Friday, February 29, 2008

When Love Comes to Town ...


It's "A Four Letter Word" 

Here's a look at the fun trailer for the new gay comedy "A Four Letter Word." The film is directed by Casper Andreas ("Slutty Summer") and stars Jesse Archer ("Slutty Summer," "Boy Culture"), Charlie David ("Dante's Cove," "Kiss the Bride") and Virginia Bryan ("Slutty Summer") and won QCinema's Best Gay Feature Audience Award. Coming to the Chelsea Clearview Cinema in Manhattan on March 28. 

For more information, visit the official site here.

Out There

  • Naked Truth: Be honest, how do you like your Genre? (OhLaLaMag)

  • Stepping Up: Ellen Degeneres gets emotional shining light to the murder of a gay teen named Larry King in Oxnard, Calif. (BoyCulture)

  • Kim Kardashian 101: If you're wondering what goes on in the minds of people looking to get famous by "leaking" a sex tape of themselves, look no further. Here are the IM transcripts of blogger JJ Jaxson's conversation with Perez Hilton on how to break into the "business." (Isn't there a class about this he could have taken at Santa Monica College?) (Queerty)

  • Peebos: Waiter, there's a beard in my steak. (UPI)

  • Body Slam: The "Tom Brady is the next Calvin Klein underwear model" rumor is making the rounds again. Tom's a handsome guy, but let's face it: he's no Jason Sehorn. (DailyNews)

  • Tali-banned: Prince Harry tries to do something worthwhile and everyone's gotta ruin it? (AP)

  • The Victims We Know So Well: Boy George appeared in court to deny he falsely imprisoned a male escort. I think he did it rather honestly. (AP)

  • SeventiesBack: At last, your Justin Timberlake in a Speedo and pornstache fantasy comes true. (HunkDuJour)
  • Don't Stand So Close to Me

    Barack Obama's open letter to LGBT voters yesterday sure went a long way to undo the early Donnie McClurkin damage. But what do we make of this? Obama strikes me as the type to be pretty straight forward. Would he really be so scared that the right wing nutjobs out there would later seize upon a photo of him with "that mayor" and use it against him? I guess the answer is yes, although I guess that's what politics is all about: Avoiding controversy when you can and then pandering to people when you need them. Obama is certainly not alone here (Hillary and John are just as bad). Unfortunately, it's the idea that Obama is not "one of them" that makes him so appealing to people, yet as this and the Rezko case show, for better or worse he's just another politician.

    The Buck(ley) Stops Here

    Hottie Robert Buckley keeps me coming back into the "Lipstick Jungle." Everyone's calling him a Scott Speedman lookalike -- what do you think?

    'Sex' and the Spoilers


    Jesus Christ. As if all of the photos from the set around Manhattan hadn't spoiled the "Sex and the City" movie for us all, this trailer pretty much eliminates any need to even rent see it. Watch at your own risk ...

    Razr Sharp

    It must be awful to be David Beckham, aging so horribly and all. (WireImage)

    News in Brief(s)

    Did you catch Logo News reporter Itay Hod interviewed by Demetri Martin on "The Daily Show" last night? Couldn't find the clip, but found exercising for you instead.

    Music Box: Romeo Void

    Filling my Romeo Void

    While 48 percent of American teenagers reported buying not one CD in 2007, this old fart spent the year adding lavishly to my collection, with my Amazon purchases reaching new highs in '07. While shopping online last night I came across quite a surprising and wonderful find -- the debut Romeo Void album (1981's "It's a Condition") and singer Debora Iyall's sole solo release (1986's "Strange Language") on compact disc for the first time ever -- packaged on one disc from the good people over at Wounded Bird Records.

    Although I had long ago gotten my vinyl of these two gems ripped to disc, an official release (complete with "White Sweater" b-side bonus track "Apache") was what I'd always dreamed of, and if the band actually gets some royalties out of their great work, so much the better. I share this with you because I figure that if I -- one of the band's most psychotic fans -- hadn't even heard about this monumental release (apparently it came out last summer), then I doubt many others have either. Hopefully this will help spread the word to other fans of this often overlooked San Francisco band that was truly one of the highlights of the American New Wave scene.

