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IMDb Censorship Story Gathers Steam

God, I love the bloggosphere! If it wasn’t for Eugene’s post (and for Jay Brannan’s You Tube video), I wouldn’t have known about the IMDb’s practice of censoring searches and wouldn’t have written about it and so on and so on….
Isn’t it nice when something that makes you angry (happy, aroused, sad, etc.) affects other people, as well? And then they go and write about it, too? Well, it seems like the IMDb story regarding Shortbus and other films has some serious legs, after all. Here are some news sources that picked up on my little post and ran with it:
indieWIRE.com
Dig it! I’ve been Fleshbotted!
Boingboing!
Cinema Blend
Comstock Films
Matchcut.org’s boards
The Alien Experience boards
Other aggregators who have picked up the story include News Is Free
More to come?

IMDb Censors Shortbus Listing

As of this posting, the Internet Movie Database is censoring its search results by preventing certain films from coming up in the regular results of a search of the database. Go ahead and search for John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus. See? Try it with Caligula, Debbie Does Dallas or Taboo and you get the same results, that is, none. None of these films come up in a search for their titles. However, the search seems at least a little bit arbitrary, since Michael Winterbottom’s 9 Songs does show up. Hmmm, hetero money shot, ok by the IMDb, but an autoerotic facial? Nope. Straight penetration, sure, no problem! Gay analingus? Nope.
Split hairs, anyone?
Think that’s odd? It gets even more fucked up. Search for any of the actors involved in Shortbus and see what happens. Jay Brannan? Nope. PJ De Boy? Unh unh. Lindsay Beamish or Sook-Yin Lee? Nope and nope. However, Miriam Shor does show up in a search using her name, as does writer/director Mitchell.
Oh, but there’s more….
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3rd Shortbus Cannes Video – Ça Plane Pour Moi!

John Cameron Mitchell, Justin Bond and the Shortbus All-Stars (my name) kick things up a few notches with this rollicking duet. Again, I plead for the existence of a full recording of this night!
p.s. Those of you familiar with David Bowie’s Earthling tour may see an eerie resemblance in the initial still from this video clip!

Related Blogposts:
Shortbus Party At Cannes – 1st Video Blog
2nd Shortbus Cannes Video – Shoo Bee Doo Bee Doo Wop!
Final Shortbus Cannes Video – Wig In A Box

2nd Shortbus Cannes Video – Shoo Bee Doo Bee Doo Wop!

Shoo Bee Doo Bee Doo Wop! Jay Brannan overdid it at the soda shop….
This one is kinda ruined by my choosing to record only the sing-along verse of the song instead of one where you could hear him sing. Actually, it wasn’t really as much of a decision per se as it was just really bad instinct.
Anyway, I did get the funny bit at the beginning, which I guess counts for something. I hope someone out there has full video of this show, as this, along with all the rest of the songs performed would make a great DVD (hint! HINT!).

Related Blog posts:
Shortbus Party At Cannes – 1st Video Blog
3rd Shortbus Cannes Video – Ça Plane Pour Moi!
Final Shortbus Cannes Video – Wig In A Box

Shortbus Party At Cannes – 1st Video Blog

John Finalesmall.jpgOne of the fun things about any good film festival is the sheer number of parties and this year’s Cannes was no exception. Even if they aren’t particularly exciting affairs, they are often a good place to refill your body’s important food and booze stores and everyone knows that keeping your hooch and vittles levels in good balance (about 3:1 is a good ratio) is the key to surviving a 2 week film festival. With some days in Cannes filled literally from lunchtime to 4am or 5am with multiple events, some picking and choosing is of course required. This year I picked well on two occasions, the first of which was the party for John Cameron Mitchell‘s Shortbus.
SmallBrannan.jpgI am on record (or will be, as soon as my 4th IFCtv.com post is published) as being full of regret for missing the Cannes screening of Shortbus but I did not miss the party and a fantastic affair it was. My aforementioned IFC report will include many words, words, words (and a few pix) on the subject, but here’s where I get to try out a new feature of The Rabbi Report…video! In this post you will find the first of 4 clips of performances (of varying quality and zero editing) from the party which was one of the highlights of my 13+ years of film festival going. (“Film festival going?” Ugh.)
After the party my statement that I’d never been more proud to be a fag stag earned me a peck on the cheek from PJ DeBoy, an act that made a few friends in the crowd just a wee bit jealous. Don’t be too green, boys. It was the only “action” I got all festival!
Anyway, the two pics above are, top to bottom John’s triumphal pose at the end of the show (is it just me or do you think he’d do a fantastic version of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust? – Click on the pic for a larger version) and Jay Brannan performing at the party. After the jump, a clip of the beautiful and talented Sook-Yin Lee performing part of a beautiful Chinese song. Alas, my camera didn’t have the memory to record entire numbers, but part is better than none, no? The other three clips will each have their own post above this one and include: a bit of “Wig In A Box” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a duet between JCM and Justin Bond on Plastic Bertrand’s Ça Plane Pour Moi/Elton Motello’s Jet Boy-Jet Girl and a chorus of Jay Brannan overdoing it at the “I don’t know when to stop sock hop.”

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