Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Queen for a Day (or Two)

Hugh Jackman and Wayne Gretzy get in touch with their, uh, feminine sides ...
  • Take me back to the home page!
  • (Thanks, Mark!)

    Nicolas Kiefer Takes It Off

    Lucky for you, Ed Z set me "straight" on this one!

    Nicolas Kiefer Advances

    Because of rain, it took sexy German bad boy Nicolas Kiefer seven hours to finally beat 29-year-old wild-card Marc Gicquel of France 6-0, 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 11-9. Sadly, it was barely 50 degrees outside and Kiefer didn't take his shirt off to celebrate ... (AP)

    Morning Wood: David James Elliott

    Former "Jag" hunk David James Elliott is the quintessential American Canadian man.

    Page 1 News (05/31)

  • Separated at birth: Ryan Seacreast and Jeffrey Dahmer. (PerezHilton)

  • Big, Angry Love: A woman who was thrown out of a commune built around the ideals of nonviolence, conflict resolution and open relationships is being sought in connection with the shooting of one of the group's founders late Monday night, law enforcement officials said yesterday. The woman had been stalking Jeff Gross for years, having accused him of rape and forcing members of the group to marry illegal immigrants. Her campaign "was conducted via fliers, graffiti and a Web site full of salacious accusations." (SIAdvance)

  • Splitting Hairs? Actress Elizabeth Taylor scoffed on Tuesday at recent tabloid reports that she is gravely ill or suffering from Alzheimer's disease but acknowledged using a wheelchair because of chronic back pain. (I used to freelance at Us Weekly: so those aren't the same thing?) (Reuters)

  • Kane and 'Able': Batwoman returns to DC Comics as a lipstick lesbian. I'm guessing she'll be hanging out at the Hung Jury then. (PinkNews)

  • Playing House (and Senate): Dutch pedophiles to launch political party (Reuters)

  • The Hills -- Hollywood, that is: Lauren "L.C." Conrad returns with her long-awaited "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" spinoff -- and not a minute too soon. Her roommate Heidi sounds like a real winner. (WP)

  • Ben Affleck vs. Nick Lachey

    Did you catch Nick Lachey's sexy new commercial for Axe Click body spray? It shows Nick out and about using a clicker to count each time a woman flirts with him (and many women are flirting -- presumably because of his 1980s-style musk scent Axe body spray rather than his muscular body and cute face!). At the end his pride is ruined, though, as an unknown young man displays the count on his clicker, a number that puts the former Mr. Jessica Simpson to shame.

    When I looked to see if anyone had uploaded it on YouTube yet instead I found the exact same ad starring Mr. Jennifer Garner, which apparently ran in Europe earlier this year. I found it rather funny that Ben Affleck would think that his reputation might be sullied by appearing in an Axe ad here in the U.S., but that it was OK overseas. Something tells me Ben's reputation would be better served by keeping his movies out of this country ...

    That said, watching the ad (below) reminded me that I wouldn't mind making Big Ben click a few times. Whose body would you rather smell?

    UPDATE: Nick's version is now viewable here.

    Kathy Griffin: Back on the D-List

    My on-again, off-again, on-again favorite comedian ever Kathy Griffin is back on the publicity tour, promoting Season 2 of her Bravo reality show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (premieres June 6). In case you missed it, the N.Y. Post had a nice interview with her in yesterday's paper, where she revealed that her life hasn't changed much since landing a prime-time television gig:

    Griffin, like most of us, looks on with a mixture of awe and envy when celebrities are showered with gifts by their grateful networks. The four stars of "Will & Grace," for example, at the end of their breakout first season in 1999, each were presented with a brand new Porsche Boxster.

    What did Griffin get as a "thank-you" for her first season on Bravo's "Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List"? "I got an iPod," says Griffin. "And for the second season, I got speakers for the iPod. I got my ass on in two seconds to see how much it cost, and it was $59."

    Love her!

  • Read: Last in Line for Celebrity
  • Previously: Life on the D-I-V-O-R-C-E List

  • Kenneth's In-Box

    I wonder why my brother Terence would send me this e-mail:

    Subject: 100-calorie snack packages
    If I may borrow the term from you, Nabisco et al. should be required by the FDA to call these "fatty packs."

    Debbie Harry: L.A. Woman?

    Blondie was inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk last week in Hollywood. RockWalk is the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of rock 'n' roll, blues and R&B.

    Blondie is currently on the road with the New Cars for The Road Rage Tour 2006 presented by VH1 Classic. (From left to right Chris Stein, Deborah Harry, and Clem Burke).

    In case you haven't seen/heard this, there's a fun new remix of "Rapture" out now called "Rapture/Riders" Blondie vs. The Doors, that cleverly mixes "Riders On the Storm" with the classic Blondie hit.


