to do it fast during the shoot or risk shutting down... we ended up spending our post and marketing budgets entirely in order to get our film in the can.

If you want to contribute, please read more info here: http://igg.me/p/66961