Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Jake Gyllenhaal Appears on TRL, Nation Swoons

Jake Gyllenhaal stopped by MTV's "TRL" to promote his new film, "Zodiac" yesterday. Who knew our handsome young actor made so many kooky faces? Not that I'm complaining ...
More faces after the jump. --->

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  • The Hep A-List: An employee of Wolfgang Puck Catering diagnosed with the Hepatitis A virus may have exposed a number of high-profile guests -- among them Leonardo DiCaprio and Beyonce Knowles -- at several events, including Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue party, health officials said Tuesday. Anyone who sampled the Crepes Pam Anderson, the Eggs Steven Tyler or the Judd Stew should contact their physician as soon as possible. (AP)

  • Blog of Revelations: Experts say 'Jesus tomb' is a fantasy. Stop!!!!! (AFP)

  • Becks Appeal: Former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh" Beckham has signed a deal with NBC for her own reality show. OK, OK. We'll call it your show -- maybe "Being Victoria Beckham" -- just like we called it Bobby Brown's. I know why I might tune in. (Reuters)
  • Tea & Sympathy: Retired and recently "out" basketball player John Amaechi was on "The Daily Show" last night and I don't think he could be a more affable bloke. He claims his gay friends used to all hang around and he's certain his teammates "knew," but chose to just think he was "being British." (Outsports)
  • Low Miles: A 23-year-old woman has been arrested for selling her 5-month-old boy to a couple in Pueblo, Colo. At least she did it for a good reason. (AP)
  • Heartless: I know we shouldn't be surprised that President Bush married him a woman who is as big a moron as he is, but you would think that as the nation's first lady and a mother of two that Laura Bush wouldn't be callous enough to dismiss the suffering of the Iraqi people: "Many parts of Iraq are stable now. But, of course, what we see on television is the one bombing a day that discourages everybody." Yeah, it's so awful that we have to watch that on TV, Laura. Poor us. Who knew her mouth could be more destructive than her driving acumen? (AmericaBlog)
  • Big Ruling: A mother who feared she might lose custody of her 218-pound 8-year-old son unless he lost weight was allowed to keep the boy after striking a deal Tuesday with social workers to safeguard his welfare. They celebrated with a trip to an all-you-can-eat buffet and an ice cream cake for one. (AP)
  • O Canada: Canada's Supreme will deliver a ruling Thursday on what is considered the biggest gay class action suit every filed, involving the pensions of deceased gay partners. Those partners paid into the government run Canada Pension Plan most of their working lives, but unlike heterosexual pensioners, when they died their survivor benefits were not paid to their surviving partners. (365Gay)
  • Florida Employee Fired for Being Transgendered

    City commissioners in Largo, Fla., voted Tuesday night to fire its longtime city administrator -- less than a week after it was disclosed the employee is embarking on sex reassignment. For 14 years Steven Stanton -- who now goes by Susan -- was an admired member of the Tampa Bay community's local government. Last week after a local newspaper acting on a tip began asking questions Stanton sat down with the St. Petersburg Times and divulged her status. In an interview at Largo City Hall, which also included Mayor Pat Gerard, Stanton told the paper she has begun receiving hormone therapy and counseling -- a requirement for transitioning. Stanton, who is married and the father of a teenaged son, said she had not intended to go public until later in the year when her son would be out of town and would not be subjected to the publicity. She said that plan changed when the Times began asking questions.

    This dismissal is really outrageous and just goes to show that despite all the talk about progress in the area of gender and sexuality issues, things really haven't changed much. I'm reading Dr. Renee Richards' new book, "No Way Renee," right now and Stranton's situation is similar to Richards' in that they were both both fathers of young boys whom they sought to shield from the situation, and were both forced to "come out" by inquiring newspaper reporters. Let's hope Stanton follows Richards' footsteps and doesn't take this dismissal lying down. (365Gay)

    'The Agency' on VH1

    It's no secret that I love reality shows that revolve around gorgeous male models. "Manhunt," "8th and Ocean" and "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" all come to mind. I kind of forgot about VH1's latest offering in the genre -- "The Agency," which looks inside the famed Willamina agnecy -- but from a look at these screen grabs I found on FamousMaleForums I'm beginning to wonder if I'm missing much. Truthfully, I see hotter guys at my gym everyday, not to mention my boyfriend. Anyone know if this show is worth checking out?

