But I’m a Cheerleader – Pride Movie Series

Welcome all to the Back Lot 605 Podcast! The weekly film podcast discussing the latest movie news, box office results, and in depth film discussions. This week we are kicking of our Pride movie series discussing film’s with a LGBTQ+ theme, filmmaker, or fan following. We are joined by Chris Larson and Shekendra Morgan of the Vermillion, SD Pride organization to discuss the film that they chose this week, 1999’s satirical comedy But I’m a Cheerleader. Vermillion Pride is held every June in Vermillion, SD with this year’s celebration taking place June 12-13. For more information please follow Vermillion Pride on Facebook!

But I’m a Cheerleader is a 1999 teen comedy from writer/director Jamie Babbit about a perky high school cheerleader (Natasha Lyonne) who is sent to a gay conversion camp by her straight-laced parents and friends. There she meets social outcast Graham (Clea DuVall) as the teens navigate discovering their true selves and the hypocrisy of their camp leaders. The film also stars RuPaul, Michelle Williams, Cathy Moriarty, and Dante Basco.

The Box Office

Toping this weekend’s holiday box office is the long anticipated A Quiet Place II with an impressive $58.5 million opening. Opening this weekend at number two is Disney’s Cruella with $26.5 million. Spiral: From the Book of Saw drops to number three with $2.9 million. At number four is Wrath of Man with $2.7 million. Rounding out our top five is Raya and the Last Dragon with $2.57 million.

The News

Aaron Taylor Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron) has been cast as Spider-Man foe Kraven the Hunter in a live action solo film. The follows the series of Tom Hardy Venom movies, and the upcoming Jared Leto lead Morbius film as a rumored interconnected series of Spider-Man villain movies. Just week’s after the announcement of a new Evil Dead film, we now have a premise and a home for the upcoming picture. The film will be an HBO Max Original, taking place in a high rise apartment as the book of the dead unleashes havoc on the residents.

The Shameless Plugs

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About the Author
Casey Kelderman found a love for film at a very early age. One of his earliest memories of watching movies was the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. Casey graduated from The University of Sioux Falls in 2017. At USF Casey produced weekly movie reviews and hosted a radio show. He graduated with a degree in Media Studies. Skills he learned in college have allowed him to help create Back Lot 605. He has produced and directed 4 short films. His favorite films include Halloween, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Die Hard.
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