DEKKOO DISPATCH 010 – ‘DROPPING THE SOAP’

Title – ‘Dropping the Soap

Director – Ellie Kanner

Starring – Paul Witten, Kate Mines, Suzanne Friedline, Jane Lynch

Release Date – March 7, 2017

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Today, Dekkoo presents ‘Dropping the Soap‘. A hilarious 10 episode TV series that presents a highly satirical view of what goes on behind the scenes of filming the ‘hit’ soap opera Collided Lives.

I literally could not stop watching episode after episode of this series once I started. Talk about a binge! The episodes leave you hungry for more of what hi-jinks the main character Julian Draker (Paul Witten – also a co-writer of the show) will get himself into.

After ratings begin to plummet on the long-running soap, Olivia Vanderstein (played with surgical precision by the always formidable Jane Lynch) steps in to take over the management of the show. At the beginning of each episode we get a taste of what audiences see watching the TV show and then immediately get thrown into the chaos of the lives of the cast and crew. Now we don’t really want to give anything away, but this is a gay channel and so let’s just throw it out there that the show does get quite gay as it goes along.

There are so many fantastic cameos that kept me jumping on my couch with joy. John Michael Higgins (Best in Show) plays a depressed commercial director, Diedrich Bader (Veep) plays an old flame of Julian’s, and even Ben Bauer (Hunting Season, Shirtless Dudes Book Club) gets a fun role as one of Olivia’s incredibly disposable personal assistants. Throw that in with hilariously offensive jokes that poke fun at everything and everyone and more than a few bare-chested hotties and I was hooked!

Guys, you really need to drop what your doing and binge ‘Dropping the Soap‘ right now!

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Watch it with: A group full of the gays you watch ‘Drag
Race’ with.

Mix it with: Champagne with a dash of Elderflower Liqueur
for class.

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‘Queer As Folk’ is now available on Dekkoo!

We’re thrilled to announce the original two seasons of ‘Queer As Folk‘ are now available in the Dekkoo library

This UK series originally aired between 1999 and 2000. It starred Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire) and a young, baby-faced Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy). The show was such a success that it went on to inspire the American remake. However, many feel the original was the better of the two and we tend to agree. The series follows a colorful and lively group of friends at the heart of Manchester’s gay club scene as they forge their ways in a straight world.

Considered controversial due to the sexual relationship between 29-year old Stuart (Aiden Gillen) and 15-year old Nathan (Charlie Hunnam), ‘Queer As Folk‘ remains a truly ground-breaking gay series.

‘Queer As Folk’ is available to binge-watch now on Dekkoo!

 

Bend over daytime, ‘Dropping the Soap’ arrives March 7.

We are proud to announce that on March 7, a truly gut-busting 10-part series starring Paul Witten and Jane Lynch will debut on Dekkoo.

Dropping the Soap‘ goes behind-the-scenes of the long-running (awful) soap-opera “Collided Lives:. As the program struggles to stay afloat, a new Executive Producer named Olivia Vanderstein (played by the always hilarious Jane Lynch) shows up to shake things up. While the cast and crew desperately try to hold things together, Julian Drake (the soap’s leading man of “questionable talent and moral compass”) struggles to keep his personal life private and his cast members employed.

This is a show that we can not wait to share with you. All episodes will be available March 7. In the meantime, click on the link below to check out the trailer.

‘Dropping the Soap’ – WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER HERE

 

DEKKOO DISPATCH 009 – ‘BORN THIS WAY’

Title – ‘Born This Way

Director – Shaun Kadlec, Deb Tullmann

Release Date – June 21, 2013

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I really love it when there’s a queer documentary I’ve never heard of that can blow me away with it’s absolutely universal message of the importance of acceptance from places I’m completely unfamiliar with, like Cameroon. I didn’t even know where Cameroon was in Africa before watching this doc (FYI it’s on the west coast just to the east of Nigeria). ‘Born This Way‘ premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and continued on to win Best
Documentary at Outfest Los Angeles back in 2013.

In Cameroon it’s still completely illegal to be ‘out and proud’. In fact it’s illegal to even be ‘out’. Same-sex sexual activity is punishable by either a fine and 5 years imprisonment and what’s even worse is that vigilante execution is technically allowed by law. Cameroon also boasts the scary statistic of the most arrests related to homosexuality than any other country in the world! Of course even though the situation is extremely grim, there’s a ray of light; Alternatives, the first LGBT center in Cameroon. Though many of the chosen subjects have to convey their stories in shadows or with blurred
faces you’ll still feel the power of their stories of persecution and their hopes for the future.