    Bringing Pasty Back

    Justin Timberlake's looking a little bit doughy, although I guess you can't always look like this.

    Will Troy Get Lucky?

    For those who are wondering, Troy is doing much better these days. After he was diagnosed with irritable cat bowel syndrome, they recommended giving him 5 mg of Pepcid (famotidine) with each meal. After months of fruitlessly trying to shove the pills in his mouth I began crushing it up in wet food to great effect. No sooner did I get my spoiled little guy back in top form shape (he turned 13 earlier this month, but you must admit he only looks about 10) did I see this poster in the cafeteria at work last night. His name is Lucky and his has run out -- his owner has become allergic to him (sound familiar?). Troy's never really been around other animals before (he saw a dog once and just stared at it in utter disbelief) so I'm hesitant to adopt a new cat. (Would it be fair to do to Troy in his golden years? At this point, I'm not so sure he wants any help destroying my leather sofa.) Still, something is telling me that I might not be able to resist Lucky's fluffy white fur and little pink nose.

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007

    Getting Intimate With Diesel

    Diesel's new intimate line gets even hotter after the jump. --->

    Inspired by my friends at OhLaLaParis.

    Oscars Photo Wrap-Up

    Bad Boys: Ryan Phillippe and James Franco clean up nicely.

    Dueling Divas: Anderson Cooper, rather dapper in "black tie," and Madonna, looking very good at nearly 50, partied into the night at the Vanity Fair afterparty.

    Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Ryan Phillippe looked like a man on a rampage, while Reese Witherspoon's too-obvious hair extensions brought her look down a bit.

    Just for Men: Clive Owen is always handsome, but I'm ashamed to admit that Adam Brody, whose character on "The O.C." was so annoying that I stopped watching it, is growing up nicely.

    Cherish: Madonna seems to enjoy being with her hubby, Guy Ritchie. (Wouldn't you?)
    It Takes Two: McSteamy Eric Dane and his equally steamy wife, Rebecca Gayheart, at the Vanity Fair party at Morton's in West Hollywood. And hunky Hugh Jackman brought his mom as his date (aawww!).

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  • Bombshell: The former ABC anchor Bob Woodward answered questions publicly Monday for the first time since the roadside bomb nearly killed him in Iraq on Jan. 29, 2006. ABC News is airing a prime-time special about Woodruff's recovery and the plight of other brain-injured Iraq veterans tonight at 10 p.m. EST. Sounds interesting; I sure wish I could look this hot after having part of my skull torn off by a roadside bomb (or even now). (WP)

  • Seal His Fate: Tennis great Roger Federer, who just passed Jimmy Connors record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the ATP computer and seemed destined to be remembered as the greatest player of all time, will be honored with his stamp by the Swiss Post in April.. (NYT)

  • Cool It Now: Tragic Bobby Brown was arrested in Canton, Mass., while in town to watch his daughter at a cheerleading competition. Brown was picked up at Attleboro High School on Sunday night on a warrant for failing to appear at a child support hearing in October. Give me an E! Give me an M! Give me a B! Give me an A! Give me an R! Give me another R! Give me an A! Give me an S! Give me another S! Give me an I! Give me an N! Give me a G! What does it spell? EMBARRASSING!!!! (AP)

  • Fock Off: Even with a stellar cast that included Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman "Meet the Fockers," the 2004 sequel to the hilarious "Meet the Parents," pretty much sucked ass (that one-joke kid routine was to blame). And now they're doing a third one? No one ever accused Hollywood of knowing when to leave well enough alone. (E!Online)

  • Cat's Meow: It's hard to believe this little cutie could kill someone. (AP)

  • More Than Name-Calling? A gay teenager who claims school officials in Grove, Okla., failed to provide him with a safe environment, resulting in an assault by another student, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. Nineteen-year-old Michale Bullis claims in the suit that between 2002 and 2005 he was routinely subjected to "name-calling and threats of physical harm and death." I'm glad kids are going after schools in these cases, but I can't help wondering if he hadn't spelled his name that retarded way if people might have left him alone. (365Gay)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo En Vogue

    Portuguese soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo suits up and strips down for the new issue of Vogue. (Source)