    UPDATE: As I reported, Blondie was inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Monday, May 22, 2006. Jimmy Destri missed the bus the first time out, but he added his own handprints on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006! Congrats to Jimmy, but when is he going to come clean about why he's (apparently) disowned his fellow Blondies? He was in the thick of the "No Exit" reunion (he penned their great comeback hit "Maria"), but by the time the tour for "The Curse of Blondie" finally happened, he had long since been replaced on the road. Where's "Behind the Music" when you need a follow-up?

    UPDATE 2: Sounds like the band is the one that distanced itself from Jimmy, citing his drug use. Maybe that's why he missed the bus!

    Tuesday, May 30, 2006

    (French) Open and Shut

    It was a rough day in Paris to be one of my fave male players as Robby Ginepri, Andy Roddick and Marat Safin all got knocked out (Tommy Haas managed to advance). On the women's side, Martina Hingis flew through her opening round match.

    Morning Wood: James Marsden

    Sexy James Marsden stars as Cyclops in the new X-Men movie, but in real life the dashing young actor is a married father of two with really great taste in cereal. Talk about your heart belonging to daddy ...
  • Watch James talk about the new X-Men movie here.
  • Watch James sing "Always On My Mind" on "Ally McBeal" (the man can sing!)

  • Page 1 News (05/30)

  • RIP: 'Breakfast Club' principal Paul Gleason dies, but is forever a part of pop culture history: "Don't mess with the bull, young man. You'll get the horns!" (AP)

  • Being Irish: 'Rescue Me,' With Denis Leary, Returns to FX for Its Third Season / My brother Terence tells me this is the best show I'm not watching. Maybe I'm not 'cause I'm still scarred by being told I was Denis' twin ... (NYT)

  • Hate for Breakfast: It's Memorial Day so it must be time to attack gays and lesbians at military cemeteries. (AP)

  • Strait Shooter: Country Star George Strait Given Honorary Doctor's Degree / That's funny, 'cause I've always wanted to play doctor with this stetson-wearing hunk. (Playfuls)

  • That's What Friends Are For: This article about women with HIV, shunned by their families in Vietnam, will make you cry, but most of all it will warm your heart. (NYT)
  • Sour Grapes: Argentine tennis star Guillermo Vilas sure was a bitch about Rafael Nadal clipping his clay-court winning streak yesterday in Paris: "First of all, Nadal's performance is spanning over two years, which is not the same," the 53-year-old Vilas told Reuters. "Then, I have the feeling he added easy tournaments on his schedule just for that purpose." (Reuters)

  • I HEART NY: The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, gave us another reason to like him yesterday when he came out strongly in favor of same-sex marriage. Now if we could only find a presidential candidate with a set of balls like his. (Advocate)
  • Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds

    If you saw the indie gay flick "Eating Out" a couple of years ago then you know what a treat it was. The film was well-written and well-acted -- and the guys were smoking hot. (And having it set in Tucson made it even more fun for the Arizona boy in me.) Now I see over on OhLaLaParis that there's a sequel in the works, the aptly titled "Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds," and the hunk quotient has been lifted even higher this time ...

    Brett Chukerman and Marco Dapper get to know each other.

  • Visit the writer/producer Allan's blog here for even more hot pix.
  • Monday, May 29, 2006

    Memorial Day

    To all of the men and women who have died serving our country I say thank you. Your bravery and selflessness is not forgotten.

    Sunday, May 28, 2006

    Sunday Worship: Brad Ausmus

    Major League hottie Brad Ausmus of the Houston Astros.

    Saturday, May 27, 2006

    Memorial Day

      Belinda Carlisle's "Mad About You" is probably my favorite video of all time because it totally makes me think of sun, fun and romance. Hope your Memorial Day weekend is filled with all three ...


    Friday, May 26, 2006

    Morning Wood: Chris Isaak

    As if his dreamy voice and lovelorn songs weren't enough to make me love him, Chris Isaak is awful easy on the eyes to boot ...

    Page 1 News (05/26)

  • Jenny on the DL: The NY Times has a good piece on Jennifer Capriati, who has missed the last 18 months on the tennis circuit because of a shoulder injury (others at the Saddlebrook Resort where she lives and trains think the injury is a little higher on the body). "Basically, I'm retired until I can play," Capriati said. "That's the easiest way to put it." (NYT)

  • Loose Lips Sink Ships: Jurors in the trial of Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay say the former Enron bigshots would have been better off keeping their mouths shut and off the witness stand. I'm just glad they were found guilty: if I had listen to Michael fly off the handle about the idea of these two walking away free I would have been dealing with a 2nd-degree murder rap of my own. (WP)

  • Ruffled Peacock Feathers: Just how desperate is NBC? (AP)

