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Sundance Channel Goes Gay For Jon Hamm and Michael Fassbender

Hormones will be flying this month as Sundance Channel celebrates Gay Pride with a weekly (double) dose of Hollywood heartthrobs and beauties. From tonight through the end of the month, the network will air a double feature every Friday called Films to Go Gay For. The series showcases movies starring actors and actresses straight people would have no problem turning queer for—at least for a few hours.

Those heavenly bodies include Robert Pattinson, Kiera Knightly, Jon Hamm and Michael Fassbender, to name a few.

Tonight, Twilight‘s Pattinson (left) stars in How to Be, about a struggling musician who hires a new-age guru to help him with his depression and fix his relationship with his dysfunctional family. At 9:30pm, Heather Graham stars in Boogie Woogie, about schemers in the London arts scene trying to one-up each other.

On June 22 bodacious Italian actress Asia Argento (The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things) stars in acclaimed director Catherine Breillat’s The Last Mistress, as a lovely courtesan whose long romance with a peasant comes to an end when he marries a wealthy aristocrat. That Gallic gem is followed by another French film at 10pm: out director Francois Ozon’s English-language debut, Angel (trailer above), which sees a romance writer (Romola Garai) developing a crush on a philandering artist (Shame‘s Fassbender) in Edwardian-era England.

The series wraps on June 29 with Domino, a based-on-a-true-story flick about a gorgeous model (Knightly) who decides the life of a bounty hunter would be more fun. It’s paired with 2009’s Stolen, a detective drama surrounding the discovery of human remains that belong to a child who disappeared a half-century earlier. The grim subject shouldn’t deplete the sexiness that Hamm, Josh Lucas (right) and James Van Der Beek exude on screen.

Is it cheating for Sundance to air a bunch of straight flicks and call it a gay film series? Kinda—but we’re too busy fantasizing about the Beek to really complain.

Films to Go Gay For  airs at 8pm every Friday night from June 15 to 29 on The Sundance Channel

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Gordon

    Honestly, this line-up is pretty disappointing. Do any of these movies actually feature gay character arcs? I really would like to expect more from Sundance channel.

  • Karl

    Just give me a movie with Jon Hamm and Michael Fassbender in it – naked.
    Then i’ll be fine!

  • DarthKitsune

    Well, I’ll just have to have my own gay movie fest, because this line up is straight-up shit. The least they could do is Screen some Gay-Themed Indie Flicks like they’ve done in the past.

  • Lefty

    Ozon is a great filmmaker.

  • David

    Sundance used to have a REEAAAALLLLL lgbt movie festival every june–a series of independent shorts, documentaries and features from around the world, at least one queer content film every night. This is BS.

  • Ryan

    How is this in celebration of gay pride? A bunch of straight actors in straight roles with no gay themes at all. The only thing dumber than Sundance calling this “gay” is queerty printing this article.

  • Andy

    Terrible so called “gay” lineup. Yuck.

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