    Monday, February 26, 2007

    Oscar the Grouch

    With the exception of a few cute faces, it was yet another year that the Academy Awards did little to capture my attention. In all fairness, I was working the late shift with Oscar-dependent deadlines so not having all of the winners' names for hours on end was particularly annoying. (Although I think it must have been annoying to anyone as 11 turned to 12 and so on ... )

    I didn't see many of the films, but I will quickly say that it's great that Martin Scorsese finally was recognized. Sure, it's one of those lifetime achievement awards given the fact that "The Departed" is far from his finest moment (think Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman"), but I consider it an overdue statue for "The King of Comedy" and "After Hours" (and most others would say "Raging Bull," which -- gasp! -- I never saw).

    I'm happy "Little Miss Sunshine" won for screenplay and for Alan Arkin's wonderful performance. I didn't see either of the lead actors' films, but Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren were widely praised so that seems right. A friend at work whose taste in films I tend to agree with assures me that "The Lives of Others" was just outstanding, and it won Best Foreign Film. And while it could be argued that Jennifer Hudson winning an Oscar for playing an overweight, black singer is right up there with Hilary Swank getting one for playing a transgendered boy, I will say that the former "American Idol" contestant was at least the best part of "Dreamgirls." (Full list of winners)

    Edie Sedgwick: Getting Inside the 'Factory Girl'

    Michael and I caught a late show of "Factory Girl" on Saturday in Union Square. The reviews were tepid so we went into it with low expectations. As a longtime Edie fan, I agree with New York magazine that it did have an "Edie for Dummies" quality to it, but I think the producers did a nice job of capturing the spirit of the Factory (or lack thereof) and of Edie's wild child charms. That said, "Factory Girl" was one of those rare films that was actually too short. While the director did a great job of keeping things moving along -- at an almost music-video-like pace -- it seemed to be done more out of necessity, like he was lacking any substantial insight into the characters, than for style.

    Sienna Miller's performance was commendable -- she sure had the look down to a tee! -- but no matter how many skin blotches you put on Guy Pearce, he's still way too good-looking (and comfortable in his own skin!) to be Andy Warhol. Hayden Christensen, who I didn't even recognize, is adorable as Edie's composite love interest, although it's easy to see why Bob Dylan would take offense that they're really portraying him (Christensen practically wore that harmonica around his neck in bed). It's unfortunate because details of Edie's involvement with Dylan are sketchy at best, but her relationship with Bob Neuwirth is well-documented (if not less titillating).

    The idea of an Edie Segwick film has been floating around Hollywood for decades, with Warren Beatty evening buying the rights at one point for a version to star Molly Ringwald (as if!). It's probably taken as long as it has to get this project off the ground because everyone involved probably knew deep down that an up-to-date documentary -- not a feature film -- was the real way to go here (think "Nico Icon"). Not surprisingly, the closing credits of "Factory Girl" featuring interviews with one of Edie's brothers, George Plimpton, and various Factory luminaries was by far the most compelling part of the film.

    Ball Boys

    In a men's tennis final that could have doubled as the latest offering from Falcon Studios, Tommy Haas of Germany crushed American Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-2, to win the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tenn. For viewers like me, the whole match was a win-win situation.

    Sunday, February 25, 2007

    Marco Dapper Does DNA

    I spent half my youth living in the desert and I don't recall ever seeing anything quite like Marco Dapper walking around. The photos are by Lewis Payton and Towleroad has the complete spread over here.

    Saturday, February 24, 2007

    My Fair Brady

    He's the most adorable prolific passer in Notre Dame history yet few players attending the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend have as much to prove as quarterback Brady Quinn. The 6-foot-31/2, 232-pound Quinn possesses the prototypical size and strong arm every team wants in a quarterback. But for all his attributes, he's seen his stock drop in recent months. Undeterred, our fine young man says to his critics: "I'd tell them I'm the most prepared collegiate player in the draft. There's not one other player in college that's had the coaching I've had in the last two years, and I feel I'm the best leader." If pro football doesn't work out Brady always has a future as an A&F model.

    MySpace Error Message

    This is so not true and goes against everything I believe in.

