Del Shores set to make ‘Sordid Lives’ sequel, shoot it in Dallas

0600 flashDel Shores is finally following up his hit play/movie/TV series Sordid Lives with an official sequel. His next feature film will be A Very Sordid Wedding, picking up 16 years after the original. Castmembers Leslie Jordan, Bonnie Bedelia and Caroline Rhea are set to reprise their roles, and as the title suggests, there’ll be a wedding … and a same-sex one, at that.

And the above-named folks won’t be the only familiar names in the cast — one of the scenes will take place in the Rose Room, and Shores has even written parts for some of the ladies there.

“I never felt, like much of the Sordid Lives fan base, that I was done with the denizens of Winters, Texas,” Shores says.

The film will be produced by Shores’ business partner (and Dallas Voice contributor) Emerson Collins, and there’s even a IndieGoGo website if you want to contribute to the making of it. Click here for that.

Shores was just in North Texas for the screening at Q Cinema of Southern Baptist Sissies, another of his Texas-based riffs on conservative, religion and homosexuality.

Here’s a video of Shores talking about the project filming in Dallas.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Q Cinema: Our preview starts here

Q Cinema starts its 16th annual gay and lesbian film festival in Fort Worth with opening night on Thursday, and continuing throughout the rest of the weekend. We’ll have a full write-up of most of the movies in Friday’s edition, but you can also find out about the opening films — Club King and The 10 Year Plan — right here, with reviews from contributor Steve Warren.

Enjoy the festival!

Club King. Club promoter Mario Diaz moved to New York in the ’90s and started planning parties for bars in the East Village. He brought sexy back a decade before Justin Timberlake, and reminded the AIDS-ravaged community how to have a good time, pushing the envelope while Mayor Giuliani was pushing the other way, trying to Disneyfy Manhattan. Ripped off by a (straight) silent partner, Diaz moved to Los Angeles in 2001. They weren’t quite ready for the New York edge he brought with him, but they learned to love it. His Big Fat Dick parties have been a regular event at Fubar for 11 years and Full Frontal Disco recently marked five years at Akbar. He’s also found work acting in commercials and dancing on television.

We learn that — as well as stories about Diaz’s macho father, alcoholic mother and bipolar sister — in this frenetic documentary, which begins with a rapid-fire photo montage that gives you a subliminal impression of drag queens and hot shirtless men having fun. More of these montages are peppered throughout, but even the slower parts between don’t give you a lot of time to catch your breath.

I would find Diaz pretty hot if he didn’t so obviously find himself hot. Even one of his best friends notes he can be narcissistic at times. It’s sporadically interesting and there’s lots of hot manflesh on the screen, but it’s disorganized, and director Jon Bush jumps around too much and encourages Diaz’s vanity to a shameful degree. At the Rose Marine Theatre, 1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets here.

The 10 Year Plan. Two friends make a pact that if they haven’t found lifemates by a set deadline far in the future, they’ll settle for each other. The friends in this case are Myles (Jack Turner, an adorable cross between Ryan Reynolds and Tom Cruise) and Brody (Michael Adam Hamilton). Myles’ 35th birthday is the expiration date for their 10 year plan. Myles is a romantic who scares his dates off by getting too serious too fast. Brody’s a slut who won’t call a guy again, even if he likes him. A month before the deadline, they haven’t changed a bit, except that Myles is now a lawyer and Brody’s a cop. (Cue the nightstick and handcuffs jokes.) Myles is still looking for love and Brody’s still avoiding it. Each has a straight friend at work, one male one female, who will discover each other while our heroes are still exploring alternatives.

There’s one surprising twist and several that are not so surprising on the way to an ending that will surprise no one, except in how sloppily it’s executed. This is the kind of movie writer-director J.C. Calciano (eCupid, Is It Just Me?) specializes in — a passable entertainment for undemanding gay viewers. Once it was all we had, aside from the occasional Brokeback Mountain or Milk. That has changed, but Calciano, like his characters, hasn’t. At the Rose Marine Theatre, 1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. Get tickets here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Q Cinema bestows festival awards

iamdivine_Andrew_CurtisQ Cinema was last weekend; the films are done, but the accolades continue. The 15th annual festival has announced the winners of its annual awards. Here’s the list:

Best overall film: G.B.F.

Best dramatic filmMeth Head

Best comedy film: Southern Baptist Sissies

Best documentary: I Am Divine

Best dramatic shortThe Kiss

Best comedic shortDirty Talk

Audience Choice awardBreaking Through

Shawn A. Moore PrizeBirthday Cake

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

More Q Cinema scoop: ‘Something Real’

realSouthern Baptist Sissies is the main attraction at Q Cinema tonight, but it’s not the only film screening. It is preceded by the short Something Real. Part music video, part withering internal monologue, it features celebrity stars from Rex Lee to Jack Plotnick to Coco Peru to Bruce Vilanch, as well as music from Tony winner Jeff Marx (Avenue Q). Writer-director Guy Shalem looks into the minds of a cross-section of gay guys at a dick-dancer bar as they reveal the secret thoughts they have about sex, themselves and each other. It’s full of hilarious observations (some quite judgmental — surprise) and smoothly executed — a total hoot.

