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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In This ‘Freak Show,’ Conformity Is The Real Bully

WBUR
In This ‘Freak Show,’ Conformity Is The Real Bully
January 11, 2018
Scott Tobias

The funniest throwaway moment in Freak Show, an unsteady coming-of-age fantasy, finds Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), a gay teenager with a penchant for sequins and feather boas, introducing himself to his new classmates at a private school somewhere in the Deep South. Oblivious to the camera phones and snickers that have already sent a hostile signal, Billy stands up in front of his biology class and announces that he’s transferring from Darien, Connecticut, “the hometown of Chloë Sevigny.” He fully expects they will know and appreciate the reference, and perhaps chat him up later about Sevigny’s eclectic career as a cult actress and fashion icon. Read More

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Trudie Styler’s ‘Freak Show’ Is a Laudable Plea for Tolerance; Midler Gives Rich Performance

The Observer
Trudie Styler’s ‘Freak Show’ Is a Laudable Plea for Tolerance
By Rex Reed • 01/12/18 12:45pm

The hot-button topic of gender transfer, not always neatly accomplished by anything as simple as surgery, is addressed, re-dressed and undressed in Freak Show, about an unconventional teenager who has no interest in being a boy, or in acting out any of the socially accepted behavior connected with being normal, whatever that is. He would rather wear zombie mascara, bridal veils and pomegranate lipstick than baseball caps and Wrangler jeans, and the movie follows him through episodes both harrowing and hilarious to declare his independence. The results are a mixed bag of charm and calamity, marking the feature-length directorial debut of Trudie Styler who, in real life, is the wife of singing star Sting. She’s a talent worth watching. Read More

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Film Review: Freak Show – Movie delivers nicely on both entertainment and emotional fronts

Film Journal
Film Review: Freak Show
Although it has its serious, even harrowing moments, this quirky, glitteringly gussied-up treatise on teen bullying keeps things likeably frothy and delivers nicely on both entertainment and emotional fronts.
By David Noh Jan 12, 2018

 

The hallways of high school in the Deep South constitute something like the Stations of the Cross for young, flamboyantly cross-dressing Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), who has been taken from his alcoholic Connecticut mother, Muv (Bette Midler), by his far more conventional and less fun dad (Larry Pine). In a sharp departure from the East Coast (“where,” in our hero’s words, “Chloë Sevigny is from”), the teenage yahoos at Billy’s new home as a senior hate anything unusual or even vaguely transgender. The daily bullying—amidst barrages of spitballs—is pretty ferocious. Read More

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: In ‘Freak Show,’ the Boy Who Would be Homecoming Queen

NYT
Review: In ‘Freak Show,’ the Boy Who Would be Homecoming Queen
FREAK SHOW Directed by Trudie Styler Comedy, Drama 1h 35m
By GLENN KENNYJAN. 11, 2018

What can you say about an adolescent American boy who is able to accurately quote Oscar Wilde? You can call him precocious, but in the case of Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), who we first see quoting the Irish writer and dandy in a flashback recalling sunnier times in his childhood, that’s not enough.

Born into great wealth, the hero of “Freak Show” initially rhapsodizes to the audience about his mother (Bette Midler, going big in her scant screen time), whom he calls “Muv,” praising her as “a living testament to grace, glamour and Gucci.” Life with Muv was sweet, but after she enters rehab, Billy must reside at the mansion of his father (Larry Pine), who’s not happy about Billy’s rejection of conventional masculinity. Read More

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

James St. James Talks Releasing ‘Freak Show’ Movie in Trump’s America, Working With Bette Midler & Laverne Cox

Billboard
James St. James Talks Releasing ‘Freak Show’ Movie in Trump’s America, Working With Bette Midler & Laverne Cox
1/10/2018 by Rebecca Schiller

If there were ever a time when the world needed a film about acceptance and resilience, it’s now. James St. James, the former club kid and author of Disco Bloodbath, which was later turned into the 2004 film Party Monster, is now witnessing another book of his being transformed into a cinematic production, with his 2007 young adult novel Freak Show hitting theaters Friday. Read More

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Freak Show (2018) REVIEW – Couldn’t Be More Timely

Cultured Vultures
Freak Show (2018) REVIEW – Couldn’t Be More Timely
By Danielle Solzman
Jan 8, 2018

Freak Show is one of those films that ends up being rented on VOD platforms because studios don’t know what to do with them. In this instance, it’s IFC Films giving the film a limited theatrical platform while sending it to VOD platforms.