    Also available:
    "Benefactor"/"Never Say Never" EP -- which I wrote about here. The only way this CD reissue of the band's second album along with the "Never Say Never" EP thrown in as bonus tracks could have been better is if it had included the "Never Say Never" 45 b-side "Guards." (That rare track can, however, be found on the fun Sony compilation "Never Say Never: Hits, Rarities & Gems.")

    "Instincts" -- the band's third and final album, featuring their one Top 40 hit, "A Girl in Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing)," and the dance club favorite "Say No."

    "Never Say Never"

    "A Girl in Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing)"

    "Say No"

    Super bonus! Here are MP3s of Romeo Void's unreleased 1993 reunion demos. The label didn't show much interest, but hardcore fans will love them:

    "If I Was Your Cat"
    "Stormy Eyes"
    "Two Rivers"
    "Safe Place"

    Debora Iyall can be contacted via Instagram here!

    Thursday, February 28, 2008

    Out There

  • He Likes Us, He Really Likes Us! Check out Barack Obama's open letter to LGBT voters. (Towleroad)
  • St. Elmo's Fire Burns Out: Rob Lowe gets a $1 million for his memoirs, then decides not to write 'em. Bummer, 'cause that's a sordid tale I'd have loved to have read. (NYObserver)

  • Who's Your Daddy? Rugby hunk Ben Cohen recreates Spencer Rowell's iconic "Man and Baby" photo to dreamy effects. (Queerty)
  • It Seems to Me I've Heard That Song Before: The track list to Madonna's upcoming "Hard Candy" album is revealed and some of the titles sound awfully familiar to me. (BoyCulture) In a related story, the camel toe is back for another round of promotions too. (BoyCulture)

    As you may have heard:

    Sarah Silverman is f**king Matt Damon ...

  • And Jimmy Kimmel is f**king Ben Affleck ...

    Thursday Ad Watch (02/28)

    What I'd give to run into Taylor Kitsch wearing Dockers (oh, Daddy!), although Dylan Walsh I could believe wears 'em ... Never a dull moment over at Dolce & Gabbana ...
    Official (212) hottest man ever Dominic Figlio lets his hair grow out for 2(x)ist, alongside JP Calderon ... this boxer has nothing to hide for Ray Ban ...
    How friendly is Versilia? Click here to find out ... Mr. All-American for Joe's Jeans ...
    I really do not believe people wear Guess clothing anymore, but their ads still are everywhere (no complaints here) ...
    I'm not sure if this is an ad or not, but I'm definitely sold on tighty whities on these boys ...
    This week's eye-catching advertisements

    The Figlio Special

    How I love Dominic Figlio, let me count the ways ... see more examples of why I think he is without question the hottest man I've ever blogged about here.

    Page 1 Consider (02/28)

  • Speak Softly and ...: It sure looks like University of Illinois track star Andrew Zollner has an unfair advantage when it comes to the pole vault. (FantasticsMag)

  • Refugee of Gangland: Could the Margaret B. Jones story be just the comeback role Lindsay Lohan has been looking for? She certainly could pass for 33. (NYT)

  • Clinton Campaign Getting Icke: First the Obama terrorist photos and now this. (NYT) Meanwhile, the Obama campaign is lavishing some of its cash advantage on LGBTs with targeted ad buys in Ohio and Texas, leading up to the critical March 4 primaries in both states. (Advocate)

  • Planet Gay: If you're a fan of indie comics, be sure to check out Brian Andersen's So Super Duper!

