imageIconoclastic Features released the teaser trailer for their independent feature Disappear Here last week. The thriller stars out actor and activist James Duke Mason, grandson of the late Academy-Award Nominated James Mason and a 2010 Advocate Forty Under 40 honoree. While tackling the timely issue of the “Hollywood closet,” Mason plays a young and successful closeted actor who is blackmailed after a video surfaces (they always do!) of him and his boyfriend, and he finds himself in the middle of a political conspiracy. While initially funded via Kickstarter.com, the feature is currently in production and due out next year. Check out the teaser trailer after the jump!

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Advocate James Duke Mason Disappear HereLGBT activist and son of Go-Go’s lead singer Belinda Carlisle, James Duke Mason is following in the steps of his late grandfather, actor James Mason. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Mason has been busy acting in his first starring role for the neo-noir thriller Disappear Here. The film, written by Robert Zimmer, Jr., and director Matthew Mishory, is about a young closeted actor who finds himself caught up in a blackmail conspiracy with a presidential candidate.

You may remember Mason from The Advocate's annual Forty Under 40 list back in 2010 and has since made quite the splash in the Hollywood scene. In April of 2011 he founded the Trailblazer campaign, encouraging closeted actors to come out and be an influential force in the fight for equality. Most notably, since January of this year, has served on the board of directors of OUTFEST, and at the age of 20, makes Mason the youngest appointed board member in the LGBT film festival’s 30-year history.  

The Disappear Here trailer is coming soon but the first stills from the project were just released this week and can be seen after the jump!

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The famous blue and white gingham “Dorothy” dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz sold for $480,000 on Saturday at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. Worn by the “Over the Rainbow” singer in 1939, the dress was part of Julien’s Auctions’ Hollywood Icons & Idols show, an unprecedented Hollywood collection of over 800 items of screen memorabilia. See a still of Garland in The Wizard of Oz after the jump.

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Advocate Art Dept Suicide Room Jakub Gierszal
Jakub Gierszal, the handsome star of the gay thriller @SuicideRoom, has been named one of European cinema’s top ten rising stars of year. Dubbed as the “Polish James Dean,” the 23-year-old actor was selected by an international jury for the 2012 Berlin Film Festival’s Shooting Stars initiative. The film, which premiered at the festival, will be released on DVD in the U.S. next month. Watch the trailer after the jump!

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