Trudie Styler directs the fish-out-of-water film, if there’s any way to describe it. Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) is a gender-nonconformist whose fashion sense is on the feminine side. After his parents divorce, he stays with his mom, Muv (Bette Middler), but it reaches a point in which Billy is forced to live with his father, William (Larry Pine). It’s while he lives with his dad that he finds himself in the worst possible setting to be someone who is LGBTQ: a high school in the south. The high school may be full of bullies, but Bloom is able to make the best of it, finding friends in both Blah Blah Blah (Annasophia Robb) and Mark “Flip” Kelly (Ian Nelson). Read More

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The ‘Freak Show’ Trailer Will Speak To Everyone Who Has Ever Dared To Disrupt Gender Norms

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The ‘Freak Show’ Trailer Will Speak To Everyone Who Has Ever Dared To Disrupt Gender Norms
ByAMY ROBERTS
4 days ago

If you can in some way identify with being a “gender obliterater,” then you need to watch the first trailer for Freak Show. Based on the eponymous novel by iconic club kid James St. James, the movie follows self-proclaimed gender-obliterating teenager Billy Bloom, as he traverses the difficulties of attending a Red State high school as a radical non-conformist. Bloom strikes up even more controversy when he decides to run for Homecoming Queen. Featuring a phenomenal cast including Laverne Cox, Abigail Breslin, Willa Fitzgerald, and Bette Midler as Bloom’s extravagant yet distant mother, Freak Show looks to be a proudly queer dramatic comedy (emphasis on the drama). And whether you’ve in some way lived this experience or know James’ work already, you will definitely recognize something vital within the trailer. Read More

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Freak Show Is the Loud, Queer Coming of Age Story We’ve Been Waiting For (Out This November)

Out Magazine
Freak Show Is the Loud, Queer Coming of Age Story We’ve Been Waiting For
BY HILTON DRESDEN
WED, 2017-07-26 17:14

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Freak Show is an amazing coming-of-age movie about a queer character—something still rare in mainstream media. What largely makes this film so special is the visibility it will receive by default just because of the incredible artists who’ve attached their names to it: Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb, Abigail Breslin, and Laverne Cox are all casually assembled within this legendary cast of seasoned icons and rising new talents. Read More

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Trudie Styler Explains The Message Behind Her New Queer Teen Movie Featuring A Cameo By Bette Midler

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Trudie Styler Explains The Message Behind Her New Queer Teen Movie Featuring A Cameo By Bette Midler
By Curtis M. Wong
07/20/2017

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“Freak Show,” which could be the first queer-themed movie for young adults to be set in a time that feels like Trump’s America, fell into director Trudie Styler’s lap almost by accident.

Based on James St. James’s novel of the same name, “Freak Show” follows Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), a quirky teen who describes himself as a “trans-visionary gender obliviator.” Family matters soon force Billy to transfer to a new, more conservative high school, where he’s relentlessly bullied and even attacked for his love of drag and dramatics. With the help of a friendly football jock (Ian Nelson), Billy decides to stand up to his tormenters by campaigning against a popular, Bible-thumping cheerleader (Abigail Breslin) for homecoming queen. (Catch a sneak peek at the movie, which is slated for a 2018 release, in the clip above.) Read More

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Friday, November 4, 2016

BetteBack June 12, 1997: Bette Midler heading to TV in ‘The Harlettes’

Cedar Rapids Gazette
June 12, 1997

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HOLLYWOOD — Bette Midler is turning her talent to weekly TV.

She and her All Girl Productions partner Bonnie Bruckheimer are executive-producing a sitcom titled “The Harlettes” — which, of course, is the name of Bette’s backup group. It will deal not only with the personal lives of the trio, but with their professional responsibilities and pressures working with a temperamental superstar. Guess who? You don’t have to guess. Read More

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