  • Jesus Would Not Approve: For years, the Dobrich family, who are Orthodox Jews, listened to Christian prayers at school potluck dinners, award dinners and meetings of parent-teacher groups and were OK with it. They were used to being one of the only Jewish families around did not have problems with Christians or others. But then at her daughter's graduation a minister’s prayer proclaiming Jesus "as the only way to the truth" nudged Mona Dobrich to ask the school board to consider more generic and less exclusionary prayers. Sounds incredibly reasonable -- and restrained -- to me. Wait till you hear what happened to her and her children. (NYT)

  • Prosecutor Sticks It To 'Em: The prosecution in the murder trial of two men accused of killing gay porn video producer Bryan Kocis says it has received new evidence from the FBI. (365Gay)

  • Artificial Sweetener: How big of a scumbag do you have to be to steal from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation? (NYT)

  • Dragon Slayer: A high school hockey coach in Halifax has been told he won't be leading the team next season after a parent complained about offensive material printed in the team's program. Many of the players' bios in the program for the Lockview High Dragons include sexually suggestive language or other offensive material. For example, one makes a crude reference to a player's desire to visit pop singer Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, while another says a team member will "drop his pants for a quick buck." (CanadianPress)

  • Tran-it Suit: The New York State supreme court ruled last week that employees of the New York City Transit Authority are not exempt from the city’s Human Rights Law, allowing a trans woman to proceed with a discrimination suit, according to a press release from Housing Works. (Advocate)

  • OMG! The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the release of a trove of documents that revealed how Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick of Detroit and city lawyers tried to cover up Kilpatrick’s extramarital affair with his chief of staff, as well as text messages that could expose the mayor to perjury charges. (NYT)

  • Those Who Can't ...: The Black Crowes want MAXIM to apologize for trashing its new album without listening to the whole thing, but did they really need to? (AP)
  • Rock Bottom

    Now I see why Owen Wilson tried to off himself ...

    Wednesday, February 27, 2008

    Eye Just Don't Know

    I'm really upset to report that my eye problems have returned. My ophthalmologist still cannot properly diagnose the situation with my right cornea, and has arranged for me to see a specialist at the famed New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. At this point I find myself pretty terrified at what they may find wrong with me, although not knowing is probably even worse. I'm praying my eye will be OK again soon and that I might even get a meeting with Dr. Renee Richards out of the deal. I will let you know how it goes Friday.

    Page 1 Consider (02/27)

  • Corn-Fed Candidate: Hubba hubba. Meet Scott Kleeb, a Democrat who's running for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska. Now here's a candidate I could get behind. (OfficialSite)

  • Natural-Born Citizens Need Only Apply: Is the Panama Canal Zone-born John McCain even eligible to be president? (ImmigrationProf)

  • You Don't Say Say Say: It looks like Michael Jackson's pedophile funhouse, Neverland Ranch, really is going to be auctioned off. But besides Jeffrey Epstein, who would want to buy it? (AP)

  • Posthumous Snub: I guess I'm not the only one who noticed that Brad Renfro was dissed by the Academy Awards from its tribute to those who died in 2007. (AP)

  • It's So Prisoner Cell Block H: A killer who sued to have a sex change claims her body is becoming more masculine again because she's being denied treatment in prison as she awaits a ruling in her bid for the surgery. Michelle Kosilek, formerly known as Robert, said that for months she has not been allowed to have court-approved hair-removal treatment or access to a specialist to discuss her testosterone levels. Kosilek was sentenced to life in prison in the 1990 murder of his wife. Kosilek said the slaying was self-defense after she poured boiling tea on his genitals. (AP)

  • Sour Note: Justin Timberlake will induct Madonna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Is this their way of saying they don't think she really belongs there? (AP)

  • Trouble Brewing: Starbucks around the country closed for three hours yesterday during prime time for an espresso "re-education camp." That's all well and good. But is there any way the employees could start listening to the customers the first time they order so every drink doesn't have to be remade causing the line to wrap around the block every day? For some reason I can remember every person in the joint's order, but the people working there -- you know, being paid -- can't. (NYT)

  • Neutering Law: Shouldn't philandering horndog Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles be more concerned about his own sperm deposits than those of cats and dogs? (AP)

  • Gas, Food, Lodging: Looking to plan your next big trip? Check out The New York Times Travel Show this weekend at the Jacob Javits Center. (OfficialSite)

  • Not Everyone Loves a Parade: A 25-year old man convicted of plotting to throw Molotov cocktails into a gay pride march last July in the Croatian capital has been sentenced to 14 months behind bars. (365Gay)