Also a plus: this doc is only 55 minutes, so your time will be well spent!

‘Born This Way’ is now available to watch on Dekkoo!

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Watch it with: Your politically-minded friends

Mix it with: Cardamom Tea (Popular in Cameroon!)

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‘Love Is Blind’, a Dekkoo-original series, is available NOW!

Make tonight, ‘Date Night With Dekkoo’ now that ‘Love Is Blind’ is available to watch!

Is there really such a thing as love at first date? ‘Love Is Blind‘, the brand-new, original gay reality series from Dekkoo.com, is going to find out! Each episode introduces two sexy gay singles, both looking for love, then sends them on a zany, unpredictable, and totally blind first date. Best of all, we take you along for the ride. Get a voyeuristic peak into their day-long courtship. Watch as these men turn each other – and sometimes turn on each other. Our “matches potentially made in gay heaven” are subjected to sexy ice-breakers like wrestling matches, kink classes, surfing, aerial acrobatics, body painting and tantric yoga. After that, the lucky couple is whisked away to dinner where the drinks and conversation start to flow and the guys’ true feelings about one another simmer to the surface. Hosted by comedian and MTV/Logo host Mike Kelton, who provides hilarious running commentary and in-depth analysis throughout each episode, ‘Love Is Blind‘ is poised to match-make gay singles everywhere, one couple and awesome/awkward first date at a time.

‘Love Is Blind’ is now available to binge only on Dekkoo!

 

DEKKOO DISPATCH 008 – ‘THE BUBBLE’

Title – ‘The Bubble

Director – Eytan Fox

Starring – Ohad Knoller, Yousef Sweid, Daniela Virtzer, Alon Friedman

Release Date – September 7, 2007

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Alright last week was light and sexy. This week I’d like to challenge you to watch a film that has more than shirtless boys at the center of its conflict (although they are present, don’t worry). For years conflict has plagued the Middle East, but throughout all of it there’s always been a strong spirit of life from the people that live there. No other film shows the intensity of the spirit of fun and being yourself throughout conflict than ‘The Bubble‘.

Eytan Fox (who also helmed the classic films ‘Yossi & Jagger’ and ‘Yossi’) returns to show the story of three best friends living in Tel Aviv together whose lives are changed forever by the presence of Ashraf, a Palestinian. Noam, a handsome Israeli soldier, falls head over heels for Ashraf and decides to conceal him in their bohemian apartment. He manages to get him a job and even bring him to parties. But eventually he’s recognized as a Palestinian and the pressure of his past family life threatens everyone.

The movie completely succeeds in both its portrait of youth living in the city of Tel Aviv (the gayest and most liberal city in Israel), but also its depiction of the angst that lies deep within the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Don’t expect a happy ending, but also don’t expect an entirely hopeless ending. Wars can end, but they only end when we all embrace each other and come to understand each other.

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Watch it with: Anyone who hasn’t seen this gay classic! Especially
someone who’s a bit clueless about the Middle East.

Mix it with: Manischewitz wine and hummus!

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DEKKOO DISPATCH 007 – ‘THE LAST MATCH’

Title – ‘The Last Match

Director – Antonio Hens

Starring – Milton Garcia, Reinier Diaz, Luis Alberto Garcia, Mirta Ibarra

Release Date – May 5, 2013

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Being gay in many parts of the world is still hard. Much harder than the glossy world of shows like ‘Glee’ would lead many to believe. In some countries and cultures it’s still all about being discreet and being smart about how you go about your ‘business’. Antonio Hens takes us into that world in Cuba, a country that’s seeming to get a new breath of life with trade relations being re-established with the United States.

After ‘Doors Cut Down‘ and ‘Clandestinos‘ (both of which are also on Dekkoo) Antonio continues to probe the world of machismo homosexuality in ‘The Last Match‘. However, this time in Cuba, in the steamy world of male locker rooms and gambling halls. Both of the main characters in this story have female partners; Yosvani has a fiancee who he seems very hesitant to have sex with. Renier straddles the worlds of life with his wife and child and the arena of hustling where he meets rich men who seem to fall in love with his chiseled handsome features and promise him the world. The two handsome men eventually meet and a downward spiral of sex and violence ensues.

Reasons for watching this film are numerous. If the fact that these super sexy guys aren’t enough then you should at least watch it for its extremely interesting commentary on modern life in Cuba which should be an academic reason for you to watch said sexy guys getting it on. Also there’s a crazy mother-in-law that’s so bat-shit crazy you’ll fall in love.

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Watch it with: Your best friend that you know has latin
fever!

Mix it with: A Daiquiri or a Mojito

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