And look in Dallas Voice tomorrow (print and online) for reviews and previews of additional films playing at Q Cinema, as well as an interview with founder Todd Camp.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: “Southern Baptist Sissies’ trailer, at Q Cinema Thursday

This week, I reviewed Southern Baptist Sissies, Del Shores’ filmed version of his play, which opens the 15th Q Cinema tomorrow night. To help prime the pump for the event, then, I offer you the film’s trailer, after the break.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Q Cinema announces 2013 schedule


Emerson Collins in ‘Southern Baptist Sissies’

For years, Q Cinema’s annual four-day festival of gay and lesbian films has taken place in June, but this year, the group moved its 15th festival to the autumn, to coincide with Tarrant County Pride, running Oct. 10–13. Here’s the line-up of major screenings and events:

Opening night: Del Shores’ filmed stage version of his play Southern Baptist Sissies, with Shores and co-star/producer Emerson Collins, pictured, in attendance, opens the weekend.

Friday, Oct. 11: Submerge, an Australian film that explores Gen Y lesbians; I’m a Stripper, Charlie David’s documentary of, well, you can figure it out; Birthday Cake, a follow-up to last year’s hit Groom’s Cake.

Saturday, Oct. 12: Breaking Through, a documentary that features Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns; Test, a film set in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS epidemic; the shorts program; and a QLive performance of the play Standing on Ceremony, which played at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival last spring.

Sunday, Oct. 13: The films Meth Head, I Am Divine and G.B.F. close out the festival.

All showings are at the Rose Marine Theatre. You can get tickets and learn more about the festival here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

“Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” wins awards, books anniversary screening at Magnolia

Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, the documentary about the event that triggered a renewed passion for gay rights in North Texas, has won two recent awards. Earlier this month, it took the Audience Choice Award at Fort Worth’s Q Cinema; then a week later, it took Best GLBT FIlm at the 32nd Breckenridge Festival of Film in Colorado. The latter, mind you, is not a gay film fest at all, but a mainstream one with a gay category.

The film has already screened thrice North Texas — at a world premiere this past spring in Sundance Square, a Dallas premiere in April and at Q Cinema on June 1 – but you still have another chance to see it: Raid will screen in Dallas on June 28 — the third anniversary of the actual raid — at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring many of the actual parties involved in the raid and its aftermath. You can purchase tickets in advance exclusively here.

View the trailer of the film, narrated by out TV icon Meredith Baxter, after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

Fort Worth’s Q Cinema got underway last night with the screening of the period drama Funkytown, but there’s plenty of good programming all weekend long. And while you’re in Cowtown, check out some of the performances at the Fort Worth Opera (if you haven’t already, send in your email to win tickets to some performances this weekend.)

If you prefer to stick closer to Dallas, Paula Poundstone is performing Saturday night at the Lakewood Theater. And if you haven’t seen it already — seriously!?!? — Mamma Mia is playing at Fair Park Music Hall, courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals. Tonight at Revive is the latest Gay Dallas Happy Hour, starting at 5 p.m., with DJ Paul Kraft spinning (the food is worth a bite, too).

There’re some leather events this weekend as well, from the spank-happy Butt Busters leather event on Saturday to the Women’s International Leatherfest, going on all weekend. And Snow White and the Huntsman is the summer movie you wanna catch (complete with a Hemsworth, pictured) before Prometheus comes out next week.

Stealing a little god-of-thunder from Marvel’s announcement that its gay Northstar superhero would get hitched later this month, DC Comics has outed the Green Lantern as gay. He certainly has always had fashion sense. And it may erase some memories of the Ryan Reynolds movie from last year.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

“Tomboy” screens tonight in Fort Worth

Q Cinema’s weekend-long festival returns to Fort Worth in May, with an encore screening of Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, but until then, the weekly screenings are still going strong. Tonight’s offering is Tomboy, a coming-of-age drama about trans youth. Laurie is a 10-year-old girl who leads her classmates in her new neighborhood believe she is actually a boy; consequences, poignant and sad, arise. The French film won awards at the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, as well as the Berlin Film Festival. It plays tonight at 8 p.m. at the Four Day Weekend Theater. For more information, visit

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

QLive! holds auditions for stage version of “Mulligans”

Mulligans was one of the more charming and poignant gay independent movies to come out in recent years —  a summer romance between a young man and his friend’s father ends in heartbreak. The screenplay was written by actor Charlie David, who appeared on Dante’s Cove and hosts the travel series Bump! Now David has adapted it for the stage, and QLive! (the theatrical arm of Fort Worth’s Q Cinema) is putting it on.

A staged reading of the adaptation will be part of QLive’s June lineup, and the group will be holding auditions for the six roles — two men in their early 20s, a man in his 40s, a woman in her 40s, a girl in her early 20s and an 8-year-old girl — on March 31 at the Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave. from 2 to 5 p.m. To find out more, visit

—  Arnold Wayne Jones