  • Holy Martina Navratilova: Now the breakup between opera-singing heiress Halina Avery and her real estate agent ex, Molly Caldwell, is playing out in a stinging legal fight that could lead to splintered same-sex couples being treated no differently by the courts than a husband and wife going through a divorce. (NYDN)
  • Talking the Tawk

    Years ago, I got into a HUGE argument discussion with a bunch of my native New Yorker friends/coworkers over how to pronounce certain words. It all started when Matt (from Westchester County) insisted that "Carrie" and "Kerry" were two entirely different-sounding names, and before long "Mary" and "merry" and "Sherrie" and "Shari" were on the table along with a slew of other words. I was completely thrown for a loop. These were fellow wordsmiths, yet they didn't agree with me. I became indignant and things started to get tense (well, for me at least). I maintained that the supposed distinction was nothing but their regional accent, while New Jersey born Seimond and Brooklyn-bred Alisa backed Matt and insisted I was nuts. Well, kids, it took nearly a decade. But amNewYork finally tackled the subject this week, and I'm pretty sure youse are going to have to admit that I was right all along ...

    Music Box: The Lemonheads

    "Into Your Arms" by The Lemonheads

    By the time I finally began to get over my post-'80s music shock (Bananarama is still the bomb!) and started to pay attention to "the new breed," the 1990s were pretty much over. That left me with a number of blind spots, but two bands that did make my radar were The Lemonheads (dreamy Evan Dando was undoubtedly to thank for that) and the ridiculously cool and talented Breeders (I was even one of the 10 people who showed up to see the Kelley Deal 6000 live at the Black Cat back in D.C.).

    Jump ahead to 2008 and both of these bands are slated to make concert appearances here in New York in the next few weeks. In case you're wondering, yes, I'll be putting on the ole flannel shirt and pushing my way to the front of the stage and loving every minute of it all. I've got a lost decade to catch up on, you know ...


    "Cannonball" by The Breeders

    Tuesday, February 26, 2008

    Faith * Family * Freedom

    When you think conservative Republican values, think Manlove.

    Stand and Deliver

    Please send resume and 8x10 headshot to:
    Office of Senator Larry Craig
    ATTN: Mark Foley
    United States Senate
    Washington, DC 20510-1203
    (202) 224-2752

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Larry Craig is currently seeking intern applications for the summer term, which runs from May to August. The application deadline is March 15, however if more time is needed for the application process, please contact Senator Craig's office for an extension. Craig offers paid internships within the Washington, D.C., office. Preference is given to Idaho applicants attending Idaho schools who are in their junior or senior years of college (including graduating seniors).

    '"Interns have the chance to be an essential part of a working congressional office," said Craig. "They participate in the legislative process as well as ensure that constituent services run smoothly. For those interested in politics, it is an incredible opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how our government functions while serving the people of Idaho."

    Interns are paired with staff members based on experience and interests, in order to best utilize their talents. They are also expected to fulfill some administrative duties such as answering phones, sorting mail and greeting constituents.

    Show Me the Moonie!

    Saw this on my brother's blog, a memo from a former colleague of his at the Washington Times (yes, the one owned by Sun Myung Moon, where Bill worked from 1989 to 1997), his successor's successor as copy chief, is making the rounds in the blogosphere:

    From: Patrick Tuohy
    Date: February 25, 2008 4:43:13 PM EST
    Subject: Style changes


    Here are some recent updates to TWT style.

    1) Clinton will be the headline word for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    2) Gay is approved for copy and preferred over homosexual, except in clinical references or references to sexual activity.

    3) The quotation marks will come off gay marriage (preferred over homosexual marriage).

    4) Moderate is approved, but centrist is still allowed.

    5) We will use illegal immigrants, not illegal aliens.


    (Be sure to read what my brother has to say about No. 3 here.)

    Sporting Goods: Zach Parise

    Meet Zach Parise, a 23-year-old from Minnesota who plays left wing for the New Jersey Devils. His nickname is "Zach Attack," to which I say bring it on!