  • Double-Snap: Gay exec among those brought down at Enron / Gee, that's so not like a queen to stab you in the back. (Advocate)

  • Chimps Gone Wild: And now 25 years later we're still paying for it. (AP)

  • All that Glitters: "Good Times" alum Janet Jackson says her pursuit of a movie role was the reason she ballooned to 180 last year(!) . Even more unbelievable is that Miss Jackson wants us to believe that she ended up losing her role (in what? "Poetic Justice 2"?) to the thespian Mariah "Glitter" Carey. (MSNBC)

  • Damn you, Little Debbie! First you make me fat, and then you get me busted? (AP)

  • Baby's First Binge and Purge: Known anorexic Mary-Kate Olsen and her suspiciously thin twin sister, Ashley, are creating a show about health and nutrition for young children, according to media reports. An insider says this about the project: "Some execs are weirded out to do a show about food and nutrition with the Olsens." (WEN)
  • My Best Pal

    Michael and I had a great time at the Pal Shazar show last night at The Living Room (what a great venue, btw!). Pal looked and sounded great, even bringing out hubby Jules Shear (of "If She Knew What She Wants" and "All Through the Night" fame) for the last two numbers.

    I got a chance to talk to Pal after her set and boy was she a complete doll. I gave her a copy of the CD my friend Greg and I had made of her old band's two albums that we converted into one disc. She seemed really tickled and said that it would be "so fun to listen to on the drive back home" (to Asheville).

    She's a real gem and what a renaissance woman: in addition to her introspective brand of music, check out her paintings and her line T-shirts over at

  • Get Pal's new CD, "The Morning After" here.
  • Hey, Young London!

    Michael thinks this kid is adorable; I think he's so young and British-looking that I'm not really sure what I think.

    Thursday, May 25, 2006

    Showcase: Pal Shazar

    If the great Cyndi Lauper had spent her time reading Nabakov instead of the pages of a Blueboy magazine, or watching Bergman instead of Big Time Wrestling, she might have become Pal Shazar

    Come see the Woodstock-based singer/songwriter in an hourlong showcase at 8 p.m. tonight at The Living Room, 154 Ludlow St., Manhattan (map), promoting her new album, "The Morning After."

    Morning Wood: Julian Fantechi

    Model/occupational therapist Julian Fantechi is hot-hot-hot! Not only is he good-looking, he's got his Master's degree from NYU and specializes in working with mentally disabled children. Sounds like this hunk's heart and brain are as big as his pecs ... woof!

  • UPDATE: Check out Julian's new Playgirl spread here.
  • Page 1 News (05/25)

  • Granny Grifters: Los Angeles police have arrested two elderly women on mail fraud charges for allegedly luring two homeless men into a life-insurance scam. The men turned up dead in still- unresolved hit and run cases; the women were $2.2 million richer after collecting on their life insurance policies. (NPR)

  • Risque Parties in the Rectory: A bitchy gay priest in Darien, Conn., has skipped town after investigators figured out he'd used parish funds on a lavish lifestyle that included wild parties, cruises, limousine rides, fancy dinners and homes on the Upper East Side and in Florida, which he shared with another man. Well, what did you expect a girl to do on $28,000 a year in the richest city in America? (NYT)

  • There Goes the Gayborhood: The Chelsea section of Manhattan used to be the epicenter of gay life on the Eastern Seaboard, now it's been taken over by those straight people, and the body count just keep growing. (NYP and NYP)

  • An American in Paris? Tennis stud Andy Roddick injured his foot yesterday during a World Team Cup match in Duesseldorf and now his chances for playing next week's French Open are looking bleak. (AP)

  • Rum and Tab: A new study shows that mixed drinks made with diet sodas or mixers get you drunker and do it quicker. Yet another reason to try not to be a fattie. (NMN)

  • Pretty in Pink: The parents of 18-year-old senior Kevin Logan, a self-described gay "drag queen," said they were weighing legal action against Gary West High School Principal Diane Rouse for her order barring Logan from last Friday's prom in Gary, Indiana. If a drag queen can't go to her prom in Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana, -- not Louisiana, Paris, France, New York, or Rome, but -- Gary, Indiana, then where can she? (UPI)

  • MySpace Strikes, Again! A 45-year-old high school teacher at a Catholic school in Las Vegas was fired when his MySpace profile revealed his taste in music, movies -- and men. (LVS)

  • The X Factor: Aussie Hugh Jackman is so hot in the new "X Men" movie that they're making a spinoff based around his Wolverine character. (Age)

  • Oliver Stone Presents: Geritol spokesman Taylor Hicks wins "American Idol" and it's the least surprising thing since the outcome of a "Three's Company" episode. So let's make up a scandal. (WP)