    Friday, February 23, 2007

    Suze Orman: The 55-Year-Old Virgin

    Money expert Suze Orman reveals in this weekend's New York Times Magazine that she's a lesbian. (As a courtesy, act surprised.) She says that her "life partner" is Kathy Travis and, "We're going on seven years. I have never been with a man in my whole life. I'm still a 55-year-old virgin." Orman says they'd like to get married, and both "have millions of dollars in our name. It's killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa." Good for Suze for making the news official. I guess when you move in with someone on the second date you kind of have to be good with your finances. Kudos to her for making a killing with this special lesbian skill. (AmericaBlog)

    Scenes From a Locker Room

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  • Chelsea 911: I don't know where I have been the past few years but I just discovered "Reno 911!" on Comedy Central and I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my life. The episode where the department buys a Hummer nearly killed me!!! For being such a late bloomer I'll probably give them $12 and see the movie, which inevitably won't be as good. (WP)

  • No Such Thing As Bad Press: I can't help but love it that my blogger pal Perez Hilton -- hated by many, I know -- is becoming a bigger star than most of the losers he writes about. (EOnline!)

  • Green With Envy: The actor Orlando Bloom is walking around shirtless so let's write an article about his being "environmentally conscious." (Bang)
  • Stiff Fienne: So that Qantas flight attendant who "allegedly" had a mile-high fling with the actor Ralph Fiennes has finally admitted it's all true and was promptly fired. "At first I denied it because I was so desperate to keep my job and I didn't want to hurt Ralph," explained 38-year-old Lisa Robertson. "I don't regret it. Ralph is gorgeous and the chemistry between us was amazing." Perhaps she can make him coffee and get him to put his seat up right back at the manse. (Reuters)

  • A Real Dream Girl: Nearly 30 years since their love "went," Mary Wilson of the Supremes is busier than ever. She still performs three to five nights a week and serves as a cultural ambassador traveling to countries such as Botswana, Pakistan and Bangladesh performing concerts and educating people about HIV and AIDS. As for that film Mary says it's not really about the Supremes: her own film double, character Lorrell Robinson played by Anika Noni Rose, is nothing like her, she says. Also, Beyonce's Deena Jones is not Diana Ross and Jamie Foxx is not playing Berry Gordy Jr. ("Berry is a lot more fun," she says.). As for her feud with "Diane" Ross (as she so bitchily insists on calling Diana), that's been grossly blown out of proportion: "People like to dwell on the negative, but we are closer than most people realize," Wilson says. "People think Florence and I were closest, but actually Diane and I were closer. Sometimes life or business throws you things, but the feeling is still there. That has never really changed." Sounds like the words of one classy lady. (WP)

  • 'Roseanne' Country: Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris filed legislation Thursday that would permit same-sex couples in the state to marry. (365Gay)

  • Payless Idol: I've never watched "American Idol" before, but when my friend Mark told me that the "trademark" of one of this year's contestants was appearing onstage barefoot I almost had to fly to Burbank to kill him myself (God created shoes for a reason, dipshit!). Fortunately others felt the same way and sent his shoeless ass packing. (MSNBC)

  • Churched Out: Atheists sue Bush over faith-based initiatives. Madalyn Murray O'Hair, who used to work with my grandmother at Social Security in Baltimore, may have been murdered, but fortunately there are others who will not let the president of the United States kill our democracy. (Gay365)

  • You've Come A Long Way, Baby: Wimbledon has finally agreed to pay equal prize money to women, a move lauded by tennis pioneer Billie Jean King: "I think it was definitely hard for them to change because of the culture and the psyche behind it, but I’m relieved that they finally got there," said Billie Jean King, who won six singles titles at Wimbledon. "But remember, it’s not about the money, it’s about the message it sends to women and girls around the world." Wimbledon joins the U.S. and Australian opens in evening the pay scale between men and women, while the French Open only pays its winners equally. Although I generally prefer women's tennis to men's (I'm gay, come on), I find myself somewhat ambivalent about this ruling. Even if you don't buy the "men play best of five sets and the women only play best of three" argument -- which is pretty darn valid considering most employees are paid more for working more -- the real issue here is which one makes the sponsors more money and I think it's been proven time and again that men's tennis is a much bigger draw. (NYT)
  • Fall Into the Gap

    First Chris Evans and now this. The Gap never seemed so sexy ...